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may seem most suitable to their peculiar situation: and. as in duty bound, your memorialists will ever pray.
MARY S. HUNTER,
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the Unit" ed States, in Congress assembled.'
The subscribers, widows of certain officers who served in the army of the United States during the war of the Revolution, ask leave
Respectfui.lt To Represent:
That, in the arduous struggle for the independence of these American States, they shared with their now deceased partners in many of the perils, and suffered with them in many of the hardships, incident to that interesting period; and, but for their decease, would now have been sharers with them in the benefit of the late provision of your honorable body for the survivors of that band of potriots, designed to assist and comfort them in their declining years: that your petitioners are some of them now in humble circumstances in life, and need the assistance of their country for support: they would therefore respectfully pray that such part of the provisions oi said act as would have fallen to their partners, had they survived to claim its benefits, may be extended to them, in such way and manner as you, ia your wisdom, shall deem meet and reasonable.
CAROLINE L. EUSTIS,
ANN D. BAYLOR.
Decemrer 21, 1830.
Mr. Dicktrson, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to which had been referred the petition of Ann D. Baylor, made the following
The Committee on Revolutionary Claims, have, according to order, had under consideration the petition of Ann D. Baylor, and submit the follouxing report:
That the petitioner is widow of John Walker Baylor, deceased; that John Walker was only son and heir at law of Col. Geoge Baylor; that George Baylor was Colonel of cavalry in the war of the revolution, and was distinguished by his gallantry, services, and sufferings. It is shown by testimony from the Bounty Land Office, that Col. Baylor served to the close of the war, and became entitled to lands for that service; and it further appears, that he died in the island of Barbadoes, in the year 1784—never haviog received his commutation of five years' full pay, promisei! by the resolution of Congress, in March, 1783. The merits of Col. Baylor are to be found in history. He was at one time Aid-de-Camp to the commander in chief; afterwards, he commanded a regiment of cavalry; and it is believed that he lost his life from wounds received at Tappan, in Jersey.
Your committee believe the commutation justly due, and accordingly reports bill.
MAJOR JOHN ROBERTS.
Decemrer 21, 1830.
Mr. Dickinson, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to which was , referred the case of Major John Roberts, made the following
The Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to which was referred the petition of Major John Roberts, report:
That the said John Roberts entered the army of the revolution early in the war; that he was appointed a captain in the Virginia line on continental establishment, prior to January, 1779: that, in the month of March of that year, he was commissioned a major in infantry, in the said line; that evidence is produced that he continued to do duty as a major in actual service so late as September, 1781; that he was subject to the orders of Col. James Wood of the Virginia continental line, in that last named month and year, and discharged various duties in relation to the Saratoga prisoners, under the orders of said Col. Wood, who subscribed himself his colonel commandant. It appears by the certificate of Mr. Edwards of the pension office, that Col. Wood was of the continental line from the State of Virginia. The petitioner states, that, late in 1781, he was without command, and endeavored to find service by travelling to the southern States, which effort proved abortive, wd that he had no command afterwards until the close of the war. He further states, on oath, that, after the discharge of his troops, he was without command; that he never did resign his commission; and that he was at all times willing again to enter the service, if required so to do; but that he never was to required.
J. L. Edwards, Esq. clerk of the Pension Office, certifies that the name of John Roberts appears in the list of continental officers of the Virginia line on continental establishment, as a major; and that he received, on the 8th November, 1783, a certificate of balance of pay, amounting to £404 Is. I0d.t Virginia currency; and that, on the 24th June, 1786, a further certificate was received by him, through General James Wood, for £78. The resolve of Congress of October 21, 1780, promised half pay for life to all officers who should remain in service to the close of the war, or who should be supernumerary and willing to enter service again, if required so to do; and the resolution of that body of March, 1783, commuted the half pay for life, by five years' full pay, in lieu thereof, to all persons entitled, under the resolves of October, 17*0; and your committee, believing that John Roberts, a major of infantry of the Virginia line on continental establishment, is clearly within the said resolutions, entitled to the benefit thereof, report a bill in his favor.