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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, March 7, 1863. Resolved, That four thousand copies of the acts and joint resolutious of the third session of the thirty-seventh Congress be printed for the use of the Senate, with a suitable index. Attest :
J. W. FORNEY, Secretary.
PUBLIC ACTS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS
THE THIRTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS
THE UNITED STATES,
Passed at the third session which was begun and held at the city of Washing
ton, on Monday, the first day of December, A. D. 1862, and ended on Wednesday, the fourth day of March, 1863.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States.
he was again elected, in the absence of the Vice-President, on the 18th of February, 1863, and will continue in that office until the appearance of the Vice-President in the Senate.
GALUSHA A. GROW, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
AN ACT authorizing the holding of a special session of the United States
district court for the district of Indiana.
Dec. 15, 1862
of the U. States
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a
Special session special session of the United States district court for the district district court to be of Indiana shall be holden, at the usual place of holding said held in Indiana. court, on the first Monday in February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and to continue in session so long as the business thereof may require.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all suits and proceed- Process pending ings of a civil or criminal nature now pending in or returnable to said court shall be proceeded in, heard, tried, and determined by said court at said special session in the same manner as at a regular term of said court.
Approved December 15, 1862.
Dec. 19, 1862.
AN ACT to adjust appropriations heretofore made for the civil service of
the Navy Department to the present organization of that department.
ante, p. 510.
Bureau of Yards
Bureau of Navigation.
Bureau of Ordnance.
Bureau of Construction and Repavs.
Bureau of Steam
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Transfer of ap- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Navy Department. Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and
directed to transfer the amounts heretofore appropriated for the pay of chiefs of bureaus, clerks, messengers, and laborers connected with the Navy Department, so that they will correspond
with the present organization and pay as authorized by the act of 1862, ch. 134; Congress of July fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, viz:
Bureau of Equip- For the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, three thousand ment and Recruit- eight hundred and seventy-four dollars.
For the Bureau of Yards and Docks, ten thousand six hundred and Docks.
and forty-three dollars.
For the Bureau of Navigation, three thousand and fifty-seven dollars.
For the Bureau of Ordnance, six thousand nine hundred and fifty-four dollars.
For the Bureau of Construction and Repairs, nine thousand five hundred and thirty-four dollars.
For the Bureau of Steam Engineering, four thousand two hunEngineering
dred and twenty-four dollars.
For the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, five thousand eight ing:
hundred and fifty-eight dollars.
For the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, five thousand eight oine and Surgery. hundred dollars.
Remaining bal- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all remaining balances ances from heresi shall attach to the office of the Secretary of the Navy, and may
be expended by him for such clerical services as he shall judge
the interests of the department require. Further transfer. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one thou
sand dollars, heretofore appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Bureau of Construction, Equipment, and Repair, be transferred to the Bureau of Steam Engineering, and the sum of one thousand dollars to the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting; and, also, that the sum of one thousand dollars, heretofore appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Bureau of Ordnance, be transferred to the Bureau of Navigation.
Approved December 19, 1862.
Bureau of Provisions and Clou
Bureau of Medi
Dec. 25, 1862.
1862, ch. 119; arte, p. 432.
AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to
support the government and to pay interest on the public debt,' approved July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Assessors, col- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the lectors, &c., may
assessors, assistant assessors, collectors, and deputy collectors, appointed, or who may be appointed, under the provisions of an
Commissioner to furnish adhesive
to San and
No greater commission to be at lowed.
act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to support the government and to pay interest on the public debt," approved July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and all subsequent acts in relation thereto which have been or may be enacted, are hereby authorized and empowered to administer oaths or affirmamations in all cases where the same are or may be required by the acts as aforesaid : Provided, That no fees shall be charged No fees therefor. or allowed therefor.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Commissioner of Internal Revenue shall be authorized and empowered, and hereby
stamps, is authorized and empowered, to furnish and supply the assistant collector at treasurers or collectors of the United States at San Francisco, Portland. State of California, and Portland, State of Oregon, with adhesive stamps, or stamped paper, vellum, or parchment, according to the provisions of the internal revenue laws referred to in the preceding section, under such regulations and conditions as he may from time to time prescribe, and without requiring payment in advance therefor, anything in existing laws to the contrary notwithstanding: Provided, That no greater commission shall be allowed than is now provided for by law.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no instrument, document, writing, or paper of any description, required by law to be to be void for want stamped, shall be deemed or held invalid and of no effect for the if a legal stamp of want of the particular kind or description of stamp designated used thereon. for and denoting the duty charged on any such instrument, document, writing, or paper, provided a legal stamp, or stamps, denoting a duty of equal amount, shall have been duly affixed and used thereon: Provided, That the provisions of this section shall Proprietary artinot apply to any stamp appropriated to denote the duty charged cles excepted. on proprietary articles.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That all official instruments, documents, and papers, issued or used by the officers of the United United States exStates government shall be, and hereby arc, exempt from duty. empt from duty,
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, T'hat the ninety-fifth section Instruments reof an act entitled “Ăn act to provide internal revenue to support ed, issued prior to the government and to pay interest on the public debt," approved March 1, 1863, July first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, be so amended that no instrument, document, or paper made, signed, or issued prior to be void. to the first day of March, anno Domini, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, without being duly stamped, or having thereon an adhesive stamp to denote the duty imposed thereon, shall, for that cause, be deemed invalid and of no effect: Provided, That no instrument, document, writing, or paper, required by law to be Instruments &c.; stamped, signed, or issued, without being duly stamped prior to evidence the day aforesaid, or any copy thereof, shall be admitted or used stamped. as evidence in any court until a legal stamp or stamps, denoting the amount of duty charged thereon, shall have been affixed thereto, or used thereon, and the initials of the person using or affixing the same, together with the date when the same is so used or affixed, shall have been placed thereon by such person. And the person desiring to use any such instrument, document, Who may affix writing, or paper, as evidence, or his agent or attorney, is author stamp. ized in the presence of the court to stamp the same as hereinbefore provided. And section twenty-four of an act entitled “ An Repeal or act of act increasing, temporarily, the duties on imports, and for other 1862, ch. 163, 24.
without a stamp, not for that reason
purposes," approved July fourteen, anno Domini, eighteen hun. dred and sixty-two, is hereby repealed.
Approved December 25, 1862.
Dec. 27, 1862.
AN ACT to facilitate the discharge of disabled soldiers from the army, and
the inspection of convalescent camps and hospitals.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatioes of Eight medical in- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there spectors to be ad, shall be added to the present medical corps of the army eight corps of the army. medical inspectors, who shall
, immediately after the passage of this act, be appointed by the President, by and with the advice
and consent of the Senate, without regard to their rank when so Selection, rank, selected, but with sole regard to qualifications, and who shall have
the rank, pay, and emoluments now authorized by law to officers
of that grade. Additional duty Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the officers of the dical inspectors.e medical inspector's departinent shall be charged, in addition to
the duties now assigned to them by existing laws, with the duty of making regular and frequent inspections of all military general hospitals and convalescent camps, and shall, upon each inspection, designate to the surgeon in charge of such hospitals or camps, all soldiers who may be, in their opinion, fit subjects for discharge from the service, on surgeon's certificate of disability, or sufliciently recovered to be returned to their regiments for duty, and shall
see that such soldiers are discharged or so returned. And the Inspectors may medical inspecting officers are hereby empowered, under such direct soldiers to regulations as may be hereafter established, to direct the return to discharge duty, or the discharge from service, as the case may be, of all
soldiers designated by them.
Approved December 27, 1862.
Dec. 31, 1862.
AN ACT for the admission of the State of “West Virginia” into the
Union, and for other purposes. Whereas the people inhabiting that portion of Virginia known as West Virginia did, by a convention assembled in the city of Wheeling on the twenty-sixth of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, frame for themselves a constitution with a view of becoming a separate and independent State; and whereas at a general election held in the counties composing the territory aforesaid on the third day of May last, the said constitution was approved and adopted by the qualified voters of the proposed State; and whereas the legislature of Virginia, by an act passed on the thirteenth day of May, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, did give its consent to the formation of a new State within the jurisdiction of the said State of Virginia, to be known by the name of West Virginia, and to embrace the following named counties, to wit: