An Act to incorporate the Town of Washington in the County of Autauga.

Section 1.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the freeholders, land holders and householders of the town of Washington, shall on the third Monday in January next and in each and every year thereafter in said Town hold an election to commence at ten o'clock A. M. and close at five o'clock P.M. and then and there elect by ballot five Commissioners a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum to do business, also a treasurer, assessors, collector and constable to serve for the term of one year, and th said commissioners so elected shall on the next day of each and every such election meet and elect one person from their own body as President, whose duty it shall be to preside and keep order, at all meetings of said commissioners; and the said commissioners shall be and they are hereby constituted a body corporate, by the name and style of the President and Commissioners of the town of Washington, and by the name they and their successors in office, shall be capable in law of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded in all manner of suites and actions in law or equity and also do all acts incident to bodies corporate.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners shall have power and authority to raise such sums of money, as they may think, necessary for the well regulation of said Town, which sum or sums, shall be assessed on the land holders, free holders and house holders, and also on all billiard tables and puppet shows within the said town by the assessor according to the regulations to be established by the President and said commissioners, and shall be collected by the collector at such time or times and be paid and disposed of in such manner as the commissioners shall direct, Provided the whole amount of such sum or sums shall not in any one year exceed twenty five cents on every hundred dollars worth property subject to taxation.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners shall meet on their own adjournments, and shall have power from time to time, and all times hereafter to make such by-laws and regulations, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the United States or of this state as to them shall appear necessary for the good government of said town and the same to put in execution, revoke or alter as to them shall appear expedient and the said President and commission


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are appointed agreeably to the provisions of this act, are hereby empowered to require good and sufficient bond with security from the several officers herein intended to be appointed, and annex such fees to those several officers as they may deem necessary, and impose such fines and penalties for neglect of duty as may appear to them proper, and to make, limit and impose all fines and amercements upon those who may offend the by-laws by them made, not exceeding in any case the sum of fifty dollars and all such fines and amercements, to take, demand and levy of the goods and chattels of such offender by warrants issued from under the hand and seal of the President, directed to the Town constable, who is hereby authorized and required to execute the same, which fines and amercements shall be paid to the Treasurer to be appropriated to the use and benefit of said town.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the elections intended to be held as mentioned in this act, shall be conducted by a justice of the peace and two house holders in the said Town of Washington.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all that part of traction thirty three in township seventeen and range sixteen lying west of Autauga creek and North west of the Alabama river be and same shall constitute the corporate limits of the town of Washington.

[Approved Dec. 14, 1820.]

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An Act to incorporate the Steam-Boat Company of Alabama.

Section. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama in General assembly convened, That Francis B. Stockton, Francis W. Armstrong, James L. Seabury, Nicholas Pope, and Jonathan woodward and such others as have or shall be hereafter associated with them be, and they are hereby constituted and appointed a body corporate, by the name and title of the Steam-Boat Company of Alabama, for the term of ten years from and after the passage of this act; and by that name shall be and they are hereby made able and capable in law to have, purchase, receive and possess, enjoy and retain to them and their successors, lands, rents, tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels, and effects, of whatever kind, nature and quality, and the same to sell, grant, demise, alien and dispose of; to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered defend and be defended in all manner of actions, suites, matters and things depending in any court of law or equity; and also to make, have and use a common seal, and the same to break, alter and renew at their pleasure: Provided always, that it shall not be lawful for the said corporation to use any part of its capital stock or funds for banking purposes, nor to emit for circulation any notes or bills, or make any contracts for the payment of money, except only under the seal of the said Corporate and all such notes and contracts shall to all intents and purposes be taken to operate as specialties at law.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the capital stock of the said corporation created by this act, shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and eighty two thousand dollars.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the affairs of the said Steam Boat company of Alabama, shall be managed and conducted for the present by five directors who shall be stock holders in said company and resident within this state, and who shall hold their offices for one


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year from the date of the passage of this act, and until there shall be a new election of directors in pursuance of the provisions of this act, and the said first five directors shall be, Francis B. Stockton, Francis W. Armstrong, James L. Seabury, Nicholas Pope, and Jonathan Woodward, out of which number, the said directors at their first meeting shall appoint their President, and majority of said directors shall constitute a quorum to transact business.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That after the time limited by this act for the continuance in office of the directors hereby nominated and appointed, the stock, affairs, and concerns of the said corporation shall be managed and conducted by a board of directors, which shall consist of five stockholders resident of the state, who shall be elected on the first Monday in February in each and every year thereafter, at such time of the day, and at such place in the town of Blakeley, or such other town or place in the State as may be determined on by a majority of the stockholders of said company, and under such regulations as the board of directors of the time being shall appoint and direct; and they shall hold their offices for one year, and until others shall be chosen to supply their places and no longer; and notice of such intended elections shall be published for at least three successive weeks next preceding the same, in tow of the public newspapers printed in this state; and every such election shall be made by ballot by a plurality of the votes, of the stockholders present, allowing one vote for every share, Provided, that in case it should at any time happen that an election of directors should not be made, the said corporation for cause shall not be deemed to be dissolved, but that it shall and may be lawful on any other day to hold an election of directors in such manner as shall have ben regulated by the by-laws and ordinances of the said corporation: Provided also, that at all elections to be holden by the Stock holders under this act, they may vote by proxy.

[Approved Nov. 28, 1820.]

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An act to incorporate the Flint River Navigation Company.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Fleming Jordon, George Taylor, James McCartney, John Sprowl, Stephen Pond, John P. Brown, John Grayson, Dial Perry, David Walker, Ebenezer Byram, Stephen McBroom, William Derrick and David Cobb, and such persons as shall be associated with the, are hereby constituted and declared a body corporate, under the name and style of the Flint River Navigation Company, w ho shall be authorized to receive subscriptions, and donations, and apply the same, in such manner as they shall direct to the improvement of the navigation of Flint River in Madison county from Capt. Scott's Mills, to the Tennessee River.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person, or persons shall cut, or fall a tree into said river, and shall not remove the same, or shall otherwise obstruct the navigation of the said river, shall for every such offence forfeit and pay the sum of three dollars for every day the same is thus obstructed; to be recovered before any court having jurisdiction of the case, in the name of said company, and applied to the improvement of the navigation of said River.

[Approved Dec. 20, 1820.]


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An act to incorporate the Trustees of the Solemn Grove Academy, in Monroe county.

Whereas sundry inhabitants of the county of Monroe, residing between Limestone and Flat creeks, have set forth by their petition, that the establishment of an Academy in their neighbourhood would be productive of general utility, and conduce to the good order and happiness of society.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Lark Abney, Stephen Andress, Daniel McIntosh, John McLeod and Nathaniel Broughton, trustees of the solemn Grove Academy, and their successors in office, appointed or elected, or to be appointed or elected according to the rules and regulations of the said Academy, shall be and they are hereby incorporated as a body politic and corporate, in deed and in law, by the name and style of the Trustees of the Solemn Grove Academy.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation by their name aforesaid, shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, to be appointed or elected in such manner, and according to such form as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations now existing, or hereafter to be made for the government of the said corporation, and that they may have a common seal, with power to alter and make new, the said rules and regulations, and the said common seal as often as they shall deem expedient.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said corporate shall be able and capable in law to purchase, have, hold, possess, enjoy and retain to itself in perpetuity or for any term of years, any real estate real or personal of what kind or nature soever, and to sell, alien or dispose of the same as they may think proper. And by its name above mentioned to sue and be sued, implead 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, and of the United States, as they may deem necessary or expedient ; Provided, that the said corporation shall not be entitled to have, hold or retain, as aforesaid, real or personal estates of an annual income, exceeding ten thousand dollars.

[Approved, December 14, 1820.]

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An Act to incorporate the Town of Elyton in the county of Jefferson.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the Town of Elyton in the county of Jefferson, be and the same is hereby established and incorporated, including the north east quarter of section three, Township eighteen and Range three west of the Basis Meridian.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That an election shall be held at the court house in the town of Elyton, on the first Monday in May in each and every year, to commence at ten o'clock in the morning, and close at two, in the afternoon for the purpose of electing, by ballot seven councillors inhabitants of said town, who shall serve for the term of one years, after they shall have been elected: The first election shall be conducted and managed by Matthew H. Gillaspie, Samuel Hall,


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William C. Tarrent, and Col. John Martin; and all subsequent elections shall be conducted by two of the councillors, to be appointed by the board for that purpose; and the said councillors so elected, shall on the next day after such election in each and every year meet and elect by a majority of votes from their own body, an Intendant, whose duty it shall be to preside, and keep order at all meetings of the said councillors, and in his absence or incapacity any other member may be called to the chair. And the said councillors shall be, and they are hereby constituted a body corporate, by the name and style of the Intendant and council of the Town of Elyton, and by that name they and their successors in office shall be capable in law of suing and being sued, of pleading and being impleaded, in al manner of suites either in law or equity; also to have and keep a common seal, and the same to break, alter and amend at pleasure and in general to do all acts which are incident to bodies corporate, and to purchase, hold and dispose of for the benefit of said town, real, personal or mixed property to the amount of ten thousand dollars.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Intendant and Council shall possess the same powers and be subject to the same restriction, as are provided by law for the government of the Intendant and Council of the town of Montgomery; passed at Huntsville, third December eighteen hundred and nineteen.

[Approved December 20th, 1820.]