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tween New Orleans and Wheeling or Pittsburgh, and in this way an important saying would be effected to the Government.

Your petitioners do not complain of the policy which has led to the ex. penditure of millions on millions on the seaboard for the protection of commerce. On the contrary, they concede that the policy of protecting the commerce of our Atlantic brethren by liberal and ample appropriations from the national treasury was both wise and just. It has added to the aggregate of the national wealth, strengthened and sustained our navy, and caused our stars and stripes to wave in every sea.

The fact that this policy has not only been generally approved, but cheerfully acquiesced in, by the people of the west, warrants the inference that a claim so moderate for the protection of their commerce will not be rejected. Therefore, your petitioners respectfully solicit the appropriation above named.

Nov. 29, 1830.

CONGRESS

JOHN RODGERS.

DECEMBER 28, 1830.
Read twice, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

dir. WM. L. STORRS, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to which was

referred the petition of John Rodgers, made the following

.. - REPORT:

The Coinmittee on Indian Affairs, to which was referred the petition of

John Rodgers, submit the following report:

The petitioner, about the year 1802, was married to a Cherokee woman, with whom he lived, as a part of the Cherokee nation; from thence, until the treaty between the United States and the Cherokee nation, of the 8th July, 1817, improving and living on a tract of about 110 acres of land, which was always, previous to the running of the boundary line between the Cherokee and Creek nations, in pursuance of the provisions of said treaty, believed to belong to the Cherokee territory; during which time, the aid petitioner considered himself to be, and in all respects conducted himself as one of the Cherokee nation, and was considered and treated as such by said nation. And the said petitioner, under these circumstances, after the making of said treaty, wishing to become a citizen of the United States, expressed his intention accordingly to the Cherokee agency, in June, 1818. But, on the running of the boundary line, pursuant to the eleventh article of said treaty, the land so occupied and improved by said petitioner was excluded, by a very small distance, from the territory ceded to the United States by said treaty, according to said line, and fell within the Creek territory, as thus ascertained: and the said petitioner, therefore, was not legally entitled, by the terms of said treaty, to, and has never had the benefit of, a reservation of land, as provided in the eighth article thereof. But your committee believe, that, under these circumstances, it is just and equitable to allow to the petitioner the value of his improvements on the said land, which he had so occupied and improved, which your committee find to be worth one thousand dollars; and therefore report herewith a bill in his favor for said sum.

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2d Session.

JOHN RODGERS.

DECEMBER 28, 1830.
Read twice, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Jír. Wm. L. STORRS, from the Committee on Indian Affairs,' to which was

referred the petition of John Rodgers, made the following

"; - REPORT:

The Coinmittee on Indian Affairs, to which was referred the petition of

John Rodgers, submit the following report:

The petitioner, about the year 1802, was married to a Cherokee woman, with whom he lived, as a part of the Cherokee nation; from thence, until the treaty between the United States and the Cherokee nation, of the 8th Jay, 1817, improving and living on a tract of about 110 acres of land, which was always, previous to the running of the boundary line between the Cherokee and Creek nations, in pursuance of the provisions of said treaiy, believed to belong to the Cherokee territory; during which time, the said petitioner considered himself to be, and in all respects conducted himself as one of the Cherokee nation, and was considered and treated as such by said nation. And the said petitioner, under these circumstances, after the making of said treaty, wishing to become a citizen of the United States, expressed his intention accordingly to the Cherokee agency, in June, 1818. But, on the running of the boundary line, pursuant to the eleventh article of said treaty, the land so occupied and improved by said petitioner was excluded, by a very small distance, from the territory ceded to the United States by said treaty, according to said line, and fell within the Creek terfitory, as thus ascertained: and the said petitioner, therefore, was not legally entitled, by the terms of said treaty, to, and has never had the benefit of, a reservation of land, as provided in the eighth article thereof. But your committee believe, that, under these circumstances, it is just and equitable to allow to the petitioner the value of his improvements on the said land, which he had so occupied and improved, which your copimittee find to be worth one thousand dollars; and therefore report herewith a bill in his favor for said sum.

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