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ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, MORNING, AUGUST 7, 1810.
Va- - ,
I dustry their reliance, economy italichpmate.
The gallant who baa been tne partner 01
Eliza Murry tollie tall became In time her
husband. ' lie was one calculated to please
Ti..-j . tw I amM fA mirtv of voutnful society, but un-'l
. MXHIinDIIHICHM 1 J : - " '
fo',n r tmve mnniun. W i nt lor roe moro serious sou luwnnuuiu ui.
Lm mi fete j -V -Hairs of life. Such was the hasty Idea I
formed; as I witnessed their wedding cere. 1
The JriewJerncy contested MZtcttotu
Fran the National IotcIlirnMwr.
HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES.
The Report of the Committee of T21ec.
tions on the New Jersey &um, and also the
Mr. BriWs inquired whether, after the
House baa voted on reconsidering tne
f'JZZS) STomYdSZ monies'v But Eliza Murry then wore the uonon mQ w Jersey case, ana awo we Fillnwre saidthat ti.LT was all bo aake
conding of the previous question, . if that
r- ...... . " .. -
vote should be in the negnuve( anower
question could not then be put on the pre
viuus question Itself, and wnctber on till
they eos and navi could not be had?
The Chair replying, that it could. Mr.
Fillmore said, that this" was' all bo asked
ha- 7t Trntffl
Li . OAM IS E. i ' . . '1
11 K "
.Tnninlin f n,rant hanol. I-8 naying neon reaa ai uw wen s The question w-s then put on roconsi
" ""o"t -r -i - . f . I tnhta and tho niKMinn hi nir rin mn ma. I J..t .r. j: r,k !
amg panrweu t - tr ,, a 0.Cr: it- "rr"" UKJ hmv
come, as she nsed to wear, when she could " v-!"., " J.. "on. B. iaea in tne negative.
chairman of tho committee, to print both I Mr. CmM, of Louisiana, inquired of the
reports, together with the Journal of the Chair whether, after tho IIouso bad so.
Ttecn summers ago KUza M.
'ffSSa of .young and maiden
laan v r-. ,lu,,nMe Uiat blooms in
astv, T . rantle as
Uuliivatod gT..: i. hoad P'T"
Ciiilvoftbenaow y --7 bade
1 I cornniiiu?e, una on uio moiion uw yem auu i rondcxl tlio nrev oui nuMt on An ana nuu
"".iit ru rfid Bhn knnMfr an In. I " " f-'t r . ; I itun nuw nnra il quuo a uiucrviu pro.
, jiuiucfM iu l - I innuired of die Chair whether it Would be I
as after wislung me success wnen . 7. innT , Lmrz; ;K'-.7TTT
claim protection from Flenry England.-""
I waited upon England and bis bride
" j ' . . . " - . . 0 Hie Chair reolvinff in the amrmative I tk- m,i. j:i .!. . 4:.,- ,A (u
land, she took her husband's arm, ana incy 1 , - r.-. .? r .u u v. u.j .wv.r....M
- f 1 111 r. KjUiiiiiiHrii Muiiu L11B.L Liiinit ii in uau ! mIaa thw ii.uiba
" T 1 . ' o - : 111m va 1 j 1 rum? iro iiiikiiw
Cliiiin then said that the rule ought
altered. . f
I iruiliulxa thnff nnts in hiarrnnfmn Irl nnnfi I t a t , . t -
with an earnest but ret wish, tlt l C ? .t" k,r . " ?rac".n? on l
,iwv . iw. th nmtortnr nf mm as I ""-"" " mo vote dv wnicn mo iiouso luui iius morn,
who was to be the protector oi one as . inrludo onlv th renort of the i A.uit .1 : .u- .k....u
" J I Ulir Uln.lUUU UUll 1UI1 UMUU I11R .11111 1 WMUIU
!v "r. ' . - K..r In tlui midst
,!,i k.v-. maw""-- -r-.j
. 1 r., ;.. k-r manner, wmwi um
hi lhose around her, Many
maVKma Mum m irM M I UUlt HUIU I . . . .. . i . . ... 1 uism ' '
. !P I lmaroritvd the to
jl ' ' " T - I HIUU UV UUl WHI VU Hl IjUl BUUII MU'
nd nays; which were or
r ninke tlie first si very moon of mat- 5rV rt;'s ? .rrTTr "" " waen, resuuua as 101.
band should be. leit two nappy young u - - . ,,,, ..M,-MIW ""."..r. ": yr "" - -
ier in uw hiium I i ,i . hnnnv tut hone andfoncv I . "'T nwioca tne yeas ana nays; wnicn were or
Wcliik.and ""JW rising and simultaneoiiHlr ad. doroA . hnA In taken. rcuUnd M fol.
. ..11 mnv. viin nm .11 vi-r
leys at sue
dressins tho Clioir on the point" of order,
insisting that after the previous question
lows: . Yeas 05, nays 80,
The nueation now recurring on Mr,
k v. triuvfj to
MSEl . iTSU ! rndm. ! be" excu (rom VoUng, and was assign,
. . rf I ;iwe vo warn nau onuanu bwiy, wnuu , . , . . . j i - . .x .
uch timelurncl!pon her tety incJlM" ZSffTM Z
dJebt. and ai'Y AS to tlie sweet vUlngo of Mid-UoUinm. AS ; ; -v, -i,." ..I.,,, UuM r y r"fW' W,..M!.'
f i n knr rountcuanco wlu:n airccuxi j,.,, ,k ..ltrtIon ftf otlierdavBcame u H, " Mro Ing his reasons when having remarked
EdtSiruch times. In ' SreK of Mr. Cnmpbj:!!, in
wlien having remarked
f. ii,..:iitv Mho nosaessed a
p. - . . . : ,
up before md-rthougntoflwJ
k pi)iui uvw - - - H fH.5r.u,w to withdraw any motion ho
Lmm movew!M" jr" . i mnuo. une neat anaciegnm iimiwion uau . . " ...
with soeietit was IrulJoffTJl of Englond.
reu wm. v , ,. --,.1 , ,
raw correct ana nononiaw
. . a i .,.ir r
risen, on a' spot singularly benutiuil to
which tho hands of industry and art had
coursq to modifv it.
modifying his motion, the IIouso had been
chcatgdoul of thriyeas and nays, Mr. C,
with warmth, mnlled tlmt. hn woulif not
i.-.i i ,-7
luui iimuu at i ( mu-h Innminirn tn lin nnnliml tn him
upon it, and of out Df th0 IIouho, fio could not subnut to ft
I in thA I Innun.
Mr. Hotts, Mf, f lllmore, Mr. irlpiett, The Choir rallivl Mr. D. In nrdr. 'Mr.
Diffitrent. v6ry diflcrcnt, had been the Tl.7Z 7J7.TZS.TT1 luswn-ensueurwhen Mr. u. was
iT - il. I Miniwiuuu w un muuhd.hwi whhu.mm i not nnowoa to Bivo III rcoaona no would
Wii-ower of Cihion, never 8'". wove. tiJTn to ?. "8h to dt-cuss, supJ-e cw, gatdjw, might .state his rea-
sj'"--!, n"1 ,M,,M:""-T'----rtrMTnwntuirratr i..- j..: .7. t :.i.t
cost a dissi. : "'.7 ' . A I7i j CT f -7.7 ." w ,,,UBV :r,uuu "re
viil jnuniii"ii, aiicr u uuwwj wb cut vit. i rulcg of Order. :
The riglit to withdraw, and th right to Tho queatfon wa, now put on printing
tho report of the majority, and" decided by
vrn 17'J nnva 1. (Ur.l ;lnrlr . nf N. York
Tlw noise and confusionshv the House votine in the negative.) A
WUS very ereat I . I S. thn nnnrt wh nnlerml tn hn nrintnd.
When Mr. Monroe s name was called
'ietKBJjdj!Iwcrttsmon never jjnylbAjdutjrllllQ WftSJcalk
M todraw admirers around ie fcrm ra WM of , ordinary cos
wen.- Eliza Murry knew the truth ut btul,md to wln back to
. rL...iiMiptlfiiifl I .
her and I njuoiu"u, u wuho mi vh. i ruicg ol orucr,
itty. It was too much die sunk beneath rT. .'., fl,u!J
is very ercat.l
rtLl7 . II . I
ri:" J kW and merriment sol ., .. M, .im Wh W rencaieoiy ro ,
lauiiiu vi j-j aim Duuuiru m a a ..v Vw.. . . - ii j a l . . . . ...... .
I.j-,!.k.-.th.: v .i i?j'. .:Hinrn auggouou, ounre wu. ra , , uu m said be wished to be excused from yo-
---v "I - . .... ... H " "V "'" - ..0... - - -o i .iu, -mnnfi .hut nil
IBCUUIU IW - L. 1
1 :i- . in the manv leyes wh.ui
ted with dcKght upon her; ana in th,, weight of it ,-and left two orphan chil.
bof conqueat h';h she wove by thel Jrcm, Ijenry England stepped forward
" V . . . rl ""J
1):incimr alone, then in the neyjuy oi : , ; i: M :
Iresnquest, she had still fclt attimes the thow who have perused this crude
pace which passion is ever exerting and fim ,e talo . a wopd to
Jerss. a' : --V -1- - To all, I would say, in matters of court-
I" kawng the many suitors wldch 8j,ipt fct promises, however trifling, .be ad-
before ber, Ifcoiy Behind wMlitnat hcred to the-strictest punctuality.A
0Dg maidcB could desire. He saw cpjyenco placed by lovers then, in each
za Slurry, gay, scauuiui u uaw..v, . otnerf tnd Iwt betrayed, will never ne ion
gotten.f oufih. Ttl.
with afl her volatility, gentle.
m is her manner, a sweetness of temper,
Wince of faacv. and ease jn cnversa
ia.shich he admired. Ho offered him
If aaong the Eitef auitors ix her hand,
(hthihe true spirit of an honorable court,
lin. W nnfuiiW to ker his circumstanccsi
in --. . , , ,
h prospects and his future hopes
l iBtwte knowledge, wiuing
taiataace should blossom to fi
onpen into wve, Lrneawuit
tlie ground tliat all discussion was prevent- tini? in the House . but would n6t now de
ed br tho previous question. . J tio the House by stating his reasons, be.
Mr. Jiverctt infiuired Whether nie pen- h Intended to inve hia nninion moat
tleman's original nwdonyand his moditica- fjy on this whole proceedine when out of
uuii ui ii, wuuiu ujptHir uii uk3 rfuuiiHuj 1 House
ITie Chair replied in the ainrmative. I jfr. Smith, of Con. nioved to print the re-
au vwrn.oi new ur, warini Y vr I nnrt nl tliA m nnntvnf the omim ltm. '
monstratcd, pronounced the piwediruj a The Chair decided this motion to be not
base trick, by which the J louse had been I VRt : .. . motion of Mr. damn.
entrapped, and inquired whether, the Chair L11: on 'whieh ihr nnvioii motion had
THE conquest of eeligion. Jl its adhered to lU decision that the lnodihcauon Mn demanded, included thfe nrintinir of the
most difficult conquests, indeed, a large J was in order? I joornal of the committee, and the question
portion is&verlooked by the human eye. - The Chair replying in tiro affirmative mugt therefore first be put on printing the
Vhih the evil done ia ita uaine is seen by Mr. Clark took an appeal from the decision, journal --.
alland dwelt upon in triumph by the ad. Mr. Medill, amidst loud cries of order, . rA dispute here MOMTwhetlier this was
versarv-ts pure and holy conquests are made a reply to Mr. Qark, in which the iu- fact or whether Mr. C. had moved onlv
often effected in stillness and silence; in Reporter understood him to say that the to prfnt the report of the majority without
tho aixxie oi poverty, in ukj uuacuriijr u i whoio course oi um vi'iiwrnuu uu uki pre. i thn lournaL Messrs. Adams. Andrews and
ardent hunjbJLej jcbU 1 tended claim of the returned members bora james Garland testified mat they had heard
& Which fcaale faarv ever gives to man,! mat nas seen a irue vnrisimii, u u UK . A,cw jcwj wuttuaura urc the motion, and that jt mcludedjho Jour-
lea he standi before her tn Ae beauty of ami In his death? Who, that has seen the House. The din and uproar were, how. Mr. 1 had under a different
.wct iketcbetto bersclftbe character oil cu"" uuu o'"-1 u-nwuu w- impression, ana me entry so maae. 11 was
witor dwek flpon the candid manner I where grace has triumphed. over passion, j tance. from M?. M. who was speaking very finally agreed ,'hovever, that the printing
which be nnfolded his purposes, where envy , ana : naireai aim pnuu ro iiouujy, uw rcpunercuumuw "'H"" of tlie journal ha4i)oen included, and the
hm her rainbaw over the future; pledged founds untoownl w ho, tnat nas seenrne 1 ius woros.j . entry was altered.) . . .
rself bis, and his alone; and promised ongni mm mny giuw " , I H" "Y t '.'" "i t ine question men recurring on orux-nng
a a scpanuioa from all aociety but his ovejLthe countenance? Who, that has when tiio decision of tlie Cluur was sus. mt journal of the Committee of Elections
Itir : - -. - liiuaru urj icnm thub w . wuibuuii wwcu munu. a wuuw - . i io do pnnteoMiur. upromgooie aemanuea
Thus fer all was richt But in youth praycrJ wno, mai Knows iw joy 01 mr. vampoeu again rose io maae ug- yeag nayi, whieh were ordered
; are but the bangs of fency; and more christian's communion with his Maker, the gestion, but Mr. Proffit atgrnuously object. ftn(l takeil hlM resulted as follows : Yeas
:nn .iw. -k:u " r ... i devout asoiraUons oi a soui wnicn is uie ea, ana insisiea m snovia iokb ius seai. M54. iirvb 1A.
e delight of the moment. TbcRay and tenmle of the Holy Spirit, adorned and Mr. Andrews now inquired of the Chair go the journal of the Committee on Elec.
; scene in the theatre on which they sanctihed by his oest ana ncnesi gu nu wneiner re wouiu oe in oroer w i re-
Auv This the reader always has known graces? Who, that ha seen the Christian considerauonofttevotebywhrc
a too much the characterwtic of Eliza struggling with the storms of hfethotigh now question had been ordered?
wry. A card fora baB was handed her cast down, not aestroyea; inougn ' perpiex- i ne nair sua re wouia, u uie genuciiiau
e who had always professed himself ea, not in aespair; euuuuiui.g .uw ulu wm. uh; -J""y
admirer, and she foreof. in the moment resignaUon, to the correction of his Hea- Mr. Andrews said he believed be had,
0 1 1 a! thA nABMMlhlA I Kai Broil MaI AltlfA iAOlll i.
tions was ordered to be printed.
Mr. rill more moved to prut the report
of the minority of the committee.
Mr. Ramsey demanded the previous ques
tion, which was seconded, put, and carried;
and the main question being on ordering
the printing, it was decided as follows
io nm! k-. iLJL: . tr , I venlv Father, and gathering the peaceable but was not quite certain.
wm-mMvUa awta uiuuiun iu a. 11.111 wa a j . .... a .
U when alone, her situation was viewed fruit of righteousness fronUhe sed which , Mr. Davis, ofKy. said ke had voteU with yea, 102. nays 68.
i proper lieht- The card hod lieent8ulwaaawnm.mDUiaon...BiHi..wi ai we nwjurajf, bimik wwiu iiiutcubtohi. So the House ordered the report of the
lo-jro she mustand vet it miiht nossF. J yet more, who, tnat nas seen mat mgui ou ioerauon ana aerowia we yw anuuajs. 1 minority to be printed.
rkrofftheconnectionwim En1and. which angels look with joy; that hallowed ITie Uhair said that whenever a refcon- Mr. Jameson, of Missouri moved that
le knew it was wfon7 but be will forave bed where aChristian renders up bis soul, sideration. of the previous queshon was Uke'ieport of the majority rfths ComimUecof,
f.and moving at a moment before a mir. I faithtul creator, wnere, wun no movea, uie quesuon was aiwaya nrev Fui 1 Electiotu be now adopted, and on thai mo.
r.hesnnTedwUh satisfaction: then buL I vain display, no Idle rapture, xne oyuigiontne swowungpi tne previous quesuon, t demanded the Meat and nays.
on an arch look, danced merrilv awav wint, khowiog, of a truth , that he Is faith- and never on the previous-question itself; Mr.. Fillmore inquired of the Chair whe.
lib the exclamation, he cannot withstand I vho promises, rehes, in the last awlul and on tne seconding the yeas and nays ther this motion, ifcarried, would not dc
H But her beantv nwnJ th-1 scenes or life. with . humble' confidence, on I could not be taken ; as it was not a vote of I Drivo tne narties concerned from beins
he imagined.-He visited her the I that hand which hasborne him.through all J the House, but merely the sustaining of a I j,eard in their own eau.se at the bar of tlie
wag after the ball, talked over the for. I the storms and struggles ot ius eanmy pu-1 proposal w vote. I House, as was tlie invariable usage of the
rareofher word coolly, and asked her if Ignmage, and which will now cneer ana Qn this dictum of the Chair a question House in-U cases of disputed election?
uu acted correctly. Instead of freelv I cpmion mm, in me passage uuwgii 1 or order arose, ana Messrs. riiimore ana . i ne Uhair repuea in tne amrmative. it
leaging her error,' she dwelt with I aarK yauey 01 uie niauuw w ucm; uariand protestea witn warmin against 1 wouo, u agreca , Dnng tne House to a
cene of the I te not whaiorisuamry can 00, inn wihm being deprived or their constitutional I direct vote on aoopung the report.
merry company present " does aay Dy any; noj wuav n uw w u pnyiicge ot paving the yeas ana nays re-1 iwr. 1 npiett inqmrea wnctner a majority
learnea biiu euuguKucu viuwu , 1 coraea. r air., tr. ooservea mai uie tyranny 1 couiu compel uie nouae 10 vote on me re.
but what it does, to shed hght and joy over practised by the Maiorit" in this whole port before they had heard either the par-
rent delight, upon the gay scene
4 told of the
.a j -s w ua'
juie politeness of her partner, and in
fu endeavored to ridlnU iiw M nr
PVqghded. It was enough; they parted. I the humble abode of the towly and ignorant J Jjew Jersey case had been such as wus I ties or tlie evidence?
IV1BJ1 I HI TflPlf IHinnldl . rrrVsm
a t-j uiiuilu Huuict
ue merr? j a uu
I - -BHiiuiuiuvu uw a,uu dv
ftreaide-but the delight which affection
'ch other had thrown over the silvery
,nnf cy M spent together had ceas-
told familiarity, and distant politeness
JCT m Pce. 1 saw both, at
m however marrit
o" oaa chosen one who KaH nn nth. I Mtiwwi;
nmendation but mind and person. Congregadonalists
eaith hd not throw her wreath oi.nUn. ITn;lt.
STATISTICS OF THE UNITED STATES.
i . Lilerarw and ReUeiout Institutions.
: iThere are 95 colleges in the U. States,
... : 27 Medical Schools,
, 37 Theological Schools,
8 Law Schools. .
IMeious Denomination in the U. State.
Baptists (of difPl denominations) 4,300,000
- . , .. m M AAA AAA
. ,J iu wpKU.I UBIfCTOIIHS.
' BDWriMii-il 1. . I I 1 ..In. a.
id mm I u "r urow. ut sweet episcopalians,
a!nP wnocent in person and mind, RoT-in Calliolics,
ami wZ!? C Jth; gayeto her Pr - fr rians, . .
Vre "unng influence than all Luu.u.us,
kfld?Vif f1 Wealth W"8 w ite two- Dutch Reformed,
I a ?nrf conunenced the world in. Christians, .
enough to drive freemen into open rebell. I The Chair replied that, as to the power,
ion. Had it come to this, that a fifth part I of that the gentleman must j'udgc; but
of the House were to be deprivedby a I should the previous question be ordered, it
mere say-so of the Speaker, of a certain would bring the House at onee to a direct
right guarantied to them by the Constitu. vote on Uie resolution in the rpport.-.i ""
tiont He demanded a case to be pro. Mr. f riolett demanded that the testimo.
duced T-here such a decision, has been ny be read; surely it wasojression-rit
made. , He. never had seen-or heard of wjheveryJieight--ofryTaimy to insist
such a decision. T ! . on his votinir before he had heard the tea.
Mr. Turney called Mr. Garland to order. J urnony in the case he was iff judge. How
The Chair turned Mr. G. to a very reA j he know what he was votinir about?
cent decision on a case precisely like the j The confusion in the House was great
present.. ' r . , ; ' I many members on dicir feet remonstra-
Mr. Garland denied the right of the t0B and disoutinn with each other.!
Speaker to make any siich decision, and I Mr. Brirs moved a call of the House.
Mr Fillmore took an 'appeal, and deM and made some remarks which could not be
mended the yceS and nays. J heard ; they were, partly, as the Reporter
believed, a statement of what would be the
effect of tho vote, and a demand that, be.
fore such an act was done, the whole House
should have time to. be present and vote on
so grcdt a question, n r r", -
i Mr. Turney loudly called Mr. Briggs to
order for dcbating.x, .
Mr. Briggs denied that he was debating
the question. ? - -
; : hit. li. Garland demanded tlie yeas and
Mr. Monroe asked of Mr. Jameson wlie
hef it was his intention to force throuch
tho House a vote on that report trtrughtT
Lit it wan '" ' . -": -'
; Mr. Vanderpocl here called Mr. Monroe
to order . ' .. . j
Tho Chair saiiTthc- gentleman was not
in order. . ' -
Mr Monroe. said then ho would turn
away from tho gentleman from Missouri-
he had done -with him, and ho wouldjurn
to the Chair, and ask of the Speaker, whe
ther his friend from South Carolina, (Mr1.
Campbell) he believed he might call him
his friend, for liOvbulieved, after all," that
that Kcntlcman did mean to act correctly-
had -not originalJjuna!U. mo printing of tho
reports aiid papers with a view of their being
taxun up anu consiuereu io.morrowr - . 1 ei
now the House was called to vote at once,
under the previous question. "What' was
the moaning of the gag4awT Ho would
not vote in hat IIouso under such coercion.
The vcas and navs were ordered on Mr.
Brigg's motion for- a call of the House,
Mr. Campbell asked Mr. Jameson to
withdraw his 'motion. .
f Hero tlie noise was so ereat as to drown
the yoice of any individual member,; and tho
rrplj of Mr. Jameson cpuld not be hfunl
lie was understood, however, as refusing.
' TJm question was put on the motion for
a call of the House, and decided by yeas and
navs as follows: Yens 67, nays 75.
-W Uu. Il..ll. I.rimnrl l. ., . ..J, ... 1
Mr. Botts inquired whether, the. parties
cluiming seats from New Jersey could not
now be heard atthe bar of the House
, The Chair replied in tho necative; it
would not bo in order after the previous
question had been demanded on the report.
Mr. Undar wood, who had just returned
within the bar of the House , rose and asked
the Speakcrwhat the main question would
be if the previous question was ordered?
The Speaker answered that (lie main
question would be upon the adoption of the
resolution reported by the committee.
Mr. Underwood said, what: take that
question before tlie reports are printed?
. " Yes, yes," was replied by several
Mr. Underwood said, surely it was inv
possible; owl if that question was forced
le would not and could not conscientiously
vote. . 1 he previous question was now put ,
viz: "bball the main question be now put?
And it was decided in the amrmative, by
yeas and nays as follows: Yeas 101, navs
85. So the House decided that the main
question on adopting the report of the com.
mittee should now be put. ;,
Mr. Andrews, of Ky. asked to be excus
ed by the nousq trom voting upon the res
olution of the majority of the Committee of
blecuons, because, he said, that resolution
was based upon the report of tho majority,
and a state ot evidence of which it was lm
possible for him or any member of tliis
louse (not of the committee) to know any
thing. His vote upon this occasion would
be as a sworn judge or juror; and as it had
been (as every member of this House must
know) impossible for him to know the ex.
tent of testimony and the weight that should
be given to tho great mass of conflicting
evidence, he ielt that he might subject him
self to an act of injustice and violence to
his conscience as an honest man by voting
cither way. He had hoped that the propo
sition to postpone the vote upon the reso-
uticn until Saturday would have prevailed;
and thus have afforded him and all others
desirous to know, as jurors called upon to
render a verdict on so important a case,
something "of the testimony upon which
that verdict is to be founded.. He desired
to do justice-to all parties, and especially to
Ius own conscience. He made this motion
in all respect to the majority of this House,
and to such as nwyieeTTliatlheyHrpTe
pared to vote, and render a verdict upon so
momentous a question as that of the right
of sovereign States of this Republic; and
as be hopes to return soon to his constitu
ents, he desires to return to tlicm, having
nothing of which he would feci ashamed,
prjhcy justly complain He, Itlierefore,
expressed the .hope that, the House would
relieve bun trotn so unpleasant a position
as that of voting and rendering a judgment
as a8Worn judge in a case, of the testimo
ny of which he. could hot by any industry
on his part have acquired tlie slightest
knowledge : The question being put, Mr.
Andrews was excused.
Mr. Everett moved to. be excused from
voting on tho quesfirtn, because he had nei
ther beard tlie evidence-nor the parties,
some of whom, he' was informed, desired
to be bard atlhe W of the House.
Mr.'Monroe said he should be glad if his
name couiu ma inciuaea wun tnat oi Mr.
Mr. Everett demanded the yeas and
nays; which were ordered and taken, and
resulted as follows; yeas 70, nays 100. So
Mr, Jiverett was not excused.
When the name of Mr. Rariden, otJn-
diina, was'called, he rose and inquired of
the opeaker, if the previous question was
sustained, if that would bring the House to
direct vote upon the question ot the right
to the seats in this House of the New Jer-
sey claimants without affording the claim.,
ants tho right to be heard, or the members
of this House the opportunity to hear one -word
of the evidence upon which the right
to the seats has been or is to be determin- -edt.
The Speaker said that would be the
effect of the previous question, ifcarried.
Mr. Rariden then said he was against it,
as ha could not guess at i question of such
magnitude, " -r - '"
Mr. Briggs said ho most respectfully ask.
ed the House to excuse him from voting on r
the resolution how before them. His rea. ''
sons were, first: if his mind wo a. made up
upon a full investigation of the case, he
could not with his sense of propriety and
justice, voto to givo either set oi claimants
their beats Anally without hearing -tlie op.
posing claimants. But there was another
higher and stronger reason; it was, that he
hud bad no means of informing himself up.
on tho merits of the question. He had not
liea nl or rood the evidence, and could not
act with .understanding and with safcty.
Tho evidence, consisting of a Volume of
near i seven hundred pages, had not been "
pi iced before the ' members of tho House.
By voting cither way ho might do injustice
to tno party. Ho beggf djcave to say thati
in this request, he was not actuated by cap.
Jioiis motives, but by a sincere wish to be
relieved fronfthe unfeigned embarrassnK nt
in which ho found himself pluced in relation
to this important subject. . litis was tho .
first time iio liad ever made such a request,
and by granting it the House would confer
upon him a favor, for which they would bo
entitled to his thanks.
. Tho question. '.being put, it was decided
in tho negative; ;so tho House refused to -excuse
Mr. Briggs. -
Mr. Rives moved tosusiicnd the rule, in
order to make way fora motion that the
further consideration of the report be for
tlicrpresent suspended, and that it be made
lhffi.,apecM prili;r fwf Miffldny n.t, lint it
was negatived. i
. The voto being taken by tellers, resulted
as follows -Ayes 64, noes U4. : v
- Mr. Adams asked that he might be ex '.
cuscd from voting, for the tame rcatani for
which Mr. Andrews had been excused,
but tho House refused 1o excuse him: Ayes
49, noesl. "
Mi"f Lincoln asked to bo excused, Ho
said that, notwithstanding the votes which .
had just boen-givenjTie felt himself impcll.
ed by the strongest sense of duty to appeal
to the indulgence of tho House to relieve
him from a call to vote, at this time, and .
under the circumstances, on the proposition
of the eommitteer- On hiking his scat here, -he
had solemnly bound himself to respect ."
and support the Constitution of his country.
That iCohslitution made the House, and",
eseh vtanher ofrUas STSomponcnt part of"
thet body; ' tho judge oflho elections,
turns, and qualifications of its owo iem.
hers," and imposed high and sacred ohliga. -tions
in the discharge of this most impor '
tant of all official functions. The report ; .
of the committee',' by a hare majority,
presented for the first time this morning,
contains a long and elaborate investigation
of the right of the silting and the claims of -therconfesIuMj
members from, the State of :
New ersey, with reference to a mass of j
evidence which,, the committee alone have
eufflticrj, MaNapon.which they have raised
arguments and deduced inferences tending -
to justify the conclusion to which they have
arrived in tlie resolution offered to the
House. On the other hand, the minority of
tlie committee have laid before tlie IIouso . .
their dissent to this report, exhibiting an
entirely different state of Uie case, and com. . -
ing taf a different conclusion thereon. Both
these reports have just now, been hastily
read at the dork's tiihh. Tlicv nuiut tin vo
i ; :r...i i j ; ..
iiiii iiiil iiiiiMTriiTi .li v niwni. hihi run mFn 'j. n
have, been understood. . The evidence ex
hibitcd with tlie reports of the majority,
which is now on the table of the Speaker, in
a volume ol several hundred pages, has not
been seen by a single member out of the
committee; nor has it been within the pow.
er of any, and especially did he speak: for
himself, to know its character, or to const.
der tlie effect it should have upon tho issue,
so deeply interesting to the rights of mem.
i . i . . r . r..
oers, uie sovereignty oi tne oiatcs, ana
tlie-vitairincipleof a representative gov-
crnment ; -" . .
I am now called upon, (said Mr. Lincoln) r
to decide upon the merits of this great qucs.
tion; to judge , to adjudicate , upon my con.
science and my oath, upon facts which I do
not knowTupon evidence which I am told -exists,
but whichj am not permitted even
see, w hether the silting members are, or" arc
not, cmitled to their scats. The alternative
presented to me, by the resolution of the
committee, is to declare, blindfold upon my
oath as a judge, either that these members
are duly and constitutionally elected to this
House by the people of -New Jersey, and
this, too, against the official credentials, in
the first instance, upon the canvass of the re. ,
turns by the Governor and Privy Council .
of the State, given toothers, or to show
cause, here and before the country, why
i resist the-eHK:liis!on to which the conu
mittee have arrived in their resolution , upon
a subsequent scrutiny by them of the votes
and polls of that election. Sir, I can do
neither, understandingly and conscientious,
ly, without time and opportunity for exam,
ination. I cannot consent, under the so
lemn sanctions of duty, to substitute the-
opinions of a majority of one ia a commit
tee of nini members, (nor, indeed of the
whole number, if even such had1 been the
fact) for the convictions in my own mind
in the required exercise ormy own judg.
meat, io do so would be to yield rm' in.
Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.)
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