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Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill “entitled an act declaring the assent of Congress to an act of the Legislature of the State of Alabama,” reported it without amendment.
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the same Committee, requested to be discharged from the further consideration of the petitions of Moses Jewett, John C. Smith, and Wm. Tharp. Granted.
The bill for the relied of Ann Dubord, was read a second time in Committee of the Whole; and on the question, shall the bill be engrossed for a third reading, Mr. VAN BUREN rose to explain the circumstances connected with the case. The bill had already passed the Senate three or four times, without ever having been acted on by the House. The petitioner had removed with her husband, from New... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the proposition of the Senator from South Carolina was of a very grave character, and would not he hoped find favor with the Senate. It was nothing less than an attempt to change the administration of justice in the Federal courts, in one of its features that was essential, and had existed from the commencement of the government. A measure of that description could not be... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN suggested whether [it] would not be more advisable to let the resol[u]tion lay on the table, for the present, and ta[ke] it up nearer to the close of the Session. [He] presumed it was not contemplated by the ge[n]tleman from S. Carolina, that the seats shou[ld] be changed during the present session, a[nd] therefore no inconvenience could result fro[m] the postponement of the subject... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the leading feature of the Message of the President was, that part which relates to the alleged breach of privilege. The other matters suggested in it, were of inferior importance and could be acted upon at any time. In relation to the contempt alleged to have been committed, there was upon one point no diversity of opinion, viz. that the subject required and ought to... Continue Reading
The bill to continue in force, for a limited time, and to amend an act, entitled “An act to enable claimants to lands within the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas, to institute proceedings to try the validity of their claims, was read the second time; and On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, was laid on the table.
The Senate resumed as the unfinished business of yesterday, the bill in alteration of the several acts imposing duties on imports; the question being on the amendment proposed by Mr. PARRIS, to strike out that portion of the bill which abolished the drawback on the exportation of spirits distilled from molasses. The amendment was advocated by Messrs. Marks, Webster, Woodbury, and Parris, and... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren said it would be remembered that when the Senate adjourned yesterday, a motion of one of the Senators from Connecticut was under consideration, proposing to amend the Tariff bill by striking out the third section. That section provides additional protection for manufactured hemp, cotton bagging, unmanufactured flax, sail duck, molasses, and imported distilled spirits. The grounds... Continue Reading
Immediately after the determination of the late war, there was an organization of parties throughout the State. The federalists, as a separate and distinct body, no longer existed.— The popularity of Mr. Clinton seemed to be at an end. With the democracy of the State Mr. Tompkins was the idol. You, sir, like an incubus, had fastened yourself upon him. At no period of your life (and his real... Continue Reading
My last letter left you advocating, in legislative caucus, the unanimous nomination of De Witt Clinton for the office of Governor. This caucus, it will be remembered, was held on the 27th of March, 1817. After his election in April you soon ascertained that you had not the confidence of, and would have but little or no influence with, the then dominant party. You were disappointed, and again... Continue Reading