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CHAP. 177.-An act to provide for the ascertaining and surveying of the bound
ary lines fixed by the treaty with the Creek Indians, and for other purposes.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he The President to is hereby, authorized to cause to be ascertained and survey-ary line designa. ed the boundary line designated by the treaty with the Creek with the Creek in? nation of Indians concluded on the ninth day of August, one durres colecto ha thousand eight hundred and fourteen, and that the same be distinctly marked, in all such places, except where watercourses are described, as the boundary by the said treaty; and for this purpose the President of the United States shall The Presiden', &c. have power to appoint, by and with the advice and consent commissioners, to of the Senate, three commissioners, whose compensation of s dolls per day, shall not exceed, exclusive of travelling expenses, the rate of eight dollars per day, during the time of actual service of such commissioner in ascertaining and surveying the said boundary line; they shall have power to employ a skil. A surveyor, chainful surveyor, who shall be allowed five dollars per day, and two chain-men and a marker, who shall each be allowed two dollars per day, in full for their services.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commis- The commissionsioners, on completing the ascertainment and survey afore- plats of the survey, said, shall make out three accurate plats of the survey of the said boundary line, one of which they shall transmit to the Secretary of State, one to the surveyor of the lands south of the State of Tennessee, and the other to the chiefs of the Creck nation of Indians.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all the public The lande formed lands of the United States to which the Indian title was extinguished by the aforesaid treaty shall be, and are hereby, formed into a land district; and for the disposal thereof a A land nffice, &r. land office shall be established, which shall be kept at such convenient place as the President of the United States may direct; and for the said land office a register and receiver A register and reof public moneys shall be appointed, who shall give security in the same manner, in the same sums, and whose compensation, emoluments, duties, and authority, shall in every respect be the same, in relation to the lands which shall be disposed of at their office, as are or may be provided by law in relation to the registers and receivers of public moneys. the several land offices established for the disposal of the other public lands of the United States.
Sec. 4. And be il further enacted, That the powers vested The powers vested by law in the surveyor of the lands of the United States in the surveyor of south of the State of Tennessee shall extend over all the of Tennessee toer public lands of the United States to which the Indian title to which the in was extinguished by the aforesaid treaty, and the same shall linguished by the be surveyed in the manner and for the same compensation as other public lands in the Mississippi Territory.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the President of direct the lands the United States is hereby authorized, whenever he shall suported, etc. to bo
Creek treaty, &c.
The President may
think it proper, to direct so much of the public lands, lying
in the said district, as shall have been surveyed in conformity The lands, with to this act, to be offered for sale. All such lands shall, with mentioned, to be the exception of the section numbered sixteen, which shall offered to the high: be reserved in each township for the support of schools withsuch time as the in the same, with exception also of one entire township, to signate by procla. be located by the Secretary of the Treasury, for the use of
a seminary of learning, and with the exception of any tracts of land reserved to the Indians by the said treaty, shall be offered to the highest bidder, under the direction of the register and receiver of public moneys of the said land office, on such day or days as shall, by a public proclamation of the
President of the United States, be designated for that purremain pose.
The public sales shall remain open for three weeks,
and no longer; and the lands shall be sold for a price not Price, terms, &c. less than that which has been or may be fixed by law for
the public lands in the Mississippi Territory; and shall, in every other respect, be sold in tracts of the same size, on the same terms and conditions, as have been or may be by
law provided for the other public lands in the Mississippi 6 dolls per day for Territory. The superintendents of the said public sales shall each superintend receive six dollars cach, for each day's attendance on the Lands remaining said sales. All lands, other than those reserved as aforesaid, posed on a private and excepted as above mentioned, remaining unsold at the
closing of the public sales, and which had been offered at the said sales, may be disposed of at private sale, by the register of the land office, in the same manner, under the saine regulations, for the same price, and on the same terms and conditions, as are or may be provided by law for the
sale of the other public lands of the United States in the Patents, &c Mississippi Territory. And patents shall be obtained for
the lands sold in the said district in the same manner and on the same terms as for other public lands sold in the Mississippi Territory.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States shall have power to appoint any or all of the aforesaid commissioners during the recess of the Senate.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That a sum not exprijg0o de los capry
: ceeding twenty-five thousand dollars be, and the same is ing this act into ef. hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any moneys in the
Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of
Approved, March 3, 1815.
President may appoint the coinmissioners during the recess, &c.
CHAP. 178.-An act further supplementary to an act entitled “ An act pro
viding for the indemnification of certain claimants of public lands in the MigSee orig. act, of sissippi Territory.” 31st March, 1614; ante, chap. 161
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as
existing evidence, etc.
ers to allow, ex cept in cases men.
sembled, That the commissioners appointed by virtue of the The commissionact entitled “An act supplementary to an act entitled ' An virtue of the act act providing for the indemnification of certain claimants of mentioned, to de public lands in the Mississippi Territory,' "* shall be, and ry way, upon the they are hereby, authorized to decide, in a summary way, any grant exhibit upon the quantity or boundary of land contained in any grant etc. according to or deed exhibited before them by any of the claimants of lands released to the United States, agreeably to said act, accord - Ante, chap. 171. ing to such maps, surveys, or other evidence, as now exist, or which they may be now able to procure, without requiring or permitting any other survey to be made.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commis- The commissionsioners shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to allow and receive, in all cases, except those where femmes cou-ind, as sufficient vertes are parties, as sufficient legal releases, assignments, acited by the par and powers, required by said act and the supplement there ty, etc. and ac
knowledged, etc. to, and as lawsul conveyances, all such instruments as may be executed by the party, or his, her, or their attorney or attorneys, lawfully empowered, and either acknowledged by the party making the same, before some judge, or justice of the peace, notary public, mayor, recorder, or alderman of a corporation, or master in chancery, or one of the said commissioners, or proved by other evidence, to the satisfaction of the commissioners, to have been duly executed by the party.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said commis- Further time alsioners shall be, and they are hereby, authorized, in all ing releases, ascases where the releases, assignments, and powers, required feelitely drawn, by the act aforesaid, already presented, or which may be etc presented on or before the third Monday in March instant, or powers of attorney by which said releases shall have been or shall be made, shall be, in the judgment of the commissioners aforesaid, defectively drawn or exccuted, to allow a further time, not exceeding two months, from and after the said third Monday in March instant, to perfect the same.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said cominis. The commission sioners shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to admit ears 10 admit, and and finally settle all such claims as have been or may be, within claims duly releas. the time limited, duly released, assigned, and transferred, to oaths, conipel wit. the United States, any thing in the said original act, or any supplement thereto, to the contrary notwithstanding; and to administer oaths, or take affirmations, and to compel the attendance of witnesses, in all cases where necessary.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the President of the President in the United States shall be, and he is hereby, authorized, from of stock to be 186utime to time, to cause to be issued such certificates of stock ed, from time to as are specified in the said original act and supplement thereto, whose claims hava to such claimant or claimants, whose claim may be decided on and reported by the commissioners, on receiving such report, in relation to such claim, from the said commissioners.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the releases, as- Releaars, PC 10 signments, and powers, required by the act aforesaid, and secretary to
On the dissolution, etc. of the board of
commissioners and the supplement thereto, now received, and which may be reurned to the of hereafter received, shall be recorded by the secretary of the fice of the Secreta said commissioners, and the said records returned, with all ry of State, etc.
other papers and documents in relation to said claims, when the business of the said commissioners shall be closed, to the office of the Secretary of State ; and that the said secretary
shall be paid, by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United 10 words record States, out of any money not otherwise appropriated, at the
rate of twelve and a half cents for each and every hundred words contained in each instrument so recorded.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That, on the dissolucommissioners, the tion of the said board of commissioners, and the performance how tliem "further of the duties assigned them, the President of the United compensation, etc. States shall be, and he is hereby, authorized, if in his judg
ment he shall consider the said commissioners entitled to any further additional compensation for their services than is now provided for, to cause them to be paid such other and further sums, out of any money in the 'Treasury not other
wise appropriated, as he shall think just and reasonable : Provisa; the addi. Provided, That such additional compensation shall not ex
competition ceed fifty cenis, to each commissioner, for every. deed or 50 cents to each evidence of title which shall be submitted to their examinaevery deed, etc. tion and decision, in pursuance of the provisions of the said
original act and the supplements thereto.
Approved, March 3, 1815.
[See Part II, No. 109.]
ment, and having
of the U.States during its continu
CHAP. 179.-An act granting bounties in land and extra pay to certain Cana. See act of 3d of
dian volunteers. * March, 1817, hap. 208.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asCitizens of the 9. sembled, That all such persons as had been citizens of the the war of 1-12, 1. United States anterior to the late war, and were, at its coinat ils commencemencement, inhabitants of the province of Canada, and who, joined the armies
during the said war, joined the armies of the United States,
as volunteers, and were slain, died in service, or continued ance, entitled to therein till honorably discharged, shall be entitled to the folQuanuity to each lowing quantities of land, respectively, to wit: each colonel,
nine hundred and sixty acres; each major, to eight hundred
acres; each captain, six hundred and forty acres; each sub+Quantities redu. altern officer, to four hundred and eighty acres; each nonCedic Spectacol commissioned officer, musician, or private, to three hundred
and twenty acres; and the bounties aforesaid shall extend Claims may be ler to the medical and other staff, who shall rank according to sections, an unap their pay.t And it shall be lawful for the said persons to the Indiana Terri locate their claims, in quarter sections, upon any of the unbeen surveyed, ex. appropriated lands of the United States within the Indiana cape salı springs, Territory, which shall have been surveyed prior to such loSee act of 3d or cation, with the exception of salt springs and lead mines 2, chap. 208, post therein, and of the quantities of land adjacent thereto which
chap. 208, post.
may be reserved for the use of the same, by the President of the United States, and the section number sixteen, in every township, to be granted to the inhabitants of such township for the use of public schools; which locations shall Manner of lucabe subject to such regulations, as to priority of choice and President shall the manner of location, as the President of the United States prescribe. shall prescribe.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary for Secretary of War, the Department of War, for the time being, shall, from time of evidence, to be to time, under such rules and regulations, as to evidence, as President, to issue the President of the United States shall prescribe, issue to every person coming within the description aforesaid a warrant for such quantity of land as he may be entitled to by virtue of the aforesaid provision ; and in case of the death of such person, then such warrant shall be issued to his See act of 3d of widow, or if no widow, to his child or children.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Treasurer of Three months' adthe United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and re- Canadian quired to pay to each of the persons aforesaid three months' teers, according to additional pay, according to the rank they respectively held in the army of the United States during the late war.
Approved, March 5, 1816.
March, 1821, chap. 238, post.
[See Part II, Nos. 8, 14, 40, 230, 252.]
CHAP. 180.-An act relating to settlers on the lands of the United States. Expired. See
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person or persons who, before the first persons occupying day of February, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, United States, alhad taken possession of, occupied, or made a settlement on, lowed, on applica any lands ceded or secured to the United States, by any recorder, or mar treaty made with a foreign nation, or by a cession from any thereon, etc. State to the United States, which lands had not been previously sold, ceded, or leased, by the United States, or the claims to which lands had not been previously recognised or confirmed by the United States, and who, at the time of passing this act, does or do actually inhabit and reside on such lands, may, at any time prior to the first day of September next, apply to the proper register or recorder, as the case may be, of the land office established for the disposal, registering, or recording, of such lands; and, where there is no register or recorder, to the marshal, or to such person or persons as may be, by the registers, recorders, or marshals, respectively, appointed for the purpose of receiving such applications, stating the tract or tracts of land thus occupied, settled, and inhabited, by such applicant or applicants, and requesting permission to continue thereon ; and it shall thereupon be lawful for such register, recorder, or