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

Remarks in U. S. House of Representatives
Concerning Apprehension of Absentees [1]

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]


[1]   Congressional Globe, Thirtieth Congress, First Session, p. 928.

[2]   Charles Hudson of Massachusetts

[3]   John M. Botts of Virginia.

[4]   Lincoln's motion was seconded, but Hudson's motion was tabled, Lincoln voting against tabling. On movement of Henry W. Hilliard of Alabama, the members in custody were admitted to their seats upon payment of fees.