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And be it further enacted by the authority aforeslaves to said, That every slave within the description in *:::a the ninth clause of this act mentioned, shall be lia– consis." ble to work upon the said drains and canals; and whenever the said commissioners shall think pror to call out the said slaves upon work, they shall give at least two days previous notice thereof to their owners, if they then be upon the plantations, and if not, to the managers or overseers upon the said plantations; and if there should be no s owner, managernor overseer upon either of the said plantations, then to the driver belonging thereto; and after having given such notice, every such slave shall, at the time appointed by the board, repair to the place for that purpose appointed; each male shall carry with him a spade and an axe, and each female a hoe; and if any such slave shall fail or neglect to appear at the time and place so appointed, with the implements aforesaid, the owner thereof shall forfeit one dollar for every day during which such slave shall be absent, or be without those implements; to be levied, recovered and raised, in the same manner as is prescribed in the next preceding clause; unless such owners shall, at the next stated or regular meeting of the board, offer such excuse as they may think sufficient: Provided always, That the said commissioners shall not compel any slave to work upon the said drains or canals longer than twelve days in the course of anyone year. ..And be it further enacted by the authority aforeFine, as said, That every fine and penalty recovered by virpropriated tue of this act, shall be appropriated by the com*: missioners, to defray such expenses as may be incurred in making and keeping in repair the said camals and drains, or erecting, altering, repairing or renewing any bridge to cross the same. ...And be it further enacted by the authority asbreCommissi-said, That the commissioners herein before named, {..." and their successors, shall keep a regular journal of

journal their proceedings; which said journal shall be

open at any time for the inspection of any person or persons concerned, who may take what extracts they please from the said journals. .4nd be it further enacted by the authority asbresaid, That an ordinance, entitled, “An ordinance to Repeal empower commissioners thereinrnamed, to cut and of onsink drains and waterpassages in Cawcaw swamp," acti. Saint Paul’s parish,” passed on the twenty-sixth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four; and also so much of the ordinance, passed on the seventeenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, entitled, “An ordinance to amend an ordinance, entitled, An ordinance to empower commissioners therein named, to cut and sink drains and water passages in the swamp and savannahs formed by the northeast branch of Stono river, passed the sixteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and cighty-three; also to amend an ordinance, entitled, An ordinance to empower commissioners therein named, to cut and sink drains and water passages in Cawcaw swamp, Saint Paul’s parish,” passed the twenty-sixth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, as relates to the drains and water passages authorized or directed to be made by the ordinance last mentioned, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed. 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 Indefendence of the United States of America. DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.

ROBERT BARNWELL, Speaker of the
House of Reforesentatives.

An ACT to complete East Bay-street, in Charles. ton, and for other purposes therein mentioned. W HEREAS difficulties have arisen in completing East Bay-street, from the want of concert among the proprietors of the land to be be

nefited thereby: In remedy whereof, and to enable the city council of Charleston to complete the said street, agreeably to the plan last adopted by them: Be it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in

- eneral assembly, and by the authority of the same, Assess- §

Incht to be made.

Money so assessed to be collected.

hat it shall and may be lawful for the city council of Charleston, and they are hereby required to no

minate and appoint three good and disinterested freeholders, to act as commissioners, who shall, and

they are hereby authorized to assess, on each lot or o of land to be benefited by the completion of East Bay-street, a sum of money proportionate to the benefit likely to be received by such lot or parcel of land, from the completion of the said street. ...And be it further enacted by the authority asbresaid, That the city council of Charleston shall, and they are hereby required to collect from the proprietors of the land likely to be benefited by the completion of the said street, all such sums of money as shall be assessed by the commissioners appointed by virtue of this act, within six months from such assessiment, in such manner and under such penalties as city taxes now are or hereaf. ter may be collected. Provided always nevertheless, That it shall not be lawful for the commissioners appointed by this act, to assess on the proprietors of the said land, any other or greater sums of money than may be necessary, with the other funds provided for that purpose, to complete the said street. Andprovided further, That it shall and may be lawful for any person or persons who may feel themselves aggrieved by any assessment to be made by virtue of this act, to appeal therefrom to the city council of Charleston, who are hereby autho

rized to grant such reliefas, from the circumstances

of the case, to them shall seem just and proper. . .

...And whereas, The land of several citizens has been taken for the building of a fort, called Fort Mechanic, and some of the said persons have peti. tioned the legislature to allow them a compensation for the same, and it appears that the city council of Charleston have in their hands certain funds, arising from the sale of certain lots in the said city, which it is supposed will be sufficient to indemnify the said petitioners: Be it further enacted, That compensation shall Moneyari. be made to all such persons as have had their lands. taken from them for the purpose of building the join said fort; the amount of which said compensation public shall be ascertained by Thomas Jones, John Splatto": o Cripps and Edward Darrell, who are hereby ap-propriat. pointed commissioners for the said purpose; and * such compensation, when ascertained by the said commissioners, shall be paid by the city council, out of the said funds in their hands; and the said city council are further authorized and required, if there should be any balance of the said funds remaining in their hands, to apply the same to the effectual securing of the said fort, from the injury it may sustain from the dashing of the waters against the foundation of it, in such manner as by the commissioners of the streets of Charleston, shall be deemed the most effectual: Provided, That the present owners of the land on which fort Mechanic is built, shall make good and sufficient titles to the said lands, to the governor of this state, and his successors, in trust for the state. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the commissioners appointed as before oath to be oirected, shall, and they are hereby required, be-lo fore they proceed to the execution of the duties .. imposed by this act, to take and subscribe, before ers. some justice of the peace, the following oath or af. firmation, viz. I, A. B. do solemnly swear, or af. firm, (as the case may be) that I will truly and impartially rate and assess each lot or parcel of land likely to be benefited by the completion of East Bay-street, in proportion to the benefit which in my conscience I believe the land so assessed is

likely to receive from the completion of the said Street. ...And whereas, several of the proprietors of land, likely to be benefited by the completion of East Bay-street, have, since the city council last undertook to complete the said street, voluntarily subscribed, or paid subscriptions, to defray the expenses of completing the same: In order, therefore, that equal justice may be done, Be it enacted by the authority asbresaid, That all sums so subscribed or paid, shall be a valid discount against any assessment to be made by virtue of this act. In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, and in the twentieth Year of the Independence of the United States of America. DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate. ROBERT BARNWELL, Sheaker of the

House of Reforesentatives.

-Mn ACT to west the City Council of Charleston with certain powers therein mentioned. B” it enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now sitting ingeneral assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the city council of Charleston shall be, and they are hereby vested with full power and authority, to take up and confine to labour, (if they are capable thercos,) all strolling beggars, found strolling and begging about the city of Charleston; and to make such rules and ordinances, for the due regulation of such persons, as they shall think fit. ..And he it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the city council of Charleston shall be, and they are hereby vested with full power and authority to clect the commissioner or commissioners of roads for the parishes of St. Michael’s and St. Philip's, in all cases of vacancies that shall hereafter happen; any law, usage or custom to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding; and such com.

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