For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, adverse to the petition of Ebenezer Oliver, and others, of Boston, Directors of the New England Mississippi Land Company. A long discussion ensued upon the merits of the claim. The question was upon the motion made, at that time, by Mr. Mills, to reverse the report of the committee. This motion was supported by... Continue Reading
On motion of Mr. Van Buren, the Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to consider the bill authorizing letters patent to be issued to Samuel Brown. This bill came from the other House, and was reported by the Judiciary Committee of the Senate, without amendment. It authorizes a patent to be issued to Samuel Brown, for a certain valuable invention, in which several Americans are... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, supported the report. He did not consider that the Government was bound, in justice or equity, to allow the claim now under consideration. He believed it would be highly inexpedient and impolitic to allow it; and went into a history of the origin of the claim, to support his opinion. As the commissioners were appointed to decide finally... Continue Reading
The bill to abolish imprisonment for debt was taken up. Mr. Van Buren proposed two new sections, as substitutes for the first and fourth sections of the bill. The amendments were ordered to be printed, and the whole subject was postponed till Monday next, and made the order of that day.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, on the petition of Ebenezer Oliver, and others; and, on motion by Mr. Van Buren, it was postponed to Wednesday next, and the documents accompanying the petition were ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.
Mr. Van Buren gave notice that he should ask leave, on Thurday next, to introduce a joint resolution, proposing an amendment of the Constitution of the United States, on the subject of power of Congress to make roads and canals.
On motion by Mr. Van Buren, the Committee on the Judiciary, who were instructed by a resolution of the Senate, of the 9th instant, to inquire into the expediency of certain additions to the index to the laws, were discharged from the further consideration thereof.
The report of the Judiciary Committee, unfavorable to the petition of John Hall, was taken up for consideration. Mr. Van Buren stated that the petitioner was a paymaster in the service of the United States; that he had become a defaulter to a considerable amount, and was now imprisoned in the State of Missouri; that the committee could see no particular reasons for extending relief in this case;... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren presented the memorial of Frederick De Peyster and Company, and others, merchants and underwriters, of the city of New York, praying indemnification for the illegal seizure and condemnation of their property, from the year 1793 to 1800, under the authority of the French Government. The memorial was read, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
The bill for the relief of Josiah Hook, junior, reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, was taken up, as in Committee of the Whole. The bill provides for the payment of $1,165 to Josiah Hook, junior, collector of the port of Penobscot, in Maine, as indemnification for a judgment obtained against him, for the seizure of some cattle, within his district, during the late war, which he had reason... Continue Reading
The allowance of interest was opposed by Messrs. Lanman, Holmes, of Maine, Macon, and Van Buren, on the ground that the claim had not been before presented, and that the same principle which had been adopted in the settlement of other claims, of a similar nature, should be preserved in this case. The question having been divided, the motion for striking out $23,500 prevailed; but, before question... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren presented the petition of Archibald Gracie, of New York, stating that property belonging to the petitioner was seized by the French, at Hamburg, in the year 1807; that the capture was without ground, and that the property, without any trial, or civil process whatever, was appropriated to the purposes of the French Government; that the claim is one of a nature the most manifest, and... Continue Reading
Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, offered an amendment for the purpose of appropriating the sum of twenty-nine thousand one hundred and seventy-eight dollars for completing the barracks and other public buildings at Baton Rouge, in the State of Louisiana, and explained at some length the necessity of the appropriation, and earnestly enforced the adoption of the amendment. Mr. Holmes, of Maine, and Mr.... Continue Reading
On the question of concurring in this amendment a debate arose of considerable extent—Messrs. Holmes of Maine, Elliott, Macon, Van Buren, and Chandler, supporting the appropriation, and Mr. Lanman opposing it, chiefly on the ground that the act was, at this time, premature and unnecessary. The amendment was agreed to without a division.
On these amendments, and on the merits the bill itself, much debate took place, in which Messrs. Kelly, Smith of Maryland, Taylor of Virginia, Van Buren, Macon, and Noble, largely participated.