Extra session of the U. S. Senate.
Washington, March 16.
introduced a resolution requesting the President
to inform the Senate what is the number of troops in Washington
, and what respective arms of the service they belong to; why they were brought here; how long they are to remain, and for what purpose, and if they are to be increased?
On motion of Mr. Douglas
, the Senate took up his resolution.
He said he did not believe the President
meditated war, and if he did, there was no provision for such a movement.
He had no right to collect the revenue off Charleston harbor
He could only do so at the custom-houses.
If the President
attempted to collect revenue on shipboard, he is liable to impeachment.
He could not put a collector in one of those ports, without first conquering the cities.
It would require 28,000 men, at an annual expense of $316,000,000, and 30,000 men to protect Washington
introduced his three propositions, (before telegraphed.) He advocated the first as the only means of keeping the Border States
in the Union
, of Mass.
, replied, charging Mr. Douglas
with designing to dictate to the Administration the course to be pursued by it.-- He was personal in his remarks.
was frequently interrupted by Fessenden
, and others.
His remarks were very unpalatable to the ultras.