SATURDAY, DECEMBER. 19, 1864 (Journal of the Confederate Congress, Vol. 7, pp. 363-364)

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, viz:

The resolution of Mr. Turner, “tendering negotiations for peace and a mitigation of the horrors of the war.”

Mr. [LaFayette] McMullin submitted the following amendment to the amendment of Mr. Barksdale (in the nature of a substitute):

Strike out the whole of the same and insert in lieu thereof the following, viz:

Whereas according to the Declaration of Independence of the United States and the Constitution of the Confederate States, the people of each of said States, in their highest sovereign capacity, have a right to alter, amend, or abolish the government under which they live, and establish such other as they may deem moat expedient; and

Whereas the people of the several Confederate States have thought proper to sever their political connection with the people and Government <>f the United States, for reasons which it is not needful here to state; and

Whereas the people of the Confederate States have organized and established a distinct government for themselves: and

Whereas because the people of the Confederate States have thus exercised their undoubted right in this respect, the people and Government of the United States have thought proper to make war upon them ; and

“Whereas there seems to be a difference of opinion on the part of the respective Governments and people as to which of the contending parties is responsible for the commencement of the present war: Therefore,

Resolved, That whilst it is not expedient, and would be incompatible with the dignity of the Confederate States, to send commissioners to Washington City, for the purpose of securing a cessation of hostilities, yet it would be. in the judgment of this body, eminently proper that the House of Representatives of the Confederate States should dispatch, without delay, to some convenient point, a body of commissioners, thirteen in number, composed of one representative from each of said States, to meet and confer with such individuals as may be appointed by the Government of the United States, in regard to all the outstanding questions of difference between the two Governments, and to agree, if possible, upon the terms of a lasting and honorable peace, subject to the ratification of the respective Governments and of the sovereign States respectively represented therein.”

[ Copy of McMullin’s resolution (Confederate Imprint W746)]

Mr. McMullin moved to refer the whole subject to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mr. H[oratio]. W. Bruce called the question; which was ordered, and the motion to refer prevailed.

[NOTE: The following resolution by Mr. Horatio W. Bruce, while dated Dec. 19, 1864, is not mentioned in the proceedings recorded in the Journal.]

[Copy of Bruce’s resolution (Confederate Imprint W750)]


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