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ACTS OF THE FOURTEENTH CONGRESS

OF

THE UNITED STATES:

Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the

City of Washington; in the District of Columbia, on Monday, the 4th of December, 1815, and ended on the 30th of April, 1816.

James Madison, President. JƠhn GAILLARD, President of the

Senate, pro tempore. Henry Cúny, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(Noto.-In consequence of the death of Elbridge Gerry, there was no Vice-President of the United States during this session.]

Chap. 3. An act to enlarge the time for ascertaining the annual transfers and changes of Obsolote.

property subject to the direct tàx, and for other purposes. $1. Be it enacted &c. That, instead of the month of January, The month of heretofore prescribed by law to the principal assessors, for in- April substi quiring and ascertaining, annually, what transfers and changes month of Janof property have been made and effected in their respective dis-wary, for astricts, subsequent to the next preceding valuation, assessment, changes of and apportionment, of the direct tax, the month of April, annua property. ally, shall be, and the same is hereby, substituted and prescribed for that purpose. And instead of the month of May, heretofore The secretary prescribed by law, for annually notifying the collectors of the of the treasu

ry may substiseveral collection districts to proceed to the collection of the di

lute June for rect tax, the secretary of the treasury may substitute the month May, as the of June, annually, if such enlargement of the time be, in his fying collecopinion, proper and necessary.

ceed, &c. $ 2. That the change of times, by this act prescribed and au- 'The change thorized, in relation to the direct tax, shall also be allowed and of times mado applied in relation to the duties on household furniture and gold duties ont and silver watches. (Approved, January 17, 1816.}

household fur niture, &c.

tors to pro

Chap. 7. An act to repeal so much of an act, passed on the twenty-third day of Decem

Vol.i.p. ber, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, as imposes additional duties on postage.

1447, $1. Be it enacted, fc. That, from and after the thirty-first day The additionof March next, so much of the act, entitled “ An act to provide al duties on additional revenues for defraying the expenses of goveromeut posed by act and maintaining the public credit, by duties on sales at auction, of 230 Decem

ber, 1814, reand on licenses to retail wines, spirituous liquors, and foreign pealed. Vol. III.

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merchandise, and for increasing the rates of postage,” passed the twenty-third day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, as imposes additional duties on postage, be, and

the same is hereby, repealed. [Approved, February 1, 1816.) Obsolete. Chap. 9. An act continuing in force certain acts, laying duties on bank potes, refined sur

gars, and for other purposes. $1. Be it enacted, fc. That the act, entitled " An act laying The acts laying duties on duties on notes of banks, bankers, and certain companies; on bank notes,

notes, bonds, and obligations, discounted by banks, bankers, and &c. Vol. ii. p.1374. certain companies; and on bills of exchange of certain descrip1439.

tions," passed the second day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, and the act supplementary to said act,

passed the tenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred Pol. č. p.1336. and fourteen, and the act, entitled “Anact laying duties on su

gar refined within the United States.. passed the twenty-fourth day of July, one thousand eight haridrėd and thirteen, shall be, and the same are hereby, continuod in force ; any thing in the said acts in any wise to the contrary notwithstanding. [Ap

proved, February 1, 1816:10: Expired. Chap. 10. An act to continue in force the act, entitled "An act for imposing additional

duties upon all goods, wargs, and merchandise, imported from any foreign port or place, 1587.

and for other purposes." The addition- § 1. Be it enacted, &c. That the additional duties upon goods, al duties on goods, &c. wares, and merchandise, imported into the United States, and and upon ton upon the iontage of vessels, imposed by the act, entitled “ An by the act of act for imposing additional duties upon all goods, wares, and ist.July, 1812, meroliandise, imported from any foreign port or place, and for til 30th June, other purposes," passed on the first day of July, in the year one 1816.

thousand eight hundred and twelve, shall continue to be laid, Vol. ii. p.1271.

levied, and collected, in the mode therein prescribed, subject, in all respects, to the same regulations and provisions, and with the like fines, penalties, forfeitures, and remedies, for breaches of the law, as are now provided by law,'until the thirtieth day of June next, any thing in the said act to the contrary thereof

in any wise notwithstanding. Additional du- $ 2. That, from and after the said thirtieth day of June next, cent. after the there shall be laid, levied, and collected, in the manner and un30th of June, der the regulations and allowances, now prescribed by law, for until the esta- the collection and drawback of duties on foreign goods, wares, blishment of a and merchandise, an additional duty of forty-two per cent. on new tariff.

the duties which shall then exist on foreign goods, wares, and merchandise, until a new tariff of dutics shall be established by

law. Nothing in § 3. That nothing in this act contained shall be so construed this act to

as to contravene any provision of any commercial treaty or concontravene any provision vention, concluded between the United States and any foreign cial trealy, &c. power or state ; nor so as to impair, or in any wise affect, the proor to affect the visions of the act, entitled “An act, to repeal so much of the provisions of several acts imposing duties on the tonnage of ships and vessels, pealing the and on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported into the United acts cosport.c. States, as imposes a discriminating duty on tonnage between duties, &c

foreign vessels and vessels of the United States, and between

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goods imported into the United States in foreign vessels and in Vol. ii.p. vessels of the United States,” passed on the third day of March, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. [Approved, February 5, 1816.

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CHAP. 14. An act to continue in force an act, entitled "An act laying a duty on imported salt,

granting a bounty on pickled fish exported, and allowances to certain vessels employed in the fisheries."

$ 1. Be it enacted, &-c. That the act, entitled " Ap act laying of July, a duty on imported salt, granting a bounty on pickled fish ex- 1813, continuported, and allowances to certain vessels employed in the fishe- ed in force. ries,” passed on the twenty-ninth day of July, in the year one 1350. thousand eight hundred and thirteen, shall be, and the same is hereby, continued in force, any thing in the said act to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding. [Approved, February 9, 1816.) Chap. 16. An act concerning certain courts of the United States in the state of New York. Obsolete,

§ 1. Be it enacted, fc. That no legal proceeding whatever in No legal prothe courts of the United States for the northen district of New ceeding &c York, shall be discontinued, abated, impaired, or affected, by on account of reason that the last terms of the district court for the said north- having been ern district, appointed to be held at Utica and Canandaigua, held, &c. were not held ; but that every proceeding whatever shall be in the same state, and have the same force and effect, as if the said terms had been duly held. (Approved, February 15, 1816.]

Cuap. 18. An act to repeal the duties on certain arucles manufactured within the United

States.

§ 1. Be it enacted, fc. That the act, entitled “ An act to pro

The act of

18th Jan.1815, vide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of govern- laying duties ment, and maintaining the public credit, by laying duties on or goods, &c. various goods, wares, and merchandise, manufactured within 1508. the United States," passed the eighteenth of January, one thous. And the act of and eight hundred and fifteen, and also the act, entitled “ An act 1815, laying to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of go- silver

, and vernment, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a duty plated wara on gold, silver, and plated ware, and jewelry and paste work, manufactured within the United States," passed on the twentyseventh of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, Repealed. be, and the same are hereby, repealed : Provided, That, for the Proviso ; the recovery and receipt of such duties as have accrued, and remain provisions of oustanding; and for the recovery and distribution of fines, force for the penalties, and forfeitures, and the remission thereof, which have recovery and

receipt of du been incurred in relation to any duty which shall have hereto- tios, &c. fore accrued; the provisions of the aforesaid acts shall remain in full force and virtue. (Approved, February 22, 1816.] Chap. 22. An act concerning the convention to regulate the commerce between the territo

ries of the United States and his Britannic majesty. § 1. Be it enacted, &c. That so much of any act as imposes a Any act, imhigher duty of tonnage or of impost, on vessels, and articles im- duties of Fons

nago or im- ported in vessels, of Great Britain, than on vessels, and articles poi vessels, imported in vessels, of the United States, contrary to the provi&c. than on sions of the convention between the United States and his BriUnited States, tannic majesty, the ratifications whereof were mutually exchangto be of no ed the twenty-second day of December, one thousand eight hunforce during the continu

red and fifteen, be, from and aster the date of the ratification of ance of the the said convention, and during the continuance thereof, deemnconvention with Great

ed and taken to be of no force or effect. (Approved, March 1, Britain. 1816.)

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Obsolete.

CHAP. 24. An act to reduce the amount of direct tax upon the United States and the

District of Columbia, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen; and to repeal, in part, the act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenues for defraying tho expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct lax upon the United States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same;" and also the act, entitled “An act to provide additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining ihe public crodit, by laying a direct lax upon the District

of Columbia.” So much of the

81. Be it enacted, &c. That so much of the act, entitled “ An act of 9th Jan. act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of direct tax of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a di6,000,000 rect tax upon the United States, and to provide for assessing and dolls. repealed. collecting the same," passed on the ninth of January, one thousVol. ii. P:

and eight hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct tax of six mil1451. vol. ii. p. 1922. vol. lions of dollars for the year one thousand eight hundred and

sixteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

$ 2. That a direct tax of three millions of dollars be, and the A direct tax of 3,000,000 same is hereby, laid upon the United States, for the year one dolls. laid on the United thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and apportioned 10 the States, for states, respectively, in the manner, and according to the sums, Apportion- prescribed by the first section of an act, entitled - An act to lay ment, assess and collect a direct tax within the United States ;” and all the ment, and col. lection, ac

provisions of the act, entitled “An act to provide additional cording to

revenues for defraying the expenses of government, and mainformer acts.

taining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the United 1354. 1451. States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same,,

passed on the ninth of January, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, except so far as the same have been varied by subsequent acts, and excepting the first section of the said act, shall be held to apply to the assessment and collection of the direct lax of

three millions of dollars hereby laid upon the United States. So much of

$ 3. That so much of the act, entitled “An act to provide the act of 27th Feb. 1815, as additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government and lays a direct maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the dolls. and 40 District of Columbia,” passed the twenty-seventh of February, in

the District of Co

year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct lumbia, for tax of nineteen thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight dollars 1816, &c. re- and forty cents, upon the said district, for the year one thousand pealed.

eight hundred and sixteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the

same is hereby, repealed. A direct lax $ 4. That a direct tax of nine thousand nine hundred and 9999 dolls. and 20 cents,

ninety-nine dollars and twenty cents be, and the same is hereby, Jaid upon the laid upon the District of Columbia, for the year one thousand

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cents on the

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