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under his contract with the department, in the year eighteen hundred and forty-five, and if the said Secretary shall be satisfied that said Johns entered into said contract under a mistake as to the standard sample furnished by the department, in consequence of a new and superior sample having been substituted by the department for the one originally shown said Johns, of which substitution he was, at the time of making said contract, ignorant, the said Secretary shall allow said Johns such further compensation over and above Such Mrther . the price stipulated in said contract, as shall be just and compensation to equitable; which allowance, when so ascertained, the Sec.

as is just and retary of the Treasury is hereby directed to pay out of any equitable. money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, March 2, 1847.

CHAP. 42.-AN ACT for the relief of Elijah White, and others.

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[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be authorized to pay to Secret'y of War Elijah White, Charles Saxton, Orris Brown, M. S. Chapman,

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pay them the the respective losses sustained by them, not exceeding in ainount of their the aggregate the sum of one thousand and eighty-one dol-respective logg. lars, being the value of property forcibly taken from them ing in the age by the Pawnee Indians at or near the head of Grand island, gregate $1,081. on the Platte or Nebraska river; and that the sum of one thousand and eighty-one' dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose aforesaid.

Approved, March 2, 1847.

CHAP. 43.-AN ACT for the relief of the Bank of Metropolis. [Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is Secretary of the hereby, authorized and directed to pay to the Bank of the Treasury di. Metropolis the sum of three thousand three hundred and Bank of Metro. seventy-one dollars and ninety-four cents, with interest there-polis $3,371 94, on from the sixth day of March, one thousand eight hundred with interest

from 6th March, and thirty-eight; which sum and interest, in an action com- 1833. menced by the United States, at the instance of the Post Office Department, in the circuit court of the District of Columbia, for the county of Washington, against the said bank, to recover the amount of money therein on deposite at the credit of the Treasurer of the United States, for the service

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of said Departinent, and in which action the said bank filed, by way of set-off, certain demands arising from acceptances of said Department in favor of certain contractors, discounted and held by the bank, and protested for non-payment; and also, a certain demand arising from an over draft made on said bank by the agent for disbursing the fund appropriated for the contingent expenses of said Post Office Department, was found by the jury, under instructions from the court, to be due from the United States to the said bank; and on which finding, a writ of error was taken by the United States from the judgment of the said court, and the said judgment affirmed by the Supreme Court of the United

States, at January term, eighteen hundred and forty-one. Treasurer di- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Treasurer of

redit the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and dithe Bankof Me tropolis for the rected to credit the said Bank of the Metropolis for the amounts charge amounts charged by it in his account therewith, for the seted by it in his vice of the said Post Office Department, under date of the account therewitb.

tenth day of October, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, the same being the amounts of said set-offs, so established in

said action, as follows, to wit: For acceptance For one acceptance in favor of James Reeside, contractor, in favor of Jas. dated seventeenth October, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, Reeside of Oct. 17. 1835, for at ninety days, for four thousand five hundred dollars, with 84,300, &c., interest to tenth October, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, 366 15. and cost of protest, four thousand nine hundred and sixty.

six dollars and seventy-five cents; For acceptance For one acceptance in favor of James Reeside, contractor, in favor of Jas, dated twentieth October, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, Reeside, dated Oct. 20. 1833, at ninety days, for one thousand dollars, with interest to tenth for $1,000, &c, October, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, and cost of pro13 23. tests, one thousand one hundred and five dollars and twenty

five cents; For acceptance For one acceptance in favor of James Reeside, contractor, in favor of Jas.no

fase dated twenty-third October, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, Oct. 3, 1835, at ninety days, for four thousand five hundred dollars, with for $4,500,&c., interest to tenth October, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, $4,969 75.

. and cost of protest, four thousand nine hundred and sixty

nine dollars and seventy-five cents; For acceptance For one acceptance in favor of James Reeside, contractor, in favor of Jas. Dated twenty.

"Moj dated twenty-eighth October, eighteen hundred and thirty18 Oct., 1835, five, at ninety days, for three thousand dollars, with interest for $3,000, &c., to tenth October, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, and 63,321 25.

cost of protest, three thousand three hundred and twenty-one

dollars and twenty-five cents; For acceptance For one acceptance in favor of Edwin Porter, dated twenin favor of Ed ty-fourth April, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, at ninety win Porter, da ted. 4 Apr 35, days, for ten thousand dollars, with interest to tenth Octofor$10,000,&c., ber, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, and cost of protest, 811,355 08.

eleven thousand three hundred and fifty dollars, and eight cents;

For overdraft of Edmund F. Brown, agent for disbursing For overdraft the contingent fund of the Post Office Department, six hun-by Edmund F. dred and eleven dollars and fifty-two cents.

And that the Auditor of the Treasury for the Post Office Auditor for the Department be, and he is hereby, directed to allow a corres- Post Office De

partment to al. ponding credit to the said Treasurer for the amounts so to low a corresbe charged in his account for the service of the said Depart-ponding credit ment.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the amount of the said five acceptances of the said Department, for which it was adjudged by the said circuit and Supreme Courts that the United States were liable in law, and for which it appeared no service had been rendered by the said contractors to the said Department, and the amount of the overdraft of said agent, in respect to a fund not chargeable to the revenues of said Department, the Secretary of the Treasury Amount to be be, and he is hereby, directed to reimburse and pay to the reimbursed to said Treasurer less the said sum of three thousand three hundred and seventy-one dollars and ninety-four cents, directed to be paid by the first section of this act, in order that the said annount may be replaced to his credit in the proper depository for the service of the Post Office Department, and that the said sums so to be paid to the said bank, and reimbursed to the Treasurer of the United States, be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said Auditor Amounts of acof the Treasury for the Post Office Department be, and he ceptances to be is hereby, directed to charge the amounts of the said accep-tractors.

charged to contances to the contractors, respectively, in whose favor they were severally given; and that the Comptroller of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, directed to charge the amount of Am'nt of over. the said overdraft to the said agent for disbursing the con- draft

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agent. Approved, March 2, 1847.

CHAP. 44.-AN ACT confirming the claim of the heirs and legal repre

sentatives of Pierre Dufresne to a tract of land.

(Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the claim of the heirs and legal representatives Claim to a tract of Pierre Dufresne to a tract of land situate on the bayou of land confirm

ed. Siard, in the State of Louisiana, containing six acres in front, with a depth of forty acres, bounded on the west by the lands of Francis Duval, be, and the same is hereby, confirmed:

Proviso.

Provided, That the said confirmation shall amount only to a relinquishment of all the right and claim of the United States to the said tract of land: And provided, also, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to affect the claim or claims of any individual or individuals, or of any body politic or corporate.

Approved, March 2, 1847.

CHAP. 45.--AN ACT for the relief of William B. Keene.

[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep.

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asEntry of a cer- sembled, That the entry heretofore made at the land ofñce at tain tractofland Ouachita, in the State of Louisiana, of the cast half of the made by him southeast quarter of section twenty-six, in township twenty confirmed.

north, of range twelve east, by certificate number four

thousand eight hundred and seventeen, be, and the same is Patent to issue. hereby, confirmed, and a patent shall be issued therefor in

the same manner as for other lands entered at the same
office.

Approved, March 2, 1847.

CHAP. 46.-AN ACT for the relief of the heirs of Louis de la Houssese,

deceased.

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[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asAuthorized to sembled, That the heirs and legal representatives of Louis locate the tract de la Houssaye, deceased, be authorized and permitted to ed to them up locate the tract of land confirmed to them by an act entitled on any vacant « An act for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives land.

of Louis de la Houssaye,” approved second March, eighteen hundred and twenty-seven, upon any vacant public land in the Opelousas land district, in Louisiana: Provided, That said lands shall not be located in less quantities than a quarter of a section.

Approved, March 2, 1847.

Proviso.

CHAP. 47.-AN ACT making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic

expenses of government for the year ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, and for other purposes.

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepAppropriations

resentatives of the United States of America in Congress asfor the year sembled, That the following sums be, and hereby are appro

priated, to the objects hereinafter expressed, for the year ending 30 June, ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand eight hun- 1849. dred and forty-eight, to be paid out of any unappropriated money in the treasury, namely:

LEGISLATIVE.

For compensation and mileage of senators and members Congress-pay of the House of Representatives and delegates, seven hun- and mileage. dred and fifty-five thousand dollars.

For compensation of the officers and clerks of both houses Officers, of Congress, thirty-nine thousand five hundred and fiftyseven dollars and fifty cents.

For stationery, fuel, printing, and all other contingent ex- Contingenciespenses of the Senate, seventy-five thousand dollars.

Senate. For stationery, fuel, printing, and all other contingent ex- House of Reps. penses of the House of Representatives, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

Library.

For compensation of librarian, two assistant librarians, Officers. and messenger of the library, four thousand five hundred dollars.

For contingent expenses of said library, eight hundred Contingencies. dollars.

For purchase of books for said library, five thousand Books. dollars.

For purchase of law books for said library, one thousand Law Books. dollars.

EXECUTIVE.

For compensation of the President of the United States, President. twenty-five thousand dollars.

For compensation of the Vice President of the United Vice President. States, five thousand dollars.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

State Dept.

For compensation of the Secretary of State, and the clerks, Secretary and messenger, and assistant messenger in his office, twenty-six Onicers. thousand three hundred dollars;

For the incidental and contingent expenses of said depart- Contingencies, ment, viz:

For publishing the laws, and packing and distributing the laws and documents, including proof-reading, labor, boxes, and transportation, nine thousand dollars ;

For publishing in newspapers of the States and Territories the laws, &c., of the United States, nine thousand three hundred dollars :

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