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Title: Henry Clay’s Remarks in House and Senate Author: Henry Clay Posting Date: July 23, 2008 [EBook #739] Release Date: December, 1996 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HENRY CLAY’S REMARKS *** Produced by Anthony J.
Adam Henry Clay, -On the Seminole War,- U.S.
House of Representatives 19 January 1819. Henry Clay, -On the Expunging Resolutions,- U.S.
Senate 16 January 1837 Part 1 Henry Clay, -On the Expunging Resolutions,- U.S.
Senate, 16 January 1837 Mr.
President: WHAT patriotic purpose is to be accomplished by this Expunging resolution? What new honor or fresh laurels will it win for our common country? Is the power of the Senate so vast that it ought to be circumscribed, and that of the President so restricted that it ought to be extended? What power has the Senate? None, separately.
It can only act jointly with the other House, or jointly with the Executive. And although the theory of the Constitution supposes, when consulted by him, it may freely give an affirmative or negative response, according to the practice, as it now exists, it has lost the faculty of pronouncing the negative monosyllable.
When the Senate expresses its deliberate judgment, in the form of resolution, that resolution has no compulsory force, but appeals only to the dispassionate intelligence, the calm reason, and the sober judgment, of the community.
The Senate has no army, no navy, no patronage, no lucrative offices, no glittering honors, to bestow.
Around us there is no swarm of greedy expectants, rendering us homage, anticipating our wishes, and ready to execute our Sa...

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