MVB Senate remarks on the federal judiciary, 17 February 1825
Mr. VAN BUREN thought it apparent, from the votes of to-day, that the Senate was not only determined on acting on this subject, but was decidedly in favor of the principle contained in the Bill; that is, the appointment of additional circuit judges, who should be also Judges of the Supreme Court. For himself, he preferred the plan that had been offered by Mr. BARBOUR; the separation of the Supreme Court from circuit duties; but, as the Senate favored the plan proposed by the bill, he rose to move a single amendment, which was to reduce the additional number of Circuit Judges to be provided for by the bill to two, so that there should be (with the present one in the Western states,) three Circuit Judges in that section of the Union.
This motion was supported by Mr. VAN BUREN and was opposed by Messr. TALBOT and HOLMES, of Maine; when
The question was taken on the amendment, by yeas and nays, and decided in the affirmative, as follows:
MVB voted in favor of his own amendment, which passed with a 28-17 majority.