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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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
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Your good husband occasionally (when asked) says that you make enquires about & kind friendly messages to us; but they are <illegible> so <illegible>, & so long between, that I am inclined to think that you have forgotten us poor congressmen. So far as the lower house is... Continue Reading
The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, unfavorable to the petition of Ebenezer Oliver and others, together with the motion to strike out of the resolution accompanying, the word “not,” so as to reverse the report. The debate on this subject was resumed... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN presented the petition of Waters Smith, Marshal of East Florida, and John M. Hanson, Marshal for the Middle District of Florida, praying that an act may be passed, defining their official powers and duties. Referred.
Mr. EATON then moved to add the following as an amendment: “If any objection shall arise to the vote or votes of any state, it shall be filed in writing and entered on the Journals of the Senate and House of Representatives; but the two Houses shall not separate until the entire votes are counted... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN agreed that something ought to be done, and they must adopt one of two courses; either the present system, as a system, should be retained, and be extended to these states, by appointing additional judges; or, that the system should be changed. He urged the necessity of carefully... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, pursuant to instructions of the 8th inst. reported a bill for the relief of Ebenezer Oliver and others, which was read, and passed to a second reading.
Mr. VAN BUREN, of New York, said, that the question immediately before the Senate, was a motion to postpone indefinitely, made on the single ground of want of time to do justice to so important a subject. The wide range of debate which this question had produced, would be more properly considered... Continue Reading

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