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Allowance dred dollars, in addition to the sum hereto. to postmalter-ge- fore allowed ; and that he be authorized to neral for charge the United States with two hundred clerk hire.

and seventy-one dollars and fifty-two cents, for the occasional hire of extra-clerks, from the first of January to the thirty-first of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety

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for printers': The deputy-post maiters shall Regula. ticas rei form all newspapers deposited in their offices,

to be conveyed by post, into mails; and if pers.

any deputy-postmaster shall open, or permit any mail of newspapers not direcied to his office, to be opened, he shall, on conviction thereof, forfeit, for every such offence, a sum not exceeding twenty dollars ; and any other person, who shall open such mail of newspa. pers, on conviction thereof, shall forfeit a fum not exceeding twenty dollars, for every such offence: Provided, that when mails are directed to places where no post-office is kept, they may be opened at the post-office most convenient to such place, and may also be opened, where the direction is effaced.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That this act shall not be construed to affect any existing contracts.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That it

shall be the duty of the postmaster-general, ter-general to report annually to Congress, every postto report road, which shall not, after the second year,

1 from its establishment, have produced one

third of the expense of carrying the mail on the fame. .

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all

letters and packets to George Washington, George now Prefiderit of the United States, after the Wathington to be expiration of his term of office, and during

his life, shall be received and conveyed by
post free of postage.
JONATHAN DAYTON, Speaker of

the House of Representatives. WILLIAM BINGHAM, President of

the Senate pro tempore. APPROVED, March third, 1797 : GEORGE WASHINGTON,

President of the United Statesa

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An Act to provide more effectually for the Settle

ment of Accounts between the United States,

and Receivers of public Money. Sec. 1. DE it enacted by the Senate and House

D of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That Replenice when any revenue officer, or other person ac- officer or countable for public money, shall neglect or other pero

fon not refuse to pay into the Treasury, the sum or paying balance reported to be due to the United public,

moncy, to States, upon the adjustment of his account, it be sued, shall be the duty of the Comptroller, and he to forget

I commilis hereby required to institure suit for the re- fions, and covery of the same, adding to the fum ftated to pay

intiret to be due on such account, the commissions of the delinquent, which shall be forfeited in every instance where fuit is commenced, and judgment obtained thereon, and an interest of fix per cent. per annum, from the time of receiving the money, until it shall be repaid ini· to the Treasury, . Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in

every case of delinquency, where suit has; a tra been, or shall be instituted, a transcript from script of the books and proceedings of the Treasury it

cany of the certified by the register, and authenticated Treafure

Utend to be eviunder the seal of the department, Mall be ad

dence. mitted as evidence, and the court trying the cause, shall be thereupon authorized to grant judgment, and award execution, accordingly. And all copies of bonds, contracts,or other papers relating to, or connected with the settlement of any account between the United States and an individual, when certified by the Register to be true copies of the originals on

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