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(ICT of March 3d, 1817.) ticles laden on board of such vessel by the owners, shippers, or consignors, respectively, and that the values of such articles are truly stated, according to their actual cost, or the values which they truly bear at the port and time of exportation; and, before a ci ra ance shall be granted for any such vessel, the master of every such vessel, and the owners, shippers, and consignors of the cargo, shall state, upon oath or affirmation, to the collector, the foreign place or country in which such cargo is truly intended to be landed; and the said oaths or affirmations shall be taken and subscribed in writing.

12. Sec. XII. Every collector shall keep an accurate account of the national characters and tonnage of all vessels which depart from his district for foreign countries, and of the foreign places or countries for which such vessels depart; and, also, an accurate account of the national characters and tonnage of all vessels which enter his district from foreign countries, and of the foreign places or countries from which such vessels arrive. · 13. Sec. XII. The several collectors shall make quarter yearly returns to the register of the treasury, of all the facts and matters which they are hereby required to ascertain.

14. Sec. xiv. The secretary of the treasury shall give such di. rections to the collectors, and prescribe such rules and forms to be observed by them, as may appear to him proper for attaining the objects of this act: Provided, that such directions or rules shall not be contrary to the provisions of any law of the United States.

15. Sec. xv. The forms of the annual statements hereby requir. ed, shall be determined by the secretary of the treasury, who shall prescribe such forms as may be proper to exhibit the facts hereby required to be stated in the clearest manner, and to show the actual state of commerce and navigation between the United States and foreign countries in each year.

16. SEC. XVI. This act shall be in force from the 30th day of September next.

COMMISSIONERS OF LOANS.

Bank to perform the duties, &c.

President of the bank to be notified, &c. 8 Transfers of stock,

Office abolished, ACT of March 3d, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 225. An act transferring the duties of commissioner of loans to the bank of the Uni

ted States, and abolishing the office of commissioner of loans. 1. SEC. 1. The bank of the United States, and its several branches, shall be, and they are hereby, required to do and perform the se

(ACT of March 3d, 1817.) veral duties of commissioners of loans for the several states; and the bank of the United States and its several branches, and such state banks as the bank of the United States may employ in those states where no branch bank shall be established, shall observe and conform to the directions which have been or may hereafter be prescribed by the secretary of the treasury, with the approbation of the president of the United States, touching the execution of the duties aforesaid.

2, Sec. II. All such duties and acts as are now done and per. formed by the commissioners of loans, in transferring stock from the books of one loan office to another, or to the books of the treasury, or from the books of the treasury to the books of the loan offices, shall be done and performed by the president of the bank of the United States, the president of the several branches of the said bank, and by the president of such state banks as the bank of the United States may employ, (in states where no branch of the United States bank shall be established;) and the acts of the presidents aforesaid shall be countersigned by the cashiers of those banks respectively.

3. Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to notify the president of the bank of the United States, that the duties, now performed by the commissioners of loans will be transferred to the bank of the United States, and he shall direct the commissioners of loans and the agents for military pensions, where there is no commissioner, respectively, in the several states, to deliver to the president of the bank of the United States, or to the president of a branch thereof, or to the president of such state bank as the bank of the United States may employ, on such day or days as he may designate, the register, and all the records and papers of their respective offices; and it shall be the duty of the said commissioners of loans and agents for pensioners to comply with the said direction, and also to take duplicate receipts for the delivery of the records and papers herein described, one of waich shall be transmitted, without delay, to the secretary of the treasury: Provided, however, That the secretary of the treasury may designate such time before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, for the performance of the duties aforesaid, as the public

convenience will permit: And provided also, That this act shall not be construed to extend to any agent for military pensions in any state where there is no bank established by law.

4. Sec. iv. The office of commissioner of loans, upon the delivery of the records and papers, as herein required, to the bank of the United States, or its branches, or to the state banks employed by the bank of the United States in those states where there may be no branch, shall be, and hereby is, abolished; and the pay and emoluments of the said commissioners of loans, and the clerks

(ACT of June 1st, 1798.) and persons employed by them, after such delivery, shall respectively cease and determine. 5. Sec. v.

entitled An act for the prompt settlement. of public accounts," shall commence, and be in force, on and after the third day of this instant, March, any thing in the aforesaid act to the contrary notwithstanding. [Ante page 7.]

The act,

CONGRESS.

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Oaths to be taken,

1, 2, 3 Secretary and clerks, Place of meeting to be changed in case Money to be deposited in bank, of contagious, sickness &c,

Stationary and printing, Oatbs to be administered to witnesses, 5, 17 Chaplains, Compensation to sergeants at arms,

Compensation, Members of congress not to be concern Repeal of former acts, ed in public contracts,

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Librarian, Penalty,

Maine and Massachusetts, Apportionment of representatives, 11

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ACT of June 1st, 1789, 2 Bioren, 1.

1. Sec. I. The oath or affirmation required by the sixth article (clause third of the constitution of the United States, shall be administered in the form following, to wit, “ 1, A. B. do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the constitution of the United States.” The said oath or affirmation shall be administered within three days after the passing of this act, by any one member of the senate, to the president of the senate, and by him to all the members, and to the secretary: and by the speaker of the house of representatives, to all the members who have not taken a similar oath, by virtue of a particular resolution of the said house, and to the clerk: And in case of the absence of any member from the service of either house, at the time prescribed for taking the said oath or affirmation, the same shall be administered to such member when he shall appear to take his seat.

2. Sec. 11. At the first session of congress after every general election of representatives, the oath or affirmation aforesaid shall be administered by any one member of the house of representatives to the speaker; and by him to all the members present, and to the clerk, previous to entering on any other business; and to the members who shall afterwards appear, previous to taking their seats. The president of the senate for the time being, shall also administer the said oath or affirmation to each senator who shall hereafter be elected, previous to his taking his seat: And in any future case of a president of the senate, who shall not have taken the said oath or affirmation, the same shall be administered to him by any one of the members of the senate.

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(ACT of April 21st, 1808.) 3. Sec. v. The secretary of the senate, and the clerk of the house of representatives, for the time being, shall, at the time of taking the oath or affirmation aforesaid, each take an oath or affirmation in the words following, to wit; “ I, A. B. secretary of the senate, or clerk of the house of representatives (as the case may be) of the United Stutes of America, do solemnly sweur or affirm, that I will truly and faithfully discharge the duties of my suid of. fice, to the best of my knowledge and abilities.

ACT of April 3d, 1794. 2 Bioren, 388. 4. Sec, 1. Whenever the congress shall be about to convene, and, from the prevalence of contagious sickness, or the existence of other circumstances, it would, in the opinion of the president of the United States, be hazardous to the lives or health of the members to meet at the place to which the congress shall then stand adjourned, or at which it shall be next by law to meet, the president shall be, and he hereby is, authorized, by proclamation, to convene the congress at such other place as he may judge proper.

ACT of May 3d, 1798. 3 Bioren, 45. 5. Sec. I. The president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, a chairman of a committee of the whole, or a chairman of a select committee of either house, shall be empowered to administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses, in any case under their examination.

Sec. 11. (See Crimes and Punishments, 35.]

ACT of April 10th, 1806. 4 Bioren, 30. 6. Sec. II. The sergeant at arms of the senate, who also performs the duty of a doorkeeper, the sergeant at arms, and the doorkeeper of the house of representatives, shall be, and they are hereby, entitled to receive nine hundred and fifty dollars per annum, each; and the assistant doorkeeper of the senate, and the assistant doorkeeper of the house of representatives, shall be, and they are hereby, entitled to receive nine hundred dollars per annum, each, [infra, 15.]

Sec. in. The compensation of any of the officers of the senate or house of representatives shall be taken and considered as a part of the salary allowed by this act. ACT of April 21st, 1808. 4 Bioren, 166,

, An act concerning public contracts. 7. Sec. I. From and after the passage of this act, no member of congress shall, directly or indirectly, himself, or by any other person whatsoever in trust for him, or for his use or benefit, or or

(ACT of April 21st, 1808.) his account, undertake, execute, hold or enjoy, in the whole or in part, any contract or agreement hereafter to be made or entered into with any officer of the United States, in their behalf, or with any person authorized to make contracts on the part of the United States; and if any member of congress shall, directly or indirectly, himself, or by any other person whatsoever in trust for him, or for his use or benefit, or on his account, enter into, accept of, agree for, undertake or execute, any such contract or agreement, in the whole or in part, every member so offending shall, for every such offence, upon conviction thereof, before any court of the United States, or of the territories thereof, having cognizance of such offence, be adjudged guilty of a high mistemeanor, and shall be fined three thousand dollars; and every such contract or agreement as aforesaid shall, moreover, be absolutely void and of no effect: Provided, nevertheless, That in all cases where any sum or sums of money shall have been advanced on the part of the United States, in consideration of any such contract or agreement, the same shall be forthwith repaid; and in case of refusal or delay to repay the same, when demanded, by the proper officer of the department under whose authority such contract or agreement shall have been made or entered into, every person so refusing or delaying, together with his surety or sureties, shall be forthwith prosecuted at law for the recovery of any such sum or sums of money advanced as aforesaid,

8. Sec. ll. Nothing herein contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to any contract or agreement, made, or entered into, or accepted, by any incorporated company, where such contract or agreement shall be made for the general benefit of such incorporation or company; nor to the purchase or sale of bills of exchange, or other property, by any member of congress, where the same shall be ready for delivery, and for which payment shall be made at the time of making or entering into the contract of agreement.

9. Sec. 111. In every such contract or agreement, to be made, or entered into, or accepted, as aforesaid, there shall be inserted an express condition that no member of congress shall be admitted to any share or part of such contract or agreement, or to any benefit to arise thereupon.

10. Sec. iv. If any officer of the United States, on behalf of the United States, shall, directly or indirectly, make or enter into contract, bargain, or agreement, in writing or otherwise, other than such as are herein excepted, with any member of congress, such officer so offending, on conviction thereof before any court having jurisdiction thereof, shall be deemed and taken to be guilty of a high misdemeanor, and be fined in a sum of three thousand dollars.

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