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Mr Adams And The Slaveholders

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Mruams is a very plain epoken man ou the loor of Congreso. In a recent debate, he -ead an extract frotn a letter of Mr. Wiso .0 his conniituents. fínding fault, bccause tbe Speaker had constituted a committee onFor iign affairs, (of which Mr A. ia chairman) - witli a Biajority of non-slavuholders. Mr. Adams 6aid, "It was not an individual or a persona] feeling, but it was slavekolding, slavetradeing, slavehreeding : and the complaintwas, that the majorily of the commit tee werenot appointed of slavebreeders!" This was more tban the slavebreeders could bear. Mr Gilmer of Va. said he ros to a question of order, and he did not intenc totake his Beat till it was decided. He cal led on the Speaker to put an end to this dis graceful proceeding, and thus arrest the gen tleman from Massachueetts in disgracin himself, and dishonoring the nation. After tumultuous altercation, Mr. Adams was for bidden to procecd, and the House adjournec It was a favorable eymptom in Mr. Gi rner that he dd not wUh to be called aslav breed' t Sefore all the world, It showed tha some latent fbclings of shame and self re speet s till remaincd in him. As a specimen of the state of feeling to wards himself, Mr Adams subsequently sta ted to the House, that he had received, wit in a day or two, the following paper, whic he would read to the House:Jackson, N. C. January 20, 1842. John Quincy Adams, Esq. Tliis will infurm you tbat your villainous cour8C in Congress has been watched by the whole South; and unless you very soon change your coursc, death will be your portion. Prepare, prepare, for by the of , you will unexpectedly be hurried into eternitjr, where you ought to have been lungsince. Yours, . This was a raeré sample of a very considerable correspondence, passive on his part. which he had received now and herelofore frorn this región, in which he was told that his viüainous course was watched. And the gentleman froni Albemarie had watched it. This letter was posimarked Norfolk, Virginia. Nor was this alone the operation of the correspondence. He had here a picturesque representatioo [which he exhibited to the House] of himself, with the mark of whateppeared a rifle bal), "at the shortest distance," on the head, and the word "abolilion" written over. On the sides were the word3 "mene tekel uphursin." He presumed that members of this House knew wliere it canae from. Underneath where the words, "Stop the music (precisely the words the gentleman from Albemarie had u.ed) of John Quincy Adams, the Bixth President of the United States, who, In one revolving moon, ïs BtateBinan, poet, tmbbler and buifoon."


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