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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

ch. 39. 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,

certain required 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

veyors 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. 6. And be it further enacted, That the surveyor general to be ap

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office of surpointed 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

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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 such conconflicting

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 States of America, in Congress assembled, That nothing contained in the public

ments. 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 Peters' ConStates 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 territories 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, T'hat the cost of each volume shall not exceed five dollars.

APPROVED, March 2, 1831.

ACTS OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESS

OF THE

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STATUTE I.
Jan. 23, 1832. Chap. X.–An Act to direct the manner of issuing patents on confirmed land

claims in the territory of Florida.
Patents may
be issued to the

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 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.

may be, by law, directed to be issued on private land claims confirmed by the commissioners of private land claims, and by the several acts of Congress approving their reports and confirming the titles to lands in the territory of Florida, shall be, and they are hereby, required to be issued to the confirmees, or to the assignee, or present owner,

where the land has been sold or transferred since the confirmation of the title; and it shall be the duty of the commissioner of the general land office, upon the production of satisfactory proof of the death of the confirmee, or upon the production of a regular chain of title from the confirmee, to cause the patent to be issued to the heirs, and legal representatives, or to the assignees of the confirmee, as the case may be. APPROVED, January 23, 1832.

STATUTE I. Chap. XV.-An Act to alter the time of holding the spring term of the Circuit Feb. 10, 1832.

Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That from and after the first day of March next, a term of the Circuit Court of the United Term to be held

on the 1st MonStates for the Southern District of New York, shall commence and be

day of April. held at the place fixed by law for holding said Court, on the first Mon- 1839, ch. 81. day of April in each and every year; and that, from and after said first day of March, the term of said Court, now required by law to be held on the last Monday in May in each year, shall be abolished. APPROVED, February 10, 1832.

STATUTE I. Chap. XXV.-- An Act to provide for the payment of arrearages in the natal ser

Feb. 24, 1832. vice, chargeable to the enumerated contingent prior to the first day of January,

[Obsolete.] one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the $80,000 approUnited States of America, in Congress assembled, That the sum of eighty

priated. thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be applied, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, in the payment of arrearages connected with the naval service, and chargeable to the contingent enumerated prior to January the first, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, and which have been or may be approved and passed by the proper accounting officers. APPROVED, February 24, 1832.

STATUTE I, Chap. XXVI.-An Act making appropriations for the revolutionary and other Feb. 24, 1832.

pensioners of the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two.

[Obsolete.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the following sums be appropriated for the pensioners of the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two:

For the revolutionary pensioners, nine hundred and eighty-seven Revolutionary thousand, five hundred and four dollars.

pensioners. For the invalid pensioners, in addition to the sum of one hundred and forty thousand five hundred and thirty-two dollars in the treasury,

sioners. one hundred and sixty-five thousand and thirty-nine dollars. For pensions to widows and orphans, three thousand dollars.

Widows and

orphans. APPROVED, February 24, 1832.

STATUTE I. Chap. XXVII.-An Act making appropriations for fortifications for the year one Feb. 24, 1832.

thousand eight hundred and thirty-two. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

[Obsolete.] United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and they are hereby, appropriated, for fortifications for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, viz: Vol. IV.-63

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