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Washington, remaining unexpended after the bridge shall have been repaired in obedience to the directions contained in the joint resolution passed for that purpose at the present session of Congress, be, and the same hereby is, appropriated, to be applied under the direction of the commissioner of the public buildings, towards the graduation, gravelling and planting of the Maryland avenue, in said city, from its eastern extremity to the said bridge, in equal proportions on the east and west of the capitol, according to dis

tance. Commission. § 2. And be it further resolved, That it shall be the duty of the er of public commissioner of public buildings to attend to the draws, cause the attend to the bridge to be properly lighted, to guard against wanton injuries and draws, &c. obstructions, and to preserve a due police on and near it, so as to He may em ensure the safety of passengers and of the public property; that ploy three as- said commissioner shall receive for his services the yearly com

pensation of three hundred dollars, and be authorised to employ three assistants, at a compensation not exceeding one dollar and fifty cents a day. (Approved, July 1st, 1836.]

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ACTS OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

OF

THE UNITED STATES:

Passed at the Second Session, which was begun aud held at the

City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, on Monday, the fifth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six.

ANDREW JACKSON, President. MARTIN VAN BUREN, Vice President,

and President of the Senate. James K. Polk, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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CHAP. 368. An act to regulate, in certain cases, the disposition of the

proceeds of lands ceded by Indian tribes to the United States. § 1. Be it enacted, fc. That all moncys received from the sales Moneys reof lands, that have been, or may be hereafter, ceded to the United ceived to be States by Indian tribes, by treaties providing for the investment paid into the

treasury. or payment to the Indians, parties thereto, of the proceeds of the lands ceded by them, respectively, after deducting the expenses of survey and sale, any sums stipulated to be advanced, and the expenses of fulfilling any engagements contained therein, shall be paid into the treasury of the United States in the same manner that moneys received from the sales of public lands are paid into the treasury

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That all sums that are or may Necessary apbe required to be paid, and all moneys that are or may be required propriations to be invested by said treaties, are hereby appropriated in confor- paid from the mity to them, and shall be drawn from the treasury, as other public treasury. moneys are drawn therefrom, under such instructions as may, from time to time be given by the President.

3. And be it further enacted, That all investments of stock, Investments that are or may be required by said treaties shall be made under of stock. the direction of the President; and special accounts of the funds Special ae. under said treaties shall be kept at the treasury, and statements counts of the thereof be annually laid before Congress.

kept, and laid § 4. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of the 4th before Consection of the act of June 14th, 1836, entitled " An act making grese:

Provisions of appropriations for the Indian department,” &c.," be and are hereby extended, in such manner as to apply to the disposition of all 14th June, moneys that may hereafter be received under the treaties therein 1836, extend. named, or under any others containing similar stipulations for the payment to the Indians, annually, of interest upon the proceeds of the lands ceded by them. [Approved, January 9th, 1837.)

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CHAP. 370. An act supplementary to the act entitled “ An act estab

lishing a mint, and regulating the coins of the United States." Officers how 81. Be it enacted, fc. That the officers of the mint of the Uniappointed. ted States shall be a director, a treasurer, an assayer, a melter

and refiner, a chief coiner and an engraver, to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and

consent of the senate. Duties of § 2. And be it further enacted, That the respective duties of

the officers of the mint shall be as follows: Director. First. The director shall have the control and management of

the mint, the superintendence of the officers and persons employed therein, and the general regulation and supervision of the business of the several branches. And in the month of January of every year he shall make report to the President of the United States of the operations of the mint and its branches for the year preceding. And also to the secretary of the treasury, from time to time, as said secretary shall require, setting forth all the operations of the mint subsequent to the last report made upon the

subject. Treasurer.

Second. The treasurer shall receive, and safely keep all moneys which shall be for the use and support of the mint; shall keep all the current accounts of the mint, and pay all moneys due by the mint, on warrants from the director. He shall receive all bullion brought to the mint for coinage; shall be the keeper of all bullion and coin in the mint, except while the same is legally placed in the hands of other officers, and shall, on warrants from the director, deliver all coins struck at the mint to the persons to whom they shall be legally payable. And he shall keep regular and faithful accounts of all the transactions of the mint, in bullion and coins, both with the officers of the mint and the depositors; and shall present, quarter-yearly, to the treasury department of the United States, according to such forms as shall be prescribed by that department, an account of the receipts and disbursements

of the mint, for the purpose of being adjusted and settled. Assayer. Third. The assayer shall carefully assay all metals used in

coinage, whenever such assays are required in the operations of the mint; and he shall also make assays of coins whenever in

structed to do so by the director. Melter and Fourth. The melter and refiner shall execute all the operations refiner.

which are necessary in order to form ingots of standard silver or gold, suitable for the chief coiner, from the metals legally deliv

ered to him for that purpose. Chief coiner.

Fifth. The chief coiner shall execute all the operations which are necessary in order to form coins, conformable in all respects to the law, from the standard silver and gold ingots, and the copper planchets legally delivered to him for this

purpose. Engraver. Sixth. The engraver shall prepare and engrave, with the legal

devices and inscriptions, all the dies used in the coinage of the

mint and its branches. Appointment 3. And be it further enacted, That the director shall appoint, of assistants with the approbation of the President, assistants to the assayer, and clerks.

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director and treasurer, whenever, on representation made by the director to the President, it shall be the opinion of the President that such assistants or clerks are necessary.

And it shall be the Their duties. duty of the assistants to aid their principals in the execution of their respective offices, and of the clerks to perform such duties as shall be prescribed for them by the director.

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That whenever any officer of Vacancies in the mint shall be temporarily absent, on account of sickness, or any

other sufficient cause, it shall be lawful for the director, with the assent of said officer, to appoint some person attached to the filled. mint, to act in the place of such officer during his absence, and Employment that the director shall employ such workmen and servants in the of workmen mint as he shall from time to time find necessary.

$ 5. And be it further enacted, That every officer, assistant, Oath to be and clerk of the mint, shall, before he enters

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upon of his office take an oath or affirmation before some judge of the United States, or judge of the superior court or any court of record of any state, faithfully and diligently to perform the duties thereof.

§ 6. And be it further enacted, That the following officers of Bonds require the mint, before entering upon the execution of their respective offices, shall become bound to the United States, with one or more sureties, to the satisfaction of the secretary of the treasury, in the sums hereinafter mentioned, with condition for the faithful and diligent performance of the duties of their offices, viz: The treasurer in the sum of ten thousand dollars; the assayer in the sum of five thousand dollars; the melter and refiner in the sum of ten thousand dollars; the chief coiner in the sum of ten thousand dollars. And that similar bonds may also be required of the assistants and clerks, in such sums as the director shall determine, with the approbation of the secretary of the treasury.

§ 7. And be it further enacted, That there shall be allowed to Salaries of ofthe officers of the mint the following salaries per annum: To the ficers, clerks, director, for his services, including travelling expenses incurred in visiting the different branches, and all other charges whatever, three thousand five hundred dollars; to the treasurer, assayer, melter and refiner, chief coiner, and engraver, each, two thousand dollars; to the assistants and clerks, such annual salaries shall be allowed as the director may determine, with the approbation of the President: Provided, That an assistant shall not receive Proviso. more than fifteen hundred dollars; and that a clerk shall not receive more than twelve hundred dollars; to the workmen and Wages of servants shall be allowed such wages, to be determined by the workmen and director, as may be customary and reasonable, according to their respective stations and occupations; and that the salaries provided for in this section shall be payable in quarterly instalments.

$ 8. And be it further enacted, That the standard for both gold Standard for and silver coins of the United States shall hereafter be such, that gold and sil. of one thousand parts by weight, nine hundred shall be of pure metal, and one hundred of alloy; and the alloy of the silver coins Alloys. shall be of copper; and the alloy of the gold coins shall be of copper and silver, provided that the silver do not exceed one-half of the whole alloy. Vol. IV.

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Weight of sil. 9. Sind be it further enacted, That of the silver coins, the ver coins.

dollar shall be of the weight of four hundred and twelve and onehalf grains; the half dollar of the weight of two hundred and six and one-fourth grains; the quarter dollar of the weight of one hundred and three and one-eighth grains; the dime, or tenth part of a dollar, of the weight of forty-one and a quarter grains ;

and the half dime, or twentieth part of a dollar, of the weight of Dollars, &c. twenty grains, and five-eighths of a grain. And that dollars, half shall be legal dollars, and quarter dollars, dimes, and half dimes, shall be legal lenders, &c.

tenders of payment, according to their nominal value, for any

sums whatever. Weight of § 10. And be it further enacted, That of the gold coins, the gold coins.

weight of the eagle shall be two hundred and fifty-eight grains ;

that of the half-eagle one hundred and twenty-nine graińs; and Eagles, &c. shall be a le. that of the quarter eagle sixty-four and one half grains. And gal tender,&c. that for all sums whatever, the eagle shall be a legal tender of

payment for ten dollars; the half-eagle for five dollars; and the quarter eagle for two and a half dollars.

§ 11. And be it further enacted, That the silver coins hereioheretofore is. sued, and gold fore issued at the mint of the United States, and the gold coins coins issued issued since the thirty-first day of July, one thousand eight hunsince 31st Ju, dred and thirty-four, shall continue to be legal tenders of payment ly, 1834, shall for their nominal values, on the same terms as if they were of legal tenders, the coinage provided for by this act. Weight of § 12. And be it further enacted, That of the copper coins, copper coins. the weight of the cent shall be one hundred and sixty-eight grains,

and the weight of the half-cent eighty-four grains. And the cent Proportional shall be considered of the value of one hundredth part of a dollar, value of to

and the half cent of the value of one two-hundredth part of a dollar.

dollar. Devices and § 13. And be it further enacted, That upon the coins struck at Jegends of the mint there shall be the following devices and legends: upon coins.

one side of each of said coins there shall be an impression emblematic of liberty, with an inscription of the word LIBERTY, and the

year of the coinage; and upon the reverse of each of the gold and silver coins, there shall be the figure or representation of an eagle, with the inscription United States of America, and a designation of the value of the coin; but on the reverse of the dime and half dime, cent and half cent, the figure of the eagle

shall be omitted. Gold and sil. § 14. And be it further enacted, That gold and silver bullion ver bullion

brought to the mint for coinage, shall be received and coined, by brought for coinage shall the proper officers, for the benefit of the depositor: Provided, be received Thai it shall be lawful to refuse, at the mint, any deposite of less and coincd. value than one hundred dollars, and any bullion so base as to be Proviso. · unsuitable for the operations of the mint: And provided also, That

when gold and silver are combined, if either of these metals be in such small proportion that it cannot be separated advantageously, no allowance shall be made to the depositor for the value

of such metal. Receipt to be

§ 15. And be it further enacted, That when bullion is brought given for bulliun.

to the mint for coinage, it shall be weighed by the treasurer, in the presence of the depositor, when practicable, and a receipt

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