His complaint was that the article had done him injustice, by setting him down as some 300 miles nearer the seat of Government than his colleague [Mr. Schenck], although his colleague had stated before the House that he [Mr. Sawyer] resided some 60 or 70 miles further.
Now, he wanted to know why the gentleman had made this calculation against him, and in favor of his colleague?
Mr. Greeley replied that he begged to assure the gentleman from Ohio that he did not think he had ever been in his thoughts from the day he had come here until the present day; but he had taken the figures from the Post Office book, as transcribed by a former Clerk in the Post Office Department.
After much more sparring of the same description, the resolutions were adopted, the Committee
was appointed, the House
adjourned, and Mr. Greeley
went home and wrote a somewhat facetious account of the day's proceedings.
The most remarkable sentence in that letter was this:
It was but yesterday that a Senator said to me that though he was utterly opposed to any reduction of Mileage, yet if the House did not stop passing Retrenchment bills for Buncombe, and then running to the Senate and begging Senators to stop them there, he, for one, would vote to put through the next Mileage Reduction bill that came to the Senate, just to punish Members for their hypocrisy.
. Mr. Greeley
offered a resolution calling on the Secretary of the Treasury
to communicate to the House
the advantages resulting from the imposition by the Tariff of 1846 of duties of 5 and 10 per cent. on certain manufactures of wool and hemp, more than was imposed on the raw material, and if they were not advantageous, then to state what action was required.
. The resolution came up.
Mr. Wentworth objected to the Secretary of the Treasury being called upon for such information.
If the gentleman from New York would apply to him [Mr. W.], he would give him his reasons, but he objected to this reference to the Secretary of the Treasury.
He moved to lay it on the table, but withdrew it at the request of—
Mr. Greeley, who said it was well known that the Tariff of 1846 was prepared by the Secretary; he had been its eulogist and defender, and he now wished for his views on the particular points specified.
He had unofficially more than thirty times called on the defenders of the Tariff of 1846