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Mr. VAN BUREN said that he did not conceive that the office conferred the right to call to order. If the powers of the Vice President were derived from the Constitution, as nobody doubted, he knew of no sanction to that power, either in cases of irrelevancy or impropriety of speech. The only express power granted by the Constitution was that of giving the casting vote...
I am extremely sorry that my improvement has been too slow to make it proper for me to accompany you & Mr Rivers to the Presidents tomorrow.
I have read with full conviction the substance of your observation on the power
about claimed for the President of the Senate to decide on questions of order, ex officio.
On this amendment a Debate arose, which continued until a late hour, in which Messrs M'KINLEY, SANFORD, TAZEWELL, JOHNSON, of Kentucky, BERRIEN, VAN BUREN, KANE, M'LANE, and ROWAN, participated.
I am ashamed of myself for not having written to you before but you know how it is at Washington. You have observed the movements in relation to the Vice Presidency. The fear of disunion & the consequent encouragement of the adversary have induced many to unite in the support of Mr Calhoun who in the absence of such consideration would have acted otherwise.
I am sorry to be under the necessity of asking to have the Revolutionary officers Bill postponed until the day after tomorrow. I have suffered extremely for a violent attack of Influenza which taking me in a reduced state has made me extremely feeble.
I have just read with deep interest your speech on the question in relation to the Constitutional powers of the V. President in reference to the Senate.
In the Senate of the U. States there are two high contracting parties of opposite politics, who have concerted a plan, & are now in the prosecution of measures, to defeat the elevation of Genl. Jackson to the presidential chair.
Mr. VAN BUREN made some brief observations, and expressed a desire that the question might be taken at once. The vote being then taken on the motion of Mr. HAYNE, to fill the blank with 800,000 dollars, was decided in the negative, as follows:
Mr. Coleman returns Mr Van Buren his sincere thanks for the pamphlet copy of the speech he lately sent him, accompanied by his letter; & he has perused it with some attention.
Upon reflection I am satisfied that you ought to have the last word & therefore I send you the enclosed.
I shall take no farther part than simply to state the views of the memorialists in regard to Mr Bells amdmt. if it should be thought best that I should do so.
They say Talcott must die & in that event you must be Attorney General. If so is it possible for you to avoid being a politician. In other words is it possible for a man of talents to be anything in this Country without being a politician.
Your very able & eloquent address to the Senate of the United States ^powerfully^ advocating the just claims of the surviving Officers of the Revolutionary Army (of which you did me the honor to favor me with a Copy) demands their most grateful
& sincere acknowledgments.
I send you the papers. You must employ good counsel & look Seriously to the cause as you will find it impossible to avoid payment if they recover agt. you. <
illegible> Pleasonton is a stiff sort of body whose character you will judge by his letter.
I Must again Call your attention to the proposed alteration In the tariff so far as regards the Interest of the Wool grower & Manufacture of Wool the bill reported by the Committee to the House is very exceptionable as it does Not Protect the Manufacture of the Coarse qualities of Cloths when We take into Consideration that the duty on Wool amot.
Mr. VAN BUREN expressed himself briefly in opposition to the amendment. He spoke, generally, in so low a tone, that the Reporter cannot undertake to detail his remarks. He was understood to say, that he thought the object to be effected by the amendment of too little importance to authorize an opposition to the wishes of the other House.
With a view of paying a proper as well as merited tribute of respect to the memory of the late Governor of New York, a meeting of her delegation in both branches of the National Legislature is most respectfully suggested to your superior Judgement, to which I most cheerfully yield on this lamentable occasion.
Mr. VAN BUREN proposed to amend the bill, by striking out the words placing the duty of appeal in the hands of the District Attorney.
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Several Gentlemen of our Delegation have proposed to hold a meeting, to morrow morning, in the Library, at 11 O’C’, to consider the propriety of some expressions of feelings in relation to the death of Governor Clinton. I have spoken to Mr Sandford, who will attend.
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that the appeal ought in his opinion to be made imperative in certain cases. In smaller cases it was not important. The law ought to be imperative in such cases on the Attorney General. He had prepared an amendment, which he thought would cover this point and some others satisfactorily.