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be the duty of the respective clerks of the said courts of the said Territory of Iowa, or their successors in office, with whom the records and proceedings of said cases may be found, upon application by any person or persons interested therein, to make and certify a full and complete copy of the records thereof, and transmit the same, together with all the original process, pleadings, and other papers filed in such case or cases, and which may be removed without mutilating the records of said courts, to the clerk of the said district court of the United States; and when the said records, papers, and proceedings shall be thus certified to the said last mentioned court, its jurisdiction shall be deemed as full and complete as that of the court in which the said case originated had been prior to the said admission of the State of Iowa, or as if the said case had been originally instituted in said district court of the United States.
Approved February 22, 1848.
CHAP. 13.-AN ACT to provide additional quarters near to New Orleans,
for United States soldiers and volunteers returned from or going to the seat of war in Mexico.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. resentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, from the appropriation of five hundred thou. Part of an apsand dollars " for providing for the comfort of discharged lained in the act soldiers who may be landed at New Orleans, or other places to be applied to within the United States, so disabled by disease, or by wounds providing tempo received in the service, as to be unable to proceed to their soldiers at New homes, and for forwarding destitute soldiers to their homes,
,, Orleans. contained in an act making appropriations for the support the army, and of volunteers, for the year ending thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, and for other purposes, approved second March, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized to apply a sum not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars, to the erection, at or near the United States barracks below New Orleans, of a wooden hospital, commensurate with the probable wants of the service; also of temporary quarters for the accommodation of United States troops and volunteers during their proper detention at that post, when going to or returning from Mexico; and for the purchase of additional ground, if any shall be necessary to execute advantageously the objects herein specified.
Approved February 22, 1848.
[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asA register to be sembled, That there be issued, under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, a register or enrolment for the schooner Robert Henry, formerly a British vessel, but now owned by John P. Baldwin, a citizen of the State of Florida; and which said vessel, having been wrecked on the Florida reef, and condemned and sold, was purchased by him, and which he has caused to be repaired and refitted for sea again: Provided, It shall be proved to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury that the cost of repairing and refitting said schooner in the United States, after her purchase by the present owner, exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of building a vessel of the same tonnage in the United States. Approved February 22, 1848.
CHAP. 14.-AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a register or enrolment to the schooner Robert Henry.
[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asthe treaty with sembled, That all the reservations to or for any person or per
the Pottawato- sons named in the treaty of the twentieth day of October,
Reservees may sell and convey their reserves.
CHAP. 15.-AN ACT authorizing persons to whom reservations of land have been made under certain Indian treaties, to alienate the same in fee.
mies of 20th Oc
hold their lands in fee simple.
tober, 1832, to eighteen hundred and thirty-two, made at Camp Tippecanoe, in the State of Indiana, between the United States by their commissioners, Jennings, Davis, and Crume, and the chiefs and headmen of the Pottawatomie tribe of Indians of the Prairie and Kankakee, shall be so construed and held to convey to and vest in said reservees, their heirs and assigns, forever, an estate in fee simple in and to the reservations so made, by said treaty, to or for said reservees respectively.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That said reservees, or their heirs, may sell and convey all or any part of his, her, or their respective reserves; and such sale and conveyance shall vest in the purchaser, his or her heirs and assigns, such title as is described in such deed of conveyance, to such lands so sold and conveyed: Provided, That all deeds of conveyance made before the passage of this act shall stand upon the same footing as those made after the passage of this act, and the rights of the parties shall be the same in one case as in the other: Provided, 'That such deed of conveyance for any of said lands made before or after the passage of this act, shall proved by the Pre- not be valid for such purpose until the same shall have been
No deed to be valid unless ap
sident of United States.
approved by the President of the United States.
Approved March 9, 1848.
CHAP. 16.-AN ACT granting the franking privilege to Louisa Catharine
(Sec. I.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as. Franking privisembled, That all letters and packets carried by post to and lege granted. from Louisa Catharine Adams, widow of the late John Quincy Adams, be conveyed free of postage during her natural life.
Approved March 9, 1848.
CHAP. 17.-AN ACT to amend an act entitled “ An act in amendment of the
acts respecting the judicial system of the United States.”
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as clerk may he apsembled, That in case of a vacancy in the office of the clerk pointed for the of any circuit court of the United States in vacation, the judge the district judges of the district court in the district within which such vacancy occurs in vacaoccurs may appoint a clerk, who shall hold said office until tion. the end of the next term of the circuit court for said district, unless the office is sooner filled by an appointment according to existing laws.
Approved March 9, 1848.
CHAP. 18.-AN ACT to make attachments which are made under process
issuing from the courts of the United States conform to the laws regulating such attachments in the courts of the States.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That whenever, upon process instituted in any of suing from the the courts of the United States, property shall hereafter be at- ted States may be tached to satisfy such judgment as may be recovered by the dissolved in the plaintiff on such process, and any contingency occurs by those under prowhich, according to the laws of a State, such attachment state courts. would be dissolved upon like process pending in, or returna. ble to, the State courts, then such attachment or attachments made upon process issuing from, or pending in, the courts of the United States within such Śtate shall be dissolved, the intent and meaning of this act being to .place such attach. ments in the courts of the States and the United States upon the same footing : Provided, That nothing herein contained Proviso. shall interfere with any existing or future law giving priority in payments of debts to the United States.
Approved March 14, 1848.
CHAP. 19.-AN ACT concerning the courts of the United States in and for
the district of Michigan.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepreThe courts or sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asthe United States sembled, That the circuit and district courts of the United held at Detroit on States for the district of Michigan shall continue to be held June and 2 Mon in the city of Detroit on the third Monday of June and the day in October, second Monday of October in every year, any provision in .
any act of Congress, heretofore passed, to the contrary notwithstanding; and that all writs, pleas, suits, recognizances, indictments, and all other proceedings, civil and criminal, shall be heard, tried, and proceeded with by the said courts in the same manner and at the same place as heretofore.
Approved March 14, 1848. .
CHAP. 20.-AN ACT for the relief of the administratrix of Elisha L. Keen,
the Fourth Audj.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enated by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as.
of Treasury to pay sembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is her such sum as
hereby, directed to pay, out of any money in the treasury not tor may decide to otherwise appropriated, to the administratrix of Elisha L. deceased, pot ex Keen, such sums as the Fourth Auditor of the Treasury may ceeding $594.
decide to be justly due said Keen, not exceeding the sum of five hundred and ninety-four dollars, being a balance alleged to be due said Keen, and credited on the books of the Fourth Auditor for advances to the United States in the years eighteen hundred and thirteen and eighteen hundred and fourteen.
Approved March 14, 1848.
CHAP. 21.-AN ACT providing for the payment of the claim of Walter R.
Johnson against the United States.
[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as$611 31 cents to sembled, That there be paid to Walter R. Johnson, from any for his services, money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of
six hundred and eleven dollars and thirty.one cents, which which will be in full for his services, and payments made by him, in researches and experiments on American coal, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy.
Approved March 14, 1848.
CHAP. 22.-AN ACT for the relief of the heirs of John Paul Jones.
(Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That the accounts of the late Commodore John Paul Accounts of the Jones with the United States be referred to the Secretary of Paul Jones to be the Treasury, to adjust and pay, out of any money or stock adjusted. of the United States in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the principles of justice and equity, according to acts in similar cases and applicable thereto.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of Prize money to the Treasury is hereby instructed to pay to the legal represent-gala representaatives of the said John Paul Jones, and the officers, seamen, and on the officers and marines of the squadron under his command, being citi- and seamen under
his command. zens of the United States, or their representatives, out of any moneys or stock of the United States in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, their respective proportions of the value, as estimated by Benjamin Franklin, of three prizes captured by the squadron under the command of the said Jones, and delivered up to Great Britain by Denmark, in seventeen hundred and seventy-nine; to be apportioned on the basis of the distribution of a settlement made with the captors, for prizes captured by the said squadron, and received from the court of France, and confirmed by Congress in seventeen hundred and eighty-seven; deducting, however, from the share of Captain , Deduction from Peter Landais the sum received by him or his legal represent- tain Landais. atives under an act of Congress approved the twenty-eighth of March, eighteen hundred and six: Provided, That in ascertaining the amount due the heirs of said Paul Jones, if any, no interest shall be allowed on such claim.
Approved March 21, 1848.
CHAP. 23.-AN ACT further to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for
the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.
[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are here- Supply of defiby, appropriated to supply deficiencies in the appropriations ciencies for the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, namely:
For pay of one additional clerk in the office of the Fifth clerk of Filth AuAuditor, rendered necessary by the increase of light-house ditor. business, at eight hundred dollars per annum, from the first of June, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, to the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty eight, eight hundred and sixty-five dollars and ninety-four cents.
For extra clerk-hire for the settlement of the increase of busi. Extra clerk hire ness in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, occasioned by tary of Nary the Mexican war, six thousand dollars.
in office of Secre.