MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1864 (Journal of the Confederate Congress, Vol. 7, p. 606)

Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. [John] Perkins, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to whom had been referred the Presidentís message and accompanying documents on the subject of the recent peace commission, reported back the same with the recommendation that they do lie upon the table; which was agreed to.

Mr. Perkins, from the same committee, reported a joint resolution “expressing the sense of Congress on the subject of the late peace commission;” which was read a first and second time.

[ Copy of Turner’s resolution (Confederate Imprint, W817)]

The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing it on the Calendar,

It was decided in the negative.

Mr. [David W.] Carroll moved the previous question; which was not ordered.

The morning hour having expired,

Mr. H. W. Bruce moved that the Calendar be postponed until the bill under consideration be disposed of; which motion prevailed.

Mr. [LaFayette] McMullin submitted the following amendment:

      After word “cause” in first line, fourth resolution, insert the words “aided and sustained by the God of Battles;”

Which was agreed to.

Mr. [John A.] Gilmer submitted the following amendment:

At the end of the joint resolution add the following:

“Resolved further. That notwithstanding all this, we believe that the Confederate States would consent and agree to the following:

First. That there be a separation between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, each one perfectly free and independent of the other, the right of navigation, trade, transit, etc., properly and fairly agreed on and settled.

Second. That an American diet be created, to which each party shall be at liberty to send delegates, each being its own judge as to the number and manner of electing them, and each party paying all its own expenses.

   “Third. The privileges of this diet to be clearly and definitely defined and settled.

Fourth. In the diet there shall be but two votes, one by the delegates of the United States of America and one by the Confederate States of America, and the acts of this body to be binding only on the parties when ratified by the House, Senate, and President of each.

Fifth. In settling the boundary, let the States of Kentucky and Missouri determine for themselves by a free and fair vote of their people, bona fide resident in their respective States at the commencement of hostilities.”

[ Copy of Turner’s resolution (Confederate Imprint, W817d])

On motion of Mr. Gilmer, the joint resolution and amendment were ordered to be printed.


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