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degrees, west twenty-three poles, to the said first line of the “Rock of
Dunbarton," thence, with said line, to the beginning. Powers of cor- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the rights, powers, and poration extend- privileges, heretofore granted by law to the said corporation, and which
are at this time claimed and exercised by them, may and shall be exercised and enjoyed by them, within the bounds and limits set forth and described in the first section of this act.
APPROVED, May 25, 1832.
May 25, 1832. CHAP. CVI.- An Act for improving Pennsylvania Avenue, supplying the public
buildings with water, and for paving the walk from the western gate to the
Capitol with flagging. Contract to be Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United made.
States of America, in Congress assembled, That the commissioner of the public buildings be, and he is hereby, anthorized and directed to contract, after giving due notice by public advertisement, for improving the avenue, in the city of Washington, leading from the Capitol to the executive offices, by paving the centre way thereof forty-five feet in width, with
cobble or pebble stones, or with pounded stone upon the McAdam plan, President to or in any other permanent manner, as the President of the United States determine mode of improve
may direct; and also, for the graduation, and covering with the best gravel to be obtained, the sideways of said avenue, and for proper gutters and drains to carry off the water, for which purpose, the sum of sixty-two thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in
the treasury not otherwise appropriated. Appropriations. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, under the same direction as
prescribed in the first section, the following sums be, and the same are hereby, respectively, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the following purposes, that is to
say: For supply of For conducting water in pipes from the fountain, on square number water.
two hundred and forty-nine, to the President's house and public offices, and the construction of reservoirs and hydrants, five thousand seven hundred dollars.
For bringing water in pipes to the Capitol, and the construction of reservoirs and hydrants, and the purchase of the rights of individuals to
the water, forty thousand dollars. Magging. Src. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioner of the public
buildings is hereby authorized and directed to contract for the purchase, delivery, and laying of Seneca flagging on the walk from the western gate to the Capitol; and for this purpose, the sum of seven thousand one hundred and two dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
APPROVED, May 25, 1832.
May 25, 1832. Chap. CVII.-An Act to amend an act, entitled “ An act to enlarge the powers of
the several corporations of the District of Columbia." Act of May Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 26,1828, ch. 87. States of America, in Congress assembled, That the corporation of Wash
Power to collect tax of one
ington be, and it is hereby, empowered to collect, annually, the tax at and thirteen the rate of one per centum and thirteen hundredths of one per centum, hundredths of on the assessed value of the real and personal estates within the city of one per cent.
Washington, assessed and laid by the fifth section of said act, or any part thereof, for the purposes and objects designated in said act, by the same officers, process, and means by which said corporation is now, or may hereafter be, empowered to collect any other taxes; and to pay over said money, when so collected as aforesaid, to the treasury of the United States, in the manner, and within the times, prescribed by the acts to which this act is a supplement: and that, in default made by the said corporation, either in
In default of collecting or paying over as aforesaid, that then, and in such case, the
President may President of the United States may proceed to exercise the powers reposed exercise powers in, and conferred on, him, in and by the said fifth section.
reposed in, &c. SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the common council of Alex- Inspectors of andria shall have power to appoint one or more inspectors of tobacco for tobacco in Alexthe town of Alexandria; and the said inspectors shall take an oath before a justice of the peace of the county of Alexandria, or the mayor of the corporation, for the faithful discharge of the duties of office of inspector, a certificate of which he shall return to the clerk of the common council: And the said common council shall have power to pass all needful laws for the due and proper inspection of tobacco, and for regulating the conduct of the said inspectors; and the said common council shall have power to remove, for just cause, any inspector, and appoint another in his place.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That this act shall commence and be in force from the passage thereof.
APPROVED, May 25, 1832.
Chap. CIX.- An Act making appropriations for the Indian department for the May 31, 1832. 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, and they are hereby, appropriated for the Indian department for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, viz:
For the pay of the superintendent of Indian affairs at St. Louis, and Superintend. the several Indian agents, as established by law, including an agent for ent and agents. the Kansas, agreeably to a treaty with that tribe of June third, eighteen hundred and twenty-five, thirty-two thousand dollars.
For the pay of sub-agents, as established by law, nineteen thousand Sub-agents. dollars.
For presents to Indians, as authorized by the act of one thousand eight Presents. hundred and two, fifteen thousand dollars.
For the pay of Indian interpreters and translators, employed in the sev- Interpreters. eral superintendencies and agencies, twenty-one thousand five hundred and twenty-five dollars.
For the pay of gunsmiths and blacksmiths, and their assistants, employed Gunsmiths, &c. within the several superintendencies and agencies, under treaty provisions and the orders of the War Department, eighteen thousand three hundred and forty dollars.
For iron, steel, coal, and other expenses attending the gunsmiths Iron, &c. and blacksmiths' shops, five thousand four hundred and twenty-six dollars.
For expense of transportation and distribution of Indian annuities, Transportation. nine thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine dollars.
For expense of provisions for Indians at the distribution of annuities, Provisions, &c. while on visits of business, with the different superintendents and agents, and when assembled on public business, eleven thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars.
For expense of building houses for Indian agents, blacksmiths' shops, Houses, &c. and for repairs of the same, when required, in the several agencies, seven thousand dollars.
For contingencies of the Indian department, twenty thousand dollars: Contingencies. Provided, in no case shall any money hereby appropriated be used for the Proviso. purpose of rewarding Indians for settling disputes among themselves.
Expenses of Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there be appropriated, out of Indian deputa- any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of five tion.
thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars, for defraying the expenses of
conducting a deputation of Indians from the head waters of the Missouri Proviso. to Washington city, and from thence to their own country: Provided,
That no compensation beyond their actual expenses for extra services, shall be allowed any Indian agent or sub-agent for services when doing duty under the order of their government, detached from their agency
and boundary of the tribe to which they are agents. Corn, &c. for Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be, and hereby is, Seminoles.
appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of five thousand dollars, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War, in the purchase and delivery of corn, or other provisions, for the use of the Seminole Indians, who are likely to suffer on account of the failure of their crops from a severe drought the last year.
APPROVED, May 31, 1832.
May 31, 1832. CHAP. CX.-An Act to aid the vestry of Washington parish in the erection of a
keeper's house, and the improvement and security of the ground allotted for the
interment of members of Congress, and other public officers. Appropriations Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United for burial
States of America, in Congress assembled, That the sum of one thousand ground.
five hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the commissioner of the public buildings, for the purpose of aiding the vestry of Washington parish, in the erection of a keeper's house, for planting trees, boundary stones, and otherwise improving the burial ground, allotted to the interment of members of Congress, and other officers of the general government.
APPROVED, May 31, 1832.
May 31, 1832. Chap. CXI. An Act in relation to the penitentiary for the District of Columbia.
[Obsolete.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Appropriations States of America, in Congress assembled, That the sum of thirty-eight for penitentiary. thousand five hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated,
to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of completing the penitentiary and buildings connected with it, for the erection of railing on the exterior walls, and for the support of the convicts, and pay of the officers for the present year, to be expended under the superintendence and direction of the inspectors of the penitentiary
APPROVED, May 31, 1832.
May 31, 1832. Chap. CXII.—
An Act for quieting possessions, enrolling conveyances, and securing
the estates of purchasers within the District of Columbia. (a) Deeds,
&c. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United of land in the States of America, in Congress assembled, That if any person or persons, District of Co- seised or possessed of, or holding any estate or interest in any lands,
tenements, or hereditaments, lying and being within the District of Co
lumbia, shall execute and acknowledge a deed for the conveyance of such (a) An act to amend an act for quieting the possessions, enrolling conveyances, and securing the estates of purchasers within the District of Columbia, passed the 31st May, 1832. April 20, 1838, ch.57. estate or interest, or for declaring or limiting any use or trust in and of the same, before any judge of a court of record and of law of the state Before whom and county in which such person or persons may be, or before any chan- to be acknow
ledged. cellor of any such state, or before any judge of the Supreme, circuit, district or territorial courts of the United States, or before any two justices of the peace of the state, district or territory and county in which such person or persons may be; and such judge, chancellor or justices Certificate. shall annex to such a deed, a certificate, under his or their hands, of the execution and acknowledgment thereof, and that the grantor or grantors was or were known to him or them, or that his, her or their identity had been satisfactorily proved, and the register, clerk or prothonotary of such court or county, shall also certify under his hand and the seal of his office, that the judge, chancellor, or justices, is or are, was or were such at the time of the execution and acknowledgment thereof; or if any
Deeds by persuch person or persons, seised or possessed as aforesaid, Mall be in some sons in foreign
countries. foreign country, and shall execute and acknowledge any such deed before any judge or chancellor of any court, master or master extraordinary in chancery, or notary public, in such foreign country; and such execution and acknowledgment, and also the identity of the grantor or grantors shall be certified upon, or annexed to, such deed, under the hand and seal of any such judge, chancellor, master or master extraordinary, or notary public, and such deed, so executed, acknowledged and Where and certified in the several and respective modes aforesaid, shall be recorded when to be re
corded. amongst the land records of the county of Washington, or the county of Alexandria in the District of Columbia, within six calendar months from the day of its date, if executed and acknowledged within the United States or the territories thereof, or within twelve calendar months from the day of its date, if executed and acknowledged in some foreign country; such deed shall be good and effectual for the purpose or purposes therein mentioned.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any feme covert in whom Deeds to which such estate or interest may be, shall be a party with her husband, execut- feme covert is a ing such deed, or shall only be relinquishing her right of dower, in or
party. to such estate or interest, and the judge, chancellor, justices, master or Examination master extraordinary in chancery, or notary public, aforesaid, before whom of femor the same may be executed and acknowledged, shall make the contents thereof known to her, and shall examine her, out of the presence and hearing of her husband, whether she doth make her acknowledgment of the same voluntarily, and without being induced to do so by fear or threats of, or ill usage by her husband, or fear of his displeasure ; and Certificate. such examination and acknowledgment, and also the identity of the · party shall be certified in the mode prescribed in the first section of this act, according to the place or country where such feme covert shall be at the time of such examination and acknowledgment, and such deed Record. shall be recorded within the several and respective periods herein before mentioned; the same shall be good and available for the purposes therein mentioned, and thereby intended.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the clerks of the circuit court Clerks authoof the District of Columbia for the counties of Washington and Alexan- rized to record. dria, respectively, are hereby authorized to record any deed or conveyancé, executed and authenticated agreeably to the provisions of this act.
APPROVED, May 31, 1832.
STATUTE 1. Chap. CXIII.-An Act vesting in the corporation of the city of Washington, all May 31, 1832. the rights of the Washington Canal Company; and for other purposes.
1833, ch. 73. WHEREAS, it is represented that the mayor, board of aldermen and board of common council of the city of Washington, have purchased, Vol. IV.-66
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and are now exclusive owners of all the stock of the Washington Canal Company, and are desirous that the entire property, rights, privileges, and immunities of the said company, be vested in them for the use and
benefit of the said city: Therefore Right vested Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United in mayor, &c. States of America, in Congress assembled, That all the right, title, inte
rest, property, and estate, either in law or equity, of the Washington Canal Company be, and the same are hereby, vested in the said mayor, aldermen, and common council, for the use aforesaid; and that the said mayor, aldermen, and common councilmen, shall have full power and authority to take possession of the canal and works of the said company, and to
hold, use, occupy, and repair the same, from time to time, as occasion Proviso. may require, and as to them shall seem expedient: Provided, That the
said canal shall be finished and completed, of the breadth and depth, and in the manner, and within the time hereinafter prescribed, and not other
wise. Dimensions Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said canal shall be finished of canal: width, in such manner that the width thereof, from Seventeenth street west to depth.
Sixth street west, at the water line, shall be one hundred and fifty feet; from Sixth street west to B street south, eighty feet, at the water line; from B street south to the basin at the Virginia avenue, sixty feet, at the water line; from said basin to L street south, forty-five feet, at the water line; from L street south to N street south, forty feet, at the water line; and from L street south to the channel of the eastern branch, one hundred and twenty feet, at the water line; and the said canal, throughout
its whole length and breadth aforesaid, shall have a depth of at least four Basiņs : feet water at all times. There shall also be made by the said mayor,
aldermen, and common councilmen, three basins attached to the said
canal, which shall be by them kept in repair, of the following dimensions, At west end. that is to say: one at the western termination of the said canal, at least
one hundred and fifty feet wide, and five thousand five hundred and fortyAt eastern five feet long; one at the Eastern branch, at the eastern termination of branch. the said canal, of at least one hundred and twenty feet in width and six At Virginia hundred and ninety feet in length; and one at the Virginia avenue, of
at least eighty feet in width, and one hundred feet in length; each of which basins shall, at all times, have, throughout its length and
width, a depth of water equal to that hereby required in the said canal. Sides of canal to And the sides of the said canal and basins shall be secured by walls of be walled, &c.
stone or other materials, where necessary, of sufficient strength and height Time for com- to allow the use of steam vessels therein; all which work hereby required pletion. to be done to complete the said canal and basins, shall be done and
finished in the manner aforesaid by the first day of March, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three, or in default thereof, this act,
and all the rights and privileges thereby granted, shall cease and determine. Draining of Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all such provisions in any grounds along former law, as required the Washington Canal Company to raise, drain, canal.
or improve the low or wet grounds along or near the said canal, shall remain in full force, and be obligatory on the said mayor, aldermen, and common council: Provided, That no funds for that purpose shall be
raised by lottery. Mayor, &c. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That for and in consideration of authorized
to the expenses which have been, and will be, incurred in finishing the collect wharfage.
said canal and basins, and of securing the sides thereof, and of the expenses of erecting and maintaining locks, and of completing the whole work according to the provisions of this act, and of keeping the same in repair, including the expense of draining, or otherwise improving or drying the low and wet grounds along and near the said canal, the said mayor, aldermen, and common council, are hereby authorized to collect, on all articles and materials landed on each side of the canal and basins,