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the members, and the committee, afterwards, when Mr.
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[H. of R. and said, “This is my business, Wise; not yours." And entirely subsided. I suggested that he should be perhe walked straight up to the witness where he saf, and mitted to ask another question or two, and that the comsaid to him nearly these words—I will endeavor to give mittee should discharge the witness before it adjourned; his very words, however harsh: “ You talk about my so that Mr. Peyton might become calm, and not retire shielding myself behind my constitutional privileges. at the same time with the witness. This course was Now, I tell you that I claim no constitutional privileges adopted, and successfully pursued. Whitney came back to protect me from your insults in my presence; and you into the committee room, after he had retired, entirely d-thief and robber, if you dare to insult me, here bumbled, I thought, and answered the next question or elsewhere, to my tace, I will put you to death on the propounded in the only becoming manner he exhibited spot!" The chairman had called me to order, and I had at all. Such, sir, is a true statement of the whole iranssat down; he immediately called my friend back to his action, and such was the part in it which I bore. I put it seat; for it is but due, Mr. Speaker, to the chairman to the members of the committee to say whether what to say that he has done his duty, in all respects, on that Whitney has published of my conduct on that occasion committee. My friend took his seat, when the witness is correct; whether, with the exception of my first de. rose, and began to say, " Mr. Chairman, I have been nunciation of his insolence, and of my after expression summoned to appear before this committee, and I claim that he was not worthy of notice, my interposition was its protection" -He did not finish the sentence be not peaceful. Sir, I acted on the occasion the part of a fore my friend ruse, and told him to sit down. "Sit pacificator. He says I approached him with my friend down, sir! you have no right to speak bere but in wri. to ogle him and frown him down. It is true I did apting, and you shall not ulter a word; if you speak another proach him, and eye him, when I suspected his design Ford, I will" - Sir, I do not remember here exactly to draw a weapon; I stood ready and watchful to proiect what he said he would do; he used many harsh epithets, my friend; but I call upon every gentleman on the comsuch as "dad scoundrel.” The witness uttered not mittee, of all parties, friend or foe, to say whether I have a word, but he was standing, and immediately advanced not stated the facts truly. I say that no part or parcel, his left foot, and put his right hand in his pantaloons jot or title, of the statement of that infamous wretch right pocket. I was standing then imniediately belind (Whitney) is true, except the one statement of the ques. my friend, and, seeing Whitney assume this attitude, I
tion and answer. He states nothing as it occurred, and walked quickly around the end of the table, near to something that did not occur at all. I call upon the Whitney's left side. I expected him to draw a deadly chairman of the committee, who should be the best wit. Weapon on my friend. I watched the motion of that ness, to say if these are not the facts. right arm, the elbow of which could be seen by me; and, Mr. GARLAND, of Virginia, said that it was extremehat it moved one inch, he had died upon the spot! ly unpleasant to bim at any time, and under any circumThat was my determination. Let me not be misunder stances, to make a statement in reference to a personal stood or misrepresented. I mean to say that, if he had controversy; but, from the various hues, in various direcdrawn his deadly weapon on my friend, it should never tions, which had been given to the transaction referred to have done its execution. I considered my friend in immi- by his colleague, [Mr.
' Wisk,] he thought it due to the hent danger, and stood prepared to arrest it-to prevent committee, to the House, and to the country, lhat a corhis life from being taken by a villain, who wore every
rect statement should be made. Mr. G. said, without appearance and assumed the very attitude of an insidi expressing any opinion in regard to the "card" referus assassin. Happily I had no occasion to interpose, red to, or any other part of the transaction, he would but in a friendly manner to force my friend away, who simply say that the statement of the facts and circumbad, seeing the position of the witness, put his hand in stances related by his colleague was substantially correct, his bosom. I stepped in between them, took hold of and detailed very much as they happened. Some things Mr. Parros, caught him by his waistcoat, and closed it. stated he did not see; others occurred which were omit. I told him Whitney's blood was not worth spilling, and ted, not affecting the substantial correctness of the nar. was not fit to stain any man he was not worthy of his rative. Mr. G. said he did not see the scowl and connoice. My friend sai down, saying, “Yes, he is worth temptuous look which the gentleman from Tennessee my notice when he comes to my face and insults me. I states Mr. Whitney to have given bim; his eyes were would notice any d—d dog!” The chairman expos turned in another direction at the time it is said to have Culated with him, and my friend replied, " You have not happened; but he distinctly remembers hearing the genseen him, sir; he has been looking at me-looking at me
tleman from Tennessee complain of it at the time, and sir; and he shall not look at me again! I submit ii to as the principal cause of his excitement. Mr. G. sad Foi, sir, whether I have not treated him as if he were a the occurrence was very sudden, and the gentleman gentleman.” The Chair remonstrated against further from Tennessee was certainly very much excited. He disorder. Whitney had not uttered a word after he was said that, with a view to restore grief, he stated to Mr. ordered by my friend to be silent, and did not until Whitney that a question would arise as to the disposition after he had retired and returned to the committee of his answer, and that he must retire; which he did.
Mr. Hamer had been speaking; the witness was After Mr. Whitney had left the room, Mr. Perton be requested to retire.
Mr. Hamer offered the resolution came more tranquil, apologized to the committee, and you have heard read; it passed unanimously; witness was stated that he had been very much excited on account Called in; the chairman returned him his offensive answer, of the insult which he regarded as having been given him and informed him of the resolution, and he immediately in the answer of Mr. Whitney, and the scowl and consaid: "Hr. Chairman, if I have been disrespectful to the temptuous look with which it was accompanied. Mr. comunitee, I regret it,'sir, and apologize for it.” The clerk Whitney was then called in, and the resolution of the took a wn his words immediately, unknown to most of committee in reference to his answer read to him; he
then apologized to the committee in the terms contained By: Withdrew his motion, because the committee concur Mr. GILLET said he rose to make but a few suggesTed unanimously, I bought, that the clerk had correct. tions. The situation in which he stood, as a member of ly recorded it already. Thus ended the whole affair. the select committee, required him to make a few re. I went to the chairman, to Mr. HAMER, Mr. Martin, marks, lest his silence should be misconstrued. It would
be obvious to all who frequently attend our courts of bezged them not to adjourn until my friend's excitement justice, that it is hardly possible for nine persons to wit
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ness a transaction, and all concur in giving their testi. placing this matter before the public was highly excepmony concerning it, though all might be equally and tionable. perfectly honest. Each would remember the part that He had entirely abstained from stating one word of made the strongest impression on his mind-one would what did occur, as he recollected it. Before he sat pay more attention to the words spoken, while another down, he should propose a resolution in these words: would particularly note the gestures. He much doubt. Resolved, That the select committee, of which the ed whether, if each member of the committee should re. honorable James Ganland is chairman, be directed to re. tire to his room, and write out what he recollected of port to this House the facts in relation to the difficulty the transaction in the committee room, any two would ibat occurred between Mr. PEYTON, a member of that be found to agree upon the order and details of it. It committee, and Mr. Whitney, a wilness called before would not be strange if they differed as much in their ac that committee, while said witness was under examinacounts as Mr. Whitney differed in his with either gentle. tion. man who had spoken on this subject. This disagreement He did not know that the House was desirous of be. of persons in their accounts of what had transpired was coming acquainted with the occurrence referred to; but perfecily reconcilable with honest intentions; conse. if it was, he thought this would be a suitable and proper quently, he shoull not impeach the character of mem. manner of obtaining the facts. The narrative given by bers of the committee, or of the witness who was before the witness had been, he understood from those who them, if all did not concur in the order and details of had listened to gentlemen who preceded him, objected what had transpired. Unless we can agree among our.
to as inaccurate or untrue. If ibe committee be requiselves as to that occurrence, we could not, with any pro. red to report the facts, the correctness of this statement priety, condemn one who differed no more from us than would be tested. This would be doing justice to its we a'nong ourselves.
author and to the objectors. Then the public mind, He had just come in from the committee room, and which is feverish with continued excitement on ques. did not understand how this discussion arose, nor the pre tions of a disputed character, would be tranquillized cise object that was in view. He presumed it was intend and settled on one at least. Continual talking on the ed to put the House and country in possession of an ac- subject would no more settle this question than it had curate and true account of what occurred between Mr. setiled those which the committee were ordered to in. Peyton and Mr. Whitney. As so many jarring accounts quire about. True, the committee cannot, perhaps, had gone forth, such a desire is not without reason in report the intentions of those who were the principal its favor. He had not heard the accounts given by those
actors in the scene. He had understood these inten. who preceded him, and hence he could not say whether tions, in whole or in pari, had been already communica. those accounts were in accordance with his own recol. lted in the House. He presumed those who had gone lection or not. It was no part of his purpose to express largely into details did not intentionally give more than an opinion at this time of ihe correctness of the state. what was recollected; and he would say that he had not ments of others, and certainly none in relazion to state yet heard it alleged by any one that Mr. Whitney's acments which he had heard only in part. Nor would he count had been amplified beyond the truth, except in a now express any opinion concerning the card of Mr. single word in the relation of what he said after he reWhitney. The gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Wise) turned to the committee. He should not express any had a day or two ago given notice to the commiltee that, personal wish as to the disposition of ihis matter. If its when the report should be made to the House, as he importance entitled it to the consideration of the House, understood him, he should bring up the subject of that he thought the same reasons would impel us to seek the card, and should Jeny the truth of all, except the copies undisputed truth, and place it before the public; and by of the question and answer. At that time, and not at that be judged. the present, he expected this malter would come up as This a subject of discussion.
was what lie did not intend to do. The matter affirmed not generally expected it to come up to-day, and he be. 10 be true or untrue might be misreported, and the lieved they were not generally in; but if they were, he affirmation be made to cover statements never intended strongly doubied the propriety of members rising in to be vouched for or denied. From differences in rectheir places and making verbal reports of what they rec ollection new controversies might arise, giving birth to ollected. He thought it better that the committee should feelings not to be designedly promoted by this House, agree among themselves, as far as they were capable of and not productive of good any where. Thus far, he doing so, as to what had transpired, and present it in understood, the statements of facts had been mingled a tangible and definite shape, so that it would command with much other malter not well calculated to enable credence wherever it went. When the committee shall others to understand them. If the committee should agree, the country will feel an assurance that they have report the facts, they would not be interspersed with arrived at the truth.
biling and criminating epithets beaped upon the wite If we cannot agree upon the facts, how, sir, are those ness, having nothing to do with what iranspired in the who report what we now say to agree? Will every re
committee room. He thought the true way of arriving porter and letter-writer give the same account of what at the truth was to call for it in an authentic form, and we affirm in the matter? He thought he hazurded noth. then the House could judge where the blame ought to ing in saying, not two of all these would agree. It will This he thought due to all parties, and could not be the same with others who hear what we now say. fairly be objected to by any one. He therefore would Nay, sir, before we leave this House a difference of rec. send to the Speaker the resolution which he had read, ollection will be found to prevail as to what we have and ask the House lo adopt it. said. By tv-morrow we shall find a very wide differ (This motion, the reception of it being objected to, ence in this respect. As the news of the debate spreads, was not in order at this time.] these differences will multiply in proportion to the dis Mr. WISE then again rose to conclude his remarks, tance they travel, and all will remain in uncertainty. which he had not finished before Mr. GILLET rose. Newspaper readers will fall into the errors of the pub. He said: Sir, in continuation of my statement, I have to lishers, and while one part of the community will be remark that my friend from Tennessee is pardonable lieve one account, other portions may equally believe for much he said and did on that occasion. He spoke others, and all wide from the truth. From these, many barsh words, but under the strongest excitement. among other considerations, he thought this manner of I We both looked upon Reuben M. Whitney as a base
He thought the old come up as This endorsing or denying the allegations de cherg
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minion of executive power, who went there with a pre first appeared; and he had not taken the trouble to look determination to insult us. He came, backed and en at it since. But, as he was up, he would say that, with. dorsed, and prompted by the highest authority, to brow. out going into particulars, the outlines of the transacbeat and taunt us, and to trample upon the power of a tion, as given by the gentleman from Tennessee and committee constitutionally raised by the representatives the gentleman from Virginia, were substantially correct. of the people to detect and expose his villanous connex. He thought it due to himself to state what had been ion with the executive branch of the Government. My his own course in the matter. When the excitement friend regarded the wretch as a mere agent, a miserable took place, and the honorable chairman called “or. tool of others-others the highest in power. It was too der,” he (Mr. H.) rose and commenced making a much, sir, to suffer his authorized insults. My friend speech, the object of which was to aid the chairman in did not treat him as an equal; but he was transported producing order out of disorder. He had continued with passion at his insolence and effrontery. He did upon the foor, occasionally interrupted by other gen. and said many things which became not himself, but tlemen, until he closed his remarks by submitting the which Whitney richly deserved. As soon as he became resolution which was unanimously adopted by the comcalm and cool, he apologized to the committee in the mittee. He thought the resolution due to the commit. most respectful terms.
tee, due to the individual member involved, and due to The gentleman from New York (Mr. Gillet) says the witness himself, who had in some measure provoked that many things which Whitney says are true."" Tre. what followed. peat, sir, that no part or parcel, jot or tittle, of his state. His (Mr. H's) opinion was, that a witness called be. ment, except the question and answer, is true; it is whol. fore a committee, having an interrogatory propounded ly false in matter and manner; in fact, and coloring, and to him, ought either to answer or to decline. if he de. contest-emphatically false-false in italics! His state. clined answering a question, that was enough. He had ment as to his apology when he returned to the commit. no right to proceed further, and make remarks about tee, I venture to say, no member of the committee will the committee, or an individual member of it, which vouch; and that he makes especially a marked statement were of a personal character, or which reflected upon by words in italics. In this he is wilfully and brazenly them in any manner disrespectfully. Such a practice false; and no member on the committee can endorse his could not be tolerated, and the committee were unanistatement. The gentleman from New York (Mr. Gil. mously of that opinion. LIT) says he will not undertake here to make a state After this sudden gust of passion, this momentary ex. ment. Sir, I care not whether he does or not. I have citement, the gentleman from Tennessee expressed his my statement confirmed by my honorable colleague, regret, and apologized to the committee for what had (Mr. GARLAND,) and that is all I want. It may be, sir taken place on bis part. The witness was called back, I do not say it is so-but it may be likely, that some and apologized to the committee for any thing he bad gentleman who was present so lost his wits on the occa done of a disrespectful character. He (Mr. H.) had sion that he could not make a statement if he were to hoped the whole matter would have remained there; but try! Now, it is proposed to couple the name of my it seemed that by some means it had got out, and was friend in a resolution with that of R. M. Whitney. I travelling through the country in the newspapers. False hope, sir, the House will not so degrade my friend, by and exaggerated statements, in regard to it, were no the association even of names. What! couple the name doubt circulated in public journals; and although he of a villain, pensioned for his perjury, with the name of deprecated all discussions of this sort, yet he thought BALIE Peyton, in the same resolution! Sir, if you had The gentleman from Tennessee perfectly justifiable in been present and witnessed the scene of that night, you bringing the subject before the House, for the purpose would have been struck with the immense difference be. of making a statement in his own defence. tween the two men.
I will tell you what you would Having said thus much, he would trouble the House bave seen: you would have seen the high elevation of an no further. honest, bold, courageous, manly, noble disposition, The House then adjourned.' above a low, base, cowering, cowardly, dishonest pretch! That, sir, was the only spectacle you would
MONDAY, FEBRUARI 6. have seen. And I say, sir, let those of the two classes of spirits then present be respectively consorted together
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. and assimilated to each other!
A message was received from the Senate, informing Mr. HAMER (a member of the committee) said that the House of its concurrence in the report of the joint he should not detain the House with any remarks of his, committee appointed to consider and report upon the were it not for an observatio: that fell from the gentle mode of counting out the votes for President and Vice man from Tennessee, (Mr. Pertos,) and bad been re. President of the United States. peated by the gentleman from Virginia who last occu Mr. THOMAS moved that the House concur with the pied the floor, (Mr. Wise.] They had stated that the Senate in the report and resolutions thereto appended, gentleman from Virginia had notified the members of the as reported by him to this House on Saturday evening, committee, that when this subject came before the House, as follows: he would call upon them to pronounce Mr. Whitney's “ The committee on the part of the House of Represent. tard false in every part, except so much as related to atives, appointed to join such committee as might be the proceedings of the committee. If he (Mr. H.) appointed on the part of the Senate, to ascertain and re. now remained silent, after what had occurred, it might port a mode of examining the votes for President and be inferred that he had borne testimony to the falsehood Vice President of the United States; of notifying the per. so charged. He did not intend that any such inference sons elected of their election; and also to inquire into should be drawn. He agreed with the gentleman from the expediency of ascertaining whether any votes were New York, (Mr. GillET,] that no nine individuals who given at the recent election contrary to the prohibition might be present at an affair of this kind could be found, contained in the second section of the second article of who would afterwards stale all the details alike; and at this the constitution; and, if any such votes were given, what time he would not go into details. As to Mr. Whitney's ought to be done with them; and whether any and what "card,” he would neither pronounce it true nor false. provision ought to be made for securing the faithful ob. He had, as he stated in conversation with the gentleman servance in future of that section of the constitution,' from Virginia the other day, read it but hastily, when it I report:
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“That the short period at which they were appointed votes as they shall be declared; that the result shall be before the day on which the votes for President and delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall anVice President of the United States have to be counted, nounce the state of the vote, and the persons elected, to has prevented them from investigating the facts submit the two Houses assembled as aforesaid, which shall be ted to their examination as fully as might have been done, deemed a declaration of the persons elected President had more time been allowed. The corsespondence and Vice President of the United States; and, together which has taken place between the chairman of the with a list of votes, be entered on the journals of the committee and the heads of the different departments of two Houses. the executive branch of the Government accompanies " Resolved, That, in relation to the votes of Michigan, if this report, from which it appears that Isaac Waldron, the counting or omitting to count them shall not essenwho was an elector in New Hampshire, was, at the time tially change the result of the election, they shall be reof his appointment as elector, president of a deposite ported by the President of the Senate in the following ! bank at Portsmouth, and was appointed and acting as manner: Were the votes of Michigan to be counted, the pension agent, without compensation, under the authori- result would be, for A B for President of the United Ty of the United States; that, in two cases, persons of States, votes; if not counted, for A B for Presithe same names with the individuals who were appointed dent of the United States, votes; but, in either and voted as electors in the State of North Carolina, | event, A B is elected President of the United States. held the offices of deputy postmasters under the General And in the same manner for Vice President." Government. It also appears that in New Hampshire Mr. MERCER was understood to make an inquiry of there is one case; in Connecticut there is one case; in the chairman (Mr. THOMAS) in relation to the fact, North Carolina there is one case; in wbich, from the re whether any votes have been given by persons not comport of the Postmaster General, it is probable that, at petent, under the constitution of the United States, to the time of the appointment of electors in these States, voie as electors of President and Vice President. respectively, the electors, or persons of the same names, Mr. THOMAS said a few words in explanation. The were deputy postmasters. The committee have not as. commitee, on investigation, had found that there were certained whether the electors are the same individuals three individuals in North Carolina, one in New Hampwho held, or are presumed to bave held, the offices of sbire, and one in Connecticut, elecied to the electoral deputy postmasters at the time when the appointment of college, who bore the same name with those of individ. electors was made; and this is the less to be regretted, uals who were deputy postmasters under the General as it is confidently believed that no change in the result Government; and the impression on the minds of the of the election of either the President or Vice President committee was, that they were consequently the same would be effected by the ascertainment of the face in individuals. either way, as five or six votes only would in any event The committee, he said, came to the conclusion that, be abstracted from the whole number; for the commit- whether these votes were counted or not, the general tee cannot adopt the opinion entertained by some, that a result would not be affected, and they did not feel single illegal vote would vitiate the whole electoral vote themselves authorized to recommend their rejection. of the college of electors in which it was given, partice. The chief reason was, that it would be a very delicate larly in cases where the vote of the whole college has power, to be exercised on the part of Congress, to deterbeen given for the same persons.
mine upon the qualification of electors of President and " The committee are of opinion that the second section Vice President of the United States. It was with the of the second article of the constitution, which declares committee, also, a matter of considerable doubt wheth. that no Senator, or Representative, or person holding er, if such an inquiry should be gone into, it did not be. an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall long to the electoral college itself to judge of the qualibe appointed an elector,' ought to be carried in its fications of its own members. The committee, however, whole spirit into rigid execution, in order to prevent had expressed a very decided disapprobation of any offiofficers of the General Government from bringing their cer of the General Government participating, in the official power to influence the elections of President and manner these gentlemen had done, in the election of Vice President of the United States. This provision of President and Vice President of the United States; and the constitution, it is believed, excludes and disqualifies they had proposed a remedy, by either giving the power deputy postmasters from the appointment of electors; to reject to the college or to Congress, as might be and the disqualification relates to the time of the ap.
deemed most expedient. pointments; and that a resignation of the office of depuiy Mr. CAMBRELENG stated, in addition, what had been postmaster, after his appointment as elector, would not omiited by the gentleinan from Maryland, that it appearentille bim to vote as elector under the constitution. led, from examining the list of reappointments of deputy
“Should a case occur in which it became necessary to postmasters, that the gentlemen referred to had proba. ascertain and determine upon the qualifications of elect. biy all resigned before they gave in their votes for Presors of President and Vice President of the United States, ident and Vice President. the important question would be presented—what tri. Mr. THOMAS had not adverted to that fact, because bunal would, under the constitution, be competent to the committee came unanimously to the conclusiun that decide? Whether the respective colleges of electors in they were not eligible at the time they were elected, the different States should decide upon the qualifications and therefore the whole proceeding was vitiated al of their own menibers, or Congress should exercise the initio. power, is a question which the committee are of opinion Mr. CRARY called for a division of the question. He ought to be seitled by a permanent provision upon the was disposed to vote for the first clause of the resolution, subject.
but not for that part which made a disposition of the ** The committee at present, and in part, report the
electoral votes of the State of Michigan. He thought following resolutioos:
that Michigan ought to be placed on an equal footing “ Resolved, That the two Houses shall assemble in the with the original States. The resolution made a distinc. chamber of House of Representatives on Wednesday tion in the votes unfavorable, and, as he conceived, unjust, next at 12 o'clock, and the President of the Senate shall to bis own State. Michigan was now a sovereign Slate be the presiding officer; that one person be appointed of the Union, and, if the election of President should a teller on the part of the Senate, and two on the part come before the House, she would be entitled to & vole of the House of Representatives, to make a list of the in her sovereign character.
Feb. 6, 1837.)
Colonization Society - Abolition of Slavery.
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When Indiana was in an analogoơs position, her elec. | House. In obedience to the wishes of his fair constitu. toral votes were received and counted. It was true that ents, whom it was at all times his pleasure to serve, he the votes of Missouri, in 1821, were placed in the same had to present petitions praying for the abolition of sla. position that those of Michigan now are; but on the very and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, ground solely that Missouri was not a State of the Union from 3,824 ladies of the city of Lowell and the towns of at the time the electoral votes of the States were count. Amesbury, Andover, Flaverhill, Newburyport, Reading, ed. Michigan was now in the Union, and Congress and Salisbury, in the State of Massachusetts. ought not to place her votes in a position so equivocal These petitions were accordingly received and laid on 89 they were found in the resolution before us. They the table, without debate or commitment, under the res. were not rejected by it, nor were they received. He olution of the House. thought they ought to be received, and to enable him to Mr. CUSHING said he had now to beg pardon of the express that opinion be bad moved a division of the gentleman from New Hampshire, his nearest neighbor
at home, [Mr. CUSHMAN,] for appearing to interfere in The resolutions were then severally concurred in any way with that gentleman's concerns. He (Mr. re without a division.
CUSHING) was not aware that the ladies of New HampCOLONIZATION SOCIETY.
shire had any general objection to the propounding of
the previous question; but, on this occasion, they had The House then proceeded to the unfinished business, distinguished him with their preference, so far as to de. being the petition presented on Monday last, from citi- sire to make him their organ in their communications to zens of the State of Kentucky, praying liberal pecu. ithe House. nary aid from Congress in favor of the objects of the Mr.CUSHMAN signified his acquiescence, and
Mr. CUSHING proceeded to present petitions from The sa'd petition had been referred to the Committee the ladies of Alstead, Bedford, Boscawen, Canaan, Conon Foreign Affairs; and the question now pending was cord, Durham, Franconia, Gilmanlon, Groton, Hampton the motion heretofore submitted by Mr. Adaus, to recon. | Falls, Hanover, Haverbill, Hebron, Henniker, Hillsbosider the note by which the petition had been referred rough, Keene, Lancaster, Lincoln, Lyndeborough, Madto the said committee.
bury, Mount Vernon, New Hampton, New Market, Mr. HUNTSMAN moved the previous question, but | Orange, Raymond, Salem, and Salisbury, all in the State withdrew the motion at the suggestion of
of New Hampshire, praying for the abolition of slavery Mr. CALHOON, on his promise to renew the same. and the slave trade in the District of Columbia; which Mr. C. said he felt it due to the individuals whose petitions were severally received and laid on the table, names were altached to the petition to say, from his own under the resolution of the House.
certain petitions from spectability, and he was sure that not a single man other States than that of which he is a representative, amongst them could be charged with abolition. He did Mr. ROBERTSON raised the question of order, not think that, in his whole congressional district in the whether one member had a right to present petitions State of Kentucky, there was a single abolitionist. If from other citizens than those of his own State. there was, he (MP. c.) did not know him. For himself,
The SPEAKER said it had been the uniform practice he did not think that there was any connexion between of the House that a member might present petitions the Colonization Society and the abolition of slavery. from any State in the Union, provided those petitionsHe should be gratified that the memorial should be re.
were bona fide sent to him for presentation by the citiferred. And he would now, according to promise, zens interested in them. If one member were to transrenew the call for the previous question.
fer his petitions to another for presentation, the question Mr. PATTON moved to lay the motion to reconsider would then come up in a different form.
Mr. ROBERTSON appealed from the decision, but MP. ADAMS asked of the candor of the llouse to per- withdrew the appeal.. mit him to say a few words.
And Mr. ADAMS baving proceeded to present a petiThe SPEAKER said that neither the call for the pre- tion from ceriain inhabitants of New Hampshire, vious question nor the motion to lay on the table could
Mr. BOON renewed the point of order; and
The SPEAKER baving repeated his decision, After some desultory conversation as to the effect of Mr. BOON took an appeal therefrom. the motion to lay on the table the motion to reconsider, The appeal was debated by Messrs. BOON, HARDIN, in which Messrs. PATTON, DENNY, MERCER, MERCER, VINTON, LANE, and VANDERPOEL; ADAMS, and PINCKNEY, participated,
when, to save time, Mr. BOON withdrew the appeal. The question on the motion to lay the motion to re Mr. CHAMBERS, of Kentucky, renewed it. consider on the table was taken, and decided in tlie af Mr. PATTERSON demanded the previous question. krmative: Yeas 121, nays not counted.
Mr. GLASCOCK asked the gentleman from Ohio to So the motion to reconsider was laid on the table.
withdraw the motion, on a promise to renew it, so as to A similar petition, presented on Monday last, came enable him (Mr. G.) to submit a remark. up as the unfinished business, on the motion to refer Mr. PATTERSON did not withdraw it; and the House the same to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
seconded the demand for the previous question. On motion of Mr. JARVIS, the whole subject was laid Mr. GLASCOCK called for the yeas and nays on or.
dering the main question; which were refused. ABOLITION OF SLAVERY.
And the main question was ordered to be now taken. Petitions and memorials being called for in the order Mr. DAVIS called for the yeas and nays on the main of States and Territories,
question; which were ordered. Mr. CUSHING said he was charged with a commis. And the main question, “Shall the decision of the tion of some delicacy, respecting which he craved the Chair stand as the judgment of the House?" was taken, indulgence of the House. It happened that in his dis and decided in the affirmative: Yeas 139, nays 29. rict the fair sex greatly outnumbered the other, and So the House affirmed the decision of the Chair. the better balf of creation was no half at all; it was two Mr. ADAMS said he wished the House to recollect thirds; so that he was probably the immediate repre that more time, thrice told, had been consumed in dekritative of more ladies than any other member of the I bating (bis appeal than he had taken up, or should take
on the table.
on the table.