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and disposed of by the Secretary in the manner and in the pro-
portions specified in the joint resolution of Congress passed the
first day of September, one thousand eight hundred and forty-
one: Provided, always, That seventeen thousand copies of the
said compendium or abridgement shall be distribute among the copies of the.com-
States, Territories, and persons entitled to distribution under the tributed in propor-
said resolution, and in the proportions therein specified, and that lions, therein spe-
the remaining copies of the said statistics and compendium be Residue of cen.
placed in the Library of Congress for future distribution.

Library of Con.
Approved, April 15th, 1842.

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[No. 4.] JOINT RESOLUTION to continue two clerks in the business of re

servations and grants under Indian eaties.

Period for which

two years.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the authority given to the Secretary of War by the joint they were authorresolution, approved second May, one thousand eight hundred ized, extended for and forty, to continue the employment of two clerks in the business of reservations and grants under Indian treaties, be extended, after the expiration of the period for which that authority was granted, for the term of two years.

Approved, May 18th, 1842.

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[No. 5.) A RESOLUTION to authorize the extension of the contract for car

rying the mail on the route between Mobile and New Orleans.

Postmaster General authorized to

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Postmaster General be, and he hereby is, authorized to extend the existing contract for carrying the mail extend the exist. upon the steamboat route between Mobile and New Orleans for 3 years three years from the time at which said contract would expire by its own limitations, if, in his opinion, the public interest and convenience will be promoted by such extension of said contract.

Approved, June 1st, 1842.

[No. 6.] JOINT RESOLUTION for the benefit of George Schnabel and

Robert Barber, jr.

Whereas it appears that on the sixteenth day of September, Preamble. eighteen hundred and thirty-six, George Schnabel deposited in the Treasury of the United States, under the provisions of the second section of the act of making further provision for the sale of public lands, approved the twenty.fourth of April, eighteen hundred and twenty, the sum of two thousand dollars in gold, for which he received from the Treasurer of the United States

ten receipts or certificates, of two hundred dollars each, numbered from three hundred and five to three hundred and fourteen inclusive; and that Robert Barber, jr., on the same day and in the same manner, deposited the sum of one thousand dollars, for which he received five like receipts or certificates, of two hundred dollars each, numbered from three hundred and twenty to three hundred and twenty-four, inclusive ; and whereas the said section of the act aforesaid is so construed by the Treasury Department that the said receipts or certificates are not assignable or transferable: therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Certain receipts That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be difor public lands.

rected to endorse upon the said receipts or certificates, that the same are receivable from the said George Schnabel and Robert Barber, jr., or his or their assignee or assignees, in payment for any public lands which may be sold at public sale or at private entry; and the several receivers are hereby authorized and required to receive the same for public lands sold as aforesaid.

Approved, July 27th, 1842.

[No. 7.) JOINT RESOLUTION to anthorize the commission appointed to prepare rules and regulations for the naval service to appoint a clerk.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of

the United States of America in Congress gssembled, That Employment of the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, authora temporary clerk ized, agreeably to his request, to employ a temporary clerk

for the purpose of aiding the Attorney General and himself in carrying into effect the resolution of the twenty-fourth May, eighteen hundred and forty-two, which requires of them the preparation of rules and regulations for the Navy.

Approved, August 11th, 1842.

[No. 8.) A RESOLUTION declarative of the pension act of July seventh

eighteen hundred and thirty-eight.

pay and

widows.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Benefits of the the United States of America in Congress aseembled, That Beld from certain the benefits of the act entitled, “ An act granting half

pensions to certain widows,” approved the seventh day of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, shall not be withheld from any widow whose husband died after the passage of the act of the seventh of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, and before the act of the seventh July, eighteen hundred and thirtyeight, if otherwise entitled to the same.

Approved, August 16th, 1842.

[No. 9.) A RESOLUTION for the relief of Ferdinand Pettrich. . Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby author- Balance of apa ized to pay over to Ferdinand Pettrich the unexpended balance statue of Washof the appropriation for the finishing of the statue of Washington.

L'Approved, August 29th, 1842.

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ington to be paid hin,

(No. 10.) JOINT RESOLUTION to institute proceedings to ascertain the

title to Rush Island, ceded in the Caddo Treaty.

ana directed to in

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the District Attorney of the United States for the Wes-U. S. Atlomey

for the Western tern District of Louisiana be, and is hereby directed to district of Louisiinstitute such legal proceedings in the proper court as may be suitute them. necessary to vindicate the right of the United States to Rush Island, which is alleged to have been improperly included in the limits of the lands ceded by the Caddo Indians to the United States, by the treaty of the first July, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, and reserved by said treaty in favor of certain persons by the name of Grappe.

Approved, August 30th, 1842.

(No. 11.) A RESOLUTION to authorize the Postmaster General to settle the

accounts of Patton Pilcher and Company.

Postmaster Gen

amount.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, directed eral to allow what

he deem just and to allow Patton Pilcher and Company, contractors on equitable, not er mail route number three thousand seven hundred and eighteen, ceeding a certain from Mobile to New Orleans, the amount which, in his discre. tion, he may deem just and equitable, not exceeding the amount they would have received if they had performed the service, the said contractors having been prevented from carrying the mail for twenty-three days by the interference of the postmaster at New Orleans.

Approved, August 31st, 1842.

(No. 12.) JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing experiments to be made for the

purpose of testing Samuel Colt's submarine battery, and for other purposes.

Navy to render

gress.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of

the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Secretary of the the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, inMr.'colt facilities structed to render Mr. Samuel Colt facilities to test his 10 test his subma; submarine battery to an extent which will settle the questions yine battery, and report 10°Сon. whether these or any other plan can, with ease and safety, suc

cessfully be employed as a power sufficient to destroy the largest class of ships of war, when in motion passing in or out of harbor, without the necessity of approach within reach of shot from guns of the largest caliber; and whether continued operations of the destruction of one or more vessels can be effected with renewing the means under exposure of an ad. vancing squadron; and whether the same can be used for the defence of a harbor without endangering the passage in or out of other than hostile vessels. And that he report at the next

session of Congress, the expense and result of these experiProviso: sum ex, ments, Provided, That the amount so expended does not ex

ceed the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, to be taken from the fund appropriated by the act of eleventh of September, eighteen hundred and forty-one, for experiments connected with

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Sec. 2. And be it further resolved, That the Secretary of the tions to prevent Navy be, and he is bereby, authorized to make such experisteam boilers aư: mental trial of the several inventions of Thomas M. Easton,

Ethan Campbell, Aaron Quinby, or either of them, or of other persons, to prevent the explosion of steam boilers, as may be necessary to test their value and utility as applicable for the

purpose aforesaid, to the steamships of the United States; and $5,000 appropri- the sum of six thousand dollars is hereby appropriated therefor out of the fund heretofore named.

Approved, August 31st, 1842.

pended not to ex ceed $15,000.

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[No. 13 ) A RESOLUTION to provide for the payment of the expenses in

curred by the Legation at Mexico.

ated to defray expenses on account

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of

the United States of America in Congress assembled, That $6,000 appropri the sum of six thousand dollars be and is hereby appropriated

; out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated of prisoners. to defray the expenses incurred by the Legation of the United

States at Mexico, on account of the subsistence, clothing and transportation of prisoners, Provided so much be necessary upon the adjustment of the accounts at the State Department.

- Approved, August 31st, 1842.

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[No. 14.] A RESOLUTION to authorize an extension of a contract for car

rying the mail.

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Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Extension of the the Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, authorized, if in conveyance of the his opinion the interest of the Department will be promoted mail on the Potothereby, to extend at this time the contract for the conveyance of the mail on the Potomac, for four years from the termination of the present contract, in such a way as to receive the regular transmission of the mail, by means of ice-boats: And provided

Provisa. That the compensation does not exceed the present rates for two boats service.

Approved, August 31st, 1842.

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