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On the Civil and Diplomatic Appropriation Bill.
' v House or Representatives.
The Court Journal awards great merit for the
taste displayed in the selection and disposition of
the various articles, which, observes the Telegraph,
"it is understood, has received tlu entire approba
tion of the President." After hearing the de.
scription, who can deny that this room, intended
for the comfort of our Democratic Chief Magis
trate, is adorned with regal splendor far above any
of the grand saloons at Buckingham palace, Carl,
ton Houses or Windsor Castle? I ask you, sir,
whether in furnishing the East Ro im with all its
glided eagles, glided stars, gilded rays, golden
slabs, gorgeous drapery, and dazzling foreign or
naments, a duo regard has been paid to "the aim.
plicity and purity of our institutions," or to the
frugal, plain, unostentatious, and republican char
acter of our People, who are represented in it?
On the contrary, docs not all this glittering dis
play of costly finery, this blinding our eyes with
the blaze of royal mngnifictence, opproximate too
closely the pride, pomp and grandeur of those
Governments in winch start and garters and shin
ing coronets confer not only the means of luxur
ious enjoyment, but of "civil superiority!" I can
not but admire and wonder at the great number
of lamps, candles,, and bracket lights, deemed
necessay to illuminate a single room in the Pre
sident s palace. tetussee:
4 "pair of rich ten light" mantel lamps.
3 "very splendid gilt ' chandeliers, each
for eighteen candles.
8 "French bronze and gilt bracket lights,
each for five candles.
1 "beautiful thin light lamp, supported by
2 "gilt astral lamps, on the end tables,
3 "lamps on pier tables,"
Here, Mr. Chairman, our Democratic President
shines with the overpowering lustre of one hun
dred and eighty lights. Had you the eyes of the
fabled argus, he would blind thera all. It really
appears as if he had intended not only to bedi
zen the vision of his democratic friends, but to
rival, by the effulgent beinis of his palace, the
'glorious king of day,' himself. Brilliant and
princely, however, as the East Room had been
fitted up by the late President, it was destined to
have its colors brightened, and its powers of at.
traction increased, by the exquisite taste of its
present occupant for, in an official report made
iii December last, the following important and
gratifying information is communicated to Con
gress: "The East Room in the President's mansion
lias been greatly improved, oy being newly paint
ed and prepared with a rich, chaste, beautiful pa
per." The former paper was a nut lemon color
with a rich cloth border,' but Mr. Van Buren had
doubtless been apprized, either by one of his sons,
who at the time was on most familiar intercourse
with, if not a resident at, the Court of St. Jame,
or, perhaps, by a more formal communication
through the Lord High Chamberlain of her Ma
jesty's household, thatwull paper of lemou color
had, during the progress of the last year, become
unfashionable, and had not for several months
been generally admitted as suitable for the parlors
of the first grado of Noblemen, much less for the
royal banqueting saloons. Hence Mr. Van Bu
ren, as every person of rank and fashion, and
mose especially as every gentlemen bobs, was,
by the rigid laws of fashionable life, bound to do,
issued his royal mandate on the first day of July,
in the year of our Lord, one thousand ei ght hun
dred and thirty nine, that the 'paper of the lejion
color, with a rich cloth border, should be forth
with taken off the broad walls of the Eastern
room, and that a rich, chaste and beautiful paper
should be substituted in its stead. That the first
clause of this royal ordinance was faithfully exo
cuted, will distinctly appear from the following
"President's House, to Henry Snowden, Dr.
"To taking off the paper of the East Room, as
per agreement with U. F. Wood, sixteen
July 1, 1839. Received payment of William
HENRY SNOWDEN, his X mark.
Witness, J. B. Roober.
Certified by Charles F. Wood.
Endorsed "Completing special repairs of the
President's House, &c. $16. Henry Snowden's
receipt for work on the East Room of the Piesi
dent's House, July 1, 1839. No. 1."
An official voucher now in my hands will also
show that sixty pieces of paper, at $5 each, ma
king $300, were purchased horn S. P. Franklin
on the 20th August, 1839, for the East Room,
and that the further sum of 930 was paid (o that
gentleman for hanging the same. And thus, sir,
it is made manifest that not leu than three hundred
and forty-six dollaisof the money of your consti
tuents have been expended during last summer
for the gratification of a womanish but costly
whim, in substituting 'a rich, chuste and beautiful'
silver paper, with golden borders; for the unfash
ionable 'lemon color, with a rich cloth border.'
Rut as a suitable recompense for this profligate
waste of the public funds, the 'hard-handed de.
mocracy' of the country have been officially ad
vised that 'the' East Room in the President's man
sion has been greatly improved.' They must
thereforo be contont.
Here the speaker refers to the notable Eaat
Room letter of Col. Benton, and after, introduces
proof to show how perfectly plain, and even un
furnished that room was, under tha administration
of Mr. Adams, proceeds as follows:)
Having paid our respect to the Eist Room,
let us, Mr. Chairman, take a view f what is, at
the prosant day, called the Blde Elliptical Sv
Loeur, though in former times It was known as the
'Green Circular Parlor.' This apartment is
nfaily oval i i ftno, and i for'y fcl long h'
tli'riy vide. In itr. beautiful shape, ri'h r'ieii:h
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furniture, showy drapery, costly gilded ornaments
and general arrangements, the 'Blue Elliptical
Saloon has frequently been pronounced, in the
judgment of the best connoisseurs, the choicest
room ol the palace. It is believed to have been
prepared and furnished very much after the Myle
of the most brilliant drawing rooms at the Tuil
leries, Fontainbleau, Neuilly, and St. Cloud.
To give you, sir, a proper idea of the 'regal irmg
nificience' of this saloon at this day, I will first
enumerate some of the articles with which it had
been furnished before Mr. Van Buren became its
occupant, and shall then show that he expended,
in 'improving' the furniture of that room, during
the first ten months of his presidency, the sum of
$1,805 55 of the People cash. Sir, hot or
uts own. The 'Blue- Elliptical Saloon,' among
other furniture, had the following:
1 superb French oilt mantel time piece, rep
resenting Minerva leaning on her buckler, on the
face of which the clock is placed; tho whole stand
ing on a square bronze pedestal, adorned on
three sides with military trophies in bas relief.
The entire work is bronzed, elegantly carved, and
2 large Gill Framed Mirrors.
3 splendid Gilt Eagle Cornices.
1 large Glass and Gilt chandelier of 30 lights,
ornamented with female figures and a bust of
Diana. The branches being embellished with
the head of Minerva.
1 pair elegant bronze and heavy gilt mantel
branches, garnished with ivy leaves and female
figures carrying trumpets.
4 Bronze and Gilt Candelabras, supported by a
figure standing on a round pedestal and bearing
a palm-tree, with five lights.
1 pair ot JJronze and gilt andirons, witn eagles
n antique colors.
1 set of splendid Porcelain Vases, decorated
with the rich landscape of Passey, embracing the
mansion of Dr. Franklin, when he' resided in
1 bust of Washington.
1 Gilt Consul Table with marble top.
3 sets of Double Silk window curtains.
24 elegant Gilt and satin chairs.
4 do do Settees, for recesses.
2 do do Sofas and pillows.
2 do do Fire Screens.
1 large eliptical French Carpet.
This carpet was very elegant and cost 9,059
frances. It was of the most brilliant and daz
zling colors; had a splendidly embroidered work
in the centre, representing n Bald Eagle, 'large
as life,' with a scroll in his beak, inscribed with
'E pluribus unum, and with the usual accom-
paniment of arrows in his talons; while the flag
of America, emblazoned by the s'.ars and stripes,
waved over his head.
I said, sir. 1 would show that Mr. Van Buren
had expended $1,805 55, within ten months af
ter he had gone into possession, in making im
provements in the 'Blue Elliptical Saloon.' I
prove tins expenditure by an original voucher,
which I hold in my hand, dated December 12,
1837, containing the bill and receipt of Messrs.
Paton & Co. New York, for materials, 6ic. fur
nished to improve the President's house. Tha
entire bill, as receipted, is $4,316 18; of that
amount 91,805 55 was for articles, ice. fortius
"3 windows." (curtains) $1,307 5(1
Satin Medallion, 17(i 37
Silk cord, 24 00
Plain Satin, 33 12
Galloon, 74 50
Silk Tassels, 43 00
Gimp, 54 05
Repairing and covering 14 chairs, 24 00
Do do 2 sofas, 24 00
4 Tabourets', 800
2 Screens, 400
5 Footstools 0 25
4 Sets Pillows, 16 00
Music s'.ool 150
, $1,805 55
Mr. Chairman, how do you relish the notion of
voting away the hard cash of your consituents,
of your farmers, mechanics, und poor laborers, for
srr.K tassels, galloon, gimp, and satin medal
lion, to beautify and adorn tha "Blue Eliptical
Saloon 1" Suppose, sir, after yon shall have re
turned to the charming prairies of Illinois, some
plain, honest, republican 'Sucker,' should inquire
what use a real genuine, hard-liandcd, loco-foco
democrat like Mr. Van Buren, can have for silk
covered pillows, footstools, and tabourets in the
"Blue Eliptical Saloon j" how would you reply to
the honest 'Sucker's' interrogatory ? Wouldn't
you acknowledge yourself fairly stumped? But
suppose he would ask what sort of animals these
tabourets, or taby-cats, are ! I will endeavor to
tell him, for I have lately gjvnsome little attention
to this curious department of natural history. The
tabouret is an article of furniture, which, in Eu
rope and Asia, is only to be met with In the rich
est saloons of monarch. It is a convex seat,
without arms or back, and in form bearing a cloe
resemblance to a Turkish standurd, or the moon in
her first quarter, is composed of gilt wood, cush
ioned and stuffed with very fine black horse hair,
covered with crimson damask, figured satin, and
garnished with silk lace, gold fringe, tassels, tufts
and stars. It is supported by an X. Even before
the days ot the Crusades, the honors or the I a
bouret, were held in the highest esteem. This
honor consisted in the distinguished privilege of
"sitting upon a tabouret in the royal presence."
By long and well established court ceremonial law
in many monarchies, no individual in the kingdom
is entitled to enjoy this high distinction, on grand
gala days, save a "Duchess of the blood royal."
In confirmation of what 1 have stated in regard to
the importance ascribed to the "honors of tiie Ta
bouret," I will read a sentence or two from a re
cent and very interesting work bv Governor Cuss,
our distinguished minister at the Uourt "I St.
Cloud. Tho book is entitled "France, its King.
Cuurt ami Government." I read from page HI,
"Under the ancient 'regime,' the right to have
both folding doors thrown open, or to sit upon a
tabouret, which is a cushioned stool, was one ol
the greatest honor a subject could aspire to, and
excited more sensation than many a political event
affecting the prosperity or the kingdom. Ou par
ticular days thn King dined in public, when the
principal personages of the court and the kingdom
were een standing at his chair hulding plates and
towels under thetr arms and i t their bunds, 3ia."
Mr. Chairman, I hesitate not to say that, if you
inquire minutely into the history slid uses of the
tabouret, you cannot fail to discover thai' M has
ever boon regarded as ainoig the indispensable
regalia oft monarch, and is by many considered
almost as essential to kingly paraphernalia as
tha royal jewels, the sceptre, the diadem, or even
the crown itself. The four tabouret in the "Blue
EMptieal Saloon" of (he President's I'aJpce were
procured from France, and cost 939; froncs 8 cen
times. Here, tir, is the bill lruuimued to thi
country wilh tho tabourets:
(The speaker then proceeded to toad the hill,
whVliamo.in'ed f'l.1!,(W j
CEASES TO BE DANOEROVS, WHEN REASON IS LEFT FREE TO CO Mil AT
FAYETTE, ifllSSOL'KI, SATURDAY, SEPTEttUER a, 1810.
Now, sir, I should like to hear the honest opin
ions not only of the plain republican "Suckers,"
but also of the "Hoosiers," of the "Wolverines,"
and of the "Buckeyes," about these tabby-cats.
Won't they think "them en'mals rather danger
ons critters" to be kept snugly seated within the
"Blue Elliptical Saloon !" Won't they object
against Mr. Van Buren paying away tlieir cask for
the purpose of dressing up these tabby-cats in new
damask silk frocks 1 But I would also very much
desire to learn the views of these plain republican
"Suckers" in regard to three new window curtains,
bought by our democratic President for the "Blue
-Elliptical Saloon." You will see, by "tha; bill,"
that $1,307 50 of the People's cash was paid for
these three curtains making just $435 82 a piece.
I am disposed to believe that the plain republican
"Sucker" will think $435 63 is a littlo too much
money to be laid out for "fixing" one window cur
tain. Why, sir, that sum would build three or four
comfortable "Log Cabins," snd finish them off
completely, with puncheon floors, clap-board roofs,
cobs, ribs, cave-bearers, butting-poles, weight
poles, and including cat and clay chimneys into
the bargain, end would also leave s few dollars be
side to treat the folks who came to the "raisin"
with as much hard-cider as they can stow away
under the belts of their linsey-woolsey hunting
But, sir, what will those plain republican "Suck
ers" say when I suggest that Mr. Van Buren,
doubtless, in the opinion of the "importers of
French si'.ks," made money, or, to speak with more
propriety, saved cash to the People by the purchase
of these three window curtains at $L307 50 ? for
the curtains which now hang at the seven windows
of the "East Loom" required exactly $3,875 35
of the People's money, or the moderate sum of
$553 02 for each curtain. Do I startle your "old
republican feelings?" Mr. Chairman, it rejoices
my heart to behold that honest frown of disappro
bation resting on your brow at the recital of this
prodigal and lavish waste of the money of your
constituents. As I like always to be armed with
the proof of every important fuct which 1 desire to
bring before the country, I will present you, sir,
the bill of items for the curtains in the East Kooin.
They were purchased from the firm of L. Veron &
Co., in Philadelphia. Here is the bill :
Suits of Curtains for East Room.
210 yards long silk fringe, $110 40
44 do heavy cord silk fringe, in uu
44 do do' cotton 10 72
210 do embroidered cngle muslin, 352 60
120 do satin border, 292 00
196 do yellow silk, 007 60
132 do blue silk, 377 52
107 do white silk, 517 74
Mr. Nolen's bid for Gilt Rays, 70 00
A. Lejamber's bill of Ornaments, 255 75
Putting up the curtains, 274 30
Profit 10 per centum, 349 50
Expenses of Upholsterers in Washington, 30 tiO
Cost of East Room curtains, $3,875 35
I have no doubt that the more rich and fashions
hie portion of Mr. Van Buren's friends will urge
in his defence that the curtains purchased fur the
"Blue Elliptical Saloon" are very cheap; that they
are composed of the richest materials, and are in
perfect harmony wilh all the gorgeous arrange
ments in this magnificent saloon. Whereas the
curtains which were there at the retirement of Gen.
Jackson wire merely crimson double silks, that had
been bought from Mr. Perdreauville for the trifling
sum of tour hundred and fifty dollars, and were not
deemed by fashionable gentlemen and ladies suffi
ciently splendid to suit the other drapery of the
saloon- Whether this defence will be considered
as good for $1,307 50 of the People's cash, I leave
the people themselves to determine.
we shall now, Air. Chairman, take our leave of
he "Blue Elliptical Saloon ;" but before we pass
out of the door, turn your eyes, and take a mo
ment g survey of the "(out ensemble, not omitting
the highly polished and beautiful marble mantel,
with its superb but fantastic ornaments, and tell
me whether this sumptuously garnished saloon
bears the characteristics of an apartment intended
for the accommodation of the chief servant of a
plain, economical, hardy and republican people?
Or whe'her it does not more resemble the audience
room of a monarch, in which he receives his sleek
and riband-bedecked courties, osthey present them
selves with their humblest genuflexions and pros
trations, crouching like fawning spaniels to the
lis ticl which has it in its power to throw him a
On each side of the "Dine Eliptical Saloon" and
communicating therewith by very largo smgothly
varnished doors, is a parallelogram drawing-room,
of 30 by 22 feet. These apartments are called the
"green" and "yellow" drawiiij-rooms, and, by
sumo, are supposed to rival the "Saloon" in the
splendor and richness of their drapery and other
decorations, and with it form a suit of rooms that
many of the inferior monarch of Europe would
teel prouu to possess. Inese three rooms were
formerly used for the reception of company on a
stated day (Wednesday) in every week, when the
palace doors were thrown wide open tor all the citi
zen of the Republic who were disposed to enter
and pay their respects to the Chief Magistrate of
tne nation, Jiut the good old usages and liberal
practices of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe are no
longer of authority at the palace ; economy, not of
the People's cash, but of the President's, is now in
that quarter the order of the day. Hence, instead
of those old and well-appointed 'weekly' visits
when all the People were at liberty to partake of
the good cheer of the President's House, there has
buen substituted one cold, still, formal, and cere
monious assembly on the first day of every year.
At this annual levee, notwithstanding Its pomp and
pageantry, no expense whatever is incurred by the
President personally. No fruits, cake, wine, cof
see, hard cider, or other refreshments of any kind,
are tendered to his guests. Indeed, it would mili
tute against all the rule of court etiquette now es
tablished at the palace, to permit "vulgar eating
and drinking" on this grand gala day. Tne only
entertainnieiit there served up consists in profound
buws, stately promenades, formal civilities, ardent
expressions of admiration for the pageant passing
before your eyes, with anxious inquiries about the
weather all these good things go to mnke up what
the fashionable people there assembled call the
'feast of reason and the flow of soul." This admira
ble course levies no unwilling contribution on the
' private fund" of tha President, and, in that re
spect, squares with hi economical notions to a T.
Tub Murine Band, however, is always ordered
from the Navy Vard, and stationed in the spacious
front hall, from whenee they swell the rich saloons
of the palace with "Uuil to the Chief," Who'll be
King but Charlie," and oilier hundred airs, which
ravish with dulight the ear of warriors who have
never smelt powder. As the people' cash and not
his own, pay for all the service of tho "Marine
Bind," it employment at the palace dues not con
flict with tho peculiar views ot the President in re
gnrd to the obvious diliurence bet ween public and
Mr. Chairman, a plain, sober-minded republican
can have no love forjthe splendor of a monarch's
court, much less cin he admire theapeish mimicry
of royal ceremonies displayed with so much osten
tation at the aumiul levee of the President, A
plain republican behold nothing in II those vain
formalities which.fairly and truly represents the
hardy and simple character of the American Peo
ple. British noh'envn would doubt lets look with
gratification at the jorjeoin pugeant of foreign
ambassadors, with their attaches bedecked In al'
their dazzling but grostoqiie national court cos
tumes. Lordly aristocrats would take great delight
surveying tne origin array ot stars and ribbands,
jewels and badges of honor, gold buttons and epau
lettes, that on those occasions causa the rich sa
loon of the President's palice to shine with re
doubled brightness. They, too, would r.o doubt
much admire tho long lines of black and gilded
coaches which fill the wide enrriago-ways leading
from the Ionic portico of tho puiace to tho right
and left huge iron portals which face the great ave
nue. But, sir, these gilded carriages, richly ca
parisoned horses, nnd gaudy hammer-cloths, foot
men in gold and crimson liveries, all the blaze of
equipage, and all the truppings of royalty, have no
attractions for the eyes of plain, republican free
men. They know full well thufall this finery was
purchased of the coach maker, the painter, the car
ver, the gilder, the harness-maker, and tho tailor ;
and that the IHtle-souled mortal who thus rages to
outshine all others in externals who would mon
opolize not only tho luxuries of a palace, but all
notice, all respect, and all consideration would
also desire to wear a glittering coronet, and "to
lord it over bis species." Our plain republican
citizens are too intelligent to look with approba
tion at a royal pageant that offends them with its
glare; and they possess too much of the spirit of
'78 not U despise the little aristocrat, who scenss
to think that the entire universe was made for hitn,
and such as he, "to take tlieir pastime in :'' and
who, by his imperious look, insolently asks
"Have poor men souls? nnd are their bodies then
Of the same flesh and blood as gentlemen 1"
At these "annual State levees,-' the great doors
of the "East Room," "Blue Elliptical Saloon,"
"Green Drawing Room," and ' Yellow Drawing
Room," arc thrown open at 12 o'clock "precisely"
to the anxious feet of gaily appareled noblemen,
honorable men, gentlemen', and ladies, of all the
nations and kingdoms of the earth, many of whom
appear ambitiously intent upon securing an early
recognition from the head of the mansion. The
President, at the "same instiintof time," assumes
his station about four feet within the "Blue Ellipti
cal Saloon," and facing the door which looks out
upon the spacious front hall, hut is separated from
it, as before remarked, by a screen of Ionic col
umns. He is supported on tho right snd left by
the Marshal of tne District of Columbia, and by
one of the high officers if the Government. The
Marine Bund having been assigned their position
at the eastern end of the hall, with all their tine in
struments in full tune "at the same identical mo
ment" strike up one of our most admired "national
airs;" and forthwith a current of life flows in at
the wide-spread outer door of the palace, and glides
with the smoothness of music through the spucious
hall, by the Ionic screen, into the royal presence.
Here (to drop for a moment my liquid figure) each
and every individual is presented and received with
a gentle shake of the hand, and is greeted wilh
that "smile eternal" which plays over the soft, fea
tures of Mr. Van Buren, save when he calls to
mind how confoundedly "Old Tip," chased, caught,
and licked Proctor and Tecumseh. Immediately uf
ter the introduction or recognition the current set
toward the "East Room," and thus this stream of
living men and women continues to flow, and now,
and flow, for about the space of three hours tho
"Democratic President" being the only orb around
which all this pomp, and parade revolve. To him
all these lesser plunets turn, "as the suntlower
turns" to the sun, and feel their colors brightened
when a ray of favor or a 'royal smile' falls upon
them. But amid this gorgeous pageant, 1 would
ask, Mr. Chairmau, where are the sympathies that
beat in unison with the honest pulsations of the
tenants of log cabins ? What is there in all this
glare of rubies and diamonds, and gandy court cos
tumes, that can recall to the mind of an observer
the unequal lot of the poor daily laborer, whose
task is never fully ended until the sim retires be
hind the Western mountains? Can a sinsrle
thought for the troubles and toils and cares of hon
est poverty abido one moment in an assembly like
this an assembly which the popular climate would
chill into icy stiffness ! The gales f'ro n the
log cabins would cotne over it like the cliilling
blast from the frozen region of the poles, where the
"genial beams of solar influencs" cannot pene
Let us return, Mr. Chairman, to the locus inaun.
or rather locus criminis. the place where this
crime (against the simplicity of republican man
ners) lias been commuted the Green and Yellow
Drawing-rooms. I have too wide a r'eld, as yet,
before me, to consume much of the time of this
committee in attempting to describe the gorgeous
splenderof the window curtains and other drapery,
uio uiiiii wiugiiiuceuce oi uiti large guueu mir
rors, mantel glasses, chandeliers, French bracket
lights, and mantel ornaments ; the smooth and bcuu
til'ul Italian slab centre tables; the rich and luxur
ious damask satin-covered chairs, bergeres, sofas,
French comfortables, Turkish ottomans and divans,
and brilliant imperial carpets, and other thining
garnishments with which theso superb drawing
rooms are adorned. It may be suluuient to say,
that the lustre and elegunce of their interior would
no doubt dazzle, if they did not blind, the eyes ot'
Slatnm, Bang, and Ming, tho celebrated loco-foco
rulers ot lamnmny Hull. I'hc Green and Yellow
Drawing-rooms Iidvo been greatly beautified and
improved since the retirement of Gen. Jackson. I
find amongst the vouchers of the Treasury Depart
ment a bill of C. Alexander for materials, etc., for
the President's House, from the 11th of March,
1837, til! the 10th May, H37, $1,037 35 ; part ol
this amount, viz : fc3.")5 6) 3-4, was for the Greeu
Drawing-room. 'Ijie latter sum, amongst other
charges, includes one item for thirty pieces of sil
ver paper, gl.'U, anJ one other item for 00 yurds
of green silk, $103.
But, sir, without stopping to inquire how vastly
that silver paper 'and green silk must have im
proved theGreen Drawing-room, I will proceed to
read two other bills for more substantial and not
less ornamental improvements.
"The V. States to P. Valderon, for President's
House, 1 Divan and Cushion. $100
Received payment of T. L. Smith, September 30
137. P. VALDERON.
(Voucher No. 37.)
The President's House, Dr. to A. Lbjasiih.r.
0 French Comfortables, inudo of extra material
and extra covers 170
4 boxes, at $2 50. 10
Received payment in full.
(Voucher No. 8, embraced in abstract No. 1, of
payment) maje by T. L. Smith, agent for purclius
ing furniture for President' House from April 15,
1S37, to May 10, lSIW."
In the ninth century, the immortal Alfred sat nn
a three-legged stool, and "swayed his sceptreo'er
tho English realm; but Mr. Vun Buren, "in this
our day," is not content with a seat of ucu homely
and rude construction. He must have "Turkish
divans" and "French comfortables." Thousands
of the People' dollars have been lavishly expended
Gilt and damask satin covered Settees,
Gilt anil damask satin covered Sofas,
Gilt, and liamask satin covered Bergeres,
Gilt and damask satin covered Fanleail,
Gilt and damask satin covered Ottomans,
Gilt and damask satin covered Chair.
Gilt and damask satin covered Tabourets,
Gilt and damask satin covered Music-stools,
(tilt snd do mask satin covered foot-stools,
trill and damask satin covered Pillow.
Vol. 1 JAo. ft,?.
Still Mr. Von Buren was not content ! he long
ed tor the "Turkish divan" and the " French com
fortable." A good loco foco democrat, niclhiuks,
might have been pretty well satisfied with a crim
son damask sofa and a pillow of soft down encased
in a silk cover. And a bulky alderman, it is said,
after enjoying hir turtle soup, can snore owsy his
six hours, at perfect ease with all mankind, by
placing his corporation within the generous dimen
sions of a begere. But neither the crimson da
mask sofa and soft down, silk covered pillow, nor
the capacious bergere would content Mr. Van Bu
ren. What was to be done? Tho ottoman has
no back whereon a hard-handed democrat, wearied
with the care of state, can lean, and the tabouret
is part and parcel of the Court Regalia, and may be
soiled by too frequent use ; tbe music-stool and the
foot-stool, albeit covered with damask satin, are
too low for a favorable disposal of the extremities.
What could be done, sir, in this dire etnergenry,
but to poy down $270 of the people's cash that Mr
Van Buren may enjoy the luxuries of the Turkish
"divan" and the " French comfortable, made of
extra materials?" And as these extra fine articles
were doubtless bought "dog chenp," and especially
"as every dog has his day, in these " Doo days,"
no pood loco foco can ungenerously withhold from
his hard-handed democratic friend, the delights of
a duily "lounge." But I opine, Mr. Chairman, that
although many of theso honest loer) focos would be
pleased to seo American comfortables introduced at
the palace, they will hardly admit the propriety of
the true representative of the real hard-handed de
mocracy sending the cash of the people across the
wide Atlantic for the purchase of "French comfort
ables," at a time, too, when thousands of American
cabinet-makers and upholsterers, who are quite as
ingenious and quite as handy, in their respective
crafts, as the artisans of Paris and Lyons, are out
of employment for the want of a market for their
I will uot detain you, sir, longer in the green and
yellow drawing rooms, than just to direct your eye
in retiring from the latter, first to the elegant maho
gany gilt-mounted piano forte, and then the heavy
gilt bronze matel time-piece, representing Hanni"
bul, the celebrated Carthagenian General, at the
battle of Cunm.
There are no olhur apartments on the first floor
of the p i luce excepting the " court levees or ban
queting room," and the family dining room, with
sundry store rooms, and plate and china closets be
tween them. I shall call your attention, Mr Chair
man to the "Court Banqueting Room," but not un
til we shall first step to the left of the great en
trance hall, that we may ascend tho grand staircase
covered with a rich Brussels carpet, in order to
toko a very cursory view of the interior arrange
ments on the second story of the palace. The apurt
ment on this story which has been most admired is
denominated the " Ladie Circular Parlor," cor
responding in form, lustre, and elegance, ivitn the
"Blue Elliptical Saloon" on the first story. This
beuutiful parlor was fitted up in handsome style by
Mr. Adams, and was occupied by that President's
family, during his term of office, as their company
receiving room. Soon after Mr. Vau Buren came
into power, the Ladies' Circular Parlor, as well as
every other apartment in the pakce, was ordained
to accept a splendid outfit at the hands of the gilder,
the painter, the carver, the upholsterer, and the
importer of gold and silver paper, royal Wilton
and imperial Saxon carpets, gilt rays, stars, fringe,
tussels, Fanny Kemble greeu glass finger cups,
fancy toilet sets, and other lovely foreign ornaments,
f discover, by a voucher now iu my hand, that Mr.
Van Buren, on the 12th day of December. 1S37.
paid $1,041 of the people's cash for the embellish
ment ui me ladies' Circular Parlor. This sum ot
1,041 is one of the charges in the large bill ($4,
310,06) of Messrs. Patten & Co. New York, snd
to which I before referred. I will at this favora
ble time present some other charges included in
the bill of Messrs, Paiteti &. Co. What do you
tnink, Mr. Chairman, of the following specimens
of loco foco democracy ?
For President's Chamber.
Making curtains and ornaments, $57 50
Silk tassels, IS 00
for President's Tartar.
Satin Medahon, OS 00
Satin, :;0 02
Galloun, !," 40
Silk Tassels 9 52
Rosete.es, 2 00
Gimp, 12 40
Fur Ladits' R'lom.
Making curtains and ornament, M 00
Tassels, 18 00
Crimson Taffeta, 124 00
Far Hidro'.im, .Vo. 1.
Making curtains and ornament 07 50
Silk Tassels, lri 00
For Bedroom, A'o. 4.
Making curtuins and ornaments 35 50
Silk Tussels, 12 00
For Rnnin, .Yu. 0.
Making curtuiim and ornaments, 37 75
Silk lassels, 0 00
For Room, Vi. S.
Making ctirtiins and ornaiu ems, 53 "5
Tassels, ! (ii)
For B-:ll Puis. ,
Silk cord, 53 03 j
Tassels, . 00
Rosettes, 5 00 j
I am disposed to believe, Mr Chairman, that tho j
present occupant of the palace is not a ' real genu
ine'' loco foco, hard-hundeii democrat. He can't
have the 'rit'lil stripe" Yuu may depend upon it
something must be out of gear. Why, sir, he loves
tassels, rosettes, and girlish finery, ulmo-t as much
as a real Bank Whig, loves " hard cider." By the
act of the 3d of March, 137, Congress appropria
ted twenty thousand dollars " for furniture of the
President's House," 1 quote tho language of the
law, " for furniture ot the 1 resident s nise, '
Now I find the entire bill of Messrs. Patten & Co.
included in the " Abstract of payments made by
Thomas L. Smith, agent for purchasing furniture
for the President's House, from tho loth April,
l?:i7, to loth May, 13S." I would therefore,
respectfully inquire whether silk tassels and ru
scttPS are considered househuld furniture, in the
legitimate democratic meaning of the wurdl I ask,
sir, whether silk tassels and rosette can be demo
cratically inventoried a part and parcel of the
household furniture of a hard-handed loco-foco ?
Are silk tassels and rosette hereafter to be written
down, deemed, and taken in the same category
with frying pans, oaken chests, chaff bug, and
crout tubs ? As well might the honest citizen of
Tulpehackcn valley, who garnishes his 8 by 10
looking glass with a string of blue-jay, yellow
hammer, whitlaker, snd mocking-bird ejrgs, call
those spei'kled egg household furniture, and for
mally bequeath them, when he is about to take
leave of plantations and speckled eggs, by his will,
written or nuncupative. Sir, this would be too bad
for a Christian country. Bjt this is not all, for in
the same 'Abstract' of payments mide by T. L
Smith, the following bill is also included I
" Washington, August 23, 1837.
The United Stale Government for President'
To Augt. F. Cammeyer, Dr.
453 Broadwav, Now York.
For GOLD LEAF, GILDING MATE
RIALS, labor and expense to ihe
President' House, - . 'i,IIOO 00
August 25, received payment in full of T. L
Smith, " Ai'ut. F. Cvim:.ylt.."
Do you suppose, Mr. Chairman, that a plain, un
sophisticated !oco-foco ran Hand thi! Will hit
agree that Martin Van Buren acted fairly by pay
ing out money which had been appropriated brlsw
for " furniture for the President's house," in
buying GOLD LEAK and GILDING MATE
RIALS, and afterward "whipping the Devil round
thestump" by calling GOLD LEAF an" GILD
ING MATERIALS household furniture? No, ir.
lie will not. The genuine loco-foco is too honest
for that. Some few of them may, perhaps, be per
suaded to admit that "silk tassels snd rosettes"
are part and parcel of an orthodox schedule of de
mocratic household furniture, but I aver that the
application of red lint pincers, racks, gibbets, bow
strings, chains, ond molten lead, cannot induce one
of thorn to acknowledge that GOLD LEAF nd
GILDING MATERIALS msy be legitimately in
serted in the same schedule.
But the "end is not yet." I have before me,
Mr. Chairman, the original hill fdulr receintedi of
C. H. fc. J. F. White, for sundry "FRENCH BED
STEADS." "Marble-top Washes nds,r Dining
room Commode," with "Statuarv Marhle-lnn."
Dressing Bureaus, and other upholsterv, bought
August 10, 137, for the sum of Ai.iiftpiVI nf ih
people s casn. lhese nrticles may be denominated
household furniture, in the proper ond true under
standing of the terms. But, sir, 1 protest against
expending the money of inv constituents for ole
eant FRENCH BEDSTEADS. Must the AME
RICAN oak, and hickory, and cherry, ai:d walnut,
and maple, that admits of ' smoothest stain,' stand
neglected in the forests, for the gilt Rospwoon,
sandal, ebony, box and mahogany of FRANCE,
and the far-oif ' Me of the sea?' Shall the peo
ple's money be shipped across the ocean by the
people's chief SPrvu nt to support FOREIGN ME
CHANICS, whilst OCR OWN " CUNNING
WORKMEN" almost perish for lack nf w,n
Shall that ' bread be withheld from the mouth of
honest labor' at home, but lavished
jects of kings abroad! Why was Mr. Van Buren
so anxious to possess an elegant FRENCH BED
STEAD? Does he desire 'o have lh trimming. ,.t
a CROWNED BED al,o? Besides the Ladies
Circular Parlor, there are twelve commodious
apartments on the second story of the palace one
of which is occupied by the President as an oir.ee.
The term office, however, has been proscribed by
the court circles as a vuk'iir noun, nnd hpno il.o
offic9 room is designated at the palace by the high
er sounding and tinklini' name of THE PRESI-
uc; t o aLUihAtL CHAMBER. Hard bv the
President's Audienca Chamber is the ANTE
ROOM, into which all visiters aro rnnHnrtod h
richly attired English palace servant, to wait until
t ie democratic I'resident shall signify his pleasure
that they mny be introduced to the presence.' 1
have heard a gentleman complain that the Ante-K-oom
had not been p-ovided with a Inrge mirror,
by the aid of which fashionable ladies might pro
perly adjust their ' bonnet and curie;' and before
which, I presume, spruce courtiers who visit the
palace could "practice in making up their face for
I have also heard some persons nfnrirl, in regard
to the ante-room, that it had not a sufficient num
ber of chairs to accommodate the visiters there at
times kept in waiting. I am satisfied, however,
that the President cannot be aware of tho fact, or
he would have ordered for this room a dozen or two
silk damasks or bamboo cane from the other
apartments of the palace, from whence their remo
val would hardly have been recognized.
I shall not detain the committee, Mr. Chairman,
by going over the same eternal round' of elegant
and costly furniture with which the apartments on
the second story of the palace abound. I must not,
however, omit to name the ostrich egg mantel or
naments on silver stands, and the superb imperial
and royal Wilton, Brussels and Saxon carpets;
some of which, it is said, are deep enough for a
good locofoco democrat to bury his fout in as he
walks over them. Let me refer you, sir, to three
or four of the carpet bills:
New Yor.K, Julv 3, 1837.
The President of the United States, bv T. L. Smith ,
bought of Joseph Lowe, IMPORTER OF EN
GLISH carpets, oil cloths, Sic, 333 Broadway,
corner of Anthony street. .
!H yards Brussels body, a 19s, - - aC20 50
do do border, a iy, - - 52 S3
99 do do body, a 19, - 222 75
23 do do border, a 1?, . . .31 75
3 Imperial Rugs, ladies' room and 3
chambers, a $25 75 00
l"rroct' &s reSaru quantities. September 19,
'J' , Ed. Burke.
Keceived payment, JOSEPH LOWE."
" Martin Van Buren, PresiJent I'. S., bought of
, . oester . vo., itu Broadway,
June , iiu varus Suxoliv curiiel rtr.
1 rug to match,
July 31, 2 rugs, a 25,
By remnants, say 1 yard, returned,
20: h Sent. 1SU7. . Correct.
Keceived payment ot l.L Smith,
W. W. CHESTER &. CO."
"New Yokk, June 7. ls:;7.
Major Smith, fur the President's House, Washing
ton, bought of T. L. f'hester.
429 1 yards Brussels carpeting, a 17s. "JJ. $912 1H
145 3--t do 5-S wide bordering do. 1 Is. 2d. 257 43
3"5 do do a 17s. 2d. 05 01
17 3- do i-1 Royal Wilton, a 32s. V!d. 09 50
21 J do 7-M do do a 2s. B5 75
20th Sept 1?3. Correct. Ed. BuiiKt.
T. L. CHESTER,
per W.m. Hemjv Chestpr.
" Ntw York, June 7, 1S37.
T. L. Smithy agent, bought of Webb & Tenson,
IMPORTERS of carptting, flour cloth, hearth
rugs, 4:c. 177 Broadway.
Inl (" '-'Jl'.vd! Wltoii carpeting, 0 21s. $074 00
97i yard Wilton carpeting, a 22, - - 207 44
110 do Brossels do a 17, 233 72
1 hear'h rug, - . . . . 24 00
I do, . as on
20J yards Brussels 43 29
WE DM A- TENSON."
I have also before lue, Mr. Chairman, other offi
cial vouchers, duly receipted, for the following car
peting, purchased for the President' palace, kiuce
tho Reformers came into power:
From Leicis Verron Jf Co.
515 yards IMPERIAL WILTON, &1.545 00
00 do IMPERIAL SAXONS, . yl4 50
2'3.l do 4-4 wide, for stairs, 105 00
Blue cloth for do, - 19 12
107 do Brussels curpet and border, 214 00
1 hearth rug to match. 25 00
40H yard Brussels carpet and border, 1,053 2rj
4 Imperial rug OS 00
Oil cloth 1,300 00
Here, sir, we have the sum of $8,4.99 68 of tha
People' cash paid by the "Retrenching Reform
eiV for FOREIGN carpets and oii cloths to adorn
the palace. Now let me refer you to the second
section of the act of Congress, parsed the 22d of
May 182G. It is in these words:
"That all furniture purchased for thi use of
tin President's House shall be, as far as practi
cable, of AMERICAS OR DOMESTIC MAN'
Was it not "practicable" to obtain AMEFI
CAN or DOMESTIC carpeting "for the use-of
the President's House?" Ni en'.lem.ni rJ,w;o
affirm that. Then why did Mr. Van HutaiCrVf