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Title: Thomas Hart Benton’s Remarks to the Senate on the Expunging Resolution Author: Thomas Hart Benton Posting Date: July 23, 2008 [EBook #741] Release Date: December, 1996 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THOMAS HART BENTON’S REMARKS *** Produced by Anthony J.
Adam. Thomas Hart Benton, -On the Expunging Resolution.- U.S.
Senate, January 12, 1837 Mr.
President: It is now three years since the resolve was adopted by the Senate, which it is my present motion to expunge from the journal.
At the moment that this resolve was adopted, I gave notice of my intention to move to expunge it; and then expressed my confident belief that the motion would eventually prevail.
That expression of confidence was not an ebullition of vanity, or a presumptuous calculation, intended to accelerate the event it affected to foretell.
It was not a vain boast, or an idle assumption, but was the result of a deep conviction of the injustice done President Jackson, and a thorough reliance upon the justice of the American people.
I felt that the President had been wronged; and my heart told me that this wrong would be redressed! The event proves that I was not mistaken.
The question of expunging this resolution has been carried to the people, and their decision has been had upon it.
They decide in favor of the expurgation; and their decision has been both made and manifested, and communicated to us in a great variety of ways.
A great number of States have expressly instructed their Senators to vote for this expurgation.
A very great m...





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