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when such first-mentioned act shall expire shall be determined, for the purpose of finally disposing of such cases, and for no other purpose.

APPROVED, January 28, 1843. STATUTE III.

Chap. XXVI.–An Act for the payment of seven companies of Georgia militia, Feb. 4, 1843.

for services rendered in the years eighteen hundred and forty and eighteen hun dred and forty-one.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Secretary of United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary War to cause them to be paid.

of War cause to be paid the companies of Captains Johnson, Henderson, Knight, Jones, and North, for services rendered in the year eighteen hundred and forty, according to the muster-rolls of said companies, now on file in the War Department, made out and verified by Captain J. Brown, of the United States army; and that he cause to be paid, also, the companies of Captains Jernigan and Sweat, for services rendered in the year eighteen hundred and forty-one, according to the muster-rolls of said companies, now on file in the War Department, as verified by Assistant Adjutant General W. W. S. Bliss, of the United States army; and that the laws and regulations applicable to the payment of

the volunteers and militia of the United States govern in the payment Appropriation.

of these companies; and that the sum of nineteen thousand three hundred and ninety-nine dollars and eighty-seven cents be, and hereby is, appropriated for the purpose of making said payments, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

APPROVED, February 4, 1843. STATUTE III. Feb. 14, 1843. Cuap. XXVII.-An Act making appropriations for pensions for the half calen

dar year beginning the first day of January and ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three ; und for the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, and ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and fortyfour. (a)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of pensions for the half calendar year beginning on the first day of January and ending on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three; and for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, and ending on the thirtieth day of June,

one thousand eight hundred and forty-four : Invalid pen For invalid pensions for the said half calendar year, eighty-six thousions.

sand two hundred and forty dollars; and for the said fiscal year, one

hundred and fifty-eight thousand four hundred dollars. Revolutionary For revolutionary pensions under the act of the eighteenth March, pensions. one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, for the said half calendar 1818, ch, 19.

year, seventeen thousand six hundred dollars; and for the said fiscal

year, one hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars. Pensions to For pensions to widows and orphans, under the act of fourth of July, widows and

one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, for the said half calendar 1836, ch. 362. year, four thousand five hundred dollars; and for the said fiscal year,

two hundred and twenty-two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars. Five years' For five years' pensions to widows, under the act of seventh of July, pensions to wi- one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, for the said half calendar 1838, ch. 189. year, ten thousand dollars; and for the said fiscal year, one hundred

and twenty thousand dollars. (a) An act to define and establish the fiscal year of the treasury of the United States, Aug. 26, 1842, chap 207.

For arrearages prior to July, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, Arrearages payable through the Third Auditor, for the said half calendar year, and half-pay

pensions. one thousand dollars; and for the said fiscal year, two thousand dollars.

For arrearages and half pay pensions, through the Second Auditor, for the said fiscal year, five hundred dollars.

For half pay pensions, payable through the Third Auditor, for the said fiscal year, three thousand dollars. APPROVED, February 14, 1843.

STATUTE III. Chap. XXX.–An Act to amend the charter of the town of Alexandria. Feb. 15, 1843. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Vol. 2, 255. United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Mayor of Election of the the town of Alexandria shall hereafter be annually elected, by ballot, by Mayor. the citizens qualified to vote for members of the Common Council of the said town; and that the votes for Mayor shall be taken by the Commissioners appointed to superintend the election for members of the Common Council in the several wards of the said town, under the same laws and regulations as now govern the election of members of the Common Council, and at the same time and places appointed therefor, excepting so far as may by this act be otherwise hereinafter directed and the Commissioners for all the wards, or a majority of the Commissioners for each ward, shall meet on the day after the said election at the Council Chamber in the town of Alexandria, or at such other fit and convenient place as the Common Council may, from time to time, direct, and then and there add and compare the votes given for Mayor in their respective wards, and the individual having the highest number of votes for the office of Mayor, shall be declared by the Commissioners so assembled to be duly elected; and they shall make out a certificate thereof, and cause the same to be delivered to the person elected, and a duplicate thereof to the Clerk of the Common Council; and if two or more persons voted for as Mayor shall have an equal and the highest number of votes, the Commissioners shall certify that fact, with the names of such persons, to the President or Chairman of the Common Council, whereupon the Common Council shall proceed to elect the Mayor from among those who received the equal and highest number of votes, in the manner now provided by law.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said Commissioners, Commissionbefore they shall receive any vote for Mayor, shall, in addition to the ers of election oath or affirmation now required of them by law, severally take an oath tional oath. or affirmation, truly and faithfully to receive and count the votes of such persons as are by law entitled to vote for Mayor of Alexandria in ward No. —, and not knowingly to receive the vote of any person for Mayor who is not legally entitled to the same, which oath shall be administered by the Mayor, or any justice of the peace for the county of Alexandria.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That on the refusal of any person In case of vaelected to the office of Mayor of Alexandria, in the mode prescribed in cancy, the the foregoing sections, to accept the same, or on the death, resignation, cil to make the inability, or removal of any person filling such office of Mayor of Alex election. andria, the Common Council of said town shall proceed to elect another person to fill said office for the remainder of the year.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the first election under this Time of the act shall be held at the time when the members of the Common Council first election. of Alexandria are elected next after this act goes into effect: Provided, Proviso, limit. however, That nothing in the foregoing sections contained, shall in any ing the effect of wise alter, change, or affect the powers, duties, qualifications, or term of service of the Mayor of said town of Alexandria, as now provided by law, except so far as the same may be in conflict with this enactment.

APPROVED, February 15, 1843.

STATUTE III. Feb. 15, 1843.

Chap. XXXI. – An Act to authorize the chief clerk in the office of the Secretary

of State to frank public and official documents sent from that office. (Obsolete.]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Franking pri United States of America in Congress assembled, That the right and vilege granted. privilege of franking all public and official documents, that may be sent 3,1845, cho 43, from the office of the Secretary of State, be, and hereby is, granted to sec. 6.

the chief clerk in that office.

APPROVED, February 15, 1843. STATUTE III. Feb. 15, 1843. Chap. XXXII. - An Act to change the place of holding the circuit and distrid

courts in the district of Maine. (a) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Circuit court

United States of America in Congress assembled, That the term of the to be held at circuit court of the United States, for the district of Maine, heretofore Portland on Ist held at Wiscasset, in and for said district, on the first day of October, .

shall hereafter be held at Portland, in said district, on the first day of October, and that all writs, pleas, and recognizances and indictments, and all other proceedings, both civil and criminal, pending in said court, shall be returnable to and have day and be heard, tried, and proceeded in at Portland, in the same manner as they might have been done at Wiscasset, had the place of holding said court not been changed:

Provided, however, if the first day of October happen on Sunday, then Proviso.

the court shall be held on the second day of said month. District court Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the term of the district court to be held at of the United States for the district of Maine, heretofore held at WisPortland on first casset, on the fourth Tuesday of February, shall hereafter be held at Tuesday of February. Portland on the first Tuesday of February, and that the term of said

And at Bangor court heretofore held at Portland on the first Tuesday of June, shall on fourth Tues- hereafter be held at Bangor in said district, on the fourth Tuesday of day of June.

June.

APPROVED, February 15, 1843. STATUTE III. Feb. 15, 1843. Chap. XXXIII.—An Act to authorize the Legislatures of the States of Illinois,

Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, to sell the lands heretofore appropriated for the use of schools in those States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Authority to United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Legisla

tures of Illinois, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, be, and they are sale of school

hereby, authorized to provide by law for the sale and conveyance in fee lands, &c.

simple, of all or any part of the lands heretofore reserved and appropriated by Congress for the use of schools within said States, and to invest the money arising from the sales thereof in some productive fund, the proceeds of which shall be forever applied, under the direction of said Legislatures, to the use and support of schools within the several town

ships and districts of country for which they were originally reserved Proviso.

and set apart, and for no other use or purpose whatever : Provided, Said land, or any part thereof, shall in no wise be sold without the consent of the inhabitants of such township or district, to be obtained in such

manner as the Legislatures of said States shall by law direct; and in Apportionment the apportionment of the proceeds of said fund, each township and disof the proceeds. trict shall be entitled to such part thereof, and no more, as shall have

accrued from the sum or sums of money arising from the sale of the school lands belonging to such township or district.

(a) District Court of Maine, vol. 3, 413.
Notes of the acts relating to the circuit court of the district of Maine, vol. 3, 773.

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Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Legislatures of sud Authority >> States be, and they are hereby, zethorized to make sacz nad seede make laus ky ful regulations as may be deemed expedient to secure ad protect from sed lands, &c. injury or waste, the sections reserved by the laws of Congress, for the use of schools, to each township, and to provide by law, if not deemed expedient to sell, for leasing the same for any term not exceeding for years, in such manner as to render them productire, and most conducive to the object for which they were designed.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if the proceeds accruing to In case of is any township or district from said fund, shall be insufficient for the superiod

proceeds to port of schools therein, it shall be lawful for said Legislatures to invest support schools, the same in the most secure and productive manner, until the whole anthority to in: proceeds of the fund belonging to such township or district shall be vest them until

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adequate to the permanent maintenance and support of schools within
the same: Provided, That the Legislatures aforesaid shall, in no case, Proviso.
invest the proceeds of the sale of the lands in any township in manner
aforesaid, without the consent of the inhabitants of said township or dis-
trict, to be obtained as aforesaid.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That any sales of such lands, re- Such sales as
served as aforesaid, as have been made in pursuance of any of the laws have been made
enacted by the Legislatures of said States, and not inconsistent with the not inconsistent
principles of this act, are hereby ratified and confirmed so far as the ples of this act,
assent of the United States to the same may be necessary to the con- confirmed.
firmation thereof.
APPROVED, February 15, 1843.

STATUTE III.
CHAP. XXXIV.–An Act for the relief of the owners of the fund received from the Feb. 18, 1843.

British Government as an indemnity for slaves lost from on board the Comet
and Encomium at Nassau, Bahamas.

(Obsolete.)
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of seven thou- Balance of in-
sand nine hundred and sixty-five dollars and twenty-eight cents, a demnities to be
balance

of the indemnities received from the British Government for paid to persons loss of slaves from on board the Comet and the Encomium, at Nassau, entitled thereto. paid into the treasury by the late John Forsyth, be paid, on the order of the Secretary of State, to the persons or companies entitled thereto, or to their representatives; and that, for that purpose, the aforesaid sum be, and it is hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. APPROVED, February 18, 1843.

STATUTE III.
CHAP. XLIV.-An Act altering the times of holding the circuit court of the United

Feb. 24, 1843.
States for the district of Connecticut.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the circuit court Changed to
of the United States for the district of Connecticut, shall hereafter be

fourth Tuesday

in April, and held on the fourth Tuesday in April, and on the third Tuesday in Sep- third Tuesday tember in each year, instead of the last Wednesday in April, and the in September. seventeenth day of September, the times heretofore established by law. And all indictments, informations, recognisances, writs, suits, pleas, All proceedactions, motions, and all other proceedings, civil and criminal, shall be ings to go on as heard, tried, proceeded with, and determined by the said court, in the heretofore. same manner as they might and ought to have been done, had the said court been holden at the times heretofore directed by law.

APPROVED, February 24, 1843.

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STATUTE III.
Feb. 24, 1843. CHAP. XLV.–An Act to continue in force an act therein mentioned, relating to

the port of Baltimore. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Act of 17th United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act passMarch, 1800, ed the seventeenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred, entitled ch, 15, so far as “ An act declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the States land, revived of Maryland and Georgia," and which by subsequent acts has been reand continued vived and continued in force until the third of March, one thousand to 1st June, 1850.

eight hundred and forty-three, be, and the same, so far as it relates to the act of the State of Maryland, is hereby revived and continued in

force until the first day of June, in the year one thousand eight hundred Proviso.

and fifty: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall authorize the demand of a duty on tonnage on vessels propelled by steam employed in the transportation of passengers.

APPROVED, February 24, 1843. STATUTE III. Feb. 27, 1843. CHAP. XLVI. An Act amendatory of an act establishing the branch mint at

Dahlonega, Georgia, and defining the dutia of assayer and coiner. Act of March 13, 1835, ch. 14. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Duties of melt- United States of America in Congress assembled, That an act passed transferred from the thirteenth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and thirtythe assayer to seven, to amend an act entitled “An act to establish branches of the the coiner in the mint of the United States," passed the third day of March, one thouDahlonega and sand eight hundred and thirty-five, be, and it is hereby, altered and Charlotte. amended so as to transfer the duties of melter and refiner from the

assayer to the coiner at the branches of Dahlonega in Georgia, and of Charlotte in North Carolina, respectively, and that all laws and parts of laws conflicting with this act be, and they are hereby, repealed.

APPROVED, February 27, 1843. STATUTE III. Feb. 27, 1843. CHAP. XLVII.-- An Act to amend an act entitled "An act making an appropria

tion for the erection of a marine hospital at or near Ocracoke, North Carolina."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United The appropria- States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of ten thousand coke hospital dollars, appropriated by an act entitled “ An act making an approprianot to revert to tion for the erection of a marine hospital at or near Ocracoke, North the surplus fund.

Carolina,” shall not revert to the surplus fund at the expiration of two 1842, ch. 265. years from and after the thirty-first day of December, eighteen hundred

and forty-four, anything in the act of March third, seventeen hundred and ninety-five, to the contrary notwithstanding.

APPROVED, February 27, 1843. STATUTE III. March 1, 1843. Chap. XLIX. An Act amendatory of An act for the relief of sick and dis

abled seamen." Act of 16th July, 1798, ch.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 77, extended to States of America in Congress assembled, That the provisions and the coasting trade.

penalties of the act of the sixteenth of July, one thousand seven hundred Act of July 20, and ninety-eight, entitled “An act for the relief of sick and disabled 1840, ch. 48.

seamen,” be, and the same hereby are, extended to the masters, owners Feb. 12, 1842, Ch. 3. and seamen of registered vessels employed in carrying on the coasting

Measures to trade; and the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to be taken to col. issue such instructions to the collectors of the various ports as shall lect hospital money.

secure the collection of hospital money from said seamen, masters and

APPROVED, March 1, 1843.

owners.

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