United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 78

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July 16, 1798.
Chap. ⅬⅩⅩⅧ.—An Act for erecting a Lighthouse at Gay-head, on Martha’s Vineyard; and for other purposes.


Section 1.Lighthouse to be erected at Gay-head. 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 such land at Gay-head, on the western part of Martha’s Vineyard, in the state of Massachusetts, as the President of the United States shall deem sufficient, and most proper for the accommodation of a lighthouse, 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, for building a lighthouse thereon, and for furnishing the same with all necessary supplies; and also, to agree for the salaries and wages of the person or persons who may be appointed by the President, for the superintendence of the same: And the President is hereby authorized to make the said appointments.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted,A lighted beacon and a buoy to be fixed at the New Inlet of Cape Fear river. That as soon as such land at the New Inlet of Cape Fear river, in the state of North Carolina, as the President of the United States shall deem sufficient and most proper whereon to erect a lighted beacon, shall have been ceded to the United States, together with the jurisdiction thereof, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide by contract, for erecting a lighted beacon thereon; and also for placing a buoy in the inlet aforesaid, and for furnishing the same with all necessary supplies.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted,Appropriation for those purposes, and for a beacon and buoys at the entrance of Savannah. That for the purposes aforesaid, and also for the payment of such sum as shall be found due to the commissioners of pilotage of the port of Savannah, in the state of Georgia, for erecting a beacon, and placing sundry buoys at the entrance of the said port, on a settlement of their accounts at the treasury, there be appropriated out of any monies in the treasury, not otherwise particularly appropriated, the sum of five thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars: Provided always,Proviso. that no payment shall be made for erecting the said beacon, until the land whereon the same has been erected, together with the jurisdiction thereof, shall have been ceded to the United States, agreeable to law, and in like manner as has been done in other cases.

Approved, July 16, 1798.