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succeeding the terms, to which they were made returnable : And the faid'writs and procefles before-mentioned, together with all matters and business depending before either of the courts before-mentioned, shall be taken up and proceeded upon to final issue and determination, in the same manner, and to the same effect, as if no alteration had been made in the times or places of holding the said courts respectively.

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-- JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. SAMUEL LIVERMORE, President of the

Senate pro tempore. APPROVED, May the 27th, 1796: GEORGE WASHINGTON,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXXV.

An Act in Addition to an Act, intitled, 'An

A&t supplementary to the Act, intitled, An Act to provide more effectually for the Coltection of the Duties on Goods, Wares and Merchandize, imported into the United States, and on the Tonnage of Ships or Veljels.

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monies by them respectively received ; and fhall also, respectively, receive the allowance of one hundred dollars, annually, from and after the said last day of June next. JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. SAMUEL LIVERMORE, President of the

Senate pro tempore. APPROVED, May the 27th, 1796: GEORGE WASHINGTON,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXXVI.
An Act for the Relief and Protection of

American Seamen.
Sec. 1. P E it enacted by the Senate and

D House of Representatives of the
United States of America, in Congress assembled,

That the President of the United States, by Tivo agents and with the advice and consent of the Seto be ap. pointed. nate, be, and hereby is authorized to appoint

two or more agents; the one of whom shall reside in the kingdom of Great-Britain, and the others at such foreign ports, as the Pre

fident of the United States shall direct. That Their du- the duty of the said agents shall be, under

the direction of the President of the United States, to enquire into the situation of such American citizens or others, sailing, conformably to the law of nations, under the pro

ties,

tection of the American fiag, as have been, or may hereafter be impressed or detained by any foreign power; to endeavour, by all legal means, to obtain the release of such American citizens or others, as aforesaid ; and to render an account of all impressments and detentions whatever, from American vessels, to the executive of the United States.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if Additional it should be expedient to employ an addition- agents may

- be appoinal agent or agents, for the purposes autho- ted during rized by this law, during the recess of the there

1 of the Se. Senate, the President alone be, and hereby is, nite. authorized to appoint such agent or agents.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States *be, and he is hereby authorized to draw, annually, out of

Approprithe Treasury of the United States, a sum not ation. exceeding fifteen thousand dollars, not otherwise appropriated; to be applied by him, in such proportions as he shall direct, to the payment of the compensation of the said agents, for their services, and the incidental expenses attending the performance of the duties im. posed on them by this act. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the

Collectors collector of every district shall keep a book to or books, in which, at the request of any certificates

3 of citizenseaman, being a citizen of the United States Mip. of America, and producing proof of his citizenship, authenticated in the manner hereinafter directed, he shall enter the name of such seaman, and shall deliver to him a certificate, in the following form, that is to say: “I, A. B. collector of the district of D. do hereby certify, That E. F. an American seamang aged

years, or thereabouts, of the

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