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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the Message of the President of the United States, in relation to certain acts of the Governor of the Territory of Arkansas, reported a bill, "confirming certain acts of James Miller, as Governor of the Territory of Arkansas, and for other purposes." The bill was twice read.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred the bill extending the benefit of copy-rights to the authors of paintings or drawings, and the bill, entitled "An act to alter the times of holding the district court of the United States for the district of Illionois," reported them severally without amendment.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary to whom was referred the petition of A. V. Mattson, reported a bill supplementary to the act, entitled "An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'An act for the relief of persons imprisoned for debt;" which was twice read, by unanimous consent.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to change the terms of the circuit and district courts of the United States, in the State of Ohio, and one of the terms of the circuit court in Kentucky, reported it without amendment.
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Mr. Van Buren was well aware that the present mode of settling private claims against the Government, was extremely objectionable; that Congress was not a body calculated for a full and fair investigation of such claims; and another great objection to acting upon these claims here, is, that the decision upon them is never final. But yet he was opposed to the principle contained in the present... Continue Reading
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Mr. Van Buren considered that the recommitment of the bill would be tantamount to its rejection, for the present session, at least. He went on to remark, briefly, upon the probable result of again committing the bill.
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The bill "to abolish imprisonment for debt," was then again taken up for consideration. Some further amendments were made in the details of the bill, at the suggestion of Mr. Mills. Upon one of these amendments, which provides that the creditor shall have a right to hold his debtor to bail, without proof of fraud, when he is about to leave the State in which the debt is contracted, some cursory... Continue Reading
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Some further discussion, involving the principles of the bill, took place—in which Messrs. Macon, Holmes, of Maine, Johnson, of Kentucky, Van Buren, Findlay, Lloyd, of Massachusetts, Chandler, J. S. Johnston, Mills, Taylor, of Virginia, and Noble, engaged. The question was then taken on reconsidering the vote by which the bill was recommitted, and decided in the affirmative, by yeas and nays... Continue Reading
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The bill "to abolish imprisonment for debt," was read the third time. Objections were then made to certain parts of the bill, by Messrs. Lanman, Mills, Van Dyke, and Hayne—which were replied to by Messrs. Talbot, Van Buren, and Johnson, of Kentucky. One or two immaterial amendments were made, by general consent. An amendment proposed by Mr. Johnson of Kentucky, was objected to by Mr. Hayne—and... Continue Reading
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Mr. Van Buren laid on the table a letter E. Causici, sculptor, announcing the completion of the model of the allegorical group for the Senate Chamber; and it was referred to the Committee on Finance.
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Mr. Van Buren submitted some additional sections as amendments to the bill; they were ordered to be printed, and the bill was then postponed to, and made the order of the day for, tomorrow.
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The bill reported by the Judiciary Committee, "to alter the time for holding the district court for the district of Missouri," was taken up in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Van Buren stated the grounds for making the proposed change. The bill was then reported to the Senate without amendment, and passed to be engrossed and read the third time.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the resolution to authorize the purchase of a certain number of the copies of the Journals of Congress, from 1774 to 1788, reported it without amendment.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, reported the bill to provide for the settlement of certain pecuniary claims against the United States, without amendment.
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Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, reported the bill in further addition to "An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization," without amendment. Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill in further addition to "An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and to repeal the acts heretofore passed on that subject," which was read... Continue Reading
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The Senate then proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to consider the bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States." The question was upon agreeing to certain additional sections, proposed by Mr. Van Buren as amendments. Mr. Van Buren explained, concisely and clearly, the provisions of... Continue Reading
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On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the bill reported by the Judiciary Committee, in addition to an act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States," was again taken up for consideration, in Committee of the Whole; Mr. Gaillard in the Chair. The amendment offered yesterday by Mr. Eaton, and those heretofore offered by Mr. Van Buren, were withdrawn, in order to give way... Continue Reading
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The bill "in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States," was again taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Several amendments were made to the bill, on motion of Mr. Van Buren. The bill was then reported to the Senate. Some further amendments were made, in its details, at the suggestion of Messrs, Eaton, Mills, Van Buren, and... Continue Reading
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Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, stated the objects of his amendment. His plan was to extend the circuit system to all the Western States, upon the same principles that it rests upon in the other States. He spoke against the bill reported by the committee, as doing away the intimate and highly important connexion between the Supreme Court and the several District Courts. Mr. Van Buren opposed the... Continue Reading
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Anna Dubord, wife of Joseph Antonio de Reano, reported a bill to permit Anna Dubord to bring certain slaves into the State of Louisiana; which was read, and passed to a second reading.
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Mr. Van Buren said that he rose for the purpose of explanation only; to reconcile his present vote with one he was prepared, and would, doubtless, be called upon to give on the question under consideration. He was in favor of increasing the duty on hemp with a view of affording protection to its cultivation in this country. He was willing to vote for a liberal but reasonable increase. The one... Continue Reading
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Benjamin King;" the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of James, Jehu, and Nathaniel Brooks, and the representatives of either of them;" and the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Robert Brotherton;" reported them, respectively, without amendment. 
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The resolution reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, authorizing the purchase of six hundred and fifty copies of Way & Gideon's edition of the Journals of the Old Congress, from 1774 to 1788, for the use of Congress, was taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Johnson of Kentucky spoke in favor of, and Mr. Dickerson opposed it. Mr. Lowrie moved to amend the resolution... Continue Reading
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Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred the bill entitled "An act for the relief of John K. Carter;" the bill entitled "An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Fry and Spalding;" the bill entitled "An act for the relief of Hugh M'Culloch;" the bill entitled "An act for the relief of Mary H. Hawkins;" the bill entitled "An act for the relief of the... Continue Reading
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The bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "to permit Anna Dubord to land certain slaves in the State of Louisiana," was taken up in Committee of the Whole. The lady for whose relief the bill was drawn, had left the country; and, on her return, requests permission to land her household servants, which she took from the country with her. Messrs. Holmes, of Maine, J. S. Johnston, of... Continue Reading
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On motion, by Mr. Van Buren, the Committee on the Judiciary were discharged from the consideration of the bill, entitled "An act enabling the claimants to lands within the limits of the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas, to institute proceedings to try the validity of their claims;" and was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
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