id that he was unwilling to legalize the substitute system as amended, or as heretofore practiced.
He thought that if any system were to be adopted, the best would be that adopted by the French Government, which established by law a certain price to be paid by the party desiring a substitute into the Treasury, and furnished the substitute itself.
By this means the trends practiced by deserting substitutes, and the usury and villainy practiced by substitute agents, would be obviated.
Mr. Dortor, of North Carolina, moved to amend the bill by striking out that portion restricting the privilege of purchasing substitutes, where farmers are concerned, to those who have not less than fifty slaves.
To pass this measure would be to array the slaveholder against the non-slaveholder, and thus encourage a feeling of the most pernicious character.
Mr. Maxwell, of North Carolina, moved to amend the amendment by striking out all of the bill specifying the classes permitted to hire substi