, Jefferson Davis
, John Bell
, and every member present from the Slave States
, with Messrs. Cameron
, of Pennsylvania
, of Illinois
; Bright, of Indiana
, of New York; and Fitzgerald
, of Michigan
, from Free States--to 21 Nays, including Messrs. Webster
, of Massachusetts
, of Maine
, of New York, and Breese
, of Illinois
The bill, thus amended, passed the Senate by 33 Yeas to 22 Nays.
But the House
, on its return, thus amended, utterly refused (August 11th) to concur in any such partition of the territories of the Union
, on the line of 36° 30′, between Free and Slave Labor.
The proposition of Mr. Douglas
, above cited, was rejected by the decisive majority of 39: Yeas 82; Nays 121--only three1
members from Free States voting in the minority.
So the bill was returned to the Senate with its amendment struck out; and that body thereupon receded
--Yeas 29; Nays 25--from its amendment, and allowed the bill to become a law in the shape given it by the House
On this memorable division, Messrs. Benton
, of Delaware
, and Houston
, of Texas
, voted to yield to the House
, leaving none but Senators
from Slave States, and not all of them, insisting on the partition demanded.
became a Territory, consecrated to Free Labor, without compromise or counterbalance; and the Free States
gave fair notice that they would not
divide with Slavery the vast and hitherto free territories then just acquired from Mexico