United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 34

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April 27, 1798.
Chap. ⅩⅩⅩⅣ.—An Act for erecting Lighthouses, and placing buoys and stakes at the places therein mentioned.


Section 1. Lighthouse to be built on Old Point Comfort.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as soon as a cession shall be made by the state of Virginia to the United States, of the jurisdiction over a tract of land proper for the purpose, the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby authorized to provide, by contract, to be approved by the President of the United States, for building a lighthouse on Old Point Comfort, in the said state, and to furnish 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 the same, and that the President be authorized to make the said appointments; Buoys to be placed near the entrance of Portland Harbor.and also, that the Secretary of the Treasury be authorized to cause six buoys to be placed near the entrance of Portland harbor, in the state of Massachusetts, at such places as, in his opinion, will best secure the navigation of the said port; Warren river to be staked.and to cause the channel of Warren river, from Narranganset Bay, to the port of Warren, in the state of Rhode Island, to be staked out and distinctly marked.

Sec. 2. Appropriation.And be it further enacted, That there be appropriated and paid, out of the monies arising from imports and tonnage, the sum of three thousand and fifty dollars, for the purposes aforesaid.

Approved, April 27, 1798.