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ven hundred and ninety-eight, intituled “ An act to authorize the defence of the merchant vessels of the United States against French depredations," excepting such parts of the said act as relate to falvage in cases of re-capture, shall continue and be in force for and during the term of one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of Congress thereafter, 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-April 22d, A. D. 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

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An ACT to continue in force, for a limited time,

an act, intituled An act to prescribe the mode
of taking evidence in cases of contested elections
for members of the House of Representatives of
the United States, and to compel the attendance
of witnesses.
E it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-

sentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That an act passed on the twenty-third day of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, intituled “ An act to prescribe the mode of taking evidence in cases of contested elections for members of the House of Representatives of the United States, and to compel the atten

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dance of witnesses,” shall be and continue in force for the term of four years, 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 April 22d, A. D. 1809.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXIX.

An ACT fixing the rank and pay of the com

manding officer of the Corps of Marines. B

E it enacted by the Senate and House of Re

presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That a LieutenantColonel Commandant shall be appointed to command the corps of marines, and shall be entitled to the same pay and emoluments as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the army of the United States; any thing in the act for the establishing and organizing a marine corps to the contrary notwithstanding ; and that the office of Major of the said corps shall thereafter be abolilhed.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

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

President of the Senate.
APPROVED-April 22d, A. D. 1800.
JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXX.
An ACT Supplementary to the act to regulate

trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes,
and to preserve peace on the frontiers.
E it enacied by the Senate and House of Re-

presentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That from and after the passing of this act, it shall be lawful for any military officer, who may have charge or custody of any person or persons, who may have been, or shall be apprehended in the Indian country, over and beyond the boundary line between the United States and the said Indian tribes, in violation of any of the provisions or regulations of the act, intituled “ An act to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, and to preserve peace on the frontiers," to conduct him or them to fome one of the justices of the inferior or county court of any county nearest to the place of his arrest, who, if the offence is bailable, is hereby authorized to take proper bail, if offered, in like manner as the judge of the superior court of any state is authorized to do, in and by the act above recited; unless such person, holden in custody as aforesaid, shall be charged upon oath with murder, or any other offence punishable with death, in which case such justice of any inferior or county court shall not have authority to take bail for such person.

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

Speaker of the House of Representatives. TH: JEFFERSON, l'ice-President of the United States, and

President of the Senate. APPROVED—April 22d, A. D. 1800. JOHN ADAMS,

President of the United States.

CHAPTER XXXI.

Sec. 1.

An ACT to establish a general Stamp Office.

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E it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States

Superinof America, in Congress assembled, That there tendant shall be appointed an officer to be denomina- of stamps ted Superintendant of Stamps, whose duty it to be apshall be to superintend the stamping and mark- pointed. ing of all vellum, parchment and paper ; to distribute the same among the officers who are, His duty. or shall be authorized to secure and collect the duties thereupon, and to keep fair and true records and accounts of his proceedings; which said officer, so to be appointed, shall be subject to the superintendance, controul, and direction of the Treasury Department, according to the respective authorities and duties of the officers thereof; and shall, for the better execution of the duties and trusts in him reposed, observe and execute such directions as he shall, from time to time, receive from said department.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said superintendant shall hold his office at the His ofice seat of the government of the United States, at the seat and shall be allowed as a compensation for his ofgovernservices the sum of two thousand dollars annu, ment. ally, to be paid quarter-yearly at the Treasury of the United States, and shall also be al- Hisallow. lowed the necessary expenses of office rent, fuel, ance. printing and packing, and of procuring books

Privilege and stationery for the use of his office, and of frankthat all letters and packages to and from him ing. shall be free of postage. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the

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, with the approba- ance of tion of the principal officer of the Treasury cierks.

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Department, employ such number of clerks and other aslistants in his office as shall be found necessary; and shall apportion and vary the compensation to each, in such manner as the services rendered by each fhall in his judgment require : Provided, that the whole amount of the compensations to said clerks and affistants shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars annually.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the

faid superintendant fhall, within three months give bond after entering upon his office, give bond with

fureties for the true and faithful execution thereof, and for the settlement of his accounts at the periods which shall be prescribed by the proper officers at the Treasury Department, in the sum of ten thousand dollars, which bond shall be approved by the Comptroller of the Treasury, and kept in his office to be by him put in suit for the benefit of the United States, upon any breach of the conditions thereof.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That from

and after the establishment of the office aforepowers of said at the seat of government, and after fix the fuper- months notice of the new stamps hereby di

rected to be prepared and issued; which notice after fix shall be given by the Secretary of the Treasu

ry,

in the manner directed by the tenth secnotice, tion of the act, entitled “ An act laying du

ties on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper,” so much of the act or acts heretofore passed, as empower and require the supervisors of the revenue to stamp or mark any

vel. lum, parchment, or paper, shall cease and deterinine.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any deed, instrument or writing whatever, charged

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visors to cease

months

&c.

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