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(ACT of February 24th, 1819.) all such money as shall have been previously ordered for the use of the department of the navy, by warrants from the treasury; which disbursements shall be made pursuant to warrants from the secretary of the navy, countersigned by the accountant.

15. Sec. Ui. All purchases, and contracts for supplies or services for the military and naval service of the United States, shall be made by or under the direction of the chief officers of the departments of war and the navy, respectively, and all agents or contractors for supplies or services as aforesaid, shall render their accounts for settlement to the accountant of the proper department for which such supplies or services are required; subject, nevertheless, to the inspection and revision of the officers of the treasury in manner before prescribed.

Sec. Vi. All contracts to be made by virtue of this act, or of any law of the United States, and requiring the advance of money, or to be in any manner connected with the settlement of public accounts, shall be deposited in the office of the comptroller of the treasury of the United States, within ninety days after their dates, respectively.

ACT of May 10, 1800. 3 Bioren, 393.

16. Sec. I. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to digest, prepare and lay before congress at the commencement of every session, a report on the subject of finance containing estimates of the public revenue, and public expenditures, and plans for improving or increasing the revenues from time to time, for the purpose of giving information to congress in adopting modes of raising the money requisite to meet the public expenditure.

ACT of March 3, 1809. 4 Bioren, 220. An act further to amend the several acts for the establishment and regulation of 'the treasury, war, and navy departments.

[See title ACCOUNTS 13, &c. ante, page 4.]
ACT of July 24, 1813. 4 Bioren, 568.

17. Sec. r. There shall be an officer in the department of the treasurer, to be denominated the commissioner of the revenue, &c

[Certain duties enjoined, now obsolete.] Sec. Ii. The said commissioner of the revenue shall also execute the services with respect to light houses and other objects which were usually performed by the former commissioners of the revenue.

Sec. Iv. The compensation of the said commissioner of the revenue, shall be the same with that of the auditor of the treasury.

ACT of February 24, 1819.

An act supplementary to " An act, to provide for the prompt settlement of public accounts."

Secs. I. and n. [See ACCOUNTS, 33, 34.")

(ACT of May 1st, 1820.)

18. Sec. in. The treasurer of the United States shall disburse all such moneys as shall have been previously ordered for the use of the Indian department, with the exception of those relating to Indian trade by warrants from the treasury; which disbursements shall be made pursuant to warrants drawn by the secretary of war, and countersigned by the second comptroller, and registered by the second and third auditor, as the case may be.

ACT of May !, 1820. Pamphlet edit- 47

An act in addition to the several acts for the establishment and regulation of the treasury, war, and navy departments.

19. Sec. I. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury, to cause to be carried to the account of the surplus fund any moneys appropriated' for the department of war, or of the navy, which may remain unexpended in the treasury, or in the hands of the treasurer, as agent for those departments, whenever he shall be informed, by the secretaries of those departments, that the object for which the appropriation was made has been effected. And it shall be the duty of the secretaries of the war and navy departments, to cause any balance of moneys drawn out of the treasury, which shall remain unexpended, after the object for which the appropriation was made shall be effected, to be repaid to the treasury of the United States; and such moneys, when so repaid, shall be carried to the surplus fund.

20. Sec. Ii. It shall be the duty of the secretaries of the war and navy departments to lay before congress, on the first day of February, of each year, a statement of the appropriations of the preceding year, for their departments, respectively, showing the amount appropriated under each, and the balance remaining unexpended, either in the treasury, or in the treasurer's hands, as agent of the war and navy departments, on the thirty-first December preceding: And it shall be further the duty of the secretaries aforesaid, to estimate the propable demands which may remain on each appropriation, and the balance shall be deducted from the estimates of their departments respectively, for the service of the current year; and accounts shall also be annually rendered, in manner and form as aforesaid, exhibiting the sums expended out of the estimates aforesaid, and the balance, if any, which may remain on hand, together with such information, connected with the same, as shall be deemed proper. And whenever any moneys, appropriated to the department of war, or of the navy, shall remain unexpended, in the hands of the treasurer, as agent of either of those departments, for more than two years after the expiration of the calendar year in which the act of appropriation shall have been passed, or to which it refers, it shall be the duty of the secretary of such department to inform the secretary of the treasury of the fact, and the secretary of the treasury shall thereupon cause such moneys to be carried to the account of the surplus fund: Provided, That, when an act making an appropriation shall assign a longer duration for the completion of

(ACT of May 1st, 1820.) its object, no transfer of any unexpended balance, to the account of the surplus fund, shall be made, until the expiration of the time fixed in such act.

Sec. Iii. In the settlement of the accounts of the war department, for services or supplies accruing prior to the first of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, the expenditures shall be charged to arrearages, and the balances of public money hereafter recovered out of advances made in the war department, for services or supplies, prior to the date aforesaid, shall be returned to the treasury, and, by the secretary of the treasury, be carried to the surplus fund.

Sec. Iv. Nothing contained in the act of March third, one thousand eight hundred and nine, entitled "An act further to amend the several acts for the establishment and regulation of the treasury, war, and navy departments," shall be so construed as to allow any appropriation whatever for the service of one year to be transferred to another branch of expenditure in a different year, nor shall any appropriations be deemed subject to be transferred under the provisions of the above mentioned act, after they shall have been placed in the hands of the treasurer, as agent of the war or navy departments.

[See, ACCOUNTS, 13, ante, page 4.

Sec. V. The abovementioned act of the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and nine, shall be, and the same is hereby, so amended, that the president shall be authorized to direct a portion of the moneys appropriated for any one of the following branches of expenditure in the military department, viz: For the subsistence of the army, for forage, for the medical and hospital department: for the quarter master's department; to be applied to any other of the abovementioned branches of expenditure in the same department: And that the president shall be also further authorized, to direct a portion of the moneys appropriated for any of the following branches of expenditure in the naval department, viz: For provisions, for medicine and hospital stores, for repairs of vessels, for clothing; to be applied to any other of the above mentioned branches of expenditure in the same department; and that no transfers of appropriation, from or to other branches of expenditure, shall be hereafter made.

21. Sec. Vi. No contract shall hereafter be made by the secretary of state, or of the treasury, or of the department of war, or of the navy, except under a law authorizing the same, or under an appropriation adequate to its fulfilment; and excepting also, contracts for the subsistence and clothing of the army or navy, and contracts by the quartermaster's department, which may be made by the secretaries of those departments.

22. Sec. Vui. It shall be the duty of the secretary of the treasury to annex to the annual estimates of the appropriations required for the public services, a statement of the appropriations for the service of the year which may have been made by former acts; and, also, a statement of the sums remaining in the trea

(ACT of February 27th, 1813.) sury, or in the hands of the treasurer as agent of the war and navy departments, from the appropriations of former years, estimating the amount of those sums which will not be required to defray expenses incurred in a previous year, and showing the whole amount which will be subject to the disposition of the executive government in the year to which the estimates apply.

ACT of May 15, 1820. Pamphlet edit. 109. An act providing for the better organization of the treasury department. iSee title ACCOUNTS, 35, ante,page 10.

VACCINATION.

Ad (gent to be appointed, 1 | Letters, fcc. to be franked, 2

ACT of February 27, 1813. 4 Bioren, 508.
An act to encourage vaccination.

1. Sec. I. The president of the United States is hereby authorised to appoint an agent to preserve the genuine vaccine matter, and to furnish the same to any citizen of the United States, whenever it may be applied for, through the medium of the post office, and such agent shall, previous to his entering upon the execution of the duties assigned to him by this act, and before he shall be entided to the privilege of franking any letter or package as herein allowed, take or subscribe the following oath or affirmation, before some magistrate, and cause a certificate thereof to be filed in the general post office:" I, A B, do swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will faithfully use my best exertions to preserve the genuine vaccine matter, and to furnish the same to the citizens of the United States, and also, that I will abstain from every thing prohibited in relation to the establishment of the post office of the United States." And it shall be the duty of the said agent to transmit to the several post masters in the United States, a copy of this act: and he shall also forward to them a public notice, directing how and where all applications shall be made to him for vaccine matter.

2, Sec. it. All letters or packages, not exceeding half an ounce in weight, containing vaccine matter, or relating to the subject of vaccination, and that alone, shall be carried by the United States' mail free of any postage, either to or from the agent, who may beappointed to carry the provisions of this act into effect: Provided always, That the said agent, before he delivers any letters for transmission by the mail, shall, in his own proper hand writing on the outside thereof, endorse the word " Vaccination," and thereto subscribe his name, and shall previously furnish the postmaster of the office where he shall deposit the same with a specimen of his signature; and if said agent shall frank any letter or package, in which shall be contained any thing relative to any subject other than vaccination, he shall, on conviction of every such offence for

(ACTof April 20th, 1818.) feit and pay a fine of fifty dollars, to be recovered in the same manner as other fines or violations of law, establishing the post office: Provided also, That the discharge of any agent, and the appointment of another in his stead, be at the discretion of the president of the United States.

VERMONT.

ACT of February 18, 1791. 2 Bioren, 193.

An act for the admission of the state of Vermont into this Union. The state of Vermont having petitioned the congress to be admitted a member of the United States, Be it enacted, ts"c. That on the fourth day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, the said state, by the name and style of " the state of Vermont," shall be received and admitted into this Union, as a new and entire member of the United States of America.

VINCENNES.

Town lots to be sold, 1 | Also the common, 2

ACT of April 20, 1818. Pamphlet edit. 167.

1. Sec. r. The trustees of the town of Vincennes shall have power, and they are hereby authorised to examine and adjust all claims to lots in the town of Vincennes: and if, upon an accurate survey, it shall be found that there are lots within the precincts of the town to which no individual claims can be substantiated, the same are hereby granted to the inhabitants thereof, to be sold by the trustees, and the money arising from the sale to be applied to such public purposes as may be agreed upon by a majority of the citizens. And the said trustees are hereby empowered, in all cases when they shall confirm claims to lots, to give deeds to the claimants for the same.

2. Sec. n. The trustees of the town of Vincennes shall have power, and they are hereby authorized, to dispose of a tract of land containing about five thousand four hundred acres, which by the fifth section of the act, entitled " An act for granting lands to the inhabitants and settlers of Vincennes and the Illinois county, in the territory northwest of the Ohio, and for confirming them in their possessions," passed on the third of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one was appropriated as a common, to the use of the inhabitants of the said town, the said tract shall be divided into lots, as the trustees shall direct, of not more than fifty, nor less than the quantity of five acres, and shall be sold in the manner, and on the terms, which may by them be deemed most

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