Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
July 13, 1848

Mr. HUDSON [2] would move to reconsider the vote by which the Sergeant-at-arms had been ordered to arrest the absentees.

The SPEAKER decided the motion out of order, as the order of the House had already been executed.

Mr. HUDSON moved, . . . to dispense with any further proceeding in the call, and that those gentlemen who had been fined have their fines remitted.

. . . . Mr. BOTTS [3] moved the previous question---in order, he remarked, that they might get to the public business.

The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Virginia being one of the gentlemen in custody of the Sergeant-at-arms, the Chair cannot recognize him. (Great laughter.)

Mr. Lincoln, remarking that he believed he was still a member moved the previous question. [4]