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Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
plainly augured the character of its future action. On the 5th March, 1860, Mr. John Covode, a Representative from Pennsylvania, moved to suspend the rules of the House so as to enable him to introduce the resolutions creating his committee. Hration thereof the resolutions were adopted. On the 9th March, 1860, Mr. Speaker Pennington appointed Mr. Covode of Pennsylvania, Mr. Olin of New York, Mr. Winslow of North Carolina, Mr. Train of Massachusetts, and Mr. James C. Robinson of Illinoie President of the United States been treated by the House of Representatives? Mr. John Covode, a representative from Pennsylvania, is the accuser of the President. Instead of following the wise precedents of former times, and especially that in th no favor with the majority in the House. It was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, of which Mr. Hickman, of Pennsylvania, was chairman. House Journal, pp. 622, 699. On the 9th of April, 1861, he reported resolutions from the majority of
Utah (Utah, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
. Buchanan's administeration the expedition to Utah the Covode Committee. The rancorous and perajor Van Vliet, an officer of the army, sent to Utah by the Commanding General to purchase provisionle.) The season was now so far advanced, and Utah was so distant, that doubts were entertained whd a detachment of the army to accompany them to Utah. The necessity for adopting these measures is United States troops into our own Territory of Utah. By this he required all the forces in the Tereconomy of sending sufficient reenforcements to Utah are established not only by the event, but in tUnited States, Messrs. Powell and McCulloch, to Utah. They bore with them a proclamation addressed s to the necessity of sending reenforcements to Utah. In this they state that they are firmly impral character or pecuniary compensation, visited Utah during. the last inclement winter for the purpthe Territory. A portion of the troops sent to Utah are now encamped in Cedar Valley, forty-four mi[8 more...]
East Toledo (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
y; From a reference to the instructions from the General to General Harney, the President could not have inferred the existence of any such protest. On the contrary, General Scott explicitly states the fact that they had been prepared in concert with the War Department, and sanctioned by its authority wherever required. In these instructions General Scott, so far from intimating that he had protested against the expedition, states that the community, and in part the civil Government of Utah Territory, are in a state of substantial rebellion against the laws and authority of the United States. A new civil Governor is about to be designated, and to be charged with the establishment and maintenance of law and order. Your able and energetic aid, with that of the troops to be placed under your command, is relied upon to secure the success of his mission. And the General, as we have already seen, expresses the belief that the honor and interest of the United States were deeply involved
Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
ad for information. Mr. Covode. I cannot yield for that purpose. Mr. Noell. I ask to have the amendment read for information. Mr. Bingham I object. The previous question was seconded and the main question ordered to be put, and under the operation thereof the resolutions were adopted. On the 9th March, 1860, Mr. Speaker Pennington appointed Mr. Covode of Pennsylvania, Mr. Olin of New York, Mr. Winslow of North Carolina, Mr. Train of Massachusetts, and Mr. James C. Robinson of Illinois, members of the committee. House Journal, p.484. The Covode Committee was thus ushered into existence in ominous silence, its authors having predetermined not to utter a word themselves, nor to suffer its opponents to utter a word, on the occasion of its birth. The President could not remain silent in the face of these high-handed and unexampled proceedings. He felt it to be his imperative duty to protest against them as a dangerous invasion by the House of the rights and powers of the
Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 13
resident with a violation of duty in failing to execute some law or laws. This branch of the resolution is therefore out of the question. By what authority, then, have the committee undertaken to investigate the course of the President in regard to the Convention which framed the Lecompton Constitution? By what authority have they undertaker to pry into our foreign relations, for the purpose of assailing him on account of the instructions given by the Secretary of State to our Minister in Mexico, relative to the Tehuantepec route? By what authority have they inquired into the causes of removal from office, and this from the parties themselves removed, with a view to prejudice his character, notwithstanding this power of removal belongs exclusively to the President under .the Constitution, was so decided by the first Congress in the year 1789, and has accordingly ever since been exercised? There is in the resolution no pretext of authority for the committee to investigate the ques
Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
ses where this was impracticable, were awarded, after advertisement, to the lowest bidder. And yet, in the face of all these facts, the administration of Mr. Buchanan has been charged with extravagance. Utah. In addition to the troubles in Kansas, President Buchanan, at an early period of his administration, was confronted by an open resistance to the execution of the laws in the Territory of Utah. All the offer of the United States, judicial and executive, except two Indian agents, had it may be proper to observe that Col. A. S. Johnston, of the 2d United States cavalry, was soon after substituted in the command for General Harney. This was done on the earnest request of Governor Walker, who believed that Harney's services in Kansas were indispensable.) The season was now so far advanced, and Utah was so distant, that doubts were entertained whether the expedition ought not to be delayed until the next spring. But the necessity for a prompt movement to put down the resis
Paraguay (Paraguay) (search for this): chapter 13
embers were less than $2,350,000, these contingencies amounted to more than three millions and a half. In the fiscal year ending on the 30th June, 1860, they were somewhat reduced, but still exceeded $1,000,000. Notwithstanding this extravagance and the large outlay unavoidably incurred for the expedition to Utah, the President succeeded in gradually diminishing the annual expenditures until they were reduced to the sum of $55,402,465.46. We do not mention the cost of the expedition to Paraguay, because, through the careful management of the Secretary of the Navy, this amounted to very little more than the ordinary appropriation for the naval service. This aggregate embraces all the expenses of the Government, legislative, executive, and judicial, for the year ending 30th June, 1860, but not the interest on the public debt. If this, which was $8,177,814, be added, the whole would amount to $58,579,779.46. If to this we should make a liberal addition for appropriations recommende
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
se the framers of the Constitution believed it to be possible that the Vice-President might be biassed by the fact that in case of the removal of the President from office the same shall devolve on the VicePres-ident. The preliminary proceedings in the House in the case of charges which may involve impeachment, have been well and wisely settled by long practice upon principles of equal justice both to the accused and to the people. The precedent established in the case of Judge Peck, of Missouri, in 1831, after a careful review of all former precedents, will, I venture to predict, stand the test of time. In that case, Luke Edward Lawless, the accuser, presented a petition to the House, in which he set forth minutely and specifically his causes of complaint. He prayed that the conduct and proceedings in this behalf of said Judge Peck may be inquired into by your honorable body, and such decision made thereon as to your wisdom and justice shall seem proper. This petition was refe
Oregon (Oregon, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
nter for the purpose of contributing to the pacification of the Territory. I am happy to inform you that the Governor and other civil officers of Utah are now performing their appropriate functions without resistance. The authority of the Constitution and the laws has been fully restored, and peace prevails throughout the Territory. A portion of the troops sent to Utah are now encamped in Cedar Valley, forty-four miles southwest of Salt Lake City, and the remainder have been ordered to Oregon to suppress Indian hostilities. The march of the army to Salt Lake City, through the Indian Territory, has had a powerful effect in restraining the hostile feelings against the United States which existed among the Indians in that region, and in securing emigrants to the far west against their depredations. This will also be the means of establishing military posts and promoting settlements along the route. I recommend that the benefits of our land laws and preemption system be extend
Fort Bridger (Wyoming, United States) (search for this): chapter 13
a moment's notice to repel any and all such invasion, and established martial law from its date throughout the Territory. These proved to be no idle threats. Forts Bridger and Supply were vacated and burnt down by the Mormons, to deprive our troops of a shelter after their long and fatiguing march. Orders were issued by Daniel H with this precaution there was only sufficient left to subsist the troops until the first of June. Our little army behaved admirably in their encampment at Fort Bridger under these trying privations. In the midst of the mountains, in a dreary, unsettled, and inhospitable region, more than a thousand miles from home, they pass and opportunities, are the most capable of forming a correct judgment. General Johnston, the commander of the forces, in addressing the Secretary of War from Fort Bridger, under date of October 18th, 1857, expresses the opinion that unless a large force is sent here, from the nature of the country, a protracted war on their [the
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