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Exploring expedition.

Penitentiary of D. C.

Sick and disabled seamen.

1802, ch.51.

Custom-house at Boston.

Miscellaneous claims.

Proviso.

Light-house establishment. Light-houses.

For expenses attending the preparation of the results and account of the exploring expedition for the publication thereof ordered by Congress, twenty thousand dollars.

For the support and maintenance of the penitentiary of the District of Columbia, six thousand six hundred and ninety dollars and eightyfour cents.

To make good a deficiency in the eighteen months ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-three, and estimated deficiency in the year ending on the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fortyfour, in the fund for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, as established by the act of the third of May, eighteen hundred and three, (two, fifty-eight thousand five hundred dollars.

For carrying on the work of the new custom-house building at Boston, twenty-five thousand dollars.

For the discharge of such miscellaneous claims, not otherwise provided for, as shall be admitted in due course of settlement at the treasury, six thousand dollars : Provided, That no part of this appropria. tion shall be expended in the payment of any claims for finishing and furnishing the new custom-house in the city of New York.

Light-house Establishment.–For supplying the light-houses, containing two thousand six hundred and seventy-eight lamps, with oil, tube glasses, wicks, buffskins, whiting, and cotton cloth, transportation, and keeping apparatus in order, fifty-two thousand five hundred and ninety-five dollars and fifteen cents.

For repairs, refitting, and improvements of light-houses, and buildings connected therewith, thirty-eight thousand six hundred and thirtythree dollars and one cent.

For compensation of two hundred and thirty-six keepers of lighthouses, eighteen of them being charged with double lights, and one with three, forty-six thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine dollars.

For compensation of thirty keepers of floating lights, eight thousand dollars.

For seamens' wages, repairs, and supplies of thirty floating lights, thirty-one thousand five hundred and thirty-six dollars and fourteen cents.

For weighing, mooring, cleansing, repairing, and supplying the loss of beacons, buoys, chains, and sinkers, ten thousand four hundred and fifty-six dollars and fourteen cents.

For expenses of examining annually and reporting the condition of the light-houses, four thousand dollars.

For superintendents' commissions, at two and one half per cent., four thousand eight hundred and four dollars and seventy-three cents.

Intercourse with Foreign Nations.—For salaries of the ministers of the United States to Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil, thirty-six thousand dollars.

For salaries of the secretaries of legation to the same places, eight thousand dollars.

For salaries of the chargés des affaires to Portugal, Denmark, Swe den, Holland, Belgium, Chili

, Peru, Venezuela, New Grenada, Texas, Naples, and Sardinia, twenty-seven thousand dollars. For salary of the minister resident to Turkey, three thousand dollars

. For salary of a drogoman to the legation to Turkey, one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.

For the contingent expenses of all the missions abroad, fifteen thousand dollars.

For the contingent expenses of foreign intercourse, fifteen thousand dollars.

For the salary of the consul at London, one thousand dollars. For the relief and protection of American seamen in foreign tries, twenty-five thousand dollars.

Floating lights, &c.

Buoys, &c.

Annual examination.

Superintendo ents' commis. sions.

Foreign intercourse. Ministers. Secretaries of Legation.

Chargés des affaires.

Minister to Turkey. Drogoman. Expenses of missions, &c.

Consul at London.

Relief, &c. of Am. seamen.

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For clerk hire, office rent, and other expenses of the office of the Expenses of American consul at London, one thousand four hundred dollars.

consulate at

London. For the expenses of intercourse with the Barbary Powers, seven thou

Barbary pow. sand five hundred dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, in case the sum appropri- Any surplus ated for any object of contingencies should be found more than sufficient for contingento meet the expense thereby contemplated, the surplus may be applied, plied to supply under the direction of the head of the proper department, to supply the deficiencies. deficiency of any other item in the same department or office: Provided, Proviso. That the expenditure for newspapers and periodicals shall not exceed the amount specifically appropriated to that object by this act, except in the State Department. APPROVED, December 24, 1842.

STATUTE III. CHAP. III.— An Act to amend the act establishing a district court of the United Jan. 20, 1843.

Slates at Wheeling, Virginia. (a)
Be it enacted by the Senute and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That hereafter two

Hereafter two

annual terms to annual terms of the district court for the western district of Virginia berheld. be holden at the city of Wheeling, commencing on the twenty-fifth March and the twenty-fifth of October, in lieu of the one term of the said district court now directed to be held at Wheeling. APPROVED, January 20, 1843.

STATUTE III. Cuap. IV.-An Act to continue the office of Commissioner of Pensions. Jan. 20, 1843. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 1835, ch. 46. United States of America in Congress assembled, That the office of 1837, ch. 43.

1840, ch. 4. Commissioner of Pensions shall be, and the same is hereby continued

1849, ch. 20. until the fourth of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-six. Office contin Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That a Commissioner of Pen- ued until 4th

March 1846. sions shall be appointed by the President of the United States, by and A commissionwith the consent of the Senate, and that he shall execute, under the er to be appointdirection of the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy, such ed-his duties. duties in relation to the various pension laws as may be prescribed by 1846, ch. 4. the President: and also such duties in relation to the laws granting military bounty lands as may be assigned to him by the Secretary of War with the sanction of the President.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Commissioner shall Salary, &c. receive an annual salary of two thousand five hundred dollars, and shall

3, 1845, ch. 43, have the privilege of sending and receiving letters and packets by mail sec. 6.

Act of March

free of postage,

APPROVED, January 20, 1843.

STATUTE III. CHAP. XX.–An Act to re-enact and continue in operation the several acts now in Jan, 28, 1843.

force for the relief of insolvent debtors of the United States. (6) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act entitled, Acts continued

for 3 years, &c. “An act to extend for a longer period the several acts now in force for

Act of May 27, the relief of insolvent debtors of the United States," approved the 1840, ch. 26. twenty-seventh May, eighteen hundred and forty, and the several acts therein mentioned, shall be, and the same are hereby, re-enacted and continued in force for three years from and after the expiration of the said first-mentioned act, and until the cases which may be depending

(a) See notes of the acts relating to the District Courts of Virginia, vol. 3, 479.
b) See notes to the act of March 2, 1831, chap. 62.

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 hune 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. Cap. 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 (Obsolete.] June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three ; and for the fiscal year be

ginning the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, and ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty four. (a)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress ussembled, 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 :

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 orphans.

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. dows.

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.

Invalid pen

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

pensions.

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

to take an addi. 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 ad. ministered 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 va elected to the office of Mayor of Alexandria, in the mode prescribed in cancy, the

Common Counthe 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. limithowever, 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.

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STATUTE III.

CHAP. XXXI. - An Act to authorize the chief clerk in the office of the Secretary Feb. 15, 1843.

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

Act of March 3, 1845, ch, 43, from the office of the Secretary of State, be, and hereby is, granted to

the chief clerk in that office.

APPROVED, February 15, 1813.

sec. 6.

STATUTE III.
Feb. 15, 1843. Cuap. XXXII. - An Act to change the place of holding the circuit and district

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 1st 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 Legislaprovide for the tures of Illinois, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, be, and they are sale of school lands, &c.

hereby, authorized to provide by law for the sale and conveyance in fee 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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