[Washington, D.C.]: Gales & Seaton, print. 1836. 10 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A very good- copy with darkened leaves, removed from a larger volume. Item #43119
24th Congress, 1st Session, No. 387. The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the "bill for the employment of boys in the merchant service of the United States," return the same to the Senate, with amendments, accompanied by the following report. The bill sought to add protections for boys, in the attempt to have more young men trained for the sea. A typical response for comment was: "The merchants of Baltimore have frequently experienced great inconvenience, and sometimes have been subjected to expensive and injurious delays in their mercantile operations, in consequence of the scarcity of seamen. The proposed measure, in the opinion of your memorialists, will not only greatly increase the number of this valuable class of men, but by affording to them the advantage of early education and long training in their profession, will render them far more efficient, and will raise up a body of skillful seamen, who, in time of peace, will be sufficient for the supply of the merchant service, and, in the event of war, will prove an important auxiliary to the navy of the United States. Your memorialists therefore beg leave respectfully to urge the adoption of this measure."