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May 12, 1856. [No. 8.] Joint Resolution relating to the Appropriation for the Improvement of the Harbor
at Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Whereas, by act of Congress entitled "An act making appropriations Preamble. for the improvement of certain harbors and rivers," approved August 1852, ch. 104. thirtieth, eighteen hundred and fifty-two, the sum of ten thousand dollars
was appropriated for the improvement of the harbor of Sheboygan, Wis consin; and whereas, the city and county of Sheboygan have from time to time made appropriations for the improvement of said harbor to the amount of fifty thousand dollars, to be expended by commissioners appointed by said State; and whereas it is desirable that said appropriations should be expended under one direction, therefore—
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Improvement States of America in Congress assembled, That after the Secretary of Sheboygan War shall have settled and paid all just charges existing against the said appropriation of ten thousand dollars, the balance thereof, together with all tools, implements, materials, and other property whatsoever, belonging to the United States and used in improving the said harbor, shall be transferred and turned over by the said Secretary of War to the commissioners for the improvement of the said harbor, appointed by the State of Wisconsin; Provided, That the said commissioners shall first give satisfactory security to the Secretary of War for the faithful expenditure of the money in the improvement of the said harbor.
APPROVED, May 12, 1856.
shall be necessary, are hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated: And provided further, That no money shall be paid under this joint resolution until the Secretary of the Treasury shall contract for the completion of said so extended building at a cost within the sums heretofore and hereby appropriated therefor. APPROVED, May 9, 1856.
May 14, 1856.
Statistics of coastwise com
merce to be annually reported.
[No. 9.] Joint Resolution for the Statistics of the Coastwise Commerce to be included here after in the Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury on Commerce and Navigation
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury in his annual reports on commerce and navigation hereafter to be made to Congress, cause to be stated the kinds, quantities, and value of the merchandize entered and cleared coastwise into and from the collection districts of the United States, and the said Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to make all rules and orders necessary to carry into effect the object of this resolution.
APPROVED, May 14, 1856.
May 15, 1856. [No. 10.] Joint Resolution for enlarging the Custom-House, Post-Office, and Court-House at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Extension of States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the public buildings at Milwaukie. Treasury be and he is hereby authorized to extend the building now in process of construction at Milwaukee, for a custom-house, post-office, courtrooms, &c., not exceeding twenty-five feet in length, and erect proper vaults therein, if, in his discretion, the public interest requires the same: Provided, That such extension can be completed at an expense not exceeding thirty-three thousand dollars, including the ten per cent. for contingencies, which sum, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money remaining in the treasury not otherwise appropriated; And provided further, That no money shall be paid under this joint reso lution until the Secretary of the Treasury shall contract for the comple tion of said building so extended at a cost within the sum heretofore and hereby appropriated.
APPROVED, May 15, 1856.
[No.14.] A Resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to modify the Plan of Aug. 1, 1856. the Custom-House at Ellsworth, Maine.
house at Ells
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury Modification of be and hereby is authorized to modify the plan of the custom-house in plan of customprocess of construction at Ellsworth, Maine, provided the increased ex- worth, Me. pense by so doing, shall not exceed the sum of three thousand dollars. And said sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury for that purpose: Provided, That none of the money hereby appropriated, shall be used until the Secretary of the Treasury has contracted for the completion of the said work for the sums hereby and heretofore appropriated.
APPROVED, August 1, 1856.
[No. 17.] Joint Resolution extending the Time for the Creditors of Texas to present their Aug. 18, 1856. Claims.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as agreeably to the provisions of the fourth section of the act of twenty-eighth February, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, "to provide for the payment of such creditors of the late republic of Texas as are comprehended in the act of Congress of September nine, eighteen hundred and fifty," notice by public advertisement was duly given for the space of ninety days, by the Secretary of the Treasury, of the time at which payments of the amount appropriated by the fifth section of said act would be made pro rata, on any bond, certificate, or evidence of debt of said State, which should be presented at the Treasury Department thirty days preceding the thirteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, the limit of said notice; and as it is represented by the said Secretary of the Treasury, that of said bonds, certificates, and evidences of debt, which have been recognized by the State of Texas, the same, equal to the sum of three hundred and eighty-nine thousand six hundred and ninety-three dollars and seven cents were not presented to the Treasury Department prior to the said thirteenth of June; Therefore, in order to do full justice to the holders of said debt, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to pay to the holders of any of the said bonds, certificates, or evidences of debt not presented before the thirteenth day of June last, who may present and prove the same at the Treasury Department between the thirteenth day of June last and the first day of January next, and execute the proper releases to the United States and the State of Texas, their pro rata share of the said seven millions seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and after payment thereof, the said Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and required to distribute and pay the residue of the said seven millions seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars then remaining in the treasury, pro rata amongst all the said holders, who may have proved their claims and executed the proper releases on or before the first day of January next. APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That instead of the compensation now allowed by law, there shall be one principal_messenger in each of the offices of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Interior, War, and Navy, Postmaster-General, and Attorney-General, at an annual salary of nine hundred dollars, and one principal messenger in each of the Bureaus of the several Executive Departments, at an annual salary of VOL. XI. PUB.-19
time to present
1855, ch. 129.
[No. 18.] Joint Resolution giving an increased Compensation to all Laborers in the Employ- Aug. 18, 1856. ment of the Executive and Legislative Departments of the Government in the City of Washington.
Messengers in departments and bureaus, their pay.
Laborers at Washington in
eight hundred and forty dollars each, and all other messengers or assistant messengers, now authorized by law to be employed in said departments, shall receive an annual salary of seven hundred dollars, and all laborers in the employment of the government, in the Executive Departdepartments and ments and on the public grounds, in the city of Washington, shall receive on public an annual salary of six hundred dollars each, from and after the first day grounds, pay of. of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-six; and such sum, in addition to the Appropriation appropriations otherwise provided, as may be required to pay the same, is hereby appropriated out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
APPROVED, August 18, 1856.
No. 1. Respecting an apprehended Invasion of Cuba.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: April 25, 1851.
WHEREAS there is reason to believe that a military expedition is about to be fitted out in the United States with intention to invade the Island of Cuba, a colony of Spain, with which this country is at peace; and whereas it is believed that this expedition is instigated and set on foot chiefly by foreigners who dare to make our shores the scene of their guilty and hostile preparations against a friendly power; and seek by falsehood and misrepresentation to seduce our own citizens, especially the young and inconsiderate, into their wicked schemes,an ungrateful return for the benefits conferred upon them by this people, in permitting them to make our country an asylum from oppression,-and in flagrant abuse of the hospitality thus extended to them:
And whereas such expeditions can only be regarded as adventures for plunder and robbery, and must meet the condemnation of the civilized world, whilst they are derogatory to the character of our country,-in violation of the laws of nations, and expressly prohibited by our own. Our statutes declare "that if any person shall, within the territory or jurisdiction of the United States, begin or set on foot, or provide or prepare the means for, any military expedition or enterprise, to be carried on from thence against the territory or dominions of any foreign prince or state, or of any colony, district, or people, with whom the United States are at peace, every person, so offending, shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and shall be fined not exceeding three thousand dollars, and imprisoned not more than three years:
Now, therefore, I have issued this my Proclamation, warning all persons who shall connect themselves with any such enterprise or expedition in violation of our laws and national obligations that they will thereby subject themselves to the heavy penalties denounced against such offences, and will forfeit their claim to the protection of this government, or any interference in their behalf, no matter to what extremities they may be reduced in consequence of their illegal conduct. And therefore I exhort all good citizens, as they regard our national reputation, as they respect their own laws and the laws of nations, as they value the blessings of peace and the welfare of their country, to discountenance, and, by all lawful means, prevent any such enterprise; and I call upon every officer of this government, civil or military, to use all efforts in his power, to arrest for trial and punishment every such offender against the laws of the country. Given under my hand, the twenty-fifth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, and the seventy[L. S.] fifth of the Independence of the United States.
BY THE PRESIDENT:
W. S. DERRICK, Acting Secretary of State.
Feb. 25, 1853.
Preamble reTHE attention of the PRESIDENT having been called to the proceedings of specting a for- Congress at the close of its session, on the 4th of March, 1851, from which it and the estab- appears that the constitutional term of that body was held not to have expired lishing a until 12 o'clock at noon of that day; and a notice having been issued, agreeably to former usage, to convene the Senate at eleven o'clock, A. M., on the 4th of March next, it is apparent that such call is in conflict with the decision aforesaid:
1850, ch. 79.
No. 2. Call of a Session of the Senate.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
1845, ch. 70.
Now, therefore, as well for the purpose of removing all doubt as to the legality of such call, as of establishing a precedent of what is deemed a proper mode of convening the Senate, I, MILLARD FILLMORE, President of the United States, have considered it to be my duty to issue this my Proclamation, revoking said call, and hereby declaring that an extraordinary occasion requires the Senate of the United States to convene for the transaction of business at the capitol, in the city of Washington, on Friday, the 4th day of March next, at twelve o'clock, at noon of that day, of which all who shall at that time be entitled to act as members of that body are hereby required to take notice.
Given under my hand and the seal of the United States, at Washington, this 25th day of February, A. D. 1853, and of the Indepen[L. 8.] dence of the United States the seventy-seventh.
BY THE PRESIDENT:
No. 3. Privileges of Act of 1850, ch. 79, given to certain Places.
July 2, 1855. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
WHEREAS the Act of Congress of the 28th of September, 1850, entitled "An Act to create additional collection districts in the State of California, and to change the existing district therein, and to modify the existing collection districts in the United States," extends to merchandise warehoused under bond, the privilege of being exported to the British North American Provinces adjoining the United States, in the manner prescribed in the Act of Congress of the 3d of March, 1845, which designates certain frontier ports through which mer chandise may be exported, and further provides "that such other ports situated on the frontiers of the United States adjoining the British North American Provinces as may hereafter be found expedient, may have extended to them the like privileges on the recommendation of the Secretary of the Treasury and Proclamation duly made by the President of the United States, specially designating the ports to which the aforesaid privileges are to be extended: "
Now, therefore, I, FRANKLIN PIERCE, President of the United States of America, in accordance with the recommendation of the Secretary of the Treasury, do hereby declare and proclaim, that the ports of Rouse's Point, Cape Vincent, Suspension Bridge, and Dunkirk, in the State of New York; Swanton, Alburg, and Island Pond, in the State of Vermont; Toledo, in the State of Ohio; Chicago, in the State of Illinois; Milwaukie, in the State of Wisconsin; Michilimackinac, in the State of Michigan; Eastport, in the State of Maine; and Pembina, in the territory of Minnesota, are and shall be entitled to all the privileges in regard to the exportation of merchandise in bond to the British North American Provinces, adjoining the United States, which are extended to the ports enumerated in the 7th section of the Act of Congress of the 3d of March, 1845, aforesaid, from and after the date of this Proclamation.
EDWARD EVERETT, Secretary of State.