United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/18th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 150
500 dollars to be paid Benjamin Huffman.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay to Benjamin Huffman the sum of five hundred dollars, to enable him to regain his son, Peter Hoffman [Huffman] who was taken a captive by hostile Indians during the late war: Proviso. Provided, That the said Benjamin Huffman shall previously give bond with sufficient security, to be approved of by the Secretary of the Treasury, conditioned upon the said Huffman’s rendering to the proper accounting officers of the Treasury Department, correct accounts of his expenditure of the whole or any part of the said sum of money for the sole purpose of regaining the possession of his son aforesaid; and that the said Huffman shall pay any balance that may remain in his hands after the expenditure provided for as aforesaid, into the treasury of the United States.
To be paid out of the treasury.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid sum shall be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Approved, May 26, 1824.