Imatges de pÓgina

1st Session.


MAY 25, 1830.

Mr. Bates, from the Committee on Military Pensions, made the following


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The Committee on Military Pensions, to whom was referred the petition

of Nathaniel Standish, make the following report: The petitioner having applied, as appears to the committee, to the proper department, to be enrolled on the pension list, under the law of 1818, for his Revolutionary services, and showed by admissible testimony that he had served in the continental line for nine months, at one term, under a regular enlistment; and in every respect his case was embraced by said law. But it appeared, from the time of his enlistment, it was not nine months to the close of the war; consequently, his claim was rejected.

The committee are of opinion, that, inasmuch as it fully appears, from the papers accompanying his application, that he did serve nine months, as above stated, and was regularly discharged; is old, infirm, and very poor, that he is entitled to a pension; therefore, report a bill, granting him a pension of eight dollars per month.

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May 25, 1830.

Ir. Bates, from the Committee on Military Pensions, made the following


The Committee on Military Pensions, to whom was referred the case of

Elisha James, report: That he has been adjudged non compos mentis, and is under the protecon of his guardian: that it is satisfactorily proved by said guardian, and ieutenant Benjamin Troy, that the said Elisha enlisted in a company of rtificers, in Colonel Baldwin's regiment, in the continental establishment, Cassachusetts line, in the year 1777; served one year, and was honorably ischarged. It is also in evidence, in due form, that the whole amount of is property in possession, in value, is $137; and that no person holds in ust any property for his benefit: that he is eighty-two years old, not able

put on his own clothes, and that his family consists of a helpless wife, :venty-two years old. Under those circumstances, all of which fully appear, le committee consider him entitled to a pension, and report a bill, at the ate of eight dollars per month.

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Ist Session.


May 26, 1830. Referred to the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (H. R. No.

307) for the relief of Peter Burgy, Jr. Stephen Norton, and Hiram Wolverion.

SAVANNAH, May 14th, 1830. MY DEAR SIR: On the 8th instant I received from you a printed copy.

of the petition of Peter Bargy, Jr. praying to be reimbursed for losses sustained in two attempts to build a dam between Fig and Hutchinson islands, for the purpose of closing a channel of the Savannah river, under a contract with me as the agent of the United States' Government, together with the documents annexed thereto. On the following day I received a copy of the report of the Committee of Claims on the application of Bargy. In this I am charged with having practised fraud on Mr. Bargy. These papers contain the first intimation to me, that my conduct as the agent of the Government has been the subject of legislative scrutiny. To complain, now, of the injustice with which I have been treated, can avail me nothing; and it is too late to ask for a hearing, before I am condemned: for the Committee have passed sentence upon me, and their report has already been placed in the hands of my fellow-citizens here. I must, nevertheless, beg leave, through you, to submit to the House of Representatives my reply to the allegations of Bargy, sustained by such testimony as the very limited time allowed has permitted me to obtain, with the urgent, request, that they will be received and examined in a spirit of fairness, before a final vote is passed upon my character, which it has been the first feeling of my life to sustain unsullied. In the first place, I will remark, that Peter Bargy, Jr. is not, now, nor has he ever been, a citizen of Chatham county, or of the State of Georgia. His former, and I presume his present residence is Herkimer county, New York, I do not believe he has been in Georgia since the Spring of 1828.

It was one of the conditions upon which his proposals for building the dam between Fig and Hutchinson islands were accepted, that he should give bond and security for the faithful execution of the contract by a stipulated time. In his letter, dated 26th July, 1827, he promised to give such bond. He afterwards refused, which was reported by me to the Government.

Although, by the contract, (which I could not get executed until some progress had been made in the work) Bargy was required to build the dam at such place as I should designate, the selection was left to himself—I reserving to myself the privilege of approving. I made no objections to the places which he made choice of. I do not believe that better could have been selected. Before Bargy entered upon the work, I informed him that every latitude would be allowed him, consistent with the object of the contract. I did not feel myself authorized to interfere further than to have the dam executed in the spirit of the contract; because, as I informed him, the

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