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no sea letter shall be issued to any vessel which shall not at this time be furnished or entitled to a sea letter, unless such vessel shall return to some port or place in the United States or territories thereof on or before the said thirtieth day of June next : Provided nevertheless, That no sea letter or other document, certifying or proving any ship or vessel to be the property of a citizen or citizens of the United States, shall be issued to any vessel now abroad, which shall not at this time be furnished or entitled to a sea letter, unless such vessel shall arrive at some port or place in the United States or territories thereof, on or before the said thirtieth day of June next; and provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to operate against any such vessel or vessels that now are, or may be, prior to the said thirtieth of June, detained abroad by the authority of any foreigo poster.

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Proviso.

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House ef Representatives.

GEO: CLINTON,
Vice President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
March 26, 1810.

APPROVED, JAMES MADISON.

CHAPTER XXXVIII.

AN ACT making an appropriation for the purpose

of trying the practical use of the Torpedo or
sub-marine explosion.
E it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of

America, in Congress assembled, That a Specific ap

propriation sum not exceeding five thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, payable out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to defray the expence which shall be incurred in any actual experiments, when the

the President of the United States' shall deem it expedient to cause such experiments to be made, which shall be made under the immediate direction of the Secretary of the Navy, for the purpose of ascertaining with precision how far the torpedo or sub-marine explosions may be usefully employed as engines of war who is hereby directed to report to Congress the result of the experiment with his opinion thereon.

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

GEO: CLINTON,
Vice President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
March 30, 1810.
APPROVED

JAMES MADISON.

CHAPTER XXXIX.
AN ACT to make public u road in Washington

county, in the district of Columbia.
E it enacted by the Senate and House of

Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the road heretofore opened by the consent of

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Road to the the owners of the land over which the samo Lower East. ein Branch passed, from the line of the district of CoBridge to be lumbia, through the land of John Masters ppened and aud John L. Naylor, to the lower bridge kept in re

over the Eastern Branch of Potomac river, shall be, and is hereby declared to be a public highway; and shall be kept in repair, as other public roads in Washington county, in the district of Columbia, are kept in repair.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Commission- three commissioners to be mutually appointers to be ap. ed by the levy court of the county of Washthe levy court ington, in the district of Columbia, and of Washing the proprietors of the land over which the the road, & said road docs or may pass or be laid out, muake return be, and they are hereby appointed commis. of Washing. sioners, and they, or å majority of them, con county are hereby authorised and empowered to

revict the said road, and to cause the same to be surveyed and laid out, not exceeding thirty-feet in width, and to cause a plot to be made thereof, and return the same, under their hands and seals, to the clerk of Washington county, to be by him recorded among the land records of said county.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That Damiages to the said commissioners, or a majority of bu ascertain them, shall ascertain and value the damage be paid by

which any person, through whose land the the county. said road pașses, may sustain, by making

the said road a public highway, and shall return to the levy court of Washington county a certificate of such valuation, the amount of which shall be levied by said court on the assessable property of said county and the city of Washington, and

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paid over to the person or persons entitled to
receive the same.

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,

GEO: CLINTON,
Vice President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.

March 30, 1810.
APPROVED,

JAMES MADISON:

CHAPTER XL.

AN ACT for the relief of Tristram Hussey.

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E it enacted by the Senate and House of

Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That there be refunded and paid to Tristram Hussey, out of any money in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of three hundred and ninety-five dollars and forty cents, it being the amount of duties paid by the said Tristram Hussey, to the collector of New York, on thirty-five casks of spermaceti oil, sent to New York in American vessels from the Cape de Verde islands by the said Tristram Hussey, in the years one thousand eight hundred and one, and one thousand eight hundred and two: Provided, That the same

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has not been exported with benefit of drawback

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

GEO: CLINTON,
Vice President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
April 11, 1810.
APPROVED,

JAMES MADISON.

CHAPTER XLI.

AN ACT to alter and amend an act, entitled " An

act providing for the third census or enumera-
tion of the inhabitants of the United States,"
passed the twenty-sixth day of March, one thou-
sand eight hundred and ten.
E it enacted by the Senate and House of

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America, in Congress assembled, That the enumeration mentioned in the first section of the act hereby amended, shall close within five months from the first Monday in August next, and the assistants shall make their returns to the marshals and secretaries within the said five months, any thing in the said act to the contrary notwithstanding.

J. B. VARNUM,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

GEO: CLINTON,
Vice President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
April 12, 1810.
APPROVED

JAMES MADISON.

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