districts, etc. etc.--was passed, under the Previous Question-Yeas
Nays--Messrs. Burnett, (Ky.,) Harding, (Ky.,) Norton, (Mo..) George H. Pendleton, (Ohio,) Reid, (Mo.,) Robinson, (Ill.,) Vallandigham, (Ohio,) Voorhees, (Ind.,) Wadsworth, (Ky.,) and Wood, (N. Y.)--10.
This bill came up in the Senate, on the 12th; and, after a brief debate, was passed: Yeas 36;
Nays--Messrs. Breckinridge, (Ky.,) Bright, (Ind.,) Johnson, (Mo.,) Kennedy, (Md.,) Polk, (Mo.,) and Powell, (Ky.)--6.
, on the 10th, likewise passed its first Loan bill — authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury
to borrow Two Hundred and Fifty Millions of Dollars, for the support of the Government
and the prosecution of the War
. Mr. Vallandigham
, of Ohio
, made an elaborate speech, in thorough-going opposition to the bill and to the entire policy of “coercion;” submitting, in reply to a question from Mr. Holman
(Dem.), of Ind.
, the following proposition, as embodying his views touching the general subject, but asking no present action thereon:
Resolved, That the Federal Government is the agent of the people of the several States composing the Union; that it consists of three distinct departments — the legislative, the executive, and the judicial — each equally a part of the Government, and equally entitled to the confidence and support of the States and the people; and that it is the duty of every patriot to sustain the several departments of the Government in the exercise of all the constitutional powers of each which may be necessary and proper for the preservation of the Government in its principles and in its vigor and integrity, and to stand by and to defend to the utmost the flag which represents the Government, the Union, and the country.
While the gentleman censures the Administration, let me ask him whether, with his own constituents, he is resolved that the Union shall be maintained.
My votes shall speak for me on that subject.
My position is defined in the resolution just read.
I am answerable only to my conscience and to my constituents, and not to the gentleman from Indiana.
The bill passed under the previous question: Yeas 150;
Nays--Messrs. Burnett, of Ky., Norton and Reid, of Mo., Vallandigham, of Ohio, and B. Wood, of N. Y. [The three first-named went over to the Rebels soon after the close of the session.]
On the 11th, the Army Appropriation
bill being under consideration in Committee of the Whole, Mr. Vallandigham
moved to add this proviso:
Provided, however, That no part of the money hereby appropriated shall be employed in subjugating, or holding as a conquered province, any sovereign State now or lately one of the United States; nor in abolishing or interfering with African Slavery in any of the States.
The proviso was voted down, and the bill (appropriating $161,000,000) reported and passed.
On the 13th, the bill calling out Half a Million Volunteers being under consideration, Mr. Vallandigham
moved to add to it (as he had already done in Committee of the Whole) the following:
Provided further, That, before the President shall have the right to call out any more volunteers than are now in the service, he shall appoint seven Commissioners, whose mission it shall be to accompany the army on its march, to receive and consider such propositions, if any, as may at any time be submitted by the Executive of the so-called Confederate States, or of any one of them, looking to a suspension of hostilities, and the return of said States, or any of them, to the Union, or to obedience to the Federal Constitution and authorities.
The amendment was voted down without a division, and the bill passed.
This day, Messrs. John S. Carlile
and Waitman T. Willey
presented themselves as Senators
from the State of Virginia
(not the new State of West Virginia
, since organized), vice Hunter
, expelled as traitors.
They presented credentials, setting forth their appointment by Gov.