Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 3 of 119
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ler, Morehead, Porter, Simmons, Tallmadge, Tappan, White, Woodbridge,
On motion by Mr. Crittenden,
Ordered, That the resolution be postponed to and made the order of the
day for to-morrow.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1844.
On motion by Mr. Crittenden,
The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by him
on the 29th of April last, as amended on tlie 13th instant.
On motion, by Mr. Crittenden, to amend the resolution, as amended, by
striking out all after the words " Resolved, That," and insertingWhereas
the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States
is a subject of great importance, on which the will of the people of this
Union ought to be consulted; and whereas the treaty for that annexation,
now before the Senate, is of great moment, and there is nottling in said
treaty, or the documents accompanying it, which requires the further observance
of secrecy, and, resting as it does upon its own peculiar circumstanices,
cannot be drawn into precedent for different cases in time to come:
therefore, the injunction of secrecy be, and the same is hereby, removed
from said treaty, and all documents and papers in -relation thereto, now before
On motion, by Mr. Sevier, to strike out the preamble of the amendment,
commetcing with the word " Whereas," in the first line, and ending
wvith the word " therefore," in the eleventh line; after debate,
On the question to agree thereto,
Yeas . 11
It was determined in the negative, NYes, 29
On motion by MIr. Sevier,
The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,
'rlose who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Breese, Buchanan, Colquitt, Fulton, I-aywood, Huger, Semple,
Sevier, Sturgeon, Walker, Woodbury.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Allen, Archer, Atherton, Barrow, Bates, Bayard, Benton, Berrien,
Clayton, Crittenden, Evans, Fairfield, Francis, lLulttington, Jarnagin,
Johnson, Lewis, McDuffie, Mangnm, Miller, Morehead, Pearce, Phelps.
Porter, Simmols, Tappan, White, Woodbridge, Wright.
So the amenldment proposed by Alr. Sevier was rejected.
* On motion, by Mr. MIcDlufie, that the Senate do now adjourn,
It was determinied in the negative, Yeas, 19
'- (Nays, 2... 24.
On motion by Mr. Sevier,
The yeas and navs heii:r (desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,
Those who votcc in thle affirmative, are,
Mlessrs. Archer, IAtllerton, Bagby, Berrien, Breese, Buchanan, Colqlitt,
Fulton, Hannegan, Hal wood, -Inger, Lewis, McDuffie, Semple, Sevier,
Sturgeon, TallmLad-e, WValker, Woodbury.
'Those whlo voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Allen, Barrow, Bates Bayard, Benton, Clayton, Crittenden,
Evans, Fairfield, Francis, Huntington, Jarnagin, Johnson, Mangum, Mil
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