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CHAP. 19.-AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a new register for the

American barque Pons, of Philadelphia, by the name of the Cordelia.

(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be issued, under the direction of the A new register Secretary of the Treasury, a new register for the American to be issued for barque Pons, by the name of the Cordelia, of Philadelphia, by the name of which vessel was recently sold in that city in pursuance of the Cordelia. an order of the United States district court of the eastern district of Pennsylvania, as having been unlawfully engaged in the slave trade, and is now owned by Edward Harris Miles: Provided, That this act shall not be so construed as Proviso. to dispense with the requirements of existing laws relating to new registers to be issued to vessels, except as to the name thereof; and that satisfactory evidence of a full compliance with those requirements shall be furnished to the Secretary of the Treasury before a new register shall be issued, as herein provided.

Approved, February 23, 1847.

CHAP. 20.-AN ACT to establish a court at Key West, in the State of

Florida, and for other purposes.

[SEC. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all that part of the State of Florida, lying Southern dissouth of a line drawn due east and west from the northern trict of Florida

established. point of Charlotte harbor, including the islands, keys, reefs, shoals, harbors, bays, and inlets, south of said line, shall be erected into a new judicial district, to be called the southern district of Florida ; a district court shall be held in said District courts. southern district, to consist of one judge, who shall reside at Key West, in said district, and be called a district judge; and shall in all things have and exercise the jurisdiction and Jurisdiction. powers of a district and circuit court of the United States within the district aforesaid; and appeals may be allowed and writs of error sued out and made returnable in the Supreme Court in the same manner and under the same rules and regulations as appcals and writs of error are allowed and sued out from and to a circuit court. The judge shall appoint a clerk, who shall reside and keep the records of the Clerk. court at the place of holding the same; and shall receive for the services he may perform the same fees to which the clerk of the Louisiana district is entitled for similar services.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the judge of Sessions. said district shall hold two regular terms of court in each year at Key West—the one commencing on the first Mon

day in May, the other on the first Monday of November in
each year. He shall also hold extra sessions of said court
from time to time, at such places in said district as occasion
may require, to despatch the business of said court; and,
for the purpose of hearing and deciding all cases of admi-
ralty and maritime jurisdiction, the said court shall be at all

times open.

Wreckers to be Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no vessel nor
licensed.

master thereof, shall be regularly employed in the business
of wrecking on the coast of Florida without the license of
the judge of said court; and, before licensing any vessel or
master, the judge shall be satisfied that the vessel is sea-
worthy, and properly and sufficiently fitted and equipped for
the business of saving property shipwrecked and in distress;
and that the master thereof is trustworthy, and innocent of
any fraud or misconduct in relation to any property ship-

wrecked or saved on said coast. Compensation

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be of judge.

allowed to the judge aforesaid an annual salary of two thou-
sand dollars to be paid to him quarterly from the time of his

appointment. United States

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That there shall be
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appointed.

appointed in said district a person learned in the law to act
as attorney for the United States, who shall, in addition to
his stated fees, be paid by the United States two hundred

dollars as a full compensation for all extra services.
Umited States Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be
marshal to be appointed in said district a marshal, who shall perform the
appointed.

same duties, be subject to the same regulations and penal-
ties, and be entitled to the same fees, as are allowed to mar-
shals in the district of Louisiana, and shall, moreover be
entitled to the sum of two hundred dollars annually, as a

compensation for all extra services.
Provisions of Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of
an act of this the act passed at this session, entitled “An act to regulate
the records,pro. the exercise of the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme
ceedings, &c.of Court of the United States in certain cases and for other pur-
lished by this poses,” shall be held to apply to all records, proceedings,

judgments or decrecs transferred to the court hereby estab-
lished; and all and singular the records and proceedings,
judgments or decrees specified in said act, that arose or
pending, or claimed to be pending as stated in said act, in
or before the superior court of the southern district of the late
Territory of Florida, and provided by said act to be trans-
ferred to the district court of the United States for the dis-
trict of Florida, shall be, and are hereby transferred to the
court hereby created, and all the provisions of said act re-
lating to said district court of the United States for the dis-
trict of Florida, or respecting the removal of judgments or

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decrées in such cases to the Supreme Court of the United States, or otherwise relating to such cases, shall be deemed and held to apply to the court hereby created, the same as to said district court of the United States for said district of Florida, and to the cases so as aforesaid transferred to the court hereby created.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the title and name Northern disof said district court of the United States for the district of trict of Florida. . Florida shall hereafter be the " district court of the United States for the northern district of Florida ;" and that the judge of said northern district shall, in addition to the terms of his court heretofore prescribed to be held within said northern district, hold one term of the court for said district Terms of courts at Apalachicola on the first Monday in February of each of year, and one term of said court at Pensacola on the first Monday in March of each year, for the trial of causes arising in the western section of the State of Florida.

Approved, February 23, 1847.

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CHAR. 21.-AN ACT in addition to an act to establish a court at Key

West in the State of Florida.

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[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the jurisdiction at present exercised under the Jurisdiction of existing laws by the district court of the United States for the present disthe district of Florida, shall continue to be exercised by the

y me tinued until the said court until a judge shall have been appointed and quali- appointment & fied under the provisions of an act of this session, entitled qualification of “An act to establish a court at Key West in the State of he

lace of new district. . Florida,” anything in the said act to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved, February 23, 1847.

CHAP. 22.--AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a register to the brig.

. antine Ocean Queen.

Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as

A register to be sembled, That there be issued, under the direction of the iss Secretary of the Treasury, a register for the brigantine Ocean brig’tine Ocean Queen, formerly a British colonial vessel, but now owned by Queen. Trusten P. McColley and Hiram W. McColley, citizens of the State of Delaware; and which said vessel, having been vrecked and condemned on cape Henlopen beach, was purchased by them, and which they have caused to be repaired and refitted for sea again : Provided, It shall be proved to Proviso,

the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury that the cost of the repairs made in the United States, after the purchase of the said vessel by the present owners, exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of building a vessel of the same tonnage in the United States.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

CHAP. 23.-AN ACT for the relief of George Gordon. [Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asEntries of cer- sembled, That the entry and purchase by George Gordon, at tain lands by the land office at St. Louis, Missouri, of the south west quarand by Zach. C. ter of section thirty-two, in township numbered forty-six, of Poot legalized range numbered six east, as per receiver's certificate numbered and confirmed.

eight thousand three hundred and sixty-seven, and the entry and purchase by Zachariah C. Poor, at the same land office, of the southeast quarter of section thirty-one, in township numbered forty-six, of range numbered six east, as per receiver's certificate number eight thousand three hundred and sixty-six, and by the said Poor assigned to said Gordon, and which said entries have been cancelled for irregularity, at

the General Land Office, be, and the same are hereby, conPatents to issue.firmed and legalized, and a patent or patents shall issue

therefor to the said George Gordon, or his assignee, as in other cases.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

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CHAP. 24.-AN ACT to grant a right of pre-emption to Philip F. De

ring and Robert H. Champion to a tract of mineral land. [Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep.

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asThe right of sembled, That there be, and hereby is, granted to Philip F. pre-emption to Dering and Robert H. Champion, of the county of Iowa, granted them. and Territory of Wisconsin, the right of pre-emption to the

northeast quarter, and east half of the northwest quarter of section numbered twenty-six, in township numbered one north, of range numbered one east, of the fourth principal

meridian, being the land now occupied by them under a Proviso. lease from the United States as mineral land: Provided,

That said Dering and Champion shall make full payment for the same at the proper land office within six months after the passage of this act: And provided further, That nothing here in contained shall be so construed as to affect the lawful claims of any other person or persons to the same, by virtue of existing laws.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

CHAP. 25.-AN ACT for the relief of John Stockton, late a lieutenant

in the Army of 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 the judgment rendered in the circuit court of Release of fudg. the United States in the district of Michigan, in the case of ment rendered “the United States of America versus John Stockton,” $707 55. against the said John Stockton, for the sum of seven hundred and seven dollars and fifty-five cents, be, and the same is hereby, forever released and discharged.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

CHAP. 26.-AN ACT for the relief of Peter Frost. (Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepTesentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be required to place the A pension of 68 name of Peter Frost, of Waterboro, in the State of Maine, per month al. upon the roll of invalid pensioners, and that he be allowed lowed hiin. at the rate of eight dollars per month, to commence the first day of July, eighteen hundred and forty-six.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

CHAP. 27.-AN ACT for the relief of George Roush. (Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate ond Ilouse of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, A pensłon of authorized and required to place the name of George Roush, sro per andern of Mason county, Virginia, on the roll of revolutionary pensioners of the United States, and allow him, during his natural life, the sum of eighty dollars per annum, as other pensioners.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

CHAP. 28.-AN ACT for the relief of James S. Conway. (Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper law officer of the Government of The bahnee on the United States be, and he is hereby authorized, to cause a judgment now

release to be entered in the case of the United States vs. to the u States James S. Conway, for the balance now owing by said Con- released. way, in virtue of a judgment heretofore obtained against bim in the district court of the United States for the district of Arkansas.

Approved, February 25, 1847.

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