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An ACT to amend and more effectually put in

force for the time therein limited, the act, en, titled, an act for the regulation of the militia of this state, passed the 26th day of March, 1784. WITHEREAS, by the eighth section of the

VV first article of the constitution of the United States, it is, among other things, “ or. dained and established, that the congress shall have power to provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively the appointment of the offi. cers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by congress,” And whereas, the congress of the United States have not as yet provided any law for the organizing and arming and disciplining the militia, in pursuance of the authority in them vested; and it is fit and expedient that the legislature should continue to provide proper laws and regulations for the government of the mili. tia of this state, until the congress of the United States shall think fit to execute the power in them vested by the said constitution. And whereas, doubts have arisen whether the militia law of this state, passed on the said twentysixth day of March, one thousand seven hun. dred and eighty-four, was not repealed and rendered ineffectual by the subsequent adoption of the said constitution of the United States, by the state of South-Carolina:

Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met Former and sitting in general assembly, and by the au- militia law

continued thority of the same, That the said act of gene-in force, ral assembly of this state, entitled, “ an act for

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the regulation of the militia of this state,» be, and the same is hereby declared to have been, and shall continue to be in full force and effect, until the said congress of the United States shall have provided and enacted some law or laws for org.unizing, arming and disciplining the militia of the United States.

And be it further enacted by the authority Comman- aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for

of the each and every colonel, lieutenant-colonel commilitia to or:ler mus. mandant or commander for the time being, of

any of the militia regiments or battalions within this state, to order out such regiment or battalion for the purposes of regimental or battalion musters or trailing, at any such time and place within their respective regimental districts as they may think necessary and proper. Provided, That the said regiments shall not be conti. nued out on such muster or training for more than one day at each training, nor for more times than three in one rear.

And be it further enacted by the authority emen aforesaid, That every free man of this state, lialiable to ble to bear arms in any of the regimental battabear arms, lions or companies of foot in this state, and who must appetr at shall appear at any such regimental or battalion musters muster, or at any muster or review ordered by with arms 1 : and accouhis excellency the governor, or at any company trements. muster ordered in pursuance of this act, or by ·

virtue of the said act of the twenty-sixth day of March, 1784, not provided with a good musket and bayonet, and cartouch box capable of containing at least twelve rounds of cartridges, or other sufficient gun, and a good and sufficient small sword, broad sword, cutlass or hatchet, and a powder horn or flask, capable of holding twelve rounds of powder, and a good shot bag or pouch, capable of holding twelve balls of a

Free men

proper size for his gun, and with three spare
Hints, shall forfeit and pay for each and every
such default, the sum of two dollars, or the sum
of half a dollar for each article of arms or accou-
trements herein before directed, to be assessed
and levied on such defaulter, in the manner in
and by the said act directed and appointed.
And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid,

This act to act of the 26th day of March, 1784, and this continue in act, shall be and continue in force until the con- force until gress of the United States shall provide some provide a law or laws for organizing, arming and disciplin- militia liw ing the militia of the United States, in pursu- of laws. ance of the said constitution. In the Senate House, the twentieth day of

December, in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in
the sixteenth 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 to repeal part of an act, passed the

nineteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninetyone, entitled, an act for gradually calling in and sinking the paper medium of this state, issued by virtue of an act, entitled, an act to establish a medium of circulation by way of loan, and to secure its credit and utility,passed the twelfth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and

eighty-five. INTHEREAS, by an act, passed the nine

VV teenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and nine.

ty-one, entitled, “ an act for gradually calling in and sinking the paper medium,” issued by virtue of an act, entitled, “ an act to establish a medium of circulation by way of loan, and to secure its credit and utility,” passed the twelfth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, it is ene acted, “ that the borrowers of the paper me. dium shall be obliged to pay into the hands of the commissioners of the loan office, one-fifth part of the original principal sum borrowed, and the whole of the interest then due, on the first Wednesday in March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two; and that the same be delivered to a joint committee of the senate and house of representatives, to be by them burnt.” And whereas it is thought expedient that the interest which shall become due on the said first Wednesday in March next, be applied towards the extinguishment of the fereign debt :

Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That so much of the said act as requires the burning of the said interest money, be, and the same is hereby repealed; and instead thereof, the said interest shall be applied towards the extinguishment of the foreign debt. In the Senate House, the twentieth day of

December, in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in
the sixteenth 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 to appoint commissioners for laying

and raising an assessment on the taxable property in the parish of Prince George, ( agreeably to its ancient boundaries,) for the purpose of paying the representatives of the late

Thomas Lynch, esquire, deceased, the amount due on a contract made with him by the com

missioners of the roads. W HEREAS, colonel Hugh Horry has

represented, by petition, that he, together with the late Paul Trapier and Benjamin Huger, esquires, deceased, by virtue of an act, passed on the twentieth day of March, which was in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-one, did, as commissioners of the high roads for the parish of Prince George, in the district of Georgetown, contract with the late Thomas Lynch, esquire, deceased, for making the causeway across Lynch's island, between North and South Santee, being part of the highway between Charleston and Georgetown, and did agree to pay him the sum of eight thousand pounds, old currency, within six months after the completion of the said work, in consequence whereof the said Thomas Lynch undertook and compleated the said piece of work, and that in and by the above-mentioned act the said commissioners, or a majority of them, were authorized and empowered to lay and raise a tax or assessment on all the male inhabitants in the said parish, from the age of sixteen to the age of sixty years, sufficient to pay off and discharge the expence of making the said causeway, as by the said act, referense being thereunto had, will more fully appear, and that the war, and the confusion consequent thereon, at that time prevented the said commissioners from making the said assessment pursuant

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