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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) An act for the relief of Nathaniel Twining

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00879 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Printed document signed Date: 1 July 1790 Pagination: 1 p. ; 19.5 x 22.5 cm.

Signed by Jefferson as Secretary of State. Congress relieves Twining due to his "failure in neglecting to transport the mail between Charleston and Savannah" from September 1787 through January 1788. Authorized by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Vice President John Adams; and President George Washington.

Congress of the United States:
Begun and held at the City of New-York, on Monday the
fourth of January, one thousand
seven hundred and ninety.

An ACT for the Relief of NATHANIEL TWINING.
BE it enacted by the SENATE and HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the penalty, amounting to five hundred and sixty-seven dollars and forty-one cents, incurred by Nathaniel Twining, for a failure in neglecting to transport the mail between Charleston and Savannah, from the month of September one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, until the first of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, pursuant to a contract made with the late_ Postmaster-General, shall be, and the same is hereby remitted.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
JOHN ADAMS, Vice-President of the United States,
and President of the Senate.
APPROVED, July the first, 1790.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, President of the United States.

Th: Jefferson Secretary of State.

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