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2d Session.

No. 136.

AMOS JONES.

FEBRUARY 23, 1855.–Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. FLAGLER, from the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, made

the following

REPORT.

The Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, to whom was referred

the petition of Amos Jones, of the State of Connecticut, for relief, report:

That the petitioner, whose statements the committee see no good reason for doubting, performed two months' service in the revolutionary war; is past 90 years of age; has never received either pension or bounty land from the government; is not only infirm, but has been subjected recently to pecuniary loss in the destruction of his dwelling by fire, and is dependent upon his children for support.

The question presented in the case is, whether the provisions of the existing pension laws, which require six months' service as the condition on which a pension should be granted to revolutionary soldiers, should be relaxed. In the opinion of the committee it should be done, if at all, by general law, and not by singling out here and there a special case, and an adverse report is therefore submitted.

2d Session. S

No. 137.

MARY BENSELL.

FEBRUARY 23, 1855.–Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. FLAGLER, from the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, made

the following

REPORT. The Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, to whom was referred the

petition of Mary Bensell, asking for a pension in consideration of the revolutionary services of her late husband, George Bensell, report :

That the petitioner sets forth that her late husband served in the revolutionary war-first, as adjutant in the Pennsylvania militia, and afterwards as aid-de-camp in the staff of General Lacy, of the regular army. The evidence, however, as to the length of his service in the regular army, (which can alone be computed) is very vague and unsatisfactory, as appears by a letter of the Commissioner of Pensions, and does not show the requisite service to entitle claimant under existing law; neither does the case, in the judgment of the committee, warrant the passage of a law for the relief of the petitioner, which, in fact, would be a special favor granted her, but denied to many others similarly circumstanced and equally meritorious.

The committee, therefore, ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the petition, and that it lie upon the table.

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