United States Statutes at Large/Volume 2/8th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 34

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 2
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Eighth Congress, 1st Session, XXXIV

March 26, 1804.
Chap. XXXIV.—An Act further to alter and establish certain post roads, and for other purposes.[1]

Post roads discontinued.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following post roads be discontinued:

North Carolina.In North Carolina.—From Woodstock to Hyde Courthouse; from Halifax to Tarborough; and from Tarborough to Louisburg.

Virginia.In Virginia.—From Lexington, by Amherst Springs, to Cabelsborough; from Pendleton Courthouse to Bath Courthouse; and from Alexandria to Piscataway, in Maryland.

Kentucky.In Kentucky.—From Hartford, by Vienna, to Muhlenburg Courthouse.

Ohio.In Ohio.—From Zanesville to Marietta, and from Cincinnati to Detroit.

Maryland.In Maryland.—From Westminster to Taneytown; from Emmitsburg to Fairfield, in Pennsylvania; from Elkton to Sassafras; from Bridgetown to Greenborough, and from Brookville to Taneytown.

Pennsylvania.In Pennsylvania.—From Pittsburg to Meedsville.

Massachusetts.In Massachusetts.—From Worcester to Providence, in Rhode Island.

Vermont.In Vermont.—From Newbury, by Barry, to Montpelier.

New York.In New York.—From the town of Chester, in Washington county, to Plattsburg.

Post roads established.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the following post roads be established, to wit:

Georgia.In Georgia.—From Athens to Walkinsville.

South Carolina.In South Carolina.—From Orangeburg, by Barnwell Courthouse, Tredways, and Town creek mills to Campbetton; from Statesburg to Columbia.

North Carolina.In North Carolina.—From Warrenton, by Ransom’s bridge, and Enfield, to Tarborough; and to return, by Nash Courthouse, Sill’s store and Ransom’s bridge, to Warrenton; from Halifax to Enfield; from Scotland Neck, by Granbury’s Cross-roads, to Windsor; and from Newbern to the town of Beaufort; from Raleigh, by Nutall’s store, to Merritsville.

In Virginia.—From Virginia.Fredericksburg, by Falmouth, Elk Run Church, Fauquier Courthouse and Salem, to Paris; from Clarksburg, by Buchanan settlement, to Randolph Courthouse; from Lancaster Courthouse to Kilmarknock; and from Kanawha Courthouse, by Point Pleasant, to Galliopolis, in Ohio; from thence to the Scioto Salt Springs; and from Prince Edward Courthouse, by Lester’s store, Wheeler’s Springs, and Campbell Courthouse, to New London; from Danville, in Virginia, to Lenox’s castle, in North Carolina; and from Wood Courthouse to Marietta.

Kentucky.In Kentucky.—From Springfield, by Green Courthouse, Adair Courthouse, and Cumberland Courthouse, to Jackson Courthouse, in Tennessee; and from thence to Blackburn Springs; from John Wood’s near the Hazle patch, to Lincoln courthouse; from the town of Washington to Augusta; from Frankfort to Henry Courthouse; that the post road from Montgomery Courthouse to Fleming Courthouse, shall pass by Slate creek iron works, and the Upper Blue Licks; and that the post road from Hartford to Logan Courthouse, shall pass by Muhlenburg Courthouse.

Tennessee.In Tennessee.—From Dixon’s Springs, by Lebanon and Rutherford Courthouse, to Nashville; and that the post road from Nashville to Springfield, shall pass by Mansker’s lick.

Ohio.In Ohio.—From Warren, in the county of Trumbull, by Cleveland, to Detroit; from Chilicothe to Alexandria; from Steubenville to New Lisbon; from Chilicothe to Franklinton; from Cincinnati, through Franklin and Dayton, to Stanton; from thence, through Wainsville and Deerfield, to Charleston; from Zanesville, through Tuscorowa, to Graden-hutton; and that the post road from Georgetown to Canfield, shall pass through New Lisbon.

Pennsylvania.In Pennsylvania.—From Alexandria, through Hollidaysburg, Beula and Armagh, to Greensburg; from Pittsburg, through Butler and Mercer, to Meedsville; from Bedford, by Berling, to Somerset; from Chambersburg, through Strasburg and Faunetsburg, to Huntingdon.

New Jersey.In New Jersey.—From Ringoe’s tavern, by Somerset Courthouse, Boundbrook, Scotch Plains and Springfield, to Newark; and from Rahway, by Scotch Plains, to New Providence.

New York.In New York.—From Kingston, through Catskill, Loonenburg, and Coxsackie, to the city of Albany; from Lansingburg, through Schaghticoke, Easton, Argyle, and Hartford, to Whitehall; from Oswego to Aurora; from Unadella to Cooperstown; from the little falls on the Mohawk river, to the academy in Fairfield; from Kingston, by Delhi, to the post-office in Meredith; from Walton to Jericho; from the Painted post, in the state of New York, to Williamsport, in the state of Pennsylvania; the post road from Canandagua to Niagara, shall pass by Buffaloe Creek.

Connecticut.In Connecticut.—From Hartford, through Granby and Granville, to Blanford, in Massachusetts; from New Haven, through Hamden, Cheshire, and Southington, to Farmington; and from Hartford, through Glastenbury and Colchester, to New London.

Massachusetts.In Massachusetts.—From Shrewsbury, through Holden, Rutland, Oakham, Hardwick, Greenwich, Pelham and Amherst, to Northampton.

Maine.In Maine.—From Brunswick, by Litchfield and Hallowell, to Augusta; from Wiscassett to Boothbay; and from Fryburgh, through Conway, the notch of White Mountain, Jefferson, Lancaster, to Guildhall Courthouse, in Vermont.

New Hampshire.In New Hampshire.—From Haverhill in Massachusetts, to pass through Salem, to Windham in New Hampshire; from Alsop to Conway; from Salisbury to Plymouth, alternately on each side of Merimack river; from Littleton to Guildhall Courthouse, alternately on each side of Connecticut river; from Littleton, through St. Johnsbury and Danville in Vermont, to St. Alban’s on Lake Champlain.

In Louisiana.—From Louisiana.Massac, on the Ohio river, to Cape Girardeau, in Louisiana; from thence to New Madrid; from the said Cape Girardeau, by St. Geneveive to Kaskaskias, in the Indiana territory; and from Cahokia to St. Louis, in Louisiana; from Natchez to Tombigby; and from Natchez to New Orleans.

Letters to or from the offices of inspector and paymaster to be conveyed free.
Postmaster General to report to Congress the roads which have obstructions.
Congress to establish other roads.
Existing contracts not affected by this act.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all letters, returns, and other papers on public service, sent by the mail to or from the offices of inspector and paymaster of the army, shall be received and conveyed free of postage.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That whenever it shall be made to appear to the satisfaction of the Postmaster-General, that any road established by this or any former act, as a post road, is obstructed by fences, gates, or bars, other than those lawfully used on turnpike roads, to collect their toll, and not kept in good repair with proper bridges and ferries, where the same may be necessary, it shall be the duty of the Postmaster-General to report the same to Congress, with such information as can be obtained, to enable Congress to establish some other road instead of it in the same main direction.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That this act shall not be so construed to affect any existing contract for carrying the mail.

Approved, March 23, 1804.