The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 42
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Read some in Lucille, a poem by Owen Meredith, Bulwer's son.
Its sentiments are ennobling & refining.
Tuesday 24th Continued the consideration of the bill to as-
sess & collect taxes. I proposed a substitute for the bill reported
by the Committee, a bill reenacting the law of 19th Aug. 1861.
Speaker decided it would come up as soon as the committee's
bill was perfected. I offered an amendment proposing to dis-
pense with assessors and to devolve their duties upon the dis-
trict collectors. Lost. I offered a section to come in as a new
section between the 6th and 7th providing that the taxpayer
should give in his property & value it under oath & that if the
assessor should think the valuation made by the taxpayer too low,
he might select one disinterested citizen, the taxpayer another,
& in case of disagreement they two might select an umpire who
should value the property & their decision should be the true
taxable value of the property. This was best too-some 18 or
20 voting for it. Clopton205 offered an amendment to the 6th
section providing that the valuation should be "market." I voted
for this. Clapp206 offered an amendment striking out part of the
15th section (after the word "collection" in the 4th line), all of
the 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th down, to the word "give" in the 6th
line of the 19th sec. This cuts down all the machinery of con-
ventions of collectors from the Congressional districts etc. etc.
I voted for all this. Finished "Lucille". It is a poem the sen-
timents of which are ennobling and exalting.
Wednesday 25th Gladdened this morning by letters from Eliza
& Anna. Thank Heaven all well up to the 1st inst. My boy
Phil who had been captured by the Yankees had returned. For
this I am thankful. What a commentary is this upon Yankee
opinions about slavery. He made his escape & came back, though
he had been by my order severely punished before I sent him to
the army. He knew however that he had acted badly & deserved
punishment. House continued the consideration of the bill to
assess taxes & I did not attend to it as closely as I ought, hav-
ing my attention distracted by numerous letters, etc. Mr. Hol-
20'Clopton. See above, note 161.
206Clapp. See above, note 91.
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