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of the United States, in the county of Nor-
thampton, in the district of Pennsylvania,
from confinement; upon a judgment ob-
tained against him in favor of the United
States': Provided, That he take so much of
an oath imposed upon persons imprisoned for
debt by the second section of the act, en-
titled, “ An act for the relief of persons im.
prisoned for debt," as relates to his not having
transferred his property with an intent to de-
fraud the United States; and that he shall
assign and convey all the estate, real and per-
fonal, which he may now own, or be en.
titled to, to some person or persons for the
use and benefit of the United States, under
the direction of the Secretary of the Treasu-
ry: Provided, alfo, That the said judgment
shall remain in full force against any estate,
real or personal, which the said Lawrence
Erb may hereafter acquire, and that process,
may, at any time, be thereupon issued against
the fame.

NATHANIEL MACON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A. BURR,
Fice-President of the United States, and Preja

dent of the Senate.
APPROVED, FEB. 3, 1802.

TH: JEFFERSON.

CHAPTER IV.

AN ACT for the protection of the Commerce

and Seamen of the United States, against the Tripolitan Cruisers.

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HEREAS the regency of Tripoli,

on the coast of Barbary, has commenced a predatory warfare against the United States:

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled; That it shall be law

ful fully to equip, officer, man, and employ may employ such of the armed Veffels of the United armed "veffels States as may be judged requisite by the

Prefident of the United States, for protectjudge requi

ing effectually the commerce and seamen thereof on the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and adjoining seas.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That

it fhall be lawful for the President of the Ads of hof- United States to instruct the commanders tility and precaution

of the respective public vessels aforesaid, to subdue, seize and make prize of all vefsels, goods and effects, belonging to the Bey of Tripoli, or to his subjects, and to bring or fend the same into port, to be proceed. ed against, and distributed according to law; and also to cause to be done all such other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war will justify, and may, in his opinion, require.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That on the application of the owners of private armed vessels of the United States, the

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President of the United States may grant them
special commissions, in the form which he

Commisions
shall direct, under the feal of the United against Tripoli
States; and such private armed vefsels, when to be sued to
so commissioned, shall have the like authority verleis.
for subduing, seizing, taking, and bringing
into port, any Tripolitan vefsel, goods or ef-
fects, as the before mentioned public armed
vessels may by law have ; and shall therein
be subject to the instructions which may be
given by the President of the United States
for the regulation of their conduct; and their
commissions shall be revocable at his pleasure:
Provided, That before any commiffion shall
be granted, as aforesaid, the owner or ow-
ners of the vessel for which the same may be
requested, and the commander thereof, for
the time being, shall give bond to the United
States, with at least two responsible fureties,
not interested in such vessel, in the penal fun
of seven thousand dollars; or, if such veslel
be provided with more than one hundred
and fifty men, in the penal sum of fourteen
thousand dollars, with condition for obferv.
ing the treaties and laws of the United States,
and the instructions which may be given, as
aforesaid ; and also, for satisfying all dama-
ges and injuries which shall be done, contra-
ry to the tenor thereof, by such commission-
ed vessel; and for delivering up the commis-
sion, when revoked by the President of the
United States.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That, Captured any Tripolitan vessel, goods or effects, which may be com thall be fo captured and brought into port demned art

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by any private armed vessel of the United States, duly commissioned, as aforesaid, may be adjudged good prize, and thereupon shall accrue to the owners and officers, and men of the capturing vessel, and shall be distributed according to the agreement which shall have been made between them, or, in failure of such agreement, according to the discretion of the court having cognizance of the capture.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, that the men may be seamen may be engaged to serve in the navy

of the United States for a period not exceeding two years; but the President may difcharge the same sooner, if in his judgment, their services may be dispensed with.

NATHAL. MACON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A. BURR,
Vice-President of the United States, and Presi-

dent of the Senate.
APPROVED, FEB. 6, 1802.

TH: JEFFERSON.

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serve.

CHAPTER V.

AN ACT extending the privelege of franking

and receiving letters, free of Postage, to
any person admitted, or to be admitted to take
a seat in Congress, as a delegate ; and pro-
viding compensation for such delegate.
E it enacted by the Senate and House of

Representatives of the United States of
America, in Congress assembled, That any per

for admitted, or who may hereafter be admit- . ted to take a seat in Congress, as a delegate, fhall enjoy the privilege of sending and receiving letters, free of postage, on the same terms, and under the same restrictions, as are provided for the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the United States, by the act, entitled, “ An act to establifh the post-office of the United States ;and that every such delegate so admitted to a seat, be, and he is hereby authorised to receive, free of postage, under the said restric. tions, any letters directed to him, and which fhall have arrived at the seat of government prior to the passage of this act : and that every such delegate shall receive for his travelling expenses and attendance in Congress, the same compensation as is or may be allowed, by law, to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, to be certified and paid in the same manner,

NATHAL. MACON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A. BURR,
Vice-Prelident of the United States, and Press-

dent of the Senate.
APPROVED, FEB. 18, 1802.

TH: JEFFERSON.

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