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War Department.

Office of Commanding Gen


eral of

Commigsioner of

In the office of the Commanding General, one messenger, at five hundred dollars.

eral, In the office of the Adjutant General, one messenger at five Adjutant General, hundred dollars.

In the office of the Commissary General of Subsistence, one Commissary Genadditional clerk, at one thousand dollars, one messenger,

hundred dollars.
In the office of the Commissioner of Pensions, one messenger,

at seven hundred dollars, until the first day of January next,
after which there shall be two messengers only in said office, at
a compensation of five hundred dollars each.

In the office of the Chief Engineer, one messenger at five Chief Engineer, hundred dollars.

In the office of the Surgeon General, one clerk, at one thou- Surgeon General, sand one hundred and fifty dollars, and one messenger at five hundred dollars.

In the office of the Colonel of Ordnance, one messenger at nacoloand of Ord-
five hundred dollars.
In the bureau of Topographical Engineers, two clerks, each Topographical

one thousand, one at one thousand four hundred, and one mes-
senger at five hundred dollars.

One superintendent of the northwest Executive building, at and watchmen.
two hundred and fifty dollars, and four watchmen, at three hun-
dred and sixty-five dollars each.




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Navy Commiy

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In the Navy Commissioners office, two additional clerks, at sioners Ofice. one thousand four hundred dollars each.

Two additional clerks, at one thousand two hundred dollars each.

One superintendent of the southwest Executive building at and waichnen. two hundred and fifty dollars, and three watchmen, at three hundred and sixty-five dollars each.



at-arms, House of Representatives.

One messenger, at the daily compensation received by the other messengers of the House of Representatives, and in lieu of one of them.


Attorney GenerWhy Os.


One messenger, five hundred dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in the Supreme Reporter to $ Court of the United States one reporter shall be appointed by appointed, &o. the court, with the salary of twelve hundred and fifty dollars :


Proviso: he de. Provided, That he deliver to the Secretary of State, for distriliver to the precisa bution, one hundred and fifty copies of each volume of reports copies of the re- that he shall hereafter prepare and publish, immediately after ports. by the publication thereof, which publication shall be made an.

nually, within four months after the adjournment of the court

at which the decisions are made. Salaries of as- SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the assistant libraCongress and mes

est rian of the library of Congress shall receive eleven hundred

and fifty dollars, and the messenger seven hundred dollars, per

annum, to take effect from the first day of January, eighteen to hundred and forty-two, in lieu of their present compensation. A clerk’s salary Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the clerk in the tary Navy increas- office of the Secretary of the Navy, whose salary was fixed at

eight hundred dollars by the act of the twentieth of April, eighteen hundred and eighteen, shall receive, in 'addition

thereto, two hundred dollars. Additional clerk SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of in office of Secretary Treasury. the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized to employ an

- additional clerk, as assistant in his office, at a salary of eighteen

hundred dollars per annum ; and the superintendent of Indian Clerks to super Affairs at St. Louis be, and he hereby is, authorized to employ Affairs, St. Louis, une clerk, at a compensation of twelve hundred dollars, in lieu

of the two clerks authorized by the act of May ninth, eighteen hundred and thirty-six; and so much of said last nientioned act as authorizes the employment of two clerks is hereby repealed.

SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That the several offices, Foregoing offices, &c., authorized and employments hereinbefore mentioned are hereby made

house and declared to be lawful, to all intents and purposes whatotherwise limited ever; and the respective heads of Departments, under whom

the same are held and exercised, are hereby authorized and empowered to fill the same, and to continue the exercise and discharge thereof, at the salaries, aforesaid, until the first day

of July, eighteen hundred and forty-four, except such as are Proviso relative otherwise limited in this act : Provided, That' in all cases compensa where any of the aforementioned officers, or other persons

herein authorized to be employed, have already been employed, and are now in the discharge of their respective duties or have been so since the first day of January last, under the authority of former appropriation bills, at a different rate of compensation than is hereby authorized and affixed to their respective places, they shall be entitled to receive the same rate of compensation heretofore allowed, and at which they have been retained in employment, from the first day of January last to the time of the passage of this act,

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the sum of fifty $50,000 appropriated for the ob thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be found necesspecifodo

sary, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, for the year eighteen' hundred and forty-two, out of any unappropriated moneys in the Treasury, to the objects hereinbefore specified.


the time of And be it furthech thereof as mayed, for the year

lects hereinbeford

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be law. Salaries of drag ful for the President of the United States to allow a dragoman oman at Constan at Constantinople, a salary of more than two thousand five sul at London, Tom hundred dollars; or a consul at London, a salary of more than two thousand dollars.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the President of the Salaries of mit United States shall not allow to any minister resident a greater isters sum than at the rate of six thousand dollars per annum, as a compensation for all his personal services and expenses : Pro- Proviso: an outs. vided, That it shall be lawful for the President to allow to connection such minister resident, on going from the United States to any foreign country, an outfit, which shall in no case exceed one year's full salary of such minister resident.

SEC. 10. And be it further enacted, That the office of Ar- Office of Archis chitect of the Public Buildings be, and the same is hereby, tect

tect abolished, discontinued and abolished. Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the Report of clerks.

and other persons duty of the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, War, and employed, "to be. Navy, of the Commissioners of the Navy, of the Postmaster Monerese. General, of the Secretary of the Senate, and of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, to report to Congress, at the beginning of each year the names of the clerks and other persons that have been employed, respectively, during the preceding year, or any part thereof, in their respective departments and offices, together with the time that each clerk or other person was actually employed, and the sums paid to each; and, also, whether they have been usefully employed; whether the services of any of them can be dispensed with without detriment to the public service, and whether the removal of any individuals, and the appointment of others in their stead, is required for the better despatch of business ; and no greater allowance shall be made to any such clerk, or other person, than is, or may be authorized by law, except to watchmen and messengers, for any labor or services required of them beyond the particular duties of their respective stations, rendered at such times as does not interfere with the performance of their regular duties.

Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That no allowance or No allowance : compensation shall be made to any clerk or other officer, by services. reason of the discharge of duties which belong to any other clerk, or officer in the same or any other department; and no allowance or compensation shall be made for any extra servi. ces whạterer, which any clerk or other officer may be required to perform Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the clearly

Duty of Cape duty of each chief or principal clerk in the respective depart- the duties of others ments, bureaus, and other offices, to supervise, under the direction of his immediately superior officer, the duties of the other clerks therein, and to see that their duties are faithfully executed, and that such duties are distributed with equality and uniformity, according to the nature of the case. And such distribution shall be revised, from time to time, by the said.


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extra clerks.

chief or principal clerk, for the purpose of correcting any tendency to undue accumulation or reduction of duties, whether arising from individual negligence or incapacity, or from in

crease or diminution of particular kinds of business; and such ·chief or principal clerk shall report monthly to his superior

cfficer any existing defect that he may be aware of in the arrangement or despatch of business; and such defect shall be amended by new arrangements of duties, dismissal of negligent

or incompetent officers, or otherwise. Manner in which Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the communicated to duty of the several heads of Departments, in communicating * Congress.

estimates of expenditures and appropriations to Congress, and to any of the committees thereof, to specify, as nearly as may be convenient, the sources from which such estimates are de. rived, and the calculations upon which they are founded ; and, in so doing, to discriminate between such estimates as are conjectural in their character, and such as are framed upon actual information and application from disbursing officers; and, in communicating the several estimates, reference shall be given to the laws and treaties by which they are authorized, the dates thereof, and the volume, page, and section, in which the necessary provisions are contained.

Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That no extra clerk Employment of

shall be employed, in any department, bureau, or office, at the seat of Government, except during the session of Congress, or when indispensably necessary to enable such deparıment, bureau, or office, to answer some call made by either House of Congress at one session, to be answered at another; and not then, except by order of the head of the department in which, or in some bureau or office of which, such extra clerk shall be employed; and no such extra clerk, for copying, shall receive more than three dollars per day, or for any other service more than four dollars per day, for the time actually and necessa

rily employed. Employment of

Sec. 16. And be it further enacted, That no messenger, asmessengers, labor. sistant messenger, laborer, or other person, shall be employed

in any department, bureau, or office at the seat of Government, or paid out of the contingent fund appropriated to such department, bureau, or office, unless such employment shall be authorized by law, or shall become necessary to carry into effect some object for which appropriations may be specifically made; and not exceeding one hundred dollars per annum shall be ap

plied by each department (except the Department of State) Pranchase of newe. for the purchase of newspapers for such department, and all

the bureaus and offices connected therewith; and such papers

shall be preserved as files for said department. Stationery and

Sec. 17. And be it further enacted, That all stationery, of med and per every name and nature, for the use of the two Houses of Conformed by congress, and all stationery and job printing, of every name and

nature, for the use of the several departments of Government, and for the bureaus and offices in those departments at Washington, including all stationery, blanks, wrapping paper, and

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twine, and mail bags, furnished the post offices and collectors offices throughout the United States, shall hereafter be furnished and performed by contract, by the lowest bidder, as follows: the Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House of Repre-sentatives, the head of each department, and such deputy postmasters in the Post Office establishment, and such collectors: in the custom-house establishment, as the Postmaster General and the Secretary of the Treasury shall respectively designate for that purpose, shall respectively advertise, once a week, for at least four weeks, in one or more of the principal papers published in the places where such articles are to be furnished, or such printing done; for sealed proposals for furnishing such articles, or the whole of any particular class of articles, or for doing such printing, or the whole of any specified job thereof, to be done at such place, specifying in such advertisement the amount, quantity, and description of each kind of articles to be furnished, and, as near as may be, the nature, amount, and kind of printing to be done ; and all such proposals shall be kept sealed until the day specified in such advertisement for opening the same, when they shall be opened, by or under the direction of the officer making such advertisement, in the presence of at least two persons; and the person offering to furnish any class of such articles, or to perform any specified portion or job of said work, and giving satisfactory security for the performance thereof, under a forfeiture not exceeding twice the contract price in case of failure, shall receive a contract for doing the same ; and in case the lowest bidder shall fail to enter into such contract and give such security within a rea-sonable time, to be fixed in such advertisement, then the contract shall be given to the next lowest bidder who shall enter into such contract and give such security. And in case of a failure to supply the articles or to perform the work, by the person entering into such contract, he and his sureties shall be liable for the forfeiture specified in such contract, as liquidated damages, to be sued for in the name of the United States, in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

Sec. 18. And be it further enacted, That all such bids or Bids , and proproposals shall be returned by the person authorized, as afore- posals to be pre

, c. said, to receive the same, to the Executive Department from which such authority is derived, and shall be preserved in said Department, subject to such examination as Congress may at any time order and direct.

Sec. 19. And be it further enacted, That no part of the Relative to the contingent fund appropriated to any department, bureau, or els

purchase of books. office, shall be applied to the purchase of books, periodicals, pictures, or engravings, or other thing, except such books, periodicals, and maps, or other thing, as the head of such department shall deem nécessary and proper to carry on the business of such department, and shall, by written order, direct to be procured for that purpose.

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