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same is hereby appropriated to effect the purchase thereof to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated ; and that suitable plans, and estimates be prepared, under the direction of the secretary of war, for the construction of said hospitals, and submitted to congress, at the commencement of the next session thereof, and that the sum of ten thousand dollars be appropriated for the erection of a marine hospital in the city of Mobile : Provided, that the ex. penditures for the purchase of sites and the erection of hospitals at New Orleans and Mobile shall not exceed the amount berein appropriated for these purposes: That from and after the first day of April, 1837, all laws enacted whereby seamen are required to pay twenty cents a month, or their employers are required to re. tain that sum out of their wages, to create a fund for the sick and disabled seamen shall be suspended for one year, during which no such exaction shall be made, and that instead of said tax there be appropriated, out of any money in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, to be disbursed in the same manner as the sum above mentioned : Prorided, howere, That seamen and watermen, who have not contributed to said fund, may receive relief to such extent, and under such regulations, as the president of the United States shall direct,
Act 3d March, 1837, making appropriations for the current expenses of Indian Department, &c. Sec. 3. provides,
The president, with consent of the senate, may appoint “three additional Indian agents, one for the Creek, one for the Cherokee tribe of Indians, and one for the tribes on the Upper Missouri, who shall execute the same duties, possess the same powers, and receive the same pay and emoluments as those now authorized by law, execute, possess, and receive,
By Act 3d March, 1837, making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic er. penses, the expense of surveying lands, varies from five to eight dollars the mile.
By the same act, the salary of the recorder of the general land office was advanced to 2,000 dollars per annum.
The consuls at Paris and London are allowed, respectively, 2,000 dollars per annum, each; and the consulat London is allowed by acts 19th January, 1836, and Sd March, 1837, 2,800 dollars per annum, for clerk hire, office rent, stationary, &c.
From and after the passage of this act, the commander of the nary yard at the city of Washington, shall cease to act as nary agent; and that portion of the act of the twenty-seventh of March, one thousand eight hundred and four, which made it his duty so to do, shall be, and the same is hereby, repealed, and a separate and permanent agent shall be appointed as in other cases, in the same manner, entitled to the same compensation, and under the same responsibilities, and to be governed by the same laws and regulations which now are, or may hereafter be adopted for other navy agents; and it shall be his duty to act as agent not only for the nary yard in this city, but for the navy department, under the direction of the secretary thereof, in the payment of such accounts and claims as the said secretary may direct. ---Act 10th April, 1832, sec. 3.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, from and after the thirty-first day of July next, the following gold coins shall pass as current as money within the United States, and be receivable in all payments, by weight, for the payment of all debts and demands, at the rates following, that is to say : the gold coins of Great Britain, Portugal, and Brazil, of not less than twenty-two carats fine, at the rate of ninetyfour cents and eight-tenths of a cent per pennyweight; the gold coins of France nine-tenths fine, at the rate of ninety-three cents and one-tenth of a cent per pennyweight; and the gold coins of Spain, Mexico, and Colombia, of the fineness of twenty carats three grains and seven-sixteenths of a grain, at the rate of eightynine cents and nine-tenths of a cent per pennyweight.
Section 2. That it shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to cause assays of the aforesaid gold coins, made current by this act, to be had at the mint of the United States, at least once in every year, and to make a report of the result thereof to congress.-Act 28th June, 1834.
The “ Act to carry into effect a Convention between the United States and Spain,” provides,
Sec. 1 For the appointment of a commissioner to receive and examine all claims presented under the convention of 1834—(See article 757, &c.) and of his secretary:
Sec. 2. That such commissioner shall make all needful rules and regulations for carrying the commission into effect :
Sec. 3. That such commissioner shall attend at Washington—that his salary shall commence within thirty days after his appointment, and that his duties shall terminate within twelve months thereafter:
Sec. 4. That records, &c. relating to such claims, coming into the department of state, shall be delivered to such commissioner:
Sec. 5. For compensation to commissioner $3,500; to the secretary $2,000; to the clerk $1,500 per annum; and for the payment of contingent expenses:
Sec. 6. For the deposite of the inscriptions issued by the Spanish government, pursuant to the convention, in the archives of the U. S. at Paris ; and for the receipt and distribution of the moneys paid under the convention:
Sec. 7. That the commissioner shall report to the secretary of state, a list of his awards--that a copy of such list shall be transmitted to the secretary of the treasury, who shall distribute in ratable proportions among the persons in whose fa. vour the award shall have been made, the moneys received, deducting moneys due from them to U. S.and who shall issue certificates, showing the proportion to which each shall be entitled of the amount thereafter received—and shall pay such proportions as the nett proceeds of the general instalments from Spain shall be received:
Sec. 8. For franking communications to commissioners:
Sec. 9. For depositing the records, &c. of the commissioner in the office of the secretary of state.
By Act 3d March, 1837, the above act was continued until 1st February, 1838, and the commissioner required to terminate his duties on or before that day.
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
All legislative powers herein granted, shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several States; and the electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature.
No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States; and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons. The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three ; Mar sachusetts eight; Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one; Cannecticut five; New York six ; New Jersey four; Pennsylvania eight; Delaware one; Maryland six; Virginia ten; North Carolina five; South Carolina five; and Georgia three.
When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers, and shall have the sole power of impeachment.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have
Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided, as equally as may be, into three classes. The seats of the Senators of the first class, shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, of the second class at the expiration of the fourth year, and of the third class at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one-third may be chosen every second year; and if va. cancies happen by resignation or otherwise, during the recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary appointments until the next meeting of the Legislature, which shall then hill such vacancies.
No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
The Vice-President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice-President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States.
The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside; and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present.
Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honour, trust, or profit, under the United States; but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment, and punishment, according to law.
The times, places, and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may, at any time, by law, make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications, of its own members; and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner and under such penalties as each House may provide.
Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behaviour, and with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.
Each House shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members of either House on any question, shall, at the desire of one-fifth of those present, be entered on the journal.
Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall, in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to or returning from the same ; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.
No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no person holding any office under the United States, shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.
All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.
Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Se. nate, shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of that House, it shall become a law. But in all such cases, the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill, shall be entered on the journal of each House respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevents its return, in which case it shall not be a law.
Every order, resolution, or vote, to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary, (except on a question of adjournment,) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.
The Congress shall have powerTo lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises; to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts, and excises, shall be uniform throughout the United States:
To borrow money on the credit of the United States: To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes:
To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States:
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fis the standard of weights and measures:
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States:
To establish post-offices and post-roads:
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing, for limited times, to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries:
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court: To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations:
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concern. ing captures on land and water:
To raise and support armies; but no appropriation of money to that use, shall be for a longer term than two years:
To provide and maintain a navy:
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions:
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the autho rity of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by congress:
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased, by the consent of the Legis
. lature of the State in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings:-and,
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
The migration or importation of such persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit
, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation; not exceeding ten dollars for each person.
The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when, in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.
No bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, shall be passed.
No capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any State. No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another: nor shall vessels bound to or from one State be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties in another.
No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law: and a regular statement and account of the receipts and ex. penditures of all public money, sball be published from time to time. No title of nobility shall be granted by the United
States, and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.