Debates in Congress Volume 1

Debates in Congress Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...he will, and be held liable to tin-laws for so doing. Look at the effect; some member makes a charge against his fellow-member; Congress takes up the affair, and acquits or condemns. No jury can afterwards pass upon the case, inuny court, without being more or less influenced by our act. The precedent is dangerous. Mr. K. thought that it was not the duty of Congress to seize on a publication and take it out of the ordinary course of investigation. In the present case he felt perfectly impartial--he knew no difference between the Speaker and the gentleman from P. nnsvlvania; he could not sit down, however, without observing that the present was an inauspicious moment for going into such an investigation. It was practically impossible to separate the question from the great contest which was just approaching. Mr. STORKS, of New York, said, that, in his judgment, the subject before the House was to be viewed in two aspects--the one of which regarded the reputation of the individual member accused, the other concerned the character of the House itself. He should not hesitate to say that, in the first aspect, he thought the House should always exercise their discretionary power to the most liberal, and, perhaps, generous extent. He should be ever jealous of the honor of its members, and, whenever asked to interfere, officially for its protection from calumny, which affects them in the discharge of their duty here as representatives, should not be scrupulous in granting an investigation of the charges. I would, in the first instance, said Mr. S. go so far as generally to permit any gentleman here to be his own judge in a matter which thus affected his r.rn honor; and, if he deemed an investigation necessary to his vindication, grant him an inquiry. He...
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  • Paperback | 626 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,102g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647688
  • 9781236647689