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was reserved by the several acts for the admission of said seve. ral States in the Union, to be applied to the laying out and construction of roads leading to the said States respectively, be, and the saine is hereby, relinquished to said State respectively, to be paid over to such person or persons as may be authorized to receive the same, to be applied by said States respectively, to such roasis or canals within their several limits, as they think proper: Provided the Legislatures of each of said States shall, before receiving any part of the said sund, pass an act, irrevocable without the consent of Congress, assenting to the provi. sions of this act."
Mr. C. advocated his amendment at length, and was followed in the dehate by Messrs. PRESTON, YOUNG, WEBSTER, CALHOUN, and WHITE; when, without taking a question,
The bill for the discontinuance of the office of surveyor general in the several districts, 90 soon as the surveys therein can be completed; for abolishing land ofhces under certain circunstances; and to abolish the ofiice of solicitor of the General Land Office, was laken up, the questio. Duing on the amem men proposed by Mr. CLAY Of Alabama, which was in effect to strike out "Solicitor" and insert "Recorder."
Mr. CLAY of Alabama addressed the Senate in favor of, and Mr. KING in opposition to, the amendment, wher, on morion of Mr. WHITE, the further consideration of the bill was postponed until to-morrow.
CUMBERLAND ROAD. The bill for the continuation of the Cumberland road in the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, was then taken up, the question being on the substitute proposed by Mr. CLAY of Alabama yesterilay.
Mr. WAITE addressed the Senate at much length in favor of the bill, and in opposition to the amendment, and was replied lo by Mr. CLAY of Kentucky, Mr. LUMPKIN, and Mr. ROANE.
The debate was further continued hy Messss. SMITII of Indiana, CLAY of Alabama, ANDERSON, and PIERCE; wlien
The question was taken on the substitute, and it was rejected, by the following vote:
YEAS--Messrs. Calhoun, Clay of Alabama, Dixon, lenderson, Hubbard, King, Lumpkin, Pierce, Prenu135, Preston, Roane, and Ruggles--12.
NAYS-Messis. Allen, Anderson, Benton, Brown, B'chanan, Clay of Keniu ky, Crittenden, Davis, Fullon, Grundy, Linn, Merrick, Nicholas, Porter, Robinson, Sevier, Smith of Indiana, Suthard, Strange, Siurgeon. Tallmadge, Tappan, Webster, White, Wright, and Young-26.
Mr. GRUNDY said that, as the season would be far advanced he ore this bill would be finally acted on in the Ilouse, and as the amount appropriatel could not be profitably expended the present season, he moved to reduce the sum in each state from $150 000 to $10.000.
Mr. PRESTON moved as an amendment to the amendment that '$100.000" be stricken out, and 975 000" inserted.
The question was then taken on Mr. PRESTON's amendment, and it was agreed to—ayes 23, noes 17, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Calhoun, Clay of Ala: bama, Clay of Kentucky, Crittenden, Cuthbert, Davis. Dixon, Fulton, Hubbard, King, Lumpkin. Perce, Pren'iss, Preston, Roane, Ruggles. Sevier, Southard, Strange, Webster, and Wright--23
NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Benton, Buchanan, Grundy, liender. son, Linn, Merrick, Nicholas, Porter, Robinson, Smith of Indi. ana. Sturgeon, Tallmadge, Tappan, Wall, White, and Young -17.
The question then being about to be put on the engrossment of the bill,
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky intimated his wish to address the senate on the bill, and on his motion
The Senate adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WEDNESDAY, Aprill, 1810. The SPEAKER announced that the question before the Houze was the amendinent of the gentleman from Louisiana (Mr. R. GARLAND) to discharge the Comunitiee of Elections from the consideration of certain testiinopy.
Mr. MEDILL, who hail the flour, resuined his remarks in support of the report of the committee of elections, and having concluded before the expiration of the morning hour
Mr. FILLMORE rose to address the House in reply.
Mr. BELL rose and said that as the morning hour had nearly expired, it would be better for the gentleman to postpone his remarks till co-morrow, and that he (Mr. B.) should go on in continuation of his speech on the bill to secure the freedom of elections.
Mr. FILLMORE said he was perfectly satisfied to give way to the gentleman, provided that ihere was an understanding that he could have the floor to morrow.
Mr. CUSHING said he could not consent to any arrange. ment which would protract a discussion that had already lasted too long. If the gentleman from New York wished to speak, he desired that he should go on and enable the subject to be dis. posed of. He thought that some of the other States besides ihe State of New Jersey, should be heard on that floor, on subjects of interest to them.
Mr. UNDERWOOD inquired if the gentleman had not al. ready spoken twice on this subject; and whether he was not entitled to the floor.
Mr. CUSHING said it was evident that, if this discussion and recrimination was to go on, it would consume the morning hour for months, and would be extended ad infinitum.
Mr. FILLMORE then addressed the House a short time, and gave wäy,
When explanations were made by Messrs. RANDOLPH MEDILL, CAMPBELL of South Carolina, and FILLMORE, which la ter gentleman was on the floor when
Mr. SMITH of Maine called for the orders of the day; before passing to which, owever,
The SPEAKER laid before the flouse a report from the Se. cretary of War, in answer to a resolution of the House of Re. presentatives of the 24th ult. relative to the plan proposed to be adopied by him for the desence of the Western frontier; also, what tribes of Indians inhabit the country immediately west of Arkınsas and Missouri.
On motion of Mr. BELL, Re'erred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed
2. Depositions in relation to the New Jersey contested elecjon; which were refirred to the Committee of Elections.
The SPEAKER said that the first business in order was the bill to preserve the freedom of, and to prevent the interference of the Federal officers, in elections; and the question being, Shall the bill be read the first time?
Mr. BELL, who was still enuillel to the floor on the above question, at half past five o'clock concluded his remarks ex. planat ry of the provisions of the bill, and showing the great linporance of some legislation upon the subject to which it relates.
Mr. WATTERSON then obtained the floor, but gave way to
Mr. WELLER, on whose motion,
mittee to make a report to that effect. He hoped, therefore, that the gentleman would be ready with his report by Wednes. day nexi. He nad prepared the minority report, and would be ready to prezentat any ume.
Mr. BLACK did n i think it necessary that the iwo subjects should be cousidered by the House at the same time. Nay, he thought it more expedient that they should be considered sepa. rarely. Indeed, it was impracticable to consider both subjects together, because the gentleman and his friends had agreed to recommend to the House that no change with regard to the manner and form of executing the public printing be made this session; it being the prices only that was proposed to be regulated. Such being the case, why urge the consideration of that branch of the subject relating to the separation of the pub. lic printing from ihe political press, when ii hal no direct con. nection with the other branch, relative to the change of the puces of the printing, and which ought immediately to be acted on?
Mr. DAVIS observed that the gentleman from Louisia na had informed the House thar he was ready, on the part of the mi. nority of the committee, to report on the subject he was so so. licitous aboul, and therefore, if the Ilouse was disposed to dig. cuss it, it could be discussed as well on the report of the minoriiy as on that of the majority.
Mr. DROMGOOLE asked what was the question before the IIouse, and
The SPEAKER replied that it was the proposition to post. pone the further consideration of the report of the Select Com. mitee on Printing ull Wednesday next.
Mr. RUSSELL reinarked ihaill was very evident that this business was not in a stale to be acteil on now, and that ihe report not having been prepared, it was not probable that it would be ready for the action of the House so soon as Wednesday next. For the purpose, therefore, or giving the chairman of the committee time to piepare his report, as well as for the Ilouse to have it printeil, he would suggest whether it was not more advisable to postpone the subject to a day more Jistant than that named. He would name Tuesday week, which would give the gentleman from Georgia ample time to prepare his intended report.
Mr. R. GARLAND opposed the proposition of Mr. Russell, and assigned his reasons for so doing.
Mr. RUSSELL understood that the committee had agreed upon a reduction of le prices of the public printing, and had reported on that branch of the subject, but that was not the only matter referred to thein.
They had also been instrucied to in quire and report upon the expediency of separating the public printing from the political press Now, althouzh the major ty of the committee had decided against that proposition, and had instructed their chairman to report accordingly to the House, he had not yet haul time to do it. But Mr. R. thought that the latter was the more important subject of the two, and that it ought to be brought before the House at the same time with the other, in order that it might be the betier enabled to judge how far the reduction should be carried. For the purpose of giving ample time to the chairman to prepare this second report, he had nained Tuesday week for the postponement, and if the gentleman irom Louisiana would consider what the House had to do in the mean time, he would perceive that they could not well take up the subject at an earlier day. The bill reported by the Com. mittee on Manufactures had been made the special order for Tueulay next, and the consideration of this bill would consume two or ihree days at least. Then the gentleman, he was sure, would not interfere with the Fridays and Saturdays sei apari for privale bills, while the Monday following was petition day: So that the subjebtor printing, as he had beiure observed, could not well be taken up before Tuesday week.
Mr. GRAVES, after some remarks, offered a resolution that the select Commilite on Printing be required to report on the remaining branch of the subject referred to them in the course of the present week.
Mr. BLACK observed that he would have no objection to that resolution, were it not a direct reflection upon the committee. The committee hail, under the instructions of the House, examined a vast mass of testimony and had found the duties imposed on them so arduous, that the House had, from lime to time, extended the period to which their report was to be made. They had already reported on one branch of the subject commilied io them, the one ihat they deemed the most urgent, but had not yet been able to report on the other. llad they known that the gen. lieman from Louisiana was so exceedingly anxious for a report on the other, they miglit perhaps have given it the preference, as their decision was made up on it. The commi leo had agreed that it was inexpedient for the Ilonse to adopt this last proposi. tion, and iley thought that it would be inconvenient to consider it in connection with the subject reported on.
Mr. R. GARLAND moved to postpone the further considera. tion of the subject till Thursday next.
The question being first on the most remote period, i. e. on Mr. Russeli.'s motion for Tuesday week, on count there were ayes 61 days 13; and noquorum having voted,
Mr VANDERPOCL called for tellers, and Messrs. VANDER. PEL and REYNOLDS having been appomted such, ascertained, on count, that there were ayes 65, nays 62. So the subject was postponed lill, and made the special order of the day, 1or Tues. day week next.
The SPEAKER said that the business first in order was the resolution reported from the Committee of Elections by Mr. CAMPBELL, chairman, to have the report of that committee and all the testimony in relation to the New Jersey contested election printed, and the ameniment of Mr. R. GARLAND thereto to discharge the committee from the further consideration of other testimony.
Mc FILLMORE, who was entitled to the floor, at the request of Mr. CAMPBELL gave way for an explanation.
Mr. CAMPBELL sail ihat he had been inattentive to the progress of the deba'e, and when he rose on yesterday to answer a question addressed to him, it was under a misapprehension of what the question was. Before he had taken lus seal, however, he understood from the gentleman froin New York (Mr. FillMORE) that the question relate i to the reading of testimony after the committee had assembled to take into consideration the resolution of the Hous, under which the reperi was made. To the question this limited as to time, he answered, that during the pendency of a monon in committee, instrucung the chairman to draw op a report, a member had ca led for ihe reading of the testimoniy, apil that all the papers called for wire reali. Mr. Chad since understood that ibe juquiry Wis still further limited as to what papers were actually real upon this occasion. In answer to this question, he woulu siate that, according to his recollection, the returns of the local officers of the townships of
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
THURSDAY, April 2, 1810. The SPEAKER announced that the first business in oriler was the report of the Select Committee on Printing.
Mr. FILLMO. E inquired if he had not the floor on the New Jersey care.
The SPEAKER replied that the report of the select committee wa: the special order.
Mr. R. GARLAND (one of the committee) said that he did not see the ch irman in his place, and he could not say whal bis views were on the subject of taking up the report to-day. The documents were not yet printed, and it would be impossible to go on and make the ne, essary explanations without them. He could not tell when these documents would come from the printer; and he did not lik to assign a day for the consideratan of this subject, uuder ihe circumstances he had adverted to,
Mr. FISHER said he understood that the papers had only been sent down to the printer yesterday.
Mr. R. GARLAND said, if the House would only pass over theb:siness informally, by general conseni, till the chairman ca ne in, they could then ascertain from liim how the printing of the documents was progressing,
Mr. BLACK (chairman of the committee) could only say that the report he had hail the honor to submit to the house, was given to the printer as soon as he made it to the Ilouse; but that the documenis connected with it, comprising a large body os testimony, was not given to him iill yesterday. Where. fore, he could not say; but the printer, of course, was nozto blame for the delay. There was a considerable volume of les timony, which the commitie was for a long time engaged in preparing, and perhaps it took the clerk of the committee some time to arrange the documents for the press. He hoped the Tlouse would not object to giving a little more time to the print. er to execute the work.
Mr WISE suggested to the chairman to name a day for the consideracjip of the report when the printing might be expec:ed to be brought in-say Tuesday nexi.
Mr. BLACK was not in correspondence with the printer, and could not tell more than any other member when the work would be done.
Mr. ADAMS informed the gentleman from Virginia that Tuesday next was assigned for the consideration of the bill renorier hy the Committee on Manufactures to prevent frauds on the revenue.
Mr. WISE then named Wednesday next, to which Mr. Black assented
Mr. R. GARLAND inquireil of the chairman of the commit. tee whether he was prep ired to report on that branch of the subject committed in them which related to the separation of The public printing from the political pres9. It was desirable, he said, to have the whole subject referred to the coinmittee, considered at the same time by the 11ousc.
Mr. BLACK replied, that if the report was ready, the print. ing would not be ready. lle would, however, say that the branch of the subject to which the gentleman referred, had not been definitely acted on by the commitee. The committee, it was true had decrel against the proposition, and haul directed him to make a report to that effect, but he had not yet had time to do it, unless he laid aside all other business to attend to this
Mr. GARLAND said that it was desirable that the House should have both the suhjects referred to the committee, before it at the same time, and he thought the chairman inight, without much inconvenience, enable the House to do so.
The corn mittee, on Wednesday last, decided against the proposition as uncoostitutional and highly inexpedient, and directed the com.
THURSDAY, April 2, 1810. Mr. GRUNDY presented the memorial of Preston Starrit, who states that a bank on which a check had been given bin as remuneration on a contract, had stopped payment before he could present it, and praying relief; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. NORVELL moved that the message received from the President yesterday, be referred to the Commillee on Military Affars, which was agreed to.
On motion by Mr. N. the papers in relation to the claim of John Nantz. were withdrawn from the files of the Senate.
Mr. KING, from the Committee on Comıperce, to which was reserced House bill for the relief of George Willis, reported the same without amendment.
Mr. LUMPKIN offered the following resolution, which was considered and adopted:
Resolved, that the Committee on the Judicinry be directe! to inquire into the expediency oi dividing the district of Georgia into iwo judicial districts of the United States.
Mr. NICHOLAS offered the following resolutions, which were severally considered and adopted:
Resolved, That the Cominittee on Naval Affairs be instruct. ed to inquire into the expediency of giving a more perfect orga. nization to the Navy, ly creating the rank of Admiral, and lim. iring, by law, the number of officers in the several existing rinks.
Resolded, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of dispensing with the usual appropriation for defraying the expense of the Board of Visiters to the Military Academy.
Various unfavorable reports from committees were taken up, and concurred in.
BILLS PASSED. The following engr ssed bills were taken op on their third reading, read a third time, and possid riz:
The bill to confirm clauins to lands in the district between the Rin Hon lo and Sabino rivers; and
The bill for the relier of Jacob Greares.
The bill to relinquish the reversionary interest of the United States to a certain reservation in the Siaio of Alabaina, alter be. ing amended, was ordered to be engrossed.
Millville and South Amboy were called for in succession; that they were read by the Clerk; that the gentleman froin Connec. Licut (Mr. Smith) then called for other lesumony; it was produced, but before it was reall, the call was withdrawn.
Mr. C. made this statement not because he considered it o any importance to the present controversy, but as a specific a swer to a specific question. All that is contended for in relation to the reading of testimony, after the committee assem. bled to take into consideration the instructions under which they reported, is, that a member had called for the reading o the testimony; that the Chair had decided it to be the privilege of a meinber, before vouing, to do so; and that all the papers required to be read were read-hus showing, conclusively, not only that the testimony was accessible to all, but lat any member of the committee, noi satisfied with the examination it had received, had the right, even at this late stage of our proceedings, to have it read in committee.
Mr. PILLMORE. When was it that the returns from Mill. ville and South Amboy were read--was it when the committee agreed on the basis of a report, or when they met to consider the report
Mr.' CAMPBELL had already state thal they were read pending the motion requesting the chair inan to draw up a report.
Mr. FILLMORE then went on, and replied to some remarks of Mr. CAMPBELL, made yesterday, and which have not yet buen reported; after which, he replied to the remarks of Mr. Mepill, and continued speaking till the expiration of the mornin; hour; when, without having concluded,
Mr. ALFORD moved that the House proceed to the orders of the day; which motion was agreed lo.
The SPEAKER laid before the flouse a letter from the President of the United States, enclosing a report from the Secre. Liry of War, in compliance with the resolution of the Senate of the 12th instant, and that of the House of Representatives of the 9th instant, in respect to the military preparations of the British authorities on the Northern frontiers of the United States, from Lake Superior to the Allantic ocean, distinguishing the perma. nent from the temporary and field work, and particularly noting those which are within the clained limits of the United States.
On motion of Mr. CUSHING, it was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
The House then resumed the consideration of the bill reported by Mr. Bell, lo secure the freedom of elections, and to prevent the interference of the Fi deral oflicers in elections. tion being, Shali the bill be read the first time?
Mr. WATTERSON being entitled to the floor on the above question, replied at some length to his colleague from Ten. nassee, (Mr. BelL! That gentleman had complained of the summary maaner in which his motion for leave to report the bill had been created by a portion of the friends of the Administration. He presumed the gentlemen who opposed the leave, did it from a conviction that the principles of the bill were so abominable, so odious, that it was best to stille it on the threshold, and thereby save the consumption of the time of the House, which might be appropriated to ile transaction of the business of the country. Though he had voted for the leave, he entertained as great a repugnance to the features of the bill at any of those who had opposed it. He had voted for it because he wished to see a vote taken upon it, and let the country see who were in favor of its odious seatii res. He thought that is the bill con'ained the principles of the Whig pariy, it was proper that the people should know it. But he believed that when the House should be called to vote upon in such dodning would be witnessed as had never been done since the vole on the rejection of the bill in the Senate, reported by the Senator from Kentucky, (Mr. CrittenDEN] His colleague inad complained that the minority of the House had been gagzed by the majority. He asked if it was to be found in his seven hours' speech, and the elaborate speeches and unprotirablo debates which ihe party the gentleman belongs to had indulgeil in. The facts of the stave.oft principles oi the Opposition are no. torious; yet forsooth ihey were gagged. If it W.18 not the disposition of a majority to sit out ine important questions before the House, none of the business of the country would be transaciel. The Whig party oppose every thing and bring for. Ward nothing. In reply to his colleague, he said that he cry of o lice holders was not new to his ears. He had orien heard ll.e sa ne sound. Strangers to the cry would suppose that all the onfice holders were enemies to their country, and particularly if they were to hear with what emphasis his colleague dweit upon the name. If there were too many office holders, let his colleague specify them and bring forward a measuru to dis. pense with them, and he would go for it. No proposition had yet come from him for that purpose--and none could be rx. pected It was notorious that a majority of all the oflice holders were opposed to the Administration---still the Opposition cry out proscription. Mr. W. said there were at least 12.000 po i. masters, and a majority of them were opposed to the Ad. ministration.
Mr. REED inquirer what was the amount of their salarieg.
Mr. WATTERSON said their salaries were small, he knew; but in point of influence, at a cross roa:1, they had more than any member of the cabinet. Postmasters had a tremendous influ. ence, if they wished to exercise is hy distributing documents and procuring subscribers for newspapers This kind of influence had been probably exercised lor ihe Opposition party. If the President was to be censured at all, it ought to be for keeping in office so many of his opponents. Ii he was to have all the odium, he thought he oughi to have it for something. From the continual clamor about proscription, a person who knew no. thing about it might well suppose that there was some truth in it; but the charge could not be sustained by the facts of the case. The President does not agree to pursue such a course as he would urge. So far as he (Mr. W.) was concerned, he would, as to all important officers, sweep the political chessboaril; and he believed it was all sheer hypocrisy in the Opposition, when they make any other prosession, because, whenever and wherever they have the power, they carry out the principles of iniliscriminale proscrivon.
Mr. W. said he would like to see the political friends of his colleague (Mr. Bell) from the State of New York, vote for the bill. During the Legislature now in session, the Whig Governor of ibal Suale turned out six huodred office holders, including those of the lowest grade.
Mr. MARVIN begged leave in interrupt and correct his friend. He was mistaken, the Governor did not turn out a single one.
Mr. W. resumed. Ile has refused to reappoint, which is the same thing. Was it not notorious that the Whig
city Council of New York turned out every man, even the street scavengers! See in the State of Pennsylvania. Did the Rainer dynasty carry out the spoils principle, as my colleague has been pieased to call it? He made a clean sweep. The white labor. ers on the public works even were dismissed, and as he had just been informed, negroes were put in their places. Ju New Jersey, the great broad seal State, every justice of the peace was dismissed; and in Connecticut, and every other state where they had the power, the same course has been pursued. If the country should be curred by the elecuon of the nominee of the Harrisburg convention, they will change their clamor; but there was no danger that they would ever have that cause for ceasing their hypocritical cry of proscription. Notwith: standing (said Mr. W.) I am for a clean sweep, I would censure the President, or any other man for turning out competent, meritorious, and respectable officers, and appoint others just the the reverse. But if he could finlamong his own friends those who were equally competent and deserving, he would invaria. bly give then the prelerence.
'We have heard much from my colleague, and others, abou the iofluence of office holders in favor of the Administration. Where, let me ask, is the evidence of that influence. Is it to he sound in Washington city, where there are so many, and where nine-tenths of the people are opposed to this Democratic Administration? The Administration have been defeated in New York, Buston, New Orleans, where there are so many of the otficers of the General Government, in the custom houses, minte, &c. Look at the cily of Philadelphia, in which are to be found a custom house, mini, &c. In that city, the Demo. cratic party have been deleated by 4,000. Did this look like the office holders had much influence? Judging from the facts be. fore them, the influence was on the side of the Opposition.
Ilis colleague has denominated the Democratic party as the vampire pariy, and said it could not stand a day, if his bill, and the bill introduced in the other end of the Capirol, or like import, hail passed: that they would have the same effect on the Democratic party as did the surgeon's knife in despatching the vampire-a history of the existence and destrucuon of which he had cited. What had been the consequence of the use of this surgeon's knile-he gag bill--in the Senate? It had bled to death two of his colleague's political friends, the late Sepators from Tennessee.
My colleague also said his bill was to prevent the interserence of federal offirers in elections in other worls, it was to gag them-it was, in iis effect, to deprive them or their rights under the Constitution-to think, to speak, and to act; it was to enslave them; and yet he says it was to emancipaie them. He could not reconcile these two declarations, and was at a loss to know how his colleague could. He asked if the bill was not the same in principle, 11 not in derail, as that introduced into the Senate last serion hy the gentleman from Kentucky, (Mr. CRITTENDEN.} Ilhe was not mistaken, his colleague hid approved of that bill, and that the features were the same as the bill now introduced by him. Mr. W. sail he had read the speech of his colleague on the Harbor bill in 1836, in which he quoteil an old English statute, which was almost word for word with Mr. CRITENDEN's bill, and held it up as worthy of imitation by this free country Ile therefore inferred that his colleague was in favor of that gaz bill.
Mr. W. then alverteil ta the standing charge of the Opposi. tion in relation to delauliers. Je read from an official locument, printed by onler of the llouse, giving a list of the de fauilera, and the amount or delalcations, since the formation of the Government to the 1th March, 1837, by wluch he showed that there was more money lost under the four years' Admi. nistration of Jolin Quincy Addams than was last under the eight years comprising General Jackson's Acministration, in proportion to the amount collected and disbursed. Yet the Opposition were exerung every perve to restore that Alminis. tration to pow-r--for he contended that, notwithstanding it was noe proposed to advance the same man, it was to restore the same odious Federal principles.
Mr. W. said, as his colleague had talked about office hollers. it would be no harm to talk about office seekers, of whom there were twice the number. He held in his hand a document con. taining the names of those who composel the Harrisburg Con. vention, nominating General Harrison for the Presidency. In looking over that pamphlel, the question occurred to Mr. W. Who were these delegates? . What are their principles? What are their professions? Were they delegates iresh from ihe Teo ple, or were they the repreentatives of mere town politicians, and street brawlers? Je had collected a mass of information on these points, and intended in lay it before the house and the country. It was not his purpo-e to misrepresent delega'es to that Convention, but to show that their avocations did not con: form to the characters of those who live in log cabins, and drink hard cider. The president of the Convention (gail Mr. W.) was Juilge Barbour, a lawyer, Mr. Adama's Secretary of State and Minister to the Court of St. James.
Mr. LINCOIN rise, and called the gentleman to order. Ile was not in the habit of interrupımg the course of the discussions going on, but the course of debate of the gentleman from Ten. Dessee was such, that he felt it huis duty to endeavor 10 pila stop to it. The gentle man was giving biographical sketches, and commenting on the political conduci o indivuluals over the whole Union. Such a course of debate was entirely out of or. der; and he called upon the SPEAKER Nw to decide whether the rules of the llouse were to be enlorced or not.
Mr. WATTERSTON said that his colleague [Mr. BeLL) had yesterday entertained the house with a discussion on the in. fluences exercised by office hvilers in the political affairs of the country, and he thought it but right, as an offset to that course of argument, to show the influence attempted and exercised by those seeking office. He wanted to show the characters of the mouley assemblage of those seeking to break down the present Aileninistration, and the discordant materials or which their party was composed.
M", STARKWEATHER sail it appeared to him that the gentleman from Tennessee [Mr. WATTERSON) might be permit. te to speak of men and things in this country, when the col. league of the gentlenan (Mr. Bell) was yester lay permitted to tell a long story about a loafer out of the country (in France) who went about sucking people's blol.
Mr. GENTRY hoped that his colleague might be permitted to proceel
Mr. MASON strongly objected to the coure of Hebate in. duged in by the gentleman from Tennessee, (Mr. WATTERSON.) and expressed the hope that the SPEAKER would enforce the rules of the House. Mr. M. said that he intended, on this ques. Lion, to call for a division of the House, in order that it might be
definitively settled whether discussions of this character should be permitted. Mr. M. was proceeding with his ieinarks, when
Mr. WISE called him to order. llis friend from Onto, he said, while lecturing the gentleman from Tennessee on a point of order, was himself out of order.
Mr. BRIGGS objected to the gentleman's proceeding out of order. 11, said he, the SPEAKER decides that he is out of order, I object to his going on without permission of the House, and will call for the yeas and naya on the question.
The SPEAKER was understood to say that the course of the remarks of the gentleman from Tennessee were certainly not in order. Gentlemen had been in the habit of indulging in great latitude of debate, and this being the custom of the House, was permitted by the Chair; but the gentleman from Tennessee had commented on the political conduct and characters of individuals, which was noi customary.
Mr. WELLER contended that the gentleman from Tennessee had not departed from the usual course of discussion that had been practised in the llouse, and he therefore moved that he be permitied to proceed in the same course; which motion was agreed to.
Mr. WATTERSON regretted very much that he had been interrupted, because he could have concluded his remarks in the time occupied by the interruption. He said his colleague (Mr. Bell) had been denouncing the otticers of the Government as vampires, sucking blood out of the country. And was it irrelevant to the subject before the blouse for him (Mr. WATTERSON) to speak of those who wanted to come into power? He was only endea. voring, at the commencement of his remarks, to get at the principles of the convention that nominated General Harrison for the Presidency.
Here Mr. W. commented on the correspondence between an association at Oswego, New York, and General Harrison's coo. science keepers, and was proceeding to analyze the politics of the members of the Harrisburg Convention, when
Mr. LINCOLN again interrupted Mr. W. and said he thought this was a fit occasion to have the rules of the House distinctly understood and enforced. If the Chair decided that the gentle man was out of order, he insisted that he lake his seal, until the House gave him permission to proceed in order. He assured the gentleman from Tennessee that he meant no unkindness or disrespect to him pers nally; but his desire to see the rules of the House preserved was the occasmn of his interfiring in this maitei. De hoped the gentleman, Ir permitted to proceed, would proceed in order.
Mr. BROWN begged leave to remind the House of one fact. His colleague ( Mr Beli) on yesterday spoke of the influence ol oflice holiders, and the President at ihe head of them, and de scribed also a Central Committee, with their ac ion, all over the country Now he understood that his other colleague (Mr. WATTERSON, ) desired to show that there was a sort of central committee for the 0;posinon, pursuing the same line of en. duct, and to draw a cimpar son between them, It ay pwared to him that if this was a legitimale course of arguinent for the one, il certainly ought to be so for the other.
Mr. CLIFFORD wax glad that this question had been made, and should vote to sustain the decision of the CHAIR Ile was glad also that the SPEAKER manifested a dispositio: to preserve the rules of the House Though the motion on this question might operate with peculiar hardship against his friend from Tennesete, yet he sould vote for thongh at the same time he would expres his regret that the gentlerran in the Opposition hai not shown the same fastidious regard for the preservation to he rules on former occasine, when their friends were consum ing the time of the House with riscussions foreign to the subject under consideration. He hoped his friends would openly meel this question and gettle it, and that hereafter gentleinen in the Opposition would be as ready to enforre the rules as now.
Mr WISE objecte in the discussjon, as out of order. He had? no objection to the gentleman's proceeding in his own way, and hoped he might be permillel to go on.
Mr. BELL wished to make one remark. An impression Bremeil to prevail that his colleague would be prevented from answering a speech of his which was supposed by some to be out of oriler, or that some parts of it were out of order. Under these circumstances, he should be very sorry to deprive his colleague of the opportunity of replying in his own way, Whether his remarks were out of order or not, the apprehen. sions of the other party should operate on his friends to induce them to permit his colleague to proceed He would, how ever, say ihat he did not recollect a single obeei Pation in his speech that was not strictly in accordance with parliamentary law lle contined himself entirely to the discussion of the subject before the House digressing only w bere an applicable illustration of il presented itself.
Mr. CHAPMAN said that he was extremely glad that the crisis had at last arrired that he had desired to see ever since he had been a member of this blouse. He had spen, with extreme regret, the latitude of dehate--the palpable digicssion from the legitimate subjeet under discussion by members of this bodyand he had earnestly desired to see this most injurious course put clown by a vole of the House,
Mr. C. said that he never indulged in such latitude in debate; indeed he had been as erkdom indulgeid in debate here as any member on the floor, and had consun.ed as little of the line of the House in that way.
A few days ago, Mr. C. said, when in Committee of the Whole, the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. DUNCAN) was called 10 order for digressing from the subject under dehale, by a poliucal oppopeni, (Mr. TRUMBILL.) the Chair deciding that although th speaker was digressing, yet, as it had been the pracuire here, he could not determine him to be out of order. I thought then that a proper case had occurred to put an end to the practice as far as my voice could do it; and in a case, toe, when my molives could not be suspected to be improper-objection having been taken to a political friend by a political opponent. I there. fore took an appeal from the decis on of the Chalk: but the CHAIR decideil the appeal to be too late, and the question was not put. And here, Mr. C. said, a gentleman (Mr. Graves) had made an improper insinuation as to the motive that had influ. enced his course, alth ugh he was conscious that his motives were influenceu alone from a sense of public duly, and a sincere regard to the interest of the country.
Mr C. said that speeches had become so common, so lengthy, and so foreign from the subjects under debate generally, that the most important public and legitimate business of the country was not only delayed, but omitted altogether. This evil he thought greater, much greater, ihan any reasonable restriction in debate to the subject under discussion.
Mr. C, said he was aware that his constituents complained
that he did not participate more in the debates in this House; but he was very sure that if their constituents could winess the scenes we have here, the waste of public tim and money by useless and ineffectual debate, they would never complain on that account.
Mr. C. remarked that he was convinced that his friend from Tennessee, (Mr. WATTERSON, who was now called to order, was not more out of order than his colleague [Mr. BELL) was yesterday, but on the contrary, was in a legitiinate course of argument in reply to his colleague. But, Mi.C. said, that both had digressed from the subjeci, and he was still better satisfied than in sustaining the opinion of the SPEAKER, when against a personal and pollucal friend, as he should do now, his inotives could not be impugned by his friend from Tennessee, who hal been called to order, or any one else. Mr. C. said he thanked the gentleman from Massachusetts, (Mr. LINCOLN,) who is his poliucal opponent, for raising the question now on the gentle. man from Tennessee, (Mr. WATTERSON,) his personal and po. litical friend. Ile (Mr. C.) would unite with the gentleman from Massachusetts in putting an end to this unwarrantable practice, sa injurious to the good order of this House, and the accomplishment of the business of the country, of which go little has, even at this day, been done. But, said Mr. C. that gentleman and his friends niust take notice that the same strict rule shall be applied to them hereafter.
Mr. WISE could not vote for this question of order till he knew what was the offence of the gentleman from Tennessee against order. Was the gentleman ealled to order for the irrele. Vancy of his argument?
The SPEAKER said that the gentleman was called to order for discussing the politics of the individuals assembled at the Harrisburg convention, and the Chair decided that such dis. cussion was out of order. The remarks of the SPSAKER ex. plaising his decision were not heard dis'inctig enough to report.
Mr. WISE believed that the remark of the gentleman from Tennessee was true, that had he not been interrupted, he would have finished his speech by this time. Ii I had been in the chair, said Mr. W. I would never interrupt a gentleman for wiat your illustrious predecessor called irrelevancy of argumeat The gentleman from Tennessee did allude to the polici. cal characters of certain distinguished individuals as an offset to the argument of his colleague; and though this might be deemed irrelevant to the maller under consideration, yet he did not think he ought to be interrupted for it. He never would at. tempt to chain down the mind of man for what was called irrelevancy in debate He would continue to object to such interruptions, and go for what is called latitude of debate, for la'itude of debate was the life of the Opposition.
Mr. LINCOLN statel what Mr. WATTERSON's course of ar. gument had been, and his objections to it.
Mc. WISE said he understood all that. Ile heard from the Chair what was the course of the gentleman's argument, and his decision upon the point of order raised. What did it amount to? When a gentleman on one side liad been showing the actings and doings of those in office and in power, the appropriate answer was in show the actings and doings of those seeking of. fice and power. He thought that the argument of the gentle. man from Tennessee, even in the extreine light the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. LINCOLN) had put ih was a fair and pertinent response to his colleague.
Mr. MASON here called Mr Wise to order, and said that the gentleman fronı Virginia was discussing the very question he pronounced him
out of order for discussing. Mr. WISE. The gentleman from Ohio is wrong. When he was discussing the gubject he was out of oriler, for no appeal was then taken from the decision of the CHAIR; but now ihere was an appeal pending, and it was perfectly in order for him (Mr. Wiss) to discuss it. Iain, said Mr. W. for the gentleman going on as he has begun. If he can stand the examina. tion of the motives and characters of those in power, we surely can stand the examination of the motives and characters of those seeking to turn them out. The subject under discus. sion, was a bill to secure the freedom of elections; and t emerits of the whole question required a wide and ample discussion of all the collateral subjects involved in it. He contended that no gentlemen should be called to order except for actual personal disorder. If this unhappily occurred, the Sergeant-at-Arms should be sent to him; but he never would agree to a decision that shuts a speaker's mouth on the mere point of irrelevancy. Let me tell my friends in the Opposition ihat, if they sustain this appeal, their hands will be in the lion's mouth. You, sir, [the SPEAKE,, ! may be logician enough to decide prompily what is, or is noi, relevant in debate; but we know the facility withi which appeals are taken and sustained here. Let me tell gen tlemen that, if they ever attempt to apply the screws to me for this irrelevancy in debate, I will throw them into a scene of disorder which it will not be so easy tu get out of. This would be easy for a man of nerve to do when he was dotermined to maintain his rights.
If God spares me health and strength, I shall want, myself, full and free scope at those in power and place, before this session closes, and all I desire is an open field and a fair fight.
Mr. CUSHING observed that this was a pro. er time to set. tle the question whether the remainder of the session shall be consumed in idle debate, or whether the rules shall be enforced, and the business of the country progressed with. Was the appeal debatable ?
The SPEAKER said it was not.
Mr WISE said if he had been aware that it was not debata. ble, he would not have made the remarks he did.
Mr. BROWN of Mississippi here withdrew his appeal.
Mr. CRABB moved that the gentlemen from Tennessee be permitted to proceedl; which motion being agreed to,
Mr. WATTERSON then resumed his remarks, and had proceeded but a short time, when he was again called to order by
Mr. CUSHING, who said that he had heard gentlemen all around him saying "let him go on," but really he thought the point should be made and decided whether the remainder of this session is to be consumed in unprofitable debate or not.
The SPEAKER said that the gentleman was not strictly in order, but he had been permitted by the House to go on.
Mr DAWSON hoped the country would be given to understand that the character of their proceedings was not owing to the SPBAKBR hut to the House itself- for whenever he attempt. ed to enforce the rules of the House, the House had unisormly interposer and suffered the disorderly debate to go on.
Mr DUNCAN observed that it was a little unfortunate that the gentlemen who were so solicitous about the preservation of the rules should have been silent when the debate on the Cumberland road was going on. On that occasson, they indulged
themselves in the greatest Jatitude of discussion, and made speeches of two hours length, in which the Cumberland road was little thought of, but an abundance was said in favor of the claims of General Harrison to the Presidency. Now, when a Democrat gets up to reply, which he has the right to do, and which his duty io his constituents requires, he cannot say a word in relation to General Harrison and his supporters, without being called to order.
Mr. LINCOLN said the remarks of the gentleman from Ohio [Mr. DUNCAN) did not apply to fum; for when the Cumberland road was under consideration, he interposed his objections to the course the debate had taken.
Mr. DUNCAN said his remarks did not apply to the gentle. man from Massachusells, but to others of the party he acted with.
Mr. LINCOLN, after a few remarks, said it was now time to decide the question for the rest of the session, whether the rules shall be enforced or not, and whether these irrelevant debates shall be indulged in any longer. He objected to the gentleman's proceeding until a motion was made that he proceed in order, and on that motion he intended to call for the yeas and nays.
After some further remarks from Messrs. DAWSON, BANKS, LINCOLN, DDONGOOLE, STUART, CUSHING,
On motion of Mr. BANKS or Virginia,
Mr. WATTERSON was permitted to proceed, but had not given the professions and politics of more than two or three de. legates in the Ilarrisburg Convention, when he was called to order by
ME SALTONSTALL, who said that he would like to know what the Ilaruord Convention had to do with the subject before the Houre.
Mr. WISE must in justice say, after making a speech in favor of the gentleman from Tennessee, that his imagination could not see the relevancy of his remarks.
Mr. WATTERSON. I have said nothing about the Hartford Convention. The genileman seems to be extremely sensitive on that subject, and furnishes a striking illustration of the fact that the "wicked teeth, when no man pureneth.” I am very soriy to be called to order so often. Il members of the Opposi. lion on this floor would strictly confine themselves to orifer, I would strictly confine myself to order. Il gentlemen will not permit me to lay before the House the complexion of the de. legates to the Harrisburg Convention, they cannot deprive me of the privilege of doing so when I writ: out my remarks. But as I have sat here from day to day, and listened to Whig mem. bers making party speeches, which had no relevancy, not the inost remote, to the subject before the House, I little expected, I confess, to hear myself called tu order go repeatedly from that quarter.
(Cries of "go on, go on," srom many--let's have all their names.)
Mr. WATTERSON sail, no, Leave had been given him to proceed several times, and before he could define he position of more tha: a single d legate in that Convention, he was again called to order; and he was now determined to go on with his comments, which would be in order. He said the information which he had been prevented from laying before the Jlouse, would show whose cindiilate General llarrison was. After commenting at length ou the Harrisburg Convention, he passed on to the late Ohio Convention.
Mr. W. then read from a newspaper in his hand a list of the members of that convention, giving their politics and occupations.
Mc. MASON asked the gentleman what paper he was read. ing from?
Mr. WATTERSON answered that it was the Ohio States.
the ordinary rules of decorum. As a man of honor and inte guly-a citizen whose social intercourse is sought, and almost universally esteemed, he did not know that the Editor of the Statesman would lose any thing by a comparison with any of the delegation on that floor. He had known him long and intimately. He had seen him elected to the House of Reprezentatives by as honest, as respectable, ind as truth-loving a constituency, as his honorable colleague himself could boast of. He had seen him transferred from thence to a seat in the Senate by the same constituency, and finally elected by a joint vole of both branches of the Legislature to the responsible of. fice of Printer to the State. Bull rising in the estimation and contidence of the public, he was se elected during the last win. ter to the same high, responsible office, by a vote of more than two to one in the Legislature of his State. Such, sir, is the character and standing of the individual on whom my honora. ble colleague would seek 10 wreak bis political enunity to the principles of the Administration.
Mr. BOND said that if his colleague was willing to compare himself with the Editor of the Ohio Statesman, he was at perfect liberty to do so; but that he (Mr. B.) would not agree to be put on a level with him. When his colleague said that he never heard the characters of the Editors of that paper impeached, he coplessed he never was more astonished in his lite. He had heard one of them published by the name of "lying Jake.”
Mr. MEDILL would inquire whom his colleague alluded to. Mr. BOND said he alluded to Jacob Medary.
Mr. MEDILL said that Jacob Medary was in no way interested in the Statesman or any other paper, either as Editor or publisher.
Mr BOND. Then if he is not the Editor of the Etatesman, he is brother of the Editor. He was once interested, and he did not know that he had ceased to be so.
MT. MEDILL said, that when his colleague dragged into his debates on this floor the names of privale individuals residing in his own State, and who were no way connected with the subject under consideration, he should be certain he was correct. As to epithets or cognomens of this kind, we know they are in the gilt of all, and are sometives conferred on the most worihy and deserving. Ilis honorable colleague was himself occasionally honored, in some places, with a nearly similar appellation, atier the publication of his celebrated speech a year or two since. No one stands higher in the social community in which he resides than the young gentleman alluded to. As to my coleague's unwillingness to be compared to the Editor of the Statesman, perhaps it arises from bis apprehensions of the result. If popular confidence at home is the criterion of respectability here, (and I do not know on what else my colleague particularly relies ) then is the Editor his superior.
Mr. WELLER observed, that with the permission of the gen. tleman from Tennessee, (Mr. WATTERSON.] he would like to say a word to his honorable colleague over the way, (Mr. BOND) The statement made by the Ohio Statesman in relation to the materials which composed the late Whig Convention, had been impached by his colleague. All he desired to say on this sul). jeci was, that so far as that list gave the business and occupacons on ihe delegates appointed from the distriet which he had the honor to represent, he believed it was strictly correct. He was personally acquainted with nearly all of the individuals named, and therefore had no hesitancy in making this state. ment Ile would not undertake to say whether it was proper, or even decent, for his colleague to drag before this House a private citizen of Ohio, and apply to him the epithet of "Lying Jake." Sir, said Mr. W. if that he decency, I should dislike very much to be called a decent man.
[Here the SPEAKER called Mr. W. to order. )
Mr. BOND said that, if his colleague had any thing to say to him personally, here or elsewhere, he was willing to hear it.
Mr. WELLER. All I have to say to the gentleman, I have already said; and I hope he understands me. One other remark, (said Mr. W.) and I have done. My colleague has stated that one of the Editors of the statesman is known in Ohio by the appellation of "Iying Jake.” Now, sir, the veracity of my honorable colleague will be seen when I sate the fact, that the individual to whom he alludes is not one of the Editors of that paper, nor is he connected in any way with the publication of
He is (said Mr. W.) as honorable and respectable a man as there is in the State, and will compare with my ho. norable colleague in truth and veracity, and every thing else that characterizes the gentleman.
Mr. ANDREW s hoped the gentlemen from Ohio would go into one of the committee rooms and settle their State affairs, and that the order of the proceedings he enforced.
Mr. BOND said he again pronounced the statement false. So far as regarded the county in which he lived, he knew that it was not true.
Mr. B. agair repeated that this paper was so notorious for its falsehoods, that in one instance one hundred and sixty lies had been detected in it.
Mr. WELLER. Does my colleague mean to say that the statement is false with regard to the persons in the district where I live? If so, I have a word to say to him.
Mr. BOND. I do not speak of the district in which the gen. tleman lives; but I spcak of the county of Muskinglim and the county in which I live, and know it is false as regards the indi. viduals belonging to those countries.
Mr. WATTERSON then continued his remarks without sur. ther interruption. When he concluded, the House,
On motion of Mr. GENTRY,
Mr. MASON said the statement was wholly untrue in many particulars, to his knowledge. The designation of the indivi. duals in his county was altogether incorrect; and he had been assured by some of his colleagues that it was equally untrue with regard to the counties in which they resided. Indeed, the whole statement had been publicly contradicted in a paj. r in his State, (naming il, ) and the editor who made it called on to produce the proos, which he failed to do.
Mr BOND corroborated the statement of his colleague, [MR. MASON ] and said that the statement, so far as it regarded the individuals living in his county, was wholly destilule of truth. The account had been publicly contradicted, and the cditor called on for his proof, which he was unable to produce. The Editor of the Ohio Statesmen was notorious in his State for his want of veracity, and was entitled to no credit. IIis paper was so remarkable in that particular, that in one instance one hundred and sixiy falsehoods had been counted in it.
Mr. WATTERSON said he did not pretend to be personaliy acquained with the individuals named in the paper before him. The parer occupied a respectable standing in the State of Ohio, and he had no reason to doubt its statements. Те would like, however, to hear from his Democratic friend from Ohio on the subject.
Mr. MEDILL said that he was accidentally absent during the discussion that had just taken place, and had only resumed his seat in time to hear a part of the remarks of his honorable col. league, (Mr. Bond.) Ilad his colleague confined his remarks to a mere denial of the correctness of the statement contained in the paper alluded to, he did not know that he would feel called on to make any reply. He was acquainted with but few of the persons named as having been appointed to attend the convention, and had no other information on the subject than he derived through the various papers of the day. lle was entirely willing to rest the correctness of the statement with the people of Ohio, on the assertion of the paper in which it is con iained, and the denial of his colleague. The names of the dele. gates that attended the cor vention from the county in which he, Mr. M. resideil, are not given, except to a very limited extent. The official character of the very few that are reported, is cor. rectly designatel. Six of them hold appointments under the Federal Government. Thry are highly respectable, but so far from residing in "log cahing” and depeniling for a precarious subsistence on "hard cider," lie believed the whole six were merchants, of considerable capital, and who indulged pretty largely in the good things for which that county was so distinguished.
But his colleague did not stop here. He had seen proper to avail himselfor his privileges on this floor, and the advantages thereby obtained, to satiate his political hatred, by an attack on the private reputation of the editor. He would be wanting in respect to himself, as a citizen of Ohio, and to a large majority of those whom he represented here, if he permitted that gentleman to be thus unjustly assailed in his absence, without exposing the motive that prompted so great a departure from
Friday, April 3, 1810. Mr. BUCIIANAN presente l the memorial of a number of citizens of the State of Pennsylvania, praying the passarge of a bankrupt law.
Mr. ALLEN presented iwo memorials of inhabitants of Hu. ron county, Ohio, praying the passage of a bankrupt law.
Mr. WRIGJIT presented the memorial of a number of citi. zens of the State of New York, praying the passage or a bank. rupt law;
Which were severally referred to the Commitee on the Ju. diciary.
Mr. PORTER presented the memorial of a number of pro. prictors of American steam vessels, praying a repeal of ceriain provisions of the act of July 7, 1838; which was laid on the table.
Mr. DAVIS presented the petition of Thomas and Ralph Haskins; which was referred to the Committee on the Ju. diciary. Mr. YOUNG submitted a document in relation to the bill
granting to the Mississippi and Rock river Canal company a portion of the public lansis for the purposes therein expressed; which was ordered to be printed.
Mr. BUCHANAN subini led additional documents in relation to the memorial of the lerks in the C'estoin house at Philadelphia; which, with the mercorial, were ordered to be printed.
Mr. SOUTHARD presented the petition of William B. Mc. Murtie.
Mr. HUBBARD, from the Committee on Claims, to which had been referred bills from the llouse
For the relief oi Richard Booker and others;
For the relief of Thomas W. Taylor;
Mr. II also from the same comunittee to which was relerreu House bills
For the relief of Nicholas Hedges; and
For the relief of James Cox; made advers: reports thereon respectively.
Mr. H. also, from the same committee, to which was referred the petition on the subject, reportedl a bill for the relief of N. G. Hamilton; which was read, and ordered to a second reading.
Mr. H. also, from the same committee, to which were relerred
The petition of the heirs of John Chalmers; made adverse reports therean; which were ordered to be printed.
Mr. STRANGE. from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill for the relies of the administrator of Joseph Euson, made an adverse report thereon; which was ordered to be printed.
Mr. TALLMADGE submitted the following resolution for consideration:
Resolved, that the President be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate, as early as practicable, the whole of the proceedings of a court martial recently assembled at Charlestown, Massachusetts, for the trial of 21 Lieutenant Louis F. Whitney, of the Marine Corps; the charges and specifications against him, as well as'all correspondence had in relation thereto, between the secretary of the Navy, or any one else by his direc. tions, and all other persons whomsoever: also, thai he be requested to communicate whether a certain letter, signed "G W. Davis,' containing allegations against Lieut. Whi.ney, re. ceived by the Secretary of the Navy in December last, did not on the trial prove to be fictitious; as well, also, whether any slegs have been taken for the purpose of discovering the writer or author of the said letter
Agreeably to not ce, Mr. TALLYADGE asked and ob'ained leave to bring in a bill to establish an uniform system of bank. ruptcy throughout the United States; which was read twice, an I referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
Agreeably to previous notice, Mr. SEVIER asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill for the reliet of George Duval and others; which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
The bill to relinquish the reversioniry interest of the United States to a certain reservation in the sale of Alabama, was read a third time, and passed.
The bill for the discontinuance of the office of surveyor ge. neral in the several districts, so soon as the surveys therin can bo completed, and for abolishing land offices under certain cir. cumstances, was taken up.
The third section of the bill to abolish the office of Solicitor was stricken out of the bill.
Mr. CLAY of Alabama had then offered an amendment to abolish the office of Recorder of the General Land Office. The amendment was advocated by Mr. CLAY 01 Alabama, and opposed by Messrs. KING, PRESTON, TAPPAN, and CLAYTON, and rejected - ayes 18, nays 25, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Calhoun, Clay of Alabama, Crittenilen, Fullon, Grundy, Henderson, Hubbard), Lumpkin, Merrick, Norvell, Pierce, Preston, Rvane, Strange, Tappan, and While-18.
NAYS-Vessrs. Brown, Buchanan, Clay of Kentucky, Clay. ton, Davis, Dixon, King, Linn, Mouton, Nicholas, Phelps, Porter, Prentiss, Robinson, Ruggles, Sevier, Smith of Connecticut, Smith of Indiana, Southard, Sturgeon, Tallwalge, Wall, Web. ster, Wright, and Young--25.
The bill was then, aller being amended on motion of Mr. SMITH of Indiand, ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
CUMBERLAND ROAD. The bill for the continuation of the Cumberland road in the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, was then taken up, the question being on the engrossment of the bill.
Nr. SOUTIARD addressed the Senate at length in opposi. tion to the bill. While he believed fully thai Congress had the constilutional power to appropriate money for works of internal improvement, he was opposed to borrowing money for that purpose. The Administration had not recommended this ap. propriation, the Secretary of the Treasury had not included it in his annual estimates, and he, for one, was not willing to sub. ject himself, and the party with which he acted, to the charge of extravagant appropriations, after the lecture they had re. ceivcd from the Executive on the subject of economy. lic ad. verted to the annual message of the President, and particularly that portion of it recommending economy in the public expenditures, and denounced it as the most impudent and the most in. sulting leclure that has ever been given to any Congress by any man who has ever honored or dishonored the Executive chair.
Mr. S. was followed by
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky, who said he had always believed that the Constitution conferred the power on Congress to make appropriations for the construction of works of internal improvement. But while he believed this, he could not support ihe present bill, when it would be necessary to create a na. tional debt to procure funds for carrying on ile road. Ile al. Juded to the veto on the Maysville road bill
, and said that, since that perioil, the three States of Ohio, Iudjana, and Illinois, have had a monopoly of the lavors of the Government in the way of appropriations for internal improvement to the exclusion of all the other States of the Union. He said that these three States had supported the Administration, and the Executive who vetoed the Maysville turnpike road, which was a link in the great southwestern arm of the Na ional road, and now support an. Administration pledged to the same principles; and a majority of the delegates from those states have always voted against the bill to distribute the proceeds of the public lands among the veral States, which would enable all to participate in the
benefits which were now enjoyed by these three states ex. clusively. Ile referred to the great expense of the road, which in Indiana cost at the rate of $11,000 per mile, while in Kenlucky the State had constructed upwards of six hundred miles of Macadarnized road at arale of about 86000 per unile. Hle attributed this to a shameful waste of the public money, or that those who had the management of the road considered them. selves as entitled to a share of the public spoils, and had go. verned themselves accordingly. Considering the enibarrassed state of the Treasury, and considering the propriety of the members of the O, position avoiding even the appearance of coun. tenancing extravagant approprialons, he thought the best course would be to remit the whole subject to President Harri. son, who would take possession of the White House on the 5th of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred anil torty-one.
Mr. SMITH of Indiana followel in reply to Messrs SOUTH. ARD and CLAY of Kentucky lle examined the several posi. lions assumed by hose gentlemen, and argued to show their unsoundness. They had pretended to oppose its present prosecution on the ground that the country was in debt; while the journals would show that those gentlemen had voted for much larger appropriations for this road, when the national debt was len cines greater than al present. They oppose il now wiien we have a debt of five millions of Treasury notes, and yet they voted for larger appropriations for the road when we had a na tional debt of filiy millions of dollars. The Senator from Ken. tucky Mr. CLAY) had stated that as he had voted against the Treasury Nole bil, he felt it would not be right in hiin to vote for a bill which would draw so much money from the Trea. sory. But the Senator is well aware that the bill was passed: thai the Treasury has been supplied with means, which, if not expended on this road, will be expended on other objects in which the people et the West have no interest. But the Senators from Kentucky (Mr. CLAY) and New Jersey (Mr. SOUTHARD] have given us another reason for voting against this bull-that it has not been recommended by the Adminisualion. This is a stiange argument, coming from that quarter. When did they begin
take the recommendations of the Alminis ration as the guide for their conduct? le felt that he was as much di-posed as either of those gentlemen to take the Administration for his guide, but he would not permit the recommendation of this Administration, or of any other, to influence him to give a Yote which his judgmeni and conscience told him was wrong. The Presideni had recommended the Sub. Treasury bill. Had either of those gentle. men been influenced by his recommendation? Did hey vote for it? I come here, said Mr. 8. to represent a sovereign and independent State, and not to represent this Administration; and what I feel that duty to my state and to my country commands me to do, that I will do. ytterly regardless whether the Admi. nistration points to the right or to the leit. While every other appropriation of the Government is supported, this alone is singled out as an object of attack. While millions upon mil. lions are expended on your seaboard, this small appropriation for the favorite measure of the West is to be denied. He had expected that if this great measure was to receive the fatal blow, it would go down by the hands of its enemies, and not by the hands of its professed friends.
Mr. YOUNG followed at length in reply to Messrs. CLAY and SOUTH ARD. Ile said the fiat had gone forth, and the bill must lall; but he said the road would not be relinquished, and the Siales in'erested in it would soon be enabled w present it uniler more potent auspices, is not here, at least in another wing of the Capitol, when he trusted they would be able to make their rights fell and respected. He had thought that when the appropriations in this bill had been cul down to one half their onginal amount, it would have been permitted to pass. The scouted the idea that because this country was in debt to the trivial amount of five millions of dollars, that was a sufficient reason for stopping thja great national work. We had seen votes appropriating larger sums when The Treasury was in a much worse condinon than at present. Mr. Y. then quoted various passages irom the journal in sup port of his argument; and, aller some further remarks from Messrs. CLAY of Kentucky, and SMITII of Indiana,
The question was taken, Shall this bill be ordered to be en grossed iora third reading and the yeas and nays being lemandel. it was decided in the negative-aves 20. noes 22. as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Allen, Benton, Buchanan, Davis, Fulton, Grundy, Linn, Merrick, Nicholas Porter, Robinson, Sevier, Smith or Induni, Suurgeon, Tallmadge, Tappan, Webster, While. Wright, and Young-20.
NAYS-Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Calhoun, Clay of Alabama, Clay of Kentucky. Clayton, Crittenden, Cuthbert, Dixon, Henderson, Ilubbard, King. Lumpkin, Phelps, Pierce, Prentizs, Preston, Rane, Ruggles, Smith of Connecticut, Southard, and Strange-22.
So the bill was lost.
A motion was then made that the Senate adjourn until Monday next.
Mr. BENTON hoped it would be withdrawn, as the Com. mittee on Military Affairs were anxious that the bill providing for an increase of the military force in the suffering Territory of Florida should be taken up, and le proposed that the bill should be taken up tomorrow.
The motion to adjourn until Monday was sustained, and
Mr. CRABB obtained the floor. He wished to say a few woris, not beeause he felt himseli implicated by any of the remarks which had been made by members of the majority. The matter had been so long discussed, that he felt the House should be relieved from further infliction by the debale; but he thought it due to his colleagues in the minority to say a few words,
Whatever might be the facts as to the reading of the evidence; whatever gentlemen might remember in regard to is is not the im portant question. The burden of the complaint is not as to how much of the testi rony was real, but that the committee did not give the testimony due weight. The journal shows the fact that a large portion of the testimony was excluded; and the report of the majority is based on who had the largest numbe
of votes. In jusuce to his colleagues of the minority, Mr. C. would state what he reco lected in regard to the fact of reading the evidence. They were for making a report in favor of those who held the Certificates of the Governor, given in pursuance of law, be. lieving it the highest evidence of return.
Other gentlemea were in favor of a report made on a different basis. The testi mony before the committee was read, just so far as was neces. sary to determine whether it was competent or not. In regard to the claimants who held the commissions, there was only one deposition real, as he remembered. Mr. C. examined the tes. timony himsell thoroughly, so far as was material 10 bring his mind io a correct conclusion upon the points raised in commillee. The question of legality of votes never was considered, the minority, in their report, had never asserted that the textmony was not read to determine its competency, but that it was not to be read with a view to its effect on the committee. The whole of it never was read, in fact, for any purpose; and little, if any, was ever read with a view to its effect upon any of ibe questions before the committee. None was read with a view to settle ihe legality of the voles polled, for that question was never examined by ihe commilice with a view to is delerinina: tion.
Mr. C. stated his course in reference to the testimony. He had voted against the admission of a large portion of it, adduced by both sides, under the circumstances, mainly with a view to afford an opportunity to the several persons claiming the contested seats to perfect their testimony. He believed it would have been the proper course for both the majority and minority of the committee to have submilled their reports to the House at the same time, that the matter might have gone forth to the country together with the evidence and journal of the commillee. The members of the commillee stood in a delicate position towards each other; and, in order to avoid differences between them, they should not have taken part in the debate, but left it to the other members of the House. Mr. C. sail the report of the minority had been refused an introduction in the Hlouse until the majority report had been acted on. Il gentle men would refer toibe journal of the 10 h of March, previously to the decision o the House on the resolution offered by the gen tleman fronı Pennsylvania, (Mr. PETRIKIN,) they would see that the House did refuse to receive the minority report. It required a vote of two-thirds to receive it; and, in consequence
, it was rejected. He said it should have been received, that the views of the minority might have their proper influence. The was not satisfied that the house was tired of the subject, he would take it up and show the principles of action of the ma. jority and minority, and the motives which actuated himself. But he proposed that the matter might here be closed, and therefore refrained from further remark.
Mr. CUSUING having obtained the floor, said he had sought it for some time in order to bring this discussion la close. He begged leave to say that this debate, obstrucring, as it did during the morning hour, the whole public business, had become a public nuisance. He moved the previous question. (Cries of
Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina appealed to Mr. Cushing to withuraw the demand for only ten minutes; and he pledged himself not to occupy the House longer than that ume.
Mr. WISE suggested that his colleague, (Mr. Borts,) a mem. ber of the commitee, and who was very much interested in this matter in a personal view, was not present, Mr. W. did not know what the gentleman from South Carolina designed to say, but he hoped that, if it was any thing which required explanation or reply from his colleague, an opportunity would be given for reply. Mr. W. saw no reason why the debate should not be arrested now.
Alter sume desultory conversation, Mr. CUSHING said that, as gentlemen all around him objected to his withdrawiog the de. mand for the previous question, he must persist in it.
The previous question was then seconded, and the main question ordered; which main question was on the adoption of the amendment and resolution.
Mr. RICE GARLAND proposed to modify his amendment to read as follows:
"And that the said committee he instructed to report the evi. dence reserred to it on the 6th of March, which was ilelivered to the chairman of the committee previous to the report being adopted, and which the majority refused to open, or send to the Speaker to be opened, in order that it might be considered, and that the same be printed ”
The SPEAKER ruled the modification out of order, because it contained a proposition irrelevant to the matter before the House.
Mr, R. GARLAND then withdrew it.
The question was then taken on the amendment of Mr. G. as originally offered, and it was rej ciel.
The question recurring on the adoption of the resolution reported by the committee,
Mr. CÁMPBELL of South Carolina said he wished to see who would ovject to printing the testimony, ani deman led the yeas and nays; which were ordered, and were--yeas 117, So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. PICKENS, on leave, presented certain documents from the United States Consul at Canton, (Mr. Suow,) in addition to those already laid before the House, which, on motion of Mr. P. were referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. LINCOLN, hy the unanimous consent of the House, in behalf of his colleague, Mr. LAWRENCE, who is still confined to his room by sickness, presen'ed the following petitions: The retition of Jofeph Balch, presiilent of the Merchan's' Insurance Company, ani! the officers of numerous insurance companies, merchants, shipmasters, shipowners, and pilots, asking for an appropriation for the erection of a lighi house on Prescot's Rock, in the harbor of Boston; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce. or John Lilly and others, manufacturers ofumbrellas and parasols, asking to have the duly re
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
FRIDAY, April 3, 1010. Mr. GALBRAITH, by general consent, laid before the House certain documents in relanon to the claim of Mary Brookhausen of Pennsylvania (now aged about 103 years) the widow of Captain Brookhausen deceased; which were referred to the Com. mittee on Revolu ionary Pensions.
The CITAIR announced that the business first in order was the resolution reported from the Committee of Election:4, by Mr. CAMPBELL, chairman, to print all the tesimony in relation to the New Jersey contested election; and the amendment to said resolution by Mr. GARLAND of Louisiana, to discharge the com. mittee from the sur her consideration of certain testimony now before it. for the purpose of having it printed.
Mr. FILLMORE, who was still entitled to the floor on the above question, defended the positions he had assumerl in relation to the difference of opinion existing between the minority and the majority of the committee, as to their proceedings. Ile intimated that he wishes to avoid any difficulty as to those dirferences of opinion. His object was ihen as it always had been, peace and harmony. Mr. F. having concluded his remarks, which will be published hereafter,
ceeded in till 123 answered to there names; when their being a quorum,
Mr. HOWARD moved to dispense with all further proceeilings in the call; which was agreed to-yeas 58, nays 32.
The Ilvuse then résumed the consideration of the bill, and the question being "Shall the bill pass?"
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi said he would oppose the passage of any bill without a quorum of the llouse; and for the purp se os ascertaining whether there be a quorum, he called fortellers to take a count, which were ordered; and Messrs. THOMPSON of Mississippi, and Stewart having been appointed such, reported that there were-ayes 65, nays 25. No quorum having voted,
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi moved that the House adjourn; on which motion the yeas and naye were demanded; and being, ordered, were--yeas 28, nays 100.
so the House having refused to adjourni, and The question again recurring on the passage of the above bill,
Mr. ADAMS demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered, and were--yeas 95, Days 30.
So the bill was passed.
Engrossed bill for the relief or John L. Bowman and Enoch J Naves having received a third reading, and the question being Shall the bill nar?
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi called for tellers, and
Mr. ANDREWS moved a call of the House; which was not ordered.
Aller a few remarks by Mr. EVANS in favor of the bill, and Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi in opposition,
The yeas and nays were ordered, and were-yeas 88, nays 43. Sith holl was passed.
Mr ADAMS, by permission, prezen'ed the memorial of F. L. Smith, asking the establishment of an Agricultural and Educational Department of Government; which was ordered to be prinud.
All the private bills on the SPEAKER's table having been dis. posed or,
On mition of Mr. BROWN of Tennessee,
stored; which, by the adjudication of the courls, has been held nou to be applicable to those articles when imported into the United States: referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. of Phebe Rogers, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, setting forth that her husband was a head rigger, in the employ of the Go. verament, in the navy yari in Charlestown, when he fell from the foreyard of the ship Independence, and was killed: repreænting, also, her extreme poveriy and distress, and asking a provision in her favor: referred to the Committee on Milit ry Affairs.
Of Elizabeth Sweatt, only surviving child of Benja. unin Richards, representing that her father was in the service or his country on board the United States brig of war Pickering, in the year 1600, when the vessel was lost, with all on board, and praying that she may be admitted to a participation in the navy pension fund, to which she has been advised that she is entitled: referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. 01 the heirs of Bartholomew Trose, late of Charlestown, Massachuse is, sel. ting forth the meritorious services of their ancestor in the Re. volutionary war, and praying compensation therefor: referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims. Oi Benjamin Lyons or Durchester, Massachusetts, representing his Revo'u. uonary services, and asking to be put upon the roll of Revolu. tionary Pensioners: referred w the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.
On mo ion of Mr. BRIGGS, it was resolved that the rules of the llouse, as amended, be printed.
The SPEAKER laid beiore the House further testimony in relation to the New Jersey contested election; which,
On motion of Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina, was reserreal to the Committee of Elections.
Engrossed bill for the relief of John M. Jacqueline, was taken up on its third reading, read the third time, and pas-ed.
The bill for the relief of Bailey and Delord, came up in order, on its third reading, when
Mr. DANA spoke a short time in favor of the bill.
Mr. HAND tollowed in favor of the bill, and offered an amend. ment, proposing to allow dollars, and
per centage; and
After some conversation between the SPEAKER and Mr. HAND, he question was taken on the amendment, and it was rejected. The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading
On motion, the House then went into Committee of the Whole, (Mr. Davee in the chair, on the bills on the private cilindar, heretofore referred to it, from No. 57 to 75 inclusive; and after some time spent in the consideration of the same, the committee rose and reported all to the House without amend. meni, except the bill for the relief of James L. Cochran, the amendment to which was concurrel in; and this bill, with all the others, were ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
The following bills from the Senate, included in those ordered to be engrossed, were read the third time and passed, viz:
An act for the relief ol John H. Jacobs; and
An act for the relief of Alvarez Fisk, and the representatises of Thomas P. Eskıidge.
The following bills of the House, included in those reported this day from the Committee of the whole, and ordered to be engrossed, were real the third time and passed, víz:
A bill for the relief of Smith and Farnsworth;
A bill granting two townships of land for the use of the Uni. veri'y of lowa;
A bill to authorize James Alexander to relinquish certain laods, and to locate other land in lieu thereof;
A bill for the relief of James Brewer;
A bill granting a right of pre-emption to certain lots in the town of Perrysburg, in Ohio;
A bill granting a s ction of land for the use of schools it St. Clair county, Illinois;
A bill to annex a certain tract of land to the Coosa land dis. trict, in the State of Alabama, and for other purposes;
A bill for ihe relief of Sulton Stephens;
A bill for the relief of the representatives of William Wil. liams, senr. deceased;
A bill for the relies of the representatives of John Gremball, sen. deceased.
On motion of Mr. R. GARLAND, engrossed bill for the relief of Mary Tucker was postponed.
Engrossed bill for the relief of Bailey and Deloid, coming up for a third readiug,
Mr. HAND spoke at some length, and showed that the bill, in i's present form, would be oi nó utility. If there was jus. lice in the case, of which there could be no doubt, he thought the House ought to do justice. These men made large ad. vances to the Government, when its credit was very low, during the last war, and furnished the troops with supplies; and all the survivors asked was that they should be indemnified for the amount advanced. Mr. H. then moved to recommit the bill to the Committee of Claims, with instructions to report an amendment, allowing $20,000 to the claimants.
Mr. DAWSON said if it was the intention of the House to to change the character of the bill, he thought they had better adopt the amendment; but the committee which reported the bill were unanimous in the couclusions it had come to. The elaim was founded on private debts incurred by the soldiers; and he thought it would be a bad principle to establish, to make the Government responsible for debts of that character.
Mr. HAND demanded the yeas and nays on the motion to recom mit; which were not, however, ordered.
The question was then taken on the proposition, and rejected; and the bill, as reported from the Committee of the Whole, was read the third time, and passed.
On motion of Mr L WILLIAMS,
Engrossed bill for the relief of Robert Milnor, late gauger of the customs at Philadelphia, was postponed till this day Week.
Engrossed bill for the relief of the owners of the schooner Three Brothers, being put upon its passage,
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi demanded the yeas and naye; and upon dividing the House to ascertain whether there was a reco.d, there were--ayes 15, nays 40, no quorum voting.
Mr. R. GARLAND moved a call of the House, and demanded the yeas and nays on thal motion; which were ordered; and were -yeas 73, nays 20.
So the House determined to have a call, and it was pro
The following petiiions were presented by Mr. Davee of Maine, on Monday, the 30th of March, 1810: Six petitions from the citizens of the State of Maine, praying for a reduction on postage A petition of the inhabitants of Piscataque county, Sta'e of Maine, praying for a mail route from Waverville ló Dover, through Pittsfield, Palmyra, Conviana and Dexter. From citizens of Maine, praying the extension of the pension laws in relation to the widows of deceased officers and soldiers of the Revolution on Isaac Sawyer of Piscataquis county, in the State of Maine, a soldier of the last war with Great Britain, praying for a pennion. Or Joshua R. Slarvey, of the county of Penobscot, in the State of Maine, a soldier in the late war with Great Britain, praying for a pension. Of John Campbell of thie county of Penobscot, in the State of Mine, a soldier in the late war with Great Britain, praying for a pension. Of John Ste. vens, of the county of Somerset, State of Maine, who served during the war of the Revolution in the privateering service, praving for a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions. Memorials of citizens of Bloom. field and Conneville, State of Maine, against the annexation of Texas to the United States. Two petitions of the inhabitants of Cornville and Bloomfield, Praying the recognition of the in. dependence of Hlayti by the Government of the United States. A prlition of the inhabitants of the State of Maine, praying the adoption of measures for procuring a Congress of Nations for the settlement of international disputes. Memorial of Moses Gilman and 65 others, of the State of Maine, Saugersville, pray. ing that the standing rule adopted by the House of Representatives of the Unite i States, on the 28:h of June, 1810, may be rescindci. A petition of Asa Reddington, Robert P. Dulap, and Edward Kent, a comunittee of the Temperance Society of the State of Maine, praying that the spirit ration in the navy may be discontinued. Of Allen Rogers, of the State of Maine, stating that a brig belonging to him, brought in from Rio Ja. neire to Philadelphia a number of men atiached to the United States Exploring Expediuion, and that, on the voyage said vessel was compelled to stop at Bahia lor a supply of provision; for which, and their incidental expenses, he prays remunera. tion.
the special order for Tuesday next, would not be suspended by it.
The SPEAKER answered that the effect of the resolution, if adopied, would be to give the appropriation bills precedence over all other business. The SPEAKER ihen announced, that if no member objected, the resolution would be received by general consent.
Mr. STANLY rose and sail that he objecird.
Mr. JONES said he could not consent that the public business should be passed over in this way, without making some effort to prevent it; he there. fore moved a suspension of the rules to enable him to submit the resolution, and on that motion, demand d the yeas and nays; which were ordered, anii were-yeas 91, nays 31.
Su the rules were suspended.
Mr. J. then intre duced his resolution, and moved the previous question on its adoption; which was seconded, and the main question ordered; which main question was, “Sha'l the resolution be adopted?"
Mr. RUSSELL demande l the yers and nays; which were ordered, and were-yeas 107 nays 53.
So the resolution was adopted.
The SPEAKER said that reports from commitlees prere next in order; and called the committees for that purpo e; when
Mr. CONNOR, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill for the relief of John B. Lasalle; which was twire read, and referred to the Committee of the Whole.
On motion of Mr. CONNOR, the same committee was d schargeit from the further consideration of a ceriaia memorial and joint resolutions of the Leg slalure of Michigan for an appropriation 10 comp'e'e roads heretofore cimmenced by the Unile i States, within the limits of Michigan; and it was orilered to lie on the table.
Mr. J. W. JONES, from the same committee, reported a bill mak ng appropriations for certain firifications for the year 1840; which was read iwice, and referred to the Commiliee of the Whole on the stale of 'he Union.
Mr. J. W. JONES laid before the House certain estimates of ihe amount that would be necessary to carry into effect the bil of this session to restore certain invalid and other pensioners the amount of pensions by them relinquished; which was ordered io lie on the table, and be printed.
Mr. EVANS, from the same committee, reported a bill making appropriation for suiveys and other purposes; which was twice read, and appropriately committed.
Mr. E also repor'ed an amendment to be moved to the bill to prevent frauds on the revenue, when That bill shall be taken up.
Mr. RHETT, from the same committee, re. pored a bill for the relef of Thomas Laihain; which was read twice, and commilied.
Mr. R. GARLAND inquired of the chairman of the Commitee of Ways and means whether ibat committee had yet considered the bill for the continuation of the removal of the Red River raft.
Mr. J. W. JONES was understood to say that it had been considered, and that member of the committee had been authorized to report it back to the House; but that it had been temporarily laid aside for the purpose of further examination by a member of the committee.
On motion of Mr. RUSSELL, the Commi tee of Clains was discharged from the further consideration of the piti'ion of Captain William W. Peden, and that he have leave to withdraw his petition.
Mr. R from 'he Commiltie of Claims, reported a bill for the relief of the legal representatives of John Barnes, deceased;
A bill for the relief of the sureties of H. H. B. Hays, late Posimaster at Claiborne, in Alabama; which were read iwice, and apprropriately com. miltsd.
Mr. R. also reported back to the House, Senate bill, entitled “An act to authorize the Secretary of War to adjust and pay to Benjamin Murphy, of Arkansas, the value of his coró, calile, and hogs, taken by the Cherokee Indians in the month of December, 1828;” with an amendment to strike out the enacting clause; which were committed to the Committee of the Whole.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SATURDAY, April 4, 1840. Mr JONES of Virginia observed that the diffi. culties and delays which were daily pre ented in the way of the action of the House on the a proprialion bills, the importance of which must be apparent to every one of ihe members of ihe House, induced him to ask leave to offer a resolution to bring one of them, at an early day, before the House. He would take occas on lo say that i hd heretof re been the practice of the House to make bills of this characier the special or-ler of the day for every day after one o'click, till disposed of. In accordance with this practice, the resolution he wished to offer proposed to make the civil and diplomatic appropriation bill the special order for Wednesray kext, to continue such every day after one o'clock till disposed of.
Mr. LINCOLN hoped the gentleman would not press his motion al present. It would give rise to debale, and prevent the commitees from reporting, which ihey had kad no opportunity of doing this session
The resolution was then read.
Mr. BRIGGS asked, if the resolution passed, if the appropriation bills would not take prece. dence over all other business, and if the bill to prevent frauds on the revenue, which was made