MVB Senate remarks on the case of Abraham Ogden, 8 February 1828
Friday, February 8, 1828.
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that this bill had been twice before the Senate, and had each time been favorably reported upon by the Committee on Commerce. The amount only of the compensation has formerly been disagreed upon. The amount now proposed, was the lowest estimate that had been mentioned. Whether the principles by which the other House decided claims like this, were applicable to the Senate, he did not know. But the House of Representatives had, he was informed, given a decision in favor of two claims, exactly similar to this.
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Mr. VAN BUREN said he did not think it necessary to explain the circumstances of the case, after what had been said by the gentleman from New Hampshire. He would, however, remark, that a claim put in the case of Forrest, of exactly similar character, had been formerly allowed. If the Senate rejected this bill, it would be a declaration that they had one rule for Forrest and another for Ogden.
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Mr. VAN BUREN said, that, in reply to a remark of the Senator from South Carolina, he would merely state, that this application had never been refused. Two committees had reported favorably upon it, and the only point of difference was, the sum to be awarded.