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thereof, ncar Camden;" the proprietors of the lands whereon colonel Kershaw's lower mills were formerly erected, were authorized to open and continue the navigation of the said creek, as high up as the forks thereof: And whereas it is but just and reasonable, in case the proprietors of lands as · aforesaid, should complete, (as they propose,) the same at their sole expense, that they should be entitled to the sole benefit arising therefrom:

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 free and exclusive right to the use and navigation of Pine-tree creek, be, and the same is hereby vested in Thomas Broom, James Kershaw, John Kershaw, Duncan M’Ra and Zachariah Cantey, the present owners and possessors of the lands and mills situated on the said creek; or in whomsoever may hereafter, in their right, hold or possess the same, on the condition herein before stated, of their opening and keeping navigable the creek aforesaid, at their sole expense. And it shall not be lawful for any person or persons to use or navigate the said creek, without paying the toll established by this act. And be it further enacted

by the authority aforesaid, That the said Duncan M'Ra, Zachariah Cantey, Thomas Broom, James Kershaw and John Kershaw, or whoever may, in their right, hereafter hold or possess the said lands and mills, shall and may fix and establish, and be entitled to take and receive, by way of toll, for all boats, vessels and rafts, passing on or through the said creek, such sum or rates, which shall be uniform, as they shall think proper to impose, not exceeding at any time, twenty-five per cent. per annum, on the money which they shall have expended in opening and keeping in repair the said creek: to ascertain which, the books of the said persons shall always be liable to the inspection of the legislature. That the.

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said toll shall be vested in the said person or persons, for fourteen years, and be payable in the current money of the state ; and that the said persons may stop any goods, vessels, boats or rafts, from passing on the said creek, until payment of the said toll. In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-six, and in the twenty-first Year of the Indepen-
dence 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 to re-establish a ferry on Great Pedee

river, near the town of Chatham, in Chesterfield County, and to vest the same in Elizabeth Bishop, her heirs and assigns, for the time therein mentioned.

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 the public ferry across Great Pedee river, at the plantation of Elizabeth Bishop, near the town of Chatham, in Chesterfield county, be, and the same is hereby re-established, and vestcd in the said Elizabeth Bishop, her heirs and assigns, for the term of fourteen years, to commence immediately from and after the passing of this act: And that it shall and may be lawsul for the said Elizabeth Bishop, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, to take and receive the following rates of ferriage, and no other, viz. For every foot passenger, four cents; for a man and horse, seven cents; for a led horse, four cents; for a waggon and team, seventy-five cents; for any other four wheeled carriage and horses, seventy-five cents; for a chair or cart, with one horse, thirty-two cents; for every head of black cattle, hogs, sheepor goats, four cents; and for each rolled hogshead of tobacco, with the horse or horses, and driver, twenty-five cents.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Elizabeth Bishop, her heirs and assigns, being keeper of the said ferry for the time being, who shall, after the passing of this act, unnecessarily keep and detain any passenger, his or her horses or other cattle, goods or carriages, in crossing and passing the said ferry, shall, for every quarter of an hour he or she shall so keep or detain the said passenger, his or her horses or other cattle, goods or carriages, forfeit and pay the sum of two dollars, to be recovered before any justice assigned to keep the peace in and for the county aforesaid. In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-six, and in the twenty-first Year of the Indepen.
dence 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 to prevent obstructians to the passage of Fish up Chinquepin and Thomson's creeks. HEREAS sundry persons,

inhabitants of the upper part of Lexington county, as by their petition to the legislature is set forth, have experienced great inconvenience by obstructions to the passage of fish up Chinquepin creek: For remedy whereof,

Be 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 every person who hath, or may hereafter erect any fish dams, hedge, or other obstruction, across Chinquepin creek, between the confluence of the said creek with Black creek, and the mouth of Horse Pen branch, shall, by the first day of Fcbruary next, provide a good and sufficient slope, at least six feet wide, for the passage of fish up the said creek; and upon neglect thereof, shall forfeit and pay to any person who shall inform and

sue for the same, the sum of five dollars for every week, during which such obstruction shall continue, after the time aforesaid: Provided nevertheless, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the proprietors of land's on the said creek, from erecting mills and building mill dams across the same.

And be it enacted, That every person who hath, or shall hereafter erect any fish dam, hcage, or any other obstruction across Thomson's creck, in Chesterfield county, shall, by the first day of February next, provide a good and suficient slope, at least six feet wide, for the passage of fish up the said creek; and if such person shall fail or neglect so to do, he or she, so failing or neglecting, shall forfeit and pay to any person who shall inform and sue for the same, the sum of five dollars for every day such obstructions shall continue after the time aforesaid. In the Senate House, the nineteenth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-six, and in the twenty-first Year of the Indepen-
dence 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 to prolong the time for certain officers

of the Militia to take the oath or affirmation prescribed by law.

HEREAS many officers of the militia

have, through inadvertence, neglected to take the oath or affimation prescribed by the act, entitled, “ An additional act to the act, entitled, An act to organize the militia throughout the state of South-Carolina, passed on the nineteenth day of December, in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, in conformity with the act of Congress:”

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 a further time of six months be al. lowed the said officers to take the said oath or offirmation, before some justice of the peace, who shall certify the same on the back of their commissions; and that the said officers, thus taking the said oath or affirmation, shall be still qualified to hold their said commissions, any thing in the aforesaid act, passed the nineteenth day of December, in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninetyfour, to the contrary hereof notwithstanding: Provided nevertheless, That if the said officers do not, within the said time, take the said oath or affirmation, at the expiration of the same, their commissions shall be vacated.

And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That any officer or officers taking the oath or affirmation within the time above mentioned, shall receive commissions of the same date, and shall be entitled to the same grade as if he or they had taken the said oath or affirmation when first elected. In the Senate House, the twentieth Day of December, in

the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
ninety-six, and in the twenty-first 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 to grant to Nathaniel Twining the ex

clusive privilege of running a line of Stages to and from certain places, for a limited time.

HEREAS Nathaniel Twining has pre

sented a petition to the legislature, pray-. ing that an act may be passed, securing to him the exclusive right to run a line of stages from Georgetown, in this state, to Charleston, and from thence to Savannah, in the state of Georgia; and great convenience and advantage would result to the inhabitants of this state, to have such stages established:

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