Hearing on Secession Petition

March 3, 1848

A notice that, because of the death of Mr. Adams, the hearing has been postponed. Until next week, probably.  In a tone of sarcasm, a claim is made that the hearing ought to take place in the House Chambers, but it has been assigned to a small hearing room.  “If the hearing was in regard to a matter such as a Bank corporation or a Bank Charter, it doubtless would be in the House itself,…But since it relates only  to seizure, imprisonment, and reduction to slavery of citizens of Massachusetts”, and to “the enormity of the act of entering into ‘a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell’, by the people of this Commonwealth” etc. “there is reason for the hearing to “be properly confined to the narrow limits of the hearing room.”

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