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ACTS &c.

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AN ACT

To amend the laws concerning Public Printing.

Sec. 1 . Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That, hereafter, instead of seventy-five, it shall be the duty of the Public Printer to print one hundred and fifty copies of the Journals of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, in full compensation for all the duties required by law of the public printer, he shall be entitled to receive one dollar and twenty-five cents for each page contained in the copy of the laws, one copy of the journals of the House of Repre-


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sentatives, and one copy of the journals of the Legislative Council.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES. TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council. Approved, the 3d day of February, 1818.

W.M. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory,

 

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AN ACT

To amend the Laws now in force respecting public roads.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That it shall hereafter be lawful for the overseer of any public road, if he deems it necessary, to require all and every person, or persons residing within his precinct, and not exempted from such service by law, to work on said road ten days and no longer; except when bridges and


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causeways may require repair, and in that case as long may be necessary or that purpose, not exceeding twenty days.

Sec. 2 And be it further enacted, that hereafter the overseer of any public road shall be liable to be fined on presentment, at the discretion of the Jury trying the same, if the road of which he is overseer shall have remained out of repair for the period, of twelve days at any one time, provided such overseer have any notice thereof.

Sec . 3. And be it further enacted, That hereafter when any delinquent shall be returned to a justice of the Peace, by the overseer of a public road, and it shall become necessary to issue process against such delinquent, such process shall be issued, and all further proceedings carried on in the name of the Territory; and if the prosecution fail, the cost shall be adjudged as in other Territorial cases: and the court may, if it appear that the return has been made, or the prosecution commenced by such overseer from malicious motives, tax him with cost.


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Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, that all lanes which constitute a part of any public road, shall be not less than thirty feet in width.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives,

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative council.

APPROVED, the 4th of February, 1818,

Wm. W. BIBB

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

 

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AN ACT

To abolish the right of survivorship in all cases.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That hereafter when two or more persons hold an estate real or personal jointly, and one joint tenant dies before severance, his interest in said joint estate shall not survive to the remaining joint tenant, or joint tenants, but shall descend to, and


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be vested in, the heirs or other legal representatives of such deceased joint tenant, in the same manner as if his interest had been severed and ascertained.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council

APPROVED, the 4th February, 1818

WM. W. BIBB.,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

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A N ACT

To divorce Elizabeth Bennett from James Bennett, her husband.

Sec 1 Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That Elizabeth Bennett, be, and she is hereby divorced from the bonds of matrimony heretofore subsisting be-


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tween her and James Bennett, her husband.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council,

APPROVED, the 4th February, 1818.

WM. W. BIBB

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

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AN ACT

To establish the counties of Cotaco, Lawrence and Franklin.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That all that tract of country lying west of the Cherokee boundary, south of Tennessee river, East of the western boundary line of Range numbered five, west of the basis Meridian of Madison County, produced, and north of the boundary line of Township numbered eight, from the Southern boundary of the State of Tennessee, shall hereafter form one


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County, to be called and known by the name of Cotaco.

SEC 2. And be it further enacted, That all that tract of country, lying west of said county of Cotaco, south of Tennessee river, east of the western boundary line of range numbered nine, and north of the boundary line of township numbered eight, from the southern boundary, of the state of Tennessee, shall hereafter form one county, to be called and known by the name of Lawrence.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all that tract of country, lying west of the said county of Lawrence, out of Tennessee river, and north of the boundary line of township numbered eight, from the southern boundary of the state of Tennessee, and east of the Chickasaw boundary line, shall hereafter form one county, to be called and known by the name of Franklin.

Sec. 4 And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden in and for said county of Cotaco, in each year, a Superior Court of Law and Equity, on the third Mondays in February and August: and there shall be


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holden in and for said county of Cotaco, a County Court, on the second Mondays in March and September, and an intermediate Court, on the second Mondays in June and December.

Sec. 5 And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden in and for said county of Lawrence, in each year, a Superior Court of Law and Equity, on the fourth Mondays in February & August; & there shall be holden in and for said county of Lawrence, a County Court, on the third Mondays in March and September, and an intermediate Court, on the third Mondays in June and December.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden in and for said county of Franklin, in each years a Superior Court of Law and Equity, on the first Mondays in March and September; and there shall be holden in and for said county of Franklin, a county Court on the fourth Mondays in March and September, and an intermediate Court on the fourth Mondays in June and December.


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Sec, 7. And be it further enacted, that the said courts for the said county of Cotaco, shall, for the time being, be holden at the House of William Vaughn: the said courts in and for said county of Lawrence, shall for the time being, be holden at Melton's Bluff: and the said Courts in and for the said county of Franklin, shall, for the time being be holden at the House of Maj Neely, on lower Spring creek: Provided, that the said Courts, of the several counties aforesaid, respectively, may for the want of necessary buildings, adjourn to some more convenient place, contiguous to the places herein designated for holding the same.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the said Superior, County and Intermediate Courts, required to be holden in and for said counties of Cotaco, Lawrence and Franklin, shall have power to continue their sessions, respectively, at each term hereby authorized, six judicial days and no longer

.Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That so much of the foregoing act


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as relates to the holding of Courts shall not take effect till the first day of June next.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council.

Approved-6th February, 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

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