AN ACT to incorporate the Tuscaloosa Library Company.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House or Representatives of the State of Alabama, in general assembly convened, That Henry W. Collier, William H. Jack, James, M. Davenport, George Starr, Henry A. Snow, George W. Crabb, and Thomas Owen, and their successors in office, be and they are hereby created a body corporate, by the name and style of the directors of the "Tuscaloosa Library Company."

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporation by their name aforesaid, shall have perpetual succession of offices and members to be appointed or elected by the stockholders in said library, in such manner and according to such form as may be prescribed by the by-laws to be made for the government of said corporation, and that they have full power to establish in the town of Tuscaloosa, a public library, by the sale of stock, in such manner and on such terms as to them may seem expedient and

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proper; and that they may have a common seal with power to alter and make new the said common seal as often as they shall deem necessary.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, possess, enjoy and retain to itself in perpetuity, for the life of others, or any term of years, real estate, to the value of five thousand dollars, and to sell, alien and dispose of the same, as they may think proper, and to have and possess personal estate to any extent, so far as the same will facilitate the object contemplated by said corporation: Provided and election of successors to the above named directors, shall take place within six months from the passage of this act, and biennially thereafter. And to sell, alien and dispose of the same in like manner: and by its name above mentioned, to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, in any court of law or equity in this state; and to make such rules and regulations not repugnant to the constitution and laws of this state or of the United States, as they may deem expedient: Provided that nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to authorise said corporation to exercise banking powers.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation may have power to raise by lottery, for the benefit of said library, a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, in such manner as may seem expedient and adapted to the success of said library.

APPROVED, Jan. 6, 1827.

 

AN ACT making appropriation for certain claims against the State.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the following sums be, and they are hereby, appropriated for the payment of the accounts of certain persons hereinafter mentioned, for provisions furnished to certain persons in the jails of the several counties within this state, to wit: To Jno. A. Cunningham of Butler county, twenty dollars and eighty cent; to James P. Bates of Mobile county, seven hundred and sixty-three dollars and eighty cents; to William D. Stone of Mobile county, one hundred and ninety-nine dollars ninety cents; to the representatives of John Archer, late sheriff of Mobile county, five hundred and ninety dollars and twenty cents; to Samuel Locker of Marion county, sixteen dollars and eighty cents; to Fielding L. White of Madison county, three hundred and twenty-two dollars eighty cents; to Aaron Redus of Limestone county, one hundred and forty-five dollars thirty cents; to Thaddeus A. Reid of Jefferson county, three hundred and thirteen dollars twenty cents; to Joel D. Harris of Lawrence county, one hundred and twenty five dollars sixty cents; to J.H. Burden of Walker county, twenty dollars and forty cents; to Rover Caruthers of Madison county, two hundred ninety-six dollars and eighty cents, to William Skidmore of Morgan county, eighty-five dollars


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sixty cents; to Covington Edmondson of Limestone county, twenty dollars; to John Hoskins of Jackson county, thirteen dollars sixty cents; to Hugh Henry of Bibb county, fifty-four dollars forty cents; to Jno. J. Crocheron, assignee of William W. Gary, of Dallas county, one hundred thirty-five dollars forty cents; to George W. Sneed of Lauderdale county, two hundred and nineteen dollars twenty cents; to Samuel B. Ewing of Dallas county, seventeen dollars twenty cents; to Eli Abbott of Autauga county, five dollars sixty cents; to William Holbrooks of Autauga county, five dollars twenty cents; to John Bauler, assignee of Horatio Dade, of Clarke county, twenty-six dollars; to John Moody of Montgomery county, fifty-two dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the sum of fifty dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of James Davany, for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction in the circuit court of Madison county, Charles Harris, for the crime of horse stealing; that the sum of fifty dollars be appropriated to the payment of Samuel Ragland for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction John P. Lyon for the crime of mule stealing.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of forty dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of David Hubbard for prosecuting Moses, a slave, the property of Joseph Martin, charged with the crime of murder, Glasgow, a slave, the property of Robert White, and Montgomery, a slave, the property of Josiah O. Watson, charged with the same crime, and also for prosecuting Dempsey a slave, the property of Isaac Fort, on a charge of grand larceny.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the sum of eighty-four dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Henry Minor, clerk of the supreme court, for a press, blank book for records, &c.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the sum of five hundred and twelve dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Rolls Perry, for furnishing eighty-five desks, two tables, and four water stands, for the use of the members of the legislature.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty-six dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of James Rather, for cleaning and oiling one hundred and four stand of muskets by order of the quarter master general.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the sum of ten dollars be allowed to Ebish Evans, and fifteen dollars be allowed to Josiah Evans, for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction Adam Lowery in the circuit court of Morgan county, for the crime of horse stealing.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the sum f thirty-six dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of William T. Gamble, assessor and collector of taxes


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for the year 1825, in the county of Shelby, that amount being allowed him for insolvencies.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the sum of eighty-four dollars seventy-five cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Hiram P. Cochran, of Tuscaloosa county, for personal attendance, and furniture procured for the use of the supreme court of this state.

Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Thomas Jones, for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction, in the circuit court of Marengo county, Jesse Tedder and Elisha Tedder, for the crime of horse stealing; that the sum of fifty dollars be and is hereby appropriated to the payment of Overton Harris, for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction, in the circuit court of Autauga county John Owen, for the crime of mule stealing.

Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the sum of eighty-seven dollars and nineteen cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of James I. Thornton, secretary of state, for office rent up to the first day of January, 1827; that the sum of eighty-four dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of John C. Perry, treasurer, for office rent up to the first day of January, 1827.

Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred eighty-two dollars and eighteen cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of James Brown, door keeper, for stationary, fuel, &c. furnished this house.

Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That the sum of eighty-seven dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of William G. Parrish, for office rent to the comptroller of public accounts up to the first of January, 1827.

Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That the sum of nine dollars and fifty cents be allowed Henry A. Snow & Co. for a Journal for the use of the House of Representative.

Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two dollars and fifty cents be allowed John H. Sommerville for quills furnished for the use of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 16. And be it further enacted, Tat the sum of one hundred and sixty-six dollars and eighty-four and a half cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of James A. Bates, door-keeper to the Senate, for stationary and fuel furnished the Senate during the present session; also the sum of fifty-six dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Nathaniel Carroll, for one hundred chairs furnished the present General Assembly; also the sum of ten dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Peter Martin, for defending John C. Calvert, by order of the circuit court of Franklin county: also the sum of seventy-five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Grantland & Robinson for printing done for the legislature previous to their appointment as public


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printers; also the sum of fifty dollars and sixty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Pleasant Wright, jailor of Green county, for victualling certain persons confined in the jail of said county; also the sum of sixty-three dollars and forty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Rolls Perry for tables, benches, &c. furnished the present General Assembly; also the sum of fifteen dollars and sixty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Thomas S. Hutchingson, jailor of St. Clair county; victualling certain persons continued in the jail of said county; also the sum of twenty-seven dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Hiram Sharp for attending on the circuit court of Lawrence county as bailiff in the years 1822 and 1823; also the sum of ten dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Othello Jackson for services rendered the General Assembly at the present session; also the sum of forty-three dollars and seventy-five cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of Edward Sims, William G. Parrish, and John L. Tindall, for house rent in the town of Tuscaloosa, used as an arsenal from the first day of June, 1826, to the first day of January, 1827; also the sum of fifteen dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the payment of T. M. Davenport for printing done for the General Assembly at its present session.

APPROVED, Jan. 13, 1827.

 

AN ACT making appropriations for the year eighteen hundred and twenty-seven.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the following sums of money be, and they are hereby appropriated to defray the expenses of the civil list, and other necessary charges of government, namely, for the payment of the members of the General Assembly at the present session, twenty-five thousand dollars; for the payment of the annual salary of the Governor of this state, two thousand dollars; for the payment of the annual salaries of the judges of the circuit courts, seventeen hundred and fifty dollars each, making ten thousand five hundred dollars; for the payment of the annual salary of the Secretary of State, Comptrollers and Treasurer, one thousand dollars each, making three thousand dollars; for the payment of the annual salary of the Attorney General, three hundred dollars; for the payment of the annual salary of the Solicitor of the first judicial circuit, three hundred and fifty dollars; for the payment of the Solicitors of the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth judicial circuits, two hundred and fifty dollars each, making one thousand dollars; for the payment of the Adjutant General, one hundred dollars; for the payment of the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives, each seven dollars per day; for the payment of the Assistant Clerks of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, each five dollars per day; for the payment of the door keepers of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, each four dollars per day; to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.


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Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated and set apart as a contingent fund, subject to the Governor’s draft.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred dollars, be allowed to the Secretary of the Senate, in full for his services, in completing the journals and arranging the papers of the Senate.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred dollars, be allowed the Clerk of the House of Representatives, in full for his services in completing the journals and arranging the papers of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two hundred and seventy-five dollars be appropriated, as compensation to the Secretary of State, for copying and making an index to the laws; for copying the journals of each house of the General Assembly for the present session; preparing the whole for the press, and superintending the printing of the same.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars be allowed the Comptroller of Public Accounts, for clerk hire for he present year.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the payment of the State Printer.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twelve hundred and fifty dollars, be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the payment of Andrew Pickens for his services as president of the bank of the State of Alabama for the year 1826.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That the sum of sixty dollars and seventy-three cents be appropriated, for the payment of the claim of Henry Garrard tax collector for the county of Lauderdale.

APPROVED, Jan. 9, 1827.

 

AN ACT to incorporate the Rocky Mount Academy, in Autauga County.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That an Academy be, and the same is hereby established at Rocky Mount in Autauga county; and that John G. Graham, Malcom Smith, Jacob Whitstone, William Hall, Littleton Reese, Zachariah T. Watkins, and Peyton Bibb, and their successors be, and they are hereby constituted a body corporate, by the name and style of "The President and Trustees of Rocky Mount Academy," and by that name shall have power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, to receive donations, to hold real and personal estate, to the value of twenty-five thousand dollars, and in general to do all acts for the benefits of the institution, which are incident to bodies corporate, and which are not repugnant to the constitution and laws of the United State, or of this State.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees and their successors shall elect from their own body a President to serve one year and until his successor is appointed, and also Treasurer and Secretary, and prescribe their duties, and shall also have power to pass all by-laws, for the government of the Seminary and of the their own meetings as they shall think proper: Provided always, that a majority of said trustees shall form a quorum to do business.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That whenever a vacancy shall occur in said board of Trustees, either by death, resignation, removal or refusal to act, it shall be the duty of said President and Trus-


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tees or any one of them, to order an election to be held at the school room to fill such vacancy, giving at least ten days notice by advertisement at three or more public places, and that the free holders and house holders in township seventeen, of range seventeen, shall elect some suitable person to fill such vacancy, who shall enjoy all the rights, powers and privileges, of an original Trustee.

APPROVED Jan. 12, 1827.

 

AN ACT to authorise the Administrator and Administratrix of George Hardwick, to sell a certificate for one quarter section of land.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Garland Hardwick, Administrator and Mary Hardwick, Administratrix of George Hardwick deceased be, and they are hereby authorised to sell and transfer a certificate for one quarter section of land, owned by the said George Hardwick at his death, upon such terms as they may deem most advantageous.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That upon the sale of such certificate, the said Adminstrator and Administratrix, shall have power, and they are hereby authorised to make as complete and legal a transfer of the same, to the purchaser or purchasers, as could have been made by the deceased during his life time: Provided, the said administrator and administratrix, shall before the sale of said certificate, enter into bond with sufficient security, payable to the judge of the county court of St. Clair county, and his successors for the faithful distribution of the money arising from the sale thereof, according to the laws relating to, and regulating the estate of deceased persons.

APPROVED, Jan. 13, 1827.

 

AN ACT for the relief of the legal representatives of Daniel Duval.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the comptroller of public accounts be and he is hereby authorized and directed, to settle the claim of Daniel Duval, deceased, late tax collector of Mobile county, for insolvencies in the tax list of said county, upon principles of justice and equity, and allow him such credits as shall be found due him, not exceeding the amounts with which he stands charged on the books of the said comptroller.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the legal representatives of said Duval be and they are hereby allowed until the first day of June next, to file the claims of the said Duval for keeping prisoners, assessing taxes, and taking the census, with the comptroller of public accounts, for adjustment, who shall upon the production of sufficient legal vouchers, at or before the expiration of the period aforesaid, suspend judgment and execution, as to such amount as he may audit and allow under this section, until the meeting of the next general assembly, to which the said claims and vouchers shall be submitted for final allowance or rejection, upon condition, however, that the securities of said Duval consent to the provisions of this act, and file their consent in writing in the office of the secretary of state, on or before the said first day of June next.

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AN ACT to authorize Martha Brandon, administratrix of Josiah K. Brandon, deceased, to sell and convey certain town lots in Tuscaloosa.

Whereas, it is represented by the petition of Martha Brandon, the widow and administratrix of Josiah K. Brandon, deceased, that the said Josiah K. Brandon, in his lifetime purchased in new town the lots No. 17, 18, 20 and 90; and in old town, No. 264 and 265, on all of which full payment have been made; that all the debts due for said Brandon have been paid; that she, and her daughter, are the sole heirs of said deceased; that said lots are unimproved and must remain so unless they can be sold, as said estate is without the means of doing so, and that the interest of herself and child will be greatly promoted by selling said lots.

SEC. 1. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama, in general assembly convened, That the said Martha Brandon is hereby authorized to sell all or any of said lots at public sale to the highest bidder for cash or on credit, as she may deem most advisable, on giving thirty days notice of the time and place of said sale in some newspaper printed in Tuscaloosa: Provided, said Martha shall execute to the judge of the county court of Tuscaloosa a bond with security to be approved of by him, in the sum of $5,000, conditioned to account for and pay over to her said daughter, her proportion of the proceeds of said sale.

Approved Jan. 13, 1827.

 

AN ACT authorizing the administrator of Samuel Greenlee to transfer the certificate to the lands hereinafter mentioned.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That William Black, administrator of Samuel Greenlee, deceased, be and he is hereby authorized to transfer to Thomas Butler the certificates to the following tracts of land, lying within the districts of St. Stephens and Cahawba, to wit: S. W. qr. of Section 1, Township 6, Range 4; Fraction No. 21, T. 18, R. 2; N. E. qr. S. 22, T. 16, R. 10; S. E. qr. S. 22, T. 16, R. 10; N. E. qr. S. 35, T. 12, R. 9; N. W. qr. S. 36, T. 12 R. 9; N. E. qr. S. 36, T. 12, R. 9; S. W. qr. S. 35, T. 7, R. 5; N. W. qr. S. 15, T. 6, R. 4; Fraction No. 28, T. 16, R. 10.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the transfers, when made, shall be as binding, to all legal intents and purposes, as if the same had been made and executed by Samuel Greenlee in his life time.

APPROVED Jan. 13, 1827.

 

AN ACT to make compensation to the commissioners to close the unsettled accounts between this State and Mississippi, and for other purposes.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the comptroller of public accounts be and he is hereby required to issue his warrant on the treasurer in favor of M. D. Williams and John D. Terrell for the sum of one hundred and sixty four dollars each, as a full compensation for their


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services and expenditures, respectively, as commissioners for travelling to the seat of government in Mississippi state, to close the unsettled accounts between the states of Alabama and Mississippi, under a joint resolution of the General Assembly of this state, passed at the last session: Provided, That any amount which may have been received by said commissioners out of the contingent fund shall be deducted from the sum allowed them by this act.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the law under which said commissioners were appointed, be and the same is hereby repealed.

APPROVED, Jan. 12, 1827.

 

AN ACT to compensate the commissioners appointed by the Governor for ascertaining and marking the permanent boundary line between this state and Georgia.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the comptroller of public accounts be and he is hereby required to issue his warrant on the treasurer, in favor of Arthur P. Bagby, for the sum of six hundred dollars, in full compensation for their services and expenditures respectively, as commissioners for ascertaining and marking the boundary line between this state and Georgia, under a joint resolution of the general assembly, passed at the last session thereof.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the further sum of one hundred and fifty eight dollars and fifty cents, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the payment of Charles Lewis, for the survey of the Chatahoochie river, made by order of the Governor.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the sum of eighty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the payment of William Kelly, for his attendance at Nickajack, by order of the Governor, to aid in running the line between this state and the state of Georgia, in the event either of the commissioners of this state was absent or incapable of attending.

APPROVED, Dec. 26, 1826.

 

AN ACT for the relief of James W. Armstrong.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the comptroller of public accounts be authorized and instructed to ascertain whether the sheriff of Montgomery county did collect for the state on a judgment obtained by the state against James W. Armstrong, a defaulting tax collector, a larger sum than he was legally bound to pay, and to issue his warrant on the treasury in favor of said James W. Armstrong, for such excess, if any there be due him.

APPROVED, JAN. 12, 1827.

 

AN ACT to emancipate certain slaves therein named.

Whereas it is represented to the General Assembly by the memorial of a large number of respectable inhabitants of Mo-

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bile, that sundry persons of color, residing below the thirty first degree of north latitude, and descendants of the ancient Creole population of Florida, whose owners have emancipated them from the bonds of slavery, are honest, industrious, and well-disposed people and that their being emancipated would not tend to the injury of the community, but would be beneficial to the individual concerned: And whereas it also appears to the General Assembly that this description of persons would have been entitled to this privilege under the Spanish government, of which they were native subjects:

SECT. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the negro slave named Marie, and her three children, named Celine, John Baptiste, and Alexander, the property of Auguste Lacoste, of the county of Mobile, be and they are hereby emancipated, and forever freed from slavery and bondage, saving however the rights of creditors, and on the express condition that the said Auguste Lacoste enter into bond with security in the penal sum of two thousand dollars, to be approved by the judge of the county court of Mobile county, made payable to the Governor of this state for the time being, and his successors in office, to be filed in the office of the clerk of said county court, conditioned that the said negro slave named Marie, and her three children, named Celine, John Baptiste, and Alexander, shall not become a public charge to the state, or to any county, city or town thereof.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the negro slave named Isidore, late the property of Jane Dubroca, of the county of Mobile, be and he is hereby emancipated, and forever freed from slavery and bondage; saving however the rights of creditors, and on the express condition that bond with sufficient security, in the penal sum of six hundred dollars, be entered into, to be approved by the judge of the county court of Mobile county, made payable to the Governor for the time being, and his successors in office, to be filed in the office of the clerk of said court, conditioned that the said negro slave named Isidore shall not become a public charge to the state, or to any county, city or town thereof.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the mulatto woman named Margueritte Mitchell, formerly the property of William Mitchell, of the county of Mobile, and Philip, the son of the said Margueritte, be and they are hereby emancipated, and forever freed from slavery and bondage, saving however the rights of creditors, and on the express condition that bond with sufficient security, in the penal sum of one thousand dollars, be entered into, to be approved by the judge of the county court of Mobile county, made payable to the Governor for the time being, and his successors in office, to be filed in the office of the clerk of the said county court, conditioned that the said mulatto woman named Margueritte, and her son Philip, shall not become a public charge to the state, or to any county, city or town thereof.

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AN ACT to emancipate certain slaves therein named.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and house of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the colored woman slave named Nancy, and her four children, named Gertrude, Francois, Catherine, and Fostin, the property of Bazile Chastang, of the county of Mobile, be and they are hereby emancipated, and forever freed from slavery and bondage; saving however the rights of creditors; and on the express condition that the said Bazile Chastang enter into bond with security, in the penal sum of two thousand dollars, to be approved by the judge of the county court of Mobile county, made payable to the Governor for the time being, and his successors in office, to be filed in the office of the clerk of the said county court, conditioned that the said colored woman slave named Nancy, and her said four children, named Gertrude, Francois, Catherine and Fostin, shall not become a public charge to the state, or to any county, city town thereof.

APPROVED Jan. 11, 1827.