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sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the said John Butler shall. have permission, at any time within twclve months from the passing of this act, to bring the said negroes into this state, which wore left to him by his father as aforesaid; any law, us: ge or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise, notwithstanding.

Provided nevertheless, Trat the said J utler shall make oath or affirmation, before e jus

tice of the peace for the county of Darington, 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 affirmation 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, that being in the state of Virginia, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-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 pemaltics 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 forfeitures of the said act or acts of the general assembly of this state, prohibiting the importation or bringing in of negro slaves, as for as the same may respect the said three negroes, bought and sent into this state as aforesaid. In the Senate House, the sirteenth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and •An ACT for opening the navigation of Saludariver. 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 ... same, That Godfrey Drehr, Thomas Willoughby ed to clear Waters, Oswell Eve, James Caldwell, William * * Caldwell and William Anderson, be, and they are - hereb inted 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 MPElhany’s ford. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, Maymake That the said commissioners shall have power to .." 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, to the said commissioners shall keep the same in good ...d. 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.

ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Year of the Indefendence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.,

ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the
Aouse of Reforesentatives.

And be it further enacted by the authority asbresaid, That the said commissioners shall have pow- May raise er to raise subscriptions or establish a lottery, the "...y - - - ubscripprofits of which shall be appropriated for the pur- too. pose of more effectually carrying into effect this tery.

act, the amount of which shall not exceed ten thou

sand dollars.

...And he it further enacted by the * aforesaid, That all male inhabitants, liable to work Those re. on public roads, living within eight miles on each siding side of the said river, shall be bound and liable to ... work thereon, whenever they shall be called out each side, for that purpose, for any time not exceeding six ** days in each year; and that the said commissioners shall have and exercise all the powers, privileges and authorities, for carrying into effect this clause, as are vested in the commissioners of the roads; and that the said inhabitants shall be liable to the same pains and penalties, upon failing or neglecting to work upon the said river, as they would be upon sailing or neglecting to work upon the public roads: And that the same pains and pemalties shall be recovered, in the same manner as if they had been incurred for failing or neglecting to work on the public roads: Provided always, That the same commissioners shall give six days previous notice of the time that such persons so liable shall attend.

...And he it further enacted by the authority aftresaid, That the said river § be free to be navi. Fresno, gated by all and every person or persons whomso-gation. ever, who shall wish to navigate the same. In the Senate House, the sixteenth Day of December, in

the Year of cur Lord one thousand seven hundred and

ninety-seven, and in the twenty-second Year of the In

d ence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.

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An ACT to incorporate the Spartanburgh Phi* lanthropic Society. HEREAS the reverend James Templeton, James Jordan, and others, members of the Spartanburgh Philanthropic Society, have petitioned the legislature of this state, to be admitted a body corporate and politic, in name and deed, by the name of the Spartanburgh Philanthropic Society, for the purpose of erecting an academy: Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Se. nate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in general assembly, and by the authority of the same, That all those who now belong to, and all those who shall be hereafter duly admitted or become members of that society, according to the rules, orders and constitution of the said society, formed or to be formed, shall be, and they are hereby declared to be one established body, corporate and politic, in deed and in name, by the name and style of the Spartanburgh Philanthropic Society, for the purpose of erecting an academy, and by the same name shall have perpetual succession of officers and members, and a common seal, with power to change, alter, break and make new the same, as often as the said corporation shall

- judge expedient; and the said corporation, and its

successors, shall be able and capable in law, to purchase, have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain, to itself and to its successors, in perpetuity or for any term of years, any estate or estates, lands, tenements or hereditaments, of what kind or nature soever, not exceeding the annual income of one thousand dollars, and to sell, alien, cochange, demise or release 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 by-laws, (not repugnant to the laws of the land,)

for the benefit of the said corporation, as shall from time to time be agreed upon by a majority of the members of the said corporation. 'And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said corporation hereby erected, to take and to hold to it and its successors for ever, any donations or devises of lands and personal estates, not exceedin in the whole, the annual income of one i. dollars, and to appropriate the same for the benefit of the said corporation, in such manner as may be determined on by a majority of the members thereof. ...And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this act shall be deemed and taken as a public act, and notice shall be taken thereof in all courts of justice and elsewhere in this state; and shall be given in evidence, on the trial of any issue or cause, without special pleading. 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 Indefendence of the United States of America.

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