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The Daily Dispatch: March 20, 1865., [Electronic resource], Report of the Senate committee on President Davis's late message. (search)
thing is more desirable than concord and cordial co-operation between all departments of Government. Hence your committee regret that the Executive deemed it necessary to transmit to Congress a message so well calculated to excite discord and dissension. But for the fact that the success of the great struggle in which the country is engaged depends as much on the confidence of the people in the Legislative as in the Executive Department of the Government, the message would have been received without comment. Your committee would have preferred silence. It has been induced to an opposite course, because they believe Congress would be derelict in its duty to permit its legitimate and constitutional influence to be destroyed by Executive admonitions, such as those contained in the message under consideration, without some public exposition of its conduct. Respectfully submitted. James L. Oer, Chairman, Thomas J. Semmes, W. A. Graham, A. T. Caperton, John W. C. Watson.
of the Senate. The bill to provide for the payment of all arrears now due to the army and navy, returned by the President of the Confederate States to the House with his objections, was considered. Upon the question, "Shall the bill pass notwithstanding the objections of the President, " the vote was taken by yeas and nays, as follows: Yeas.--Messrs Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Oldham, Slimms of Kentucky, Vest, Watson and Wigfall--11. Nays.--Mr. Semmes of Louisiana. No quorum voting, the bill was lost. Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, read the following report: Mr. President,--The joint committee charged with that duty have waited upon the President of the Confederate States and informed him that unless he had some further communication to make to Congress that body was now ready to adjourn. In reply, the President, in substance stated: That he now had no further communication to make to Congress; that in his recent message h