[Philadelphia.]: (Printed by Childs & Swaine.), 1794. Untrimmed; never bound. Slight browning along previous mat edges well away from text. Erased pencil markings at head of sheet. Sheet size: about 13 1/4 x 8. Item #3546
This Act of the first session of the third Congress of the United States directed the Secretary of the Treasury to contract for the building of a lighthouse on Seguin at a cost not to exceed $5,000. Separately issued Acts of the early Congresses ("slip laws") such as this were printed in very limited quantities -- in the dozens as opposed to hundreds; they were distributed only to the then-small number of upper level government officials (Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet officials, State governors, etc.). They appear only infrequently on the market. NAIP locates only two copies of this Act -- one at the American Antiquarian Society and one at Brown University. Evans, American Bibliography: 27855. [For a discussion of the print runs of slip laws, see Powell, The Books of a New Nation, United States Government Publications, 1774-1814: pp. 87-99.].