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The proposition for extending the plan of the work on the Treasury, to the other Departments of the Government, met the sanction of the late President Taylor and his Cabinet, by the following endorsement upon it:
“The facilities above requested will be afforded by the officers in our respective Departments.
“ JOHN M. CLAYTON, J. COLLAMER,
The following are very partial evidences, amongst numerous other testimonials of eminent statesmen and jurists in bebalf of the prosecution of the sequel to the work on the Treasury:
"I WASHINGTON, December 6, 1849 “DEAR Sm: I think favorably of the extension of your compilation to all the Departments of the Government. It will facilitate inquiries in these as it does now in the Treasury Department-and will prove likely to aid both those doing business in all of them, and the officers themselves.
" LEVI WOODBURY. "R. Mayo, Esq.”
" WASHINGTON, December 10, 1849. "My Dear Sir: Your distinguished success in developing the principles and the practice of the Treasury Department has very naturally excited a desire to have a like exposition in respect to the other Departments of the Government.
* I trust you will meet with sufficient encouragement, to induce you to persevere in this very useful enterprise--from which the country cannot but be largely benefitted. “I am, very truly, your friend and obedient servant,
« WILLIE P. MANGUM. “Dr. Mayo, Washington."
" December 14, 1849. "I fully concur in the views above expressed by Senators Mangum, Cass, Mason, and Hunter, as to the great utility of the proposed work, for the successful execution of which you are so well fitted. The volumes you have already published in regard to the Treasury, were compiled by you chiefly during the last four years, and proved to be eminently useful, not only to the Secretary of the Treasury, the heads of Bureaux and clerks, but also to that great number of persons transacting business with the Department. The similar work you now propose to prepare in regard to all the other Depart. ments, is much wanted, and would be of very great public utility.
"R. J. WALKER. “Dr. Mayo."
To the above might be added the favorable expression, in the same regard, of more than sixty members of the Senate and House of Representatives, of the Supreme Court, and prominent citizens of Washington, of the bar, the bench, and present and former mayors of the city.
But finding a pressing demand pervading the community, for the "Laws, Opinions, Decisions, Forms and Regulations, on Pensions and Bounty Lands," the senior editor was induced, temporarily, to suspend bis lahors in regard to the other Departments, to undertake the compilation now presented to the public. And in order to give this branch of his enterprise every possible dispatch, he requested the assistance of the young gentleman whose name is associated with his in the title and copyright.
In the brief space of time which has transpired since this volume on the Pension and Bounty Land Laws has been before the public, the following commendatory letters have
been received, even in the excited as well as busy times that afford to very few the leisure moment to look at a new publication:
Letter from the President of the United States.
“WASHINGTON, May 27, 1852. «My Dear Sir: Accept my thanks for a copy of the Pension Laws from 1776 to 1852,' which you did me the honor to send me this morning. I have barely had time to glance at its contents, but knowing your habit of thorough investigation and accurate analysis, and perfect method of order and arrangement, I cannot doubt it will be a very useful work; and I hope it may prove as profitable to the author as I presume it will be beneficial to the public.
“I am, your obedient servant, "Dr. MAYO
Letter from the Secretary of the Interior.
" WASHINGTON, June 3, 1852. "SIB; I beg you to accept my thanks for the volume of Pension Laws, &c., which you have been kind enough to send me. Such a work was very much needed, and, from the partial examination which I have been able to give it, as well as from your acknowledged industry, ability, and research, I have no doubt that it is admirably executed. Under that conviction, I have directed the purchase of a number of copies for the use of the Pension Office and its various agents.
“ Very respectfully, your obedient servant, " Dr. R. MAYO.
ALEX. H. L. STUART.”
Letter from the Commissioner of Pensions.
“Pension OFFICE, June 4, 1852. "DEAR SIR: I am indebted to you for a copy of the 'Army and Navy Pension Laws and Bounty Land Laws,' in anticipation of the regular issue from the press, and I ro gret that my constant engagements have, as yet, disabled me from more than a partial examination of its contents.
"I am satisfied, however, that it will be a highly useful publication to many branches of the Government, as well as to the public at large, and to this office it will be invaluable. Wishing you every success in its circulation and patronage, I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
"J. E. HEATH, Commissioner. " Dr. ROBERT Mayo."
Letter from the Secretary of the Navy.
“Navy DEPARTMENT, June 8, 1852. "SIB: Your note of the 1st instant, accompanied by a copy of your compilation of the Pension Laws, with the decisions, rules and regulations relative to the execution of these laws, bas been received. So far as I have been able to examine the volume, and the copious index appended to it, I think it a valuable and complete work, which supplies a desideratum in the prosecution of claims and the administration of the pension system.
"I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, "Dr. R. Maro, Washington, D. C.
WILL. A. GRAHAM."
Letter from the Attorney General.
“WASHINGTON, June 22, 1852. "Messrs. Mayo & MOULTON:
"Accept my acknowledgments for the copy you have been pleased to present to me, of your lately published volume, entitled “Pension Laws from 1776 to 1852." My opportunities have enabled me to make but a slight examination of it, but it has been sufficient to satisfy me that it will prove to be a very useful book; and I hope that it may produce for its authors an ample compensation for their care, labor, and ability, in its preparation.
Very respectfully, yours, &c.,
"J. J. CRITTENDEN.”
Letter from the Secretary of War.
"WASHINGTON, June 23, 1852. "Sir: I have received the copy of the 'Pension Laws,' &c., which you were kind enough to send me some days since. It has not, yet, been in' my power to give it a very close examination, but, I have no doubt, it will prove a valuable aid to all persons having any business relating to pensions, as well as to the Government and its agents.
" Very respectfully, your obedient servant, “Dr. Mayo, Washington,
O. M. CONRAD." Letter from the Postmaster General.
"Post OFFICE DEPARTMENT, July 3, 1852. " SIR: Please accept my thanks for the volume of Pension Laws,' &c., which yon were kind enough to send me. I have not been able to examine it with care, but in overlooking its contents, I am led to the conclusion that the work must be of great value to those having business to transact at the Pension Office. “With great respect, your most obedient servant.
"N. K. HALL, Postmaster General. "Dr. R. Mayo, Washington, D, C.” Letter from the Chairman of the Committee on Pensions of the Senate.
“ SENATE CHAMBER, June 11, 1852. “Dear Sir: Your compilation of Army and Navy Pension Laws was much needed, not only by the Representatives in Congress, and all agents having any business to transact for pensioners and applicants for pensions, but even, I believe, by the inmates of the Pension office; for such bave been the number and variety of pension laws that often much time was consumed in searching, among many indexes and volumes, for those laws that were wanted to solve questions arising in the examination of pension cases. Your book will save this loss of time and much labor. I heartily thank you for the volume you sent me, and hope the enterprise and industry which produced it will be well rewarded.
" It gives me pleasure to add that the members of the Committee on Pensions think highly of your book, and will join in recommending its purchase. “Respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. W. JONES,
" Chairman of the Committee on Pensions. "Robt. MAYO, M. D.”
The resolution reported by the committee was afterwards taken up and unanimously adopted, ordering the purchase of five hundred copies for the use of the Senate.]
Letter from the Chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions of the House of Represen
" HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, August 7, 1852. "DEAR Sır: Accept my sincere thanks for Mayo & Moulton's Compilation of the Pension and Bounty Laws of the United States.
From the examination I have been enabled to give it, I am satisfied that it is a book of great value to agents and attorneys, and one that should be in the hands of every member of Congress ; for such have been the number and variety of the pension laws, that it required much time and labor to ascertain with certainty what the law is in any given case, having to examine such a number of volumes for that purpose. This difficulty is obviated by your compilation. " Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
“J. G. HARRIS,
" Chairman Committee Invalid Pensions. "Dr. Mayo."
From Members of the Washington Bar. " Dr. R. MAYO, and F. MOULTON Esq.
“GENTLEMEN: Accept my sincere thanks for a copy of your valuable compendium of the Pension and Bounty Land Laws, which you have been so kind as to send me.
#Such a compilation executed with the care and industry which characterize this Fork, and illustrated by the introduction and appendices, cannot but prove invaluable to the Executive and Legislative Departments, as furnishing them in a well arranged form with the information so essential to the correct discharge of a large amount of the business upon which they are called to act. To the professional man, the agent for claims, and claimants themselves, it is not less important.
“Very respectfully, yours, &c. " July 5, 1852
RICH'D S. COXE.” We entirely concur with Mr. Coxe in the estimate which he has put upon the work of Dr. Mayo and Mr. Moulton.
J. M. CARLISLE, WALTER LENNOX,
Under the due influence of the subjoined recommendation alluded to in the foregoing Testimonials, the Senior Editor received, on the day of its presentation to the President, an appointment in the Pension office, in very flattering terms from the Secretary of the Interior, in March, 1851, with the view to his devoting his evening hours to the prosecution of the compilations mentioned; of which this work was the first result, together with a "SYNOPSIS OF THE ORGANIZATION AND PRACTICAL OPERATIONS OF THE PENSION OFFICE"—which will be presented to the public on a future occasion, in connection with a like SYNOPSIS of the other Bureaux of the Department of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, January, 1851. The undersigned would respectfully recommend Dr. Mayo to the favorable consideration of the President and the members of his Cabinet, for an appointment in some one of the Executive Departments, suitable to his well known ability and fitness for any clerical duty under the Government. Independent of his well tested capacity and fitness for such appointment, we deem the collateral object he bas in hand, of extending the plan of his work on the Treasury to the other Departments, to which he would be enabled to devote his evening hours, as eminently worthy of additional consideration in conferring on him the appointment requested.
WILLIE P. MANGUM, JAMES 8. PHELPS. JAS. MCDOWELL,
R. M. T. HUNTER, CHARLES E. CLARKE,
T. S. HAYMOND,
J. MACP'N BERRIEN, J. PHILLIPS PHO
E. C. CABELL
ALPHEUS FELCH, JAMES G. KING,
DANIEL STURGEON, WM. M. ŚWIN,
ROBT. C. SCHENCK T. EWING,
SAM'L F. VINTON, J. W. MILLER,
JOHN A. KING,
ALEX. H. STEPHENS,
JOHN W. MAURY,
JOS. H. BRADLEY,
P. R. FENDALL.
We concur in the foregoing recommendation of Dr. Mayo.
W. K. SEBASTIAN, JESSE D. BRIGHT
THOS. L. HARRIS,
S. P. CHASE,
J. P. WALKER,
A. O. GREENE, R. I., JOHN H. CLARKE.
The following is copied from the printed list of Books distributed by the Secretary
" To which the new members of the present (33d) Congress are entitled under the joint
"resolution of 24th February, 1854, and the resolution of the House of 24th June,
"1854. A member of this Congress, who was in a former Congress, is entitled to such
“Diplomatic Correspondence, 7 vols.
The few unimportant errors that had passed unobserved in the first edition, and
being a Bounty Land section.
At page 342, see Bounty Land and Pension provisions for SEA-FENCIBLES, RANGERS, &c.
JetSee the SUPPLEMENT and Addenda, in the Table or CONTENTS, for several Acts,
This work is not to exceed 20 vols.-9 vols. are now published.
26 vols. of Annals of Congress, and 8 vols. of Adams' works are now published. The remaining