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establish the northern boundary of the State of Ohio, and to provide for the admission of the State of Michigan into the Union upon the conditions therein expressed," a convention of delegates, elected by the people of the said State of Michigan, for the sole purpose of giving their assent to the boundaries of the said State of Michigan as described, declared, and established, in and by the said act, did, on the fifteenth of December, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, assent to the provisions of said act, therefore:

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[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen tatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the State of Michigan shall be one, and is hereby declared Admitted to be one, of the United States of America, and admitted into the Union. the Union on an equal footing with the original States, in all respects whatever.

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SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of Entitled to a dethe Treasury, in carrying into effect the thirteenth and fourteenth plus revenue. sections of the act of the twenty-third of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, entitled "An act to regulate the deposites of the public money," shall consider the State of Michigan as being one of the United States.

Approved, January 26th, 1837.

CHAP. 7. An ACT for the relief of Robert P. Letcher and Thomas P. Moore.

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[SEC 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be paid out of any money in the Treasury not other- Each to be paid wise appropriated, to Robert P. Letcher, the sum of one thousand five hundred and forty-four dollars, and to Thomas P. Moore, the like sum of one thousand five hundred and forty-four dollars, the same being at the rate of eight dollars per day from the second day of December, one thousand eight hundred and thirtythree, to the twelfth of June, eighteen hundred and thirty-four, both inclusive, being the period occupied by the House of Representatives of the United States of the twenty-third Congress, in deciding the contest for a seat in the said House, as the Representative for the fifth Congressional district of the State of Kentucky, which seat was claimed by each of said parties; and that the allowance for travelling, as fixed by law for a member of And allowance Congress, be, and the same is hereby, granted and allowed to the said Robert P. Letcher, and to the said Thomas P. Moore, for coming to, and returning from, the seat of Government to their residences, respectively, upon the most usual and accustomed route of travel; the amount of which allowance shall be ascertained by the accounting officers, and paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, January 31st, 1837.

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CHAP. 8. An ACT for the relief of Norman Holt.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen tatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Shall be entitled That Norman Holt, of Owen county in the State of Indiana,shall be to one quarter entitled to enter one quarter-quarter section of land, on any of the of land. unsold lands in the Vincennes land district in said State, subject to On surrendering, entry at private sale, on his first surrendering to the United States, at the said office, the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section number twenty-five, in township twelve north, and range five west; and that the money paid by said Holt for the entry of said tract, shall be applied to the payment of such other tract or quarter-quarter section, as the said Holt may enter in said district. Approved, January 31st, 1837:

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CHAP. 9. An ACT to authorize certain rail-road companies to construct railroads through the public lands in the Territory of Florida.

[SEC 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen talives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Florida That the East Florida Rail-road Company, a corporation estabpany author- lished by an act of the Governor and Legislative Council of the ized to locate Territory of Florida, approved the fourteenth of February, anno rail-road, com Domini eighteen hundred and thirty-five, be, and they hereby are, St. John's riv. authorized to locate and construct a rail-road on the following

and construct a

mencing on the

er, &c.

May pass over

route, to wit: commencing on the St. John's river and thence in the most convenient and suitable direction to Tallahassee or the waters of St. Mark's river or bay, on the Gulf of Mexico, or to any other point east of or between the St. Mark's and Appalachicola rivers, which may be selected by said company.

SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That the said company the public lands. is further authorized, wherever said route shall pass over the public lands of the United States, to locate the same thereon, eighty feet wide; which said location, if made according to the true intent and meaning of this act, shall be enjoyed by said company so long as they maintain the said road for the public accommodation.

Timber,

&c.,

Conditions to be

SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That the said company shall have the right to take from the said public lands, timber, stone, and earth, whenever it may be convenient for the construction of any part of said way running through the same; also to deposite and leave such materials upon such lands, whenever it may be necessary; also, to cut drains, where necessary, through the same; and during the period of the construction of said way, to occupy said lands along said route, doing as little injury thereto as may be.

SECTION 4. And be it further enacted, That to entitle the complied with said company to the enjoyment of the privileges herein provided for, they shall comply with the following conditions, to wit:

by said compa

ny.

First, They shall cause the said route, whenever it passes over the public lands, to be surveyed, and the location of the

way to be accurately delineated in their proper connexion, and 1837. a map thereof, and a copy of the locations, to be returned and deposited in the' General Land Office, within six months from the date of the final location of the said road.

Second, They shall cause permanent monuments to be erected along said route, conforming to such locations and maps, defining the limits of the way.

Third, Wherever the said rail-way shall intersect a highway or travelled way on the public lands, that way or ways shall be left unobstructed.

Fourth, Wherever it shall cross a stream or low grounds, such provision shall be made for draining off the water as to leave the said public lands uninjured by said rail-way.

Fifth, They shall complete the said way within the time provided for in the act of incorporation.

Sixth, Said location of said way shall be considered and treated as open way, and be kept up as such, and the lands abutting thereon shall be considered as abutting upon a public way.

be reserved by

pany of routes to be surveyed,

&c.

SECTION 5. And be it further enacted, That the sections and Public lands to quarter sections of public lands over which the said road may the U. S.&c. pass, shall be reserved by the United States for two years after the final location of the said way; and to this end the said company shall, as soon as they have resolved to survey or examine any route, give notice to the register of the land district in which Notice to be giv the lands may be over which they intend to pass; and when the en by the counfinal location is made, a further notice of that fact shall be given, in like manner, of the lands over which it actually passes, which said last mentioned lands shall be reserved as aforesaid from sale: Provided, That neither the said company nor any other person Proviso. shall be authorized to settle on the said reserved sections or quarter sections; and no person so settling shall acquire thereby a pre-emptive right or claim to the said reserved lands, or to any part thereof; and if said company shall fail to give prompt and seasonable notice in both the above cases, they shall forfeit their privileges under, this act.

SECTION 6. And be it further enacted, That the time for mak- Time for making ing the surveys and commencing the work, as prescribed in the erveys. &c., said act of incorporation, be, and the same is hereby, extended for one year after the passage of this act.

may provide

construction of to

cross or inter

SECTION 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall be law- Governor, &c., ful for the Governor and Legislative Council of the said Terri- by law for the tory, or for the Legislature of the State of Florida hereafter, to fail-roads provide by law for the construction of rail-roads from the Appa- cross or lachicola river, or from any other point, to cross or intersect the abovementioned rail-road, from the Georgia State line to the Gulf of Mexico.

SECTION 8. And be it further enacted, That the said East E. F. Rail-road Company may Florida Rail-road Company be, and they are hereby authorized cross proposed to cross the rail-road proposed to be made at any point between Tallahassee and St. Mark's.

rail-road at,&c

stock.

SECTION 9. And be it further enacted, That the Territory or Florida may take State of Florida shall, at the end of twenty years, have the privi

1837. lege of taking one-fourth of the stock at par, by paying to the company the interest on the investment.

Acts repealed.

Pensacola

Perdido Rail

may make rail

SECTION 10. And be it further enacted, That all acts or parts of acts of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, inconsistent with the foregoing provisions, be, and the same are hereby annulled.

and SECTION 11. And be it further enacted, That the Pensacola road Company and Perdido Rail-road Company, organized under acts of the road from, &c. Governor and Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, and of the State of Alabama, be, and they are hereby, authorized to make a rail-road from Pensacola to the waters of Mobile bay Brunswick and or river; and also, that the Brunswick and Florida Rail-road road Company Company incorporated by an act of the Legislature of Georgia, may extend their rail-road be, and they are hereby, authorized to extend their rail-road

Flo:ida Rail

from, &c.

Lake Winnico

Canal and Rail.

may construct

Tallahassee.

from the Georgia line to the city of Tallahassee, and thence to the river Appalachicola, or St. George's sound, upon the same conditions and limitations contained in the foregoing provisions of this act.

SECTION 12. And be it further enacted, That the Lake Winand St. Joseph's nico and St. Joseph's Canal and Rail-road Company, organized road Company under acts of the Governor and Legislative Council of the Terrirail-road from tory of Florida, be, and they are hereby authorized to locate St. Joseph to and construct a rail-road from the city of St. Joseph to the city of Tallahassee, in said Territory, upon the same conditions and limitations contained in the foregoing provisions of this act; and in the construction of said road, may cross, or intersect, and form a junction with, any other rail road which may be made west of the city of Tallahassee.

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Approved, January 31st, 1837.

CHAP. 10. An ACT for the relief of Andrew Knox.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen tatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, May purchase That Andrew Knox, of Washington county, in the State of &c., in Choc Mississippi, be, and he is hereby, authorized and permitted to

Fection sixteen,

taw district.

A section to be reserved for

purchase, upon the payment of the minimum price to the receiver of the proper land district, section sixteen, in township fourteen, range nine west, in the Choctaw district, in said State, the purchase of which section heretofore was prevented by the illegal numbering of the sections in said township.

SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the public schools, duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to cause to be selected and reserved for the use of schools within the said township, numbered fourteen, in lieu of the aforesaid section, a section land in equal extent in said Choctaw land district.

Approved, February 3d, 1837.

CHAP. 11. An ACT for the relief of John E. Wool.

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[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the thirteenth section of the act of June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and thirty-four, entitled "An act to provide for the organization of the Department of Indian Affairs," as prescribes that all merchandise required by any Indian treaty for the Indians payable after making of such treaty, shall be purchased under the direction of the Secretary of War, upon proposals to be received to be based on notices previously to be given," be dispensed with so far as it may affect the purchases made by Brigadier General J. E. Wool under the eighteenth article of the treaty with the Cherokee Indians of December twenth-ninth, eighteen hundred and thirty-five, prior to the second day of November, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, and that the sums expended by him previous to that date be passed to his credit in the settlement of his accounts, and the drafts drawn by him on Settlement the Department of War on account thereof, be paid without reference to the said provisions of the said act.

Approved, February 9th, 1837.

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CHAP. 12. An ACT to extend the limits of the port of New Orleans.

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[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act the port of New Limits. Orleans shall extend, on the river, from the lower to the upper corporate limits of the municipalities of the city of New Orleans. Approved, February 9th, 1837.

CHAP. 13. An ACT to change the name of the Collection District of Dighton, in the State of Massachusetts, to Fall River, and for other purposes.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the first day of April next, the said District now known and called by the name of the Dighton District, shall be called the District of Fall River, and as such shall be made a port of entry for vessels arriving from the Cape of Good Hope, and from places beyond the same, any law now in force to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved, February 13th, 1837.

Name of district
port of entry
Cape of Good
Hope, &c.

changed; made

for vessels from

CHAP. 14. An ACT to amend an act, entitled "An act to establish branches of the mint of the United States," passed the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five.

[SEC. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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