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the 27th day of February, 1854, adopted a memorial to Congress, asking that his case should be made an exception to the general rule, and that an act be passed giving to Bush and his wife title to the section of land so occupied and cultivated by them.

The memorial of the Territorial legislature is herewith printed. The application is based upon the meritorious conduct of the said Bush, in the accommodating and charitable disposal of his produce to emigrants, thereby contributing much towards the settlement of the Territory—the suffering and needy never having applied to him in vain for succor and assistance ;'' and in deference to the desires of the legislature, and under the circumstances of the case, your committee beg leave to report a bill.

esent time, tract of land continth his family, the year, in

To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States in Congress assembled. Your memorialists, the legislative assembly of the Territory of Washington, legally assembled upon Monday, the twenty-seventh day of February, A. D. 1854, would most respectfully represent unto your honorable body, that George Bush, a free mulatto, with his wife and children, immigrated to, and settled in, now Washington Territory, Thurston county, in the year 1845, and that he laid claim to, and settled upon, with his family, 640 acres of land in said year, in said Territory and county, and that he, with his family, has resided upon and cultivated said tract of land continuously from the said year 1845 to the present time, and that his habits of life during said time have been exemplary and industrious ; andt hat by a constant and laborious cultivation of his said claim, and by an accommodating and charitable disposal of his produce to immigrants, he has contributed much towards the settlement of this Territory—the suffering and needy never having applied to him in vain for succor and assistance; and that at the present time the said George Bush has a large portion of his said claim under a high state of cultivation, and has upon it a good farm-house, and convenient out-houses, in all amounting in value to several hundred dollars; and that in view of the premises aforesaid, your memorialists are of opinion that the case of the said George Bush is of such a meritorious nature that Congress ought to pass a special law donating to him his said claim. And your memorialists beg leave to call your attention to his said case, and to ask your honorable body to pass a law donating to the said George Bush the said 640 acres of land upon which he now resides, the one-half to himself, and the other half to his wife and to their heirs forever.


Speaker of House,

President of Council.
Passed House of Representatives March 17, 1854.
Passed Council March 17, 1854.

2d Session.

No. 55.

[To accompany bill H. R. No. 708.]

JANUARY 30, 1855.

Mr. NICHOLS, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, made the



The Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of James P. Roan, of the State of Florida, having considered the same, beg leave to report :

That the Committee on Private Land Claims of the House, at the first session of the 31st Congress, submitted, in reference to the claim of the memorialist, the following report, which is submitted as a fair statement of the case:

“By an act of the 26th of May, 1824, the Florida commissioners were required to audit claims and the evidence in support of claims to land, made under the act, and founded on 'actual habitation and cultivation by men over twenty-one years of age, and heads of families, between the 22d of February, 1819, and June, 1821.' The memorialist presents, from the archives of the commissioners, a copy of his original petition for a confirmation of title to his settlement, and the evidence in support of his right, by which it appears that he was, through the time embraced by the act, an actual settler on the Apalachicola river, the head of a family, and over twenty-one years of age. The commissioners seem to have failed to report in his case, because his lands were supposed to be covered by an interference of another claim, and thus he failed to obtain the relief the law designed to extend. Afterwards his land was entered as public land, and he was evicted. The price of the land having passed into the public treasury, and to the use of the United States, his equity becomes plain—to be reinstated in all the advantages he should have acquired under the act of 1824; and therefore the committee think his prayer should be granted, and accordingly report a bill for his relief."

I the act reinstated use of the land havind as publice law desice of

2d Session.

No. 56.

[To accompany bill H. R. No. 709.]

JANUARY 30, 1855.

Mr. Nichols, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, made the

following REPORT.

f The Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the peti

tion of Dr. Elijah White, of Washington Territory, having had the same under consideration, report:

That the petitioner was, on the 15th day of November, 1849, a settler on that portion of the public domain known as the Pacific City land claim, in Pacific county, in the then Oregon but now Washington Territory, and continued as a settler and occupant of said lands until the month of October, anno Domini 1851. During the time he so occupied said lands, in the full confidence that his title by occupancy would be completed, he sold off portions of the said lands to various persons, who have made many and valuable improvements upon said claim. The petitioner himself has expended large sums in improving his claim, and in facilitating the settlement of that portion of the Territory. In October, 1851, the petitioner went to California on temporary business, and being detained by his business for a longer period than he anticipated, he learned that in his absence the whole of his claim had been taken up as a military reservation by the government, which information caused him to discontinue temporarily his residence upon said claim.

By the act of February 14, 1853, military reservations, except for forts, are limited to twenty acres; and the petitioner, after the passage of the said act, applied for a confirmation of his claim to the lands which had been occupied by him, but was met with the objection that his absence from said claim barred his right to a title for the same under the law.

The committee, apprehending that a decision of this kind will work injustice, and cause to many who have expended their means in improving said claim, the total loss of the amounts so expended, besides the labor of years while occupying said lands, deem it proper that an act should be passed giving to the petitioner the benefits of the said law, as though his possession had never been interrupted, reserving to the government such rights and privileges as may be expedient for the public benefit hereafter.

The committee, therefore, submit a bill for the relief of the petitioner.

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