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Mr. Davis, of Kentucky, moved its reference to the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Wilkinson, of Minnesota, hoped it would not be referred the resolution ought to be passed immediately. Mr. Wilson hoped the resolution would not be referred to any committee. The needs of the country, he said, more than justice or humanity, have weaponed the hand of the slave. Let us hasten the enactment of this beneficent measure, inspired by patriotism and hallowed by justice and humanity; so that, ere merry Christmas shall come, the intelligence shall be flashed over the land, to cheer the hearts of the nation's defenders, and arouse the manhood of the bondman, that on the forehead of the soldier's wife and the soldier's child no man can write slave. Mr. Hendricks, of Indiana, was not able to see how, under the Constitution of the United States, Congress can free the servant who is held to service by the laws of a State. Mr. Powell, of Kentucky thought the resolution was palpably unconstitutional.