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unity, in the beginning, and before the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee had risen here in this formal manner, to ask the attention of the House to the matter. I never did this before. For the five years that I have been a member of this House I never rose to a personal explanation except once before, and I condemn it in others, as unbecoming the dignity of the House, to be so engaged. I did intend, as members near me know, to make the first explanation in my Congressional career. I r. Vallandigham) knows, as well as other members on this floor know, that the suspicion which have existed against him — I do not say whether they are justified or not — are numerous, and have existed for a long time past. It is the duty of this House to purge itself of unworthy members. I do to know whether the gentleman occupies properly or improperly a seat on this floor.--By offering the resolution I do not prejudice him. If he was the most intimate friend I had on earth, and accused, as
r. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Ford. Journal of Saturday read and agreed to. Mr. Curry, from the Committee on Rules, made a report with reference to the formation of committees. Mr. Swann, of Tenn., thought that the discussions of this House upon the present crisis were of such a characters as to require that its sessions should be held with closed doors. This he deemed proper, in view of measures likely to be submitted to the House for its consideration this morning. He therefore rnestness, he opposed the motion of his colleagues. Mr. Lyons, of Virginia, said that he entertained the highest respect for the judgment and patriotism of the gentleman from Tennessee, but that he had matters to submit to the action of this House which he could not, and would not do in open session, and he therefore concurred in the opinions of Mr. Swann, that the doors should be closed. Under a rule of the House requiring the doors to be closed upon motion of a member, seconded by a
esolution, offered by Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax, to ascertain the amounts into which the several cooperations of the State would be assessed under the act of Congress to provide a war tax, &c., was, on his motion, taken up and modified, so as to direct the Auditor of Public Accounts; as early as possible to ascertain the amounts which would be payable by the several corporations of the State as their proportion of said war tax. The Senate passed and communicated to the House the passage of House bill to provide for the construction of a railroad for military purposes connecting the Manassas Gap Railroad at or near Strasburg, in the county of Shenandoah, with the Winchester and Potomac Railroad at or near. Winchester, in the county of Frederick. The bill to authorize the Government to organise and call out certain military forces for the defence of the State, being the unfinished business of Friday, was taken up: On motion of Mr. Isbell, the vote striking out all relating