United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/3rd Congress/1st Session/Chapter 14

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 1
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Third Congress, 1st Session, Chapter 14

April 2, 1794
Chap. ⅩⅣ.—An Act to provide for the erecting and repairing of Arsenals and Magazines, and for other purposes.

Arsenals &c. to be established.Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the safe keeping of the military stores, there shall be established under the direction of the President of the United States, three or four arsenals with magazines,1798, ch. 38.
1803, ch. 32, sec. 5.
as he shall judge most expedient, in such places as will best accommodate the different parts of the United States. Either or both of the arsenals heretofore used at Springfield and Carlisle, to be continued as part of the said number, at his discretion: Provided, that none of the said arsenals be erected, until purchases of the land necessary for their accommodation be made with the consent of the legislature of the state, in which the same is intended to be erected.

And at each arsenal, an armoury.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there shall be established, at each of the aforesaid arsenals, a national armoury, in which shall be employed one superintendent, and one master-armourer (who shall be appointed by the President of the United States) and as many workmen as the Secretary for the department of war shall, from time to time, deem necessary, so that the whole number at all the armouries shall not exceed one hundred. And the said superintendents shall each receive as a compensation, seventy dollars per month, and the said master-armourers each, fifty dollars per month.

Superintendant of military stores.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be employed an officer, whose duty it shall be (under the direction of the department of war) to superintend the receiving, safe keeping and distribution of the military stores of the United States, and to call to account all persons, to whom the same may be intrusted: His compensation,
And by whom appointed.
he shall receive for his compensation, at the rate of one hundred and twenty-five dollars per month, and shall be appointed by the President of the United States.

Appropriation for carrying this act into effect.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That a sum not exceeding fifty-nine thousand dollars, be appropriated for the erecting and repairing of the arsenals and magazines aforesaid, and a sum not exceeding twenty-two thousand eight hundred and sixty-five dollars for defraying the expense of the national armouries, for one year; and the further sum of three hundred and forty thousand dollars, to be applied, under the direction of the President of the United States, in the purchase of arms, ammunition and military stores; which said several sums shall be paid out of the duties on imports and tonnage, to the end of the present year.

Annual account of expense of armouries to be laid before the legislature.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That an annual account of the expenses of the national armouries be laid before the legislature of the United States, together with an account of the arms made and repaired therein.

Approved, April 2, 1794.