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General Regulations (1893), for execution of mortgage law for Cuba,
Puerto Rico and Philippines. Translation, Division of Cus-
Washington, 1899. Notarial Laws (1888), in force in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Transla
tion, Division of Customs and Insular Affairs, War Department. 58 p. pamph. 8°.
Washington, 1899. Law of Railroads, Puerto Rico; granted to island by royal decree,
Dec. 9, 1897. Promulgated Jan. 10, 1888. Translation, War
Washington, 1899. Police Law of Railroads, Puerto Rico; and regulations for its
application. Translation, War Department.
Washington, 1899. Adaptation of Electoral Law (1890) of June 26, 1890 to islands of
Cuba and Porto Rico. Translation, Division of Customs and
Electoral Law, Porto Rico, for election of councillors and provincial
deputies. Translation, Division of Customs and Insular Affairs,
Washington, 1899. Penal Code in force in Cuba and Porto Rico. Translation, Division
of Customs and Insular Affairs, War Department.
Washington, 1900. Law of Criminal Procedure for Cuba and Porto Rico; with anno
tations, explanatory notes, and amendments made since American occupation. (In Spanish and English.) Translation, Division of Insular Affairs, War Department.
vii + 393 p. (double paging) paper covers. 8°. Washington, 1901. Law of Civil Procedure for Cuba and Porto Rico; with annotations,
explanatory notes, and amendments made since American
Law of Eminent Domain (1884), extended to Cuba and Porto Rico
by royal decree June 13, 1884, and regulations for its application. Translation, Division of Insular Affairs, War Department. 61 p. pamph. 8°.
Washington, 1901. Organic Acts for Hawaii and Porto Rico, with amendments, and
appendix containing general legislation affecting Hawaii, Porto
HISTORICAL. 1636. Providence Plantations founded by Roger Williams. 1639. Newport founded. 1643. Royal patent for Providence Plantations consisting of Newport,
Providence, Portsmouth (and Warwick]. 1655. Patent confirmed by Oliver Cromwell. 1663. Charter by King Charles II, of Rhode Island and Providence
Plantations. 1686-89. Usurpation of Sir Edmond Andros. 1790. Ratification of Federal Constitution. (May 29.) 1842. Dorr Rebellion. 1900. State capitals consolidated in Providence.
U. S. Charters and Const's, Part II, p. 1594; also G. W. Greene's “ Short History of Rhode Island,” Providence, 1877.
“ Rhode Island, Its Making and its Meaning,” by Irving Berdine Richman. 2 vols. New York, etc., 1902.
BIBLIOGRAPHY. Colony Title of legislative body "General Assembly." Session laws called “ Laws and Acts,” sometimes “Acts and Laws.” State Title of legislative body “General Assembly.” Session laws called “Public Laws,” “Acts and Resolves,” and (col
loquially) "Schedules." [Official binder's title, “Acts, Re
solves and Reports."] A “Check-List of Rhode Island laws” containing a complete list of
public laws and Acts and Resolves, with notes, etc., by J. Harry Bongartz, State Law Librarian, Providence, 1893. 8o. This
list has been of great value in preparing the following pages. "A brief account of legislation from 1640 to 1900,” by Josiah B. Bow
ditch is contained in “Legislative History and Souvenir of Rhode Island,” (p. 173) by William H. Taylor, Providence, 1900.
“A historical introduction ” to the laws and Acts of the colony of
Rhode Island, 1705, by Sidney S. Rider, Providence, 1896 is
prefixed to reprint of Laws and Acts, 1636 to 1705. “A Bibliographical and Historical Introduction ” to the digest of
Rhode Island and colonial laws of 1719, and incidentally to all other folio digests. By Sidney S. Rider, Providence, 1895.
Folio. Prefixed to reprint of Acts and Laws, 1179 (1719). Bibliography of Rhode Island; a catalogue of publications relating
to Rhode Island, with notes, historical, biographical and critical. By John Russell Bartlett. Printed by order of General Assem
bly, Providence, 1864. iv + 287 p. 8o. “Documents of the States," – Rhode Island, 1789–1904, by Adelaide
R. Hasse. [Deals with printed reports, etc., of administrative
Washington, 1908. Explanatory note. Rhode Island session laws are grouped in two
distinct classes, to wit: (1) “Public Laws," (2) "ACTS AND
RESOLVES." Each class is separately listed. “The Acts and Resolves contain the Public Laws, acts of a local and
private nature, resolutions, proceedings of the grand committee, certificates of incorporation granted by the secretary of state and other legislative data. These are issued in pamphlet form by sessions and bound with the annual reports for the year under the binder's title “General Assembly Reports,' * Records,' and 'Acts, Resolves and Reports.' Prior May, 1900, the last mentioned was in one volume but later the Acts and Resolves were bound separately.
“ The Public Laws are issued as supplements to the revisions, carrying continuous chapter numbering. They are published in two editions; an annual paper edition, and a compiled edition issued since 1896 at biennial intervals. The 'annual edition’ was first issued in 1873. The compiled edition has been prepared at irregular intervals since 1810, but session laws for the years 1879, 1880, 1881, 1894, 1895, 1996 and 1908 are only found in the annual edition. The laws for 1843 were printed only in the Acts and Resolves.
“Judiciary Act of 1893 and 'Accord and Practice Act of 1905 are also part of the session laws, but are separate from the other laws." (H. O. Brigham, Rhode Island State Librarian.)
to SESSION LAWS.
Public Laws. Colony
Under this title are included the principal “Digests" (i.e., compilations or
revisions), of Rhode Island laws, colonial and state. The folio digests of colonial laws bear the following dates, to wit:
1705, 1719, 1730, 1744, 1752, 1767, 1772. These are all the folio digests printed by the colony. (See also Sidney S. Rider in “ Bibliographical,” etc. Introduction to fac-simile reprint
of Charter, Acts and Laws, 1719.) “Records of the Colony of Rhode Island" (Binder's title),
1636–1792, and Providence Plantations in New England.
Session Laws (Folio)
first settlement  by the General Assembly according to
Note. The originals of these Laws and Acts are in pen and ink MS. and were never printed until 1896, by Mr. Rider. The photographic reproduction of a title page, prefixed to Mr. Rider's fac-simile of the MS. laws, makes its first appearance in Mr. Rider's volume. "The original has nothing of the kind, but starts right in with the written text." T. L. Cole, J. H. Bongartz.
Proceedings of the 1st General Assembly ” (1647] of the
Incorporation of Providence Plantations, and the Code of
Providence, 1847. The same matter is to be found in “Records of the Colony of Rhode Island" Vol. 1, p. 147-208. It appears that the first “Generall Court of Election" was held at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the 19th, 20th, and 21st of May, 1647, for the “Colonie and Province of Providence.”