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MVB, Senate remarks on bill regarding crimes against the U.S. government, 13 May 1824

The bill reported by the committee on the Judiciary, "to provide for the punishment of certain crimes committed in any navy yard, arsenal, fort, dock, light house, tract of land, or other place, under the jurisdiction of the United States," was then taken up. Mr. LLOYD, of Mass. by whom the bill was originally introduced, explained its objects. He said, it merely extended the penal code of the several states to the places immediately under the jurisdiction of the government, to which the laws of the country, for the punishment of the crimes specified in this bill, do not now extend. Some remarks were made upon this subject, by Messrs. HOLMES, of Maine, and replied to by Mr. LLOYD. Mr. DICKERSON objected to the passage of the bill, on account of the different modes of punishment in the different states; and Messrs. MILLS, TALBOT, EATON, and VAN BUREN, spoke in favor of the bill. Mr. EATON proposed an amendment, making the crime of burning a vessel the same as arson. This amendment was objected to as unnecessary, by Messrs. MILLS and VAN BUREN, and subsequently withdrawn by the mover.

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Source: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)