In the evening of the day of the assault, the Republican Senators met at the house of Mr. Seward.
In a lean minority—only one-fifth of the Senate—they knew that they were at the mercy of the majority, which was dominated by the incensed and inexorable leaders of the Slave Power.
Always bitter and implacable, they werson should call the attention of the Senate to the subject the next day, and, unless some member of the dominant party should move a committee of investigation, Mr. Seward should make such motion.
On the assembling of the Senate, amid deep excitement, crowds filling every available space in the Chamber and all its approaches, Mg measures to redress the wrongs of a member of this body and to vindicate the honor and dignity of the Senate.
As no Democratic Senator proposed any action, Mr. Seward offered a resolution for a committee of five members, to be appointed by the President, to inquire into the assault and to report the facts, together with their