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For special mail routes, two or more mails are forwarded over the same agency for the route at an unnecessary expense.

That the expense, delay, and confusion now incident to the mail service would be greatly diminished by a more direct superintendence by the Government.

That the necessities of the inhabitants of the State imperatively demand a change in this particular.

Your memorialists would therefore, respectfully suggest and urge the appointment of a Special Mail Agent, for the State of Minnesota, or such other action on the part of the Government as will remedy and correct the existing abuse.

Approved January 24th, A. D. 1861.

NUMBER V.

To establish a mail route from

to the

A Memorial to Congress for the establishment of a Mail route from St. Cloud

in the State of Minnesota, to the city of Superior in the State of Wisconsin. To the Honor able the Senate and House of Representa

tives of the United States, in Congress assembled : The Legislature of the State of Minnesota would 'res

pectfully represent:

That the present mail facilities afforded to the people of Superior, are entirely insufficient to meet their wants.

That the commercial interests connected with lake Sucity of Superior perior, demand an increase of mail facilities; and

That the establishment of a mail route with semi-weekly service thereon from St. Cloud to Superior city, would form one of the most important mail routes in this State.

Wherefore, your Memorialists, the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, most earnestly and respectfully ask that the mail route may be established as above specified and mail service ordered thereon.

Approved February 15th, A. D. 1861.

NUMBER VI.

Spirit Lake

A Memorial to Congress for the Establishment of a

Mail Route from Garden City in Blue Earth County
State of Minnesota, via Gray's, Fairmount and Tut-

tle's, to Spirit Lake in the State of Iowa.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representa-

tives of the United States, in Congress assembled. The Legislature of the State of Minnesota would re

spectfully represent:

That a great inducement for immigration and settlement in a new country, is the early establishment of mail routes and postal facilities.

That affording the pioneer direct and accessible mail facilities with the east, removes one of the greatest priva- To establish a tions experienced by the early settlers, and induces oth-mail route from

Garden City to ers to join him in making it their homes.

That although mail routes in sparsely settled counties, may not pay, in a pecuniary sense, yet it may more than double pay by the more speedy settlement and advancement of the country.

And would further represent, that a large portion of our country, lying chiefly within the bounds of our own State, between Garden City, Blue Earth county, State of Minnesota, and Spirit Lake, in the State of Iowa, is without convenient and acceptable mail facilities, and thereby the settlers in that locality have not the means of communication with the east, and the settlement and advancement of that country is impaired and hindered.

Therefore your Memorialists, the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, would respectfully ask for the immediate establishment of a mail route commencing at Garden City, in Blue Earth county, in the State of Minnesota, by the way of Gray's, in town one hundred and five, (105) north, of range twenty-eight (28) west, Fairmount, the county seat of Martip rounty, and Tuttles, to Spirit

Lake, in the State of Iowa, and mail service ordered thereon. And your Memorialists will ever pray.

. Approved March 4th, A. D. 1861.

NUMBER VII.

A Memorial to the Congress of the United States for a

Post Route.

The Legislature of the State of Minnesota respectfully

represents :

That the settlers in the vicinity of Lake Superior, Crow Wing, Otter Tail City, Georgetown and intermediately, have opened and are improving a direct line of road through the above localities. That the increasing products of the region traversed by the above route, find market according to the demand at the military and trading posts of the north west and the mining districts of Lake Superior. That the business, in the estimation of the memorialists, of the route demands mail facilities to accommodate the present residents, and that such facilities will encourage the settler, induce immigration, and develope the natural resources of that locality. That a weekly mail from Duluth, via Oneota, Fondulac, Superior, Crow Wing, Chippewa Agency, Wadena, Leaf City, and Otter Tail City, to Georgetown on Red River, will meet the present wants of the settlers and at an early day be remunerative to the Post Office Department.

Approved March 2d, A. D. 1861.

NUMBER VIII.

To the President of the United States

Memorial of the Legislature of Minnesota to the Presi

dent of the United States. To the President of the United States. The Memorial of the Legislature of the State of Minne

sota respectfully represents:

That mail route number 13,503, by which the mail is carried daily between Saint Paul in this State and La Crosse in the State of Wisconsin during the close of navigation on the Mississippi River, is one of great importance to the whole State of Minnesota, and a large portion of Northern Wisconsin.

That it is the grand trunk route which furnishes the region named with its southern and eastern mail facilities, it being, during the winter, the only outlet in the direction named.

That the increasing population and growing business interests of this State demand that an effort should be made to expedite the transmission of the important mail matter carried over said route; that by the terms of the present contract, forty-eight hours are allowed for carrying said mail between the points above named.

Your Memorialists further state, that it is believed that the distance can be made in thirty-six hours, and that the public welfare and private interests would be greatly promoted thereby.

Your Memorialists therefore respectfully urge that an effort be made to perfect arrangements for the more rapid transmission of the mails over said route, and that the present contract time be reduced from forty-eight to thirty-six hours, if upon inquiry it is ascertained that the same can be done upon just and reasonable terms.

Approved February 23d, A. D. 1861.

NUMBER IX.

A Memorial to Congress for the establishment of a Mail

Route from Lake City, in Wabashaw County, to Austin in Mower County. To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States in Congress assembled :

ment of a mail

Your Memorialists, the Legislature of the State of Minnesota, respectfully ask: That a mail route may be es

a tablished in the State of Minnesota, from Lake City, in Wabashaw County, via Rochester, High Forest, Root River, Mower City and Lansing, to Austin in Mower County. Said route is through a thickly settled portion

of country whose mail facilities are very deficient, and For the establish

the revenue therefrom, it is believed, would nearly or route from Lake quite reimburse the Government for the expense incident City to Austin

to the establishment thereof. Between the points of Lake
City, Rochester and High Forest, much business of a
mercantile character is carried on, the latter being a mar-
ket for much of the produce through which said route
would pass, and the deficiency of the mail service on the
route is the cause of great embarrassment to persons do-
ing business between the places in question. 'Your Me-
morialists therefore respectfully ask of Congress the es-
tablishment of the mail route herein described, with tri-
weekly mail service thereon.

And your Memorialists will ever pray.
Approved February 28th, A. D. 1861.

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