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employ a clerk in addition to those authorised by law, at the sum clerk to navy of nine hundred dollars.

board. That the surveyor general of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, be Surveyor gen. authorised to employ iwo clerks at a sum not exceeding twenty- of Ohio, &c. to three hundred dollars, and that he be allowed the further sum of

employ addi. four thousand dollars for additional clerk hire.

That the surveyor general of Illinois and Missouri be authorised Surveyor gen. to employ clerks at a sum not exceeding three thousand eight employ, &c. hundred and twenty dollars.

That the surveyor general of Arkansas be allowed the sum of $2,800 to sur. two thousand eight hundred dollars, for clerk hire in his office.

gen. of Ark. That the surveyor of Louisiana be allowed the sum of twenty $2,500 to sur. five hundred dollars for clerk hire in his office.

That the surveyor general of Mississippi be allowed the sum of $5,000 to sar. five thousand dollars for clerk hire in his office.

gen. of Miss. That the surveyor general of Alabama be allowed the sum of $2,000 to sur. two thousand dollars for clerk hire in his office. That the surveyor general of Florida be allowed the sum of

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$3,500 to sur, three thousand five hundred dollars for clerks in his office.

gen. of Flor. That the secretary of war be, and he is hereby authorised to for clerks. employ, for the discharge of the various duties of the department, Clerks to be the following clerks and messengers; one clerk at sixteen hun- dep't ut war. dred dollars, and one clerk at fourteen hundred dollars; to be employed in the business of reservations and grants under Indian treaties: Provided, That the said clerks shall not be employed Proviso. for a longer term than four years. Three clerks for the pension Clerks in the office at one thousand dollars each, to be continued only during pension office. the present year,

Six clerks and one messenger, in the quartermaster general's In the quaroffice, whose compensation shall be as follows; one clerk at six

general's teen hundred dollars, one clerk at twelve hundred dollars, four effice. clerks at one thousand dollars each, and one messenger at five hundred dollars, one clerk for the ordnance office at twelve hundred dollars, and four clerks at one thousand dollars each. One clerk for the adjutant general's office at twelve hundred dollars, and three clerks at one thousand dollars each. One clerk in the engineer office at twelve hundred dollars, and one clerk at one thousand dollars. One clerk in the commanding general's office at one thousand dollars. Six clerks and one messenger in the emigrating Indian Bureau attached to the subsistence department, whose compensation shall be as follows: one clerk at sixteen hundred dollars, one clerk at fourteen hundred dollars, one clerk at twelve hundred dollars, three clerks at one thousand dollars each, and one messenger at five hundred dollars; Provided, That the authority claimed under the acts approved March twentyeight, eighteen hundred and twelve, and May twenty-second eighteen hundred and twelve, or by any other act for the employment of non-commissioned officers, or the appointment of extra clerks in any of the offices of the war department be, and the same are hereby repealed: Provided however, That where express appropriations are made by law, for the employment of clerks, such employment shall not be deemed to be extra, within the meaning of the above act.

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That the superintendent of Indian Affairs at St. Louis be audian Affairs, thorised to employ two clerks in his office, and no more, one of St. Louis, to

which shall receive a compensation of one thousand, and the other employ two clerks.

of eight hundred dollars. Supt. south of That the superintendent of Indian Affairs south of the Missouri Missouri to river be authorised to employ one clerk in his office who shall reemploy one.

ceive a compensation of one thousand dollars.

$ 2. And be it further enacted, That the salaries provided for in this act, and payable for the year eighteen hundred and thirtysix, shall be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. [.Approved, May 9th, 1836.]

CHAP. 76. An act to give effect to patents for public lands issued in

the names of deceased persons. § 1. Be it enacted, f'c. That in all cases where patents for public lands have been or may hereafter be issued, in pursuance of any law of the United States, to a person who had died, or who shall hereafter die, before the date of such patent, the title to the land designated therein shall enure to, and become vested in, the heirs, devisees, or assignees of such deceased patentee, as if the patent had issued to the deceased person during life; and the provisions of this act shall be construed to extend to patents for lands within the Virginia Military District in the state of Ohio. [Approved, May 20th, 1836.

Char. 77. An act explanatory of the act entitled “ An act to prevent

defalcations on the part of the disbursing agents of the government,

and for other purposes." Act of Jan. $1. Be it enacted, d.c. That, the act entitled “An act to pre1828, not to

vent defalcations on the part of the disbursing agents of the apply lo pen

government, and for other purposes," approved the twenty-fifth of Act of 1828, January, eighteen hundred and twenty-eight, shall not be construed c. 2, ante p. to authorise the pension of any pensioner of the United States to 2103,

be withheld. [Approved, May 20th, 1836.]

sions.

Char. 79. An act for the relief of the several corporate cities of the

District of Columnbia. Debt contrace § 1. Be it enacted, f.c. That the secretary of the treasury be, ted in Holland and he is hereby, authorised and directed to assume, on behalf of assumed by the U.S.

the United States, and discharge, to the holders of the evidences of debt contracted and entered into between the cities of Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown, and certain individuals in Holland, negotiated by Richard Rush, Esquire, on behalf of said corporate bodies, the entire obligation of paying said debts, with the accruing interest thereon, together with the interest now due

and remaining unpaid, according to the terms of said contract. Corporations § 2. And be it further enacted, That before the said secretary of to deposite the the treasury, shall execute the duties prescribed by the first secstock with the tion of this act, the said corporate authorities of said cities shall the U. S.&c. deposite in the hands of the said secretary of the treasury, the

stock in the said Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, held by
them respectively; and the said secretary of the treasury may,
át such time within ten years, as may be most favorable for the
sale of said stock, dispose thereof at public sale, and reimburse
to the United States such sums as may have been paid under the
provisions of this act; and if any surplus remain after said reim-
bursement, he shall pay over said surplus to said cities, in pro-
portion to the amount of stock now held by them respectively.
[ Approved, May 20th, 1836.]
CHAP. 80. An act authorising the President of the United States to

accept the service of volunteers, and to raise an additional regiment
of dragoons or mounted riflemen.

§ 1. Be it enacted, f.c. That the President of the United States President be, and he hereby is authorised to accept volunteers who may the services of offer their services either as infantry or cavalry not exceeding 10,000 volun. ten thousand men, to serve six or twelve months after they shall teers, &c. have arrived at the place of rendezvous, unless sooner discharged; and the said volunteers shall furnish their own clothes, and, if cavalry, their own horses, and when mustered into service, shall be armed and equipped at the expense of the United States.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That the said volunteers shall To do militabe liable to be called upon to do military duty only in cases of ry duty, &c. Indian hostilities, or to repel invasions, whenever the President shall judge proper, and when called into actual service and while remaining therein, shall be subject to the rules and articles of war, and shall be in all respects, except as to clothing, placed on the same footing with similar corps of the United States army, and in lieu of clothing every non-commissioned oflicer and private, in any company, who may thus offer themselves, shall' be entitled, when called into actual service, to receive in money a sum equal to the cost of the clothing of a non-commissioned officer or private (as the case may be) in the regular troops of the United States.

3. And be it further enacted, That the said volunteers so to be receiv. offering their services, shall be accepted by the President in ed in compacompanies, battalions, squadrons, regiments, brigades, or divi- nics, &c. sions, whose officers shall be appointed in the manner prescribed by law in the several states and territories, to which such companies, battalions, squadrons, regiments, brigades, or divisions, shall respectively belong: Provided, That, where any company, bat- Proviso. talion, squadron, regiment, brigade, or division, of militia, already organized, shall tender their voluntary service to the United States, such company, battalion, squadron, regiment, brigade, or division, shall continue to be commanded by the officers holding commissions in the same, at the time of such tender; and any vacancy thereafter occurring shall be filled in the mode pointed out by law in the state or territory wherein the said company, battalion, squadron, regiment, brigade or division, shall have been originally raised.

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United To be organStates be, and he is hereby authorised to organise companies, so ised by the

President. tendering their services, into battalions or squadrons, battalions or

squadrons into regiments, regiments into brigades, and brigades into divisions, as soon as the number of volunteers shall render such organization in his judgment expedient; and the President shall, if necessary, apportion the staff, field and general officers among the respective states or territories from which the volunteers shall tender their services, as he may deem proper ; but, until called into actual service, such companies, battalions, squadrons, regiments, brigades or divisions shall not be considered as exempt from the performance of militia duty as if required by law,

in like manner as before the passage of this act. To be entitled $ 5. And be it further enacted, That the volunteers who may to benefits, be received into the service of the United States, by virtue of the &c.

provisions of this act, shall be entitled to all the benefits which may be conferred on persons wounded in the service of the United

States. A regiment of § 6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be raised and be organised. organised under the direction of the President of the United States,

one additional regiment of dragoons or mounted riflemen, to be composed of the same number and rank of the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates, composing the regiment of dragoons now in the service of the United States, who shall receive the same pay and allowances, be subject to the same rules and regulations, and be engaged for the like term, and upon the same conditions, in all respects whatever as are stipulated for

the said regiment of dragoons now in service. President

§ 7. And be it further enacted, That the President of the may disband. United States may disband the said regiment, whenever in his

cpinion, the public interest no longer requires their services; and $300,000 ap- that the sum of three hundred thousand dollars, required to carry propriated.

into effect the provisions of this act is hereby appropriated, out of

any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. Act to remain

§ 8. And be it further enacted, That so much of this act as in force two relates to volunteers shall be in force for two years from and year 3.

after the passage of this act, and no longer. [-Approved, May 23d,
1836.]
Chap. 85. An act to provide for the payment of certain pensioners in

the States of Virginia and Ohio. A pansion § 1. Be it enacted, fc. That the secretary of war be, and he agency to be hereby is, authoçised' and empowered to establish a pension established at Wlieeling:

agency at the city of Wheeling in the state of Virginia, for the payment of pensioners of the United States, resident in the counties of Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, Wood, Lewis, Harrison, Randolph, Preston, and Monongalia, in Virginia, and Belmont,

Jefferson, Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe, in the state of Ohio: Pioviso. Provided, That the establishment of such agency can be made

and continued without charge to the United States.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That the secretary of the treasury be, and hereby is, authorised to make the necessary arrangement for the payment of said pensioners.

3. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect from and after the first day of August, eighteen hundred and thirty-six. [Approved, June 7th, 1836.]

CHAP. 86. An act to extend the western boundary of the State of

Missouri, to the Missouri river. $ 1. Be it enacted, fc. That when the Indian title to all the lands lying between the state of Missouri, and the Missouri river shall be extinguished, the jurisdiction over said land shall be hereby ceded to the state of Missouri, and the western boundary of said state shall be then extended to the Missouri river, reserving to the United States the original right of soil in said lands, and of disposing of the same: Provided, That this act shall not take effect Proviso. until the President shall by proclamation, declare that the Indian title to said lands has been extinguished; nor shall it take effect until the state of Missouri shall have assented to the provisions of this act. [Approved, June 7th, 1836.]

tary, and

CHAP. 87. An act to carry into effect a convention between the

United States and Spain. $1. Be it enacted, fc. That the President of the United States, A commisby and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint

sioner, secreone commissioner, whose duty it shall be to receive and examine clerk to be ap. all claims which may be presented to him under the convention pointed. for the settlement of claims between the United States of America, and her Catholic Majesty the Queen of Spain, concluded at Madrid, on the seventeenth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, which are provided for by the said convention, according to the provisions of the same, and the principles of justice, equity and the law of nations. The said commissioner shall have a secretary, versed in the Spanish and French languages, and a clerk, both to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the senate; and the commissioner, secretary, and clerk, shall

, before they enter on the duties of their offices, take oath well and faithfully to perform the duties thereof.

$ 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioner Commissionshall be, and he is hereby, authorised to make all needful rules er to make and regulations, not contravening the laws of the land, the provi- gulations. sions of this act, or the provisions of the said convention, for carrying his said commission into full and complete effect.

3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioner, so to Commissionbe appointed, shall attend at the city of Washington, and his er to attend at

the city of salary shall begin to be allowed within thirty days after his

Washington. appointment; and within twelve months from the time of his attendance as aforesaid, he shall terminate his duties. And the secretary of state is required, as soon as the said commissioner shall be appointed, to give notice of his attendance at Washington as aforesaid, and to be published in two newspapers in the city of Washington, and in such other newspapers as he may

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That all records, documents, or Records and other papers, which now are in, or hereafter, during the continu- documents to

be delivered to ance of this commission, may come into the possession of the

him. department of state, in relation to such claim, shall be delivered to the commissioner aforesaid.

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