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The Senate resumed as the unfinished business of yesterday, the bill in alteration of the several acts imposing duties on imports; the question being on the amendment proposed by Mr. PARRIS, to strike out that portion of the bill which abolished the drawback on the exportation of spirits distilled from molasses. The amendment was advocated by Messrs. Marks, Webster, Woodbury, and Parris, and... Continue Reading
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Mr. VAN BUREN opposed it, in a speech of an hour and a half in length.
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Further debate took place on the motion to fill the blank, in which Messrs. WOODBURY, SMITH, of Md. CHANDLER, VAN BUREN, MACON, and HARRISON, participated. *    *    * On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the bill was ordered to lie on the table, and be printed as amended.
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On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from the further consideration of the petition of John Stiles, and the petitioner had leave to withdraw his papers.
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The bill relating to Banks in the District of Columbia was read a second time, and, on motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, was ordered to lie on the table.
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The bill from the House, in addition to an act to provide for the conveyance of lands to the United States, for certain purposes, was read a second time, explained by Mr. VAN BUREN, and ordered to be engrossed.
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The bill from the House, for the relief of Anthony Herman, (allowing a patent to him for certain improvements in the navigation of ships) was read a second time, and, after explanation by Mr. VAN BUREN, was ordered to be engrossed.
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The bill to continue in force, and to amend an act to enable claimants to lands in the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas to try their claims, was read a second time, and having been explained by Mr. BERRIEN, Mr. VAN BUREN made some remarks, which were not heard by the reporter, and moved to lay the bill upon the table; but withdrew his motion at the request of Mr. BENTON, who spoke at... Continue Reading
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Mr. VAN BUREN said, that he had been against the discussion of the bill on two occasions on which it had formerly been proposed for consideration; and he was satisfied then, as he was now, that the time spent in discussing this bill would be uselessly employed. He had been anxious that it might be decided without a debate upon its merits. He stated, on a former occasion, when it was moved to take... Continue Reading
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On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, a bill granting to Wm. O’Connor the pre-emption of certain lands, was taken up, and having been explained by Mr. VAN BUREN and Mr. KING, it was farther discussed by Messrs. CHANDLER, NOBLE, HARRISON, BERRIEN, and HENDRICKS, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.
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Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill to authorize the banks in the District of Columbia to calculate interest according to Rowlet’s Interest tables. Read, and ordered to a second reading.
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Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill altering the time of the meeting of the Legislative Council of Florida, and for other purposes, with an amendment.
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The bill for the relief of Marinus W. Gilbert (a sutler whose stores were taken at the French Mills by the enemy) was read a second time, and having been explained by Mr. RUGGLES, it was further discussed by Messrs CHANDLER, WEBSTER, JOHNSON, of Kentucky, VAN BUREN, RUGGLES, EATON, BELL, SMITH, of Maryland, TAZEWELL, SANFORD, BERRIEN, and WHITE.
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On motion of Mr. MARKS, the bill to provide for the purchase of 500 copies of Gordon’s Digest of the Laws of the United States was taken up, and having been explained by Messrs. VAN BUREN, and ROWAN, a slight discussion took place, on the details of the bill, in which Messrs. WEBSTER, VAN BUREN, BERRIEN, and MARKS, took part; when, on motion of Mr. EATON, the bill was ordered to lie on the table.
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On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Neil D. Shaw.
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