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structions therein removed by the persons hercina after appointed for that purpose. And be it further enacted

by the authority aforesaid, That Peter Gibbart, Flemming Bates, William Leslie, Julius Nichols, jun. Charles Jones Colcock, William Tateham, and Col. John Glen, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners for the purposes in this act mentioned, and that upon the death or resignation of either of them, or of any commissioner hereafter to be appointed, the vacancy shall be filled up by the appointment of the remaining commissioners; and he shall have the same power and authority as the commissioners first appointed; and that any five of the said commissioners shall be a quorum to do any business respecting the said navigation, and shall make all necessary orders, contracts and regulations concerning the same, which shall be valid and effectual to all intents and purposes.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said commissioners be, and they are hereby vested with full power and authority to make and proceed to the drawing and concluding of one or more lotteries for the above purpose: Provided they do not, by the said lotteries, raise more than the neat sum of one thousand two hundred pounds. In the Senate House, the twelfth Day of December, in the

Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-five, and in the twentieth Year of the Independ-
ence of the United States of America.

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

House of Representatives.

An ACT for opening a public road from Granby

to Hampton's Bridge at Augusta, and for establishing four toll Bridges, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

HEREAS Alexander Bolling Stark hath

been at great trouble and expense in ascertaining the true course from Granby to Augus.

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ta in Georgia, and also the practicability of a pube Įic road on or near a direct line. And whereas, such road will be of public utility, and cannot be opened and kept in repair by the inhabitants living only within ten miles thereof:

Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in general assembly met, and by the authority of the same, That immediately Road from after the passing of this act, Alexander Bolling Granby to Stark is empowered, at his own expense, to lay Augusta out, open, and keep in repair, a new road, leading out the best and most direct way from Granby to Hampton's bridge at Augusta; and also to dig and remove banks and earth from the lands contigu. ous thereto, and to use the timber thereon, in order to make, erect and keep in repair, all necessary causeways and bridges on the same road; and that the bridges so erected across Big Black creek, North-Edisto river, South-Edisto, and Shaw's creek, are hereby declared to be toll bridges, and to be vested in the said Alexander Bolling Stark, and his heirs and assigns, for the term of twenty-one years, from the completion of the same; and that it shall and may be lawful for the said Alexander Bolling Stark, or his heirs or 'assigns, to take and receive, at each bridge, as a toll on the whole road, the following rates and tolls and no other, that is to say; for every waggon and team, or other four wheeled carriage, twenty-five cents; for every chair with one horse and driver, twelve and a half cents; for ever man and horse, seven cents; for every foot or led horse, four cents; and for every head of cattle, sheep, hogs or goats, one cent; Provided nevertheless, That the aforesaid road and toll bridges be completed within the term of two years from the passing of this act.

And be it further enacted, That all persons liv- Certain ing within ten miles of such road, who shall work Persons thereon six days in the year, in every year, with tollassa

toll free, their usual hands, in opening and keeping the same

in repair, shall be exempt from paying any tollage at any of the bridges and causeways thereon. And also all persons who are exempted from paying tolls and ferriages by the twenty-sixth clause of an act, passed the twenty-second of March, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, relative to roads, bridges anci ferries.

And be it further enacted, That the said AlexA.B.Stark ander Bolling Stark, his heirs, executors, administo be an- trators and assigns, shall be liable to pay to all perswerable for dama sons whomsoever, the full amount of any injury to ges and their persons or property, sustained by reason of delay.

the badness of any of the roads, causeways or bridges over any branch, creck, river or marsh through which such road shall lead; and also to pay sixty cents for every hour any person may be hindered, or unnecessarily delayed from passing the same road, unless such injury or prevention from passing shall be occasioned by uncommon accident, not in the power of the said Alexander B. Stark to prevent, to be recovered before the nearest magistrate : Provided the same shall be sued for in three weeks; or in any court of record in this state.

And be it further enacted, That no person shall No bridge build any bridge, keep any ferry, or other conveor ferry to nience for crossing over Shaw's creek, between be kept withinten Gibson's bridge below, and Day's ford above the

road hereby directed to be laid out; (which said bridge and ford are hereby declared free) nor over Big Black creek, North Edisto or South Edisto, (except for their own use) within five miles, on a straight line, of the bridges to be erected and vested in the said Alexander B. Stark, or put any person across the same creeks or rivers, under paying to the said Alexander B. Stark, a dollar for every offence,

to be recovered before the nearest magistrate. Cause And be it further enacted, That if any person ways and shall wilfully destroy or injure any of the causebridges not to be ways or bridges on such road, or do any other inînjured. jury to the same, he, she or they, so offending,

miles.

shall pay to the said Alexander B. Stark, treble
damages, and suffer six months imprisonment,
after being convicted thereof.
In the Senate House, the twelfth Day of December, in the

Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-five, and in the twentieth Year of the Independ-
ence of the United States of America.

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

House of Representatives.

An ACT to empower commissioners therein nam

ed, to cut, sink, and keep in repair, drains and
water passages in Cawcaw Swamp, in Saint

Paul's Parish.
TITHEREAS the several laws heretofore

VV passed, for sinking drains and water passages in Cawcaw swamp, have not proved effectual for the purposes thereby intended:

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 John Wilson, doctor James CommissiHartley, Joseph Farr, John Boyle, doctor Meyler, oners nam

ed, and Thomas Roper and William Washington, esquires, their powshall be, and they are hereby appointed commissi- ers. oners for, and they, or a majority of them, or of their successors, are hereby authorized and empowered, within such time as they may think most convenient, to lay out, cut, sink, maintain, and keep in repair, and to agree and contract for laying out, cutting, sinking, maintaining and keeping in repair, either in part or in the whole, such one or more free drains or canals, and in such places, courses and directions, and of such length, depth, width and extent, and in such manner, way and form as they, or a majority of them, or of their successors, may deem most adviseable or advantageous, so as to carry off the waters, and be navigable from the causeway at Drayton's cowpen, on one branch of

the said swamp, and from the plantation of the
honorable general William Washington, called
Bull's, on the other branch of the said swamp, into
Wallace's creek.
And be it further enacted

by the authority aforeFree hold. said, That the said commissioners, or a majority certain the of them, or of their successors, shall have full powbenefit to er and authority to employ overseers to inspect be receiv- and superintend the making, cutting, sinking, and the canal, keeping in repair the said drains and canals, and and to lay to do all such things as they may think will best an assess

tend to carry this act into execution; and that the cordingly. said commissioners, or a majority of them, or of

their successors, shall choose thrce disinterested freeholders, of the parish of Saint Paul, who shall fix and ascertain, upon oath, the value of all the swamp lands, lying in the neighbourhood of the said canals, or either of them, and the ratio or proportion in which they will be benefited by the same, and also the ratio or proportion in which the negroes belonging to the owners of the said lands, and liable to work upon the said drains and canals, ought to be assessed according as their lands may be benefited by the said drains and canals; and shall deliver to the said commissioners, the valuation and ratio so made, under their hands and seals; and the said commissioners, or a ma. jority of them, or of their successors, shall therefrom make an assessment on the several owners of all such lands and slaves, according to the valuation and ratio aforesaid; which may be sufficient to pay, and shall be paid to the said commissioners, or a majority of them, or of their successors, or to such person or persons as they may appoint to receive the same, for the purpose of paying the expense of making and keeping in repair the said canals and drains, and all charges incident thereto, whether the same be done by contract or otherwise.

And be is further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons, by themselves

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