Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress Page: IV
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step to step, in these pages, each measure of which mention is made in the course of the De-
bates, &c—but, by recurring to the Laws of the Session, at the end of the volume, he will be
able to ascertain the final disposition of any particular measure, every measure not embraced
in the body of the Laws having failed, by positive rejection, or, what is equivalent to a rejec-
tion, by not being finally acted upon during the Session. Nor will the curious or methodo-
cal reader of this work discover si regular account of the adjournments or recesses of the two
Houses. He will find, on some days, no account of Proceedings in either House; on others,
an account of Proceedings in one House and not in the other. These apparent omissions will
be explained, in part, by adverting to the fact, that, besides the Sabbath, Saturday is almost
uniformly a day of rest for Congress, and occasionally Friday also; and when the Proceed-
ings of any day are not of general interest, they are not preserved. Wherever, in short, the
reader finds no Proceedings recorded on any given day, or Proceedings in one House only, lie
will understand, either that neither House sat on that day, that no important proceedings
took place in either House, or that the Proceedings of one House only were of general in-
With these brief explanations, the Editors submit the Register to the . Public, claiming
their indulgence for any errors of omission or commission which may be discovered in it,
and pledging themselves that with every year there shall be found a progressive improvement
in the execution, if not in the plan, of the work.
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Gales, Joseph, 1761-1841. Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress, book, 1825; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc30752/m1/4/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.