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  1. A motion was then made to lay the resolution on the table, which prevailed- yeas eighty- nine, nays sixty- three. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy
  2. But I fear that in a division the nays would have it. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  3. At the close of his speech, Mr. Wilson moved to lay the subject of impeachment on the table, and the yeas and nays were ordered. – History-of-the-Impeachment-of-Andrew-Johnson-President-of-the-United-States-by-the-House-of-Representatives-and-his-trial-by-the-Senate-for-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors-in-office-1868 by Ross, Edmund G. (Edmund Gibson)
  4. On the adoption of the compromise line of thirty- six degrees and thirty minutes, the vote in the Senate was 34 yeas to 10 nays – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  5. He then proposed that the yeas and nays should be recorded; upon which, most of the gentlemen walked off, to prevent the question from being taken. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  6. The way is open in the Congress of the United States for an expression of opinion by yeas and nays – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  7. The vote stood, yeas fifty, nays one hundred and thirty- two. – Lafayette by Martha Foote Crow
  8. Several motions were made and withdrawn, and finally Fessenden called for the yeas and nays on Powell's motion to adjourn. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  9. The vote being taken on Mr. Cowan's amendment conferring the elective franchise upon women, the result was yeas, nine; nays thirty- seven. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  10. The question being taken whether the bill should pass over the President's veto, the Senate decided in the affirmative by a vote of twenty- nine yeas to ten nays – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
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