Washington, Jan. 15.
--The Territorial business was postponed for two weeks.
The Army Appropriation bill was taken up.
, of Texas
, made a speech, in which he said the Republicans had sullenly held back, declaring that they had no peace propositions to make.
If they adhered to their course, by the 4th of March few, if any, Southern States would be left in the Union
The Republicans wanted the dissolution of the South
or dissolution of the Union
The South only asks what are her constitutional rights.--If she can't get these, she prefers independence out of the Union
, of Ohio
, responded, and said the principles on which the Government
was founded could not be surrendered under any threats of civil war. He denied that the Republican
organization would now or hereafter interfere in any way with slavery in the States.
He asserted that Lincoln
's administration would be conducted on the principles of Jefferson
, John Quincy Adams
He was willing to amend the Constitution
, so as to guard against any attempt to interfere with slavery in the States, except with the consent of all the States, and to admit New Mexico
, of Mich.
, followed in a conciliatory and strongly Union speech, declaring for concession and compromise, but against secession.
, of Mo.
, vindicated the South
, but disapproved of precipitation on the part of the border States.
He favored a Convention of them at an early day.
obtained the floor for to-morrow.
presented a memorial of citizens of Delaware
, in favor of Crittenden
's plan, and spoke in favor of the same, but feared it came too late.
's resolution, with Mr. Clarke
's amendment that the provisions of the present Constitution were ample for the preservation of all the interests of the country, and as no reconstruction was practicable, it was the duty of the Government
to use all its power to maintain the present Union, was taken up.
, of Mo.
, addressed the Senate in opposition to the amendment, and defending the right of secession.
He argued the question of State-Rights at length.
The subject was then laid aside and the Pacific Railway bill taken up.
A motion of indefinite postponement was negatived--39 to 12.
struggled to get up Mr. Crittenden
He was for restoring peace to the country, without which the Pacific Railroad must fail.
arose and made a few remarks, showing how keenly he felt the apparent attempt to pass over his resolutions.
[He was greeted with applause from the galleries.]
He said we are providing for future generations, and the country is in danger.
Let us save the Union
first and then the Pacific Railway.
It is a solemn thing to legislate now while the nation trembles.
We are now at a point between life and death.
What is a railway bill compared with peace?
The resolution is intended to distract the country.
I will vote against it until my resolution is disposed of. What do I want of the Pacific Railway when I see the country ready to divide into petty Republics?
I feel more like hiding my face than engaging in matters irrelevant to the safety of the Union
All are trifles compared with saving the country.
His appeal was unheeded and the Pacific
amendment was debated until adjournment.