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the next session of congress, to the secretary of the treasury, to be laid before congress.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the conflicting Spanish claims reported in obedience to the fourth section of the act of congress, approved May the eighth, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two, and recommended for confirmation as valid titles, be and the same are hereby, confirmed, so far as the United States have any title to the same.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all claims derived from the former British government, contained in the reports of the commissioners of East Florida, or the register and receiver, acting as such, who did not avail themselves of the provisions of the treaty between Spain and England, signed at Versailles on the twentieth of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, by leaving said province, but who remained in the same, and became Spanish subjects, and whose titles were approved by the Spanish authorities, and have been recommended for confirmation by said commissioners, or register and receiver, acting as such, be, and the same are hereby, confirmed.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all the remaining claims which have been presented according to law, and not * finally [ *467 ] acted upon, shall be adjudicated and finally settled upon the same conditions, restrictions and limitations, in every respect, as are prescribed by the act of congress, approved twenty-third May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, entitled " An act supplementary to the several acts providing for the settlement and confirmation of private land claims in Florida.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the register and receiver to deliver over all papers relative to private land claims in East Florida to the keeper of the public archives.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all confirmations of land titles, under this act, shall only operate as a relinquishment of the right of the United States to the said lands respectively, and shall not be construed either as a guarantee of any such titles, or in any manner affecting the rights of other persons to the same lands.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That so much of the act of twenty-third of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, as directed that the selection of claimants who availed themselves of the first section of said act by accepting a quantity equal to one league square within their respective grants, which confined the selection to sectional lines, shall not be held to extend to the selection by the claimants of a greater quantity than a section, but the said claimants who have, or may hereafter select, under the provision of said law, any quantity equal to the amount granted in bodies larger than a section in the form of any Spanish survey, or plat of survey, or where the sections are broken by any river, the said land so selected, or which may be so selected, is hereby confirmed to said claimants; and it shall be the duty of the surveyor general to make a survey and certificate of all such claims, to return the same to the commissioner of the general land office, and thereupon a patent shall issue to the original grantee, or to his assignee, if the land has been sold or transferred to any other person, or to the legal owner by purchase or descent.
Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the claimants who are entitled to the provisions of this act, or who may avail themselves of the foregoing provisions of this act, by taking a quantity equal to a league square in lieu of the whole grant, shall be, and they are hereby, allowed the further time of one year, from the passage of this act, to execute their relinquishments, and to file their acceptance of the provisions of said law.
Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the registers and receivers, to restore to the claimants the title deeds on which they may have finally rejected the claims. Approved, May 26, 1830.]
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* CHAP. 20.-An act to authorize certain purchasers of public land to with-( *295 ]
draw their entries and transfer the moneys paid thereon. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following persons shall be permitted to withdraw their respective entries, made with the register of the land office for the district of Jeffersonville, for the purchase of land in said district, viz: Abraham Wiseman, for the northeast and northwest quarters of section four, township four south, range one east; John Bones, for the northwest quarter of section thirty-four, township three south, range one east; Gory Jones, for the southeast quarter of section four, township four south, range one east; Abraham Van Winkell, for the northwest quarter of section three, township four south, range one east; and Joseph Tibbs, for the northeast quarter of section twenty-eight, township three south, range one east. And the receiver of public moneys for the said district shall be authorized to allow to any of the said persons, who shall withdraw his entry as aforesaid, a credit on any purchase he shall or may have made of other public lands in the same district, for the moneys paid on the entry by him withdrawn: Provided, That the said entries shall not be withdrawn until it shall be made appear, to the satisfaction of the register and receiver of public moneys for the said district, that the said entries, or either of ihem, were made in mistake, in consequence of the erroneous marks of the surveyor; and in case of patents having been granted, the same shall be returned to the register, and by him to the general land office, and shall be there cancelled. [Approved, March 9, 1818.]
* CHAP. 235.-An act providing for the correction of errors in making entries [ *316 ]
of land at the land offices.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, in
+ The * folios refer to the pages in the Land Laws, printed by order of the Senate.
every case of a purchaser of public lands, at private sale, having entered at the land office a tract different from that he intended to purchase, and being desirous of having the error in his entry corrected, he shall make his application for that purpose to the register of the land office; and if it shall appear, from testimony satisfactory to the register and receiver of public moneys, that an error in the entry has been made, and that the same was occasioned by original incorrect marks made by the surveyor, or by the obliteration or change of the original marks and numbers at corners of the tract of land; or that it has, in any otherwise, arisen from mistake or error of the surveyor, or officers of the land office; the said register and receiver of public moneys shall report the case, with the testimony, and their opinion thereon, to the secretary of the treasury, who shall have power to direct, if in his opinion it shall be proper, that the purchaser shall be at liberty to withdraw the entry so erroneously made, and that the moneys which had been paid shall be applied in the purchase of other lands in the same district, or credited in the payment for other lands which shall have been purchased at the same office. (Approved, March 3, 1819.]
[ *377 ] * CHAP. 297.-An act supplementary to an act approved on the third day of
March, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, entitled “ An act providing for the correction of errors in making entries of land at the land offices."
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate aud House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That where any mistake, in relation to the correct numbers of any tract of land, not exceeding in quantity one half section, may have been heretofore [ *378 ] made by any * purchaser of the public lands of the United States at private sale, and where one or more payments shall have been made by the person making the entry, on any tract entered by mistake, and where such payment has not been forfeited, previously to the passing of this act, for a failure to complete the payments on such tract; and where the purchaser or purchasers may not, in relation to said tract, have in any way taken advantage of the provisions of the act of the second of March, eighteen hundred and twenty-one, entitled “ An act for the relief of the purchasers of the public lands prior to the first day of July, eighteen hundred and twenty," or of the act supplementary thereto, or of the act continuing in force said supplementary act, and where the person or persons making the purchase has not, in any way, transferred his, her, or their, right to the certificate of purchase, or the tract so purchased, and where no patent shall have issued for the tract so erroneously purchased; and, also, in all cases of an entry hereafter made, of a tract of land not intended to be entered, by a mistake of the true numbers of the tract intended to be entered, where the tract, thus erroneously entered, does not, in quantity, exceed one half section; and where the certificate of the original purchaser or purchasers
has not been assigned, or the right of the original purchaser or purchasers in any way transferred, and where six months, from the time the entry shall have been made, may not have elapsed, or the patent issued for the tract erroneously entered, the purchaser or purchasers, or, in case of his, her, or their death, the legal representatives, (not being assignees or transferees,) may, either, in the cases of entry before or after the passing of this act, and in any case coming within its provisions, file his, her, or their own affidavit or affidavits, with such additional evidence as can be procured, showing the mistake of the numbers of the tract intended to be entered, and that every reasonable precaution and exertion had been used to avoid the error, with the register and receiver of the land district within which such tract of land is situated, who shall transmit the evidence submitted to them in each case, together with their written opinion or opinions, both as to (the) existence of the mistake, and the credibility of each person testifying thereto, to the commissioner of the general land office, who, if he be entirely satisfied (that) the mistake has been made, and that every reasonable precaution and exertion had been made to avoid it, shall be authorized to change the entry, and transfer the payment from the tract erroneously entered, to that intended to be entered, if unsold ; but, if sold, to any other tract liable to entry : Provided, That the oath of the person or persons interested shall, in no case, be deemed sufficient, in the absence of other corroborating testimony, to authorize any such change of entry : And provided, also, That nothing herein contained shall affect the right of third persons.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That either the register or receiver * may administer all oaths to be made under the *379 provisions of this act, and every person, knowingly, wilfully, and corruptly, swearing falsely, on any oath administered to him or her under the provisions of this act, shall
, on indictment and conviction for such offence, before any court having competent jurisdiction to try the same, suffer the pains and penalties of wilful and corrupt perjury.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That, for every oath administered under the provisions of this act, the register and receiver shall be allowed the sum of twenty-five cents, and twenty-five cents for every hundred words of the evidence received and transmitted to the commissioner of the general land office, to be paid by the party making the application for a change of entry. [Approved, May 24, 1824.]
CHAP. 371.-An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act providing for [ *446 ]
the correction of errors in making entries of land at the land offices," passed March third, eighteen hundred and nineteen.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the