7 July 1870 c. 213 16 Stat. 191

CHAP. CCXIII. – An Act to construe certain Acts therein cited, in Relation to Pensions.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That neither the act of July twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, entitled “An act increasing the pensions of widows and orphans, and for other purposes,” nor the act of July twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-eight, entitled “An act relating to pensions,” shall be so construed as to increase the amount directed to be paid in any special act of Congress granting a pension; nor shall said acts be construed so as to reduce the same whenever such act fixes definitely the amount of pension to which the person therein named shall be entitled, in excess of the rate fixed by general law for the rank in respect to which such special pensions may have been or may hereafter be granted.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That this act shall have the effect to restore to the persons affected hereby any sums heretofore withheld from them by the construction hereinbefore prohibited.

APPROVED, July 7, 1870.

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