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1836. ter ard receiver of the land office in New Orleans, under date Decisions of the the first of December, eighteen hundred and thirty five, by Register confirm ed, with certain

virtue of an act entitled “An act for the final adjustment of claims to land in the State of Louisiana,” which have been laid before Congress at the present session by the Secretary of the Treasury, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed, with the exception of the claims of Narcisse Carmouche, Julie Alexandie and Martin Major, Nicholas Bara, and Francis Menard, saving and reserving, however, to all adverse claimants, the right to assert the validity of their claims in a court of justice.

Approved, July 4th, 1836.

CHAP. 359. An ACT to uspend the discriminating duties upon goods

imported in vessels of Portugal, and to reduce the duties on wines.

Proviso.

after 30h July, 1836.

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Represen

tatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Aces suspended That so much of the several acts of Congress as imposes a dis

criminating duty upon goods, wares, and merchandise imported in foreign vessels be, and hereby is, suspended, so far as respects the produce or manufactures of Portugal proper, including Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Azores, when imported in vessels wholly and truly belouging to the subjects or citizens of said places ; so that such produce or manufactures shall be subject to the same duties only as if imported in vessels of the United States : Provided horrever, And this suspension shall continue

no longer than this section remains in force. Dhives ou wines

Section 2. And be it further enacted, That from and after the reduced one hall, thirtieth day of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, the duty

on all kinds of wine imported into the United States shall be reduced one-half, so that no more than one-half the amount now assessed shall be thereafter assessed.

SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That all kinds of favour or wine, whether imported before or after the passage of this act,

may be put into the custom-house stores, under the bond of the importer, or owner; and such of the said wines as shall remain under the control of the of the proper officer of the customs, on the thirtieth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, shall be subject to no other duty than if the same were imported after that day; and if the duties or any part thereof, on the wines deposited, as aforesaid shall have been paid previous to the said thirtieth day of July one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, the amount of excess of duty shall be refunded to the person importing and depositing the same :

Provided, That no wines shali be so deposited unless in the Proviso. casks or bottles as imported: And provided, further, That the

benefit of this act shall not be extended to any wines not entitled to debenture.

Approved, July 4th, 1836.

Wines may be

Proviso

1836.

CHAP. 300. An ACT for the purchase of certain rights or inventions of Wil.

liam H. Bell, of North Carolina.

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[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of ihe United States of America in Congress assembled, "That the Secretary of the Treasury be hereby authorized to pay $20,000 to be paid to Captain William H. Bell, out of any money in the Treasury not terest in two para otherwise appropriated, the sum of twenty thousand dollars, when- fent rights. ever said Bell shall transfer and convey to the United States all his, said Bell's, right, interest, and title, in and to two certain patents, viz: one called a machine for elevating heavy cannon, the other called a traverse board for pointing cannon; together with all the right to the United States to use every improvement that has been made by said Bell on the said inventions, since patenting the same: Provided however, That said sum of twenty thousand dollai's shall be in full for all claims against the United States for using said patents.

Approved, July 4th, 1836.

CHAP. 361. An ACT confirming claims to land in the State of Missouri, and

for other purposes.

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[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the decisions in favor of land claimants, made by the re- Decisions of the corder of land titles in the State of Missouri, and the two com-ed. missioners associated with him by virtue of an act entitled “ An act for the final adjustment of private land claims in Missouri," approved July ninth, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, and an act supplemental thereto, approved March second, eighteen hundred and thirty-three, as entered in the transcript of decisions transmitted by the said recorder and commissioners to the Commissioner of the General Land Office, and by him laid before Congress at the two last and present sessions, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed, saving and reserving, however, to all adverse claimants, the right to assert the validity of their claims in a court or conrts of justice: Provided, That nothing in this act Proviso. contained shall apply to, or be in confirmation of the claim of Don Carlos D. Vilemont, for a tract of land at Point Chicot: And provided, also, That nothing in this act contained shall proviso. apply to, or be in confirmation of the following claims, to wit: Manuel Liza, six thousand arpens; J. Coontz, and Hempstead, four hundred and fifty arpens; Matthew Saucier, one thousand two hundred arpens; Charles Tayon, one thousand six hundred arpens; sons of Joseph M. Pepen, five thousand six hundred arpens; Louis Lorimiere, thirty thousand arpens; Bartholomew Cousin, ten thousand arpens; Manuel Gonzales Moro, eight hundred arpens; Seneca Rollins, four hundred arpens; William Long, four hundred arpens; James Journey, four hundred arpens; Joachim Lisa, six thousand arpens; Francois Lacomb, four hundred arpens; Israel Dodge, seven thousand fifty-six arpens; Andrew Chevalier, four hundred arpens; Joseph Silvain,

Other land may be located should

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1836. two hundred and fifty arpens; John P. Cabauis, two thousand

arpens; William Hartly, six hundred and fifty arpens; William Morrison, seven hundred and fifty arpens; Solomon Bellew, three hundred and fifty arpens; Paschal Detchemendez, seven thousand fifty-six arpens; Baptiste Aunure, two hundred and forty arpens; Alexander Maurice, four huudred arpens; Jean Baptiste Valle, twenty thousand arpens; Israel Dodge, one thousand arpens; Walter Fenwick, ten thousand arpens; John Smith T. ten thousand arpens; and Mackey Wherry, sixteen hundred arpens.

SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That if it shall be any vi liat be oc- found that any tract or tracts confirmed as aforesaid, or any part rupied ebe uitle to

tertothereof, had been previously located by any other person or performed.

sons under any law of the United States, or had been surveyed and sold by the United States, this act shall confer no title to such lands in opposition to the rights acquired by such location or purchase; but the individual or individuals whose claims are hereby confirmed shall be permitted to locate so much thereof as interferes with such location or purchase, on any unappropriated land of the United States within the State of Missouri, or Territory of Arkansas, in whichever the original claim may be, that may be subject to entry at private sale: Provided. That such location shall conform to legal divisions and subdivisions, and shall not interfere with the rights of other persons.

SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That the locations anthorized by this act shall be entered with the register of the proper land office, who shall, on application for that purpose, make out for such claimant a certificate of location, which, with the certificate of confirmation, shall be transmitted to the Commissioner of the General Land Office; and if it shall appear to the satisfaction of the said Commissioner that such certificate shall have been fairly obtained, according to the true intent and meaning of this act and the laws of the United States, then, and in that case, patents shall be granted in like manner as is provided by law for the other lands of the United States. And for each certificate of location to be issued as aforesaid, the register shall be entitled to receive from the person applying therefor, the sum of one dollar.

Approved, July 4th, 1836.

Provise.

Localions lo be entered with the Register, &c.

,CHAP. 362. An ACT granting half pay to vidows or orphans where their

husbands and fathers have died of wounds received in the military service of the United States in certain cases, and for other purposes,

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen

tulives of the United States of America in Congress assembler, Five years' hall That when any officer, non-commissioned officer, musician or Orphans of those private of the militia, including rangers, sea fencibles, and volun

in the service teers, shall have died while in the service of the United States, of United States since the twentieth of April, eighteen hundred and eighteen, or service 20h April

who shall have died in consequence of a wound received whilst in the service, since the day aforesaid, and shall have left a widow,

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or, if no widow, a child or children under sixteen years of age, 1836. such widow, or if no widow, such child or children, shall be entitled to receive half the monthly pay to which the deceased was entitled at the time of his death or receiving such wound, for and during the term of five years; and in case of the death or marrrage of such widow before the expiration of said five years, the halt pay for the remainder of the time shall go to the said dece. dent: Provided, That the half pay aforesaid shall be half the Proviso. monthly pay of the officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates of the infantry of the regular army and no more: Provided, also, That no greater sum shall be allowed to the Proviso. widow or to the child or children of any officer than the half pay of a lieutenant colonel.

Section 2. And be it further enacted, That if any officer, Benefit of the acı non-commissioned officer, musician, soldier, Indian spy, mariner extended wior marine, whose service during the revolutionary war was such dows or children as is specified in the act passed the seventh day of June eighteen cumstances. hundred and thirty-two, entitled “ An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the revolution," have died since the fourth day of March, eighteen bundred and thirty-one, and before the date of said act, the amount of pension which would have accrued from the fourth day of March, eighteen hundred and thirty-one, to the time of his death, and become payable to him by virtue of that act, if he had survived the passage thereof, shall be paid to his widow; and if he left no widow, to his children, in the manner prescribed in the act hereby amended.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it any person who Extended to wi served in the war of the revolution, in the manner specified dows in in the act passed the seventh day of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-two, entitled “ An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the revolution," have died leaving a widow whose marriage took place before the expiration of the last period of his service, such widow shall be entitled to receive, during the time she may remain unmarried, the annuity or pension which might have been allowed to her husband, by virtue of the act aforesaid, if living at the time it was passed.

Section 4. And be it further enacted, That any pledge, mort- Tranefers of any gage, sale, assignment, or transfer of any right, claim, or interest, act declareci vord. in any money or half pay granted by this act, shall be utterly void and of no effect; each person acting for and in behalf of any one, entitled to money under this act shall take and subscribe an oath to be administered by the proper accounting officer and retained by him and put on file, before a warrant shall be delivered to him, that he has no interest in said money by any pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment or transfer, and that he does not know or believe that the same has been so disposed of to any per. son whatever.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of Secretary of War War shall adopt such forms of evidence, in applications under this act as the President of the United States shall prescribe.

Approved, July 4th, 1636.

other

cases.

to adopt forms.

1836.

CHAP. 363. An ACT making appropriations for the improvement of certain

harbors therein mentioned, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirtysix, 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 for the security of the navigation and commerce of the United States, the following sums of money be, and the same are hereby, directed to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and placed at the disposition of the President, for the following objects, viz:

STATE OF MAINE.

810,000, break water in Portland harbor

For erecting a breakwater on Stanford ledge, in Portland laarbor, according to the plan reported by John Anderson, of the Engineer corps, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-two, ten

thousand dollars. $100 for survey For the survey of a ledge near Owl's-head harbor, to determine mentorowl's heard the expediency of erecting thereon a breakwater to improve said

harbor, four hundred dollars.
For the examination and survey of the passage

into Cobscook * Cobscovek bay' bay, in the State of Maine, for the purpose of ascertaining the

practicability of removing two ledges whereby the navigation of said bay is materially obstructed, three hundred dollars.

$300 for survey

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

$1000 deepening For deepening the channel of the Cocheco branch of the PisPlacataqua Hiver

cataqua river, leading into Dover harbor, five thousand dollars.

STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.

$1000041, harbor of Pass river.

wreck N. Bodford harbos.

810,000,

break

For the improvement of the harbor at the mouth of Bass

river, ten thousand dollars and forty-one cents. $10,000, removing For removing the wreck in the harbor of New Bedford, ten

thousand dollars.

For the construction of a breakwater at Sandy bay, agreeably water at sunds to the report of a survey made by direction of the Department

of War, transmitted to Congress by the President, April twenty

third, eighteen hundred and thirty, ten thousand dollars. $5000, point of For preserving the point of land leading to the fort and lightfand in Duxbury. house at the Gurnet, in Duxbury, by hurdles or double ranges

of piles, five thousand dollars. $15,00), Rainsford For the preservation of Rainsford island, in the harbor of Bos

ton, fifteen thousand dollars.

Island.

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND.

$10,000,

break

For a breakwater at Church's cove harbor, in the town of Litwater and fourch's tle Compton, ten thousand dollars, agreeably to a survey made

by Lieutenant Colonel Anderson, of the United States topographical engineers, in eighteen hundred and twenty-seven.

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