THE Congressional Globe
The Congressional Globe is sold to Congress for less than the first edition of any book is sold for by any bookseller in the world.
-- JOHN C. RIVES, 1856.
THE publication of the Congressional Globe is one of Blair's chief contributions to American history. Blair and Rives as partners began its publication in 1834, continued it until 1849, and Rives and his sons then conducted its publication down to 1874.1 Closely connected with the Congressional Globe was the ceaseless play for the public printing of Congress. The printing offered profits, while the Congressional Globe provided political propaganda to readers at low cost, provided textbooks for Congressmen, and furnished ready references for the presses which desired to obtain sets of the reports of the national legislature. The Congressional Globe became a formidable competitor of the Register of Debates, which was published by Gales and Seaton until 1837, when it was discontinued.
A political contest arose in Congress in February, 1833, over the election of a printer for the House of Representatives. Blair and Rives, Green, and Gales and Seaton were the principal contestants for the business. A long-drawn-out contest in which agreements were made, or understood, resulted in the election of Gales and Seaton, who had 99 votes to 94 for Blair and Rives. Adams records in his Memoirs that "a buzz of satisfaction went around the hall [House of Representatives] outside the bar," when the vote was taken. Then he complacently remarked: "I secured this election to Gales and S. by prevailing upon the Anti-Masons, 12 of whom had at first ballot voted for Thurlow Weed, to vote finally for them." The Globe said that the results were not surprising to it,____________________