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Senate, or by the President alone. Provided, That the said seal shall not be affixed to any commission, before the same shall have been signed by the President of the United States, nor to any other instrument or act, without the special warrant of the President therefor.

Secretary to provide a seal of office.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said Secretary shall cause a seal of office to be made for the said department of such device as the President of the United States shall approve, and all copies of records and papers in the said office, authenticated under the said seal, shall be evidence equally as the original record or paper.

Fees of office to be paid for the use of the U. States.Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be paid to the Secretary, for the use of the United States, the following fees of by the persons requiring the services to be performed, except when they are performed for any officer of the United States, in a matter relating to the duties of his office, to wit: For making out and authenticating copies of records, ten cents for each sheet, containing one hundred words; for authenticating a copy of a record or paper under the seal of office, twenty-five cents.

Secretary to have custody of papers, &c. of late Congress.Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the said Secretary shall forthwith after his appointment be entitled to have the custody and charge of the said seal of the United States, and also of all books, records and papers, remaining in the office of the late Secretary of the United States in Congress assembled; and such of the said books, records and papers, as may appertain to the Treasury department, or War department, shall be delivered over to the principal officers in the said departments respectively, as the President of the United States shall direct.

Approved, September 15, 1789.


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Sept. 16, 1789.
[Obsolete.]
Chap. ⅩⅤ.—An Act to suspend part of an Act, intituled “An Act to regulate the collection of the Duties imposed by Law on the Tonnage of Ships or vessels, and on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises, imported into the United States,” and for other purposes.

Restriction on vessels bound up the Potomac suspended.Section 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 act, intituled “An Act to regulate the collection of the Duties imposed by Law on the Tonnage of Ships or vessels, and on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises, imported into the United States,”Act of July 31, 1789, § 4. as obliges ships or vessels bound up the river Potomac, to come to and deposit manifests of their cargoes, with the officers at St. Mary’s and Yeocomico, before they proceed to their port of delivery, shall be and is hereby suspended until the first day of May next.

Privileges of ships, &c. of the U. States extended to ships, &c., of N. Carolina and Rhode Island, until the 15th January next.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the privileges and advantages to which ships and vessels owned by citizens of the United States, are by law entitled, shall be, until the fifteenth day of January tended to ships next, extended to ships and vessels wholly owned by citizens of the States of North Carolina, and Rhode island and Providence Plantations. Provided, That the master of every such ship or vessel last mentioned, shall produce a register for the same, conformable to the laws of the state in which it shall have been obtained, showing that the said ship or vessel is, and before the first day of September instant, was owned as aforesaid, and make oath or affirmation, before the collector of the port in which the benefit of this act is claimed, that the ship or vessel for which such register is produced, is the same therein mentioned, and that he believes it is still wholly owned by the person or persons named in said register, and that he or they are citizens of one of the states aforesaid.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all rum, loaf sugar, and