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United States Statutes at Large/Volume 2/6th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 49

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May 10, 1800.
Chap. XLIX.—An Act to establish the district of Kennebunk, and to annex Lyme to New London; and to alter the district of Bermuda Hundred and City Point; and therein to amend the act intituled “An act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage.”

Section 1. Act of March 2, 1799, ch. 22.
District of Kennebunk.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the thirtieth day of June next, the towns of Wells and Arundel, in the state of Massachusetts, and all the shores and waters thereof, shall be a district, to be called the district of Kennebunk, of which the port of Kennebunk shall be the sole port of entry; and the ports of Wells and Cape Porpoise shall be ports of delivery only, and a collector for the district shall be appointed to reside at Kennebunk.

Certain vessels may unlade at Edgecomb and Newcastle.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That ships and vessels owned in whole or in part in the towns of Edgecomb and Newcastle, in the district of Maine, having entered in due form of law at the port of Wiscasset, and taken on board an officer, shall be permitted to unlade in the parts of the said towns which adjoin Sheepscut river.

Lyme annexed to New London.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That from and after the thirtieth day of June next, the town of Lyme, in the state of Connecticut, and the shores and waters thereof, shall be annexed as a port of delivery only to the district of New London, and all vessels bound to or from the said port of Lyme, shall first come to, enter, and clear at the said port of New London: Provided however, that the surveyor appointed to reside at Saybrook shall be authorized to visit and inspect ships or vessels arriving at said port of Lyme, and generally to perform the duties of a surveyor, as may be requisite within said port.

Alteration of the district of Bermuda Hundred and City Point.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That from and after the thirtieth day of June next, the district of Bermuda Hundred and City Point as at present constituted, in the state of Virginia, shall be called the district of Petersburg, to comprehend Petersburg, City Point, and all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, and inlets of James river, from Hood’s and the junction of Chicahoming to the junction of the James and Appomattox rivers, and from thence to the highest tide-water of Appomattox, and also the Chicahoming to its highest tide-water mark; and the port for the said district shall extend from Petersburg to City Point. And another district shall be formed to be calledNew district formed. the district of Richmond, to comprehend Richmond, and Manchester, and Bermuda Hundred, and all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, and inlets of James river from Bermuda Hundred, including the harbor thereof, to the highest tide-water of James river; and the port shall extend from Richmond and Manchester to Bermuda Hundred. The office of collector for the district of Petersburg shall be kept in the town of Petersburg; and a collector shall be appointed for the Richmond district, whose office shall be kept in the city of Richmond;Act of March 2, 1799, ch. 22, sec. 11. and the surveyors within those two districts shall continue to reside at the places at present established by law.

Manifests to be delivered to the collector of Norfolk, by vessels bound up James river, &c.Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the master of any ship or vessel, bound to any district of James river above Sewal’s point, shall, before he pass by the said Point, and immediately after his arrival either at the same or at Hampton Road, deposit with the collector of the port of Norfolk and Portsmouth, or of Hampton, a true manifest of the cargo on board such ship or vessel; and the said collector shall, after registering the manifest, transmit the same duly certified to have been so deposited, to the officer with whom the entries are to be made: and the said collector may, whenever he shall judge it to be necessary for the security of the revenue, put an inspector of the customs on board any such ship or vessel, to accompany the same until her arrival at the first port of entry or delivery, in the district, to which such ship or vessel may be destined. And if the master or commander of any such ship or vessel shall neglect or omit to deposit a manifest in manner as aforesaid, or shall refuse to receive an inspector of the customs on board, as the case shall require, he shall forfeit and pay five hundred dollars, to be recovered with costs of suit, one half for the use of the officer with whom such manifest ought to have been deposited, and the other half to the use of the collector of the district to which the said ship or vessel may be bound.

Repeal of part of the former act.
Vol. i. 627.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That such part and so much of the act, intituled “An act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage,” as comes within the purview of this act, being contrary hereto, shall be and hereby is repealed.

Approved, May 10, 1800.