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(ACT of March 1st, 1792.) 2. Sec. 11. The electors shall meet and give their votes on the said first Wednesday in December, at such place, in each state, as shall be directed by the legislature thereof; and the electors in each state shall make and sign three certificates of all the votes by them given, and shall seal up the same, certifying, on each, that a list of the votes of such state, for president and vice president, is contained therein, and shall, by writing, under their hands, or under the hands of a majority of them, appoint a person to take charge of, and deliver to the president of the senate, at the seat of government, before the first Wednesday in January then next ensuing, one of the said certificates; and the said electors shall forthwith forward, by the post office, to the president of the senate, at the seat of government, one other of the said certificates; and shall, forthwith, cause the other of the said certificates to be delivered to the judge of that district in which the said electors shall assemble.

3. Sec. 111. The executive authority of each state shall cause three lists of the names of the electors of such state to be made, and certified, and to be delivered to the electors on or before the said first Wednesday in December; and the said electors shall annex one of the said lists to each of the lists of their votes.

Sec. iv. If a list of votes from any state shall not have been received at the seat of government, on the said first Wednesday in January, then the secretary of state shall send a special mes. senger to the district judge in whose custody such list shall have been lodged, who shall forthwith transmit the same to the seat of government.

4. Sec. v. Congress shall be in session on the second Wednesday in February, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, and on the second Wednesday in February succeeding every meeting of the electors, and the said certificates, or so many of them as shall have been received, shall then be opened, the votes counted, and the persons who shall fill the offices of president and vice president ascertained and declared, agreeably to the constitution.

Sec. vi. In case there shall be no president of the senate at the seat of government on the arrival of the persons intrusted with the lists of the votes of the electors, then such persons shall deliver the lists of votes in their custody into the office of the secretary of state, to be safely kept and delivered over, as soon as may be, to the president of the senate.

Sec. vir. The persons appointed by the electors to deliver the lists of votes to the president of the senate, shall be allowed, on the delivery of the said lists, twenty-five cents for every mile of the estimated distance, by the most usual road, from the place of meeting of the electors to the seat of government of the United States.

5. Sec. vii. If any person, appointed to deliver the votes of the electors to the president of the senate, shall, after accepting

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(ACT of March 30, 1817.) of his appointment, neglect to perform the services required of him by this act, he shall forfeit the sum of one thousand dollars.

6. Sec. IX. In case of a removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the president and vice president of the United States, the president of the senate pro tempore, and, in case there shall be no president of the senate, then the speaker of the house of representatives, for the time being, shall act as president of the United States, until the disability be removed, or a president shall be elected.

7. Sec. X. Whenever the offices of president and vice president shall both become vacant, the secretary of state shail forthwith cause a notification thereof to be made to the executive of every state, and shall also cause the same to be published in, at least, one of the newspapers printed in each state, specifying that electors of the president of the United States, shall be appointed or chosen, in the several states, within thirty-four days preceding the first Wednesday in December, then next ensuing: Provided, There shall be the space of two months between the date of such notification and the said first Wednesday in December; but if there shall not be the space of two months between the date of such notification and the first Wednesday in December, and if the term for which the president and vice president last in office were elected shall not expire on the third day of March next ensuing, then the secretary of state shall specify in the notification, that the electors shall be appointed or chosen within thirty-four days preceding the first Wednesday in December in the year next ensuing, within which time the electors shall accordingly be appointed'or chosen, and the electors shall meet and give their votes on the said first Wednesday in December, and the proceedings and duties of the said electors and others shall be pursuant to the directions prescribed in this act.

8. Sec. xi. The only evidence of a refusal to accept, or of a resignation of, the office of president or vice president, shall be an instrument in writing, declaring the same, and subscribed by the person refusing to accept, or resigning, as the case may be, and delivered into the office of the secretary of state.

9, Sec. x11. The term of four years for which a president and vice president shall be elected, shall, in all cases, commence on the fourth day of March next succeeding the day on which the votes of the electors shall have been given.

ACT of March 3, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 283. 10. Any person imprisoned upon execution for a debt due to the United States, which he shall be unable to pay, if his case shall be such as does not authorise his discharge by the secretary of the treasury, under the powers given him by the act, entitled “ An act providing for the relief of persons imprisoned for debts due to the United States," may make application to the president of the United States, and upon proof being made to his satisfac

(ACT of April 18th, 1814.) tion that such debtor is unable to pay the debt, and upon a compliance by the debtor with such terms and conditions as the president shall deem proper, he may order the discharge of such debtor from his imprisonment, and he shall be accordingly discharged, and shall not be liable to be imprisoned again for the same debt; but the judgment shall remain good and sufficient in law, and

may be satisfied out of any estate which may then, or at any time afterwards, belong to the debtor.

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PUBLICATION OF THE LAWS. Bioren's edition,

1, 2, 3 | Amendments to the constitution, Naturalization laws,

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10, 13, 18 Register of offices, 5 Pamphlet editions,

11 Land laws,

6 Distribution, Journal of the convention, 7, 15, 18 | Secret Journal, Index,

ACT of April 18, 1814. 1. Sec. 1. (The secretary of state is authorised and directed to subscribe on behalf of the United States, for one thousand copies of the edition of the laws, proposed to be published by John Bioren, W. John Duane, and Roger C. Weightman, and to appoint a competent person to prepare said edition for publication, and to superintend the same, under the direction of the secretary of state, and the attorney general.]

2. Sec. 11. The said secretary shall cause the said copies of the laws to be distributed as soon as may be after publication, in manner following: one set shall be delivered to the president of the United States, the vice president, and to each member of the senate and house of representatives; six sets shall be delivered to the secretary of the senate, and eighteen sets to the clerk of the house of representatives, for the use of said houses, respectively; one set shall be delivered to each of the judges of the supreme court, and clerk thereof, to each of the judges of the district courts, and to each of the marshals, clerks, and attorneys, of each district; one set shall be delivered to the secretary of state, the secretary of the treasury, to the secretary of war, to the secretary of the navy, to the attorney general, to the director of the mint, to the comptroller, auditor, and register, of the treasury, to the treasurer, to the accountants of the war and navy departments, to the postmaster general and the two assistant postmasters general, to the commissioner of the revenue, and to the commissioner of the general land office, each; two sets shall be delivered to the legislatures of the several states and territories, respectively; one set shall be delivered to each of the governors of the several states and territories; and one set shall be delivered to each of the judges of the courts in the several territories: and the residue of said subscription shall remain at the future disposal of congress,

(April 27th, 1816.) 3. Sec. 111. In case of the death, resignation, or dismission from office, of either of the officers before mentioned, excepting the president and vice president of the United States, the members of the senate, and house of representatives, and the judges of the supreme and district courts, the said copies of the laws delivered to them, as aforesaid, shall belong to, and be delivered up, to their respective successors in the said offices.

Sec, iv. The acts passed at each succeeding session of congress, including futụre treaties, shall be printed in a form corresponding with the said edition, and shall be distributed in the same manner as heretofore by law directed. [Altered, Infra, 11, &c.]

RESOLUTION of April 16, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 154. 4. The secretary of state is authorised and directed to cause to be printed four thousand copies of the laws now in force on the subject of naturalization. And, of the copies which may be so provided, two shall be sent to each marshal of a judicial district of the United States, two to the clerk or prothonotary for each court of the United States, or of a particular state, which may, by law, admit persons to be naturalized, and two to each collector of the customs. The remaining copies, after reserving such as the president of the United States may deem proper for the use of the executive departments, shall be placed in the library of congress.

RESOLUTION of April 27, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 154. 5. Once in two years, a register, containing correct lists of all the officers and agents, civil, military and naval, in the service of the United States, made up to the last day of September of each year in which a new congress is to assemble, shall be compiled and printed under the direction of the secretary for the department of state. And to enable him to form such register, he, for his own department, and the heads of the other departments, respectively, shall, in due time, cause such lists as aforesaid, of all officers and agents, in their respective departments, including clerks, cadets and midshipmen, to be made and lodged in the office of the department of state. And the said lists, shall exhibit the amount of compensation, pay, and emoluments allowed to each officer, agent, clerk, cadet and midshipman, the state or county in which he was born, and where employed.

The secretary of the navy shall subjoin to the list of the persons employed in his department, the names, force and condition of all the ships and vessels belonging to the United States, and when and where built.

Five hundred copies of the said register shall be printed; and on the first Monday in January in each year, when a new congress shall be assembled, there shall be delivered to the president, the vice president, each head of a department, each member of the senate and house of representatives of the United States,

(March 9th, 1818.) one copy of such register; and to the secretary of the senate, and clerk of the house of representatives, each, ten copies, for the use of the respective houses; twenty-five copies shall be deposited in the library of the United States, at the seat of government, to be used like other books in that library, and the residue of the said copies disposed of in such manner as congress shall from time to time direct.

ACT of January 20, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 200. 6. The president of the United States is authorised to cause the collection of laws, resolutions, and treaties, printed under authority of an act, entitled'“ An act providing for the printing and distributing of such laws of the United States as respect the public lands," passed on the twenty-seventh day of April, one thousand eight hundred and ten, to be revised, and the acts passed, and treaties formed, subsequent to the publication of the said collection, and relating to the public lands, to be embraced therein; the acts to be digested and arranged in their proper order, and fifteen hundred copies thereof to be printed and preserved for the future disposition of congress.

RESOLUTION of March 9, 1818. Pamphlet edit. 198.

The copies of the laws prepared and printed under the authority of the act, entitled “ An act to authorise a new edition of the collection of laws respecting the public lands,” shall be distributed in the manner following; that is to say, one copy shall be delivered to the president of the United States, the vice president, and to each member of the Senate, house of représentatives, and delegates from territories; fifteen copies shall be delivered to the secretary of the senate, and thirty copies to the clerk of the house of representatives, for the use of said houses respectively; one copy shall be delivered to each of the judges of the supreme court and clerk thereof, to each of the judges of the district court, and to each of the clerks, marshals, and attorneys, of each district; one copy shall be delivered to the secretary of state, to the secretary of the treasury, to the secretary of war, to the secretary of the navy, to the attorney general, to the director of the mint, to the first and second comptrollers of the treasury, to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth auditors, and register of the treasury; to the treasurer; to the postmaster general, and to the two assistant postmasters general, and to the commissioner of the general land office; two copies shall be delivered to the legislatures of the several states and territories respectively; and one copy shall be delivered to each of the governors of the several states and territories; and one copy shall be delivered to each of the judges of the courts of the several territories; one copy shall be delivered to the surveyor general of the United States, the surveyor of the lands of the United States south of Tennessee, to the surveyor of the

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