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Collection Reference Number GLC00904
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1781 
Title An Act to preserve buildings in this State belonging to the United States from being destroyed and for the Punishment of those that shall seize on or injure the same
Date 5 June 1781
Author Livingston, William (1723-1790)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Signed by William Livingston as Governor of New Jersey. Countersigned by Josiah Hornblower, Speaker of the New Jersey House of Representatives. Endorsed on verso near docket by Bowes Reed and Maskell Ewing, clerks of the Assembly, stating the document was read three times and has passed the House. Resolution written because of Congressional recommendations of 3 July 1779 asked the various states to preserve buildings owned by the United States. Says any person convicted of damaging or destroying a building or fortress owned by the United States will pay no more than a 20 pound fine and the costs of the damage. It is also possible for the United States to sue to recover damages. Anyone in possession of a government building illegally can be ousted and any changes they have made to the building altered for military purposes. Provides for rules on trespass and care of the buildings as well.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Architecture  Fortification  Law  Government and Civics  
People Livingston, William (1723-1790)  
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859