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asmuch as the truth of this matter may become the subject of investiga. tion before the proper tribunal elsewhere. For the same reason the committee consider it improper to investigate the condition of the petitioner's mind.

Wherefore, they respectfully ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the petition.

1st Session.

No. 26.

IN SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES.

JANUARY 29, 1850.
Submitted, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. King made the following

REPORT:

The Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the memo

rial of Abigail Shaler Stilwell, legal representative of William Shaler, deceased, have had the same under consideration, and report :

That William Shaler, who had for many years discharged the duties of consul of the United States at Algiers, to the entire satisfaction of his govemment, asked and obtained permission to return to the United States for the improvement of his health, which had been greatly impaired. This permission was given by the Secretary of State, with the express understanding that Mr. Hodgson should be left in Algiers to discharge the consular duties during Mr. Shaler's absence, without expense to the government; and that he (Mr. Shaler) should continue to receive his salary. In 1828, Mr. Shaler returned home; and in 1829, resigned his office as consul at Algiers, and received the appointment of consul at Havana, in the island of Cuba. In the settlement of his accounts, Mr. Shaler claimed a quarter's salary, which had, by the uniform practice of the government, been allowed to meet the expenses of consuls to the Barbary powers in returning to their homes at the expiration of their service. The Secretary of State refused to make the allowance asked for, upon the ground that Mr. Shaler was at home at the time of his resignation, and received his salary from the time he left Algiers until his resignation was accepted. The committee, appreciating as it does the valuable services of Mr. Shaler, is constrained to come to the conclusion that the Secretary of State decided correctly. They report the following resolution :

Resolved, That the prayer of the memorialist be rejected.

1st Session.

No. 26.

IN SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES.

JANUARY 29, 1850.
Submitted, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. King made the following

REPORT:

The Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the memo

rial of Abigail Shaler Stilwell, legal representative of William Shaler, deceased, have had the same under consideration, and report :

That William Shaler, who had for many years discharged the duties of consul of the United States at Algiers, to the entire satisfaction of his government, asked and obtained permission to return to the United States for the improvement of his health, which had been greatly impaired. This permission was given by the Secretary of State, with the express understanding that Mr. Hodgson should be left in Algiers to discharge the consular duties during Mr. Shaler's absence, without expense to the government; and that he (Mr. Shaler) should continue to receive his salary. In 1828, Mr. Shaler returned home; and in 1829, resigned his office as consul at Algiers, and received the appointment of consul at Havana, in the island of Cuba. In the settlement of his accounts, Mr. Shaler claimed a quarter's salary, which had, by the uniform practice of the government, been allowed to meet the expenses of consuls to the Barbary powers in returning to their homes at the expiration of their service. The Secretary of State refused to make the allowance asked for, upon the ground that Mr. Shaler was at home at the time of his resignation, and received his salary from the time he left Algiers until his resignation was accepted. The committee, appreciating as it does the valuable services of Mr. Shaler, is constrained to come to the conclusion that the Secretary of State decided correctly. They report the following resolution :

Resolved, That the prayer of the memorialist be rejected.

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