CHAPTER 349

APPROPRIATION - PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION

AN ACT APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($25,000.00) TO THE TRUST FUND OF THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION FOR THE FURTHER RESTORATION OF THE JOHN DICKINSON MANSION AS AN HISTORIC SITE.

WHEREAS, the house in which John Dickinson, the "Penman of the Revolution", was reared and in which he lived while serving in the Delaware Militia during the Revolutionary War and as Governor (1781-1782) had deteriorated and was in danger of being destroyed; and

WHEREAS, his famous writings in support of the American colonists and his efforts in connection with the Articles of Confederation and the Federal Constitution qualify him as one of the founders of our Country; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to an Act of the previous session of the General Assembly, providing for the establishment of a Trust Fund for the protection of historic sites, numerous citizens of the State through the Historic Activities Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Delaware have contributed the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) to the Trust Fund to acquire the John Dickinson Mansion and begin its restoration, so that it may be perpetuated as part of our cultural heritage and an example to future generations; therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. That the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) is hereby appropriated to the Public Archives Commission of the State of Delaware from any moneys in the Treasury of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the said Commission in completing the restoration and furnishing the John Dickinson Mansion near Dover as an historic site. The State Treasurer, upon the approval of this Act, is directed to pay the sum hereby appropriated to the Trust Fund of the Public Archives Commission upon warrants signed by the President and Secretary of the said Public Archives Commission.

Section 2. This Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated, unless an omnibus bond bill, including the above appropriation, is enacted into law by the 117th General Assembly of the State of Delaware in which event the above appropriation may be paid out of moneys received by the sale of bonds authorized under said act. No portion of the money appropriated as aforesaid shall be deemed or held to revert at the end of any fiscal year, but the said appropriation shall remain available until the objects and purposes of this Act have been fully accomplished.

Approved July 10, 1953.