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CHAP. 76. An act for the Relief of Beck and Harvey,*

1820.

funded to Beck

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- Private,] sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be refunded and paid to Beck and Harvey, of Phi- 3,376 dollars dinê ladelphia, the sum of three thousand three hundred and cents, to be reseventy-six dollars and nine cents; the said sum of money and Harvey; having been paid, by the persons abovementioned, to the tion of articles not Collector of Philadelphia, on the importation into the United liable to duties States of sundry copper bottoms, and bolts, or bars, the same not being, by law, subject to the payment of duties.

[Approved, May 8, 1820.]

paid on importa

CHAP. 77. An act for the Relief of the legal Representatives of Henry Willis.† [† Private.]

sentatives of H.

to enter 1,300 ar.

Alabama, in liep

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the legal representatives of Henry Willis be, and they The legal Repreare hereby, authorized to enter, without payment, in lieu of Willis authorized two tracts of land, claimed by them, on the waters of Bayou pens of land, in Sarah, and which have been sold by the United States, in any Mississippi or land office in the States of Mississippi or Alabama, and in such &c. quantities, agreeably to the surveys made by the United States, as the claimants may desire, a quantity not exceeding thirteen hundred arpens; for which the Register or Registers of the Certificates and land offices aforesaid, shall issue the necessary certificate or certificates, on return of which, to the General Land Office, a patent or patents shall issue in favor of said legal representatives. Approved, May 8, 1820.]

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CHAP. 78. An act for the Relief of Stephen Baxter, late 'Paymaster of the
Third Regiment of New-York Volunteers.

[ Private ]

accounts of S.

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Depart- Accounting of ment be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to sury to settle_the settle the accounts of Stephen Baxter, late paymaster of the Baxter on princithird regiment of New-York Volunteers, upon the principles ples of juice and equity &c. of justice and equity; and to allow him such credits as may appear due for moneys advanced to the troops in the service of the United States: Provided, however, That the allowance Proviso; allowas aforesaid shall not exceed the amount advanced to him by ceed amount wi the government of the United States.

[Approved, May 8. 1820.]

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ve:nment.

1820. CHAP. 79. An act for the Relief of Charles S. Jones, and Richard Buckner, Private jun. Administrators of William Jones.*

Wm. Jones, late

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Administrators of That Charles S. Jones and Richard Buckner, jun. adminiscollector of direct trators of William Jones, late collector of the direct tax for tax, released from the twenty-third district of Virginia, be, and they are hereby, dolls. 45 cents, for released and discharged from any liability for the sum of seven stamps lost, &c. hundred and forty-seven dollars and forty-five cents; this sum

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being for stamps for which the estate of William Jones, deceased, stands charged on the books of the Commissioner of the Revenue, which stamps were lost during the absence and detention of the said William Jones from home, occasioned by an accident that deprived him of his life.

[Approved, May 8, 1820.]

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vor of Bickley

CHAP. 80. An act for the Relief of Daniel Bickley and Catharine Clark, Ad ministratrix of John Clark, deceased.t

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2250 dollars to be That there be paid to Daniel Bickley and to Catherine Clark, paid, to D Bickley and C. Clark, administratrix of John Clark, deceased, out of any money in the bill of exchange, Treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of two thousand drawn by the min- two hundred and fifty dollars, being the amount in value of a in France, in fa- bill of exchange for twelve thousand francs, drawn the twentyand Clark, &c. ninth day of May, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and five, by the Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States in France, upon the Treasury of the United States, in favor of Bickley and Clark, and recorded in the office of the First Proviso; secarity, Auditor of the Treasury, number seventy: Provided, always, before payment, indemnify the That, before the said payment shall be made as aforesaid, security be given, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury, to indemnify the United States against any claim that may be made on account of the said bill of exchange. [Approved, May 8, 1820.]

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CHAP, 81. An act for the Benefit of the Columbian Institute, established for the promotion of Arts and Sciences in the City of Washington.‡ [SECT. 1.1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, The use of netex- That there be granted, during the pleasure of Congress, to the eeeding & acres of Columbian Institute for the promotion of Arts and Sciences, ground granted, plea the use and improvement of a tract of public land in the City to the Columbian of Washington, not exceeding five acres, to be located under the direction of the President of the United States, for the

eure of Congress,

Institute, to be looated under the

President of the

purpose of enabling the said Columbian Institute to effect the 1820. object of their incorporation: Provided, That whenever the direction of the said Institute shall be dissolved, or cease to exist, or to em- u. S ploy the said tract of land for the purposes aforesaid, all right, Proviso; the use title, and interest, hereby granted to the same, shall revert revert, if the Into, and vest in, the United States, as completely as if such dissolved, &c. or grant had never been made. [Approved, May 8, 1820.]

to cease and right

stitute should be

not employ the ground for the purposes, &c.

CHAP. 82. An act for the Relief of John D. Carter.*

[* Private.]

being the amount

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be paid to John D. Carter, out of any money in 5,087 dollars 90 cents to be paid the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated by law, the sum of to J. D. Carter; five thousand nine hundred and eigty-seven dollars and ninety of U. S. portion cents, being that part of the proceeds of certain goods and of prize goods, merchandise, belonging to the said John D. Carter, captured Mandarin, &o, on board the ship Mandarin, and brought into the port of Philadelphia, and there condemned, as prize of war, which were paid into the Treasury of the United States, as the United States' portion of said prize. [Approved, May 8, 1820.]

captured in the

CHAP. 83. An act for the Relief of the Heirs of Abijah Hunt and William Gordon Forman.t

(† Private:

Hunt and W. G.

ed in their claim

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the heirs of Abijah Hunt and William Gordon Forman The heirs of A be, and they are hereby, confirmed in their claim to fifteen Forman confirm hundred arpens of land, situated on the Mississippi river, to 1,500 arpens of near the mouth of Cole's creek, in the State of Mississippi, land, near Cole's being the same land which was conveyed to Abijah Hunt and sippi William Gordon Forman, on the thirty-first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and two, by Charles Norwood, executor of the last will and testament of John Turabull: Provided, Proviso; nothing Nothing in this act shall be so construed as to affect the claim feet the claim of of any person or persons to the said land, or any part thereof, derived either from the United States or from any other source whatsoever. [Approved, May 8, 1820,]

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CHAP. 84. An act to establish additional Land Offices in the States of Alaba ma and Illinois.

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, for the sale of the unappropriated public lands in the State of Alabama, the following districts shall be formed, and

office at Tusca lhosa.

office at Conecuh

Conrthouse.

1820. land offices therefor established: All the public lands, as District, and land aforesaid, bounded on the north by the line which separates townships numbered fourteen and fifteen, in the district of Huntsville; on the south, by the line which separates townships twenty-two and twenty-three, in the district of Cahawba, and the district east of Pearl river; and on the east and west, by the lines of the State of Alabama; shall form a district, for which a land office shall be established at TuscaDistrict, and land loosa. And all the public lands, as aforesaid, bounded on the south by the southern boundary of the State of Alabama; on the west, by the line separating ranges four and five, east of the basis meridian, to the line separating townships five and six north, in the district of Cahawba; thence, east, with said line, to the line separating ranges twenty and twenty-one; thence, north, with said line, to the line separating townships eleven and twelve; thence, east, with said line, to the eastern boundary of the State of Alabama, and bounded on the east by the castern boundary of said State; shall form a district, for which a land office shall be established at Conecuh Courthouse.

Part of Shawneetown district to form a separate land districi

Land office at
Vandalia.

Another land district in Illinois-

Land office at
Palestine.

A Register and
Receiver for each

pensation, &c. as in other cases.

SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of the public lands, heretofore included in the Shawneetown land district, as lies east of the third principal meridian, north of the base line, and west of the range line, between ranges numbered eight and nine, east of the said third principal meridian, shall constitute a separate land district; and, for the sale of the public lands therein, there shall be a land office established at Vandalia, the seat of government for the State of Illinois.

SECT. 3. And be it further enacted, That so much of the public land as lies north of the base line, east of the aforesaid range line, and west of the Big Wabash river, as lies in the State of Illinois, shall also constitute a separate land district; and, for the sale of the public lands, there shall be a land office established at the town of Palestine, on the said Wabash river.

SECT. 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be a of the land of Register and Receiver appointed to each of the aforesaid land fices, with com offices, to superintend the sales of the public lands in their respective districts, who shall reside at the places designated in their respective districts, at which the offices are fixed, give security in the same manner, in the same sums, and whose compensation, emoluments, and duties, and authority, shall, in every respect, be the same, in relation to the lands which shall be disposed of at their offices, as are or may be by law provided in relation to the Registers and Receivers of public moneys in the several offices established for the sale of the public lands.

28. 3d, and 5th

SECT. 5. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of b. 3d March, 1819, the second, third, and fifth, sections of the act, entitled "An

Scuons of the act

so far as they

act to designate the boundaries of districts, and establish land 1820. offices, for the disposal of the public lands, not heretofore applicable, &c. offered for sale, in the States of Ohio and Indiana,"* approved have not been March the third, eighteen hundred and nineteen, be, and the changed, &c. same are hereby, made applicable to the aforesaid districts 2d session 15th and offices, so far as they are not changed by subsequent laws of the United States. [Approved, May 11, 1820.]

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CHAP. 85. An act to revive the Powers of the Commissioners for ascertaining and deciding on Claims to Land in the District of Detroit, and for settling the Claims to Land at Green Bay and Prairie des Chiens, in the Territory of Michigan.

deciding on claims

trict of Detroit,

April, 1812, re

4.]

perform the duties

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the powers of the commissioners for ascertaining and Powers of the deciding on the rights of persons claiming lands in the district cossioners for of Detroit, as defined by the second section of an act, entitled to lands in the dis"An act to authorize the granting of patents for land accord- ander act of d ing to the surveys that have been made, and to grant donationvived. rights to certain claimants of land in the district of Detroit, and for other purposes," passed on the twenty-third of April, Page 412, vol. one thousand eight hundred and twelve, shall be, and are hereby, revived. And the said commissioners shall perform Commissioners to the duties therein prescribed, in relation to the claims which prescribed have been filed with the Register of the land office for the said district, in pursuance of the act, entitled "An act allowing further time for entering donation rights to lands in the district of Detroit." And the said commissioners shall also [ Page 276, Acts have power to examine and decide, according to the laws of 2d session 14th Congress.] respecting the same, the claims which have been filed with And to examine the Register of the land office, and not heretofore decided on; claims files, &c. and they shall transmit their report, and transcripts of their Report and trans decisions, to the Secretary of the Treasury, to be laid before mitted to the SeCongress, in the manner directed by former laws providing Treasury and laid for the adjustment of such claims.

and decide on

cripts to be trans

Cretary of the before Congresi, &c.

ers authorized to

capable of trans

certaining titles at

Chiens, &c

SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commis- The commissionsioners shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to employ, employ an agent with the approbation of the Secretary of the Treasury, a per-fating the French son capable of translating the French language, as an agent, language, for asfor the purpose of ascertaining the titles and claims to land at Green Bay and the settlements of Green Bay and Prairie des Chiens. It shall Prairie des be the duty of the said agent to give public notice, at each of Agent to give nothe said settlements, of the time and place therein, at which &c." he shall attend for the purpose of receiving notices and evidences of titles and claims to lands within the same. And Claimants to proevery person having title or claim to lands within the settle-&c. ments aforesaid, shall produce the evidence of his title, or

tice, and attend,

duce evidence,

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