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Officer sus. the presence of two or more reputable merchants, any package or may examine packages thereof; and if upon examination they shall be found to agree packages. with the entries, the officer making such seizure shall cause the same to

be repacked, and delivered to the owner or claimant forthwith; and the expense of such examination shall be paid by the said collector or other officer, and allowed in the settlement of his accounts; but if any of the packages so examined shall be found to differ in their contents froin the entry, then the goods, wares or merchandise contained in such package or packages shall be forfeited: Provided, That the said forfejture shall not be incurred, if it shall be made appear to the satisfaction of the collector and naval officer of the district where the same shall happen, if there be a naval officer, and if there be no naval cfficer, to the satisfaction of the said collector, or of the court in which a prosecution for the forfeiture shall be had, that such difference proceeded from

accident or mistake, and not from an intention to defraud the revenue. Dutiable goods Sec. 48. And be it further enacted, That every collector, naval officer concealed, how and surveyor, or other person specially appointed by either of them for for and secured. that purpose, shall have full power and authority to enter any ship or

vessel in which they shall have reason to suspect any goods, wares or merchandise subject to duty shall be concealed : and therein to search for, seize and secure any such goods, wares or merchandise. And if they shall have cause to suspect a concealment thereof in any particular dwelling-house, store, building or other place, they or either of them shall, upon application on oath to any justice of the peace, be entitled to a warrant to enter such house, store or other place (in the daytime only) and there to search for such goods, and if any shall be found, to seize and secure the same for trial: and all such goods, wares and merchandise, on which the duties shall not have been paid or secured,

shall be forfeited. Collector to Sec. 49. And be it further enacted, That all goods, wares and mertake custody of chandise which shall be seized by virtue of this act, shall be put into goods seized.

and remain in the custody of the collector or such other person as he shall appoint for that purpose, until such proceedings shall be had as by this act are required, to ascertain whether the same have been forfeited or not; and if it shall be adjudged that they are not forfeited they shall

be forthwith restored to the owner or owners, claimant or claimants Penalty for thereof. And if any person or persons shall conceal or buy any gcods, concealing or wares or merchandise, knowing them to be liable to seizure by this act, buying goods subject to duty.

such person or persons shall, on conviction thereof, forfeit and pay a

sum double the value of the goods so concealed or purchased. Officers may

Sec. 50. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the make seizure in

several officers of the customs to make seizure of, and secure any ship any district.

or vessel, goods, wares or merchandise, which shall be liable to seizure

by virtue of this act, as well without as within their respective districts. Officers sued Sec. 51. And be it further enacted, That if any officer or other peror molested may plead this act.

son, executing or aiding and assisting in the seizure of goods, shall be sued or molested for any thing done in virtue of the powers given by this act, or by virtue of a warrant granted by any judge or justice pursuant to law, such officer or other person may plead the general issue, and give this act and the special matter in evidence; and if in such suit the plaintiff be nonsuited, or judgment pass against him, the defendant shall recover double cost; and in actions, suits or information to be brought, where any seizure shall be made pursuant to this act, if the property be claimed by any person, in every such case the onus probandi shall be upon such claimant. And if any person shall forcibly resist, prevent or impede any officer of the customs, or their deputies, or any person assisting them in the execution of their duty, such person so offending, shall for every offence be fined in a sum not exceeding four hundred dollars.

Sec. 52. And be it further enacted, That every collector, naval

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val officers and officer and surveyor shall, within three months after he enters upon the

surveyors to enexecution of his office, give bond with one or more sufficient sureties, ter into bonds to be approved of by the comptroller of the treasury of the United States, for performance

of duty. and payable to the said United States, with condition for the true and faithful discharge of the duties of his office according to law—that is to say: The collector of Philadelphia, in the sum of sixty thousand dollars: the collector of New York, fifty thousand dollars: the collector of Boston and Charlestown, forty thousand dollars: the collectors of Baltimore, and Charleston, thirty thousand dollars each: the collector of Norfolk and Portsmouth, fifteen thousand dollars: the collectors of Portsmouth in New Hampshire, of Salem and Beverly, Wilmington in the state of Delaware, Annapolis, Georgetown in Maryland, Bermuda Hundred and City-point, Alexandria, Wilmington, Newbern and Edenton in the state of North Carolina, Newport and Providence in the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, ten thousand dollars each :

collectors of Newburyport, Gloucester, Marblehead, Plymouth, Nantucket, Portland and Falmouth, New London, New Haven, Fairfield, Perth Amboy, Yorktown, Dumfries, Washington and Cambden, Georgetown in South Carolina, Beaufort, and Savannah, each five thousand dollars: and all the other collectors in the sum of two thousand dollars each. The naval officers for the ports of Boston and Charlestown, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, ten thousand dollars each; and all the other naval officers in the sum of two thousand dollars each. The surveyors of the ports of Boston and Charlestown, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, five thousand dollars each; and all other surveyors one thousand dollars each. Which bonds shall be filed in the office of the said comptroller, and be by him severally put in suit for the benefit of the United States, upon any breach of the condition thereof. And as no provision has been heretofore specially made concerning the officers of the customs who may have been heretofore appointed in and for the states of North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; the said officers respectively shall, within four months after the passing of this act, give bond with proper surety or sureties, in conformity to the provision aforesaid.

Sec. 53. And be it further enacted, That there shall be allowed and Their fees of paid to the collectors, naval officers and surveyors to be appointed

office and per pur

centage. suant to this act, the fees and per centage following—that is to say: To each collector for every entrance of any ship or vessel of one hundred tons burthen or upwards, two dollars and an half; for every clearance of any ship or vessel of one hundred tons burthen and upwards, two dollars and an half; for every entrance of any ship or vessel under the burthen of one hundred tons, one dollar and an half; for every clearance of a ship or vessel under one hundred tons burthen, one dollar and an half; for every permit to land goods, twenty cents; for every bond taken officially, forty cents; and for every permit to load goods for exportation, which are entitled to a drawback, thirty cents; for every official certificate, twenty cents; for every bill of health, twenty cents; for every other official document (registers excepted) required by the owner or master of any vessel not before enumerated, twenty cents: and Fees of col

naval where a naval officer is appointed to the same port, the said fees shall lectors,

officers and sur. be equally divided between the collector and the said naval officer, the latter paying one-third of the expense of necessary stationery and of the rent of an office to be provided by the collector, at the place assigned for his residence, and as conveniently as may be for the trade of the district: and all fees shall, at the option of the collector, be either received by him or by the naval officer, the party receiving to account monthly with the other for his proportion or share thereof. To each

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Inspectors, surveyor for the admeasurement of every ship or vessel of one hundred measurers, weighers and

tons and under, one cent per ton; for the admeasurement of every ship or gaugers, their vessel, above one hundred tons, and not exceeding two hundred tons, one pay and fees. hundred and fifty cents; for the admeasurement of every ship or vessel

, above two hundred tons, two hundred cents; for all other services by this act to be performed by such surveyor, on board any ship or vessel of one hundred tons and upwards, and having on board goods, wares and merchandise subject to duty, three dollars; for the like services on board any ship or vessel of less than one hundred tons burthen, having on board goods, wares and merchandise subject to duty, one and an half dollar; on all vessels not having on board goods, wares and merchandise subject to duty, two-thirds of a dollar; all which fees shall be paid by the master or owner of the ship or vessel in which the said services shall be performed, to the surveyor by whom they shall be performed, if performed by one only, for his sole benefit, but if performed by more than one, to him who shall have the first agency, to be divided in equal parts between him and the other or others by whom the said services shall be performed. To each inspector there shall be allowed for every day he shall

be actually employed in aid of the customs, a sum not exceeding one Pay and fees dollar and twenty-five cents, to be paid by the collector out of the of inspectors, &o,

revenue, and charged to the United States. To the measurers, weighers and gaugers respectively, to be paid by the collector out of the revenue, for the measurement of every one hundred bushels of grain, thirty cents; for the measurement of every one hundred bushels of salt, forty cents; for the measurement of every one hundred bushels of coal, fifty cents; for the weighing of every one hundred and twelve pounds, two cents; for the gauging and marking of every cask (to be marked in durable characters with his own name and the quantity) eight cents; for computing the contents of, and (if requested by the party) marking cases containing distilled spirits and wines, three cents per case; for counting the number of bottles of cider, beer, ale or porter, one cent per dozen; and in proportion for any greater or less quantity. There shall moreover be allowed to the collectors of the districts of New York and Philadelphia, three-fourths of one per centum on the amount of all monies by them respectively received on account of duties; and to the collector of each of the other districts by this act established, one per centum on the amount of all monies by them respectively received on the said account of duties.

And whereas the allowances aforesaid will not afford an adequate compensation to the officers herein after mentioned, by reason of the small proportion of business done at the ports to which they respectively belong, although the said officers are necessary to the accommodation of the inhabitants, the facility of commerce, and the security of the

revenue. Therefore, Special allow. SEC. 54. Be it further enacted, That in addition to the fees and ance to revenue emoluments which shall accrue to the said officers from the provisions officers of cer. tain ports.

aforesaid, they shall severally have and be entitled to the respective allowances following, to wit: The collector of the districts of Saint Mary's in the State of Georgia, Brunswick, Beaufort, South Quay, Cherrystone, Folly Landing, Annapolis, Yeocomico, Saint Mary's, Oxford, Sagg Harbor, Passamaquody, the yearly sum of one hundred dollars each. The collectors of the districts of Sunbury and Penobscot in Massachusetts, the yearly sum of sixty dollars each. The collectors of the districts of Hampton, Snowhill, Bridgetown, Burlington, Frenchman's Bay, and Edgartown, the yearly sum of fifty dollars each. The surveyors of the ports of Fredericksburg, Smithfield, Port Royal, Suffolk, West Point, Richmond, Petersburg and Little Egg Harbor, the yearly sum of eighty dollars each. The surveyors of the ports of Swansborough, Urbanna,

ties and fees.

Town Creek, Albany, Hudson, Stonington, East Greenwich, and Gloucester, fifty dollars each. Sec. 55. And be it further enacted, That every collector, naval offi- Collectors, na

val officers and cer, and surveyor, shall cause to be affixed and constantly kept in some

surveyors to set public and conspicuous place of his office, a fair table of the rates of up table of fees. fees and duties demandable by law, and shall give a receipt for the fees he shall receive, specifying the particulars; and in case of failure therein, shall forfeit and pay one hundred dollars, to be recovered with costs, in any court having cognizance thereof, to the use of the informer; and if

any officer of the customs shall demand or receive any greater or other Penalty for de. fee, compensation or reward, for executing any duty or service required manding greater of him by law, he shall forfeit and pay two hundred dollars for each or other fees. offence, recoverable in manner aforesaid for the use of the party grieved.

Sec. 56. And be it further enacted, That the duties and fees to be Rates of coin collected by virtue of this act, shall be payable in gold or silver coin, at for receiving du. the following rates-that is to say: The gold coins of France, England, Spain and Portugal, and all other gold coins of equal fineness, at eightynine cents for every penny weight : The Mexican dollar at one hundred cents; the crown of France at one dollar and eleven cents; the crown of England at one dollar and eleven cents; all silver coin of equal fineness, at one dollar and eleven cents per ounce; and cut silver of equal fineness, at one dollar and six cents per ounce.

Sec. 57. And be it further enacted, That all the drawbacks allowed Drawbacks, by law on the exportation of goods, wares and merchandise imported,

where payable, shall be paid or allowed by the collector at whose office the said goods, wares and merchandise were originally entered, and not otherwise, retaining one per centum for the benefit of the United States. And that the allowances on dried and pickled fish of the fisheries of the United States, and on salted provisions of the United States, shall be paid by the collector of the district from which the same shall be exported, without any deduction or abatement. Sec. 58. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That in order and how to be

allowed. to entitle the exporter or exporters of any goods, wares or merchandise, to the benefit of the said drawbacks or allowances, he or she shall, previous to putting or lading the same on board of any ship or vessel for exportation, give twenty-four hours notice at least to the collector of the district from which the same are about to be exported, of his, her or their intention to export the same, and of the particulars thereof, and of the casks, cases, chests, boxes and other packages or parcels containing the same, or of which the same consists, and of their respective marks, numbers and contents, and if imported articles, of the ship or ships, vessel or vessels in which the person or persons for or by whom, and the place or places from which they were imported. And in respect to the said imported articles proof shall be made to the satisfaction of the said collector, by the oaths of the person or persons (including the said exporter or exporters) through whose hands the said articles shall have passed, according to the best of their knowledge and belief, respecting the due importation of the said articles according to law, and in conformity to such notice of their identity, and of the payment or securing the payment of the duties thereupon. And in respect to the said dried and pickled fish and salted provisions, proof shall be made to the satisfaction of the said collector, according to the circumstances of the case, that the same, if fish, are of the fisheries of the United States; if salted provisions, were salted within the United States. And the said collector shall inspect or cause to be inspected, the goods, wares or merchandise so notified for exportation; and if they shall be found to correspond with the notice and proof concerning the same, the said collector shall grant a permit for lading the same on board the ship or vessel named in such notice, which lading shall be performed under the

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superintendence of the officer by whom the same shall have been so inspected. And the said exporter or exporters shall also make oath that the said goods so noticed for exportation, and laden on board the said ship or vessel, are truly intended to be exported to the place whereof notice shall have been given, and are not intended to be relanded within the United States; and shall give bond, with one or more sureties to the satisfaction of the said collector, in a sum equal to the amount of the drawbacks or allowances on such goods, with condition that the said goods, or any part thereof shall not be relanded in any port or place within the limits of the United States as settled by the late treaty of

peace. Exportation of And provided further, That the said drawbacks or allowances shall goods entitled drawback,

not be paid until at least six months after the exportation of the said how to be prov. goods, and until the said exporter or exporters shall produce to the col

lector with whom such outward entry is made, a certificate in writing of two reputable merchants at the foreign port or place in which the same were landed, together with the oath of the master and mate of the vessel in which they were exported, certifying the delivery thereof. But in case any vessel shall be cast away, or meet with such unavoidable accidents as to prevent the landing such goods, a protest in due form of law, made by the master and mate, or some of the seamen, or in case no such protest can be had, then the oath of the exporter or exporters, or one of them, shall be received in lieu of the other proofs herein directed, unless there shall be good reason to suspect the truth of such oath, in which case it shall and may be lawful for the collector to require

such further proof as the nature of the case may demand. No drawback Provided lastly, That no goods, wares or merchandise imported, allowed, unless shall be entitled to a drawback of the duties paid or secured to be paid twenty dollars;

thereon, unless such duties shall amount to twenty dollars at least; nor unless they shall be exported in the same casks, cases, chests, boxes or other packages, and from the district or port into which they were origi

nally imported. nor on pickled Sec. 59. And be it further enacted, That the sums allowed to be paid fish, &c. except by law on the exportation of dried or pickled fish, and of salted provithree dollars.

sions, shall not be paid unless the same shall amount to three dollars at least upon one entry.

SEC. 60. And be it further enacted, That if any goods, wares or mertled to draw. chandise, entered for exportation, with intent to draw back the duties, back or allow.

or to obtain any allowance given by law on the exportation thereof, shall ance, to be for. feited if landed be landed in any port or place within the limits of the United States as after entry

aforesaid, all such goods, wares and merchandise, shall be subject to made.

seizure and forfeiture, together with the ship or vessel from which such goods shall be landed, and the vessels or boats used in landing the same; and all persons concerned therein, shall on indictment and conviction thereof, suffer imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months. And for discovery of frauds, and seizure of goods, wares and merchandise, relanded contrary to law, the several officers established by this act, shall have the same powers, and in case of seizure the same proceedings shall be had, as in the case of goods, wares and merchandise imported contrary to law: And for measuring, weighing or gauging goods for exportation, the same fees shall be allowed as in like cases upon the im

portation thereof. Collectors may

Sec. 61. And be it further enacted, That if any goods, the duties upon give further cre. which shall have been secured by bond, shall be re-exported by the imcases of expor. porter or importers thereof, and if the said bond shall become due before

the expiration of the time herein before limited for payment of the drawback upon such goods, it shall be lawful for the collector of the district from which the said goods shall have been exported, to give farther credit for so much of the sum due upon such bond, as shall be equal to

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