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sident.

Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia,

Counties

posing the State. Preston, Taylor, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Doddridge, Harrison, Wood, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Barbour, Tucker, Lewis, Braxton, Upshur, Randolph, Mason, Putnam, Kanawlia, Clay, Nicholas, Cabell, Wayne, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell, Webster, Pocahontas, Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Monroe, Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, and Morgan; and whereas both the convention and the legislature aforesaid have requested that the new State should be admitted into the Union, and the constitution aforesaid being republican in form, Congress doth hereby consent that the said forty-eight counties may be formed into a separate and independent State. Therefore

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the

West Virginia

admitted into the State of West Virginia be, and is hereby, declared to be one of Union. the United States of America, and admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States in all respects whatever, and until the next general census shall be entitled to three members in the House of Representatives of the United States : Pro- Virginia vided, always, That this act shall not take effect until after the Union after proclaproclamation of the President of the United States hereinafter mation of the Preprovided for.

It being represented to Congress that since the convention of the twenty-sixth of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, that framed and proposed the constitution for the said State of West Virginia, the people thereof have expressed a wish to Proposed change change the seventh section of the eleventh article of said consti- of the constitution tution by striking out the same and inserting the following in its place, viz: • The children of slaves born within the limits of this State after the fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and sixtythree, shall be free; and that all slaves within the said State who shall, at the time aforesaid, be under the age of ten years, shall be free when they arrive at the age

of

twenty-one years; and all slaves over ten and under twenty-one years shall be free when they arrive at the age of twenty-five years; and no slave shall be permitted to come into the State for permanent residence therein.” Therefore,

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That whenever the people of This act to take West Virginia shåll

, through their said convention, and by a vote is ratified and pro to be taken at an election to be held within the limits of the said claimed by the

President. State, at such time as the convention may provide, make, and ratify the change aforesaid, and properly certify the same under the hand of the president of the convention, it shall be lawful for the President of the United States to issue his proclamation stating the fact, and thereupon this act shall take effect and be in force from and after sixty days from the date of said proclamation.

Approved December 31, 1862.

of the State.

CHAPTER VII.

AN ACT to improve the organization of the cavalry forces. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That here- Cavalry regi.. after each regiment of cavalry organized in the United States assistant surgeons.

January 6, TR83.

ments to have two

service, may have two assistant surgeons, and each company' or Number of pri troop of cavalry shall have from sixty to seventy-eight privates.

Approved January 6, 1863.

vates in company.

CHAPTER IX.

January 13, 1863. AN ACT prescribing the times and places for holding terms of the circnit

court for the districts of Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas.

sas.

Provision

for

returnable.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Terms of circuit the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the nesota, and Kan- terms of the circuit court for the districts of Iowa, Minnesota,

and Kansas shall be holden in each and every year at the following times and places, to wit: For the district of Iowa, at Des Moines, on the first Tuesday in May and November; for the district of Minnesota, at St. Paul, on the third Monday of June and October; and for the district of Kansas, at the place prescribed by law for holding terms of the district court therein, on the fourth Monday of May and November.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all writs, process, and process pending or

other proceedings of whatever kind relative to any cause, civil or criminal, pending in or returnable to the circuit court for said districts of Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas, at terms heretofore prescribed by law, are hereby declared continued, transferred, and returnable to the said circuit court for said districts, respectively, at the terms first to be held under the provisions of this act. And no process issued, proceeding pending, bail-bond or recognizance taken in or returnable to either of said circuit courts shall be avoided, invalidated, or impaired by the change in the time or place of holding the terms of such court made by this act; and the entries of record may be made in conformity with the provisions of

this act. Repeal of part of 1862, ch. 178, § 1;

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That so much of the first secente, p. 576. tion of “An act to amend the act of the third of March, eighteen

hundred and thirty-seven, entitled An act supplementary to the act entitled An act to amend the judicial system of the United States,'” approved July fifteen, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, as conflicts with this act be and is hereby repealed.

Approved January 13, 1863.

CHAPTER X.

January 16, 1863. AN ACT to provide for the imprisonment of persons convicted of crime by

the criminal court of the District of Columbia.

Persons victed of certain

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of

con: the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all crimes in the Dis- persons who shall hereafter be convicted by the criminal court of trict of Columbia the District of Columbia of any offence, the punishment of which

by law shall be confinement in the penitentiary, shall be confined during the term for which they shall be sentenced by said court in some suitable prison in a convenient State, where they can be

confined

to where.

terior to inform the

Sentences,

Sc.,

employed at suitable labor, to be designated by the Secretary of
the Interior.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of Secretary of In-
the Secretary of the Interior to contract with the managers or for imprisonment,
superintendent of a suitable prison in some convenient State for subsistence, &c.;
the imprisonment and subsistence and proper employment of all of prisoners.
prisoners who shall be convicted in said court of such offences,
on the best terms that he can; and he shall, on or before the first
day of each term of the criminal court of the District of Columbia,
inform said court in writing of the designation and location of the Secretary of In-
the prison in which he shall have made provision for the confine- court thereof.
ment and support of prisoners; and said court shall sentence all
persons who shall, during said term, be convicted of such offences,
to confinement at hard labor in the prison so designated.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of Transportation,

of prisoners. the Secretary of the Interior to make suitable provision for the safe transportation of all prisoners to the prison to which they shall be sentenced by the court, and until they shall be so transported they shall be confined in the jail of Washington city. Sec. 4. And be il further enacted, That the action of the Sec

Former transfer

of prisoners to Alretary of the Interior, in transferring the prisoners confined in the bany, N. Y., depenitentiary of the District of Columbia to the penitentiary in clared valid. the city of Albany, in the State of New York, in the month of September last, by direction of the President, is hereby legalized and declared valid, and the said prisoners shall continue in confinement in said prison until the expiration of their several terms of imprisonment, or until they shall be legally discharged.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all appropriations here- ro Appropriations tofore made for the support of the prisoners in the penitentiary of District of Columnthe District of Columbia, or for the payment of watchmen, laborers, and officers connected with said penitentiary, and all appropriations which shall hereafter be made for the expenses and support of prisoners convicted in the District of Columbia, shall be applied, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, How applied. to defray the expenses of transporting to and subsisting prisoners in any prison selected by him, as before provided for their confinement. The Secretary of the Interior shall also cause to be Payment to dispaid from such appropriations the sum of ten dollars to each charged prisoners. prisoner when he or she shall be legally discharged, to enable such prisoner to reach the point he or she may wish to go to. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That whenever a suitable When suitable

penitentiary erecipenitentiary shall be erected in the District of Columbia, and ed in District of completed for the reception of prisoners, it shall be the duty of Columbia, prison.

ers to be returned, the Secretary of the Interior to cause to be transferred to such penitentiary all persons who shall then be imprisoned outside of the District of Columbia, under sentence of the criminal court of said district.

Approved January 16, 1863.

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CHAPTER XI.
January 23, 1853. AN ACT making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy

for the year ending the thirtieto of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-
four.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Military Acadle the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the my appropriation.

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 year ending the thirtieth

of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four : Pay, &c.

For pay of officers, instructors, cadets, and musicians, one hundred and seventeen thousand one hundred and seventy-six dollars.

For commutation of subsistence, five hundred and' forty-seven dollars and fifty cents.

For pay in lieu of clothing to officers' servants, three thousand six hundred and seventy-three dollars and fifty cents.

For current and ordinary expenses, as follows: repairs and improvements, fuel, and apparatus, forage, postage, telegrams, stationery, transportation, printing, clerks, miscellaneous and incidental expenses, and departments of instruction, thirty-nine thousand seven hundred and five dollars.

For gradual increase and expense of library, one thousand dol-
lars.

For expenses of the board of visitors, four thousand dollars.
For forage of artillery and cavalry horses, five thousand dollars.

For supplying horses for artillery and cavalry exercise, one
thousand dollars.

For repairs of officers' quarters, one thousand five hundred dollars.

For targets and batteries for artillery exercise, one hundred dollars.

For furniture for hospital for cadets, one hundred dollars.

For annual repairs of gas-pipes and retorts, three hundred.
dollars.

For kitchen of cadets' mess hall, two thousand dollars.
For furniture for soldiers' hospital, two hundred and ninety-two
dollars.

For replacing roofs of academic buildings, four thousand dol.
lars: Provided, That the walls of said buildings are, in the opinion
of the superintendent, strong enough to bear the weight of a slate
roof.

For fire apparatus, three thousand dollars.
Approved January 23, 1863.

CHAPTER XIII.

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January 28, 1863. AN ACT to amend the act entitled “An act to amend the act of the third
1862, ch. 178. March, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled 'An act supplementary

to the act entitled An act to amend the judicial system of the United
States.'

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Seventh and the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from cintsli judicial cir- and after the passage of this act the districts of Ohio and Michigan

shall constitute the seventh circuit, and the district of Illinois, the district of Indiana, and the district of Wisconsin shall constitute the eighth circuit.

Approved, January 28, 1863.

CHAPTER XIV,

,

AN ACT to provide for the printing of the annual report of the banks of January 30, 1863.

the United States.

Annual

.

to

be

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of

report the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall

upon the banks, be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to cause the annual when to be comreport upon the banks of the United States to be completed at as early a day before the first Monday in October in each year as is practicable.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That when completed, or in When the course of its progress towards completion, if that will give des- printed. patch to the business, the work of printing, under the superintendence of said Secretary, shall be cominenced, and the whole shall be printed and ready for delivery on or before the first day of December next ensuing the close of the year to which the report relates.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That until Congress shall otherwise direct, the Secretary of the Treasury shall cause to be printed five thousand copies of said report for the use of Congress and of the Treasury Department.

Approved January 30, 1863.

Number of co

pies.

CHAPTER XVII. AX ACT making appropriations for the payment of invalid and other pen- February 3, 1863.

sions of the United States for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four,

Pensions and ap

Army

invalid

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the

propriations. following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of pensions for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and sixty four.

For army invalid pensions under various acts, three million dollars.

pensions. For pensions to revolutionary soldiers, and the widows of those who served in the revolutionary war, under acts of eighteenth March, eighteen hundred and eighteen, fifteenth May, eighteen 1818, ch. 19. hundred and twenty-eight, and seventh June, eighteen hundred 1828, ch, 53. and thirty-two, the third section of the act of fourth July, eighteen 1832, ch. 126. hundred and thirty-six, the acts of seventh July, eighteen hundred 1836, ch. 362, 9 3. and thirty-eight, third March, eighteen hundred and forty-three, 1838, ch. 189: seventeenth June, eighteen hundred and forty-four, second February and twenty-ninth July, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, 120.

1844, ch. 141. 1848, ch. 8 and

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