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MVB Senate remarks on assault, 18 April 1828

Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the leading feature of the message of the President, was the breach of privilege. There were other matters also included in the communication. Now, said Mr. V. B., we all agree as to the matter of the message; but we only disagree as to the manner in which it shall be acted on. He allowed he had been struck with the remarks of the Senator from Virginia, that the two punishments might be inflicted for one offence to both bodies. This seemed to point out that some concerted action ought to be had by both bodies upon the subject. The idea of the gentleman from North Carolina seemed proper, and to designate the proper course: because, if this act was an insult at all, it was an insult to both branches. But a remark which had been made to him by a venerable Senator, was certainly entitled to some weight. It was, that an offence to the House of Representatives was not necessarily an offence to the Senate, nor was an offence against the Senate necessarily so to the House of Representatives. The proposition of the gentleman from North Carolina ought, therefore, he conceived, not to be acted upon precipitately; and he hoped it would be deferred until Monday, that it might be acted upon with a full understanding of its effects. He should, therefore, prefer that the message and the letter just read should lay on the table.

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Source: <em>Register of Debates</em>
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)