One of the Lincoln-Douglas debates was held here in 1858.
He does not, however, appear to have taken part in the exclusion debates at this time.
All correspondence passed through his hands, he wrote all despatches, conducted the debates over which he presided, kept the minutes, drafted the resolutions, and was ex officio the leader and spokesman of the delegates who represented the Province of Holland in the States-General.
In the long debates between Rome and France about the Concordat Consalvi took the leading part.
Ministers may attend the debates of either house but can only vote in that of which they are members.