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Navy and Marine Corps Pay Adjustment -- 1814

An Act concerning the pay of officers, seamen and marines in the navy of the United States.

Law as Written [1]

Be it enacted by the Senate and house of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the pay and subsistence of the respective commissioned and warrant officers be as follows: a lieutenant other than a master commandant, or lieutenant commanding a small vessel, forty dollars per month and three rations per day; a chaplain forty dollars per month and two rations per day; a sailing master forty dollars per month and two rations per day; a surgeon fifty dollars per month and two rations per day; a surgeon's mate thirty dollars per month and two rations per day; a purser forty dollars per month and two rations per day; a boatswain twenty dollars per month and two rations per day; a gunner twenty dollars per month and two rations per day; a sail-maker twenty dollars per month and two rations per day; and that the pay to be allowed to the petty officers and midshipmen, and the pay and bounty upon enlistment of the seamen, ordinary seamen, and marines, shall be fixed by the President of the United States: Provided, That the whole sum to be given for the whole pay aforesaid, and for the pay of officers, and that the amount of bounties upon enlistment of seamen and marines, shall not exceed for any year the amount which may, in such year, be appropriated for those purposes respectively.

The 1814 Navy and Marine Corps pay chart.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President be, and he is hereby authorized to make an addition, not exceeding twenty-five per cent., to the pay of the officers, petty officers, midshipmen, seamen and marines engaged in any service, the hardships or disadvantages of which shall, in his judgment, render such an addition necessary.

APPROVED, April 18, 1814.


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[1]United States Statutes at Large, Volume 03, pg. 136-137, Government Printing Office.

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