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(ACT of April 24th, 1800.) 3. Sec. v. Prior to the first Monday in December next, all offices attached to the seat of the government of the United States, shall be removed to, and until the said first Monday in December, in the year one thousand eight hundred, shall remain at, the city of Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania, at which place the session of congress next ensuing the present shall be held.

Sec. vi. On the said first Monday in December, in the year one thousand eight hundred, the seat of the government of the United States shall, by virtue of this act, be transferred to the district and place aforesaid. And all offices attached to the said seat of government, shall accordingly be removed thereto by their respective holders, and shall, after the said day, cease to be ex. ercised elsewhere; and that the necessary expense of such removal shall be defrayed out of the duties on imposts and tonnage.

ACT of March 3, 1791. 2 Bioren, 223. 4. Sec. I. So much of the act, entitled “ An act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the government of the United States,” [Supra, 1.] as requires that the whole of the district of territory, not exceeding ten miles square, to be located on the river Potowmac, for the permanent seat of the government of the United States, shall be located above the mouth of the Eastern Branch, be, and is hereby, repealed, and that it shall be lawful for the president to make any part of the territory below the said limit, and above the mouth of Hunting Creek, a part of the said district, so as to include a convenient part of the Eastern Branch, and of the lands lying on the lower side thereof, and also the town of Alexandria; and the territory so to be included shall form a part of the district not exceeding ten miles square, for the permanent seat of the government of the United States, in like manner, and to all intents and purposes, as if the same had been within the purview of the above recited act: Provided, That nothing herein contained, shall authorise the erection of the public buildings otherwise than on the Maryland side of the river Potowmac, as required by the aforesaid act.

RESOLUTION of December 24, 1799. 3 Bioren, 401. 5. Resolved by, &c. That a marble monument be erected by the United States, in the capitol, at the city of Washington, anıs that the family of general Washington be requested to permit his body to be deposited under it; and that the monument be so designed as to commemorate the great events of his military and political

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ACT of April 24, 1800. 3 Bioren, 36%. 6. Sec. 1. [The president is authorised to direct the various offices belonging to the several executive departments of the Uni. ted States, to be removed to the city of Washington.]

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ACT of May 1, 1802. 4 Bioren, 498. 7. Sec. 1. [From and after the first day of Juhe next, the offices of the commissioners appointed in virtue of an act, passed on the sixteenth day of July, in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety, entitled “ An act to establish the temporary and pers manent seat of the government of the United States," shall cease and determine, &c.]

8. Sec, t1, ['I he affairs of the city of Washington, which have heretofore been under the care of the said commissioners, shall hereafter be under the direction of a superintendent, to be appointed by, and to be under the control of the president of the United States. And the said superintendent is hereby invested with all powers, and shall hereafter perform all duties which the said commissioners are now vested with, or are required to perform, by or in virtue of, any act of congress, or any act of the general assembly of Maryland, or any deed or deeds of trust from the original proprietors of the lots of the said city, or in any other manner vhatsoever.]

ACT of July 5, 1812. 4 Bioren, 462. 9. SEC. 1. The president of the United States is hereby authotised, to take possession of the whole of the reservations of pub. lic grounds in the city of Washington, and lease them out, for å term not exceeding ten years, on such terms and conditions as in his judgment may best effect the improvement of the said grounds, for public walks, botanic gardens, or other public purposes.

ACT of April 29, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 122. 10. Sec. 11. So much of any act or acts, as authorises the ap pointment of three commissioners for the superintendence of the public buildings, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed: and in lieu of the said commissioners, there shall be appointed, by the president of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, one commissioner, who shall hold no other office under the authority of the United States, and who shall perform all the duties with which the said three commissioners were charge ed, and whose duty it shall also be to contract for, and superintend the enclosing and improvements of the public square, under the direction of the president of the United States.

Sec. in. There shall be allowed to the said commissioner a salary of two thousand dollars, to be paid quarterly, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. v. From and after the third day of March next, the office of superintendent, established by act of congress of first May, one thousand eight hundred and two, shall cease, and thereafter the duties of said office shall be performed by the commissioner to be appointed by virtue of this act; and to whom the superintendent shall deliver all documents, securities, books and papers, relating to said office; and from and after the third of March next, the commissioner aforesaid shall be vested with all the pow

(ACT of February 24th, 1817.) ers and perform all the duties, conferred upon the superintendent aforesaid.

11. Sec. vi. The president of the United States shall be, and hereby is, authorised and empowered, in repairing the public buildings in the city of Washington, to make such alterations in the plans thereof, respectively, as he shall judge proper, for the better accommodation of the two houses of congress, the president of the United States, and the various departments of the government, or any of them.

ACT of February 24, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 207. 12. Sec. 1. The commissioner for the superintendence of the public buildings in the city of Washington, is authorised to lay off into building lots all that part of the public reservation of ground in the said city, numbered ten, lying on the north side of the Pennsylvania avenue, between Third and Fourth and an Half streets west, embraced by the whole of the front of said reservation on said avenue, and extending back, or northwardly, not exceeding two hundred feet; and, under the direction of the president of the United States, to sell any number of such lots, not exceeding one half of the whole number, and the avails thereof to pay into the treasury of the United States; and in such sales the commissioner is hereby directed to reserve to the United States every other lot, except in particular cases it may be expedient to sell two or more contiguous lots; but all sales made in virtue of this act shall be under and upon the express condition, that the purchaser shall build and finish, or cause to be built and finished, within three years from the day of sale, a good and substantial brick or stone house of not less than three stories high, exclusive of the basement story, nor less than twenty-five feet front, and in failure of a compliance with the said conditions, or any of them, the lots so sold shall revert to the United States, and the party failing shall incur a forfeiture of any and all moneys which may have been paid for the same.

13. Sec. 11. The moneys arising from the sales aforesaid, are appropriated to the payınent of any moneys which may hereafter be expended for the public buildings and public improvements in the city of Washington.

[See title HEALTH LAWS. 6, ante page, 340.]

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What are vessels of the United States, 1 | Penalty on making false registers,
What ships may be registered,
2 False oaths,

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3 Penalties how sued for, Oath or affirmation, 4,14 Coasting trade and fisheries,

21, 37 Measurement, 5 | Passports,

22, 25 Bonds,

6, 15 Ships captured and condemned, Carpenter's certificate,

7 Counterfeiting ships papers, Form of registry, 8, 27, 34 Ships sold while abroad,

28 Ships registered while abroad,

9 Remission of duties, Certificate mislaid,

10 Naturalized citizen residing abroad, 30 New registry where ships are sold, 11, 23 Sea-letters, Master changed,

12 Steam boats, Ships sold to foreigners,

13 | Papers deposited with consuls, Ships bought from foreigners, 16 Passenger ships,

36 Fees,

17 ACT of December 31, 1792. 2 Bioren, 313. An act concerning the registering and recording of ships or vessels. 1. Sec. I. Ships or vessels which shall have been registered by virtue of the act, entitled “ An act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes, (Obsolete,) and those which, after the last day of March next, shall be registered pursuant to this act, and no other, (except such as shall be duly qualified, according to law, for carrying on the coasting trade and fisheries, or one of them,) shall be denominated and deemed ships or vessels of the United States, entitled to the benefits and privileges appertaining to such ships or ves. sels: Provided, That they shall not continue to enjoy the same longer than they shall continue to be wholly owned, and to be commanded by, a citizen or citizens of the said states.

2. Sec. 11. Ships or vessels built within the United States, whether before, or after, the fourth of July, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, and belonging wholly to a citizen or citizens thereof, or not built within the said states, but, on the sixteenth day of May, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, belonging, and thenceforth continuing to belong, to a citizen or citizens thereof, and ships or vessels which may hereafter be captured in war, by such citizen or citizens, and lawfully condemned as prize, or which have been, or may be, adjudged to be forfeited for a breach of the laws of the United States, being wholly owned by a citizen or citizens thereof, and no other, may be registered as hereinafter directed: Provided, That no such ship or vessel shall be entitled to be so registered, or, if registered, to the benefits thereof, if owned in whole, or in part, by any citizen of the United States, who usually resides in a foreign country, during the continuance of such residence, unless such citizen be in the capacity of a consul of the United States, or an agent for, and a partner in, some house of trade or copartnership, consisting of citizens of the said states, actually carrying on trade within the

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(ACT of December 31st, 1792.) said states: And provided further, That no ship or vessel, built within the United States, prior to the said sixteenth day of May, which was not then owned wholly, or in part, by a citizen or citi. zens of the United States, shall be capable of being registered, by virtue of any transfer to a citizen or citizens, which may hereafter be made, unless by way of prize or forfeiture: Provided, nevertheless, That this shall not be construed to prevent the registering anew of any ship or vessel which was before registered, pursuant to the act before mentioned.

3. Sec. 111. Every ship or vessel, hereafter to be registered, (except as is hereinafter provided,) shall be registered by the collector of the district in which shall be comprehended the port to which such ship or vessel shall belong at the time of her registry, which port shall be deemed to be that, at or nearest to which the owner, if there be but one, or, if more than one, the husband, or acting and managing owner of such ship or vessel, usually resides. And the name of the said ship or vessel, and of the port to which she shall so belong, shall be painted on her stern, on a black ground, in white letters, of not less than three inches in length. And if any ship or vessel of the United States shall be found without having her name, and the name of the port to which she belongs, painted in manner aforesaid, the owner or owners shall forfeit fifty dollars; one half to the person giving the information thereof, the other half to the use of the United States.

4. Sec. iv. In order to the registry of any ship or vessel, an oath or affirmation shall be taken and subscribed by the owner, or by one of the owners, thereof, before the officer authorised to make such registry, who is hereby empowered to administer the same, declaring, according to the best of the knowledge and belief of the person so swearing or affirming, the name of such ship or vessel, her burthen, the place where she was built, if built within the United States, and the year in which she was built; and if built within the United States before the said sixteenth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, that she was then owned wholly, or in part, by a citizen or citizens of the United States; and, if not built within the said states, that she was, on the said sixteenth day of May, and ever since hath continued to be, the entire property of a citizen or citizens of the United States; or that she was, at some time posterior to the time when this act shall take effect, (specifying the said time,) captured in war by a citizen or citizens of the said states, and lawfully condemned as prize, (producing a copy of the sentence of condemnation, authen. ticated in the usual forms,) or that she has been adjudged to be forfeited for a breach of the laws of the United States, (producing a like copy of the sentence whereby she shall have been so ad. judged,) and declaring his or her name, and place of abode, and, if he or she be the sole owner of the said ship or vessel, that such is the case; or, if there be another owner or other owners, that there is or are such other owner or owners, specifying his, her,

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