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neral Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That an Act repealed. act passed the twenty-eighth day of February, eighteen hundred and eleven, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act to prevent damage by mischievous dogs," be, and the same is hereby repealed. [Feb. 3, 1812.] An Act directing the Secretary of this Commonwealth to give any certificates Chap. 92. which may be necessary to procure the release of American Seamen, free of any charge.

Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That the Secretary of this Commonwealth be, and is hereby Secretary didirected, from and after the passing of this Act, to give, free of rected to give any charge whatsoever, any certificates that may be necessary free of charge. to procure the release of American seamen, impressed on board the ships of any foreign nation, any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sect. 2. And be it further enacted, That all fees heretofore Fees received, received by the said Secretary for such certificates, and now to be refunded. in his hands, be paid over to the persons who advanced the same, if called for within two years. [Feb. 3, 1812.] An Act supplementary lo the several Acts establishing the Courts of Sessions. Chap 93.

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That Clerk or sheriff when, from any cause whatever, all the justices of the Court power to adof Sessions in any county shall be prevented from attending johen the rise the same court, at any term thereof, which now is, or here- tices do not atafter may be appointed by law for holding any such court, tend. then and in such case, it shall be the duty of the clerk of the 1818 ch. 20. courts in such county, or, in his absence, the sheriff of the county, to adjourn such court from day to day, or to such time as may insure the attendance of one or more justices of the same court; and when such adjournment shall be made by the sheriff of any county, he shall give notice thereof to such clerk, that so a regular record may be made thereof. [Feb. 3, 1812.] An Act to establish the Town of Bingham. (Feb. 6, 1812.]

Chap. 94. An Act to incorporate the district of Berlin into a Town, by the name of Berlin. Chap. 95.

(Feb. 6, 1812.) An Act to incorporate a number of persons in the Country of Franklin, by the Chap. 96.

name of The Franklin Glass Factory Company. (Feb. 6, 1812.) An Act dividing the Commonwealth into Districts, for the choice of Councillors and Senators. (Feb. 11, 1812.) Repealed-1813 ch. 65.

Chap 97. An Act authorizing the sale of the School Land in the Town of Baldwin, in the County of Cumberland. (Feb. 11, 1812.)

Chup. 98. An Act to establish a Corporation, by the name of The Trustees of the Baptist Seminary in West Springfield. (Feb. 11, 1812.]

Chap 99. An Act to annex Isaac Walker and Joshua Brewer, with their fainilies and estates, Chap. 100.

to the Town of Tyringham. [Feb. 11, 1812.] An Act to incorporate Larned Corbin and others, by the name of The Merino Chap, 101.

Wool Factory Company. {Feb. 13, 1812.!

Chap. 102. An Act defining the duties of Sheriffs, Coroners and Constables, in certain cases

Sect. 1. BE it enacied by the Senate and House of Represen

tatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the Sheriff to de same, That when any person imprisoned for debt, or any other liver bodies of cause, shall die in any county of this Commonwealth, it shall prisoners, who be the duty of the sheriff or deputy gaoler to deliver the body their friends, if of such deceased person to his relations or friends, if they shall requested.

request it. And if no application be made for such body, it -otherwise to shall be the duty of the sheriff, or deputy gaoler, to bury the bury thein.

same in the common burying ground; and the expenses thereof shall be paid by the town in which such person had a legal settlement, if such person had been an inhabitant of this Commonwealth, otherwise the expenses aforesaid shall be paid out

of the treasury of this Commonwealth. Penalty for SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That if any sheriff, coroner, an oflicer tak

or constable shall take the body of any deceased person, by ing a dead body.

virtue of any writ on mesne process or execution, upon conviction of such offence before the Supreme Judicial Court, or the Circuit Court of Common Pleas, within the county in which such offence shall have been committed, he shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for a time not

exceeding six months. [Feb. 13, 1812.] Chap. 103. An Act to establish a Cotton and Wool Factory Company in the Town of Frank

fort. [Feb. 13, 1812.] Cap. 104. An Act making further allowance to the Judge of Probate for the County of Ken

nebeck, for his services. (Feb. 13, 1812.) Chap: 105. An Act subjecting the Real Estate of Banking Corporations to be taken in execu.

tions, and sold at Public Auction, for the payınent of their debts.

Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen

tatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the Real property same, That from and after the passing of this Act, the lands, of banking cor- tenements or hereditaments of any bank already incorporated, porations may be taken and

or which may hereafter be incorporated by law, may be taken sold at auction in execution, and sold at public vendue to the highest bidder; on execution.

and in every such case, the officer who shall levy such execution shall be empowered to execute to the purchaser a good deed or deeds of any such lands, tenements or hereditaments, having first given notice of the time and place of sale, at least fourteen days previous thereto, in two or more public places, in the town or place where such lands or tenements lie, as also in two adjacent towns; and all deeds and conveyances of any such lands, tenements or hereditaments, duly executed as aforesaid, shall be good and effectual in law to transfer to the purchaser, his heirs and assigns forever, all the right, title and interest therein, which belonged to said corporation, any law,

usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding. Oficer empowe

SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That the officer who inay ered to acljourn levy any such execution shall be authorized and empowered

to adjourn the vendue from time to time, not exceeding seven days at any one time, until the sale of such real estate shall be completed. [Feb. 13, 1812.] Add. act-1813 ch. 24.

An Act to amend an Act, entitled, “An Act to establish The Fifteenth Massa

Chap 106. chusetts Tornpike Corporation.” [Feb. 13, 1812.)

1802 ch. 61. An in , -,

tled, “* An Act to establish the Baptist Society of Newbury and Newbury port." Chap. 107. [Feb. 13, 1812.]

1810 ch. 89. An Act to authorize the sale of the Ministerial and School Lands in the town of Chap. 108.

New Sharon, and to incorporate certain persons by the name of The Trustees of 'the Ministerial and School Funds in the town of New Sharon. (Feb. 13, 1812.] An Act to incorporate a number of persons, by the name of The First Baptist So- Chap. 109.

ciety in Salisbury. [Feb. 17, 1812.) An Act to exempt Nehunkeag stream, in the town of Pittston, from the operation Chap. 110.

of a'l the laws for regulating the Fisheries in the river and county of Kennebeck.

(Feb. 17, 1812.) An Act for continuing in force an Act, entitled, “ An Act making a temporary Al- Chap. 111. teration in the Toll receivable on certain articles by the Proprietors of the Upper

1804 ch. 98. Locks and Canals on Connecticut river, in the County of Hampshire.” (Feb. 17,

1812.] An Act to incorporate the Proprietors of the Birmingham Factory. [Feb. 17, Chap. 112.

1812.) An Act determining the places for holding the Courts of Probate, and the town in Chap. 113.

which the Register of Probate shall keep his office, within and for the county of Franklin.

Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this act, there shall be hol- Times and

places for holdden within and for the county of Franklin, in each year, a

ing. Court of Probate at the places hereafter mentioned, that is to say, at Greenfield eight times,* at Charlemont twice, at Wendell, [*Six timesand at Conway twice, at such times and places in said towns as

1821 ch. 54.] the Judge of Probate, for the same county, shall appoint.

Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That the Register of Pro- Office, where bate for said county shall hold and keep his office in the shire to be kept. town of the same county. [Feb. 17, 1812.] Add. act—1821 ch. 54. An Act to set off that part of the estates of Samuel Carr and Joseph Wingate re Chap 114.

spectively, which is situated in the town of Augusta, from said town, and to annex the same to the town of Hallowell, and to the first parish in said Hallowell.

[Feb. 17, 1812 ] An Act to extend the charter of the Worcester and Fitzwilliam Turnpike Corpora- Chap. 115. tion. [Feb. 17, 1812.j

1805 ch. 16. An Act for continuing in force an Act, entitled, “An Act making a temporary Al Chap. 116.

teration in the Toll to be received by the Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on Connecticut river.” (Feb. 17, 1812.)

1804 ch. 79. An Act to alter the name and title of an Act passed February 24, 1810, incorpo- Chap. 117. rating Timothy Burbank and others, by the name of The Agawam Cotton, Wool

1809 ch. 59. len, and Linen Manufactory. (Feb. 18, 1812.) An Act to repeal the second section of an Act, entitled, “An Act in addition to an Act, in explanation of an Act, entitled,

an Act in addition to an Act, passed in Chap. 118. the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty-one, entitled, an 1811 ch. 55. Act to enable the Trustees appointed in His Majesty's High Court of Chancery to purchase Houses and Lands, and to improve the same for perpetuating the charity of the Honorable Edward Hopkins, Esq. more effectually to secure the interest of their several tenants in possession of their Hopkinton and Upton lands, and the revenue of those lands to the College and Grammar School at Cambridge, according to the true intent of all parties, at the first settlement of that town.

(Feb. 19, 1812.] An Act to incorporate the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the town of Water- Chap. 119.

town. [Feb. 18, 1812.]

the

1811 ch. 38.

Chap. 120. An Act to incorporate The Castine Mechanic Association. (Feb. 18, 1812.)
Chap. 121. An Act to annex John Nutting, and others, to the town of Amherst. (Feb. 18,

1812.] Chap. 122. An Act in addition to an Act, entitled," An Act to incorporate certain persons for

purpose of building a Bridge over Connecticut river, between Sunderland and

Deerfield, in the county of Hampshire.” [Feb. 18, 1812.) Chap. 123. An Act to authorize and empower Benjamin Goodhue and others, or any or either

of them, his associates, to build a Bridge over the North river, in the town of Danvers, or to widen and repair a Dam at Trask's Mills, (so called) in the

town of Danvers, and for other purposes. (Feb. 18, 1812.) Chap. 124. An Act to establish the town of Dearborn in the county of Kennebeck. (Feb. 22,

1812. Chap. 125. An Act to establish the town of Kingville, in the county of Kennebeck. [Feb.

22, 1812.) Name altered to Joy-1814 ch. 152. Chap. 126. An Act to establish The First Universal Society in Salisbury. [Feb. 22, 1812. Chap. 127. An Act to establish a town by the name of Brewer. [Feb. 22, 1812.) Add. act

1815 .

Chap. 128. An Act in addition to an Act, entitled, “An Act to establish a Corporation by the 1809 ch. 33.

name of The Granville Turnpike Corporation," passed the twentieth of June, one

thousand eight hundred and nine. (Feb. 22, 1812.) Chap. 129. An Act to regulate the fishery in the town of West Cambridge, and to empower

said town to dispose of the privilege of taking the Fish called Shad and Ale

wives within the limits thereof. {Feb. 22, 1812.] Chap. 130. An Act to establish the town of Fairhaven. (Feb. 22, 1812.) Chap. 131. An Act to establish the town of South Reading. [Feb. 25, 1812.]

An Act regulating the annual allowance to the Judge of Probate for the county of Chap 132.

Hancock, for his services in said office. [Feb. 25, 1812.) Chap. 133. An Act to establish the town of Phillips, in the county of Somerset. [Feb. 25,

1812.) Chap. 134. An Act to annex John Harris to the Third Parish in Roxbury. (Feb. 25, 1812.) Chap. 135. An Act to empower the inhabitants of the First Parish in Bath to raise money for

parochial purposes, by taxing the pews in their meeting-house. (Feb. 25, 1812.) Chap. 136. An Act authorizing the sale of a part of the Ministerial Lands in the first parish in

the town of Standish. (Feb. 25, 1812.) Add. act--1813 ch. 4. Chap 137. An Act for dividing the county of Hampshire, and erecting and forming the souther

ly part thereof into a separate county, by the name of Hampden.

Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen

tatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the Hampden same, That the county of Hampshire be, and hereby is dividcounty erected. ed; and the following towns, in the southerly part thereof, be,

and hereby are erected and formed into a county by the name of Hampden, that is to say, Springfield, Longmeadow, Wilbra

ham, Monson, Holland, Brimfield, South Brimfield, Palmer, LudTowns includ- low, West Springfield, Westfield, Montgomery, Russell, Blanded.

ford, Granville, Southwick,Tolland, and Chester, of which Springfield shall be the shire town; and that all that part of said county of Hampshire, included within the boundaries of the towns before mentioned, shall be deemed and taken to compose the said county of Hampden. And the inhabitants of the said county of Hampden shall have, use, exercise and enjoy all such powers, rights, privileges, and immunities, as by the constitution and laws of this Commonwealth, other counties within the same have, use, exercise and enjoy.

circuit.

Sect. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said county To belong to of Hampden shall belong to, and be comprehended within the the western western circuit of the Circuit Court of Common Pleas, and that there shall be held and kept, within and for said county of Court of ComHampden, a Circuit Court of Common Pleas, to sit at Spring

mon Pleas. field aforesaid, at such times, in each year, as shall be established by law; and the justices, which compose the Circuit Court of Common Pleas for the western circuit, shall have, hold, exercise, and enjoy, within said county of Hampden, all the powers which are given to, and are lawfully exercised by them in other counties within said western circuit ; and all

appeals from any judgment, order, or decree of said Circuit Court within said county of Hampden, shall be heard and tried at the Supreme Judicial Courts hereafter to be holden, as by law shall be provided, within and for said county of Hampden.

Sect. 3. And be it further enacted, That all causes which Law questions may be pending by appeal, writ of error, certiorari, or other in the Sup. wise in the Supreme Judicial Court within said county of tried at Hampden, and which are by law required to be heard, tried, Northampton, and decided upon, by three or more of the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, shall and may be heard, tried, and decided on by such Supreme Judicial Court, which is now by law to be holden annually in the said county of Hampshire ; and that writs of error, certiorari, and other suits, writs or processes, which by law are to be heard and determined by three or more of the justices of said Supreme Judicial Court, and which are brought and sued out, on any suit or proceedings in any of the courts of the said county of Hampden, or on any matters originating within the same county, may be brought and made immediately returnable to such Supreme Judicial Court, next to be holden at said Northampton, and by three or more of the justices thereof heard and determined ; and all appeals from any order, decree, or doings of the Judge of Probate for the said county of Hampden, shall be made to the Supreme Judicial Court next to be holden at said Northampton by three or more justices of said court. And the clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court, in the said county of Hampden, shall attend all such Supreme Judicial Courts to be holden at Clerk to atsaid Northampton, at which three or more of the justices there- tend. of are required to attend, with all the papers in his office filed in, and relating to any causes pending in the Supreme Judicial Court in the county of Hampden, and in which any bills of exceptions are filed, or any motions for new trials made, or in which any question is reserved for the opinion of such Supreme Judicial "Court; and the said clerk, on the first day of the sitting of such court, and at the opening thereof, shall exhibit to, and furnish the justices thereof with a list of all such causes, and shall make and keep a record of the doings of the same court, relative to all such causes; and the justices of the same court may, and hereby are authorized to make such orders and decrees, and render such judgments on all such actions, and on all appeals from said Judge of Probate, as they might, had the

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