and several other “Border-State” Senators
, more earnestly urged this course.
Monday, December 9th, being “ resolution day” in the House
, was signalized by the broaching of several new devices for saving the Union
Mr. John Sherman
, of Ohio
, suggested a faithful observance, on all hands, of the requirements and compromises of the Constitution
, with an immediate division of the territories into embryo States, with a view to their prompt admission into the Union
Mr. John Cochrane
, of New York, revived the old scheme of dividing the territories between Free and Slave Labor on the line of 36° 30′. Mr. English
, of Indiana
, proposed substantially the same thing.
, of Missouri
, proposed an abolition of the office of President
of the United States
, and a division of the Union
into three districts, each to elect one member of an “Executive Council,” to which the functions of President
should be intrusted.
He suggested, moreover, a “restoration of the equilibrium between the Free
and Slave States,” by a division of several of the latter into two or more States each.
Mr. Thomas C. Hindman
, proposed to so amend the Constitution
as to protect slave property in the territories, etc., etc., and that any State which should pass an act impairing or defeating the operation of the Fugitive Slave
law should thereupon be deprived of her right of representation in Congress.
Mr. Charles H. Larrabee
, of Wisconsin
, proposed a Convention of the States.
All these projects were referred to the Grand Select Committee
That Committee, December 13th, after four days earnest deliberation, united in a resolve, moved by Mr. Justin S. Morrill
, of Vermont
, as a substitute for one moved by Mr. William McKee Dunn
, of Indiana
, affirming the necessity of proffering to the Slave States
“additional and more special guarantees of their peculiar rights and interests.”
's affirmation was as follows:
Resolved, That, in the opinion of the Committee, the existing discontents among the Southern people, and the growing hostility among them to the Federal Government, are greatly to be regretted; and that any reasonable, proper, and constitutional remedies, necessary to preserve the peace of the country and the perpetuation of the Union, should be promptly and cheerfully granted.
Twenty-two votes were cast for this proposition, including those of all the members from Slave States who voted.
Two (Messrs. Boyce
, of South Carolina
, and Hawkins
, of Florida
) were absent.
Mr. Jefferson Davis
was present, but did not vote.
The Nays (eight) were all Republicans.
On motion of Mr. Garnett B. Adrain
(Douglas Democrat) of New Jersey
, the House
by 151 Yeas to 14: Nays:
Resolved, That we deprecate the spirit of disobedience to the Constitution, wherever manifested; and that we earnestly recommend the repeal of all statutes by the State Legislatures in conflict with, and in violation of, that sacred instrument, and the laws of Congress passed in pursuance thereof.
Mr. Owen Lovejoy
(Republican) of Illinois
, hereupon proposed this counterpart to the foregoing:
Whereas, The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and ready and faithful obedience to it a duty of all good and law-abiding citizens: Therefore,
Resolved, That we deprecate the spirit