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JQA Diary, volume 48 21 December 1837
JQA Neal Millikan Anti-Slavery Petitions to Congress Gag Rule

21— VI. Thursday— Elizabeth C. Adams arrived— Meeting of Committee of Manufactures—Adams, Biddle, Foster, Naylor, Tillinghast, Vail—absent Slade, Turner and Webster— I read the Committee—a letter received this morning from F. G. Comstock, with sundry members of the silk Culturist; and I laid before them the Petition of Adam Brooks, which I have not yet had an opportunity to present.— The Committee authorised me to move the recommitment of the Report on Silk of the last Winter’s Session, and agreed to meet again Next Thursday— H.R.U.S— The Journal had disfigured and falsified the Transactions— Slade moved to amend the Journal so as to state the facts correctly—but his motion was rejected— Patton had a resolution ready drawn agreed upon at the Slavery meeting of yesterday; a resolution like that of the 16th. of January last, that no petitions relating to Slavery or the trade in Slaves in any State, District or Territory of the United States shall be read, printed, committed or in any manner acted upon by the House— I objected to the reception of the Resolution, and Patton moved to suspend the rules, which was carried 136 to 65. and after a Speech, he moved the previous question which was carried as was the Resolution

When my name was called I answered I hold the Resolution to be a Violation of the Constitution of the right of petition of my constituents and of the people of the United States, and of my right to freedom of Speech as a member of this House— I said this amidst a perfect war whoop of order— In reading over the names of the members the Clerk omitted mine: I then mentioned it and the Speaker ordered that the Clerk to call my name again— I did not answer but moved that my answer when first called should be entered on the Journal— The Speaker said the motion was not in order—that the only answer could be given was aye or no. I moved that my motion might be entered on the Journal with the decision of the Speaker that it was not in order—to which he made no answer— A motion then was made to go into Committee of the whole on the Union upon the Message.— Ewing and Duncan had some sparring— Underwood of Kentucky and of Virginia— The Committee rose and the House adjourned about 3.— Finished reading the Memoir of Burr