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An Act to establish the times and places for holding the Courts of General Ses- Chap. 21.
sions of the Peace, within and for the several Counties in this Commonwealth,
and for repealing all laws beretofore passed for that purpose. (June 20, 1807.) An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act to incorporate the Trustees of Chap. 22. Phillips Academy, in Andover.” [June 20, 1807.] Further add, act--1813 ch.
Oct. 4, 1780. 125. An Act to regulate the Alewive Fishery in the town of Bristol, in the County of Chap. 23.
Lincoln. [June 20, 1807.]
20, 1807.) An Act to set off Jonas Bartlett and Jonas Bartlett, jun, from the Town of Marl- Chap. 25.
borough, and to annex them to the Town of Northborough. (June 20, 1807.] An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act incorporating certain persons in Chap. 26.
the Towns of Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge and Pittsfield, in the County of Berkshire, by the name of The Protestant Episcopal Society of Lenox," and to annex cer- 1804 ch. 75. tain other persons thereto. (June 20, 1807.) An Act to incorporate the Township number Five, in the third range of townships Chap. 27.
north of the Waldo Patent, in the County of Kennebeck, into a Town by the
name of Palmyra. [June 20, 1807.] An Act, to annex an unincorporated tract of land, called the “Mile and a half Chap. 28.
Strip,” to the Town of Cornville, in the County of Kennebeck. (June 20, 1807.] An Act to allow a further time to the Proprietors of the Sheffield and Tyringham Chap. 29. Turopike Corporation to complete their road. [June 20, 1807.]
1804 ch. 39. An Act to set off Benjamin Killeran, from the Town of Warren, and to annex Chap. 30.
him to the Towo of Cushing. [June 20, 1807.] An Act to incorporate sundry persons into a Company, by the name of The Pro- Chap. 31. ~
prietors of the Exchange Coffee House. (June 20, 1807.] Add, acts-1807
ch. 78 : 1809 ch. 66: 1813 ch. 36. An Act for incorporating Robert H. Gardiner and others, by the name and style Chap. 32.
of The Cobbossee-Contee Canal Association. (June 20, 1807.] An Act to incorporate Peter Snow and others, by the name of The Fitchburg Cot- Chap. 33.
ton Manufactory Corporation. (June 20, 1807.) An Act to regulate the Fishery in Damariscotta River, in the County of Lincoln. Chap. 34.
(June 20, 1807.] Add. acts--1809 ch. 101: 1815 ch. 120. An Act to incorporate certain persons for building a Bridge over Kennebeck River, Chap. 35.
above Taconet Falls, between the Towns of Winslow and Waterville. (June
20, 1807.) An Act to incorporate certain Proprietors of Meadow Lands, called Wigwam Pond Chap. 36.
Meadows, in Dedham, in the County of Norfolk. [June 20, 1807.] An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act to incorporate a number of the Chap. 37. inhabitants of the Town of Hebron, in the County of Cumberland, into a Religious Society, by the name and style of The Congregational Society in He- 1903 ch. 81.
bron." (June 20, 1807.) An Act to establish The Alford and West Stockbridge Turnpike Corporation. Chap. 38.
(June 20, 1807.) See 1817 ch. 116. Ao Act to establish a Corporation, by the name of The Dalton and Middlefield Chap. 39.
Turnpike Corporation. [June 20, 1807.] An Act to incorporate a number of the inhabitants of the Towns of Royalston Chap. 40.
and Warwick, into a Religious Society, by the name of The Baptist Society in
Royalston. [June 20, 1807.] An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act to incorporate a number of per- Chap. 41.
sons in the Towns of Edgartown, Chilmark and Tisbury, into a Religious Society in Tisbury.” (June 20, 1807.]
1804 ch. 26. VOL. II.
An Act to incorporate the Congregational Society in the Town of Newfield, in
the County of York. [June 20, 1807.)
Long Wharf Company. (June 20, 1807.]
of Bangor. (June 20, 1807.) See 1806 ch. 86.
terial Funds of the Congregational Society in the Town of Malden, in the County
of Middlesex. [June 20, 1807.] An Act to incorporate Ezra Smith, Cornelius Thompson, and their associates, for
the purpose of making a Sluice-Way in Topsham, from the upper part of Bruns
wick Falls, to the Tide Waters below. [June 20, 1807.] An Act to establish the Shire Town, and the Times and Place for holding the Court
of Common Pleas, within and for the County of Oxford. (Jan. 18, 1808.)
An Act to incorporate a part of the Towns of Boylston, Holden and Sterling, into
a separate Town, by the name of West Boylston. (Jan. 30, 1808.] Add. act-1810 ch. 7.
Chap 49. An Act to incorporate certain persons for the purpose of building a Bridge over
Androscoggin River, at Lewiston, between the Twenty-Mile-Falls and the Ferry,
Way. (i'eb. 8, 1808.] Add. acts—1810 ch. 56 : 1814 ch. 97. Chap. 50.
An Act to establish The Nashua Turnpike Corporation. [Feb. 8, 1808.] Add.
act--1808 ch. 4. Chap 51.
An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “An Act to establish The Petersham and
Monson Turnpike Corporation;" passed February 28th, A.D. 1804, and in addi1803 ch. 95.
tion to one other Act, passed 191h June, 1807. (Feb. 9, 1808.] 1807 ch. 7. Chap. 52.
An Act to incorporate a Society, by the name of The Massachusetts Missionary
Society. (Feb. 9, 1908.) Chap 53.
An Act to annex Peter Perry and others, of the Towns of Stockbridge and West
Stockbridge, to the First Baptist Society in the Town of West-Stockbridge.
[Feb. 9, 1808.) Chap 54. An Act to prevent Fraud and Deception in curing and packing Smoked Alewives
and Herrings, and to regulate the size and quality of the Boxes, and the exportation thereof from this Commonwealth,
Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the Size and qua
same, That from and after the first day of May next, all boxes, lity of boxes.
which shall be made for the purpose of packing, smoked alewives or herrings, and containing the same, shall be made of good sound boards, sawed and well seasoned, the sides, top and bottom, of not less than half inch boards, and the ends of not less than three quarters of inch boards, securely nailed with cut or wrought nails; and shall be seventeen inches in
length, eleven inches in breadth, and six inches in depth, in the How fish are
clear inside. And all alewives or herrings, intended to be to be cured.- smoked and packed, shall be sufficiently salted and smoked,
to cure and preserve the same, and afterwards closely packed in the boxes, in clear and dry weather.
SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That all smoked alewives or herrings shall be divided and sorted by the inspector, or his
deputy, and denominated according to their qualiiy, First Sort, How to be sort. and Second Sort. The first sort shall consist of all the largest ed.
and best cured fish; the second sort, of the smaller, but well 1817 ch. 34.
cured fish; and in all cases the following shall be taken out as
fore fish are
refuse; all those which are belly-broken, tainted, scorched or burnt, slack salted, or not sufficiently smoked. And each Boxes to be box of alewives or herrings, so inspecied, shall be branded branded. on the top, by the inspecting officer, with the first letter of the christian name, and the surname at length, of the inspector who inspected the same; and in the like manner, the name of the owner thereof, with the name of the town where it was inspected, with the addition of MASS., and also with the quality of First Sort, or Second Sort. Sect. 3. Be it further enacted, That no smoked alewives or
Master or ownherrings shall be exported from this Commonwealth, by water, er to produce a in boxes, unless the master or owner of the vessel shall pro- certificate, beduce to the collector, or any other officer, authorized by the laws
exported of the United States to clear vessels out, a certificate from the inspector-general or his deputy, that the same has been inspected, packed and branded according to the directions in this Act. And the certificate shall express the number of boxes thus shipped, the kind and quality of the fish they contain, with the name of the master and owner, and the name of the vessel in which such fish are received for exportation. And such mas- -and make ter or owner of every vessel shall take and subscribe the fol- oath to it. lowing oath or affirmation, before the officer authorized as aforesaid: I, A. B. do swear or affirm, (as the case may be) according to the best of my knowledge and belief, that the certificate hereunto annexed contains the whole quantity of smoked alewives and herrings on board the ter; and that no smoked alewives or herrings are shipped on board said vessel, for the ship's company, or on freight or cargo, but what are inspected, and the boxes containing the same branded according to the laws of the Commonwealth : So help me God. (Or, this I do under the pains and penalties of perjury, as the case may be.)
Sect. 4. Be it further enacted, That the fees for inspecting, Fees for inpacking and branding, shall be four cents* for each box, which specting, &c. shall be paid by the purchaser, one cent of which to be al- [* Five cents-lowed the inspector-general; and returns shall be made of all 1817 ch. 34.] boxes inspected and branded, in the same manner as returns are required to be made, according to the laws regulating the 1815 ch. 38. inspection of pickled fish. And the same inspectors of pickled fish, which now are, or which may be hereafter appointed, shall be also inspectors of smoked alewives and herrings.
Sect. 5. Be it further enacted, That no smoked alewives or Penalty for exherrings, which shall not have been inspected and branded, porting fish noe agreeably to the provisions of this Act, shall be exported from inspected, &c. this Commonwealth, under a penalty of two dollars for each box so exported; nor shall any alewives or herrings be taken from any box so inspected and branded, and others of an inferior quality be put in their place, with intent to deceive or defraud any person in the sale of the same, under a penalty of five dollars for each box so changed.
Sect. 6. Be it further enacted, That if any inspector or his Penalty for deputy, appointed by virtue of this Act, shall brand any boxes fraud in the
of smoked alewives or herrings, which he has not inspected, packed and nailed, according to the true intent and meaning of this Act, or if he shall permit other persons to use his brands, in violation or evasion thereof, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars, for each and every box so branded, and
be liable to removal from his office of inspector. Penalties how Sect. 7. Be it further enacted, That all penalties and forfeirecovered and tures, arising by force and virtue of this Act, shall be recoverappropriated. ed by action of debt, in any court proper to try the same, one
moiety thereof for the use of the town or plantation wherein the offence shall be committed, and the other moiety to him or them who shall sue for the same. [Feb. 9, 1808.] Add. act
1817 ch. 34. Clap 55. An Act to incorporate Gideon O'Brien and others, for the purpose of maintaining
a Boom across the west branch of Machias River, in Machias, in the County of
Washington. (Feb. 13, 1808.] Chap 56.
An Act to incorporate a number of the inhabitants of Abington, and the East
Parish in Bridgewater, and one person in the West Parish of Pembroke, into a
part of Abingtou. [Feb. 18, 1808.] Catp. 57. An Act to explain and amend the Laws respecting Courts of General Sessions of
the Peace. 1807 ch. 11.
WHEREAS doubts hare arisen in the construction of the statute, entitled, “An Preamble. Act in addition to an Act, entitled an Act establishing Courts of General Sessions of
the Peace, passed the third day of July, in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eighty-two :"
Secr. i. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in Exclusive General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That the courts powers.
described in said statute shall have and continue exclusively to exercise all the powers, and perform all the duries which the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace by law had and performed, before the passing of the act aforesaid, on the
ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, 1803 ch. 154. entitled An Act to enlarge the jurisdiction of the Courts of Common Pleas, and
other purposes," except causes of criminal jurisdiction, and also causes relating to Proviso,
the support and maintenance of bastard cbildren, and causes which by law may require the intervention of a jury in court : Provided howerer, the said Courts of Coinmon Pleas shall have power to hear and determine all causes now pending in
their respective courts. Styled Courts
SECT. 2. Be it further enacled, That from and after the passing of this act, inof Sessions.
stead of the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace, the style of the said courts shall be the Courts of Sessions, within and for their respective counties.
SECT. 3. Be it further enacted, That the justices of the peace, quorum unus, Justices of the
who have been, or may be appointed in the several counties, shall continue to have quorum, and the form of
the same powers, and perform the same duties (except as members of the said Court
of Sessions) which they by law had and performed, before the passing of the their com
aforesaid statute, on the nineteenth day of June last past; and all official acts missions,
which have been or may be done by the said Justices of the Peace, quorum unus, conformably to such powers and duties, shall be deemed valid in law. And justices of the quorun shall in future be designated by adding the words, (and of the quo
rum) next after the words Justice of the Peace, in their commissions. Governor to Séct. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Governor be, and hereby is authorized issue new com- to issue new commissions, in conformity to this act, to the several justices of the missions, General Sessions of the Peace, who have been designated, appointed and commis
sioned, in conformity to the aforesaid act, which passed the nineteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven; and also to determine the seniority of the several associated justices in their respective courts; a
majority of such justices in any county shall be a quorum; and in the absence of Proviso, the chief justice, the senior justice present shall preside: Provided, that nothing
contained in this act shall be deemed to extend the tenure of office of any justice who has been or shall be commissioned under this act, or the act which this act is intended to explain, beyond the term of office specified in his commission as Justice of the Peace.
SECT. 5. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the several county Persons bold.
treasurers, county attorvies, sheriffs, and all other persons, holding money or efing money to
fects, belonging to their respoctive counties, annually, or oftener, if thereunto reexhibit ac
quired, i0 exhibit an account of the same to the said Court of Sessions, at such
times as they shall appoint; and the same courts are authorized to examine and adjust such accounts, and to make a reasonable allowance for all such services as are not provided for by law; and on settlement, to cause the balances which shall be found due, to be paid into, or from, (as the case may be) the several county treasuries.
Sect. 6. Be it further enacted, That in such counties where licenses to inn- Courts of Sesholders and retailers have not been granted at the usual term, it may be lawful for sions to grant the said Courts of Sessions to grant such licenses at any time before the last Tues- licenses. day in June next; any law, usage or custom to the contrary, notwithstanding. (Feb. 23, 1808.] Repealed—1809 ch. 18. An Act to incorporate a number
of the inhabitants of the town of Marlborough in Chap. 58. the county of Middlesex, into a Religious Society, by the name of The Second
Parish in Marlborough. (Feb. 23, 1808.] An Act to give the District of Alfred, in the county of York, the rank and privileges Chap. 59.
of a Town. [Feb. 25, 1808.) An Act to establish an Academy at Warren, in the county of Lincoln, by the name Chap. 60.
of The Warren Academy. (Feb. 25, 1808.] An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act for incorporating certain persons Chap. 61.
for the purpose of building a Bridge over Charles River, by the name of The Canal Bridge, and for extending the interest of the proprietors of West-Boston 1806 ch. 88.
Bridge.” (Feb. 26, 1808.) Further act~1819 ch. 75. An Act to incorporate the members of a society, by the name of the Baptist Mis- Chap. 62.
sionary Society in Massachusetts. (Feb. 28, 1808.] Amended— 1821 ch. 71. An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “ An Act regulating Parishes, Precincts, Chap. 63. and the Officers thereof."
1786 ch. 10. WHEREAS it has been the usage of many parishes in this Commonwealth, to notify parish meetings by posting up war
Preamble. rants in public places within such parishes, and doubts may arise with respect to the legality of such meetings :
Sect. 1. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority
Inhabitants to the same, That the inhabitants of each parish within this Com
agree how to monwealth, qualified to vote in parochial affairs, shall have notify parish power, at any legal meeting, to agree upon the mode of notify- meetings. ing all future meetings of such parish.
SECT. 2. And be it further enacted, That all parish meet- Meetings, ings, which have heretofore been notified, or which shall here-fied by posting
warrants,legal, after be notified by posting up warrants in public places, within the bounds of such parish or precinct, where no other mode of notifying has been or shall be agreed upon by such parish, shall be deemed to be legal meetings, and their votes and proceedings shall be good and valid : Provided such meetings, Provisos. votes and proceedings, shall be conformable to law in all other respects : Provided also, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to affect any suit or process instituted before the passing of this act. [Feb. 28, 1808.] Further add. acts—1817 ch. 184: 1821 ch. 67. An Act to divide the First Precinct in the Town of New Bedford, in the County of Chap. 64.
Bristol, and to incorporate a religious society, by the name of the Bedford Pre
cinct, in said town. (Feb. 29, 1808.) An Acr authorizing the sale of the Ministry Land in the Town of. Livermore, in Chap. 65.
the County of Oxford, by which to raise a fund for the support of the Ministry in
said Town. (Feb. 29, 1808.) Add, act-1813 ch. 136. An Act to establish an Academy, in the Town of Belfast, in the County of Han. Chap. 66.
cock, by the name of the Belfast Academy. [Feb. 29, 1808,}