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June 12, 1844. No. 10. A Resolution respecting receipts issued by the Treasurer of the United

States, in payment for public lands. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Treasurer's Stutes of America in Congress assembled, That any certificates which certificates of have been issued by the Treasurer of the United States, in favor of indeposites for the dividuals who have deposited moneys at the Treasury in payment for lands under ace lands intended by them to be purchased under the act of Congress, apof April 24, proved April the twenty-fourth, in the year of our Lord one thousand when assigned, eight hundred and twenty, entitled “ An act making further provision to be received for the sale of the public lands," and which certificates have been asin payment for signed, may be received in payment for public lands purchased at public public lands.

sale or by private entry; and any receiver of public moneys who may have received such certificates in payment, as aforesaid, may be credited with the amount thereof, upon delivering them duly transferred to the Treasury.

APPROVED, June 12, 1844.

June 12, 1844. No. 11. A Resolution suspending the joint resolution providing for the printing of

additional copies of the journals and public documents.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Suspended till States of America in Congress assembled, That the resolution "pronext session of viding for the printing of additional copies of the journals and public Congress. Ante, p. 717. documents,” shall be suspended and take effect only from the com

mencement of the next session of Congress.

APPROVED, June 12, 1844.

June 12, 1844. No. 12. A Resolution to continue two clerks in the business of reservations and

grants under Indian treaties. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Continued till States of America in Congress assembled, That the authority given to otherwise di.

the Secretary of War by the joint resolution, approved May eighteenth, rected by Con

one thousand eight hundred and forty-two, to continue for two years gress.

the employment of two clerks in the business of reservations and grants Ante, p. 583.

under Indian treaties, is hereby extended and continued till otherwise directed by Congress.

APPROVED, June 12, 1844.

June 15, 1844. No. 14. A Joint Resolution in relation to the transmission of the British mail

between Boston and Canada, and for other purposes.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Postmaster

States of America in Congress assembled, That the Postmaster General Gen'l to make

be and he is hereby authorized to make such arrangements as may be arrangements with British go. deemed expedient with the Post Office Department of the British go vernment for

vernment for the transmission of the British mail in its unbroken state transmission of the mails be

or condition between Boston and Canada. tween Boston Be it further resolded, That the Postmaster General be and he is and Canada.

hereby authorized to enter into such arrangement or arrangements with Arrangements to be made for

the proper authorities in France and Germany, and the owners or agents transmission of of vessels plying regularly between those countries and the United States, the mail betw'n whereby a safe and as near as possible a regular direct mail communi

, the U. S, and Europe. cation, under official guaranty, between the United States and the con

Poris of Bre. tinent of Europe, viz. : the ports of Bremen in Germany and Havre in men, Havre,

France, and such other principal ports on said continent as the Postand others, to be secured, &c. master General may deem most proper, shall be secured - so that the entire inland and foreign postage on

tters an all other mail matter,

sent over sea from and to the United States, to and from any part of France and of the States comprehended within the German Customs Union, and of those countries on the continent, between which and France and of the said German States there exists a continued arrangement of the like kind, may be paid at the place where they are respectively mailed or received.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

No. 15. A Resolution for the relief of certain claimants under the Cherokee treaty June 15, 1844.

of one thousanul eight hundred and thirty-six. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

Certificates is. States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the

sued or allowed Treasury be directed to pay, or cause to be paid, the several sums found

by commissiondue to claimants under the Cherokee treaty of one thousand eight hun- ers under Chedred and thirty-six, upon the certificates issued by the board of com

rokee treaty, to

be paid. missioners appointed in pursuance of the seventeenth article of said treaty, out of the unexpended balance of appropriations made for the payment of such claims, upon the presentation of said certificates.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

No. 16. A Joint Resolution authorizing the transfer of certain clerks in the Trea- June 15, 1844.

sury Department. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the

Sec. of Treas. Treasury be, and is hereby authorized to transfer from any office or

may transfer

three clerks to offices of the Treasury Department from which their services may, in

arrange statis. his opinion, be dispensed with, three or more clerks to be employed tical informaunder his direction in collecting, arranging and classifying such statisti- tion, &c. cal information as may be procured, showing or tending to show each year the condition of the agriculture, manufactures, domestic trade, currency and banks of the several States and Territories of the United States. The clerks which may be transferred and employed under this

Clerks to re

ceive same pay authority shall receive the same salaries as at present—and a report

as before. containing the results of the information obtained upon the before mentioned subjects, shall be annually made to Congress by the Secretary of the Treasury, on the first Monday of January.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

No. 17. A Resolution relating to the public lands appertaining to the armories at June 17, 1844.

Spring field and Harper's Ferry. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War Sec. of War be, and he is hereby authorized to alter, establish and settle the boun- may alter the dary lines between the United States' lands at the Springfield armory

boundaries, so

as to allow the and the contiguous lands belonging to the town of Springfield in the laying out, &c. State of Massachusetts, and to individual citizens, in such a way as of streets. may be best calculated to allow the laying out and altering of streets and highways for the mutual convenience and advantage of all parties; and for this purpose he is further authorized to exchange and convey, and May exchange, to receive from the corporate authorities of Springfield, or to and from convey, or re

ceive land for individual proprietors, such fractional parts of land as may

be necessary that purpose. for the accommodation and convenience of the town of Springfield in running its public streets and highways, and of the armory in securing the safety of, and free access to its workshops, arsenals, and other public buildings; and to grant on the part of the United States, and receive from the corporative authorities of Springfield, or from individual proprie

tors, deeds and titles for the lands so exchanged and disposed of to es

tablish convenient boundaries. Authorized to Sec. 2. And be it further resolved, That the Secretary of War be, ratify the ex- and he is hereby authorized and empowered to ratify and confirm an with the Wager exchange of land at Harper's Ferry, in the State of Virginia, which has family of land been made between the United States and the Wager family for the purat Harper's pose of securing a more convenient access to the workshops of the Ferry.

United States armory at that place, and to give and receive deeds to and from the persons lawfully holding the land thus obtained from the United States, and the legal owners of the land, the occupancy of which was transferred to the United States in exchange therefor.

APPROVED, June 17, 1844.

June 17, 1844. No. 18. Joint Resolution tendering the thanks of Congress to the British authori

ties at Gibraltar, and the commander, officers, and crew of her Britannic Majesty's ship Mclabar.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United President to States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the communicate to United States be requested to communicate to the British Government, them the high

in such manner as he may deem proper, the high sense entertained by sense of Con. gress of their Congress of the generous zeal displayed by the British authorities at zeal displayed Gibraltar, and the commander, officers and crew of her Britannic Maor the burning jesty's ship Malabar, in endeavoring to save from destruction the Ame

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rican steam frigate Missouri, and in preserving the lives of her officers and crew, as well as of the kindness and hospitality which characterized their treatment of the ship's company of that vessel, after her unfortunate destruction by fire.

APPROVED, June 17, 1844.

ACTS OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

OF THE

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

Washington, in the district of Columbia, on Monday, the 2d day
of December, 1844, and ended the 3d day of March, 1845.

John Tyler, President of the United States. WILLIE P. MANGUM,

President of the Senate, pro tempore. John W. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

STATUTE II. Chap. I.-- An Act to establish a uniform time for holding elections for electors of Jan. 23, 1845.

President and Vice President in all the States of the Union.(a) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the electors of Presi- Election day

fixed. dent and Vice President shall be appointed in each State on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November of the year in which they are to be appointed : Provided, That each State may by law provide for the filling of any vacancy or vacancies which may occur Vacancies. in its college of electors when such college meets to give its electoral vote: And provided, also, when any State shall have held an election. In case of no

election. for the purpose of choosing electors, and shall fail to make a choice on the day aforesaid, then the electors may be appointed on a subsequent day in such manner as the State shall by law provide. APPROVED, January 23, 1845.

STATUTE II. Chap. II.-An Act to correct a clerical error in the act supplementary to an act to

Feb. 4, 1845. regulate arrests on mesne process in the District of Columbia, and to amend the title thereof. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

Correction of United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act entitled

the error. " An act supplementary to an act entitled · An act to regulate arrests Act of June on mesne process in the District of Columbia,'” approved June seven- 17, 1844, ch.

100. teenth, eighteen hundred and forty-four, be corrected, so as to insert, between the words “and” and “in," in the sixth line, the words “in cases where the principal of the debt exceeds that amount, no person shall be imprisoned as aforesaid, except”.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the title of the said act be Title amended. amended by adding the words : " and to abolish imprisonment for debt in the District of Columbia, except in cases of fraud.”

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That nothing in the said act pass

(a) Election of President and Vice President of the United States : Constitution of the United States, art. 2, sec. 1, vol. 1, 15, 16. Twelfth amendment to the constitution of the United States, vol. 1, 22.

An act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President in case of vacancies in the office of both President and Vice President; March 1. 1792, chap. 8.

An act supplementary to the act entitled "An act relative to the election of a President and Vice Pre. sident of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the office of both President and Vice President; March 26, 1804, chap. 50. VOL. V.-91

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Certair, suits ed the seventeenth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, or actions excepted.

or in this act, shall be so construed as to extend to any suit or action brought by the corporate authorities of either of the cities of the said District to recover a penalty imposed by any ordinance or by law of such corporation for an infraction of its by-laws and ordinances.

APPROVED, February 4, 1845. STATUTE II. Feb. 7, 1845. Chap. IV. - An Act confirming and assenting to an act of the Legislature of Vir.

ginia, entitled An act further to amend the act incorporating the Chesapeake Act of March and Ohio Canal Company." 3, 1837, ch. 51.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Act confirmed. United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act of the

Legislature of Virginia, entitled “ An act further to amend the act inAppendix No. corporating the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company,” which was 2, post, 802.

passed on the twentieth day of January, in the year one thousand eight

hundred and forty-four, be, and the same is hereby, ratified, confirmed, Proviso. and assented to: Provided, That this assent and confirmation shall not

be so construed as to bind the United States beyond their interest in the stock in said company, nor as either affirming or denying the validity of the rights or liens of the State of Maryland referred to in the third section of the said act of Virginia: Provided, also, That nothing herein contained shall be held or construed to impair the rights of any individual or corporation derived from the original act of incorporation of the said Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company.

APPROVED, February 7, 1845. STATUTE II. Feb. 13, 1845. Chap. V. - An Act to repeal An act for the better organization of the district

court of the United States within the State of Louisiana,and for other puro

Further proviso.

poses. (a)

ferred to Dist.

Orleans.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Act of March

United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act entitled 3, 1823, ch. 44, repealed.

“An act for the better organization of the district court of the United States within the State of Louisiana," approved on the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three, be, and the same is here

by, repealed. Actions or

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all criminal actions or civil suits pending,

suits which have arisen in the district court of the United States for the &c. to be trans.

western district of the State of Louisiana, and which are now pending Court at New therein, together with all process, writs, recognizances, and records, be

longing thereto, shall be transferred to New Orleans, and there disposed 1815, ch. 19.

of by the district court of the United States for the eastern district of Louisiana, as suits are disposed of originating in the eastern district of

said State. One term to Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the district court of the be held annually United States for the State of Louisiana shall hold one term of said for the business of the western

court in each and every year, in the city of New Orleans, which shall district. commence on the first Monday of January, and continue unless the

business shall be disposed of, for the trial of all criminal actions and civil suits which have arisen, or which may hereafter arise, within the present limits of the said western district of the State of Louisiana.

APPROVED, February 13, 1845.
STATUTE II.
Feb. 20, 1845. Chap. XIII. – An Act for the purchase of certain copies of the History of Oregon

California, and the other Territories on the Northwest coast of America
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary
(a) Notes of the acts relating to the District Court of Louisiana, vol. 3, 774.

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