United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/1st Congress/3rd Session/Chapter 18

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 1
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Public Acts of the First Congress, 3rd Session, Chapter 18
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March 3, 1791.

Chap. XVIII.An Act supplemental to the act “establishing the Treasury Department,” and for a farther compensation to certain officers.

8th section of act establishing treasury department extended to clerks under certain modifications.
Sept. 2, 1789, ch. 12.
1789, ch. 13.
1792, ch. 37, sec. 12.
Clerks and other officers to take an oath or affirmation;
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the eighth section of the act, intituled “An act to establish the treasury department,” passed the second day of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, shall be, and the same is hereby extended to all and every of the clerks employed in the treasury department, as fully and effectually as if they and every of them were specially named therein, except as to the penalty in such section mentioned, which in case of any such clerk offending against the provisions of the said section, shall be five hundred dollars, and removal from office.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That each and every clerk and other officer already appointed in any of the departments of the United States, (and who have not, since their appointment, taken the oath or affirmation hereafter mentioned) shall within fifteen days after the passing of this act, and those who shall hereafter be appointed, shall before they enter upon the duties of such appointment, take an oath or affirmation before one of the justices of the supreme court, or one of the judges of a district court of the United States, to support the constitution of the United States, to be filed in the office where employed.and also an oath or affirmation, well and faithfully to execute the trust committed to him, which oaths or affirmations, subscribed by such clerk, and certified by the person administering the same, shall be filed in the office of the person employing such clerk.

Principals may apportion the $500 allowed to each, excepting chief, according to merit.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the principal in any of the offices of the United States, who is authorized by law to appoint clerks under him, to allow to each clerk such compensation for his services, as he shall, in the opinion of such officer, deserve for the same: Provided, That the whole sum to be expended for clerks in any such office (except the chief clerk) shall not exceed a sum equal to five hundred dollars per annum for every clerk employed therein.

Additional allowance for one year to register, auditor, comptroller and attorney general.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That there shall be allowed for one year, commencing with the passing of this act, to the register, two hundred and fifty dollars, and to the auditor, the comptroller of the treasury, and the attorney general, four hundred dollars each, in addition to their respective salaries, and to be paid in the same manner.

Approved, March 3, 1791.