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hundred and forty-seven, and continuing during her natural life.

Approved May 29, 1848.

CHAP. 53.—AN ACT to provide for the purchase of the manuscript papers of the late James Madison, former Pcsident of the United Slates.

[sec. I.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of twenty-live thousand dollars be, and T^f(0frt(hi the same is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the |i"Jch"emb°fi5U°" treasury not otherwise appropriated, to purchase of Mrs. D. P. manuscripts of Madison, widow of the' late James Madison, formerly Presi- ^lulla. Jamei dent of the United States, all the unpublished manuscript papers of the said James Madison now belonging to and in her possession; find upon delivery thereof to the Secretary of State, with a proper conveyance of title to the United States, the said sum of money, upon the certificate of the Secretary of State of the delivery and conveyance of said papers, shall be paid at the treasury, agreeably to the wishes of the said Mrs. Madison, and in the manner following, namely: five Maniier ia thousand dollars of said sum of twenty-five thousand dollars which the abovn

, -it i . . i v - , , sum is to be paid

to be paid to her; and the residue of twenty thousand to to Mrs. Madison. James Buchanan, now Secretary of State, John Y. Mason, i Secretary of the Navy, and Richard Smith, esq., of Washington city, to be held, put out to interest, vested in stocks, or otherwise managed and disposed of by them, or the survivor or survivors of them, as trustees for the said Mrs. Madison, according to their-best discretion and her best advantage—the interestor profit arising from the said principal sum to be paid over to her as the same accrues—the said principal sum to be and remain inalienable during her lifetime, as a permanent fund for her maintenance, but subject to be disposed of as she may please by her last will and testament. Approved May 31, 1848.

CHAP. 54.—AN ACT making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Slates of Avierica in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the,support of the Military Academy for the yeaj ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty nine: i ...i .,, . (;i ,. ,.

For pay of officers, instructors, cadets, and musicians, sev- r,y enty-uiue thousand seven hundred and sixty-four dollars.

contingent

ex.

Subsistence. For commutation of subsistence, five thousand six hun.

dred and twenty-one dollars. Forage. For forage for officers' horses, four thousand five hundred

and twelve dollars. Clothing. For clothing for officers' servants, four hundred and twen

ty dollars. Incidental and For repairs and improvements; fuel and apparatus; forage penses.

for public horses and oxen; stationery, printing, and other incidental and contingent expenses, thirty thousand one hundred and fifty-five dollars.

For the increase and expenses of the library, one thousand

five hundred dollars. Board of visit. For expenses of the board of visiters, two thousand dol.

lars. Barracks. For barracks for cadets, seventeen thousand five hundred

dollars. Board of visit. For expenses of the board of visiters, for the year ending

the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fortyeight, two thousand dollars.

Approved May 31, 1848.

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CHAP. 55.-AN ACT corcerning Spanish steam-vessels.

American steam vesseis placed on

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre.

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as. Spanish and sembled, That all laws now in force exacting higher duties on

aced on Spanish steain-vessels arriving in the United States than a footing of per. are exacted on steam-vessels of the United States arriving at

Havana, or any other port in the island of Cuba, be sus. pended, so as to place the said steam-vessels on a footing of perfect reciprocity, the suspension to continue so long as such reciprocity shall be thereby secured, or until otherwise provided for by law. .

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any higher du. than those refer lies than those before mentioned shall have been, or shall be, have been paid by paid by any Spanish steamer arriving in the United States Spanish vessels,to

on or after the first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and förty eight, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to refund the same.

Approved May 31, 1848.

Higher duties

red to which may

be refunded.

$1,174 to be paid

CHAP. 56.—AN ACT for the relief of Edward Bolon.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Reprehim for expenses sentatives of the United States of America in Congress'as.

for sembled, That' the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is keeping, Iwo pri hereby, authorized and directed to pay, or cause to be paid, to

Edward Bolon, of Florida, or his legal representatives, eleven hundred and seventy-four dollars, as reimbursement of ex.

incurred and com. pensation for

soners of the Uni. ted States.

penses and compensation for services in keeping two prisoners
of the United States, named Pdssmore, in the jail of Calhoun
county, Florida; the same to be paid out of any money in
the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Approved May 31, 1848.

CHAP. 57.—AN ACT for the relief of Thomas Brownell.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Stales of America in Congress as- ',

> i » nn i J as r i' . $53 S3 to be al

sembled, 1 hat the proper accounting officers of the treasury lowed in the »etare hereby directed to allow to Thomas Brownell, in the cTMBet" "fo^'that settlement of his accounts, the sum of fifty dollars and sixty- 'am P""

■ . . . ' . , . , . 1 , ., 'for medical »er

tnree cents, being the amount paid by him while in command vices rendered u> of the naval station at Sacket's Harbor, for medical services meS^StiIeUiJSd rendered to the officers and seamen attached to that station. sta,e»Approved May 31, 1848.

CHAP. 53.—AN ACT for tho relief of Samuel W. Bell, a native of the Cherokee nation.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War pay to Samuel W. Bell, rfViT^ a native of the Cherokee nation of Indians, out of any money JjSTM'^^""1^ in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, his expenses in- curred iu going curred in going to and returning irom Florida, in the year from" Fi^s"^ eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, and such daily pay for m7the time he was engaged on such mission, up to the lime of his return to the Cherokee nation, as was paid to Richard Fields for similar services.

Approved May 31, 1848.

CHAP. 59—AN ACT for the relief of Reynolds May.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Reynolds May, of the State of Arkansas, be, ^"d0 »d"di£ and he hereby is, released and discharged from the payment chars^t'romr ,hJ of a judgment obtained against him by the United States in judgment obtainthe district cour,t for the district of Arkansas, in the year eigh- 'ue^Seisuul teen hundred and forty-six, on his recognizance for five hundred dollars, and from the payment of all costs and expenses attending the same.

Approved May 31,1848.

CHAP. 60.-AN ACT 10 refund money for expenses incurred, subsistence or

transportation furnished, for the use of volunteers during the present war, before being mustered into the service of the United States.

Provisions

of

extended so as to

penses heretofore

Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senale and House of Repre

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as. joint resolution sembled, That the provisions of the joint resolution approved of March 3, 18:17; March third, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, entitled “A embrace all ex resolution to refund money to the States which have supplied incurred for vol. volunteers, and furnished them transportation during the unteers prior to their being mus.

present war, before being mustered and received into the ser. tered into service. vice of the United States,” be, and the same are hereby, ex.

tended, so as to enabrace all cases of expenses heretofore incurred in organizing, subsisting, and transporting volunteers, previous to their being mustered and received into the service of the United States for the present war, whether by States,

counties, corporations, or individuais, either acting with or Proviso. without the authority of any States: Provided, however,

That proof shall be made, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of War, of the amount thus expended, and that the same was necessary and proper for the troops aforesaid.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That an amount suffi. cient to refund said expenses so incurred be, and the same is hereby, appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That, in refunding moneys under this act, and the resolution which it amends, it shall be lawful to pay inicrest at the rate of six per centum per annum on all sums advance by States, corporations, or individuals, in all cases where the State, corporation, or indi. vidual paid or lost the interest, or is liable to pay it.

Approved June 2, 1818.

Appropriation.

Interest allowed in certain cases.

CHAP. 61.-AN ACT in explanation of an act entitled “An act to appro

priate the proceeds of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights."

Manner

in

tion of the act of

priate

the pro.

Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress aswhich the ath secs sembled, That the fifth section of the act entitled “ An act to Ath" "september, appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, and

appro: to grant pre-emption rights," approved on the fourth day of ceeds of the sales September, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, shall lands," &c., shall be so construed as to suspend only such portions of said act

as precede said fifth section, (relative to the distribution of the proceeds of the sales of the public lands,) that being hereby declared to be the true intent and meaning of said fifth section of the act aforesaid.

Approved June 13, 1848.

of

the

public

be construed.

CHAP. 62.-AN ACT for the relief of Fernando Fellanny.

A pension of $8

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Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War cause the name of Fer- per month allownando Fellanny to be placed upon the pension roll, under the act providing pensions for persons disabled by wounds in the military service of the United States, at the rate of eight dollars per month during his natural life, to commence on the twenty-third day of December, eighteen hundred and forty-six. Approved June 13, 1843.

CHAP. 63.-AN ACT for the relief of Jones and Boker.

to them, which

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Uniled States of America in Congress as.

$1,100 to be paid sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is them in full for hereby, authorized and directed to pay to Jones and Boker, of eight

their claim for

treasury Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, the sum of eleven notes belonging hundred dollars, out of any moneys in the treasury not other. were stolen, &c. wise appropriated, in full satisfaction of their claim for eight treasury notes, of which they were the lawful owners, and which were abstracted and stolen from the mail at the post office at Fayetteville, in the State of Arkansas: one of five hundred dollars, five of one hundred dollars each, and two of fifty dollars each; and, for a more particular description of said notes, reference may be had to the report accompanying this bill; and which said notes, after being altered and forged, were by some person unknown presented to and redeemed by the Bank of America, as the fiscal agent of the United States.

Approved June 13, 1848.

The Secretary

to ascertain and pay them the

forfeited recogni

CHAP. 64.-AN ACT for the relief of Richard Bloss and others. (Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is of the Treasury hereby, authorized, after ascertaining and deducting all the costs, charges, and expenses incurred by the United States amount of their in and about the arrest, detention, and commitment of zances for the apThaddeus P. Haskell, to the custody of the marshal of the Haskell, after de. United States for the northern district of the State of New ducting all costs,

charges, &c. York, in October, eighteen hundred and forty-five, on a charge for passing counterfeit money, to repay to the bail of said Thaddeus, Richard Bloss, and others, the amount paid by them on the forfeited recognizance and bond for the appearance of said Thaddeus; the said Thaddeus having since

pearance of T. P.

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