U.S. Senate (Jan. 1825-3 March 1829): Reconciliation with DeWitt Clinton, support for Andrew Jackson, formation of Jacksonian Democratic coalition, election of 1828, gubernatorial tenure.
The bill to provide for the adjustment of claims to land in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama, and the Territories of Florida and Arkansas, being taken up, was, on motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. VAN BUREN said he should vote against it, because, when the Senate decided to strike out the original bill, it seemed a sufficient declaration of its view of the subject. He thought the act of 1823 better than the amendment from the gentleman from Maryland. The former empowered the President to close the ports by proclamation, against any Power whose ports were closed against us. Now, this... Continue Reading
The amendments reported by the Committee on the Judiciary were then read. On the amendment proposed by the Committee to provide for the appointment of three Commissioners instead of one, considerable discussion took place, on which Messrs. CHAMBERS, BERRIEN, VAN BUREN, TAZEWELL HOLMES, and JOHNSTON, of Louisiana, took part, when the question was taken, and decided in the affirmative-22 to 20.
Fellow Citizens of the Senate and Assembly, I approach the high trust committed to my care, with a profound sense of the unmerited honor conferred upon me by the people, and an earnest solicitude to fulfil the obligations of gratitude which their favor has imposed. Associated with these feelings, is a consciousness of inferiority to that accomplished statesman, whose sudden removal from the post... Continue Reading
Recipient: New York Legislature
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Sender: Jacob Dox Staton
In my communication to the legislature at the opening of the session, I alluded briefly to the outlines of a plan suggested to me relative to the renewed bank charters. Understanding that it was the general expectation that a full development of its details would be laid before you by me, I have requested its author to furnish me with a more ample statement of his views: and have now the honor to... Continue Reading
The Senate then took up the bill from the House for the subscription of stock in the Dismal Swamp Canal Company. A long debate ensued on this bill, in which Messrs DENDRICKS, CHANDLER, TAZEWELL, BRANCH, NOBLE, HOLMES, HARRISON, VAN BUREN, ROWAN, CHAMBERS, and REED, took part.
Mr. VAN BUREN expressed dislike to the amendment, which, he observed, threw an air of distrust over the whole subject, as it proposes that the term shall expire on the thirty-first December, while Congress would be in session. He hoped the gentleman would consent to withdraw his amendment until the question on that offered by his colleague should have been taken, when he could renew his motion... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, it was, until yesterday, m intention, Mr. President, to abstain from all participation in the discussion of the bill now under consideration. The able examination which it has already received, and the advanced period of the session at which it has been brought forward, alike dictate the propriety of this course. But as neither the bill reported by the Committee, nor the... Continue Reading
J.M. with his respects to M.V.B. returns ^thanks^ him for the copy of his speech in behalf of the Surviving officers of the Revolutionary Army. They are very fortunate in having such able advocates It is a painful reflection, that after all that can now be done, so much of the price of Independence, should be left for the pages of History as a charge ^<illegible>^ agst. the justice &... Continue Reading
Sender: James Madison
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Sender: Nicholas Fairly Beck
We beg leave to hand you the correspondence which has just passed between us, as a committee of the New-York Law Institute, and the Chancellor of the state, on a subject of great importance, especially to those who may be suitors in the court of chancery, residing in the city of New York. If your excellency should look upon it in that light, or deem it entitled to such consideration, we have to... Continue Reading
I have been requested by a committee of the “New-York Law Institute” to lay the accompanying papers before the legislature. The Chancellor’s reply fully confirms the impression, which is, I believe, universal with the profession, that the relief prayed for is indispensable to the due administration of justice. Allow me, therefore, to recommend the subject to your early and favorable consideration...
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Recipient: Nathaniel Soley Benton