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Rutherford, Calvert Roberts, James Anderson,
Thomas Stout, Wm, R. Meadows, aid John R.
Smelly; who retired, and, after a shot absence,
returned, and reported the following preamble and
resolutions:
Whereas, viewing Gen. Jackson’s administra
tion as being the best of which we haverver had
any knowledge, and believing him to e a firm
anil undeviating republican, and that hi admin
istration has proved most beneficial to tfc nation
in every point of view : Therefore,
1. Resolved, That we approve of Get Jack
sou’s administration in all its operations.
2. That every day’s experience provt to us
that the course pursued by him is the safet and
most republican.
3. That this meeting heartily concur it the
address and sentiments of the Jackson meting
held in Vandalia on the 20th of last Dcccmbr.,
4. That \vc entirely disapprove o! every atteint '
on the port of the real or pretended friends.fi
Gen. Jackson, to produce division among thostl
supporting and friendly to his administration, by
committing or attempting to commit the vote of
this State in the election of Vice President; and
that we recommend it to the friends of the old
hero in this State, to support the candidate which
may1 be selected by the Baltimore Convention,
proposed to be held in May next.
5. That we advise and recommend it to all our
4pckson brethren throughout the second judicial
c*cuit, to call meetings in their several counties
ard appoint delegates to the Convention proposed
to ie held in Kaskaskia, on the fourth Monday in
ApAJ next, to choose Electors of President and
* i!;e Presido»>—writ, Calvert Roberts,
—Short, Wyatt Stubblefield, and Thos. Stout,
be appointed those delegates.
7. That we earnestly recommend it to the re
publicans of the State, to be on the alert, for there
is a formidable and well trained opposition, ma
king every effort in their power to defeat the re
election of our venerated Chief Magistrate.
8. That these proceedings be signed by the
Chairman and Secretaries, and forwarded to the
Editor of the Whig and Intelligencer, for publi
cation, and that the other republican Editors of
the State be requested to republish the same.
On motion, the meeting adjourned.
JAS. B. RUTHERFORD, Ch'm.
Calvert Roberts,) ,, , .
James Andersom, 1 ‘Sccretarlc*'I
Wiiin and Butclligmcessr
For the Whig & Intelligencer.
F ellow-Citizens :
My principal object, at this time, is to dir/ct
your attention towards the man who is to becrfne
the Vice President under the second four y&rs,
of General Jackson’s administration—1 say un
der his second administration; because I beleve
there is no danger of a defeat, and became 1
firmly believe that his administration, has leen
marked with so many signal benefits to these U
nited States, that it will be impossible for Mr.
Clay to shake the confidence of a grateful people.
For vice president, my choice would be Cal. R.
M. Johnson; but, if the friends of a happy, wise,
and judicious administration, throughout these
United States, should think proper to support any
other person in preference to Col. Johnson. I most
cheerfully acquiesce in their judgment; for, let
it be understood, that it is our determination to
re-elect General Jackson, and not suffer his der
feat by any unwise course wo might adopt, by
having the name of more than one man cn the
• geneftO republican ticket for vice president.
Fellow'citizcns, I support Col. R. M. Johnson
upon the following grounds: he supported thejust
and necessary war, which in his representative
capacity he aided and proclaimed; he did not
give lus support in favor of declaring a war tiat
he was unable te defend in the field as well asin
the councils of his country. Those signal ab:i
ties that die world discovered in the person of Cl.
R. 1Y1. Johnson during the discussion of thoe
subj.- ts that led to the war between this countr
and Great Britain were equalled in the field b
his signal services; and satisfied the world tha
it was his determination to prove his most ardem
attachment to a great, generous, and enlightened
people, by unsheathing his sword for the purpose
of bathing it in the blood of that man, who dared
to invade the.rights of the American citizens—
and when that war was ended, which added new
lustre to the American arms, he then retired, like
another Cincinnatus, from the busy pomp of earth
ly splendor, to partake of those enjoyments that
are to be found in social life; until, by an unani
mous call from his neighbors, those w ho had long
known him, he consented to represent them again
in the council of his beloved country.
I am induced to support Cel. R. M. Johnson
from the confidence 1 have in his know ledge of
commercial affairs, and his minute acquaintance
wi'h the wants, comforts and necessaries that are
calculated to make the whole human family hap
py . Like the imiportal Howard, he has spent
n large portion of time in visiting the humble cot
tage, the Konoroua ami liospuatite Rtrmer, in mak
ing himself acquainted with their true situation,
in order to he better enabled to represent their
circumstances in the legislative tribunal of the
land; and bis extensive acquaintance with the
geography of our country, must certainly give to
him the pre-eminent advantage over all oth
ers, in deciding upon those important subjects,
app'ving to the local circumstances ol his fellow
citizens.
1 believe him to bo a man capable of judging
of the past, sufficiently to prepare for the future;
a man who does not only live for himself, but for
Ids friends.
The statesman, the chieftain, the politician
and warrior, may all have a place upon the proud
pages ol fame; but the real disinterested states
man, must stand in pre-eminence to all others,
for he not only has to do with the present, but he
has to prepare for postority. Such is the charac
ter, and such has been tbe course of the immortal
Johnson, through a long life, spent in the service
of his country.
f ellow-citizens: in thi9 declaration, I am ac
tuated by motives of disinterested regard for then
peace, iiappines, prosperity and glory of m«
country; and may God coutinue to superintendi
this infant republic, with the same kind Provi
dence that raised us from slavii9 to freemen; aid
may ws always bo willing to acknowledge hej
blessing, ashe corner atone of American great
ness.
Yor fellow-citizen,
WM. G. GOFORTH.
Bellcvills HI- April \th, 1832.
For the Whig and Intelligencer.
Mr. Editor:
I am peased to see the confusion and terror
into whicn the Van Burcn junto have been thrown
by the,»8tate Convention lately held at Vandalia.
It augurs much good in its termination—as nature
in her great volcanic struggles rights herself and
vindicates her violated laws, we have every rea
son to hope that the great commotion which has
commenced, will work the had particles to the
surface, and give us an opportunity of skimming
them oft'. Even little master Brooks, of the Her
ald, it Springfield, seems to be stuffed brim full
3f gill and vinegar; insomuch that he has to re
sort b the fiery spirit of the immortal Shakspeare
to finMN>rds sufficiently caustic to play upon the
names'oC\he Secretary of State, and an humble
indW&uavwho has been upwards of 20 years in
the Sta*e without seeking office, but who has had
the shamefl presumption, in the estimation of this
little grcaman, to exercise the privileges of a
freeman And I have seen the facetious John
York Saver in a better humor than he is at
present!
I woultdvise the office holders in Illinois to
be contenl with their stations; for if it is their
intention lset the State in a flame, and take the
country bjtorm, they must wait for a more fa
vorable °gfffeD%-aP£ PrpiQ.ft fel"pibe
scriptiv, policy 01 \,e great magician.
Nothito could be n.,re farcical than the great
jveneratio”which the frie.,]s nf Mr. Van Buren
express fu Col. Johnson, Wiom they know to be
a great faprite of the people, while they are using
every effot in their power to deprive him of the
suffrages ditch the people wish to bestow upon
him; and ie hare reason to be thankful that they
are too en^ghtened and grateful to be gulled by
the sephistk and casuistry with which their news
papsrs arefeeming in favor of the nomination at
the Baltinjire Convention.
In the cays of the administration of the im
mortal au(tor of our declaration of independence,
it was tbright dangerous to the cause of liberty
for officer* of the general government to interfere
[in popular elections; and Jefferson, the friend
and patron *f liberty, the associate and successor
of Washington, while he was President, issued a
proclamatioi against it. I call upon you, fellow
citizens, to contrast the views of this great and
good man, with the doings of many of the officers
under the [resent administration. Those gentle
men must sirely forget that the patriotism of Gen.
Jackson isequal to any, and that it was conduct
such ns tlidis that induced him to remove from
office many cf their predecessors. God bless the
old soldier, heish he were cured of flic Van Bu
ren-hut iiis a disease that hangs upon him
like a clog—did threatens the whole nation with a
fit of madness
Is it possiblL fellow-citizens, that the people of
a back woods Country, composed of the choice
spirits of thisjland of liberty, who would shed
their blood liktwater in defence of their country,
would, with th truth staring them in the face.
abandon a faitiul public servant like Col. John
son, who has s.'jod by them in the hour of peril,
and risked his«/e, his fortune, and his “sacred
honor,” in defeding their rights and liberties, at
the dictation of foreign caucus, got up perhaps
to forward the lews of a mere political juggler,
who has renderd them no essential service what
ever, and who i charged at least with preferring
the interest of is party to the welfare and gion
of his country Whenever the hardy sons of
the west shall case to be grateful to their distin
guished patriot and soldiers, we may bid a last
ing farewell V liberty—for it will crumble into
dust. Let me assure you, fellow-citizens, that it
is not so, and that the people of Illinois would be
among the rery first to remember and reward
such a distinguished soldier and \veH tried patrioi
as Col. Johnson, and among the last who would
ignoniinious\y bow down to the dictatorial man
dates of an unauthorized convention. And take
ioticc, thnt whenever the name of Martin Van
luren shall he presented to the public as the man
f their choice, the charm will be broken, and
'ill disperse like a meteor before a cloud—the
Pins of the junto will appear in all their naked
nes and deformity, and will be a warning in fu
tun to aspirants for office, against attempts to
I deprive gratefil hearts of the greatest pleasure,
‘hat of offerings suitable reward for the services
of distingtaa&ec and useful men.
Suppose, fdbw-citizens, that Mr. Van Buren
is not the grefc political juggler, magician, and
manager, whio is ascribed to him by the public
generally; amthat it is not true, as has been re
presented in tb papers, that his scheme for hav
ing examiners of the banks in New York was
intended to Crete a moneyed aristocracy; &• that
it is not true tat none can get accommodations,
however solvet, without they belong to his party,
(and most sinccelv do I hope that it is all false)
—-1 would astft.Avfiai has he ever done to entitle
him to the sifrages of a free and independent
nation, to the exclusion of a brave soldier, whose
blood has flovnfreely in the field of battle; who
has eloquent!; lound^d the tocsin of alarm when
danger or dispnor threatened the grand citadel
of the nation jyhose tongue has plead in sweet,
harmonious, aif persuasive notes, in the cause of
suffering hunaaity,—against the poor man's
friend—in a ro/d, against an honest and enlight
ed patriot, wfesc vigorous mind and powerful in
tellect has, through a long and glorious career,
enabled him t< make researches which have re
sulted, not only in the amelioration of the condi
tionof his fellow-men, but which have redounded
to /he honor and glory of his country—whose
soil has repelled every danger, and whose arm
\\p prostrated ths enemies of his country 7
/The brave soldier who has risked his liie in
tje cause of liberty, will be the last man to wish
i subvert the freedom of his country. Cimon,
i'imolenn, both of the Grachi, two of the Scipios,
fcincinnatus,and Cato, and others of the old world,
ind Washington and Jackson in our own coun
try, will be lusting monuments of the truth of this
observation; while history affords no little evi
dence against the diabolical usurpations of civil
demagogues.
1 do not prete env that theie are many
noble and high gentlemen—and I could
I
name m»re than, one in the town of \andalia—
who properly appreciate the claims of Col. John
son, but who dread a collision with the laltimore
Convention; and it has been to me a natter of
great astonishment, that gentlemen so generally
correct, should apprehend any inconvenience to
the Jackson party from such an event. The wri
ter of this paragraph ha9 always been of the o
pinion that that convention was gotten up >y de
signing politicians, and that it is one of themany
arrangements set on foot to forward the views of
the individual who is familiarly ycleped the real
magicianBut in this 1 do not pretend to leny
that I may be mistaken: but of one thing lam
certain, that party men—one of which, thank C*)d,
I am not-"-can no longer recognize that convm
tion since sev'?ral Jackson States, among whrh
are the great States of Pennsylvania and Virgh
1a, have refused to do s<i, and after a large anj
respectable meeting of the citizens of New York
itself, has nominated the Hero of Jhe Thames.
The friends of Col. Johnson in IllitlP*?# believe
it to he their solemn duty on this occasion, it ho
should be supported for the Vice Presidency in
other States, to bestow upon him their suffrages.
They look upon him as a well tried iriend, who
has served them in times of need-—who has re
lieved them from embarrassment when they were
borne down with debt—and who has aided in
driving the ruthless savages, witA tomahaw ks tnd
scalping knives still stained with the blood of cur
innocent wives and children fr°™ onr then ce
fenceless frontier. If it m the wish of the advo
cates of the Baltimore Convention to preserve^the|
hwyTle with us, as ihejsay they do, in love'an’tS
veneration for Cul. J„hnson, why not unite upon
him at once; for they may depend upon it that
the people cannot beguiled into the belief that it
is safer to trust the Vies Presidency in the hands
of irresponsible, doubtfully and partially author
ized agents, to a Senate, emanating from every
State in the Union, over which it is his business
to preside. I.YSANDER.
tpnblic Meatus.
Un 1 uesaay, the oil uay ot April, liiaiz, (being Court
day,) according to notice previously given, a meeting of
the citizens of Franklin county, friendly to the re-elec
tion of Andiew Jackson to the Presidency of the United
States, was held at the Court House iti the town of
Frankfort, whereupon,
On motion,
Wilson Rea, Esq. was called to the Chair, and Col.
John T. Davis, and Simon Hubbard, Esq. were appint
ed Secretaries.
On motion, it was by the meetine
Resolved, That we have seen with great gratification
the proceedings and result of the friends of General
Andrew Jackson and Col. Richard M. Johnson, of
Kentucky, in a Convention held at Vandalia on the
fourth Monday of March last, for the purpose of select
ing anil nominating suitable persons to be supported in
this state by the friends of General Jackson for Presi
dent and Vice President, and we highly approve of their
selection of individuals for that purpose.
When, on motion, the meeting adjourned.
WILSON REA, Chairman,
S. M. Hubbard,) □ . •
John T. Davis, \ Secrc,aries
(W.VCiKKSNIOX 1>«
1st S“»s;on. . ...22dCoagTsss.
[Washington papers-save been received from
19th to the 24ih‘Varch, inclusive.—We can
give but a smalt portion of the Congressional
nroceedintrs.l
IN SENATE.
Monday, March 10.
Mr. Kanb, from the Committee on Pri vate
Land Claims, to which had been referred the bill
supplementary to the act to confirm certain claims
to land in thy Territory of Arkansas, reported
the same without amendment.
Mr. Dickskson, from the Committee on Man
ufactures, to which had been referred the bill to
abolish the duly on alum salt, made an unfavora
ble report thereon; and on motion of Mr. Dic
kerson, the report was ordeted to be printed.
Mr. Hendsicks gave notice that he would, to
morrow ask leave to bring in a bill providing for
the improvement of the navigation of the Wa
bash, and for the surveys of the Illinois and Kas
kaskia rivers.
On motion of Mr. Clay, the Senate took up
and considerel the bill to refund the duties on
certain paintings and church furniture, imported
by Benjamin Joseph Flaget, Bishop of Bardes
town, Kentucky.
The bill wai advocated by Mr. Clay,
Mr. Poindfxter moved to lay it on the table,
which was canied.
Mr. Clay’s Tariff resolution together with
Mr. Hayne’s amendment thereto, was taken up.
Mr. Bibb concluded his remarks in opposition to
the resolution. Mr. Forsyth moved to refer the
whole subject to the Committee on Agriculture—
motion negatived, yeas 18, nays 22.
The question was then taken on Mr. Hayses
amendment to the resolution, and decided in the
negative as follows:
YEAS—Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Brown, Ellis,
Forsyth, Grundy, Hayne, Hill, Kane, King,
Miller, Moore, Poindexter, Robinson, Smith,
Troup, Tyler and White, 18.
nAyh—'Motsis. Den, oucKner, Clay, Clay
ton, Dickerson, Dudley, ' wing, Foot, Freling
huysen, Hendricks, Holmes, Johnson, Knight,
Marcy, Prentiss, Robbins, Seymour, Silsbee,
Sprague, Tipton, Tomlinson, Waggaman and
Wilkins, 23.
The President declared that the amendment
of Mr. Hayne was rejected, and the original
resolution adopted.
In the House of Representatives, various peti
tions and memorials were presented, and refer
red—The bil Is making appropriations for the sup
port of the Army and Government, for the year
1832, were read a third time and passed. Sever
al bills of a private character were passed. The
bill in addition to An Act passed the last session
for the relief of insolvent debtors of the United
States, was taken up, but before anv question
was taken the House adjourned,
IN SENATE.
Tuesday, March 22.
Mr. Wilkins asked of the gentleman from
Delaware (Mr. Clayton,) whether he was will
ing to take up the apportionment bill at this time..
It was a subject of great interest to the country,
and the Legislatures of many States were wait,
ing a decision; and therefore he was unxious that
the subject should be disposed of as soon as it
could be done conveniently.
Mr. Clayton had no objection to having tie
questim decided at any time when the Senate
was fill; but, as it was a question of great im
portance to the country, and one in which every
mernbe- should have an opportunity to record his
vote, 1« would observe that his colleague, togeth
er with some other members, were absent, who
were desirous to be present when the final ques
tion was taken, and who would be in their places
in a fciv days. He hoped, therefore, that the
gentleman would not press the subject at this
time.
After some debate the question was put on
taking up the bill, and decided in the negative by
a large majority. .
The subject of tlva Tariff being under consid
eration, Mr. Bibb offered a resolution directing
the Committee of Manufactures to inquire into
the expediency of reducing the price ot public
lands, and supported the measure as a preparato
ry step to the fin»l adjustment of the Tariff.
Mr. Robinsox offered an amendment to the
resolutive of Mr. Bibb, directing the committee
also to iiquire into the expediency of transfering
the pubic lands to the States at a reasonable
price.
A ion; and animated debate arose upon the
propriety of tfcis proposition of connecting the
subject o the Fistfis I^nds with the Tar iff ques
tion, in which Messrs. Cuay, Dickerson, Buck
ner, anti Webster, oppose- the motion, an
Messrs. Bibb, Benton, RobinsO^j Foesyth, an
Moohe> supported it.
After some debate, the question was taken d.*1
Mr motion-to refer the subject of the Pub
AlaJ^nrusd—yeas 20, nays 20.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Mr. Vildes’ resolution on the subject of the
coins ofjthe United States, and the ordnance
bill, occupied the principle attention of the House,
the latt(| was debated at length, but before any
qucstioqwas taken, the House udjourned.
Tuesday, March 20.
IN SENATE.
Mr. Jendricks asked and obtained leave 1°
inlrodujc a bill for the improvement of the
navigation of the Wabash river, and for the
survey of the Knskaskia and White rivers;
and moved that ilbe refered to the Committee
on Roads and Calais. Which motion was a
greed to.
The Chair presetted a report from the Sec
retary of State, in ompliance with a resolu
lion of the Senate, transmitting information
from the American Consul at Havre, relative
to the intentions of tie French Government
to lay additional dutiis on cotton imported in
to France, &c., togetlrr with an extract from
a letter from Mr. Ben)ey,as follows:
“The Committee onFinance has reported
in favor of an addition)! duty on cotton of ten
francs per hundred weight, and the same on
raw susir; all the other duties are retained.”
Mr. Ewing, from the Select Committe to
which the subject was referred reported a bill
relative to the settlement of the Northern
boundaiy of the Stale of Ohio, and providing
for ascertaining the latitude and longitude of
the Sodh points of the Lakes Michigan and
Erie, fir this purpose; which was read and
orderedto a second reading.
Mr. Ellis, from the Committee to which
it was referred, reported a bill for the employ
ment anc compensation of additional clerks in
tbe office of the Sarveyor General in Missis
sippi anti Illinois.
Mr. Binton asked and obtained leave to in
troduce a bill granting to the State of Missouri
500,000 acres of the public lands, for the
purpose of internal improvement within that
State, which was read and ordered to a se
dond reading.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Mr. Doddridge offered the following:
Resolved, That the Committee of the Whole
Rouse be discharged from the further consid
eration of the bill to erect a bridge over the
Ohio River at Wheeling, and that the same
be referred to the Committee of the Whole on
the state of the Union.
Mr. Doddridge said, that to make this
change, would not only accommodate him per
stnally, by lessening his labors, but likewise
the House by saving its time from a repetition
of the same arguments when applied to differ
ent objects.
The bilitogive the assent of Congress to
the acts «f Virginia, Maryland, and Penn
sylvania, pwiding for the Cumberland road
within those States, had taken the direction
he now prepised to give this bill. The bills
to continue the Cumberland road in Ohio, In
diana, Illimis, und Missouri; and also, that to
extend a bunch to Flushing, in Alabama, had
taken the ame direction, and the Bridge pro
posed, wnsintended to supply a most impor
tant link Ilithe whole geat Western commu
nication byhridging the only river unprovided
for betweer.the Atlantic waters, and the Mis
sissippi Rivir.
It was obious that in the discussion of those
biljs i n relajon to the roads, most of the great
principles q which the proposition to erect
the proposei bridge, would be advocated and
opposed, wald be considered; and if the bill
in question ivere, in company with the meas
ure of whiji it forms an isolated important
part, those principles need not be repeated.
Among other arguments that would be used
wou/d be one founded on the idea that the
mating of this bridge was part of the com
patt between the United States and the State
ofOhio.
Mr. Wilde offered th» following resolution:
Resolved, That the Conmittee on Coins be
directed to enquire into he expediency of au
ihorizing prompt paymen'. to be made in coin
tor bullion delivered at tie Mint, requiring a
seignorage not exceeding tje expense of coin
ing; imposing a stamp dirty on bank bills of
small denomination, for tht purpose of pre
serving an adequate supplyof gold and silver
coins in use, and increasingthe specie circula
tion of the country.
Mr. W. addressed the House at considera
ble length, in illustration and support of the
resolution, but yielded to a motion of Mr.
Hubbard, that the House pass to the orders
of the day.
Wednesday, March IX.
IN SENATE.
The bill for the relief of Benedict J. Fla
get was then taken up.
Mr. Clay said there was no necessity to
commit this bill, and he hoped it would be nl
lowed to pass to a third reading. It was the
same bill and made the same provision as that
introduced by him and laid on the table. I his
bill was reported from the committee of the
other House, and for the benefit of Bishop
Flaget alone, without the amendment which
was offered to the bill laid on the table the
other day for the purpose of re-consideration.
If the gentleman from Virginia chose to con
vert the other bill into a general apppropria
tion for the benefit of.churches in similar ca
ses he. had no objection.
Mr. Tyler said as the bill came from the ^
other House he should decline pressing the "
amendment proposed.
Mr. Poindexter opposed the bill as being
unconstitutional, and having a tendency to es
tablish a precedent that might lead to numer
ous applications for similar objects. He cited
the case of the bill granting land tor the ben
efit of the church at Richmond which was not
a[7oroved by President Madison because it
- A *- Constftuiion to grant ex
clusive privilefifc?? to any religious sect or de
nomination. The churches that had impor
ted organs might require the same privilege
if this was granted. If they were imported
for an individual the duty might be remitted.
Mr. Kane said there was a striking differ
ence between this hill and the one with the
amendment. This bill was for the benefit of
an individual—the other for a particular
church. It was customary to grant privileges
of this kind to individuals not at the head of
a religious body, and he could see no reason
why tlie fact of his being a Bishop should ex
clude him from the common privileges of oth
er citizens. Books, paintings, &c. for the ben
efit of learning and the fine arts were admit
ted free in many cases for the encouragement
of literature and the fine arts. These paint
ings were not objects of worship hut of orna- ,
ment, and the remission of the duty on them _
could not be considered as favoring any reli
gious denomination in their worship because
they were hung upon the walls of a Cathedral
more than if they were placed in the Academy
of fine arts in Philadelphia, to the latter of
which this benefit had been extended. The
object was simply to declare that if a foreign
er chose to make a donatian of paintings to a
person in this country, to be bung up in a
church or elsewhere, Congress would not dis
courage it by imposing a heavy duty upon the
gift. This was for the benefit of all persons
who chose to resort there to examine them,
and had nothing to do with religious privileges
whatever.
The following resolution submitted:
Dr Mr. VV agqaman—
Resolved, Thai the committee on Roads and
Canals be instructed to enquire into the expe
diency of granting to the State of Louisiana
500,000 acres of the public land, to aid the
said State in keeping opto the water courses
communicating with the Mississippi, and for
such other objects as may Lg considered of
public utility.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Mr. Adams, from the Commitiee on Manu
factures, reported a bill for the prevention of
frauds upon the revenue; which was read
twice and committed.
Mr. Adams said that he availed lunself of
the present opportunity to state to the House:
that it was Dot his intention to renew th^ re
quest he had made last week, to be excused
from serving any longer on the Committee of
Manufactures. He was induced to withdraw
the request, as it had been intimated to him
thatseveral gentlemen of the House,for whoso
opinions and wishes he had the most respect
ful deference, were unwilling to vote upon the
question, either to grant or to refuse his re
quest. He had also ascertained that his place
as Chairman of the Committee would be sup
plied by a gentleman, from New Jersey, iit
whom he had the most entire confidence; so
that all the interests of the manufacturing in
terest would be attended to, and would not;
suffer during his absence. It hatL-alSo been
intimated to him, that the Report of the Sec
retary of the Treasury, proposing a modified
rate of duties, would not be made as early as
he had expected. For these reasons, he was.
induced to withdraw his request, and he now
mentioned it only to apologize to the House
for having given them any trouble upon the
subject whatever.
Mr. Root, from the Committee on agricul
ture, asked to be discharged from the farther
consideration of a memorial on the subject of
ardent spirits. He said this memorial had
seemed to occasion some embarrassment as le
the proper disposition of it. It had been re
ferred on its presentation, to the Committee
on Commerce, but they had sent it back, as
considering themselves not particularly inter
ested in the subject, and had moved its refer
ence to the Committee on Agriculture;—the
Committee on Agriculture did not know what
to do with it, as they considered it no part of
their official duty to recommend the destruc
tion of orchards and fields of rye, but rather
to protect and multiply them. They were, un
willing to send it to the Committee of Ways
and Means, as it was not particularly con
nected with the revenue of the country; and
at length, after much perplexity, they had:re
solved to move its reference to the committee
on Manufactures, since they were of opinion
that it must be in the first instance the manu
facture of this dangerous article which wa9
the origin of so great a disturbance of the

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