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tors of such prisoner shall proceed to prosecute a commission of bankruptcy against him or her, agreeably to the provisions of this act, such debtor may and shall be entitled to relief, under any such laws for the relief of insolvent

debtors, this act notwithstanding. Saving of Sec. 62. And be it further enacted, That nothe rights thing contained in this law shall, in any manof the U. per

diner, effect the right of preference to prior S. and of each ftate satisfaction of debts due to the United States as to their as secured or provided by any law heretofore debts.

passed, nor shall be construed to lessen or impair any right to, or security for, money due to the United States or to any of them.

Sec. 63. And be it further enacted, That no.

thing contained in this act shall be taken, or existing

construed to invalidate, or impair any lien liens.

existing at the date of this act, upon the lands or chattels of any person who may have become a bankrupt.

Sec. 64. And be it further enacted, That this

act shall continue in force during the term Limitati- of five years, and from thence to the end of on of this the next seffion of Congress thereafter, and no act.

longer : Provided, that the expiration of this act shall not prevent the complete execution of any commission which may have been previously thereto issued.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

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

President of the Senate.
APPROVED-April 4, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XX. An ACT to discharge Robert Sturgeon from his

. imprisonment. DE it enacted by the Senate and House of Re

D presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the keeper of the prison in Lewistown, county of Mifflin, and state of Pennsylvania, be, and he is hereby authorized and directed to release Robert Sturgeon from imprisonment, on a process, in favor of the United States, by virtue of which he is now imprisoned: Provided, he obtains and produces to him, the faid keeper, a certificate from the Secretary of the Treafury, that he the said Robert has assigned and conveyed all his estate, real and personal, in his possession, or to which he is entitled, to fome person or persons, for the use of the United States, under the direction and to the fatisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury, which certificate shall be fufficient authority for the keeper of faid prison to release faid Robert, so far as he is holden, by virtue of faid process, in favor of the United States.

And provided also, That the judgment obtained, or to be obtained on said process, shall remain in full force against any estate the said Robert may hereafter require.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

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

President of the Senate.
APPROVED--April 5, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXI. An ACT to allow a drawback of duties on goods

exported to New-Orleans, and therein to amend the act intituled An act to regulate the col

lection of duties on imports and tonnage.D E it enacted by the Senate and House of Re

D presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any goods, wares or merchandize, which shall be exported from the United States, after the tenth day of April current, in the manner prescribed by law, to the port of New Orleans, on the river Mislisippi, shall be deemed and taken to be entitled to such drawbacks of duties as would be allowable thereon, when exported to any other foreign port or place, any thing in the act intituled - An act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage,” to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

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

President of the Senate.
APPROVED—April 5th, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXII. An ACT to continue in force An act concern

ing certain fisheries of the United States, and for the regulation and government of the filh. ermen employed therein," and for other pur

poses as therein mentioned. Sec. 1. D E it enacted by the Senate and House of

U Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress asembled, That the act

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intituled " An act concerning certain fisheries Continua of the United States, and for the regulation ation of and government of the fishermen employed the act for therein,” shall be in force, and is hereby con- 10 years. tinued for the term of ten years, from the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred, and until the end of the session of Congress next ensuing the expiration of that term, any thing in the ninth section of the said act to the contrary hereof notwithstanding. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the core

Contiou. additional allowances which were by the sixth ation of section of the act, intituled, “ An aćt for rai- certain sing a further sum of money for the protection allowanof the frontiers, and for other purposes there

i fishing in mentioned,” and by the second section of velles. the act, intituled, “ An act laying an additional duty on salt, and for other purposes," respectively granted to ships or vessels employed in the bank and other cod-fisheries, shall be continued to the ships and vessels, refpectively, which shall be fo employed, in the terms and according to the intent of the said first mentioned act, for and during the further continuance thereof, as aforesaid : Provided, that the said allowances shall not be understood to be continued for a longer time than the correspondent duties respectively, for which the said additional allowances were granted, shall be payable.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

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

President of the Senate.
APPROVED-April 12th, 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

D

CHAPTER XXIII. An ACT to alter the form of certain oaths and

affirmations directed to be taken by the act, en. titled 56 An act providing for the second cenfus, or enumeration of the inbabitants of the United States."

Eit enačled by the Senate and House of RepreD fentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That so much of the first section of the act passed during the present session of Congress, intituled “ An act providing for the second census or enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States," as relates to the form of the oaths or affirmations thereby directed to be taken by the marshals, secretaries and assistants therein mentioned respectively, shall be, and hereby is repealed, and that the said oaths or affirmations shall be in the following form ; that is to say:--the marshals and secretaries oath or affirmation in the form following: 661, A. B. marshal of the district of (or the secretary of the territory of as the case may be) do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will well and truly cause to be made a just and perfect enumeration and description of the persons refident within my district (or within the territory of

as the case may be) and will return the same to the Secretary of State agreeably to the directions of an act of Congress, intituled - An act providing for the fecond census or enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States,” according to the best of my ability : and the assistants oath or affirmation in the form following: 1, A. B. do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will make a just and perfect enumeration and description of all persons resident within the division

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