Select Statutes and Other Documents: Illustrative of the History of the United States, 1861-1898

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An Act to prevent Correspondence with Rebels.

Be it enacted . . ., That if any person, being a resident of the United States, or being a citizen thereof, and residing in any foreign country, shall, without the permission or authority of the Government of the United States, and with the intent to defeat the measures of the said Government, or to weaken in any way their efficacy, hold or commence, directly or indirectly, any correspondence or intercourse, written or verbal, with the present pretended rebel Government, or with any officer or agent thereof, or with any other individual acting or sympathizing therewith; or if any such person above mentioned, not duly authorized, shall counsel or assist in any such correspondence or intercourse, with intent as aforesaid, he shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and, on conviction before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not less than six months nor exceeding five years.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That where the offence is committed in any foreign country, the district court of the United States for the district where the offender shall be first arrested shall have jurisdiction thereof.

APPROVED, February 25, 1863.


No. 30. Act to provide Ways and Means for
the Support of the Government
March 3, 1863

A BILL to provide ways and means for the support of the Government was reported in the House, January 8, 1863, by Thaddeus Stevens, from the Committee of Ways and Means, taken up January 12 and debated from day to day, and on the 26th passed without a division. The Senate passed the bill with numerous amendments, February 13, by a vote of 32 to 4. Two conference committees were necessary to settle the form of the bill. The principal disagreement between the houses was over the taxation of bank circulation, the twenty-third amendment of the Senate having lowered the rate of taxation

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