James Madison Papers

Postal Road Survey, [19 May] 1796

Postal Road Survey

[19 May 1796]

JM reported a bill for the postal road survey on 3 May (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (9 vols.; Washington, 1826). description ends , 2:536).

Mr. Madison moved that the house should resolve itself into a committee of the whole on the bill enabling the President to cause to be examined, and where necessary surveyed, the post roads from Wiscasset in Maine, to Savannah in Georgia, and to report the expence that would attend the transmission of the mail therein.

Claypoole’s Am. Daily Advertiser, 20 May 1796 (reprinted in Philadelphia Gazette, 20 May 1796, and Gazette of the U.S., 21 May 1796). In the Committee of the Whole, the bill was amended to include the city of Washington and to replace Wiscasset with Portland. The sum of $5,000 was appropriated for the survey, and the House passed the bill the next day. The Senate rejected it on 24 May (Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 4th Cong., 1st sess., 104, 1406, 1415).

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