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degrees west, two chains twenty-five links; south, 39 west, two chains twenty links; south, 21 degrees west, one chain sixty links : south, 14 west, eight chains twenty one links; south, 70 1-2 east, one chain ninety-three links; north, 55 east, one chain seventy links; north, 27 east, nine chains; thence north, twenty-two east, two chains thirty-eight links, to the first mentioned bound; bounded northerly on George Foster's land; easterly, southerly and westerly, on the sea or sound : and whereas the town of Westerly have surrendered to this State all their rights of jurisdiction

over said land : wherefore, ic. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authotion ceded, rity thereof it is enacted, That the jurisdiction over said

land, described as aforesaid, be and is hereby ceded to Proviso.

the United States of America: provided also, that all civil and criminal processes, issued under the authority of this State, or an officer thereof, may be executed on the said land, or in the said light-house or tenements, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.

1808. An act to cede the jurisdiction of certain Lands to the United

States of America. Jurisdice WHEREAS the congress of the United States of America tion ceded. have passed an act to erect a lighthouse on Point Judith,

and have appropriated a sum of money therefor:

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That there be and hereby is granted unto the United States of America, the jurisdiction of any lands, not exceeding five acres, on Point Judith, in the town of South-Kingstown, which may be purchased by the United States, on which to erect said lighthouse : provided nevertheless, that all civil and criminal

processes, issued under the authority of this State, or any Owners of

officer thereof, may be executed on the said land, or in land may the said light-house or tenements which shall be built

thereon, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the owner or owners of lands on Point Judith, to sell and dispose of to the President of the United States, for the use of the United States, so much land, not exceed

ing five acres, as shall be necessary for the erection of said light-house, and to execute a deed or deeds thereof in due form of law; and if the owner or owners of said land shall not agree with the person or persons who may be appointed by the president of the United States to purchase such lands on the value thereof, then and in such case his excellency the governor is hereby empowered to appoint three suitable persons to appraise the said lands, and upon payment of the value thereof at such appraisement, or upon the tender thereof being refused, the fee and property of such lands shall vest in the United States,

An act to cede the jurisdiction of certain Lands, and to author- 1813. ize the sale and conveyance of said lands to the United States.

WHEREAS three acres of land, in addition to and ad- Preamble. joining the land now attached to the light-house at the south end of the island of Conanicut, in Jamestown, are wanted by the United States for the necessary accomodation of said lighthouse; and application therefor has been made by William Ellery, esquire, for and in behalf of the United States :

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the Jurisdicauthority thereof it is enacted, That there be and hereby is tion ceded. granted unto the said United States, the jurisdiction of three acres of land, adjoining the land now attached to said lighthouse, and in possession of the United States; which three acres are to be bounded and defined northeasterly by a line running from shore to shore, in a northwesterly and southeasterly course: Provided nevertheless, That all Proviso. civil and criminal processes, issued under the authority of this State, may be executed on said land, or in said lighthouse, or other tenements to be erected thereon, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may Proprie-, be lawful for the proprietors of said three acres of land, viz: Mary Clarke, wife of Audley Clarke, Elizabeth Phillips, wife of John C. Phillips, William Gardner, and Samuel T. Gardner, a minor within the age of twenty-one years, and the ward of said Audley Clarke, to sell and convey the said land to the United States, together with the privileges of passing and repassing to and from the same; and

tors to sell.

to this purpose, the said Audley Clarke and Mary Clarke,
in right of said Mary, the said John C. Phillips and Eliza
Phillips, in right of said Eliza, the said William Gardner,
and the said Audley Clarke, as guardian of said Samuel
T. Gardner, may be and are hereby authorized to execute
a deed or deeds thereof; and the same shall be effectual
for the conveyance thereof to the United States, in fee
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1794. An act empowering the United States to hold Lands for For

tifications. Preamble. WHEREAS the congress of the United States have pass

ed an act for fortifying the port and harbor of Newport, and empowered the president of the United States to receive from any State, (in behalf of the United States, a cession of the land on which any fortification may stand; or where such cession shall not be made, to purchase such land in behalf of the United States; provided that no such purchase shall be made where such land is the

property of a State : Fort on SECTION 1. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly,

and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That there be and is hereby granted unto the United States of America, all the right, title and claim of this State to the lands on which the fortifications on Goat island, in the township of Newport, stand, together with the circumjacent lands, which have been heretofore improved by the State for the pur

poses of defence. Towns,

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may &c. may be lawful for the town of Newport, or any other town in

this State, or any individual person in this State, by and cations, with the consent of, his excellency the governor, to sell

and dispose of to the president of the United States, for the use of the United States, all such lands as shall be deemed necessary to erect fortifications upon, for the defence of the port and harbor of Newport, and to execute deeds thereof in due form of law; and if the town of Newport, or any other town, or any individual, shall not agree with the person or persons who may be appointed by the president of the United States to purchase such lands on The value thereof, then and in such case his excellency the governor is hereby empowered to appoint three suit

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able persons to appraise the said lands, and upon payment of the value thereof at such appraisement, or upon the tender thereof being refused, the fee and property of such lands shall vest in the United States.

Sec. 3. Provided nevertheless, and be it further enacted, Right to That all civil and criminal processes issued under the au- sert thority of this State, or any officer thereof, may be executed on the lands which may be so ceded, and within the fortifications which may be thereon erected, in the same way and manner as if such lands had not been ceded as aforesaid.

cess.

An act to cede certain Lands to the United States.

1817. WHEREAS the United States have purchased and now Preamble. hold a lot of land containing three acres, in Jamestown, adjoining the light-house, at the southen d of the island of Conanicut, by deed of bargain and sale, dated the fifth day of August, 1817, and made by Audley Clark, Mary Clark, John C. Phillips, Elizabeth Phillips, William C. Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner, Samuel Fowler Gardner and Harriet Gardner, as by reference to the records will more fully appear; and whereas William Ellery, in behalf , of the United States, hath applied to this General Assembly to cede to the United States jurisdiction over said three acres of land, purchased as aforesaid :

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the author- Jurisdicity thereof it is enacted, That there be and hereby is grant- tion ceded. ed unto the said United States, the jurisdiction of said three acres of land, purchased by them and now in their possession as aforesaid ; which three acres are to be defined according to the limits thereof as described in said deed, and the plat thereof in said deed referred to; Pro- Right to vided nevertheless, That all civil and criminal processes, se

nas processes, process. issued under the authority of this State, may be executed on said lands, or in said lighthouse or other tenements to be erected thereon, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been ceded as aforesaid.

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1817. An act ceding the jurisdiction of Castle Island, situated at the

entrance of Bristol harbor, to the United States, and for other

purposes therein mentioned. Preamble. WHEREAS it has been shewn'to this assembly, that the

government of the United States hath ordered a beacon to be erected on Castle island, situated at the entrance of Bristol harbor, with the necessary buoys and stakes, provided the jurisdiction of said island be ceded by this State to the United States ; and whereas it is deemed expedient by this assembly that a beacon be erected there :

Jurisdic. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by tion ceded. the authority thereof it is enacted, That the jurisdiction of

said island, and all the right and interest of this State to the soil thereof, be and the same is hereby ceded to the

United States. Proviso. Sec. 2. Provided nevertheless, and be it further enacted,

That all civil and criminal processes, issued under the authority of this State, or any officer thereof, may be executed on said island, in the same way and manner as if such island had not been ceded as aforesaid.

1818.

An act exempting certain property purchased by the United

States from taxation.

Custom

m. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority house lot thereof it is enacted, That the lot of land in the town of exempted.

4. Providence, recently purchased by the United States, on which a custom-house has been erected, be, with the buildings thereon, exempted from the payment of all State and town taxes, so long as the same shall remain the property of the United States.

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