MVB Senate remarks on the judiciary, 11 April 1826
Mr. VAN BUREN said it was due to the gentleman from New Hampshire, to state that the remark he had alluded to, was made by Mr. V. B. In stating the various plans which had been proposed to relieve the Western States, he had mentioned that one had been a bill reported some years ago in the House of Representatives, and which had also been offered by way of amendment to the bill proposed last year in the Senate, which went to provide for such of the Western States to whom the circuit court system had not been extended, Circuit Judges who should not be Judges of the Supreme Court, and thus to place them on an inferior footing to the other States. When that amendment was acted on in the Senate, the Western members said that the system which existed in the old States, had not been extended to them; from the time they had been admitted into the Union, they had experienced an inferior system; but if the interest of the other parts of the Union would not admit a full extension of the system to them they would wait; but when Congress proposed to legislate on the subject, and to place them on a footing inferior to the other States, they would object on the ground of wounded pride, and as well as on the ground of injury to the States. This Mr. V. B. said he had stated when up, and he thought it a legitimate ground of objection on the part of the Western members.