1812.019: Benjamin Watkins Leigh's Substitute for Resolutions Proposed by John Tyler.

Published: 1812

Full Title: Substitute, proposed by Mr. Leigh of Dinwiddie, to the Preamble and resolutions, on the subject of the right of the State legislatures to instruct their senators in the Congress of the United States.

Author: Leigh, Benjamin Watkins (1781-1849).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 16 pgs.; 23 cm. (8vo).


Title lacks imprint; Pleasants was ordered on January 28, 1812, to print 250 copies of this substitute resolution for the consideration of the General Assembly. John Tyler Jr., son of the recently retired governor and future U.S. president, had proposed resolutions censuring Virginia's U.S. senators – William Branch Giles and Richard Brent – for their vote in favor of extending the charter of the Bank of the United States contrary to the instructions given Virginia's congressional delegation by the previous Assembly. Here, Leigh presented a lengthy legal brief in support of the right of state legislatures to instruct their state's congressional delegation in place of Tyler's brief one-page censure (1812.018); this proposal led, in turn, to another substitute proposed by Charles Fenton Mercer (1812.020); in the end, the Assembly forged a statement from the two proposed substitutes (1812.021), turning Tyler's simple censure into a statement on constitutional law and principles.

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