ut law in the premises.
He (Mr. Davis) was attempting to lay down the law; but some gentlemen here prefer arbitrary will to the written law of the land.
Ten years ago, when he first came to Congress, this was a Government of law, but he had lived to see the Government degenerate to arbitrary will.
Let us hope, he said, that, in the course of events, those who have rebelled against the Constitution and the laws will, like the Prodigal, return, asking forgiveness on their knees.
Mr. Mallory (Kentucky) moved to lay the bill on the table.
This was agreed to — yeas, 91; nays, 63.
The bill which was laid upon the table provided for the appointment of provisional governors in the States declared in rebellion, to see that the laws of the United States were faithfully executed as soon as military resistance to the United States shall have been suppressed and the people of such States sufficiently returned to their obedience of the Constitution and the laws of the United S