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dollars and sixty-four cents, of six per cent. stock; one thousand and nineteen dollars and fifty-eight cents, of three per cent. stock; and seven hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty-eight cents, of deferred stock; and praying that new certificates, for the same amount, should be issued to him :

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 the treasurer in Charleston shall be, and he is hereby authorized and required to issue to the said James Sinkler, his executors, administrators or assigns, certificates of the description above set forth, signifying on the face of them, that they are given in lieu of certificates of the same denominations, which were alleged to be consumed by fire: Provided, That before the said treasurer shall issue such certificates, the said James Sinkler, his executors, administrators or assigns, shall give a bond, with sufficient security, in double the amount of the said certificates, to save harmless and indemnify the state against the said certificates, formerly issued, and alleged to be consumed by fire. In the Senate House, the sixteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Year of the Inde-
pendence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
ROBERT BARNWELL, Speaker of the

House of Representatives.

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An ACT for opening the Navigation of the Lower

Three Runs, from Joseph Harley's Bridge to Rockey-point Mills, and for appointing Commissioners to clear out and keep navigable, the River of Waccamaw, from the North Carolina line, down to the mouth of Bull Creek.

the inhabitants of Winton county, who live on and contiguous to the Lower Three Runs,

in the district of Orangeburgh, near Savannah river, by reason of the navigation of the said Three Runs being so obstructed as to prevent their carrying their lumber and produce down the said Three Runs to the said river:

Be it therefore enacted by the honarable the Se- . nate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That Daniel Bourdeaux, Robert Bradley, Joseph Harley, senior, Thomas Enox and • Richard Wintz, be, and are hereby appointed

commissioners for the purpose of clearing out the said Lower Three Runs, and opening and continuing the navigation of the same, from Mr. Joseph Harley's bridge to the mills on Rockey-point, lately owned by messieurs M’Elrath and Bourdeaux; and that all male inhabitants, from sixteen years old to fifty, living within two and a half miles of said Three Runs, shall be liable to work on the same, not exceeding twelve days in each year.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners aforesaid shall have, and they are hereby vested with the same power and authority, in assessing and collecting fines for neglect of duty from the inhabitants made liable as aforesaid, which are now vested in and exercised by the commissioners of the high roads.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the following persons be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to clear out and keep navigable the river of Waccamaw, from the North-Carolina line, down to the mouth of Bull creek, viz. John Bellame, John Frink and Charles Fullwood, from the North-Carolina line down to the house of Joseph Deuitts : Thomas Livingston, Henry Durant and Alexander Wilson, from the house of Joseph Deuitts down to Joseph Cox's ferrry: And Aaron Harwick, William Slone and John Green, junior, from Joseph Cox's ferry down to the mouth of Bull creek. And all the

male inhabitants, excepting those below Bull creek, within six miles of said river, and bctween the ages of sixteen and fifty years, shall be liable to work thereon, not exceeding six days each year. And the said commissioners are hereby vested with all powers and authority that other commissioners are in similar cases; and shall be liable, if they fail to carry this act into execution within eight months after passing the same, to pay a fine of twenty dollars Cach, for their neglect or refusal. to act.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That 10 persoa liable to work on the above mentioned river, shall be liable to work on any other river, any law to the contrary notwithstariding. In the Sena:e House, the sixteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Yrar of the In-
dependence of th- Uni’ed States of America.

DAVID RAVISAY, President of the Senate.
ROBERT BARNWELL, Speaker of the

House of Representatives.

An ACT to permit John Butler to bring certain

Negroes into this State from the State of NorthCarolina ; and to relieve Jolin James from the pains and penalties of an Act prohibiting the importation or bringing into this State Negro Slaves, as far as the same may respect three Negroes bought and sent into this state by him.

EEREAS John Butler came into this

state about the month of March last, and became an inhabitant of Darlington county, in the district of Cheraws: And whereas the said John Butier, by his petition to the legislature of this state, prays for permission to bring certain negro slaves, left to him by his fither, from the state of North-Carolinı into this state:

Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and Ilouse of Representatives, now met and

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sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said John Butler shail. have permission, at any time within twelve months from the passing of this act, to bring the said negroes into this state, which were left to him by his father as aforesaid; any law, usi ge or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise, notu ithstanding. Provided nevertheless, Trat the said John Butler shall make oath or afirmation, before some justice of the peace for the county of Darlington, that the negroes by him brought into this state, are the same negroes which were left to him by his father aforesaid; which said oath or affimation shall be recorded in the clerk's office of the county of Darlington aforesaid.

And whereas John James, by his petition to the legislature, states, th:it being in the state of Virginia, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninciy-two, during which time he purchased three negroes, and sent them into this state, not knowing that the legislature, during his absence, had passed a law prohibiting the importation of slaves, or bringing them in from other states; and has prayed to be released from the penaltics of the said act :

Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said John James shall be, and is hereby released, exonerated and exempted from the pains, penalties and forscitures of the said act or acts of the general assembly of this state, prohibiting the importation or bringing in of negro slaves,

as far as the same may respeet the said three negroes, bought and sent into this state as aforesaid. In the Senate House, the sixteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-seven, and in the twenty-aecond Year of the In-
klependence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
ROBERT BARNWELL, Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

ver.

An ACT for opening the navigation of Saluda rivier.

E it enacted by the honorable the Senate and

House of Representatives, now met and sitting

in general assembly, and by the authority of the Commissioners nam: same, That Godfrey Drehr, Thomas Willoughby ed to clear Waters, Oswell Eve, James Caldwell, William Saluda ri- Caldwell and William Anderson, be, and they are

hereby appointed commissioners for the purpose of clearing out and making navigable Saluda river, as far up as the Island ford: That Benjamin Mitchell, Samuel Rosamond, James Creswell, John Watts, David Anderson, Reuben Nash and Robert Pollard, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners for clearing out and making navigable the said river, as far as the Old Indian Boundary Line: And that William Holbert, William Nicholson, Robert Easeley, Benjamin Arnold, William Thurston and Elias Earle, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners for clearing out and making navigable the said river, as far up as M'Elhany's ford.

And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, May make That the said commissioners shall have power to locks, and make navigable the said river, by means of dams, open new

locks, canals, or such other means as they may find necessary; and that they be empowered to open and keep open such roads as they may deem necessary to the said navigation.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforeNavigati. said, That after the opening of the said navigation, on not to the said commissioners shall keep the same in good structed. and sufficient repair, order and condition; and

that if any person shall wilfully and maliciously break down, damage or destroy, any bank or other work, erecting or to be erected, for the purpose of the said navigation, or throw into the said river any dirt, trees, rubbish or other matter, to obstruct or injure the said navigation, he shall forfeit to the said commissioners ten times the amount of the injury done.

roads.

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