An Act to authorize the Governor to pay to the Town Council of Cahawba two thousand dollars on accounts of the Bridge which they are now building in the town of Cahawba.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama; in General Assembly convened, That the Governor be, and he is hereby authorized, to pay or cause to be paid to the Town Council of Cahawba, the sum of two thousand dollars, part of the sum heretofore appropriated out of any monies which may have arisen from the sale of lots in said Town, for the purpose of enabling the said Council to carry on, and complete the Bridge now erecting across the Cahawba River, so soon as the said Council shall have executed a bond to the Governor for the sum of four thousand dollars conditioned, that the said sum of two thousand dollars, with all legal interest thereon, shall be returned to the Governor of the state within twelve months from the passage of this act, if the said Bridge shall not be completed within that time.

[Approved, Dec. 15, 1820.]

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An act to establish and fix on a site for the seat of Justice in Wilcox county.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Robert Brown, John Blackman, John Gamble, John Jenkins and Elijah Lumsden, are hereby appointed commissioners, who, or a majority of whom, shall have power to fix on a suitable site for the seat of Justice for the county of Wilcox: Provided, the same shall be at the most eligible place within five miles of the center thereof.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the center of said county shall be ascertained by the county Surveyor. And the commissioners aforesaid, shall thereupon proceed to fix on and determine the place proper for the seat of Justice aforesaid; Provided, that the aforesaid commissioners shall take an oath before some persons competent to administer the same, that they will faithfully and impartially perform all the duties required of them in this act, to the best of their abilities.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners aforesaid, shall have power to purchase, or receive as a donation for said county, a track or parcel of land not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres, whereupon to erect the public buildings of said county.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the county court of the county of Wilcox shall have power to lay and collect a tax not exceed-


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ing one half the amount of the State tax, for the purpose of paying for said tract or parcel of land, and for the purpose of defraying the expenses of erecting a court house, jail, and pillory for said county.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners aforesaid, shall have power to lay of into lots of such size as to them may seem most expedient, the tract or parcel of land so acquired, and the same to expose to public sale, Provided, that four acres of said land be reserved from sale, for the court house, jail and pillory aforesaid, and that the money arising from the sale of said lots be paid over to the county treasurer by said commissioners for the use of said county.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners aforesaid, are hereby authorised to contract for the building of a court house, jail and pillory, or either of them to the lowest bidder; giving twenty days notice of their intending to let said contract; Provided, the persons so contracting with the aforesaid commissioners, be required to give bond and security for the faithful performance of his contract.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the seat of Justice for the county of Monroe, be permanently established in the town of Claiborne, and the county court are hereby authorized to impose a tax on the said county not exceeding fifty per centum on the State tax, for the purpose of building a court house of said county, and to appoint commissioners to contract for, and superintend the building of the same, and the said county tax for the purpose aforesaid, shall be collected by the collector of the State tax, and by him paid into the hands of the county treasurer.

[Approved December 18th, 1820.]

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An Act authorizing a Lottery for the building of a Bridge over Clear Creek within the limits of the town of Cahawba.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That it shall and may be lawful for Henry Hitchcock, Alexander Pope, Thomas Casey, Uriah G. Mitchell, and Edmund Lane, or a majority of them, to raise by Lottery in one or more classes as to them may seem most convenient and necessary any sum of money not exceeding two thousand dollars to be appropriated in building and completing a bridge over Clear Creek within the limits of the town of Cahawba, and the said Henry Hitchcock, Alexander Pope, Thomas Casey Uriah G. Mitchel and Edmund Lane, or such of them as may choose to act, shall before they enter on the duties of their office enter into a bond in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars, payable to the Governor and his successors in office, with such security as shall be approved by the governor; conditioned for the faithful discharge of the several duties imposed upon them by this act; which bond may from time to time be put in suit in the name of the said state by any person injured by a breach thereof; and it shall be the duty of the said manages within ninety days from the completion of the drawing of the said lottery to pay to the fortunate persons or persons; or to his, her of their, order, all such prizes as may be due agreeable to the scheme which they may have determined upon and published by them, the said lottery shall be drawn in the Town of Cahawba or at such other place as may be most expedient, giving due notice of the time and place of such drawing; each of the said managers and each clerk that may be employed shall before the drawing commences take oath to act fairly and im-


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partially in the discharge of this several duties, which oath may be administered by any Justice of the Peace. If the said lottery or any class thereof be not drawn within one year after the scheme of the same may have been published the same shall cease and said managers shall refund on demand the price of the ticket to the holder of the same.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid managers hereby required and authorized to contract for the building and completing the aforesaid Bridge at such place and on such plan as they may deem most convenient and proper out of the funds that may be raised by the lottery. It shall be the duty of the said managers within six months after the passage of this act and at all such times thereafter, as they may be required, to report to the Intendant and Town Council of the Town of Cahawba, the progress made in the sale of the tickets, the drawing of the lottery and the erection and completion of said Bridge.

[Approved Dec. 11, 1820.]

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An Act to authorize the Governor to sell lots on the public lands east of Alabama river and opposite the town of Cahawba.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the acting Governor be authorized, and he is hereby required, to cause to be laid out and exposed to sale on the public lands on the east side of the Alabama river, opposite the town of Cahawba, under the same rules and regulations that lots in Cahawba have been sold, a number of lots containing one half acre each, and not exceeding the number of fifty.

[Approved December 20, 1820.]

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An Act to cede to the United States, the jurisdiction of this State, to certain lands for the purpose therein mentioned.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Addin Lewis, Henry V. Chamberlain, and Lewis Judson, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners with full powers, in their discretion, and in such manner and form as they shall judge necessary and proper, to declare the consent of the Legislature of this state, that such tract of land in Mobile Point, Dauphin Island or Pelican Island, in this state, as they shall judge necessary, for the purpose of erecting a Light House thereon, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; and thereupon the jurisdiction of the said lands shall be vested in the United States; Provided however, that such cession shall not exceed fifty acres at either of the said places: And provided also, that such cession shall not be deemed to extend to prevent the execution of any process, civil or criminal, under the authority of this state.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That such declaration of the consent of the Legislature of this state shall be explicitly defined by accurate metes and bounds, the situation of the lands, the jurisdiction whereof shall be ceded in virtue of this act: which description shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State of this state.

[Approved December 16, 1820.]