MVB Senate remarks on federal judiciary, 18 February 1825
Mr. VAN BUREN, in expressing his preference, yesterday, for the judicial system proposed by "the gentleman from Virginia," referred to the plan of Mr. TAZEWELL, and not, as was erroneously supposed, to that of Mr. BARBOUR. To the latter he entertained objections of the most decided character. Having misstated Mr. Van Buren's meaning in the particular, we subjoin a fuller report of his remarks on the occasion. In prefacing his motion to amend the bill, by reducing the proposed number of additional Circuit Judges to two, he said he had believed, and still thought, that the plan proposed by another gentleman from Virginia, (Mr. Tazewell) might, with proper attention, be so improved as to deprive it of that local and partial character which, in the view of some gentlemen, it wore, and on which account it was so objectionable to them. If so, the just claims of the petitioning states might be satisfied in a form consistent with the respect due to them, and the conceded evil of increasing the number of the Judges of the Supreme Court avoided.