TWENTIETH Congress, Session I, Chapter 72, Vol. 4.
An Act to provide for extending the term of certain pensions, chargeable on the navy and privateer pension fund.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases where provision has been made, by law, for the five years' half pay to the widows and children of officers, seamen, and marines, who were killed in battle, or who died in the naval service of the United States during the last war; and, also, in all cases where provision has been made for extending the term of five years in addition to any term of five years, the said provision shall be further extended for an additional five years, to commence at the end of the current or last expired term of five years in each case, respectively; making the provision equal to twenty years' half pay; which shall be paid out of the fund heretofore provided by law; and the said pensions shall cease for the causes mentioned in the laws providing the same, respectively.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the pensions of all widows who now are, or who at any time within one year last past have been, in the receipt thereof, under the provision of the following laws of the United States, or either of them, to wit: an act passed March the fourth, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, entitled "An act giving pensions to the orphans and widows of the persons slain in the public or private armed vessels of the United States," and an act, passed April the sixteenth, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, entitled, "An act in addition to an act giving pensions to the orphans and widows of persons slain in the public or private armed vessels of the United States," so far as regards persons receiving pensions from the fund arising from captures and salvage, made by private armed vessels of the United States, be, and the same are hereby, continued, under the restrictions and regulations in the said acts contained, for and during the additional term of five years, from and after the period of the expiration of said pensions, respectively: provided, however, that the said pensions shall be paid from the proceeds of the privateer pension fund alone, and without recourse to the United States for any deficiency, should such occur, which may hereafter arise therein: and provided, further, that no such pension shall be paid to any such widow after her intermarriage had, or to be had, after she shall have become such a widow.
Approved, May 23, 1828.