MVB Senate remarks on Revolutionary War veterans, 25 April 1828
Friday, April 25, 1828.
Mr. VAN BUREN made some remarks, on rising, which the reporter could not hear. He thought there would be no end to the objections which this bill was doomed to meet. It seemed to be argued that there was an impropriety in pressing this claim in its present form. And, on this head, he would say a few words. These officers found their claim upon the commutation of the half pay for life which Congress had promised them. There are other considerations, which it is not now necessary to urge. He then detailed the circumstances under which the memorial of the officers had been brought forward, but in a tone of voice, which was not distinctly heard in the gallery. On proposing to the officers the acceptance of a place on the pension list, they said that all who had been drawn by dire necessity to that resort, were there already. The present plan did not propose to give what they or their friends considered them entitled to; but, it afforded some relief to their necessities, and was an approach towards the payment of a debt formed under the most imposing circumstances, and to the payment of which, the memorialists were entitled by the highest and strongest considerations.