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sioners, &c.

claim to the said agent, who shall record the same in books to be kept for that purpose, And, after the said agent shall have remained at the places aforesaid, a time sufficient for the inhabitants to produce the evidence of their claims, he shall Agent to report make his report thereof to the said commissioners, who shall to the commis- have power to examine and decide on the claims so reported to them, according to the laws for adjusting and settling the claims to land in the district of Detroit, except, that which relates to donations of vacant land adjacent to the land confirmed shall not be considered applicable to claims in the setCommissioners to tlements aforesaid. And the said commissioners shall transtransmit report and transcripts to mit their report, and transcripts of their decisions, to the the Secretary of Secretary of the Treasury, on or before the first of October, be laid before in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, to Congress, &c. be laid before Congress at their next session thereafter, in the same manner as was directed by law in respect to the claims to lands in the district of Detroit.

the Treasury, to

Agent to take an oath, and conform to instructions.

commissioner and

SECT. 3. And be it further enacted, That the agent aforesaid shall take an oath for the faithful discharge of the duties enjoined on him; and he shall conform, in discharging the said duties, to such general instructions as shall be given him by 500 dolle, for each the Secretary of the Treasury; and the said commissioners agent, with fees and agent shall each receive five hundred dollars, as full compensation for the services to be performed under this act, together with the recording fees to the agent, and allowance to the Register, for a certificate of confirmation for donation rights provided for by former laws.

to agent and register.

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[Approved, May 11, 1820.]

Persons who

would have been

under act of 5th

said act been so

tificate for the

CHAP. 86. An act for the Relief of certain Settlers in the State of Illinois, whe reside within the Vincennes Land District.

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That every person, who would have been entitled to the right entitled to right of pre-emption, according to the provisions of the act, entitled of pre-emption, "An act giving the right of pre-emption in the purchase of lands Feb. 1313, had to certain settlers in the Illinois Territory," passed February construed, &e. to the fifth, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen,* provided be entitled to cer said act had been so construed as to embrace those who were excess paid above living within the limits of the Vincennes land district, and who became the purchaser, at public sale, of the said land, to Page 496, vol. which the right of pre-emption would have so attached, at more than two dollars per acre, shall be entitled to a certificate for the amount, so paid or to be paid, exceeding two dollars per acre, from the Register of the land office at Vincennes; which certificate shall be receivable in payment of any ingut of debt to debt due to the United States on account of the sale of public

2 dolls. per acre,

&c.

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ceivable in pay

U. S. for på.

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land: Provided, however, That it shall be the duty of every person claiming the benefit of this act, to prove, to the satis- Proviso; persons faction of the Register and Receiver of the land office at Vin-to prove they are cennes, that they are entitled thereto, according to its true

intent and meaning.

entitled.

would have been

were not purchas

Sept. 1820, to

prove, &c.

tisfaction, to grant

SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That every person who Persons who would have been entitled to the right of pre-emption in the entitled, &c. whe said Vincennes district, according to the provisions of the said ers, allowed till Fecited act, passed the fifth day of February, eighteen hun-1 dred and thirteen, had it been so construed as to embrace them, and who did not become the purchaser of any tract of Fand to which such right of pre-emption would have attached, shall be allowed till the first day of September next, to prove, to the satisfaction of the Register and Receiver at Vincennes, that they would have been so entitled; and it shall be the Register, on saduty of the Register, when the satisfaction aforesaid shall be a certificate, &c. made, to graut a certificate to every such person, or their legal representatives, stating therein that such person would have been entitled to such right of pre-emption, and that he did not become the purchaser thereof, neither at public nor private sale. And every such person, or his legal represen- Every person, tatives, shall, upon producing such certificate to the Register allowed to enter of any land office in the State of Illinois, be allowed to enter at minimum price, one quarter section of land, each, at the minimum price fixed &c. by the United States, of any land which may be surveyed previous to the first day of September next, whether the same shall have been offered at public sale or not.

[Approved, May 11, 1820.]

upon certificate,

a quarter section,

CHAP. 87. An act supplementary to the several Acts for the adjustment of
Land Claims in the State of Louisiana.

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

in the eastern dis

described in the report of 20th

firmed.

That the claims for lands within the eastern district of the Claims for lands State of Louisiana, described by the Register and Receiver trict of Louisiana. of the said district, in their report to the Commissioner of; the General Land Office, bearing date the twentieth day of No- Nov. 1816, convember, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and recommended in the said report for confirmation, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed against any claim on the part of the United States.

founded upon

SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That any person or per- lands west of the Persons claiming sons, claiming lands within that part of Louisiana lying west Mississippi, of the river Mississippi, including the island of New-Orleans, Spanish grants, founded upon any Spanish grant, concession, or order of sur- &c. whose claims vey, and whose claims have not heretofore been filed in the heretofore filed, proper office, may, from and after the first day of July next, ly until 31st Dec and until the thirty-first day of December thereafter, deliver 1820, deliver no

have not beeg

may, from 1st Ju

tices and evi

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notices, in writing, and the written evidences, of their claims, to dences of claims, the Register of the land district within which such lands may be Notices, &c. to be situate, within the said State, and the said notices and evidences, so delivered, within the time limited by this act, shall, by the said Registers, be recorded, in books to be kept for that pose; for which service a compensation shall be received, from 25 cents for every such claimants, at the rate of twenty-five cents for every hun100 words recorddred words. And the rights of such persons as shall neglect ed. Iso doing, within the time limited by this act, shall, so far as they are derived from, or founded on, any act of Congress, ever after be barred, and become void, and the evidences of their claims never after admitted as evidence in any court of the United States, against any grant derived from the United States.

Persons neglecting forfeit their rights, &c,

Registers to re

port to the Secre

Persons claiming
Jands under Span-

according to for

been confirmed,

Dec 1820, to de

SECT. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Registers tary of the Trea- shall, on the first day of January next, make, to the Secretary sury on the 1st of the Treasury, a report of all the claims filed in their respecJanuary, 1821. tive offices, in pursuance of the provisions of this act, together with the substance of the evidence in support thereof, with their opinion of the credit to which such evidence is entitled. SECT. 4. And be it further enacted, That every person or ish grants &c. persons, claiming lands within that part of Louisiana described mer laws, whose in the preceding section, founded upon any Spanish grant, conclaims have not cession, or order of survey, who had filed their notices of claims allowed until 31st in the proper office, according to former laws, and whose liver additional claims have not been confirmed, may, at any time before the written evidence, thirty-first day of December next, deliver additional written evidence, or other testimony, in support of their claims, the notice of which had been filed as aforesaid, to the said regisEvidence to be ters; and the evidence, so delivered, or offered, shall be recorded in books to be kept for that purpose; for which service a compensation shall be received, from such claimants, at the 25 cents for every rate of twenty-five cents for every hundred words. And the rights of such persons as shall neglect so doing, within the time limited by this act, shall, so far as they are derived from, or founded on, any act of Congress, ever after be barred, and become void, and the evidences of their claims never after admitted as evidence in any court of the United States, against any grant derived from the, United States.

&c.

recorded.

100 words record

ed.

Rights of per Sons neglecting, barred, &c.

Registers, on the 1st January, 1821,

SECT. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said Registers to report claims in shall, on the first day of January next, make, to the Secretary of which additional the Treasury, a report of the claims in which additional evifiled, &c with dence shall have been filed in their respective offices, together their opinion, &c. with the substance of the evidence so filed, with their opinion

evidence has been

Secretary of the

Treasury to ex

of the credit to which such evidence is entitled, and such other information as the examination of such cases, under any former law, may have placed in their power or possession.

SECT. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the amine, and report duty of the Secretary of the Treasury, as soon as the reports of the said Registers shall be received, to proceed to the ex

to Congress.

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amination of the claims aforesaid, and to report to the two Houses of Congress a list of the cases, which, in his opinion, ought to be confirmed, together with the reasons upon which his opinion may be founded: Provided, nevertheless, That no Proviso ; no claim claim shall be so recommended for confirmation, which con- ed for more than a league square. tains more than the quantity contained in a league square.

to be recommend

The 5th section of the act of 3d

vived and con

SECT. 7. And be it further enacted, That the fifth section of T the act of the third day of March, eighteen hundred and ele- March, 1811, reven, entitled "An act providing for the final adjustment of tinued until 11th claims to lands, and for the sale of the public lands, in the May, 18:22. territories of Orleans and Louisiana, and to repeal the act passed for the same purpose, and approved February sixteenth, one thousand eight hundred and eleven,"* be, and the same is hereby, revived and continued, for the term of two years from and after the passing of this act.

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SECT. 8. And be it further enacted, That the said Registers, 600 dollars addiin addition to the compensation herein prescribed, shall re- gisters, in full, &p ceive, in full for the services required of them, respectively, by this act, the sum of six hundred dollars, which shall be paid out of any money in the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated. [Approved, May 11, 1820.]

CHAP. 88. An act extending the Time allowed for the Redemption of Land sold for Direct Taxes, in certain cases,

Jan. 1815, and 5th

years.

1st session 14th

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the time allowed for the redemption of lands which have The time allowed for redemption been, or may be, sold for the payment of taxes, under the act under acts of 9th passed the ninth day of January, one thousand eight hundred March, 1816, exand fifteen, so far as the same regards the direct tax of six tended three millions of dollars, laid in that year, or under the act passed it Page 741, vol. the fifth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and six- *1 teen, so far as the same regards the direct tax of three mil- Page 12, Acts lions of dollars, laid in that year; and purchased on behalf of Congress.] the United States, be extended three years beyond the time heretofore allowed: Provided, That such extension of time Provino; extenshall not be beyond the first of June, one thousand eight hun- ed to 1st June, dred and twenty-one, and that on such redemption interest to be paid, &c. be paid at the rate of twenty per centum per annum, on the taxes aforesaid, and additions of twenty per centum chargeable thereon; and the right to redeem shall enure as well to Right to redeem persons holding an equitable or reversionary interest in lands versionary interso purchased on behalf of the United States, as to the original est. owners thereof.

sion of time limit

1821; and interest

equitable and re

Where the col

SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That where any person lector is dead or or persons, who has or have purchased lands or tenements has been removsold for the nonpayment of the direct tax, shall be entitled to the district judge.

ed, on petition to

direct the marshal

&c.

1820. have a deed for the same, but, from the death or removal of he is required to the collector, or from any other cause, there is no officer who, to make a deed, by the existing laws, is authorized to make a deed, it shall be lawful for such person or persons to apply, by petition, to the District Judge of the district in which such lands or tenements are situate, setting forth the circumstances of the case, and, upon due proof being made, to the satisfaction of such judge, that such person or persons, is or are a purchaser or purchasers as aforesaid, and has or have fully complied with all the conditions of sale, and is or are entitled to have a deed, and that there is no officer who, by the existing laws, is authorized to make such deed, it shall be lawful for such judge, and he is hereby authorized and required, to order and direct the Marshal of the District to make a deed to the purchaser or purchasers, which deed, being acknowledged in open court, and entered of record, shall have the same effect as if it had been made by the collector or other officer authorized by the laws heretofore or now in force.

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[Approved, May 11, 1820.]

in the district of

March, 1807, and subsequently

ceded, &c to be

Wooster, &c.

CHAP. 89. An act authorizing, the Sale of Thirteen Sections of Land, lying within the Land District of Canton, in the State of Ohio.

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 13 sections of land That the thirteen sections of land, lying within the land disCanton, reserved trict of Canton, in the State of Ohio, which were reserved for Mar 07, the use of certain persons of the Delaware tribe of Indians, by an act of Congress, passed on the third day of March, one offered for sale at thousand eight hundred and seven,* and were subsequently [Page 126, vol. ceded to the United States by the eighteenth article of the treaty concluded on the twenty-ninth day of September, one [ Page 9, Appen- thousand eight hundred and seventeen, shall be offered to Session 15th Con- public sale, by the Register and Receiver of the public mo neys at the Land Office at Wooster, on such day, or days, as the President shall designate for that purpose, in the same manner, and on the same conditions and terms, as are provided by law for the sale of the public lands of the United States. [Approved, May '11, 1820.]

4.]

dix to Acts of 2d

gress.]

[Private.]

ing officers of the

CHAP. 90. An act for the Relief of General James Wilkinson.‡

[SECT. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Proper account That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Depart Treasury to dis- ment settle and discharge the amount of a judgment, with inamount of a judg- terest, if any shall have accrued, and cost, which General John ment, with inter Adair, lately, in the Superior Court of Mississippi, recovered

charge the

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