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Relating to the French spoliations prior to September, 1800.

May 25, 1840.
Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Resolved, That the Government of the United States are bound upon every principle of equity to make provision for an indemnity to those who suffered by French spoliation upon American commerce prior to September, 1800—that having compromised all claims upon the French Govern. ment for such spoliation, and received an ample indemnity therefor, a longer delay on the part of the General Government, in making provision for those individuals whose property has been appropriated for the common benefit, would be neither expedient nor just.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolves be forwarded to each of our Sen. ators and Representatives in Congress, with a request to lay them before the bodies of which they are members, and use all their influence to procure the passage of a law making due provision upon the subject-matter of these resolves.

In the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, March 18, 1840. Read and passed.

H. HAMLIN, Speaker.

· IN SENATE, March 18, 1840. Read and passed.

STEPHEN C. FOSTER, President. March 18, 1840.-Approved.


1st Session.

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A reduction of the price of the Milwaukie canal lands to $1 25 the acre.

May 25, 1840.
Laid on the table.

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

States in Congress assembled :

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The petition of the undersigned, citizens of the county of Milwaukie, in

the Territory of Wiskonsin, RESPECTFULLY REPRESENTS:

That, by the act of Congress granting a quantity of land to the Territory to aid in the construction of the Milwaukie and Rock river canal, the settlers upon, and the occupants of, the alternate sections reserved to the General Government, were deprived of the benefits of the late pre-emption law; and, at the same time, the minimum price of the lands so occupied by them was increased to $2 50 per acre; that most, if not all, the present occupants of said land would have been entitled to the benefits of such preemption law, but for the conditions of said grant; that it has been the policy of the General Government to encourage settlements upon the public lands, by granting pre-emption rights to the settlers; that the settlements upon those lands were made, and large amounts expended in improvements and cultivation, under a full belief that the same liberal policy would be extended to them; that, by the express terms of the late grant, they were excluded from purchase by pre-emption, although coming within the provisions of the pre-emption act of 1838. That, in the opinion of your petitioners, no injury would be done to the lands granted to the Territory, by a reduction of the minimum price of the lands reserved, to $1 25 per acre, but that it would be an act of justice to extend the benefits of a pre-emption right to the actual settlers of those lands, at that price; and that the benefits to be derived by the settlers upon those lands from the construction of the canal, are far from being sufficient to overbalance the evils resulting to them from the conditions of the grant.

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Your petitioners, therefore, humbly pray that the minimum price of said lands may be reduced to $1 25 per acre on the lands actually occupied and improved ; and that a pre-emption right, under such restrictions as to your honorable body may seem best, may be extended to the settlers on the same; and, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c. Richard Handell

Curtis B. Brown
William Denny

George W. Pugh
Samuel Sanborn

Timothy Morris
Edward West

Timothy L. Crain
Byron S. Sanborn

M. H. Fanferun
William P. Merrill

Orson Reed
P. C. Schuyler

Rufus Parks
William Wentworth

E. Pearmain, jr.
John D. McDonald

John Payne
Relos W. Taft

D. Thumley
A. Rowe

John Heath
Edwin T. Fisk

Andrew Wilson
Charles Morris

John Ferry
T. L. Smith

Michael Ward
Russel R. Otis

Samuel C. Levite
C. D. Ludden

Andrew Baxter
J. Regula

P. N. Cushman
I. Edras

James Mason
J. C. Schuyler

W. B. Cross
William Goulding

Philip S. Schuyler
William J. Cross

H. S. Finley
Moses R. Donaldson

William Payne
H. N. Wells

L. Blossom, jr.
John Vosburgh

Charles Holton
Augustus E. Vail

Eloisi Etoille
A. M. Burrows

Alexander Stewart
G. C. S. Vail

Erastus J. Putnam
Charles Brown

F. McBain.
Addison Ross

1st Session.


[To accompany bill H. R. No. 443.]



Asking for an appropriation for the erection of a custom-house in said city.

May 25, 1840.
Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

JUNE 2, 1840.

Bill reported.

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

States in Congress assembled :

The undersigned, merchants, traders, inanufacturers, and citizens of Richmond, Virginia, would most respectfully bring to the notice of your honorable bodies the importance and necessity of making a suitable appropriation for the erection of a custom-house in this city. The growing importance of this place, in a commercial and manufacturing point of view, and the vast and various advantages it possesses of water-power and mineral wealth, viewed in connexion with the great railroad lines passing through or terminating here, as, also, the western improvement by the James river and Kanawha canal, seem to warrant the confident belief entertained by many that it is destined soon to become a large city. Including its suburbs, &c., it already numbers nearly thirty thousand inhabitants. Its exports of raw produce, always large, are certainly augmenting ; its imports from abroad and coastwise, and its sales of foreign and domestic goods, quite considerable: while its mannfactures of cotton, iron, flour, tobacco, &c., are very large. If there was time, the most satisfactory data as to all these important facts could be easily furnished; but, as they are known to some of your honorable bodies, going into detail is deemed the less important.

Allow us to say, in conclusion, that, at present, we have no customhouse, except a rented establishment upon a small scale, and that a building of ample dimensions and convenient construction seems to be demanded by the present and prospective business of the place. For the attainment of this important object, we ask your honorable bodies to appropriate the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, to be expended in conformity to such directions as it may seem to you wise and proper to give.

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