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In publishing the following Laws, the same plan has been adopted that was prescribed in the joint resolution of Congress of March 3, 1845, authorizing a subscription to the edition of all the Laws of the United States just published by us. A close examination of this pamphlet will disclose some apparent errors in the Laws as here printed ; but as we procured a careful collation with the records at Washington, by an experienced reader, and have scrupulously followed the original, we feel justified in saying that the public can safely rely on this publication. Any seeming errors, therefore, must be attributed to the Rolls, and not to us. Where any thing absolutely necessary to the sense is omitted in the Rolls, our plan is to insert it in the text, inclosed in brackets.

We intend to publish annually, and as soon after the close of each Session of Congress as we can, the Acts of that Session, in a similar form and with a similar arrangement. The pamphlets will be paged consecutively, and, when enough have accumulated to make a volume, we shall publish, with the last one, a General Index to the whole, so that any one purchasing the successive pamphlets, as they come out, can then have a complete volume without any additional expense, other than that of binding them together.

It will be seen, by the following joint resolution, that this edition has been sanctioned by Congress, and is now made the official edition.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of State be authorized and directed to contract with Little & Brown to furnish their annual Statutes at Large, printed in conformity with the plan adopted by Congress in eighteen hundred and forty-five, instead of the edition usually issued by his order, under the act of Congress of April twentieth, eighteen hundred and eighteen, and which conforms to an edition of the laws now out of use.—APPROVED, September 26, 1850.

LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY. Boston, October, 1856.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by

LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY

11. 0. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.

LIST

OF THE

PUBLIC ACTS OF CONGRESS

CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.

Acts of the Thirty-fourth Congress of the United States.

STATUTE I.-1855–56.

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Clerk to sign Certificates of Bounty Land Warrants. An act to relieve the Commissioner of Pensions

from the performance of certain clerical duties. Feb. 20, 1856, ch. 1...... ........ Authority to change Names of Vessels. An act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to change

the names of vessels in certain cases. March 5, 1856, ch. 4........ Boundaries of Judicial Districts in Tennessee. An act to define the jurisdiction of the District and

Circuit Courts of the United States for the District of East Tennessee. March 19, 1856,

ch. 8......... Sentences to Penitentiary. An act relating to punishment in the penitentiary. March 28, 1856,

ch. 9...................... Land-Offices at Kalamazoo and Palmyra, continued. An act to continue temporarily the land-offices

at Kalamazoo, in the State of Michigan, and at Palmyra, in the State of Missouri. April 5, 1856, ch. 11.......

.......................... Hannibal and Peoria made Ports of Delivery. An act to constitute the cities of Hannibal, Missouri,

and Peoria, Illinois, ports of delivery. April 5, 1856, ch. 12........................... Appropriations to maintain Peace with Indians. An act making appropriations for restoring and

maintaining the peaceable disposition of the Indian tribes on the Pacific, and for other pur

poses. April 5, 1856, ch. 13............. Pension Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for the payment of invalid and other

pensions of the United States, for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. April 5, 1856, ch. 14....

............... Times and Places of Session of Courts in S. Dist. of Illinois. An act to change the times of hold

ing the United States Courts in the Southern District of Illinois. April 23, 1856, ch. 18... Military Academy Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for the support of the Military

Academy for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.
April 23, 1856, ch. 19...

....... Fees for authenticating Papers from State Department. An act to repcal part of an act entitled “An

act to provide for the safe-keeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States, and

for other purposes.” April 23, 1856, ch. 20........................ Fees of Jurors in District of Columbia. An act amendatory of an act entitled “ An act to regulate

the fees and costs to be allowed clerks, marshals, and attorneys of the Circuit and District Courts of the United States, and for other purposes.” April 23, 1856, ch. 21 ,........

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Circuit Court in California. An act to alter and amend an act entitled “An act to establish a

Circuit Court of the United States in and for the State of California," approved March

third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five. April 30, 1856, ch. 23...........
Columbus made a Port of Delivery. An act creating Columnbus, in Kentucky, a port of delivery.

May 9, 1856, ch. 24.......................
Cumberland Roud in Illinois, surrendered to that State. An act to surrender to the State of Illinois

the Cumberland Road in said State. May 9, 1856, ch. 25............
Bounty Lund Law extended. Evidence in Case of. An act to amend the act in addition to certain acts

granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military
service of the United States, approved March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five. May

14, 1856, ch. 26.....
Grant of lova, for Railroads. An act making a grant of lands to the State of Iowa, in alternate

sections to aid in the construction of certain railroads in said State. May 15, 1856, ch. 28.. Deficiency Appropriation Bill. An act to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of

the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-six. May 15, 1856,

ch. 29...... Voting in Washington. An act to provide for at least two election precincts in each ward in the city

of Washington, and for other purposes. May 16, 1856, ch. 30........
Grant of Land to Florida and Alabama for Railroads. An act granting public lands, in alternate

sections, to the States of Florida and Alabama, to aid in the construction of certain rail-
roads in said States. May 17, 1856, ch. 31....

......... 15 Vincennes Lands, Duties as to transferred. An act to transfer certain rights and duties conferred upon

the trustees of the town of Vincennes, Indiana, to the common council of the city of Vin-
cennes. June 2, 1856, ch. 36 ...

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.......... 17 Grant of Land to Alabama for Railroads. An act granting public lands, in alternate sections, to the

State of Alabama, to aid in the construction of certain railroads in said State. June 3,

1856, ch. 41... Grant of Land to Louisiana for Railroads. An act making a grant of lands to the State of Louisiana,

to aid in the construction of railroads in said State. June 3, 1856, ch. 42......... Grant of Land to Wisconsin for Railroads. An act granting public lands to the State of Wisconsin,

to aid in the construction of railroads in said State. June 3, 1856, ch. 43............... Grant of Land to Michigan for Railroads. An act making a grant of alternate sections of the public

lands, to the State of Michigan, to aid in the construction of certain railroads in said State,

and for other purposes. Jane 3, 1856, ch. 44..... Pluce of Session of Courts in Delaware. An act to change the place of holding the courts of the United States in the district of Delaware. June 14, 1856, ch. 45......

............. Suspended Entries and Prečmptions. An act to revive and continue in force the provisions of the act

of 1853, in relation to “suspended entries of public lands,” and the act of 1846, in rela

tion to “ suspended preëmption land-claims.” June 26, 1836, ch. 47.................... 22 Time of Session of Courts in West Virginia. An act changing the time of holding the District Court

of the United States of Wytheville, in the Western District of Virginia. June 26, 1856,

ch. 48........................ Time of Sessions of Courts in Tennessee. An act to change the times of holding the United States

Courts in Tennessee. July 3, 1856, ch. 50........................................... Entry of Land in Plattsburg District, (Mo.) An act granting to certain citizens of the State of Missouri

the right to enter certain lands in the Plattsburg district, in said State. July 3, 1856,

ch. 51................... Improvement of Mississippi River. An act to remove obstructions to navigation in the mouth of

the Mississippi River, at the Southwest Pass and Pass a l'Outre. July 8,1856, ch. 54.... 24 Improvement of Channel over Flats of St. Mary's River, Mich. An act making an appropriation for

deepening the channel over the flats of the St. Mary's River, in the State of Michigan.

July 8, 1856, ch. 55......
Improvement of Channel over St. Clair Flats, Mich. An act making an appropriation for deepening

the channel over the St. Clair flats, in the State of Michigan. July 8, 1856, ch. 56....... 25 Limits of Land District in Minnesota. An act to explain the act approved twelfth April, eighteen

hundred and fifty-four, entitled “ An act to establish additional land-districts in the Terri.
tory of Minnesota.” July 8, 1856, ch. 57......

........................ 26 Additional Land Districts in Minnesola, established. An act to establish two additional land-districts

in the Territory of Minnesota. July 8, 1856, ch. 58................................... Kansas, survey of Southern Boundary of. An act to authorize the President of the United States to

cause the southern boundary line of Kansas Territory to be surveyed and marked. July 8,
1856, ch. 59......
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Appropriation for a Road from Fort Ridgley to South Pass. An act for the construction of a road

from Fort Ridgley in the Territory of Minnesota, to the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains; in the Territory of Nebraska. July 22, 1856, ch. 65........

........... 27 Consular and Diplomatic Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for consular and diplo

matic expenses of government for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred

and fifty-seven. August 1, 1856, ch. 72....... Ships Albany and Porpoise, when to be reckoned as lost. An act for the relief of the widows and or

phans of the officers, seamen, and marines of the United States sloop of war Albany, and for other purposes. August 1, 1856, ch. 73.....

............ 29 Court of Claims, Quorum of ; Officers of. An act to amend an act entitled “ An act to establish a court

"for the investigation of claims against the United States," approved February twenty-fourth,

eighteen hundred and fifty-five. August 6, 1856, ch. 81........ Removal of Obstructions in Savannah River. An act to alter and amend, “ An act to appropriate

money to remove obstructions in the Savannah River, below the city of Savannah, in the State of Georgia,” approved March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five. August 7, 1856, ch. 82.......... ............

............. 30 Grant of Land to Mississippi for Railroads. An act granting public lands in alternate sections to

the State of Mississippi to aid in the construction of railroads in said State, and for other purposes. August 11, 1856, ch. 83................

........................ 30 Georgetown, School Tax in; Voters in. An act to amend the charter of Georgetown, in the District of Columbia. August 11, 1856, ch. 84 ..............

.......... 32 Prairie du Chien, Titles in, confirmed. An act to confirm to certain persons therein named, their titles

to certain lots in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. August 11, 1856, ch. 85................ 33 Schools in Washington, General Act respecting. An act to provide for the public instruction of youth

in primary schools throughout the County of Washington, in the District of Columbia, with

out the limits of the cities of Washington and Georgetown. August 11, 1856, ch. 86...... 33 Running Boundary with British Possessions. An act to provide for carrying into effect the first article

of the treaty between the United States and Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, of the fifteenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred

and forty-six. August 11, 1856, ch. 87.................. Settlement of Account of the Bank of the State of Missouri. An act to authorize and direct the settle

ment of the account of the Bank of the State of Missouri, for money advanced for the

subsistence and transportation of volunteers. August 16, 1856, ch. 118................. 43 District Court in South Carolina. Sessions of; Jurisdiction of. An act to alter the time for holding

the District Court in South Carolina, and for other purposes. August 16, 1856, ch. 119.. Payment to Vermont. An act to reimburse the State of Vermont the expenses incurred by her in

paying her militia called out in eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, and eighteen hundred

and thirty-nine, to preserve the neutrality of the country. August 16, 1856, ch. 120.... 43 Improvement of the Patapsco River. An act for the improvement of the navigation of the Patapsco

River, and to render the port of Baltimore accessible to the war steamers of the United
States. August 16, 1856, ch. 121.........

............ 44 Navy Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for the naval service for the year ending

the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. August 16, 1856, ch. 122....... Compensation of Members of Congress. An act to regulate the compensation of Members of Con

gress. August 16, 1856, ch. 123..... Accounts for Fees ; Courts in Territories. An act to amend the acts regulating the fees, costs, and

other judicial expenses of the Government in the States, Territories, and District of Co

lumbia, and for other purposes. August 16, 1856, ch. 121... Medical and Hospital Departments in the Army. An act providing for a necessary increase and bet

ter organization of the Medical and Hospital Departments of the army. August 16, 1856,

ch. 125..... Improvement of the Des Moines Rapids. An act for continuing the improvement of the Des Moines

Rapids in the Mississippi River. August 16, 1856, ch. 126............. ........ Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Salaries of. Regulations as to. An act to regulate the diplomatic

and consular system of the United States. August 18, 1856, ch. 127..... Indian Affairs, General Appropriation Bill for. An act making appropriations for the current and con

tingent expenses of the Indian Department, and for fulóilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes for the year ending June thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven.

August 18, 1856, ch. 128......................................... Certain Civil Erpenses, General Appropriation Bill for. An act making appropriations for certain civil

expenses of the government for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty seven. August 18, 1856, ch. 129 .....

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Pusl-Office Department, General Appropriation Bill for. An act making appropriations for the service

of the Post-Office Department during the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen

hundred and fifty-seven. August 18, 1856, ch. 130 .......

Light-house, &c., Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for light-houses, light-boats,

buoys, &c., and providing for the erection and establishinent of the same, and for other pur-

poses. August 18, 1856, ch. 160.....

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Ocean Steamer Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for the transportation of the Uni-

ted States mail by ocean steamers and otherwise, during the fiscal year ending the thirtieth

of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven. August 18, 1856, ch. 161......... 101

General, Civil, and Diplomatic Appropriation Bill. An act making appropriations for the legisla-

tive, executive, and judicial expenses of government for the year ending the thirtieth of June,

eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. August 18, 1856, ch. 162....

Decree of Sale of Real Estate in District of Columbia authorized in certain Cases. An act to authorize the

Circuit Court of the District of Columbia to decree the sale of real estate in certain cases.

August 18, 1856, ch. 163..

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Guuno Islands. An act to authorize protection to be given to citizens of the United States who may

discover deposites of guano. August 18, 1856, ch. 164........

Jurisdiction of Washington City extended over Navy Yard Bridge. Regulation of Travel over Benning's

Bridge. An act to extend the jurisdiction of the corporation of the City of Washington over

the lower Eastern Branch or Navy-yard Bridge, and to regulate travel upon the upper

Eastern Branch or Benning's Bridge, and for other purposes. August 18, 1856, ch. 165... 120
Graduation of Lands in Greensburg District, La. An act to fix the graduation periods for lands in the

Greensburg District, in the State of Louisiana. August 18, 1856, ch. 166................ 120

Fortifications, Appropriation Bill for. An act making appropriations for fortifications and other works

of defence, and for repairs of Barracks and Quarters, for the year ending the thirtieth

of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. August 18, 1856, ch. 167......

• 121

Post-Roads established. An act to establish certain post-roads. August 18, 1856, ch. 168........... 122

Copyright of Dramatic Compositions. An act supplemental to an act entitled “An act to amend the

several acts respecting Copyright," approved February third, eighteen hundred and thirty-

one. August 18, 1856, ch. 169........

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Commercial Information. An act to amend an act entitled “ An act requiring Foreign Regulations

of Commerce to be laid annually before Congress," approved August sixteenth, eighteen

hundred and forty-two, and for other purposes. August 18, 1856, ch. 170............... 139
Kansas, Appropriation for Survey of Southern Boundary of. An act making an appropriation for the

survey of the Southern Boundary Line of Kansas Territory. August 18, 1856, ch. 171.... 139
Land-Clainis in Vincennes District. An act to continue the land-offices at Vincennes, Indiana, and

to ascertain and adjust the titles to certain lands in the States of Indiana and Illinois, for-
merly included within the Vincennes land-district. August 18, 1856, ch. 172 ............ 140

.. 1. Appointment of Geo. E. Badger and C. C. Felton, as Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. A resolu-

tion for the appointment of Regents to fill the vacancies in the Board of Regents of the

Smithsonian Institution. February 27, 1856 .......

2. Appropriation for Printing and Paper. A resolution to supply a deficiency in the appropriations

for printing for the second session of the thirty-third Congress. February 27, 1856....... 142

3. Appeals from Auditor of Post-Office Department. A resolution providing for the final adjust-

ment of certain cases of appeal from the decisions made by the Auditor of the Treasury

for the Post-Office Department. March 13, 1856............

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4. Public Buildings at Buffalo. Joint Resolution for enlarging the Custom-House, Post-Office,

and Court-House at Buffalo, New York. April 5, 1856 .....

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5. Sale of Lunds at certain Arsenals and Armories. Joint resolution relating to the public lands

appertaining to the Springfield and Harper's Ferry Armories, and the North Carolina

Arsenal. April 23, 1856............

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7. Public Buildings at Cleveland. Joint resolution for enlarging the Custom-House, Post-Office,

and Court-House at Cleveland, Ohio. May 9, 1856 ..........

143

8. Improvement of Sheboygan Harbor. Joint resolution relating to the appropriation for the improve-

ment of the harbor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. May 12, 1856......................... 144

9. Statistics of Coastwise Commerce. Joint resolution for the statistics of the coastwise commerce to

be included hereafter in the annual reports of the Secretary of the Treasury on Commerce

and Navigation. May 14, 1856.....

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