A committee formed through a resolution submitted by Mr. Powell on December 6, 1860 and adopted on December 18, 1860. The role of the committee was to examine the conflict between slaveholding and non-slaveholding States and provide solutions and concessions to avoid secession.
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The Committee meets for informal conversation and various members enter the Committee.
Mr. Davis enters the Committee. Mr. Toombs, Mr. Crittenden, and Mr. Davis submit propositions.
Mr. Seward formally enters the Committee and asks that his vote be recorded for previous sessions. Mr. Douglas and Mr. Seward submit Joint Resolutions to amend the Constitution and they are considered. The committee considers separate resolutions presented in the previous session by Mr. Toombs' and Mr. Davis.
The Committee considers Mr. Toombs' compromise resolutions; documents introduced in Senate by Mr. Bigler and Mr. Pugh are laid before the Committee.
The Committee considers the Douglas Compromise and reports to the Senate.