FOURTH Congress, Session I, Chapter 14.
An Act supplementary to an act entitled "An act to provide a Naval Armament."
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be authorized to continue the construction and equipment (with all convenient expedition) of two frigates of forty‑four, and one frigate of thirty‑six guns, any thing in the act, entitled "An act to provide a naval armament," to the contrary notwithstanding.
Sec. 2. And be if further enacted, That so much of the sum of six hundred and eighty‑eight thousand eight hundred and eighty‑eight dollars and eighty‑two cents, which, by the act of June the ninth, one thousand seven hundred and ninety‑four, was appropriated (to defray the expenses to be incurred pursuant to the act to provide a naval armament) as remains unexpended, as well as the sum of eighty thousand dollars which was appropriated for a provisional equipment of gallies [sic], by the before recited act, be appropriated for said purposes.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby authorized, to cause to be sold, such part of the perishable materials as may not be wanted for completing the three frigates, and cause the surplus of the other materials to be safely kept for the future use of the United States.
Approved, April 20, 1796.