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The Senate again took up the bill “for the Suppression of Piracy.” The following motion, made yesterday, by Mr. VAN BUREN, being still pending, viz: Resolved, That the bill “For the suppression of Piracy in the West Indies,” be recommitted to the Committee on Foreign Relations, with instructions to report amendments thereto, giving power to the President, on its being satisfactorily proved to him... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill to alter the term of the District Courts of the United States, in the Western District of Virginia, reported it without amendment.
Mr. VAN BUREN then renewed the motion he had unsuccessfully made in committee of the whole, to recommit the bill to a select committee, with instructions “to report amendments thereto, giving power to the President, on its being satisfactorily proved to him that any of the pirates, mentioned in the said act, find refuge in any of the cities or ports of the said Island of Cuba, or other Islands... Continue Reading
The Senate took up, as in committee of the whole, the bill to provide for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States, and for other purposes. A considerable time was spent in the discussion of the details of this bill, which was participated in by Messrs. HAYNE, HOLMES, of Maine, COBB, CHANDLER, DICKERSON, VAN BUREN, BROWN, JOHNSON, of Ken. and TALBOT.
Mr. EATON then moved to add the following as an amendment: “If any objection shall arise to the vote or votes of any state, it shall be filed in writing and entered on the Journals of the Senate and House of Representatives; but the two Houses shall not separate until the entire votes are counted and reported, which report shall be liable to be controlled and altered by the decision to be made by... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN agreed that something ought to be done, and they must adopt one of two courses; either the present system, as a system, should be retained, and be extended to these states, by appointing additional judges; or, that the system should be changed. He urged the necessity of carefully considering the subject, in all its bearings, before coming to a decision; for, on this decision would... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, pursuant to instructions of the 8th inst. reported a bill for the relief of Ebenezer Oliver and others, which was read, and passed to a second reading.
Mr. VAN BUREN, of New York, said, that the question immediately before the Senate, was a motion to postpone indefinitely, made on the single ground of want of time to do justice to so important a subject. The wide range of debate which this question had produced, would be more properly considered when the previous question was disposed of. The motion had been divided—it was, in the first instance... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN offered a few remarks; he expressed his unwillingness to go into the discussion at so late a period of the session, but he did not see how it could be avoided. He therefore felt himself under some sense of obligation and duty to proceed to the examination and discussion of the subject, unless the motion to recommit should to-day be successful.
Mr. VAN BUREN presented the petition of sundry aliens, residents in the District of Columbia, praying certain alterations in the law respecting naturalization. Referred.
Mr. LOWRIE moved then to strike out the 1st section of the bill, which repealed the 15th section of the original act. A long debate ensued, in which Messrs. LOWRIE, EATON, BENTON, SMITH, BARTON, KELLY, HOLMES, of Maine, and VAN BUREN, took part, and it was finally decided in the negative by yeas and nays, as follows:
Mr. VAN BUREN presented a memorial from the Chamber of Commerce in New York, praying that a department may be established connected with the custom house, to attend to that portion of the business which related to drawbacks. Referred to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Mr. VAN BUREN thought that the government was called upon to afford the same protection to these people, who were engaged in a foreign trade, that was extended to those of the other parts of the Union. The only questions were, whether this trade existed, and whether it was a trade according to the laws and Constitution. If so, they have a right to call on the government for protection; provided,... Continue Reading
The VICE PRESIDENT of the United States appeared, was conducted to the chair by the PRESIDENT pro tem., and upon calling the Senate to order, delivered the following address: Senators: In entering upon the duties of the station to which I have been called by the people, deference to you and justice to myself, require that I should forestall expectations which might otherwise be disappointed.... Continue Reading
The Senate resumed consideration of the bill to suppress Piracy in the West Indies—the amendment proposed by Mr. SMITH (granting aid to merchantmen to arm) being still pending. On this amendment, and various propositions to modify it, in regard to the kind and quantity of armament required, the amount of premium, &c. a discussion took place, which continued about two hours. In this discussion... Continue Reading