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said river, as he or they may judge to be most proper and convenient, and as rear the said bridge as conveniently may be, and there to take for passage over the said river, by such ferry or ferries, such rates and duties as are granted by this act for the toll or pontage aforesaid : Provided, That such ferry or ferries shall not continue for any longer time than shall be necessary for repairing or rebuilding the said bridge. And provided also, That in case the proprie, tor or proprietors of the said bridge shall at any time hereafter noglect or refuse to rebuild or repair the said bridge and causeway for the space of six months, he or they, and every of them, shull from thenceforth forfeit his or their right, title, or property and interest, of, in or to the said bridge; and the toll and duties hereby granted to him or thcm, for pontage or passage over the same, shall cease and determine, any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstancing: And provided also, That in case the s.id bridge shall at any time hereafter be rebuilt, and at any time when the said bridge or causeway shall be repaired, if any one or more of the said proprietors shall neglect or refuse to pay his or their proportionable part or parts of the expence thereof, for the space of three months after public notice given thereof at the said bridge, and in the public gazette for three weeks, then every such proprietor and proprietors so neglect, ing or refusing, shall forfeit his and their right, title, property and interest, of, in and to the said bridge, and the tolls and duties hereby granted for pontage or passage over the same, to the person or persons who were at the expense of rebuilding the said bridge, or repairing the said bridge or causeway, any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
And be it further enacted by the authority Certificate aforesaid, That the parts or proportions of the to be given profits, as well as the expenses of the proprietors to proprie. tors.
of the said bridge may be better ascertained, that as soon as the said bridge and causeway shall be finished, the commissioners herein after appointed, or any three or more of them, shall have power and authority, and they are hereby fully empowered, authorized, enjoined and required, to give every person who shall contribute towards defraying the charge of building and making the said bridge and causeway (or his or their executors or administrators, in case such person shall happen to be deceased) an instrument in writing, under the hands and scals, to the following effect, (to wit,)
" By - Commissioners of the tollbridge over Edisto river,
" These are to certify, That A. B. having Form of contributed the sum of towards the defraycertificate. ing the charges of erecting the said toll-bridge,
and making the causeway leading to the same,
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case of the death, removal Vacancies or resignation of any of the said commissioners, how sup
plied. it shall and may be lawful for his excellency the" governor for the time being to fill up such vacancy.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this act shall be deemed a pub- This act to lic act, and be judicially taken notice of as such, het
eofas sich be a public by all judges, justices, and other persons whatsoever, without specially pleading the same. In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of
February, in the year of our Lord one thou-
President of the Senate.
An ACT to permit John Holman to come with his Negro slaves into and to remain with them
in this state. TITHEREAS John Holman, by his petition
VV to the legislature, set forth circumstances of peculiar hardship attending the operation of the sixteenth section of an act, entitled, “ An act to regulate the recovery and payment of debts, and for prohibiting the importation of negroes for the time therein mentioned.” And whereas, on an investigation into the merits of the said petition, the truth of such circumstances was evinced to the satisfaction of the legis. lature:
Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting
in general assembly, and by the authority of the
February, in the year of our Lord one thout-
President of the Senate.
An ACT to incorporate the Roman Catholic
Church of Charleston.
VV. the Roman Cathoic religion have presented a petitiun to tie kşisiatit e, stating that for the purpose of worshipping God according to the rites and ceremonies of their church, they have by subscription and otherwise raised a sufficient fund for building a church and providing for the maintenance of a pastor, and the payment of other proper officers of the same; and that their good intentions would be more effectually carried into execution by an act of incorporation, and therefore praying that such an act might be passed: And whercas religion ought to be promoted:
Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Shall be a Senate and House of Representatives, now met body.com and sitting in general assembly, and by the auporate by the name thority of the same, That the said Roman Ca. of the Ro. tholic Church of Charleston, and the several pertholic sons who now are or shall be members thereof Church. respectively, and their successors, officers and
members, each of them, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be one body corporate, in deed and in name, by the name of and style of the Roman Catholic Church of Charleston; and by the said name shail have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter, break and make new the sume, as often as the said corporation shall judge expeditnit. And the said corporation and its Said corsuccessors shall be able and capable in law tc poration to
take any purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess charitable and retain, to itself and to its successors in per- donations. petuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the sum of five thousand pounds value; and to sell, alien, exchange, demise or lease the same, or any part thereof, as they shall think proper, and may by the said name 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 bye-laws (not repugnant to the laws of the land) for the benefit of the said corporation, and for the order, rule, good goverument and management of said corporation, and for the election of ministers, and their maintenance out of any funds belonging to the said corporation, for eiecting and reparati, on of churches out of any such funds, and to ascertain the rents which shall be paid by pewholders, in such manner as shall be from time to time agreed upon by a majority of the members of the said corporation.
And be it further enacted by the authority Capable aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for of holding the said corporation hereby erected, to take and amount of
1. Propertyte to hold to it and to its successors for ever, any 50001. charitable donations or devises of lands and per