Hon. Wm A. RichardsonDear Sir,
Since I had the pleasure of an introduction to you in Peoria, I have had the misfortune to be burnt out on the 15th Ult. which resulted in the destruction of my Store and Stock of goods, together with the Post office, & all the Notes & accounts due to me from my business & also the money collected for Postage of letters and papers from Octr 1 to the time of the fire Dec 15. My a/c so far as I could make it out, which was for Newspapers to that time ^for the Quarter^ & for other Postage from Dec 15 to Jany 1, I have forwarded to the P. O. Department.
My object in troubling you with this epistle is to obtain your influence with the Post master General, in my favor, for the am’t that may be due to the Department over and above, what I have rendered my a/c for. Although the amount will be small, it will come hard upon me to have to make it good, as my own loss is as much as I can stand under with the assistance of my friends here.
A small portion of your time is solicited to the object above stated, which will confer a favor on your friend and Humble Servt
H. M. Barney
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Brimfield Ills
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Hon. Wm A. Richardson M. C.WashingtonD. C.
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Petition of H M Barney Post Master at Brimfield Ills asking relief for loss of money belonging to Gov
W A Richardson
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Referred to Com on Post offices & Post roads
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The1 private letter enclosed will be preserved
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Petition of H. M. Barney P. M. at Brimfield Ill. praying to be relieved from the payment of Certain monies destroyed by fire, belonging to the U.S.
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February 2, 1848 Referred to the Committee on the Post office & Post Roads
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March 9. 1848
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Autograph Letter Signed, 2 page(s), RG 233, Entry 367: Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thirtieth Congress, 1847-1849, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to Committees, 1847-1849, NAB,