Senate. Monday, March 16, 1862.
In the Senate, after the reading of the Journal of Saturday, Mr.Stephens
presented a letter from Mr. Dixon
, which he requested to be read and referred to the Committee
on Postal The communication referred to the transmission of melis on the Sabbath, and advocated that mail carriers be exempted from duty on Sunday.
, of Florida
, asked leave of absence for his colleague, Mr. Maxwell
, who was obliged to leave for home on Saturday.
of North Carolina
, presented a claim from Wm. M. Johnson
, for services rendered Government, and moved it be laid on the table.
, presented petition from $10 ladies of Tennessee
, asking that a law may be passed to prevent the distillation of grain.
It was referred to the Military Committee.
, of South Carolina
, reported back a bill from the Committee
on Accounts, and desired that the committee be released from further consideration of it. The bill related to the proper method of auditing the accounts of Senators
and the officers of the Senate.
It was referred to the Committee
, of Miss.
, from the Committee
on Naval Affairs, asked to be discharged from further consideration of the resolution inquiring as to the necessary increase of appropriations for war steamers, gunboats, and coast defenses, as the subject is before the committee in all its bearings.
The request was granted.
, asked that the resolutions be taken up referring to the paying of census takers in the State of Louisiana
, of Ky.
, stated that while the committee was satisfied of the equity of the claims, he did not think they ought to be paid until a treaty of peace was formed.--There are a vast number of persons who have Federal claims, and if we were to open an account at this time, it would necessitate the payment of millions of dollars.
He did not think at this time it would be just or legal.
, of La.
, said these were secular claims.
was an independent State, and prior to her belonging to the Confederacy
, the had collected from different soirees a large sum of money.
This had been held for payment of the private claims of her citizens, and $10,000 had been given for the purpose.
The money was then turned over to the Confederate States
, leaving $3,000 still due. This deb;, he thought, ought to be assumed by the Government
, of Ky.
, said his view of it was this: Virginia
, and other States, have claims as well as Louisiana
Not a single State has been paid, so far as he knew and his own State surely had not. If you pay one of these accounts, you must pay all. As far as the payment of this sum of money into the Treasury was concerned, he would say that other States had done so as well as Louisiana
had, and South Carolina
, both in property and money.
It, then, you attempt to open such account, every army officer, who has had his pay by the United States
, has some claim upon the Government
He would advocate that all these claims be left until a treaty of peace; then, if payment was not received from the United States
he would go for paying them out of the Treasury.
, thought it clear the claims presented here were exceptional The position taken by the member was not correct in his opinion.
He urged that these claims were just and equitable, and must be adjudged accordingly.
Out of the fund paid over to the Confederacy
the just demands of her citizens should be paid.
The State had disposed of this fund, and in her ardent desire to assist the Government
had turned over the balance received.
A message was here received from the House
announcing that several bills, whose titles have been already given, had been passed and signed.
.--By the act of the 4th of March, this fund, known as the bullion fund, was transferred to the C S. Government. --The intent of the State
was that this should be for the payment of her own citizens.
From what has been stated, it is evident that the citizens of Louisiana
, to whom the United States
was indebted had a lien upon this fund.
When this was transferred to the Confederate Government, he did not think the equitable lien could be done away with.
The State of Louisiana
, through her resolutions and through her representatives on this floor, declares that she still thinks the claims hold good.
The question we should ask is this: Had those citizens an equitable lien on this fund under the State Government
No one double that.
Then, they have now. She had turned over that large sum, and it seemed to him that--
, of Ky.--Said he differed in toto
with the gentleman, on this subject, and--
--If the gentleman will allow me, I put it upon the ground that the citizens of the State
have a just and equitable lien upon it.
could not are how the gentleman could make the point that those citizens had a lien upon this fund when they were Federal office-holders at the time, and never did a day a work for the Confederacy
The money was put in as a common fund for the benefit of the Government
, and why should one man be entitled to its benefits more than another?
To illustrate: many of the members of this body were in the old Congress, and when they left, or were turned out, their salaries were withheld; would not they, too, be entitled to indemnity?
, said — Let us ascertain the facts of the case, for I have the figures before me. The Confederate Government has received from the States--
and so on. During the month Louisiana
was independent the sum of $147,875 was received as customs.
Out of the sum the Government
received, about $600,000 was from Louisiana
Here a message was received from the President
, to be read in Executive session.
--We regard the bullion fund as the property of the United States
The State sized it and transferred it to the Confederate Government for the settlement of claims at some future day. So far as the $147,000 was concerned, it was a more act of liberality in giving it to the Government
— Letters were continually received from Montgomery
, during the early part of the Provisional Government
, stating there was not a dollar in the Treasury, and none to pay the officers even; and therefore this fund was given.
Other States had paid in property as loans; Alabama
had given property or bonds, but Louisiana
gave this as a bounty to the Confederacy
, as an evidence of the liberality of the State Now
, all that is asked out of the sum given to assist the Government
in its hour of need, is the paltry sum of $5,000, to pay the balance of these consuls claims.
called for the question, and the proposition to take up the bill was negatived.