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MVB, Senate remarks on John H. Piatt relief bill, 18 May 1824

The bill from the House of Representatives "for the relief of the assignees and legal representatives of John H. Piatt," was taken up for consideration, in Committee of the Whole, Mr. Barbour in the Chair. The grounds of the claim were stated in the proceedings of the other House, upon the bill. A long discussion, touching the merits of the claim, took place. Mr. Van Buren stated the views which the Judiciary Committee entertained in relation to it. Messrs. Johnson of Kentucky, Ruggles, Brown, Noble, Van Dyke, and Talbot, advocated the allowance proposed in the bill; and Messrs. Eaton, Smith, and Chandler, opposed it. Messrs. J. S. Johnston of Louisiana, and Lanman, made some remarks upon the subject. Mr. Lanman moved to reduce the sum, to be granted by the bill, from $63,000, to $42,000. This motion was opposed by Messrs. Brown and Van Buren, and decided in the negative . . .

Van Buren voted with the majority in opposing the motion.

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Source: <em>Annals of Congress</em>
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)