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Records Of The State Of Rhode Island And Providence Plantations In New England.Providence Page 18-19, Image 20-21 (1863) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Act for the Inspection of Gunpowder, Manufactured within this State (1776). Be it enacted by this General Assembly, and by the authority thereof, it is enacted, that if any person or persons, within this state, shall vend or expose to sale any gunpowder, manufactured within the same, unless said gunpowder be packed in a good dry cask, marked with the two first letters of the manufacturer’s name, and hath been examined and approved by the inspector of gunpowder, for said state, and by him marked with the letters U.S.A., and such other marks as are necessary to distinguish the several sorts of gunpowder: the person or persons so offending shall forfeit and pay £6 lawful money, for every cask so exposed to sale; to be recovered by bill, plaint or information, upon conviction before any court of record within this state; which forfeiture shall one moiety thereof be given to the informer, and the other be paid in to the general treasury of the state. And be it further enacted by the authority, aforesaid, that the said inspector be paid out of the general treasury nine-pence, lawful money, for every cask so marked and inspected by him.