"Scene in Uncle Sam's Senate., 17th April 1850"
In this political cartoon, Senator Henry S. Foote points a gun at Thomas Hart Benton during intense debate over slavery. Benton (center) throws open his coat and defiantly states, "Get out of the way, and let the assassin fire! let the scoundrel use his weapon! I have no arm's! I did not come here to assassinate!" On his right and holding his arm is North Carolina senator Willie P. Mangum. Foote is restrained by South Carolina's Andrew Pickens Butler and calmed by Daniel Stevens Dickinson of New York (to whom he later handed over the pistol). Foote says "I only meant to defend myself!" In the background Vice President Fillmore, presiding, wields his gavel and calls for order. Behind Foote another senator cries, "For God's sake Gentlemen Order!" To the right of Benton stand Henry Clay and (far right) Daniel Webster. Clay puns, "It's a ridiculous matter, I apprehend there is no danger on foot!" Visitors in the galleries flee in panic.
- April 17, 1850
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