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principal deputy, to furnish such precise description thereof as can be obtained from the records in his office and the books of the said board of commissioners; and for the pur- For more correctly pose of the more correctly ascertaining the locality and daries, make, boundaries of any such tracts, the said principal deputy shall principatee deputy have free access, at all reasonable hours, to the books and &c. to books and papers in the recorder's office, relating to land claims, and be corder's office, &c. permitted to take copies or such extracts therefrom, or any of copies, &c. them, as he may think proper and necessary for the discharge of his duty in executing such surveys. And the said 25 cents to the re recorder shall be allowed twenty-five cents for the descrip-scription of each tion of each tract which he shall furnish to the principal deputy surveyor as aforesaid.
not been filed, &c. allowed
to be recorded, &c.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That every person or persons claiming persons claiming lands in the Territory of Missouri, who are tory of Missouri, actual settlers on the lands which they claim, and whose lers, whose claims claims have not been heretofore filed with the recorder of have land titles for the said Territory, shall be allowed until the until the 1st Dec. first day of December next to deliver notices, in writing, and the written evidences of their claims, to the said recorder; and the notices and evidences, so delivered within The notices, &c. the time limited by this act, shall be recorded in the same manner and on payment of the same fees as if the same had been delivered before the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eight; but the rights of such persons as The rights of per: shall neglect so doing within the time limited by this act deliver notices.&c.
to become void,&c. shall, so far as they are derived from or sounded on any act of Congress, ever after be barred and become void, and the evidences of their claims never after admitted as evidence, in any court of the United States, against any grant derived from the United States. *
* See chap. 153.' Sec. 8. And be it further enucted, That the said recorder The recorder of of land titles shall have the same powers, and perform the Chiesailes to have same duties, in relation to the claims thus filed before the &c. in relation to first day of December next, and the claims which have been as the board of comheretofore filed, but not decided on by the commissioners, former laws, &c., as the board of commissioners had, by former laws, respect excepe, &c. ing claims, filed prior to the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eight, except that all of his decisions shall be subject to the revision of Congress. And it shall be the The recorder to duty of the said recorder to make to the Commissioner of all the claims filed, the General Land Office a report of all the claims which definition the com shall be thus filed before the first day of December next, and General Land Of. of the claims which have been already filed, but not decided on by the said commissioners, together with the substance of the evidence in support thereof, with his opinion, and such remarks as he may think proper ; which report, together with The report, and a a list of the claims which, in the opinion of the said recorder, &c. to be laid be
, ought to be confirmed, shall be laid by the Commissioner of fore Congress, &c. the General Land Office before Congress, at their next session, for their determination thereon. The said recorder, in the recorder aladdition to his salary as fixed by law, shall be allowed fisty each claim filed,
port, &c., to be in
in addition, &c., cents for each claim which has been filed, but not decided of $500 after his re on by the commissioners, or which shall be filed according full, including to this act, and on which he shall make a decision, whether
such decision be in favor of or against the claim; and a further allowance of five hundred dollars, which shall be paid after he shall have made his report to the Commissioner of the General Land Office ; which allowance of fisty cents for each claim decided on, and five hundred dollars on the completion of the business, shall be in full compensation for his services, including clerk bire, respecting the claims to be decided on according to this act.
Approved, June 13, 1812.
(See Part II, Nos. 828, 836, 837, 842, 855, 884, 933, 945, 946, 958.]
CHAP. 141.-An act to ascertain the western boundary of the tract reserved
for satisfying the military bounties allowed to the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on continental establishment.
to appoint three commissioners, to act with commis
*See appendix No. 1.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asThe President, etc. sembled, That the President of the United States shall be,
and he is hereby, authorized, by and with the advice and sioners to be cap. consent of the Senate, to appoint three commissioners on the pointed by part of the United States, to act with such commissioners as The commission may be appointed by the State of Virginia : and the commisers empowered to sioners thus appointed shall have full power and authority westwardly bound to ascertain, survey, and mark, according to the true intent ginia reservation, and meaning of the condition touching the military reserva.
tion, in the deed of cession from the State of Virginia to the United States,* of the land northwest of the river Ohio, the westwardly boundary line of said reservation, between the Little Miami and Scioto rivers.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the commissionStates to meet at ers appointed by the United States shall meet at Xenia, in Xenia on the 5th the State of Ohio, on the fifth day of October next, for the unless, etc., and it purpose of ascertaining the said line, unless otherwise didays by the com- rected by the President of the United States; and in case ginia, no proceed they shall not be met by commissioners appointed on the boundary line, etc. part of the State of Virginia, within six days after the said
fifth day of October next, the commissioners appointed on the part of the United States shall proceed to ascertain, survey, and distinctly mark, the said boundary line, according
to the true intent and meaning of the said act of cession ; in In measuring the measuring the said line, whether accompanied by the comlions with foriner missioners on the part of Virginia or not, or in case of disaand water coursesgreement, they shall note the intersections, if any, of said line, etc. to be noted, with any surveys heretofore authorized by the United States,
all watercourses, the quality of the land over which the line passes, and any other matter which, in their opinion, requires notice. The said commissioners shall make a plat of
to the Commission. er of the General
ers on the part of
ited States to receive 5 dollars
said line, its intersections, with notes and references, which the commissionshall be signed and returned by the said commissioners to etc., to be returned the Commissioner of the General Land Office, accompanied by a written report, on or before the fifth day of January written report, etc. next, unless the time of meeting shall have been prolonged and cooperate cobo by the President of the United States, who shall lay copies gress, etc. of the same before both Houses of Congress at their next session.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commission. The commission ers aforesaid shall have power to engage a skilful surveyor, employ a skilful who shall employ chain-carriers and a marker, and shall be employ chain-carallowed four dollars for every mile actually surveyed and lower decollabe for marked, under direction of the said commissioners, in per- every mile, etc. formance of the duties assigned them; and the commission- The commission ers appointed on the part of the United States shall each re- the ceive five dollars for each day he shall be necessarily em- per day, each, etc. ployed in performance of the duties required of them by this act; which compensation to the surveyor and commissioners shall be paid out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated by law.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That until the west- Until the boundwardly boundary line of the said reservation shall be finally lished by cons-me, established, by the agreement and consent of the United atesothe boundary States and the State of Virginia, the boundary line designated by an act of Congress passed on the twenty-third day of proper one, etc. March, one thousand eight hundred and four, * shall be con- *See chap. 68. sidered and held as the proper boundary line of the aforesaid reservation.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the The Secretary duty of the Secretary of State to transmit an authenticated copy of this act
within 20 days, etc. copy of this act to the Governor of Virginia within twenty days after its passage.
Approved, June 26, 1812.
(See Part II, Nos 35, 43, 134, 136, 137.]
CHAP. 142.-An act confirming claims to lands in the Mississippi Territory, founded on warrants of survey granted by the British or Spanish Government.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That every person, and the legal representative of Persons, etc.claim every person, claiming lands in the Mississippi Territory, Mississippi "Tetri by virtue of a British or Spanish warrant or order of survey, Brkish or Spanish granted prior to the twenty-seventh day of October, one warrant, etcgrant thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, who were, on that day of Oct, 1795, day, actually resident in the said Territory, and whose claims actually resident, have been regularly filed with the proper register of the land claims have been office east and west of Pearl river, according to law, ported to Congress agreeably to the fourth section of the rights. act entitled “ An act concerning the sale of the lands of the
filed, reported, etc., confirmed in their
*Ante, chap. 98.
United States, and for other purposes,”* passed on the thirtyfirst day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eight, be,
and they are hereby, confirmed in their rights to land so claimThe register and ed. And the register and receiver of public moneys for the out to claimants district within which the lands may lie are authorized and tificates of confir: required to make out, to such claimant or claimants entitled ed to the Commis thereto by the provisions of this act, a certificate of confirmsioner of the Generation, for each of which certificates the register and repatents to be graul- ceiver shall each receive one dollar, directed to the Commis
sioner of the General Land Office; and if it shall appear, to the satisfaction of the said Commissioner, that such certificates have been fairly obtained, according to the true intent and meaning of this act, then, and in that case, patents shall be
granted in like manner as is provided by law for the other Proviso; no person lands of the United States : Provided, That no person shall the benefit of this be entitled to the benefit of this act who shall not appear, by apprar, etc. to have the report made to Congress as aforesaid, or by the records hipen a resident of of the boards of commissioners for the said Territory, to have thoth of October, been a resident of said Territory on the twenty-seventh day 1793, nur, etc.
of October, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five; nor shall any person be entitled to the benefit thereof who has received a donation grant from the United States : Provided, also, That not more than six hundred and forty acres shall, by virtue of this act, be granted to any one claim.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this ions of the cours, act contained shall be construed to affect the decisions of the claims, etc., or to courts of justice in the said Territory, heretofore made, rePreven a judicia: specting the claims, or any part thereof, embraced by the prethe bullers of a ceding section, or to prevent a judicial decision between the and the persons holder of a British patent, legally and fully executed, and reconfirmed, etc. corded with the register of the land office east or west of
Pearl river, and the persons whose claims are contirmed by
Approved, June 30, 1812.
Proviso; not more than 610 acres to any one claim. Nothing in this act to affect the decis
whese claius are
• The other seltions of this act ir relevant.
La xes, public lands, &c.
CHAP. 143. -An act to authorize the issuing of Treasury notes.
Sec. 6.* And be it further enacted, That the said TreasThe Treas'y notes ury notes, wherever made payable, shall be every where repayment of luties
, ceived in payment of all duties and taxes laid by the author.
ity of the United States, and of all public lands sold by the On every payment said authority. On every such payment, credit shall be given etc. credit 19 be for the amount of both the principal and the interest which, given for principal on the day of such payment, may appear due on the note or the interest to the notes thus given in payment. And the said interest shall, rate ofone centand on such payments, be computed at the rate of one cent
and one half of a cent per day on every hundred dollars of principal, and each month shall be computed as containing thirty days.
Approved, June 30, 1812.
a half per day on every $100, etc.
CHAP. 144.-An act giving validity o the sale of certain tracts of public lands sold in the western district of the Territory of Orleans, now State of Louisiana.
made good and val.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sale of the several tracts of public lands The sale of the sold in the month of January, one thousand eight hundred in January, 1812, and twelve, at the public sales held under the superintend- der the superinence of the register of the land office and the principal dep gister and princiuty surveyor of the western district of the Territory of Or- pal deputy survey leans, (now State of Louisiana,) be, and the same is hereby, district of Orleans, made good and valid, to all intents and purposes, any law to id, etc. the contrary notwithstanding: And the purchasers of the the hasers of said tracts shall, severally, on completing the payment of the pleting the paym't purchase-money according to law, be entitled to receive a money, w be entipatent or patents for the lands so purchased and paid for, as ents, etc. in case of other lands sold by the United States; the first in- The first instalm't stalment of the purchase-money shall be considered as due the purchase and payable at ten days after the receiver of public moneys siderede due and for the district within which the lands lie shall have entered after the receiver on the discharge of the duties of his office.
discharge of the
duties of his office. Approved, July 1, 1812.
tled to receive pal
has entered on the
CHAP. 145.-- An act confirming grants to lands in the Mississippi Territory,
derived from the British Government of West Florida, not subsequently regranted by the Government of Spain or of the United States.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That citizens of the United States claiming lands lands in the Miss in the Mississippi Territory, by virtue of grants legally and sissippi Territory fully executed, derived from the British Government of is executed grants West Florida, whose lands have not been subsequently re- Governm't of West granted by the Spanish Government, or claimed in right of fanus ' have osmot donation or pre-emption certificates granted by the boards been a weeranted, of commissioners east and west of Pearl river, and whose whose claims have claims have been regularly filed, according to law, with the filed, etc. and are proper register of the land office in the said Territory, and report laid before are embraced in the report of the commissioners laid before firmed Congress according to law, be, and they are hereby, con- claiins, etc. firmed in their respective claims, according to the said grants ; Provided, That nothing in any law of the United States shall Proviso ; nathing be construed to prevent a judicial decision of controversies vent a judicial de under the respective claims aforesaid.
Congress, etc., con
sies, etc. Approved, July 5, 1812.
cision of controver
[See Part II, No. 19.]