United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 55
Section 1. President may increase the strength of revenue cutters.
Ante, p. 523.
Ante, p. 556. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized, when he shall think fit to increase the strength of any revenue cutter, for the purposes of defence, against hostilities near the sea coast, to employ on board the same, at his discretion, not exceeding seventy marines and seamen: anything in the act, intituled “An act providing a naval armament,” to the contrary hereof, notwithstanding.
Sec. 2. President may fix the rank, pay and subsistence of the officers of small vessels and gallies. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized to fix the degree of rank, and the rate of pay and subsistence, not exceeding what is allowed upon the naval establishment, which shall be granted and allowed to the officers who shall be duly commissioned in the service of the United States on board of any small vessel or galley, which shall be fitted out under his orders, pursuant to the act, intituled “An act to authorize the President of the United States to cause to be purchased, or built, a number of small vessels, to be equipped as gallies, or otherwise;” anything therein to the contrary hereof, notwithstanding.
Approved, June 22, 1798.