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MVB Senate remarks on the salt duty, 18 April 1828

Mr. VAN BUREN said, it was well known that he was opposed to the present passage of the bill, and when an attempt had been made before to call it up, he had given his reasons why he did not think it should be acted on at this time. He then wished to take the sense of the Senate on the subject, without any discussion; and gave, at length, the motives which influenced him. It was supposed, by some of his friends, that the bill had better be taken up, and an opportunity offered to discuss its merits, which opportunity had been offered, and it was then laid on the table. Two attempts had since been made to take it up for further consideration, which he had uniformly opposed, because he thought it would be a waste of time that might be more profitably employed.

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