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str.3. CHAPTER LXXIV.
AN ACT to provide for the erection and
f'pport of a Light House on Cape Poge, at the northeasterly part of Martha's Vineyard. DE it enacted by the Senate and House of Re
Presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the treasury shall be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to cause a sufficient light-house to be erected on Cape Poge (fo called) on Martha's Vineyard, in the state of Massachusetts, and to appoint a keeper, and otherwise, to provide for the support of such light-house at the expenceof the United States; Provided that fufficient land for the accommodation of such light-house, together with the jurifdi&tion thereof, shall be duly and legally granted to, and vested in the United States.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there shall be, and hereby is appropriated for the erection of fàid light-house on Cape Poge, a füm not exceeding two thousand dollars, to be paid out of any monies which may be ia the Treasury of the United States, not otherwise appropriated.
THEODORE SEDGWICK, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
TH: JEFFERSON, Vice-President of the United States and Prejas
dent of the Senate. APPROVID- January 30, 1801.
JOHN ADAMS, President of the United States
CHAPTER LXXV. AN ACT to provide for the more convenient or': ganization of the courts of the United States..
E it enacted by the Senate and House of Re
presentatives of the United States of AmeTerms of the rica, in Congress assembled, That'from and af
ter the next session of the Supreme Court of the United States, the said court shall be holden by the justices thereof, or any four of them, at the city of Washington, and thall have two feffions in each and every year there. after, to commence on the first Monday bf June and December respectively; and that if four of the said justices shall not attend within ten days after the times hereby appointed for the commencement of the said feffions respectively, the faid court Thall be continued over till the next stated fefton thereof, Provided always, That any one or more of the faid jaftices, attending as aforesaid, shall have power to make all neceffary orders'touching any suit, action, appeal, writ of error, procefs, pleadings, or proceeding, returned to the said court or depending therein, preparatory to the hearing, trial or decision of such action, fuit, appeal, writ' of error, process, pleading's or proceedings.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the It shall have said court shall have power, and is hereby aupower to it
. thorized, to issue writs of prohibition, manda
mus, 'fcire-facias, habeas corpus, certiorari, procedendo, and all other writs not specially provided for by, statute, which may be ne.. cessary for the excercise of its jurifdiótion, and agreeable to the principles and usages of law.
Sec.*3. And be it further enacted, That from and after the next vacancy that shall happen in the said court, it shall consist of five justi
fue certain writs.
Numer of judges.
to districts in
ces only; that is to say, of one chief justice, and four associate justices.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That for the better establishment of the circuit courts the fates in. of the United States, the said states thall be, tediorita and hereby are divided into districts, in man- the Circuit ner following; that is to say; one to consist of courts. that part of the state of Massachusetts, which is called the district of Maine, and to be called the district of Maine; one to consist of the ftate of New.-Hampshire, and to be called the district of New Hampshire; one to consist of the remaining part of the state of Massachufetts, and to be called the district of Mafsachusetts; one to consist of the state of RhodeIland and Providence Plantations, and to be called the district of Rhode Island; one to consist of the state of Connecticut, and to be called the district of Connecticut; one to conhist of the state of Vermont, and to be called the distriet of Vermont; one to consist of that part of the state of New York which lies north of the counties of Dutchess and Ulster, and to be called the district of Albany; one to consist of the remaining part of the state of NewYork, and to be called the district of NewYork; one to consist of the state of New-Jerfey, and to be called the district of Jersey; one to consist of that part of the state of Pennsylvania which lies east of the river Sufquehanna, and the north-east branch there. of, to the line betwixt Northumberland and Luzerne Counties; thence westwardly along the faid line, betwixt Northumberland and Luzerne, and betwixt Luzerne and Lycoming counties, until the same strikes the line of the state of New York, and to be called the Eastern district of Pennsylvania; one to consist of the remaining part of the state of Pennsylvania,
and to be called the Western district of Penn. sylvania ; one to consid of the state of Dela. ware, and to be called the distri&t of Delaware; one to consist of the state of Maryland, and to be called the district of Maryland; one to confist of that part of the state of Virginia, which lies to the eastward of a line to be drawn from the river Potomaç at Harper's ferry, along the Blue Ridge, with the line which divides the counties on the east fide thereof from those on the west fide thereof, to the North Caro. lina line, to be called the eastera distria of Virginia; one to consist of the remaining part of the said state of Virginia, to be called the western district of Virginia; one to confift of the state of North-Carolina, and to be cal. led the diftri& of North-Carolina; one to confift of the state of South-Carolina, and to be called the district of South Carolina; one to confift of the state of Georgia, and to be called the district of Georgia; one to conflit of that part of the Itate of Tenneffee which lies on the east fide of Cumberland mountain, and to be called the district of East Tennessee ; ond to consist of the remaining part of the faid state, and to be called the district of West Tennessee; one to consist of the state of Kentucky, and to be called the district of Kentucky; and one to confift of the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio, and the Indiana territory and to be called the district of Ohio.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That
where any two adjoining diftries of the United be centurid States fhall be divided from each other, in
whole or in part; by any river, bay, water, mora bit
water course or mountain, the whole width of such river, bay, water, water courfe or mounļain, as the case may be, thall be taken and
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deçmed, to all intents and purposes, to be with adjoining dira in both of the districts so to be divided thereby.
Sec 6 And be it further enacted, That the Taid districts thall be clafled into six circuits in Claffification manner following ; that is to say: the first cir of the difcuit shall congst of the distri&ts of Maine, Nery- circuits. Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode-Island; the second, of the districts of Connecticut, Vermont, Albany and New-York; the third, of the districts of Jersey, the Eastern and Western districts of Pennsylvania and Delaware; the fourth, of the districts of Maryland, and the Eastern and Western districts of Virginia ; the fifth, of the districts of North-Caro iná, SouthCarolina and Georgia; and the fixth, of the districts of East Tennessee, West Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That there shall be in each of the aforesaid citcuits, Judges to le except the fixth circuit, three judges of the for the cirUnited States, to be called circuit judges, one of whom shall be commissioned as Chief
Judge; and that there shall be a ciòcuit court of the United States, in and for each of the aforesaid circuits, to be composed of the circuit judges within the five first circuits respectively, and in the fixth circuit, by a circuit judge, and the judges of the district courts of Kentucky and Tennessee; the duty of all of whom it shall be to attend, but any two of whom shall form a quorum; and that each and every
of the faid circuit court shall hold two feífions annu. ally, at the times and places following, in and
for each district contained within their feveral circuits respectively that is to say, the cir- Times of ho!cult court of the first circuit, at Providence, dink the cison the eighth day of May and at New-port,on the firkt day of November, in and for the