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form, which lie may think it equitahle shall he removed Comptroller not by an art of congress; and where the debtors, by whom c'lmVrTailnca such balances shall have been due more than three lia'iTten'0" years» shall be insolvent, and have been reported to portedinwivent congress for three successive years as insolvent, the y<aw.SU€CCSSlvc comptroller shall not be required in such case to continue to include such balances in the statement abovemen

Salary of the tioncd.

reTara"»u$mr7, Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That the salary of aSju"."""' pet the comptroller, appointed by virtue of this act, shall be three thousand dollars per annum, and that of the audiLettm. fte. to tors, each, three thousand dollars per annum, c^complrX Sec. 16. And be it further enacted, That all letters free."'"1'""8' ano- packages, to and from the comptroller and auditors herein before mentioned, be conveyed free of postage, secretary of the under the same regulations that are provided by law for lienSk hire,,other officers of government; and the secretary of the &c- treasury is hereby authorized to assign the several sums

appropriated for clerk hire in the offices of the accountant, additional accountant, superintendent general of military supplies, and accountant of the navy, to the officers hereby created, to which their respective duties shall be assigned. [Approved, March 3, 1817.]

CHAPTER CV.

An act supplementary to an act, entitled "An act further to amend the several acts for the establishment and regulation of the treasury, war, and navy, departments.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represeniatives of the United States of America in Congress restrained from assembled, That nothing contained in the act of the Tap^opria-11"third March, one thousand eight hundred and nine, enfied'otieeu'to ti,,cu' "An act further to amend the several acts for the •nyother. establishment and regulation of the treasury, war, and navy, departments," shall be construed to authorize the president of the United States to direct any sum appropriated to fortifications, arsenals, armories, customhouses, docks, navy yards, or buildings of any sort, or to munitions of war, or to the pay of the army or navy, to be applied to any other object of public expenditure.*

[Approved, March 3, 1817.]

•By the provisions of the act of 1809, here referred to, which it was not foreseen would be called for, and which are, therefore, not included in the extract that constitutes chapter 57, the president is authorized, in the recess of congress, on the application of the secretary of a department, to direct, that a portion of the moneys appropriated for a particular branch of expenditure in that department, be applied to another branch of expenditure in the same department. These provisions are further modified by chapter 118.

CHAPTER CVI.

An act to amend an act, entitled, "An act making further provision for military services during the late war, and for other purposes."*

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Re- widowiandohit presentatives of the United States of America in Congress J^i^SiS. assembled, That the widows and children of soldiers of Jjj* "WJ^ the militia, the volunteers, the rangers, and the sea-fcc. pucedunm fencibles, who served during the late war, and fore,u^' whom half pay for five years was provided, by an act passed on tbe sixteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, entitled "An act making further provision for military services during the late war, and for other purposes," shall be placed on an equality as to their annual allowance, that is to say: Rate or annul Such widows, and in case of no widow, such children,aUowlu"*' as may be embraced in the before-recited act, shall be entitled to receive, (as the half pay to which tliey arc entitled,) at the rate of forty-eight dollars per annum, and no more; and tbe widows and children aforesaid, of the officers of the different corps aforesaid, shall be entitled to the half pay of the officers of the infantry.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the provi-rroviiiomof the sions contained in an act, entitled "An act fixing theJSS^**-^" military peace establishment of the United States,"!^msjct^w passed on the third of March, one thousand eight hun-<=°nce">i«gadd5. dred and fifteen, granting to the commissioned officers tendtdufwagonof the regular army, who were deranged by said act,TM"6"'*11, three months' pay in addition to the.pay and emoluments to which they were entitled by law at the time of their discharge, shall equally extend to wagon-masters, forage-masters, barrack-masters, and other warrant officers of the staff of the regular army, who were deranged by the before-recitcd-act, except those provisionally retained by the president of the United States.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the furtherpurtuenimeto time of two years shall be allowed to the guardians off1D^SD'eM "r the minor children of deceased soldiers, to relinquish»»»*»tyiai«i»,&.«. their claims to bounty lands for five years' half pay, according to the second section of the before-recited act, to which this is a supplement, passed the sixteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.-}:

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the widows widow*and cm

•For original act, see chapter 96. fSee chapter 95.

}The time allowed to relinquish claims to bounty lands, is further extended for three years, by act of 3d March, 1819, chapter 117.

ii«Bornoti.com-and children of the non-commissioned officers of the ofX'^n^H,TM rangers, shall be placed on the same footing as to half ** pay, for five years, with the widows and children of the

infantry. ProTuipn, of the Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the provisions

2d seition of the . ^ « ■ i . » .• » .

ait of i6th April, of the second section of the act to which this is a supplems, extend , mcn^ gj)a|| 0Pj an(j tne same are hereby, extended to all

cases where either of the children therein mentioned shall have been under sixteen years of age at the time of the ,ppTM^J'j)tahse"> ■*■ father's decease: Provided, The guardian of such mihein. r nor children shall, in addition to the relinquishment by said act required, file, in the office of the department of war, evidence of the assent of all the other heirs, if any there be, of said deceased soldier, or of their guardians, to such relinquishment.

of1i'32tohourt ^EC* 6* *^nrf ^e ** fur^ier enacted, That in all cases

ijmdeiyi0iirtch* where the child or children of a regular soldier, de

sow'ien ^four* ceased, have the right, under the laws of the United

doiis.p«.nonth. StateSj t() relinquish their bounty in land for five years'

half pay, the said child or children shall be entitled to

the same amount as is given by the act to the widows of

the militia soldiers who died in service during the lata

war, viz: four dollars per month.

[Approved, March 5, 1817.]

CHAPTER CV1I.

An act extending the time for obtaining military land warrants in certain

cases.

ite»ctreftTOdr ^EC* '* ^e *' emac'e^ ty the Senate and House of Reto, not m »pPiy nresentatives of the United States of America in Congress ofper»nskmed)assejn6/ed, That the provisions of the second section of ** the act, entitled "An act to provide for designating, sur

veying, and granting, the military bounty lands,"* passed on the sixth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and twelve, which limits the time within which persons entitled to military bounty lands shall make their application for a land warrant, to five years from and after such person shall become entitled thereto, shall not be construed to apply to, affect, or bar, any application for a military land warrant, which may be made by the heirs and representatives of a deceased person, who was entitled thereto by services performed in the late war, or application by the heirs and repre

•See chapter 68.

sentativcs of any non-commissioned officer or soldier killed in action, or who died in the actual service of the United States, and entitled by existing laws to a bounty in lands; but the heirs and representatives of such per-TheheiM.&c.of sons shall be allowed to make their applications there- luchpenommar for at any time before the first day of May, one thou- !ton.eunt5 "Si sand eight hundred and twenty; any act to the contra- ***'l,so' ry notwithstanding. [Approved, March 27, 1818.]

CHAPTER CV1II.

An act to establish the flag of the United States.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Be-After a* 4* .iupresentatives of the United States of America in Congress1^1"^^ assembled, That, from and after the fourth day of JuIyand20i't»»next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be twenty stars, white in a blue field.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, on the ad- A«tartobe»dmission of every new state into the union, one star be ^ ^t"ery added to the union of the flag; and that such addition shall take effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission. [Approved, April 4, 1818.]

CHAPTER CIX.

An act regulating the staff of the army.*

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of He- part 0f the act* presentatives of the United States of America in Congress «« SVS^ assembled. That so much of the act "fixing the military Ap'A 1816> *"■ peace establishment of the United States,"f passed the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, as relates to hospital stewards and wardinasters, and so much of the "Act for organizing the general staff, and making further provision for the army of the United States,":): passed April twenty-fourth, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, as relates to hospital surgeons, hospital surgeons' mates, judge advocates, chaplains, and forage, wagon, and barrack, masters, and their assistants, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

'Superseded by the provisions of the act of 2d March, 1821, chapter 122. ■fSee chapter 93. fSee chapter 98.

A««rgeongeM- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, there shall

ral- be one surgeon-general, with a salary of two thousand

A.sij«i>tiurg«onfive hundred dollars per annum, one assistant surgeon

genend. general, with the emoluments of a hospital surgeon, one

.ludge advocate, judge advocate, with the pay and emoluments of a topo

chapiain,&c graphical engineer, to each division, ami one chaplain,

stationed at the military academy at West Point, who

shall also be professor of geography, history, and ethics,

with the pay and emoluments allowed the professor of

Eight pat wr- mathematics; and that the numhcr of post surgeons be

jgoni to a dm- incrgj^p,^ no^{p exceed eight to each division.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That so much of the act of the twenty-fourth of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, aforesaid, as relates to the quartermaster general of division, shall be repealed; and the Quartormastert quartermaster's department shall consist, in addition to coSw'rfoS the two deputy quaftermasters-geueral, and the four asSPSriHddi-sistant-deputy quartermasters-general, now authorized, «on wdeputies, of one quartermaster-general, with the rank, pay, and Ajsisiant depu- emoluments, of a brigadier-general, and as many assisdemd«4up£- tant deputy quartermasters-general as the president rag tweive.ceed" shall deem proper, not exceeding, in the whole number, twelve.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That to each comaMMoTM w' missioned officer who shall be deranged by virtue of this wdeZgl'd'S!! act, there shall be allowed and paid, in addition to the missioned offi- pay &n(\ emoluments to which they will be entitled by law, at the time of their discharge, three months' pay Thiiact to go and emoluments; and that the provisions of this act shall Kfor^ut Jui£, be carried into effect on or before the first day of June 1818- next.

Pay, &c.ofro- Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the pay and o?divSons 'emoluments of the inspector-generals of divisions be, ra"'ed* and is hereby, raised to be equal to the pay and emolu

ments of the adjutant-generals of division. AiSItoS£1P- Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That, as soon as pointed by the the state of existing contracts for the subsistence of the fheMn^eMof army shall, in the opinion of the president of the United the senate. states, permit it, there shall be appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, nSj^S"^ one commissary general, with the rank, pay, and emoW-&C- luments, of colonel of ordnance, who shall, before enBond and»ecu- terjng on the duties of his office, give bond and security, in such sum as the president may direct; and as many Assistantcommis. assistants, to be taken from the subalterns of the line, mMtems o» the as the service may require, who shall receive twenty &£'tbeir V7' dollars per month in addition to their pay in the line.

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