unfounded claim of power on the part of the House to interfere with the privileges of the President and Senate.
The President, therefore, declined to comply with the request of the House, giving his reasons in a special message.
Resolutions asserting the majesty of the House were introduced (April 6), and were supported by Madison.
These resolutions were adopted by a vote of 57 to 35, and the subject of the British treaty was a staple topic of debate for some time afterwards.
Finally, April 30, the House passed a resolution—51 to 48—that it was expedient to pass laws for carrying the treaty into effect.
The discussions of the treaty were soon transferred from public meetings and the newspapers to the arena of State legislatures.
Governor Shelby, in his speech to the Kentucky legislature, attacked the treaty.
The House seemed to agree with him (Nov. 4, 1794), but the Senate evaded any decided committal.
The house of delegates of Virginia adopted, by a vote of 100 to 50, a re