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Application has been made to you for a Midshipman warrant for Wm P. Livingston of Newyork. I am not personally acquainted with the young gentleman but from my knowledge of the character of his family I cannot doubt as to his. Will you have the goodness to inform me whether he can be appointed as I... Continue Reading
I have received and filed your application for a Midshipman's appointment for Wm. P. Livingston, and informed his brother, that there is not at this time, any vacancy in which he can be placed. What prospect there is for an appointment at some future time, it is impossible now to say.
Mr. Van Buren, from the Committee on the Judiciary to whom was referred the petition of A. V. Mattson, reported a bill supplementary to the act, entitled "An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'An act for the relief of persons imprisoned for debt;" which was twice read, by unanimous consent.
Mr. Van Buren, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to change the terms of the circuit and district courts of the United States, in the State of Ohio, and one of the terms of the circuit court in Kentucky, reported it without amendment.
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... 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.
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... 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... Continue Reading
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... Continue Reading
Mr. Van Buren laid on the table a letter E. Causici, sculptor, announcing the completion of the model of the allegorical group for the Senate Chamber; and it was referred to the Committee on Finance.