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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Speaker of Congress, the (search)
n April 21, 1806, Mr. James Sloan, after a bitter attack on John Randolph, moved, for the purpose hereafter of keeping the business of the House of Representatives within its own power, that all standing committees shall be appointed by ballot and choose their own chairman. This motion was tabled, and being renewed by Mr. Sloan in the next session was defeated by the very close vote of 42 ayes to 54 noes. The question was revived at the beginning of the next Congress, Oct. 28, 1807, by Thomas Blount, but without success. The attempt was renewed in the following Congress by Mathhew Lyons, who moved, May 23, 1809, that the standing committees be appointed by ballot for the reason that the course proposed would be more respectful to the nation; and that the person so appointed would feel a greater responsibility to the House. Mr. Gardiner supported the motion as consistent with the republican mode of proceeding and thinking proper for this country . . . where the many were as compe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Tennessee, (search)
ndrew Jackson at the Hermitage, near Nashville, a week after that event, and on the same day (June 26) he authorized Governor Blount to tender to the President of the United States the services of himself and 2,500 men of his division (he was a majoliar satisfaction. The Secretary of The rescue of Sevier. War wrote (July 11) a cordial letter of acceptance to Governor Blount, and that official publicly thanked Jackson and his volunteers for the honor they had done the State of Tennessee byt below the Tennessee River that it was past midautumn before the Tennessee volunteers were called upon. On Oct. 21 Governor Blount was asked for 1,500 volunteers to be sent to New Orleans to reinforce Wilkinson, and he made a requisition upon Jackn through a wilderness in which Indians only roamed. He wrote fiery letters to the President, Secretary of War, and Governor Blount, and took the responsibility of disobeying his orders and taking the troops back to Nashville before he would dismis