communications were not intended to discourage them in their efforts.
The conclusion is irresistible, that he went to Richmond
hoping to elicit from the Confederate
chiefs some proffer, overture, or assent, looking to reunion on their own terms, but had been utterly disappointed and rebuffed.
He closed as follows:
Mr. Speaker, all the crime, all the treason of this act, rests on me, and me alone; and I am content, in the sight of high Heaven, to take it and press it to my heart.
Mr. Francis Thomas
, of Maryland
, replied ably and thoroughly to Mr. May
's assaults on the Administration and its policy of “coercion;” pointing to the recent vote of the People of Maryland
(44,000 “Union” to 24,000 “Peace” ) as their verdict on the issues whereon the President
was arraigned by his colleague.
The apportionment of representatives in the Legislature was made in old colonial times.
It has been modified; but, up to this day and hour, the majority of the people of Maryland have no voice in the choice of their Legislature.
Under our new Constitution, however, the majority, by a general ticket, elect a Governor; and, at the last election, they elected one responsive to the sentiment that beats warmly in the hearts of the people of Maryland.
But the Legislature of Maryland, elected two years ago, not with a view to this issue, have been engaged in embarrassing the Governor in all his measures of policy.
One of those measures, which Gov. Hicks thought a very prudent measure under the existing state of things in Maryland, was to collect the arms held by private citizens, without distinction of party.
This the Legislature prevented from being carried into execution, and passed a law which goes very far to secure arms in the hands of individuals.
Why? If the citizens of Maryland are for warring against the Government, they should not be permitted to have arms.
If they are for peace, they do not need them; for the arm of the United States protects them, and the banner of the confederacy floats over them.
Why, then, have the Legislature interposed obstructions, by law, to the collection of arms?
Do they think it prudent to leave them in the hands of private holders, to be concealed where they cannot be found?
It could not be for the purpose of upholding the laws of the Union.
It could not be to uphold the statutes of Maryland.
The President of the United States is faithful to his duty; and the people of Maryland are faithful to theirs.
The bill providing for the reorganization of the Army being this day before the Senate, Mr. Powell
, of Kentucky
, proposed to add to it the following:
And be it further enacted, That no part of the Army or Navy of the United States shall be employed or used in subjecting or holding as a conquered province any sovereign State now or lately one of the United States.
Mr. J. H. Lane
, of Kansas
, moved to amend this, by adding,
Unless a military necessity shall exist in enforcing the laws and maintaining the Constitution of the Union.
A very able and earnest debate arose hereon, wherein Messrs. Powell
, and Bright
, on the one hand, and Messrs. Sherman
, of Ohio
, of Illinois
, of Kansas
, of Maine
, etc., on the other, took part.
's amendment was rejected by Yeas 11 (all Republicans) to
Nays--Messrs. Breckinridge, Bright, Browning, Carlile, Doolittle, Fessenden, Foster, Grimes, Hale, Harris, Howe, Johnson, of Tenn., Johnson, of Mo., Kennedy, Latham, McDougall, Morrill, Nesmith, Polk, Powell, Saulsbury, Sherman, Ten Eyck, and Willey--24.
, of Ohio
, now moved the following as a substitute for Mr. Powell
And be it further enacted, That the purposes of the military establishment provided for in this act are to preserve the Union, to defend tile property, and to maintain the constitutional authority, of the Government.
This was adopted, after debate; Yeas 33; Nays 4.
[Breckinridge and Powell
, of Ky.
, of Missouri
As Mr. Powell
's amendment was thus superseded, Mr. Breckinridge