United States Statutes at Large/Volume 3/14th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 114
Act of June 6, 1798, ch. 49.
Relief of persons imprisoned for debts due United States.
On conditions such as the President may deem proper.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person imprisoned upon execution for a debt due to the United States, which he shall be unable to pay, if his case shall be such as does not authorize his discharge by the Secretary of the Treasury, under the powers given him by the act, entitled “An act providing for the relief of persons imprisoned for debts due to the United States,” may make application to the President of the United States, and upon proof being made to his satisfaction that such debtor is unable to pay the debt, and upon a compliance by the debtor with such terms and conditions as the President shall deem proper, he may order the discharge of such debtor from his imprisonment, and he shall be accordingly discharged, and shall not be liable to be imprisoned again for the same debt; but the judgment shall remain good and sufficient in law, and may be satisfied out of any estate which may then, or at any time afterwards, belong to the debtor.
Approved, March 3, 1817.