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Re. 27, Ho. Committee when a messenger attends, the Speaker takes the chair to
out any question or interruption. [4 Grey, 226. ]
Messengers are not saluted by the members, but by the Speaker, for
the House. [2 Grey, 253, 274. ] Joint Res. If messengers commit an error in delivering their message, they may 1,2,3 & 4, | be admitted, or called in, to correct their message. , [4 Grey, 41. ]
Accordingly, March 13, 1800, the Senate having made two amendments to a bill from the House of Representatives, their Secretary, by mistake, delivered one only; which being inadmissible by itself, that House disagreed, and notified the Senate of their disagreement. This produced a discovery of the mistake. The Secretary was sent to the other House to correct his mistake, the correction was received, and
the two amendments acted on de novo.* Rule 46,1 As soon as the messenger, who has brought bills from the other Senate, p. House, has retired, the Speaker holds the bills in his hand, and ac135.
quaints the House, that the other House have, by their messenger, sent certain bills,' and then reads their titles, and delivers them to the Clerk to be safely kept, till they shall be called for to be read. [ Hakew. 178. ]
It is not the usage for one House to inform the other, by what numbers a bill has passed. [10 Grey, 150. ] Yet they have sometimes recommended a bill, as of great importance, to the consideration of the House to which it is sent. [ 3 Hats. 25.; Nor, when they have rejected a bill from the other House, do they give notice of it; but it passes, sub silentio, † to prevent unbecoming altercations. [1 Blackst. 183.]
A question is never asked by the one House of the other, by way of message, but only at a conference; for this is an interrogatory, not a. message. [3 Grey, 151, 181. ]
When a bill is sent by one House to the other, and is neglected, they may send a message to remind them of it. [3 Hats, 25. 5 Grey, 154. ] But if it be mere inattention, it is better to have it done informally, hy communications between the Speakers, or members of the two Houses.
Where the subject of a message is of a nature that it can properly be communicated to both Houses of Parliament, it is expected that this communication should be made to both on the same day. But where & message was accompanied with an original declaration, signed by the party to which the message referred, its being sent to one House was not noticed by the other, because the declaration, being original, could not possibly be sent to both Houses at the same time. [2 Hats. 260, 261, 262.
The king, having sent original letters to the Commons, afterwards desires they may be returned, that he may communicate them to the lords. [1 Chandler, 303. ]
$ In silence.
THE House which has received a bill and passed it may present it for || Const. U. the king's assent, and ought to do it, though they have not by message || S. Art. 1,
Sec. 7, p. notified to the other their passage of it. Yet the notifying by message
14. is a form which ought to be observed between the two Houses, from mo Joint Rs. tives of respect and good understanding. '12 Hats. 242.1 Were the 6, 7, 8, 9 bill to be withheld from being presented to the king, it would be an in
108 & 109. fringement of the rules of parliament. [Ib.]
When the bill is enrolled, it is not to be written in paragraphs, but solidly, and all of a piece, that the blanks between the paragraphs may not give room for forgery. [9 Grey, 143.]
& 10, pp.
IF & question is interrupted by a vote to adjourn, or to proceed to the Const, U. orders of the day, the original question is never printed in the journal, il
Sec. 5, p. it never having been a vote, nor introductory to any vote; but when || 12 suppressed by the previous question, the first question must be stated, Re. 44, Ho. in order to introduce, and make intelligible the second T2 Hats. 83. 1 pkep. p. 18.
So also when a question is postponed, adjourned, or laid on the table, the original question, though not yet a vote, must be expressed in the journals; because it makes part of the vote of postponement, adjourning or laying on the table.
Where amendments are made to a question, those amendments are Res. 31 not printed in the journals, separated from the question; but only the
& 32, Sen.
The first order for printing the votes of the House of Commons was
Rule 6, | son, and a printed vote of either House is sufficient ground for the other Ho. Reps.
to notice it. Either may appoint a Committee to inspect the journals of the other, and report what has been done by the other in any particular case. [ 2 Hats. 261. 3 Hats. 27—30.] Every member has a right to see the journals, and to take and publish votes from them. Being a record every one may see and publish them. [6 Grey, 118, 119.]
On information of a misentry or omission of an entry in the journal, a Committee may be appointed to examine and rectify it, and report it to the House. ( 2 Hats. 194, 5. ]
Const. Vill THE two Houses of Parliament have the sole, separate, and inde8. Art. 1,}pendent power of adjourning each their respective Houses. The king Sec. 5, Poll has no authority to adjourn them; he can only signify his desiré, and
Res. 48 it is in the wisdom and prudence of either House to comply with his & 49, Ho.ll requisition, or not, as they see fit. [2 Hats. 232. 1 Blackstone, 186. Reps. PP
5 Grey, 122.] 80 & 82.
A motion to adjourn simply cannot be amended as by adding 'to a particular day. But must be put simply that this House do now adjourn?' and if carried in the affirmative, it is adjourned to the next sitting day, unless it has come to a previous resolution that at its rising it will adjourn to a particular day, and then the House is adjourned to
that day. [2 Hats. 82.) Rule 11,
Where it is convenient that the business of the House be suspended gell for a short time, as for a conference presently to be held, &c., it adSen. page 126. journs during pleasure. [2 Hats. 305.]. Or for a quarter of an hour.
s 5 Grey, 331. ]
If a question be put for adjournment it is no adjournment till the Speaker pronounces it. [5 Grey, 137.] And from courtesy and respect, no member leaves his place till the Speaker has passed on.
PARLIAMENT have three modes of separation, to wit: by adjournment, 8. Art. 11,! by prorogation, or dissolution by the king, or by the efflux of the term Sec. 3, p. ll for which they were elected. Prorogation or dissolution constitutes
there what is called a session, provided some act has passed. In this case all matters depending before them are discontinued, and at their
next meeting are to be taken up de novo,* if taken up at all.  Joint Re.
Committees may be appointed to sit during a recess by adjournment,
When it was said above, that all matters depending before parliament were discontinued by the determination of the session, it was not meant for judiciary cases, depending before the House of Lords, such as impeachments, appeals, and writs of error. These stand continued, of course, to the next session." [Raym. 120, 381. Ruffb. Fac. L. D. Parliament. 1
TREATIES are legislative acts. A treaty is a law of the land. It dif- Const. U. | fers from other laws only as it must have the consent of a foreign S. Art. 11, nation, being but a contract with respect to that nation. In all coun-||
Sec. 2, p.
133 & 134
† At pleasure.
Const. 0.] JURISDICTION. The lords cannot impeach any to themselves, nor join 8. Art. 111.|in the accusation, because they are the judges. [Seld. Judic. in parl. Sec. 2, P.) 12. 63.1 Nor can they proceed against a commoner but on complaint 32.
Const. U. of the Commons, [id. 84.] The lords may not, by the law, try a comS. Art. 1, moner for a capital offence, on the information of the king, or a private Sec. 2, p.
person; because the accused is entitled to a trial by his peers gene8, and Art. 11 1, Sec. 3, p.rally ; but on accusation by the House of Commons, they may proceed 10. Also, I against the delinquent, of whatsoever degree, and whatsoever be the Art 11. Sc. 4, p. 30.
nature of the offence; for there they do not assume to themselves, trial at common law. The Commons are then instead of a jury, and the judgment is given on their demand, which is instead of a verdict. So the lord's do only judge, but not try the delinquent. [id. 6, 7. ] But Wooddeson denies that a commoner can now be charged capitally before the lords, even by the Commons; and cites Fitzharris's case, 1681, impeached of high treason, where the lords remitted the prosecution to the inferior court. [ 8 Grey's deb. 325—7, 2. Wooddesson, 601, 576. 3 Seld. 1610, 1619, 1641. 4 Blacks. 257. 3 Sed. 1604, 1618, 9, 1656.]
Accusation. The Commons, as the grand inquest of the nation, become suitors for penal justice. [2 Woodd. 597. 6 Grey, 356.] The general course is to pass a resolution containing a criminal charge against the supposed delinquent, and then to direct some member to impeach him by oral accusation, at the bar of the House of Lords, in the name of the Commons. The person signifies that the articles will be exhibited, and desires that the delinquent may be sequestered from his seat, or be committed, or that the peers wii. take order for his appearance. Sachev. trial. 325. 2 Wood. 602, 605. Lords. Journ. 3) June, 1701. 1 Wms. 616. 6 Grey, 324.)
Process. If the party do not appear, proclamations are to be issued, giving him a day to appear. On their return they are strictly examined. If any error be found in them, a new proclamation issues giving a short day. If he appear not, his goods may be arrested, and they may proceed. [ Seld. Jud. 98, 99.)
Articles. Thē accusation (articles) of the Commons is substituted in place of an indictment. Thus, by the usage of parliament, in impeachment for writing or speaking, the particular words need not be specified. [ Sach. tr. 325. 2 Wood. 602-605. Lords. Journ. 3 June, 1701. 1 Wms, 616. ]
Appearance. If he appears, and the case be capital, he answers in custody: though not if the accusation be general. He is not to be committed but on special accusations. If it be for a misdemeanor only, he answers a lord in his place, à commoner at the bar, and not in custody, unless, on the answer, the lords find cause to commit him, till he find sureties to attend, and lest he should fly. [ Seld. Jud. 98, 99.) A copy of the articles is given him, and a day fixed for his answer. [T. Ray. 1 Rushw. 268. Fost. 232. 1 Clar. Hist. of the reb. 379.] On a misdemeanor, his appearance may be in person, or he may answer in writing, or by attorney. [Seld. Jud. 100.] The general rule on an