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of in any court of competent jurisdiction, be fined in a sum not ance, from 500

to 2000 dolls. less than five hundred dollars nor exceeding two thousand dollars : Provided, That this act shall not extend to the vessels of Proviso ; this foreign nations in whose ports American consuls are not permit- act not to exted to have the custody and possession of the register and other vessels of forpapers of vessels entering the ports of such nation, according to eign nations, the provisions of the second section of the act, supplementary to the act "concerning consuls and vice-consuls, and for the further protection of American seamen," passed the twenty-eighth Vol. ii. p. 883. of February, one thousand eight hundred and three. $ 2. That it shall not be lawful for any foreign consul to de- Consul not 10

paliver to the master or commander of any foreign vessel the regis- pers to the ter and other papers deposited with him pursuant to the provi- master until sions of this act, until such master or commander shall produce clearance. to him a clearance, in due form, from the collector of the port

Consuls of where such vessel has been entered ; and any consul offending

fending against the provisions of this act, shall, upon conviction thereof against this before the supreme court of the United States, be fined, at the act, fined from discretion of the court, in a sum not less than five hundred dollars dolls. nor exceeding five thousand dollars. (Approved, March 3, 1817.] Chap. 215. An act further to regulate the territories of the United States, and their elect

ing delegates to congress. $1. Be it enacted, fc. That in every territory of the United Delegates to States in which a temporary governinent has been, or bereafter congress to be shall be, established, and which, by virtue of the ordinance of second year congress, of the thirteenth of July, one thousand seven hundred for the same and eighty-seven, or of any subsequent act of congress, passed bers of the or to be passed, now hath, or hereafter shall have, the right to presentatives. send a delegate to congress, such delegate shall be elected every second year, for the same term of two years for which members of the house of representatives of the United States are elected ; and in that house each of the said delegates shall have a seat, Delegates with a right of debating, but not of voting.

may debate, § 2. That on the first Monday of August next, the citizens of the citizens the territory of Missouri, qualified according to the act, entitled of Missouri to " An act providing for the government of the territory of Mis- gate to consouri,” shall élect a delegate to congress ; and it shall be the possi duty of the general assembly of the said territory to make provi- 1252, sion by law for the annual or biennial meetings of the said gen-be made for eral assembly, as the interests of the territory may, in their opin- meetings, &c. jon, require ; and such annual or biennial meetings shall be on the first Monday of December, unless they shall, by law, appoint a different day. And so much of any law or laws, as are incon

Inconsistent sistent with the provisions of this act, shall be, and the same are laws repealed. hereby, repealed. (Approved, March 3, 1817.) Chap. 216. An act to continuo in force an act, entitled "An act for establishing trading Obsoleto.

houses with the Indian tribes." (a) $ 1. Be it enacted, fc. That the act, entitled “ An act for es- Thc act for tablishing trading houses with the Indian tribes," passed on the establishing second day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, cs, &c. conand which was continued in force for a limited time by an act

tinued. (a) Vol. i. p. 414. Vol. ii. p. 868, 887, 1029, 1124, 1188. Vol. iii. p. 1524, 1627, 1673, 1739, 1761, 1819.

but not vote.

cut.

passed on the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, shall be, and the same is hereby, further continued in force until the first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, and no longer. (Approved, March 3, 1817.]

CHAP. 217. An act to alter and establish certain post roads. Post roads § 1. Be it enacted, fc. That the post roads hereafter named discontinued. be discontinued : In Pennsylvania. ' From Wysoxby, Orville, In Pennsylvania.

and Warren, to Nanticoke. From Silver lake, or Montrose, to In Virginia.

Binghampton. From Williamsport to Jersey Shore. In Vir. In Indiana. ginia. From Liberty to Fincasile. In Indiana. From BrookIn Kentucky. ville, by Bath and Lewistown, to Salisbury. In Kentucky. From

Isbellville to Ewingville. From Greenup C. H. to Little Sandy
Salt Works. From Danville, by Casey C. H. Pulaski C. H.

Wayne C. H. Burksville, and Columbia, to Danville.
Post roads $ 2. That the following be established post roads : In Maine.
established.
In Maine. From Jay, by Jaypoint, Dixfield, and Holmantown, to Rumford.
In New From Anson to Solon. In New Hampshire. From Dunstable,
Hampshire.

by Nottingham West, to Pelham. From Ackworth, Lempster,

and Unity, to Newport. From Ossippe, by Effingham, to ParIn Vormont. son field. In Vermont. From Craftsborough, by Kelyvale, and In Massachu- Montgomery, to Richford. In Massachusetts. From Groton, by In Connecti Pepperel and Holles, to Amherst, N. H. In Connecticut. From

Bridgeport, by Weston, Reading, and Bethel, to Danbury.
From Stanford, by way of New Canaan and North Ridgefield, to
Danbury. From Colchester, by Chatham, to Middletown.

In In New York, New York. From Canandaigua, by Bristol, Richmond, Livonia,

Gennessee, and Warsaw, to Sheldon. From Oswego Falls, by Port Glasgow, and Portland, and along the ridge road by Carthage, to Rochester. From Moscow, by the state road, to Buffalo. From Oswego, by Montrose, Pa. and the turnpike, to Milford, thence by Hamburg, in New Jersey, to Jersey City. From Poughkeepsie, through Beekmantown, 10 New Milford. From Bath, by Angelica, Hamilton, Cerestown, Pa. Coudersport, and Jersey Shore, to Williamsport. From Bath to Naples. From Angelica, by Nunda and Leicester, to Batavia. From Salem, by Hebron, Argyle, and Fort Edwards, to Sandy Hill. From Kingston, by Hurley, Marbletown, Rochester, Warwarsink, Ma

makoting, to Milford, Pa. From Madison, by Peterboro, to the In New Jer

Sullivan post-office at the Chittenengo creek. In New Jersey. From Trenton, by Birmingham, Lambertsville, Prattsville, Frenchtown, Milford, and Hughes's Forge, to Easton, Pa. From Bask

ingridge, by New Providence, to Springfield, in Essex county. In Pennsylva- In Pennsylvania. From Newtown, on the Somerset great road,

by Fairfield meeting-house, to Armagh. From Greensburgh, by the Great Salt Works, to Indiana. From Connelsville to Mount Pleasant. From Kittaning to Roseburg. From Franklin, by Oil Creek Town, Centreville, Bloomfield, and Union, to Waterford. From Lewistown, by Bellville, M'Aleavy's, Henry's, and Petersburgh, to Alexandria; or, from Lewistown, by Belville, Kisharvyville's Valley, Wilson's mills, and Huntingdon, 1o Alexandria. From Womelsdorf, by Robrersburg, Pine Grove, Klingerstown, and Georgetown, to Sunbury. From Meansville, by

sey.

nia,

Wysox, Pike, Head of Wyalusing Creek, and Windham, to Montrose. From Measville, by Sugar Creek, and Smith's, to Pulnamville. From Putnamville, by Columbia, Springfield, Athens, and Old Sheshiquin, to Meansville. From Montrose, by Orwell and Warren, to Athens. From Shickshenny, by Huntingdon, Jackson, and Evernvill's, to Jerseytown. In Maryland. From In Maryland. Westminster, by Taneytown and Emmittsburg, to Waynesburg. From Baltimore, by Randalstown, Freedom, and New Windsor, to Uniontown. In Ohio. From St. Clairsville, by Harrisville, In Ohio. Cadiz, Flushing, Morristown, Belmont, and Barnsville, to Woodfield, thence by Dillon's, on Capteen Creek, to St. Clairsville. From Dayton to Monroe. From Columbus to Granville. From London, by Springfield, to Dayton. From Newark, by New Lebanon, to Lancaster. From Cincinnati

, by Carson's, Ingersol's, serry, or town of Miami, Clarke's store, and Harrison, to Brookville, Ind. In Virginia. From Charlottesville, by Grayham's In Virginia. store, to Brown's turnpike. From Liberty to Salem. From Clarksburg, by Lewis Courthouse, to Point Pleasant. From Hull's store, in Pendleton county, 10 Bath Courthouse. In Ken- In Kentucky. tucky. From Catte Isburg, by Little Sandy Salt Works, Isle's mills, Owingsville, and Mouth of Bald Eagle, to Paris. From Louisville, by Middletown, New Castle, Twin Meetinghouse, to Boone Courthouse. From Russelville, by Elkton and Ewingville, to Hopkinsville. From Hopkinsville, by Greenville, Madisonville, Belville, and Morganfield, to Shawneetown, (Indiana.) From Elizabethtown, by Philadelphia, to Corydon, (Indiana.) From Danville, by Liberty and Somerset, to Monticello. From Monticello, by Burksville, to Glasgow. From Burksville to Columbia. From Upper Blue Lick, by Moorfield, to Owingsville. From Port William, by Bedford, to New Castle. In North Caro- In North Carlina. From Morgantown, by Rutherfordton, 1o Greenville, South Olina. Carolina. In Tennessee. From Boat-Yard to Scott C. H. From In Tennessee. Dandridge, by Seviersville, to Maryville. From Knoxville, by Loysborough and Speedville Iron Works, to Cumberland Gap. From Shelbyville to Winchester. From Nashville, by John Hunt's, 1o Clarksville. From Morganton, by Russel's ferry, Chota, Tellico Plains, Beaver Dams, and Griffins, to Carnesville, Ga. In South Carolina. From Pocotaligo, by Hickory Hill, in In South Car

olirra. Prince William Parish, to Lower Three Runs, or Higginbottom's. From Cambridge, by Scuffletown, to Pickensville. In In Georgia. Georgia. From Washington, by Elberton Courthouse and Danjelsville, to Carnesville. În Indiana. From Corydon, by Shoe- In Indiana. maker's, Troy, Mount Pleasant, Darlington, and Evansville, to Harmony. From Corydon, by Fredericksburg, to Salem. From Lexington, by Salem, to Paoli. From Vincennes, by Emmersonville, Carlisle, and Terre Haut, to Fort Harrison. From Madison to New Castle, Kentucky. From Madison to Vernon. From Lawrenceburg, by Decatur, to Wilmington. From Hamilton, O. by Bath, Brookville, Connersville, Waterloo, Centreville, Salisbury, Dunlapsville, and Fairfield, to Brookvillé. From Princeton to Hendersonton, Kentucky. (Approved, March 3, 1817.) VOL. III.

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CHAP. 218. An act to provide for the prompt settlement of public accounts. 1625, 1722, 1853, 1916. $1. Be it enacted, f.c. That, from and after the third day of Accountants

March offices, &c.

next, the offices of accountant and additional accountant abolished.

of the department of war, the office of accountant of the navy, and the office of superintendent general of military supplies, be,

and they are hereby, abolished. All accounts to be settled in

$ 2. That, from and after the said third day of March next, the treasury all claims and demands whatever, by the United States or against department, after 3d them, and all accounts whatever, in which the United States are March, 1817. concerned, either as debtors or as creditors, shall be settled and

adjusted in the treasury department. Four auditors § 3. That, from and after the third day of March next, in adand one. comp. dition to the officers in the treasury department, already estabtional in the lished by law, there shall be the following officers, namely: four treasury department.

auditors and one comptroller. Duty of the $ 4. That it shall be the duty of the first auditor to receive all first auditor.

accounts accruing in the treasury department, and, after examination, to certify the balance and transmit the accounts, with the

vouchers and certificate, to the first comptroller, for his decision Duty ofthe se- thereon ; that it shall be the duty of the second auditor to recond auditor. ceive all accounts relative to the pay and clothing of the army,

the subsistence of officers, bounties, and premiums, military and

hospital stores, and the contingent expenses of the war departDuty of the ment; that it shall be the duty of the third auditor to receive all third auditor. accounts relative to the subsistence of the army, the quarter

master's department; and, generally, all accounts of the war Duty of the department other than those provided for; and it shall be the fourth auditor. duty of the fourth auditor to receive all accounts accruing in the

navy department, or relative thereto; and the second, third, and fourth, auditors aforesaid, shall examine the accounts respectively, and certify the balance, and transmit the accounts, with

the vouchers and certificate, to the second comptroller, for his Duty of the decision thereon; and it shall be the duty of the fifth auditor to fifth auditor.

receive all accounts accruing in, or relative to, the department of state, the general post office, and those arising out of Indian affairs, and examine the same, and thereafter certify the balance

and transmit the accounts, with the vouchers and certificate, to Proviso; as to the first comptroller, for his decision thereon: Provided, That the accounts of the addition

the president of the United States may assign to the second or al accountant. third auditor the settlement of the accounts which are now con

fided to the additional accountant of the war department. Further duties $ 5. That it shall be the duty of the auditors, charged with of the auditors. the examination of the accounis of the war and navy depart

ments, to keep all accounts of the receipts and expenditures of the public money in regard to those departments, and of all debus due to the United States on moneys advanced relative to those departments; to receive from the second comptroller the accounts which shall have been finally adjusted, and to preserve such accounts, with their vouchers and certificates, and to record all warrants drawn by the secretaries of those departments, the examination of the accounts of which has been assigned to them by the preceding section. And it shall be the duty of the

er.

said auditors to make such reports on the business assigned to them, as the secretaries of the war and navy departments may deem necessary, and require, for the services of those departments.

$ 6. That the said auditors shall annually, on the first Mon- Auditors to day in November, report to the secretary of the treasury the ap- secretary of plication of the money appropriated for the military and naval the treasury. departments for the preceding year, which shall be laid before congress, by him, with the annual statement of the public expenditure.

$ 7. That the treasurer of the United States shall disburse all the treasurer such moneys as shall have been previously ordered for the use moneys orderof the war and navy departments by warrants from the treasury, ed for the use which disbursements shall be made pursuant to warrants drawn navy departby the secretary of the war and navy departments, respectively, ments, &c. countersigned by the second comptroller, and registered by the auditors respectively.

$ 8. That it shall be the duty of the first comptroller to ex- Duty of the amine all accounts settled by the first and fifth auditors, and

first comptrollcertify the balances arising thereon to the register; to countersign all warrants drawn by the secretary of the treasury, which shall be warranted by law; to report to the secretary the official forms to be issued in the different offices for collecting the public revenue, and the manner and form of keeping and stating the accounts of the several persons employed therein; he shall also superintend the preservation of the public accounts, subject to his revision, and provide for the regular payment of all moneys which may be collected.

§ 9. That it shall be the duty of the second comptroller to Duty of the examine all accounts settled by the second, third, and fourth, troller.

second compauditors, and certify the balances arising thereon to the secretary of the department in which the expenditure has been incurred ; to countersign all warrants drawn by the secretaries of the war and navy departments, which shall be warranted by law; to report to the said secretaries the official forms to be issued in the different offices for disbursing the public money in those departments, and the manner and form of keeping and stating the accounts of the persons employed therein ; and it shall also be his duty to superintend the preservation of the public accounts subject to his revision.

$ 10. That it shall be the duty of the first comptroller to su- First compperintend the recovery of all debts (due) to the United States ; to troller to sudirect suits and legal proceedings, and to take all such measures, recovery of all as may be authorized by the laws, to enforce prompt payment debts, &c. of all debts [due to the United States.

$ 11. That the provision contained in the second section of The provision the act, passed the third of March, one thousand seven hundred contained in and ninety-seven, entitled “ An act to provide more effectually sect.of the act for the settlement of accounts between the United States and of 3d of March, receivers of public money,” which directs that in every case where in regard to suits has (have been, or shall be, instituted, a transcript from accounts of the books and proceedings of the treasury, certified by the regis- navy departter, shall be admitted as evidence, be extended, in regard to the ments.

Vol. i. p. 464.

Vol.iii. po 1791.

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