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Harper's Weekly, January 25, 1868, page 51

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The report of Senator Howard on the removal from office of Secretary Stanton, and its accompanying resolution restoring him to his place, was promptly acted upon by the Senate in Executive Session on January 13. The resolution restoring Mr. Stanton to his office as Secretary of War, or rather non-concurring in his removal by President Johnson, was adopted by a vote of 35 to 6. The President, General Grant, and Secretary Stanton were officially notified of the action of the Senate on the same day.

If General Grant should decline to give him possession, or, if after obtaining control of the office, he should be again suspended or removed by President Johnson, Mr. Stanton will be compelled to seek relief and his rights through a mandamus of the Supreme Court. Evidently thinking that the question would eventually come before the Supreme Court of the country the Judiciary Committee of the House on January 13 reported the bill previously adopted by the Senate declaring what shall constitute a quorum of the Supreme Court, but somewhat amended. The original bill declared that "Any number of the Justices of the Supreme Court, not less than five, being a majority thereof, shall constitute a quorum." The House amendment declares that "No case involving the action or effect of any law of the United States, now pending before the Supreme Court, shall be decided adversely to the validity of such law without the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members of the court." The bill thus amended passed the House by a vote of 116 yeas to 39 nays; and now goes back to the Senate for concurrence.

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