[Washington: Gales & Seaton, Printers, 1829]. 8pp. Caption title [as issued], disbound. Light scattered spotting and wear [small chip at upper blank margin of last leaf], a few old manuscript notations. About Very Good.
Foot's speech, opposing the Resolution to defer a vote on Crittenden's nomination. is an insightful analysis of presidential authority in the waning days of an administration. President Adams nominated John Crittenden of Kentucky to the Supreme Court in late 1828. Because Andrew Jackson had defeated Adams's bid for re-election the Senate, a majority of whom supported Jackson, chose in February 1829-- just before Jackson's inauguration-- to kill the nomination by postponing it. The majority had a special animus against Crittenden, who had supported Adams throughout the bitter 1824 contest with Jackson. Foot argues as a parliamentary matter that the Senate must vote the nomination up or down. Otherwise, "the Presidential term of office, which, by the Constitution, extends four years from the 4th of March, shall embrace a period of only three years and nine months; that the President shall make no appointments, and not even fill vacancies, during the three last months of his term."
AI 38604 [1-CSmH]. OCLC 56358719 . Item #24436