For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
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
On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the bill reported by the Judiciary Committee, in addition to an 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; Mr. Gaillard in the Chair. The amendment offered yesterday by Mr. Eaton, and those heretofore offered by Mr. Van Buren, were withdrawn, in order to give way... Continue Reading
The Senate then proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to consider the bill reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, "in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States." The question was upon agreeing to certain additional sections, proposed by Mr. Van Buren as amendments. Mr. Van Buren explained, concisely and clearly, the provisions of... Continue Reading
The bill reported by the Judiciary Committee, "to alter the time for holding the district court for the district of Missouri," was taken up in Committee of the Whole. Mr. Van Buren stated the grounds for making the proposed change. The bill was then reported to the Senate without amendment, and passed to be engrossed and read the third time.
The bill "to abolish imprisonment for debt," was read the third time. Objections were then made to certain parts of the bill, by Messrs. Lanman, Mills, Van Dyke, and Hayne—which were replied to by Messrs. Talbot, Van Buren, and Johnson, of Kentucky. One or two immaterial amendments were made, by general consent. An amendment proposed by Mr. Johnson of Kentucky, was objected to by Mr. Hayne—and... Continue Reading
Some further discussion, involving the principles of the bill, took place—in which Messrs. Macon, Holmes, of Maine, Johnson, of Kentucky, Van Buren, Findlay, Lloyd, of Massachusetts, Chandler, J. S. Johnston, Mills, Taylor, of Virginia, and Noble, engaged. The question was then taken on reconsidering the vote by which the bill was recommitted, and decided in the affirmative, by yeas and nays... Continue Reading
The bill "to abolish imprisonment for debt," was then again taken up for consideration. Some further amendments were made in the details of the bill, at the suggestion of Mr. Mills. Upon one of these amendments, which provides that the creditor shall have a right to hold his debtor to bail, without proof of fraud, when he is about to leave the State in which the debt is contracted, some cursory... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren considered that the recommitment of the bill would be tantamount to its rejection, for the present session, at least. He went on to remark, briefly, upon the probable result of again committing the bill.
Mr. Van Buren was well aware that the present mode of settling private claims against the Government, was extremely objectionable; that Congress was not a body calculated for a full and fair investigation of such claims; and another great objection to acting upon these claims here, is, that the decision upon them is never final. But yet he was opposed to the principle contained in the present... Continue Reading
The fourth section of the original bill having been stricken out, yesterday, the question was upon inserting a new section, proposed in lieu of it, by Mr. Van Buren, which provides that, on a return of no property found, upon a fieri facias, the plaintiff may file an affidavit that he has good cause to believe that a fraudulent conveyance, or concealment of property, has been made by the debtor;... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren made a few remarks, in explanation of his amendment. The question was upon adopting his substitute for the first section of the bill; which substitute provides that, on an affidavit of the debtor's intention to leave the country, substantiated by the evidence of two credible witnesses, the creditor shall have a right to hold him to bail. Mr. Mills suggested several amendments to... Continue Reading
On motion by Mr. Van Buren, the last mentioned bill was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.
The motion to take up the resolutions prevailed. Mr. King of New York, then moved for the indefinite postponement of the whole subject. This motion gave rise to considerable discussion, in which Messrs. King of New York, Hayne, Van Buren, Lowrie, Lloyd of Maryland, Mills, Holmes of Maine, Bell, and Dickerson, participated. It was contended, on the one hand, that it could not be expected by the... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Smith, the Senate (as in Committee of the Whole) resumed the consideration of the bill from the other House, making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1824. The question was stated from the Chair, to be upon the motion made by Mr. Macon, when the bill was before under consideration, to strike out the clause providing for the purchase of a... Continue Reading