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ships-of-war, of a size to carry, and which shall ber, or of lands on which timber is growing, suitabe armed with not less than seventy-four guos, ble for the Navy, and to cause proper measures to each; and there shall be built or purchased within be taken to have the same preserved for the future the United States, six sloops-of-war, of a size to uses of the Navy. carry, and which shall be armed with, eighteen Approved, February 25, 1799. guns, each, or not exceeding that force ;'all which ships and vessels shall be procured, manned, and employed, as soon as may be, for the service of An Act to alter the stamp duties imposed upon foreign the United States : And, in part of the necessary
bills of exchange and bills of lading, by an act, en
titled expenditures to be incurred herein, a sum not ex
“ An act laying duties on stamped vellum, ceeding one million of dollars, shall be, and is here
parchment, and paper;" and further to amend the by, appropriated, and shall be paid out of any moneys which shall be in the Treasury of the Be it enacted, fc., That, from and after the United States, not otherwise appropriated. thirty-first day of March next, the duties imposed
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the by an act, entitled “ An act laying duties on stampPresident of the United States shall be, and he is ed vellum, parchment, and paper," upon foreign hereby, authorized to augment, at his discretion, bills of exchange and bills of lading, shall cease the force of any ship or vessel, now in the ser- and determine ; and from and after the said thirtyvice, or building for the service of the United first day of March next, there shall be levied and States, by allowing an additional number of guns paid throughout the United States, the several and men therein, beyond the established rate, and stamp duties following, to wit: On every skin or according to the respective size and capacity of piece of vellum, or parchment, or sheet or piece of such ship or vessel: And a sum not exceeding paper, on which shall be written or printed any or thirty-five thousand dollars shall be, and is hereby, either of the instruments following, to wit: Any appropriated, to defray the expense of such aug- foreign bill of exchange, draught, or order, for the mentation, and shall be paid out of any moneys payment of money in any foreign country, twenty which shall be in the Treasury of the United cents; any note or bill of lading, or writing, or reStates, not otherwise appropriated.
ceipt, in the nature thereof, for any goods or merSec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the chandise to be exported, if from one district to anPresident of the United States shall be, and is other district of the United States, not being in hereby, authorized to place on the naval establish the same State, four cents; if to be exported to any ment, and employ accordingly, all or any of the foreign port or place, ten cents; any policy of as. vessels, which, as revenue cutters, have been in- surance, or instrument in nature thereof, other creased in force, and employed in the defence of than those specified in the above recited act, when the seacoast, pursuant to ihe act, entitled “ An act the sum for which insurance is made shall not providing a naval armament; and, thereupon, the exceed five hundred dollars, twenty-five cents; and officers and crews of such vessels may be allowed, when the sum insured shall exceed five hundred at the discretion of the President of the United dollars, one dollar. And the said duties shall be States, the pay, subsistence. advantages, and com- chargeable upon each and every bill of exchange pensations, proportionably to the rates of such ves- and bill of lading, without respect to the number sels, and shall be governed by the rules and dis- contained in a set. cipline which are, or which shall be, established, Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, from for the Navy of the United States.
and after the said thiriy-first day of March, it shall Approved, February 22, 1799.
not be lawful for any supervisor, or other person employed for the stamping of vellum, parchment,
or paper, to stamp any foreign bill of exchange, An Act authorizing the establishment of docks. draught, or order, for the payment of money in Be it enacted, fc., That iwo docks, for the con- any foreign country, after the same shall be writvenience of repairing the public ships and vessels, ten or drawo.. And, if any person or persons, be erected in suitable places, under the direction of from or after the said thirty-first day of March, the President of the United States, and that the shall presume to write or draw, or cause to be sum of fifty thousand dollars be appropriated to-written or drawn, any such foreign bill, draught, wards effecting this object, to be paid out of any or order, or any duplicate or triplicate thereof, bemoneys in the Treasury of the United States, not fore the vellum, parchment, or paper, on which the otherwise appropriated.
same shall be drawn, shall be duly stamped, or Approved, February 25, 1799.
shall sell, loan, endorse, or remit any such foreign bill, draught, or order, unless every duplicate, trip
licate, and other bill of the same tenor and date, An Act authorizing the purchase of timber for naval which shall be drawn, or intended to be drawn, purposes.
shall be first duly stamped; then, and in every Be it enacted, fc., That the President of the such case, the person or persons so offending, shall, United States shall be, and he is hereby, authoriz- for each offence, forfeit and pay a sum, not exed to direct a sum not exceeding two hundred ceeding one hundred dollars, according to the nathousand dollars, to be paid out of any moneys in ture and aggravation of the offence. the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated, to be Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if any laid out in the purchase of growing or other tim- person or persons, at any time after the said thirtyActs of Congress.
first day of March next, shall knowingly and than officers of the revenue, and upon all fines, a fraudulently write or engross, or cause to be writ- commission of four per centum; upon all duties ten or engrossed, the whole or any part of any received from officers of the revenue, or which bond, bill, instrument, or other writing whatsoever, are collected and duly accounted for by the said in respect whereof any duty is payable by the acts officers, a commission of one per centum; and of Congress, or any of them, on the whole or any that the inspectors of surveys, not being also supart of any piece of vellum, parchment, or paper, pervisors, shall, severally, be allowed upon all whereon there shall have been before written any stamp duties, and upon all' fines accruing thereupother bond, bill, instrument, or other writing, in on, which shall be collected and accounted for by respect whereof any duty was payable by the said them, respectively, a commission of one and an acts, or either of them, before such vellum, parch-half per centum. And the allowances aforesaid ment, or paper, shall have been again marked or shall extend to the duties and fines which have stamped, according to the said acts; or shall been heretofore, or may be hereafter, collected and fraudulently erase or scrape out, or cause to be accounted for, in manner aforesaid, in pursuance erased or scraped out, the name or dames of any of the act, entitled “ An act laying duties upon person or persons, or any sum, date, or other stamped vellum, parchment, and paper," as well thing written in such bond, bill, instrument, or as to all duties and fines authorized by this act. writing, or fraudulently cut, tear, or get off, any Approved, February 28, 1799. mark or stamp from any piece of vellum, parchment, or paper, or part thereof, with intent to use such stamp or mark for any writing or thing, in An Act concerning French citizens that have been, or respect whereof any duty shall be payable by vir
may be, captured and brought into the United States. tue of the said acts, or either of them, that then, Be it enacted, fc., That the President of the so often, and in every such case, every person, United States be, and he hereby is, authorized to so offending, shall, for every such offence, forfeit exchange or send away from the United States to the sum of two hundred dollars, and costs of suit. the dominions of France, as he may deem proper
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That if any, and expedient, all French citizens that have been, writings, matters, and things, in respect whereof or may be, captured and brought into the United any of the said duties shall be payable, and which States, in pursuance of the act, entitled “ An act shall be engrossed or written, after the said thirty- in addition to the act more effectually to pro: first day of March next, shall be written at a dis- tect the commerce and coasts of the United tance from the stamps or marks which shall, in States.” pursuance of the said acts, or any of them, be Approved, February 28, 1799. placed on the vellum, parchment, or paper, whereupon the same shall be written or engrossed, with intent fraudulently to evade the duties imposed by An Act for providing compensation for the marshals, the said acts, or any of them, the person who clerks, attorneys, jurors, and witnesses, in the courts shall write or engross, or cause to be written or of the United States, and to repeal certain parts of engrossed any such writing, matter, or thing, con
the acts therein mentioned, and for other purposes. trary to the tenor and true meaning hereof, shall, Be it enacted, foc., That, from and after the for every such offence, forfeit the sum of one hun- passing of this act, the compensation to the sevedred dollars, and full costs of suit.
ral officers hereinafter mentioned, shall be as folSec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the lows, to wit: 10 the marshals of the several disduties imposed by this act shall be levied and col-tricts of the United States, for the service of any lected in the same manner, and by the same per- writ, warrant, attachment, or process, issuing out sons, and under the same regulations, fines, penal. of any courts of the United States, two dollars ; ties, and forfeitures, which are provided in and by and in case there be more than one person named the acts of Congress now in force, respecting the in the said writ, warrant, attachment, or process, duties on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper. then, two dollars for each person so named; for And the said fines, penalties, and forfeitures, shall his travel out in serving each writ, warrant, attachbe sued for and recovered, in the same manner, ment, or process, aforesaid, five cents per mile, to be and to the same uses, as are provided in the said computed from the place of service, to the court acts.
where the writ or process shall be returned; and if Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That no du- more persons than one are named therein, the travel ties shall be levied or collected upon any bonds shall be computed from the court to the place of required in any case by the laws of the United service which shall be the most remote, adding States, or of any State, upon legal process, or in thereto the extra travel which shall be necessary any judicial proceeding, or for the faithful per- to serve it on the other; for each bail bond, fifty formance of any trust or duty; anything in the cents; for actually summoning witnesses or apabove recited act to the contrary notwithstanding. praisers, each fifty cents; for every commitment
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the su- or discharge of a prisoner, fifty cenis; for every pervisors shall be severally allowed upon all stamp proclamation in the Admirallý, thirty cents; for duties, and upon all fines accruing thereupon, sales of vessels, or other property, and for re which shall be collected and accounted for bý ceiving and paying the money, for any sum under them, respectively, the commissions following, to five hundred dollars, two and one half per cent.; wit: Upon all duties collected from persons other for any larger sum, one and one quarter per cent.
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upon the excess; for summoning each grand and the fees in admiralty proceedings in the district other jury, four dollars: Provided, That in no courts of the United States, and for other purcase shall ihe fees for summoning jurors, to any poses." one court, exceed fifty dollars; and in those States Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the where jurors, by the laws of the State, are drawn compensation to the attorneys of the respective by constables, or other officers of corporate towps districts of the United States shall be as follows, or places, by lot, the marshal shall receive, for the to wit: for each day which any such attorney use of the officers employed in summoning the shall necessarily attend on business of the United jurors and returning the venire, the sum of two States, during the session of any district or circuit dollars
, and for his own trouble in distributing the court, five dollars; for travelling from the place venire, the sum of two dollars; for attending the of his abode to such court, ten cents per mile; and supreme or circuit court, five dollars per day; and such fees, in each State, respectively, as are alfor attending the districi court, where such court lowed in the supreme court thereof; and in the has the powers and cognizance of a circuit court, district courts, his stated fees, in the cases hereinfive dollars per day; and for attending the districi mentioned, shall be as follows, to wit: for drawcourts in other cases, four dollars per day, and at ing interrogatories, five dollars; for drawing and the rate of ten cents per mile, for his travel from exhibiting libel, clairn, or answer, six dollars; and the place of his abode to either of the said courts; for all other services in any one cause, six dollars. for all other services, not herein enumerated, ex- And the annual suin of two hundred dollars, as a cept as shall be hereafter provided, such fees and full compensation for all extra services, shall be compensations as are allowed in the supreme court allowed and paid by the United States, to each of the State where such services are rendered: district attorney for the districts of Maine, New And the annual sum of two hundred dollars as a Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, full compensation for all extra services, shall be New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, allowed to each marshal for the districts of Ten- Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, nessee, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Sec.5. And be it further enacted, That for all Maine.
services in criminal cases performed by the attorSec. 2. And be it further enacted, That when a ney for the district of Virginia, and for which po deputy marshal, who shall be duly appointed by fees are allowed by law for similar services in the the marshal of any district, shall reside and be courts of that State, he shall be allowed such sum more than twenty miles from the place where the or sums as the court in which the same is renderdistrict judge of such district shall reside and ed shall consider a reasonable compensation therebe, the oath of office required of such deputy, for. before he enters on the discharge thereof, may Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the be administered and taken by and before any judge compensation to jurors and witnesses in the courts or justice of any State couri within the same dis- of the United States, shall be as follows, to wit: trict
, or before any justice of the peace, having to each grand and other juror, for each day he authority therein, and being certified by him, to shall attend in court, one dollar and twenty-five the said district judge, shall be as effectual as if cents; and for travelling, at the rate of five cents administered or taken before such district judge. per mile, from their respective places of abode to
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, that the the place where the court is holden, and the like compensation to the clerk of the Supreme Court allowance for returning; to the witnesses sumof the United States, shall be as follows to wit: moned in any court of the United States, the for his attendance in court, ten dollars per day, same allowance as is above provided for jurors, and for his other services, double the fees of the Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the clerk of the Supreme Court of the State in which respective courts of the United States shall apthe Supreme Court of the United States shall point cryers for their courts, to be allowed the be holden. To the clerks of circuit and dis- sum of two dollars per day; and that the marshals trict courts, in each State respectively, the same be, and they are hereby, authorized to appoint such fees as are allowed in the supreme court of the a number of persons, not exceeding three, as the said State, with an addition thereto of one-third judges of their respective courts shall determine, of said fees, and five dollars per day for his attend to attend upon the grand and other jurors, and for ance at any circuit or district court, and at the other necessary purposes, who shall be allowed rate of ten cents per mile for his travel from the for their services the sum of two dollars per day, place of his abode to either of said courts; and in to be paid by, and included in the accounts of, the case a clerk of a court of the United States marshal, out of any money of the United Siates perform any duty which is not performed by the in his hands. clerks of the State, and for which the laws of the Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That if any State make no provision, the court in which such informer on a penal statute, and to whom the service shall be performed shall make a reason- penalty, or any part thereof, if recovered, is diable compensation therefor. And in all cases of rected to accrue, shall discontinue his suit or proadmiralty jurisdiction, the clerk of the district secution, or shall be nonsuited in the same, or if, court shall be allowed the same fees as are pre- upon trial, judgment shall be rendered in favor of scribed by the second section of an act, passed the the defendent, unless the informer be an officer first day of March, one thousand seven hundred of the United States, he shall be alone liable to and pinety three, entitled “ An act to ascertain the clerks, marshals, and attorneys, for the fees of
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such prosecution ; but if such informer be an offi- appointed to be holden at Rutland in said district cer, whose duty it is to commence such prosecu- on the first Monday of May, annually, shall here. tion, and the court shall certify there was reason- after be holden at Rutland in said district on the able ground for the same, then the United States second Monday of May, annually. shall be responsible for such fees.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all proSec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the cess which shall have been issued, and all rethird section of an act, passed on the eighth day cognizances returnable, and all suits and other proof May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety- ceedings which have been continued to the said two, entitled “ An act for regulating process in district court on the first Monday of May next the courts of the United States, and for providing shall be returned and held continued to the said compensations for the officers of said courts, and court on the second Monday of May next. for jurors and witnesses ;" and the second sec- Approved, February 28, 1799. tion of an act, passed on the first day of June, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, entitled “ An act making an appropriation io satisfy cer- An Act to regulate the collection of duties on imports tain demands attending the late insurrection, and
and tonnage. to increase the compensations to jurors and wit- Be it enacted fc., That the State of New Hampnesses in the courts of the United States," be, and shire shall be one district, to be called the district they are hereby, repealed.
of Portsmouth, of which the town of Portsmouth Approved, February 28, 1799.
shail be the sole port of entry, and the towns of New Castle, Dover, and Exeter, ports of delivery
oply; but all ships or vessels, bound to or from An Act to amend the act, entitled “ An act to provide either of the said ports of delivery, shall first come
for the valuation of lands and dwelling-houses, and the enumeration of slaves, within the United States." to, enter, and clear at Portsmouth; and a collector,
naval officer, and surveyor, for the said district Be it enacted, fc., That so much of the act, shall be appointed, to reside at Portsmouth; and entitled “ An act to provide for the valuation of the authority of the officers of the said district shall, lands and dwelling-houses, and the enumeration for the purposes of this act, extend to the northof slaves, within the United States," as requires ern boundary line of the said State of New Hampthat the lists to be delivered in pursuance of shire, adjoining to the British colony of Lower the ninth section thereof, shall specify, in respect Canada. to dwelling-houses, " the number and dimensions
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in the of their windows,” shall be, and hereby is, re- State of Massachusetts there shall be twenty-two pealed.
districts and ports of entry, to wit: Newburyport, Sec. 2. And be it further enacted. That the Ipswich, Gloucester, Salem, and Beverly, as one ; commissioners under the said act, for each State Marblehead, Boston, and Charlestown, as one; respectively, shall be, and hereby are, authorized Plymouth, Barnstable. Nantucket, Edgartown. to extend the time thereby allowed for receiving New Bedford, Dighton. York, Biddeford, and Pepappeals by the principal assessors, and also the perelborough, as one; Portland and Falmouth, as time so allowed for returning lists by the assist- one; Bath, Wiscasset, Penobscot, Frenchman's ant assessors in all cases where the said commis- Bay, Machias, Passamaquoddy, and Waldobosioners shall deem such an extension necessary, rough. and for such time as they shall think expedient, To the district of Newbury port shall be annexed and that so much of the twentieth section of the the several towns, or landing places, of Amesbury, abovementioned act, as requires all appeals to be Salisbury, Haverhill, and Newbury, which shall made in writing, be, and it is hereby, repealed. be ports of delivery oply; and a collector, naval
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, "That the officer, and surveyor, for the district, shall be apSecretary of the Treasury shall be, and hereby pointed to reside at Newburyport is, authorized and empowered, under the direction Tothe district of Gloucester shall be annexed the of the President of the United States, to augment, town of Manchester, as a port of delivery only; in cases where he may find it necessary, the com- and a collector and surveyor shall be appointed for pensations fixed for principal and assistant assess the district, to reside at Gloucester. ors, by said act, so, however, as that no principal To the district of Salem and Beverly shall be or assistant assessor shall, in any case, receive annexed the town or landing place of Danvers. more than two dollars per day, which additional as a port of delivery only; and a collector, naval compensations shall be subject to the same rules officer, and surveyor, for the district, shall be apof settlement as are established by the aforesaid pointed, to reside at Salem, and a surveyor to react, respecting the compensations therein fixed for side at the town of Beverly. principal and assistant assessors.
To the district of Marblehead shall be annexed Approved, February 28, 1799.
the town of Lynn, as a port of delivery only; and a collector for the district shall be appointed, to
reside at Marblehead. An Act altering the time of holding the district court To the district of Boston and Charlestown shall in Vermont.
be annexed the towns or landing places of MedBe it enacted, fc., That the session of the dis- ford, Cohasset, Hingham, and Weymouth, as ports trict court for the district of Vermont, by law of delivery only; and a collector, naval officer, Acts of Congress. and surveyor, for the district, shall be appointed, to at the said ports of Machias and Passamaquoddy, reside at Boston.
respectively. To the district of Plymouth shall be annexed To the district of Waldoborough shall be anthe several towns or landing places of Scituate, nexed the towns of Bristol, Nobleborough, WarDuxbury, and Kingston, as ports of delivery only; ren, Thomaston, Cushing, and Cambden ; also and a collector for the district shall be appointed, that part of a place called Ducktrap, which lies to reside at Plymouth.
between the towns of Cambden and North port, To the district of Barnstable shall be annexed as ports of delivery only; and a collector for the the several towns or landing places of Sandwich, district shall be appointed, to reside at WaldoboFalmouth, Hardwich, Wellheet, Provincetown, rough, and a surveyor, to reside at Thomaston. and Chatham, as ports of delivery only; and a The district of Ipswich shall include the town collector for the district shall be appointed, to re- of Ipswich, as a port of entry only; and a collector side at Barnstable.
for the district shall be appointed, to reside at In the district of Nantucket, the port of Nan- | Ipswich. tucket shall be the sole port of entry and delivery; The district of Newburyport shall include all the and a collector for the district shall be appointed, waters and shores from the State of New Hampto reside at Nantucket.
shire to the north line of Ipswich. In the district of Edgartown, a collector for
The district of Gloucester shall include all the the district shall be appointed, io reside at Ed- waters and shores in the towns of Gloucester and
To the district of New Bedford shall be an- The district of Salem and Beverly shall include nexed Westport, Rochester, and Wareham, as all the shores and waters within the towns of Bevports of delivery only; and a collector for the erly, Salem, and Danvers. district shall be appointed, to reside at New Bed
The district of Marblehead shall include all the ford.
waters and shores within the towns of Marble
head and Lynn. To the district of Dighton shall be annexed
The district of Boston and Charlestown shall inSwansey, Somerset, Freetown, Berkeley, and Taunton, as ports of delivery only; and à col- clude all the waters and shores within the counlector for the district shall be appointed, to reside ties of Middlesex, Suffolk, and Norfolk. at Dighton.
The district of Plymouth shall include all the To the district of York shall be annexed Kitte-waters and shores within the county of Plymouth, ry and Berwick, as ports of delivery only; and a
excepting the towns of Wareham and Rochester. collector for the district shall be appointed, to re-waters and shores within the county of Barnstable.
The district of Barnstable shall include all the side at York. To the district of Biddeford and Pepperelbo- island of Nantucket.
The district of Nantucket shall include the rough shall be annexed Scarborough, Wells, Kennebunk, and Cape Porpoise, as ports of delivery waters and shores within the county of Duke's
The district of Edgartown shall include all the only; and a collector for the district shall be ap.
county pointed, to reside at Biddeford.
The district of New Bedford shall include all To the district of Portland and Falmouth shall the waters and shores within the towns of New be annexed North Yarmouth, Brunswick, Free- Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Rochester, and port, and Harpswell, as ports of delivery only; and Wareham, together with all the islands within a collector and surveyor shall be appointed for the the county of Bristol. district, to reside at Portland. To the district of Bath shall be annexed Hal waters and shores on Taunton river, and in the
The district of Dighton shall include all the lowell, Pittstown, Topsham, Georgetown, and town of Rehoboth. Brunswick, as ports of delivery only; and a col- The district of Waldoborough shall include all lector for the district shall be appointed, to reside the waters and shores from the middle of Damarat Bath. To the district of Wiscasset shall be annexed of North pori
ascotty river, to the southwardly side of the town the town of Boothbay, as a port of delivery only; The collectors of the several districts within and a collector for the district shall be appointed, that part of the State of Massachusetts, eastward to reside at Wiscasset. To the district of Penobscot shall be annexed upon a divisional line between their respective
of New Hampshire, shall; from time to time, agree Frankfort, Bluebill, Hampden, and Deer Island, districts, and transmit the same to the Comptrolas ports of delivery only; and a collector for the ler of the Treasury; and such districts, so agreed district shall be appointed, to reside at Castine; upon, shall include all the waters, shores, and which shall be the port of entry for the said dis- islands within the same, and all the lands adtrict.
joining to the British colonies of New Brunswick To the district of Frenchman's Bay shall be an- and Lower Canada, within the eastern part of the nexed Union River, as a port of delivery only; State of Massachusetts aforesaid. And in case of and a collector for the district shall be appointed, disagreement between any of the said collectors to reside at Frenchman's Bay.
concerning such divisional line, the President of For each of the districts of Machias and Passa- the United States shall determine the same. maquoddy, shall be appointed a collector, to reside Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in the