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give them all the information to act wisely on the subject, and to disabuse the minds of members in relation to false statements made against the line and in favor of the Cunard line belonging to the British government. As to compensation, that is a professional matter between myself and the company, and which I respectfully decline to answer.
Question by Chairman. Are you employed as attorney or agent in the Colt case, and if so, what compensation have you received for your services, and what compensation are you get to receive?
Answer. My engagements with Mr. Colt ceased when Congress adjourned last session. As to what I have received, that is professional between Mr. Dickerson, who employed me, and myself, and I decline to answer that part of the question.
Question by Chairman. Have you a desk upon the floor of the House this session, and if so, did you take such desk with any conditions imposed, and if so, what conditions ?
Answer. I have a desk on the floor of the House. The conditions are to be found in the 19th rule of the House, as follows, to wit: “No person shall be allowed the privilege of the hall, under the character of stenographer, without a written permission from the Speaker, specifying the part of the hall assigned to him; and no reporter or stenographer shall be admitted, under the rules of the House, unless such reporter or stenographer shall state, in writing, for what paper or papers he is employed to report.- March 1, 1838. And no person shall be admitted, under the rules of the House, as a reporter or stenographer for any paper or papers, who shall be employed as an agent to prosecute any claim pending before Congress; and the Speaker shall give his written permission with this condition; and not more than one reporter or stenographer shall be assigned the same seat.—December 13, 1852.” I desire to state that when I made application for my seat that I stated to Colonel Boyd, the Speaker of the House, that I had my friend E. K. Collins' business as usual before me, and was not interested in anything else; that if it was considered by him a violation of the rule I would withdraw my application for a seat. That in my own opinion, and which was confirmed by many of the members of both branches of Congress, that it was not presenting a claim against the government.
The witness was then dismissed.
The set had served upon Messrs. E. H. Thomson and W. B. Chase, endorsed by him respectively as follows:
Upon the summons of W. B. Chase-
“A. J. GLOSSBRENNER, “Sergeant-at-Arms House of Representatives of the United States." Upon the summons of E. H. Thomson
“Served the within by delivering a true copy thereof to the said E. H. Thomson this 18th day of December, at 9 a. m., of said day, 1854.
“C. COLE, For A. J. GLOSSBRENNER, Sergeant-at-Arms."
The committee then adjourned to Friday, December 22, at 10 o'clock, a. m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1854,
10 O'CLOCK, A. M. The committee met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Messrs. Letcher, chairman, Thurston, Zollicoffer, Ruffin, Eliot, Eddy.
Absent: Mr. Wheeler. Mr. W. B. Chase, who was notified to attend this morning, not appearing, on motion of Mr. Zollicoffer it was
Resolved, That the committee call the attention of the House to facts heretofore reported in relation to the testimony of Mr. W. B. Chase, given before the committee on the 29th and 31st of July, 1854, and that they report to the House the facts in relation to the repeated subsequent ineffectual efforts of the committee to induce Mr. Chase to appear before them and to further testify.
The committee then adjourned to Tuesday morning next, at eleven o'clock.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1854.
11 O'CLOCK, A. M. The committee met pursuant to adjournment. Present: Messrs. Letcher, chairman, Thurston, Eddy, Eliot, Ruffin, and Zollicoffer.
The chairman presented the following report for the action of the committee :
The committee appointed on the 10th day of July last “to inquire whether money has been offered to members, or other illegal and improper means used, to induce members to aid in securing the passage or defeat of a bill to extend Colt's patent for seven years; and, also, whether money has been offered to members, or other illegal or improper means used, either directly or indirectly, to secure the passage or defeat of any bill before Congress; and that the said committee shall have power to send for persons and papers, with authority to examine witnesses on oath,” beg leave to report, in part:
That your committee further report, that on the 16th day of this nonth they caused the said William B. Chase to be again summoned to appear on Monday, the 18th, before them, to testify further on the subjects on which he had been previously interrogated. The sergeantat-ar.ns made the following return on said summons: “Served by personal notice this 16th day of December, 1854 ;” and the said Chase having declined to appear in obedience thereto, the following resolution, submitted by Mr. Zollicoffer, was unanimously adopted by the committee, viz:
“Resolved, That the committee call the attention of the House to the facts heretofore reported in relation to the testimony of Mr. W. B. Chase given before the committee on the 29th and 31st July, 1854, and that they report to the House the facts in relation to the repeated subsequent ineffectual efforts of the committee to induce Mr. Chase to appear before them and further testify."
The above report having received the unanimous approval of the members present, the committee directed the chairman to lose no time in bringing it in upon the first occasion of a full House; pending which, the committee adjourned to a day hereafter to be designated by the chairman.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1855.
Committee met pursuant to call of chairman, at 10 o'clock a. m.
Present: Mr. Letcher chairman, Mr. Eliot, Mr. Thurston, Mr. Zollicoffer, Mr. Wheeler, and Mr. Ruffin.
Thomas Shankland, a witness, duly summoned, failing to appear, the committee adjourned, to meet again upon call of the chairman.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1855.
The committee met persuant to call.
The chairman laid before the committee the following communication :
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, December 27, 1854. Sir: The second branch of the resolution of the House of representatives, adopted on the 8th day of July last, authorizes the committee of investigation, of which you are chairman, to enquire “ whether money has been offered to members or other illegal or improper means used, either directly or indirectly, to secure the passage of any bill through Congress. It is known to you that at the last session of Congress a committee was raised to enquire into the alleged alteration of the text of House bill No. 342, making a grant of land to aid the Territory of Minnesota in the construction of a railroad therein. That committee made a report, which embodies the testimony taken before it, and that report (No. 352) has been printed by order of the House.
I deem it my duty to call the attention of your committee to the testimony of one Robert W. Lowber, given before that committee. His evidence discloses matters which, I think, the resolution under which your committee is acting renders it incumbent on you to investigate. This Mr. Lowber intimates a knowledge of the use of improper means and influences to secure the passage of the Minnesota Land Bill through Congress. It is due to the character of the House, that a charge of so grave a character, made under the sanction of an oath, and now a part of the records of the country, should be enquired into, and a most thorough investigation had in relation to the matter.
The Hon. Alvah Hunt and M. O. Roberts, esq., of New York city, are parties referred to as having a knowledge on this subject, and I trust they will be examined by your committee. A man by the name of John M. Barbour, of New York city, I understand professes to have
some knowledge on this subject, and I think his testimony should also be had as well as that of a Mr. Satterlee of the same city, who is said to have had something to do with a draft alleged to have been drawn in this connexion. I am, very respectfully, yours, &c.,
E. B. WASHBURNE. Hon. John LETCHER.
The committee discussed the question of the disposition of the foregoing paper, and finally ordered it to be set forth in their minutes, and then adjourned to meet again upon the call of the honorable chairman.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1855.
The committee met in pursuance of a call of the chairman. Present : Messrs. Letcher, chairman, Ruffin, Zollicoffer, Eddy, and Thurston.
The chairman brought to the attention of the committee the following application from Mr. George W. Brega, which the committee ordered to be entered upon their minutes, as going to show that in their printed report of the last session Mr. Brega had been incorrectly designated as a reporter.
The committee then adjourned to Monday morning next at 10 o'clock.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1855.
The committee met. The chairman not having had the opportunity of drawing up his report, the committee adjourned until the following morning.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1855.
The chairman submitted his report to the several members of the committee, who instructed him to report to the House. Attest:
JAS. L. WOODSIDE,