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ACTS, &C.

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An act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this Territory, according to the returns of the late Census, and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and house of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That representation shall be apportioned among the several counties of this Territory according to the ratio of one representative for every one thousand free inhabitants, contained in each county respectively, agreeably to the returns of the late Census: Provided, That each county shall have at least one representative: and accordingly it is hereby declared that the several counties shall be entitled to elect representatives in the manner following, (viz:) Baldwin one, Cahaba one, Conecuh one, Dallas one, Marengo one, Marion, one, Mobile one, Lauderdale one, Clark two, Cotaco two, Franklin two, Lawrence two, Tuskaloosa two Washington two. Blount three, Limestone three, Montgomery three, Shelby three, Monroe three, and Madison eight.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whensoever any existing county herein named, which by this act is entitled to two or more represen-


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tatives, shall be divided into any two or more counties, the Legislature shall declare by law the number of representatives to which said divided and newly elected counties shall be entitled to respectively.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That from and after the adjournment of the present session of the Legislature, the seat of government for the Alabama Territory shall be established permanently at the town of Cahaba.

(Signed)

J. W. WALKER

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS.

President of the Legislative Council.

Approved 16th November 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

An act to extend the corporate limits of Huntsville.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory in General Assembly convened, That the Lots on the north side of the town of Huntsville, and adjoining the same, at present owned by Elisha B. Clark, Alexander A. Campbell, William W. Harris, George W. Harris, Francis Newman, Fleming Ward, Daniel Murphey, Nicholas Stieffield, William Clarke, Andrew Cross, Williams Steelman, and Thornton H. Cook, be and the same are hereby annexed to and made a part of the said town of Huntsville; and the said several lots, and the future occupants of them, shall be hereafter subject to all the by laws and regulations and entitled to the same rights and privileges in all respects, which are common to other persons residing within the present corporate limits.


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Sec. 2 And be it further enacted, That the provisions of this act shall in no respect, be extended to, or affect the property or other rights, of any individual not herein named.

(Signed)

J. W. WALKER,

Speaker of the house of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS.

President of the Legislative Council

Approved 16th November 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory

An act for the government of Gin holders and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That it shall be the duty of every Gin holder to mark on each and every bale of Cotton, by him ginned and bailed, his or her proper name, at full length, and also the place of his or her residence.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall violate any provision in the foregoing section, he, she, or they shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, to be recovered in any court of record, by action of debt; and the one half of such recovery shall accrue to the use of the Territory, and the other half to the use of the party who shall sue for the same:

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That any and every person or persons, who shall hereafter be guilty of furnishing or exhibiting any false sample of any baled cotton, by him, her or them offered for sale, he, she or they shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, to be recovered by action of debt, in any court of record, in addition to such damages as may be


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sustained by the purchaser or purchasers of such cotton, so falsely represented; and the one half of such penalty shall accrue to the use of the territory, and the other half to the use of the party who shall sue for the same.

Sec. 4 And be it further enacted, That any person or persons who shall commit any fraud, in the packing or baling of cotton, by placing good cotton on the outside of such bale, (commonly called plating) when the interior part thereof is composed of inferior cotton, or by putting and mixing with the cotton, contained in any bale, any other material or substance, than ginned cotton, shall be liable to prosecution by indictment; and, on conviction, shall be fined in such sum as the jury trying the same may deem proper, and moreover be imprisoned, at the discretion of the court, not exceeding thirty days; besides double damages to be recovered at the suit of the party aggrieved.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of the foregoing act shall not be in force till the first day of April next.

(Signed)

J. W. WALKER

Speaker of the House of Representatives

JAMES TITUS

President of the Legislative Council.

Approved 16th November 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory

An act to incorporate the town of Mooresville, and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That the town of Mooresville, in the county of Limestone, in the Alabama Territory be, and


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the same is hereby established by the name of Mooresville.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That here after the land holders, freeholders and house holders within the said town of Mooresville on the first Monday in February next, and on that day in each year, hold an election, to commence at ten o'clock in the morning, and close at three in the evening, for the purpose of electing by ballot, five persons, inhabitants of the town, to act as trustees thereof, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum to do business; also a town collector, assessor, treasurer and constable, to serve for one year.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That every free white male of full age, who has resided in the town of Mooresville six months previous to the election of the Trustees, shall be entitled to a vote for the said trustees.

Sec. 4 And be it further enacted, That the said trustees and other officers so elected shall proceed in the same manner, possess the same powers, and be subject to the same restrictions as are prescribed by law for the government of the trustees and other officers of the town of St. Stephens

(signed)

J. W. WALKER,

Speaker of the house of Representatives

JAMES TITUS

President of the Legislative Council.

Approved 16th November 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.


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An act providing for the establishment of seats of justice in the several counties therein named.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That an election shall be holden at the court house in the town of Athens in Limestone county on the fourth Monday of March next, and the succeeding day, for the purpose of electing five commissioners, who, or a majority of them, shall have power to fix on a suitable place for the seat of justice in said county; at which election, all free men, then resident in said county, above the age of twenty one years, shall be entitled to vote; and said election shall be opened and held by the sheriff, or other proper officer, under the inspection of judges, appointed in the same manner required by law, for the election of representatives.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted that the commissioners, elected in pursuance of the foregoing section, or a majority of them shall have power to contract for and receive in behalf of said county of Limestone, a good and sufficient title to four acres of land, at the place so fixed on for the seat of justice, for the purpose of erecting thereon a court house, jail, pillory and stocks for the use of said county.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Said commissioners, or a majority of them Shall have power to contract for, direct and superintend the building a court house and jail, of such description and dimensions as they shall agree upon with the approbation of the county court of said county: Provided, That said commissioners, or a majority shall advertise for thirty days at least, in the Alabama Re-


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publican, and at three or more public places in said county, the time and place of letting said buildings, or either of them; and shall contract for the erection thereof with the lowest bidder who shall enter into bond with sufficient security, for the performance of his contract.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the county court of said county of Limestone, be and they are hereby authorised and required to lay such tax, not exceeding one half the amount of the territorial tax on the persons and property of the inhabitants of said county, liable to taxation in other cases, as shall be sufficient to defray all the expenses to be incurred under this act.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That there shall be an election holden at Somerville, in the county of Cotaco, on the first Monday in June next, and the succeeding day, for the purpose of electing five commissioners, to fix on a suitable place for the permanent seat of justice in said county, and said election shall be conducted in the same manner, prescribed in the first section of this act: and the persons elected commissioners, shall in all respects, proceed in the same manner, and be governed by the same provisions herein prescribed for the commissioners of the county of Limestone.

(Signed)

J. W. WALKER

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS.

President of the Legislative Council.

Approved 17th November 1818

WM. W. BIBB

Governor of the Alabama Territory


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An act to divorce Mary P. Moore from her husband Gabriel Moore, and to change her name from Mary P. Moore to Mary P. Caller.

Section1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That Mary P. Moore be, and hereby is divorced from her husband Gabriel Moore: and that the bonds of matrimony between them be and hereby are dissolved, & that the said Mary P. Moore be hereafter known and called by the name of Mary P. Caller.

(signed)

J. W. WALKER

Speaker of the House of Representatives,

JAMES TITUS

President of the Legislative Council

Approved 17th November 1818.

WM. W. BIBB

Governor of the Alabama Territory