1868 Schuyler Colfax Discusses Parliamentary Procedure

1868 Schuyler Colfax Discusses Parliamentary Procedure
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Description: In the spring of 1868, Judge Hasbrouck wrote to then-Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax with a procedural question: "In Parliamentary rules, is it in order, when a person is addressing the chair or assembly, for another person to move an adjournment? Such a question of order recently arose in an organization of which I am a member, and the chair declared the motion in order. Will you inform me if the decision was correct, as it has caused considerable discussion, and could the opinion of some good authority be obtained, the matter would be settled." He signed off with an apologetic, "Hoping you will pardon me for the liberty I have taken, I am respectfully DS Hasbrouck."

Colfax used a blank page of the judge's letter to provide Hasbrouck's answer: "A motion to adjourn is not in order, when a member is on the floor speaking, unless he yields for that purpose; & if it fails, he does not lose his right to continue his speech by having yielded for that motion to be made." He signed, "In great haste, Schuyler Colfax."

Schuyler Colfax (1823-1885) was Vice President of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant. Prior to that he served in the House of Representatives, where he was Speaker of the House for six years.

Hon. Gilbert DS Hasbrouck was an attorney with the New York Attorney General's office before serving as a Supreme Court Justice in the State's 3rd Judicial District. He was also a Trustee of the New York State Historical Association.

As mentioned above, both letters were written on a single sheet of lightly lined writing paper; Hasbrouck's letter is on pages 1 and 2, and Colfax used a portion of page 4 to write his response. The paper measures approximately 8" x 10" when unfolded. Also included here is the transmittal envelope addressed in Colfax's hand with his free frank and designation as Speaker of the House. There is a black circular cancellation "Washington D.C. Congress Free". Item #A00861

Condition: Light soil at fold lines otherwise very good condition. The transmittal envelope has a stain at the lower right. A rare opportunity to have both sides of an exchange of correspondence.