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 competent as the few or as the one.
The motion was defeated by 67 nays to 41 yeas.