Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress Page: 5
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3.8th Congress, ]
2d Session. '
First Proceedings in Congress.
[Dec. 6—8, 1824.
IN SENATE—Mosdat, December 6, 1824.
This being the day fixedfor the opening of" the Second
Session of* the Eighteenth Congress,'Mr. GA1LLARD,
president pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice Presi-
dent, took the chair; and the roll being" called over, it ap-
peared that a quorum of members was present, and a com-
mittee was appointed, jointly, with such committee as
the House of Representatives might appoint, 10 wait on
the President of the United States, and inform him that
the two Houses were assembled, and ready to receive
any communication lie might have to make, &c.
IIOCSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—same-bat.
At 12 o'clock this day, the-Speaker, (Hon. HENRY
CLAY, of Kentucky,) took the chair; and the roll being
called, one hundred and eighty members answered to
their names; and a committee was appointed on the part
of this House to join with such committee as should he
appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on the Pre-
sident of the United States, and inform him that a quo
rum of both Houses is assembled, and ready to receive
any communication he may have to make to them.
Mr. MITCHELL, of Maryland, offered the following
"Resolved, That the Honorable the Speaker invite our
distinguished guest and benefactor, Gen. LAFAYETTE,
to a seat within the Hall of this House, and that he di-
rect the manner of his reception."
This resolution gave rise to some conversation as to
what would be the most proper mode of expressing the
respect felt by this House towards the illustrious indi-
vidual referred to, which resulted in the adoption of' the
following resolution, which was proposed by Mr. A. Ste-
venson, as a substitute for the other:
" Resolved, That a committee be appointed on the
part of this House, to join such committee as may be
appointed on the part of the Senate, to consider and re-
port what respectful mode it may be proper for Con-
gress to adopt to receive General Lafayette, and to
testily (he very high gratification which he has afforded
it by his present visit to tile United States, made in pur-
suance of the invitation given to him by Congress, dur-
ing- its last session."
The committee was appointed, to consist, on the part
of the Mouse, of thirteen members.
IN SENATE—Wednesday, Decembeh 8.
Mr. BARBOUR, from the Joint Committee appointed
to consider and report what respectful mode it may be
proper for Congress to adopt to receive General Lafay-
ette, made the following report:
" The Joint Committee propose that each House adopt
its own manner of receiving General Lafayette.
" The Committee on the part of the Senate recom-
mend that the President of the Senate invite General
Lafayette to take a seat, such as he shall designate, in
the Senate Chamber: that the Committee deliver the
invitation to tile General, and introduce him into the Se-
nate, and the members receive the General standing."
In delivering this report, Mr. BARBOUR stated' that
the Joint Committee, entertaining every wish to make
the reception of General Lafayette as complimentary
as possible, yet found difficulties in the way of any ar-
rangement for a joint proceeding, which were not easily
renloveable; and it was therefore thought by the com-
mittee, best for each House to adopt its own arrange-
ments, and its own form, in the reception of that distin-
It was resolved, unanimously, That the Senate do con-
cur in the report.
IN SENATE—Tuesiiay, December 7, 1824.
On motion of Mr. HARBOUR, the Senate concurred
>n the resolution from the other House, respecting the
reception'of General LAPAVKTTK.
A written message was received from the President
the United States, by Mr. Eveiiett, (which wili be
found in the Appendix.)
The message was read, and,
On motion of Mr. LLOYD, of Massachusetts, it was
Ordered, That three thousand copies thereof be print-
ed for the use of the Senate.
On motion of Mr. BARBOUR, it was
Ordered; That fifteen hundred copies of the docu-
mcius accompanying said Message be printed for the
use of the Senate.
HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES—same bat.
A Message was received from the President, of the
United States, by Ml-. Everett, and read at the Clerk's
table. (See Appendix.)
On motion of Mr. TAYLOR, the Message, with the ac-
companying Documents, were referred to a committee
of the whole on the state of the Union, and 6,000 copies
were ordered to be printed.
'Voi,. 1—No. 'i'.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—same bay.
Oq motion of Mr. TAYLOR, of New York, the House
resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the
state of the Union, Mr. P. P. BARBOUR, of Virginia,
in the chair, and distributed, by a number of distinct re-
solutions, the various parts of the President's Message
to the proper committees.
The several select committees, established by these
resolves, were ordered to consist of seven members
each, with the exception of that in relation to a provision
for General Lafayette, which was ordered to consist of
Mr. MITCHELL, from the Joint Committee appointed
to determi&e in what manner Gen. Lafayette shall be
received by the two Houses of Congress, asked and ob-
tained leave to report, and presented the following :
" The committee appointed on the part of this House,
to join such committee as might be appointed on the
part of the Senate, to consider and report what respect-
tin mode it may be proper for Congress to adopt to re-
ceive General Lafayette, and to testify the very high
gratification which he has afforded by bis present visit
to the United States, made in pursuance of the invitation
given to him by Congress, during its last session, report:
" That they have met a committee of the Senate on
that subject, and that the committees have agreed to re-
commend to their respective Houses that each House
receive General Lafayette in such manner as it shall
deem most suitable to the occasion, and the committee
recommend to the House the following resolutions :
" Resolved, That the congratulations of this House be
publicly given to General L ifaykttk on his arrival in the
United States, in compliance with the wishes of Con-
gress, and that he be assured of the gratitude and deep
respect which the House entertains for his signal and il-
lustrious services in the Revolution, and the pleasure it
feels in being able to welcome him, after an absence of
so many years, to the theatre of his early labors and ear-
" Resolved, That, for this purpose, Gen. Lafayette
be invited by a committee to attend the House on Fri-
day next, at one o'clock; that he be introduced by the
committee, and received by the members standing, un-
covered, and addressed by the Speaker, in behalf of the
House, in pursuance of tlife foregoing resolution."
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