United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 16

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March 14, 1798.
Chap. ⅩⅥ.—An Act for the erection of a Lighthouse, and placing Buoys at the several places therein mentioned.


Lighthouse to be erected on Eaton’s Neck.Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as soon as the jurisdiction of so much of the head land of Eaton’s Neck on Nassau Island, in the state of New York, as the President of the United States shall deem sufficient and most convenient for the purpose of erecting a lighthouse, and its appurtenances, shall have been ceded to the United States, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury, to provide, by contract, which shall be approved by the President of the United States, for building a lighthouse thereon, and furnishing the same with all necessary supplies; and also to agree for the salaries or wages of the person or persons who may be appointed by the President for the superintendence and care of building the said lighthouse: and the President is hereby authorized to make the said appointments.

Buoys to be placed near Sandy Hook, Goat Island and Nantucket.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury by authorized and directed to cause to be placed, six buoys on the shoals called the east and west banks, and the middle ground, near Sandy Hook off the harbor of New York, and two buoys on the north and south points of Goat Island, near the entrance to the harbor of Newport, in the state of Rhode Island: and also, to cause to be placed such number of buoys as may be necessary for the security of the navigation in and near the harbor of Nantucket, in the state of Massachusetts.

Appropriation therefor.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there be appropriated and paid, out of the monies arising from the duties on imports and tonnage, a sum not exceeding thirteen thousand two hundred and fifty dollars for the purposes aforesaid.

Approved, March 14, 1798.