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ACT, NUMBER LII.

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE RECEIPT OF THE DISTRIBUTIVE SHARE OF THIS STATE OF THE

PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF THE PUBLIC LANDS.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assemlly, That the Governor of this State be and he is hereby authorized and empowered, by himself, or by his accredited agent, to receive from the treasury of the United States any and all sum or sums of money now due, or which may become due to this State, under the provisions of an act of the Congress of the United States of America, entitled “ An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights," approved, September fourth, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one; and to execute any needsul and proper voucher therelor.

APPROVED: February 21, 1843.

ACT, NUMBER LIII.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE ADMINISTERING OF OATHS IN CASES OF THE TRIAL OF IM.

PEACHMENTS, OR OTHER TRIALS BEFORE THE SENATE.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Mlinois, represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be lawful, in all cases of the trials of impeachments or other trials before the senate, for the speaker of the senate to administer oaths to the members, witnesses or any other persons who are required to be sworn; and it shall also be lawful for any member of the senate, secretary or clerk thereof, to administer oathis to all persons required to be sworn in such cases.

APPROVED: January 18, 1833.

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ACT, NUMBER LIV.

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COLLECTION OF DEMANDS GROWING OUT OF CON

TRACTS FOR SALES OF THE POSSESSION OF THE PUBLIC LANDS.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That all contracts, promises, assumpsits or undertakings in writing, which shall hereafter be made in good faith and without frand, collusion, or circumvention, for sale, purchase or payment to be made for the possession of claimed lands owned by the Government of the United States, shall be deemed valid in law and equity, and may be sued for and recovered as in other cases.

Sec. 2. That the act, entitled “An act to provide for the collection of demands growing out of contracts for sales of improvements on public lands," approved, February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and thirty-one, be hereafter construed to apply as well to contracts, promises, assumpsits or undertakings, made subsequent, as to those made previous to the purchase of said lands from the Government of the United States.

This bill having remained with the Council of Revision ten days, and the General Assembly being in session, it has become a law this second day of February, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine.

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of Stale.

CERTIFICATE.

By virtue of authority conferred by law, I do hereby certify, that the printed chapters contained in the foregoing pages, and composing The Revised STATUTES, have been printed under my personal inspection and superintendence—that I have compared the same with the enrolled chapters in my possession, and find the same as published, to be true and correct copies of said enrolled chapters, with the exception of such corrections of clerical errors and mistakes, as are authorized by law to be made: Also, that I have, in like manner, examined the several acts of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, which are published in the foregoing APPENDIX to the Revised Statutes ; and have compared the same with the same acts, as certified and published by the secretary of State, in pursuance of law; and find the same to be correct copies thereof, excepting necessary corrections of clerical errors, &c.

M. BRAYMAN. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., July 21, 1845.

NATURALIZATION.

ABSTRACT OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES IN RELATION TO THE NATURALIZATION

OF ALIENS.

Section 1. Any alien, being a free white person, may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States, or any of them, on the following conditions, and not otherwise:

Sec. 2. First : That he shall have declared, on oath or affirmation, before the supreme, superior, district or circuit court of some one of the States, or of the territorial districts of the United States, or a circuit or district court of the United States, or before the clerk of either of such courts (1) two (2) years at least, before his admission, that it was, bona fide, his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever, all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, whatever, and particularly, by name, the prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, whereof such alien may at the time, be a citizen or subject. (3)

Sec. 3. From this condition are exempted, any alien being a free white person, who was residing within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States at any time between the eighteenth day of June, 1798, and the fourteenth day of April, 1802, and who has continued to reside within the same. (4) Sec. 4. Any alien, being a free white person and a minor; under the age

of twenty-one years, who shall have resided in the United States three years next preceding his arrival at the age of twenty-one years, and who shall have continued to reside therein to the time he may make application to be admitted a citizen thereof, may, after he arrives at the age of twenty-one years, and after he shall have resided five years within the United States, including the three years of his minority, be admitted a citizen of the United States, without having made the declaration required in the second section, three years previous to his admission : But, such alien shall make the declaration required therein, at the time of his or her admission ; and shall further declare, on oath, and prove to the satisfaction of the court, that, for three years next preceding, it has been the bona fide intention of such alien to become a citizen of the United States ; and shall, in all other respects, comply with the laws in regard to naturalization. (5)

Sec. 5. When any alien, who shall have complied with the condition specified in section second, and who shall have pursued the directions prescribed in the

(1) Act May 26th, 1824, sec. 3. Story 1973.
(2) Ibid sec. 4.
(3) Act April 14th, 1802. Story 850.
(4) Act March 26th, 1804, sec. 1. Story 942.
(5) Act May 26th, 1824, sec. 1. Story 1973.

second section of the act of April 14, 1802,* may die, before he is actually naturalized, the widow and the children of such alien shall be considered as citizens of the United States, and shall be entitled to all rights and privileges as such, upon taking the oaths prescribed by law. (6)

Sec. 6. An alien shall, at the time of his application to be admitted, declare, on oath or affirmation, before some one of the courts aforesaid, that he will support the constitution of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, whatever, and particularly, by name, the prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, whereof he was before a citizen or subject; which proceedings shall be recorded by the clerk of the court. (7)

Sec. 7. The court admitting such alien shall be satisfied that he has resided within the United States five years, at least, and within the State or territory where such court is at the time held, one year, at least; and it shall further appear to their satisfaction, that during that time, he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same. The oath of the applicant shall, in no case, be allowed to prove his residence. (8)

Sec. 8. In case the alien, applying to be admitted to citizenship, shall have borne any hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of nobility, in the kingdom or state from which he came, he shall, in addition to the above requisites, make an express renunciation of his title or order of nobility, in the court to which his application shall be made, which renunciation shall be recorded in the said court: Provided, That no alien, who shall be a native citizen, denizen or subject of any country, state or sovereign, with whom the United States shall be at war, at the time of his application, shall be then admitted to be a citizen of the United States. (9)

Sec. 9. But persons resident within the United States or the territories thereof, on the eighteenth day of June, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twelve, who had, before that day, made a declaration, according to law, of their intention to become citizens of the United States; or who, by the existing laws of the United States, were, on that day, entitled to become citizens, without making such declaration, may be admitted to become citizens thereof, notwithstanding they shall be alien enemies, at the times, and in the manner prescribed by the laws heretofore passed on that subject: Provided, That nothing herein contained, shall be taken or construed to interfere with, or prevent the apprehension and removal, agreeably to law, of any alien enemy, at any time previous to the actual naturalization of such alien. (10)

Sec. 10. Any alien being a free white person, who was residing within the limits, and under the jurisdiction of the United States, between the fourteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and two, and the eighteenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and twelve, and who has continued to reside within the same, may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States, without having made any previous declaration of his intention to become a citizen: Provided, That

• The second section of the act of April 14, 1802, required an alien when he arrived in the United States, to have his name registered, &c., with the clerk of the proper court, &c. This section was repealed by act of May 24, 1828, Story 850, 2145. (6) Act March 26th, 1804, sec. 2. Story 942.

Act 11th April, 1802, sec. 1. Story 850. (8) Act 14th April, 1802, sec. 1. Story 850. (9) Act 15th April, 1802, sec. 1. Story 850. (10) Act of July 30, 1813.

Story 1354.

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