For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
Mr. Van Buren, before the question was taken, wished to explain the reasons of the vote he should give. There are three distinct propositions before this convention—one, for filling the blanks with one year—another, with two—and a third, with three. He should consider each. One of the great objects of this Convention, to which the people looked with so much solicitude, is the hope that by the... Continue Reading
The VICE PRESIDENT having announced the standing order to be the election of the standing committees, the Senate proceeded to that duty.
The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the Senate the memorial from the Government directors of the Bank of the United States; which, on motion of Mr. WEBSTER, was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
The VICE PRESIDENT also laid before the Senate a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, enclosing a report of the disbursement of the contingent fund for the Navy Department for the last year; which was laid on the table.
The name of Mr. Van Buren was twice erroneously used, instead of that of Mr. Berrien, in the Senate proceedings of Thursday. It should have been stated, that Mr. Berrien made the report in the case of Mr. Bateman, &c.
The bill allowing an additional compensation to the members of the Legislature of the Territory of Arkansas was then taken up. This bill was amended, on motion of Mr. McLANE, by allowing a compensation to the Judges of that Territory, for their services as Land Commissioners. The bill was opposed by Mr. EATON, and supported by Mr. VAN BUREN; and, on motion of Mr. EATON, the bill was laid on the... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the committee to which was referred the memorial of sundry citizens of New Jersey, complaining that one of the Senators from that State was not entitled to his seat, made a report, stating that the committee had no evidence before them that the election of the said Senator was improper or illegal, and requesting that the committee be discharged from the further consideration... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, made a report on the Message of the President of the United States, in relation to the boundary line between the State of Georgia and the Territory of Florida. (The reporter did not understand the purport of this report.)
Mr. VAN BUREN moved that the Senate adjourn, on which motion a division being taken, it was agreed to 23 to 16, and The Senate adjourned.
On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, The vote on the resolution to purchase 3000 copies of Adlam’s Treatise on the Culture of the Grape, was re-considered.
Mr. KING, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported the bill for the relief of the purchasers of lands which have reverted for the payment of the purchase money, with certain amendments; which were agreed to. On other amendments debate arose, in which Messrs. KING, MACON, CHANDLER, VAN BUREN, KANE, BARTON, McKINLEY, RUGGLES, HARRISON, and COBB, took part.
On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the same committee was discharged from the consideration of the petition of the executors of Thomas Worthington, late Governor of the State of Ohio, and leave was granted to withdraw the papers.
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported several private bills from the House of Representatives, and the bill to ascertain the latitude of the Southerly bend, or extreme of Lake Michigan, and of certain other places, for the purpose thereafter of fixing the true Northern boundary lines of the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Mr. BARTON explained the object of the resolution; which was opposed in a debate of considerable length, by Messrs. WHITE, VAN BUREN, HAYNE, and BERRIEN.
Mr. Van Buren said it would be remembered that when the Senate adjourned yesterday, a motion of one of the Senators from Connecticut was under consideration, proposing to amend the Tariff bill by striking out the third section. That section provides additional protection for manufactured hemp, cotton bagging, unmanufactured flax, sail duck, molasses, and imported distilled spirits. The grounds... Continue Reading