For congressional remarks that are not speeches.
Mr. VAN BUREN presented the memorial of Enrico Causici, sculptor, praying that an additional appropriation may be made, to enable him to proceed to execute, in marble, an allegorical group, for the use of the Senate Chamber, which he has modelled in plaster, under an appropriation heretofore made by Congress for that purpose. Referred to the select committee appointed on the letter from Rembrandt... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN, from the same committee, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Ebenezer Oliver and others.
Mr. BERRIEN, of Georgia, submitted the following resolution: Resolved, That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the Journal of the Senate, on the subject of sending Ministers to the Assembly of American Nations at Panama; and that the Secretary of the Senate cause the same to be published, viz: Resolutions of the Senate of the 15th of February, and proceedings thereon. Proceedings of the... Continue Reading
The bill for the relief of James May passed through a Committee of the Whole, was explained by Mr. VAN BUREN, read a third time, and passed.
Mr. VAN BUREN expressed himself favorable to the motion of Mr. RUGGLES. * * * After a few remarks from Mr. VAN BUREN, Mr. BENTON spoke against the motion to amend, and discussed, at considerable length, the various propositions that had been made in relation to the public lands. * * * Mr. VAN BUREN addressed the Senate at great length, in opposition to the bill, and in reply to the... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN spoke in reply to the question of the Senator from North Carolina. The Senator, said Mr. V. B., asks whether the remission of the duty on the iron imported will produce a corresponding diminution of the toll charged by the company? The company, he replied, were entitled by their charter to charge a certain sum as a toll. There was no reason to believe that they would lessen it.... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN made some remarks, on rising, which the reporter could not hear. He thought there would be no end to the objections which this bill was doomed to meet. It seemed to be argued that there was an impropriety in pressing this claim in its present form. And, on this head, he would say a few words. These officers found their claim upon the commutation of the half pay for life which... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said a few words and moved to lay the bill on the table; which was agreed to.
The bill making alterations in the several acts levying duties on imported articles, was then taken up as the unfinished business, the question being on the amendment offered by Mr. Parris, to retain the drawback on spirits distilled in this country from articles brought from abroad. On this question, Messrs. MARKS, MACON, VAN BUREN, WEBSTER, BRANCH, BARNARD, WOODBURY, SMITH, of Md. and ROWAN,... Continue Reading
On this motion a question of order arose, which was debated at some length by Messrs. KING, VAN BUREN, DICKERSON, WEBSTER, MACON, HARRISON, WOODBURY, BRANCH, and CHANDLER.
On this motion discussion arose, in which it was opposed by Messrs. DICKERSON, BARNARD, VAN BUREN, and SANFORD, and supported by Mr. WEBSTER. The yeas and nays having been ordered on motion of Mr. VAN BUREN, the question was decided in the negative.
On motion of Mr. BERRIEN, the bill to continue in force for a limited time, and to amend the act to enable claimants to lands within the State of Missouri, and Territory of Arkansas, was taken up; and, after having been discussed at length, by Messrs. BERRIEN, VAN BUREN, BENTON, BARTON, and MACON, the question occurred on engrossing the bill; and being taken by yeas and nays, was decided in the... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the leading feature of the message of the President, was the breach of privilege. There were other matters also included in the communication. Now, said Mr. V. B., we all agree as to the matter of the message; but we only disagree as to the manner in which it shall be acted on. He allowed he had been struck with the remarks of the Senator from Virginia, that the two... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, it was well known that he was opposed to the present passage of the bill, and when an attempt had been made before to call it up, he had given his reasons why he did not think it should be acted on at this time. He then wished to take the sense of the Senate on the subject, without any discussion; and gave, at length, the motives which influenced him. It was supposed, by some... Continue Reading
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that this bill had been twice before the Senate, and had each time been favorably reported upon by the Committee on Commerce. The amount only of the compensation has formerly been disagreed upon. The amount now proposed, was the lowest estimate that had been mentioned. Whether the principles by which the other House decided claims like this, were applicable to the Senate, he... Continue Reading