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Laws of Maryland 1785-1791
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1785.

CHAP.
    I.

                                LAWS of MARYLAND.

citizen of Virginia or Maryland, or of citizens of both states, trading
from one state to the other only, and having on board only the produce
of the said states, may enter and trade in any part of either state, with a
permit from the naval officer of the district from which such vessel departs
with her cargo, and shall be subject to no port charges.  Fifth, All
merchant vessels (except such as are described in the fourth article) navigating
the river Patowmack, shall enter and clear at some naval office on
the said river in one or both states, according to the laws of the state in
which the entry shall be made; and where any vessel shall make an entry
in both states, such vessel shall be subject to tonnage in each state,
only in proportion to the commodities carried to or taken from such state.
Sixth, The river Patowmack shall be considered as a common highway
for the purpose of navigation and commerce to the citizens of Virginia
and Maryland, and of the United States, and to all other persons in amity
with the said states trading to or from Virginia or Maryland.  Seventh,
The citizens of each state respectively shall have full property in the
shores of Patowmack river adjoining their lands, with all emoluments
and advantages thereunto belonging, and the privilege of making and
carrying out wharfs and other improvements, so as not to obstruct or
injure the navigation of the river, but the right of fishing in the river
shall be common to, and equally enjoined by, the citizens of both states;
provided, that such common right be not exercised by the citizens of the
one state to the hinderance or disturbance of the fisheries on the shores of
the other state, and that the citizens of neither state shall have a right to
fish with nets or seans on the shores of the other.  Eighth, All laws and
regulations which may be necessary for the preservation of fish, or for the
performance of quarantine in the river Patowmack, or for preserving and
keeping open the channel and navigation thereof, or of the river Pocomoke
within the limits of Virginia, by preventing the throwing out
ballast, or giving any other obstruction thereto, shall be made with the
mutual consent and approbation of both states.  Ninth, Light-houses,
beacons, buoys, or other necessary signals, shall be erected, fixed and
maintained, upon Chesapeake bay, between the sea and mouths of
the rivers Patowmack and Pocomoke, and upon the river Patowmack,
at the expence of both states; if upon Patowmack river, at the joint and
equal charge of both states, and if upon the before-mentioned part of
Chesapeake bay, Virginia shall defray five parts, and Maryland three
parts, of such expence, and if this proportion shall in future times be
found unequal, the same shall be corrected.  And for ascertaining the
proper places, mode and plans, for erecting and fixing light-houses,
bouys, beacons, and other signals, as aforesaid, both states shall, upon
the application of either to the other, appoint an equal number of commissioners,
not less than three or more than five from each state, to meet
at such times and places as the said commissioners, or a major part of
them, shall judge fit, to fix upon the proper places, mode and plans,
for erecting and fixing such light-houses, beacons, or other signals, and
report the same, with an estimate of the expence, to the legislatures of
both states, for their approbation.  Tenth, all piracies, crimes or offences,
committed on that part of Chesapeake bay which lies within the 
limits of Virginia, or that part of the said bay where the line of division
from the south point of Patowmack river (now called Smith's Point) to
Watkins's Point, near the mouth of Pocomoke river, may be doubtful,
and on that part of Pocomoke river within the limits of Virginia, or
where the line of division between the two states upon the said river is
doubtful, by any persons not citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia,
against the crimes of Maryland, shall be tried in the court of the state
of Maryland which hath legal cognizance of such offences.  And all piracies,
crimes and offences, committed on the before-mentioned parts of
Chesapeake bay and Pocomoke river, by any persons not citizens of Maryland,



 
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