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June Session, 1783 – Act laying an Impost or duty of 2% on all goods imported for the purpose of paying the annual interests arising upon the public securities of this state. Officers annually appointed by the legislature for collection of. Permits to be obtained for landing of goods. No permit issue until master of such vessel have lodged manifest on oath of goods upon arrival at port including names of owners of such goods. Act in amended, August, 1784 – no master of a vessel permitted to break bulk unless master have exhibited a manifests of all cargo & goods on board & secure duty on same within four days after arrival. Time of reported manifest reduced to twenty four hours by act of amendment, May, 1785, Impost duties on foreign goods granted to Congress by act of February, 1786 “Act for giving and granting to the United States in Congress assembled certain Imposts and Duties on Foreign Goods imported in this state, and for the particular purpose of paying the principal and interest of the debt contracted in the prosecution of the late war with Great Britain Author: Kenneth S. Carlson
Scope and Contents: Record of manifests lodged pursuant to Acts placing Impost or duty on imported goods into Rhode Island. Includes vessel name & master, date of entry, place of origin; content, quantity & value of goods delivered, freighter name & impost duty owed