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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 Mon-
day, the 4th of December, 1815, and ended on the 30th of
April, 1816.

JAMES MADISON, President. JOHN GAILLARD, President of the Senate, pro tempore. HENRY CLAY, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

[Note. 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 Obsolete. property subject to the direct tax, and for other purposes.

for the

certaining

§ 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- uary, for astricts, subsequent to the next preceding valuation, assessment, changes of and apportionment, of the direct tax, the month of April, annu- 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 several collection districts to proceed to the collection of the di- tute 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 collec opinion, proper and necessary.

ry

time for noti

tors to proceed, &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 made applied in relation to the duties on household furniture and gold and silver watches. [Approved, January 17, 1816.]

applicable to duties on household furniture, &c.

Vol.ii. p. 1447.

CHAP. 7. An act to repeal so much of an act, passed on the twenty-third day of Decem ber, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, as imposes additional duties on postage. 1. Be it enacted, &c. 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 government posed by act and maintaining the public credit, by duties on sales at auction, of 23d Decemand on licenses to retail wines, spirituous liquors, and foreign pealed. VOL. III.

173

postage, im

ber, 1814, re

Obsolete. Vol. iii. p. 1654.

The acts lay

ing duties on bank notes, Vol. ii. p.1374.

&c.

1439.

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.]

CHAP. 9. An act continuing in force certain acts, laying duties on bank notes, refined sugars, and for other purposes.

§ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That the act, entitled "An act laying duties on notes of banks, bankers, and certain companies; on notes, bonds, and obligations, discounted by banks, bankers, and certain companies; and on bills of exchange of certain descriptions," 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 Vol. ii. p.1336. and fourteen, and the act, entitled "Ah.act laying duties on sugar refined within the United States passed the twenty-fourth day of July, one thousand eight hordred and thirteen, shall be, and the same are hereby, continued in force; any thing in the said acts in any wise to the contrary notwithstanding. [Ap proved, February 1, 1816]:

Expired. Vol. iii. p. 1587.

The additional duties on goods, &c.

and upon tonnage, imposed by the act of 1st. July, 1812,

continued un

til 30th June,

1816.

Vol. ii. p.1271.

1816, and

CHAP. 10. An act to continue force the act, entitled "An act for imposing additional duties upon all goods, wares, And merchandise, imported from any foreign port or place, and for other purposes,"

$1. Be it enacted, &c. That the additional duties upon goods, wares, and merchandise, imported into the United States, and upon the fonnage of vessels, imposed by the act, entitled "An act for.imposing additional duties upon all goods, wares, and merobandise, imported from any foreign port or place, and for other purposes," passed on the first day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twelve, shall continue to be laid, 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, ty of 42 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 the duties which shall then exist on foreign goods, wares, and merchandise, until a new tariff of duties shall be established by law.

new tariff.

Nothing in this act to contravene

of commer

3. That nothing in this act contained shall be so construed as to contravene any provision of any commercial treaty or conany provision vention, concluded between the United States and any foreign cial treaty, &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, and on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported into the United States, as imposes a discriminating duty on tonnage between foreign vessels and vessels of the United States, and between

re

pealing the

acts respect ing duties, &c.

1509.

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.]

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."

p.

§ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That the act, entitled "An act laying 29th 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.]

to be affected

the courts' not having been

CHAP. 16. An act concerning certain courts of the United States in the state of New York. Obsolete.
§ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That no legal proceeding whatever in No legal pro-
the 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-
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.]

CHAP. 18. An act to repeal the duties on certain articles manufactured within the United
States.

18th Jan.1915, laying duties on goods, &c. Vol. ii. p.1470. 1503.

The act of

27th Feb.

&c.

§ 1. Be it enacted, &c. That the act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying duties on various goods, wares, and merchandise, manufactured within 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 duties on gold, vernment, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a duty plated ware, 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 been incurred in relation to any duty which shall have hereto- ties, &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.

the acts in

receipt of du

posing

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 ton

post, on Brit

ish vessels,

nage or imported in vessels, of Great Britain, than on vessels, and articles 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 hundred and fifteen, be, from and after the date of the ratification of the said convention, and during the continuance thereof, deemed and taken to be of no force or effect. [Approved, March 1, 1816.]

force during

the continu

ance of the convention with Great Britain.

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 the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax 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 the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the District of Columbia."

So much of the

1815, as lays a

6,000,000 dolls. repealed.

1. 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 direct tax upon the United States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same," passed on the ninth of January, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct tax of six millions of dollars for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

Vol. ii. p.
1451. vol. iii.
1922. vol.
p.
Įv. p. 2108.

2. That a direct tax of three millions of dollars be, and the same is hereby, laid upon the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and apportioned to the states, respectively, in the manner, and according to the sums, 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 collection, ac

cording to former acts. Vol. ii. p.

provisions of the act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining 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 tax of three millions of dollars hereby laid upon the United States.

3. That so much of the act, entitled "An act to provide additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the District of Columbia," passed the twenty-seventh of February, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, as lays a direct tax of nineteen thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight dollars and forty cents, upon the said district, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, and for succeeding years, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

A direct tax of
$,000,000
dolls. laid on
the United
States, for
1816.

Apportion

So much of the act of 27th

Feb. 1815, as lays a direct dolls. and 40

tax 19,998

cents on the District of Columbia, for

1816, &c. repealed.

4. That a direct tax of nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine dollars and twenty cents be, and the same is hereby, laid upon the laid upon the District of Columbia, for the year one thousand

A direct tax 9999 dolls. and 20 cents,

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