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Report on the Petition of John Hobby, [27 February 1794]

Report on the Petition of John Hobby1

[Philadelphia, February 27, 1794
Communicated on March 3, 1794]2

[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives]

The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by an Order of the House of Representatives of the 17th of April 1792, the Petition of John Hobby of Portland3 thereupon respectfully reports as follows—

The Petitioner is possessed of a Certificate issued in his favour by the Late Quarter Master General for 163 dollars and 12 Ninetieths, which Certificate has not been admitted at the Treasury for the like reason as stated in a Report on the Petition of Timothy Pickering.4

The Act of the 12th. of February 17935 being considered as providing for this Claim, it is conceived that it will be expedient to let the Petitioner avail himself of the Regulations of that Act.6

Which is humbly submitted

Alexander Hamilton
Secy. of the Treasury.

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1784–1795, Vol. IV, National Archives.

1This report was one of twenty-nine reports on petitions enclosed in H to Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, February 27, 1794.

2Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 77–78.

3On April 17, 1792, a “petition of John Hobby was presented to the House and read, praying that he may receive payment of a certificate granted to him by the late Quartermaster General, for services rendered during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , I, 579.)

5“An Act relative to claims against the United States, not barred by any act of limitation, and which have not been already adjusted” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 301–02). See “Report on the Petition of Stephen Porter,” February 12, 1794, note 4.

6Richard Harrison reported to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., on January 19, 1795, concerning the claims filed under this act. John Hobby’s certificate, which had been left with Harrison on March 18, 1794, was signed by Timothy Pickering, countersigned by John Tyson, and dated January 1, 1782. Harrison wrote that the Treasury had no documents to prove that these certificates were genuine and stated: “It is to be observed that those countersigned by John Tyson are all, except one, dated in the years 1781 and 1782, although it appears he was not furnished with the blanks till some time in the year 1783” (ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Claims, I, 172–73, 176).

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