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cess of the bill, to recede from its position? It will be and thereby cut off all opportunity of passing the bill, recollected this was a bill making ordinary appropria- and every means of compromise. The only other altions; the House encumbered it with an extraordinary ternative was, by asking a conference; and by that mode one. It ran against constitutional objections—the very the bill might even then be saved. The member from last to be surrendered. Could it reasonably be expect. New York (Mr. CAMBRELENG] moved “to adhere;" in ed or required of the Senate, in violation, as they be other words, to destroy the bill beyond the power of lieved, of their duty and the plain injunctions of the revival. An honorable member from Virginia (Mr. constitution, to adopt that provision? Was it unreason- MERCER] moved “to recede;" thereby preserving the able to expect and io require of the House that the bill, power to pass the bill. An honorable member from in its ordinary form, should be permitted to go along Tennessee, the chairman of the Committee of Ways and unobstructed? In some considerable portions of the and Means, (Mr. POLK,] said, “the motion to adhere bill, both branches concurred. Why not agree, then, had priority to the other;" undoubtedly signifying and, so far as they did agree, pass the bill? The House, thereby his desire that the motion should prevail-that and the House alone, refused to do it. It said to the the bill should be lost. An honorable member from Senate, We agree with you that the ordinary fortifica Obio, (Mr. LITLE,] who had no hesitation to speak tion bill ought to pass—the country requires it; but we freely and fearlessly on all occasions, as he did elowill not pass it, unless you will agree to an extraordi quently, his opinions, addressed the House in these nary appropriation, which you hold to be unconstitu words: “He objected entirely," he said, “ to any contional and inexpedient; and, if you refuse it, you will ciliatory proposition. The House had gone as far as be responsible for our failure to pass the ordinary bill. | prudence and patriotism would justify them in going to It seems to me, sir, there can hardly be two opinions conciliate the Senate. The only question was, where upon such a proposition. The Senate would not agree the responsibility of the loss of ihe bill should lodge? to so unreasonable a demand. But what did it do! Let the other body take the responsibility of defeating It agreed, for the purpose of securing the passage of it"—the appropriation of three millions. He conjured the bill, to meet the House upon some middle ground. the House not to depart from the stand it had assumed; A compromise was effected by conferees, appointed declared it would be pusillanimous to do so; and urgentby each body. The Senate waited and waited, as ly and eloquently rallied bis friends to stand firm upon we have seen, to adopt and carry this compromise that question. Now, sir, I can readily perceive in these into effect. The House neglected or refused to do so, proceedings a strong solicitude, and determination, tou, and thereby the bill was lost. Can there be a doubt in to hold the Senate responsible for the loss of the bill; which branch it failed, and by whose means it was lost? I look in vain for evidence of an anxiety to save the But it is contended that, before this arrangement was ordinary appropriations for fortifications. They were, effected, the House was dissolved-its constitutional apparently, very readily given up, for the other object, functions ceased; and, for that reason, it could not adopt which was possibly regarded a much greater one-of the compromise recommended by the conferees. Sup- prostrating the Senate. The majority of the House, pose it had been so; are the Senate therefore responsi- however, did not sustain the motion to adhere, but ble for the failure of the bill? But it was not so. I adopted the wiser course of requesting a conference. agree entirely in my recollections with the honorable It was seen that the majority which passed the appromember from Kentucky, (Mr. HARDIN,] who has just priation was giving way. It passed, at first, by a maspoken, and with my friend from Massachusetts, Mr. jority of 32. It was insisted on, in the next vote, by a REED.] There was time, after the report bad been majority reduced to 23; a third vote reduced it to 19; agreed upon, and before 12 o'clock, to have made it to and if another vote had been allowed to be taken, i the House, and procured its adoption. The conferees doubt not the whole amendment would have been abandid return, as the gentleman says, before the Cumber. doned rather than the bill should fail. Another vote land road bill was put upon its passage; and it is agreed, upon it was not permitted from that hour to the present. on all hands, that the midnight hour arrived whiie the The conferees were appointed, and, I have already said, ayes and noes were being called on that bill. In this, I returned to this ball in season to have reported before am confident I cannot be mistaken. Why, then, it may 12 o'clock. The compromise which they had agreed to be inquired, was not the report made? Why did not recommend was immediately known to the members, and the bill pass? I cannot pretend to answer. But this I privately discussed. There was but one voice, so far will say: that I discovered, early in the stages of disa as I heard, in the House, and that was in favor of its greement, as I thought, a willingness to permit the bill adoption. We were anxiously waiting, from moment to be lost. I do not say with a view to throw the re- to moment, for the report to be made; when, suddenly, sponsibility of it upon the Senate; but with a distinct as by an electric shock, a thrill was sent through this avowal that its loss would be justly chargeable to that House, agitating and moving the countenances and quarter. As early as nine or ten o'clock in the evening, voices of members; little squads were collected here when the first notice was received from the Senate of and there, and all at once we heard it echoed and reits disagreement to the appropriation, on a motion to echoed on all sides that the report could not be made; recede, the member from New York (Mr. CAMBREL- the bill must fail, and the responsibility would rest upon ENG] said, “ he hoped the House would not recede. the Senate. From what quarter this came, by whose If the Senate had taken the responsibility of de | agency brought about, I do not pretend to say--I do feating the appropriation, it might remain with them. not know. But it was familiarly spoken of at the time, He would take no part of it." This was the first that a certain high personage, in accordance with whose intimation that the responsibility must be cast upon views, it now appears, the three millions were yoted, the Senate. Others took the same view, and spoke upon being apprized of the result of the conference, with warmth, to say the least of it. The House did manifested exceeding indignation that his faithful Comdid not recede; and the bill again went, its oft-travelled mons should succumb in any degrre to “the factious path, to the Senate. In a short period, between 10 and Senate.” Rather would he lose the bill altogether, and 11 o'clock, according to my recollection, it came back, they would be held responsible for it. This, or some. with a message that the Senate adhered to its disagree thing very like it, was soon known in this hall; and it was ment to our appropriation. What occurred then, sir? | also known that the President had closed, or was about A very strong and decided disposition was expressed by to close, his official relations with Congress; its constituleading gentlemen that the House should adhere also, I tional functions, in his judgment, having ceased. Cer
tain it is, that the report of the conferees was not ofter Senate also; and if it then failed to become a law, the ed by the chairman, (Mr. CAMBRELENG,) and, when responsibility would have rested elsewhere--upon one called upon for it, he declined to produce it, upon the who professes never to sbun responsibility. It was well ground that the existence of the House had ceased, and, understood that the President had left the Capitol, dealso, that a quorum was not present. The report was claring (I will not say with an oatb) that he would hold then offered by another member of the committee, (Mr. no further communication with that Congress. The LEWIS, ) the third (Mr. HUBBARD] baving very sudden. disorder and confusion which I have described prevail. ly disappeared from the House, although he had pre-ed; and, whether designed for that end or not, did viously expressed considerable anxiety for the passage defeat the bill. The honorable Speaker, (Mr. BELL) of the bill. I shall not discuss the question whether the who presided with so much dignity, firmness, and impowers of Congress terminate or not at 12 o'clock at partiality, during the period he filled the chair, did what night on the 3d day of March, in every alternate year. human means could do, in preserving order and promoI thought otherwise, and remained, and was willing to ting the despatch of business on that trying night. He remain after that hour, to transact the business of the deserves high credit for the ability be displayed in that nation. It is true, we found it difficult, very difficult, station. Various motions to adjourn were made by those to obtain a quorum within the bar of the House. Still | who seemed willing to defeat the bill, and who possibly we did so, whenever one was wanted by certain leading | feared that it would pass if the House continued longer gentlemen. Just before the adjournment, and long in session. That the bill was defeated here, and by after the "conscientious scruples" of gentlemen began these means, was openly charged upon this foor at the to operate, a motion was made by a member from Vir. time by many members. A motion having been made ginia (Mr. Mason] to take up the resolution making " that a message be sent to the Senate, to notify that compensation to Mr. Letcher, a member of the House. body that this House, having completed the business A quorum was present, and the motion prevailed. A before it, is now ready to close the present session by motion was made to strike out the preamble; a quo adjournment,” the honorable member from New Jersey rum was present, and that also prevailed. The pre near me, (Mr. PARKER,) who is a friend to the adminis. cise question then pending was upon an amendment tration, but who was not, therefore, quite ready to providing compensation also to Thomas P. Moore, who abandon the bill, inquired, « did the gentlemen who had contested, unsuccessfully, Mr. Letcher's seat. The formed the committee of conference on the part of the previous question was moved and carried--a quorum House mean to report or not?" Again: “How can we present and voting--134 in all. The amendment was pretend to say that we have completed the business bethus cut off, and the resolution was likely to pass, with fore us! And how can we adjourn without passing the out providing compensation to Mr. Moore. Instantly fortification bill? This House had passed the bill. The the quorum was broken up; 21 vanished, as in the Senate made a large addition. The House had added twinkling of an eye, and but 113 were found yoting. A another appropriation. The Senate disagreed to it. much larger number were about these walls, and lob. A `committee of conference had been appointed, and bies, and avenues; but they could not be had when a that committee had refused to report to this House. vote was to be taken. Who the individuals were, thus Shall we go away,” said he, “and leave this bill, at a appearing and disappearing, as occasion might require, time when there is an apprehension of war?” This is a I have made no examination of the journal to discover. summary, and a true one, of the whole matter. The I seek not to know. This, however, I will say, they gentleman was entirely right. Have we completed the were not of that minority which resisted the appropria business? can we adjourn without passing the bill? can tion of three millions; who were anxious to pass the we go away and leave the bill? were all pertinent quesordinary fortification bill; who desired rather to defend tions, and pregnant questions, founded in facts before the country than to heap responsibility upon the Senate. us, and to wbich we could not close our senses. Tbe Undoubtedly there were some who entertained sincere honorable member, however, was mistaken in one reand deep-founded convictions that the constitutional spect that the committee had refused to report. The powers of Congress terminated at midnight. Not more, chairman, it is true, had refused; another member was I think, however, than four or five assigned that reason among the missing; and the report was made by the third for not voting. It was a perfectly satisfactory, and an member, (Mr. LEWIS,) and was so stated by the Chair honorable reason, for those who sincerely held that immediately after the gentleman had closed bis remarks. opinion. An honorable and valuable member from My honorable friend from Massachusetts, [Mr. REED,] Georgia, (Mr. Gilmer, ) of as upright intentions, as pure | anxious for the passage of that bill, also addressed the a heart, and as brilliant an intellect as any man who sits House in these words: . within these walls, entertained that conviction. And “ The committee of conference had agreed upon a what did he do? Departed, says the gentleman from report, and, as a quorum was undoubtedly present, it Massachusetts, at that door, through which he never ought to be acted upon. He was opposed to the agained returned. He did so; and honorable was it to adjournment, because the House had not yet done him that he did so. Enjoying and acting upon his own its duty. The proposed amendment declared what is constitutional opinions, in which no man was more not fact. There is a quorum present.” And how was sincere, though I often differed with him, he left others he answered, sir? By loud calls of “order! order! orto enjoy and act upon theirs, and to perform their con- der!" vociferated from all quarters of the room, and by stitutional duties according to their own judgments. those who had been foremost in the scenes of disorder Did he remain within these walls to offer vexatious mo and uproar wbich defeated, if they were not designed tions; to defeat business; to create confusion; to make to defeat, the fortification bill. The fact that a quorum and unmake a quorum, as occasion and for purposes I was present was no otherwise controverted than by will not name should require? By no means. 'And if clamorous demands for “ order!” We then designed to all who declined to vote upon the ground of constitu- put that question to a test, and to ascertain whether or tional scruples bad followed his example, there would not a quorum was present, and, if not, to compel the have been higher reasons for holding their opinions in attendance of members. Accordingly, a motion was respect. Sir, if a quorum of that House could have made for a call of the House. Who resisted it? Who been formed for five minutes only, after the report of gave the signal and the watchword to the party, which conferees was made, it would instantly have been adopt. was determined to destroy the bill? I read from the reed. The bill would have passed the House, and the l ported proceedings:
" Mr. Cambreleng. I protest against the right to call blows of men of giant strength from the chivalric region the House. What member will answcr to his name? [ll of the South, beseeching the unfailing support of that will, I will, exclaimed many members.] I am as much same undaunted hand. I refer to no preceding adminin favor of the fortification bill as the gentleman from
istrations, which leaned, and leaned with confidence, New Jersey; but I say the responsibility of its failure
upon him, as upon a pillar of immoveable strength; but rests upon the Senate, and not upon us. The bill was | I wish to tell the honorable member from Massachusetts defeated by the Senate.” [No, no, not so, was exclaim (Mr. ADAMS) that not one of the friends who now rally ed by many voices.] After such a direct warning from round the object of his attack will falter in his course. such a quarter, is it to be wondered at that a quorum Not one will be sbaken in bis confidence and attachment. could not be found? An honorable member from North
We shall stand by him, let who will desert, let who Carolina, (Mr. Barringer,) faithful to his duty, and ob
will vituperate. But after all, sir, how little is there, servant of all that occurred here, had no hesitation in
upon merely personal considerations and preferences, expressly charging the loss of the bill to an intrigue car. I to justify the feelings of anxiety which we cannot reried on in the House, and be offered the names of the
press, for the advancement of any man, however able, individuals concerned in it. If we may have any access however estimable. We are admonished of the frailty to the ear of the select committee who may be appointed of human attachments and human hopes. How wise is to investigate this grave affair, I pray the honorable member from Massachusetts to call upon this gentleman
it that the future is hid from our view; that we cannot
all upon this gentleman lift the veil which shuts out from our observation the end to testify. Mr. Barringer said, “the bill was defeated l of our own best and wisest exertions! Much, how by an intrigue here in this House. If gentlemen de- ! sired names, he would give them. But if this was de
much, of our ardor might be abated; how might our
arms be paralyzed, if we could look beyond the present clined, he would say that there were members who now
hour, and behold the fulfilment which the future holds sat in their seats, and would not answer to their names,
in store! If, sir, I could raise this impenetrable curtain, who did so in consummation of the intrigue.” Names
and look forward to the future as I can look back upon were not demanded. They might have been had. Amid
the past, ardently as I desire, for thie good of our comthese scenes of disorder and confusion, which we of the
mon country and his own fame, and much as I would minority vainly strove to repress, passed the last night now do to promote the elevation of that distinguished of the last session of the last Congress; and, for the hon
| statesman to the highest places of power--every desire or of the country and its institutions, I hope such anoth- might failevery effort cease. Yes, sir, if I should see er may never be witnessed. And, in the midst of these bim descending from that lofty eminence, soured, disapscenes, the fortification bill drew its last breath, and pointed. vindictive--forgetful of his own character, and heaved its expiring throes. That it was destroyed in l of the friends who had stood by him in the hour of need; the House, and for purposes known to those who had if I should see the infirmities of our nature--the lower an agency in the proceedings of that night, it seems to and baser passions--mastering and expelling all the nome no rational mind can doubt. Examine as we will, ble and generous properties which I know belong to his investigate as we will, vituperate as we will, these plain heart; if I should see him betraying and abandoning the facts stand out; and no sophistry can elude, no ingenu
cause which he now upholds, making his friends to hang ity pervert them. Sir, I have done upon this matter. I their heads in very shame and confusion--I do not say, have but another topic to touch.
sir, that I would pray Heaven to blast all our efforts in The honorable member, with a precision of aim which
the cause of our country--but rather would I see bis leaves nothing of doubt as to whom his shafts were sped,
sun go down now, even from its high noon, so that it and whom he describes as "the Achilles" of the Senate,
leave us a glorious light to cheer, and animate, and essays to bring down from his high standing one repre- l guide, and to which we could turn our eyes with high genting his own Commonwealth, with unsurpassed ability, and heart-stirring pride: rather would I see this, than to in the other branch of the Legislature. The attack was behold him putting off the mighty armor of Achilles, little to have been expected from that quarter. A scene which no man can wear, to act his perjured part who of disgraceful disorder, such as the Speaker says he had
by fraud levelled the proud walls of Troy to the dust; never witnessed in ten years' experience here, doubt
| rather this, far rather than to see him lingering on less gratified the cherished feelings of the member into
the stage of political action, behind his time, the the delusive fancy of a triumph worthy his achievement.
Ta triumph worthy his achievement. derision of his enemies--the melancholy pity of his Sir, I shall not attempt encomiums upon that distinguish friends." ed statesman. It is unnecessary for me--it cannot be
Note by Mr. Evans. required of any man-to come forward in his defence. His character, his services, his actions, his opinions, the
Some expressions are quoted in the preceding re. efforts of bis transcendent powers, are before the world.
marks as having been used by Mr. Adams, which are They speak out for him in a voice that cannot be silenced.
not contained in the report of his speech which was pubThey stand forth in full view, and no man can obscure
lished in the National Intelligencer. To enable those or blot them from the history of this country. It has
who have had access to that report only to understand been exceedingly painful to me to take a part, and es.
the propriety of the quotations, the subjoined extract is pecially the part i have taken, in this debate. Recol.
given from the speech published in the Globe, where it lections of the past are thronging in my mind, and
first appeared, under his revision, as it is understood. weigh me down in sadness--almost in silence. Gladly
Some other differences also exist between the two rewould I have been spared this day. But. sir. when I ports, but they are not material to be noticed, to the those whom 1 hold in honor and respect-whom the
understanding of these remarks. country holds high-high in its estimation, are made the Extract.--" It was said, sir, that there had been thrilobject of attack such as we have witnessed, I should ling and unexampled eloquence of indignation at this miserably fail in my own sense of duty were I to sit in conspiracy of man-worship, servility, and corruption, silence. The day has not long gone by since I saw those displayed by the House of Representatives in that apwho now give sanction to this altack, and the party to propriation of three millions for the contingent necessawhich they belong, gladly, ay, anxiously, seeking the aid ry defence of the country from foreign aggression; but of the powerful arın of that great champion and defend. I trust that I have already shown, to the satisfaction of er of the constitution; since I saw this administration, this House, that all that eloquence was gratuitous, and reeling and tottering as it did under the tremendous I all that indignation wastefully squandered away, some
small portion of which might have been profitably ex- he feared no usurper in the White House, nor league of pended upon the foreign treaty-breakers, under whose demagogues in any other branch of the Legislature. injustice our own country was smarting. This indigna. He would not be the Cato on that floor to electioneer tion, and the temper with which it was manifested by for any man for President, nor did he believe that any these repeated insults to the House, did strike me as so effort made there would make one. The present Conextraordinary, and, I must add, so unreasonable, that it gress stood redeemed on that subject. Not many years was impossible to avoid the inquiry, where the real since a President was attempted to be made in another sting of that three million appropriation did lay, and quarter. Denunciations of a serious nature were made what it was that had excited this tempest of passion against him, and the people were called upon to sustain against it? And I thought the true motive was discern them. What did the people say? They said, away with ible in that unanimous vote of two hundred and seven your denunciations; we call for facts, and will be govteen ayes, in the House, demanding that the execution of erned by facts; and the people did decide. But, nothing the treaty should be insisted on. That vote, however | daunted with that, they were trying to play the same overlooked then, or now, had been neither unseen nor game over again. The batteries had been opened on unfelt. It was not only a departure from the do-nothing that floor, for the purpose of firing away on public opinpolicy of the Senate, but might be felt to contain a pun- ion. He came here for the purpose of discharging his gent, though tacit, rebuke upon that paralytic policy. duty as a representative of the people, and would do The three million appropriation was the complement that fearlessly; but he did not come here to make a and efficient energy of the unanimous vote of the pre-President, or to unmake one. The gentleman from ceding day. That vote was exclusively the act of the Virginia had told us that, upon the issue of the question House. The appropriation required the concurring under consideration, depended the presidential election. vote of the Senate; and that vote would have made the He admitted the superior sagacity of that gentleman; Senate the unwilling accessary to implied censure upon | but for the life of him he could not determine how its its own quietism under foreign wrong. The vote of the | termination would either make Judge White or Mr. Van House could not be nullified, but its efficient operations Buren President. The gentleman from Virginia had
be unnerved, by the refusal of the appropria- said that he (Mr. B.) had thrown obstacles in the way tion; and so the bloodless ghost of executive dictation, of an examination to prove corruption in certain gentleand man-worship, and servility, were conjured up; and men of the House. He was at a loss to know what the the overbearing arrogance of votes to adhere, and mes. gentleman meant. He would go into an investigation sages to remind, was substituted, for the deficiency of as far as that gentleman dare go. better reasons, for refusing the appropriation."
Mr. Wise said he did not charge the gentleman with When Mr. Evans concluded his remarks, several throwing obstacles in his way. The gentleman could members rose and addressed the Chair.
throw no stumblingblock in his way. He did say that Mr. BYNUM obtained the floor, but, the hour being the gentleman had been very particular to say that it late, he moved an adjournment; which was carried. was not proved that the House was responsible for the
failure of the appropriation bill. He did not know FRIDAY, JANUARY 29.
whether that was meant or not meant; and he was not
disposed to join issue with the gentleman. LAST YEAR'S FORTIFICATION BILL.
Mr. BYNUM was glad to find that the gentleman did The House resumed the consideration of the following | not accuse him of throwing obstacles in his way. He resolution, heretofore offered by Mr. J. Q. ADAMS: was opposed to no investigation. But the gentleman
Resolved, That so much of the message of the Presi- from Virginia had made a serious charge against some dent of the United States to Congress at the commence of the most prominent members of the House, and ment of the present session as relates to the failure, at against the President of the United States. He underthe last session of Congress, of the bill containing the stood the gentleman to say that the three million approordinary appropriations for fortifications, be referred to priation was procured, or attempted to be procured, by a select committee, with instructions to inquire into, certain individuals in the House, for secret service and report to the House, the causes and circumstances money. of the failure of that bill.
Mri WISE said he repeated that he understood that The question pending being the amendment of the chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, to amend the reso- | knew that the President desired it, and the chairman of lution by adding thereto the words “ with power to send the Committee on Foreign Affairs had told us that he for persons and papers"-
knew of it; but, instead of communicating it to the Mr. BYNUM said it was with sincere regret that he House officially, they only informed a few individuals found himself compelled to address the House on the of it, and told them to say nothing about it. present occasion; but he had rights which he was bound Mr. BYNUM said the gentleman had not answered to sustain, whenever they were invaded by friend or ene him at all. He would go with the gentleman, if he my. He had not risen for the purpose of making any would accept of his feeble company, in the investigation. thing like an electioneering speech. He protested | He asked him again if he understood him right when he against electioneering for Presidents in the House, and said the appropriation was to be procured for secret in every other legislative body.
wody. The people of the
The people of the service money! United States, in their sovereign capacity, had the ex- Mr. WISE said he had answered the question, and he clusive right to do that; and the House of Representa- | thought the gentleman from North Carolina was in the tives never should make a President. He knew that secret; but, as he was not, he would ask the honorable. there was an opinion abroad, that in the Congress of the Speaker of the House, who ought to tell; he would ask United States was combined the greater part of the in- honorable members of the House if the appropriation telligence, and some bad thought that it contained the was wanted for secret service money, or was it wanted greater part of the virtue, of the country; but he was for the defence of the country? not one of those who subscribed to that doctrine. He Mr. BYNUM said he asked for a direct answer. He believed there was to be found more virtue and intelli- had understood the gentleman to have made the assergence out of Congress than in it; and he felt proud that tion directly. If the President had attempted to impose it was so.
on the House for the purpose of extracting three millions So long as the people were intelligent and virtuous, ! for secret service money, he was for carrying the inves
tigation to the White House." He was for probing it to Borden, Bouldin, Bovee, Boyd, Briggs, Brown, Burns, the bottom. If he understood the gentleman right, he Bynum, William B. Calhoun, Carr, Casey, George was for purging the House of corruption, and the White Chambers, John Chambers, Chaney, Chapman, Chapin, House of despotism. Mr. B. said he had not the ability, John F. H. Claiborne, Coles, Connor, Corwin, Craig, he had not the intellectual power, to do that; and if the Cramer, Crane, Cushman, Davis, Deberry, Dickerson, gentleman from Virginia had, Judge White might step Dickson, Dromgoole, Dunlap, Efner, Evans, Everett, aside, and he would go for him for President, because Fairfield, Farlin, Fowler, French, Fry, Philo C. Fuller, he could do more than any other man in America. But William K. Fuller, James Garland, Gillet, Glascock, he thought lie understood the gentleman to oppose the Graham, Graves, Grennell, Haley, Joseph Hall, Hamer, resolution under consideration. He thought the gentle- Hannegan, Hard, Harlan, Samuel S. Harrison, Albert man ought to have seen the necessity of adopting the G. Harrison, Hawes, Hawkins, Haynes, Hazeltine, Henresolution, or something like it, for the purpose of ena- derson, Hiester, Hoar, Holsey, Hopkins, Howell, Hubbling him to carry on his investigation. The gentleman ley, Hunt, Huntington, Huntsman, Ingersoll, Jabez from Virginia had also said that there was a trained band Jackson, Janes, Joseph Johnson, Richard M. Johnson, in the House; but the gentleman did not tell us who be- Cave Johnson, Henry Johnson, John W. Jones, Benjamin longed to that trained band. It was but a short time Jones, Judson, Kennon, Kilgore, Kinnard, Klingensince the gentleman professed to belong to that same smith, Lane, Lansing, Lawler, Lawrence, Gideon Lee, band.
Joshua Lee, Luke Lea, Leonard, Logan, Loyall, Lucas, Mr. WISE said, let me plead not guilty of belonging Lyon, Abijah Mann, Job Mann, Martin, William Mason, to that band--never in my life.
Moses Mason, May, McKim, McLene, Montgomery, Mr. BYNUM said that the gentleman had been elected Moore, Morgan, Morris, Owens, Page, Parker, Patterby professing to belong to that party; and, if Mr. B. un- son, Patton, Dutee J. Pearce, James A. Pearce, Phelps, derstood him rightly, he was favorable to the principles Phillips, Pinckney, Potts, Reed, John Reynolds, Josepla of the present administration, and came to Congress a Reynolds, Ripley, Roane, Rogers, Schenck, Seymour, supporter of the President; and he appealed to the Augustine H. Shepperd, Shinn, Sloane, Smith, Sprague, members who were in Congress at that time to sustain Standefer, Steele, Sutherland, Taliaferro, Taylor, John him in the assertion.
Thomson, Toucey, Towns, Turner, Turrill, Underwood, Mr. WiSe said, when he spoke of the trained band, Vanderpoel, Wagener, Ward, Wardwell, Washington, he meant the trained band of the party on the night of | Weeks, Whittlesey, Sherrod Williams--160. the 3d March, 1835; and he begged leave to make a So the House refused to suspend the rules. distinction between the friends of the President and the Several engrossed bills were then read a third time friends of the party.
and passed.. Mr. BYNUM said he confessed that the gentleman Mr. HAWES, of Kentucky, moved that when the had got into an inexplicable difficulty. He had divided House adjourn, it should adjourn to Monday. the friends of the President from the friends of the party. The motion not being in order, he moved that the rules He saw that the gentleman's perspicacity was too keen of the House be suspended to allow of the resolution. for him to follow. The gentleman had stated, in the The vote being taken, there were, ayes 84, noes 61. commencement of this harangue, that be would tell the So the House refused to suspend the rules. whole truth. But he bad not told us that there were - Mr. ANTHONY moved that the House do now adpresidential partisans on the other side of the House. 1 journ. There were other parties besides the Van Buren party. The vote was taken by tellers, and the result was, There were a number of gentlemen elected under the ages 62, noes 59. influence of the President's name, but when they came So the House adjourned. to Congress they were suddenly changed to the other side. Mr. B. was proceeding in his remarks, when
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30. Mr. ASHLEY called for the orders of the day.
The question of order arising on the appeal from a Some conversation took place between Messrs. decision of the Chair, taken by Mr. Adams on the preWHITTLESEY, BELL, PATTON, WISE, PEYTON, sentation of a petition praying the abolition of slavery ADAMS, EVANS, and the CHAIR, as to the right of and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, having the gentleman from Missouri to submit the motion for been postponed to this day, the orders of the day, the House having suspended the Mr. ADAMS said tbat the House had already decided rules, in order to enable the gentleman from Massachu the question of appeal upon another petition. He should setts to introduce the resolution under discussion.
therefore move to lay the motion on the table. The SPEAKER decided that the motion was in order, After some conversation between Messrs. .BRIGGS, and that the pending debate, under the rules, could only | ADAMS, and the CHAIR, Mr. ADAMS withdrew his be continued, at that time, by a vote of two thirds. appeal, and the question on the reception of the petition
Mr. WISE then moved to suspend the rules for the | was laid over to Monday. purpose of permitting the discussion on the resolution to progress, and called for the yeas and nays on his motion;
SUFFERERS IN FLORIDA, which were ordered, and were as follows:
Mr. WHITE, of Florida, asked leave to introduce a YEAS-Messrs. Chilton Allan, Bell, Bond, Bunch, resolution relating to the unfortunate situation of the John Calhoon, Cambreleng, Campbell, Carter, Childs, Territory of Florida at this time. Nathaniel H. Claiborne, Clark, Cleveland, Cushing, Objection being made, Denny, Rice Garland, Granger, Grayson, Griffin, Ham Mr. WHITE moved to suspend the rules; which was mond, Hardin, Harper, Ingbam, Jarvis, Lincoln, Love, agreed to; and he then submitted the following joint res. Samson Mason, Maury, McComas, McKay, McKennan, olution: McKeon, Mercer, Miller, Milligan, Muhlenberg, Frank " Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives lin Pierce, Pettigrew, Peyton, Rencher, Robertson, of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Russell, Shields, Spangler, Storer, Waddy Thompson, That the President of the United States be authorized White, Lewis Williams, Wise--48.
to cause rations to be delivered from the public stores Nays-Messrs. Adams, Heman Allen, Anthony, Ash, to the unfortunate sufferers who have been driven from Ashley, Banks, Barton, Beale, Bean, Beaumont, Boon, their homes by Indian depredations, until they can be