MVB Senate remarks on bill to suppress piracy, 3 February 1825
The Senate resumed consideration of the bill to suppress Piracy in the West Indies—the amendment proposed by Mr. SMITH (granting aid to merchantmen to arm) being still pending.
On this amendment, and various propositions to modify it, in regard to the kind and quantity of armament required, the amount of premium, &c. a discussion took place, which continued about two hours. In this discussion, Messrs. SMITH, HOLMES, of Maine, EATON, MILLS, LLOYD, of Mass., D’WOLF, LLOYD of Md., HAYNE, VAN BUREN, and FINDLAY, took part.
Finally the Senate refused to fill the blank for the premium with $100, with $75, and with $50. On the latter sum, the question was decided by yeas and nays, as follows:
The vote on the premium was 27 to 15 against, with MVB voting with the minority.