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UNITED S TATES TE LEGIlAPlI-~7^.r^r^/.

This paper will be devoted exclusively to the Presidential lilcctioii, and l)e published weeUlv
until the 15th of October next, for Ont DotUir,

BY GREEN fy J^RJ'IS.



VOL. I.



WASHINGTON, MARCH 1, 1S28.



No. I



(From the Kentucky Argus.]
y« THE PEOPLE OF KENTUVRY.

Fba-ikpodt, Pebriuiry IG^ 183S.

Ediow Citi.:ens .■

An address of Henry Clay to the public has
been lately disseminated, in which he endea-
vors to prove tliat no proposition was made by
hini or his iVicnds to i;encial Jackson, previous
To the late Presidential election, and that there
u-as no UTidcrstandiuaf betft'een Uitu and Ktr.
Adimi. , •; .

Almost every member of the. Leglilature rs-
ceived a copy of this pvod^ct'iOit frankfdif/ Mr.
Clay himself. As soon as they had time toV'Uid
it, Mr. IJeatly of the Senate, offered, in Coin-
rnittceof the Whole, a number of resolutions as
a si'bstitutc for others reported by the Commit-
tT"j on Internal Improvements, and then under
consideration,' which embraced not only the
subject of the orijjiual resolutions, but also aa
eidog;y on the present administration and a cen-
sure upon its opponents. These resolutions, it
Was well understood, were drawn by Mr. Den.
Hardin. The fifth reads as follows :

*' This I.eg'islature view8,« ith deep conceno,
and feehngs ot just indignation, the efforts that
are now makinjj throujyliout the United States,
to blast the reputation of the distiii,?uished mem-
bers of Congress from tliis State, wlio voted for
.lohn Q.. Adams to be Presidint of the United
titates. They have no hesitation in s:iyintf, that
it is their coniirmed opinion, from great deliber-
ation and a full examination of all the facts and
evidence adduced, that the charj^es of bargain,
sale and corruijtion in the election of John Q.
Adams, are utterly false and malicious; that they
are brought forward and endeavored to be sus-
tained for party purposes, and to elevate Gen
.lackson to the office of President of the United
States."

Tlie friends of Gen. Jackson objected to this
resolution, because it embraced subjects not
within the scope of the legitimate powers of
the Legislature. The Legislatiu-e rejiresents
the people, and, under certain restrictions, is
tlie sovereign power of the State. When Ken-
tucky speaks as a jj,overnmcut, she speaks
througii lier Legislature. Ail the acts of that
body which come within the scope of its legiti-
inate power.s, bmd the people, tf the Senate
or House of Kepresentative.s attempt an act
which docs not bind their cor.stiluents, that :'Ct
is not within the Innit iji their powers, and is
either wholly nugatory or an usurpation. Test
this resolution by that principle. I>oestheo))i-
nion of the Legislature as to the motives if
those members ot Congress who voted for Jolm
Quincy Adams, bind the people'. Or, when
the Legislature declare that the friends of Gen-
CTal .i.ackson are slanderci-s, .actuated by parly
jnirposes, arc the people hound by the derlara-
tion* Have they delegated tiieir right to lliiuk
anil form opinions nlM'ive to pii!,l;e ir p^ii ;i'e



men, to their Senators and Ite])resentative9 of
the General Assembly' Are they bound to
take tlie opinions oftlie.se surbordinate servants
as conf'liisive of the character aud acts of the
general ailministration, and vote for him as Pre-
sident or ni'^mber of Congresi whom they may
designate in their nesohitions' Such assertiooB
would be repelled with indi°;nation by every
freeman of Kentucky.

If, therefore, tiie .Senate as.sumedto speak ii^
the name of the {people, they were gudly of
g,TOS3 usiirpatioii. The people h^ve uol yet giv-
oo up. their right to think for J^Cjmwlves, and
rcBoIve in their rjjrn mindi^, iipui\ the character
and prete'sion of men in (iffice, ftiid candid,itc!<
for promotion, wilhoutreceivlng the mandate of
(he honorable Senate or Genei'al Assembly in
the town ofl'ranktort. Biit iftHe Senator who
inirodui'ed this resolution and those who voted
for it, were acting for themselves, they mistook
the time and place, as well as the proper slylr
of their acts. They were sii ting in a house ]>ro-
vided by the people, were paid with the peo-
ple's money, and assumed to resolve in the naiue
of the General Assembly of tlicCommonwealtU
of Kentucky. Had they been honest, would
they not have first adjourneil, found their own
ho'ise, lived on their oivn money, met in open
and avowed Caucus, and resolved In the name
of "this A-ssemhly'" The people might then
httve laughed them to scorn; but tluy could not
have complained, as tliey do uow", that these
men used their house, wasted their time, iinA
squandered their money, in discussing, for days
and weeks, resolutions, which, if ushered forth,
in the name of the people, are a gross usurpa-
tion, as ridiculous as it is extravagant.

These resolutions are not in principle like
those of 1824, requesting our members in Con-
gress to vote for General Jackson. A sove-
reign act was then about to be pei-formed; the
vote of this gre;»t State was about to be given
for President. The Legislature, the only re-
presentative of that sovereignty, requested the
^votc to be given for General Jackson, assuring
the instruments who w'''re to speak Kentucky's
voice, that such was the v,ill of the people.
That ought to have been received as a mandatCj
and implicitly obeyed. I>ut it was disregiu'ded;
and r.ow what do we see.' Tlie same men, one
of whom said after the election that we were
sold as a \'irginian transfers iiis ])lantation and
negroes, bow in luimble submission to their nesV^
master, turn round and tell the people aU'n well,
and endeavor even to usurp their power of
thought!

Tlic friends of the right of instruction and
of Jackson, wannly protested against the right
of the Senate to give opinions for the people;
but finding the majority determined to march
forward, they insisted, that an opinion ought not
to be ex|>ressed witliou; the adoption of eiiicient
means to test its correctness. 'I'he resolution
spoke of " a full examination of ;ill the facts
niid evideiic' a(V!ur,>;l," amlifi.h \ vrnn'Id ^r-



■on, it v«is t'xcirUuT)- lu grycur.eaiKi cxasiiiieill
the evidence wiOyii tlieip reacli. On tlie next
morninff, General Jillen accordingly offered the
tbllowing resolution:

"Whcrea'", in n resolution now before the
Committee nf tin- Wliolc FIoiiKt to wliicli \vs3
refcrrcJ the report aJid resolutions of the Com-
mittee on Internal Improvemrnis, the following
subjects are bvonj;lit nefoi-c V'.\r: conrntte.', up-
on -.vhich they arc i-qnired to decde, to \rit:
'This I.tjfislainre viev. \riih dcg concern and
feeling of just indijfnalion, the efforts whxli
"are now making (lirmgliont the United States,
to blxst the lepnU'.ion of the distlngiiinhcd
members of Coiijji-ewifi'om t"ii" Stale who voted
for John Q. Adams to be President of the
• United States, niey have no hesitation ia
saying:, that it is tlieir coiifmne*! opinion, from
jjreat diliberatitm and a fiill exafliinntii'n i^fail
the facts 9ii-Je7fdcnoe adtiucc'!, thiitlhectiarges
of bargiaifr, s«!e, autrcorruptioit, m the election
of Jolii^ (i. Adains, arc uttcriy false and ma'i-
rious: that they arc hruiii^ht fiinvard and en-
deavored to j)e sustained for piirty purposes,
and to ele\*ute (itn. Jackson to the ottice of
rrcsidcnl of the United States." Therefore,
to enable the Coniniittee to examine into and in-
'♦(■estigate the transactions embwced in the fore-
going rcsoliiticn, lirxohed. That said Connnjt-
tee be authorized and iiistrticte<l to send for
persons anS paper?- "

The A'-iams men affected to consider this
proposi'ion as a mtie jok'-, and la:J it on the
■table. rhouji;h their rt-solution, in its very
terms, spoke of the exaniination tif evidence
aikhiccd, notiiing was further from their
tlioujjhts than to ad In cc* any evidence at all.
But iiothinjif tt-as more plaiu, than tliat if tfiey
had a r'ljlit to pass tiitir r^.olutioti, ihey h-id a
riijiil tt) brin;^ befoi'o them all the evidence
which might conduce to a correct opinion.
•It became ciiri-eni that they imended to aot
w'ilhout erideiH-i, bt cause tliey dared not in-
troduce it, and they be&ime alarmed. Not
knowinp what to ilo, ilreading- to go forward
and afraid to fjo back, finally, Mr. lieattypie-
sented his reMilution in the Senate; .Mr l.ock-
ctf, one of their oaii partj, c.illed up Ciencral
Allen's, which tiny so anunded as to bring the
evidence bcfme tlie bar of die Senate, and ge-
nerally voted for it.s adoption. The time allow-
ed to pixicurc \ritnes-ies from all parts of the
Sta'a, was but Si.x da^•^.

The day set for (lie inquiry arrived, and
"scareoly a Ukui tif tlicse v/lio had been sumnion-
od out of Frankfort, uwde his Appearanci'. The
triends of Geniral Jacfcsnn, still unx'ouii to get
rid of the wnole siihjec!, the resolution of Mr.
ijeatty as well as 'he rimniiiKitioji of witiit-ssiii,
•proposed to postpone Ihe.wLole nutter to a day
l)( yond tlie session. Tije .^d.mis men, rcl\ ing,
■we presume, upon the absence of witnesses,
appeared now lo h.ive become bold, and deter-
mined logo immediately into the inquiry. But
they never coiiieui;)lated any thing like a full
»nl coiTipUte iuvestig-.itiou. They had gone.
ihto it because they d;ircd not ^tfu^e, and rely-
ing < II tlv.ir ni,iiont>, tUey intended to e:cclud<!
whatever the) thought it d,ingerous to :idmit,iind
under some p.etext, p-jt a stop to it, if its pro-
gitss w ■J J likely to prove fatal to theirparty vews.
Yttu u-ill .see full evidence ot ill this in the iiici-
' ".•.- whi.-!i occurfjj ifjrinj» Ihs iuveslj^tiOn.



Xlic txaiuinajiaij «f wilawses cuiuiueii^eo',
and the friends of truth and the people will
find nuich ca'isc to rejoice that the viokit'on of
principle and right in the Senate, ha.s leJ to
distlosures which lia^a covered (he perpetrr-
toiN w:lh confusion, and will hasten the downfal
of the reign ot iiitrijfne and cornipt'on.

In relation to Mr Francis Johnson, it wa^
jrov^'d, that before the Preaidentisti election he
Ifad spoken agy.inst .\Ir. Adams; tliat after Mr.
Cliv 'v:is e.tclud«l from the floose l-i receiv-
ed a parcel of le'lers from hon;e, ;rhich in*
st-ucted him to "stick to Old Hickory — give
usu western President whatever yon do;" tirat
nirt'.r "Oting for Mr. .\d«ms in dcfi.incc of &\
this, a.s well as the instructions of the Legisla-
ture, he came home and ga'/eas his reason, that
it was "lugel Mr. Chi/ viadc- Seeretarf/ o/'.Vo/P."
See the evidence of Mr* Hitt and James M'Mil-
lan, F.sq.

In relation to Genefal Metcalfe, it was prov-
ed, that 'iariy in Junuary, 18*35, i.i speaking oV
the election and iU - li',-nt'jcky delegation, hi;
said, •' / knoui tiitlt^ utori, iha.t when J came hcr^
— VK&liinil uneuiuiniltcd — wn ntiut Ifnoat smur^
thirty uhi/iii hi,w tkc cnb^/tH is io btJitUd.*^ Af-
tifr the election, when told by Col. Johnson)
that voting for Mr. Adaras would be an up-hill
business in Kentucky, he replied, " / fear icc
iui'C iSonr tiio MurJtfor our fritnd " To remove
all doubt who this friend was, iie stated after
his '•eturii honie, that " we couUi not pmsill^j
gti M'. (lay in t/tC cabmet, wil/ioul inting for
cmdekain^ Mr. jidaiis," See the evidence of
Mr. Hitt, j.T. Johnson, Esq. and the state-
ment of Mr. John Dt^-ha.

In relation to Mr I>avid Trimble, it is proved",
that in Ib'ii, he ahiisot John Q. Adams as a
tvone pid:tic'(i» than hii, father, an tipmlule ftdt.
ratiif, an eitcnti/ (fine went, whii offered a! Ghinl
to barter atvn'/ tlie nitois'Jtioii ,f ike Af^imi.'tgtppi
tn tbe DrUiali for a tM.\3 fif cintjiili, -iMA. said "//
he ewf vnted fur him he tviruld agree io be called n
frdfralint us /<irg m be heed." Vet in the face
of his •)wn declareil opinions, as well as the
will of the people and the req^iest of the Le-
gislature, did he vote for this man, whom he
had so violently denounced. What wjs his
upnlogv ' He gave it himself — "WE DIS-
TINCTLY ASCEHTAINED, that Mr. Adams
would matte. Mr. Clay Hecrctary of State, and
thjit ill all probabiHti/ General Jackson would
rent." ■ See the evi<li nci'? of Mr. John Masain
jr. the statements of .M. Han-ison.&sq.aiid eleven
citi»<iis of Kkming count; , tha letter of
Jesse Hummers, Ksq. andthe affidavit of MeSSrj.
Qciiry Italbert and Jesse Hainrick.

1.1 it possible that u bai'gsin cotild be more
clearly proved, without the production of a wri-
ting sijrned and seilod by ti.o cjntracting par-
ties' liLie was an act done by one party in ecu-
ibtlerutioa of a.i act to he done by another. A
part (itthe Kentucky delegation a70we<lly stood
unconmiitted for the pi:rpi>se of anfr'taining
bitu) the caiinet wu.^ io be filled; tliey did ascer-
tain that Mr. Ad.-ims eould make Mr Clay Scc-
rctiuy of State; I/kJ was the coiiaideralioii giveh
for their vote.';, .and they came homo and said so.
Mr. Adams did jMif tlm eoiiaideratinu by n^akiiig
Mr. Clay Secretary of State, and the contract u-as
thus fiilfilled by both of the high contract! r-
parliea! We are- sure that no hotiist jtiry wotil ■
rfftjiiire Stroir^r evidence to prmfc a fto/r'in-.'



lilt; t'rituJs fci t.eati-;jl Xi^kifea sfferi'd to
prove before the Senate, the confessions of D.
White, Ksq. one of the metnt 19 of Congress
implicated in voting for Mr. A Jams. It would
have been an insult to iir. V.'hite, as well as a
violation of the constitution, to introduce bim
to pur^e him'Jelf on oath, or to te:-t;fv sgainsf
himself; yet rhd ihc A.lams m;ijority, anJer pre-
tence thit Mr. White shotilc'i be himself made a
witness, vot<; to exclude all evidence of hscon-
fission;, whetiier niajc bct'oL-e .jr since t'le
PresiJential election! This step v.as ivithout
right .".r precedciiti il was an act of rirbitrary
jjoir'T for the p-i.pose of s!nittl:;p o.it anirrkonit
Iml'^i. UxA Mr. VViiito'i conCe -.sions been ad-
mitti-d, we ar<- aatliorized tt,- say, it would liave
been proved, tliat while at Washington, and
ever since his return, he h;ui i;n-foraiiy said tluat
he- v^i.'xl foi- Mr. Cl/y, ai A not lor Mr. Adu.iis,
that Ml. .\da.iTis would never have been Presi-
dent, liad not Mr. Clay been Secretary of State;
tilat aUh jujh lie knew of iio direct and positive
bar=pa:n, a ^rt of ti:e Kentucky d^-legrvtion held
a tanc.is, in wh.ch, after c.onsuitins' Mr. Ciay
hiinscif, they deta-mlned to iujiport .V!r. Adams,
bein? perfectly satisfied that he would make
Ml-. ';lay SecretaiT of State; and ihat thi - -, and
liotiiin^ else, was his motive in lotiiig for >fr.
Adams. It was 'iirse damnir.g facts, which the
niajori'v did not wish to hc.-ir, and therefore ex-
cluded all evidence of Mr. V.'nke's declarations!
T!iis inqu ry, c.naectcd with facts already
before t!ie ijublic, has placed Mr. Clay in a
most awkward attitude. He ha.5 publicly de-
nied, that there W;!S evei any serious di.ler-
ent- between hiin and M.-. Adams relative to
the r.,:vctiaticns at Ghtiit, arid his friend, .Mr.
Wicl-.hfiV, ve:itured to assert the sair..; tn'ng
i;l llie most positive ttnns on the floor of the
>ena1e,

.V series of letters was written and publish-
ed in the Ar<jus in 182.2 and ia'25, reviewing'
Mr. Adams' Book .m the Ghent negotiation, in
which he was charg-ed with violating in»tr.ic-
tions, with deadly hostility to the Western
country, with injustice' to Vlr. Clr.; , w'tli at-
tempting to sell the blood ot" the West for the
ptivi'etje of fishing- in Brirish waters, with dis-
in.5en'.iov.jness, falsehood, and ignorance! It
was pi-oved, that after the publication of these
letters, Mr. Clay protnolrd their republication
in pamphlet form, and acttially paid JlOO of his
own money for that p-irpose! See the ev'dence
of ilcssrs. Tanner and Kendall. Capt. Uareiss
asserted in debate, and dt-clsred the proof was
at hand, that Jlr. Clay liad himself received in
juarmscvlpt and«ent to Ohio for pui»licfltion, ar-
ticles containing- the ssme aei-ious charts
ajraiust Mr. / dams, and the friends of Mr. Clay
neither denied it nor called f'rr 'he -proof, if
the charges i;mde ?t;-ainBt Mr. Adams were uu-
tiuF, Mr. Clay staniU convicte<l as his sluiir/errr
■.i.\v\ HbeUar ; if tiiey were true, t!ieu he has al!ie<l
himself with a man whom he krirw to be capa-
ble o*' «;'i/i.i^ //<£ WimJ 0/ //-c Wett. la cither
•alternative, what mutt t'le world think of Mr.
Clay'

The attitude in which Mr. Cl.iy has placet!

himself and his friends, was fully exposed in

the Seii.itc. .Mr. Pope o#'ereJ an amendment

^|.to thj white-washiTiK re.<;olution, declarinij

/.'all these chargi^s a;,'-ainst .».!r. Adams pnl;-

■ 1 -'.;-J i:i.lB2-J-i', to b-j ■ utter! - I'ai- .-.' I !.-•



frjc'nds of Mt Ci»y were piacei* in a sad diieu,.
ma. If they voted for this amendment, with
the evidence before them that Mr. Clay had
himself circulated these charges^ and paid for
their circulition, they would vote tli,at be was
s shandi'i-er and a libeller ; if they voted .against
it , they would vote that Adams -a-is an eneniy
of the West, ready to sell its blood ! In this
pr^dicayent, they divitled ; some voted th,a*
C. -.y was a libeller, and others that Adams was
d knave ; but the amendment was rejected by
the castinj^ vote of the Lt. Governoi'. This
sliows that '.he party CMC notJiin_!^ for Ml' Adams;
they will vote him a knave wl'.en he staiulsalo.ie,-
but an honest man, when' connected with Mr.
Clay ! IJis makhigf Mr. play Sea'ctary of
State, is the conridi^allon of their support, as it
w as of tiie votes of Br. Clay and his friends hi
Coiigret.i.

Notvvithftandi.-ig the tremendous ch'Arges
wiiich Mr. ChkV had circulated agaiust Mr. Ail-
ams, he muleavoi-s to prove that h-j liad matle up
his mind to vote for hiinasc-<uly asthe fall of
ly24,and never wavered in hisdetermination. It
is prnvetl by the statement of .Maj. Carneal, that
at the very time it. CUiy was saying to i. .1.
Crittenden and others, that he should vote fur
Mr. Adanv-i, he told liim that he was trhnVy
•tn'omiiiillcJ. To Major Carnea', to another
disting lishtd member of the Lc-s^slature, and
to 0. A. Wickhffe, Esfl- he did, about the .'-■imi:
lime, convey tie impression, that there was no
obstacle to his voting fi.;- General .lackson, and
that he had not made up his mind ! To Majo-,-
T- P. Moore he used the same languagtj aflcr
his arrival at Washington Cltj'. ^

Whjt shall we think of this > Had he iir>t
matle up h!s mind to vote for Mr. Adaais ;
Tlien he stated falsehoods to Jlr. Ci-ittenden.
and others. Had he made up his mind, as he
now asserts: Then he was playing the hypo-
crite with the fi-iends of Gen. Jacison in our
Legislature, and a portion of our members of
Congress. W'nich position will he take .' ll'e
cannot escape from both.

It is easier to perceive Mr. Clay 's motives
than to vin.dicale his cause. While he was telling-
one set of individuals that he shoidd vote for
Mr. Adams, he was assiu-ingthe friends (if Gei;.
Jackson in the Legislature that he was unctjui-
mitted and felt no repugnance to voting fo'-
tiieir favorite, with the object of preventing Ihr^
pw^!);!: of tesoluii one of instruction, keeping Ijim-
selffree to make the it'6.' biirgain ke could ana a,-
cnpe from future emharrassnient. M'ith thesam;
view, he Xirged ihe members of Congress to re •
mt'.in uncommitted, and conve) ed the impres-
sion that he stood in that attitude hi'iiisclf. Uli
langut-.ge wa3,rfo rto/ inbiruci mc;land ntyfri'nd<-
in (rmgress remain unaimmiitej; [ hope ymt liav''.
confidence iiX^eue Ih-iit Iv]'.ll do my duty; there ■•$'
no olistnck to my roting fi,r Gen. Jackson. Noh-.
why ail this fear of instructions and committals'
!Mr. Clay told Maj. Cai-rica!, "1 stand uncomniit-
/(:/;" he advised Mcssi-s. Wickhlfe .am! Moore
to remain ttncommi'Wtt/,- Gen. Metcalfe told Mr.
Uitt, "wc stand uncommitttJ." Now, what was
the object of all this.' General Metcalfe has told
us — "wc must know .wnxthing uhout liow the
ciihincJ is to be filled. ' The object of Mr. Clay
and his friends is here distinctly avowed. \V£i;,
did they find out huwllie cabind ici^ to befilitv,-' '
I •■ ^' -. ■!" '..-:' ' ■ ::, ■ —..••Wi. I'lSi I.> LT'-i >- '



H tuTi i>ED llittf Mr. iW-ujw wjuld inal-e Mr. Clay
i^eerctari/ ofStute." AVe tlius have, in the con-
fessions of Mr. Clay'i own friends, a full cxpla-
liation of his movements; he wishcil to avoid in-
struclions and jjrcvent committals until Ueconld
"know how the cabinet u-as lo be filled-" but as
soon as it was "distinclly ai^ccrlaiiied" that Mr.
Adams would make him Secretary of State, and
wangementswere made to transfer to him the
Votes of the west for that consideration, th^M,
and not till then, did Mr. Clay come out openly
or Mr. Adams.

Whether Mr. Clay made up liis mind to vote
«r Mr. Adams as early as tlie fall of lb2-i or not,
s wholly immaterial. If he had, he Wus re-
solved not to let Mr. Adams know it, until he
" knew something' about h^w the cabinet was
fo be filled." In plain lane^uag'e, /i- (tic* aV'er-
nuTitd to get the best price he coul.l; and for his
vote and injluence lie dld^el the oj/ice nf S( aet,iri/
of Hiate. His declarations to Maj. Carneal and
others, and his letter to General Jackson in tiie
fall of 1&24, induce the belief, that lie woul i
just as soon have voted for General Jackson,
could he have ftcured hif price.

It is proved by t!ie evidence of Sir. Kcnilall
and the statement of J. Dudley, Ksq lliat in
januarv 1825, several v.eeks before the Presi-
dential election, K. P. Rlair, Esq. ah intimate
•and confidential friend of Mr. Clay, told tlieni
that Mr. Clay would be Secretary of State, if
.Jtr. Adams was made President, and rtqncsted
t^em to write to the representative from t'lis
district to vote for Mr. Adams, for tlie purpose
!jf securing that oifice to Mr. Clay lie predi-
cated his assurance to Mr. Dudley upon letters
fyqiti Wasliiui;t-.n_City. During^ the late inquiry,
-J!r. "Blair was called before the Senate for the
■'mirpose of pvovin:;' from whom he got this in-
formation. He refused to be swoit., on the
.ground, amonj- other thing-s, that he received it
ii "private tornuuMiications and a confidenlial
coirespondence" vihich the Senate bad no ri^'Ut
'to extort from liim. It was believed, that the
correspondence alluded to, was witli Mr. CIviy
himself, and now the Senate seemed to be ap-
proaching to direct and po.sitive proof, 'I'liis
the Adams men were as little desiroLis tdssee as
they were to iicarlhe confessions of Mr. 'Wliiie.
'I.liey immediately took the gro.md, tl>at tiiey
M ould force uwbndy to swear, declaring- in posi-
tive tene-;, that tiiey w:i7;ted to hear r.one iuit
willing witnesses. Thu?;, after goinj;- into tlie
iuquiry becaiise tbty dared not refuse it, ao
alarmed were they lest tiie w/wle Irulh slioulJ
come out, that they openly countenanced and ap-
J^lauded a conti-iniil c'' their autliori'.y, and en-
dt-avo.-ed to yiduce e\ erj- v.itu;-.«s lo refuse hi.s
•eiiiniony, I'^st lie should be deninuiced as a
; tre Vuhmicer.' Yet, tliese are tlic men who
■adcrt.ike to denounce tiie friends of Jackson
a< slanderers, because we aasert tliat which tlicy
know is already proved, and would have been
• proved in a manner to silence even knnverij il-
.■xff had they maintained the dignity of tlie Se-
nate, and extorted the testimony, which was
...".htady before them.

The country will judg-e what chance the

friends of Jackson bail to bring out the proof

befovo a tribunal so partlsl in its decisions and

' So wanting in refpect for itself. In some in-

.sriaoes, testimony wliieh was obviously legal

tills projMJr, ■ MTw arjitianiy- cxiifftcfed, itfiu'iu



others the majority oot only CDCOurje'cd cu(.-
tenipts of the Senate, but to make themselves
complctr ly ridiculous, in one case entered them
upon their Journals. Posterity will with won-
der find on their records the protest of Mr.
Blair, a perpetual witness that they were con-
scious of the error of their proceedings, or were
a partial tj'ibunal, submitting, with the utmost
tameness, lo contempt and indigmity, rathej
than bring out important evidence wliicli thgv
knew to exist. That such was their real cha>
ucttr, all their proceedings evince. Perceiving
that the proof of a bargain was coming in by
piece meal as the evidence arrived, they ha*
teued the inquiry to a close bffiire wilnuse.^ mutt"



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