A Political Register

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 276 pages
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... * t' . On the fourteenth of-February, the Houses of Congress met in the' Imll of fttc House of lleprensatives to perform the ceremony of counting the vote* for President and Vice President of tlic United States. A scene of great confusion occurred when tlie votes of the electors for Missouri were announced by the Piosident of the Senate and handett to the tellers. The members of the Senate withdrew and a violent discussion sprang up. By the exertions of Mr. Clay, order was at length restored, and, on his motion, a message was sent to the Senate, that dm House tvas ready to proceed to the completion of the business of couuling; the votes: The' Senate again came in. The votes of Missouri were read, rvnd the result of all the votes having been read, it wss announced by the President of the Senate, that the total number of votes for James Monroe as President of the United States, was 2:51, and if the votes of Missouri were not counted, was 228; that, in either event, James Monroe had" a majority of the whole number of votes given. James Monroe' was accordingly re-elected President for four years, commencing on the en. suing fourth of March. While the proclamation was making, two members of the House claimed the iloor to inquire whether the votes of Missouri were or wcie not counted. Another scene of confusion hereupon ensued, and the House were fmally obliged to adjourn in order to put an eivd to it. The rejection of Mr. Clay's report seemed to shutout all prospect of an amicable compromise. He was not disheartened, however. He never despaired of the republic. On-the 22d of Februrry, he submitted he following resolution-: ' "Resolved, That a committee be appointed, on the part of this house jointly with such c...

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