Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 2

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7. IX:15. CFA
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Weather rainy, to the Capitol, Miss Maese, Mr. Cambreleng, Mr. Storrs, hot debate,1 evening at home.


As the House of Representatives continued to debate the proposed constitutional amendment which would have changed the method of electing the President (see entries for 15 and 17 Feb., above), Churchill Caldom Cambreleng (1786–1862), a New York Representative who led the opposition to JQA’s administration, strongly advocated the amendment and, in the course of his remarks, animadverted upon the “singular eccentricity” of Henry Randolph Storrs, his New York colleague, in opposing the proposal. Storrs replied in kind, calling Cambreleng one of the “hungry expectants” who beset the government with requests for office ( Register of Debates in Congress , 19 Cong., 1 sess., 2:1543–1553).