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i ACTS OF THE FOURTEENTH CONGRESS

OF

THE UNITED STATES;

Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the
City of Washington; in' the District of Columbia, on Mon-
day, the 4th of December, 1815, and ended on the 30t7» of
April, 1816.' 7.V.- *

James Madison, President. Jo*hn G\illaiid, President of the
Senate, pro tempore. Henky-cl*^, Speaker of the House
of Representatives.

[Note.—In consequence of the dealh of Elbridgc Gerry, (hcrc-*ts no Vice-President of the United Stales during this session.J *.*

Chap. 3. An act to enlarge the time for ascertaining the annual transfers an;i changes of Obsolete, property subject to the direct tax, and Tor other purposes. ', *

$ 1. Be it enacted 8fC. That, instead of the month of January, The month of heretofore prescribed by law to the principal assessors, for in- ^JjjjJ quiring and ascertaining, annually, what transfers and changes monthTfJan. of property have been made and effected in their respective dis- ""Ti.** •»•

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tricts, subsequent to the next preceding valuation, assessment, changes of and apportionment, of the direct tax, the month of April, annu* ProPerlJrally, shall be, and the same is hereby, substituted and prescribed for that purpose. And instead of the month of May, heretofore The secretary' prescribed by law, for annually notifying the collectors of the f1** ^JJJ" several collection districts to proceed to the collection of the di- wiTMJune for" reel tax, the secretary of the treasury may substitute the month J^'^""10 of June, annually, if such enlargement of the time be, in his fying coiiec-' ODinion, proper and necessary. cee'd'^cTM $ 2. That the change of times, by this act prescribed and ail- The'chango

thorized, in relation to the direct tax, shall also be allowed and appKielo" applied in relation to the duties on household furniture and gold diitrcs on and silver watches. [Approved, January 17, 1816.} nuu"el'&efi,r'

Chap. 7. An act to repeal so much of an act, passed o"n the twenfy-third day of Decern-* y , .. ber, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, as imposes additional duties on postage. 144^'^'

$ 1. Be it enacted, «$•<:. That, from and after the thirty-first day the additionof March next, so much of the act, entitled "An act to provide «' duties on additional revenues for defraying the expenses of government p'sed'h^ act and maintaining the public credit, by duties on sales at auction, of23d.?fcem_

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and on licenses to retail wines, spirituous liquors, and foreign Pea.\«i. Vol. III. 173

merchandise, and for increasing the rates of postage," passed the twenty-third day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, as imposes additional duties on postage, be, and the same is hereby, repealed. [Approved, February 1, 1816.]

Obsolete. Chat. 9. An act continuing in force certain acts, laying duties on bank notes, refined su

Vol. in. p. gars, aod for other purposes.

1654.

The acts ia - Beit enacted, fyc. That the act, entitled " An act laying

in» dutie's on duties on notes of banks, bankers, and certain companies; on bank notes, notes, bonds, and obligations, discounted by banks, bankers, and Vol.ii.p.1374. certain companies; and on bills of exchange of certain descrip1438- lions," passed the second day of August, one thousand eight

hundred and thirteen, and the act supplementary to said act, passed the tenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred Voi.u.p.i33& and fourteen, and the act, entitled "Atu&ct laying duties on sugar refined within the United Slatesr,5\passed the twenty-fourth day of July, one thousand eight, hundred and thirteen, shall be, and the same are hereby, conlrao'ed'- in force; any thing in the said acts in any wise to ibfi contrary notwithstanding. [Approved, February 1, 18Ji>:,]"\

Expired. Chap. 10. An act to continue^ force the act, enlitled "An act for imposing additional Vol. iii. p. duties upon all goods, wares, and •merchandise, imported from any foreign port or place,

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The addition- cj, l. Be it.efioctfid, fyc. That the additional duties upon goods, good"''*!TM wares, and rn<j>c*h'andise, imported into the United Slates, and and upon ton- upon tl]e '/Qnjlage of vessels, imposed by the act, entitled "An bySth'o'a'ct°orJ act for".imposing additional duties upon all goods, wares, and c'ntfnucdu'n' mer°tfan"di8e> imported from any foreign port or place, and for tnsoth June)" other purposes," passed on the first day of July, in the year one VoMi 1271 thousand e'ght hundred and twelve, shall continue to be laid, 'levied, and collected, in the mode therein prescribed, subject, in all respects, to the same regulations and provisions, and with the like fines, penalties, forfeitures, and remedies, for breaches of the law, as are now provided by law. until the thirtieth day of June next, any thing in the said act to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. Additionaldu- § 2. That, from and after the said thirtieth day of June next, cent.afte'the there shall be laid, levied, and collected, in the manner and un1816"and""0' t'er reSu'at'ons an^ allowances, now prescribed by law, for untii'th" esta- the collection and drawback of duties on foreign goods, wares, newTiiS°fa an<^ merchandise, an additional duty of forty-two per cent, on '' the duties which shall then exist on foreign goods, wares, and merchandise, until a new tariff of duties shall be established by

Nothing in $ 3. That nothing in this act contained shall be so construed this act to as t0 contravene any provision of any commercial treaty or con

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any provision venlion, concluded between the United btates and any loreign riaHre3ATM&c Power or state > nor 80 as to impair, or in any wise affect, the proor to affect iho visions of the act* entitled "An act, to repeal so much of the g"TM°"^of several acts imposing duties on the tonnage of ships and vessels, pealing tho and on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported into the United ingduties^&c. States, as imposes a discriminating duty on tonnage between foreign vessels and vessels of the United States, and between goods imported into the United States in foreign vessels and in Voi.u.p, vessels of the United States," passed on the third day of March, Ii09in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. [Approved, February 5, 1816.]

Chap. 14. An acl to coniinuo in forco an act, entitled "An act laying a duty on imported aalt, granting a bounty ou pickled Gsh exported, and allowances to certain vessels employed in the fisheries."

$ 1. Be it enacted, <$-c. That the'act, entitled " An act laying TM,{|" jjjj a duly on imported salt, granting a bounty on pickled fish ex- Isis, couti.iported, and allowances to certain vessels employed in the fishe- v0(Dif°'pceries," passed on the twenty-ninth day of July, in the year one isso. thousand eight hundred and thirteen, shall be, and the same is hereby, continued in force, any thing in the said act to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding. [Approved, February 9, 1816.]

Chap. 16. An act concerning certain courts of tho United States in the state of New York.

Obsolete.

$ 1. Be it enacted, #c. That no legal proceeding whatever in No legal nrothe courts of the United States for the northen district of New "bt^ettcd York, shall be discontinued, abated, impaired, or affected, by on account of reason that the last terms of the district court for the said north- havfn"^^01 ern district, appointed to be held at Utica and Canandaigua, hetd.Sw. were not held; but that every proceeding whatever shall be in the same state, and have the same force and effect, as if the said terms had been duly held. [Approved, February 15, 1816.]

Chap. 18. An acl to repeal the duties on certain articles manufactured within the United

States.

$ 1. Be it enacted, «$•& That the act, entitled " An act to pro- ^Jjjjj*^ vide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of govern- laying'duiies5' ment, and maintaining the public credit, by laying duties on v",8'"*13',*,^ various goods, wares, and merchandise, manufactured within lios. p' the United States," passed the eighteenth of January, one thous- A7"^ £eb,ct rf and eight hundred and fifteen, and also the act, entitled "An act isu, laying (o provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of go-TMfold' vernment, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a duty plated ware, on gold, silver, and plated ware, and jewelry and paste work, manufactured within the United States/' passed on the twentyseventh of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, Repealed", be, and the same arc hereby, repealed: Provided, That, for the Proviso; the recovery and receipt of such duties as have accrued, and remain J]TMTMTM0' oustanding; and for the recovery and distribution of fines, force for the penalties, and forfeitures, and the remission thereof, which have rece7p7ofadubeen incurred in relation to any duty which shall have hereto- ties, etc. fore accrued; the provisions of the aforesaid acts shall remain in full force and virtue. [Approved, February 22, 1816.]

Chap. 22. An act concerning the convention to regulate the commerce between tho territories of the United States and his Britannic majesty.

$ 1. Be it enacted, fyc. That so much of any act as imposes a ^"[^j;in£ higher duty of tonnage or of impost, on vessels, and articles im- duuesoffon" nage or imv ported in vessels, of Great Britain, than on vessels, and articles Ehvessoi?"' imported in vessels, of the United States, contrary to the province, than on slOnS of the convention between the United States and his BriUniwd stales, tannic majesty, the ratifications whereof were mutually exchangtobeofno 'ed the twenty-second day of December, one thousand eight hunSb^St dred and fifteen, be, from and after the date of the ratification of ance of the ||ie said convention, and during the continuance thereof, deemScrea't ed and taken to be of no force or effect. [Approved, March I,

Britain. 1816.]

Obsolete. Chap. 24. An act to reduce the amount-of direct tax upon the United States and the District of Columbia, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen; and to repeal, in part, tho act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the United States, and lo provide for assessing and collecting the same;" and also the act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenue fur defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the District of Columbia."

somuchofthe $ *• Be it enacted, fyc. That so much of the act, entitled " An actofSthJan. act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of d?r«i"xof* government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a di6,000,000 rcct tax upon the United States, and tb provide for assessing and ^o s.rep«a- co]|ectmg tne same," passed on the ninth of January, one thousi4si"voi iu ant' e'2''t hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct tax of six milp. 1922.vol.' lions of dollars for the year one thousand eight hundred and rr.p.2108. sjxteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the same is hereby^ repealed.

Adircctiaxof $ & That a direct tax of three millions of dollars be, and the 3,000,000 same is hereby, laid upon the United States, for the year one ?hcUniied0n thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and apportioned to the States,for states, respectively, in the manner, and according to the sums, Apportion- prescribed by the first section of an act, entitled " An act to lay men'^ndcoi"anc' c0"ect a direct tax within the United States;" and all the leclionlac-0 provisions of the act, entitled "An act to provide additional cording to revenues for defraying the expenses of government, and mainVol. H. p.' taining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the United J354.1461. States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same," passed on the ninth of January, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, except so far as the same have been varied by subsequent acts, and excepting the first section of the said act, shall be held to apply to the assessment and collection of the direct tax of three millions of dollars hereby laid upon the United States. So much of ^ 3, That so much of the act, entitled "An act to provide

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Feb. leu, as additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government and tax'of id9998 ma'nla>n>ng the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the dolls, and 40 District of Columbia," passed the twenty-seventh of February, in SictVrco-tne vear one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct lumbia,for tax of nineteen thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight dollars LafidT""TM" ana" f°r,y cents, upon the said district, for the year one thousand

eight hundred and sixteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the

same is hereby, repealed. A direct tax $ 4. That a direct tax of nine thousand nine hundred and and 2o°ce'nts, ninety-nine dollars and twenty cents be, and the same is hereby, laid upon the laid upon the District of Columbia, for the year one thousand

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