Imatges de pÓgina

2d Session.

No. 100.


[To accompany bill H. R. No. 763.]

FEBRUARY 23, 1855.

Mr. McDOUGAL, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post

Roads, made the following

REPORT. The Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to whom was referred

the memorial of Uriah P. Monroe, asking compensation for extra mail service, report:

That in the month of June, 1851, the memorialist contracted to transport the United States mail from Sacramento to Shasta, in the State of California, and back, once in each week, for the annual compensation of $7,000.

That on the 1st of October, 1851, the special agent of the Post Office Department for California, having full authority so to do, directed the memorialist to furnish a semi-weekly service over the same route. In compliance with such directions, a semi-weekly service was furnished over said route, commencing the 1st of October aforesaid, and ending the 15th of July following.

These facts are clearly set forth in the communications of said special agent 10 the Post Office Department, which clearly show the importance and extent of the service. It appears further, that for much of the time the service was rendered particularly difficult, on account of the overflowing of the valley of the Sacramento, which made it necessary for the memorialist to employ a steamboat on a portion of the route. The statements of the special agent are supported by several affidavits; and the committee can see no good cause why pro rata compensation should not be allowed.

The memorialist claims $7,000, and the special agent recommends the payment of that amount. The committee, however, can see no sufficient cause for a departure from the rule of pro rata compensation, and report a bill accordingly.



[To accompany bill H. R. No. 764.]

FEBRUARY 23, 1855.

Mr. CROCKER, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, made the


REPORT. The Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the petition of the representatives of Captain David Noble, deceassd, report:

That after examining the evidence in the case, they have adopted the following-being the substance of several preceding reports from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims upon the same case:

That, at the commencement of the Revolution, David Noble was a wealthy citizen of Berkshire county, Massachusetts; and it appears, from the parole evidence, that in 1774 or 1775 he enlisted a company of troops, of which he became the captain, and entered into the continental service in Colonel Patterson's regiment, and in Sullivan's brigade, where he served until July, 1776, when he died in the army, in actual service, leaving a wife and children, the former of whom is dead, and three of the latter are now living. It also appears that Captain Noble expended a large portion of his property in providing clothing and provisions for his company. This parole evidence is confirmed by the records of Massachusetts, which show the name of Captain David Noble, of Pittsfield, as attached to the 26th regiment of foot; where also is found the name of Solomon Martin, a corporal, one of the witnesses on this application. No application appears to have been made to have this claim adjusted until 1836; the reason given for the delay being the poverty and scattered situation of the family. But the case appears to be well supported by both parole and record evidence. And it further appears that the heirs of Captain Noble never received any commutation pay, either from the State or general government. Under these circumstances, and under the retrospective construction heretofore given to the resolution of Congress of August 24, 1780, the committee report a bill in favor of the representatives of Captain David Noble, for seven years' half-pay, without interest.

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