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Mr. Letcher, and making the necessary deductions, there a question of law. For his part, he agreed that, in law, was about a similar majority for that candidate. For hin- the rule stare decisis should usually prevail; but, in this self, he felt perfectly indifferent upon the question. He case, he would vote according to the best of his judgment bad entered into no party feelings on the subject. From on every question made, and would not consent that a the commencement he had been of opinion that the election majority of the House should, by their decision on isolated should be sent back, and he would take upon him to gay points, control the ultimate vote he might give. that, any moment when the friends of either candidate dir. A. said that on a question involving, as this does, thought he was in danger, they would have been really the right of suffrage, party feelings ought to be altogether to have given their support to this proposition.

discarded. That, so far as he knew himself, he could Mr. CLAYTON opposed the motion to commit. Had conscientiously declare that he was influenced by no such the sheriff of Lincoln county done his duty, Mr. Letcher feelings; and that he had voted to give Mr. Letcher the would have taken his seat under a regular certificate. Mr. votes taken in Lancaster before 10 o'clock, and those C. made some comments upon the remark of Mr. McKay given in the absence of the sheriff. He had voted against that he did not feel bound by the votes which had been the admission of those which were given by the college decided by the House. We had gone through on one students; yet he was free to acknowledge that he had side, and we ought now to go through the other. He some doubt as to the correctness of all the votes he had was willing to meet the result.

given, principally on account of the uncertainty of the Mr. ANTHONY said he had hitherto been a listener to facts. On the several questions relating to minor's, nonthe discussion which had grown out of this contest, and residents, &c. he had endeavored to vote as he deemed would ask the indulgence of the House, while he stated right, without the least regard to either of the parties; his accordance with the views of the gentleman from but he could not pretend to say that he had perfect conNorth Carolina, as he had been for some time convinced fidence in the conclusions at which he had arrived. of the impracticability of coming to a satisfactory conclu- Whether in the majority or the minority, he had always sion upon the large mass of contradictory testimony which found himself among gentlemen of high legal attainments, had been taken in this case. lle stated that there were eminent talents, and, in every respect, much better qualupwards of eleven hundred pages before him, out of which ified to decide than himself. the conclusion was to be drawn who was entitled to the Such being his situation, he was perfectly indifferent seat; that the majority on either side was not contended whether Mr. Moore or Mr. Letcher obtained the seat; he to be more than ten or a dozen votes, the evidence was so had no predilections to gratify; they were both gentlemen doubtful and conflicting that he had found it utterly im- of the highest respectability, and stood on equal footing; possible to satisfy his mind, without neglecting those either of them, he had no doubt, would do honor to him. other important duties which devolved on him as a repre- self as well as the district. Should the resolution of sentative. From the manner in which other members the member from North Carolina prevail, the candidates had voted upon several questions relating to the matter, would return to the district unprejudiced by this investiit was obvious that many were in a similar situation. gation. Mr. Letcher, on the one hand, would have the

The immense mass of testimony compelled gentlemen " prima facie" evidence in his favor, of which he was de. to take the facts, to a certain extent, upon trust; they had prived by the improper and higlıly exceptionable conduct to rely upon the faith which they had in the statements of the deputy sheriff of Lincoln. While, on the other of those who had examined the evidence, and although hand, Mr. Moore would have the report of the Commita it might with propriety be said that “ faith without works tee of Elections in his behalf, and which every gentleman in dead, being alone,” yet he candidly apealed to other of this House would admit, afforded a strong presumption gentleman to say whether they had carefully read these that he was duly elected, after the long time and assidu1,100 pages, so that they were enabled to determine who ous attention that talented and respectable committee had was legally and duly elected a member of the 5th con- devoted to the investigation. gressional district of Kentucky, or whether they had pin Mr. A. said that the session was now drawing rapidly ned their faith on the sleeves of the Committee of Elec- to a close; we had but a few days before us, and were we tions on the one side, and on certain members who atten- to proceed in canvassing all the contested votes, when tirely considered the subject on the other?

would this matter end? We had much important busiThe honorable gentleman from Georgia had remarkedness, indispensable to be acted on, and little more than that the questions in dispute were matters of law, and not two weeks remained. Would it not, he asked, be the of fact. To a certain extent he was correct; but many fairest, the safest, the most correct course to send back questions involved in the decision were of complicated the election to the people, the source, of all power; they doubtful facts, about which there was a variety of evi- are capable, they are doubtless willing, to settle this condence on both sides, and it was extremely difficult to ar- troversy. That congressional district can gain little or rive at the truth.

nothing by either of those gentlemen taking his seat for He admitted the propriety of counting the votes taken the few renaining days of the session. If they return at the Garrard poll before 10 o'clock on the first day, and home to their constituents the qualified voters will decide during the absence of the sheriff on the second, when he between them, and this House will be spared the neceswas attending to the highest of all earthly duties, the sick sity of deciding a question which, to say the least of it, bed of a dying wife, was a question of law which did not is one of a very doubtful character. involve any controverted facts; yet the votes of the stu Mr. A., in conclusion, observed that if a majority of the dents at Danville College, the Salvisa votes, as well as members believed they understood this case thoroughly, those of soinors, non-residents, &c. which had occupied and were prepared to decide it, he would be perfectly the House for some days, were no more or less than sheer satisfied that thay should reject the proposition now bequestions of fact; and, until members agreed on the fact, it fore the House; but it, like himself, they could not come was impossible to determine the law in such cases. It was to a satisfactory conclusion in their own minds who was only necessary, in order to show how difficult it was to duly elected, ihe proper course, in his opinion, was to arrive at a just conclusion, to state that, on the proposi- declare the election void, for uncertainty and irregularition to deprive Mr. Letcher of nineteen votes, given dur-ty, and to let the people of the fifth congressional district ing the sheriff's absence on the second day, the gentleman determine who shall be their representative. from Georgia was in a small minority; and yet that gen if he were compelled to decide the main question, al. tleman was willing to take the opinion of the House on thougla he would do it with great reluctance, as it was 90 that point and forego his own; because, as he said, it was intricate as even to puzzle a Philadelphia lawyer, yet he

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would not shrink from the performance of that duty, ac. Mr. SUTHERLAND) believed he had shown, from the cording to the best light which he had before him. He commencement, a willingness to meet the question. He would not say that he should be guided in his vote by the should support the proposition without intending to stulti. report of the committee; but certainly, as it came from fy himself. He was willing to repose the power of de. a standing committee of this House, who had been elected ciding this question with the great fountain of powerfor their talents, their industry, their respectability, and the people themselves. The people of the fifth congres. impartiality, it was entitled to great consideration. sional district could settle it more accurately than this

Hoping, however, that he would be spared the neces. House could. They are better acquainted than we can sity of a decision between those honorable gentlemen, he be with both candidates and witnesses.

We had a ques. should have no hesitation to send them home, and leave tion arising as to the relative truth of two brothers by the this vexed, this intricate, this perplexing and uncertain name of Horine, The people of Kentucky know all question, to the determination of their constituents. about these Horines. They also know the sheriff whose

Mr. JiANN moved the House adjourn, which he im. conduct has given rise to so much remark. Not being mediately withdrew.

afraid to meel the people, he was for sending it back. If Mr. ADAMS regarded the motion of Mr. McKay as an either candidate should receive a seat, he would not re. unconstitutional proposition, as the House was made the tain it but twenty days. He would iell them to go home judge of the election of its members. The House could to their friends and lay the case before the people, ia not, constitutionally, evade the question; it must judge of whose decision every confidence could be placed. the election. The proceedings of the Committee of Mr. WISE made some remarks in reply to Mr. BingEY. Elections, as well as the House, have gone on the ground It was no difficulty as to principles, but doubt as to facts, that an election has been made. Most of the principles which rendered a correct decision by the House imprace introduced have been settled. If the House should go a licable. Twenty or thirty voles depended upon conlittle further there will be no difficulty. Instead of send. Hicting evidence, which it was impossible to decide upon. ing it to the Committee of the Whole, with instructions, le Mr. LINCOLN opposed the proposition to commit, on hoped the House would sit until it decided whether dir. the ground that the House was bound to discountenance Letcher or Mr. Moore is entitled to the seat.

the proceedings of the sheriff who withheld the poll. Mr. McKINLEY said it was true that the House was book, whose object was to send the election back to the to judge of the election of its members; but it cannot be people. He was unwilling that the House should be said that this House is a court, and must be governed made an instrument in promoting the design. by the rules of a court of justice. In giving his final vote Mr. McKAY, aster a few remarks, expressed a willing. he could not be controlled by the decisions wbich bad ness to modify his proposition by striking out the reason been made by the House upon individual cases. He was assigned in the resolution. responsible for his own vote. What the result would be,

The yeas and nays having been orderedupon a computation founded on the decisions of the House, The question was taken on the motion to commit to the he could not say; but he could say that he was very much Committee of the Whole, with instructions, and carried : dissatisfied with some of the decisions, and he believed | Ayes 113, noes 109. that most gentlemen were in the same situation. We have Jir. FILLMORE moved an adjournment, which was bad questions of nonage, upon which decisions diametri negatived: Ayes 100, noes 103. cally opposite have been made. Almost every principle Mr. MCKAY moved that the House resolve itself into which had been recognised had been contradicted by other committee of the Whole. votes of the House,

We had undertaken to be governed Mr. MARSHALL opposed the motion. The subject by the laws and constitution of Kentucky,

was not before the House; it had been commilied, and But the application of the principles of the laws and there were many orders standing in Committee of the constitution of Kentucky had been ridiculed; and we have Whole before this. been told that we should only regard the rules of sub Mr. EVANS also contended that, being committed to stantial justice.

The great question in bis mind was, will the Committee of ene Whole, it must take its rank among the decision of the House do justice to the candidates and the orders of the day. It was not now in the power of to the people? That bad been Juis desire from the be- the House to reach it. ginning. lle was willing to send the subject back to the Mr. CLAYTON, Mr. MERCER, and Mr. WAYNE, people, and would be contented with their decision

also expressed their opinions on the question of order. Mr. BINNEY supposed this would be the closing ar Mr. WAYNE moved an adjournment. gument, which was his apology for a few remarks. After Mr. JONES, of Georgia, and Mr. WISE, submitted spending many days upon this subject, it is now proposed that the motion to adjourn was not in order. for the House to say that it has found a decision of the The CHAIR overruled the objection, case impracticable. Every gentleman who votes in the The House then adjourned. affirmative so says to himself, though he has been called on by every consideration of duty to make a decision. As to the difficulties which had been suggest i by gentlemen

THURSDAY, JUNE 12. in coming to a satisfactory decision, all they had to do was

OHIO BOUNDARY. to adhere to the principles on which they had voted. if

The bill from the Senate, to fix the northern boundary they could not remember on what principles they had of the Staie of Ohio, coming up as the unfinished busivoted, that reason should be assigned. After the labori-ness, the motions pending thereon, being, viz: to commit ous investigation of the candidates, and the thorough ex- the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary, and to postamination of the committee, all that was not brought into pone its consideration, and make it the special order of doubt should be regarded as established on either side; ine day for Thursday next-the ground was, therefore, greatly circumscribed; gen. Mr. SPEIGHT suggested the propriety of permitting tlemen had no right to stultify themselves. The constitu- the bill to lie on the table for the present. tion, and their constituents, had made the members of Mr. VINTON remarked that his only objection to the this House judges of this election. There can be no ques. bill being laid on the table was, that there might not be tion more simple than that before the House. It is said an opportunity to get it up, or acted upon, this session. there is a mass of evidence. Does this render a decision He desired that the subject, if postponed, should be made impracticable? It is only so to those who shrink from the the order of the day for a day certain. labor of investigation.

Dir. LYON, of Michigan, contended that it was a fit

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subject for reference to the Committee on the Judiciary, he moved the following as a preamble to the resolution and insisted on his motion to that effect.

reported to the House: Mr. EWING, of Indiana, submitted a motion to lay the Whereas, by the returns of the election for a repre. bill on the table, but which he subsequently withdrew in sentative of the 5th congressional district in the State of favor of Mr. WILLIAMS, who advocated the propriety of Kentucky, it appears that Robert P. Letcher had a masending the bill to the Committee on the Territories. jority of forty-nine votes; that the said election was con

Mr. VANCE said that, in order to terminate the diffi- tested by T. P. Moore, and the Committee of Elections, culties felt on this subject between the State of Ohio and to whom the same was referred, reported to this House the Territory of Michigan, he thought a select com- that there was an election, and that T. P. Moore wag mittee, to consist of one member from each State, should elected by a majority of forty-four votes of all the legal be raised to consider this bill, and submitted a motion to votes in said district. And whereas this House, by sun. that effect.

dry resolutions, has added to, and substracted from, the Mr. LYON had no objection to such a committee; only votes of each party, in the following manners, to wit: that, in this case, Ohio would be represented, whilst the From the majority as reported by the committee, Territory of Michigan would not be so.

viz:

44 Mr. VANCE said that he would modify his motion by They have restored the votes given on the first striking out Ohio.

day before Grant, 25, viz: The question on the motion for a select committee, as To Letcher,

22 proposed by Mr. Vance, was then put and negatived.

Moore, The question then being on the postponement of the

-making maj. 19 consideration of the bill to Thursday nextMr. GAMBLE addressed the House in favor of sending

25 the subject to a select committee until the expiration They have restored the votes on the second day of the morning hour, when, on motion of Mr. BOON, in the absence of the sheriff, 45, viz: the House proceeded to the orders of the day.

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-making maj. 19 The SPEAKER announced to the House that, on the previous evening, he had some doubts whether the elec.

Leaving Moore's majority 6 tion case, having been referred to the Committee of the Restored to Letclier the votes of the Theological Whole, was again the order of the day. However, on students,

9 reference to the 90th rule, he was now of opinion that it Restored to Moore,

1 was no longer the special order, but it was in the power

8 of the House, he said, to take it up if they thought proper.

Making Letcher's majority, Mr. SUTHERLAND thereupon moved to make the Restored to Letcher the Salvisa vote, which had subject the special order for this day. been taken from him and given to Moore,

5 sir. STEWART moved to make it the special order Taken from Moore the same,

5 for Monday next.

The question on the last motion being put, was negatised; and the other prevailed.

Restored to Letcher the votes of Jessamine,

3 So the House agreed to proceed to the immediate con. sideration of the subject; and, on motion of Mr.

15 SUTHERLAND, resolved itself into Committee of the Taken from Letcher on Mr. Pope's amendment, Whole thereon, Mr. HUBBARD in the clair.

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Mr. McRAY then moved the following resolutions:
Resolved, That neither Thomas P. Moore nor Robert P.

10 Letcher be permitted to take a seat in this House as the Taken from Letcher on Mr. Popx's amendment, representative for the 5th congressional district of the June 11, State of Kentucky, and that said seat is now vacant.

Resolved, that the Speaker of this House do notify the Governor of Kentucky that said seat is vacant.

Taken from Moore on MARSHALL's amendment, Mr.: WILDE objected to the phraseology of this reso- June 11, to be added to Letcher, lution. Mr. MCKAY maintained that it was substantially in con.

11 formity to the instructions of the House.

Whereby it appears that Robt. P. Letcher received Mr. SUTHERLAND proposed the following, so as to a majority of eleven votes of all the legal votes in said be strictly in the terms of the original instructions: district.

Resolved, That there be a new election for a member And whereas it appears, by motions now pending be. of this House from the 5th congressional district in Ken- fure this House, that sundry other votes are yet in contro. tucky, it being impracticable for this House to deter- versy between the parties, and the House having stopped mine, with any certainty, who is the rightful represent the investigation upon those votes which were alleged ative of said district.

to have been illegally received by T. P. Moore. Mr. McKAY then withdrew the resolutions proposed Mr. MARDIS inquired if it was in order for him to by him.

move to lay the proposition of the member from Georgia The resolution proposed by Mr. SUTHERLAND was then (Mr. CLAYTON) on the table; as, if it was, he should sub. agreed to; and thereupon the committee rose, and re- mit that motion; not, however, because he dreaded any ported the same to the House for their concurrence. effect from the paper itself, but that he considered the

Mr. CLAYTON, of Georgia, said, as it was the evident proposition itself a direct insult upon the majority of the determination of the House that this case should go back House. to the people for a new election, he desired that they Mr. CLAYTON. The gentleman from Alabama (Mr. should baye a true statement of the matter, as appeared ManDis] says my amendment is an insult to a majority of on the face of the proceedings upon it; for which purpose the House. Sir, it is the first time, among honorable

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men, that I ever heard that the truth was offensive. My Milligan, Moore, Patton, Pinckney, Potts, Ramsay, Reed, amendment contains an accurate history of the facts of Rencher, Selden, William B. Shepard, Aug. H. Shepthe case, as they appear on tbe records of the House; perd, Wm. Slade, Sloane, Spangler, Steele, Stewart, and, consequently, is the the truth, the whole truth, and William P. Taylor, Philemon Thomas, Tompkins, Turnothing but the truth; and, if that is insulting to the gen, ner, Tweedy, Vance, Vinton, Walmough, Wayne, Ed. tleman, I would bope that he is the only one in the House D. White, Frederick Whittlesey, Elisha Whittlesey, that would be insulted by that virtue. I regret that it Wilde, Wlliams, Wilson, Young-112. should hurt bis feelings; but, I repeat, I trust no other NAYS--Messrs. John Adams, William Allen, Anthony, member will consider it an annoyance.

Beale, Bean, Beardsley, Beaumont, Blair, Bockee, Bodle, The SPEAKER intimated that the proposition could Boon, Bouldin, Brown, Bunch, Burns, Bynum, Cambreleng, only be received as a substitute for the resolution re- Carmichael, Carr, Casey, Chaney, Chinn, S. Clark, Clay, ported.

Coffee, Connor, Cramer, Day, Dickerson, Dickinson, Mr. CLAYTON desired to have it added as a pre- Dunlap, Forester, Fowler, William K. Fuller, Galbraith, amble.

Gillet, Joseph Hall, Halsey, Hamer, Hannegan, J. M. The SPEAKER remarked that it was for the House Harper, Harrison, Hathaway, Hawkins, Hawes, Hento decide whether it should be so added.

derson, Howell, Hubbard, Abel Huntington, Inge, Jarvis, Mr. MARDIS objected to it altogether, and insisted Richard M. Johnson, N. Johnson, Cave Johnson, Seaborn upon his motion to lay the proposition on the table. Jones, Benjamin Jones, Kavanagh, Lane, Lansing, Lea,

The SPEAKER having decided the motion to lay on Lee, Leavitt, Loyall, Lyon, Lytle, Abijah Mann, J. K. the table was not in order

Mann, Mardis, oses Mason, Mclntire, McKay, McKim, Mr. WILDE hoped that his colleague would withdraw McKinley, McLene, McVean, Miller, Henry Mitchell, his preamble, and permit him to offer the following reso- Robert Mitchell, Muhlenberg, Murphy, Osgood, Page, lution; after which, he said, they could, if not acceded Parks, Parker, Patterson, Dutee J. Pearce, Peyton, to, have a vote taken on the other proposition.

F. Pierce, Pierson, Plummer, Polk, Pope, Schenck, Resolvei, That Robert P. Leichier is entitled to a seat Schley, Sbinn, Charles Slade, Smith, Spcight, Standefer, in this House, as a representative from the 5th congres- Stoddert, Sutherland, William Taylor, Francis Thomas, sional district of Kentucky.

Thomson, Turrill, Vanderpoel, Van Houten, Wagener, Mr. CLAYTON withdrew his proposition, substituting Ward, Wardwell, Webster, Whallon, C. P. White, Wise therefor the proposition of Mr. WILDE.

-114. The question recurring thereon,

So the flouse refused to declare Mr. Letcher entitled Mr. HARDIN rose to address the House, but gave to a seat.

The question then recurring on concurring with the Sr. SUTHERLAND, who rose to a question of order, report of the Committee of the Whole, which declares viz: whether it was now in order to renew a proposition neither of the claimants entitled to the seat, and sends which had been substantially made by the member from back the election to the people, on the ground that the New York, [Mr. GULET,] but which had been decided House was unable to decide between the candidatesby the Chair to be out of order.

Mr. ADAMS moved to strike ont the last clause of the Mr. CHILTON called the member from Pennsylvania report, which related to the inability of the House to de. to order. He had no right to question the decision, not cide, as being unnecessary, dishonorable to the House, having taken any appeal.

and inconsistent with the vote just given, Mr. SUTHERLAND waived his point of order. Af. Mr. WISE opposed the motion; and it was negatived. ter which,

Mr. CLAYTON now moved the following, as a preamMr. HARDIN insisted, at some length, that the House ble to the report, (being the same as he had before inoved, was perfectly competent to decide the question, as it by way of amendinent.) was its bounden duty to do.

Mr. SUTHERLAND objected to the preamble, as not Mr. POPE contended for the propriety of sending the in order, but the Chair being inclined to the opinion case back to the people.

that it was in order, left it to the decision of the House. Mr. S McD. MOORE moved that there be a call of Mr. WISE objected to the preamble, on the ground the House;'which being agreed to, the House was called, that it did not declare the whole truth, and that it stated and 216 members answered to their names.

a falsehood. It did not state who had agreed to the votes After the usual proceedings, in the reception of ex recited; and it ascribed the resolution to those votes,as the cuses, &c. a motion was made to suspend all further pro- ground of it; which was false. ceedings in the call; wbich was carried by yeas and nays, Mr. THOMSON insisted that the preamble must be 148 to 65.

considered, if at all, after the resolution, and not be. The question was then put on the amendment moved fore it. by Mr. CLAYTON, declaring Mr. Letcher entitled to a The CUAIR considered it as an amendment, and there. seat in the House, and decided in the negative : Yeas fore in order. 112, pays 114, as follows:

Mr. LYON, of Kentucky, moved to lay the preamble cn YEAS. ---Messrs. John Quincy Adams, lleman Allen, the table. John J. Allen, Chilton Allan, Archer, Ashley, Banks, The CHAIR decided that this could not be done, un: Barber, Barnitz, Barringer, Baylies, Beaty, James M. less the resolution itself should also be laid on the table. Bell, Binney, Briggs, Bull, Burd, Burges, Cage, Camp Mr. MILLER, of Pennsylvania, objected to the prebell, Chambers, Chilton, Choate, William Clark, Clayton, amble, as not agreeing with the resolution, but being die Clowney, Corwin, Coulter, Crane, Crockett, Darling- rectly repugnant to it: it was not logical. ton, W. R. Davis, Davenport, Deberry, Deming, Denny, Mr. DAVIS, of South Carolina, quoted the manual in Dickson, Duncan, Evans, Edward Everett, H. Everett, support of the decision of the Chair. Ewing, Felder, Fillmorc, Foster, Philo C. Fuller, Fulton, Mr. CLAYTON replied to Mr. Wise, refusing to un. Gamble, Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Gordon, Gorbam, derstand his language as intended to aprly to himsell Graham, Grayson, Grennell, Griffin, Hiland Hall, Hard, personally. Hardin, James Harper, Hazletine, Heath, Hiester, Jabez Mr. WISE explained, and disclaimed such a meaning. W. Huntington, Jackson, William Cost Johnson, King, Mr. CLAYTON then vindicated the preamble as stating Kinnard, Laporte, Lay, Lewis, Lincoln, Love, Martin, nothing but truth ; every item of it was taken from the dale, Marshall, McCarty, McComas, McKennan, Mercer, Journal. It did not show a good reason for the resolu

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tion, he could not help that. It told the truth. And he States and its branches; together with the amount of wished the country to see the state of the facts. On the stock in said banks held by each stockholder, and the subject of logic, Mr. C. should not apply for lessons to amount of debt due by each president, cashier, and dia Pennsylvania.

rector, of each of the banks to the said bank, at the time Mr. JONES suggested to Mr. C. to add that the House when it was selected as a depository, and at this time; bad decided that Mr. Letcher was not entitled to a seat. With Mr. Polk's amendment thereto, viz:

Mr. CLAYTON said he would accept this with pleas Resolved, that the Secretary also communicate to this ure; and he so modified his preamble.

House the amount of debts due by the president, cashier, Mr. WISE insisted on his objections to the preamble, and directors of the Bank of the United States to said considering it as involving an insult to the House, such as bank at this time, or at any time within one year last past, be should not suffer to himself personally, either in or out and also the names of the lawyers and solicitors of the of the House.

Bank of the United States and branches, and the amount Mr. BURGES replied, commenting with much severi- of debt due by each to said bank at this time, or at any ty on the threatening language of Mr. Wise, and then time within one year last past: argued to prove that the preamble did state the only true To which Mr. BEATY moved the following, as an ground on which the resolution proceeded, unless there amendment to the amendment of Mr. POLK: were other reasons which gentlemen were ashamed to Be it further resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasbring to the light.

ury also inform the House of Representatives whether thic After a reply from Mr. W 19E,

President of the United States, heads of Departments, and Mr. ANTHONY replied to the allusion, by Mr. Clar- Treasurer, have been in the habit of keeping their priTON, to the logic of Pennsylvania, reminding that gentle- vate accounts in the Branch Bank of the United States in man of the change in his own reasonings on the subject the City of Washington; and at what time did they, or of a certain marble palace in Pennsylvania, and advising either of them, cease to keep their accounts in said branclı another visit and another lesson.

bankMr. CLAYTON, after returning thanks for the invita Mr. BEATY said he could assure the honorable memtion, declined complying, as the Legislature of Pennsyl- ber from Tennessee that, when he liad offered his amend. vania had changed its logic still more than he had done, ment, it was not from any unkind feeling towards the decrying now, as a horrid monster what it had, when he persons who were named in it, but it was solely owing to was formerly in that State, cried up as the greatest of a rumor, which was in general circulation and belief, that public benefits. (Much merriment was produced by although the President and the heads of the Departments this repartee, and the gentlemen shook hands upon the were in the habit of denouncing the bank as an unsafe strength of it.]

depository for the funds of the public, yet that they had Mr. SPANGLER demanded the yeas and nays; which not hesitated to place their own private funds in the were ordered.

Branch Bank of the United States here, and which they Mr. HARDIN suggested that there was a slight numer- bad hesitated to place in the District bank chosen for the ical error in some of the figures in the preamble. Custody of the public deposites; thus evincing, for so much,

Mr. CLAYTON consented to withdraw the preamble; their real opinion as to the general safety of one institution, whereupon it was immediately moved by Mr. GARLAND. in preference to that of the other, for this purpose. Un.

Mr. CLAYTON modified it, so as to correct the error. der such circumstances, then, he had loped that the

The yeas and nays were then taken, and stood as fol- hunorable member froin Tennessee would, instead of lows: Yeas 72, nays 137.

throwing obstacles in the way, have rejoiced at the opSo the preamble was rejected.

portunity presented to him; and, by aiding him in the The original resolution, as reported from the Commit. inquiry as to these facts, have, on the one hand, placed tee of the whole, was then adopted: Yeas 114, nays 103. the subject in a proper point of view, by disproof of the

Mr. CHILTON ALLAN wished to move an amend- rumor, or, on the other land, the country would, as he ment, fixing the seal of reprobation on the conduct of contended that they ouglit, be informed that the Presi. Alfred Hocker, the sheriff who had abducted the poll- dent had erroneously made charges against the credit of book of Garrard county; but a motion to adjourn having that institution. They were disproved by the fact that intervened, it could not be introduced but by two-thirds. he had lodged luis own funds there for safe keeping, when Mr. A. therefore did not press it.

he would not place there the money of the public. How. The rest of the day was consumed in considering and ever, be that as it may, his friend, the inember from Ten. passing a bill for the relief of Edmund Brooke, of George- nessee, in making his comment on the proposition for this town, to enable him to bring two negro boys into the inquiry, was pleased to remark, that as he himself was District, after the time restricted by law had expired, willing to go the whole log for inquiry, so the honorable that they might be in his family with their mother, in member expressed his hope that he, (Mr. B.) coming stead of being sold to negro dealers.

from a whole-hog State, would not refuse to have the After repeated motions to postpone the bill indefinitely, inquiry of that character. He was ready to admit the to a day certain, and to lay it on the table, and after a charge of coming from a State where many whole hogs debate of the character which always occurs when the were raised, and good ones, too; and, further, that it was subject of slavery is touched in the House, the bill was a State in which there were some shoats raised, and good passed by yeas and nays, 106 to 47.

ones, also, The House then adjourned.

Mr. POLK rose to say that he had not made the remark

in any offensive sense, but simply in stating this, that he FAIDAT, JUNE 13.

was willing to go the whole bog, to illustrate that he de.

sired to have inquiry of an extended character, PUBLIC DEPOSITES,

Mr. BEATY resumed. He would receive the apologs, The following resolution, submitted some time since by and in return would express his views with precisely the Mr. J. Q, ADAMA, coming up for consideration :

same good feeling towards the honorable member, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be direct. When interrupted, he was about to say, in reply to his ed to lay before the House the names of the presidents, observation, that as he said he was willing to go the cashiers, directors, stockholders, lawyers, and solicitors, whole hog," he was bound to believe him; and, as a party of all the banks selected by him as depositories of the man, he would admit that he must be therefore a whole. public moneys, in the place of the Bank of the United bog gentleman. But he could assure him, that although

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