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In a previous post, I described how the Senate voted in 1834 to censure President Andrew Jackson, only to have Henry Clay’s censure resolution expunged from the Senate Journal three years later when Jacksonians gained control of the chamber.

Here’s what the expungement looks like:

A clerk drew a box around the resolution and overwrote it with this notice: “Expunged by order of the Senate this Sixteenth day of January in the Year of our Lord 1837.” Someone (probably an archivist) later removed this page from the bound manuscript volume, an interesting meta-alteration of the Senate Journal. I love how the affirmative vote wasn’t technically expunged, only the text of the resolution approved.

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