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of the Committee appointed to inquire into the expediency of removing
the Seat of Government," October 3, 1814
the burning of Washington, Congress met in Blodgets Hotel, which
had escaped destruction. Soon after convening, northern congressmen proposed
that the government move, at least temporarily, to Philadelphia, a more
defensible location. A House committee took up the matter and wrote this
resolution describing the idea as "inexpedient," but in the
whole House, an amendment changing "inexpedient" to "expedient"
passed 72 to 71. The bill was then defeated 83 to 74 and Washington, DC,
remained the nations capital.