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nal object, in presenting the matter to the In doing this, it would be necessary for him to House. But since his honorable friend and col. review the facts of a series of recent transacleague from Ohio, (Mr. Crane) had brought tions, of which the one now before the House the subject before the House, in the shape of a might be considered the finale. In the first resolution for an inquiry, he could not but feel place, he would say that his opinion as to the some solicitude to learn whe!her the House power of the House in such cases was unchang. was disposed to sanction such a state of things/edi
. He had no doubt of the power of the in a country pretending to be civilized, and Honse to punish in this case; nor had he any in a Government boasting of its fre dom and its doubt that the facts communicated to the House laws. He wished to know, by a deliberate de. by the honorable gendemen from Ohio, (Mr. cision of that body, whether a member of that Cooke,) constituted a breach of its privileges; House was, or was not, liable to be called 10 that it was an attempt to overzwe and intimi. account, and arraigned before an irresponsible date the honorable member, in the discharge of tribunal, by any stranger at the metropolis, for his daties there, he had not a shadow of doubt. the discharge of his public duty, and placed in If not a challenge, it was equivalent to one.as tuation where he must either consent to And when was it received? On Saturday--the abandon bis principl-s, to violaie the laws of very day after the yeas and pays were taken on earth and beaven, and to meet his fellow man ceriain points in Houston's case. They had, in mortal combal, or expose himself to he way. on that day, brought all this on themselveskid and assailed by ruffians and assassins. The they had proclaimed aloud to the band of rufHouse was the only tribunal to which he could finns congregated in this cily, and prowling or would appeal, and to them he would sub- about those walls, to come here and inflict mit the decision of the question.
whatever punishment they might think proper If the people were not to be protected in the on any members who shoull dire to insult their free and undisturbed deliberations of their re- characters, or wound their feelings, even presentatives; if members were not to be pro-thoug' justice to the country and their consti, lected in the discharge of their official duty-it tuents might demand it. Was it not doing this, the House should determine to truckle to ar to say to them, you shall have free ingress and bitrary power-and to disregard its own safety, egress to this-Hall-come armed-do as you dignity, and honor-it would be no longer a please-and the most we can, or will do, is to desirable place for him, and he for one should bring you before the Speaker'schair, as though be disposed to resign á seat upon that flour, it was all mere school-boys' play, and receive anufto go to a place where he would find boin a little reprimand? Why, Sir, (said Mr. AR honor and protection in the bosoin of his con- NOLD,) the very man wlio sent this letter, would stituents.
desire no bigher bonor than that you should Some further discussion took place, in which send your Sergeant-at-Arms after him, that he, Messrs. WAITTLESET, of Ohio, CRANE, JEWETT, zoo, might be placed on the pinnacle of imporBundes, Horpmas, and DÓDDAJDGE, joined. tance and glory which the man whose friend
Mr. POLK deprecated che further continu. ship he boasted has just left-hat he,, too, aace of the discussion concerning the dignity might pass through the formality of a trial, and of the House at a time when so much public be acquitted, for such, in fact, he considered business was undisposed of, and asked," wht the decision in Houston's c.se. If the House ther, after spending four weeks in debating a bad the power to punish, it should have used question of privilege, the House was not cum. it effectively. Surrounded, as they were, by a petent to come at once to a decision in the band of ruifiians, nuthing less than incarcerapresent case. He was opposed to the resolution could protect the members of that House tion, and moved the indefinite pustponement
. from their assaults
. He knew to what he was He had been endeavoring, in conjunction with exposing himself, even in uttering these words; the gentleman from Virginia, (Mr. DoDDRỊDGE,) out sooner, (said Mr. A.) than have my honest to organize a business party in this House, and feelings suppressed, ! would lay bare my bohe hoped that this motion would be supported, som to the poniard of the assassin-I would ra. in order that their action upon the matters be-ther my heart's blood should be fet forth by his fore them might not be any further impeded. blade, to run in the gutters of your streets, and
Mr. McDUFFIE thought the only way to be lapped by dogs. These are times, Mr. save the time of the House, would be to refer Speaker, when every lionest representative of the subject to a cummittee.
the people is called on to speak and act fearMr. ARNOLD said, he should vote with his lessly, and I, for one, will do so, though at the colleague, (Mr Polk,) to postpone this mat- 1.zard of my life. The member from Olio had ter indefinitely. He should do it with pain and very properly brougļit this matter before the telactance, but he thought, under all the cir. House; but suppose, instead of doing so, he had Cumstances, that was the best disposition which complied with the design of the man who sent could be made of it. As he had beretofore vo that letter, had gone forth to the field of mor led in favor of the power of that House to pun. tal combat
, and had been shot by his antagoish for breach of its privileges, and as his pre- niste
Would that have been as aggravated a sent course might look like abandoning his for- case as the one which had just terminated, and mer opinion, lie hoped the House would per- in which the highest punishment thought to be mit bim lo state, briefly, the reasons by which deserved was a reprimand by the Speaker of he was governed in his present determination that House! Suppose that his adversary had
shot him, but not mortally: thai he had, how committed in this case; that the House bad vir:
mentioned this in answer to the member frora
go on uninterruptedly, he had better go to the
was unwarranted by tacts. (ur. Burges here
that an effort had been made on one side of the
, that such was
and he challenged the member from Ohio, 10 the public eye-which might not sound well to the proof that he had done so. He, (Mr. P.) the public ear. [Several members here called was at no loss, however, to understand the on Mr. B. to tell them.] Who calls on me whole course of tactics adopted on this occasion; (said Mr. B.) to tell? Am I a gossip to relate he was too old in the school of politics not to what may be said either in this House or else. know for what purpose certain suppositions, as where? He did not say that such things would to Mr. Houston, and his connection with the be revealed; he had merely said, ibey might Executive, had been put forth in that House. be; as, wbo could tell what might not be in The member from Olio had directed him to go the great volume of unwritten Time." He to the palace; he did not exactly understand kept no note book of the rumours which were the honorable gentleman. In the first place, afoat; he let them pass him as the idle wind; he, (Mr. P.) should not call the house of the unless they were such as might affect the inChief Magistrate a palace; he was not quite so terests of his country. But, nevertheless, he regal in his notions. But what was he to go would warn the member from Tennessee not to there fur! What was there in his conduct that provoke an unnecessary agitation of such ques. day which had called for such advice from the tions. He had done so, and in a manner member from Ohio! He hadd' said shat he was altogether gratuitous. The member from Vir. for a business party in that House; and he ginia, (Mr. DODDŘIDGE,) had merely said, that thought that the state of business there would rumours to such and such a purport, had apjustify the wish; for u hat, then, was he told to peared in the newspapers; and he (Mr. B.) go the palace? Mr. P. concluded by regretting must protest against the course of the member that he had been drawn into this discussion; from Tennessee, as passing strange, to say the that he had been, was entirely owing to the re- least of it. He had, indeed, noticed with somemarks of the gentleman from Ohio; of whom wliat of surprise, that whenever an allusion was he felt it his duty to say, that he had the pe- made to the dignity of that assembly, that gen. culiar facully, whenever be rose in that House, tleman always took occasion to say, that he felt of producing excitement.
none of it. That gentleman was welcome to Mr. STANBERY said, tbat what was assert- feel as humble as he pleased; but (said Mr. B.) ed there, either for or against the truth of his for my part, I am too humble in myself not to assertion, was of little avail. He would offer feel elevated as the representative of 40,000 an amendment to the resolution, which would freemen-to feel that they have deputed me as at once put it to the proof, whether the Pre- the trustecs of their rights, their interests, and sident of the United States had acted in the their liberties. manner charged, or not, by making it part of Whatever might be his feelings elsewhere, the inquiry of the proposed committee. Mr. S. when within those walls he felt himself standthen offered his amendment; but withdrew it, ing on the shoulders of his constituents, and he temporarily, ai the request of Mr. Bundes. felt assured, that whilst he discharged his du
Mr. BURGES regretted, extremely, that ties there, he should be sustained by them in when all allusions to the executive had been that elevated condition; and with regard to the studiously avoided by the majority in this case, member from Tennessee, he wouki say thus the honorable member from Tennessee bed much, that if he held the appointment, and felt thouglit proper to bring up the remarks, or no dignity from the station, he was not the man assertions of ibe newspapers on the subject; he his constituents took him to be, when they con. thought it a course, not only undignified, but ferred it upon him. Mr. B. contended that uncandid towards the members of that House. the question before the House was not as to the It was, in fact, a very serious, and he believed right of the member from Ohio, but the rights it a very unjust reflection, that a majority of of the House and the nation; he considered that House had endeavored to make an im- this as but a part of a system intended to awe pression on the country, through the medium hat assembly in its deliberations. With reof the newspapers. There might be men who "gard to the person implicated, it was not imcame into that House, who had not seats as re- probable, as had been suggested, that he might presentatives of the people, who would wil. feel himself elevated from a state of insignifi. fully falsify its proceedings, and send abroad cance, should the House take notice of his con, their misstatements to promote the ends of the duct. He could nottell- he knew nothing of the party, of which they were the hirelings; but individual-ithad indeed been whispered, that he would the gentleman from Tennessee assert, had written this letter trom a persuasion, that it that the majority of the members of that House would not be answered in an hostile manner; that were capable of tampering with the editors of if he had thought it would have been answered, newspapers, for the sake of producing a false blood for blood, he would not have written its impression on the public. He hoped not. For he had heard it rumored that he was a man who, his own part
, however adverse he might have, if a hen should set up her feathers against him, been to ihe election of Andrew Jackson, as would runaway. All this he had heard, but President of the United States, he had not, nor wbether true or not, was of little consequence would he, urter words of obloquy against him, to that House. It had been further said, that as such, either in that House or elsewhere. Al he was a disappointed office seeker; if so, he the same time, he did think that the member should vent his spleen in another quarter. With from rennessee ought not to provoke the agi- regard to the business party, which it was the tation of things which might not look well to wish of the member from Tennessee, to form,
he would only observe, that he, (Mr. B.) was The SPEAKER informed the gentleman
was but an inference that it was intended to Mr. DODØRIDGE said, he understood the imply, that the Chief Magistrate was domember from R. I. to have alluded to hin, as having so now; but it was the impression which ing brought the subject of the newspaper reports such a statement was likely to make, through before the House. Such was not the fact. The the channels of the newspapers, 10 which be member from Tennessee, (Mr. Polk,) has als objected. His object in rising, in the first in. luded to those reports; and wliat he, (Mr. D.) etance, was to bring the House to the business had said, was in answer to that allusion. He of the nation; and he had only been drawn into had understood that genileman to aliude to debate by the unexpected attack made on him tbose reports for the purpose of denying them by the member from Ohio, and the member on that door. My reply. (said Mr. D.) was, from Rhode Island, who was always ready to that if he or any other honorable gentleman on throw his lance; and of whom he must say, that the floor, would deny from his own knowledge as to loss of time in debate, he was the very
last that the assertions were unfounded, I would be calculated to give the House a lesson. With lieve him. But that gentleman had demanded regard to the punishment inflicted on Mr. too much; the matters were such as did not Houston, he would say, with the member from necessarily come within his own knowledge: Georgia, (Mr. THOMPSON,) on a former day, and his answer implied that he must have re- why not play out the game! The reasons were sorted to the testimony of otber parties, on the obvious. If they liad Jepriveri a citizen of his subject. Mr. D. concluded, by repeating his liberty, it would at once have brought their denial that he had been the means of introduc powers to the proof; and therefore they had cing the subject of the newspaper reports be- wisely preferred to play the schoolmaster, and fore the House.
reprimand the accused like a naughty boy; Mr. POLK denied that he liad charged one telling him, in effect, that if he did so again, side of the House with having attempted to and beat another member, be should be repri. make unfair impressions. He had made ex- manded again; and if he beat a third, he should ceptions; the honorable member from Rhode again be reprimanded. Mr. Polk, after some Island might reckon himself as one of the lurther remarks, concludi d by saying, that he, excepled, or not, as he pleased. It war very as well others, was responsible to the commutrue of that gentleman, what had been said of nity; and that the people of America would him on a former occasion upon that floor, that have an opportunity of deciding upon their it was his method to affirm by supposing. With conduct then, in that and other cases, at the regard to the dignity, or supposed dignity of ballot boxes. that House, he would not take lessons from the
Mr. BLAIR said, as some allusion had been school of the gentleman from Rhode Island. - made to Dr. Davis, not much to his credit, be The doctrine of that gentleman and his school thought it due to that person to say a few words was that of '98. He challenged the gentleman in his behalf. Mr. Davis was not his constitu. to deny that he had supported tbe Alien and ent, and the most he knew of him he had learn. Sedition laws then; or to show that the princi- ed during the past winter. He did expect that ples be now advocated, were not virtually the something would have been said on the subject
He would repeat, he had not been by those who were better acquainted with him. educated in that school, nor should he now Mr. B. said, he had always regarded him, since take from it his rule of conduct. As 10 the his acquaintance with him, majority of the House on the late yote, he felt honest man; the best 'testimony to his respectit his duty to say, that he had no doubt what- ability was, that he had been a member of the ever as the rectitude of the motives by which legislature of South Carolina. He mentioned they had been guided. His only wish had been this, because it had been insinuated that his call to repel the introduction of matters which had was not entitled to the notice of a gentleman of nothing to do with the case. What, for in-honor. It was his (Mr. B.'s) opinion, that his stance, had a supposed band of assassins to do call would be responded to, in the place where with it? They were told that they were sur- he was best known, by all those who did not rounded by a band of assassins. Where, be think that their moral duty, or some other prm; would ask, were they? Again, what had the ple, which he would leave it with the House to case to do with the arguments of the gentleman define, forbade them to respond 10 any one in from Virginia, (Mr. DOODRIDGE,) founded on the way alluded to. With regard to his being the doctrines of the old school? and he would a disappointed office-hunter, he believed Mr. give that gentleman the credit he deserved for Davis did come on here to obtain all office, his honest avowal of those doctrines. Mr. P. which, however, it was not in the power of the was proceeding to allude to an hypothetical government to give, in consequence of a nomicase, which had been put by a member on a nation recently confirmed by the Senate. Wheformer occasion; when
as an honorable and
ther Mr. D. was seeking for, or expected any business waiting the deliberation and decision other office, he could not say. As to his cour of the House, and the lateness of the session, rage, he would advise gentlemen to suspend he felt it his duty to move the previous questheir judgments on this subject till it had been tion. The motion for the previous question tried.
was then put, and sustained-ayes, 96-poes, Mr. CRAIG, after a few remarks, asked for not counted. * the ages and noes on the question of indefinite The main question, on the resolution of Mr. postponement, which were ordered.
Crane, was then put. On this question, Mr. Mr. STANBERY then submitted his amend. Polk asked the ayes and noes, which were orment, further modified, proposing, as part of dered, when the motion was rejected by the the matter of investigation, an inquiry whether following vore: the President had not used language calculated YEAS-Messrs. Adams, Allan, Allison, Ap. to encourage attacks on members of that pleton, Armstrong, Babcock, Banks, Barbour, House for words spoken in debate.
Barstow, Bates, Brarch, Briggs, Bullard, Burd, Mr. DODDRIDGE said Mr. SPEAKER, I Burges, Cahoon, Choate, Collier, Condict, rise to notice the remarks of the gentleman Condit, Cooke, Cooper, Corwin, Coulter, from Tennessee, so far as they relate to myself. Crane, Crawford, Creighion, jr. Davis, DearWith the compliments bestowed by that gen. born, Denny, Dewart, Dickson, Doddridge, tleman on myself, for understanding and inte. Drayton, Ellsworth, George Evans, Joshua grity, I cannot feel otherwise than flattered. Evans, Edward Everett, Horace Everett, Gren. These kind expressions, however, do not com: nell, jr. Heister, J. L. Hodges, Hoffman, pensate for those misrepresentations of my Hughes, Huntington, Ibrie, j“. Ingersoll, Ken. language and opinions expressed the other day, dall, Kennon, Letcher, Marshall, Maxwell, Mcwhich, I am sure, have been made with no un. Duffie, McKennan, Mercer, Milligan, Muhlen. kind intention towards myself. I am somewhat berg, Newton, Pendleton, Pitcher, Potts, jr. surprised that what I said within the last week, on Randolph, Reed, 'Russel, Shepperd, Slade, a subject of such importance, although it was Smith, Southarl, Stanbery, Stewart, Storrs, Sudeemed worthy to attract the attention of gentle: therland, Taylor, Tompkins, Tracy, Vance, men, should so soon be forgotten, more especially Vinton, Wardwell, Washington, Watmough, as the gentlemen from, Tennessee must bave Elisha Whittlesey, Fred’k Whittlesey, Edwd. heard me the other day correct one of my hood. White, Williams, Young -85. norable colleagues, (Mr. ARCAEn,) for the NAY:- Adair, Alexander, Allen, Anderson, same thing. That gentleman tell into the same Angel, Archer, Arnold, Barringer, Jas. Bates, error while he paid me the same flattering Beardsley, Beli, Bergen, Bethune, Jas. Blair, compliment.
John Blair, Borin, Bouck, Bouldin, Jno. Bror. My colleague spoke of me as reviving the bead, John C. Brodhead, Bucher, Carr, Chan. recollections of party, with the doctrines ofdler, Claiborne, Clay, Clayton, Conner, Craig, 1799, and of approving the alien and sedition Davenport, Dayan, Doubleday , Duncan, Fellaws. Now, 1 said nothing in "pprobation of der, Findlay, Fi'zgerald, Poster, Gaither, Gilthe alien law, nor did I pronounce iis condem- more, Gordon, Griffin, T. H. Hall, w. Hall, natiou-I spoke of the alien bill, so called. Hammons, Harper, Hawes, Hawkins, Holland,
The gentleman from Tennessee speaks of Horli, Howard, Hubbard, Jewelt, R M. Johnthe reign of terror, and other things so com- son, Cave Johnson, Kavanagh, Adam King, monly used in the pewspaper slang of the day, John King, Lumár, Lansing, Leavitt
, Lecompte, and in certain speeches, that I believe they Leni, Lyon, Mann, Mardis, McCarty, McCoy, are frequently uttered without any definite McIntirc, McKay, Newnan, Nuckolls, Pierson, meaning. I do not object to them—but ihe Plummer, Polk, 'Edward C. Reed, Rencher, gentleman says I approved the construction of Roane, Soule, Standifer, Francis Thomas, Phithe sedition bill. What consiruction! That lemon Thomas, Thompson, Thomson, Ver18 not, explained, and the expression is too e-planek, Wayne, Weeks, Wheeler, Camp. P. quivocal to pass unnoticed.
White, Wickliffe-86. What I said of that law was, that I doubted not the constitutional power of Congress to
WEDNESDAY, Mar 16. pass the sexlition bill, but I condemned the In the Senate,yesterday, the Vice PRESIDENT policy of tirat bill for these reasons-laws in communicated a report from the Secretary of this and all other governments ought to con- the Senate, con'aining a tabulár statement, ex. form to public opinion-ought to spring up hibiting in one view, the rates of duties under out of its opinion. That the sedition bill was the existing laws, under the bill submitted by tracted against public opinion, at the time the Secretary of the T'rtasııry, and under the when enacied, and was, in fact, repealed by it two bills reported by the Committee on Manubefore if expired by its own limita ion. I fur: factures, and on motion of Mr. Hayne, fifteen ther said, and now say, that public opinion has hundred extra copies of the report and state. ever since remained unchanged, and perhaps ment were ordered to be printed for the use of ever will, and therefore I would esteem bim the Senate. Mr. Holmis, in pursuance of nowho should attempt to re-enact all or any of its tice given yesterday, obtained leave and intro
or any thing like them, as guilty duced a bill to repeal the postage on newspaof something worse than folly.
pers, which was twice read, and referred to the Mr. THOMPSON said from the important, Committeg on the Post Office and Post Roads