though Horace Greeley
's career in Congress is that part of his life which I regard with unmingled
admiration, and though the conduct of his enemies during that period fills me with inexpresible disgust, I shall present here little more than a catalogue of his acts and endeavors while he held a place in the National
He seems to have kept two objects in view, during those three turbulent and exciting months: 1, to do his duty as a Representative of the People; 2, to let the people know exactly <*> fully what Manner of place the House of Representatives is, that methods their business is kept from being done, and under what pretexts their money is plundered.
The first of these objects kept him constantly in his place on the floor of the House
The second he accomplished by daily letters to the Tribune, written, not at his desk in the House
, but in his room before and after each day's hubbub.
It will be convenient to arrange this chapter in the form of a journal.
This was Monday, the first day of the session.
“took the oaths and his seat.”
He gave notice of his intention to bring in a bill to discourage speculation in the public lands, and establish homesteads upon the same.
He wrote a letter to the tribune, in which he gave his first impressions of the House
, ,and used some plain English
He spoke strongly upon the dishonesty of members draw <*> it and yet not giving attendance at the early sessions, though the House
had a handed bills ready for conclusive action and every day lost at the outset insures the defeat of ten bills at the close.
As a specimen of the plain English
, take this:
On the third day, the Senate did not even succeed in forming a quorum; out of fifty-seven or eight members, who are all sure to be in for heir pay and mileage, only twenty-nine appeared in their seats; and the annual hypocrisy of electing a chaplain had to go over and waste another day. If either House had a chaplain who dare preach to its members what they ought to hear —of their faithlessness, their neglect of duty, their iniquitous waste of time, and robbery of the public by taking from the treasury money which they have not even attempted to earn—then there would be some sense in the chaplain business; but any ill-bred Nathan or Elijah who should undertake such a job