The motion to commit is sometimes made instead of the motion for indefinite postponement, because by referring a matter to a committee, or if it be a resolution from a committee, by re-committing it, the proposition may be so amended as to preclude the necessity of indefinite postponement.

This motion, however, may be amended by substituting another committee for that named; by enlarging or diminishing the number of the committee, as originally proposed; or by particular instructions to the committee, requiring the introduction of specified amendments.

If the motion to commit, or to recommit, as the case may be, is decided affirmatively, the effect is to remove the whole business, for the time being, from before the Society. If decided negatively, the main question which it was proposed to commit, may be postponed or amended, or suppressed by calling the previous question.