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FIRST CONGRESS.

S ess. III. C h. 7, 8, 9, 10.

1791.

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S t a t u t e III.

Chap. VII.— An Act fo r the admission o f the State o f Vermont into this

Union,

F e b .18,1791.

T h e state o f Vermont having petitioned the Congress to be admitted
State o f V e r ­
a member o f the United States, B e it enacted by the Senate and House mont to be ad­

o f Representatives o f the United States o f America in Congress assem­
bled, and it is hereby enacted and declared, That on the fourth day o f

mitted into the
Union, 4th
March, 1791.

March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, the said state, by
the name and style o f “ The State o f Vermont,” shall be received and
admitted into this Union, as a new and entire member o f the United
States o f America.
A p p r o v e d , February 18, 1791.
S t a t u t e III.

C h a p . VIII.—An Act to continue in force, fo r a limited time, an act passed at

the first Session of Congress, intituled, “ An act to regulate processes in the Courts
of t/ce United States.” (« )

S e it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representatives o f the United
States o f America in Congress assembled, That an act passed on the
twenty-ninth day o f September, in the year one thousand seven hun­
dred and eighty-nine, intituled, “ A n act to regulate processes in the
courts o f the United States,” shall be, and the same hereby is continued
in force, until the end o f the next session o f Congress, and no longer.
A p p r o v e d , February 18, 1791.

Feb. 18,1791.
[Repealed.]

2793, ch. 36.
Former act
declared to be
in force till the
end o f next fees,
eion o f Con.
gress.
1789, ch. 21.
St a t u t e I I I .

C h a p . IX .—An Act regulating the number of Representatives to be chosen by the

States of Kentucky and Vermont.

B e it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representatives o f the United
States o f America in Congress assembled, That until the Representa­
tives in Congress shall be apportioned according to an actual enumera­
tion o f the inhabitants o f the United States, the states o f Kentucky and
Vermont shall each be entitled to choose two Representatives.
A p p r o v e d , February 2 5 , 1 7 9 1 .

Feb. 25, 1793.
[Obsolete.]
Kentucky and
Vermont enti­
tled to two re­
presentatives.
Act o f April
14, 1792, ch. 23.

St a t u t e

C h ap.

X.—An A d to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank if the United

III.

Feb. 25,1791.

States.(6)
W h e r e a s it is conceived that the establishment o f a bank for the
United States, upon a foundation sufficiently extensive to answer the
purposes intended thereby, and at the same time upon the principles
which afford adequate security for an upright and prudent administra­
tion thereof, will be very conducive to the successful conducting o f the
national finances; will tend to give facility to the obtaining o f loans,
for the use o f the government, in sudden emergencies; and will be pro­
ductive o f considerable advantages to trade and industry in general:
Therefore,
S e c t io n 1 . B e it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representatives
o f the United States o f America in Congress assembled, That a bank

o f the United States shall be established; the capital stock whereof shall
not exceed ten millions o f dollars, divided into twenty-five thousand
shares, each share being four hundred dollars; and that subscriptions,

[Expired.]
Preamble.

Establishment
o f a Bank o f the
U. States, and
amount and di*
vision o f its
stock, and time
o f subscribing.

(a) Act o f September 29, 1789 \ act o f May 8, 1792, chap. 36, sec. 8.
(d) Tbe acts relating to a Bank o f the United States in addition to this act, have been * Act o f March
.
2 , 1791, chap. 11; act o f June 27, 1798; act o f March 23, 1804.
. . » « _ * •
Authorizing the establishing o f offices o f discount and deposit in any o f the territories o f the United
States: Act o f March 23, 1804. See acts, 1812, chap. 43 ; act o f April 10, 1816 ; a c t o f March 3, 1817;
act o f March 3, 1819 j act o f April 11, 1836; act o f April 20, 1836; a c t o f June 15, 1836; a c t o f June
23, 1836; resolution March 3, 1837.

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Act o f March
2,1791, ch. 11.
By whom to
be subscribed.

Proportions o f
gold and silver
and the public
debt to be sub­
scribed, and

when to be paid.
Subscribers to
be a body p o­
litic.
By what name
and how long to
continue.

Powers.

Limitation o f
stock.

To have a seal,
and establish
by-laws.

Number, and
time of electing
directors.

FIRST CONGRESS.

S e ss .

III.

C h.

10.

1791.

towards constituting the said stock, shall, on the first Monday of April
next, be opened at the city o f Philadelphia, under the superintendence
o f such persons, not less than three, as shall be appointed for that purpose by the President o f the United States (who is hereby empowered
to appoint the said persons accordingly); which subscriptions shall
continue open, until the whole o f the said stock shall have been sub­
scribed, (a)
S e c . 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for any
person, co-partnership, or body politic, to subscribe for such or so many
shares, as he, she, or they shall think fit, not exceeding one thousand,
except as shall be hereafter directed relatively to the United States; and
that the sums, respectively subscribed, except on behalf o f the United
States, shall be payable one fourth in gold and silver, and three fourths
in that part o f the public debt, which, according to the loan proposed
in the fourth and fifteenth sections o f the act, entitled “ An act making
provision for the debt o f the United States,” shall bear an accruing in­
terest, at the time o f payment, o f six per centum per annum, and shall
also be payable in four equal parts, in the aforesaid ratio o f specie to
debt, at the distance o f six calendar months from each other; the first
whereof shall be paid at the time o f subscription.
S e c . 3. And be it further enacted, That all those, who shall become
subscribers to the said bank, their successors and assigns, shall be, and
are hereby created and made a corporation and body politic, by the
name and style o f The President, Directors and Company, o f the Bank
o f the United States; and shall so continue, until the fourth day of
March, one thousand eight hundred and eleven: And by that name,
shall be, and are hereby made able and capable in law, to have, pur­
chase, receive, possess, enjoy, and retain to them and their successors,
lands, rents, tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels and effects o f what
kind, nature or quality soever, to an amount, not exceeding in the whole
fifteen millions o f dollars, including the amount o f the capital stock
aforesaid; and the same to sell, grant, demise, aliene or dispose of; to
sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered, de­
fend and be defended, in courts o f record, or any other place whatso­
ever : And also to make, have, and use a common seal, and the same to
break, alter and renew, at their pleasure; and also to ordain, establish,
and put in execution, such by-laws, ordinances and regulations, as shall
seem necessary and convenient for the government o f the said corpora­
tion, not being contrary to law, or to the constitution thereof (for which
purpose, genera] meetings o f the stockholders shall and may be called by
the directors, and in the manner herein after specified), and generally to
do and execute all and singular acts, matters and things, which to them
it shall or may appertain to d o ; subject nevertheless to the rules, regu­
lations, restrictions, limitations and provisions herein after prescribed and
declared.'
S e c . 4. And be it further cnactcd, That, for the well ordering o f
the affairs o f the said corporation, there shall be twenty-five directors;
o f whom there shall be an election on the first Monday o f January in
each year, by the stockholders or proprietors o f the capital stock of the
said corporation, and by plurality o f the votes actually given; and those
who shall be duly chosen at any election, shall be capable o f serving as
directors, by virtue o f such choice, until the end or expiration o f the

(a) Congress has power to incorporate a bank ; and the act o f April 10, 1816, to incorporate the sub­
scribers to the Bank o f the United States, is a law made in pursuance o f the constitution. M'Culloch v.
The State o f Maryland, 4 Wheat. 316; 4 Cond. Rep. 466The Bank o f the United States has constitutionally a right to establish branches or offices o f discount
and deposit within any state. Ibid.
A state cannot tax the Bank o f the United States, and any attempt by the officers or courts o f the
state to enforce a law laying a tax upon the property o f the Bank, may be restrained by injunction. Osborne v. The Bank o f the United States, 9 Wheat. 73Sj 5 Cond. Rep. 741.

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S e ss .

III.

C h.

10.

1791.

Monday o f January next ensuing the time o f such election, and no
longer. And the said directors, at their first meeting after each elec­
tion, shall choose one o f their number as President.
S e c . 5. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That, as soon as
the sum o f four hundred thousand dollars, in gold and silver, shall have
been actually received on account o f the subscriptions to the said stock,
notice thereof shall be given, by the persons under whose superin­
tendence the same shall have been made, in at least two public gazettes
printed in the city o f Philadelphia; and the said persons shall, at the
same time in like manner, notify a time and place within the said city,
at the distance o f ninety days from the time o f such notification, for
proceeding to the election o f directors; and it shall be lawful for such
election to be then and there m ade; and the persons, who shall then
and there be chosen, shall be the first directors, and shall be capable o f
serving, by virtue o f such choice, until the end or expiration o f the
Monday in January next ensuing the time o f making the same, and
shall forthwith thereafter commence the operations o f the said bank, at
the said city o f Philadelphia. And provided further, That, in case it
should at any time happen, that an election o f directors should not be
made upon any day when pursuant to this act it ought to have been
made, the said corporation shall not, for that cause, be deemed to be
dissolved; but it shall be lawful, on any other day, to hold and make an
election o f directors in such manner as shall have been regulated by the
laws and ordinances o f the said corporation. And provided lastly, That,
in case o f the death, resignation, absence from the United States, or
removal o f a director by the stockholders, his place may be filled up, by
a new choice, for the remainder o f the year.
S e c . 6. And be it further enacted, That the directors for the time
being shall have power to appoint such officers, clerks, and servants
under them, as shall be necessary for executing the business o f the said
corporation, and to allow them such compensation, for their services
respectively, as shall be reasonable; and shall be capable o f exercising
such other powers and authorities, for the well governing and ordering
o f the affairs o f the said corporation, as shall be described, fixed, and
determined by the laws, regulations, and ordinances o f the same.
S e c . 7. And be it further enacted, That the following rules, restric­
tions, limitations and provisions, shall form and be fundamental articles
o f the constitution o f the said corporation, viz.
I. The number o f votes to which each stockholder shall be entitled,
shall be according to the number o f shares he shall hold, in the propor­
tions following: That is to say, for one share, and not more than two
shares, one vote: for every two shares above two, and not exceeding
ten, one vote: for every four shares above ten, and not exceeding thirty,
one vote: for every six shares above thirty, and not exceeding sixty, one
vote: for every eight shares above sixty, and not exceeding one hundred,
one vote: and for every ten shares above one hundred, one vote:— But
no person, co-partnership, or body politic shall be entitled to a greater
number than thirty votes. And after the first election, no share or
shares shall confer a right o f suffrage, which shall not have been holden
three calendar months previous to the day o f election. Stockholders
actually resident within the United States, and none other, may vote in
elections by proxy.
II. Not more than three fourths o f the directors in office, exclusive o f
the president, shall be eligible for the next succeeding year: but the
director, who shall be president at the time o f an election, may always
be re-elected.
Iir. None but a stockholder, being a citizen o f the United States,
shall be eligible as a director.
IV. No director shall be entitled to any emolument, unless the same
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And o f a presi­
dent.
Proviso.
W hen $400,000 in gold or
silver shall be
subscribed, no­
tice be given,
&c.
H ow directors*
shall be chosen,
and time o f ser­
vice.

Vacancies fill­
ed up.
Directors to
appoint officers,
&c.

Articles o f
constitution.
Stockholders
how to vote, in
what proportion
to sum subscrib­
ed, and

in certain cases
may vote by
proxy.
Number o f
electors eligible
for ensuing
year, and
who as direc­
tors.

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Compensation
to be allowed.

H ow to con­
stitute a board.

Number o f
stockholders
empowered to
call a meeting,
&c.

Cashier and
treasurer to give
bond.

Limitation o f
property;

and o f debts
they shall at any
time owe.

In case o f ex­
cess, directors
accountable in
private capaci­
ties and

may be prose­
cuted.

Exception in
ftvour o f absen­
tees at time o f
excess.

Corporation
may sell public
debt and part
o f its stock, but
not purchase,
&e.
and take not
more than 6 per
cent, per an.

FIRST CONGRESS.

S ess .

III.

C h.

10.

1791.

shall have been allowed by the stockholders at a general meeting. The
stockholders shall make such compensation to the president, for his
extraordinary attendance at the bank, as shall appear to them reason­
able.
V.
Not less than seven directors shall constitute a board for the trans­
action o f business, o f whom, the president shall always be one, except
in case o f sickness, or necessary absence; in which case his place may
be supplied by any other director, whom he, by writing under his hand,
shall nominate for the purpose.
■VI. Any number o f stockholders, not less than sixty, who, together,
shall be proprietors o f two hundred shares or upwards, shall have power
at any time to call a general meeting o f the stockholders, for purposes
relative to the institution, giving at least ten weeks notice, in two public
gazettes o f the place where the bank is kept, and specifying, in such
notice, the object or objects o f such meeting.
V II. Every cashier or treasurer, before he enters upon the duties of
his office, shall be required to give bond, with two or more sureties, to
the satisfaction o f the directors, in a sum not less than fifty thousand
dollars, with condition for his good behaviour.
VIII. The lands, tenements and hereditaments which it shall be law­
ful for the said corporation to hold, shall be only such as shall be requi­
site for its immediate accommodation in relation to the convenient
transacting o f its business, and such as shall have been bona fide mort­
gaged to it by way o f security, or conveyed to it in satisfaction o f debts
previously contracted in the course o f its dealings, or purchased at sales
upon judgments which shall have been obtained for such debts.
IX . T he total amount o f the debts, which the said corporation shall
at any time owe, whether by bond, bill, note, or other contract, shall not
exceed the sum o f ten mijlions o f dollars, over and above the monies
then actually deposited in the bank for safe keeping, unless the contract­
ing o f any greater debt shall have been previously authorized by a law
o f the United States. In case o f excess, the directors, under whose
administration it shall happen, shall be liable for the same, in their
natural and private capacities; and an action o f debt may, in such
case, be brought against them, or any o f them, their or any o f their
heirs, executors or administrators, in any court o f record o f the United
States, or o f either o f them, by any creditor or creditors o f the said
corporation, and may be prosecuted to judgment and execution; any
condition, covenant, or agreement to the contrary notwithstanding. But
this shall not be construed to exempt the said corporation, or the
lands, tenements, goods or chattels o f the same, from being also liable
for and chargeable with the said excess. Such o f the said directors,
who may have been absent when the said excess was contracted or
created, or who may have dissented from the resolution or act whereby
the same was so contracted or created, may respectively exonerate'them­
selves from being so liable, by forthwith giving notice o f the fact, and
o f their absence or dissent, to the President o f the United States, and
to the stockholders, at a general meeting, which they shall have power
to call for that purpose.
X . The said corporation may sell any part o f the public debt whereof
its stock shall be composed, but shall not be at liberty to purchase any
public debt whatsoever; nor shall directly or indirectly deal or trade in
any thing, except bills o f exchange, gold or silver bullion, or in the sale
o f goods really and truly pledged for money lent and not redeemed in
due tim e; or o f goods which shall be the produce o f its lands. Neither
shall the said corporation take more than at the rate o f six per centum
per annum, for or upon its loans or discounts.
X I. N o loan shall be made by the said corporation, for the use or on
account o f the government o f the United States, to an amount exceed­

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S ess .

III. Ch. 10.

1791.

ing one hundred thousand dollars, or o f any particular state, to an
amount exceeding fifty thousand dollars, or o f any foreign prince or
state, unless previously authorized by a law o f the United States.
XII. The stock o f the said corporation shall be assignable and trans­
ferable, according to such rules as shall be instituted in that behalf, by
the laws and ordinances o f the same.
X III. The bills obligatory and o f credit, under the seal o f the said
Corporation, which shall be made to any person or persons, shall be
assignable by indorsement thereupon, under the hand or hands o f such
person or persons, and o f his, her, or their assignee or assignees, and .so
as absolutely to transfer and vest the property thereof in each and every
assignee or assignees successively, and to enable such assignee or
assignees to bring and maintain an action thereupon in his, her, or their
own name or names. A nd bills or notes, which may be issued by order
o f the said corporation, signed by the president, and countersigned by
the principal cashier or treasurer thereof, promising the payment o f
money to any person or persons, his, her, or their order, or to bearer,
though not under the seal o f the said corporation, shall be binding and
obligatory upon the same, in the like manner, and with the like force
and effect, as upon any private person or persons, if issued by him or
them, in his, her, or their private or natural capacity or capacities; and
shall be assignable and negotiable, in like manner, as if they were so
issued by such private person or persons— that is to say, those which
shall be payable to any person or persons, his, her, or their order, shall
be assignable by indorsement, in like manner, and with the like effect,
as foreign bills o f exchange now are; and those which are payable to
bearer, shall be negotiable and assignable by delivery only.
X IV . Half yearly dividends shall be made o f so much o f the profits
o f the bank, as shall appear to the directors advisable; and once in
every three years, the directors shall lay before the stockholders, at a
general meeting, for their information, an exact and particular statement
o f the debts, which shall have remained unpaid after the expiration o f
the original credit, for a period o f treble the term o f that credit; and o f
the surplus o f profit, if any, after deducting losses and dividends. I f
there shall be a failure in the payment o f any part o f any sum, subscribed
by any person, co-partnership, or body politic, the party failing shall lose
the benefit o f any dividend, which may have accrued, prior to the time
for making such payment, and during the delay o f the same.
X V . It shall be lawful for the directors aforesaid, to establish offices
wheresoever they shall think fit, within the United States, for the pur­
poses o f discount and deposit only, and upon the same terms, and in the
same manner, as shall be practised at the bank; and to commit the
management o f the said offices, and the making o f the said discounts,
to such persons, under such agreements, and subject to such regulations
as they shall deem proper; not being contrary to law, or to the consti­
tution o f the bank.
X V I. The officer at the head o f the treasury department o f the Uni­
ted States, shall be furnished, from time to time, as often as he may
require, not exceeding once a week, with statements o f the amount o f
the capital stock o f the said corporation, and o f the debts due to the
same; o f the monies deposited therein ; o f the notes in circulation, and
o f the cash in hand; and shall have a right to inspect such general
accounts in the books o f the bank, as shall relate to the said statements.
Provided, That this shall not be construed to imply a right o f inspecting
the account o f any private individual or individuals with the bank.
S e c . 8 . A ad be it farther enacted, That if the said corporation, or
any person or persons for or to the use o f the same, shall deal or trade
in buying or selling any goods, wares, merchandise, or commodities
whatsoever, contrary to the provisions o f this act, all and every person

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H ow and for
what objects to
make loans.
And bills &c.
shall

be assignable
and
bills to be obli­
gatory.

Dividends o f
profits made.

Offices may
be established
within United
States, for dis­
count and depo­
sit only, &o.

Officer at the
head o f tho
treasury, to be
furnished with
statements.

Not o f private
nature.
Penalty for
buying or sell­
ing goods, &c.

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How money
may be ad­
vanced or lent.

Bills or notes
made receivable
by U. States.
1812, ch. 43.
Subscriptions
made by United
States, how to
be paid, &c.

1790, ch. 34.
1790, ch. 47.

N o other bank
to b e establish­
ed.

S ess .

III.

C h.

II.

1791.

and persons, by whom any order or direction for so dealing or trading
shall have been given, and all and every person and persons who shall
have been concerned as parties or agents therein, shall forfeit and lose
treble the value o f the goods, wares, merchandises, and commodities, in
which such dealing and trade shall have been; one half thereof to the
use o f the informer, and the other half thereof to the use o f the United
States, to be recovered with costs o f suit
S e c . 9. And be it further enacted, That i f the said corporation shall
advance or lend any sum, for the use or on account o f the government
o f the United States, to an amount exceeding one hundred thousand
dollars; or o f any particular state to an amount exceeding fifty thou­
sand dollars; or o f any foreign prince or state, (unless previously autho­
rized thereto by a law o f the United States,) all and every person and
persons, by and with whose order, agreement, consent, approbation, or
connivance, such unlawful advance or loan shall have been made, upon
conviction thereof, shall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, treble
the value or amount o f the sum or sums which shall have been so unlaw­
fully advanced or lent; one fifth thereof to the use o f the informer, and
the residue thereof to the use o f the United States; to be disposed of
by law and not otherwise.
S e c . 10. And be it further enacted, That the bills or notes of the
said corporation, originally made payable, or which shall have become,
payable on demand, in gold and silver coin, shall be receivable in all
payments to the United States.
S e c . 11. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for thePresident o f the United States, at any time or times, within eighteen
months after the first day o f April next, to cause a subscription to be
made to the stock o f the said corporation, as part o f the aforesaid capital
stock o f ten millions o f dollars, on behalf o f the United States, to an
amount not exceeding two millions o f dollars; to be paid out of the
monies which shall be borrowed by virtue o f either o f the acts, the one
entitled “ An act making provision for the debt o f the .Unite4"Stetes
and the other entitled “ An act making provision for the reduction of
the public d e b t b o r r o w in g o f the bank an equal sum, to be applied to
the purposes, for which the said monies shall have been procured; re­
imbursable in ten years, by equal annual instalments; or at any time
sooner, or in any greater proportions, that the government may think fit.
S e c . 12. And be it further enacted, That no other bank shall be
established by any future law o f the United States, during the continu­
ance o f the corporation hereby created; for which the faith o f the
United States is hereby pledged.
A p p r o v e d , February 95, 1791.

S t a t u t e III.

March 2, 1791.

C h a p . X I . — An Act supplementary to the act intituled “ An act to incorporate the

Subscriptions
to bank stock
prolonged.

1. B e it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representatives
o f the United States o f America in Congress assembled, That the sub­
scriptions to the stock o f the bank o f the United States, as provided by
the act, intituled " An act to incorporate the subscribers to the bank
o f the United States,” shall not be opened until the first Monday in
July next.
S e c . 2. And be it further enacted, That so much o f the first pay­
ment as by the said act is directed to be in the six per cent, certificates
o f the United States, may be deferred until the first Monday in January
next.
S e c . 3. And be it further enacted, That no person, corporation, or
body politic, except in behalf o f the United States, shall, for the space

subscribers to the Bank of the United States,”

1791, ch. 10.

Tim e o f first
payment.

Not more than
thirty shares to

S e c t io n

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III.

C h.

12.

1791.

o f three months after the said first Monday in July next, subscribe in
any one day, for more than thirty shares.
S e c . 4 . And be it further enacted, That every subscriber shall, at the
time o f subscribing, pay into the hands o f the persons who shall be
appointed to receive the same, the specie proportion required by the
said act to be then paid. A nd if any such subscriber shall fail to make
any o f the future payments, he shall forfeit the sum so by him first paid,
for the use o f the corporation.
S e c . 5 . And be it further enacted, That such part o f the public debt,
including the assumed debt, as is funded at an interest o f three per cent,
may be paid to the bank, in like manner with the debt funded at six
per cent, computing the value o f the former at one half the value o f the
latter, and reserving to the subscribers who shall have paid three per
cent, stock, the privilege o f redeeming the same with six per cent, stock,
at the above rate o f computation, at any time before the first day o f
January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three; unless the three
per cent, stock shall have been previously disposed o f by the directors.
A p p r o v e d , March 2, 1791.

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be subscribed at
one time.
Specie pro­
portion, when
to be paid, and
failure in future
payments to
forfeit sum firat
paid.
In what man­
ner public debt
funded at 3 per
cent, may be
paid to the bank.

Sta tu te III.

X II.—An Act giving effect to the laws c f the United States within the state
o f Vermont.

March 2, 1791.

S e c t i o n 1. j Be it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representa­
tives o f the United States o f America in Congress assembled, That from

Laws o f the
U. States ex­
tended to Ver­
mont.

C

h ap

.

and after the third day o f March next, all the laws o f the United States,
which are not locally inapplicable, ought to have, and shall have, the
same force and effect within the state o f Vermont, as elsewhere within
the United States.
And to the end that the act, intituled “ An act to establish the judicial
courts o f the United States,” may be duly administered within the said
state o f Vermont,
S e c . 2 . B e it further enacted, That the said state shall be one
district, to be denominated Vermont D istrict; and there shall be a dis­
trict court therein, to consist o f one judge, who shall reside within the
said district, and be called a district judge, and shall hold annually four
sessions; the first to commence on the first Monday in May next, and
the three other sessions progressively on the like Monday o f every third
calendar month afterwards. T he said district court shall be held alter­
nately at the towns o f Rutland and Windsor, beginning at the first.
S e c . 3. And be it further enacted, That the said district shall be,
and the same hereby is annexed to the eastern circuit. And there shall
be held annually in the said district one circuit court; the first session
shall commence on the seventeenth day o f June next, and the subse­
quent sessions on the like day o f June afterwards, except when any o f
the said days shall happen on a Sunday, and then the session shall com­
mence on the day following; and the said sessions o f the said circuit
courts shall be held at the town o f Bennington.
S e c . 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be allowed to the
judge o f the said district court the yearly compensation o f eight hun­
dred dollars, to commence from the time o f his appointment, and to be
paid quarter yearly at the treasury o f the United States.
S e c . 5 . And be it further enacted, That all the regulations, provisions,
directions, authorities, penalties, and other matters whatsoever, (except
as herein afterwards is expressly provided) contained and expressed in
and by the act, intituled “ An act providing for the enumeration o f the
inhabitants o f the United States,” shall have the same force and effect
within the said state o f Vermont, as if the same were, in relation there­
to, repeated and re-enacted in and by this present act.
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1789, ch. 20.

Vermont to
be a district and
have a district
court and judge.
Number and
time o f sessions,
Repealed 1802,
ch. 31.
and where held.
1799, ch. 21.
Annexed to
the eastern cir­
cuit, and have a
circuit court;

1796, ch. 34.
where held.
Compensation
to the judge.

A n enumera­
tion o f the in­
habitants to be
made.
1790, ch. 2.


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