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March 3, 1837. No. 4. Resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to correct a clerical
error in the award of the Commissioners under the treaty with France of eighteen hundred and thirty-one.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United In the case of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the the claim of the Treasury be, and he hereby is authorized and directed, in making payMaryland, the ment of the two last instalments to the claimants under the treaty with error to be cor- France of July four, eighteen hundred and thirty-one, to correct a clerirected.
cal mistake which occurred in the award of the Commissioners in the case of the claim of the Union Bank of Maryland; by which mistake the sum of ten thousand dollars awarded to said bank, has gone to the use of all the other claimants; and that he correct such mistake by making the proper alteration in the proportion to be paid to the several claimants in the said two last instalments, so that all the claimants shall obtain their just proportion of the whole indemnity and no more.
APPROVED, March 3, 1837.
March 3, 1837. No.5. A Resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to receive from the
Bank of the United States, under the Pennsylvania charter, payment for the stock of the United States, in the late Bank of the United States.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United The terms of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the settlement proposed by the
Treasury be directed to accept the terms of settlement proposed by the President and President and Directors of the Bank of the United States, under the Directors of the Pennsylvania charter, in their memorial to Congress, presented at the Bank of the United States,
present session, for the payment to the United States of the capital under the Penn- stock owned by them in the late Bank of the United States, and the sylvania char final adjustment and settlement of the claims connected with, or arising ter, to be accepted.
out of the same; and to take such obligation for the payment of the
several instalments in said proposed terms of settlement mentioned, Proviso.
as he may think proper : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall prejudice or affect in any way the question, between the General Government of the United States, and the late Bank of the United States, respecting the claim for damages on account of the protest of the bill of exchange, drawn on the French Government.
APPROVED, March 3, 1837.
ACTS OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH CONGRESS
Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the City of
Washington, in the district of Columbia, on Monday, the 4th day
of September, 1837, and ended the 16th of October, 1837. Martin VAN BUREN, President. RICHARD M. JOHNSON, Vice Presi
dent of the United States, and President of the Senate. JAMES K. POLK, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
STATUTE I. CHAPTER I.-An Act to postpone the fourth instalment of deposite with the States. Oct. 2, 1837.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the transfer of Act of June the fourth instalment of deposites directed to be made with the States, 23, 1836, ch. under the thirteenth section of the act of June twenty-third, eighteen Postponed till hundred and thirty-six, be and the same is hereby postponed till the first ist Jan. 1839. day of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine; Provided, Proviso. That the three first instalments under the said act shall remain on deposite with the States, until otherwise directed by Congress. APPROVED, October 2, 1837.
STATUTE I. Chap. II.–An Act to authorize the issuing of Treasury Notes. (a) Oct. 12, 1837. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President The President of the United States is hereby authorized to cause Treasury notes for to cause Treasuch sum or sums as the exigencies of the Government may require, issued, for not but not exceeding, in the whole amount of notes issued, the sum of ten exceeding millions of dollars, and of denominations not less than fifty dollars for $10,000,000, any one note, to be prepared, signed, and issued in the manner herein- and not of less after provided.
than $50. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said Treasury notes, Notes to be reauthorized to be issued by the first section of this act, shall be reim- imbursed and bursed and redeemed by the United States, at the Treasury thereof, the expiration after the expiration of one year from the dates of the said notes re- of one year. spectively; from which said dates, for the term of one year, and no longer, they shall bear such interest as shall be expressed upon the face Notes to bear of the said notes; which rate of interest upon each several issue of the such interest as said notes shall be fixed by the Secretary of the Treasury, by and with is expressed on the advice and approbation of the President; but shall in no case exceed Interest in no the rate of interest of six per centum per annum. The reimbursement case to exceed herein provided for shall be made at the Treasury of the United States the rate of six
per cent. to the holders of the said notes respectively, upon presentment, and shall include the principal of each note, and the interest which may be due thereon at the time of payment. For this reimbursement, at the time and times herein specified, the faith of the United States is hereby solemnly pledged. @) Notes of the acts which have been passed relative to the issuing of Treasury notes, vol. 2, 766. VOL. V.-26
The Treasury Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Treasury notes notes to be sign shall be prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, surer and coun- and shall be signed, on behalf of the United States, by the Treasurer tersigned by the thereof, and countersigned by the Register of the Treasury; and that Register of the those officers respectively shall, as checks upon each other, and to Those officers secure the public safety, keep separate, full, and accurate accounts of to act as checks the number, date, denomination, and amount of all the notes signed and
countersigned by them respectively; which said accounts shall be careother.
fully preserved and placed on file in the Treasury Department; and, also, similar accounts, kept and preserved in the same manner of all the
said notes redeemed, as the same shall be returned and cancelled; and The Treasurer the Treasurer shall further account quarterly for all such notes delivered to account quar- to him for signature or issue by the Register. The Treasurer and
The Treasurer Register of the Treasury are hereby authorized, by and with the conand Register sent and approbation of the Secretary of the Treasury, to employ such authorized to
additional temporary clerks as the duties enjoined upon them by this employ additional clerks.
section may render necessary : Provided, Said number shall not exceed four, and with a salary of not more than at the rate of twelve hundred
dollars to each per annum. The Secretary Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treaof the Treasury sury is hereby authorized, with the approbation of the President of the tion of said notes United States, to cause to be issued such portion of the said Treasury to be issued in notes as the President may think expedient, in payment of debts due by payment of
the United States to such public creditors or other persons as may choose debts to such as choose to re
to receive such notes in payment, as aforesaid, at par. And the Secreceive them, &c. tary of the Treasury is further authorized, with the approbation of the The Secretary President of the United States, to borrow, from time to time, not under authorized, &c. par, such sums as the President may think expedient, on the credit of to borrow on the such notes. credit of the
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said Treasury notes shall notes, &c. The notes
be transferable by delivery and assignment endorsed thereon, by the transferable by person to whose order the same shall, on the face thereof, have been delivery and as. made payable. signment, &c. The Treasury
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Treasury notes notes to be re. shall be received in payment of all duties and taxes laid by the authoceived in pay
rity of the United States, of all public lands sold by the said authority, ment of duties, taxes, public
and of all debts to the United States, of any character whatsoever, lands, &c. which may be due and payable at the time when said Treasury notes
On every pay. may be so offered in payment. And on every such payment, credit shall ment of Treasu be given for the amount of the principal and interest which, on the day to be given for of such payment, may be due on the note or notes thus given in payprincipal and in- ment. terest, &c.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That any person making paying payment to ment to the United States in such Treasury notes, into the hands of any the United collector, receiver of public moneys, or other public officer or agent, States in Trea- shall, on books kept according to such forms as shall be prescribed by the hands of a the Secretary of the Treasury, give duplicate certificates of the number collector, &c. and respective amount of principal and interest of each and every to give duplicate Treasury note thus paid by such person; and every collector, receiver
The collector, of public moneys, or other public officer or agent, who shall thus on payment, receive any of the said Treasury notes in payment, shall, on payment &c. to receive of the same, receive credit both for principal and interest computed as credit, &c.
aforesaid, which on the day of such last mentioned payment shall appear due on the note or notes thus paid in, and he shall be charged for the interest accrued on such note or notes from the day on which the same shall have been received by him in payment as aforesaid, to the day on
which the same shall be paid by him as aforesaid. Secretary of Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treathe Treasury sury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to cause to be reim
bursed and paid the principal and interest of the Treasury notes which authorized to may be issued by virtue of this act, at the several time and times when cause to be rethe same, according to the provisions of this act, should be thus reim- paid, the princibursed and paid. And the said Secretary is further authorized to make pal and interest purchases of the said notes, at par, for the amount of the principal and of the Treasury
notes. interest due at the time of purchase on such notes. And so much of
Appropriation any unappropriated money in the Treasury as may be necessary for that to pay Treasury purpose, is hereby appropriated, for paying the principal and interest notes. of said notes.
Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That a sum not exceeding twenty Appropriation. thousand dollars, to be paid out of any unappropriated money in the Treasury, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, for defraying the expense of preparing, printing, engraving, signing, and otherwise incident to the issuing of the Treasury notes authorized by this act.
Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall falsely make, forge, or counterfeit , or cause or procure to be falsely made, notes:
for forging of forged, or counterfeited, or willingly aid or assist in falsely making, forging, or counterfeiting, any note, in imitation of, or purporting to be, a Treasury note aforesaid ; or shall falsely alter, or cause or procure to be falsely altered, or willingly aid or assist in falsely altering any Treasury note issued as aforesaid; or shall pass, utter, or publish, or attempt to pass, utter, or publish, as true, any false, forged, or counterfeited note, purporting to be a Treasury note as aforesaid, knowing the same to be falsely forged or counterfeited, or shall pass, utter, or publish, or attempt to pass, utter, or publish, as true, any falsely altered Treasury note, issued as aforesaid, knowing the same to be falsely altered, every such person shall be deemed and adjudged guilty of felony, and being thereof convicted by due course of law, shall be sentenced to be imprisoned, and kept to hard labour, for a period not less than three years, nor more than ten years, and be fined in a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars.
Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall make Punishment or engrave, or cause or procure to be made or engraved, or shall have for engraving in his custody or possession any metallic plate, engraved after the similitude of any plate from which any notes issued as aforesaid shall have been printed, with intent to use such plate, or to cause or suffer the same to be used in forging or counterfeiting any of the notes issued as aforesaid ; or shall have in his custody or possession any blank note or notes engraved and printed after the similitude of any notes issued as aforesaid, with intent to use such blanks, or cause or suffer the same to be used in forging or counterfeiting any of the notes issued as aforesaid ; or shall have in his custody or possession any paper adapted to the making of notes, and similar to the paper upon which any such notes shall have been issued, with intent to use such paper, or cause or suffer the same to be used in forging or counterfeiting any of the notes issued as aforesaid ; every such person, being thereof convicted by due course of law, shall be sentenced to be imprisoned, and kept to hard labour, for a term not less than three nor more than ten years, and be fined in a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars.
Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Trea- The Secretary sury be, and he is hereby, authorized to make and issue, from time to of the Treasury time, such instructions, rules, and regulations to the several collectors, make and issue receivers of public money, depositories, and all others who may be such rules and authorized to receive the said Treasury notes on behalf of and as agents he may deem in any capacity for the United States, as to the safe keeping, disposition, proper to all return, and cancelling of the said notes so paid to and received by them persons authorrespectively, and as to their accounts and returns to the Department Treasury notes of all such receipts as may seem to him best calculated to promote the on behalf of the public interests and convenience, and secure the United States and the United States.
Proviso. holders of the said notes against fraud and losses. Provided, That
nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to reissue any of said notes, but upon the return of the said notes or any of them to the Treasury, the same shall
be cancelled. Secretary of Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That it shall be, and hereby is, the Treasury to made the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to cause a statement statement to be to be published monthly, of the amount of all Treasury notes issued or published. redeemed, in pursuance of the provisions of this act; and that the Power confer- power to issue Treasury notes conferred on the President of the United red by this act States by this act, shall cease and determine on the thirty-first day of the 31st Decem- December, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight. ber, 1838. APPROVED, October 12, 1837.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Extension of United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases bonds for duties. of extension of the time of payment of bonds given for duties on im
ports, it shall be according to such directions as may be given by the
Secretary of the Treasury; and the extension of payment of the old No fee to ac- bond, or the taking of a new bond, shall be by the respective collectors crue to any Dis subject to no other charge than such as may be legally receivable on the on bonds left for taking of an original bond, upon the entry of merchandise. collection, or in Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That no fee shall accrue to any suits instituted District Attorney on any bond left with him for collection, or in a suit on bonds for the renewal
commenced on any bond for the renewal of which provision is made by of which provi- law, unless the party or parties shall neglect to apply for such renewal sion is made by for more than twenty days after the maturity of such bond. law, unless,&c.
APPROVED, October 12, 1837. STATUTE I. Oct. 12, 1837. CHAP. IV.-An Act to continue in force certain laws to the close of the next session
of Congress. All acts, &c. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United made to expire States of America in Congress assembled, That all acts and parts of 1 sess. 25 Con. acts, or provisions contained within any act, which, by the terms thereof, continued to are made to expire at the termination of the first session of the twentyend of that ses,, fifth Congress, be, and the same are hereby, declared to continue in commence or be force to the end of that session of Congress which shall commence, or in session on the shall be in session, on the first Monday of December, eighteen hundred 1st Monday in and thirty-seven. Dec., 1837.
APPROVED, October 12, 1837. STATUTE I. Oct. 14, 1837. CHAP. V.-An Act to amend an act, entitled “ An act to provide for the payment Act of Jan. 18,
of horses lost, or destroyed in the military service of the United States, approved 1837, ch. 5.
January 18th, 1837." Horses, &c. turned over to
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United the service of States of America in Congress assembled, That any person who has U. S. by order turned over to the service of the United States, his horse, saddle, bridle, of a command. ing officer, to be
or equipments, by the order of the commanding general, or other compaid for. manding officer, shall be paid the value thereof; That the claims proClaims to be vided for under this act shall be adjusted by the Third Auditor, under adjusted by the such rules as shall be prescribed by the Secretary of War, with the 3d Auditor, &c. This act and assent of the President. This act, and the act to which this is an the act to which amendment, shall extend to mules as well as to horses. Decisions under it is an amend this act shall be recorded as they are required to be recorded by the act ment to extend to mules. aforesaid, and payment shall be made as is required by that act. This This act ex
act shall extend to cases where any person mentioned in the act of which