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CAAP. 224. An act in addition to the acts prohibiting the slave trade. Vol. iii. p. 1698. 1798. $1. Be it enacted, &c. That the president of the United States The president be; and he is hereby, authorized, whenever he shall deem the armed ves- it expedient, to cause any of the armed vessels of the United S. 10 enforce · States to be employed to cruise on any of the coasts of the Unit

ed States, or territories thereof, or of the coast of Africa, or elsecongress prohibiting the where, where he may judge attempts may be made to carry on slave trade.

the slave trade by citizens or residents of the United States, in Vessels unlawfully en

contravention of the acts of congress prohibiting the same, and gaged in the

to instruct and direct the commanders of all armed vessels of the transportation of negroes,

United States, to seize, take, and bring into any port of the Unit&c. may be ed States, all ships or vessels of the United States, wheresoever brought into found, which may have taken on board, or which may be intendAct of 1818,

ed for the purpose of taking on board, or of transporting, or may have transported, any negro, mulatto, or person of color, in violation of any of the provisions of the act, entitled “ An act in addition to an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States, from and after the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight bundred and eight, and to repeal certain parts

of the same," or of any other act or acts prohibiting the traffic The proceeds in slaves, to be proceeded against according to law : And the of other change proceeds of all ships and vessels, their tackle, apparel, and furto be divided niture, and the goods and effects on board of them, which shall between there be so seized, prosecuted, and condemned, shall be divided equal

ly between the United States and the officers and men who shall seize, take, or bring, the saine into port for condemnation, whe

ther such seizure be made by an arıned vessel of the United To be distribe States or revenue culter thereof: And the same shall be distriuted as prizes. buted in like manner as is provided by law for the distribution Proviso; offi- of prizes taken from an enemy. Provided, That the officers and cers and men men, to be entitled to one half of the proceeds aforesaid, shall the negroes, sase keep every negro, mulatto, or person of color, found on &c. and deli board of any ship or vessel so seized, taken, or brought into the marshal, port, for condemnation, and shall deliver every such negro, mu

latto, or person of color, 10 the marshal of the district into which they are brought, if into a port of the United States, or, if elsewhere, to such person or persons as shall be lawfully appointed by the president of the the United States, in the manner

hereinafter directed, transmitting to the president of the United A descriptive States, as soon as may be after such delivery, a descriptive list list to be trans- of such negroes, mulatioes, or persons of color, that he may give mitted to tho directions for the disposal of them. And provided further, That president. Proviso; offi

the commanders of such commissioned vessels do cause to be cers and crews apprehended, and taken into custody, every person found on Coffending board of such vessel, so seized and taken, being of the officers taken into cus- or crew thereof, and him or them convey, as soon as convenientlody, &c.

ly may be, to the civil authority of the United States, to be proceeded against, in due course of law, in some of the districts

thereof. The president

$ 2. That the president of the United States be, and he is authorized to hereby, authorized to make such regulations and arrangements

as he may deem expedient, for the sase keeping, support, and

&c.

make regula

ficns for safe

&c. and may

c.

removal beyond the limits of the United States, of all such ne- keeping, &c. groes, mulattoes, or persons of color, as may be so delivered and thene brought within their jurisdiction; and to appoint a proper per- appoint agenis son or persons, residing upon the coast of Africa, as agent or to

to receive agents for receiving the negroes, mulattoes, or persons of color, delivered from on board vessels, seized in the prosecution of the slave trade, by commanders of the United States' armed vessels.

$ 3. That a bounty of twenty-five dollars be paid to the offi- Bounty of 25 cers and crews of the commissioned vessels of the United States, nes

dolls. for every or revenue cullers, for each and every negro, mulatto, or person livered to the of color, who shall have been, as hereinbefore provided, deliver

marshal, &c. ed to the marshal or agent duly appointed to receive them : And Secretary of

the treasury to the secretary of the treasury is hereby authorized and required cause the to pay, or cause to be paid, to such officers and crews, or their bounty to be agent, the aforesaid bounty, for each person delivered as afore

negro, &c.de

paid.

said.

case o

rsons ne

shal cases made to the son or pe jury,

$ 4. That when any citizen, or other person, shall lodge in- District attorformation, with the attorney for the district of any state or ter- Core infor ritory, as the case may be, that any negro, mulatto, or person of mation, in the color, has been imported therein, contrary to the provisions of holding the acts in such case made and provided, it shall be the duty of groes, &c. unthe said attorney forthwith to commence a prosecution, by infor- ported!

lawfully immation; and process shall issue against the person charged with holding such negro, negroes, mulatio, mulattoes, person or persons of color, so alleged to be imported contrary to the provisions of the acts aforesaid : And if, upon the return of the pro- Upon the ver

dict of a jury, cess executed, it shall be ascertained, by the verdict of a jury, the court to die that such negro, negroes, mulallo, mulattoes, person or persons rect the mar:

shal to take tho of color, have been brought in, contrary to the true intent and negroes into meaning of the acts in such cases made and provided, then the custody, sub

ject to the orcourt shall direct the inarshal of the said district to take the said ders of the prenegroes, mulattoes, or persons of color, into his custody, for safe sident, keeping, subject to the orders of the president of the United Staies; and the informer or informers, who shall have lodged the Informer entir

tled to a bouninformation, shall be entitled to receive, over and above the por- ly of 50 dolls. lion of the penalties accruing to him or them by the provisions for every ne

gro, &c. of the acts in such case made and provided, a bounty of fifty dollars, for each and every negro, mulaito, or person of color, who shall have been delivered into the custody of the marshal; and the secretary of the treasury is hereby authorized and re- The secretary

of the treasury quired to pay, or cause to be paid, 'the aforesaid bounty, upon to cause the the certificate of the clerk of the court for the district where the bounty to bo prosecution may have been had, with the seal of office thereto" annexed, stating the number of negroes, mulattoes, or persons of color, so delivered. $ 5. That it shall be the duty of the commander of any armed Vessels cap

tured under vessel of the United States, whenever he shall make any capture the provisions under the provisions of this act, to bring the vessel and her car

be brought into go, for adjudication, into some of the ports of the state or terri- a port of the tory to which such vessel, so captured, shall belong, if he can as- state where

they belong, if, certain the same; if not, then to be sent into any convenient &c. port of the United States. § 6. That all such acts, or parts of acts, as may be repugnant

acts and parts

e.

Repugnant

cd.

appropriated, be, and the s

&c.

of acts, repeal to the provisions of this act, shall be, and the same are hereby,

repealed. Not exceeding $ 7. That a suin, not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars, 100,000 dolls. be, and the same is hereby, appropriated to carry this law into

effect. (Approved, March 3, 1819.]
Chap. 226. An act to authorize the building, erecting, and placing, lighthouses, boacons'

and buoys, on places designated in Boston, Buzzard, and Chesapeake, bays, lakes Ontario

and Erie, and for other purposes. The secretary $1. Be it enacted, &c. That it shall be the duty of the secof the treasury to provide, retary of the treasury to provide, by contract, which shall be apby contract, to proved by the president of the United States, for building lightbe approved by the presi- houses, erecting beacons or land marks, and placing light vesdent, for build- sels or boats, on the following sites or shoals, to wit: A lighting light-hous. es, erectinghouse on Long-Island Head, and a beacon or land mark on Halfbeacons or Way Rock, in Boston Bay; and also a lighthouse on Bird's Island marks, &c. on the land, in Buzzard's Bay, in the state of Massachusetts. A lightsites or shoals house on Galloo Island, near the outlet of lake Ontario, in the Lighthouses, State of New-I

State of New-York. A lighthouse, at a proper place, at or be&c.

tween the mouth of Grand river, in the state of Ohio, and the mouth of Detroit river, in the territory of Michigan. Three lighthouses, on the following sites : one on the Bodkin, one on North Point, and one on Sparrow's Point, in the state of Maryland. A lighthouse on Windinill Point, at the mouth of Rappahannock river, or a light vessel or boat on the Wolf Trap Shoals, if the latter shall be deemed preferable to a lighthouse on Windmill Point; a lighthouse on Craney Island, at the mouth of Elizabeth river, and a light vessel, or boat, on Willoughby's Spit, between Lynnhaven Bay and Hampton Roads, in the state of Virginia : and a beacon, or land mark, on Wolf Island, near the

port of Darien, in the state of Georgia. Buoys and § 2. That it shall be ihe duty of the secretary of the treasury spindles.

to cause three buoys to be placed, in such manner as to mark out the channel leading into the harbor of Boston, and one buoy to be placed on West Island Ledge, in Buzzard's Bay; a spindle, or buoy, on the outer rock of the reef running from Cochney's Island to Eastern Norwalk 'Island ; another spindle, or buoy, on the reef running about southwest from the western point of the western Norwalk Island; and a spindle on the rock off the point of Fairweather Island, in the state of Connecticut : And twenty buoys in the Chespeake Bay and Petapsco river,

for designating the shoals and channel, in the state of Maryland. A pier at the $ 3. That it shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury Mississippi.

e to cause a pier to be carried out to nine feet water, at the

" lighthouse heretofore authorized to be erected at the mouth of Stone, instead ihe Mississippi ; and, also, that he cause the present wood tower, of wood, tow- at the Seruir er, at Seguin

ouine at the Seguin lighthouse, in the state of Massachusetts, to be re

a lighthouse placed with one of stone. Appropria. § 4. That there be appropriated, out of any moneys in the tions to ac. [reasury of the United States, not otherwise appropriated, the complish the purposes enu. following sums of money, to accomplish the purposes heretofore

enumerated in this act, to wit : For the erection and establishithis act.

ment of lighthouses on Long Island Head, on Bird's Island, and

mouth of the

merated in

a beacon or landmark on Half-Way Rock, eleven thousand five hundred dollars : For a lighthouse on Galloo Island, near the outlet of Lake Ontario, twelve thousand five hundred dollars : For a lighthouse, at a proper place, at or between the mouth of Grand river and Detroit river, five thousand dollars : For three lighthouses, one on the Bodkin, one on North Point, and one on Sparrow's Point, in the Chesapeake Bay, and on the Peta psco river, nine thousand dollars : For a lighthouse on Windmill Point, or light vessel or boat on the Wolf Trap Shoals, a light vessel or boat on Willoughby's Spit, between Lynnhaven Bay and Hampton Roads, and a lighthouse on Craney Island, at the mouth of Elizabeth river, twelve thousand dollars : For three buoys, to mark out the channel leading into Boston harbor, and for one to be placed on West Island Ledge, in Buzzard's Bay, sixteen hun. dred dollars : For the spindles or buoys on the reef running from Cochney's Island; for that on the reef running about southwest from the western point of the western Norwalk's Island, and for that on the rock off the point of Fairweather Island, twelve hundred dollars : For twenty buoys, to be placed in the Chesapeake Bay and Peta psco river, eight thousand dollars : Foro the pier to be carried out from the lighthouse at the mouth of the Mississippi, four thousand dollars; and for replacing the tower at the Seguin lighthouse, twenty-five hundred dollars : and for a beacon or land mark on Wolf Ísland, near the port Darien, in 'the state of Georgia, one thousand dollars. $ 5. That, to make up the deficiencies of the appropriations To make up.

deficiencies of heretofore made, for the purposes following, the several sums, former approrespectively named, be, and they are hereby, appropriated, pay-prial able out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, 10 wit: To pay for the land, and erecting the lighthouse, at Holmes's Hole, sixty-three dollars : For erecting a lighthouse on the south point of Cumberland Island, seven thousand dollars : For erecting a lighthouse on the south point of Sapelo Island, two thousand five hundred and five dollars. $ 6. That the sum of three thousand and twenty-seven dollars Additional ap

propriations io be, and they are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the pay the salatreasury not otherwise appropriated, in addition to the sums nese hicretofore appropriated, to pay the salaries to the several keepers of the lighthouses within the United States ; to be applied, under the direction of the secretary of the treasury, so as to fix Salary of each the annual salary of each keeper aforesaid at the rate of three 3:

350 dolls. per hundred and fifty dollars per annum.

ann. § 7. That the secretary of the treasury, in case he shall deem Lighthouse

authorized on it expedient and proper, may cause the lighthouse heretofore au- south point of thorized to be erected on the south point of Sapelo Island, to be Sapelo, may

be placed on changed to, and placed on, Wolfe's Island. [Approved, March Wolfe's Is3, 1819.)

ions,

light house keepers,

er fixed at

land.

Chap. 231. An act to repcal part of an act, passed on the twenty seventh day of February, Vol.ii. p.

one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, entitled "An act in addition to "An act regulat. 1299. ing the post office establishinont."

$1. Be it enacted, &c. That so much of the last clause of the The clause of " Act in addition to "An act regulating the post office establish- Feb. 1813, for

the act of 27th

securing the ment,” passed the twenty-seventh day of February, one thousand regular trans- eight hundred and thirteen, as contains these words, being the portation of

concluding words of the clause, namely: “ And that such conthroughout

tracts shall secure the regular transportation of the mail throughthe year, repealed.

out the year;" be, and the same is hereby, annulled and repealed. (Approved, March 3, 1819.)

the mail

RESOLUTIONS.

the act of 18th

(No. 1.) Resolution declaring the admission of tho state of Illinois into the Union. Reference to Resolved, &c. That, whereas, in pursuance of an act of conApril, 1818.

gress, passed on the eighteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, entitled “ An act to enable the people of the Illinois territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the admission of such state into the Union, on an equal footing with the original states," the people of said territory did, on the iwenty-sixth day of August, in the present year, by a convention called for that purpose, form for themselves a constitution and state government, which constitution and state government, so sormed, is republican, and in conformity to the principles of the articles of compact between the original states and The people and states in the territory northwest of the river Ohio,

passed on the thirteenth day of July, one thousund seven hundred Illinois a state and eighty-seven : Resolved, &c. That the state of Illinois shall of the Union, be one, and is hereby declared to be one, of the United States on an equal footing.

of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatever. [Approved, December 3, 1818.]

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(No. 6.] . Resolution directing the manner in which the printing of congress shall be exocut

ed, fixing the prices thereof, and providing for the appointment of a printer or printers,

Resolved, fc. That the printing of congress, unless when otherwise specially ordered, shall be done in the following form and

manner, viz : Bills, as heretofore, with english type, on foolscap Form and paper. Rule or table work, in royal octavo size, where it can manner of

be brought into that size, by any type not smaller than brevier; printing

and where it cannot, in such form as to fold conveniently into the volume. All other printing with a small pica type, on royal paper, pages of the same size as those of the last edition of

ihe laws of the United States, including the marginal notes. Prices allow. And the following prices shall be allowed and paid for the above ed.

described work : For the composition of every page of bills, one Composition.

dollar; of every page of small pica, plain work, one dollar; of every page of small pica, rule work, iwo dollars; of every page

of brevier, rule work, three dollars and fifty cents; and for a Press work. larger form of brevier rule work, in proportion. For the press

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