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But I cannot leave you without one word of rejoicing over the present position of our republic among the nations of the earth. With our military power and almost illimitable resources, exemplified by the war that developed them; with our rapidly augmenting population and the welcome at our open gates to the oppressed of all other climes; with our vast and increasing agricultural, mechanical, manufacturing, and mineral capabilities; with our frontage on the two great oceans of the globe, and our almost completed Pacific railroad uniting these opposite shores and becoming the highway of nations, the United States of America commands that respect among the powers of the world which insures the maintenance of all its national rights and the security of all its citizens from oppression or injustice abroad.

Nor is this all. The triumphant progress of free institutions here has had its potential influence beyond the sea. The right of the people to govern, based on the sacred principle of our Revolution, that all governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, is everywhere advancing, not with slow and measured steps, but with a rapidity that within a few years bas been so signally illustrated in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Prussia, Hungary, and other lands. May we not all hope that by the moral but powerful force of our example fetters may everywhere be broken, and that some of us may live to see that happy era when slavery and tyranny shall no more be known throughout the world from the rivers to the ends of the earth.

I cannot claim that in the share I have had in the deliberations and the legislation of this house, as a member and an officer, I have always done that which was wisest and best in word and act, for none of us are infallible. But that I have striven to perform faithfully every duty, and that, devoted as all know to principles that I have deemed correct, the honor and glory of our country have always been to me paramount and above all party ties, I can conscientiously assert; and that I have sought to mitigate rather than to intensify the asperities which the collisions of opposing parties so often evoke must be left to my fellow. members to verify.

In the responsible duties of the past six years I have endeavored to administer the rules you have enacted for your guidance, both in letter and in spirit, with an impartiality unintluenced by political associations or antagonisms. And I may be pardoned for the expression of gratification that while no decision has been reversed there has been no appeal-sometimes taken as they are by a minority as a protest against the power under the rules of a majoritywhich has ever been decided by a strictly party vote. If the quickness with which a presiding officer here is often compelled to rule, hour after hour, on parliamentary points, and in the performance of his duty to protect all members in their rights, to advance the progress of public business, and to preserve order, any word has fallen from my lips that has justly wounded any one, I desire to withdraw it unreservedly.

I leave this hall with no feeling of unkindness to any member with whom I have been associated in all the years of the past, having earn. estly tried to practice that lesson of life which commands us to write our enmities on the sand but to engrave our friendships on the granite.

But the last word cannot longer be delayed. I bid farewell to the faithful and confiding constituency whose affectionate regard has sustained and encompassed me through all the years of my public lifefarewell to this hall, which, in its excitements and restless activities, so often seems to represent the throbbings and the intense feelings of the national heart; and finally, fellow-members and friends, with sincere

gratitude for the generous support you have always given me in the difficult and often complex duties of this chair, and with the warmest wishes for your health, happiness, and prosperity, one and all, I bid you farewell.

And thereupon,
Mr. James F. Wilson took the chair as Speaker pro tempore.

Mr. Woodward submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and unanimously agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the retirement of Hon. Schuyler Colfax from the Speaker's chair, after a long and faithful discharge of its duties, is an event in our current history which would cause general regret were it not that the country is to have the benefit of his inatured talents and experience in the higher sphere of duty to which he has been called by a majority of his countrymen. In parting from our distinguished Speaker the House records with becoming sensibility its high apprecia. tion of his skill in parliamentary law, of his promptness in administering the rules and facilitating the business of the body, of his urbane manners, and of the dignity and impartiality with which he has presided over the deliberations of the House. He will carry with him into his new field of duty and throughout life the kind regards of every member of this Congress. And then,

On motion of Mr. Dawes, Theodore M. Pomeroy, of New York, was unanimously declared duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, in place of Schuyler Colfax, resigned, for the remaining term of the present Congress.

The Speaker elect having been conducted to the chair by Mr. Dawes and Mr. Woodward, after a brief address the oath of office was administered to him by Mr. Dawes, and thereupon he entered upon the duties of his office.

On motion of Mr. Woodward, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That a copy of the resolution adopted by the House upon the retirement of Speaker Colfax be signed by the officers of the House and communicated to the late Speaker.

Mr. Dawes submitted the following resolutions; which were severally read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That a message be sent to the Senate informing that body that the House has elected Hon. Theodore M. Pomeroy, one of the representatives from the State of New York, Speaker, in the place of Hon. Schuyler Colfax, resigned.

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed on the part of the House to wait upon the President of the United States and inform him that the House has elected Hon. Theodore M. Pomeroy, one of the representatives from the State of New York, Speaker, in the place of Hon. Schuyler Colfax, resigned.

Ordered, That Mr. Hulburd, Mr. Cullom, and Mr. Woodward be the committee on the part of the House under the latter resolution, and that the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Phelps, Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate requesting a copy to be furnished the House of the bill of the Senate (S. 588) for the relief of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

Mr. Boutwell, from the Committee on Reconstruction, presented a reply of Governor Bullock, of Georgia, to the Hon. Nelson Tift; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. The Speaker having announced as the regular order of business the

joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 217) for printing the Medical and Surgical History of the Rebellion—the pending question when the House adjourned yesterday being on its third reading,

The said resolution was amended, read three times, and passed.
Mr. Brooks moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered.
Pending which,
Mr. Garfield moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table.
And the question being put,

( Yeas ................ It was decided in the affirmative, Nays ......

............. 44 ( Not voting ...

.. 67 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,

Those who voted in the affirmative areMr. Stevenson Archer Mr. Ignatius Donnelly Mr. Israel G. Lash Mr. Samuel J. Randall

Green B. Raum

Samuel B. Axtell
John F. Driggs

John Lynch
Alexander H. Bailey Jacob H. Ela

Rufus Mallory
John D. Baldwin
Thomas D. Eliot

Samuel S. Marshall
Nathaniel P. Banks Orange Ferriss

James R. McCormick
Fernando C. Beaman Thomas W. Ferry

Samuel McKee
John Beatty
William C. Fields

George F. Miller
Jacob Benton
James A. Garfield

William Moore
John A. Bingham
James H. Goss

James K. Moorhead
Austin Blair
Samuel F. Gove

James Mullins
George S. Boutwell
John A. Griswold

Leonard Myers
John M. Broomall
Asa P. Grover

Carinan A. Newcomb
Ralph P. Buckland Abner C. Harding

J. P. Newsham Charles W. Buckley David Heaton

Benjamin W. Norris
Benjamin F. Butler William Higby

Charles O'Neill
Roderick R. Butler
John Hill

Godlove S. Orth
Henry L. Cake
Samuel Hooper

Halbert E. Paine
John W. Chanler

Benjamin F. Hopkins Sidney Perham
John C. Churchill
Calvin T. Hulburd

John A. Peters
Reader W. Clarke
Thomas A. Jenckes

S. Newton Pettis
J. W. Clift
James A. Johnson

Charles E. Phelps
John Coburn

Alexander H. Jones Charles W. Pierce
Simeon Corley
Norman B. Judd

Frederick A. Pike
Thomas Cornell
George W. Julian

Tobias A. Plants
Shelby M. Cullom
William D. Kelley

Luke P. Poland
Nathan F. Dixon
Francis W. Kellogg

Hiram Price
Oliver H. Dockery
John H. Ketcham

C. H. Prince
Grenville M. Dodge William H. Koontz

John V. L. Pruyn Those who voted in the negative are

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William H. Robertson
Logan H. Roots
Philetus Sawyer
Robert C. Schenck
Samuel Shellabarger
Worthington C. Smith
Rufus P. Spalding
William B. Stokes
John H. Stover
Stephen Taber
John Taffe
Francis Thomas
Ginery Twichell
Charles Upson
Henry Van Aernam
Robert T. Van Horn
Henry D. Washburn
William B. Washburn
Martin Welker
B. F. Whittemore
William Williams
James F. Wilson
John T. Wilson
Fernando Wood
Fred'k E. Woodbridge.

Mr. George M. Adams Mr. John Fox

Mr. Thomas L. Jones Mr. Charles Sitgreaves Samuel M. Arnell J. Lawrence Getz William H. Kelsey

H. H. Starkweather
Delos R. Ashley
Adam J. Glossbrenner Michael C. Kerr

Frederick Stone
Jehu Baker
J. S. Golladay
J. Proctor Knott

Lawrence S. Trimble
John F. Benjamin
Charles Haight
Addison H. Laflin

Daniel M, Van Auken James Brooks Isaac R. Hawkins

George V. Lawrence Philadelph Van Trump Samuel F. Cary William S. Holman William Lawrence

Charles H. Van Wyek Burton C. Cook Julius Hotchkiss

William Loughridge Hamilton Ward Benjamin Eggleston James M. Humphrey Dennis McCarthy

Cadwal'r C. Washburg Charles A. Eldridge Morton C. Hunter

Lewis W. Ross

George W. Woodward John F. Farnsworth Ebon C. Ingersoll

Glenni W. Scofield

P. M. B. Young.
Those not voting are-
Mr. William B. Allison Mr. Amasa Cobb

Mr. Richard D. Hubbard Mr. William E. Robinson
Oakes Ames
Schuyler Colfax
Bethuel M. Kitchen

Lewis Selye George W. Anderson John Covode

William S. Lincoln

John P. C. Shanks James M. Ashley Henry L. Dawes Benjamin F. Loan

Aaron F. Stevens Demas Barnes Columbus Delano John A. Logan

Thomas E. Stewart
William H. Barnum
John T. Deweese
James M. Marvin

J. H. Sypher
James B. Beck
Oliver J. Dickey
Horace Maynard

Caleb N. Taylor
W.Jasper Blackburn Ephraim R. Eckley

Hiram McCullough

Nelson Tift
James G. Blaine
W. P. Edwards
Ulysses Mercur

John Trimble
Thomas Boles
James T. Elliott
Daniel J. Morrell

Row'd E. Trowbridge
C. C. Bowen
John R. French
John Morrissey

Burt Van Horu
Nathaniel Boyden
Joseph J. Gravely
William Mungen

Michael Vidal
Benjamin M. Boyer
George A. Halsey
William E. Niblack

ENihu B. Washburne Henry P. H. Bromwell Charles M. Hamilton John A. Nicholson

Thomas Williams Albert G. Burr Thomas Haughey David A. Nunn

Stephen F. Wilson John B. Callis Asahel W. Hubbard William A. Pile

William Windom. Sidney Clarke

Chester D. Hubbard Daniel Polsley

So the motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate with the passage of the said resolution.

The Speaker appointed Mr. Ingersoll a member of the committee of conference in place of himself on the bill of the House No. 1881.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith. Mr. Bingham moved that the rules be suspended so as to enable him to report from the Committee of Claims, and the House to consider, the joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 100) for the relief of certain contractors for the construction of vessels of war and steam machinery, together with some other bills; which motion was disagreed to, twothirds not voting in favor thereof.

Mr. Laflin, from the Committee on Printing, reported the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That there be printed 2,000 copies of the majority and minority reports, with the testimony, of the committee on the alleged frauds committed at the late presidential election in the State of New York, and ten thousand copies of the same reports without the tes. timony.

Pending which,
Mr. Laflin moved the previous question ; which was seconded.
The question was then put, Shall the main question be now put?

( Yeas ................. And it was decided in the affirmative, Nays .......

47 Not voting...

70 Two-thirds voting in favor thereof. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are

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Samuel M. Arnell
Delos R. Ashley
Alexander H. Bailey
John D. Baldwin
Nathaniel P. Banks
Fernando C. Beaman
John Beatty
Jacob Benton
John A. Bingham
W. Jasper Blackburn
Austin Blair
George S. Boutwell
Nathaniel Boyden
Henry P. H. Bromwell
John M. Broomall
Charles W. Buckley
Benjamin F. Butler
Henry L. Cake
John B. Callis
John C. Churchill
Reader W. Clarke
Sidney Clarke
Amasa Cobb
John Coburn
Burton C. Cook
Thomas Corcell

Mr. Shelby M. Cullom

John T. Deweese
Nathan F. Dixon
Oliver H. Dockery
Grenville M. Dodge
Ignatius Donnelly
John F. Driggs
Ephraim R. Eckley
Jacob H. Ela
Thomas D. Eliot
James T. Elliott
John F. Farnsworth
Orange Ferriss
Thomas W. Ferry
William C. Fields
James H. Goss
Samuel F. Govo
John A. Griswold
George A. Halsey
William Higby
John Hill
Samuel Hooper
Benjamin F. Hopkins
Morton C. Hunter
Thomas A. Jenckes
Alexander H. Jones

Mr. Norman B. Judd

George W. Julian
Francis W. Kellogg
William H. Kelsey
John H. Ketcham
William H. Koontz
Addison H. Laflin
Israel G. Lash
William Lawrence
Benjamin F. Loan
John Lynch
Horace Maynard
Dennis McCarthy
George F. Miller
William Moore
James K. Moorhead
Daniel J. Morrell
James Mullins
Leonard Myers
J.P. Newsham
Charles O'Neill
Halbert E. Paine
Sidney Perham
John A. Peters
Charles W. Pierce
Tobias A. Plants

Mr. Luke P. Poland

Green B. Raum
William H. Robertson
Worthington C. Smith
Rufus P. Spalding
H. H. Starkweather
Aaron F. Stevens
Thomas E. Stewart
William B. Stokes
John H. Stover
John Taffe
Caleb N. Taylor
Francis Thomas
Row'd E. Trowbridge
Ginery Twichell
Charles Upson
Daniel M. Van Auken
Robert T. Van Horn
Charles H. Van Wyck
Cadwal'r C. Washburn
Henry D. Washburn
William B. Washburn
Martin Welker
B. F. Whittemore
William Williams
John T. Wilson.

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Mr. Oliver J. Dickey

W. P. Edwards
Benjamin Eggleston
Jon R. French
Jaines A. Garfield
Joseph J. Gravely
Cl arles M. Hamilton
Thomas Haughey
Isaac R. Hawkins
David Heaton
A-ahel W. Hubbard
Chester D. Hubbard
Richard D. Hubbard
Calvin T. Hulburd

Mr. William D. Kelley

George V. Lawrence
William S. Lincoln
John A. Logan
William Loughridge
Rufus Mallory
James M. Marvin
Ulysses Mercur
William Mungen
Benjamin W. Norris
David A. Nunn
S. Newton Pettis
Charles E. Phelps
Frederick A. Pike

Mr. William A. Pile

Daniel Polsley
Hiram Pric
C. H. Prince
William E. Robinson
Logan H, Roots
Philetus Sawyer
Robert C. Schenck
Lewis Selye
John P. C. Shanks
Samuel Shellabarger
J. H. Sypher
Nelson Tift

Mr. Lawrence S. Trimble

Henry Van Aernam
Burt Van Horn
Michael Vidal
Hamilton Ward
Ellihu B. Washburne
Thomas Williams
James F. Wilson
Stephen F, Wilson
William Windom
Fernando Wood
Fred'k E. Woodbridge
George W. Woodward,

So the main question was ordered, and being put, viz: Will the House agree to the said resolution?

( Yeas....

...... 112 It was decided in the affirmative, Nays.....

( Not voting................. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are

Mr. Oakes Ames

Mr. Oliver J. Dickey Alexander H. Bailey Nathan F. Dixon Fernando C. Beaman Ignatius Donnelly John Beatty

John F. Driggs Jacob Benton

Ephraim R. Eckley John A, Bingham

W. P. Edwards W. Jasper Blackburn Jacob H. Ela Austin Blair

Thomas D. Eliot George S. Boutwell James T. Elliott Nathaniel Boyden

John F. Farnsworth Henry P. H. Bromwell Thomas W. Ferry Charles W. Buckley William C. Fields Benjamin F. Butler

John R. French Roderick R. Butler

James H. Goss Henry L. Cake

Samuel F. Gove John B. Callis

John A. Griswold John C. Churchill

Isaac R. Hawkins Reader W. Clarke

William Higby Sidney Clarke

John Hill J. W. Clift

Samuel Hooper Amasa Cobb

Benjamin F. Hopkins John Coburn

Thomas A. Jencker Burton C. Cook

Alexander H. Jones Simeon Corley

Norman B. Judd Thomas Cornell

George W. Julian John Covode

Francis W. Kellogg Henry L. Dawes

William H. Kelsey John T. Deweese

John H. Ketcham

Mr. William H. Koontz

Addison H. Laflin
Israel G. Lash
George V. Lawrence
William Lawrence
William S. Lincoln
Benjamin F. Loan
Rufus Mallory
Horace Maynard
Dennis McCarthy
Ulysses Mercur
George F. Miller
William Moore
James K. Moorhead
Daniel J. Morrell
James Mullins
Leonard Myers
J. P. New ham
Benjamin W. Norris
Charles O'Neill
Halbert E. Paine
Sidney Perham
John A. Peters
William A. Pile
Tobias A. Plants
Luke P. Poland
Hiram Price
Green B. Raum

Mr. William H. Robertson

Logan H. Roots
Philetus Sawyer
Samuel Shellabarger
Worthington C. Smith
Rufus P. Spalding
Aaron F. Stevens
Thomas E. Stewart
William B. Stokes
John H. Stover
J. H. Sypher
John Taffe
Caleb N. Taylor
Row'd E. Trowbridge
Ginery Twichell
Charles Upson
Henry Van Aernam
Robert T. Van Horn
Charles H. Van Wyek
Hamilton Ward
Cadwal'r C. Washburn
William B. Washburn
Martin Welker
B. F. Whittemore
Thomas Williams
William Williams
John T. Wilson
William Windom.

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