in a speech inevitably calculated to excite deep dissatisfaction among the great mass of his constituents, without once considering or even touching this question: “What need exists for any Compromise whatever?”
Admitting the correctness of his views and general positions with regard to California
, New Mexico
, etc., why not permit each subject demanding legislation to be presented in its order, and all questions respecting it to be decided on their intrinsic merits?
He, of course, contended throughout that his position was unchanged, that his views were substantially those he had always held; yet the eagerness and satisfaction wherewith his speech was received and reprinted at Richmond
, New Orleans, and throughout the South
, should, it seems, have convinced him, if the disappointment and displeasure of his constituents did not, that either he had undergone a great transformation, or nearly every one else had. His speech, though it contained little or nothing referring directly to the compromise proposed by Mr. Clay
, exerted a powerful influence in favor of its ultimate triumph.
a bill for the admission of California
into the Union
, as also one to establish territorial governments for Utah
and New Mexico
, Col. Benton
that the previous orders be postponed, and the California
bill taken up. Mr. Clay
proposed the laying of this motion on the table, which was carried by 27 Yeas to 24 Nays.
The Senate now proceeded, on motion of Mr. Foote
, of Mississippi
, to constitute a Select Committee of thirteen, to consider the questions raised by Mr. Clay
's proposition, and also by resolves submitted a month later by Mr. Bell
, of Tennessee
; and on the 19th this Committee was elected by ballot and composed as follows:
Mr. Henry Clay, of Kentucky, Chairman.
Dickinson, of N. Y.,
Phelps, of Vt.,
Bell of Tenn.,
Cass, of Mich.,
Webster, of Mass.,
Berrien, of Ga.,
Cooper, of Pa.,
Downs, of La.,
King, of Ala.,
Mangum, of N. C.,
Mason, of Va.,
Bright, of Ind.
from said Committee a recommendation, substantially, of his original proposition of compromise, save that he now provided for organizing Utah
as a distinct Territory.
His report recommended the following bases of a general Compromise:
1. The admission of any new State or States formed out of Texas to be postponed until they shall hereafter present themselves to be received into the Union, when it will be the duty of Congress fairly and faithfully to execute the compact with Texas, by admitting such new State or States.
2. The admission forthwith of California into the Union, with the boundaries which she has proposed.
3. The establishment of Territorial Governments, without the Wilmot Proviso, for New Mexico and Utah, embracing all the territory recently acquired from Mexico, not contained in the boundaries of California.
4. The combination of those two last measures in the same bill.
5. The establishment of the western and northern boundaries of Texas, and the exclusion from her jurisdiction of all New Mexico, with the grant to Texas of a pecuniary equivalent; and the section for that purpose to be incorporated in the bill admitting California, and establishing Territorial Governments for Utah and New Mexico.
6. More effectual enactments of law to secure the prompt delivery of persons bound to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, who escape into another State; and
7. Abstaining from abolishing Slavery, but, under a heavy penalty, prohibiting the Slave-Trade, in the District of Columbia.