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This act not to
be construed so
as to vest in Vir
ginia any right of property in the custom-house & post office, &c.
Existing laws and jurisdiction til Virginia shall provide by law for extension of her jurisdic
Assent of the
people of Alex county required.
Manner of as
certaining the sense of the people of said town and county.
Proclamation to be made. Post, Appendix, p. 1000.
Right of property in the courthouse and jail to be conveyed to the Governor of Virginia for use of said town and
of the people of the county and town of Alexandria, to be ascertained
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to vest in the State of Virginia any right of property in the custom-house and post-office of the United States within the town of Alexandria, or in the soil of the territory hereby receded, so as to affect the rights of individuals or corporations therein, otherwise than as the same shall or may be transferred by such individuals or corporations to the State of Virginia.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the jurisdiction and laws now existing in the said territory, ceded to the United States by the State of Virginia, as aforesaid, over the persons and property of individuals therein residing, shall not cease or determine until the State of Virginia shall hereafter provide, by law, for the extension of her jurisdiction and judicial system over the said territory hereby receded.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That this act shall not be in force until after the assent of the people of the county and town of Alexandria shall be given to it in the mode hereinafter provided. Immediately after lose of the present session of Congress, the
dent of th
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That, in such case, the right of
dria forever; and the Solicitor of the Treasury of the United States is hereby authorized and required, in the name and on the behalf of the United States, to make all the proper and necessary conveyances for that purpose.
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That Congress will in no event assume and pay the debt, or any part thereof, now due by the corporation of the city of Alexandria. APPROVED, July 9, 1846.
CHAP. XXXVI.— An Act to authorize the President of the United States to sell the reserved mineral Lands in the States of Illinois and Arkansas, and Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa, supposed to contain Lead Ore.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President be, and he hereby is, authorized, as soon as practicable, to cause the reserved lead mines and contiguous lands in the State of Illinois and Arkansas, and Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa, belonging to the United States, to be exposed to sale, in the same manner that other public lands are authorized by law to be sold, except as hereinafter provided.
CHAP. XXXVII.-An Act to legalize certain Land Sales made at Chocchuma and
The debt of the corporation of Alexandria not
to be assumed by Congress.
July 11, 1816.
All the reserv
ed lead mines and in Illinois, Arkansas, Wiscon sin, and Iowa, to be exposed to sale.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That six months' notice of the times and places of said sales shall be given in such newspapers of general circulation, in such of the States as the President may think expedient, with a brief description of the mineral regions of the States of Illinois and Arkansas, and Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa, and of the lands to be offered for sale; showing the number and localities of the different mines now known, the probability of discovering others, the quality of the ore, the facilities of working it, the further facilities (if any) for manufactories of shot, sheet lead, and paints, and the means and expense of transporting the whole to the principal markets in the United States: Provided, That the said lands shall not be subject to the rights of preëmption until after the same have been preemption. offered at public sale and subject to private entry.
Proviso as to
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That upon satisfactory proof, made to the register and receiver of the proper land office, that any tract or tracts of said lands contain a mine or mines of lead ore, actually discovered and being worked, then, and in that case, the same shall be sold in such legal subdivision or subdivisions as will include such mine or mines; and no bid shall be received therefor at a less rate than the sum of two dollars and fifty cents per acre; and if such tract or tracts shall not be sold at such public sale, at such price, nor shall be entered private sale within twelve months thereafter, then the same shall be subject to sale as other lands: Provided, That no legal subdivision of any of said lands, upon which there may be an outstanding lease or leases from the Government of the United States, or their authorized agent, unexpired and undetermined, shall be sold until after the determination of such lease or leases by effluxion of time, voluntary surrender, or other legal extinguishment thereof. APPROVED, July 11, 1846.
public notice to given of such sales, with a brief description,
Any tract containing a mine or mines of lead ore to be sold in such legal subdi
visions as will include such mine or mines.
No bid less than
Leased subdivisions not to be sold until expiration of lease.
July 15, 1846.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it and may shall be lawful for patents to be issued, as in ordinary cases, for such of land at Choc
Patents to issue for such sales
sion of 1834
chuma and Co- of the sales of land made in the land offices at Chocchuma and Colum-
July 15, 1846.
Circuit Court for North Carolina to be held at Raleigh, on 1st
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the circuit courts of the United States for the district of North Carolina shall be held at Raleigh, on the first Monday in June and the first Monday in Mondays in June December, instead of the times now prescribed by law; and all
actions, suits, appeals, recognizances, processes, writs, and proceed-
July 16, 1346.
Collection district of Chicago
Chicago made the port of entry. Said district designated.
A collector to be appointed.
July 20, 1846.
CHAP. XXXVIII. — An Act to change the Time of holding the Federal Court in
Canal boats ex
empted from the
An Act to establish the Collection District of Chicago. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a collection district be, and hereby is, established upon the western shore of Lake Michigan, to be called the District of Chicago, within which the port of Chicago shall be a port of entry. The said district shall include the territory, harbors, rivers, and waters, on the western shore of said lake from the line dividing the States of Indiana and Illinois, northward to the town and River Sheboygan, and inclusive of the same, which are within the Territory of Wisconsin. A collector shall be appointed for said district, who shall receive the same amount of annual compensation as the collector of the District of Michillimackinac. APPROVED, July 16, 1846.
·An Act to exempt Canal Boats from the Payment of Fees and Hospital Money.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the owner or owners, master or captain, or other persons employed in navigating canal boats without masts or steam-power, now by law required to be registered, licensed, or enrolled and licensed, shall not be required to pay any marine hospital tax or money; nor shall the persons ployed in them employed to navigate such boats receive any benefit or advantage to receive no from the marine hospital fund; nor shall such owner or owners, master or captain, or other persons, be required to pay fees, or make any compensation for such register, license, or enrolment and license,
benefit from the
nor shall any such boat be subject to be libelled in any of the United States courts for the wages of any person or persons who may be employed on board thereof, or in navigating the same.
Repeal of re
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That all acts, and parts of acts, repugnant to the provisions of this act, be, and the same are hereby, repealed. pugnant acts. APPROVED, July 20, 1846.
CHAP. LXI.-An Act making Appropriations for the Support of Volunteers and other Troops authorized to be employed in the Prosecution of the War with Mexico, during the Year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-seven.
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 the same are hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury, for the support of volunteers and other troops authorto be employed in the prosecution of the war with Mexico, during the year ending the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-seven. For the regular army, viz.:
For pay of officers and men, provided for by the act of eighteenth June, eighteen hundred and forty-six, forty-five thousand nine hundred and forty-four dollars; for subsistence of said officers, three thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine dollars; for forage for said officers' horses, three thousand seven hundred and forty-four dollars; for clothing for said officers' servants, three hundred and sixty dollars; for recruiting the rifle regiment, nine thousand one hundred and eighty dollars; for clothing and camp equipage for same, twenty-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-three dollars; for forage for same, fiftytwo thousand two hundred and fifty-four dollars.
For volunteers (including officers, &c., authorized by acts passed the present session) and their operations, and those of the regular army, in the field, viz.:
For pay of officers, two hundred and twelve thousand and ninety-six dollars; for subsistence of officers, &c., one hundred and fifty-two thousand seven hundred and sixteen dollars; for forage for officers' horses, fifty-three thousand three hundred and seventy-six dollars; for clothing of officers' servants, thirteen thousand eight hundred dollars; for pay, &c. &c., of volunteers, authorized by the act of thirteenth May, eighteen hundred and forty-six, three million four hundred and ninety-seven thousand dollars; for subsistence in kind, one million fifty-four thousand and five hundred dollars; for camp equipage, &c., one hundred and thirty thousand dollars; for medical and hospital supplies, forty-five thousand five hundred dollars; for ordnance, arms, &c., three hundred and forty-four thousand dollars; for supplies, transportation, &c., of the quartermaster's department, six million three hundred and nine thousand and twenty-seven dollars.
APPROVED, July 20, 1846.
CHAP. LXIV. An Act to authorize an Issue of Treasury Notes and a Loan. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized to cause treasury notes to be issued for such sum or sums as the exigencies of the government may require; and, in place of such of the same as may be redeemed, to cause others to be issued; but not exceeding the sum of ten millions of dollars of this emission outstanding at any one time, and to be issued under the limitations and other provisions contained in the act entitled "An Act to authorize the Issue of Treasury Notes," approved the twelfth of October, one thousand eight hundred and
Such boats not for wages in the subject to libel
courts of the U. S.
July 20, 18-16. [Obsolete.]
Ante, p. 17.
Recruiting rifle regiment. Clothing and camp equipage. Forage.
Pay of officers.
hospital supplies. Ordnance, &c. Supplies, transportation, &c.
July 22, 1646. 1847, ch. 5, § 15.
Issue of treas
ury notes authoring ten millions to be outstanding at any one time. To be issued
under the limita of 1837, ch. 2.
tions of the act
higher rate of in-
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the treasury notes and Not to bear a the stock issued under the provisions of this act shall not bear a higher rate of interest than six per centum per annum, and no part thereof shall be disposed of at less than par.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That no compensation shall be No compensa- made to any officer, whose salary is fixed by law, for preparing, sign
tion to be made
to any salaried ing, or issuing treasury notes; nor shall any clerks be employed beyond the number authorized by the act herein referred to.
officer for pre-
$50,000 appropriated for paying the amount of certain purloined treasury notes. Post, p. 106.
thirty-seven, except that the authority hereby given to issue treasury notes shall expire at the end of one year from the passage of this act. SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President, if in his opinion it shall be the interest of the United States so to do, instead of issuing the whole amount of treasury notes authorized by the first section of this act, may borrow on the credit of the United States such an amount of money as he may deem proper, and issue therefor stock of the United States for the sum thus borrowed, in the same form, and under the same restrictions, limitations, and provisions, as are contained in the act of Congress, approved April fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and forty-two, entitled "An Act for the Extension of the Loan of eighteen hundred and forty-one, and for an Addition of five millions of Dollars thereto, and for allowing Interest on Treasury Notes due." Provided, however, That the sum so borrowed, together with the treasury notes issued by virtue of this act, shall not in the whole exceed the sum of ten millions of dollars: And provided, further, That no commission shall be allowed or paid for the negotiation of the loan authorized by this act; and also that the said stock shall be redeemable at a period not longer than ten years from the issue thereof.
July 23, 1846.
Pay and mileage of members of Congress.
1842, ch. 64.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the sum of fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of paying the amount of certain treasury notes (which, having been received or redeemed by any authorized officer of the government, were subsequently purloined or stolen, and put into circulation without evidence on their face of their having been cancelled) to the respective holders, who may have received the same, or any of them, for a full consideration, in the usual course of business, without notice or knowledge of the same having been stolen, or cancelled, or altered, and without any circumstances to cast suspicion on the good faith or due caution with which they may have received the same.
APPROVED, July 22, 1846.
CHAP. LXV. — An Act making Appropriations for certain Objects of Expenditure therein specified.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums of money be, and the same are hereby, appropriated for the several objects of expenditure hereafter specified, viz. For the pay and mileage of members of Congress and delegates, one hundred and seventy-six thousand five hundred and forty-eight dollars. For the expenses of the mission to the wild Indians of the prairie, including the expenses of a delegation of these Indians to the city of Washington and back to their homes, and also some presents to them, fifty thousand dollars: Provided, That no other or higher compensation shall be paid to the commissioners appointed to negotiate with said Indians than is authorized by the act approved seventeenth July, eighteen hundred and forty-two, nor shall any expenditure be allowed by the accounting officers but what shall appear to have been proper