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charge and command all persons being here assembled, immediately to disperse themselves and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon
the pains inflicted by the said act: God save the State! Refusing And if such persons assembled as aforesaid shall not
disperse themselves within one hour after proclamation is be appre- made or attempted to be made as aforesaid, it shall be hended, lawful for
lawful for every such officer to command sufficient aid, &c.
and he shall seize every such person, who shall be had before a justice of the peace; and the aforesaid justice of the peace, sheriff or deputy-sheriff, is hereby further empowered to require the aid of a sufficient number of persons in arms, if any of the persons assembled are in arms; and if any such person or persons shall be killed or wounded, by reason of his or her resisting the persons endeavoring to disperse or seize them, the said justice, sheriff, deputy-sheriff, town-sergeant, constable and their
assistants, shall be indemnified and held guiltless. Penalty Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person being to aia ing commanded by such justice, sheriff
, deputy-sheriff, the sheria, town-sergeant or constable as aforesaid, shall refuse or
neglect to afford the assistance required, and shall be convicted thereof, upon the oath of either of the said officers so commanding, or other legal evidence, he shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than seven dollars, nor exceeding thirty dollars, to be recovered on conviction thereof before the supreme judicial court or any court of general sessions of the peace, according to the aggravation of the offence, to be paid into the general treasury for the use
of the State. For ob
Sec. 3. And be it further cnacted, That all persons who structing for the space of one hour after proclamation made or at
tempted to be made as aforesaid, shall unlawfully, routously, riotously and tumultuously continue together, or shall wilfully obstruct or hinder any such officer who shall be known or shall openly declare himself to be such, from making such proclamation, shall on conviction thereof forfeit a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, and shall suffer imprisonment not more than twelve months; and ifany such person or persons so riotously assembled shall demolish or pull down, or begin to demolish or pull down, any dwelling-house or other house or parcel thereof, any house built for public uses, any barn, mill, malt-bouse, store-house, shop or ship, he or they shall be fined and imprisoned as abovesaid.
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An act to establish the limits of the several Jail-Yards within 1800 '08
this State. Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the Jailauthority thereof it is enacted, That the jail-bounds in the bounds in
Newport. county of Newport shall be as follows, viz: the jail-lot ; the lot belonging to the methodist chapel, on which said chapel stands; thence down Marlborough-street, and across Thames-street, to the southeast corner of the house of the heirs of Oliver R. Warner; thence down Thamesstreet, to the long-wharf; thence down said wharf, along the building or fence of William Langley's lot, westerly to Jacob Richardson's house; thence down said wharf, on the north side along the building and fences, to the southwest corner of the house of the heirs of William Wexsell; thence westerly, enclosing the whole head of said wharf; thence easterly, on the south side of said wharf, by the buildings, fences and plate of said wharf, to Thamesstreet; thence down Thames-street, to the southeast corner of the granary or market-house; thence easterly across Thames-street, to the northwest corner of the house of Benjamin W. Case; thence up Ann-street to the northwest corner of Robert Lawton's house, northerly to the southwest corner of the house of the heirs of James Cary; thence northerly, by the buildings on the east side of Washington-square, to the southwest corner of the brewhouse of the late Giles Hosier; thence northwesterly, to the south-west corner of the house of Obadiah Williams; thence across broad-street, to the north easterly corner of farewell-street; thence northerly along farewell-street, to the south-west corner of James Taylor's house ; thence westerly, down Marlborough-street, to the methodist chapel; including all the interinediate public streets and squares, together with the state-house, methodist chapel, and that part of the granary occupied as a public market, and no other buildings.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the limits and Proviboundaries of the jail-yard in Providence be as follows, to dences wit: beginning at a stake fifty feet westerly from the jailwharf, ranging
with the north side of the store or barn of the late John Smith, esquire : thence easterly, by the said John Smith's land, to the north-east corner of his late dwelling-house; thence across the main-street, to the northwest corner of the friends' meeting-house yard; thence easterly, along the south side of south court-street,
to the west side of benefit-street ; thence northerly, by said
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the limits and
said west side of said lot, to the southwest corner thereof; thence on the south side of said lot to the southeast corner thereof; thence to the northwest corner of Peleg Olin's lot; thence easterly, on the south side of the street, to the first mentioned bound; including all the space and buildings within the lines.
Sec. 4. And be il further enacted, That the jail-bounds in the county of Bristol shall be and hereby are established as follows, to wit: to comprehend all the lot of land whereon the jail stands; the land leading thereto from Hope-street, John-street, and all those parts of Thames, Hope and high-streets included between the north line of State-street and the south line of church-street, and all those parts of State and church-streets included between
the west line of Thames-street and the range of the front of the public buildings standing on the common, so called, near the east line of said high-street; also the courthouse, St. Michael's church, and the baptist and methodist chapels.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the limits and Washingboundaries of the jail-yard in South-Kingstown, in the county of Washington, shall be as follows, to wit: including the whole lot on which the jail is built; and from the southwest corner of said lot to the southeast corner of Joseph Staunton's tan-yard; thence northerly, on the course of the east wall of said tan-yard, across the highway, to the wall on the north side thereof; thence easterly, to the southwest corner of Cyrus French's garden; thence northerly the course of the west wall of said garden, to the northwest corner of said garden ; thence easterly, to the northwest corner of the court-house lot, including that part of the lot to the westward of the range of posts, east of said lot; and from the southeast post to the northeast corner of the house occupied by Joshua Perry; and thence on the course of the fence and buildings, to the northeast corner of the jail-lot; including the space within the said lines.
An act directing the Keepers of Jails in this State to receive 1790.
and safe keep all Prisoners committed under the authority of the United States.
Whereas by an act of the Congress of the United States, Preamble. at the session begun and holden on the fourth day of March, A. D. 1789, it was “ Resolved, That it be recommended to the Legislatures of the several States, to pass laws, making it expressly the duty of the keepers of their jails, to receive and safe keep therein, all prisoners committed under the authority of the United States, until they shall be discharged by due course of the laws thereof, under the like penalties as in case of prisoners committed under the authority of such States respectively; the United States to pay for the use and keeping of such jails at the rate of fifty cents per month for each prisoner that shall under their authority be committed thereto, during the time such prisoner shall therein be committed ; and also to support such of said prisoners as shall be committed for offences :
Whereupon, this Assembly, in full confidence that Congress will make provision for the support of poor prisoners committed for debt, as otherwise humanity will call upon the inhabitants of the county towns to supply their
necessities, which will prove unreasonably expensive and Jailers to burthensome, do enact, and by the authority thereof it is prisoners
enacted, that the keepers of the respective jails in the committed counties of Newport, Providence, Washington, Bristol and authority
Kent, be and they are hereby ordered and directed, and it
of the United States.
1698, 1798 An act to prevent fraud in Fire-Wood and Charcoal exposed to
to one half of the kerf and shall be sold by the cord;
and four feet high, well stowed and closely laid together. Penalty
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whoever shall sell for selling or expose to sale any wood that is not of the length aforeof length, said, shall upon due conviction thereof, before any justice
of the peace of the town where such offence shall be
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all baskets used kets, size
in measuring charcoal brought into any town in this State