An Act to Regulate Gun-Powder Manufactories and Magazines within this State. §1. Be it enacted by the Council and General Assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of May next, no person or persons whatsoever, shall be permitted within this state to erect or establish, or cause to be erected or established, any manufactory which shall be actually employed in manufacturing gun-powder, either by himself or any other person, either on his own land or the land of another, within the distance of a quarter of a mile from any town or village, or house of public worship; or within the distance of a quarter of a mile from any dwelling-house, barn or out-house, without the consent, under hand and seal, of all and every the owner or owners of such dwelling-house, barn or outhouse, as aforesaid; and any person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined any sum not exceeding two thousand dollars: Provided, That nothing in this section shall be so construed as to prevent the completing, rebuilding or repairing any powder-mill now erected or erecting in this state on the site on which the same shall be now erected or erecting. § 2. And be it enacted, That no person or persons hereafter shall be permitted to erect or cause to be erected any powder magazine within this state, either upon his own land or the land of any other person, and actually deposit gun-powder therein, within the distance of half a mile from any town or village, house of public worship, dwelling-house or out-house. And any person so offending shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not exceeding the sum of two thousand dollars.