MVB, Senate remarks on Thomas Robertson relief bill, 22 May 1824
The bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "for the relief of the legal representatives of Thomas Robertson, deceased," was taken up in Committee of the whole. These petitioners pray to be relieved from the payment of the balance of a judgment recovered against their late father, Gen. Robertson, as surety on a bond given in the year 1783, by a Collector, in the state where he resided, and who became a defalter. These petitioners contend that there was a great remissness on the part of government, in not calling the principal, on the bond, to account, at the time it ought to have been done. Mr. VAN BUREN stated the grounds upon which the petitioners rested their prayer. The bill was then reported to the Senate, without amendment, and passed to be engrossed and read the third time.