“Douglas in the Senate,” (Concord) New Hampshire Statesman, March 6, 1858, p. 3: 3.
Albany (NY) Journal
New Hampshire Statesman
Douglas in the Senate
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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DOUGLAS IN THE SENATE. Mr. Douglas is receiving a sample of “plantation manners” at the hands of the Southern Senators. Whenever he rises to call for his Kansas resolutions, half-a-dozen members on the Democratic side of the Chamber start up from their seats to put him down. Mason scowls dissent, Davis blusters “objections.” Toombs growls something about “enforcing parliamentary law,” and the Vice President blandly rules him “out of order.” If he undertakes to claim the usual courtesies of debate, they interrupt him, worry him, and vote him into silence. Whenever he takes the floor, they never leave off badgering him till they have got him down into his chair again. To those who remember ho w smooth and smiling the “Chivalry” were to their “honored friend, the distinguished Senator from Illinois,” a year ago – whenever the “stern little man in black” strode out into the aisle to make a speech - the contrast is striking. - Albany Journal.