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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, March 7, 1863.

Resolved, That four thousand copies of the acts and joint resolutions of the third session of the thirty-seventh Congress be printed for the use of the Senate, with a suitable index. J. W. FORNEY, Secretary.

Attest:

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

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Passed at the third session which was begun and held at the city of Washington, on Monday, the first day of December, A. D. 1862, and ended on Wednesday, the fourth day of March, 1863.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States.

HANNIBAL HAMLIN, Vice-President of the United States.

SOLOMON FOOT, President pro tempore, until the 15th of December, 1862; he was again elected, in the absence of the Vice-President, on the 18th of February, 1863, and will continue in that office until the appearance of the Vice-President in the Senate.

GALUSHA A. GROW, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

CHAPTER I.

AN ACT authorizing the holding of a special session of the United States district court for the district of Indiana.

Dec. 15, 1862.

Special session

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That at U. States special session of the United States district court for the district district court to be of Indiana shall be holden, at the usual place of holding said held in Indiana. court, on the first Monday in February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and to continue in session so long as the business thereof may require.

and returnable.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That all suits and proceed-Process pending ings of a civil or criminal nature now pending in or returnable to said court shall be proceeded in, heard, tried, and determined by said court at said special session in the same manner as at a regular term of said court.

Approved December 15, 1862.

Dec. 19, 1862.

CHAPTER III.

AN ACT to adjust appropriations heretofore made for the civil service of the Navy Department to the present organization of that department.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Transfer of ap the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the propriations for Navy Department. Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to transfer the amounts heretofore appropriated for the pay of chiefs of bureaus, clerks, messengers, and laborers connected with the Navy Department, so that they will correspond with the present organization and pay as authorized by the act of Congress of July fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, viz:

1862, ch. 134;

ante, p. 510. Bureau of Equip

ment and Recruit

ing.

Bureau of Yards

and Docks.

Bureau of Navi

gation.

Bureau of Ord

nance.

Bureau of Construction and Repars.

Bureau of Steam Engineering.

Bureau of Provisions and Clothing.

Bureau of Medi

For the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, three thousand eight hundred and seventy-four dollars.

For the Bureau of Yards and Docks, ten thousand six hundred and forty-three dollars.

For the Bureau of Navigation, three thousand and fifty-seven dollars.

For the Bureau of Ordnance, six thousand nine hundred and fifty-four dollars.

For the Bureau of Construction and Repairs, nine thousand five hundred and thirty-four dollars.

For the Bureau of Steam Engineering, four thousand two hundred and twenty-four dollars.

For the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, five thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight dollars.

For the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, five thousand eight oine and Surgery. hundred dollars.

Remaining bal

ances may be ex

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That all remaining balances pended for clerical shall attach to the office of the Secretary of the Navy, and may be expended by him for such clerical services as he shall judge the interests of the department require.

services.

Further transfer.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one thousand dollars, heretofore appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment, and Repair, be transferred to the Bureau of Steam Engineering, and the sum of one thousand dollars to the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting; and, also, that the sum of one thousand dollars, heretofore appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Bureau of Ordnance, be transferred to the Bureau of Navigation. Approved December 19, 1862.

Dec. 25, 1862.

CHAPTER IV.

AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to 1862, ch. 119; support the government and to pay interest on the public debt," apante, p. 432. proved July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Assessors, col- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the administer oaths. assessors, assistant assessors, collectors, and deputy collectors, appointed, or who may be appointed, under the provisions of an

lectors, &c., may

act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to support the government and to pay interest on the public debt," approved July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and all subsequent acts in relation thereto which have been or may be enacted, are hereby authorized and empowered to administer oaths or affirmamations in all cases where the same are or may be required by the acts as aforesaid: Provided, That no fees shall be charged or allowed therefor.

No fees therefor.

furnish adhesive

Francisco

&c., to

San

and

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Commissioner of Commissioner to Internal Revenue shall be authorized and empowered, and hereby stamps, is authorized and empowered, to furnish and supply the assistant collector at treasurers or collectors of the United States at San Francisco, Portland. State of California, and Portland, State of Oregon, with adhesive stamps, or stamped paper, vellum, or parchment, according to the provisions of the internal revenue laws referred to in the preceding section, under such regulations and conditions as he may from time to time prescribe, and without requiring payment in advance therefor, anything in existing laws to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided, That no greater commission shall be allowed than is now provided for by law.

No greater commission to be al lowed.

to

No instrument

be void for want

of particular stamp

if a legal stamp of used thereon.

equal value be

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That no instrument, document, writing, or paper of any description, required by law to be stamped, shall be deemed or held invalid and of no effect for the want of the particular kind or description of stamp designated for and denoting the duty charged on any such instrument, document, writing, or paper, provided a legal stamp, or stamps, denoting a duty of equal amount, shall have been duly affixed and used thereon: Provided, That the provisions of this section shall not apply to any stamp appropriated to denote the duty charged cles excepted. on proprietary articles.

Proprietary arti

Official docu

&c., of

Instruments required to be stamp

not for that reason

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That all official instruments, documents, and papers, issued or used by the officers of the United United States exStates government shall be, and hereby are, exempt from duty. empt from duty. SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, 'That the ninety-fifth section of an act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to support ed, issued prior to the government and to pay interest on the public debt," approved March 1, 1863, July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, be so amended that without a stamp, no instrument, document, or paper made, signed, or issued prior to be void. to the first day of March, anno Domini, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, without being duly stamped, or having thereon an adhesive stamp to denote the duty imposed thereon, shall, for that cause, be deemed invalid and of no effect: Provided, That no instrument, document, writing, or paper, required by law to be Instruments, &c., stamped, signed, or issued, without being duly stamped prior to evidence the day aforesaid, or any copy thereof, shall be admitted or used stamped. as evidence in any court until a legal stamp or stamps, denoting the amount of duty charged thereon, shall have been affixed thereto, or used thereon, and the initials of the person using or affixing the same, together with the date when the same is so used or affixed, shall have been placed thereon by such person. And the person desiring to use any such instrument, document, writing, or paper, as evidence, or his agent or attorney, is author ized in the presence of the court to stamp the same as hereinbefore provided. And section twenty-four of an act entitled “An act increasing, temporarily, the duties on imports, and for other 1862, ch. 163, § 24.

not to be used in

until

Who may affix stamp.

Repeal of act of

purposes," approved July fourteen, anno Domini, eighteen hun-
dred and sixty-two, is hereby repealed.
Approved December 25, 1862.

Dec. 27, 1862.

spectors to be ad

Ꮯ Ꮋ Ꭺ Ꮲ Ꭲ Ꭼ Ꭱ Ꮩ .

AN ACT to facilitate the discharge of disabled soldiers from the army, and the inspection of convalescent camps and hospitals.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Eight medical in the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there ded to the medical shall be added to the present medical corps of the army eight eorps of the army. medical inspectors, who shall, immediately after the passage of this act, be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, without regard to their rank when so Selection, rank, selected, but with sole regard to qualifications, and who shall have the rank, pay, and emoluments now authorized by law to officers of that grade.

pay, &c.

Additional duty imposed me

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the officers of the dical inspectors, medical inspector's department shall be charged, in addition to the duties now assigned to them by existing laws, with the duty of making regular and frequent inspections of all military general hospitals and convalescent camps, and shall, upon each inspection, designate to the surgeon in charge of such hospitals or camps, all soldiers who may be, in their opinion, fit subjects for discharge from the service, on surgeon's certificate of disability, or sufficiently recovered to be returned to their regiments for duty, and shall see that such soldiers are discharged or so returned. And the Inspectors may medical inspecting officers are hereby empowered, under such direct soldiers to regulations as may be hereafter established, to direct the return to discharge duty, or the discharge from service, as the case may be, of all

return to duty, or

may

them.

soldiers designated by them.

Approved December 27, 1862.

Dec. 31, 1862.

West Virginia.
Preamble.

CHAPTER VI.

AN ACT for the admission of the State of West Virginia" into the
Union, and for other purposes.

Whereas the people inhabiting that portion of Virginia known as West Virginia did, by a convention assembled in the city of Wheeling on the twenty-sixth of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, frame for themselves a constitution with a view of becoming a separate and independent State; and whereas at a general election held in the counties composing the territory aforesaid on the third day of May last, the said constitution was approved and adopted by the qualified voters of the proposed State; and whereas the legislature of Virginia, by an act passed on the thirteenth day of May, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, did give its consent to the formation of a new State within the jurisdiction of the said State of Virginia, to be known by the name of West Virginia, and to embrace the following named counties, to wit:

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