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mittee were to report at this session; if the evidence had been nearly or entirely gone through with, and all that remained was for judgment to be passed upon it, it would be necessary for a new member of the committee, if one should be appointed, to go over that evidence again. If, on the other hand, the subject was not to be reported on at this session, but was to be taken up de novo at another, the same difficulty would not present itself.
Mr. FISHER had no desire, he said, to speak in a language of threat, but he must state that he could not consistently serve any longer, such was the nature of his other duties.
Mr. EVERETT was satisfied that the gentleman would reconsider that opinion, if the House should determine not to excuse him.
And the question was then taken by yeas and nays, and determined in the affirmative-yeas 105,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
TUESDAY, June 16, 1840. Mr. BOND asked the consent of the House to enable him to make a report from the select committee, on the memorial of William Wright in relation to the settlement of the affairs of the Commonwealth Bank of Massachusetts with the Government.
Objection having been made,
Mr. BOND asked for a sus nsion of the rules to enable him to make the report; and on that molion demanded the yeas and nays, which, having been ordered, were-yeas 55, Days 84. So the rules were not suspended.
PILOT LAW. The CHAIR announced that the first business in order, during the morning hour, was the motion of the gentleman from New Jersey, [Mr. RANDOLPR) to recommit to the Committee on Commerce the bill reported from that committee by the gentleman from Maryland, [Mr. HilLEN] to repeal the law of 1837, regulating pilots. The question immediately pending was the call for the previous question.
Mr. DICKERSON, of New Jersey, inquired of the Chair whether it was in order to move to postpone the further consideration of the subject until to-morrow.
The CHAIR replied that it was not the previous question having been called for.
Mr. RANDOLPH moved that there be a call of the House; and upon which motion,
Mr. CURTIS having demanded the yeas and nays, they were ordered, and were-yeas 39, nays 114.
So a call was refused.
they should desire to rid themselves of a law that affected their interests or their business. He regretled that it should have affected them at all. But That was not the question before the House. The question for them to determine was, how did this law affect the community? Congress was to legis. late, not for the interests of any particular classnot for the merchants-not for the pilots—but for the community. What, inen, was the operation of this law? There was no better rule by which tesi it than to go to those on whom it had operated. The pilots, indeed, complained. But what did the merchants do?
Mr. T. after showing the groundlessness of the charge that ill-feeling existed towards the pilots of New York, proceeded to state that the merchants and underwriters of New York, of Philadelphia, and New Orleans, were unanimously opposed to the repeal of the law.
And at this stage of his remarks he was interrupted by Mr. FISHER of North Carolina, who inquired of the Chair whether the morning hour had not expired?
The SPEAKER having replied in the affirmative
Mr. FISHER asked that he might be excused from further service on the Committee of Elec. tions. He said that, owing to the constant em. ployment on that committee, he was compelled abandon all other business. It was due to his constituents, whose business had been committed to his charge, that he be afforded an opportunity attend to il; and it was due to the House, that ex. pected him to devote all his time to the questions before the committee, that he should be discharged, and another person appointed, who could devote his whole time to such business.
Mr. HILLEN inquired
of the Chair, whether, || M. EVERETT" said that the same course of
So the House decided that Mr. FISHER should be excused from further service on the Committee of Elections.
Mr. PETRIKIN asked the general consent of the House to offer a resolution, which was read for information, as follows, viz:
Resolved, By the House of Representatives, (the Senate concurring therein,) that Congress will terminate the present session, by adjournining sine die on Thursday, the 9th day of July next, at eight o'clock in the afternoon of said day.
Objections having been made from all sides of the House,
Mr. PETRIKIN said he would not press it at that time, but gave notice that he would make a daily effort to have the resolution acted upon.
A number of Senate bills on the SPEAKER'S table were read twice, and appropriately referred.
The SPEAKER, by general consent, laid before the House a communication from the President of the United States, transmitting a report from the Secretary of the Treasury, in compliance with the resolution of the House of the 26th May last, relating to the charges preferred by Dr. Baldwin, against Marmaduke Burroughs, Consul at Vera Cruz.
On motion of Mr. CRAIG, referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The bill for the relief of General Duncan L. Clinch, which had been returned from the Senate with an amendment, was taken up, and the amendment was concurred in.
Mr. W. COST JOHNSON was understood to give notice that he would to-morrow ask the House to take up the joint resolution from the Senate, continuing in force the charters of the District banks, and that he would move the previous question upon it.
A joint resolution from the Library Committee, on the subject of international exchanges, coming up on the question of engrossment for a third reading,
On motion of Mr. PETRIKIN, (a bill of a similar character having been committed a few days since,) its further consideration was postponed for the present.
INDEPENDENT TREASURY BILL. On motion of Mr. J. W. JONES, the House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, (Mr. Banks in the chair) and resumed the consideration of the Independent Treasury bill.
Mr. BLACK being entitled to the floor, resumed his remarks from last evening, in support of the bill. In reply to a question from his colleague, [Mr. King] as to whether the fact of having voted, for the bill of 1834, was any argument why the same persons should vote for the present bill, Mr. B. replied in the affirmative. He considered that a gentleman, who had voied for Mr. Gordon's bill of 1834, was bound by every motive of public interest and consistency, to vote for the present mea.
He showed that the bill of Mr. Gordon, for which some of lhe most eminent men from Georgia had voted, was far more ultra than the present
That bill gave the Secretary of the Treasury almost unlimited power; and while it authorized that officer to demand the payment of Government dues in specie, it made no provision for paying out the same kind of currency to the credi
if the previous question was seconded, it did not cut off the motion to recommit.
The CHAIR replied that it did; and that the question would be on ordering the bill to be read the second time.
The previous question was then seconded and the main question ordered, and the question now being, "Shall the bill be read a second time.”
Mr. WELLER demanded the yeas and nays; which having been ordered, were-yeas 93,
So the bill having been ordered to be read the second time, received that reading, and the question being, "Shall the bill be ordered to be engrossed for a third reading?”
Mr. TILLINGHAST opposed the engrossment of the bill, deprecating all party feeling, and con. teading that the original law was proper in its nature, and that it was not in derogation of private right, but, in fact, an enlargement thereof; and that its operation upon life and property bad been demonstrated already to be of the most beneficial and salatary character.
Mr. TOLAND also made some remarks, in the midst of which he was cut off by the expiration of the morning hour, and which, like those of Mr. TILLINGHAST, were, from the confusion in the Hall, heard very imperfectly. Mr. Toland ad. dressed himself, he said, not to any party, but to the House. The question was one which involved the business interests of the country to a much greater extent than had been supposed. He regretted that any allusion had been made to it as a party matter—it was not in fact so. It might, indeed, for aught we knew, affect a particular party in New York or New Jersey, (though he could not himself see how it was to do so,) but sure he was that it was no party question in the community which he represented; nor did he believe it to be so in the country generally. It was a question affecting the interests not only of the different parts of the United Siates, but of the whole commercial world.
Who are the parties asking for a repeal of the law? They were the pilots of New York-and, as it seemed to him, the pilots alone-the very parties to regulate whose conduct the law itself was passed by a vote of this House, almost, and, so far as he knew, entirely unanimous.
These were the persons who now came here to ask for a repeal of the law. It was natural that
reasoning would probably apply to every other member of that committee. They were now in the midst of their labors, and it would certainly be very inconvenient to put any new member on the committee at this time. He hoped the gentleman would not be excused.
Mr. VANDERPOEL did not see (he said) how the request could be granted consistently with the rights of the parties implicated. The committee had gone on looking at the testimony, and had probably got through with one-fourth or one-half of it. To discharge the gentleman now, would, it seemed to him, (Mr. V.) be like putting a juror on a case when the testimony was half closed. There was no gentleman whom, personally, he should feel more disposed to gratify than the gentleman from Nerth Carolina, but he (Mr. V.) must vote against the motion.
Mr. FISHER said that gentlemen were mistaken if they supposed the public service would suffer in any respect. If gentlemen would look at the nalure of the investigation before the committee, they would see that such was the fact. The committee were investigating the illegality of the votes. Each vote presented a separate question; each vole was put before the committee on its own merits; and whenever the vote of the committee was taken on that single question, it was settled. The vote was either rejected as bad, or adınitted as good, and the question was then set aside; and when another vote was taken up, a new question arose. So that, in ten minutes, any man could understand the matter as well he (Mr. F.) himself.
Mr. MORGAN suggested that there was another serious objection to ike discharge of the gentleman. The committee had decided upon certain principles for the admission or rejection of testimony. By substituting a new for an old member, all the principles might be changed, and it might become necessary for the committee to go over all the testimony again.
Mr. CUSHING said that, to enable him to vote understandingly, he would desire to know whether it was in contemplation of the committee to report on the several questions before them.
The SPEAKER intimated to Mr. C. not to enlarge the subject-matter beyond its proper limits.
Mr. CUSHING said he would foot do so. But there might be serious objection to granting the request of the gentleman. It was this. If the com
tors of Government. Was there any man, he asked, who would hesitate in his choice of the two bills? If gentlemen could vote for a bill like that of Mr. Gordon, surely they could have no hesitaion in supporting the present measure, when the which will be given when his speech shall be written out in full.
Mr. CROCKETT next obtained the floor, and made some remarks in relation to the resolutions of the Legislature of Tennessee, requesting him to vole for the Independent Treasury bill. He denied the right of the present Legislature to instruct him, for reasons which he gave at length. He then examined the Independent Treasury bill, and opposed it with much warmth. He considered it a most odious measure. In the course of his remarks he avowed it as his object to endeavor to get a United States Bank chartered, without regard as to what the opinions of his party were. A National Bank was the only measure that could succeed as a fiscal agent of the Government. He was no advocate for State banks, and never had been, though he did not wish to do any thing to their injury. He argued that it was the duty of the National Government to establish a currency of uniform value wherever it circulates, and did not believe the measure before the House adequate to that; and before Mr. C. concluded, The House took its usual recess, at 24 o'clock.
EVENING SESSION. Mr. CROCKETT concluded his remarks in opposition to the bill; when
Mr. BELL obtained the floor, and spoke with much warmth against the efforts of the Administration party lo pass the bill, to the exclusion of other bills. He then urged many reasons why the bill should not pass, and, before concluding, at a quarter past seven o'clock, Mr. B. gave way to a motion ihat the committee rise, which motion being put, it was discovered there was not a quorum.
The committee then rose, and the Chairman reported that fact to the House.
Mr. C. H. WILLIAMS moved to adjourn; which motion resulted in yeas 55, nays 55. The SPEAKER gave the casting vote by voting in the affirmative.
So at half.past seven o'clock,
"The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion to print 20,000 copies of the report of the Committee on the Militia on Mr. Poinsett's project for a standing army of 100,000 militia.'
“Now, sir, (said Mr. C.) Mr. Poinsett has submitted no 'plan for a standing army of 100,000 mililia.' His plan purports to be one for the reorganization and discipline of the militia. I understand Reporters are admitted here to give a transcript of our proceedings; that is, a statement of facts, and not their construction or inferences. We are suffciently libelled and slandered by letter writers. I am at least unwilling to tolerate it in Reporters.”
Mr. ALLEN said that he had thought, for some time past, that he would, when occasion offered, make one or two remarks on this subject; and what he was now about to say, he hoped, would be particularly and correctly reported. Upon the subject of reports of debates, this, as far as he was concerned, seemed to be an appropriate occasion for the remarks he designed to offer. For any thing that appeared in the public papers, purporting to be his remarks, he would not stand responsible, if it did not appear in the first person. He took that to be the mode in which a correct report of a speaker's remarks should be given. With regard to the correctness of the reporte, it was perhaps exceedingly difficult for any man to report exacıly what was said; and in a running debate, it was perhaps still more difficult. Some allowance was therefore to be made for those inaccuracies which occurred in the reports, without any intention on the part of the Reporters to misrepresent. But they all know, that, in addition to these difficulties, reports were sometimes sent out from this body in which plain and palpable injustice was done. Therefore, to avoid any future difficully, so far as he was concerned, he gave notice that he would not hold himself responsible for any reports of what he might say, unless reported in the first person, which would show that they had been revised and corrected by himself.
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky said he could not allow this occasion to pass without expressing his dissent to any Senator's rising in his place for the purpose of commenting on any newspaper article in relation to himself. Mr. C. had never done so, and he did not think it consistent with that dignity and elevation to which the Senate ought to aspire. And, if it were done in all cases, the Senate could do scarcely any thing else, for, Mr. C. said, he did not think he ever saw a single paragraph in the Globe in which he was correctly reported. For every one misrepresentation on his side, he believed there were ten on the other. Yet he had never commented on those reports in his place, but left his character to stand or fall by his acts. And suppose the Senate should appoint their own reporters, they would be appointed by
party majority, which would increase instead of correcting the evil.
Though it was true that the Reporter had no right to put language in the mouth of any Sonator that he did not use, yet he had a right to draw his own inferences, and to expose, in bis own language, the tendency of any measures that he thongbt injurious to the interests of the country. This was one of the inestimable privileges of a free press, which, though liable to be abused, could not be interfered with without great danger. One side might say that such a measure had such a tendency; for instance, that the Sub-Treasury bill was a Government bank, (his deliberate opinion was that it was a Goveroment bank.) Well, sir, said Mr. C. is he to be held responsible for so expressing himself?
Mr. CLAY of Alabama said that he had a word or two to say in reply to the honorable Senator, who had thought proper to refleet on him, and to read him a lecture on the dignity and propriety of a member of that body. The Senator would be good enough to recollect that he had no right to direct him in the course he should pursue in this or any other matter. He did not come here to be lectured by the honorable Senator in reference to what was due to dignity and decorum by a member of this body. He felt it to be his duiy and his right to rise in his place and correct the false statements made in the press whose side the Senator
espoused-palpable misrepresentations! gross misrepresentations! Was it not right and proper, when an individual came here in the character of a reporter of proceedings, and professed to give facts for the information of the public, if he did it falsely, insidiously, and fraudulently-was it not right for any member aggrieved to expose it? It is bola our right and our duty, said Mr. C. and it will not do for the Senator from Kentucky to talk about the privileges of a free press, and to comment on the dignity and propriety which should stand in the way of an exposure of falsehood and misrepresentation. The reporter of proceedings pro.
to give the facts that transpire in this body, but he is not admitted here to give his own comments on them. The Editor of the paper he reports for might say editorially what he pleased, (and the Editor of this paper, it was well known, very freely availed himself of his privileges on this subject,) but the Reporter had no right to makehis own comments appear as part of the proceedings of this body. He wished particularly to draw this distinction, so that when a debate went forth, the public might distinguish between the commentary and the facts. He did not interfere with those inestimable privileges of a free press, of which the Senator spoke. The complaint that he made had no reference whatever to the privileges of the press, for he could not regard those who came here expressly to give a statement of facts as included in that privilege. He koew how easy it was for Editors of the public papers to be misled by the press here, or by reports of what passes here. He would mention one instance among many others. When the bill to cede the public lands to the States in which they lie, on certain terms and conditions, was under discussion, the Senator got up and solemnly declared that it was an absolute proposition to give away the lands to the new States; and consequently the Legislature of one of the Stales passed resolutions against it as such. If the Senator chose to characterize this measure, which every one knew to be a sale, with certain conditions, in such broad terms as an absolute gift, he could do so; but he would mark the effect. It gave a tone to the Opposition press throughout the country, and, among its other effects, sanctioned the act of the Rhode Island Leg slature. Was it for the Senator from Kentucky to rise in his place and undertake to defend the privilege of Reporiers to misrepresent the words and actions of members of this body? The Senator might, if he thought proper, take this course; he [Mr. C.] would, for his part, follow the dictates of his own judgment.
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky assured the Senator from Alabama that he rose for no purpose of dictating to him or lecturing him. He engaged in no such business. But was he not a part of this body? And if any person thought proper to bring forward any matter for animadversion in it, had he not a right to get up and express the opinion he did, that the Senate was not a fit and proper place for such correction to be made? It was not upon the conduct of the Senator; it was not to advise him that he rose; but it was to express his opinion of the practice of members rising here, and consuming the time of the Senaie in correcting the errors of a free press.
But the Senate bad chosen 10 give instances of what he called misrepresentation, and referring to the bill to cede away the public domain, said ibat he [Mr. C.] characterized it as an absolute donation. He now (Mr. C. said] so characterized it. He knew that there were terms and conditions in the bill, and knew that the effect of them in the end would amount to an absolute donation. Mr. C. here referred to the terms and conditions in the bill and one of them, he said, the payment of one half the gross proceeds of the sales, would never be carried into effect, for the States would be, for one cause or another, able to induce Congress to relinquish it. He might be mistaken, but such were his convictions. Though in the beginning it would appear to be a contract, yet in the end it would turn out to be a donation. This opinion he expressed several years ago; and was he to be censured because the Legislature of Rhode Island came to the same conclusion?
Mr. CLAY of Alabama observed that if the Se. nator from Kentucky, when he made the broad,
IN SENATE, WEDNESDAY, June 17, 1840. Mr. NICHOLAS presented a petition from Hezekiah L. Thistle, stating that he has invented a mode of constructing wrought iron cannon, that has received the approbation of scientific persons, and desires the Government to have the benefit of the improvement; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
On motion by Mr. LINN, the bill supplementary to an act, entitled "An act to amend an act for the appointment of commissioners to adjust the claims to reservations of land under the 14th arti. cle of the treaty of 1830, with the Choctaw Indians," was taken up, and, after several amendments had been offered by Mr. L. and adopted, it was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
Mr. KING, from the Committee on Commerce, reported a bill concerning tonnage of Spanish vessels; which was read, and ordered to a second reading.
Mr. CLAY of Alabama rose, and was proceeding to censure the National Intelligencer of to-day for the omission of the latter portion of his explanation and remonstrance in regard to the intelligencer's report of the proceedings on Mr. Poinsett's project, when he was informed that the omission was caused by a hurried, and certainly accidental, oversight of the Globe Reporter, 10 whom alone he handed his notes, when no Reporter of the Intelligencer, owing to sickness, was present.
Mr. C. then read the residue of his explanation, which was as follows:
"I have felt less inclined to ascribe these errors to accident, on account of another misstatement of the Intelligencer, which has appeared daily at the head of our proceedings upon Mr. Poinseit's report. That paragraph is in the following words:
unqualified decíaration that the bill to which he referred was an absolute donation to the new Siales of all the unsold public lands in their limits, had accompanied it with the qualification that he now made, it would have been better, so far as the public intormation was concerned. He, Mr. C. only stated the fact to show the privilege assumed on the other side of' saying what they pleased. The Senator spoke of his right, as a member of the body, lo comment on any subject that was brought before it. Now he [Mr. C.] did not bring forward this matter for any legislative action, nor was the Senator in any way called on to interfere. Had be any particular connection with the business? He affecied to feel great delicacy with regard to matters which did not particularly concern him. Had he forgotten that he undertook to rise in his place, when two of the Senators were presenting the resolutions passed by their Legislature, and inlinale to them what ought to be their course on that occasion? Was that consistent with the Se. nator's ideas of delicacy? He courted no collisions of this kind, Mr. C. said, but he would repeat now what he had said on a former occasion, that when assaults of this kind were made on bim, he should always feel it to be his duty to repel them.
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky said he could only repeat that, if any Senator chose to bring any matter before that body, he would take such notice of it as he thought proper. As to the case which the honorable Senator noticed of his having spoken of the instructions received by two honorable Senators, he had no recollection of it, but he would remind the Senate that Senators on his side had again and again been taunted and reprehended for non-compliance with their instructions.
Mr. CLAY of Alabama said that he would not contend for the last word.
Mr. CLAY of Kentucky. Well, you have got the last word.
Mr. LINN observed that he did not rise to make any complaints against the Reporters on either side of the house, but to say that the discussion going on proved conclusively, to his mind, that the Reporters should be sworn officers of the Senate, and compelled to furnish each member notes of what he said. Our constituents, said Mr. L. have a right to know what we say, as well as what we do. The journal showed all their votes, but what was said in support or explanation of them, went to the public in a very imperfect manner. Ile thought that the body would see the propriety of his suggestion. If this plan was adopted, each member would have notes furnished him, and then ibe responsibility would no longer rest on the Reporter, but where it should be, upon the speaker or speakers. It was very seldom he trespassed upon the time or patience of the Senate except on business, and then he endeavored to use no more words ihan were barely sufficient to explain to the Senale. Bat, notwithstanding he had, on several occasions, been misrepresented, it was not his intention, nor did he wish to be understood as charging the Reporters with intentionally misstating him; but such was the fact. He would mention two instances, In the debate on the bankrupt bill, as published meagrely in the Intelligencer, he was made to say that he wished the States to surrender to the General Government, and to be exercised by it, all the power they have to charter banking institutions. Such an idea never entered his mind. On the contrary, his opinions were, that to purify and correct the illegitimate career of banking on the part of Siate institutions, iwo alternatives presented themselves. One was making thein subject to the operation of the bankrupt biil, or getting the States to consent to an amendment of the Constitution of the United Sta’es, expressly withholding or denying the States the power of creating corporations with the legal right to make paper dollars under 20, 50, or $100, as might be thought best. He said at the same time thai all power over the subject should be withheld from the General Government. The other instance is in the case of the bill to raise a certain number of volunteers of a particular kind to prosecule the war in Florida against the Seminoles. In the discussion, he bad marked that, to bring the contest to a speedy issue, you must have a class of men used to
the rifle, inured to hardship, capable of supporting great physical exertion and physical want, who, with a few days' provisions on their backs, a pistol, knife, and tomahawk in their belts, could plunge into a swamp, swim creeks, and sleep in mud and water. He further had remarked, that such a force would track the Indians to their secret hiding places,
and destroy them when least expected, and that Indian wars would always terminate in a brief period, as soon as the whites became as expert in their mode of wartare as they were themselves. Yet he was made to say that Indians were as good as white men. He knew the character of Indians well, and knew that the worst while communities were immeasurably superior io the best Indian. He repeated again, That he did not complain of wilful misrepresentation. His back was sometimes to the Reporters, and they would then probably hear imperfectly. At other times they only reported tor the political side to which they were attached. It was utterly impossible to resist the belief that their reports are not occasionally tinged with their own political opinions. Every difficulty would be obviated by the course indicated, and each member held responsible for the sentiments, opinions, and facts stated by him in debate. He said he would be glad if some member would move a resolution to appoint a committee to inquire into the expediency of ma. king Reporters sworn officers of the Senate.
Mr. WALKER said he had no complaints to wake aga nst the Reporters on either side of the House. But the idea suggested by the Senator from Missouri induced him to offer the following resolution for the consideration of the Senate:
Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to inquire into the propriety of selecting an equal number of Reporters, of both political parties, who shall be sworn to report correctly, as far as practicable, the proceedings of this body.
On motion of Mr. SOUTHARD,
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury communicate to the Senate a precise statement of the revenues actually received from all sources, between the end of the last fiscal year and the first day of the present month, so far as ascertained at this time.
The bill authorizing the erection of certain lighthouses and light-boals, and the establishment of certain buoys, beacons, &c. was taken up, and after some remarks from Messrs. NORVELL, KING, CALHOUN, and HENDERSON, was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
The bill to authorize the accounting officers of the Treasury 10 settle the accoun's of Francis Gehan, lae Marshal of the Territory of Wiskonsin, was also ordered to be engrossed.
Mr. SOUTHARD moved to print a certain pamphlet purporting to be an answer by the Directors of the Union Bank of Florida, to a report made by the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. KING opposed the motion on the ground that it was a paper that had never been before the Senate, and did not form a part of its proceedings, copies of it only having come there addressed 10 individual members. It was not, he said, the practise of the Senate to print documents that had no relation to its legislative action.
Afier some further remarks from Messrs. SOUTHARD and KING, themotion was negatived
The Senate, on motion by Mr. DAVIS, pro. ceeded to consider the bill making further provision to prevent the abuse of the flag of the United States, and the use of unauthorized papers, in the foreign slave trade, and for other purposes. Mr. DAVIS explained, in detail
, the objects, manner of operation, and effects of the bill.
Mr. MERRICK moved to strike out that that part of the bill which made a shipbuilder punishable if he had good reason to believe that ihe ship was for the slave trade; Mr. M. being understood to argue that he ought not to be punished unless he knew it.
The bill and the amendment were discussed by Messrs. DAVIS, CALHOUN, GRUNDY, KING, MERRICK, and WEBSTER.
Mr. MERRICK'S moticn was negatived, and the bill was ordered to be engrossed,
The Senate then adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WEDNESDAY, June 17, 1840, Mr. PETRIKIN asked the general consent of the House to offer a resolution; which was read for the information of the House, as follows:
Resolved, By the House of Representatives, (the Senate concurring therein,) that Congress will terminate the present session, by adjournment sine die, on Thursday, the 9th of July next, at eight o'clock in the afternoon of that day.
Objection was made from all sides of the House.
[The friends of the Administration are anxious to terminate the present session at the earliest day possible consistent with the interests of the country, and with a due regard to the condition of the business which must be passed upon before the adjournment of the present session.
They are, Therefore, opposed to fixing a day until they can see some prospect ahead of finishing the business or of getting it in such a state of preparation as would justify them in fixing a day for the adjournment. They have made, and are now making, every effort to that end. They believe that all those who are really desirous to terminate the session at an early day, would and ought to come forwart with an anxious desire to act upon the measures that must be passed upon, instead of consuming the time of the House in debate.]
Mr. WISE moved to suspend the rules for the reception of the resolution; and, on that motion,
Mr. CASEY having demanded the yeas and pays, they were ordered, and were, yeas 77, nays 86.
So the rules were not suspended.
Mr. CRAIG said, in order to make the most of their time, and with a view and in good faith that they may have an early adjournment, and to test the sincerity of those who profess to desire it go anxiously, he would ask the general consent of the House to offer a resolution, which was read for the information of the House, as follows:
Resolved, That from and after this day, the daily hour of meeting of the House shall be 10 o'clock, ante meridian.
Mr. WISE objected to its reception.
Mr. CRAIG moved to suspend the rules, to enable him to offer it, and on that motion demanded the yeas and nays; which having been ordered, were-yeas 105, nays 30, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Alford, Judson Allen, Atherton, Banks, Ba. ker, Beatty, Beirne, Black, Blackwell, Bond, Boyd, Anson V. Brown, Albert G. Brown, Burke, Bynum, Calhoun, Wm. B. Campbell, Carr, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Chapman, Chittenden, Cliflord, Mark A. Cooper, Wm. R. Cooper, Craig, Cranston, Crary, Crockett, Dana, Davee, Edward Davies, John Davis, John W. Davis, Deberry, Dickerson, Dellei, Doan, Doig, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Ely, Fillmore, Fletcher, Floyd, Fornance, Galbraith, Gates, Gentry, Gerry, Giddings, Goggin, Goode, Graves, Green, Hammond, Hand, John Hastings, Hawes, Ilawkins, Heory, Hill of North Carolina, Hillen, Holmes, Hopkins, Hubbard, Jackson, James, Jameson, Chas. Johnston, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Nathaniel Jones, J. W. Jones, Keim, Kempshall, Kille, King, Leadbetter, leet, Lowell, Lucas, McClellan, McCulloh, McKay, Mallory, Mar: chand, Marvin, Medill, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Calvary Morris, Newhari, Nisbet, Osborne, Parrish, Parmenter, Par. ris, Paynter, Pope, Prentiss, Ramsey, Randall, Randolph, Ra. riden, Reynolds, Ridgway, Ryall, Samuels, Shaw, Simonton, A. Smith, J. Smith, Truman Smith, Thos. Smith, Steenrod, Storrs, Strong, Stuart, Swearingen, F. Thomas, P. F. Thomas, Jacob Thompson, Tripleul, Turney, Underwood, Vanderpoel, David D. Wagener, Peter J. Wagner, Watterson, Weller, Wick, Jared W. Williams, Henry Williams, Lewis Wil. liams, Joseph L. Williams, C. H. Williams, and Worthington -103.
NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Andrews, Briggs, John Campbell, Clark, Connor, Garret Davis, Dennis, Evans, Everelt, IIaber: sham, William Cost Johnson, Mason, Mitchell, Monroe, Mor. gan, Palen, Peck, Petrikin, Ealtonstall, Sergeant, Shepard, Stanly, Sweney, Taliaferro, Toland, Warren, E. D. White, Thomas W. Williams, and Wise-30.
So the rules were suspended; and the resolution having been again read,
Mr. CRAIG moved the previous question, which received a second; and the main questiou having been ordered, it was taken, and the resolution was agreed to.
Mr. DANA asked leave to present a resolution, which was read for the information of the House, as follows:
Resolved, That the Clerk of this House cause to be published in one or more of the newspapers printed in this city, the names of all members of Congress who shall be absent without leave on any call of the House, or vote by yeas and nays.
Objection having been made to the reception of the resolution,
Mr. DANA moved to suspend the rules, and on
Taliaferro, Tillinghast, Toland, Trumbull, Warren, Thomas W. Williams, and Christopher H. Williams--50.
NAYS--Messrs, Judson Allen, Hugh J. Anderson, Atherton, Banks, Beatty, Beirne, Black, Blackwell, Boyd, Burke, Cart, Carroll, Clifford, Coles, Colquill, Connor, Mark A. Cooper, William R. Cooper, Cross, Dana, John Davis, Doan, Doig, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Floyd, Fornance, Gal braith, Griffin, Hammond, Hand, Hawkins, Hill of North Carolina, Holleman, Holmes, Hopkins, Hubbard, Joseph John. son, Cave Johnson, John W. Jones, Kemble, Kille, Leadbet. ter, Leonard, Lowell, Lucas, McClellan, McCullech, McKay, Marchand, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Newhard, Parrish, Parmenter, Parris, Pickens, Prentiss, Reynolds, James Rogers, Samuels, Shaw, Thomas Smith, Steenrod, Strong, Sweney, Taylor, Francis Thomas, Jacob Thompson, Turney, Vander. poel, Weller, Jared W. Williams, Henry Williams, and Lewis Williams-80.
So the House refused to adjourn.
The House again resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole on the Independent Treasury bill, and
Mr. BELL resumed, and was replying to his colleague [Mr. Brown) on another subject, when he was simultaneousiy called to order by the Chair, and by Mr. Beatty of Pennsylvania.
Mr. VANDERPOEL said he must insist that the rules be preserved.
Mr. WISE took an appeal from the decision of the Chair that the gentleman from Tennessee [Mr. Bell] was out of order.
The question was then taken, “Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the committee, by tellers, and resulted-ayes 81,
that motion demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered.
Mr. BANKS moved to lay the motion to suspend the rules on the table.
Mr. DANA demanded the yeas and nays on that motion; which having been ordered,
Mr. BANKS withdrew his motion to lay on the table.
The question was then taken on the motion to suspend the rules by yeas and nays; which wereyeas 106, nays 76, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Adams, Judson Allen, Hugh J. Anderson, Andrews, Atherton, Beatty, Beirne, Blackwell, A. G. Brown, Burke, William O. Butler, Job Campbell
, William B. Camp. bell, Carr, Carter, Casey, Chapman, Clifford, Connor, William R. Cooper, Craig, Cross, Davee, Davies, John Da. vis, John W. Davis, Garret Davis, Dickerson, Doan, Doig, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Ely, Fillmore, Fletcher, Floyd, Fornance, Galbraith, Gentry, Gerry, Goggin, Goode, Hammond, Hand, 'Hawkins, Henry, lill of North Carolina, Holmes, Hop. kins, Hubbard, Jackson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Nathaniel Jones, John W. Jones, Keim, Kille, Leadbetter, Lowell, Lucas, McClellan, McCulloch, McKay, Marchand, Medill, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Parrish, Parmenter, Parris, Paynter, Petrikin, Prentiss, Ramsey, Randolph, Rari. den, Reynolds, Ridgway, Rives, Robinson, Ryall, Samuels, Shaw, Simonton, John Smith, Truman Smith, Thomas Smith, Steenrod, Strong, Stuart, Swearingen, Taliaferro, Francis Thomas, Jacob Thompson, Turney, Underwood, Van. derpoel, l'. J. Wagner, Weller, Wick, Jared W. Willians, Henry Williams, Lewis Williams, and J. L. Williams-106.
NAYS-Messrs. Alford, J. W. Allen, Banks, Baker, Biddle, Bond, Boyd, Briggs, Calhoun, Carroll, Chittenden, Clark, Mark A. Cooper, Cranston, Crockett, Curtis, Cushing, Davee, Dawson, Deberry, Dennis, Dellet, Droomgoole, Evans, Everett, Gates, Giddings, Graves, Green, Griffin, Habersham, John Hastings, i llawes, Hill of Virginia, Hillen, Hoffman, Janies, Jameson, Charles Johnston, Wm.Cost Johnston, Kemp. shall, King, Leet, Lincoln, Mallory, Marvin, Mason, Monroe, Morgan, Bamuel W. Morris, Nisbet, Osborne, Palen, Peck, Pope, Proflis, Randall, Rayner, Saltonstall, Sergean', Shepard, Slade, Albert_Simith, sianly, Storrs, Philip F. Tho. mas, Toland, Triplet, D.D. Wagener, Warren, Watterson, E. D. White, T. W. Williams, Christopher H. Williams, Wise, and Worthington-76.
So the rules were not suspended.
Mr. ADAMS, by general consent, presented a memorial from the workmen on the public builddings; which was referred to the Committee on the Public Buildings and Grounds.
Mr. CURTIS, from the Committee on Commerce, reported back to the House, without amendment, Senate bill entitled an act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to use chemical or any other oil in the light-houses, and to make the necessary alterations for that purpose; which was referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Also reported back to the House, from the same committee, without amendment, Sepate bill enli. lled an aci to amend "au act regulating the passenger ships and vessels."
Mr. CURTIS hoped the bill would be put upen its engrossment. It did not require cemmitment. He explained the nature of the bill; which was understood to repeal so much of the existing law as restricted the passengers 10 two to each ton of the vessels carrying passengers, so far as the same might apply to steam vessels running to certain ports.
Mr. PETTRIKIN was opposed to the passage of the bill; which he said would give these vessels a monopoly and advantage over other vessels.
Mr. CURTIS made some further remarks in explanation of the object of the bill.
Mr. VANDERPOEL said it was a very important bill, and the House should not be taken by surprise by forcing the question upon it so soon. He spoke of the humane objects of the law which this proposed to repeal-it was a salutary one, having a regard to the comfort and health of the passengers. He believed, if it was repealed, so far as it related to the steamboats, the effect would be that those boats would be so crowded with passengers as to prove detrimental to their health. He was not prepared to vole in favor of the repeal, without some reflection and investigation.
He therefore moved to postpone the further consideration of the bill till ihis day week; which motion was agreed to, and the bill was ordered to be printed.
Mr. CURTIS also, from the same committee, reported back to the House, without amendment, Senate bill entitled an act for the relief of the owners of the British brig Despatch; which was committed to the Commitiee of The Whole.
Mr. CURTIS also, from the same committee, reported ibe following resolution:
Resolved, That the report and chart of the survey of the harbors of Beaufort and Wilmington, in North Carolina, communicated to this House by the Secretary of the Navy; and the report of the chart of the surveys of the Southern coast, from Tybee island, in Georgia, to Hunting island, in South Carolina, prepared by Lieut. Wilkes, be lithographed; and that 2,500 of each report and chart be published.
Mr. CURTIS explained the importance of the charts, and hoped the question would be taken without delay.
Mr. TURNEY objected to the consideration of the resolution; and, consequently, it lies over one day.
On motion of Mr. REYNOLDS, the Committee on the Public Lands was discharged from the further consideration of the petition of H. H. Colgan, also from the correspondence between the Commissioner of the General Land Office and the Recorder; also from the memorial of the Missouri Agricultkral Society; and they were severally ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. REYNOLDS also, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported back to the House without amendment, Senale bill, entitled an act for the relief of Zadoc Martin; which was committed to the Committee of the Whole.
Mr. R. also reported, from the same committee, a bill to grant a quantity of land to ihe State of Missouri, for the purpose of constructing a rail. road from New Albany, in the State of Indiana, to Mount Carmel, in the State of Illinois; which was read twice, and committed to the Committe of the Whole on the state of the Union.
On motion of Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, the Committee on the Public Lands was discharged from the further consideration of the petitions and papers of Silas M. Catching, Stephen Fox, and Wm. A. Powell, and they were severally ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, from the Com. mitee on the Public Lands, reported back to the House Senate bill entitled an act for the relief of John W. Moneite, with an amendment, which was concurred in, and the amendment, according to order, having been engrossed for a third reading, the bill was read the third time, and passed.
Mr. LINCOLN, from the Committee on the Public Lands, reported back to the House, without amendment, Senate bill entitled an act for the relief of Jane Waller; which was commi'ted to the Committee of the Whole.
On motion of Mr. JONES of Virginia, the rules of the House were suspended, and the House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House on the state of the Union, (Mr. Banks in the chair,) and resumed the consideration of the
INDEPENDENT TREASURY BILL. Mr. BELL continued his remarks in opposition to the bill till 22 o'clock, the hour of recess.
EVENING SESSION. Mr. BELL resumed his remarks in relation to the currency generally, and in opposition to a SubTreasury as a regulator of the currency. He went into a history of his own course with reference to that question, with a view to prove his consistency; and al 6 o'clock he gave way to
Mr. ALFORD, who moved that the committee rise.
On this motion tellers being demanded and ordered, it was found that there was no quorum.
Mr. BELL expressed his willingness to proceed without a quorum.
Mr. ADAMS objected, as did several other members, to the business being resumed without a quorum.
The committee then rose, and the chairman reported that fact to the House.
Mr. TILLINGHAST moved to adjourn.
Mr. VANDERPOEL demanded the years and nays, which being ordered, were--yeas 50, nays 80, as follows:
YEAS.-Messrs. Adams, Alford, John W. Allen, Andrews, Bell, Briggs, Willian B. Campbell, Carter, Casey, Chinn, Chit tenden, Clark, James Cooper, Crabb, Crockett, Edward Davies, Dawson, Dennis, Dellel, Evans, Gentry, Goggin, Goode, Graves, Hall, Hawes, Hill of Virginia, Hoffman, James, Charles Johnston, Kempshall, Lincoln, McCarty, Naylor, Peck, Pope, Proffit, Rayner, Ridgway, Saltonstall, Slade, Storrs, Stuart,
No quorum having voted,
Mr. VANDERPOEL said there was evidently a quorum in the House, and he moved that the CHAIR take another count, and the Chair was about dividing the committee for that purpose, when
Mr. WISE objected to having another count, and insisted that the committee should rise, and that it was the duty of the chairman to report the fact of there being no quorum, to the House; accordingly
The committee rose, and the Chair reported the fact to the House.
Mr. BUTLER of Kentucky moved that there be a call of the House.
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered.
Mr. TRIPLETT moved that the House adjourn; and
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi demanded the yeas and pays on that motion; which having been ordered, were-yeas 39, nays 88, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. John W. Allen, Andrews, Baker, Bell, Wm. B. Campbell, Casey, James Cooper, Crabb, Crockett, Dawson, Dennis, Dellet, Evans, Gates, Gentry, Giddings, Gog. gin, Goode, Graves, Ilottman, Lincoln, Naylor, Osborne, Ray. ner, Ridgway, Simonton, Slade, Truman smith, Stuary, TaliaTerro, Tillinghast, Toland, Triplett, Peter J. Wagner, Warren, Edward D. White, Thomas W. Williams, c. H. Williams, and Wise-39.
NAYS-Messrs. Judson Allen, Ilugh J. Anderson, Atherton, Banks, Beatty, Beirne, Black, Blackwell, Boyd, Aaron V. Brown, Albert G, Brown, Burke, William 6. Butler, Bynum, Carr, Chapman, Clifford, Colquitt, Connor, Mark A. Cooper, Wm. R. Cooper, Craig, Dana, Davee, John Davis, Doan, Doig, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Ely, Fine, Fisher, Floyd, Gritlin, Hammond, land, Hawkins, Holleman, Holmes, Hopkins, Hubbard, Jackson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Nathaniel Jones, John W. Jones, Keim, Kille, Leadbetter, Leel, Leonard, Lowell, Lucas, McCulloh, McKay, Marchand, Montanya, Samue! W. Morris, Newhard, Parrish, Parmenter, Parris, "Paynter, Prentiss, Reynolds, Řhell, Rives, Ryall, Samuels, Shaw, Shepard, John Smith, Thomas Smith, Stark weather, Strong, Swearingen, Francis Thomas, Philip F. Thomas, Jacob Thompson, Turney, Vanderpoel, Vroom, David D. Wagener, Weller, Wick, and J. W. Williams58.
So the House refused to adjourn; and there now being a quorum present,
The House again went into committee.
Mr. WISE withdrew his hppeal from the decision of the CHAIR.
Mr. BELL was again about proceeding in his remarks; when
Mr. BEATTY called him to order, and insist. ed that he could not proceed, under the rule, unless permission was granted by the committee.
The CHAIR said, as objection was made, the gentleman could not proceed without permission of the committee.
Mr. WISE made some remarks as to the question of order, and moved that he be permitted 10 proceed in order; which was agreed 10.
Mr. BELL said, unless he was permitted to reply to the reinarks of his colleague, (Mr. Brown,] he had nothing further to say, than that the charges
know, too, the intelligent constituency that he represented.
They are the people of Saratoga and Schenectady, two of the oldest and most renowned counties in the history of New York. Among that people he was born; among them he had gained an enviable character for purity of purpose, and for honor and fidelity in all the relations of life; among them he lived in the affectionale regards of numerous friends, and in the universal respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens, of all classes and
In his untimely death, his district sustains an irreparable loss, the State is bereaved of one of her worthiest sous, and this House has parted with a member whose life and conversation were an honor to its body.
Sir, it is not my office to speak of the admonition to us who survive that comes from the early grave of one of our fellows. It cannot fail, however, sir, to teach us "what shadows we are," and, arresting us in the midst of this scene of active and exciting eroployment, it must remind us “what shadows we pursue.”
Mr. CURTIS thereupon submitted the following resolutions:
Resolved, That this House has heard with deep sensibility of the death of the Hon. Anson Brown, a member from the State of New York, which took place at his residence, at Baliston Spa, on the 141h instant.
Resolved, That, as a mark of respect for the memory of the deceased, the members of this House will wear crape on the left arm for the space of thirty days.
Which resolutions being unanimously adopted, thereupon the House, on motion of Mr. CURTIS,
of inconsistency against him were unfounded, &c. It was not his habit, he said, to trespass upon the rules, and therefore refrained from any further reply.
Mr. EVANS obtained the floor.
Mr. BROWN of Tennessee asked him to yield it, to enable him 10 reply to his colleague, (Mr. BELL.]
Mr. EVANS said he would do so, but the gentleman from Tennesses [Mr. BeLL) having been declared to be out of order, was not permitted to proceed in the remarks to which he wished 10 re. ply; therefore, it was evident that he [Mr. Brown,] could not reply, if he were io yield him the floor.
Oa motion of Mr. EVANS, the committee then rose, and The House, at 10 o'clock, adjourned.
THURSDAY, June 18, 1840. A message was received from the House of Representatives, through Mr. GARLAND, their Clerk, announcing the death of the Hon. ANSON BROWN, a member of that body, and their consequent proceedings thereupon; which proceedings having been read,
Mr. TALLMADGE rose, and addressed the Senate as follows:
Mr. PRESIDENT: The message from the other House, which has just been read, announces the death of the Hon. Anson Brown, late a Representative in that body from the State of New York.
I rise to ask of the Senate that tribute of respect which is due to his memory. I perform this melancholy duty with no ordinary emotions. But a few days have elapsed since the deceased was here in the regular di charge of the important duties of his station, Before he left for home, I heard him speak of his indisposition, but I had no apprehension of serious illness, much less this sudden and unexpected termination of his disease. He died at his own residence in Eallston, last Sunday evening, surrounded by his family and friends.
Mr. Brown was a gentleman of a liberal education, and distinguished attainments as a scholar, of bigh standing in the legal profession, and posesssed in an eminent degree ihe esteem and confidence of all who had the good fortune to make his acquaint
He was kind and amiable in his intercourse in society, and no one was more happy in his domestic relations. As a husband and father, none can fully appreciate his virtues, except those who have been called to mourn his loss. My heart bleeds to contemplate the desolation of the widow and the orphan whom this afflictive bereavement has left behind. Cut off in the vigor of manhood, and in the midst of his usefulness, the community has lost one of its most valuable members, and his friends one of their most cherished associales.
His sudden death is one of those inscrutable dispensations of Providence to which we are all bound io bow with perfect submission. I will only add, that he was a man of the strictest integuity and ho. nor, and that he lived respected, and died lamented, by all who knew him.
As a tribule of respect for his memory, I move for the adoption of the Senate the following resolutions:
Resolved, That the members of the Senate will testify their respect for the memory of the deceased, by wearing crape on the left arm for the space of thirty days.
Resolved, That, as a further mark of respect for the memory of the deceased, the Senate do now adjourn.
Mr. DAVIS asked the Senator from New York,' (Mr. TALLMADGE,] to give way for a moment, 10 enable him to make a motion, for doing which the present afforded the only opportunity.
Mr. TALLMADGE assenting,
Mr. DAVIS, at the request (he said) of several genilemen, who desired rhat a more full vote should be taken on the subject of the claim of the heirs of Robert Fulton, moved to reconsider the vote by which that claim was rejecied; which motion was agreed to, and the subject, for the present, was laid on the table.
The resolutions were then unanimously adopted,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
THURSDAY, June 18, 1840. The journal having been read
Mr. CURTIS rose and addressed the House as follows:
Mr. Speaker: In the absence of one of my colleagues, who has been a member of this House much longer than any of his companions, circumstances, in the opinion of my colleagues, have imposed upon me this morning the performance of a most painful duiy.
I have risen, sir, to arrest the attention of the House, if possible, for a few minutes, to announce that death has passed upon one of its members; that death has broken the ranks of the repre. sentation from the State of New York. The honorable Anson Brown, a Representative from that State, died at his own residence, in the county of Saratoga, on Sunday evening last, at ten o'clock.
But a few days since, not now more than ten or twelve, I met him and conversed with him at one of the doors of this hall. He said he was about to visit his family for a few days, and that, before any final decision of the House should take place upon the subject then and now the principal topic of daily discussion, he expected to be again in his place; indeed, he said a letter from any friend, notifying him of its necessity, would command his immediate return. He shook me by the hand, and turned from me with some cheerful expressions of kindness. I saw him then, for the last time. Alas! sir, he has now gone beyond the calls of public duiy, and the summons of private friendship addressed to him now will fall upon
"The dull cold ear of death.” It was known to some of his colleagues and more intimate friends that, from the commencement of this session, Mr. Brown had been the victim of impaired health; and yet, sir, his death was not more expected than tbat of the most vigorous of us who occupy these places to-day. But, sir, the event proves that, from the first day he entered this hall, the hand of disease was constantly pressing him downward 10 the grave in which death has now láid him, The event proves that, while bis colleagues, from his punctual attendance upon the duties of this House, regarded him as but slightly indisposed, he was in fact struggling, in the performance of his public duly, with the pangs of a fatal malady.
I dare vot trust myself to speak of this truehearted man as his character deserves. I must check the promptings of friendship, early established, and long continued, without interruption. But I may say of him, to those who were not l'amiliar wiih his charac!er, that he possessed a mind so illuminated by knowledge and reflection, a spirit so imbued with deep sentiments of patriotism, that, in the absence of physical infirmity, he was fitted for a career of distinction and usefulness in this House that would have reflected honor upon his constituents and the people of the Siate to which he belonged.
It was not without the greatest reluctance on the part of Mr. Brown that ive people of his district induced him to enter upon the duties of public life; and it was his intention at the close of his term of office to have retired to those more congenial pursuits of a private citizen which he unwillingly surrendered at the solicitation of his friends. He loved his home, bis family, his neighbors, and the agreeable excitement of a profession in which he had acquired the distinction of a sound and able lawyer.
Mr. Speaker, it is a matter of consolation with his colleagues, since in the providence of God the career of our valued friend was now to be cut short in the meridian of his life, that the fatal arrow did not reach him while separated from the solace of his family and the comforts of his home. He had closed an honorable life in the midst of those who knew him best and honored and loved him most. He has finished life where he began it. At the hour of death be was surrounded by those who knew him as an affectionate husband, a tender father, a faithful son, a kind neighbor, a highminded, patriotic eitizen, and a devoted Christian.
Sir, I knew this departed friend for years that run back to the days of college remembrances. I
Friday, June 19, 1840. The VICE SRESIDENT submitied a report from the Secretary of the Treasury, showing, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the amount of revenue received between the end of The last fiscal year and the first of the present month; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
The following is an abstract of the report: Received from customs
Mr. HUBBARD presented a petition from sundry citizens of Racine, Wiskonsin Territory; also, iwo petitions from the citizens of Southport and Milwaukie, all praying for the construction of a harbor at ----, on Lake Michigan. Referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. TALLMADGE presented the petition of sundry citizens of Dutchess county, New York, praying for the passage of a general bankrupt law; which was read, and laid on the table.
Mr. ROANE presented the petition of the widow of Juhn Vance, a soldier of the Revolution; which was referred to the Commitiec on Pensions.
Mr. LINN presented a memorial from Richard 0. Davidson, praying an appropriation to test the practicability of an invention to carry the mails of the United States through the air; which was laid on the table.
Mr. MOUTON, from the Committee on Privale Land Claims, reported a bill for the relief of the legal representatives of Therese Malette, widow of Caspard Pheole; which was read, and ordered to a second reading.
The resolution submitted some days since, by Mr. WALKER, for the appointment of a select committee to inquire into the propriety of selecting Reporters for the Senate, was taken up, and after being discussed by Messrs. WALKER, TAPPAN, CLAY of Keniucky, NORVELL, ALLEN, ANDERSON, KING, and CLAY of Alabama, its further consideration was postponed for the pre
On motion by Mr. WEBSTER, the bill to autho.