Administrative History

Although no specific legislation authorizing the compilation of these "Accounts of Property" could be located, Section 188 in the Ninth Article of Title IX, Revised Statutes of 1827 does mandate that the comptroller "shall prepare the forms of all clearances, bills of lading, statements and other papers necessary to be used under the provisions of this title." Among the provisions covered by this law were the regulations and procedures for the weighing of all property carried on the state's canals.