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Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the City of
Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the second day

of December, 1799, and ended on the fourteenth day of May, 1800. John Adams, President; THOMAS JEFFERSON, Vice President of the

United States, and President of the Senate; SAMUEL LIVERMORE,
President of the Senate pro tempore, on the 24th of December, 1799;
Urian Tracy, President of the Senate pro tempore, on the 14th of
May, 1800; THEODORE Sedgwick, Speaker of the House of Repre-
sentatives.

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Teste of writs.

STATUTE I.
Chapter I.An Act for reviving and continuing suils and proceedings in the. Dec. 24, 1799.
Circuit Court for the District of Pennsylvania.

[Obsolete.] Section 1. Beit enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Proceedings of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all suits, which were dis

continued by the process and proceedings, of what nature or kind soever, which were

failure to hold pending in the Circuit Court of the United States, for the district of October Session Pennsylvania, at the time appointed by law for holding a session thereof 1799, revived. in October, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine, and which were discontinued by failure to hold the said court, shall be, and they are hereby revived and continued, and the same proceedings may and shall be had in the same court, in all suits and process aforesaid, and in all things relating to the same, as by law might have been had in the same court, had it been regularly holden, at the time aforesaid.

Sec 2. And be it further enacted, That all writs and other process, which may have been, and which shall be issued, by the clerk of the said court, bearing teste of April session or October session, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine, shall be held and deemed of the same validity and effect, as if the same court had been regularly held on the eleventh day of October, one thousand seven hundred and ninetynine.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the judge of the district court of the district of Pennsylvania, to direct the summoned for

next April term. clerk of the said circuit court to issue such process, for the purpose of causing jurors to be summoned to attend at the session of the said circuit court, on the eleventh day of April next, as hath heretofore been issued for the like purposes, returnable to any preceding session thereof; and the persons so summoned shall, in case of non-attendance, be liable

Penalties for to the same penalties as if such process had been issued in the ordinary non-attendance. course of proceeding Approved, December 24, 1799.

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Jurors may be

STATUTE I. Jan. 2, 1800.

[Obsolete.]

CHAP. II.-An Act extending the privilege of franking to William Henry Har

rison, the delegate from the territory of the United States, northwest of the Ohio; and making provision for his compensation. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That William Henry Harrison, the delegate to Congress from the territory of the United States northwest of the river Ohio, be entitled to the privilege of sending and receiving letters free of postage, on the same terms, and under the same restrictions, as are provided for the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the United States, by the act, intituled “ An act to establish the post-office and post roads within the United States."

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said William Henry Harrison shall receive for his travelling expenses and attendance in Congress, the same compensation as is or may be allowed by law, to the members of the House of Representatives of the United States, to be certified and paid in like manner.

APPROVED, January 2, 1800.

1799, ch. 43, sec. 17.

1796, ch. 4.

STATUTE I.

Jan. 2, 1800. Chap. III.-An Act supplementary to the act, intituled "An act to provide for the

valuation of Lands and Dwelling-houses, and the enumeration of Slaves, within (Obsolete.] Act of July

the United States."(a) 9, 1798.

Commission. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives ers may vary the of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the comvaluations in subdivisions of

missioners appointed under the act to which this is a supplement, shall assessment dis- have power, on consideration and examination of the lists, returns, valutricts,

ations and abstracts rendered by the assessors, to revise, adjust and vary the valuations of lands and dwelling-houses in each and every subdivision of the several assessment districts, by adding thereto, or deducting therefrom, such a rate per centum as shall appear to be just and reasonable: Provided, that the relative valuations of the different lots or tracts of land, or dwelling-houses in the same subdivision, shall not be

changed or affected. They may di

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners may rect the varia- direct the additions or deductions as aforesaid, to be made out and comtions to be made pleted by the several principal assessors, or if they shall deem it more clerk, &c. advisable, by their clerk and such assistants as they shall find neces

sary, and appoint for that purpose: Provided, that the compensation to be made to the said assistants shall not exceed the pay allowed to the assistant assessors, by the act to which this is a supplement.

APPROVED, January 2, 1800.

STATUTE I.

Jan. 6, 1800. Chap. IV.-An Act for the relief of persons imprisoned for Debt.(6)

Prisoners en SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives titled to the lim. of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That persons its of gaols as persons con. imprisoned on process issuing from any

court of the United States, as fined under

well at the suit of the United States as at the suit of any person or persons in civil actions, shall be entitled to like privileges of the yards or limits of the respective gaols, as persons confined in like cases on process from the courts of the respective states, are entitled to, and under the like regulations and restrictions.

process from

state courts.

(a) Act of July 9, 1798, chap. 70.

Act of May 28, 1796, chap. 38; act of June 6, 1798, chap. 49; act of January 7, 1824, chap. 3.

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Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That any person imprisoned on process of execution issuing from any court of the United States in civil execution may actions, except at the suit of the United States, may have the oath or have men og ladet affirmation hereinafter expressed, administered to him by the judge of ministered to the district court of the United States, within whose jurisdiction the them by the

, debtor may be confined; and in case there shall be no district judge residing within twenty miles of the gaol wherein such debtor may be confined, such oath or affirmation may be administered by any two persons who

be commissioned for that purpose by the district judge: The creditor

, his agent or attorney, if either live within one hundred sioners. miles of the place of imprisonment, or within the district in which the judgment was rendered, having had at least thirty days previous notice by a citation served on him, issued by the district judge, to appear at the time and place therein mentioned, if he see fit to show cause why the said oath or affirmation should not be so administered: At which time and place, if no sufficient cause, in the opinion of the judge, (or the commissioners appointed as aforesaid) be shown, or doth from ex- shown to the amination appear to the contrary, he or they may, at the request of the contrary, debtor, proceed to administer to him the following oath or affirmation, as the case may be, viz. “You

solemnly (swear or affirm) on making oath that you have no estate, real or personal, in possession, reversion or re or affirmation, mainder, to the amount or value of thirty dollars, other than necessary wearing apparel; and that you have not, directly or indirectly, given, sold, leased, or otherwise conveyed to, or intrusted any person or persons with all or any part of the estate, real or personal, whereof you have been the lawful owner or possessor, with any intent to secure the same, or to receive or expect any profit or advantage therefrom, or to defraud your creditors, or have caused or suffered to be done any thing else whatsoever

, whereby any of your creditors may be defrauded.” Which oath or affirmation being administered, the judge or commissioners shall certify the same under his or their hands to the prisonkeeper, and the debtor shall be discharged from his imprisonment on they shall be such judgment, and shall not be liable to be imprisoned again for the discharged. said debt, but the judgment shall remain good and sufficient in law, and may be satisfied out of any estate which may then, or at any time afterwards, belong to the debtor. And the judge or commissioners, in addi

Proceedings tion to the certificate by them made and delivered to the prison-keeper, district court. shall make return of their doings to the district court, with the commis sion, in cases where a commission hath been issued, to be kept upon the files and record of the same court. And the said judge, or com Powers of the missioners, may send for books and papers, and have the same authority judge and comas a court of record, to compel the appearance of witnesses, and admin

missioners, to ister to them, as well as to the debtor, the oaths or affirmations neces- and papers. sary for the inquiry into, and discovery of the true state of the debtor's property, transactions and affairs.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That when the examination and proceedings aforesaid, in the opinion of the said judge or commissioners, facilitem cannot be had with safety or convenience in the prison wherein the debtor ceedings, and is confined, it shall be lawful for him or them, by warrant under his or may be remandtheir hand and seals, to order the marshal or prison-keeper, to remove the debtor to such other place convenient and near to the prison as he or they may see fit; and to remand the debtor to the same prison, if upon examination or cause shown by the creditor, it shall appear that the debtor ought not to be admitted to take the above recited oath or affirmation, or that he is holden for any other cause.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall falsely taking a false take any oath or affirmation, authorized by this act, such person shall oath or affirmabe deemed guilty of perjury, and upon conviction thereof, shall suffer tion.

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tion of the creditor, shall recommit the debtor to the prison from whence he was liberated, there to be detained for the said debt, in the same

manner as if such oath or affirmation had not been taken. Thirty days Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That any person imprisoned upon after judgment, debtor impris' process issuing from any court of the United States, except at the suit oned may take of the United States, in any civil action, against whom judgment has the benefit of been or shall be recovered, shall be entitled to the privileges and relief though no exe. provided by this act, after the expiration of thirty days from the time cution is sued such judgment has been or shall be recovered, though the creditor should

not, within that time, sue out his execution, and charge the debtor therewith.

APPROVED, January 6, 1800.

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Jan. 17, 1800.

CHAP. V.-An Act for the preservation of peace with the Indian tribes.(a) [Expired.] SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives Penalty on cor. of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That if any citirespondence

zen or other person residing within the United States, or the territory dians, to pro. thereof, shall send any talk, speech, message or letter to any Indian naduce infraction tion, tribe, or chief, with an intent to produce a contravention or infracof treaties, or disturb the

tion of any treaty or other law of the United States, or to disturb the peace of the

peace and tranquillity of the United States, he shall forfeit a sum not United States.

exceeding two thousand dollars, and be imprisoned not exceeding two

years. Penalty on the

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any citizen or other person bearers of such

shall correspond

carry or deliver any such talk, speech, message or letter, to or from any Indian nation, tribe, or chief, from or to any person or persons whatsoever, residing within the United States; or from or to any subject, citizen or agent of any foreign power or state, knowing the contents thereof, he shall forfeit a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars,

and be imprisoned not exceeding twelve months. Penalty on cer. Sec. 3. And be it enacted, That if any citizen or other person, residpondence with ing or being among the Indians, or elsewhere, within the territory of a foreign pow. the United States, shall carry on a correspondence, by letter or otherer, in relation to wise, with any foreign nation or power, with an intent to induce such the Indians and on attempt

foreign nation or power to excite any Indian nation, tribe, or chief, to ing to alienate war against the United States, or to the violation of any existing treaty; their confi. or in case any citizen or other person shall alienate, or attempt to aliendence.

ate the confidence of the Indians from the government of the United States, or from any such person or persons as are, or may be employed and entrusted by the President of the United States, as a commissioner or commissioners, agent or agents, or in any capacity whatever, for facilitating or preserving a friendly intercourse with the Indians, or for managing the concerns of the United States with them, he shall forfeit a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, and be imprisoned not exceeding twelve months.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of the act, visions of a former act applied

intituled “An act to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian

tribes, and to preserve peace on the frontiers,” passed the third day of Vol. i. 743.

March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine, be, and the same are hereby extended to carry into effect this act, and for the trial and punishment of offences against it, in the same manner as if they were

herein specially recited. Limitation. Sec. 5. And be further enacted, That this act shall continue and

(a) Act of March 3, 1799, chap. 46, sec. 105; act of March 30, 1802, chap. 13; act of April 29, 1816 ; act of March 3, 1817, chap. 43; act of May 6, 1822, chap. 58.

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to this.

be in force until the third day of March, in the year one thousand eight hundred and two, and no longer.

APPROVED, January 17, 1800.

STATUTE I.

Feb. 11, 1800.

Vol. i. 506.

CHAP. VI.—An Act to repeal part of an act, intituled "An act to provide for miti

gating or remitting the forfeitures, penalties and disabilities, accruing in certain cases therein mentioned, and to continue in force the residue of the same."(a)

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the fourth section of an act intituled "An act to provide for mitigating or remitting the forfeitures, penalties and disabilities, accruing in certain cases therein mentioned," passed on the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed, and the residue of the said act shall and the same is hereby continued in full force without limitation of time.

APPROVED, February 11, 1800.

STATUTE I.

CAAP. VIII.–An Act giving further time to the holders of Military Warrunts, to Feb. 11, 1800.

register, and locate the same. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United [Obsolete.] States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury shall, for the space of fourteen days after the expiration of the 1796, ch. 46, nine months heretofore allowed for that purpose, by the act, intituled "An act regulating the grants of land, appropriated for military services, and for the society of the United Brethren for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen,” register warrants for military services in the form and manner as is prescribed by the said recited act; and the priority of location of said warrants, and the warrants registered under the said recited act shall be determined by lot, immediately after the expiration of the said fourteen days, and a day for the location shall be fixed by the Secretary of the Treasury, in a public notice given in one of the gazettes of the city of Philadelphia. APPROVED, February 11, 1900.

STATUTE I. Chap. IX.-An Act to suspend in part, an act, intituled "An act to augment the Feb. 20, 1800.

Army of the United States; and for other purposes." Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the [Obsolete.] United States of America in Congress assembled, That all further enlistments under the second section of an act, intituled “An act to augment the army of the United States, and for other purposes,” shall be sus Vol, i, 604. pended until the further order of Congress, unless in the recess of Congress, and during the continuance of the existing differences between the United States and the French Republic, war shall break out between the United States and the French Republic, or imminent danger of invasion of their territory by the said Republic, shall, in the opinion of the President of the United States, be discovered to exist.

APPROVED, February 20, 1800.

STATUTE I.

Feb. 27, 1800.

Chap. X.-An Act further to suspend the commercial intercourse between the

United States and France, and the dependencies thereof.(6) SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all com

[Expired.)

(a) Act of March 3, 1797, chap. 13.

(6) Act of February 9, 1799, chap. 2.

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