Coal Exploration in the Hudson River
MONDAY, November 11, 1816.
The house met pursuant to adjournment. […]
The petition of Leonard Sweet, David Fuller and Daniel Redding, praying that the legislature would pass a law, granting to them, their heirs and assigns, the exclusive privilege of digging, exploring and mining coal in the place therein mentioned, or a bounty for the discovery thereof, was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Mr. [Christopher] Tappen, Mr. [Asahel E.] Paine and Mr. [Wheeler] Barnes.
Journal of the Senate of the State of New-York: at Their Fourtieth Session. Albany, NY: J. Buel, 1816. 41-42.
AN ACT to encourage the persons therein named to search for coal in the bed of Hudson’s river, near the city of Troy.
Passed April 5, 1817.
BE it enacted by the people of the state of New-York, represented in senate and assembly, That Leonard Sweet, Daniel Redding and David Fuller, and the survivors or survivor of them, shall have the exclusive privilege, for eight years from the passing of this act, of digging for coal in the bed of Hudson’s river, near McDonald’s or Whale island, between Troy and Lansingburgh, to the distance of eighty rods northerly of said island, and half a mile southerly thereof; and to vend any coal they may discover there, for the sole benefit of them the said Leonard Sweet, Daniel Redding and David Fuller, their executors, administrators or assigns: Provided nevertheless that the said persons, or any of them, shall not injure or obstruct the navigation of said river, nor cause the same to be injured er obstructed, nor injure the property of any individual or individuals, by such digging, under the penalty of forfeiting the said exclusive privilege, and of paying to the said people, or to such individual or individuals, all damages that may ensue to either by reason of such obstruction or injury: And provided also, that it shall be lawful for the commissioners for improving the navigation between Troy and Waterford, to prohibit the operations of the said Leonard Sweet, Daniel Redding and David Fuller, their executors, administrators or assigns, in digging for coal as aforesaid, whenever in the opinion of the said commissioners the navigation aforesaid shall thereby be injured or obstructed or in any way endangered; and thereupon this act, and the rights and privileges therein granted, shall be and are hereby declared to be suspended until the legislature shall otherwise order and direct: And further, the digging for coal as aforesaid shall in no wise interfere with or impede any future improvements in the aforesaid navigation.
Laws of the State of New-York, Passed at the Thirty-Ninth, Fortieth and Forty-First Sessions of the Legislature. Vol. 4. Albany, NY: William Gould, et al., 1818. 175-176.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1832.
The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The petition of Leonard Sweet, of the city of New-York, praying for the passage of an act authorising him to search for coal in the bed of the Hudson river near the city of Troy, was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Mr. [John C.] Kemble, Mr. [William] Seymour and Mr. [Myndert] Van Schaick.
Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Fifth Session. Albany, NY: E. Croswell, 1832. 535.