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Congressional: Rules--abolition Petitions

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Monda y, Dec. Ü, 1841.The House resumed thctíonsideratíonof the mofioft of Mr. VV. Cost Johnson to atlopt the Rules of the 2öth Congress for the soy-, ernment of this House, until it sho;(lij i,e otherw9e ordered.The previous questi'Ofi having been moved, Mr, Filímor rose, and after sorae remarks, reques'.ed Mr. Johnson to moJify bis proposilion so as to. ftx a definite time for the consiJcration of the Repon of the Committee on Rules. Mr. Fillmore said, if rulos were adopfed now by the House without fixiag a time for the consideration of the Roport, those rules would not be changed this session. It was generally ndmttted, however, that the rules of the 26th Congress were very imperfect and required amendnients in tnnny rcspecis.Mr. Ad.ims interrupted this conversaron by demanding of the Speaker (he reason why he (Mr. A.) had been put down by the previous queslion yestertlay, whilo debate was now tolerated? Soma explanations passed. between Mr. A. and the speaker, ihe latter insisting that Mr. A. was not etopped yeslerduy, and that, iho Journal ehowed. Mr. Adams then, after some remarks in contradiction to wrh.nt ihe speaker said,move4, to amend Mr. Johnsoa's proposition so as. to except the 21st mie. , The Speaker explained that this wasnot in order, because the previous q.uestion was now moved . Mr. Adams. Weil, .sir, if thia matter is to bë settied by trickery, the sooner we know it the better. He went on to show that there was trickery in the management of tbat business.Mr. Stanley said, the gentleman from Massachusetts was entirely wrong in this afFair, ïhough he might be right bine hundrod and ninety.niue times in a thousanc! He corroboraled the statement oflho Speaker. Mr Proffit,.on the other hand, supporteel Mr. Adams' view cf the matter, and said there was Bomeihing very singular in this business. ITnally, Mr. Cost Johnson adopted lije ifuggesiion of Mr.Fillmore,and rnodified his resol ut ion so as la próvida that the Report of ihe Conimiuee on Rules be taken up on Monday next. The Resoluiion ihus modified, prevaiied, and tbo House arijourned.Correspondence,' oí tli8 Philanthropist . fSl have just learned a curious circumtance respeciing the proceedinga and rejrort oí the celebra tedcommiüee on ílulcs, appoínted at the Ex!r:x Sesaion. That comnriitiee was eomposed of six slaveholders, and (hree members from the freo lates, Mr. Calhoun of Massachusetts, being the chainmn. They were required to report a code ofruies.but ihey purtxise 7 w.a;cu uuill (IIB VpiJ HJftíiii 'me LjXtra Session, n order toavoida fresh 1 bateabout tha vex.cdcfucstion. When IJeít, l was assured ihal the rules wou ld bc reported without any ág;and since í ■ carne here í was apprised by a meraber of the committee that they so reported On referring to the printed copy, howevcr which very few even of he members have yet seen, I ñnú that the twenty-first rule is indeed omitted, but the mischief s crowded in, as a thief would sneak inlo a hen roost by a most admirable congruity, under the new rule forbtdding "assault and battery" on the íloor oi'the íiuuse. I give itas it is prínledbeing the very best rule of the litt."Any member assaultin anotlicr person on the il .wrjof the ííouáS siíafi beüfexpelled therefrorn." ' "Upon the pre3entaton of petitionsemorials, resolulions, or other papers reiating to siavery, objection (o the reception hal! be considered as mtule, and ihe queslion of reception shall bc laid on ihe tabJe." Thus it will be seen that tho committee have recornmended n gag even'more conprehensive thati Johnsou's, fur it includes all papers, petitions, and motionp, in anvway "RELAT1NG 'JO SLAVERY."- Thig alrocious plan cornos funvard with the sanction of the committce, and all the power of politica! machinery will be employed to secure it&adoption, and there is special reasoa tolear that h will be adoptcd, unies the people of the Free Staiea bestir fhemselves, and by remonstrances, prrvafc letters, personnl application, and the voice of the press, bring a sound influence to bear uporï their Represenlaiives, so that ihey will not dure to sacnfice the Liberty of the people for political intrigues and party interests, Aöojiier Gag. Tüesdav.Dec. 7. As soot as the reading of the Message was finished, and the vote to print 10,000 copies dinpuscd of', Mr. W. C. Johnson brought forward lus motion in regard to the rules of the House, wáh a mocüflcation, so that the Report on the Rules is made the special order of tho day for Thursday, and every day aftenvards, until it is díposed of. An explanation took place belween Mr. Adains and the Speaker, frorn whicf it nppeared tlmt no previous que9liou had been ordered on the amsndrnenls, and Ronsequently the debate had been precluded, in fact by the overhearing of the Chair, anda misapprehen8on by Mr. Adarns, while in fact the sub ject was perfectly open, and by the lex ParliamenUiria couiu not havo been precluded on the arnendrneritff. The previous question was now, however voted by a very large majority, on the rflftin question,jmd the Verte, being hy vühb nnd iiays, stood 97.fo95. So the 'il.jifsc h ngain gaed. Before the volO was taken, one of the Southern merabers moved an adjournment n the ground tlmt-po ninny Souihern meinbera were absent; but on receiving a wink, he withdrew his moiion. Many members voted tbr the Previous Question, who afterwards voted n the negntive on th rnain question - the first to snit their party here, and the olhcr topmt their consiituent8at home. Mr. Filniore of New York begged Johnson to niodify his mo. (ion so as to adopt tlio rules for a iinited titne, intimuiing that ho could volo fop h - ag, and all. -Sui-irt of III., voled for the gag, notwilhstaiKÜng his strong profcssions at home, before eleclion. Casey votrd against t. The New ilanipshirodelegaHon, as usual, went i'r Mie gas. ns did several of the same pa'rly (Voiñ New York, Pennsylvaniti and O);. Tlio -.vlii members from Indiana, Lañe, Proffil une Wallace, voled for fhe gnr, while Kenodv a democrat, and i liompson, wliig, vótefi against it. But a süli more extraorditmry voto mts liiat of Gov. Monow of O!uo. His vote, given as liiá coustituonts wouiíJ have wished, would have produced a lie, and defeateri ihc resoíution. fio carne here as the successor of I Ion. TtiornasQoiHvtii, choBen Governor of the State. - Another gentleman n the District woúld have been more acceptablc to tho tody oï lis party, but unfortunately for hiin hé ad takon so prominent a stand ngainsi ie Abolinonisls, that to nominóte liitn wüuld have been sure to loóse t hei r volos and secure ndefeat; and therefore, Gov. Morrovv was talccn u[)t on purposc lo satiífy the Aboütionista of his District, uid was chosen. If Charles Hammond wei e alive, he coiiíd Furñíslí sqrñe explanations. The iamenüiblo defeclión of this veneralile old man, under the influencc of party drill, affords renewed evidencc of tliefolly of expectinrr a firm defence ofliberiy by men sent bero as the rppresentntivcs of a party, wiiich in ús leaders, is essen tially and totnlly pro-slavery. The whuie vote of the Norlh stood as foüoivg;Yen.s, Whig, 4 Dein. 30 34 Naya, 72 19 01 The four Soiüliern members who yöted ngainst thegng, were Duits und Stunrt of Va., UndcrwoocJ of Ken., and Araoitl, of Tenn. Total 95. Sevonteen Norihern neo woreal)sent,nd.twen!y-ihrec Souiliern. C3:slavehoíders voted for the gii on the peoplo of tlxe North. Thé on!y Nopihern states which oave a majorily iíi favor of the gn;, weve New Hampsiiirc, [always tnictosluvpry,) and indiana.