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Westerly, according to their several respective purchases thereof made and obtained of the Indian sachems, be and are hereby allowed of, ratified and confirmed to the proprietors of each of the aforesaid towns, and to each and every of the said proprietors the several and respective rights and interests therein, by virtue of any such purchase or purchases as aforesaid ; to have and to hold all the aforesaid lands by virtue of the several purchases thereof, with all the appurtenances, privileges and commodities thereunto belonging, or in any wise appertaining to them, the aforesaid proprietors, their heirs and assigns forever, in as full, lawful, large and ample manner, to all intents, constructions and purposes whatsoever, as if the said lands and every part thereof had been purchased of the Indian sachems, by virtue of any grants or allowances obtained from the general assembly of this state after the granting the aforesaid charter: and whereas there is within several of the towns within this state considerable of lands lying yet common or undivided, and for the more orderly way and manner of the several proprietors, their managing the prudential affairs thereof, and for the more effectual making of just and equal division or divisions of the same, so that each and every of the proprietors may have their true and equal part or proportion of land, according to his or their proportion of right; and that the exact boundaries of each man’s allotment when laid to him may be kept in perpetuum :
Sec. 2. It is further ordained and enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the proprietors of each and every such town within this state, being convened by a warrant from under the hand and seal of an assistant or justice of the peace in such town, the occasion thereof being specified in the warrant, for them or the major part of them so met to choose and appoint a clerk and a surveyor or surveyors, and such and so many other officers as they shall judge needful and convenient for the orderly carrying on and management of the whole affairs of such community and in like manner to proceed from time to time as often as need shall require.
Passed May, 1682. Re-enacted 1822.
An Act quieting Possessions and establishing Titles of Land
within the towns of Bristol, Tiverton, Little Compton, Warren and Cumberland.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That all grants and conveyances of land heretofore made by the general assemblies of the late colony of New-Plymouth, the late colony of the Massachusetts, or by the province of the Massachusetts Bay, or by any commissioners, agents or persons by them or any of them duly appointed and authorized, or by any other authority derived from them or any of them, lying within any of the towns aforesaid, shall be as good, valid and effectual, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, to the grantees, their heirs or assigns, as if the lands so granted had really been situated in the colony or province by whom or by whose authority the same were made, and shall forever hereafter be so adjudged and construed in all courts of judicature in this state.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all estates both real and personal left by persons who have died intestate before the publication of this act, and which lie or are within the bounds of the aforesaid towns, shall be distributed and settled among the children or legal representatives of such intestates, agreeably to the laws of the province of the Massachusetts Bay in force at the time of such intestate's death; which laws shall have the same force and effect in this state, in the trial of and settling and distributing such intestates' estates, as if the same were laws of this state duly made, and shall be so adjudged, construed and understood by all judges and ministers of justice in this state : and that the several town councils of the above mentioned towns be and they are hereby fully empowered and required to complete the distribution and settlement of such intestates' estates as aforesaid, which yet remain unsettled, in the same manner and as fully and effectually in all respects as the same could have been by the courts of probate had the said towns still remained within the province of the Massachusetts Bay.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That all grants, deeds, conveyances and land evidences whatsoever, that have heretofore been made of any lands within any of the aforesaid
towns, and which were executed and registered according to the laws in force there at the time of making the same, shall be adjudged and deemed as good, valid and effectual, to all intents and purposes whatsoever, as if the same had been made, executed and recorded within and according to the laws of this state: and copies of all such grants, deeds, conveyances and land evidences, produced from and attested by such offices and officers where the same are registered, shall be received as lawful evidences by all courts in this state.
Passed January, 1746. Re-enacted 1822.
An Act to secure and appropriate the Touro Jewish Synagogue
agogue in repair-freedom of religious exercises secured.
to time proper investment of fund.-
Whereas it has been made to appear to this general assembly upon the representation of Titus Weeks, Esq., executor of the last will and testament of Abraham Touro, Esq., of the city of Boston, in the state of Massachusctts, that the said Abraham by his last will bequeathed a legacy in the following words, viz: “ Item. I give ten thousand dollars to the legislature of the state of Rhode Island for the purpose of supporting the Jewish Synagogue in that state; in special trust to be appropriated to that object in such manner as the said legislature together with the municipal authority of the town of Newport may from time to time direct and appoint :” Therefore,
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That said legacy and trust be and hereby are accepted by the general assembly; and the general treasurer is authorized and directed to apply for and receive from said executor the said legacy or donation of ten thousand dollars, to give all proper receipts and acquittances therefor upon receipt thereof, and as soon as possible to vest the same entire in the stock of some substantial bank or banks or in some of the United States stocks; and the certificates or evidences of such stock shall be carefully kept by said general treasurer in his office; and it shall be the duty of said general treasurer once in every year to report to the general assembly the state of said fund.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the town council of the town of Newport may, and it shall be their duty to cause all repairs to be made upon said synagogue, buildings and premises, which in their opinion may be necessary and proper: and whenever there shall be no person of the Jewish persuasion residing in Newport, and qualified and authorized to have the care and superintendence of said synagogue, said town council shall appoint some suitable person or persons for that purpose, with such compensation as said council with the approbation of the general assembly shall think reasonable : provided, that all accounts and charges for expenditures of every kind out of said fund shall be presented to the general assembly, and if approved of by them shall be paid by the general treasurer upon their order out of the interest or profits accruing on said fund : provided, also, that nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize said town council or any
other person whatever in any manner to interfere with or restrain the full and free exercise of the Jewish religion in said synagogue, by any individual of that faith residing in Newport, or to interrupt the possession, control and management with which the proprietors of said synagogue
premises, or any other persons according to the laws and customs of the Jews, may be invested.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of said town council from time to time as occasion shall present, to recommend to the general assembly such disposition of the profits of said fund, and such measures and provisions as in their opinion shall be best calculated to promote and fulfil the object and intention of the donor, the said Touro, as expressed in his said will, in supporting and advancing said Jewish institution.
Passed June, 1823.
An Act in addition to the act to secure and appropriate the Touro
Jewish Synagogue Fund. Be it enacted by the general assembly, That it shall be the duty of the town council of the town of Newport from time to time as occasion may require, to cause all necessary repairs to be put upon the wall or fence enclosing the Jewish burying ground in Newport, appurtenant to said synagogue ; and that said town council be authorized to draw upon the general treasurer for so much of the interest of said fund as may from time to time be necessary for that object.
Passed June, 1827.
Resolved, That the town council of the town of Newport be and they are hereby authorized from time to time, as occasion may require, to draw on the general treasurer for the interest of the Touro Jewish Synagogue Fund, or so much thereof as may be necessary to keep said synagogue and the premises in complete repair ; and that said town council make report of their expenditures to the general assembly annually at the May session thereof.
Passed June, 1834.
An Act to regulate the Fishery in Pawcatuck River.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That no weir or pound or other obstructions shall be erected or continued in the channel of Pawcatuck river, dividing the states of Rhode-Island and Connecticut, so as to interfere with the main channel of said river; upon penalty of twenty dollars for the first offence, and seven dollars for every twenty hours, or any less space of time any such weir or other obstruction shall be continued in the main channel of said river after the first offence.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That no person or persons be permitted to draw any seine or seines in said Pawcatuck river from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June annually, excepting between the rising of the sun on Monday morning and the rising of the sun on Thursday morning in each week; upon penalty of twenty dollars for each and every time such seine shall be set or drawn otherwise than as aforesaid ; that no person or persons shall be permitted to throw any stone or stones into said river, upon penalty of seven dollars for each and every such offence.
And to the end that the fish may more freely pass to the various sources of the river aforesaid :
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That yearly and every year, from the twentieth day of March to the first day of June, there be a passage opened in the mill-dam below Pawcatuck bridge, from the bed or bottom of said river, twenty feet in length, to extend ten feet easterly, and ten feet west