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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.
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.
I have the greatest aversion to having my letters extracted for the newspapers or much shown, and notwithstanding a laborious correspondence during the winter have hitherto escaped. The promulgation of my anticipation as to Messrs. Adams and Clay's withdrawing, would, you know, not induce them to do so, if it had not the contrary effect. It is best to let those things take their course, and there... Continue Reading
Recipient: Jesse Hoyt
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 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
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
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
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
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 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.
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, 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.
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 petition of Ebenezer Oliver and others, directors of a corporation called the New England Mississippi Land Company, &c., reported as follows: 1st. That, by the articles of agreement and cession of the 24th of April, 1802, between the United States and the State of Georgia, it was agreed that the United States might (... Continue Reading
MVB, Senate remarks on petitions of Thomas W. Clerke et al. and Richard Riker et al., 10 February 1824
Mr. Van Buren presented the petition of Thos. W. Clerke, and others, aliens, in New York, and of R. Riker, and others, also of New York, praying a modification of the law prescribing the terms of naturalization; which were read, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.