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BARNARD KELLEY'S PETITION.
Decemrer 10, 1830.
Decemrer 17, 1830.
Bill reported, No. 501.
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To the Congress of the United States: The petition of Barnard Kelley showeth:
That he was many years, previous to 1805, postmaster at Washington, in Wilkes county, State of Georgia, and conducted himself with fidelity, always accounting regularly for his receipts of postage. That, in the aforesaid year, his house, which constituted the principal part of his property, and in which the post office was kept, was destroyed by fire, whereby he lost every thing appertaining to his office, what money he had then on hand, and all his own effects—he and family having saved only their clothes and some trifling effects. That, being reduced to very indigent circumstances by this accident, the Government did not press the judgment which they recovered against him for S173 82 for a number of years, but left him to struggle for the support of his family, without the additional pressure of their claim. That, a few years since, by the death of his wife's father, he acquired one negro man, who, with a small piece of poor land, constitutes his whole property. That your petitioner is infirm and unable to work, and his family consists of a wife and seven daughters, one of whom is insane, and he is entirely dependent for subsistence on the labor of these, who are unable to work in the field. That the execution of the Government has been levied on his property, and your petitioner will be reduced to absolute want if it is pressed. That he considers himself entitled to relief, because, by the destruction of his office, he was unable to settle his accounts with the Government, having been thereby deprived of his vouchers, and lost the amount of money which he had then on hand; and that, by the loss of vouchers, he was charged with an amount greater than he was really liable for. Wherefore, lie prays Congress will afford him such relief as they may deem proper.
August 15, 1828.
The undersigned having been residents of Washington, and in Wilkes county, in the State of Georgia, in the year 1805, say, that they have been well acquainted with Barnard Kelley, in the year 1805, and that they know that his dwelling house, in which he kept the post office, was destroyed by fire in that year, and every thing burnt except some trifling effects. Having read his petition hereunto annexed, they verily believe the facts therein stated to be true.
Georgia, Wilkes County, August 22, 1828. William G. Gilbert personally came before me, and made oath that he knew Barnard Kelley; that he was many years postmaster in this place, and that he lost his house by fire, and, as this deponent then understood, almost all his property; that he always supported the character of an honest, worthy man, and at the time he removed from this place was in very indigent circumstances, and had a large family to support.
WM. G. GILBERT.
Sworn to before me, this 22d August, 1828.
Wm. H. Cbawfohd, J. S. C. N. C.
Georgia, Wilkes County. Thomas Terrell personally came before me, and made oath that he knew Barnard Kelley as postmaster for many years in this place; and that he lost his house by fire, where said office was kept. I was present and saw the house burn, and it was said all that he had. Said Kelley supported the character of an honest man; and, when he removed from this place, was in quite indigent circumstances, and I believe he remains with a large family to support.
Sworn to before me, this 22d of August, 1828.
Georgia, Wilkes Comity. I hereby certify that I have been long acquainted with V\ illiam G. Gilbert and Thomas Terrell, the persons who have subscribed the within depositions, and know them to be men of unimpeachable character; and entitled to the fullest credit. Given under my nana stud seat, Uui 21si August, 18«8.
WM. H. CRAWFORD,
Georgia, Elbert County. Before me, Benjamin Smith, a justice of the inferior court for said county, personally appeared Barnard Kelley, of the county and State aforesaid, who, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that the materia/ facts set forth in his petition addressed to Congress, bearing date the 15th August, 182S, which is hereunto annexed, are true. That since that date he has paid to the Marshal for the District of said State (or to his deputy) the whole amount claimed of this deponent by the Post Office Department, including interest and cost, with the principal, which he, this deponent, supposes appears of record in said Department.
And said deponent further saith, that the vouchers of payments made by him to the Post Office Department, for which he did not receive credit, added to the money which was, with said vouchers, destroyed by fire when his house was consumed, was equal to the amount of the principal for which judgment was recovered against him by said Department .
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this SOth October, 1836.
Bensamin Smith, ./. /. C.
Postmaster General of the U. States
Ft. Fa. from the District Court of Georgia.
Received of the defendant, Barnard Kelley, the principal and interest, and forty-three dollars and eighty cents cost, in full of said execution, this 12th of August, 1826.
Principal 173 82