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CHAP. 14.—AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a register or enrolment to the schooner Robert Henry.

[sec. 1.] Be it tmacted by the Senate and House of Representativfs of the United States of America in Co?igress asAreguttrtobe sembled, That there be issued, under the direction of the Secsued, retary of the Treasury, a register or enrolment for the schooner Robert Henry, formerly a British vessel, but now owned by John P. Baldwin, a citizen of the State of Florida; aud which said vessel, having been wrecked on the Florida reef, and condemned and sold, was purchased by him, and which Proviso ne nas causec*t0 ke repaired and refitted for sea again: Provided, It shall be proved to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury that the cost of repairing and refitting said schooner in the United States, after her purchase by the present owner, exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of building a vessel of the same tonnage in the United States. Approved February 22, 1848.

CHAP. 15.—AN ACT authorizing persons to whom reservations of land have been made under certain Indian treaties, to alienate the same in fee.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress ast^se,""y "wit" sewThat all the reservations to or for any person or perJ'JST^"sons named in the treaty of the twentieth day of October,

mies of 20tn Oc- ■ B . _ / « m.

toiwr, i8S2, to eighteen hundred and thirty-two, made at Camp Tippecanoe, in3fee(hifl\pi*k,ld' in the State of Indiana, between the United States by their commissioners, Jennings, Davis, and Crume, and the chiefs and headmen of the Pottawatomie tribe of Indians of the Prairie and Kankakee, shall be so construed and held to convey to and vest in said reservees, their heirs and assigns, forever, an estate in fee simple in and to the reservations so made, by said treaty, to or for said reservees respectively. senCMTc'onvey ®EC- *• ^nd be it further enacted, That said reservees, or their reserves, their heirs, may sell and convey all or any part of his, her, or their respective reserves ; and such sale and conveyance shall vest in the purchaser, his or her heirs and assigns, such title as is described in such deed of conveyance, to such lands so Proviso. sold and conveyed: Provided, That all deeds of conveyance made before the passage of this act shall stand upon the same footing as those made after the passage of this act, and the rights of the parties shall be the same in one case as in the No dced other: Provided, That such deed of conveyance for any of valid untess" »j>' said lands made before or after the passage of this act, shall JS^VthVuS' not De vahd for such purpose until the same shall have been ted states. approved by the President of the United States. Approved March 9,1848.

CHAP. 16.—AN ACT granting the franking pririlege to Louisa Catharine

Adams.

[sec. ].] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as- Franking sembled, That all letters and packets carried by post to and lese from Louisa -Catharine Adams, widow of the late John Quincy Adams, be conveyed free of postage during her natural life.

Approved March 9, 1848.

CHAP. 17.—AN ACT to air-end an act entitled " An act in amendment of the acts respecting the judicial system of the United States."

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as- Cua may r"*aJ sembled, That in case of a vacancy in the office of the clerk ??re15ftdco»rt.tibr of any circuit court of the United States in vacation, thejudge £j;^"tric,NUjnge" of the district court in the district within which such Vacancy occurs in vaca^ occurs may appoint a clerk, who shall hold said office until 0onthe end of the next term of the circuit court for said district, unless the office is sooner filled by an appointment according to existing laws.

Approved March 9, 1848.

CHAP. 18.—AN ACT to make attachments whitk are made under process issuing from the courts of the United States conform to the laws regulating such attachments in the courts of the States.

[sec 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Scales of America in Congress as- Attachments issembled, That whenever, upon process instituted in any of !Uinj 'r°m

'- . r, . .' r r 1 courts of the Uui

tne courts of the United States, property shall hereafter be at- ted states may be tached to satisfy such judgment as may be recovered by the sa^e'manner1^ plaintiff on such process, and any contingency occurs by ^JJeu^r Ptmwhich, according to the laws of a State, such attachment state courts, would be dissolved upon like process pending in, or returnable to, the State courts, then such attachment or attachments made upon process issuing from, or pending in, the courts of the United States within such State shall be dissolved, the intent and meaning of this act being to place such attachments in the courts of the States and the United States upon the same footing: Provided, That nothing herein contained P""*"shall interfere with any existing or future law giving priority in payments of debts to the United States. Approved March 14,1848.

CHAP. 19.—AN ACT concerning the courts of the United States in and for the district of Michigan.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepreThe courts of sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as!5MYchtaan8tobe sembled, That the circuit and district courts of the United h< w at Detroit on States for the district of Michigan shall continue to be held jtne'aid"^ Mo'r," in the city of Detroit on the third Monday of June and the aaou«i5j\°c,ober' second Monday of October in every year, any provision in any act of Congress, heretofore passed, to the contrary notwithstanding; and that all writs, pleas, suits, recognizances, indictments, and all other proceedings, civil and criminal, shall be heard, tried, and proceeded with by the said courts in the same manner and at the same place as heretofore. Approved March 14, 1848.

CHAP. 20—AN ACT for the relief of the administratrix of Elisha L. Keen,

deceased.

[sec. 1.] Be it enated by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asrn^jlo'w sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is tk" FourthAui' nereby, directed to pay, out of any money in the treasury not tor may decide to otherwise appropriated, to the administratrix of Elisha L. decease! Do? «- Keen, such sums as the Fourth Auditor of the Treasury may ceediog*5w. decide to be justly due said Keen, not exceeding the sum of five hundred and, ninety-four dollars, being a balance alleged to be due said Keen, and credited on the books of the Fourth Auditor for advances to the United States in the years eighteen hundred and thirteen and eighteen hundred and fourteen. Approved March 14,1848.

CHAP. 21 AN ACT providing for the payment of the claim of Walter R.

Johnson against the United States.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asten sijcenuto sembled, That there be paid to Walter R. Johnson, from any tb*h^«rvnic"aU, money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of **• six hundred and eleven dollars and thirty-one cents, which

which will be in full for his services, and payments made by
him, in researches and experiments on American coal, under
the direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
Approved March 14, 1848.

CHAP. 22—AN ACT for the relief of the heira of John Paul Jones.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the accounts of the late Commodore John Paul Account* of the Jones with the United States be referred to the Secretary of paui j00nTM. to°bS the Treasury, to adjust aird pay, out of any money or stock aJJusted of the United States in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the principles of justice and equity, according to acts in similar cases and applicable thereto. 1

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of Prize money to the Treasury is hereby instructed to pay to the legal represent- |^p!U reprSen't atives of the said John Paul Jones, and the officers, seamen, iivl,?^ailiones

, . tt i i t- ii . and of the officers

and marines of the squadron under his command, being citi- end seamen under zens of the United States, or their representatives, out of any h"C0Inman,1• moneys or stock of the United States in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, their respective proportions of the value, as estimated by Benjamin Franklin, of three prizes captured by the squadron under the command of the said Jones, and delivered up to Great Britain by Denmark, in seventeen hundred and seventy-nine; to be apportioned on the basis of the distribution of a settlement made with the captors, for prizes captured by the said squadron, and received from the court of France, and confirmed by Congress in seventeen hundred and eighty-seven; deducting, however, from the share of Captain ^e8^reo?caTM Peter Landais the sum received by him or his legal represent- tainLaSus. ap' atives under an act of Congress approved the twenty-eighth of March, eighteen hundred and six: Provided, That in as- Provlsocertaining the amount due the heirs of said Paul Jones, if any, no interest shall be allowed on such claim. Approved .March 21, 1848.

CHAP. 23.—AN ACT further to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.

[sec. 1.] 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 here- Supply of defiby, appropriated to supply deficiencies in the appropriations ciencie*for the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, namely: Additional

For pay of one additional clerk in the office of the Fifth clerkotFirthAu.Auditor, rendered necessary by the increase of light-house mtorbusiness, at eight hundred dollars per annum, from the first of June, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, to the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, eight hundred and • sixty-five dollars and ninety-four cents.

For extra clerk-hire for the settlement of the increase of busi- Extra clerk hire ness in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, occasioned by l^fotyi^n' the Mexican war, six thousand dollars.

District judge For salary of the judge of the southern district of Florida, of Honda. per act twenty-third February, eighteen hundred and fortyseven, from third March, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, to thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, at two thousand dollars per annum, two thousand six hundred and sixty-one dollars and twelve cents. ^BiBWct^attor- For salaries of district attorney and marshal of the south^Fj"wama" & era district of Florida, per same act, from third March, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, to thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, at two hundred dollars each per annum, five hundred and thirty-two dollars and twenty-two cents. ch?Te?irF)°orida! for salaries of the two keepers of the public archives in Florida, per act of third of March, eighteen hundred and twenty-five, one thousand dollars: Provided, That so much of said act of third of March, eighteen hundred and twentyfive, as authorizes the appointment of two keepers of the pubo«ce abolished. Jjc arcrnveSj shan be, and the same is hereby, repealed from and after the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight; and, in the mean time, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to cause the said archives to be removed to some public office in the State of Florida, to be designated by the President of the United States, there to be safely kept. Lighthouses, For expenses of thirty-five light-houses, including oil and other annual supplies, delivering the same, and repairing the lighting apparatus for four hundred and twenty lamps; salaries of thirty-five keepers, at the fixed average of four hundred dollars per annum, and also all other expenses for six months, twenty-two thousand seven hundred and forty dollars.

For one new floating light, including the keeper's salary at six hundred and fifty dollars, and all other expenses for nine months, two thousand three hundred and sixteen dollars.

For additional expenses of sundry new buoys for six months, one thousand six hundred and ninety dollars.

For additional expenses of a temporary floating light at Sand Key, Florida, in lieu of the light-house destroyed there, one thousand five hundred dollars.

For superintendent's commission on twenty-eight thousand two hundred and forty-six dollars, at two and a half percent., seven hundred and six dollars and fifteen cents, contingencies. For contingent expenses under the act for the collection, safe-keeping, transfer, and disbursement of the public revenue of sixth August, eighteen hundred and forty-six, five thousand dollars.

For contingent expenses in the office of the Treasurer of the United States, five hundred dollars, cierk in Adju- For per diem compensation for clerk employed in the Adtut Generals of-jutant General's office, one thousand dollars.

cierk in ord- For per diem compensation of clerk employed in the Ordnance office, nance office, one thousand and ninety eight dollars. • Additional For diem compensation for eight clerks employed, and cieriu in Tension £UCh additional number of clerks as the exigencies of the public service may require to be employed temporarily, by the

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