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(ACT of March 3d, 1819.) after directed, transmitting to the president of the United States, as soon as may be after such delivery, a descriptive list of such negroes, mulattoes, or persons of color, that he may give directions for the disposal of them. And provided further, That the commanders of such commissioned vessels, do cause to be apprehended, and taken into custody, every person found on board of such vessel, so seized and taken, being of the officers or crew thereof, and him or them convey, as soon as conveniently may be, to the civil authority of the United States, to be proceeded against, in due course of law, in some of the districts thereof.
20. Sec. 11. The president of the United States is hereby authorised, to make such regulations and arrangements, as he may deem expedient, for the safe keeping, support, and removal beyond the limits of the United States, of all such negroes, mulattoes, or persons of colour, as may be, so delivered and brought within their jurisdiction: And to appoint a proper person or persons, residing upon the coast of Africa, as agent or agents for receiving the negroes, mulattoes, or persons of colour, delivered from on board vessels, seized in the prosecution of the slave trade, by commanders of the United States' armed vessels.
21. Sec. II. A bounty of twenty-five dollars shall be paid to the officers and crews of the commissioned vessels of the United States, or revenue cutters, for each and every negro, mulatto, or person of colour, who shall have been, as hereinbefore provided, delivered to the marshal or agent duly appointed to receive them: And the secretary of the treasury is hereby authorized and required to pay, or cause to be paid, to such officers and crews, or their agent, the aforesaid bounty, for each person delivered as aforesaid.
22. Sec. iv. When any citizen, or other person, shall lodge information, with the attorney for the district of any state or territory, as the case may be, that any negro, mulatto, or person of colour, has been imported therein, contrary to the provisions of the acts in such case made and provided, it shall be the duty of the said attorney forthwith to commence a prosecution, by information; and process shall issue against the person charged with holding such negro, negroes, mulatto, mulattoes, person or persons of colour, so alleged to be imported contrary to the provisions of the acts aforesaid: And if, upon the return of the process executed, it shall be aseertained, by the verdict of a jury, that such negro, negroes, mulatto, mulattoes, person or persons of colour, have been brought in, contrary to the true intent and meaning of the acts in such cases made and provided, then the court shall direct the marshal of the said district to take the said negroes, mulattoes, or persons of colour, into his custody, for safe keeping, subject to the orders of the president of the United States; and the informer or informers, who shall have lodged the information, shall be entitled to receive, over and above the portion of the penalties accruing to him or them by the provisions (ACT of July 27th, 1789.) of the acts in such case made and provided, a bounty of fifty dollars, for each and every negro, mulatto, or person of colour, who shall have been delivered into the custody of the marshal; and the secretary of the treasury is hereby authorized and required to pay, or cause to be paid, the aforesaid bounty, upon the certificate of the clerk of the court for the district where the prosecution may have been had, with the seal of office thereto annexed, stating the number of negroes, mulattoes, or persons of colour, so delivered.
23. Sec. v. It shall be the duty of the commander of any armed vessel of the United States, whenever he shall make any capture under the provisions of this act, to bring the vessel and her cargo, for adjudication, into some of the ports of the state or territory to which such vessel, so captured, shall belong, if he can ascertain the same; if not, then to be sent into any convenient port of the United States.
24. Sec. vi. All such acts, or parts of acts, as may be repugnant to the provisions of this act, shall be, and the same are hereby, repealed.
Sec. vii. A sum not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars, is hereby, appropriated to carry this law into effect.
Department of foreign affairs,
1 Seal of the United States,
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ACT of July 27, 1789. 2 Bioren, 6. An act for establishing_an Executive Department, to be denominated the
Department of Foreign Affairs. 1. SEC. 1. There shall be an executive departnıent, to be deRominated the department of foreign affairs, and there shall be a principal officer therein, to be called the secretary for the department of foreign affairs, who shall perform and execute such duties as shall, from time to time, be enjoined on or intrusted to him by the president of the United States, agreeable to the constitution, relative to correspondences, commissions, or instructions, to or with public ministers or consuls, from the United States, or to negociations with public ministers with foreign states or princes, or to memorials or other applications from foreign public ministers, or other foreigners, or to such other matters respecting foreign affairs as the president of the United States shall assign to the said department; And furthermore, the said principal officer shall conduct the business of the said department in such manner as the
(ACT of September 15th, 1789.) president of the United States shall, from time to time, order or instruct.
2. Sec. 11. There shall be in the said department an inferior officer, to be appointed by the said principal officer, and to be employed therein as he shall deem proper, and to be called the chief clerk in the department of foreign affairs; and who, whenever the said principal officer shall be removed from office by the president of the United States, or in any other case of vacancy, shall, during such vacancy, have the charge and custody of all records, books, and papers, appertaining to the said department.
3. Sec. in. The said principal officer, and every other person to be appointed or employed, in the said department, shall, before he enters on the execution of his office or employment, take an oath or affirmation, well and faithfully to execute the trust committed to him.
4. Sec. iv. The secretary for the department of foreign affairs, to be appointed in consequence of this act, shall, forthwith after his appointment, be entitled to have the custody and charge of all records, books, and papers, in the office of secretary for the department of foreign affairs, heretofore established by the United States in congress assembled.
ACT of September 15, 1789. 2 Bioren, 51. An act to provide for the safe keeping of the acts, records, and seal of the United
States, and for other purposes. 5. Sec. 1. The executive department, denominated the department of foreign affairs, shall hereafter be denominated the department of state, and the principal officer therein shall hereafter be called the secretary of state.
SEC. 11. [Supplied by act of May 11, 1820. See title Publication of the Laws 18.]
6. Sec. III. The seal heretofore used by the United States in congress assembled, shall be, and hereby is declared to be, the seal of the United States,
Sec. iv. The said secretary shall keep the said seal, and shall make out and record, and shall affix the said seal to all civil commissions to officers of the United States, to be appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, or by the president alone. Provided, That the said seal shall not be affixed to any commission, before the same shall have been signed by the president of the United States, nor to any other instrument or act, without the special warrant of the president therefor.
7. Sec. v. The said secretary shall cause a seal of office to be made for the said department, of such device as the president of the United States shall approve, and all copies of records, and papers, in the said office, authenticated under the said seal, shall be evi dence equally as the original record, or paper.
8. Sec. vi. There shall be paid to the secretary, for the use of the United States, the following fees of office, by the persons requir(ACT of February 10th, 1807.) ing the services to be performed, except when they are performed for any officer of the United States, in a matter relating to the duties of his office, to wit: For making out and authenticating copies of records, ten cents for each sheet containing one hundred words; for authenticating a copy of a record, or paper, under seal of office, twenty-five cents.
Sec. vii. The said secretary shall, forthwith after his appointment, be entitled to have the custody and charge of the said seal of the United States, and also of all books, records, and papers, remaining in the office of the late secretary of the United States in congress assembled; and such of the said books, records, and papers, as may appertain to the treasury department, or war department, shall be delivered over to the principal officers in the said departments, respectively, as the president of the United States shall direct.
RESOLUTION of September 23d, 1789. 2 Bioren, 76. It shall be the duty of the secretary of state to procure from time to time such of the statutes of the several states as may not be in his office.
ACT of February 13, 1795. 2 Bioren, 467. An Act to amend the act entitled, an act making alterations in the treasury and
war departments. 9. Sec. I. In case of vacancy in the office of secretary of state, secretary of the treasury, or of the secretary of the department of war, or of any officer of either of the said departments, whose appointment is not in the head thereof, whereby they cannot perform the duties of their said respective offices, it shall be lawful for the president of the United States, in case he shall think it necessary, to authorise any person or persons, at his discretion, to perform the duties of the said respective offices, until a successor be appointed, or such vacancy be filled: Provided, That no one vacancy shall be supplied, in manner aforesaid, for a longer term than six months,
SURVEY OF THE COAST.
Survey ordered in 1807,
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ACT of February 10, 1807. 4 Bioren, 79. 1. Sec. I. The president of the United States is hereby authorised and requested, to cause a survey to be taken of the coasts of the United States, in which shall be designated the islands and shoals, with the roads or places of anchorage, within twenty leagues
any part of the shores of the United States, and also the respective courses and distances between the principal capes, or
(ACT of December 23d, 1817.) head lands, together with such other matters as he may deem proper for completing an accurate chart of every part of the coasts within the extent aforesaid.
SEC. Il. It shall be lawful for the president of the United States to cause such examinations and observations to be made, with respect to St. George's bank, and any other bank or shoal, and the soundings and currents beyond the distance aforesaid to the Gulf Stream, as in his opinion may be especially subservient to the commercial interests of the United States.
Sec. II. The president of the United States is authorised and requested, for any of the purposes aforesaid, to cause proper and intelligent persons to be employed, and also such of the public vessels in actual service, as he may judge expedient, and to give such instructions for regulating their conduct as to him may appear proper, according to the tenor of this act.
ACT of April 14, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 82. 2. Sec. I. So much of the third section of the act passed the tenth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and seven, entitled, “ An act to provide for surveying the coasts of the United States," as authorises the employment of other persons in the execution of said act, than the persons belonging to the army and navy, be, and the same is hereby repealed.
Sec. 11. All instruments and property of the United States, and all surveys, drafts, notes, charts, maps and documents, in any wise belonging to the survey of the coasts, be deposited in such place as the president of the United States shall direct.
ACT of December 23, 1817. Pamphlet edit, 9.
An act to abolish the internal duties. 1. SEC. 1. From and after the thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, the internal duties on licenses to distillers; on refined sugars; licenses to retailers; sales at auction; carriages for the conveyance of persons; and stamped vellum, parchment and paper, shall be discontinued; and all acts, and parts of acts, relative thereto, shall, from and after the said thirty-first day of December, be repealed: Provided, That for the collection, recovery, remission and receipt of such duties as shall