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Repeal of former laws.

fuch agreement, then to and among such per fons, and in such proportions, as the court having jurisdiction thereof shall appoint.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That such parts of any acts of Congress of the United States, as respect the salvage to be allowed in cases of re-capture, shall be, and are hereby repealed, except as to cases of re-capture made before the passing of this act.

TH: JEFFERSON,
Vice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
THEODORE SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the Houfe of Representatives. -
APPROVED-March 3, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XV.
An ACT declaring the affent of Congress to certain

acts of the states of Maryland and Georgia. Sec. 1. DEit enacted by the Senate and House of

D Reprefentatives of the United States of America, in Congress asembled, That the consent of Congress be, and hereby is granted to the operation of an act of the General Assembly of the state of Maryland, passed on the twenty-fixth day of December, one thousand feven hundred and ninety-one, entitled “ An act empowering the wardens of the port of Baltimore to levy and collect the duty therein mentioned," and also to so much of an act of the state of Georgia, passed February the tenth, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-seven, entitled, “An act for regulating the trade, laying duties on all goods, wares, liquors, merchandise and negroes imported into

this state; and also an impoft on the tonnage of shipping, and for other purposes therein mentioned," as authorizes a duty of three pence per ton on all hipping entering the port of Savannah, to be set apart as a fund for clearing the river Savannah.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be, and continue in force until the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eight, and no longer.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
TH: JEFFERSON,
Vice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
APPROVED- March 17, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XVI. An ACT to alter the times of holding the Diftrict

Court in North-Carolina.

Sec. 1. D E it enacted by the Senate and House

D of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the fesfions of the district court for the district of North-Carolina, shall hereafter be holden on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November annually.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all process which shall have been issued, and all recognizances returnable, and all suits and other proceeding, which have been continued to the said district court on the first Monday in April next, lhall be returned and held

continued to the faid court on the first Monday of May next.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the House of Representatives. TH: JEFFERSON, : Vice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate. Approved--March 19, 1800. JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XVII. An ACT for the relief of Campbell Smith. DE it enafted by the Senate and House of Re

O presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting officers of the Treasury liquidate and settle the account of Campbell Smith, for his services as Judge Advocate to the legion of the United States, while he acted in that capacity, under an appointment made by General Wayne, on the sixteenth of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four; and that he be allowed such pay and emoluments for said services, in addition to his pay in the line, as are allowed by law to officers acting in that capacity.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Th: JEFFERSON,
Vice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate. Approved—March 29th, 1800. · JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XVIII.
An ACT to extend the privilege of franking let-

ters and packages to Martha Washington. DE it enacted by the Senate and House of RepreD sentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That all letters and packages to and from Martha Washington, relict of the late General George Washington, shall be received and conveyed by post free of post- age, for and during her life.

THEODORÉ SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Th: JEFFERSON,
Vice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate.
APPROVED - April 3d, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

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CHAPTER XIX.
An ACT to establish an uniform System of Bank-

ruptcy throughout the United States.
Sec. I. DE it enacted by the Senate and House

D of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That from w and after the first day of June next, if any be a bank merchant, or other person, residing within rupt. the United States, actually using the trade of merchandize, by buying and selling in gross, or by retail, or dealing in exchange, or as a banker, broker, factor, underwriter, or marine insurer, shall, with intent unlawfully to delay or defraud his or her creditors, de- What shall part from the state in which such person usu- be an act of

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an act her house, so that he or she cannot be taken, of bankruptcy.

or served with process, or willingly or fraudulently procure him or herself to be arrested, or his or her lands, goods, money or chattels to be attached, sequestered, or taken in execution, or shall secretly convey his or her goods out of his or her house, or conceal them to prevent their being taken in execution, or make, or cause to be made, any fraudulent conveyance of his or her lands, or chattels, or make or admit any false or fraudulent security, or evidence of debt, or being arrested for debt, or having surrendered him or herfelf in discharge of bail, shall remain in prison two months, or more, or escape therefrom, or whose lands or effects being attached by process issuing out of, or returnable to, any court of common law, shall not, within two months after written notice thereof, enter fpecial bail and dissolve the same, or in districts in which attachments are not dissolved by the entry of special bail, being arrested for debt after his or her lands and effects, or any part thereof, have been attached for a debt or debts amounting to one thousand dollars or upwards, shall not, upon notice of such attachment, give sufficient security for the payment of what may be recovered in the suit in which he, or she, shall be arrested, at or before the return day of the same, to be approved by the judge of the district, or some judge of the court out of which the process issued upon which he is arrested, or to which the same shall be returnable, every such person shall be deemed and adjudged a bankrupt: Provided, that no person shall be liable to a commission of bankruptcy, if the petition be not preferred, in manner hereinafter directed,

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