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AUG 1 8 1949

EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit;

BE IT REMEMBERED, that ou the 20th day of January, in the forty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1821, JAMES MAXWELL, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

A Digest of the Laws of the United States of America, from March 4th, 1789, to May 15th, 1820. Including also the Constitution, and the Old Act of Confederation, and excluding all acts relating to the District of Columbia, acts establishing or discontinuing post roads, and private acts. By Edward Ingersoll.

In conformity to tlie Act of Congress of the United States entitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.” And also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.

DAVID CALDWELL, Clerk of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

ADVERTISEMENT.

AN Abridgment or Digest of the Acts of Congress, must form a convenient addition to every professional or mercantile library. So many laws however had become obsolete, and so many others had been enacted since the publication of Mr. Herty's “ Digest,” and of Mr. Graydon's “ Abridgment,” that a more modern compilation seemed to be generally desired. I was therefore induced to undertake the present work.

Various circumstances have delayed its appearance, much beyond the period originally intended; and it is now given to the public, probably with many imperfections.

The acts are classed under a greater variety of heads than in the preceding Digests, the arrangement, therefore, being new, was often a subject of perplexity; and I doubt not, might be much improved. I was also frequently in doubt as to the propriety of retaining or excluding particular acts, and have retained many that might perhaps as well have been onnitted. Notes, to shew the constructions adopted in the courts of the United States, composed a part of the original plan; I found however in the progress of the work, that a complete collection of such decisions would swell the book to an inconvenient size, and became convinced that a partial view of them would be of little value. In the latter part of the volume, they were for this reason entirely discontinued.

The laws relating to the district of Columbia, are omitted, because they are in the nature of private acts, and because in that view, they are excluded from the edition of the laws prepared under the care of the secretary of state, and the attorney general, pursuant to an act passed on the 18th of April, 1814.

The list of post-roads established by various acts, I omitted as of merely local and limited interest.

E. INGERSOLL.

January, 1821.

TABLE OF TITLES.

Page.

Page.

Accounts, . . . . . 1 Library of Congress, . . . 568

Alabama, . . ; . 14 Light Houses, . . . . 570

Aliens and Naturalization, . . 18 Louisiana, . . . . . 596

Arkansas, . . . . . 26 Maine, . . . . . 589

Arms and Arsenals, . . 30 Marine corps, . . . . 590

Army, . . . . . 34 Michigan, . . . . 593

Attorney, . . . . . 75 Militia, . . . . . 596

Authentication of Records, . 76 Mississippi, - . . . . 605

Bail, . . . . . . 78 Missisippi Stock, . . . 608

Bank of the United States, .

81 Missouri,

81

.

611

Census, . .

. 97

Navigation, . . . . 614

Clerks in the public Offices 104 Navy, . .

619

Coins and Currency, . . . 108 Offices Limited, . . . . 649

Commerce, . . . . 121 Ohio, . . . . . 650

Commissioners of Loans, . . 123 Paintings, . . . . . 656

Congress, .

125 Patents, . .

656

Constitution, ...

. 132 Pensions, . .

662

Consuls, . . . . 143 Plaster of Paris, . .

628

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. 149 Ports and Harbours, . . . 629

Crimes and punishments,

153 Post Office and Post Roads, . 682

Duties on Imports and Tonnage,. 173 President and Vice President, .699

-General Regulations, 189 Publication of the Laws, . . 702

-Local Regulations, .269 Public Debt, . . . . 709

Drawback of, . . 303 Roads and Canals, i . , 731

Fisheries, . . . . . 329 Salaries, . . . . . 736

Flags, . . . .

335 Seamen, . . .

740

Florida, . . . . . 335 Seat of Government, . . . 754

Fugitives,

336 Ships or Vessels, .

758

Health Laws, . . . . 338 Slave Trade, . . . . 796

Illinois, . .

341 State Departinent, . . 806

Indiana, . . . . . 344 Survey of the Coast, . . . 808

Indians, . .

347 Taxes, . . .

809

Insolvents, . . .

. 363

.

Tennessee, .

.816

.

Judiciary, . . . . 366 Treasury Department, . . 824

Kentucky, . . . . . 431 Vaccination, . . . . 831

Lands-General Laws, . , 432 Vermont, .

832

N. W. of the Ohio, . 443 Vincennes, . . , . 832

S. and W. of the Ohio, 500 Volunteers. . . . . 833

Lands for Military Bounties, : 551 War Department, . . • 833

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