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THE CONGRESSIONAL GLOBEE.
statement, saying that his " indignation and con-
tempt had been aroused" by the insult offered to
him by the Chair. Mr. W. did not, and would
not, retract anything he had said.
Mr. PEARCE, of Maryland, then rose and
said that, however painful it might be, he felt
himself under the necessity of moving such a res-
olution as should vindicate the dignity and order
of the House. That House had nothing what-
ever to do with any personal quarrel between the
gentleman occupying; the chair and the member
from Kentucky; but he was very much mistaken
if it had not a great deal to do with the violation
of its orders, and the total sacrifice of all the pub-
lic business at a moment like the present. While
he deeply regretted the painful necessity which
urged him to do it, he most respectfully submitted
the following resolution;
Resolved, That the member from Kentm-ky, Mr. Wil-
liams, liaving refused to take his seat when ordered bo to
do by Uie Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House,
having ordered the Chairman to take his seat, and having
defied the power of the Chair and the House, lias com-
mitted a contempt of this House, and is justly liable to it*
Mr. LEWIS contended that the House should
be governed by the quo animo towards itself. He
held that the gentleman from Kentucky was right
in retorting what he considered to be an insult
towards himself by the Chairman; for supposing
the Chairman threw an inkstand at his head,
■would he not be justified in sending the missile
back? Mr. L. also maintained that the distinction
should be drawn between the personal and official
character of the Chairman. He had no doubt the
gentleman from Kentucky would say that he had 1
no intention to insult the member from Pennsyl- |
vnnia as Chairman of the House, but as an indi-
vidual, and he would put that question to the gen-
Mr. PHILLIPS sincerely hoped that no such
question would be propounded to the member from
Kentucky, nor that any course would be taken
that would have the effect of converting this into ;
a personal altercation. He differed with the gen-
tleman from Alabama, whatever might have been
the personal feelings of the member from Ken-
tucky towards the Chairman of the Committee of
tl e Whole, or whatever ground he might have
supposed he had. Mr. P. thought he had none.
He should not be justified in his course, whatever
his personal feelings may have been. While in
the House they were all bound to conform to its
rules; and the proper time and place for an ex-
pression of personal feelings was elsewhere, and
at a differeut time than on that floor. This act
can only be regarded here as an act of the member
from Kentucky, in violation of the order of the
House of which he was a member. Mr. P. held !
that no personal feelings could justify such con-
duct. The language, too, used since by the gen-
tleman from Kentucky, in his explanation, must ,
be considered by all the members of the House
as an act of disrespect to that body and to its pre-
siding officer, and Mr. P. could conceive of no
proper result, until that language was withdrawn; :
or, if that was not done, of the adoption of a,
proposition similar to that indicated by the gen-
tleman from Maryland, in which Mr. P. felt it his
duty to say he entirely concurred. i
Mr. THOMAS would suggest whether the :
House could not, without compromitting its own -
dignity, postpone the consideration of liis col-|]
league's resolution till Monday. [General crier?
of "No! no !"] [l
Mr. EVANS did not see what could be gained ]'
by postponing this matter till Monday, when it j
would probably consume the whole day. If any
more business was intended to be done, this matter
must first be settled; and he regretted, extremely
regretted, that the member from Kentucky did
not seem inclined to accede to tho request, advice,
and solicitation of his friends and colleagues, and
what seemed also to be a very generous sentiment
on the part of the House, and thereby put an end
fo this exceedingly unpleasant matter. Mr. E.
regretted that the gentleman did not take the view
of it his colleagues did. The gentleman himself
had left the matter beyond all doubt; for, since
the Speaker resumed the chair, he declared his
object explicitly was to offer an indignity to the
The reason given by the gentleman from Ken- 1
tucky offered no justification, even if the Chair-
man had heard his call. Perhaps the gentleman
did not know that those calls for " question,"
"divide," "tellers," from members in their
seats, were entirely out of order; and neither the
Speaker nor the Chairman of the Committee of
the Whole were bound to regard them, unless a
member rose and addressed tlie call to the Chair
in the same manner as if he was about to address
the House. That the Chairman had been treated
with great indignity there was no doubt; and he
hoped that gentleman would not resume the chair,
nor that any other would be put in his place,
until this matter was settled; for the House was
under a deep obligation to protect its presiding
Mr. CALHOON, of Kentucky, did not intend
to qffer any justification of his colleague, but he
was convinced that, when he had had time to
reflect, he would make such an explanation as
would be satisfactory. Mr. C. R3ked that this
matter be postponed till Monday. He asked it
not so much as a favor to his colleague as to the
other members from Kentucky. He again assured
the House of his conviction that on Monday his
colleague would come forward with a full and
Mr. PATTON then modified his resolution, as
Resolveti, That a committee be appointed to take into
consideration what measures ought to he taken in vindica-
tion of the authority of the House, contemned by the vio-
lation of order reported by the Chairman of the Cotnmittee
of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Mr. PEARCE, of Maryland, then moved his
as a substitute.
Mr. ROBERTSON remarked that there was
no difference of opinion in the House as to the
violation of order on the part of the member from
Kentucky; but Mr. R. appealed to the House
whether it ought to be visited by its censure and
punishment at this late period. He asked what
member would have escaped censure if censure
had fallen upon every breach of order during the
present session ? It was too late in the session
to commence this vindictive course towards the
member from Kentucky.
Mr. BOULDIN asked to be excused, as he was
not present when the occurrence took place.
Mr. PARKER moved to amend the resolution
bv inserting the subsequent declaration of Mr.
Williams, that his intention was to insult the
Chairman; but the House evincing an indisposi-
tion, Mr. P. withdrew it.
The substitute of Mr. Pearce was then agreed
to as an amendment, with only one dissentient
voice; and the resolution, so amended, was con-
curred in [only two voices cried " No!" at first, j
and after a short time a third was heard] with :
only three dissentient voices. It was then half !
past four, a. m. j
The House then went again into committee, !
(Mr. Sutherland resuming the chair,) and, on
motion of Mr. Patton, immediately rose, and
reported the various bills acted on to the House.
The bill in relation to the five per cent, school
fund in Alabama and Mississippi;
The bill confirming certain land claims in Mis-
souri, and for other purposes; and
The bill to purchase a patent /ight of William
H. Bell, of North Carolina, w> re severally read
a third time and passed.
On motion of Mr. WHITE, rf Florida, the
House took up the bill authorizing the East ,
Florida Railroad Company to construct a railroad
through the public lands in Florida. 1
The bill was on its third reading. j
Mr. ROBERTSON briefly opposed it; and be-
fore any question was taken,
The House adjourned at live o'clock, a. m., to
meet on Monday morning at eight o'clock,
Mr. JARVIS giving notice that, if a quorum
were not then present, he should move a call of !
the House, so that it might be seen who were
IN SENATE. !
Monday, July 4, 1836. i
Mr. DAVIS submitted the following resolu- '
tion; which was considered, and agreed to: i
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury I* directed
to causc to be collected, and laid before the senate at its !
uext «<^iion. all sucli facts and information as can be ob-
I tained through the custom house, or from other sources
| respecting the deportation of paupers from Great Britain!
I " and other places." ascertaining as nearly as possible to
j what countries sucli persons are sent, where landed, and
I what provision, if any, is made for their future support.
! Mr. GRUNDY submitted a resolution for the
appointment of a ioint committee to wait on the
! President of the tlnited States, and inform him
| that the two Houses were ready to adjourn, and
desired to know whether he had any further com-
munication to make to them.
On the suggestion of Mr. WHITE, the reso-
lution was suffered to lie on the table for the
The bill to confirm certain land claims in Mis-
souri was returned from the House of Repre-
sentatives with amendments; which was agreed
After acting on some bills from the other House
that had passed on Saturday, the Senate went
into the consideration of executive business; and,
after spending a short time therein, the doors were
Mr. DAVIS submitted the following resolu-
tions; which were considered, and agreed to:
Resolved, That tho Secretary of War cause to be prepared,
and laid before the Senate at its next session, a statement
showing what improvements of harbors, rivers, and other
objects have been commenced by the United States; what
was the original estimated cost of each of such lmprovfr-
jncnts; what sums of money have been from time to tune
appropriated in aid of each object; what balances of such
appropriations remain unexpended, and what is the present
condition of each work.
Resolved, That the said Secretary cause to be collected
and arranged in chronological order all reports of surveys
made for such objects which have been printed, and alsoall
! snch as have not been printed, together witbtlie maps and
drawings, with an index or indexes of reference, that tbey
may be laid before the Senate at the next session.
The Senate then went into the consideration of
executive business; after which,
On motion of Mr. PRESTON, the report of the
Committee on Revolutionary Claims, unfavora-
ble to the petition of Mrs. Ann Royall, was taken
Mr. PRESTON moved to reverse the report,
so as to road that the prayer of the petitioner
ought to be granted.
Mr. WHITE explained the nature of the claim,
[interest on the commutation for half-pay of the
petitioner's husband,a captain in the revolution-
i ary war.]
Messrs. PRESTON and WALKER briefly
advocated the claim; and after some remarks from
Messrs. WHITE and MANGUM, the report
was laid on the table.
A message was received from the House of
j Representatives, by Mr. Franklin, their Clerk,
stating that the House had suspended the 17th
joint rule of the. two Houses, which declares that
; no bill shall be sent to the President for his sig-
nature on the last day of the session until two
o'clock, so far as relates to the bill for the repair
of the Potomao bridge; the bill to amend the judi-
cial system of the United States; the bili re-
pealing the provisions in the 10th section of the
tariff act of J332; the bill to confirm certain
land claims in Missouri; the bill to repeal the
provisions of the act of 1792, which requires
issuing the certificates on imported wines; and
the bills that were passed by both Houses on
Saturday, and not submitted to the President.
The question on talcing up this resolution re-
quiring the unanimous consent of the Senators
Mr. MANGUM objected to the consideration
of the resolution.
TheCHAIR declaring that the resolution could
not be considered,
Mr. WALKER said he felt strongly inclined
to appeal from the decision of the Chair.
The Chair then read the 48th rule of the Senate.
! Messrs. LINN and WALKER expressed
tlieir wishes that the Senator from North Caro-
lina would withdraw his objections, so far as
related to the bill to confirm land claims in Mis-
souri, and the bill to carry into effect the compact
between the United States and the States, of Mis-
sissippi and Alabama.
Mr. MANGUM said he felt constrained to
avail himself of the privilege conferred on him
by the rule, and object to the resolution. His
long experience in the Senate had convinced him
of tho great advantages resulting from the rule
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