1812.020: Charles F. Mercer's Substitute for Leigh's and Tyler's Proposed Resolutions.

Published: 1812

Full Title: Substitute, proposed by Mr. Mercer, of Loudoun : by way of amendment to the substitute proposed by Mr. Leigh, of Dinwiddie, to the preamble and resolutions, on the subject of the right of the state legislatures to instruct the senators of their respective states, in the Congress of the United States.

Author: Mercer, Charles Fenton (1778-1858).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 32 pgs.; 24 cm. (8vo).


Title lacks imprint; Pleasants was ordered on February 13, 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 in the previous Assembly; Benjamin Watkins Leigh presented a lengthy legal brief in support of the right of state legislatures to instruct their state's congressional delegation (1812.019) in place of Tyler's brief one-page censure (1812.018); his proposal led, in turn, to this even longer substitute as proposed by Mercer; in the end, the Assembly forged a statement on the subject from the two proposed substitutes (1812.021), so turning Tyler's simple censure into a statement on constitutional law and principles.

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