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receive the same, in discharge of checks drawn by disbursing officers upon sums placed to their credit on the books of the Treasurer, upon requisitions of the proper departments, as well as in discharge of audited and settled accounts, as provided by same act.
Sec. 2. And be it furiher enacted, That the demand notes authorized by the act of July 17, 1861, and by the act of February 12, 1862, shall, in addition to being receivable in payment of duties on imports, be receivable, and shall be lawful money and a legal tender, in like manner, and for the same purpose, and to the same extent, as the notes authorized by the act entitled “ An act to authorize the issue of United States notes, and for the redemption or funding thereof, and for funding the floating debt of the United States," approved February 25, 1862.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the limitation upon temporary deposits of the United States notes with any Assistant Treasurers or designated depositaries, authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury to receive such deposits, at five per cent. interest, to twenty-five millions of dollars, shall be so far modified as to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to receive such deposits to an amount not exceeding fifty millions of dollars, and that the rates of interest shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, not exceeding the annual rate of five per centum.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized by law to re-issue notes, he may replace such as are so mutilated or otherwise injured as to be unfit for use, with others of the same character and amount; and such mutilated notes, and all others which by law are required to be taken up and not re-issued, shall, when so replaced or taken up, be destroyed in such a manner and under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may prescribe.
TREASURY CERTIFICATES -- OFFICIAL ORDER. Congress having authorized the issue of certificates of indebtedness by the Secretary of the Treasury, in payment of audited and settled demands against the government, as well as in payment of checks, drafts drawn by disbursing officers upon amounts placed to their credit with the Treasurer of the United States, in favor of creditors who have furnished supplies, &c., and who are willing to receive such certificates in satisfaction of their demands, the following regulations are presented, and will be strictly observed in the execution of the act:
1. The certificates of indebtedness will be payable to the claimant or creditor of the government, or his order, and in denominations of one thousand and five thousand dollars. Certificates of the larger denomination will be issued in all cases where the nature of the claim will admit of it. A book will be opened by the Treasurer of the United States, in which shall be kept a record of each certificate issued under authority of the act; the name of the person to whom issued, the date, number and amount thereof, on what account, if on treasury warrant, the number thereof, and if on draft or check of a disbursing officer, the name of the officer by whom drawn, the date and amount of such check or draft, &c., &c.
2. The certificates shall be signed by the Treasurer, and countersigned by the Register of the Treasury, who shall also keep a complete record of said certificates, as required of the Treasurer. If issued upon a warrant, they will bear even date herewith ; or if to a disbursing officer, then with the date of the presentation of his deed or draft on the Treasurer of the United States.
3. When the Secretary of War or Navy may desire to leave a credit on the books of the Treasury in favor of a disbursing officer of his department, he will draw his requisition on the Secretary of the Treasury in the usual form for the amount desired to be placed to the credit of such disbursing officer, and specify the appropriation properly chargeable.
4. Upon such requisition being received at the Treasury Department, a warrant will issue to the Treasurer, and he will accordingly place the amount to the credit of the disbursing officer named, who will then be authorized to draw the checks or drafts thereon, to the amount of such requisition, in favor of such creditors entitled to payment by him as may desire to receive such certificates in satisfaction of their respective demands.
The checks or drafts of disbursing officers will be in the following form:
1862. The Treasurer of the United States will pay to or order, on certificates of indebtedness, dollars, being amount due for will appear by bill and receipt therefor, in my possession, and which will be rendered as a voucher in my accounts for the
quarter of this year.
[Signed,] To F. E. SPINNER, Treasurer of U. S.
5. As the certificates of indebtedness are only to be issued in payment of creditors, and for amounts liquidated and actually due them, the disbursing officer, before drawing his check or draft on the Treasurer, will take the same voucher from the creditor, and will, in all respects, be subject to the same responsibilities as if making payment in coin or United States notes.
6. The requisition in favor of the officer will be charged on the books of the accounting officer as other requisitions, and vouchers will go into the general accounts of the disbursing officer, and be settled with his other accounts.
TRADE ON THE CUMBERLAND AND TENNESSEE.
Treasury Department, March 4, 1862. First.-All licenses shall be issued by the Secretary of the Treasury, and all applications therefor must be made in writing to him, stating specifically the purpose for which the license is desired, and if for general or special trade, setting forth the character and aggregate value of the merchandise to be transported, the destination thereof, and the proposed route of transportation, and also the character of the merchandise, VOL, XLVI.-NO. V.
if any, desired in exchange, with the proposed route of transit thereof, and its destination.
Second. Before the delivery of any license, the party therein permitted to trade shall execute a bond to the United States, with sufficient sureties in the penal sum of at least twice the amount of the trade so licensed; which bond shall be subject to such approval, and conditioned in such terms as shall be specified in the license.
Third.-All transportation to be made by virtue of any license shall be made under permits to be issued by such duly authorized officer of the Treasury Department as shall be designated in the license; which permits shall specify the number and kind of packages, with the marks thereon, and, in general terms, the character thereof.
Fourth.-When application is made for a transportation permit, the applicant shall file with the officer authorized by the license to grant such a permit, a copy of the license under which application is made; which copy shall be compared with the original, and certified by such officer; and also correct invoices in duplicate, signed by the consignor, showing the actual values of the merchandise at the place of purchase, and also a statement, in duplicate, of routes in transit, and destination of the merchandise so to be transported, and the consignee thereof. The applicant shall also make and file with such officer an affidavit that the values are correctly stated in the invoices, and that the packages contain nothing except as stated therein ; and the merchandise so permitted to be transported shall not, nor shall any part thereof, be disposed of by him, or by his authority or connivance, in violation of the terms of the license.
Fifth. All transportation should be permitted and exchanges supervised either at Cincinnati, Louisville, Paducah, St. Louis, or such other place as may hereafter be specified by the Secretary of the Treasury. Transportation permits shall be granted by the Surveyor of the port whence transit commences, or by other officers named in the license, and shall be approved and countersigned by such other officer as shall be named in the license for that purpose; and all exchanges shall be supervised by such officer as may be designated for that purpose in the license, and the amount of each permit shall, at the date of its issue, be endorsed upon the original license.
Sixth.-All packages whatsoever, before being permitted to go into any part of the United States heretofore declared by the President to be in insurrection, shall be examined by a duly authorized officer; which examination shall be certified and approved by such officer as shall be specified in the license.
Seventh.-For each permit granted under the provisions of these rules and regulations, there shall be charged and collected one-half of one per cent. upon the value of the merchandise so permitted at the place of purchase, which shall be collected by the officer granting the permit, before the delivery thereof.
Eighth.—All officers acting under these rules shall keep an accurate record of all the transactions under the several licenses granted by the Secretary of the Treasury, and shall make weekly reports to him in relation thereto, as much in detail as practicable, transmitting, with such report, a list of all permits granted, and one of the duplicate invoices and statements, on which shall be endorsed the date of the authority under
which such permit is granted. Weekly returns shall be made of all fees and emoluments received.
Ninth.--All licenses and permits shall be liable to modification or revocation by the Secretary of the Treasury.
S. P. CHASE,
Sec'y of the Treasury.
CONVENTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA FOR THE AD
JUSTMENT OF CLAIMS.
Shanghai, November 8, 1858. In order to carry into effect the convention made at Tien-tsin, by the high commissioners and plenipotentiaries respectively representing the United States of America and the Ta-Tsing Empire, for the satisfaction of claims of American citizens, by which it was agreed that one-fifth of all tonnage, import and export duties, payable on American ships and goods shipped in American vessels at the ports of Canton, Shanghai and Fuh-chau, to an amount not exceeding six hundred thousand taels, should be applied to that end; and the plenipotentiary of the United States, actuated by a friendly feeling towards China, is willing, on behalf of the United States, to reduce the amount needed for such claims to an aggregate of five hundred thousand taels, it is now expressly agreed, by the high contracting parties, in the form of a supplementary convention, as follows:
ARTICLE I. That on the first day of the next Chinese year, the collectors of customs, at the said three ports, shall issue debentures to the amount of five hundred thousand taels, to be delivered to such persons as may be named by the minister or chief diplomatic officer of the United States in China, and it is agreed that the amount shall be distributed as follows: Three hundred thousand taels at Canton, one hundred thousand taels at Shanghai, and one hundred thousand taels at Fuh.chau, which shall be received in payment of one-fifth of the tonnage, export and import duties on American ships, or goods in American ships, at the said ports; and it is agreed that this amount shall be in full liquidation of all claims of American citizens, at the various ports, to this date.
In faith thereof, the respective plenipotentiaries of the United States of America and of the Ta-Tsing Empire, that is to say, on the part of the United States, William B. REED, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, and on the part of the Ta-Tsing Empire :
KWEILIANG, a member of the Privy Council, Captain-General of the Plain White Banner Division of the Manchu Bannermen, and Superintendent of the Board of Punishments, and HWASHANA, Classical Reader at Banquets, President of the Board of Civil Office, Captain-General of the Bordered Blue Banner Division of the Chinese Bannermen, both of them Plenipotentiaries, with Ho-KWEI-TSING, Governor-General of the two Kiang Provinces, President of the Board of War, and Guardian of the Heir Apparent; MINGSHEN, President of the Ordnance Office of the Imperial Household, with the insignia of the second grade, and Twan, a
titular President of the fifth grade, Member of the Establishmeut of the General Council, and one of the junior under-secretaries of the Board of Punishments, all of them special Imperial Commissioners, deputed for the purpose, have signed and sealed these presents.
Done at Shanghai this eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-third, and in the eighth year of HIENFUNG, the tenth month and third day.
WILLIAM B. REED, [SEAL. ]
RIGHTS OF BELLIGERENTS IN BRITISH PORTS. The following important letter from Earl Russell to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty is published in the London Gazette :
Foreign Office, Jan. 31, 1862. My Lords,- Her majesty being fully determined to observe the duties of neutrality during the existing hostilities between the United States and the States calling themselves “the Confederate States of America," and being, moreover, resolved to prevent, as far as possible, the use of her majesty's barbors, ports and coasts, and the waters within her majesty's territorial jurisdiction, in aid of the warlike purposes of either belligerent, has commanded me to communicate to your lordships, for your guidance, the following rules, which are to be treated and enforced as her majesty's orders and directions.
Her majesty is pleased further to command that these rules shall be put in force in the United Kingdom and in the Channel Islands on and after Thursday, the 6th February next, and in her majesty's territories and possessions beyond the seas, six days after the day when the governor or other chief authority of each of such territories or possessions respectively shall have notified and published the same, stating, in such notification, that the said rules are to be obeyed by all persons within the saine territories and possessions.
I. During the continuance of the present hostilities between the gorernment of the United States of North America and the States calling themselves “the Confederate States of America,” or until her majesty shall otherwise order, no ship of war or privateer belonging to either of the beiligerents shall be permitted to enter or remain in the port of Nassau, or in any other port, roadstead, or waters of the Bahama islands, except by special leave of the lieutenant-governor of the Bahama islands, or in case of stress of weather. If any such vessel should enter any such port, roadstead or waters, by special leave, or under stress of weather, the authorities of the place shall require her to put to sea as soon as possible, without permitting her to take in any supplies, beyond what may be necessary for her immediate use.
If, at the time when this order is first notified in the Bahama islands,