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AN ACT to preserve and support the jurisdic

tion of this state.

Passed December 3, 1807.

WHEREAS the meetings of the commis

sioners lately appointed on the part of this Comp.175. state, and of the state of New York, respec- Preamble: tively, have failed to produce an amicable adjustment of the eastern boundary line of this state : And whereas it has now become highly expedient to bring the existing controversy respecting the said boundary line, to a legal conclusion and determination, and in the mean time necessary to preserve the lawful jurisdiction of this state, free from all interruption and usurpation : Therefore,

Sec. 1. BE IT ENACTED by the council and general assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the boundary lines of the county of Ber. Boundary gen, are hereby declared to be the middle or midway ofthe waters adjoining the said county.

2. And be it enacted, That if any person not authorised under the authority of this state, or of the United States, shall execute, or attempt to execute any legal process within the Penalty for state of New Jersey, such person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and being thereof duly convicted, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and to imprisonment at hard labor in the stateprison not exceeding seven years : Provided, that nothing in this act shall extend to any person who shall serve a process for the attendance of a witness before any court of justice, or may be proceeding against any person




magis. trates.

ation of money.

who has escaped or may be attempting to escape from his bail.

3. And be it enacted, That it shall be the duDuty of

ty of all magistrates, sheriffs and constables within this state, to cause to be apprehended and secured for trial, all offenders against this

act. Appropri.

4. And be it enacted, That the sum of three thousand dollars be appropriated under the direction of the governor of this state, for the time being, who is hereby authorised and empowered, at his discretion, to prosecute and defend to final issue or judgment, any suit or suits which he may deem necessary for trying and finally determining the said jurisdictional line between this state and the state of New-York.

5. And be it enacted, That if the state of Negocia- New-York shall, at any time before the first

day of May next, empower commissioners to renew or enter into friendly negotiation with the state of New Jersey, for the settlement of the aforesaid eastern boundary, it shall in that case be lawful for the governor, or person administering the government of this state, on receiving due *notice thereof, to renew the powers of the commissioners appointed for that

purpose at the last session of the legislaComp. 175 ture, and to authorize them to settle the con

troversy ; and that he be also empowered to stay proceedings at law, if he deem it expedient, whilst such negociations are pending.

(* No notice received.]


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A. Supplement to an act entitled An act to enable

the owners of tide swamps and marshes to improve the same ; and the owners of meadow al- [Rev. 84] ready banked in, and held by different persons, to keep the same in good repair-passed the twenty-ninth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.

Passed November 27, 1806.

Sec. 1. BE IT ENACTED by the council and general assembly of this state, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That it shall be lawful for the owners or possessors of two-thirds of any body of meadow, who have subjected or shall subject themselves


ance ofthis to the before-recited act, and in all cases where act how to the commissioners have or may lay off to each becerti

. owner or possessor their proportion of such bank, sluices, water-works and water-courses to uphold and maintain, to certify under their hands to the clerk of the court of the county in which such meadow shall lie, that they have agreed to become subject to this supplement; which certificate it shall be the duty of such clerk to record in the road book of such county, for which he shall receive the same fees per sheet as are allowed by law for the recording of deeds.

2. And be it enacted, That after such a certificate shall have been recorded as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for any owner or possessor to Meeting call a meeting of such company by serving

to choose

managers each owner or possessor with a notice in writ- and clerk. ing or leaving the same at his or her dwellinghouse or usual place of abode, setting forth the time and place of such meeting, at which time and place the said company shall by plurality

of voices of those who shall meet, proceed to the choice of two managers, being owners or possessors in the said company, to continue for the term of one year, or till others shall be chosen ; and in case of the death, removal or disability of any manager chosen in manner aforesaid, a meeting of the company may be called in the manner herein before directed, for the purpose of choosing a manager to supply such vacancy, and every manager so chosen shall be vested with the same powers, perform the same duties, and be subject to the same penalties as if he had been elected in the manner herein before mentioned or at any annual meeting of the company; and the said company

shall choose a clerk in the same manner as managers are hereby directed to be chosen, who shall record all their proceedings in a book to be provided for that purpose ; and every manager in performing any of the duties

in this act required, shall receive one dollar Fees and per day, and in case of neglect or refusal to penalties.

perform such duties after being thereunto required, he shall forfeit and pay for every such neglect or refusal the sum of fifteen dollars, to be recovered by action of debt, by any owner or possessor who shall sue for the same, to be applied toward the support of the sluices and waterworks of the company.

3. And be it enacted, That it shall and may

be lawful for all managers appointed agreeably Pnties of to this act, to view the banks, waterworks and managers. water courses and to see that they are kept in

good repair, and if any owner or possessor shall neglect or refuse to repair his or her bank, water works, or water courses laid off to him or her as aforesaid, then it shall be lawful for the manager or managers, after five days no


tice in writing being given to such owner or possessor, to enter on the premises and do all such repairs as may be necessary; and it shall be the duty of the managers to stop, mend or put up, any breach in the bank of any owner or possessor without delay, if the person having such breach shall not immediately proceed to stop the same, and in performing any of the said duties he shall do as little injury to the owners of the soil as possible; and it shall be the duty of the managers to erect any wharf or wharves that may be necessary for the preservation of the bank, and to cause the bank to be mowed and kept clear of brush and rubbish.

4. And be it enacted, That when any manager appointed as aforesaid shall have done any repairs to the bank, water-works, or water for repair. courses, or have stopped any breach in the ing how to bank, or erected any wharf or wharves for the be recov. preservation of the bank of any owner or pos. sessor so laid off to him or her to maintain and uphold, he shall within ten days after the completing thereof, present his account for such repairs, to such owner or possessor, which account shall be attested by his oath or affirma. tion if required; and if such owner or possessor shall neglect or refuse to discharge the same within twenty days thereafter, then it shall be lawful for such manager on five days notice being given by public advertisement in five of the most public places in the neighborhood, to sell at public vendue so much grass as may be on said owner's or possessor's meadow as will be sufficient to discharge such demand, but if the grass on the meadow should not be sufficient to satisfy the same, then to lease at public vendue as aforesaid so much of the meadow of such owner or possessor as will


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