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Aaron Burr and Henry Beers, shall be final and conclusive; and in case said division shall be made by said last mentioned persons, the selectmen of both of said towns shall be first duly notified of the time and place, when and where, said division shall be made, and the expenses of such service, if rendered by said last mentioned persons, shall be paid by said towns according to their respective lists of 1854.

Sec. 6. Said new town as hereby incorporated shall belong to and constitute a part of the eleventh senatorial district, and also of the probate district of Danbury. The first meeting of said new town, as hereby incorporated, shall be holden in the said basement of said Congregational church in said Bethel, on the third Monday of July, 1855, at two o'clock in the afternoon, and Oliver Shepard, Esq., or in case of his failure, Charles Dart, Esq., shall be moderator thereof; and said meeting shall be warned by said Shepard or Dart, or either of them, by setting up a notification of the same on the public sign-post within the limits of said new town, at least five days before said meeting, and said new town shall have all the powers incident to other towns in this state at said first meeting, and full right to act accordingly; and the officers elected at sach meeting shall hold their respective offices until others are appointed and qualified in their stead; and said meeting shall have power to determine the time at which the annual meetings thereof shall be holden.


PASSED 1856.

Resolved, That the mileage of the town of Bethel, in Fairfield county, is hereby established at fifty-eight miles to Hartford, and thrirty-three miles to New Haven.


PASSED 1843.

Upon the petition of Henry B. Moore and others, showing that they occupy a tract of land on the east side of Talcott mountain, about five miles from north to south, and one mile wide, bordering upon the town of Bloomfield, that said mountain forms a natural division between them and the town of Simsbury, with which they are now connected, that the Farmington river also lies between them and the place of holding public meetings in said Simsbury, that said tract of land, containing a population of about three hundred and fifty persons, and seventy-five electors, that they are often incommoded by said mountain and river,



in attending the public meetings in Simsbury, that they have little or no intercourse with Simsbury, in their ordinary business or in their ecclesiastical connections, but are naturally associated, both by location and intercourse, with the town of Bloomfield, where they receive their letters, and through which they necessarily pass in their way to Hartford, the great market for the county, and praying to be set off to said town of Bloomfield. Whereupon, Resolved by this Assembly, That the following described tract of land, to wit: beginning at the northeast corner of the town of Sinsbury, and running westerly in the line of said Simsbury through the Farmington river, and as measured upon the south bank of said river, one hundred and thirtythree chains and fourteen links, to the southeast corner of land belonging to the Tariffville Manufacturing Company; thence south eighty-one degrees, west fourteen hundred thirty links, to the top of the mountain; thence southerly along the top of the mountain to the center of Flat Rock, in the highway; thence southerly eighteen degrees, east fourteen hundred links, to the top of the ledge of the mountain called “ Little Philip;" thence southerly on said ledge fifty-five chains, to a point where the line of Bloomfield

“ Little Philip;" thence north eighty-eight degrees, east ninetyfour chains, to the southeast corner of Simsbury; thence northerly, in the present line of Simsbury, to the place of beginning; together with all the inhabitants now residing, or that may hereafter reside

thereon, be and the same is hereby annexed to the town of Bloomfield ; and to have and enjoy all the privileges and immunities thereof. The inhabitants so annexed to said Bloomfield shall pay their proportion according to the list of 1842, of all debts and claims due or existing against the town of Simsbary, at the passage of this act; and the poor of the town of Simsbury who were born within the territory above described, and have not gained a settlement elsewhere in this state than in said town of Simsbury, or who have gained a settlement in said town of Simsbury by residence, or otherwise, within said limits, shall be deemed inhabitants of the town of Bloomfield, and shall be maintained accordingly; and said town of Bloomfield shall be entitled to receive, and said town of Simsbury shall pay over to said Bloomfield, such proportion of the town deposit fund as has not been heretofore invested in the town house in said Simsbury, as the number of inhabitants on that portion of territory so annexed to Bloomfield bears to the population of said town of Simsbury, according to the census of 1840; and the town of Bloomfield shall be liable to refund the same, in the same manner that the town of Simsbury is liable therefor.


PASSED 1844.

Upon the petition of the town of Simsbury, showing to this assembly that

the division line between the towns of Bloomfield and Simsbury, as established by a resolution of the general assembly passed at the May session, A. D. 1843, upon the petition of Henry B. Moore and others, is in some particulars indefinite and uncertain, and that in establishing said division line in that part thereof described in said resolution as running from “ the southeast corner of land belonging to the Tariffville Manufacturing Company, thence south eighty-one degrees west, fourteen hundred thirty links, to the top of the mountain," great injustice was done to the said town of Simsbury, and that said line so described as aforesaid diverges very much from the general course of the division line between said towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield, and that the same is an unnatural and inconvenient line of division, and praying that the division line may be more plainly and definitely established, by commissioners or otherwise, from the southeast corner of Simsbury northerly to the point of the mountain mentioned in said resolve as being fourteen hundred and thirty links from the southeast corner of land belonging to the Tariffville Manufacturing Company, and that from said last mentioned point, said division line be so altered and established as to run north from said point forty-eight degrees east, to the division line between said town of Simsbury and Granby, and that all the land lying east of said line now prayed for and now within the said town of Simsbury, be set to and made part of said town of Bloomfield, as by said petition on file, dated the 22d of April, A. D. 1844, will more fully appear:

Resolved by this Assembly, That Martin Welles, of Wethersfield, Romeo Lowrey, of Southington, and James S. Brooks, of Meriden, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to go and view the premises through which the present division line between the towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield now runs, and to view the route of the line which the petitioners pray may be established as the division line between said towns, and to survey, lay and define said line of division in such parts thereof as they shall deem it to be at present uncertain ; and to alter the present division line and establish the same in the manner prayed for in said petition, if they shall deem it just so to do; that is to say, from the point' mentioned in said resolve of the general assembly passed at the May session, A. D. 1843, as being fourteen hundred and thirty links from the southeast corner of land belonging to the Tariffville Manufacturing Company, so that the said line of division shall run from said point north forty-eight degrees east to the division line between said towns of Simsbury and Granby; first giving notice in writing to the towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield of the time and place of their meeting, at least twelve days previous to the said time of meeting. And said commissioners shall make their report in writing, describing said division line as by them established and defined, and shall lodge the same in the office of the secretary of this state. And the line of division which shall be defined and established by said commissioners, under and by virtue of this resolve, shall be and remain the line of division between said towns of Simsbury and Bloomfield; and the land lying east of and adjoining said line now in the town of Simsbury, shall become and remain a part of the said town of Bloomfield.


PASSED 1850.

Resolved, That the town of Bridgeport be and hereby is allowed to choose sixtéeen jurors, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.



PASSED 1854.

Resolved, That the town of Bridgeport be and hereby is allowed until the twenty-fourth day of November next, to complete the court house now being erected at said Bridgeport for the courts of Fairfield connty.


PASSED 1854.

WHEREAS, the town of Bridgeport, in the county of Fairfield, has expend

ed and is still expending large sums of money in the erection of the county buildings and in the purchase and improvement of the grounds necessary for the convenient and agreeable use of the same, at an antici pated cost of between seventy-five and eighty thousand dollars, and has petitioned this general assembly for authority to issue its bonds or other obligations, on account of such expenditures, payable on such terms and conditions as may be deemed just and reasonable, as by petition dated the fifteenth day of May, 1854, will appear. Now therefore,

Be it resolved by this A88embly, Sec. 1. That James C. Loomis, Hanford Lyon, Philo C. Calhoun, John Brooks, Jr., Lemuel Coleman and William S. Knowlton be and they hereby are authorized and empowered as the agents of the town of Bridgeport, for and in behalf of said town, to pledge the credit of said town, by issuing the promissory notes, bonds, or other obligations of said town, in such form as they may deem proper, to an amount not exceeding seventy-five thousand dollars, payable in such sums as may be approved by said agents, in not less than twenty nor more than thirty years from date, with interest at the legal rate thereof, semi-annually, any and all of which said promissory notes, bonds, or other obligations shall be obligatory upon said town, if signed by said agents or a majority of them.

Sec. 2. That before said agents shall enter upon the duties of their appointment, they shall give good and sufficient bond or bonds, to said town, approved by the selectmen of said town, for the full and faithful execution of said trust.

Seo. 3. That the treasurer of this state is hereby authorized to receive from any corporation or association formed for the purpose of banking; under the provisions of “An act to authorize the business of banking, passed May session, A. D. 1852, the transfer of any and all of said promissory notes, bonds or other obligations, and any such transfer shall entitle such corporation or association to the same rights and privileges as if the same were the debt of any incorporated city of this state.


PASSED 1850.

Upon the petition of Sherman Peck and others, praying for the incorpora

ting of a new town, as per petition on file, which petition has been duly served and returned:

Resolved by this Assembly, That all that part of the town of New Milford included within the society of Bridgewater, bounded and described as follows, viz: Beginning at the Ousatonic river, at the mouth of Townhill brook, so called, and running from thence up said brook to a bridge where the road crosses said brook, a little easterly of Noah Bronson's dwelling house, from thence northeastwardly to the center of the highway which leads from New Milford to Roxbury, where it is intersected by the road which runs from New Milford neck northwardly into said Roxbury road, a little westwardly of Jonathan Bostwick's dwelling house; from thence an eastwardly direction, such a course as to intersect a highway which runs northerly by John Merwin's dwelling house, forty-three rods due north of said Merwin's dwelling house, so as to strike the center of a road or passway which runs eastwardly, thence eastwardly in the center of said road or passway nineteen chains, which road or passway runs about forty rods north of the dwelling house of Elisha and Isaac Downs, and from thence, that is, from the termination of said nineteen chains, a due east course to Roxbury line, and to include all the land south of the above-described line lying within said town of New Milford and east of the center of Ousatonic river-reference being had to a resolution incorporating the society of Bridgewater, passed October, 1803, for a more particular description : with all the inhabitants residing within said limits, be and the same is hereby incorporated into a new and separate town, by the name of “ BRIDGEWATER,” with all the rights, powers, privi

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