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ACTS OF THE FOURTH CONGRESS

OF THE

UNITED STATES,

Passed at the second session, which was begun and held at the City of

Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the fifth

day of December, 1796, and ended on the third of March, 1797. George WASHINGTON, President; John Adams, Vice President of the

United States, and President of the Senate; WILLIAM BINGHAM,
President of the Senate pro tempore, from March 2d, 1797; Jona-
THAN DAYTON, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Act of March

STATUTE II. Dec. 21, 1796.

CHAPTER 1.-An Act to amend the act intituled "An act for the more general pro(Obsolete.)

mulgation of the Laws of the United States."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 3, 1795, ch. 50. United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary

Act sessioner for the department of State shall cause to be included in the edition of how published. the laws of the United States, directed to be printed by the said act, the

laws of the United States which may be passed during the present ses sion of Congress: Provided, the same can be done at an expense which he shall judge reasonable.

APPROVED, December 21, 1796. STATUTE II,

see.

Jan. 31, 1797.
Chap. II. An Act giving effect to the Laws of the United Slates, within the State

of Tennessee. Act of June 1, Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 1796, chun 47 of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all the 1799, ch.8.

laws of the United States, which are not locally inapplicable, ought to Laws to ex. have, and shall have, the same force and effect within the state of Tentend to Tennes.

nessee, as elsewhere within the United States.

And to the end, that the act, intituled “An act to establish the judiAnte, p. 73. cial courts of the United States," may be duly administered within the

state of Tennessee, District courts. Sec. 2. Be it enacted, That the said state shall be one district, to be

denominated Tennessee district, and there shall be a district court therein, to consist of one judge, who shall reside in the said district, and be called a district judge, and annually hold four sessions; the first to commence on the first Monday in April next, and the three other ses sions progressively, on the like Mondays of every three calendar months afterwards. The said district courts shall be held alternately at Knoxville and Nashville, beginning at Nashville. And the said judge shall, in all things, have and exercise the same jurisdiction and powers, which

by law are given to the judge of the district of Kentucky. Salary of the

Sec. 3. And be it enacted, That there shall be allowed to the judge judge. 1802, ch. 31,

of the said district court, the yearly compensation of eight hundred dol-
lars, to commence from the date of his appointment, to be paid quarterly
at the treasury of the United States.
And to the end, that the laws providing for the collection of the duties

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imposed by law on goods, wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships and vessels, may be carried into effect, in the said state of Tennessee.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That for the due collection of the said Collection disduties, the said state of Tennessee shall be one district, and a collector trict. shall be appointed to reside at Palmyra, which shall be the only port of entry or delivery within the said district, of any goods, wares or merchandise, not the growth or manufacture of the United States; and the said collector shall have, and exercise all the powers, which any other

Act of March collector hath, or may legally exercise, for collecting the duties afore- 2, 1801, ch. 12. said; and in addition to the fees by law provided, shall be paid the yearly compensation of one hundred dollars.

APPROVED, January 31, 1797.

STATUTE II.

March 2, 1797.

(Obsolete.) Compensation to Attorney General,

CRAP. III.-An Act to augment the Compensation of the Allorney General of the

Uniled Stales, Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the compensation allowed by law to the Attorney General of the United States, shall be, and the same is hereby augmented, by an addition of the sum of five hundred dollars per annum, to commence on the first day of January, in the present year, and payable quarter-yearly, at the public treasury.

APPROVED, March 2, 1797.

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STATUTE II.

CHAP. V.-An Act lo continue in force for a limited time, the act, in addition to March 2, 1797. the act, for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States.

[Expired.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Act of June 5, United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act, inti- 1794, ch. 50. tuled “ An act, in addition to the act, for the punishment of certain ing crimes concrimes against the United States," shall continue and be in force, for tinued. and during the term of two years, and from thence to the end of the next session of Congress, and no longer.

APPROVED, March 2, 1797.

STATUTE II.

dent for his

Chap. VI.-An Act making provision for the further accommodation of the house- March 2, 1797. hold of the President of the United States.

(Obsolete.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United $14,000 grantStates of America in Congress assembled, That after the third day of ed to the Presi. March next, the President of the United States be, and he hereby is

household. authorized and empowered, to cause to be sold, such articles furnished by the United States, for the President's household, as may be decayed, out of repair, or unfit for use, and that the proceeds of such sale, and so much of a sum not exceeding fourteen thousand dollars in addition thereto, out of the proceeds of the duties on imports and tonnage which may accrue during the present year, as the President of the United States may judge necessary, be, and hereby are appropriated for the accommodation of the household of the President, to be laid out and expended for such articles of furniture as he shall direct. APPROVED, March 2, 1797. VOL. I.-63

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STATUTE II. March 2, 1797. Chap. VII.-An Act, in addition to an act, intituled “ An act concerning the [Obsolete.]

registering and recording of ships or vessels," and to an act, intituled * An

act for enrolling and licensing ships and dessels employed in the coasting trade Act of Dec. 31, 1792, ch. 1.

and fisheries, and for regulating the same.Secretary of Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Treasury autho: States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever it shall apcertificates, &c. pear, by satisfactory proof, to the Secretary of the Treasury, that any in certain cases, ship or vessel hath been sold and transferred by process of law; and that

the register, certificate of enrolment, or license, as the case may be, of 1793, ch. 8. such ship or vessel, is retained by the former owners, it shall be lawful

for the said secretary, to order and direct the collector of the district to which such ship or vessel may belong, to grant a new register, certificate of enrolment, or license, as the case may be, on the owners, under such sale, complying with such terms and conditions, as are, by law, required for granting of such papers ; excepting only the delivering up of the former certificate of registry, enrolment or license, as the case may be: Provided nevertheless, that nothing in this act contained, shall be construed to remove the liability of any person or persons to any penalty for not surrendering up the papers, belonging to any ship or vessel, on a transfer or sale of the same.

APPROVED, March 2, 1797. STATUTE II. March 3, 1797. Chap. VIII.- An Act making appropriations for the support of Government, for (Obsolete.)

the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven. Specific ap

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives propriations for 1797.

of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the expenditure of the civil list; for the extra expenses of foreign intercourse; for the support of the mint establishment, lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven ; and to satisfy certain miscellaneous claims, stated in the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, of the fifteenth day of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, together with the incidental and contingent expenses of the several departments, and the offices thereof, the following sums be respectively appropriated; that is

to say: President and For the compensations granted by law to the President and Vice Vice President. President of the United States, thirty thousand dollars. Members of

For the like compensations to the members of the Senate and House Congress.

of Representatives, their officers and attendants, estimated for a session of four months' continuance, one hundred and thirty-eight thousand

seven hundred and eighty-six dollars and sixty-seven cents. Contingencies. For the expenses of firewood, stationery, printing work, and all other

contingent expenses of the two houses of Congress, twelve thousand dollars.

For the compensations granted by law to the chief justice, associate judges, district judges, and attorney general, forty-four thousand nine hundred dollars.

For defraying the expenses of clerks of courts, jurors and witnesses, in aid of the fund arising from fines, forfeitures and penalties; and likewise for defraying the expenses of prosecutions for offences against the United States, and for safe keeping of prisoners, thirty thousand dollars.

For compensation to the Secretary of State, clerks and persons employed in that department, seven thousand seven hundred and ninety-two dollars and sixty-four cents.

For incidental and contingent expenses in the said department, eight thousand seren hundred and five dollars.

For compensation to the Secretary of the Treasury, clerks and per

1797.

sons employed in his office, eight thousand seven hundred and fifty

Specific apdollars.

propriations for For expense of stationery, printing and all other contingent expenses government for

the support of in the office of the Secretary of the Treasury, five hundred dollars.

For compensation to the Comptroller of the Treasury, clerks and persons employed in his office, eleven thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars.

For expense of stationery, printing and all other contingent expenses in the Comptroller's office, eight hundred dollars.

For compensation to the Treasurer and clerks employed in his office, four thousand five hundred and fifty dollars.

For expense of firewood, stationery, printing, rent and other contingencies in the Treasurer's office, six hundred dollars.

For compensation to the Auditor of the Treasury, clerks and persons employed in his office, eleven thousand eight hundred and twenty-five dollars.

For expense of stationery, printing and other contingent expenses in the Auditor's office, seven hundred and fifty dollars.

For compensation to the Commissioner of the Revenue, clerks and persons employed in his office, five thousand four hundred and twentyfive dollars.

For expense of stationery, printing and all other contingent expenses in the office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, four hundred dollars.

For compensation to the Register of the Treasury, clerks and persons employed in his office, fifteen thousand four hundred and twenty-five dollars.

For expense of stationery, printing and all other contingent expenses in the Register's office, (including books for the public stocks, and for the arrangement of the marine papers,) two thousand eight hundred dollars.

For compensation to the purveyor of public supplies, two thousand dollars, and five hundred dollars for a clerk.

For compensation to the Secretary to the commissioners of the sinking fund, including his salary from the time of his appointment, to the thirty-first day of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninetyseven, four hundred and nineteen dollars and seventeen cents.

For the payment of rent for the several houses employed in the treasury department, (except the Treasurer's office,) two thousand six hundred and ninety-three dollars and thirty-three cents.

For expense of firewood and candles in the several offices of the Treasury department, (except the Treasurer's office) three thousand five hundred dollars.

For defraying the expense incident to the stating and printing the public accounts, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninetyseven, one thousand dollars.

For the payment of certain incidental and contingent expenses of the Treasury department, in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, beyond the sum which was appropriated, one thousand five hundred dollars.

For compensation to the several loan officers, thirteen thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.

For clerk hire and stationery to the commissioners of loans, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, twelve thousand dollars.

For compensation to the Secretary of War, clerks and persons employed in his office, eight thousand dollars.

For expense of firewood, stationery, printing, rent and other contingent expenses of the office of the Secretary of War, two thousand dollars.

For compensation to the accountant to the War department, clerks

Specific ap- and persons employed in his office, seven thousand six hundred and fifiy propriations for dollars. the support of government for For contingent expenses in the office of the accountant to the War 1797.

department, six hundred dollars.

For compensation to the Surveyor General two thousand dollars.

For compensation to the assistant surveyors, chain-carriers, axe-men and other persons employed in carrying into effect the surveys to be made by the act, intituled “ An act providing for the sale of the lands of the United States, in the territory northwest of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river, twenty-five thousand dollars.

For compensation to the Governor, Secretary and Judges of the territory northwest of the river Ohio, five thousand one hundred and fifty dollars.

For expenses of stationery, office rent, printing patents for land, and other contingent expenses in the said territory, three hundred and bfty dollars.

For the payment of sundry pensions granted by the late government, one thousand one hundred and thirteen dollars and thirty-three cents.

For the annual allowance to the widow and orphan children of Colonel John Harding, and to the orphan children of Major Alexander Trueman,

by the act of Congress of the twenty-seventh of February, one thousand 1793, ch. 14.

seven hundred and ninety three, seven hundred and fifiy dollars.

For the annual allowance for the education of Hugh Mercer, son of

the late Major-general Mercer, by the act of Congress of the second of 1793, ch. 28.

March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, four hundred dollars.

For defraying the expenses of foreign intercourse, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, beyond the annual appropria

tions authorized by the act of Congress, passed the first day of July, one Ante, p. 128. thousand seven hundred and ninety, intituled “ An act providing the

means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations," seventeen thousand nine hundred dollars.

For compensations to the following officers of the mint: The Director, two thousand dollars; the Treasurer, one thousand two hundred dollars; the assayer, one thousand five hundred dollars; the chief coiner, one thousand five hundred dollars; the melter and refiner, one thousand five hundred dollars; the engraver, one thousand two hundred dollars; three clerks, one at seven hundred dollars, and two at five hundred dollars each, one thousand seven hundred dollars.

For the wages of persons employed in the mint, at the different branches of refining, melting, carpenter's, millwright's, and smith's work, including the sum of eight hundred dollars per annum, allowed to an assistant coiner and die-forger, who also overseers the execution of the iron work, seven thousand dollars.

For the payment of a deficiency which has arisen in the mint, in coining the precious metals, by reason of wasteage, the sum of one thousand eight hundred and forty-five dollars and ninety-six cents; and for the payment of a deficiency which has arisen by reason of the loss of a quantity of silver, the further sum of nine hundred and seventy-four dollars and seventy-six cents.

For the purchase of ironmongery, lead, wood, coals, stationery, office furniture, and for all other contingencies for the establishment of the mint, seven thousand four hundred dollars.

For the discharge of such demands against the United States, on account of the civil department, not otherwise provided for, as shall be ascertained and admitted in due course of settlement at the treasury, and which are of a nature, according to the usage thereof, to require payment in specie, one thousand dollars.

For the maintenance and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and

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