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mer of said town; from thence southerly, on the west line of the said.

Town of Micounty, to the southwest corner of the same; theuce on the south line of the county of Essex, to the place of beginoing, shall be, and is ed. hereby, erected into a separate town by the name of Minerva, and that the first town meeting be held at the dwelling house of Nathan West; and that the first town meeting be held at the school house in school district bumber four, in said town of Schroon. II. And be it further enacted, That as soon as may be after the Poor & more

ey to be du first towo meeting, the supervisors and overseers of the poor, of the ex said towns respectively, on notice being given for that purpose, shall meet together and divide the money and poor belonging to the said towns of Schroon and Minerva, previous to the division thereof, agreably to the last tax list, and that each of the said towns shall forever thereafter respectively maintain and support their own poor.

vided.

CHAP. LXVI.

AN ACT to appoint commissioners to lay out a road from the town of Essex to the town of Jay, in the county of Essex.

Passed March 7, 1817. 1. BE it enacted by the people of the State of New York, repre.

Commission sented in Sena!e and Assembly, That David M'Niel, Thomas Siow.com er and Isaac Finch, or any two of them, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to lay out a public highway, of the width of four rods, from or near the dwelling house of Josephus Merriam, in the town of Essex; thence by the nearest and most practicable route, to Routa the dwelling house of Thomas Shelden, in the town of Essex; thence by the most practicable route, through the town of Lewis, to the inn of Isaac Finch, in the town of Jay; and thence westerly, by the Dost practicable route, so as to intersect the road running from Westport to Hopkinton, at or near the thirty-one mile tree.

II. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners, be- Oath to be fore they enter upon the duties aforesaid, shall take and subscribe taken. au oath, before a justice of the peace, to lay out said road without faror or partiality; and they shall, aster laying out said road, Map to be cause to be made an accurate map of the survey of the said road, and ma cause the same, with the field notes of the survey, to be filed in the clerk's office of the county of Essex; and shall also cause a like map and field notes, of so much of said road as shall fall within each town through which said road shall run, to be filed in the clerks' offices of such towns respectively; and if the said road shall be laid through any improved lands, the damages shall be appraised and paid, and the road opened and improved, in the manner prescribed by the act to regulate highways; and the commissioners, and their surveyors, shall be allowed each two dollars per day for each day they shall be necessarily employed in the duties aforesaid, and such reasonable sum for contingent expenses as the supervisors shall direct III. And be it further enacted, That the supervisors of the coun

Expenses ty of Essex shall audit the accounts of the said coromissioners, and how paint cause the same to be assessed, collected and paid, as part of the contingeot expenses of said county.

made.

CHAP. LXVIII.

AN ACT for the relief of James Rose.

Passed March 7, 1819. WHEREAS the commissioners of the land office, by virtue of an act of the legislature, passed the 19th day of June, 1812, have issued letters patent to James Rose, for two hundred aeres of land, in a tract set apart for the use of the troops of the line of this state, serving in the arıny of the United States, in the revolutionary war, for and during the natural life of the said James Rose, and at his death, to the children of the said James, as tepants in common: And whereas the said James, by his petition, represents that himself and wife are aged and infirm, and destitute of property, and unable to maintain themselves aud family, moless he is permitted to sell or dispose of said Jand, and that they will be subject to great hardship and loss: There

fore,

BE åt enacted by the people of the State of New York, representa ed in Senate and Assembly, That William Burnett and Michael Musselman, are hereby authorised and empowered, in conjunction with the said James Rose, to sell the said laud, and to grant and convey the same, in fee simple, to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, and apply the proceeds thereof to the purchase of other lands, which are improved and productive; the conveyance shall be to the said James Rose and his wife for life, and after their death to their said children, as tepauts in common, their heirs and assigns forever.

be acknowl

CHAP. LXIX.
AN ACT supplementary to an act, entitled ar act corcerning

deeds."

Passed March 8, 1817. I. BE it enacted by the people of the state of New York, represented in senate and assembly, That every deed, conveyance or wri.

ting, of or concerning any lands, tenements or real estate, within this Deeds eteru: state, heretofore made, or hereafter to be made, by any person or ted out of the persons without the United States, may be acknowledged by the parU.S. bow to po

ty or parties executing the same, or proved by one or more of the ged.

subscribing wituesses thereto, in manner and form as is prescribed in the first section of the act, entitled “an act concerning deeds,” passed April 12th, 1813, before any person specially authorised to take such acknowledgment or proof, by the court of chancery of this state, and that the acknowledgment or proof of such deed, conveyance or writing, taken by such person, in mapper and form aforesaid, shall be of the like force and validity, and entitle the same to be recorded, as if the same were taken before a judge of the supreme court of this state.

II. And be it further enacted, That every deed, conveyance or writing, of or concerning any lands, tenements or real estate, with out this state, heretofore made, or hereafter to be made, acknowladged or proved, in manner and form as is prescribed in the first

valid,

section of this act, or in the first section of the act, entitled " an act concerning deeds,” passed April 12, 1813, for taking the acknowl. May be read

in evidence. edgment or proof of a deed, conveyance or writing, of or concerning any lands, tenements or real estate within this state, may be read in evidence, in any court within this state, without further proof thereof, in the same manner as it might be read, were it of or concerning any lands, tenements or real estate withio this state.

III. And be it further enacted, That the court of chancery of Dedimus pe this state, is hereby empowered to grant a writ of didimus potesta- may be iselo tem, under the seal of the said court, to any proper aod discreet de person or persons of good fame and credit, residing in the country where the said deeds, couveyances or writiogs, may have been, or may hereafter be executed, or in the country where the subscribing witness or witoesses to the same reside, giving power to any one of them to take such acknowledgment or proof, ia manner or form aforesaid.

IV. And be it further enacted, That all acknowledgments and Deedo ne. proofs of any deeds, conveyances or writings, heretofore made or knowledged

be fore the hereafter to be made, by British subjects actually residing within mayor of

Dublin and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or the dominious De

provost of thereunto belonging, to any citizen or citizens of the Voited States, Edinburgla of or conceroing any lands or real estate, withio this state, taken or made, or hereafter to be taken or made, before the mayor or chief magistrate of the city of Dublin, or the provost or chief magistrate of the city of Edinburgh, and duly certified under the hand and seal of office of the said mayor, provost or chief magistrate, shall be of the like force and validity, and entitle the same to be recorried, io like manner as if the same were taken before a judge of the supreme court of this state.

And whereas doubts have been suggested, whether the several commissioners appointed to perform certain duties of a judge of the supreme court, aod the recorder of the city of Troy, bave authority to take acknowledgments and proofs of deeds: Therefore,

V. Be it further enacted, That each and every acknowledgment or proof of any deed, conveyance or writing, of and concerniog any lands, tenements or real estate within this state, which heretofore bave Deeds se

knowledged been or hereafter may be made by any person or persons, before before there either of the said cominissioners, or the aforesaid recorder, such corder of

"Troy, &e TN acknowledgment or proof being made, taken and certified in the lid. maoper prescribed by the act, entitled “ an act concerning deeds," shall be of the like force and validity, to all intents and purposes, and entitle the same to be recorded or registered, in like manner as though the same were taken or made before a judge of the supreme court of this state.

CHAP. LXX.
AN ACT to confirm certain proccdings of the Johnstown turnpiko

company.

Passed Marh 10, 1817. WHEREAS the president and directors of the Johostown turnpike company, by their petition to the legislature, have set forth,

that for want of information of the provisions of the general law respectiog turopike 'companies, the inspectors of the electiou of the said company were not chosen by the stockholders at the time prescribed by law, and that therefore the validity of the election of directors of the said company, held on the first day of the present month as well as the next succeeding election, may be questioned ; for remedy whereof

I. BE it enacted by the people of the State of New York, represented in Srnate and Assembly, That the electon of directors of the Johnstowo turnpike company, held on the first day of the present month, be and the same is hereby declared to be valid in law, as if the same election had been held by inspectors chosen by the stockholders at the last preceding election.

II. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the stockholders of the said company, at their next annual meeting, to choose inspectors of the election of directors, and that such election shall be as valid, as if the inspectors had been chosen at the last preceding meeting of the said stockholders.

| CHAP. LXXI.

AN ACT to change the name of Henry Schoonmaker Wilkes.

. Passed March 10, 1817. WHEREAS Henry Schoonmaker Wilkes, hath by his petition represented, that he has from bis childhood lived with his upcle, Henry Schoonmaker, who having no child, has adopted and has expressed an intention of giving the petitioner a considerable portion of his estate, but is desirous that the name of the petitioner should be changed: Therefore,

Be it enacted by the people of the state of New York, represent. ed in senate and assembly, That the name of the said Henry Schoonmaker Wilkes shall be, and the same is hereby, changed to the pame of Henry Y. Schoonmaker, by which name he shall henceforth be called and knowu, in all cases whatsoever.

CHAP. LXXII.

AN ACT for the relief of Sarah Schenck.

Passed March 10, 1817. WHEREAS Sarah Schenck, the widow of Peter T. Schenck, late of the town of Bushwick, in the county of Kings, hath by her petition to the legislature, represented, that in consequence of the formation and structure of the road and bridges of the Williamsburgh turnpike road and bridge company, the navigation to her mill and dock, situated in the said town of Bushwick, at the junction of two certaio branches of the New-Town creek, has been greatly interrupted, and at times rendered tedious, as well as difficult, and hath requested that she may be authorised by law to remove her mid mill, dock and the other necessary buildings, from their present situation to the northerly side of the easternmost bridge of the afore said turnpike road and bridge company : And whereas it appears reasonable to grant such request : Therefore,

I. BE it enacted by the people of the state of New York, repre. sented in senate and its sembly, That it shall be lawful for the said Sarah Schenck, and her heirs and assigns, at any convenient time hereafter, to remove her said mill, dock and all other necessary buildings, from their present situation to the northerly side of the eastermost bridge of the Williamsburgh turnpike road and bridge company.

II. And be it further enacted, That that part of the New-Town creek aforesaid, and lyiog betweeu the said mill and dock and a line one hundred and fifty feet north of the aforesaid easterumost bridge, and parallel therewith, shall be apvexed to and considered as part of the mill ponds of the said Sarah Schenck, and to be and remain so far ouly as shall be necessary for the establishıment of such mill and dock, for the only purpose, use, benefit and behoof oft he said Sarah Schenck, her heirs and assigns forever: Provided, That the said Sa. rah Schenck, her heirs and assigns, shall indemnify the adjoining owners of land for any damage they may sustain by reason of the erecting a dam across such creek.

| CHAP. LXXIII. AN ACT to incorporate the Block-house and Port Glasgow turn

pike company.

Passed March 10, 1817. I. BE it enacted by the people of the state of New York, represented in senate and assembly, That Wilhelmus Mynderse, Frederick A. De Zeng, Oliver Whitmore, Norman Sheldon, aud all such other persons as shall associate for the purpose of making a turnpike road, to begin on the porth bank of the Canandaigua outlet, opposite to Lauraville, and running thence to Port Glasgow, on the eastern shore of Sodus bay, in the county of Cayuga, and their successors, be and they are hereby created, a body corporate and politic, by the Dame of “the president, directors and company of the block house and Port Glasgow turnpike company;" and they are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be a body corporate and politic, in fact and in pame; and by that name they and their successors shall and may have continual succession, and shall be persons in law, capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being answered upto, defending and being defended, in all courts and places whatsoever, in all manner of actions and complaints, matters and causes, and by the same name and style shall be in law capable of purchasing, holding and conveying any estate, réal, personal and mixed, for the use of the said corporation: Provided, That such estate, as well real as personal, so to be purchased and held, shall be such only as shall be necessary to fulfil the end and intent of the said corporativn, and for no other purpose whatever.

II. And be it further enacted, That the stock of the said company

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