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Claims to be repor.
Claimants whose lands have been
benefit of this act.
evidence and other testimony in support of the same, to the register and receiver of the land office at New Orleans; and it shall be the duty of the said register and receiver to record, in a book to be kept for that purpose, the notice of
every claim so preferred, together with the evidence ; for Fees to register and which service they shall receive a compensation from the claim
ants, at the rate of twenty-five cents for every hundred words.
SEC. 2. And be il further enacted, That the said register Led to Congress
and receiver shall, at or before the beginning of the next session of Congress thereafter, make to the Secretary of the Treasury a report of the claims wbich may have been preferred before them, together with the testimony, their opinion of the validity of the claims, and such other information respecting them as may be in their possession; which report shall, by the Secretary of the Treasury, be laid before Con
gress as soon as practicable, with his opinion touching the No claim to be validity of the respective claims : Provided, That no claim more than a league shall be therein recommended for confirmation, for more than
the quantity contained in a league square. Sales suspended. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sales of land
in the said Southeastern district, by public auction or private entry, shall be suspended until after the first day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-thrce.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That all persons who, sold, entitled w before the first Monday of November, one thousand eight
hundred and thirty, held lands in the said Southeastern district, by claims unconfirmed, but which were embraced in the principles of the previous laws for the adjustment of claims in that part of the Territory of Orleans or State of Louisiana, which lands may have been sold at the public sale which took place at New Orleans on the first Monday of November, one thousand eight hundred and thirty, under the President's proclamation of the fifth June, one thousand eight
hundred and thirty, may avail thiemselves of this act as though to la separate their lands had not been sold ; and the said register and rely reruhed on,
ceiver shall make a separate report of the cases of this class : and if it shall appear to the Secretary of the Treasury that all or any of the claims contained therein, although unconfirmed, are embraced in the intent and meaning of the pre
vious laws for the adjustment of land claims as aforesaid, he Purchasers en le is hereby authorized to repay to the persons or the legal
representative of the persons who purchased, such sum or sums as they may have paid for lands of this description, bought by them at the said public sale
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That, in addition to register and recei the compensation hereinbefore provided, the said register
and receiver shall receive, for the services required of them by this act, the sum of five hundred dollars each, to be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Approved, July 4, 1832. [See Part II, No. 19.)
Additional pay in
CHAP. 438.---An act to authorize the Governor of the Territory of Arkansas
to select ten sections of land, granted to said Territory for the purpose of building a legislative house for said Territory, and for other purposes.
of Arkansas, Gov.
lo select lands for
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all the authority and power is hereby vested Public buildings in and given to the Governor of the Territory of Arkansas, ernor which was vested in and given to the Legislature of the Territory of Arkansas, by an act of Congress of the second of March, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one,* by See chap. 413. which a quantity of land, not exceeding ten sections, was granted to said Territory for the purpose of raising a fund for the erection of a public building at Little Rock, the seat of Government of said Territory.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be so construed as authorizing any expense on the part of the United States for selecting said lands, or building said house, other than the aforesaid grant of ten sections of the unappropriated public lands.
Approved, July 4, 1832.
[See Part II, Nos. 68, 120.]
CHAP. 439. ----An act for the final adjustment of private land claims in Missouri.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representutives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be the duty of the recorder of land Claims to land in titles in the State of Missouri, and two commissioners to be iher examined and appointed by the President of the United States, by and with reported on the advice and consent of the Senate, to examine all the unconfirmed claims to land in that State, heretofore filed in the office of the said recorder, according to law, founded upon any incomplete grant, concession, warrant, or order of survey, issued by the authority of France or Spain, prior to the tenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and four; and to class the same so as to show, first, what claims, in their opinion, would in fact have been confirmed, according to the laws, usages, and customs, of the Spanish Government, and the practice of the Spanish authorities under them, at New Orleans, if the Government under which said claims originated had continued in Missouri : and, secondly, what claims, in their opinion, are destitute of merit, in law or equity, under such laws, usages, customs, and practice, of the Spanish authorities aforesaid, and shall also assign their reasons for the opinions so to be given. And in examining Testimony to b and classing such claims, the recorder and commissioners taken within 12 shall take into consideration as well the testimony heretosore taken by the boards of commissioners and recorder of land titles upon those claims as such other testimony as may be admissible under the rules heretofore existing for
Slaims to be ex. amined and
taking such testimony before said boards and recorder; and all such testimony shall be taken within twelve months after the passage of this act.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the office of the ported to Congress
, recorder shall be open for the purposes of such examination
for the term of two years from the date of the organization of the board of commissioners, and no longer; and the recorder and commissioners shall proceed in the examination in a summary manner, with or without any new application of the claimants, and shall, at the commencement of each session of Congress during the said term of examination, lay before the Commissioner of the General Land Office a report of the claims so classed, stating therein the date and quantity of each, whether there be any and what conflicting claims, and the evidence upon which each claim depends, and the authority and power under which the said claim was granted, by the Spanish or French Governor, commandant, or subdelegate, to be laid before Congress for their final decision
upon the claims contained in such first class. reported Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That, from and after decit no sale; those the final report of the recorder and commissioners, the lands reported favorably contained in the second class shall be subject to sale as other
public lands; and the lands contained in the first class shall continue to be reserved from sale, as heretofore, until the decision of Congress shall be made thereon; and if the decision of Congress shall be against the claims, or any of them, the
lands so decided against shall be, in like manner, subject to Actual settlers on sale as other public lands: Provided, That actual settlers, have right of pre being housekeepers, upon such lands as are rejected, claimemption
ing to hold under such rejected claiin, or such as may waive their grant, shall have the right of pre-emption to enter, within the time of the existence of this act, not exceeding the quantity of their claim, which in no case shall exceed six hundred and forty acres, to include their improvements, who shall give notice and prove their right of pre-emption, and in all things conform to the regulations as have been or may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury under the existing laws relative to pre-emption; and it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury immediately to forward to the several land offices in said State the manner in which all those who may wish to waive their several grants or claims, and avail themselves of the right of pre-emption, shall re
nounce or release their said grants. Compensation Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the recorder and recorder and commissioners commissioners shall each receive the sum of fifteen hundred
dollars per annum, to be paid quarter yearly by the United
States, in full compensation for iheir services under this act; Interpreter. and may, when necessary, employ an interpreter of the
French or Spanish language, for a reasonable compensation, to be allowed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and paid by the United States.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, Tbat it shall be lawful
Carlos de Ville.
for the heirs of Carlos de Villemont to submit the evidence Claim of heirs of of their claim to a tract of land in Arkansas Territory, to a mont. place called “Chicot point,” to the said recorder and commissioners, and it shall be the duty of said recorder and commissioners to report upon said claim in the manner that other claims provided for in this act are to be reported and pro
Approved, July 9, 1832.
[See Part II, Nos. 19, 709, 968, 974, 998.)
CHAP. 440.-An act to amend an act entitled “An act for the relief of pur
chasers of the public lands that have reverted for non-payment of the purchasemoney," passed twenty-third day of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.
*See chapters 365
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases where public lands have been Money paid for purchased, on which a further credit has been taken under public lands, and the provisions of the act of the second March, one thousand funded in cerlifeight hundred and twenty-one,t or under any other act of Chap. 253. Congress granting relief to the purchasers of the public lands, and have reverted to the United States for failure to pay the purchase-money, or have been sold by the United States by reason of such failure to pay, it shall be the duty of the register of the land office where the purchase was made to issue, upon application, to the person or persons legally entitled to the benefit of payments made previous to such reversion or sale, bis, her, or their legal representatives or assigns, a certi- Certificates to be ficate for the amount so paid, and not refunded, which shall fendine able for other be received and credited as cash in payment of any public lands that may hereafter be sold by the United States, in the State or Territory in which such original purchase was made.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the Act of 230 May, duty of the Commissioner of the General Land Office and 1828, to govern. of the registers, as aforesaid, to conform to and be governed by the provisions of the act aforesaid, to which this is an amendment, passed the twenty-third day of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, as aforesaid.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That where the lands Certificates to be have been relinquished to the United States under the pro- or payment in corvisions of the act of second March, one thousand eight hun- tain cases. dred and twenty-one, as aforesaid, or other acts of Congress, and the money paid thereon has, in part, been applied in the payment of other lands, if the payment so made on lands retained be less than the amount paid on the relinquished lands, when such excess exceeds the sum of ten dollars, it shall be the duty of the register of the land office, where the transfer of payment was made, to issue a certificate for such excess to the person or persons entitled thereto, and in the
Where certificates have been lost, du.
manner pointed out in the first section of this act; which certificate shall be received in payment of the purchase of the public lands, as pointed out in said section.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That on proof being plicates to issue. inade, satisfactory to the Secretary of the Treasury,
certificate issued under this act, or that has been or may be
Approved, July 9, 1832.
CHAP. 441.-An act to establish additional land districts in the State of Ala
bama, and for other purposes.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asTalapoosa and sembled, That the tract of country in the State of Alabama established ceded to the United States by a treaty concluded with the
Creek tribe of Indians, at the city of Washington, on the twenty-fourth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, shall be divided into and constitute two land districts, by extending through the same, east and west, the line between township number twenty-two, south of the base line of the Huntsville district, and township number twenty-four, north of the thirty-first degree of latitude.
Lands to be sold at
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the land in Montgomery and
said ceded territory, south of said dividing line, shall be sold at the town of Montgomery, and said district shall be called the Talapoosa district; and all the land in said ceded territory, north of said dividing line, shall be sold at the town of Montevallo, and said district shall be called the Coosa district : Provided, however, That the President of the United States may, if he shall deem it expedient, remove either or both of the said land offices to any other point in the respective dis
tricts for which they are established. Registers and re
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, that there shall be a ceivers.to be ap register and receiver appointed to each of the aforesaid land
offices, to superintend the sales of the public lands in their respective districts, who shall reside at the places designated, give security in the same manner, in the same sums, and whose compensation, emoluments, and duties, and authority, shall, in every respect, be the same, in relation to the lands which shall be disposed of at their offices, as are or may be provided by law in relation to the registers and receivers of public moneys in the several offices established for the sale of the public lands.