Definition of SOLICITOR OP THE TREASURY.


SOLICITOR OP THE TREASURY.

The title of one of the officers of
the United States, created by the act of May 29, 1830, 4 Sharsw. cont. of
Story, L. U. S. 2206, which prescribes his duties aud his rights.


2. - 1. His powers and duties are, 1. Those which were by law vested
and required from the agent of the treasury of the United States. 2. Those
which theretofore belonged to the commissioner, or acting commissioner of the
revenue, as relate to the superintendence of the collection of outstanding
direct and internal duties. 3. To take charge of all lands which shall be
conveyed to the United States, or set off to them in payment of debts, or which
are vested in them by mortgage or other security; and to release such lands
which had, at the passage of the act, become vested in the United States, on
payment of the debt for which they were received. 4. Generally to superintend
the collection of debts due to the United States, and receive statements from
different officers in relation to suits or actions commenced for the recovery
of the same. 5. To instruct the district attorneys, marshals, and clerks of the
circuit and district courts of the United States, in all matters and
proceedings appertaining to suits in which the United States are a party or
interested, and to cause them to report to him any information he may require
in relation to the same. 6. To report to the proper officer from whom the
evidence of debt was received, the fact of its having been paid to him, and
also all credits which have by due course of law been allowed on the same. 7.
To make rules for the government of collectors, district attorneys and
marshals, as may be requisite. 8. To obtain from the district attorneys full
accounts of all suits in their hands, and submit abstracts of the same to
congress.


3. - 2. His rights are, 1. To call upon the attorney-general of the
United States for advice and direction as to the manner of conducting the
suits, proceedings and prosecutions aforesaid. 2. To receive a salary of three
thousand five hundred dollars per annum. 3. To employ, with the approbation of
the secretary of the treasury, a clerk, with a salary of one thousand five
hundred dollars; and a messenger, with a salary of five hundred dollars. To
receive and send all letters, relating to the business of his office, free of
postage.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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