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AN ACT

To exempt the citizens of the town of Selma, from working on any road beyond the limits of the town of Selma.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama ,in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, all persons resident within the limits of the Corporation of the town of Selma, who are by law liable to work on roads, be and they are hereby, exempted from working on any road or roads, without the limits of the Corporation of the town of Selma.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Intendant and Town Council of Selma, are hereby declared to possess, and are invested with all the powers and privileges which the Judge of the County Court and Commissioners of Roads may have in respect to public roads, and are hereby empowered to enforce the same in the limits of the town of Selma, and no further.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no person residing beyond the limits of the town of Selma, shall, after the passage of this act, be required to work on any road or street within the Corporation limits of the town of Selma.

[Approved, Dec. 24, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To establish a Turnpike Road leading from Lawrence county, to intersect the Military road at Pikesville, in Marion county.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That a public Road shall be, and is hereby established, to commence at Martin’s Gap, in the south west corner of Lawrence county, running thence the nearest and most direct way, so as to intersect the Military Road, leading from Nashville to New Orleans, at Pikesville in Marion county.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Joseph Burleson, and his associates, are hereby empowered to mark and cut out said road, making the same sixteen feet wide, clear of stumps and grubs, and put the same in complete repair, against the first day of October, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three.


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Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That as soon as the said Joseph Burleson, and his associates, shall report to the County Court of Lawrence county, the said Road as finished, then the said Court shall appoint three or more Commissioners, (allowing them such compensation as they may deem reasonable) whose duty it shall be to examine and report to the next County Court thereafter, whether the said Road is in complete and good repair; and if said Commissioners shall report the same in good repair, as aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for the said Joseph Burleson, to erect a turnpike gate thereon, at any point he may deem most convenient, and shall receive the following rates of toll: For each wagon and team, one dollar: for each two wheeled carriage, fifty cents; for each man and horse, twelve and a half cents; for each head of horses, hogs, cattle or other stock, three cents: and if at any time any person travelling said road, shall go round said gate, to avoid paying said rates of toll, on conviction thereof before any justice of the peace, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars to the use of the owner or owners of said gate.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That if at any time the said Joseph Burleson, and his associates, shall let the said road get out of repair, then and in that case, no toll shall be paid, but the gate shall be open until the same is put in complete order for travelling.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said Joseph Burleson and his associates, shall have the exclusive right to receive toll for the keeping open said road, agreeable to the foregoing regulations contained in this act, for the term of fifteen years.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said Joseph Burleson and his associates, shall not erect a toll gate on any part of the road known by the name of Byler’s Turnpike Road.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That if the said Joseph Burleson and his associates, should run said road on the same ground where the said Byler’s Road now runs, the said Joesph Burleson and his associates, shall be at half the expense of making and keeping up said road, as far as it runs with the said Byler’s Road.

[Approved, Dec. 26, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To appoint Commissioners to lay out two Roads, leading from the ford of Line Creek; the one to Coffeeville, the other to Tuscaloosa.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That John Hardy, Parson Davis, Henry Adams, Capt. Grumble’s and Lewis Johnson, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby, appointed Commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road from the town of Cahawba, to run the nearest and best way the country will admit of, to Daniel Hardy’s, an Old Town creek: that James Pinkston, William Bonnell, Seymour Powell, or a


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majority of them, be, and they are hereby, appointed Commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road to run the nearest and best way the county will admit of from Daniel Hardy’s on Oldtown creek, to intersect the Federal road, leading to Line creek, in Montgomery County; that Edmund Lane, James S. Gaines, and John Davis, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby appointed Commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road to run the nearest and best way the county will admit of, to the county line of Dallas County in the direction to Coffeeville: and, that Alexander M’Leod, John Varner, William Taylor, John Hart and William Silman, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby, appointed Commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road, to run the nearest and best way the county will admit of, from Coffeeville until it intersects the road from the town of Cahawba, to the county line west of Cahawba.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Joshua Haggerty, Benjamin Wilson, Robert Hill, Isaac Suttles and Jesse Hill, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby appointed Commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road, to commence at the Wagon ford on Line creek, and to run thence on the best, nearest and most direct route the nature of the country will admit of, to the town of Tuskaloosa.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That said Commissioners shall be subject to the same rules and regulations as are prescribed by an act passed at Cahawba on the seventeenth day of December, eighteen hundred and twenty one, entitled an act to appoint Commissioners to lay out certain roads therein specified, and for other purposes, for the regulation of the Commissioners therein named: Provided, that the Commissioners herein named, shall not be entitled to receive any sum for their services, from the state; but that they shall receive such compensation from their counties respectively, as may be by the Courts thereof adjudged.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the Commissioners appointed by this act, shall, so soon as they shall have marked out the roads assigned them, make report the County Court of their respective counties, who shall order the apportioners to apportion hands to cut out and keep in repair the said roads.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That William Murrill, John Flood McGrew, Robert L. Crawford, and Thomas Murray, be, and they are hereby, appointed additional Commissioners to act with those mentioned and appointed in the fourth section of an act, entitled an act to


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appoint Commissioners to lay out certain roads therein specified, and for other purposes, passed the seventeenth of December, eighteen hundred and twenty-one.

[Approved, Dec. 31, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To appoint commissioners for the superintendence of the public buildings in the counties of Franklin and Lawrence.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Francis Golson and Anthony White, be, and are hereby appointed commissioners in place of Henry Cox and David Roane, deceased.

Sec. 2 And be it further enacted, That the Francis Golson and Anthony White are hereby vested with the same powers, as were vested in the deceased commisioners.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That John Gallagher be, and he is hereby, appointed a commissioner to superintend the public buildings of Lawrence county, in lieu of James Havens, deceased.

[Approved, Dec. 31, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To provide for paying the public buildings of Lawrence county.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That it shall be the duty of the county court of Lawrence county, to levy a tax on the inhabitants of said county, sufficient to comply with the contract already entered into by the commissioners of said county with John Grugret for building the court house of said county.

[Approved, Dec. 27., 1822.]

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AN ACT

Supplementary to an act, permanently to fix the seat of Justice for the counties of Tuskaloosa and Perry, passed November 27th, 1821, so far as relates to Perry County.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That all and singular the acts of the commissioners of Perry county, in fixing the seat of justice for said county, and all lands procured by the said commissioners, by purchase, donation or otherwise for said site, taking bond for title to said site, the sale of lots made by said commissioners and the building of a court house by said commissioners, be, and the same are hereby, approved, ratified and confirmed: and the site selected by said commissioners is hereby declared the seat of Justice for Perry county, and the acts, obligations and contracts between said commissioners on the part and behalf of the county of Perry and individ-


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uals, shall be as binding and obligatory on said commissioners and other persons concerned therein, as if the same had have been expressly authorized by law.

[Approved, Dec. 24, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To alter and extend the boundaries of Wilcox county.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That all that tract of county which has hitherto been a Part of Dallas county and which is within the following boundaries to wit: commencing on the township line between townships fourteen and fifteen, on the main fork of Chelache creek; thence up the same to the Marengo county line in section nineteen, township fifteen, range six, be, and the same is hereby added to, and shall in future comprise a part of the county of Wilcox.

[Approved, Dec. 27, 1822.]

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AN ACT

To define and make plain, the western boundary line of Blount county.

Sec. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the township line running between fourteenth and fifteenth townships, to Hugh Hartgrove’s; thence in a direct line to the house, where William Dunn formerly resided; thence with that line, a due north course, to the southern boundary of Morgan county, be, and the same is hereby, declared the western boundary of Blount county.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the county surveyor, to run and designate by a compass, the aforesaid line, running from William Dunn’s to the southern boundary of Morgan county: and shall have and receive for such services, such compensation, as may be allowed him by the Judge of the county court and commissioners of the revenue, to be paid out of the county treasury.

[Approved, Dec. 30, 1822.]

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AN ACT

For the relief of the tax collector of Lawrence county, for the year 1821.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the Comptroller of this state be, and he is hereby directed to suspend all judicial proceedings against the tax collector of Lawrence county for the year eighteen hundred and twenty-one, until the first day of April next.

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the county aforesaid from insolvent persons; the amount of taxes assessed in said year in said county on land, the owners of which were not known to the assessors and said tax collector; and also the amount of the taxes of said year, which was collected by the said collector before the fifteenth day of February eighteen hundred and twenty-two and give to the said collector a certificate under his hand and seal, specifying each of the aforesaid amounts.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Comptroller, shall, on the production by the said collector of the said certificate, on or before the first day of April next, receive from the said collector in part payment of the taxes collected by him in the said county for the year aforesaid, any sum in the notes of the Planters’ and Merchants’ Bank of Huntsville, which the said certificate shall show was collected by him, before the fifteenth of February eighteen hundred and twenty two, in the notes of said bank, and shall also credit the account of this state against the said collector with the amount which the said certificate shall show is due from insolvent persons, and also with the amount which shall appear from said certificate to have been assessed on lands in said county, the owners of which were now known to the assessors: Provided, that the said collector shall receive no benefit from this act, until he shall have executed a new bond with good security, in the same penalty and conditioned as the one given by him as collector of said county, for the year aforesaid.

[Approved, Dec. 30, 1822.]

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AN ACT

Permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Blount.

Sec. 1. Be it further enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That an election shall be held in the county aforesaid, on the first Monday of March next, at the places by law appointed for holding the general elections therein, for the purpose of electing five commissioners; which intended election shall, by the proper officer be advertised at each election precinct, at least twenty days pervious to such election day, and be conducted strictly pursuant to the election laws now in force in this state.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners elected as aforesaid, or a majority of them, shall have full power to fix on the site for the public buildings in said county; to contract for the site aforesaid, and for erecting the necessary buildings; and in discharge of those duties they shall be governed by justice and the interest of the county, so as to render taxation on the county aforesaid unnecessary or as light as possible: they shall have power to

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receive a good and sufficient title in fee simple, for the site thus selected, in behalf of the county, and to make contracts for the buildings aforesaid, and make report thereof to the clerk’s office of the county court of Blount, to be there recorded; and the site thus selected, shall be the place of the permanent seat of Justice, for the county aforesaid.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners aforesaid shall give twenty days notice of the time and place of their meeting, to carry into effect the provisions of this act; at which time, they shall take and subscribe the following oath: "I, __________ _______ do solemnly swear, (or affirm as the case may be, ) that I will select and finally fix on the site for the public buildings for the county of Blount, at or as near the centre of the said county, as an eligible site can be found, according to my best judgment, without favour, fear, or partiality, or without any other consideration whatsoever, other than the common good, and the equal rights and interest of the said county, generally."

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in discharge of the duties herein assigned, the commissioners shall receive such compensation, as may be deemed equitable and right by the county court of said county.

[Approved, Dec. 4, 1822.]