TWENTY-FIRST CONGRESS...SECOND SESSION:
FROM DECEMBER 6, 1830, TO MARCH 3, 1831.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1830.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8.
This day, at twelve o'clock, the roll aving been called
The several subjects comprised in the message of the
over by the Secretary of the Senate, [Walter Lowri] President of the United States were this day referred to the
it appeard that there were present thirty-five members; appropriate committees. No other business was transacted.
whereupon, Mr. Smith, of Maryland, President pro tem-
pore, in the absence of the Vice President, took the chair,
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9.
and called the Senate to order. The Secretary was directed
to acquaint the House of Representatives that a quorum of On motion of Mr. SANFORD, of New York, it was
the Senate was assembled, and ready to proceed to busi Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to con-
ness; who returned, and informed the Senate that the sider the state of the current coins, and to report such
other House had adjourned until to-morrow, at twelve amendments of the existing laws concerning coins as may
be deemed expedient.
HONORS TO THE DEAD.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7.
Mr. ELLIS said, that, in consequence of the lamented
A message was received from the House of Representa- death of his late colleague, the Honorable Robert H.
tives, informing the Senate that a quorum of that House Adams, he rose to present a resolution to the consideration
haul assembled, and were ready to proceed to business. of the Senate. The deceased was a native of Rockbridge
The usual standing committees of the Senate were then county, Virginia. After completing the course of his edu-
cation in Washington college, he studied law, and at an
Acommunication having been received from the House of early period emigrated to Knoxville, in Tennessee, where
Representatives, announcing the adoption by that House he pursued his profession with unremitting zeal and great
of a resolution for the appointment of a committee, on success. To a mind at once clear and comprehensive, it
their part, to wait on the President of the United States, appeared perceptible that his prospects would be more
in conjunction with a committee on the part of the Se- flattering in the lower country, and he removed to Natchez,
nate, and to inform him that both Houses had organized, Mississippi, in 1819. There, in the midst of a numerous
and were ready to receive any communication that he and talented bar, without fortune or family influence, by
might be pleased to make to them, the Senate concurred the force of high intellectual endowments and pleasing
in the resolution, and appointed a committee on their manners, he rapidly rose to the highest honors of his pro-
fession. Surrounded, as he was, by an intelligent and ex-
Mr. GRUNDY, from the joint committee, subsequently tensive acquaintance, he was not long permitted to enjoy
reported that they had performed that duty, and had re- the enviable distinction arising from professional merit
ceived for answer from the President, that he would, this alone. In January last, he was called by the Legislature
day, at half past one o'clock, make a communication, in of his adopted State to a seat in the councils of the na.
writing, to both Houses of Congress.
tion. Here he was too well known to require eulogy.
In a few minutes the annual message was received from Mr. E. would only say, that the death of so young a man,
the President, by A. J. Donelson, his private Secretary, distinguished as he was, must be a loss to the nation.
Five thousand copies of the message, and fifteen hundred It was publicly, deeply, and universally deplored in the
copies of the accompanying documents, were ordered to State which he had the honor in part to represent. He,
be printed for the use of the Senate. (For the message, therefore, moved the following resolution; which was
The bill authorizing a subscription to the Louisville and Resolved, unanimously, That the members of the Senate,
Portland canal, returned by the President with objections from a desire of showing every mark of respect to the
to it, was laid on the table.
memory of the Honorable ROBERT H. Adams, deceased,