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Act of April twenty-four, thirty thousand dollars: Provided, That this appropriation 30, 1824, ch.
shall not be construed into a legislative sanction of any examination or Proviso. survey which shall not be deemed of national importance, and within the
provisions of the aforesaid act of the thirtieth April, one thousand eight
hundred and twenty-four. Complete a To complete a pier adjacent to a pier at Buffalo, in the state of New pier at Buffalo. York, thirty-four thousand two hundred and six dollars.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the several sums, hereby To be paid out of any mo
appropriated, shall be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherney in the trea- wise appropriated. sury.
APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
May 19, 1828. Chap. LVII.-An Act for the punishment of contraventions of the fifth article of
the treuty between the United States and Russia. Any one, a Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United citizen of the United States
States of America, in Congress assembled, That if any one, being a or trading under citizen of the United States, or trading under their authority, shall, in their authority contravention of the stipulations entered into by the United States with by virtue of 5th article of
the Emperor of all the Russias, by the fifth article of the treaty, signed
at St. Petersburg, on the seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Russia, of April Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, sell, or cause to be 17, 1824, not permitted to
sold, to the natives of the country on the north-west coast of America, sell to the na
or any of the islands adjacent thereto, any spirituous liquors, fire arms, tives on the or other arms, powder or munitions of war of any kind, the person so north-west
offending shall be fined in a sum not less than fifty nor more than two coast of Ameri. ca, &c., spiri hundred dollars, or imprisoned not less than thirty days, nor more than tuous liquors. six months.
Superior jurisdiction ex
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the superior courts in each tended to the of the territorial districts, and the circuit courts and other courts of the superior and United States, of similar jurisdiction in criminal causes, in each district circuit courts,
of the United States, in which any offender against this act shall be first in each of the territorial dis apprehended or brought for trial, shall have, and are hereby invested tricts, in crimi- with, full power and authority to hear, try and punish, all crimes, offences nal cases.
and misdemeanors,' against this act; such courts proceeding therein in the same manner as if such crimes, offences and misdemeanors, had been committed within the bounds of their respective districts.
APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
to cause to be
and mark a line, dividing the territory of Arkansas from the state of
Louisiana. (a) President of Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United United States States of America, in Congress assembled, That the President of the
United States of America be, and he is hereby, authorized, in conjuncrun, &c., the line dividing the tion with the constituted authorities of the state of Louisiana, to cause territory of Ar to be run, and distinctly marked, the line dividing the territory of kansas, from
Arkansas from the state of Louisiana ; commencing on the right bank the state of Louisiana. of the Mississippi river, at latitude thirty-three degrees north, and run
ning due west on that parallel of latitude, to where a line running due
north from latitude thirty-two degrees north, on the Sabine river, will Commission intersect the same. And, for that purpose, he is hereby authorized, to er to be appointed.
appoint a commissioner, or surveyor, or both, as in his opinion may be Proviso. necessary: Provided, The compensation to be allowed to the person or
(a) See notes of the acts relating to the territory afterwards the state of Arkansas, vol. iii. 493.
make two fair
persons so to be appointed by the President of the United States, shall not exceed in amount the compensation allowed by the government of Louisiana to the person or persons appointed, on its part, for the same object.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the person or persons, so to be appointed by the President of the United States, with such as have pointed to been or shall be appointed for the same purpose, on the part of the state certified drafts, of Louisiana, after they, in conjunction, shall have run, and distinctly one of which marked said line, shall make two fair drafts, or maps thereof, both of shall be depo
sited in the which shall be certified by them, and one of which shall be deposited in
Secretary of the office of the Secretary of State for the United States, and the other State's office, delivered to the governor of Louisiana.
and the other Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That, for the purpose of carrying
nor of Louisithis act into execution, the sum of one thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury, not
1000 dollars otherwise appropriated.
appropriated. APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
with the gover
rized to hold extra sessions.
Chap. LIX.-An Act concerning the orphans' court of Alexandria county, in the May 19, 1828.
District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Judge authoStates of America, in Congress assembled, That in addition to the regular monthly sessions of the orphans' court of Alexandria county, in the district aforesaid, as now authorized by law, that the judge of the aforesaid court be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered, to hold extra sessions thereof, whenever the public interest may require it. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in lieu of the per diem To receive
in lieu of per allowance of six dollars, as now established by law, that he be allowed a
diem allowanc? fixed salary of five hundred dollars per annum, payable in the same man of six dollars, a ner as heretofore the per diem allowance has been, any law to the con- fixed salary of
500 dollars per trary notwithstanding. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That this law shall be in force from
Law to be in and after the passing of the same.
force after the APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
passing of the
CHAP. LX.--An Act to reduce the duty on Greek and Latin books, printed previous May 19, 1828.
to the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Duty on
Greek and Latin States of America, in Congress assembled, That the act, entitled " An act
books printed to amend the several acts imposing duties on imports,” passed twenty- previous to second of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, shall not be 1775, not to be construed to impose upon books printed in Greek and Latin, which the imposed in cerimporter shall make it satisfactorily appear to the collector of the port at Act of May 22, which the same shall be entered, were printed previous to the year one 1824, ch. 136. thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, a higher duty than four cents per volume.
APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
STATUTE I. Chap. LXVII.-An Act to continue the mint at the city of Philadelphia, and for May 19, 1828.
other purposes. (a) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Act of March, States of Amcrica, in Congress assembled, That the act, entitled “An act 3, 1801, ch. 21. (a) See notes ofacts relating to the mint, and to coins of the United States, vol. i. 246.
concerning the mint,” approved March the third, one thousand eight hundred and one, be, and the same hereby is, revived and continued in force
and operation, until otherwise provided by law. For purpose
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, for the purpose of securing of securing a a due conformity in weight of the coins of the United States, to the produe conformity, visions of the ninth section of the act, passed the second of April, one the brass troy weight pro
thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, entitled “An act establishing cured in 1827
mint, and regulating the coins of the United States,” the brass troy shall be the standard troy
pound weight procured by the minister of the United States at London, pound. in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, for the use of 1792, ch. 16. the mint, and now in the custody of the director thereof, shall be the
standard troy pound of the mint of the United States, conformably to
which the coinage thereof shall be regulated. A series of Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the weights corres, director of the mint to procure, and safely to keep a series of standard ponding to the aforesaid troy
weights, corresponding to the aforesaid troy pound, consisting of an one pound weight, pound weight, and the requisite subdivisions and multiples thereof, from to be procured. The hundredth part of a grain to twenty-five pounds; and that the troy
weights ordinarily employed in the transactions of the mint, shall be regulated according to the above standards, at least once in every year, under his inspection; and their accuracy tested annually in the presence of the
assay commissioners, on the day of the annual assay. When silver Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That, when silver bullion, brought bullion is found to the mint for coinage, is found to require the operation of the test, the operation of the expense of the materials employed in the process, together with a reason
able allowance for the wastage necessarily arising therefrom, to be determined by the melter and refiner of the mint, with the approbation of the director, shall be retained from such deposit, and accounted for by the
treasurer of the mint to the treasury of the United States. Silver bullion Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That, when silver bullion, brought found to contain to the mint for coinage, shall be found to contain a proportion of gold, a proportion of gold.
the separation thereof shall be effected at the expense of the party inteProviso. rested therein: Provided, nevertheless, That, when the proportion of gold
is such that it cannot be separated advantageously, it shall be lawful, with the consent of the owner, or, in his absence, at the discretion of
the director, to coin the same as an ordinary deposit of silver. Director of
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the director of the mint may the mint may employ the re
employ the requisite number of clerks, at a compensation not exceeding quisite number in the whole the sum of seventeen hundred dollars, and such number of of clerks.
workmen and assistants as the business of the mint shall, from time to
time, require. Director of the Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the mint to receive director of the mint to receive, and cause to be assayed, bullion not inassayed bullion tended for coinage, and to cause certificates to be given of the fineness not intended for thereof by such officer as he shall designate for that purpose, at such coinage, &c.
rates of charge, to be paid by the owner of said bullion, and under such Act of Jan. regulations, as the said director may, from time to time, establish. 18, 1837, ch. 3, APPROVED, May 19, 1828.
CHAP. LXVIII.-An Act further to regulate processes in the courts of the United
(a) In addition to the notes of the decisions of the courts of the United States on the subject of process and proceeding in vol. i. 93, the following cases are referred to:
The legislature of a state cannot suspend process in the courts of the United States, as to its citizens. Babcock v. Weston, 1 Gallis. C. C. R. 168.
cess, except the style, and the forms and modes of proceeding in suits mesne process, in the courts of the United States, held in those states admitted into the except the Union since the twenty-ninth day of September, in the year seventeen forms and
style, and the hundred and eighty-nine, in those of common law, shall be the same in modes of pro
It is not a contempt of court to serve a person with a summons, while attending at the place where the court is held, as a party in a cause, or as a witness. It is a contempt of court to serve process, either of summons or capias, in the actual or constructive presence of the court. Blight's Ex’rs v. Ashley, 1 Peters’ C. C. R. 41.
Attachments for the non-attendance of a witness, on a subpæna, must be served by the marshal of the court; although the persons against whom the process is issued, reside in a distant county. United States r. Montgomery, circuit court of the United States, 2 Dall. 33.
An attachment is the usual process to bring a party into court, where he has not made a true return : and if he is present in court, no such process is necessary; but the court may pass an order directing him, immediately, to answer interrogatories. United States v. Greene, 3 Mason's C. C. R. 482.
Attachments may issue out of the admiralty courts of the United States, against the goods or debts of an absent person, so as to make him a party to the suit. Bouysson et al. v. Miller et al., Bee's Adm. Decis. 186.
The admiralty may issue process of attachment to compel an appearance in cases of maritime torts, as well as in cases of contract. Manro v. Almeida, 10 Wheat. 473; 6 Cond. Rep. 190.
An admiralty court has jurisdiction to proceed by attachment in rem for a tort. The Candalero, Bee's Adm. Decis. 60.
The process of attachment may issue whenever the defendant has concealed himself, or has absconded from the country, and the goods to be attached are within the jurisdiction of the court of admiralty. It may issue against his goods and chattels, and against his credits and effects, in the hands of third per
Manro v. Almeida, 10 Wheat. 473; 6 Cond. Rep. 190. It seems that an attachment cannot issue without an express order of the judge, but it may be issued simultaneously with the monition; and where the attachment issued in this manner, and in pursuance of the prayer of the libel, the Supreme Court will presume that it was regularly issued. Ibid.
The act for regulating processes in the courts of the United States, provides that the forms and modes of proceeding in courts of equity, and in those of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, shall be according to the principles, rules and usages which belong to courts of equity, and to courts of admiralty, respectively, as contradistinguished from courts of common law, subject, however, to alterations by the courts, &c. This act has been generaliy understood to adopt the principles, rules and usages of the court of chancery of England. Hinde v. Vattier. 5 Peters, 398.
Process of foreign attachment cannot be properly issued by the circuit courts of the United States, in cases where the defendant is domiciled abroad, or not found within the district in which the process issues, so that it cannot be served upon him. Toland v. Sprague, 12 Peters, 300.
By the general provisions of the laws of the United States : 1. The circuit courts can issue no process beyond the limits of their districts. 2. Independently of positive legislation, the process can only be served upon persons within the same districts. 3. The acts of Congress adopting the state process, adopt the form and modes of service only, so far as the persons are rightfully within the reach of such process; and did not intend to enlarge the sphere of the jurisdiction of the circuit courts. 4. The right to attach property to compel the appearance of persons, can properly be used only in cases in which such persons are amenable to the process of the circuit court, in personam; that is, where they are inhabitants, or found within the United States; and not where they are aliens, or citizens resident abroad, at the commencement of the suit, and have no inhabitancy here. Ibid.
In the case of a person being amenable to process, in personam, an attachment against his property cannot be issued against him, except as a part of, or together with process to be served upon his person. Ibid.
The circuit and district courts of the United States cannot, either in suits at common law or equity, send their process into another district, except where specially authorized so to do, by some act of Congress. Ex parte Graham, 3 Wash. C.C, R. 456.
The marshal may have an attachment to enforce the payment of his fees of office, against suitors in the court. Anonymous, 2 Gallis. C. C. R. 101.
The court will not dictate to the marshal, what return he shall make to process in his hands. He must make his return at his peril, and any person injured by it, may have his legal remedy for such return. Wortinan v. Conyngham, Peters: C. c. R. 241.
Congress has, by the constitution, exclusive authority to regulate proceedings in the courts of the United States; and the states have no authority to control those proceedings; except so far as the state process acts are adopted by Congress, or by the courts of the United States, under the authority of Congress. Wayman v. Southard, 10 Wheat. 1; 6 Cond. Rep. 1.
The 14th scction of the judiciary act of 1789, ch. 20, authorizes the courts of the United States to issue writs of execution, as well as other writs. Ibid.
The 34th section of the judiciary act of 1789, ch. 20, does not apply to the process and practice of the courts. It merely furnishes a rule of decision, and is not intended to regulate the remedy. Ibid.
The process act of 1792, ch. 137, is the law which regulates executions issuing from the courts of the United States : and it adopts the practice of the supreme courts of the states, in 1789, as the rule for governing proceedings on such executions, subject to such alterations as the courts of the United States may make, but not subject to the alterations which have since taken place in the state laws and practice. Ibid.
The statutes of Kentucky concerning executions, which require the plaintiff to endorse on the execution, that bank notes of the Bank of Kentucky, or notes of the Bank of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will be received in payment, and on his refusal, authorize the defendant to give a replevin bond for the debt, payable in two years, are not applicable to executions issued on judgments rendered by the courts
ceeding in suits each of the said states, respectively, as are now used in the highest court, in courts of United States
of original and general jurisdiction of the same, in proceedings in equity, admitted into according to the principles, rules, and usages, which belong to courts of the Union
equity, and in those of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, according to
The laws of the United States authorize the courts of the Union so to alter the form of the
of execution used in the supreme courts of the states in 1789, as to subject to execution, issuing out of the federal courts, lands and other property not thus subject by the state laws in force at that time. Bank of the United States v. Halstead, 10 Wheat. 51; 6 Cond. Rep. 22.
A subpæna duces tecum may issue to the President of the United States. 1 Burr's Trial, 183.
A pariy cannot be arrested in Pennsylvania, on an attachment from the circuit court in Rhode Island, for contempt, in not appearing in that court after a monition served upon him in Pennsylvania, to answer in a prize cause depending in the court in Rhode Island. Ex parte Graham, 3 Wash. C. C. R. 456.
A writ of error does not lie to an order of the court below to stay the proceedings finally, upon suggestion of the attorney of the United States, in a case to which the United States are not parties; but the court will award a mandamus nisi, in the nature of a procedendo. Livingston v. Dorgenois, 7 Cranch, 577; 2 Cond. Rep. 618.
The marshal of the District of Columbia is bound to serve a subpana in chancery, as soon as he reasonably can; and he will, in case of neglect, be answerable to the plaintiff, who has, in consequence of such neglect, sustained any loss. Kennedy v. Brent, 6 Cranch, 187; 2 Cond. Rep. 345.
On a capias, in assumpsit against three, and one arrested, who gives bail, and non est inventus as to the others, if the party files his declaration and proceeds against the one arrested, he cannot afterwards bring in the others by alias capias, and make them partics to the suit. United States v. Parker, 2 Dall. 373.
An alias capias must be tested, as of the term to which the original writ was returned. Ibid.
A term cannot intervene between the teste and return of a writ of error. Hamilton r. Moore, 3 Dall. 371; 1 Cond. Rep. 168.
If the defendant below intermarries after the judgment, and before the service of the writ of error, the service of the citation upon the husband will be sufficient. Fairfax’s Ex’rs v. Fairfax, 5 Cranch, 19; 2 Cond. Rep. 178.
There is no act of Congress which authorizes a circuit court to issue a compulsory process to the district court for the removal of a cause from that jurisdiction before a final judgment or decree is pronounced. If a certiorari should issue in such a case, the district court may and ought to refuse obedience to the writ: and after the cause is thus removed, either party may move for a procedendo, or pursue the cause in the district court, in like manner as if the record had not been removed. But, if instead of taking advantage of this irregularity, the defendant enter his appearance in the circuit court, take defence and plead to issue, it is too late after verdict to object to the irregularity. The cause will be considered as an original one in the circuit court, made so by consent of parties, even though no declaration de novo should be filed in the circuit court. Patterson v. The United States, 2 Wheat. 221; 4 Cond. Rep. 98.
Whenever, by the state laws in force in 1789, a capias might issue from a state court, the acts of 1789 and 1792, extending, in terms, to that species of writ, must be understood to have adopted its use permanently in the federal courts. United States v. January, 10 Wheat. 66. In a note.
At an early period after the organization of the federal courts, the rules of practice in force in the state courts, which were similar to the English practice, were adopted by the judges of the circuit
A subsequent change in the practice of the state courts, will not authorize a departure from the rules adopted in the circuit court. Anonymous, Peters' C. c. R. ).
Whenever, by the laws of the United States, a defendant is to be arrested, the process of arrest employed in the state, shall be pursued. 2 Burr's Trial, 481.
Upon executing a writ of inquiry, in Virginia, in an action of assumpsit upon a promissory note, it is necessary to produce a note, corresponding with that stated in the declaration; but it is not necessary to prove the note. Sheehy v. Mandeville, 7 Cranch, 208; 2 Cond. Rep. 476.
A party charged with a crime, even before indictment found, may have compulsory process for his witnesses. But his omitting to avail himself of this right is not such negligence as will deprive him of the benefit of having his cause postponed, if his witnesses be absent; but it will justify the court in imposing terms on him. United States v. Moore, Wallace's C. C. R. 23.
The process act of Congress, of 1828, was passed shortly after the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Wayman v. Southard, and the Bank of the United States v. Halsted, and was intended as a legislative sanction of the opinions of the court in those cases. The power given to the courts of the United States, by this act, to make rules and regulations on final process, so as to conform the same to the laws of the states on the same subject, extends to future legislation; and as well to the modes of proceedings on executions, as to the forms of writs. Ross & King v. Duval et al., 13 Peters, 45.
All proceedings for attachments are on the civil side of the courts, and are to be entitled with the names of the parties, until an attachment issues; after which they are on the criminal side. United States v. Wayne, Wallace's C. C. R. 134.
The courts of chancery of the United States will, under circumstances, order a commission of rebellion, to be returnable forth with. Ibid.
The judiciary act of 1789, ch. 20, does not contemplate compulsive process against any person in any district, unless he be an inhabitant of, or found within, the same district at the time of serving the writ. Picquet v. Swan, 5 Mason's C. C. R. 35.
The act of Massachusetts of 1797, ch. 50, prescribing the modes of serving process,does not apply to a case where the defendant has been an inhabitant, but at the time of the suit brought has his actual domicil in another state or country. Ibid.
Under the statute of Massachusetts of 1823, ch. 142, giving relief against fraud to secure attaching creditors, it is not necessary that the second attachment should be returnable to the eame term of the