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DEB ATES OF CONGRESS, ,
FROM 1789 TO 1856.
FROM GALES AND SEATON'S ANNALS OF CONGRESS; FROM THEIR
REGISTER OF DEBATES; AND FROM THE OFFICIAL
REPORTED DEBATES, BY JOHN C. RIVES.
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
TWENTIETH CONGRESS. FIRST SESSION.
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
CONTINUED FROM VOL. IX.
MONDAY, February 11, 1828. the printer to do with it beyond putting it into
type ? that which was before the House is chiroThe report of the Committee on Military Af-graphy. Why then should it be stated that fairs , (made this day,] on the subject of the docu- this is a conflict between the
privileges of a
committee and the printer? With all due defments in this case, being under considerationMr. HAMILTON offered the following resolu-documents at the same time as the committee.
erence, the House had a right to examine the tion:
He knew not why the committee had claimed Resolred, That the report of the Committee on the privilege of giving their opinions, when Military Affairs, made to this House, on certain doc- they were not asked for. When documents uments communicated by the Department of War, were ordered to be printed, it was not the usual touching the proceedings of a court martial which contened at Mobile on the 5th December, 1814, and way to retain them from the clerk, so that he a correspondence between the Secretary of War could have no opportunity-should not be able to and Governor Blount, respecting certain drafts of send them to the printer—but they had been the Militia of the State of Tennessee, be printed uniformly sent to the clerk, and from him to the with said documents, which have been previously printer. It was now perfectly clear that it was ordered to be printed by this House.
the object of the committee that the people
should not have the documents without a glosMr. Drayton moved to amend the resolution, sary to accompany them. The Secretary of War by adding these words:
had been precluded from giving any opinion. "And that the documents heretofore ordered to It was then the wish of the gentlemen that the be printed, shall, when printed, be appended to said facts should go forth to the people without any report, in the order in which they have been ar
commentary. Now, the same gentlemen seem ranged by the committee.”
to fear lest the people should have the facts Mr. HAMILTON accepted the amendment. without a commentary. It is intended to in
Mr. BURGES said, that, by way of apology that sinuate that the people have so little knowledge the order of the House had not been complied that they would not be able to understand the with, it had been said that it was one of the high documents if they were presented to them by privileges of a committee of Congress, to say themselves. He was astonished to hear such a when and how documents are to be printed. He doctrine asserted. He did not know with what deried that. He denied that when the House kind of people the gentleman from South Carohad said certain papers are to be printed, a lina was acquainted; but those of the people committee, or a member of a committee, may with whom he was himself acquainted, he could put them in their pockets, and prevent them assure the gentleman, want no glossary or from being printed. If such a doctrine were commentary to serve as a guide to their anderto prevail, a committee might put documents in standings. This mode of accompanying the docutheir pockets and keep them there until the ments with a glossary might have a very different end of the session. The mode of printing had effect from keeping the people from committing been indicated by the order of the House. This errors of opinion. is not merely a conflict between the privileges He asked what friend there was of General of a committee and of the printer. What had Jackson who would come forward and say that