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and they are hereby fully authorized and empowered to take and make use of any boats, Hats or canoes, within their respective districts, for the purpose of improving the navigation of their respective rivers or crecks, (except such as are kept for the use of any public ferry,) and shall return the same to the place where taken from, or to the landings of the proper owners: Provided, That no boat, fiat or canoe, shall be detained from the owner more than ten days in any one year.

And le it further enacted by the authority Commis- aforesaid, That the several and respective boards sioners of commissioners, according to their several diempowered to make visions, shall have full power and authority to use of tim- cut down and make use of any timber, wood, ber, &c.

earth or stone, in or near their respective rivers or creeks, for the purpose of improving the na

vigation of the same, as to them shall seem nePenalty for C. ssary. And if any person or persons shall injuring siop up or in any wise injure or impede the nanavigati

vigation of said rivers or creeks, by falling of trees, rolling of logs, rocks, &c. into them, such person or persons so offending shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding five pounds for every such offence, at the discretion of the commissioncrs, and shall also be compelled to remove all such obstructions by him or them occasioned.

And be it further enacted by the authority Buoys, &c. aforesaid, That the several and respective boards to be esta- of commissioners shall be, and they are hereby blished.

fully authorized and required, at all such places as they my think it necessary, to fix and establish buoys, or other way-marks, directing boats or other vessels to the proper channel; and also to erect and establish such posts or beams as they may think necessary for assisting boats or other craft in warping over difficult places.

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And if any person or persons whatsoever, shall Penalty for wilfully remove or destroy any of the buovs, destroying

? buoys, &c. way-marks, posts or beams so established, such person or persons shall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, a sum not exceeding five pounds, at the discretion of the commissioners, to be recovered and appropriated as herein before directed, and shall also be liable to make good all damages by liim or them so done.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Tnat if any vacancy shall lappen in Vacancy, any of the boards of commissioners herein before how supappointed, the remaining commissioners of the board having such vacancy, or a majority of them, at their next meeting, shall choose some fit person to fill up such vacancy; a d the person so chosen, is hereby declared to be a commissioner, and vested with all the powers and authorities by this act given to any of the commissioners herein before named.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaill, That the several and respective boards Commis. of commissioners huruin before appointed, and sioners their successors, or a majority of them respect- ed to reively, shall have full power and authority to re- ceive do. ceive all subscriptions and donations that may be given for the improvement of the navigation of their respective rivers or creeks, and shall appropriate all such monies to that purpose ; and said boards respectively, are hereby fully authorized and empowered to sue for and recover all such monies as shall at any time be subscribed, and all forfeitures, before any justice of the peace or court, having jurisdiction of the same.

And be it further enacted by the authority If sued, aforesaid, That if any person or persons u hatso- may si

this act in ever, shall be sued, prosecuted or molested, for evidence.

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any matter or thing done by virtue of this act,
such person or persons may plead the general
issue, and give this act and the special matter in
evidence, and in case the plaintiff or plaintiffs
shall suffer a discontinuance, or verdict or judg-
ment shall pass against him or them, the defend-
ant or defendants shall be allowed his or their
double costs of suit.
In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of

February, in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in
the fifteenth year of the Independence of the
United States of America.
: DAVID RAMSAY,

President of the Senate.
JACOB READ,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

An ACT for laying out and keeping in repair

a public road leading from New-River bridge down to Tunbridge on New-River Neck, and from thence the nearest and best route to the mouth of Savannah Back river, including the road leading from Purysburgh, lately laid out and worked on, to continue so as to intersect

the same. TIT HEREAS it has been represented to

V the legislature, by the petition of sundry inhabitants residing on and near New-Ri. ver Neck, in the parish of St. Peter, that the making of a public road running from New. River bridge down to Tunbridge, on New-Ri. ver Neck, and from thence the nearest and best route to the mouth of Savannah Back river, in.

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cluding the road leading from Purysburgh, late-
ly laid out and worked on, to continue thereon,
so as to intersect the same, will be both of pub-
lic and private utility, as likewise be the means
of a more quick and ready communication be-
tween this state and the state of Georgia : there-
fore,
Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and com

LL Commis. House of Representatives, now met and sitting sioners in general assembly, and by the authority of the herein af.

ter named same, That the commissioners herein after nam-to fir ed, shall be, and they are hereby authorized, em- the road powered and directed, to make, compleat and finish the road aforesaid, and also from time to time to keep the same in good and sufficient repair.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That William White, John Lewis Names of Bourquin, jun. Peter Reymond, John Lewis commissi

oners. Buche, and Lewis Bourquin Keall, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners for laying out and keeping in repair the road mentioned as aforesaid; and the said commissioners, or a ma- Male jority of them, shall have full power and autho-slaves to rity to call upon all the inhabitants or proprie- the said tors of lands, to send all their male slaves from road the age of sixteen to fifty years of age, residing within ten miles of the said road in the parish of St. Peter, to work upon and keep the said road in repair, not exceeding twelve days in the year; and if any person or persons shall refuse or neg. lect to go, or to send their male slaves, when thereunto summoned by the commissioners a. foresaid, or by any person by them to be ap. pointed, or any three of them for that purpose, every such person shall forfeit and pay for the use of the said road, two dollars for himself, and one dollar per day for every male slave so neg

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lected or refused to be sent, to be recovered by immediate warrant of distress, under the hands and seals of any three of the said commissioners, against any of the goods and chattels of the defauiter, wnich, after ten days public notice, shall be sold for the purpose of paying the fine aforesaid, and charges accruing thercon, and the overplus, if any, returned to such defaulter. Providedd, That such persons who are so made Tiabie to work on the said road, shall be exempted and excused from working on any other pub. lic road.

And be it further enacted by the authority Persons aforesaill, Thit if any person or persons shall sued for be suel for any thing done in pursuance of this any thing done un act, it siiall and may be laudul lor such person der this or persons to plkül the general issue, and give act, may plead the

this act and the specii mitter in evidence, and general in case judgment shall be given for the dind

ant or d fendants, or the plaintif shall suffer a non-slit, or discontinue his action, the said defendant or difendants shall recover treble costs of sit.

And be it further enacted by the authority Fifth and aforesaid, That the fifth and sixth clauses of an sixth clau

tact passed the twenty-eighth day of March, of March, 1773, for establishing several ferries, and also 1778, par. for revising several laws for the establishment of tially re

several other ferries, and for other purposes therein mentioned, so far as respects the continuing the road leading fiom Purysburgh to Channing's Point, and also the road from NeirRiver bridge to intersect the said road, and obliging all the male slaves from 16 to 60 years of age, living to the south and eastward of the road leading from Purysburgh to New-River bridge, to work and repair the said roads, be,

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