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them, and seeking to pass away the time. I knew this, and made allowance accordingly; but I still wished that they could understand the gravity of such an assembly, and show so much respect to it as to repay the privilege of admission by striving to excite as little attention as possible, and by having the patience to sit still when they happened not to be amused, till some interruption gave them the opportunity to depart quietly. If they had done this, Judge Porter would not have moved that they should be appointed seats in the gallery instead of below; and they would have been guiltless of furnishing a plea for the exclusion of women, who would probably make a better use of the privilege, from the galleries of other Houses of Parliament.” 1
For a long time the rule against the admission of ladies to the floor was often suspended.
Miss Martineau had another complaint to make. “When I was at Washington," she said, "albums were the fashion and the plague of the day. I scarcely ever came home but I found an album on my table or requests for autographs; but some ladies went much farther than petitioning a foreigner who might be supposed to have leisure. I have actually seen them stand at the door of the Senate Chamber, and send the doorkeeper with an album, and a request to write in it, to Mr. Webster and other eminent members. I have seen them do worse; stand at the door of the Supreme Court, and send in their albums to ChiefJustice Marshall while he was on the bench hearing pleadings. The poor President (Jackson) was terribly persecuted; and to him it was a real nuisance, as he had no poetical resource but Watts's hymns. I have seen verses and stanzas of a most ominous purport from Watts, in the President's very conspicuous handwriting, standing in the midst of the crowquill compliments and translucent charades which are the staple of albums. Nothing was done to repress this atrocious impertinence of the ladies. I always declined writing more than name and date; but Senators, judges, and statesmen submitted to write gallant nonsense at the request of any woman who would stoop to desire it." 2
The New York Senate, as far as I have observed, is the only branch of a State Legislature that directly provides in its rules for the admission of ladies to the floor. The rules of the Kansas 1 Retrospect of Western Travel, 1, 180.
2 Ibid., I, 154.
House, but not the Senate, specify “the wives and families of members.' The Missouri Senate by rule provides seats in the rear and at the side of the chamber for wives and families. Doubtless in various other assemblies they are admitted by custom. It is not a wise practice from any point of view.
Abbott, Joseph C., and votes for in- | Alberta, women chosen in, 213.
Aldermen, meaning of, 43.
Alexander, De A. S., quoted, 649.
the Sedition law, 484.
favors property as basis for represen- expulsion, 429.
Alvord, Sir Edward, and writing in the
Seal” election case, 202; and resi- American Bar Assn., advocates change
179; Storey's address to, quoted, 389.
303; a stockholder, 410; as to cor-
ruption, 411; and punctuality, 626.
affair, 286, 418.
effect of on pending business, 164; sessions, 139, 158.
meaning of, 181. See also Periods. Ancient and Honorable Artillery Com-
Anderson, Frank M., and arrests for
violating Alien and Sedition laws,
Andrew, John A., opposes residence
frequency of elections in, 113; terms Andrews, John, and costume of Sam
assemble twice a month, 154: raises
Austin, James T., opposes property as
of property as basis of representation, ments on Hamilton's views as to ten-
34; has smallest House, 88; effect of nuity of Senate in, 63; election of
solution in, 190; contested elections
35; continuity of Senate in, 62; dual office-holding in, 270; substi-
be misrepresentative, 336.
Baker, Edward B., and appointment of
members to office, 447.
branch should represent property,
75; challenged to a duel, 260.
bills over, 163; and attendance, 619. as to the Connecticut charter and two
chambers, 17; on power of Legis-
lature to convene itself, 175; on sal-
New York, and the Socialist mem- sessions, 152.
Baltimore, Lord, receives complaint of
in, 211; property qualification in, Bank officers, disqualified, 254.