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The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, on the petition of Ebenezer Oliver, and others; and, on motion by Mr. Van Buren, it was postponed to Wednesday next, and the documents accompanying the petition were ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill, entitled "An act to authorize the issuing of letters patent to Samuel Brown," reported it without amendment.
Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of John S. Stiles, executor of George Stiles, made a report, accompanied by a resolution, that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted. The report, with the accompanying documents, were ordered to be printed.
Mr. Van Buren presented the petition of John M. S. McKnight, administrator of Charles McKnight, deceased, praying to be paid for services rendered by the deceased in the medical department, in the Revolutionary war; which was read and referred to the Committee of Claims.
The bill to abolish imprisonment for debt was taken up. Mr. Van Buren proposed two new sections, as substitutes for the first and fourth sections of the bill. The amendments were ordered to be printed, and the whole subject was postponed till Monday next, and made the order of that day.
Mr. Van Buren, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, supported the report. He did not consider that the Government was bound, in justice or equity, to allow the claim now under consideration. He believed it would be highly inexpedient and impolitic to allow it; and went into a history of the origin of the claim, to support his opinion. As the commissioners were appointed to decide finally... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to consider the bill authorizing letters patent to be issued to Samuel Brown. This bill came from the other House, and was reported by the Judiciary Committee of the Senate, without amendment. It authorizes a patent to be issued to Samuel Brown, for a certain valuable invention, in which several Americans are... Continue Reading
The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, adverse to the petition of Ebenezer Oliver, and others, of Boston, Directors of the New England Mississippi Land Company. A long discussion ensued upon the merits of the claim. The question was upon the motion made, at that time, by Mr. Mills, to reverse the report of the committee. This motion was supported by... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren moved an amendment to confine the operation of the law to such claims as have been reported to the Government and laid before Congress, which was agreed to. He also proposed a new section to the bill, requiring that, in all claims amounting to one thousand acres, that the Attorney General of the United States shall be furnished with copies of the proceedings on such claims, in the... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren said that his honorable colleague, who was a member of the committee that reported this bill, and who had paid considerable attention to this subject, was not now in his seat. He therefore moved that the bill be postponed till Monday next, and made the order of that day. This motion was agreed to.
Mr. Van Buren presented the petition of James Thomas, late Quartermaster General in the Army, praying that a judgment obtained by the United States against him in the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, in September, 1818, may be opened, and a new trial granted, so that may be let in to a just and equitable defence; which was read, and referred to the Committee of Claims.
Mr. Van Buren presented the memorial of the United Society, called Shakers, of New York, praying to be exempted from the performance of militia duty, being conscientiously opposed to bearing arms; which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Militia.
On motion of Mr. Smith, the Senate (as in Committee of the Whole) resumed the consideration of the bill from the other House, making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1824. The question was stated from the Chair, to be upon the motion made by Mr. Macon, when the bill was before under consideration, to strike out the clause providing for the purchase of a... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill in addition to an act entitled "An act to amend the ordinance and acts of Congress for the government of the Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes," reported it without amendment.
Mr. V. B., from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to provide for the settlement of certain pecuniary claims against the United States, reported it without amendments.
Mr. V. B., from the same committee, to whom the subject was referred by resolution of the Senate of the 17th December last, reported a bill in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States, which was twice read, by unanimous consent.
The motion to take up the resolutions prevailed. Mr. King of New York, then moved for the indefinite postponement of the whole subject. This motion gave rise to considerable discussion, in which Messrs. King of New York, Hayne, Van Buren, Lowrie, Lloyd of Maryland, Mills, Holmes of Maine, Bell, and Dickerson, participated. It was contended, on the one hand, that it could not be expected by the... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred two resolutions upon the expediency of amending the judiciary system of the United States, reported two bills on the subject; one of which provides, that no law of any of the States shall be rendered invalid, without the concurrence of at least five Judges of the Supreme Court; their opinions to be separately expressed. The... Continue Reading
On motion by Mr. Van Buren, the last mentioned bill was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Van Buren said he was in the minority on the committee that reported this bill, and subsequent reflection had confirmed him in the opinion that the bill ought not to pass. Before the State of Alabama was admitted into the Union, she was required to pass an ordinance that the then navigable waters within her territories should be forever free from toll or exaction to her own citizens, and to... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren made a few remarks, in explanation of his amendment. The question was upon adopting his substitute for the first section of the bill; which substitute provides that, on an affidavit of the debtor's intention to leave the country, substantiated by the evidence of two credible witnesses, the creditor shall have a right to hold him to bail. Mr. Mills suggested several amendments to... Continue Reading
The fourth section of the original bill having been stricken out, yesterday, the question was upon inserting a new section, proposed in lieu of it, by Mr. Van Buren, which provides that, on a return of no property found, upon a fieri facias, the plaintiff may file an affidavit that he has good cause to believe that a fraudulent conveyance, or concealment of property, has been made by the debtor;... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, of New York, said, that it had not been his intention to add any thing to the remarks he had heretofore submitted on the motion now under consideration, but some explanation on his part had become necessary. It would, he thought, be injustice, as well to his constituents as to himself, to suffer the new views which had been taken of the subject by his honorable colleague, to pass... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill, entitled "An act giving the consent and sanction of Congress to a certain act of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida," reported it without amendment.
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Charles S. Hempstead, and others, members of the bar in Missouri, reported a bill to alter the times of holding the District Courts in the District of Missouri; which was read, and passed to a second reading.
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted a report on the petition of Thomas Hewes, of Louisiana, accompanied by a bill for his relief. The bill was read, and passed to a second reading, and the report was ordered to be printed.