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twenty-eighth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and thirtyone, the sum of eleven thousand one hundred and seventy-five dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
APPROVED, March 3, 1831.
March 3, 1831. Chap. CXIV.-An Act for the relief of John Culbertson, and to provide an inter
preter for the district court of the United States for the eastern district of
Louisiana. Payment to Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United John Culbert- States of America, in Congress assembled, That the sum of three hun
dred and thirty-three dollars and thirty-three and one-third cents be paid by the marshal of the United States for the eastern district of Louisiana to John Culbertson, for his services rendered as interpreter to the United States' court for said district, under the provisional appointment of the judge, for each regular term of said court, from the December term of one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, inclusively, up to the time
of the passage of this act. Interpreter Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the judge of the district court created.
of the United States for the eastern district of Louisiana be, and is hereby, authorized to appoint an interpreter to said court, and to allow him a compensation not exceeding three hundred and thirty-three dollars and thirty-three and one third cents, for his services at each regular term of said court, to be holden subsequently to the passage of this act; and the
marshal is authorized to pay the same upon the order of the judge: Proviso. Provided, always, That it shall be the duty of the said interpreter, during
his continuance in office, to attend all and every of the called or irregu.
lar sessions of the said court, without any additional compensation there. Proviso. for; Provided, also, That the said interpreter shall not receive, under this
act, more than one thousand dollars for each year.
APPROVED, March 3, 1831.
March 3, 1831.
Act of March 3, 1825, ch.99.
Vessels employed in the whale fishery.
Chap. CXV.-An Act concerning vessels employed in the whale fishery. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That all the provisions of the act, entitled “ An act to authorize the register or enrollment, and license, to be issued in the name of the president or secretary of any incorporated company owning a steamboat or vessel,” passed the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, shall extend and be applicable to every ship or vessel owned by any incorporated company, and employed wholly in the whale fishery, so long as such ship or vessel shall be wholly employed in the whale fishery.
APPROVED, March 3, 1831.
March 3, 1831.
Surveyor general created.
CHAP. CXVI.-An Act to create the office of surveyor of the public lands for the
state of Louisiana. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That a surveyor general for the state of Louisiana shall be appointed, who shall have the same authority, and perform the same duties, respecting the public lands and private land claims in the state of Louisiana, as are now vested in, and required of the surveyor of the lands of the United States, south of the state of
Tennessee, or the principal deputy surveyors in the said state; and that from and after the first day of May next, the office of principal deputy surveyors, as created by the ninth section of the act of Congress of the April 21, 1806, twenty-first day of April, eighteen hundred and six, entitled “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled 'An act for ascertaining and adjusting the titles and claims to lands within the territory of Orleans and district of Louisiana,'” be, and the same are hereby, abolished; and it shall be the duty of said principal deputy surveyors to surrender to the surveyor general of Louisiana, or to such person or persons as he may appoint to receive the same, all the maps, books, records, field notes, documents and articles of every description, appertaining orin anywise belonging to their offices respectively.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the principal deputy surveyor Disposition of for the district east of the island of New Orleans be, and he hereby is,
docurequired to separate and arrange the papers in his office; and all the maps, records, papers and documents of every description which refer to lands in the state of Louisiana, shall be delivered to the order of the surveyor general for that state; and such of them as refer to lands in the state of Alabama shall be delivered to the surveyor for the state of Alabama ; and such of them as refer to lands in the state of Mississippi, together with such maps, papers, records and documents in the office of said principal deputy surveyor, as are not hereby required to be delivered to the surveyor general of the state of Louisiana, or to the surveyor for the state of Alabama, shall be delivered to the order of the surveyor of the lands of the United States south of the state of Tennessee; and the office of said principal deputy shall be, and the same is hereby, abolished from and after the first day of May next; and the powers and duties now exercised and performed by the said principal deputy surveyor shall be vested in and performed by the aforesaid surveyors, within their respective states. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the
Other docusurveyor south of the state of Tennessee to deliver to the surveyor general of the state of Louisiana all the maps, papers, records, and documents relating to the public lands, and private claims in Louisiana, which may be in his office; and in every case where it shall be impracticable to make a separation of such maps, papers, records and documents, without injury to the portion of them relating to lands in Mississippi, it shall be his duty to cause copies thereof certified by him to be furnished to the surveyor general of Louisiana, and which copies shall be of the same validity as the originals.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the surveyor general of Loui- Deputy sursiana shall appoint a sufficient number of skilful and experienced sur- veyoted to be ap
pointed veyors as his deputies, who, with one or more good and sufficient sureties to be approved by said surveyor general, shall enter into bond for the faithful performance of all surveying contracts confided to them in the penalty of double the amount of money accruing under the said contracts at the rate per mile stipulated to be paid therein, and who, before entering on the performance of their duties, shall take an oath, or make affirmation, truly, faithfully, and impartially, to the utmost of their skill and ability, to execute the trust confided to them; and in the event of the failure of a deputy to comply with the terms of his contract, unless such failure shall be satisfactorily shown by him to have arisen from causes beyond his control, he shall forfeit the penalty of his bond on due process of law, and ever afterwards be debarred from receiving a contract for surveying public lands in Louisiana or elsewhere. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the surveyor general to be ap
Location of pointed in pursuance of this act shall establish his office at such place
veyor general. as the President of the United States may deem most expedient for the public service; and that he shall be allowed an annual salary of two Salary, &c. thousand dollars, and that he be authorized to employ one skilful draughts
man and recording clerk whose aggregate compensation shall not exceed one thousand five hundred dollars per annum; and that the fees heretofore authorized by law for examining and recording surveys be, and the same are hereby, abolished; and any copy of a plat of survey, or transcript from the records of the office of the said surveyor general, shall be admitted as evidence in any of the courts of the United States or territories thereof; and for every copy of a plat of survey, there shall be paid twenty-five cents, and for any transcript from the records of said office, there shall be paid at the rate of twenty-five cents for every hun
dred words by the individuals requiring the same. Settlement of Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That in relation to all suc? onconflicting
firmed claims as may conflict, or in any manner interfere with each claims.
other, the register of the land office and receiver of public moneys for the proper land district, are hereby authorized to decide between the parties, and shall in their decision be governed by such conditional lines or boundaries as have been or may be agreed upon between the parties interested, either verbally or in writing; and in case no lines or boundaries be agreed upon between the parties interested, then the said register and receiver are hereby authorized to decide between the parties in such manner as may be consistent with the principles of justice; and it shall be the duty of the surveyor general of the said state to have those
claims surveyed and platted in accordance with the decisions of the regisProviso. ter and receiver: Provided, That the said decisions and surveys, and the
patents which may be issued in conformity thereto, shall not in any wise be considered as precluding a legal investigation and decision by the proper judicial tribunal between the parties to any such interfering claims, but shall only operate as a relinquishment on the part of the United
States of all title to the land in question. Survey of cer
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That all the lands to which the Indian tain lands. title has been extinguished lying north of the northern boundary of the
state of Illinois, west of Lake Michigan, and east of the Mississippi river, shall be surveyed in the same manner and under the same regulations, provisions, restrictions and reservations as the other public lands are sur
veyed. School lands Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the legislature of the state of in Missouri. Missouri be, and is hereby authorized to sell and
convey in fee simple all or any part of the lands heretofore reserved and appropriated by Congress for the use of a seminary of learning in said state, and to invest the money arising from the sale thereof in some productive fund, the proceeds of which shall be for ever applied by the legislature of said
state, solely to the use of such seminary, and for no other use or purpose Salt springs. whatsoever. And that the legislature of said state of Missouri shall be,
and is hereby authorized to sell and convey in fee simple all or any part of the salt springs not exceeding twelve in number, and six sections of land adjoining to each, granted to said state by the United States for the use thereof, and selected by the legislature of said state, on or before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, and to invest the money arising from the sale thereof in some productive fund, the proceeds of which shall be for ever applied under the direction of said legislature, for the purpose of education in said state, and for no other use or purpose whatsoever.
APPROVED, March 3, 1831.
RESOLUTIONS. I. RESOLUTION in relation to the transmission of public documents printed by order Jan. 13, 1831.
of either House of Congress. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Transmission of
docuStates of America, in Congress assembled, That nothing contained in the public act to reduce into one the several acts establishing and regulating the Post-office Department, approved March third, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, shall be construed to repeal or limit the operation 1825, ch. 64. of the act authorizing the transmission of certain documents free of postage, approved December nineteenth, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one.
APPROVED, January 13, 1831.
II. A Resolution directing the Secretary of State to subscribe for seventy copies March 2, 1831.
of Peters’ Condensed Reports of decisions of the Supreme Court. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the densed Reports. Department of State be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to subscribe for and receive seventy copies of the Condensed Reports of cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Richard Peters, and cause to be distributed one copy thereof to the President of the United States, each of the justices of the Supreme Court, each of the judges of the district courts, the attorney general of the United States, each of the heads of departments, each of the judges of the several terri. tories of the United States, five copies thereof for the use of each House of Congress; and the residue of the copies shall be deposited in the library of Congress: Provided, however, That the cost of each volume shall not exceed five dollars.
APPROVED, March 2, 1831.
ACTS OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESS
Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the City of
Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Monday, the fifth day of December, 1831, and ended July sixteenth, 1832.
ANDREW Jackson, President; J. C. Calhoun, Vice President of the
United States and President of the Senate; ANDREW STEVENSON,
Jan. 19, 1832. Chap. I.-An Act to authorize the state of Illinois, to sell twenty thousand acres
of the saline lands in said state. State autho- Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United rized to sell. States of America, in Congress assembled, That the state of Illinois be,
and is authorized and empowered to sell and dispose of, twenty thousand 1828, ch. 107. acres (in addition to the thirty thousand acres heretofore authorized to be
sold) of the lands granted to said state for the use and support of the salt works, known by the name of the “Ohio Saline,” in the county of
Gallatin, in said state; the said twenty thousand acres of land to be Proceeds, how selected and sold, and the proceeds thereof applied in such manner as to be applied. the general assembly of Illinois have directed, or hereafter may direct.
APPROVED, January 19, 1832.
tlers on public lands. (a) Act of May Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 29 1830, ch. States of America, in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage 208.
Purchasers of this act, all persons who have purchased under an act, entitled “ An under the act act to grant pre-emption rights to settlers on the public lands," approved may assign their the twenty-ninth of May, one thousand eight hundred and thirty, may certificates of purchase, &c. assign and transfer their certificates of purchase, or final receipts, and
patents may issue in the name of such assignee, any thing in the act aforesaid to the contrary notwithstanding.
APPROVED, January 23, 1832.
claims in the territory of Florida. Patents may
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United be issued to the present owner. States of America, in Congress assembled, That all patents that are, or
(a) Notes of the acts which have been passed relating to pre-emption of public lands. Act of May 29, 1830, ch. 208.