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CHAPTER XVIII.
An ACT granting to John Woods certain lots therein mentioned.

WHERE AS it appears that John Woods has settled and made considerable improvement on three of the reserved lots opposite the town of Pittsburgh, which lots remain yet unsold, and as it would be reasonable to grant to the first settler the preemption right of said lots, at such price as may be thought proper: Therefore,

Sect. 1. Be it enacted by the senate and house of representa

tives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly Preemption met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That right to cer. there is hereby granted to John Woods of Allegheny county, the land granted following lots of ground that remain unsold of the reserved out to John lots, opposite the town of Pittsburgh, No. 1, 209, & 210, in the Woods.

general plan of said reserve, now in the secretary's office, at such

price as it shall be valued by three disinterested persons, to be Mode of ap

chosen by the court of common pleas of Allegheny county, who praising the shall on oath or affirmation, make a just and

true valuation aclots.

cording to their worth, at the time of said valuation of the lots aforesaid ; saving always to the said John Woods, the value of any improvement or improvements he may have made upon the

same; and the value found due to the commonwealth, as aforeAmount of va- said, shall be paid in three equal yearly instalments, with interest, paid in three to becomputed from the time of said valuation; and on the receipt instalments. of the last instalment, the officers of the land-office shall issue a Patent to is. patent to the said John Woods, his heirs or assigns, in the usual

form, without costs or charges : Provided, that nothing in this expense. act contained shall be construed to divest any legal right or title Proviso.

already obtained by any other person or persons, to said lots, or any of them.

JOHN TOD, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. APPROVED-the twenty-eighth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twelve,

SIMON SNYDER.

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CHAPTER XIX.
An ACT granting a tract of donation land, to the beirs of James

Gördon, late of Westmoreland county.
WHEREAS a tract of donation land was by patent bear.
ing date the twentieth day of September, jone thousand seven
hundred and eighty-seven, granted to John Downey, a private in
the late army of the United States, and was by the said John
"Downey, by indenture dated the first day of March, one thou-
sand seven hundred and ninety-six, transferred to James Gordon

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of Westmoreland county, which said tract has since been found to lie in the state of New York: Therefore,

Sect. I. Be it enacted by the senate and bouse of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly met, and it is bereby enacted by the autbority of the same, That as soon as the heirs of James Gordon, late of West- Tract of domoreland county, shall, by themselves, or their lawful attorney, nation land to deliver to the officers of the land-office, to be cancelled, the pa- he heirs of tent granting a tract of donation land to John Downey, private James Gor. in the late army of the United States, and shall produce such den, upon

their releas. other documents as shall satisfy said officers that the title is now

ing a former in the said heirs, it shall be the duty of the secretary of the landoffice to issue to them a patent for two hundred acres of donation land, out of those lots yet undrawn.

JOHN TOD, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. APPROVED--the twenty-eighth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

SIMON SNYDER.

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CHAPTER XX.
An ACT to authorize the guardians of Phebe Wadhams and Lydia

Wadhams, minors, and heirs of Moses Wadhams, late of Lu-
zerne county, deceased, to convey certain lots of land to the pur-
chaser.

WHEREAS it appears that Moses Wadhams, late of the county of Luzerne, deceased, was seized in his demesne as of fee in his life time, of two several lots or pieces of land in Plymouth township and county of Luzerne aforesaid, distinguished by being lot number ten, in the first division, and lower tier of house lots, containing ten acres and sixty-eight perches and an half, in the aforesaid township, and part of lot number fifty-one in the third division in said township, containing thirty-six acres, being the south-westwardly part of said lot, which he in his life time did exchange with George P. Ransom, for lot number two, in the mountain tier of meadow lots, in the said township of Plymouth, containing nine acres and fifty perches, but of which exchange there is no written evidence to enable the administrators of the deceased to make and execute a deed to the purchaser, consistent with the laws of this commonwealth : Therefore,

SECT. 1. Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That up. Ellen Wright on the said George P. Ransom's conveying, by sufficient deed to and Noah Ellen Wright and Noah Wadhams, guardians of Phebe Wadhams Wadhams au

thorized to and Lydia Wadhams, minors, and heirs of Moses Wadhams, late convey a cer- of Luzerne county, deceased, in trust for the said Phebe Wadland to G. P. hams and Lydia Wadhams, and their heirs, lot number two, in Ransom,

the mountain tier of meadow lots, in the aforesaid township of Plymouth, and county of Luzerne, containing nine acres and fifty perches, the said Ellen Wright and Noah Wadhams are hereby authorized and empowered, by sufficient deed, to convey to the said George P. Ransom, his heirs and assigns, the aforesaid lot number ten, in the first division and lower tier of house lots, in the township and county aforesaid, containing ten acres and sixty-eight perches and an half ; and part of lot number fifty-one (being the south-westerly part of said lot,) in the third division in said township, containing thirty-six acres.

JOHN TOD, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. APPROVED—the third day of February, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

SIMON SNYDER.

CHAPTER XXI.

An ACT to dissolve the marriage of John Smith and Mary his

wife. WHEREAS it appears to the legislature that Mary Miller, of the county of Adams, did, upon the twenty-fifth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, upon oath before one of the justices of the peace of the said county, charge the said John Smith with being the father of the child with which she was then pregnant ; and whereas the said John Smith, confiding in the veracity and integrity of the said Mary Miller, did on the twenty-fourth day of May following, intermarry with the said Mary; and on the twentieth day of July following their intermarriage, the said Mary was delivered of a mulatto female child which she confessed to sundry respectable persons, was begotten by a negro man; And whereas, the marriage contract above all others, should be free from fraud or imposition : Therefore, SECT. I.

Be it enacted by the senate and house of represenThe marriage tatives of tbe.commonwealtb of Pennsylvania, in general asMary Smith sembly met, and it is bereby enacted by the autbority of the annulled. same, That the marriage contract entered into by the said John

and Mary Smith, be and the same is hereby declared to be null and void, and the parties respectively, set free and discharged from the marriage contract, and all the duties arising under the

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same, as fully and absolutely, as if they had never been joined in marriage.

JOHN TOD, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate.. APPROVED-the third day of February, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

SIMON SNYDER.

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CHAPTER XXII. A further SUPPLEMENT to the act, entitled An act to authorize the governor of this commonwealth to incorporate a company for the purpose of making and erecting a bridge and road over the north east branch of the river Susquehanna, in the county of Northumberland, from the public highway, opposite the plantation of Thomas Grant, to Shamokin island, through the public highway of Shamokin island, to the shore opposite Northumberland, und from thence to the town of Northumberland."

Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That When the apthe sum of fifty thousand dollars subscribed for on behalf of the propriation state, in the stock of the bridge to be built across the east branch bridge shall of the river Susquehanna, opposite Shamokin island, and the town be paid. of Northumberland, shall be payable at the times, and in the manner and proportions hereinafter limited and appointed; to wit : the sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars, when it has been certified to the governor, by three persons, to be named by

him, that the abutments and piers between Northumberland and a Shamokin island, have been constructed ; and the further sum

of twelve thousand five hundred dollars, when the superstructure to the same has been raised; and in like manner, the further sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars, when the piers and

abutments have been constructed from the east side of Shamokin #island, to the shore on the Sunbury side of the river ; and the

remaining sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars when the superstructure has been raised thereon: Provided always, that Certificates upon payment of each and every of the said instalments, the of stock to be

delivered. president, managers and company aforesaid shall deliver to the treasurer, for the use of the commonwealth, certificates for shares of stock in the said company, amounting to the sums so to be paid from time to time by the commonwealth,

Sect, ir, And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Three memThat instead of five members being necessary to form a quorum according to the provisions contained in the sixth section of the act to which this is a supplément, in future, three members shall

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the said company. Empty car Sect. 111. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, riages to pass That all teams or carriages of burthen, passing the said bridge, for half toll, and those car.

empty, may and shall be allowed to pass the same for half toil; rying more

and that a proportion of the tolls specified in the act to which this than two tons is a supplement, be added to the sums chargeable for carriages of to pay in pro- burthen, laden with more than two tons. portion.

Sect. iv. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Waggoners, That all waggoners, and drivers of carriages of all kinds, whether &c. to keep to the right.

of burthen or pleasure, crossing the said bridge, shall keep their horses and carriages on the right hand side of the said bridge, of which, notice shall be given by a printed or written label, in

legible characters, and affixed at each end thereof, in a conspicuPenalty for of- ous place, and if any driver shall offend against this provision he fending shall, at the suit of the said corporation, forfeit and pay any sum How recover. not exceeding'ten dollars nor less than two dollars, to be recoverable. ed before any justice of the peace as debts of like amount are re

coverable: Provided always, that no suit shall be brought unless brought with-within thirty days after such offence shall have been committed. in thirty days.

Sect. v. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Repealing section.

That all such part or parts of the laws to which this is supplementary, and all such part or parts of the law, passed the second of April, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, as are hereby altered or supplied, be and the same are hereby repealed.

JOHN TOD, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. Approved--the third day of February, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

SIMON SNYDER.

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CHAPTER XXIII.
An ACT to authorize the governor to incorporate a company

for erecting a bridge over the river Susquehanna, at the
Great Bend, wbere the ferry is now kept, opposite the bouses
of Abraban Dubois and Sylvanus H tcb, in the district of
Willingborougb, and county district of Susquebanna.

SECT. I. BE it enacted by the senate and house, of representa

tives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly Commission- met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That Samers appointed, uel Hodgdon and John B Wallace, of the city of Philadelphia ;

and William Thompson, Sylvanus Hatch, Robert H. Rose, Minas Dubois, and Richard Barnum, of the county district of Susquehanna, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to do and perform the several duties herein after mentioned ; that

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