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Mr. OVERTON, from the Committee of Ways and Means, made the following
The Committee of Ways and Means, to whom was referred the petition
of J. N. Cordozo, praying that he may be released from a contract with the United States, or that the same may be modified, and the amount of the debt reduced, report:
That it appears that the petitioner, some time in the year 1823, became the purchaser, from the agents of the United States, of a certain newspaper called the Southern Patriot, printed in Charleston, South Carolina, for the sum of twenty thousand dollars, the United States holding, at that time, a lien on said press for that amount. The purchase was made on long credits, and the press was mortgaged for the payment. It further appears, that, at the time the petitioner was in negotiation for the purchase of the Southern Patriot, it was employed by the Government for the printing of the laws and other public printing, and derived a portion of its income and popularity from that source; that the value of this printing was taken into the account in fixing the price, and formed one of the inducements to the purchase, on the part of the petitioner. It further appears, that, some time in 1825, the Secretary of State, not being aware of the claims of the Government on the Southern Patriot, nor that the whole amount of printing was regularly paid over to the United States on account of the debt aforesaid, transferred the printing to another paper, whereby the income of the Southern Patriot was reduced. That, from this transfer of the public printing, and other causes, which it is unnecessary to enumerate, the income of the paper has been so much reduced as to prevent the petitioner from complying with his contract. Under these circumstances, he requests a reduction of the debt, and an extension of the time for the payment.
The committee, after examining the documents, have no doubt that a very, high price was given by the petitioner for the paper, much more than could have been obtained from any other person at that time, and that it is dot now worth near as much as it cost.
It is proved by the statements of the District Attorney, the Agent of the Treasury, and the gentlemen who were consulted in the arrangements for the purchase of the paper by Mr. Cardozo, that the public printing entered into the consideration of the parties in fixing the price.
It is, in any view of the subject, a hard bargain, on the fulfilment of which the Government would be dealing rigorously to insist.. And when the
withdrawal of the printing, and other circumstances, are taken into the account the committee are of opinion that a just claim is presented on the equity o the Government for relief.
The Agent of the Treasury reports, “ that, under all the circumstances o the case, it has certainly been a hard bargain on the part of Mr. Cardozo and, so far as the deprivation of the public printing was an injury, he is clear ly of opinion that he has an equitable claim upon the Legislature for in demnity.”
In this opinion the committee fully concur. They therefore report a bil for the relief of J. N. Cardozo, authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to re-adjust the contract with him, with the distinct expression of the opinion o the committee that he is entitled to a reduction of the debt, and an exten sion of the time for payment,
MARCH 17, 1830.
Ir. HARMONS, from the Committee on Military Pensions, made the fol
The Committee on Military Pensions, to whom was referred the peti
tion of William Gallop, report: That the petitioner volunteered as a militiaman in the defence of the town of Bennington, in the State of Vermont, on the sixteenth of August, 1777 under command of Captain Enos Parker, of the town of Adams, in the State of Massachusetts; and, while engaged in the line of his duty, on that day, received a wound in his right shoulder by a musket ball from the banks of the enemy. The petitioner is unable to labor by reason of said for his read the thirteenth of February, 1827, in which provision was made Found- is very poor, and has a wife who is a cripple. A bill
was reported | mittee on Military Pensions. The committee believe the petitioner is en December, 1826, the time when his evidence was completed before the Comitled to a pension, and report a bill for his relief..