MVB Senate remarks on bill to suppress piracy, 4 February 1825

MVB Senate remarks on bill to suppress piracy, 4 February 1825

Mr. VAN BUREN then renewed the motion he had unsuccessfully made in committee of the whole, to recommit the bill to a select committee, with instructions “to report amendments thereto, giving power to the President, on its being satisfactorily proved to him that any of the pirates, mentioned in the said act, find refuge in any of the cities or ports of the said Island of Cuba, or other Islands mentioned in the said bill, and that the local governments of the said Islands, on being requested so to do, neglect, or refuse, to aid in the apprehension, prosecution, and conviction, of such pirates, to give authority to the crews of the armed vessels of the United States, under such instructions as may be given them, to land on the said Islands, in search of pirates, and there to subdue, vanquish, and capture them, and bring them to the United States for trial and adjudication, as the said instructions of the President of the United States may prescribe: and further, to authorize reprisals on the commerce and property of the inhabitants of the said Islands.”

Mr. VAN BUREN supported his motion with some remarks; and

The question having been, at his instance, divided, was first taken on the clause ending with the word “prescribe,” and was negatived; and then he withdrew the remainder of the motion.

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