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mittee of the Whole should be disposed of, he would ask the consent of
the House to make a report from the Committee of Foreign Affairs in
relation to Texas. He moved that the further proceedings of the call be
dispensed with: agreed to.
The House then went again into committee, and Mr. Cambreleng4 moved
that the committee rise, and report some of the bills to the House; which
was agreed to, and the committee rose and reported.
Mr. Adams raised the point of order, that the Chairman of the com-
mittee ought not to have reported any of these bills, notwithstanding the
vote of the committee, on the ground that any one bill was open to amend-
ment until they were all gone through. He addressed the House at some
length on the point. Mr. A. then moved to recommit the bills: lost.
Monday, July 4
Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Foreign Affairs, made a report in
relation to the affairs of Texas, accompanied by the following resolutions:
"1. Resolved, That the independence of Texas ought to be acknowledged
by the United States, whenever satisfactory information has been received
that it has in successful operation a civil government, capable of perform-
ing the duties and fulfilling the obligations of an independent power.
"2. Resolved, That the House of Representatives perceive with satis-
faction, that the President of the United States has adopted measures to
ascertain the political, military, and civil condition of Texas.
The resolutions, after a desultory debate, in which Messrs. Adams,
Pinckney, Peyton, Williams, of N. C., Reed, and Hardin, took part, were
adopted, the 1st, by a vote of 128 to 20, and the 2d, by a vote of 113 to 22."
Continuing to show its interest in Texas, the Chronicle of July
28, 1836, quotes the Congressional Globe of July 25:
Official despatches from General Gaines,5, dated Camp Sabine, June 28,
4Church Caldron Cambreling, congressman from North Carolina, 1821-
1839, was House administration leader for Jackson and Van Buren and
served on the committees of Ways and Means and Commerce and Foreign
Affairs. See D.A.B., III, 432; B.D.A.C., 779.
"Brevet Major General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, of Virginia, was first
an ensign of the 6th Infantry and served with the 4th, 2nd, 8th, 23rd, and
25th Infantries. He was brevetted March 9, 1814 "for gallantry and good
conduct in defeating the enemy at Fort Erie," where he withstood a siege
for forty-two days. He was an aggressive, quarrelsome, and often insub-
ordinate officer who became impatient with those who did not agree with
him. He planned to have railways used in the defense of our western
frontiers and to utilize floating batteries in our harbors. He quarreled with
General Winfield Scott, who was also an opinionated Virginian. He was
court-martialed for calling on Louisiana for volunteers to send to General
Zachary Taylor in Texas without consulting proper authority and repeated
his offense a month later by calling on Alabama, Missouri, and Mississippi
for troops. Stephen F. Austin wrote Sam Houston, July 4, 1836, to try to
get General Gaines to establish his headquarters at Nacogdoches. Like
General Billy Mitchell, Gaines was in advance of his time and was also
"front page news" wherever he went. Sam Houston called him the "Bayard
of the American Army." See T. H. S. Hamersly, Complete Regular Army
Register of the United States for One Hundred Years, 1779-1879, p. 452;
Barker and Williams, Writings of Sam Houston, IV, 22; VII, 143.
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