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tants thereof, from time to time, shall have and enjoy the like benefits, liberties, privileges and immunities, as other towns in this State generally have and do enjoy.

1742.

An Act incorporating the west end of the town of North-Kings

town into a township, to be distinguished and known by the name of Exeter.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority Norththereof it is enacted, That the town of North-Kingstown, in town dithe county of Washington, be divided into two towns, by vided. a line beginning at the south side of the said town, at the middle of the highway that runs between the farm now or late of Jeoffry Hazard and the farm of Eber Sherman; to extend from thence northwardly to the extent of said highway, as the same runs northwardly, and from the middle of said way, where it meets the cross highway, to extend northwardly in a straight line to meet the highway that runs between the land of William Hall and Christopher Spencer; and from thence to extend northwardly as said highway runs to East-Greenwich south line: and that the eastward part of said town retain the charter and name of North-Kingstown, and the western part be called by the name of Exeter, and be incorporated Exeter ininto a township: and that the inhabitants thereof shall corporathave and enjoy the like privileges as other towns in this State generally have or do enjoy.

1757.

WHEREAS Mr. Robert Hazard, of South-Kingstown, and Captain John Reynolds, of Exeter, were appointed by the General Assembly to run the dividing line between those two towns, and erect monuments therein, and the gentlemen having performed that service, presented the following report, to wit:

Whereas we the subscribers being appointed a com- Dividing mittee by the General Assembly of the Colony of Rhode- liwe leIsland, &c. on the twentieth day of November, A. D. 1756, Southto run the line between South-Kingstown and Exeter, and Kingstown erect proper monuments; and in obedience thereto we ter. have taken in hand that affair, and do conclude and agree that the said line shall begin in the middle of the highway that leads westward from Eber Shearman's, and opposite

to the dividing line between North-Kingstown and Exeter, and run along the middle of the said highway westward, until it comes opposite to a large white oak tree, which is the southwest corner of Jeoffry Champlain, junior's farm, which was formerly Jeoffry Hazard's farm, and five rods distant south or southward from said tree; and then beginning at a black oak tree, that has formerly been marked, which is about ten rods from the aforesaid white oak tree, to the southward, and run from thence west twenty-seven degrees north, which line hits the south

part of the house where Jonathan Shearman formerly lived, and so continued that course to the highway that divides Richmond and Exeter, making several monuments in said line. Witness our hands the twenty-eighth day of April, 1756.

ROBERT HAZARD,
JOHN REYNOLDS, jun.

And this Assembly having taken the said report into consideration, do vote and resolve, and it is voted and resolved, That the same be and it is hereby accepted.

Middle

ed.

1743 An Act incorporating the north-east part of the town of New

port into a township, to be distinguished and known by the name of Middletown.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority town in thereof it is enacted, That all the lands lying to the north

ward and eastward of the following line, run through the original town of Newport, to wit: beginning at the head of the creek, that separates the two farms owned in the year one thousand seven hundred and forty-three by the Honorable Joseph Whipple, Esquire and Godfrey Malbone; then south nineteen degrees and an half east, running a direct line to the south-east corner of a lot of land in the year last mentioned belonging to Job Almy, the said corner being between the houses at that time, of Elisha Card and that in possession of Samuel Pemberton, Esq.; and from said corner, a straight line south, twenty-seven degrees east, crossing the bridge that lieth over the creek on Easton's Beach, and so into the sea on that course, it being the place where said creek usually runs into the sea; be and the same are hereby incorporated into a township, to be distinguished, called and known by the name of Middletown: and shall have, hold and enjoy all and singular the liberties, privileges and immunities, which the other towns in this state generally have, enjoy anda are entitled to.

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1746.

An Act incorporating the inhabitants of the lands lately taken

into this Ŝtate, by the settlement of the eastern boundaries, into five townships.

WHEREAS by a settlement of the eastern boundaries of this State, several large tracts of lands, and a great number of inhabitants, are taken under the jurisdiction of this State: and whereas it is absolutely necessary for the well governing the said people, that the said tract of land, with the inhabitants thereon, be set off and incorporated into townships; and the same being conveniently situated for making five townships:

Section 1. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, Bristol, and by the authority thereof it is enacted, That the aforesaid Tiverton, tracts of land, with the inhabitants thereon, be set off and Compton, incorporated into five towns, in the following manner, to Warren, wit: all that part which has heretofore been called Bris- berland, tol, with the inhabitants thereon, be set off and incorpo- incerporated into a township, by the name of Bristol; and that part which has been heretofore part of Tiverton, with part of Dartmouth and Freetown adjoining thereto, be incorporated into a township, by the name of Tiverton; and that part which has been heretofore part of Little-Compton, with a part of Dartmouth thereto adjoining, be incorporated into a township, by the name of Little-Compton; and that line which formerly divided Tiverton from Little-Compton, be extended easterly to the line of the State; and the whole to be the dividing lines between said towns; and that part which has heretofore been part of Swanzey and Barrington, with a small part of Rehoboth thereto adjoining, with the inhabitants thereon, be incorporated into a township by the name of Warren; and that part which has been commonly called and known by the name of the Gore of land, with the inhabitants thereon, be incorporated into a township by the name of Cumberland : and that the inhabitants of each respective town, for the time being, shall have and enjoy the same liberties and privileges which the other towns in this State generally have and do enjoy.

Freehold ers in said towns

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That every man inhab

iting within the abovementioned towns of Bristol, Tivermade free. ton, Little-Compton, Warren and Cumberland, and pos

sessed of lands or real estates sufficient by the laws of this State to qualify him for a freeman, and the eldest son of every such freeholder, be and they are hereby declared freemen of the respective towns, and also of this State ; and shall govern themselves in voting agreeably to the laws of this State.

1747.

An Act incorporating the north part of the town of Charlestown,

in the county of Washington, into a township, to be distin

guished and known by the name of Richmond. Richmond

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authority incorpo- thereof it is enacted, That the town of Charlestown, in the

county of Washington, be divided into two towns, by a river that runs across said town, known by the name of Pawcatuck River; and that all the lands to the southward of said river shall retain the name of Charlestown, and all the lands to the northward of said river shall be and are hereby incorporated into a township by the name of Richmond: and shall have and enjoy the like privileges which the other towns in this State have and enjoy, and are entitled to.

1754.

Cranston

An Act dividing the town of Providence, and incorporating the

southern part thereof into a township, to be distinguished by the name of Cranston.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the incorpo- authority thereof it is enacted, That all the lands in the town

of Providence, lying to the southward of a line beginning at the head of the cove called and known by the name of Hawkins' Cove, and from thence a straight line to the bent of Pachasset River, a little to the northward of Charles Dyer's, and so continue up said river, until it comes to the road that leads from the town of Providence to Plainfield, and thence westerly up said road until it comes to the seven mile line, that is the dividing line between the towns of Providence and Scituate; thence southerly with said seven mile line until it comes to the southwest corner of Providence, where Providence and Scituate join on

Warwick north line; thence easterly on the dividing line between Providence and Warwick, until it meets the salt water, or river that leads to Providence town; thence bounding on the salt water or river, as the same extends itself up stream towards Providence town, until it comes to the aforementioned bounds at Hawkins' Cove; be divided off and incorporated into a township, to be distinguished and known by the name of Cranston.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all the lands to the northward of the aforementioned line, from Hawkins' Cove to the bent at Charles Dyer's, and so up the river to where Plainfield road crosses said river, and all the lands to the northward of said Plainfield road, until it meets the aforesaid seven mile line, shall be and remain to the town of Providence; and all the lands to the southward of the last mentioned lines, to the town of Cranston: and that the inhabitants of said Cranston, from time to time, shall have and enjoy the like benefits, liberties, privileges and immunities, which other towns in this State generally enjoy and are entitled to.

1757.

An Act dividing the town of Westerly, and thereof making

two distinct townships, one to retain the name of Westerly,
and the other to be distinguished and known by ihe name of
Hopkinton.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the Westerly authority thereof it is enacted, That the said town of West- divided. erly be and the same is hereby made and divided into two distinct and separate towns; and that such part thereof as lyeth to the southward of Pawcatuck river shall still be and remain a town, holding its ancient name of Westerly; and all the lands lying to the northward of said river shall also be, and hereby are, erected into Hopkinand made a township, to be distinguished, called and ton incor

porated. known by the name of Hopkinton; and the inhabitants thereof shall have, hold and enjoy all and singular the liberties, privileges and immunities, which the other towns in this State generally have and are entitled to.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the money due un- Money to the town of Westerly aforesaid, for the cedar swamp, due to the shall be legally secured, both principal and interest, unto account of those that live on the south side of the aforesaid Pawca

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