The Perils of William Blount
By jenn84501, Updated
William Blount is in the midst of an impeachment trial. With the evidence and odds stacked miles high against him, what's a 1790's senator to do?
December 17th, 1798. A historic occasion. Today is the first impeachment trial in the U.S., against Senator William Blount of Tenessee.
Blount is accused of conspiring to take Spanish land for the claim of Great Britain. The odds, and the evidence, are stacked against him.
"William Blount. You are accused of consorting with a foreign nation for the acquisition of a sovereign power's territory. How do you plead?"
"Guilty, Your Honor. I have committed an atrocity most erroneous. I can only beg my fellow senators for forgiveness and mercy."
"Shall we vote? All those in favor of expulsion, say "Aye", those opposed- "Nay".
Looks like the "Aye's" have it, 25 to 1. William Blount, you are hereby evicted from the body of the senate.
"That is the last time I ever accept crumpets as payment for committing an impeachable offense. Probably.
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