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and prevents the free passage of boats and rafts up and down the same; and there is no sufficient slope or opening, to admit boats or rafts to pass up and down the said creek, to the great grievance of a considerable number of the good citizens of this o state: For remedy whereof, Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in £o: assembly, and by the authority of the same, hat the owner or owners of the aforesaid sawmills, shall, within the space of eighteen months, from and after the passing of this act, make an erect one or more sufficient lock or locks, in, about or upon the said dam, twenty-two feet in width, so that boats and rafts may frcely, at all times, pass and repass, up or down the said creek, free of cost; and in default thereof, any justice of the peace, to whom application shall be made, may summon five freeholders to determine thereon, whether the said lock or locks are sufficient; and also to determine, in case of default, whether the reduction of the said dam is necessary or not. And be it surther enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the expiration of eighteen months from the passing of this act, the owner, or owners of the said mills, shall forfeit to the owner or owners of any boat or raft that shall be detained or obstructed in passing up or down the said stream, two dollars for every hour's detention or obstruction, to be recovered by any person who will inform or sue for the same; the one half to the informer, and the other half to the person injured.

In the Senate House, the sirteenth Day of December, in

so the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Year of the Indefendence of the United States of "...o.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate. .

ROBERT BARN WELL, Sheaker of the * House of Reforesentatives.

.Mn ACT to authorize the Treasurer in Charles, ton, to issue to James Sinkler, certain Certificates of his Funded Stock. W HEREAS James Sinkler has presented a ... petition to the legislature, setting forth, that his habitation in Saint Stephen’s parish, was lately consumed by fire; and that therein were destroyed certain certificates of his funded stock, of the following description, that is to say: One num

o 149, (one hundred and forty-nine,) for four

en hundred and thirty-eight dollars and sixty 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 cents, of deferred stock: one numbered 150, (one hundred and fifty,), for fourteen hundred and thirty-eight dollars and sixty cents, of six per cent. stock; one thousand and nineteen dollars and fifty-eight cents, of three percent. stock; and seven hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty cents, of deferred stock: one numbered 151, (one hundred and fifty-one,) for fourteen hundred and thirty-eight dollars and sixty cents, of six per cent. stock; one thousand and nineteen dollars and fiftyeight cents, of three per cent. stock; and seven hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty cents, of deferred stock: one numbered 152, (one hundred and fifty-two,) for fourteen hundred and thirty-eight dollars and sixty cents, of six per cent. stock; one thousand and nineteen dollars and fiftyeight cents, of three per cent. stock; and seven hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty cents, of deferred stock: one numbered 153, (one hundred and fifty-three,) for fourteen hundred and thirtyeight dollars.. sixty cents, of six per cent. stock; one thousand and nineteen dollars and fifty-eight cents, of three per cent. stock; and seven hundred o dollars and thirty cents, of deferred stock; and one numbered 154, (one hundred and fifty-four,) for fourteen hundred and thirty-eight 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 consumcd 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 con

sumed by fire.

In the Senate House, the sirteenth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Year of the Indefiendence of the United States of America. DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate. ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the House of Reforesentatives.

An ACT for opening the Navigation of the Lower Three Runs, from Joseph Harley's Bridge to Rockey-point Mills, and for appointing Commis* signers to clear out and keep navigable, the Riwer of JWaccamaw, from the North-Carolina line, down to the mouth of Bull Creek. Woo great inconvenience is felt by 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 homarable 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 Brad-
ley, 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 con-
tinuing the navigation of the same, from Mr. Jo-
seph Harley's bridge to the millson Rockey-point,
lately owned by messieurs M’Elrath and Bour-
deaux; 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 asbre-
said, 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 exer-
cised by the commissioners of the high roads.
..And be it further enacted by the authority afore-
said, 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 Bullcreek, within six miles of said river, and between 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 in similar cases; and shall be liable, if they §, carry this act into execution within eight months after passing the same, to pay a fine of twenty dollars each, for their neglect or refusal. to act. ...And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person liable to work on the above

mentioned river, shall be liable to work on any

other river, any law to the contrary notwithstanding. In the Senate House, the sirteenth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Y ar of the Indefendence of the Uniord States of America. DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate. ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the House of Reforesentatives.

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An ACT to permit John Butler to bring certain .Negroes into this State from the State of NorthCarolina; and to relieve John 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 Butler, by his petition to the legislature of this state, prays for permission to bring certain negro slaves, left to him by his father, from the state of North-Carolina into this state: Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and Isouse of Representatives, now met and

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