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the documents relate; or in any other manner to blind be given to read the documents. He would not hesitate the People, or mislead the House. The documents had to adopt the report, if the documents support it. He been received into the House. They had been ordered concluded with moving to lay the report on the table, to be printed ; and had been referred to the Committee for the purpose of allowing time to examine ; but subseon Military Affairs. That committee had gone through quently withdrew his motion, to make room for the documents, and had made their report, which had Mr. HAMILTON, who said, that he wished the gentlebeen laid on the table ; and the motion now is, to print man from New Hampshire, (Mr. BARTLETT) distinctly to the report and documents together. He knew not whe, understand, that the Committee on Military Affairs did not, ther it was the intention of any gentleman to found le- nor will they charge the Secretary of War, or any per gislative proccedings on this report. But he would not son acting under his authority, with any design in the aragree to a course which placed the House before the rangement of the correspondence, to produce misapprePeople as approving of the report. He wished to have hension ; but that the committee did think that the classiall the facis without the report ; he wished them to go fication was calculated to produce this effect. They sup. to the world, before the gloss shall be put on them by posed that the most appropriate mode of understanding the committee. He would not accuse the committee of a letter which purports to be an answer, was, to print any thing improper ; but the documents from the com- the letter first in date. Now, the first letter, which the mittee had been handed up in detail during a discussion. Secretary of War has marked in the correspondence No.

Mr. HAMILTON denied that the documents had been 1, of the 3d of January, 1814, ought to have been the handed up from the cominittee.

3d or 4th in the series : and the letters Nos. 6 and 7, Mr. WHIPPLE said it might have been all a deceptio written on the 10th and 24th of December, 1813, should risus; but he had imagined that he saw a handling of papers. have been marked 1 and 2, by which it would have been He knew not but that the committee and its Chairman perceived that the letter of the 3d of January, 1814, was had acted highly hunorable and proper ; but he wished exclusively applicable to the militia drafts of 1813, for 10 liave the documents before him. He should wish to the prosecution of the Creek war of that year, and had amend the report ; and he was desirous that it should no relation to the subscquent drafts of 1814. How manot be sent out to the world before that motion was terial the separation of these two periods was, when the made. He hoped the order to print would remain as it report and documents were read, would be ascertained. now stands ; and that the report would be brought in, and The only wish of the committee was, that the corres. not scattered over the country before either the House pondence should be read wi:hout that misapprehension or a member could have an opportunity of judging if it which the confusion of dates was likely to produce and he right or wrong. He did not wish to practise any all, in fact, that they have done in relation to the corres thing like deception on the People.

pondence, was to endorse a mere direction on the backs Mr. BARTLÉTT' said he rose to make a motion, which of the letters, the order in which they were to be print. fie would preface with a suggestion, such as he hoped ed; and this order was in strict reference to the series would be acceptable to the gentleman from South Caro- of dates. Jina, and those who acted with him. He regretted that, Mr. WOODCOCK rose to vote in favor of the amend. on'a miere motion for printing, any gentleman should deal ment. There were uther reasons which operated upon in epithets disrespectful certainly lo some persons out of him to take this course. Whatever might be the effect the House, and as disrespectful to ourselves. His only which the publication of the report and documents upon wish was, that the whole of the facts should be fainly the public, he had nothing to do with that. He would presented to the People. He was sure it must be recol treat the individual to whom these papers referred and lected by the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. WICKLIFFE] the documents, as he would any other individual. What as well as by others, that when the documents were fur were the facts? The documents were ordered to be ristred from the War Department, that gentleman had printed-has it been done? In what manner were they limself said it was important that the friends of the indi ordered to be printed ? In the order in which they came vidual, who was attempted to be implicated, should have from the Department? Or will the House, unless the an opportunity to examine the documents, and see if any committee was expressly intended to examine the docu. additional evidence was necessary, that an opportunity ments, change the order? Look at the precedent which might be afforded for obtaining it." He had thought dif- this would establish. You call on the President or Se. Jeremtly, but he had, to accommodate that gentleman and cretary for information, which they furnish. Instead of his friends, moved to lay the documents on the table, in printing the documents, in obedience to the order of the order to allow time and opportunity for such examina House, it goes to the committee, and they, by their re. tion; and that no advantage should be taken before such port, change the order. The original arrangement may opportunity was given. On the next morning, that gen. be a very proper one.

He couldi nct say it was so ; but tleman moved the consideration of the subject, and ihen it may be so. It is now 'asked to print the documents moved that the papers be referred to the Committee on under a different arrangement. The gentleman from Military Affairs, and printed. Believing that if there was Pennsylvania ( Mr. Ixcham, said he wanted the documents -any tlung which required the action of the House, it ought printed as they came from the Deparlment, but some un. to go to the Committee on the Militia, he moved to refer it derworker had been busy about them. to that committee. There was no discussion on the ques. Mr. INGHAM explained. He had not said that he Lion, and it was sent to the Committee on Military Affairs. wanted them printed as they came from the Department. The papers had not been printed. They were in the use Mr. WOODCOCK. Then the gentleman did not want of the Committee on Military Affairs. He should have them printed as they came from the Department. They supposed that, if the committee required the originals, a came wrong, as he informs us. The committee tell us copy might have been sent to the Printer. There are they came wrong. It may be so—but he would take the people in the employ of the Hulise. A report has been word of no committee. As a representative of the Peomade this morning, which is laid on the table. We all ple, it would ill become him to say that the Department wish to see if the documents are properly arranged. was wrong, until he had examined. If the document How can that be determined without an examination ? comes from the Department in this form, what did the Yet, the resolution asks the House to decide, before any gentleman mean by underworkers ? Who has the docu. examination has taken place ; the House is called on io ments? The committee had them. He had not been able Adopt it instantly, and to act upon it. In order to see if even to get sight of them. If this resolution be adopted, it was proper to adopt the report, an opportunity should you pass the precedent. It made no difference whether

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. political effect was intended to be answered or not, he the Department has presented these documents in a manner was not for it. He would say no more, except to ask for to impose on the people, the committee might cast a the ayes and noes.

censire on the Department ; but the House owes it to A sufficient number rising in support of the call, the the Department to print the information as it has been ayes and noes were ordered.

received. He thought it high time that we should proMr. BUCIIANAN said, I rise to express a sincere ceed with the public business. He had come to the hope that the House may promptly decide this question. House this day in that expectation. Unless we violate I fear, from the course which the debate has taken, that all the rules and practice of the House, the order would we may again find ourselves involved in a political con- be executed as it had been previously directed, without test. I call upon those gentlemen upon this foor, if there any change in the manner of doing it. be any such, with whom my opinion has any influence, Mr. WRIGHT, of Ohio, who had obtained the papers to avoid making this a party question. The House have reported by the Secretary of War, here proceeded 10 already wasted sufficient time upon questions of that show that the numbers were marked on them in the or. character. We have already withdrawn ourselves long der in which they ought to be published-when enough from the public business of the nation, for the Mr. HAMILTON remarked that the gentleman from purpose of attending to the politics of the day,

Ohio, (Mr. WRIGHT! was right in his argument, but What is the true, the intrinsic nature of the question wrong in his data ; because the numbering to which he now before the HouseIt is simply this : Shall the do- referred, had not been made by the Secretary, but by cuments be printed with, or without, the report of the the Committee, who agreed with him (Mr. Wnight) as committee ? What possible difficulty can arise in answer to the proper arrangement of the documents, ing this question ? No gentleman has objected to print- Mr. WRIGHT then opened the document in his hand, ing the report. Whether the documents shall be at marked by the Committee No. 1, and found, that, as re. tached to the report or not, both will be read by the ported by the Secretary of War, it was marked No. 6. People of the United States. Then, why detach them Mr. WOODS thought a question of order might be from each other? Let them go together. The question, raised on that point. "He, however, would not raise it. however, is one of so writing a character, that I should It had been remarked by a gentleman, that these papers yote in the negative, rather than be instrumental in pro- had been shuffled up by some individual ; he did not im. ducing another protracted party debate.

pute it to any member of the House. In what way did The Committee on Military Affairs have been, in my they come before the House? Were they not sealed up, opinion, unjustly censured, because they took possession and sent under cover to the Speaker ? of the documents before they were printed. But was The SPEAKEX said he understood the gentleman not the order of the House to refer, equally powerful from Pennsylvania as alluding to some person in the De. with the order to print? The committee had at least as partment, and not to any member of the House. I much right to the possession of these documents as the Mr. WOODS said he presumed he had a right to de. printer. One gentleman may have wished that the print. fend the Department. ing might be the first step, while another desired that the The SPEAKER replied “Certainly.". reference might have the precedence. How, then, are Mr. WOODS said, whatever might be the intention of the committee censurable! If the printing had been de. the gentleman from Pennsylvania, the effect of his re. layed too long, the House could and would have exercis. marks was to implica:c members of this House. The ed a control over their committee.

documents came first to the Speaker, and from him they If the House had wished the documents to be printed, were passed to the committee. They came from the without the commentary of the committee, they oughi Secretary. He was responsible for every letter and every to have passed an order for printing simply. But at the figure which they contained, except any thing was added same time that we ordered the printing, we sent the do. since. He hoped that they woull be printed as they were cuments to the committee. For what purpose ? Cer- sent. He would hold him strictly responsible, and if he tainly that we might obtain their report : and now the had made any attempt to impose upon the People, he only question is, whether the documents, and the report would hold him up to meet the reprobation of the House, upon them, shall be printed together or separately? 1 the committee, and the nation. We had heard much shall vote that the commentary shall accompany the text; about arguments, and presenting the facts to the worlu but yet I think it a matter of very little importance. with a gloss. From what gentleman had we heard it ?

The only change which the committee have made in The House had been told by the gentleman from Ken. the order of the letters, is to place them in the order of tucky that there was nothing for the friends of General their dates, and make the answer follow the letter to Jackson to fear from the printing of the docume:its. All which it is a reply. No gentleman can wish to see the an. he had asked, was time to examine the documents. Af. swer placed before the letter which gave birth to it. Mr. ter he had examined, he announced that they might be B. again expresssed a hope that this might not become a printed, that there was nothing for the friends of the in. party question, and produce a party debate.

dividual to fear. dir. TAYLOR, in reply to the question which had Mr. WICKLIFFÉ said he did not make any references been asked, as to what difference it made how the docu- as to the order of time, in which the documents were to ments were printed, said that there were two distinct se- be printed. ries of printing : one of which embraces Executive due Mr. WOODS asked if there might not be as well a cuments, and the other Reports of Committees. At a classification as 10 subject-matter, as time. There are future day, when this information should be sought for, several subjects embraced in these documents. Yet we the Executive documents woukl naturally be looked to. are told they are shuffled up, and must be displaced. Should it be transferred to Reports from Comunittees, it The papers are probably arranged as regards the diffe. Would not be in its natural place. It does not now come rent subjects. Would it not be as proper to publish in before us as from the Executive Departments at all. The that order, as with reference to time?

Genilemen say House had ordered that it should be printed as an Executive it is necessary to the understanding of the documents, document, and as such it ought to be printed. Precedents that they should be accompanied by a report-a report had been referred to. One gentleman had referred 10 ot" who? Of the House ? No. The report of-he the case of the Vice President. In that case, the docu- meant nothing disrespectful--the friends of Gen. Jack. ments were matters collected as evidence, and formed a son, and of his friends alone. Will the report go forth part of the Report. This is a very different matter. If as an appendix to the documents or will the documents

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be merely an appendix to the report? He had every lution, that gentleman did not want any commentary or respect for the committee ; but if he were compelled opinion from the Secretary, which might have shown this to sanction a report without examination, he would as matter in its true light. 1, sir, am that gentleman, who soon take that of the Clerk, as that of a committee. He then opposed it upon that ground. I said, then, that was not impugning the report. He might, when he had those calls upon the Secretaries, were new proceedings ; read it, be disposed to view it favorably. But, the re- a change in the custom of this House. That if the House port is the argument following the fact. Gentlemen wanted information, upon any subject connected with the here give no statement of the facts. It is an argument Executive Departments, or any documents from either of predicated on the facts. Let the documents go abroad, the Departments, it was proper to call on the President, and if gentlemen wish to give the sanction of the House to lay then before us, and make him responsible for their to the views contained in the report, let it not be laid on truth and accuracy ; this was the true course, and did the table, but acted on. If we can do it without debate, comport more with the dignity of this House, than callbe it so : let us first make it our report, and then let ii ing upon a subordinate officer. go ; for the case of the Vice-President, which had been It is this I meant, when I said I wanted the truth, the relied on, there had been nothing to print, until the re- whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I wanted noport was made. Again, he wished to know if there thing from the Secretary but the documents, and then were not in the resolution, documents asked to be print members would know what to do with them, without the ed, which had not yet been sent from the department : opinion of a Secretary. I do not want him to say what he meant, papers or a letter from Governor Blount, ouglit to be done, nor care I for what a Secretary thinks.

A call had been made on the Department for records we are responsible to the People, and acting as their re. on a particular subject. That call was modifieri. It em. presentatives, we are to determine what ought to be done braced the widest scope, and the documents were sent with all documents. to the committee ; yet, now the committee ask to print As long as I have been a member of this House, I have with them one which was not called for. The correct never seen the custom departed from, that when a paper course, in his opinion, was 10 let the whole be printed as was referred to a committee, and ordered to be printed, Executive documents. Let 6,000 copies be printed, if that it was managed as the committee should deem most gentlemen please. Let them be circulated far and wide. expedient. The House, as a body, being unable to act Let the People know every thing. There will be no upon every paper, they must, of necessity, empower error in their decision. But we violate the rules of the their committees to first examine, and report on them. llouse if the motion prevail as it is now offered. He If the committee report that legislation is necessary, then would not wish 10 say that gentlemen wisli to give the the House, as such, will have to act in this case ; the argument on one side, and to preclude those of the other. Committee on Military Affairs have reported upon the If it had been thought necessary to append the argument (locuments, but do not think any legislation necessary. to the doccmen's, it should have been done, when the It is now asked to print the report of the committee, motion relative to the printing was originally put. It is with the documents, and let them remain in that form, now too late to travel back, and rescind an order of the only correcting the confusion of dates, produced by the House,

improper numbering of the papers, perhaps in the De: Mr. FLOYD, of Virginia, rose and said, that he would partment of War. detain the House but a short time with what little he The desire of the committee is to correct this confu. should say on the subject. I cannot, said he, otherwise sion of dates, to the end, that a fair and correct under: than consider this debate as of a very singular character-standing of the documents may be had. To what a a character which I cannot understand. The friends of strange attitude do gentlemen reduce themselves who rethe Administration wish these documents printed, that fuse it? What is the inevitable inference ? they may have an opportunity of examining them for A gentleman from Rhode Island seems to complain, themselves, and thereby be enabled to form their own that the committee have had the papers to examine, and opinions ; yet, in this very debate, they show is clearly that, consequently, they have not been printed, though that they have an opinion already formed, and have an the House had previously ordered it; that the papers intimate knowledge of those papers. How does this hap- belonged to the House, and their order should have been pen? I have been seeking with care for the opportuni- obeyed. Motions to refer papers to committees, and iy of looking into these documents as soon as they shoutal print them, have often been made, and this has followed be presented to the House, but that opportunity' has not ihe common course of all others. Nor can I agree with occurred; other gentlemen have been more fortunate the gentleman, that the House has any right to the pabut how has it happened? We are told by a gentleman pers, unless they discharge the committee from their farfrom New York, that the report of our own committee ther consideration, or unless that committee report to the and the documents ought not to be printed together, be. House. cause, in biniling them up, the one will be among the One gentleman from Ohio said he would just as soon Executive papers, and the other among the Reports of depend upon the report of the Clerk of this House, as Committees. Is this the case? Were not these papers of a committee ; that remark does not require a reply. brought here in obedience to a call of this House ? and As to the confusion of dates, and the marking of those were they not referred to this comunittee to examine and papers so as to lead to this confusion, I do not think, Mr. report thereon ? This duty has been performed ; and Speaken, that the Secretary is to blame ; from the cusnow, if I understand the matte:, this is a report of a com tom, which I regret to say, I am informed prevails in all mittee with its accompanying ciocuments, and not Exe the Departments, it is possible he never examined them, cutive papers, as they were not sent here by the Execu- as I am informed the Secretaries, when required to furtive.

nish papers or documents, order one of their clerks to One gentleman bas told us these papers were sent here bring them to him, and when told that all are produced, by the Secretary of the Department of War, upon his to send them without examining them to Congress. high responsibilliy. What is that responsibility? How The committee ask that the report may be printed, and is a Secretary, a mere creature of our law, intended as also the documents annexed, in such a way as to make the President's clerk, to be responsible for this kind of the subject easily understood ; the request is reasonable, intercourse? The gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Wurttle and in accordance with the universal custom of this BEY) seems to complain, by reminding us of the opposi. House, and why an objection has been made, and a wish tion inade in the House, upon the adoption of that reso. to separate the report from the documents on which it is

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founded, to me is inexplicable. They have reported the port of the Secretary ought to be printed, and he ought facts of the case only: we are not called on to legislate, to be responsible for it: it is due to him ; it is due to our. then why object? i hope, however, the House will not selves ; it is due to the people. depart from their usual course in such cases, and will Mr. STORRS said, he did not think the motion of the adopt the resolution.

gentleman from South Carolina did repeal the order of Mr. WOODS said, that when called on to sanction the House. That order was obligatory on the Clerk, and the report of a committee, without an opportunity of he was bound to carry it into effect. it could only be reknowing the facts, as regards his own action on the sub- scinded by another order of the House. It was of little ject, he would as soon take the report of the clerk, consequence how the documents came into the House. as any gentleman, or a committee.

The observations which had been made were immaterial, Mr. FLOYD said that the committee had only report. except the statement made by the gentleman from Penned a statement of the facts, with a request that when the sylvania, who spoke of documents surreptitiously arrangdocuments shall be printed, that statement might go with ed. He would ask the Clerk to read the list of the docu. them. The committee have arranged the documents in ments sent. (Here the Clerk read the list.] That list the best order, and they ought to be printed as they are was in exact conformity with the practice of the Depart. arranged.

ment for years. He referred to the documents sent to Mr. REED said, the question now under discussion the House on the subject of the Seminole war, in order may at first sight appear of little consequence : but when to show that the papers or letters of one individual were ne consider it in its effects and bearings, it will be found placed together, and you were obliged to turn over many highly important. It is important, inasmuch as it changes pages before you could get at the reply. There could the rules and usages of the House. These rules and pe no impropriety, therefore in the present arrangement. usages are absolutely essential to our well being and suc. The correspondence was probably taken from the book cess. They are not contained in the small book called of letters, and the book of answers. The letters from Rules, &c. A few only of the general rules are to be the Department were classed together, and those to the found there. I believe it has always been a rule and Department were classed together; and when the gentle. usage of this House, whenever an executive report has man from Pennsylvania used the term surreptitious re. been ordered to be printed, in the form in which it comes specting them, it was unjust and unmerited. The docuto this House, without mutilation, alteration, or transpo- ments were received on the 30th of January, and were sition ! We called some days since for certain informa- ordered, simultaneously, lo be printed and referred to the tion from the Executive-the War Department. It has committee. He did not complain that the committee been sent to this House, and ordered to be printed, and had looked into the documents ; the motion now is to referred to a committee. The report from the War De print the documents, and the objection is, that the report partment has not been printed ; and now the proposi- is not the opinion of the House. The committee was tion is, to print the report of the committee, and rescind entitled to the highest respect, both in a parliamentary the order for printing the report from the Secretary of and a personal sense, but their report was not the opinion War. We are told, indeed, that the report of the com- of the House. mittee contains the Secretary's report, or rather that it is He objected to the motion to print, for the purposes appended to it, unaltered except the transpositions of the of distribution. With that the House has nothing to do, letters.

the documents and the report will find their way to the Mr. Speaker, I hold the Executive responsible for people. The report will go as nothing more than the his conduct, and for his reports. By the course we are opinions of the gentlemen of the Military Committee, and about to adopt, unless the amendment prevails, we free he objected to that being appended to the documents. him from all responsibility. If we alter, change, or trans. He thought it would be more proper to pause, and allow pose the report, it is no longer the report of the Esecu. time for the report, which was laid on the table to be read. tive ; it is the report of a committee of this House. The Nothing accompanies the report to show if it has the au. gentleman from Pennsylvania, (Mr. Buchanan) observed thority of the House. But, publishing it in connexion that it was of little consequence which report was printed, with the documents, gives a semi-official authority to it. viz. the report of the committee, or the report of the Without receiving the sanction of the House, it is sent Executive; but he preferred the report of the commit. out to work its effects. It would be taken by those who tee, and he deprecates another party discussion. He will are not very conversant with our mode of proceeding, do me the justice to acknowledge that I have taken no that this is the opinion of the House. In tha: view, he part in the discussion alluded to. If the gentleman es. thought it proper to move to separate the report from the teems it of so little importance, I beg him to continue the documents. He would not discuss the question at large; usages of the House, and print the report of the Secreta- nor, in any thing that he had said, did he desire to prory. I am in favor of the proposed amendment, because duce any political effect. Any charge of that kind should it so far changes the present motion, which goes to re- not apply to him. Let the documents be printed : they scind the order for printing the Secretary's report, as to would have their due effect, and they could have no more. allow the report to be printed according to the order No gentlemen here without examination could be prewhich took place some days ago. The Secretary's re- pared to vote upon the subject. He had formed some port should be printed as it came from him ; and after opinion of his own, contrary to the report, but he would that is done, I will vote to print the report of the com. not trust himself to go into a statement of that opinion. mittee ; and if they think it necessary, by reference, to A regard to Parliamentary order had induced him to of append the report of the Secretary to their own, let it fer his amendment. The first order was yet in full force, be done ; and, if twice printed, it is a small evil compar- and the order which now embraces the documents is un. ed with the evil which will result from the course we are necessary. It was the duty of the Clerk to carry the first about to pursue. Besides, since this subject has been order into effect. He hoped this House would proceed discussed, it has been repeatedly suggested that it would in parliamentary order, and not depart from its usual be well to print 6,000 copies of the committee's report. practice. Let the usual number, 1,000 of euch, be printed. As I Mr. HAYNES said, that he should not address the before observed, I am now in favor of the amendment, be. House on the present occasion, but for the extraordinary cause I think it conformable to the uniform usage of this doctrine advanced by an honorable gentleman from New House. The usages and wholesome regulations of this York, on his right, (Mr. STORRS) and an honorable gen. House ought not to be dispensed with lightly. The re- tleman from the same State, (Mr. Tarlon) on the other

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side of the House. - It is contended by the gentleman on not vote to connect these, until that also should be before the other side, (Mr. Taylor) that the documents in this the House. case ought not to be appended to the report, because Mr. HAMILTON said, that he was happy to find that they constitute an executive communication, which ought the gentleman from Ohio, (Mr. SLOANE) was disposed to to be printed only with the executive papers communica- attach so much value to a report from the Committee on ted to this House, and this position is in substance sup Military Affairs, as to intimate that he desired that that ported by his colleague, (Mr. STORAS.). He did not pre committee shoukl report on the correspondence between iend to much legislative experience ; he certainly had Gen. Jackson and the Secretary of War, during the late much less than the gentleman referred to. But he would war. He seemed to consider bis call as a sort of trumphazard the assertion, without the fear of contradiction, i card, for it would be recollected by the House, that the that this was the first occasion on which it was ever con other day, he called very emphatically upon him (Mr. H.] tended, that the subject-matter of a report should be se to know whether the Committee on Military Affairs meant parated from that report. Reference had been made to to make a report on the documents which form the suba case about which he was peculiarly sensitive, and butject-matter of the present discussion. No sooner had he for his sensibility to which he might not probably now i Mr. II. ) answered the gentleman in the affirmative, than address the House, and in consequence of which sensibili the gentleman sprung up as quick as lightning, or rather ty, his recollection might be presumed to be correct. It like a snipe Aushed up from a fen.—(The SPEAKER here was the Georgia report of the last session. It is true, that intimated that Mr. HAMILTON was not in order.) Mr. H. a portion of the documents was printed, previous to the assured the Speaker that he meant nothing disrespectful printing of that report, and it is equally true, that the to the gentleman, but it would be recollected with what same documents were again printed, and appended to the extraordinary quickness and animation the gentleman had report. But it has been pronounced 10 be irregular, to thrown this second call on the table. Now, for one, he print an executive communication with the report of a desired to inform that gentleman, that these movements, committee. What is the fact in the Georgia report re characterized even by such ardur, produced ng appre. ferred to! Upon reference to that report, it will be found hension with him, that he might continue to call, and call that three communications from the President of the Uni- without affecting what seenied to be bois object, which he ted States are among the documents published with it. thought could be better answered by submitting a reso. But it has been said, that the report and documents should lution at once, that the Secretary of State be requested not be published together, because of the previous reso 10 write the life of A. Jackson, from materials to be fur lution of the House, directing the printing of the docu- nished by the Secretary of War. He did not know that menis alone. In point of time, the reference to the com. he (Mr. H.] woull be opposed to such a resolution, as mittee has priority. What is the fact? When these do the people would apply to this biography their whole cuments were presented to the House, they were refer. some criticism, at last. red to the Military Committee, and ordered to be print. Mr. MARVIN put a question to the Speaker, as to the ed. He therefore contended that printing the docu. effect of a motion to lay the motion to print on the table ments now, and appending them to the report, would be --whether, in such case, the first order of the House a substantial compliance with the resolution referred to. would not go into effect. If the Georgia documents, which were previously print. The SPEAKER said, that if such a motion should pre. ed, were printed a second time, and appended to the re-vail, the documents only would be printed. port, it would seem to be peculiarly proper to print the Mr. MARVIN then moved to lay the motion to print report and documents together, in the present case, on the table. where there have as yet been no documents printed. Gen. Mr. CAMBRELENG asked for the ayes and noes on tlemen need not be su sensitive on this occasion, for he this question ; and a sufficient number rising, the ayes could assure them, that hundreds and thousands of the and noes were ordered. American people will read the report, who will not take Mr. MARVIN then, at the suggestion of some friends, the trouble to wade through the documents. But an ob- withdrew his motion. jection has been made to the arrangement of the docu. Mr. BROWN, of New Hampshire, said he understood ments proposcd by the committee. What, Sir, is the if the amendment did not succeed, it would be the duty fact? The letter from Governor Blount, of December, of the Clerk to print the documents, and append them to 1813, is numbered six in the series, when the answer to the report. He thought it was due to the secretary of that letter is numbered one, as they were arranged at the War, that the documents should be printed as he hail sent Department of War. Certainly, sir, the papers should them. He was charged with shuffling them, and it was be so-arranged that no communication should precede due to him, that the public should know whether he had that to which it is the answer.

done any thing which was improper. It was also due to Mr. SPRAGUE asked if the resolution contained a the Committee that they should be printed in the form call for a document not at present before the House ? in which they had reported them. They ought to be

Mr. HAMILTON replied in the negative. It was a printed in both forms. If the resolution were to remain mere reference to a document.

in the present shape, he must vote for the amendment, Mr. WOODS explained. He had heard the resolution out of regard to the Secretary of War. But if the House but indistinctly, and did not wish to make a mis-state- would print the documents in both forms, justice would ment.

be done, both to the Secretary and to the committee. Mr.SLOANE rose to say but a single word. When he He was about to offer a motion to amend, but the SPEAK. put a question to the Chairman of the Military Commit. ER said it was not in order. iee, a few days since, he was told that the committee Mr. BEECHER rose to make a few observations, as to would make a report. He had then laid a resolution on the order of printing. The documents came from the the table, calling for other documents, equally important Secretary of War, and it was necessary to dispose of to a clear understanding of the case, and he had hoped them. In this case, they were sent to the Committee on that the committee would not have reported until the in. Military Affairs. He supposed the order for priating was formation thus called for was before them. The informa. for the purpose of letting the House know what the na. tion had not yet been received; it might be expected by ture of the communication was, in order that they may to-morrow or the next day. He did not wish to vote for act upon it. The House now does not know what the appending the report to the documents without having al. documents are. He knew not how to act. The report 60 appended the information now expected. He could was laid on the table, and a resolution is offered to adopt

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