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s entered into for the purpose of strengthening her independence. She had the power to declare war, and to regulate commerce, through the Federal Government.--Whenever she thought an emergency required her to declare war, the Constitution gave her the power to make such a declaration. The very amendment which was now moved, he had tried to have inserted when in committee. It failed there, and it might fail here; but it should not fail, if any effort of his could ensure its success. Mr. Bruce, of Halifax, made some remarks in favor of the amendment. Mr. Rives, of Prince George, proceeded to oppose the doctrine which had been maintained here, of absolute sovereignty. If such a declaration were to be made, it would leave but a very short step between us and omnipotence. He said there was a band of repudiators here, repudiating the action of the Convention of 1787. The minority report, in favor of immediate secession, was denounced by the speaker in most emphatic language.
mendments, which the President (Mr. Claiborne in the chair) pronounced out of order, because involving the same principle as voted on and rejected yesterday. Mr. Neeson appealed from the decision; on which the yeas and nays were called, and resulted — yeas 13, nays 18. The Senate refusing to sustain the Chair, the amendment of Mr. Armstrong was considered and rejected — yeas 17, nays 18. The vote on the passage of the bill was recorded as follows: Yeas.--Messrs. Brannon, Bruce, Carson, Carraway, Claiborne, Coghill, Day, Dickinson of Price Edward, Douglass, Finney, French, Hubbard, Johnson, Lynch, Marshall, McKenney, Nash, Newman, Pate, Pennybacker, Quesenberry, Smith, and Thompson--28. Nays.--Messrs. Armstrong, August, Dickenson of Grayson, Gatewood, Greever, Layne, Logan, Neeson, Newton, Paxton, Stuart, Townes, and Wickham--13. Belmont Bridge Company.--The bill suspending the levying of taxes by the State on the Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company for s