The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster - Vol. 2

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MR. WEBSTER of New Hampshire said that it would be remembered that, at the last session, a Message was received by the House from the President, in answer to certain resolutions of the House, relative to the repeal of the French decrees. This Message was referred to the Committee of Foreign Relations, who made their report. On this report the House did not act at that session. I now rise, said Mr. Webster, for the purpose of submitting a motion, which shall again bring the subject before the House. I mean, sir, that the Message and the report of the Committee of Foreign Relations thereon, be again referred to the same. I understand such a reference, or some similar proceeding, to be necessary, in order to bring the subject again regularly before us. I am induced to this, as well by the intrinsic importance of the matter contained in the report of the Secretary of State, as by an unwillingness that the manner in which the resolutions of the House were answered on that occasion should quietly pass into a precedent. I deprecate the idea, that when this House, which is the inquest of the nation, calls for information on certain specific points, the call is to be answered by an elaborate argument, and that such argument is to be holden to be conclusive on the judgment of the House and of the nation.

The subject to which the Message and the report of the Secretary relate, has lost none of its importance. It remains an object of great interest, to those especially who have been and still are dissatisfied with the professed grounds of the war.

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