United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/22nd Congress/1st Session/Chapter 230
Act of March 2, 1831, ch. 62.
Provisions of former act extended to every person who was on the 1st of January, 1831, indebted to the United States, &c.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all and each of the provisions of the act to which this is an addition, shall be extended to every person who was a debtor to the United States on the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, in any sum of money which he is unable to pay, unless such person be indebted as the principal in an official bond, or for public money received by him, and not paid over or accounted for according to law; or for any fine, forfeiture, or penalty, incurred by the violation of any law of the United States.
Secretary of Treasury to execute releases in certain cases.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, in all such cases of indebtedness as are described in the fourth section of the act to which this is an addition, the Secretary of the Treasury may, according to his discretion, execute to the debtor of the United States a release, as mentioned therein, without any payment by said debtor, if the Secretary of the Treasury is satisfied that said debtor is unable to pay any part of said debt.
Debtor not to be discharged until it appear that sureties are unable to pay the debt, &c.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That nothing contained in this act, or in the act of which is an amendment, shall be construed to entitle any government debtor to be discharged, until it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury, that the sureties of such debtor are unable to pay the said debt, and that they are entitled to the provisions of this act, in like manner as the said principal debtor shall be entitled to the same, or, unless said sureties shall file their consent, in writing, with the Secretary of the Treasury, that the privileges of this act, and the act to which this is an amendment, may be extended to their principal without any prejudice to their liability, or unless such discharge can and shall be given in such manner as not to affect the legal liability of such sureties.
Appropriation.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That there be, and hereby is, appropriated the sum of five thousand dollars, out of any unappropriated moneys in the treasury, to carry into effect this act, and that of which it is an amendment.
Approved, July 14, 1832.
- ↑ See notes to the act of March 2, 1831, ch. 62.