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And that, from and after that day, foreign gold coins shall cease Current until to be a tender within the United States, for the payment of debts then to cease: or demands. $ 2. That so much of the act, entitled "An act regulating the act as re

of the currency, within the United States, of the gold coins of lates to foreign Great Britain, France, Portugal, and Spain, passed on the twen- force until ty-ninth day of April, eighteen hundred and sixteen, as relates 29th April, to foreigo silver coins, shall be, and the same is hereby, contin- Vol.ii. p. ued in force two years from and after the twenty-ninth day of 1699. April next, and no longer. (Approved, March 3, 1819.) Chap. 221. An act providing for the correction of errous in making entries of land at the Vol. iii. p.:

land offices. § 1. Be it enacted, &c. That, in every case of a purchaser of Purchasers public lands, at private sale, having entered, at the land office, a different from tract different from that he intended to purchase, and being de- what they insirous of having the error in his entry corrected, he shall make make applicahis application, for that purpose, to the register of the land office ; tion to the reand if it shall appear, from testimony satisfactory to the register fand office, &c. and receiver of public moneys, that an error in the entry has and must rebeen made, and that the same was occasioned by original in- portare le che correct marks made by the surveyor, or by the obliteration, or the treasury change, of the original marks and numbers of corners of the low the entries tract of land ; or that it has, in any otherwise, arisen from mis- to be with;

drawn, and the take or error of the surveyor, or officers of the land office; the

moneys paid said register and receiver of public moneys shall report the case, to be applied to with the testimony, and their opinion thereon, to the secretary ses of land. of the treasury, who shall have power to direct, if in his opinion it shall be proper, that the purchaser shall be at liberty to withdraw the entry so erroneously made, and that the moneys which had been paid shall be applied in the purchase of other lands in the same district, or credited in the payment for other lands which shall have been purchased at the same office. (Approved, March 3, 1819.]

Vol. iii. pCHAP. 222. An act concerning invalid pensions. $ 3. That any pension granted by this act, or any other act 2143. bereaster to be passed, to any officer, soldier, or marine, who Officers, solserved in the revolutionary war, shall cease and be discontinued, availing themin case the individual, to whom the same may be granted, hath selves of the availed himself, or shall hereafter avail himself, of the provisions March, 1818 of an act, passed the eighteenth day of March, one thousand not entitled to eight hundred and eighteen, entitled " An act to provide for cer- der this, or tain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the Unit- other future ed States in the revolutionary war."

$ 4. That all persons entitled to pensions, in conformity with ded by the the provision of the act, entitled « An act to provide for per-acts mentionsons disabled by known wounds received in the revolutionary placed on the war," passed April the eighteenth, (tenth] eighteen hundred pension list and six, and also, the fourth section of an act, entitled “ An act concerning invalid pensioners,” passed the twenty-fifth of April, Vol. ü p. 1008. one thousand eighi hundred and eight, may be placed on the pension list by the secretary of war, without reporting the same to congress. [Approved, March 3, 1819.)

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$ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That all the claims to land, founded Vol. iv. p. 2104, 2137. on complete grants from the Spanish government, reported to Claims, found, the secretary of the treasury, by the commissioners from the disgrants favora- tricts east and west of Pearl river, appointed under the authority bly reported to of an act, entitled “An act for ascertaining the titles and claims of the treasu- to lands in that part of Louisiana which lies east of the river by by the corn. Mississippi and island of New Orleans," which are contained in from the dis- the several reports of the commissioners, and which are, in the west of Pearl opinion of the commissioners, valid, agreeably to the laws, usariver, confirm- ges, and customs, of the said government, be, and the same are ed, &c.

hereby, recognised as valid, and complete titles against any claim

on the part of the United States, or right derived from the UnitAnd on Brit- ed States: And that all claims founded on British grants conish grants.

tained in the said reports, which have been sold and conveyed,
according to the provisions of the treaty of peace, between Great
Britain and Spain, of the third of September, one thousand se-
ven hundred and eighty-three, by which that part of Louisiana,
lying east of the island of Orleans, was ceded to Spain, under
the denomination of West Florida, or which were settled and
cultivated by the person having the legal tiile therein, at the
date of said treaty, are recognised as valid and complete titles,
against any claim on the part of the United States, or right de-
rived from the United States.

§ 2. That all claims, reported as aforesaid, and contained in Spanish or- the several reports of the said commissioners, founded on any

order of survey, requerte, permission to settle, or any written evvey, requelle,

idence of claim, derived from the Spanish authorities, which 1803, &c. re

ought, in the opinion of the commissioners, to be confirmed, and ported favora- which, by the said reports, appear to be derived from the Spably, confirmed. nish governments, before the twentieth day of December, one

thousand eight hundred and three, and the land claimed to have
been cultivated and inhabited, on or before that day, shall be

confirmed in the same manner as if the title had been completProviso; ed : Provided, That in all such claims, where the plat and cerwhere, &c.

tificate of survey, made prior to the fisteenth day of April, one
the claim not
to be confirm- thousand eight hundred and thirteen, under the authority of the

Spanish government, in pursuance of such claim, has not been
filed with the said commissioners, such claim shall not be con-
firmed to any one person for more than twelve hundred and

eighty acres ; and that, for all the other claims to land comprisdonations for ed in the reports aforesaid, and which ought, in the opinion of other claims. the commissioners, to be confirmed, the claimant to such lands

shall be entitled to a grant therefor as a donation : Provided, Proviso ; not That such grant, as a donation, shall not be made to any one 1280 acres to person for more than twelve hundred and eighty acres; which

confirmation of the said incomplete titles and grants of donations,

, &c. only, &c: hereby provided to be made, shall amount only to a relinquish

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ed for more than 1280 acres to one person.

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one person.

ment forever, on the part of the United States, of any claim

whatever to the tract of land so confirmed or granted : And proProviso; no vided also, That no such claim shall be confirmed 10 any person to persons re- to whom the title to any tract of land shall have been recogniscognised, &c. ed under the preceding provisions.

confirmation

more than 640 acres to ono

§ 3. That every person, or his or her legal representative, Grants, as dowhose claim is comprised in the lists, or register of claims, re-nations in the ported by the said commissioners, and the persons embraced in in right of setthe list of actual settlers, or their legal representatives, not have besefeste sau ing any written evidence of claim reported as aforesaid, shall, April, 1813, if where it appears, by the said reports, or by the said lists, that the lists, &c. the land claimed or settled on had been actually inhabited or cultivated, by such person or persons in whose right he claims, on or before the fifteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, be entitled to a grant for the land so claimed, or seuiled on, as a donation : Provided, That not more than one Proviso ; not tract shall be thus granted to any one person, and the same shall not contain more than six hundred and forty acres; and that no person. lands shall be thus granted which are claimed or recognised by lands recogthe preceding sections of this act.

nised by, &c. $ 4. That every person comprised in the said list of actual Pre-emption settlers, not baving any written evidence or claim to land in said rights to infiadistricts, and who, on the twelfth day of April, one thousand cultivators on eight hundred and fourteen, shall have inhabited or cultivated a 1814, in the tract of land in either of the said districts, not claimed by virtue case of lands

hot claimed by of either of the preceding sections of this act, shall be entitled 10

preceding a preference, on becoming a purchaser, from the United States, sections. of such tract of land, on the same terms and conditions, and at the same price, for which the other public lands are sold at private sale : Provided, That the first instalınent of the purchase Proviso; first money shall be paid to the receiver of public moneys of the dis- instalment

within 2 years trict within which the land lies, within iwo years after the open- after opening

the land office. ing of the land office for such district.

5. That, for the purpose of adjusting the titles and claiins A land office to lands in the districts aforesaid, and for the disposal of the lands Courthouse, which may remain the properly of the United States therein, land office shall be established in each of the said districts, to houe. be kept, for the western district, at St. Helena Courthouse, and, for the eastern district, at Jackson Courthouse; and a register and receiver of public moneys shall be appointed for each of the A register and said land offices, who shall give security in the same manner, public moneys and in the same sums, and whose compensation, duties, and au- for each, &e. thority, shall, in every respect, be the saine, in relation to the lands which shall hereafter be disposed of, at their respective offices, as are by law provided in relation to ļhe other registers and receivers of public moneys for the several land offices of the United States.

$ 6. That every person or persons, claiming lands in either of Claimants althe said districts, whose claims have not heretofore been filed July, 1820, 10 with the commissioner of the land office of the district wherein deliver no

tices, evidenthe lands lie, shall be allowed until the first day of July, one ces, &c. thousand eight hundred and twenty, to deliver notices in writ, to the regis. ing, and the evidences of their claims, in the said districts, re- son and St. spectively, to the register of the land office at Jackson Court- Helena house and at St. Helena Courthouse ; and the notices and evidences so delivered, within the time limited by this act, shall be Notices, &c. recorded in the same manner, and on the payment of the same delivered in

timo, to bo refees, as if the same had been delivered before the commissioners corded. closed their said registers. VOL. III.

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Persons who § 7. That every person or persons, who had filed his or their had filed non notice of claims to land, within either of the said districts, with commissioner the commissioner of the land office, according to the former laws, of the land

but have not exhibited sufficient testimony in support of the same, office, &c. whose claims and whose claim has not been recommended for confirmation, have not been recommended,

shall be allowed until the first day of July, one thousand eighi &c, allowed 'hundred and twenty, to deliver written evidence, or other testi1820, to deliv. mony, in support of his or their claim, the notice of which had er written evi- been filed as aforesaid, to the register of the land office at St. other testimo- Helena, for lands lying in the district west of Pearl river, and to ny, &c. Evidence de

the register of the land office at Jackson Courthouse, for the livored in time, lands lying in the district east of Pearl river; and the evidence to be records of claims, the notice whereof had been filed, as aforesaid, for ed.

lands lying in the said district, delivered, within the time limited
by this section, to the said registers, shall be recorded by them,
respectively, in the same manner as was directed by former acts,
on receiving the same fees allowed by said acts for recording evi-

dence of claims to lands in the same districts. The registers

$ 8. That the register and receiver of public moneys of the and receivers said respective land offices, at Jackson Courthouse and at St. and St. Holo. Helena Courthouse, shall have the same powers, and perform the na Court houses to have

same duties, in every respect, in relation to the claims that may the same powo be filed in virtue of the sixib. section of this act, and in relation ers, perform

to the claims, the notices of which had been filed under former ties, &c. as acts, as well as to the additional evidence which shall be adducther comparishe ed in support thereof, agreeably to the seventh section of this districts east act, as the commissioners for the districts east and west of Pearl and west of river would have had, or should have performed, if such notices Pearl river would have had been filed, and such evidence adduced, before the said comhad, &c.

missioners closed their registers. The register $ 9. That it shall be the duty of the register of each of the land offices to said land offices, respectively, to make, to the commissioner of report to the the general land office, a report of all the claims filed with the of the gener- register aforesaid, with the substance of the evidence in support al land office. thereof; and of the claims formerly filed, in support of which

additional evidence shall have been received, with the substance

of such evidence; and also their opinion, and such remarks re-
The commis-
sioner to lay specting the claim as they may think proper to make; which re-
the report, &c. port, together with a list of the claims, which, in the opinion of
before con-
gress. the register and receiver, ought to be confirmed, and also a list

of actual settlers, prior to the passage of this act, noting the time
of their respective settlements, shall be laid, by the commission-
er of the general land office, before congress, at their next ses-

sion, for their determination thereon. Registers and

§ 10. That the said registers and receivers shall, respectively, appoint clerks. have power to appoint a clerk, who shall be a person capable of

translating the French and Spanish languages, and who shall 1500 dolls. a perform the duty of translator, when required by said registers register and and receivers; and each of the said registers and receivers shall

be allowed, as a compensation for their services in relation to 1000 dolla.cher the said claims, at the rate of fifteen hundred dollars a year; clerk.

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and each of the clerks at the rate of one thousand dollars a year; Proviso; not Provided, That not more than eighteen months' compensation

receiver.

veyor.

be thus allowed to the register, receiver, and clerk, for the dis- moro than 18

months' comtrict east of Pearl river; nor more than eighteen months' com

pensation. pensation be allowed to the register, receiver, and clerk, of the district west of Pearl river.

$ 11. That the surveyor for the lands south of the state of Surveyor of Tennessee shall, with the consent and approbation of the presi- south of Tendent of the United States, appoint a principal deputy surveyor nessco to ap: for the lands within the said districts, who shall receive an an-pal deputy, nual salary of five hundred dollars, and, in addition thereto, the with a salary following fees; that is to say: for examining and recording the and fees. surveys executed by any of the deputies, at the rate of twenty. Rate of fees. five cents for every mile of the boundary line of such survey ; and for a certified copy of any plat of a survey in the office, twenty-five cents; and whose duty it shall be to survey, or cause Duty of the to be surveyed by his other deputies, the lands, the claims to deputy surwhich are confirmed, and that are directed to be granted as donations, where the same have not been already surveyed, and the lands which may be claimed by right of pre-emption, whenever directed by the register and receiver, and to execute such other surveys as may be necessary for the ascertainment of the lands, the tiile or claim to which is embraced in the report of the commissioners aforesaid. And the said principal deputy surveyor shall make out particular plats of the surveys directed by this act, which he shall return to the register of the proper district ; and also, a general and connected plat, which he shall return to the surveyor of the lands south of the state of Tennessee ; and Expense of the expense of surveying shall be paid by the United States : surveying 19 Provided, The same shall not exceed, in the whole, four dollars J. States. a mile, for every mile which shall be actually surveyed and Proviso, &c. marked.

$ 12. That the books of the former commissioners, in which Books of forthe claims, and evidence of claims, are recorded, shall be lodged sieners to bo with the registers of the land office, for the respective districts; lodged with and the register and receiver of public monies, in each respec- &c.

the registers, tive district, shall have power to examine the claims recognised, Register and confirmed, or provided to be granted, by the provisions of this powered to exact, as also claims to the right of pre-emption; and they shall amine claims, make out to each claimant entitled, in their opinion, thereto, a certificate, according to the nature of the case, under such in- A certificate structions as they may receive from the commissioner of the ant entited, general land office; and on presentation at the general land of- &e. fice of such certificate for a confirmed claim, or for a donation, according to the provisions of this act; and where it shall ap- The certificate pear, to the satisfaction of the cornmissioner of the general land having been office, that the certificate has been fairly obtained, according to ed, a patent to the true intent and meaning of this act, then, and in that case, a patent shall be granted, in like manner as for other lands of the United States.

$ 13. That the president shall have power to appoint the reg- The president ister and receiver of public moneys for the said districts in the may appoint recess of the senate, who shall be nominaled to them at their and receivers next meeting. (Approved, March 3, 1819.)

to each claim

issue.

in the recess.

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