On May 27, 1836, Representatives John Quincy Adams
introduced this motion in opposition to the “gag rule
” resolution, which stated that “All petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating in any way, or to any extent whatsoever, to the subject of slavery, shall, without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table, and that on further action whatever shall be had thereon.” The rule had been adopted to stem the tide of petitions from abolitionists then flooding Congress. Adams’ argued that banning certain classes of petitions abridged the rights of citizens, and his resolution said,
With leadership of Adams, the gag rule was eventually repealed by the House in 1844.
Motion offered by John Quincy Adams to amend the “gag rule”, 5/27/1836, HR24A-B3, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 306599)