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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore),
April 9. In the National House of Representatives, there was a very exciting discussion, in Committee of the Whole, on a resolution offered by Mr. Colfax to expel Mr. Alexander Long, of Ohio, for disloyal sentiments uttered in his speech on Friday last. During the discussion, Mr. Benjamin G. Harris, of Maryland, arose, and boldly avowed his gratification at the secession of the South, justifying it fully, and rebuking the Democratic party for not daring to come up to his standard of political morality. Mr. E. B. Washburne, of Illinois, instantly offered a resolution to expel Mr. Harris, which received eighty-one votes against fifty-eight; but two thirds being required, the resolution was not adopted. Mr. Schenck, of Ohio, then offered a resolution, severely censuring Mr. Harris, declaring him to be an unworthy member of the House, which was adopted. The proceedings were very turbulent, and the debates very sharp. The heaviest freshet known in Virginia for ten years occu
Speech of Mr. Long at home. The Hon. Alexander Long, who was censured in the late Federal House of Representatives for his well known speech in favor of States' Rights, and of Peace, has had a gThe Hon. Alexander Long, who was censured in the late Federal House of Representatives for his well known speech in favor of States' Rights, and of Peace, has had a grand reception at home, in the 2d Congressional District of Ohio — the Cincinnati District. The assemblage on the occasion was very large, and exhibited a great deal of applause for their Representative. Mr. Long was introduced by the Hon. Wm. Corry in a very eloquent address; and Mr. L. made to the people, his auditors, one of the boldest, if not the very boldest, speech yet pronounced on Nort
, and "for the loss of all their liberties, all that ennobles life and dignities manhood."
Mr. Long asserted that the idea that the Union could be restored by the sword was the wildest of all vag and taxation, and destroyed the constitutional liberty bequeathed to us by our ancestors."
Mr. Long assailed Lincoln's administration, denounced its corruptions and declared there was no hope for