For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
The bill to continue in force, for a limited time, and to amend an act, entitled “An act to enable claimants to lands within the State of Missouri and Territory of Arkansas, to institute proceedings to try the validity of their claims, was read the second time; and On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, was laid on the table.
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the leading feature of the Message of the President was, that part which relates to the alleged breach of privilege. The other matters suggested in it, were of inferior importance and could be acted upon at any time. In relation to the contempt alleged to have been committed, there was upon one point no diversity of opinion, viz. that the subject required and ought to... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN suggested whether [it] would not be more advisable to let the resol[u]tion lay on the table, for the present, and ta[ke] it up nearer to the close of the Session. [He] presumed it was not contemplated by the ge[n]tleman from S. Carolina, that the seats shou[ld] be changed during the present session, a[nd] therefore no inconvenience could result fro[m] the postponement of the subject... Continue Reading
Mr. V.B. from the Committee on the Judiciary, made an unfavorable report on the petition of ---- Clarke, a sutler in the Army.
On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of the petition of Abraham Turner, and the memorial of a Select Committee of the House of Delegates of Maryland, for an allowance to that State of interest due on money expended by that State for the United States, in the late war.
The bill supplementary to certain acts to authorize the payment of interest due to the States of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, was reported from the Committee on the Judiciary, by Mr. VAN BUREN, with an amendment.
Mr. VAN BUREN made an adverse report on the petition of the executors of John Donnell.
On motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, William Thorp had leave to withdraw his papers.
The bill from the other House, authorizing a subscription for 600 copies of the Statistical Tables compiled by George Waterston and Nicholas B. Vanzandt, was read a second time. A slight debate arose on this bill, in which Messrs. MACON, VAN BUREN, BENTON, and WOODBURY took part, when it was ordered to be engrossed.
The bill from the House, to authorize the Speaker of the House of Representatives to frank letters and packages, was read a second time, was briefly discussed by Messrs. WEBSTER, JOHNSON, of Kentucky, CHANDLER, BELL, VAN BUREN, and TYLER; and was, on motion of the latter, ordered to be on the table.
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported the bill to establish Judicial process in the States admitted into the Union since 1789, with an amendment.
Mr. VAN BUREN presented the petition of Noah Webster, and others, praying that the existing laws may be so amended as to give authors the exclusive and perpetual property in their works. Referred.
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill for the relief of George Wilson, of the firm of Wilson & Carrick. Read, and ordered to a second reading.
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported against the petition of John Stiles; which report was considered and agreed to.
Mr. VAN BUREN spoke at some length against the idea of any power being delegated to the President to stay debate by calling to order for words spoken. He looked upon the principle as monstrous, and as threatening future consequences of a most serious nature. He did not say, that, at present, any evil would arise from it. But a time might come, when the aspect of things would have been changed.... Continue Reading