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House. Act to Act to confirm the Vt. Act on Conn. River navigation improvement, 1827
SEE ALSO 51752, 51777, 51778 H.R. No. 7 This version appears to be a word-for-word copy of 51778, but in a slightly different font so the pagination
is not the same. An act to confirm an act of the ... State of Vermont ... to provide for improving the navigation of the valley of the Connecticut
River, 1827. Vermont passed their act on November 9, 1825 in twenty-six sections. The State of Massachusetts assented and confirmed, but followed
with seventeen caveats that were negative in tone, almost as if something bad had already happened. Most of the caveats just repeated, perhaps for
emphasis, situations already addressed in the original act. The requirement to keep hogs off the towpath had no force and effect in Massachusetts and
lockkeepers had to be available at night. The eighth section of the original, vesting property rights in the Corporation forever, had no force in
Massachusetts. A list of projects to be done in Massachusetts was included; any others had to be approved by the Legislature. The eighteenth section of the
original allowed the Corporation to go on private land without advance notice to fix storm damage and take earth and gravel for such repairs, always with
compensation. That had no force and effect in Massachusetts. Massachusetts always had the power to reduce tolls in its state. The General Court
reserved the right to amend the act after thirty years or to repeal it after sixty. Beginning on p. 41, a Mr. Bliss also submitted sixteen caveats whose
language was nearly all the same as the previous seventeen. He only gave the Corporation ten years to build projects and did not include anything
about a repeal of the act. Connecticut assented and confirmed with just three caveats: No dam could prevent the passage of boats or fish, the Corporation
was responsible to Connecticut for its acts, and the Corporation could not interfere with an existing canal company in Connecticut. (Digitized from a
microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   An act, to confirm an act of the General Assembly of the state of Vermont, entitled "An act to provide for improving the navigation in the valley of Connecticut River."
OCLC Number:   1374606164
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