An Act supplementary to an act, establishing the permanent seat of Justice in Cahawba County, passed at Huntsville 17th December 1819.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That if the commissioners who have been elected to fix on the site for the permanent seat of justice in the county of Cahawba now to be called Bibb,


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shall fail to act, on or before the twenty fifty day of December next, it shall be the duty of the Sheriff of said county, to cause an election to be held for the purpose of electing new commissioners.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any vacancy should happen by death, resignation, or otherwise, of the said commissioners, it shall be the duty of the Sheriff of said county to hold an election, to fill such vacancy; and all elections which may be held by the Sheriff, or other proper officers for electing said commissioners, shall be held at the different places pointed out in said county, for electing members of the General Assembly.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all elections which may be held, to elect said commissioners, it shall be the duty of the Sheriff of said county to advertise the same at least twenty days before the time of holding the election; and it shall be conducted in the same manner as required by law for the election of Representatives.

[Approved Dec. 20, 1820.]

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An Act to authorize S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein named.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Samuel B. Shields administrator of Benjamin Glover deceased, of Marengo county be and he is hereby authorized to sell all or any number of certificates of certain lands situated in this state belonging to the estate of said deceased, on such terms as he may deem most advantageous, taking bond with sufficient security for the true and faithful payment of the consideration.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said administrator be, and he is hereby authorized, on the sale of such certificates, to make or cause to be make to the purchaser or purchasers (as the case may be) a legal transfer of the same, which transfer shall be equally as binding as if the same had been made the said deceased in his life time.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said administrator shall before the sale of the lands hereinbefore authorized to be sold, enter into bond with sufficient security payable to the chief justice of the county court of the county in which such lands are situated for the disposition of the money arising from the sale of the lands agreeably to the existing laws regulating the distribution of the personal effects of deceased persons.

[Approved December 7, 1820.]

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An Act to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and Houses of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That John Spinks, Bowen Bennet, Allen Glove, Nathaniel Norwood, and William Irons; be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, who, or a majority of whom shall have power to select and fix upon the most eligible site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, within four miles from the centre thereof.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners or a majority of them, shall have full power to contract for, and purchase or receive by donation not more than one quarter section or less than four acres of land, by them fixed upon for the seat of justice, and in behalf of said county to receive a good and lawful title to the same which land shall by such commissioners be appropriated as is herein after directed, to the erection of the public buildings of the county aforesaid.


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Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners are hereby authorized and required to lay off said land in lots of such dimensions as they may deem expedient and after reserving a sufficient number for the use of the public buildings, a school house or academy and houses for public worship, that they cause the remainder thereof to be sold at public auction, at such times and on such credit as they may deem most expedient for the benefit of said county, giving at least ninety days previous notice, in one of the Cahawba or St. Stephens newspapers, and by advertisement posted up at three or more of the most public places in the county: Provided, that no title in fee simple shall be given of any lot, until the whole of the purchase money be paid.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the commissioners, and they are hereby empowered, to contract for the building a court house, jail and pillory, of such dimensions as they shall agree upon, with the approbation of the county court; Provided that public notice shall be given by the commissioners for at least thirty days, in one of the Cahawba or St. Stephens newspapers and by advertisement posted up at three or more of the most public places within the county, of the time and place, of contracting for the erection of said buildings or either of them, and shall contract for the erection thereof with the lowest bidder, who shall enter into bond with good and sufficient security for the performance of this contracts.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose of purchasing and acquiring such site, for the seat of Justice the county court be and they are hereby authorized, and required to levy and cause to be collected, a county tax of sufficient amount, not exceeding one half of the state tax.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners appointed by this act, before they enter upon the duties assigned them, shall respectively before some justice of the peace or of the county court of said county, take and subscribe the following oath:- I ------- ------ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will select and finally fix on the site for the public buildings for the county of Marengo, pursuant to this act, according to the best of the judgment, with impartiality to man or place, or any other consideration whatever, other than the common good, and equal rights and interests of the citizens of the said county --so help me God.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners shall be allowed adequate compensation for their services, to be fixed by the county court. And should a purchase of land be made as herein contemplated, and the sales thereof transcend the amount necessary for the completion of the public buildings and the allowance to the commissioners, such surplus shall by said commissioners be paid forthwith into the hands of the county treasurer, subject to the order of the county court for county purposes.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners so soon as they or a majority of them shall have performed the duties assigned them shall in writing make a report of all their proceedings under this act to the county court of Marengo; the clerk of which court shall place the same on record in his office. And the site so fixed on shall be the permanent seat of justice for said county of Marengo.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That until the site for the permanent seat of justice be finally fixed upon, and the public buildings completed that the town of Marengo shall be the place for holding courts, in said county of Marengo; and the county court is hereby authorized

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and empowered to levy and cause to be collected a county tax sufficient to purchase or erect a plain log court house and temporary jail, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to superintend the same.

Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That there shall be an additional place of holding elections, at the residence of Isaac C. Perkins in the aforesaid county of Marengo.

Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect, and be in force, from and after the passage thereof.

[Approved Dec. 6, 1820.]

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An act to provide for enclosing the Public Buildings in the Town of Cahawba, and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the Secretary of State be, and he is hereby authorized and required to have the lot on which the public building in the town stands enclosed in a cheap and substantial manner, and to have shutters for the windows made and hung in such manner as he shall direct; and the expenses of the same shall be paid out of any money in the treasury arising from the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba, not otherwise appropriated, on the certificate of the Secretary of State, that the same is completed.

[Approved December 20, 1820.]

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An act to alter and extend the bounds of Jefferson county and for other purposes.

Section 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That all that part of St. Clair county lying within the following bounds, viz: beginning where the line dividing the county of St. Clair and Shelby leave Jefferson county thence along said line to the Cahawba river, thence up said river to the mouth of a creek commonly called Grimnuts fork, thence up said creek to its extreme head, thence north to the line dividing townships fourteen and fifteen, thence along said line to Hartgroves, at the head of Jones' Valley, be and the same is hereby constituted and made a part of the county of Jefferson.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in addition to the election precincts heretofore established in Jefferson county, there shall be one at the house of Micajah Lindsey, Esquire.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That this act shall be in force from and after the first day of April next.

[Approved, December 20, 1820.]