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DIG EST

OF THE

Paws and Resolutions of Congress

RELATIVE TO

PENSIONS, BOUNTY LANDS, PAY OF THE ARMY, MILEAGE,
HORSES OR OTHER PROPERTY LOST OR DESTROYED
IN THE MILITARY SERVICE, EXPENSES OF

VOLUNTEER FORCE, PATENTS, ETC.

TOGETHER WITI THE

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL, AND DECISIONS OF THE SECRETARIES OF WAR AND INTERIOR, AND OF THE ACCOUNTING OFFICERS OF

THE TREASURY THEREON, WITH FULL AND COMPLETE

FORMS OF APPLICATION,

SO ARRANGED AS TO FURN ALL

FORMATION THAT MAY BE DESIRED BY CLAIMANTS OR THEIR ATTORNEYS.

BY C. W. BENNETT, ATTORNEY AT LAW.

WASHINGTON: HOLMAN, GRAY & CO., PRINTERS, CORNER CENTRE AND WHITE STREETS, N. Y.

1854.

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in the Clerk's Ofice of the District Court of the United States, in and for tho

Southorn District of New York.

INTRODUCTION.

Ix presenting this compilation of Laws, Forms, and Instructions relative to Pensions, Bounty Land, Pay of the Army, etc., to the public, the publisher deems but few remarks necessary as an introduction. He has been engaged for many years in the prosecution of claims, and his experience has taught him that a work of its character is wanted by the profession and others engaged in like business at a distance from the seat of government, where the rules of the various offices are not readily obtained, and where the advice of a professional agent cannot be procured, except at great expense, and with much delay.

The works heretofore published, relative to Pensions and Bounty Land, have not been calculated to assist the practitioner in the country, except so far as they contain the Acts of Congress, the rules of the offices, and occasional official forms. In very few instances are the official forms in compliance with the existing rules of the offices; as in most cases, after their adoption, many new rules and decisions have been made relative to proof, etc., to comply with which a new form is generally necessary. Attorneys filing claims prepared in accordance with the original official forms and instructions, in many instances find their claims rejected or suspended for want of compliance with some rule of which they are ignorant, and are thus occasioned delay, trouble, and probably expense.

The object of the publisher has been, to furnish a work, giving in detail all the Laws relative Pensions, Bounty Land, Pay, etc., with the official forms and instructions, as well as the various decisions under

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them; and to accompany each with such instructions as his experienc has shown him to be necessary to be observed, and original forms which have been prepared so as to be easily understood, and which comply fully with the rules of the offices as they now exist. In these particulars his work differs from that of any other compilation.

Relative to the portion of the work respecting Pay of the Army etc., it is simply necessary to state, that no work, containing such information, has ever been published.

In nearly every instance, the forms contained in the work are those which have been used by the publisher in his business with success. It will be observed that the forms for each claim are all that are necessary to complete the case, thus obviating the necessity of frequent references and alteration of other forms.

The Pay Rolls of the Army and Navy of the Revolution, at the close of the war of 1812, and at the present time, have been compiled from the Journals of Congress, and subsequent official sources.

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