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By the President of the United States of America :


Preamble. Whereas by an act of the Congress of the United States of the 30

of March 1845, entitled, “An act allowing drawback upon foreign merchandize exported in the original packages to Chihu. ahua and Santa Fé, in Mexico, and to ihe British North Ameri. can Provinces adjoining the United States," ceriain privileges are extended in reference to drawback to poris therein specially enumerated in the 7th section of said act, which also provides “ That such other ports situaied on the frontiers of the United States, adjoining the British North American Provinces as may hereafter be found expedient, may have extended to the! the like privileges on the recommendation of the Secretary of the Treasury, and proclamation duly made by the President of the United States, specially desig. nating ihe ports to which the aforesaid privileges are to be

extended :" And whereas the Secretary of the Treasury has duly recom

mended to me the extension of the privileges of the law aforesaid to the port of Lewiston, in the collection district of Niagara, in the State of New York:


Privileges of Now, therefore, I, JAMES K. POLK, President of the United drawback ox: States of America, do hereby declare and proclaim that the port tended to port of Lewiston, N. of Lewiston in the collection district of Niagara, in the State

of New York, is and shall be entitled to all the privileges extended to the other ports enumerated in the seventh section of the act aforesaid, from and after the date of this proclamation.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this seventeenth day of Jan

vary, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight TSEAL.] hundred and forty-six, and of the Independence ol the United States of America the seventieih.

JAMES K. POLK. . . By the President:

JAMES Buchanan, Secretary of State.

By the President of the United States of America: .


Whereas the Congress of the United States, by virtue of the Existence of constilutional auihority vested in them, have declared by their Republic

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of act, bearing date this day, that, “by the act of the Republic Mexico and U. of Mexico, a stale of war exists between that Government”. and the United States :"

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Now, therefore, I, JAMES K. POLK, President of the Persons holding United States of America, do hereby proclaim the same to all och whom it may concern; and I do specially enjoin on all persons be vigilant in holding offices, civil or military, linder the authority of the heir duties and United States, that they be vigilant and zealous in discharging citizens exhortthe duties respectively incident thereto : and I do moreover 6 exhort all the good people of the United States, as they love serve order, &c. their country, as they feel the wrongs which have forced on and

wing all proper them the last resort of injured nations, and as they consult the measures of ine best means, under the blessing of Divine Providence, of abridging its calamities, that they exert themselves in preserving order, in promoting concord, in maintaining the authority and the efficacy of the laws, and in supporting and invigorating all the measures which may be adopted by the constituted allthorities for obtaining a speedy, a just, and an honorable peace.

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constituted a thorities, &c.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF. I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed to these prezents.

Done at the city of Washingion, the thirteenth day of May,

in the year of our Lord, one thousand eighi hundred (SEAL.] and forty-six, and of the independence of the United States, the seventieth.

JAMES K. POLK. By the President:

James BUCHANAN, Secretary of State.

By the President of the United States of America.

A PROCLAMATION. Whereas, by the act of Congress, approved July 9, 1846, en. *See page 51.

lilled “ An act to retrocede the county of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, to the State of Virginia," it is enacied, That, with the assent of the people of the county and town of Alexandria, to be ascertained in the manner therein pre. scribed, all that portion of the District of Columbia ceded to the United States by the State of Virginia, and all the righis and jurisdiction therewith ceded over the same, shall be ceded

and forever relinquished to the State of Virginia in full and absolute right and jurisdiction, as well of soil as of persons residing or to reside thereon: And whereas, it is further provided, that the said act “ shall not be in force until after The assent of the people of the county and town of Alex. andria shall be given to it, in the mode therein provided;" and if a majority of the voles should be in favor of accepting the provisions of the said act. it shall be the duty of the President to make proclamation of the fact :

And whereas, on the 27th day of August, 1816, after the close of the lare session of the Congress of ihe United States, I duly appointed five citizens of the county or town of Alexandria, being freeholders within the same, as commissioners, who, be. ing duly sworn to perform the duties imposed on them, as prescribed in the said act, did proceed within ten days after they were notified, 10 fix upon the first and second days of Septem. ber, 1846, as the time; the Couri-house of the county of Alexandria, as the place, and viva voce as the manner of voting; and gave due notice of the same; and at the time, and at the place, in conformity with the said notice, the said Commissioners presiding, and deciding all questions arising in relation to the right of voting under the said act, the voies of the citizens qualified to vote were taken viva voce, and recorded in pollbooks, July kept, and on the third day or Septeinber instant, after the said polls were closed, the said Commissioners did make out, and on ihe next day did transmit to me, a statement of the polls so held, upon oath, and under their seals; and of the votes so cast and polled, there were, in favor of accepting the provisions of the said act, seven hundred and sixty-three votes, and against accepting the saine two hundred and twenty-lWom showing a majority of five hundred and forty-one voles for the acceptance of the same.

Now, THEREFORE, BE I'T KNOWN, that I, JAMES K. POLK, President of the United States of America, in fulfilment of the duly imposed upon me by the said act of Congress, do hereby make Proclamation of the “result” of said "poll,” as above stated, and do call upon all and singular the persons whom it doth or may concern, to take notice, that the act aforesaid, “is in full force and effect."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this seventh day of Sep.

tember in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight (SEAL.] hundred and forty six, and of ihe Independence of the Vuited States, the seventy-first.

JAMES K. POLK. By the President;

N. P. Trist, Acling Secretary of State.




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Chap. Sec.
Academy, Military-

Appropriations for
Board of visiters for to be annually selected
How 10 be selected
Compensation of

Certain teachers at, to be professors.
Achlin, J. A. S., appropriation for payment of
Adams Fort, appropriation for -
Additional duties under act of 1842, to be paid into the

7 3
Adjutant Generals, appointment of a certain number
of authorized .

28 6
Administrators in the District of Columbia- .

Jurisdiction of the Orphans' Court extended over 8 3
May be required to give further security, and in

case of default an administrator de bonis non
shall be appoinled . -

8 3
Process against, to compel a surrender of assets 8
Time allowed to, to show cause against further

Africans recapruired, appropriation for support and re-
moval of

- 175 1
Agents, for Indians on the Upper Platte and Arkansas,
appropriation for -

- 34 1
for collection of certain claims, requisite formal-
ities of their appointments

66 1', of Major General commanding in time of

war, whence to be taken -
of other Major and Brigadier Generals, whence
to be taken .

- 28 7
Alabama, appropriation for payment of certain claims to 179 1

appeals and wriis of error from the district court

of, for middle district, how to be taken . 104 1
Alexandria county-

Retrocession of, to the State of Virginia with ag-

sent of the people
Vote of the people of, how to be taken and who
entitled to vote


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Commissioners to register vote in, to be appointed 35 4

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Alexandria county--continued--
Regulations for the proceedings of

· 35 4
Court house and jail in, how disposed of

35 5
Custom-house and post office in, not transferred

to Virginia .
Debt of the corporation of Alexandria, not as-

sumed by Congress
Jurisdiction and laws now existing in, when to

- 35 3 Algerine vessels, appropriation for the captors of certain 175 1 Allen, Benjamin, act for relief of .

- 164 1 Allen, Richard, act for relief of the heirs and legal representatives of

• 181 1 American seamen in foreign countries, appropriation for 175 1 Amoy to be a port of entry in China

Appendix, article III Anderson James, entry of land made by administrators of, confirmed ..

· 156 1 Annual estimates, printing and distribution of, resolution

concerning-Res. No. 2 . Annuities and granis by special acts of Congress, appro. priation for payment of

· 175 1 Ansman, Abraham, act granting pension to ·

- 160 1 Appeals and writs of error from United States district and

circuit courts for Texas, shall lie to what court 1 2
from district court for middle districı of Alabama,
how to be taken

.. 104 1
causes already removed by, from said district

court to circuit court, how disposed of . 104 2 Appointments, in the line and general staff, how regulated

- 28 7 Appraiser, additional, at New York, to be appointed · 175 2 his salary and duties

· 175 2 Appropriations-

For FORTIFICATIONS—(See Fortifications) - 20


. 22 6

• 31 1
For advertising; agents, special; balance due
Hale & Coleman ; blanks; clerks of offices;
compensation to postmasters; deficiency in
revenue ; depredations on mail; letters, ship,
steamboat, and way; mail steamers ; mail
transportation ; mail bags, keys, locks, and
slamps; magnetic telegraph ; miscellaneous ;
office furniture; paper, wrapping ; publica-
tion of post offices and regulations - 31 1



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