Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress Page: 55
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GALES &> SEATOW'g REGISTER
Sen. & H nf R.]
Lafayette.—The last Session.
[Deo. 23, 1824.
minated, are the blessings which the other has labored
to spread among the nations of the world. The question
is, whether his services are worth a memorial ? This, it
is true, is not needed for his character ; as has been well
said on a public occasion, " history has already taken
charge of his fame but, as was justly observed by the
presiding officer of this House, General Lafayette now
stands among posterity, and our act this day is to be the
judgment of posterity on his merits and his fame. Are
we then here to record our value for civil liberty and all
the blessings it bestows, or is it that we may send one
of the greatest benefactors her cause has ever known,
back to his country as a witness of the ingratitude of
Republics? But I said 1 would not speak of his services,
nor will I. Whoever has known or read our history can
be no stranger to what he has done for us It is to be
known to-day what we think to be due at least to our
character as a nation.
The question was then taken, on the motion of Mr.
SLOANE, and decided in the negative.
The question was then taken, on the motion of Mr.
GAZLAY, to strike out 200,000 dollars, the amount pro-
posed to be paid to General I.afayette, and to insert
lCO.OOO, and decided in the negative by a large ma-
The question was then taken on ordering the bill to
be engrossed, and decided in the affirmative by a large
It was then ordered that the bill should be read a third
The bill was then read a third time, accordingly, and
the question thereupon decided, on request of Mr.
BEECHER, by "Yeas and Nays, as follow:
Yeas.—Messrs. Abbot, Adams, Alexander, of Vir.
Alexander, of Tenn., Allen, of Mass., Allen, of Tenn.,
.Allison, Archer, Bailey, Baylies, Barber, of Con., P. P.
Barbour, J. S. Barbour, Burtlett, Hartley, Bassett, Blair,
Breck, Brent, Brown, Buchanan, Buckner, Cambreleng,
Campbell, of S.C. Carter, Carey, Cassedy, Clark, Cocke,
Collins, Conner, Cook, Craig, Crowninsiiield, Culp-per,
Cushman, Day, Durfee, Dwinell, Dwight, Eaton, Eddy,
Edwards, of l'enn., Ellis, Farrelly, Floyd, Foot, of Con.,
1'oote, of N. Y., Forsyth, Forward, Frost, Fuller, Garri-
son, Gatiin, Govan, Gurley, Hall, Hamilton, Harris, Har-
vey, Hemphill, Henry, Herrick, Hobart, Hogeboom,
Holcmnbe, Hooks, Houston, Ingham, Isacks, Jenkins,
Jennings, J. T. Johnson, Kent, Kidder, Kremer, I.a-
throp, Lawrence, Lee, Leftwich, Letcher, Little, Living-
ston, Locke, Long, Longfellow, McArthur, McDuffie,
McKean, MclCee, McKim, McLane, of Del., Mangum,'
Mullary, Markley, Martindale, Marvin, Matlack, Mercer'
Miller, Mitchell, of Penn., Mitchell, of Md., Moore, of
Ken., Moore, of Ala., Morgan, Neale, Nelson Newton,
O'Brien, Olin, Owen, Patterson, of Pen., Plumei', of N.'
If., I'lumer, of Pen., Poinsett, Rankin, Reed, Reynolds'
Richards, Iiose, Saunders, Sandford, Sharpe, Arthur
Smith, Alexander Smyth, Wm. Smith, Spaight, Stande-
fer, A. Stevenson, J Steph nson, Stewart, Stoddard
Storrs, Swan, Talliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Ten Eyck,'
Test, Thompson, of Penn., Thompson, of Geo., Tomlin-
son, Tracy, Trimble, Tucker, of Va., Tyson, Udree,
Yance, ofN. C., Van Rensselaer, Van Wyck, Warfield'
Wayne, Webster, Whipple, Whitman, White, Wicklifte)
Williams, of Va., Williams, of N. C., James Wilson
Henry Wilson, Wilson, of S. C., Wolfe, Wood, Woods'
Mr. Speaker—166. '
Nays.—Messrs. Beecber, Buck, Burleigh, Campbell
of Ohio, Crafts, Gazlay, Gist, F Johnson, Lincoln, JJ-
vermore, McCoy, McLean, of Ohio, Matson, Metcalfe,
precluded, by the place he held, from the expression of
his sentiments in relation to either the principle or the
form of the bill, he requested of the House that he might
be permitted so far to give expression to his feelings, in
relation to both, as to record his vote with those of the
other members; and, leave having been promptly given,
the Clerk called the Speaker's name, and his vote was
recorded in the affirmative.
When the House adjourned.
IN SENATE—December 23, 1824.
bill passed by the House of Representatives,
was brought to the
" concerning General Lafatette,"
Senate for concurrence.
The bill was read the first time, and ordered to be read
a second time; it was then, on motion of Mr BARBOUR,
read a second time, without objection, and taken up in
committee of the whole. No amendment or objection
being made to the bill in committee of the whole, it was
reported to the Senate, and, on the question of ordering
the bill to a third reading, it was carried with but one
audible dissenting voice.
The bill was then, on motion of Mr. SMITH, and by
unanimous consent, read the third lime, passeh, neminc
coritradicente, and returned to the other House with a
message acquainting tRat House therewith.
Patterson, of Ohio, Ross, Scott, Sloane, Sterling, Thomp-
son, of Ken., Tucker, of S. C„ Vance, of Ohio, Vinton
Whittlesey, Wilson, of Ohio, Wright—26. '
When the yeas and nays had been called and record-
cdjthe SPEAKER rose, and observing that, having been
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—same bat.
After the minutes of yesterday's proceedings were
Mr. HERKIMER- of New York, rose, and stated, that
he had yesterday been prevented by indisposition from
voting on the passage of the bill " concerning General
Lajatette," and that he now asked permission of the
House to have his vote taken and recorded on that bill.
The SPEAKER put the question, and, it appearing
that one member voted against granting permission, by
which Mr. Herkimer was precluded from voting, (the
Rules of the House requiring an unanimous vote to sus-
pend a rule)—
Mr. HERKIMER then asked the indulgence of the
House to say, that, if he had heen in the House, he would
cordially have voted in favor of the bill.
Mr. LITCHFIELD, of New York, and Mr. FINDLAV,
of Pennsylvania, were in the same situation, and were in
the same manner precluded from expressing their senti-
ments in favor of the measure.
TRANSACTIONS OF LAST SESSION,
Mr. RANDOLPH rose, and said, that a letter address-
ed by him to his constituents having become, on the last
day of the last session of Congress, a subject of animad-
version on this floor, he felt it to be due to himself', as
well as to his constituents, to state to the House as suc-
cinctly as he might, the facts having reference to that
occasion, leaving every thing like inference or argument
to be deduced by others. I say then, continued Mr. R.,
that when I entered the room of the committee to whom
was referred the memorial of Mr. Edwards, on the 28th
ot April—I go by the dates on the Journal-there was a
naked proposition of an honorable member before that
committee, which it is not necessary for me here to re-
cite. To that proposition I moved an amendment, which
it is equally unnecessary to recite, when I was informed
that a similar proposition had been already rejected bv
the committee; and I then learned, for the first time,
that the original proposition consisted of two substantial
propositions, the latter of which had been discarded. I
asked to read the proposition which had been so dis-
earned, and pointed out the difference between mine
anu that, which was obvious to every one who would
compare the two. That proposition of mine, however
not meeting the favor of the committee, I proceeded to
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