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Michigan Judges

George G Bates

That was in September, 1835. I remember it as well as if it was but yesterday, for we all got in a fog down there. We had no red ribbons in those days. Neither Gov. Mason, Gen. Brown nor any of the troops knew of any such thing. When my tongue gets to running on reminiscences it hardly knows where to stop. Mr. Chairman, under what do you sit ? (pointing to the canopy of the speaker's chair.) Vividly do I remember how, on May 14, 1833, as beautiful a day as the sun ever adorned, while at Detroit, I went up into what was then the old capitol, and in the senatorial chamber I saw the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan sitting under this very canopy. I notice one change in it. There used to be a great basswood eagle with outstretched wings, which I apostrophized once with tremendous power. The occasion for this display of eloquence was on the trial of Col. Edward Brooks for contempt of the privileges of that body.

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