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Expenses of Public Worship, The following table shows the number of clergymen, the amount of their salaries, what is paid for musie, &c.
XXVI. TITLES AND ABSTRACTS OF THE PUBLIC LAWS, Passed At The Fibst Session Of The 29in Congress.
Cieil and Diplomatic Expenses.
"incidental expenses, .
President and Vice-Presidcnt of the United States,
Intercourse with Foreigu Nations,
For the year ending June 30, 1847. . $371,816.00 376,560.50
47,545.00 360,461.00 119,615.00
46,650.00 572,900.00 356,036.09 320,000.00 446,532.04
Army appropriation bill,
Navy appropriation bill,
Revolutionary and Navy pensioners, .
Volunteers and other troops in the Mexican war,
11,957,359.00 Members of Congress and wild Indians, . . 239,548.00
Post-Office Department, .... 4,078,540.75
^Repairing and building fortifications, (Nos. 15 and 51,) 1,610,000.00
Deficiencies in appropriations for 1846, . . 1,700,914.99
War with Mexico, .... 10,000,000.00
Appropriations for the Indian Department, . 1,106,698.50
Smithsonian Institution, . . . 242,129.00
Sundry appropriations in different bills, . . 429,138.89
Total, . . . $51,608,739.18
No. 1. An Act to extend the laws of the United Slates ocer the State of Texas, and for other purposes. All the laws of the United States shall have effect within and over the State of Texas. The State shall form one judicial district, and the court established therein shall have the powers and jurisdiction both of a district and circuit court. Sec pp. 112-116. Dec. 29, 1845.
No. 2. An Act to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes. Galveston is the only port of entry; Sabine, Velasco, Matagorda, Cavallo, La Vaca, and Corpus Christ! are ports of delivery only. The collector shall receive $2,000 a year, including fees, and the excess of fees shall be paid into the treasury. Surveyors for the several ports of delivery shall receive $1,000 a year, including fees. Dec. 31, 1845.
No. 3. An Act to repeal the Act which abolished the office of one of the Inspectors General of the army, and to reeiice and establish said office. The 4th section of the act of Aug. 23, 1842, is repealed. Jan. 12, 1846.
No. 4. An Act to continue the office of the Commissioner of Pensions. This office is continued till March 4, 1849. Jan. 14, 1846.
No. 5. An Act establishing certain post-routes in Texat. See No. 19. Feb. 6, 1846.
No. 6. An Act relatioe to Collectors and other officers of the customs. If they serve for a less period than a year, they shall not be paid for the whole year, hut only pro rota of the maximum pay for the time of actual service. Thenaccounts for salary, &c. shall be rendered quarterly. The additional duties provided by the 17th section of the act of Aug. 30,1842, shall not be deemed fines, penalties, or forfeitures. Feb. 11, 1846.
No. 7. An Act to enlarge the powers of the seceral Orphans' Courts held in and for the District of Columbia. They may appoint guardians to infant orphans who have no testamentary guardian. If an infant whose father is living becomes entitled to property, separate from the father, the father as natural guardian may be compelled to give bond and security, or a special guardian may be appointed. Guardians may be compelled to give new or additional security, on the order of the court, after having had ten days' notice. If the security given become insufficient, the executor or administrator may be compelled to give further security after receiving ten days' notice. These powers may be exercised either ex officio, or on application of a party interested. Feb. 20, 1846.
No. 8. An Act to repeal the Act requiring one of the Judges of the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia hereafter to reside in Alexandria. March 24,1846.
No. 9. An Act to authorize the Secretary of the Nacy to contract for the purchase of American water-rotted hemp for the use of the Nacy. A contract may be made for a period not exceeding three years. March 30, 1846.
No. 10. Pensioners'appropriation bill. Seepage 199. May 7, 1846.
No. 11. Appropriation bill to supply deficiencies in appropriations. See page 200. May 8, 1846.
No. 12. An Act to repeal a part of the Act entitled an Act supplementary to the seceral laws for the sale of the public lands, approced April 5, 1832, and for other purposes. The second proviso in said act is repealed. May 8, 1846.
No. 13. An Act proeiding for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the Republic of Mexico. "Whereas, by the Act of the Bepnblic of Mexico, a state of war exists between that Government and the United States," the President may employ the militia, naval and military forces of the United States, and may call for 50,000 volunteers, to serve for 12 months, or during the war, unless sooner discharged; and $10,000,000 are appropriated for this object. The militia, when called out, may be compelled to serve for not more than 6 months. The volunteers must furnish their own clothes, and, if cavalry, their own horses and horse equipments, but shall be armed by the United States. The volunteers are subjected to the rules and articles of war, and arc placed on the same footing, except as to clothing and pay, with the United States army. For clothing, they receive a sum equal to the cost of clothing a private in the army. The officers of companies, battalions, squadrons, and regiments shall be appointed according to the laws of their respective States or Territories. The President may organize the companies, &c., into brigades and divisions, and shall, if necessary, apportion the staff, field, and general officers among the respective States as he may deem proper. Wounded or disabled volunteers shall be entitled to all the benefits of wounded or disabled soldiers. All the public armed vessels now authorized by law may be completed, and merchant vessels or steamboats may be purchased, chartered, armed, manned and equipped, as the President may deem proper. The militia or volunteers, when called out, shall be organized and paid like the army of the United States, and mounted privates, &c., shall receive 40 cents a day for the use and risk of their horses. May 13, 1846.
No. 14. An Act to authorize an increase of the rank and file of the army of the United Statet. Each company may be increased to 100, and again reduced to 64, when the present exigency shall cease. The enlistments shall be for five years only. May 13, 1846.
No. 15. Appropriations for fortifications. See page 200. May 15, 1846.
Jfo. 16. An Act for il\e organization of a company of sappers, miners, and pontoniers. Such a company, amounting in all to 100 men, shall be added to the corps of engineers. The pay shall be like that of the workmen in the ordnance department. The officers shall be taken from the corps of engineers; the men shall aid in giving practical instruction at the Military Academy, shall aid and oversee the workmen employed on the public works, and act as fort-keepers, under the orders of the Chief Engineer. $25,000 are appropriated for this object for the ensuing year. May 15, 1846.
No. 17. An Act to proeide for raising a regiment of mounted riflemen, and for establishing military stations on the route to Oregon. The regiment shall consist often companies, each having 64 privates; the pay shall be like that of the dragoons. The regiment in all other respects is put on the same footing with the rest of the army. When on fatigue duty, as in making fortifications, surveys, roads, &c., 15 cents a day of extra pay and a commutation for the spirit ration shall be allowed them. $76,500 are appropriated for this object, $3,000 more for each military station that may be established on the route to Oregon, and $2,000 more in each case, to pay the Indians for the ground.
No. 18. An Act to establish the calueof certain foreign coins and moneys of account, and to amend existing laws. The specie dollar of Sweden and Norway shall be estimated at 106 cents; of Denmark, 105 cents; the dialer of Prussia, 69 cents; the norm of South Germany, 40 cents; the florin of Austria, 48 1-2 cents; the lira of Lombardy and Tuscany, 16 cents; the franc of France and Belgium, and the lira of Sardinia, 18.6 cents; the ducat of Naples, 80 cents; the ounce of Sicily, 240 cents; the pound of the British North American provinces, 400 cents. May 22, 1846.
No. 19. An Act establishing certain post-routes (in Texas), and for other purposes. Certain routes are established, and the continuance of a part of the present mail service in Texas is authorized, but not beyond June 30, 1850. Contracts for mail service there may be made with or without advertisement, as deemed expedient, if the prices be not beyond the average for like service in other parts of the United States. Accounts with contractors and postmasters are to commence Feb. 16,1846. The former act (No. 5, see page 200), is repealed. May 29, 1846.
No. 20. An Act in relation to the July term of the circuit and district courts in the district of Ohio. See pp. 114 and 116. May 29, 1846.
No. 21. Ah Act supplemental to the Act entitled " on Act proeiding for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the Republic of Mexico," and for other purposes. One major-general and two brigadier-generals maybe appointed in addition to the present number; but, at the end of the war, the whole number shall be reduced to one major and two brigadiergenerals, the President selecting those who are to be retained without regard to the date of their commissions. General officers of the militia may be called into service. Any volunteer company may have from 64 to 1OO privates, and an additional second lieutenant. The President may appoint additional officers in the quartermaster, commissary, and medical departments, to continue in office as long as the volunteers; also, four new assistant adjutant-generals. Majors in the quartermasters' department must be taken from the army captains. Appointments in the line and staff, of equal rank, shall not be held by the same officer at the same time. Aids-de-cairfp of the major-general commanding may be taken from the line without regard to rank; of the other generals, from the captains or subalterns. The general commanding in the field may appoint a military secretary. The allowance for clothing to volunteers shall be $3.50 a month; and 50 cents for subsistence, and 25 cents for forage, for every 20 miles by the most direct route from their homes to the general rendezvous. Master armorers, blacksmiths, &c., may be enlisted in the ordnance department as the service may require. June 18, 1846.
No. 22. An Act making alterations in thepay department ofthearmy. Three additional paymasters may be appointed. June 17, 1846.
No. 23. An Act to authorize the justices of the county court of Bates county, in the State of Missouri, to enter a certain quarter section of land for a county seat. June 19, 1846.
No. 24. Post-office appropriation bill. See page 200. June 19,1846. No. 25. An Act to proeide for the organization of the colunteer forces, Ironr)ht into the sereice of the United States, into brigades and dieisions, and for the appointment of the necessary number of general officers to command the same. The general officers thus appointed shall be discharged at the close of the warEach brigade shall have at least three regiments, and each division nt least two brigades. June 26, 1846.
No. 26. Indian department appropriation bill. See page 200. June 27, 1846.
No. 27. An Act to rehrocede the county of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, to the State of Virginia. Virginia having siguified her willinguess to take back this county, it is hereby forever relinquished to her, if the people of the connty assent to the retrocession. Every free white male who has resided six months in the county may vote eiica coce on this qnestion, insane persons and paupers excepted. Five commissioners appointed by the President shall superintend this voting, and a majority of the votes shall determine. The right of property in the custom-house and post-office is not ceded, nor in the soil so as to nffect the rights of individuals. Till Virginia provides for the extension of her own judicial system over the territory, the legal jurisdiction of the United States is retained. The two public half squares are ceded for the use of the county. Congress will not assume or pay any debt of the city of Alexandria. July 9, 1846.
No. 28. An Act to authorize the President of the United States to sell the reterced mineral lands in the States of Illinois and Arkansas, and Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa, supposed to contain lead ore. Six months' notice of such ales shall be given, and the lands shall not be subject to preemption rights ill they have been offered at pnblic sale. If the lands contain mines acru