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MARCH 26, 1830.
Mr. Drayton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, made the following
REPORT: The Committee on Military Affairs, to which was referred the petition
of Daniel Johnson, report: That the petitioner sets forth, that, on the 16th September, 1800, he was bound by indentures of apprenticeship, to the then Superintendent of the United States' Armory at Harper's Ferry, to learn the trade of an armorer, from the date of his indentures until he should attain the age of 21 years; that he was entitled, under his indentures, to board, clothing, and lodging, and a certain portion of education, and at the expiration of his service, to two suits of clothes; that he remained during the whole period of his apprenticeship, the duties of which he diligently and faithfully performed, without the benefit of any education, and without receiving the two suits of clothes, to which he was entitled; he therefore prays, that Congress would grant to him, either the amount which accrued to the United States, from his manual labor whilst he was at the Armory, as a compensation for the injury which he has sustained, from the non-performance of its contract on the part of the Government, or at least, that a sum of money may be awarded to him, equivalent to what his schooling, for a reasonable time, would cost, and to the price of two suits of clothes.
The facts alleged by the petitioner, which are established by the clearest testimony, exhibit a case of peculiar injury and injustice towards him. Immediately after leaving Harper's Ferry, he married, and shortly became the father of a family, for whose support he was compelled to give so unremitting an attention to his business as to be deprived of the opportunity of devoting any leisure time to the acquisition of even reading and writing, the mere elements of education. Under these circumstances, the committee consider the petitioner entitled, at least, to a sum of money equal to what would have been expended by him, after he had quitted the Armory upon his schooling, clothing, board, and lodging, for one year; and also, to the cost of iwo suits of clothing; for which amount they therefore report a bill.. For schooling, clothing, board, and lodging, for one year, at $ 12 a month,. - - - - -
- $144 00 For the cost of two suits of clothing,
• 50 00
$ 194 00
MARCH 26, 1830.
Mr. Crane, from the Committee of Claims, made the following
The Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Henry
The petitioner states that, in 1826, he entered into a contract with H. Huntington, then District Attorney of the United States for the District of Connecticut, to purchase part of a lot in the City of Hartford, belonging to the United States, at the rate of $ 25 the rod. This contract was made under the representations of the District Attorney, that the lot was soon to be sold, and that he would arrange the sale of the same so as to procure a title for the petitioner. Relying upon these assurances he erected, at great expense, a large stone wall upon the lot, filled up the same by carting more ihan a thousand loads of earth on it, and made other improvements; that he made, at great expense, through his own land, adjoining the said lot, a road, on which the land of the United States is bounded, and which was of great advantage to that land. On the 230 October, 1829, the whole of the lot, including the part which the petitioner had contracted for, was sold by the Marshal of the United States, and bought by William H. Imlay. The whole lot brought $5,000, and its price was enhanced in consequence of the improvements made by the petitioner. The statements of the petitioner are sustained by the certificate of Asa Childs, the present District Attorney of the United States for the District of Connecticut. Mr. Childs also states that, at the sale in October, 1829, the petitioner bid off a lot belonging to the United States at $ 680 10, and gave a bond to pay one-third of the purchase money on the 1st of February, 1830, and the residue in six and twelve months. This bond, by the direction of the agent of the Treasury, has been put in suit, and judgment recovered against the petitioner on the 4th Tuesday of February, 1830, for about $ 250: the title to the lot is still in the United States. Since the sale the petitioner has failed, and, being wholly unable to pay, has delivered possession of the lot to Mr. Childs, as the agent of the United States. The lot cannot now be sold for the sum at which it was bid off by the petitioner: the deficiency would probably amount to $ 250. The improvements made by the petitioner on the part of the lot for which he contracted with the District Attorney in 1826, and the road made by him on his own land, adjoining the land of the United States, increased the price at which the whole lot sold. The improvements made by