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Er. 56. I: shall be tie daty of every ocastable to apprehend, on TE* GT warrant, and tried to justice, al ieu os ani disturbers of the peare, azdi viclatsis of the crizisal laws of tèis District; to suppress all ristz, asrays, asd unlardal assemblies which may come to his korwiedge, and generally to keep the peace within this District.

Sr. 57. Every onstable shall attend before the proper justices of the pare on the return day of any process committed to him, and keep order in said court.

Sr. 58. In all cases where a constable shall have received money in payment, or part payment, either voluntarily made by any defendant, or execution debtor, or as the proceeds of the sale of property by virtue of an execution in his hands, it shall be the duty of such constable to pay over said money to the plaintiff, his agent or attorney, or other proper party, without delay.

Sec. 59. When any execution is fully paid and satisfied, either by sale or otherwise, it shall be the duty of the constable to return it forth with.

Erc. 60. When any property levied upon by virtue of an execution shall sell for more than will satisfy the judgment, interest, and costs, including the constable's lawful costs thereon, it shall be the duty of the constable immediately to render the orerplus to such execution debtor.

Sec. 61. If any constable, to whom any writ of execution shall have been delivered, shall neglect or refuse, after being required and indemnified by the creditor, his agent or attorney, to levy upon, or sell any property of the defendant which is liable to be levied upon and sold, he, and the sureties in his bond, shall be liable to the creditor for the value of such property, not exceeding the sum due such creditor.

Seo. 62. Any constable who shall make a false return of any writ or process, or who shall fail to return the same within the time limited for such return, or who shall fail to discharge any duties incumbent on him by law, not otherwise specifically provided for, shall, with his sureties, be liable to the party injured to the extent of the injury, with interest and ten per cent, damages thereon, to be recovered by motion in the circuit court, ten days' notice thereof being given, or by action on the constable's bond.

Seo. 63. If any constable shall neglect or refuse to pay over any

money in his hands which he has collected or received in his official capacity, when demanded by the person entitled thereto, his agent or attorney, the amount thereof, with twenty-five per cent. damages and interest, may be recovered from such constable and his sureties in the manner provided in the preceding section. If a constable collect money mentioned in an execution after the return day thereof, he, and his sureties shall be liable for the money so collected, in like manner as if the collection had been before the return day. If a constable receive money on account of any claim intrusted to him for collection, he and his sureties shall be liable for the money so received, as for money collected under execution; and after six months from the date of any receipt for any claim recoverable before a justice of the peace, signed in his official capacity, such receipt shall be prima facie evidence of the receipt of the money.

Sec. 64. Any constable who shall be guilty of any manifest and wilful negligence, or shall, in the administration or under color of his office, be guilty of any oppression or malicious act, shall, upon conviction, be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Sec. 65. No constable shall be permitted to practise as an attorney or counsellor-at-law before any court or justice of the peace in this District. For violating the provisions of this section, he shall be fined a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Sec. 66. The authority of a constable shall extend throughout this District.

Sec. 67. No constable shall become the purchaser, nor procure any person to become the purchaser for him, of any property by him exposed for sale by virtue of any execution or other process; and all such purchases shall be null and void.

Sec. 68. Whenever any constable shall commit to jail any prisoner in his custody, he shall leave with the jailer the writ by authority of which he commits such prisoner, and such jailer shall give him à receipt therefor, containing at length a copy of such writ.

RECORDER. Src. 69. There shall be appointed by the President of the United States a recorder for this District, who shall serve for the term of four

years unless sooner removed. Sec. 70. The recorder, before he enters upon the duties of his office, shall be sworn to the faithful discharge thereof, and shall give bond to the United States in the sum of ten thousand dollars for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office, with security to be approved by the circuit court.

Sec. 71. The recorder shall keep suitable and well bound books, wherein shall be recorded, in a fair, large, and legible hand, all deeds and other instruments of writing which shall be delivered to him, and which are authorized or required to be recorded by him. He shall have and keep a seal of office, and shall make out for any person demanding the same, a fair and accurate copy of any record in his office, and certify the same under his hand and the seal of his office.

Sec. 72. The recorder may appoint one or more deputies, who shall be removable at his pleasure. Such appointment shall be in writing, filed and recorded in the office of the recorder; and the recorder so appointing any deputy, and the sureties of such recorder shall be responsible for the faithful performance of the duties of such deputy.

Sec. 73. The recorder shall have the custody of, and shall safely keep and preserve, all the books, records, maps, and papers, deposited in his office; and on going out of office shall deliver to his successor the seal of office, all the books, records, and other instruments of writing, belonging to said office, and shall take his successor's receipt therefor; and in case of the death of the recorder, his personal representatives shall deliver over the seal, books, records, and papers, as aforesaid.

Sec. 74. The recorder shall keep a book, in which he shall make an entry, upon the reception of any deed or instrument of writing authorized or required to be recorded by him, the date of the reception (including the hour and minute) and the names of the grantors and grantees.

Sec. 75. When any deed or instrument of writing authorized by law to be recorded in the recorder's office shall be deposited in his office for record, there shall be endorsed on the same the time when it was received, and the said deed or instrument of writing shall be recorded, as aforesaid, without delay, together with the acknowledg. ments, proofs, and certificates written over and under the same, with the plats, surveys, schedule and other papers thereto annexed, in the order, and as of the time when the same was delivered for record. At the foot of any such record, the date of the reception of any such deed or instrument of writing, and the name of the person at whose request it was recorded, shall be noted.

Sec. 76. The recorder shall endorse upon any deed or instrument of writing, the book and page or pages of the book in which the same is recorded, and the time when recorded; and, after the same is recorded, shall deliver it, except where otherwise ordered, upon request, to the party leaving the same for record, or to his order.

Sec. 77. Unless other provision be specially made by law, it shall be the duty of the recorder to record every conveyance or other instrument of writing authorized or required by law to be recorded. Such conveyance or other instrument of writing shall be recorded in the order of priority of time at which it was delivered for record.

SEC. 78. The recorder shall attach to every book kept in his office, in which conveyances or other instruments of writing are recorded, an index of the matters contained in such book, arranged in alphabetical order, under the names of the several parties to such matters, with reference to the pages where the same may be found. Such books shall be at all proper times open to the inspection of any person without charge.

Sec. 79. The recorder shall provide proper books for making general indices of the conveyances and other instruments of writing recorded in his office, and shall form indices therein in such manner as to afford correct and casy reference to the several books of record in his office. He shall keep, in separate volumes,

1st. Ap index of conveyances, labelled “Grantors,' each page of which shall be divided into five columns, as follows:

Names of grantors, names of grantees, character of the conveyances, dates thereof, where recorded.

2d. An index of conveyances, labelled “Grantees,” each page of which shall be divided into five columns, with heads to the respective columns, as follows:

Names of grantees, names of grantors, character of the conveyances, dates thereof, where recorded.

Sec. 80. The names of the parties in the first column, in the several indices required by the preceding section, shall be arranged in alphabetical order.

Sec. 81. When a deed is executed by an agent or attorney, the same shall be indexed in the name of the principal. When the property lies within the corporate limits of Washington City or Gerrgetown, the number of the lot and square shall be stated also in the index.

Sec. 82. It shall be the duty of the recorder, upon the application of any person, and upon the payment or tender of the legal fees therefor, to make searches for conveyances and other instruments of writing recorded or filed in his office, and to furnish a certificate thereof.

SEC. 83. If the recorder shall wilfully neglect or refuse to perform the duties required of him by law, or shall wilfully perform them in any other manner than is required by law, in addition to his liability with his sureties upon his official bond to the party aggrieved, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor in office, and, on conviction thereof, may be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both by such fine and imprisonment.

Sec. 84. The recorder shall not be bound to record any instrument, or file any paper, or furnish any copy, or render any service connected with his office, until his fees for the same, as prescribed by law, are paid or tendered.

SURVEYOR. Sec. 85. The circuit court shall have power to appoint a fit and suitable person to be surveyor of the county of Washington, who shall hold his office during the pleasure of the said court.

Sec. 86. The surveyor, before he acts as such, shall take an oath to discharge faithfully the duties of his office, and shall give bond to the United States in the sum of five thousand dollars, with surety to be approved by the circuit court, for the faithful performance of the duties of his office.

Sec. 87. The surveyor may appoint such number of deputies as he may think proper, who shall severally take the oath of office, and for the faithful performance of whose duty the surveyor and his sureties shall be responsible.

SEC. 88. All chain carriers employed by the surveyor or his deputies in the performance of any official duties which may be required of the surveyor, shall take an oath for the faithful discharge of their duties. The surveyor, or any one of his deputies, is hereby authorized to administer such oath.

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