For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
Remarks on the validity of the Act of Congress passed March 3. 1821, entitled "An Act establishing the Salaries of the Commissioners and Agents appointed under the Treaty of Ghent," so far as it relates to the amount of Salary prescribed for the Commissioners. The 8th Article of the Treaty of Ghent provides that the Commissioners shall be paid in such manner as shall be agreed between the two... Continue Reading
Sender: Cornelius Peter Van Ness
By M. Van Beuren, Esq. The republicans of the country of Columbia. Undismayed by the success of faction and corruption, attached to the republican cause from a conviction of its justice, they will remain as steady to their principles as the needle to the pole.
By M. Van Buren, esq. The state of Vermont. May she produce no more Elliotts.
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,... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported the bill, entitled "An act to authorize the legal representatives of the Marquis de Maison Rouge, and those claiming under him, to institute a suit against the United States, and for other purposes," without amendment. [. . .] The bill from the House of Representatives, "to authorize the legal representatives of the Marquis de Maison... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the bill from the other House "to amend an act, entitled 'An act to amend an act for the establishment of a Territorial government in Florida, and for other purposes," was taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Van Buren explained the objects of the bill. Mr. Chandler made a remark in relation to it; and the bill was reported to the Senate without... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "in addition to an act, entitled "An act to establish an uniform system of naturalization," was taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Van Buren stated the provisions of the different sections of the bill. Its principal provisions are, to authorize aliens, who were infants at the time of entering... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Lloyd, of Massachusetts, the Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill "to provide for the punishment of certain crimes committed in any navy yard, fort, arsenal, magazine, dockyard, lighthouse, tract of land, or other place, the exclusive jurisdiction of which belongs to the United States;" Mr. King, of Alabama, was called to the Chair. Mr. Lanman... Continue Reading
The bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "to permit Anna Dubord to land certain slaves in the State of Louisiana," was taken up in Committee of the Whole. The lady for whose relief the bill was drawn, had left the country; and, on her return, requests permission to land her household servants, which she took from the country with her. Messrs. Holmes, of Maine, J. S. Johnston, of... Continue Reading
The resolution reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, authorizing the purchase of six hundred and fifty copies of Way & Gideon's edition of the Journals of the Old Congress, from 1774 to 1788, for the use of Congress, was taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Johnson of Kentucky spoke in favor of, and Mr. Dickerson opposed it. Mr. Lowrie moved to amend the resolution... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren said that he rose for the purpose of explanation only; to reconcile his present vote with one he was prepared, and would, doubtless, be called upon to give on the question under consideration. He was in favor of increasing the duty on hemp with a view of affording protection to its cultivation in this country. He was willing to vote for a liberal but reasonable increase. The one... Continue Reading
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, stated the objects of his amendment. His plan was to extend the circuit system to all the Western States, upon the same principles that it rests upon in the other States. He spoke against the bill reported by the committee, as doing away the intimate and highly important connexion between the Supreme Court and the several District Courts. Mr. Van Buren opposed the... Continue Reading
The bill "in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States," was again taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Several amendments were made to the bill, on motion of Mr. Van Buren. The bill was then reported to the Senate. Some further amendments were made, in its details, at the suggestion of Messrs, Eaton, Mills, Van Buren, and... Continue Reading