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The papers of James Madison (1841)


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Excerpt from book: referred to the Office of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Clark proposed to add " to report." This was objected to by Mr. King, and brought on some general observations on the proceedings of Congress in the affair of the Mississippi. It was at length agreed that the reference be made without an instruction to report. Mr. Pierce then observed that it had been hinted by Mr. Madison, as proper to instruct the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to lay before Congress the state of his negotiation with Mr. Guardoqui, and made a motion to that effect, which was seconded by several at once. Mr. King hoped Congress would not be hurried into a decision on that point, observing that it was a very delicate one. But he did not altogether like it: and yet it was of such a nature that it might appear strange to negative it. He desired that it might at least lie over till Monday. Mr. Madison concurred in wishing the same, being persuaded that the propriety of the motion was so clear that nothing could produce dissent, unless it were forcing members into an unwilling decision. The motion was withdrawn, with notice that it would be renewed on MOnday next.188 Monday, April 2ND. Mr. Pierce renewed his motion instructing the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to lay before Congress the state of his negotiation with Mr. Guardoqui, which was agreed to without observation or dissent.See Journals till Tuesday, April Hth. Mr. Kearney moved that Congress adjourn on the last Friday in April, to meet on the day of May, in Philadelphia. Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island, were for it. The merits of the proposition were not discussed. The friends to it seemed sensible that objections lay against the particular moment at which it was proposed: but consideri...  
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