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Georgia, &c. made until after payment is completed of the one million (wo to be first dis- hundred and fifty thousand dollars due to the state of Georgia,

in consideration of the cession to the United States, nor until the

payment of all the stock which has been, or shall be, created by Vol. ii. p.1405. the act, entitled “ An act providing for the indemnification of

certain claimants of public lands in the Mississippi territory," Proviso; the, shall be completed : And provided also, That the said five per to be calculat- cent. shall not be calculated on any part of such proceeds as shall ed on certain be applied to the payment of the one million two hundred and

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fifty thousand dollars due to the state of Georgia, in consideration of the cession to the United States, or in payment of the stock which has or shall be created by the act, entitled “An act providing for the indemnification of certain claimants of public lands in the Mississippi territory."

$ 6. That, until ihe next general census shall be taken, the representative

said state shall be entitled to one representative in the house of in congress. representatives of the United States. Approved, March 1, 1817.)

The state entitled to one

Vol. ii. p.1222. CHAP. 197. An act supplementary to an act, entitled "An act concerning the naval estab

lishment." Pursers to en

8 1. Be it enacted, &c. That every purser now in service, or ter into bond, who may hereafter be appointed, shall, instead of the bond reof 25,000 dolls. quired by the act to which this is a supplement, enter into bond, with two or with two or more sufficient sureties, in the penalty of twenty-five more suroties. Sureties to be thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful discharge of all his approved by duties as purser in the navy of the United States, which said the judge or attorney of sureties shall be approved by the judge or attorney of the United the district. States for the district in which such purser shall reside. No person to 8 2. That, from and after the first day of May next, no person after the 1st or shall act in the character of purser, who shall not enter into bond May, 1817, as aforesaid, excepting pursers on distant service, who shall not without bond, excepling, &c. remain in service longer than two months after their return to

the United States, unless they shall comply with the provisions

of the first section of this act. [Approved, March 1, 1817.] Vol.ii. p.1214. CHAP. 203. An act in addition to an act, entitled " An act for the more convenient taking

of affidavits and bail, in civil causes depending in the courts of the United States." Commission

$1. Be it enacted, fc. That the commissioners who now are, ers may take affidavits, &c. or hereafter may be, appointed by virtue of the act, entitled " An i be used in, act for the more convenient taking of affidavits and bail, in civil

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causes depending in the courts of the United States," are hereThey may ex- by authorized to take affidavits and bail in civil causes, to be ercise all the

used in the several district courts of the United States, and shall powers that a justice or and may exercise all the powers that a justice or judge of any of judge may, &c.

the courts of the United States may exercise by virtue of the Vol. i. p. 53. thirtieth section of the act, entitled " An act to establish the ju

dicial courts of the United States.” [Approved, March 1, 1817.)

Chap. 204. An act concerning the navigation of the United States. After 30th $1. Be it enacted, &c. That, after the thirtieth day of SeptemSept. 1817, no ber next, no goods, wares, or merchandise, shall be imported Imported from into the United States from any foreign port or place, except in any foreign vessels of the United States, or in such foreign vessels as truly

&c.

&c.

and wholly belong to the citizens or subjects of that country of place, except which the goods are the growth, production, or manufacture; or the United from which such goods, wares, or merchandise, can only be, or States, or, &c. most usually are, first shipped for transportation : Provided, nev- Proviso; this ertheless, That this regulation shall not extend to the vessels of regulation not any foreign nation which has not adopted, and which shall not nations not adopt, a similar regulation.

adopting a

similar one. $ 2. That all goods, wares, or merchandise, imported into the Importations United States contrary to the true intent and meaning of this contrary to act, and the ship or vessel wherein the same shall be imported, sion forfeiture together with her cargo, tackle, apparel, and furniture, shall be of vessel and forfeited to the United States ; and such goods, wares, or mer- Goods, veschandise, ship, or vessel, and cargo, shall be liable to be seized, se!s,&c. to be prosecuted, and condemned, in like manner, and under the same cuted,'&e. acregulations, restrictions, and provisions, as have been heretofore cording to the

revenue laws, established for the recovery, collection, distribution, and remission, of forfeitures to the United States by the several revenue laws. $ 3. That after the thirtieth day of September next, the boun- After 30tk

Sept. 1817, ties and allowances now granted by law to the owners of boats

bounties, &e. or vessels engaged in the fisheries, shall be paid only on boats on vessels

enor vessels, the officers and at least three fourths of the crews of Isheries rowhich shall be proved, to the satisfaction of the collector of the stricted to, district where such boat or vessel shall belong, to be citizens of the United States, or persons not the subjects of any foreign prince or state.

4. That no goods, wares, or merchandise, shall be import- Regulations ed, under penalty of forfeiture thereof, from one port of the Unit- importation of ed States to another port of the United States, in a vessel be- goods from longing wholly or in part to a subject of any foreign power; but U.States to this clause shall not be construed to prohibit the sailing of any

another. foreign vessel from one to another port of the United States, provided no goods, wares, or merchandise, other than those imported in such vessel from some foreign port, and which shall not have been unladen, shall be carried from one port or place to another in the United States.

$ 5. That after the thirtieth day of September next, there shall Regulations be paid a duty of fifty cents per ton, upon every ship or vessel

tonnage duty of the United States which shall be entered in a district in one on vessels enstate from a district in another state, except it be an adjoining district in one, state on the sea coast, or on a navigable river or lake, and ex- at a district in cept also it be a coasting vessel going from Long Island, in the another, stato. state of New York, to the state of Rhode Island, or from the state of Rhode Island to the said Long Island, having on board goods, wares, and merchandise, taken in one slate to be delivered in another state: Provided, That it shall not be paid on any ship Proviso as to or vessel having a license to trade between the different districts sels. of the United States, or to carry on the bank or whale fisheries, more than once a year: And provided also, That if the owner of Proviso; as to any such vessel, or bis agent, shall prove, to the satisfaction of duty where the collector, that three fourths at least of the crew thereof are

3.4ths of the

crew are cause American citizens, or persons not the subjects of any foreign zens, &c. prince or state, the duty to be paid in such case shall be only at

respect to

licensed ves

of

50 cents per

ton on vessels

Tho propor. tion of citizen

the rate of six cents per ton; but nothing in this section shall be

construed to repeal or affect any exemption from tonnage duty Vol. ii. p. 873. given by the eighth section of the act, entitled “ An act 10 pro

vide for the establishment of certain districts, and therein to amend an act, entitled “ An act lo regulate the collection of dulies on imports and tonnage," and for other purposes.”

§ 6. That after the thirtieth day of September next, there shall whoso officers be paid upon every ship or vessel of the United States, which and 2-3ds of shall be entered in the United States from any foreign port or not citizens, place, unless the officers, and at least two thirds of the crew and entering ihereof, shall be proved citizens of the United States, or persons from a foreign not the subjects of any foreign prince or state, to the satisfaction Proviso ; 07 of the collector, fifty cents per ton: And provided also, That this yor of vossels section shall not extend to ships or vessels of the United States on foreign

which are now on foreign voyages, or which may depart from the voyages, &c.

United States prior to the first day of May next, until after their return to some port of the United States.

37. That the several bounties and remissions, or abatements soamen to er- of duty, allowed by this act, in the case of vessels having a cerish during the tain propertion of seamen who are American citizens, or persons unloss, &c. not the subjects of any foreign power, shall be allowed only in

the case of vessels having such proportion of American seamen during their whole voyage, unless in case of sickness, death, or desertion, or where the whole or part of the crew shall have been

taken prisoners in the voyage. (Approved, March 1, 1817.) Vol. ii. p.

Chap. 207. An act repealing tho act, entitled " An act for the safekeeping and accommodation

of prisoners of war," passed July the sixth, ono thousand eight hundred and lwelvo. The act for $1. Be it enacted, f.c. That the act, entitled "An act for the ing, &c. of safekeeping and accommodation of prisoners of war,” passed on prisoners of the sixth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and twelve, An account to be, and the same hereby is, repealed; and the secretary of the be rendered. treasury is hereby required to cause an account to be rendered

of the fund appropriated by the act hereby repealed, and report the same to congress at their next session. (Approved, March 3, 1817.)

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1273.

Chap. 210. An act for erecting a lighthouse on tho west chop of Holmes's Hole Harbor, in

tho state of Massachusetts. The secretary of the treas

§ 1. Be it enacted, 8c. That, as soon as a cession shall be yry to contract made by the state of Massachusetts to the United States of the house'ish be jurisdiction over a piece of land proper for the purpose, the sebuilt on the cretary of the treasury shall be, and he is hereby, authorized to west chop of Holmes's provide, by contract, to be approved by the president of the Holc, as soon United States, for building a lighthouse on the west chop of as Massachu- Holmes's Hole Harbor, in the said state, and to furnish the same jurisdiction, with all necessary supplies; and also to agree for the salaries or Superintend- wages of the person or persons who may be appointed by the

president for the superintendence and care of the same; and the

president shall be authorized to make the said appointments. 5,000 dolls. § 2. That there shall be appropriated and paid, out of any Appropriated.

moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of

ent, &c.

1547.

2425.

five thousand dollars, for the purposes aforesaid. (Approved, March 3, 1817.) Chap. 211. An act transferring the duties of commissioner of loans to the bank of the Vol. iii. p.

United States, and abolishing tho office of commissioner of loans. $1. Be it enacted, &c. That the bank of the United States and Tho bank of its several branches shall be, and they are hereby, required to do the U.States, and perform the several duties of commissioners of loans for the the duties of several states ; and the bank of the United States and its several commissioners branches, and such state banks as the bank of the United States Repealed.

Vol. iv.p. may employ in those states where no branch bank shall be established, shall observe and conform to the directions which have Bank of the U. been, or may hereafter be, prescribed by the secretary of the States, &c. to treasury, with the approbation of the president of the United rections of soStates, touching the execution of the duties aforesaid.

cretary of the

treasury. $ 2. That all such duties and acts as are now done and per- Duties done formed by the commissioners of loans, in transferring stock from and performed the books of one loan office to another, or to the books of the sioners of treasury, or from the books of the treasury to the books of the loans, in transloan offices, shall be done and performed by the president of the &c. to be dono bank of the United States, the president of the several branches by the presiof the said bank, and by the president of such state banks as the bank of the U. bank of the United States may employ, (in states where no branch States, &c. of the United States bank shall be established ;) and the acts of Vol. iv.p. the presidents aforesaid shall be countersigned by the cashiers 2425. of those banks respectively.

$ 3. That it shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury The secretary to notify the president of the bank of the United States, that the to notify the duties now performed by the commissioners of loans will be president of

the bank of transferred to the bank of the United States, and he shall direct the U. States, the commissioners of loans and the agents for military pensions, and direct doors where there is no commissioner, respectively, in the several states, of loans to deto deliver to the president of the bank of the United States, or bees, ker pato the president of a branch thereof, or to the president of such Repealed. state bank as the bank of the United States may employ, on such 425.6.P. day or days as he may designate, the register, and all the records and

papers of their respective offices; and it shall be the duty Commissionof the said commissioners of loans and agents for pensioners to comply, and comply with the said direction, and also to take duplicate re- iake duplicate ceipts for the delivery of the records and papers herein describ- receipts, &c. ed, one of which shall be transmitted, without delay, to the secretary of the treasury : Provided, however, That the secretary Proviso ; as to

the time, &c. of the treasury may designate such time, before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, for the performance of the duties aforesaid, as the public convenience will permit: And provided also, That this act shall not be construed Proviso; as to to extend to any agent for military pensions in any state where states where there is no bank established by law.

established by $ 4. That the office of commissioner of loans, upon the deli- law.

Office of com very of the records and papers, as herein required, to the bank missioner of of the United States or its branches, or to the state banks em- loans abolishployed by the bank of the United States in those states where ed, &c.

act.

there may be no branch, shall be, and hereby is, abolished ; and the pay and emoluments of the said commissioners of loans, and the clerks and persons employed by them, aster such delivery,

shall, respectively, cease and determine. Vol. iii. p. $5. That the act, entitled "An act for the prompt settlement 1630. The act for

of public accounts," shall commence and be in force on and after the prompt the third day of this instant, March, any thing in the aforesaid settlement of public ac- act to the contrary notwithstanding. (Approved, March 3, 1817.) counts in force, &c.

Char. 212. An act to regulate the trade in plaster of Paris. Expired. After 4th of $ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That, from and after the fourth day of July, 1817, im- July next, no plaster of Paris, the production of any country, or portation of plaster pro

its dependencies, from which the vessels of the United States are hibited, in

not permitted to bring the same article, shall be imported into foreign vessels, from the United States in any foreign vessel. And all plaster of Paris countries, &c, imported, or attempted to be imported, into the United States, and cargo, for- contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, and the vesfeited for a vi- sel in which the same may be imported, or attempted to be imolation of this

ported, together with the cargo, tackle, apparel, and furniture, shall be forfeited to the United States; and such plaster of Paris, vessel and cargo, shall be liable to be seized, prosecuted, and condemned, in like manner, and under the same regulations, restrictions, and provisions, as have been heretofore established for the recovery, collection, and distribution, and remission, of for

feitures to the United States by the several revenue laws. This act to be $ 2. That this act shall continue and be in force five years

from the thirty-first day of January, one thousand eight hundred five years from 31st Jan 1817. and seventeen: Provided, nevertheless, That if any foreign nation, Proviso; a or its dependencies, which have now in force regulations on the discontinuing subject of the trade in plaster of Paris, prohibiting the exportaprohibitory re- tion thereof to certain ports of the United States, shall discongulations, the restrictions tinue such regulations, the president of the United States is hereimposed by by authorized to declare that fact by his proclamation, and the cease with re. restrictions imposed by this act shall, from the date of such

rospect to that clamation, cease and be discontinued in relation to the nation, or proclamation its dependencies, discontinuing such regulations. (Approved, of the presi- March 3, 1817.) denta Chap. 213. An act authorizing the deposite of the papers of foreign vessels with the consul

of their respective nations. Ships' papers

$1. Be it enacted, &c. That the register, or other document to the collector in lieu thereof, together with the clearance and other papers, before entry. granted by the officers of the customs to any foreign ship or ves

sel, at her departure from the port or place from which she may have arrived, shall, previous to entry in any port of the United

States, be produced to the collector with whom such entry is to The papers

be made. And it shall be the duty of the master or commander, to be deposit- within forty-eight hours after such entry, to deposite the said consul within papers with the consul or vice consul of the nation to which 48 hours. ihe vessel belongs, and to deliver to the collector the certificate

of such consul or vice consul, that the said papers have been so Fine in case

deposited ; and any master or commander, as aforesaid, who shall of noncompli- fail to comply with this regulation, shall, upon conviction there

in force for

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