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testimony in the case of the deceased husband, the commissioner be satisfied that the pension was properly granted.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the fourth section of an act entitled "An act making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of the government for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June, A. D. eighteen hundred and forty-six, and for other purposes," shall not be so construed as to apply to applications for pensions.

[ 206. ] [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 6.] CHAP. 14. An act to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for certain objects made for the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-six.

APPROVED, MAY 8, 1846. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for various objects made for the service of the fiscal year ending on the thirtieth of June eighteen hundred and forty-six:

19. For payment of invalid pensions under various laws, seventy-four thousand dollars.

20. For payment of pensions under the act of July four, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, one hundred and two thousand dollars.

21. For payment of widows' pensions under act of July seven, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, and the acts supplementary thereto, one hundred and three thousand eight hundred dollars.

[ 207.] [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 9.] CHAP. 16. An act providing for the prosecution of the existing war between the

United States and the Republic of Mexico. 1. The President authorized to employ militia, naval and military forces of the United States, and to call for and accept volunteers, not exceeding 50,000: Time volunteers are to serve: Ten millions of dollars appropriated. 7. Provision for volunteers wounded in service.

APPROVED, MAY 13, 1846. Whereas, by the act of the Republic of Mexico, a state of war

exists between that government and the United States. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of enabling the government of the United States to prosecute said war to a speedy and successful termination, the President be, and he is hereby, authorized to employ the militia, naval, and military forces of the United States, and to call for and accept the services of any number of volunteers, not exceeding fifty thousand, who may offer their services, either as cavalry, artillery, infantry, or riflemen, to serve twelve months after they shall have arrived at the place of rendezvous, or to the end of the war, unless sooner discharged, according to the time for which they shall have been mustered into service; and that the sum of ten millions of dollars, out of any money in the treasury, or to come into the treasury, not otherwise appropriated, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the purpose of carrying the provisions of this act into effect.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the volunteers who may be received into the service of the United States by virtue of the provisions of this act, and who shall be wounded or otherwise disabled in the service, shall be entitled to all the benefit which may be conferred on persons wounded in the service of the United States.

[ 208.7 [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 126.] CHAP. 13. An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and other

pensions of the United States, for the year ending the thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight.

1. Appropriations: Revolutionary pensioners: Invalid pensioners: Pensions to widows and orphans: Half pay pensions to widows and orphans: Arrearages. 2. Compensation to pension agents : Balance not to accumulate.

APPROVED, FEBRUARY 20, 1847. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 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 year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight:

For revolutionary pensions, under the act of the eighteenth of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, sixty-seven thousand two hundred dollars.

For invalid pensions, under various acts, one hundred and sixty-six thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows and orphans, under the act of the fourth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, two hundred and fifty-eight thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows, under the act of the seventh of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, and the acts supplementary thereto, two hundred and seventy thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows, under the act of the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, fifty-six thousand

For pensions to widows, under the act of the seventeenth of June, one thousand eight' hundred and forty-four, four hundred and eighty thousand dollars.

For half pay pensions to widows and orphans, payable through the Third Auditor's office, five thousand five hundred dollars.

For arrearages prior to July first, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, payable through the Third Auditor's office, one thousand dollars.

sage of this act, the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to make such compensation to agents for paying pensions as may be just and reasonable, to be paid out of the fund appropriated for the payment of revolutionary pensions, but in no case to exceed two per centum on moneys disbursed by them; the said compensation to be in full for all their services, and any contin

duties, books, printing, and stationery excepted : Provided, That the amount of compensation allowed to any one pension agent shall not exceed one thousand dollars per annum: And provided further, That the Secretary of War shall so regulate the remittances made to pension agents as to prevent an undue accumulation of balances in their hands.

[ 209. 1 [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 210.] CHAP. 8. An act making further provisions for surviving widows of the soldiers of

the revolution. 1. Provision for widows of revolutionary soldiers: Pension to cease on marriage. 2. This act extended to widows who are pensioners by special acts.

APPROVED, FEBRUARY 2, 1848. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That if any person who served in the war of the revolution in the manner specified in the act passed the seventh day of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, entitled “An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the revolution,” have died, or shall hereafter die, leaving a widow, whose marriage took place before the first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, such widow shall be entitled to receive, for and during her natural life, from and after the fourth day of March, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, the annuity or pension which might have been allowed to her husband, in virtue of said act, if living at the time it was passed, under the same rules, regulations, and restrictions as are prescribed in the act approved July seventh, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, entitled “An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows:" Provided, That in the event of the marriage of such widow, said annuity or pension shall be discontinued.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That such widows as have been admitted by special acts of Congress to the benefit of the pension act approved the seventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight, or to the benefit of the act approved the seventeenth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, shall be entitled, and shall be admitted to the benefit of this act; subject, however, to the rules, limitations, and restrictions in and by said acts prescribed.

[ 210.] [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 239.] CHAP. 71. An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and other · pensions of the United States for the year ending the thirtieth June, one thousand

eight hundred and forty-nine. · 1. Revolutionary pensions: Invalid pensions: For widows and orphans: For half pay pensions to widows and orphans: Arrcarages. 2. Proviso in act of 7th May, 1846, repealed.

APPROVED, JUNE 26, 1848. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of pensions for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine:

For revolutionary pensions, under the act of the eighteenth of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, in addition to an unexpended balance remaining in the treasury of eighty-three thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven dollars and forty-three cents, fourteen thousand one hundred and twenty-two dollars and fifty-seven cents.

For invalid pensions, under various acts, two hundred and sixty thousand dollars.

For pensions to widows and orphans, under the act of the fourth of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, in addition to an unexpended balance remaining in the treasury of one hundred and fifty-one thousand one hundred and fifty-six dollars and thirty-six cents, thirty-two thousand eight hundred and forty-three dollars and sixty-four cents.

For pensions to widows, under the act of the second February, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, in addition to the unexpended balance of two hundred and sixty-three thousand seven hundred

and twenty-nine dollars and eighty-seven cents remaining in the treasury of a former appropriation for the payment of pensions, under the act of seventeenth June, eighteen hundred and fortyfour, one hundred and thirty-six thousand two hundred and seventy dollars and thirteen cents.

For half pay pensions to widows and orphans, payable through the Third Auditor's office, in addition to an unexpended balance remaining in the treasury of eight thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars and four cents, nine thousand five hundred dollars.

For arrearages prior to the first of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, payable through the office of the Second and Third Auditors, in addition to an unexpended balance of three thousand two hundred and one dollars and forty-five cents, eight hundred dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the proviso to the second section of the act entitled “An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and other pensions of the United States for the year ending the thirtieth June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven, and for other purposes," approved May seventh, eighteen hundred and forty-six, be and the same is hereby repealed.

[211.] [Laws of the U. S., Statutes at Large, vol. 9, page 246.] CHAP. 99. An act to extend the provisions of existing pension laws to enlisted men

of the ordnance corps of the United States army. 1. Provisions of certain pension laws extended to enlisted men of the ordnance corps: and bounty lands granted to those of them who have served in Mexico.

APPROVED, JULY 10, 1848.: Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the acts of Congress granting pensions to soldiers disabled by wounds or otherwise, while in the line of their duty in public service, shall be construed to apply to the enlisted men of the ordnance department who have been or may be disabled in the same manner as to non-commissioned officers, artificers, musicians, and privates of other corps of the army, subject to the limitation that in no such case shall the pension exceed the rate of eight dollars per month. .

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That those enlisted men of the ordnance department who have served or may serve in Mexico, during the war with that country, shall be entitled to, and shall receive, the same bounty in land as is or may be allowed by law to other regular troops in the service of the United States, and under like limitations and restrictions.

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