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cers arising under this act, shall not be subject to taxation, for the use of this commonwealth.
JOHN TOD, Speaker
of the House of Representatives.
P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. APPROVED—the third day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.
Sect. I. BE it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in ge
neral assembly met, and it is bereby enacted by the auPart of thority of the same, That all that part of Northampton Northampton county, lying and being within the limits of the following erected into a townships, to wit, the townships of Lynn, Heidleburg, Lownew county. hill, Weissenburg, Macungie, Upper Milford, South White
hall, North Whitehall, Northampton, Salisbury, Upper Saucon, and that part of Hanover within the following bounds, to wit, beginning at the Bethlehem line, where it joins the river Lehigh, thence along the said line until it intersects the road leading from Bethlehem to the Lehigh water gap, thence along said road to Allen township line, thence along the line
of Allen township, westwardly, to the Lehigh, shall be, and To be called the same are hereby, according to their present lines,
declared Lehigh coun- to be erected into a county, henceforth to be called Lehigh. ty.
Sect. 11. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, To have simi. lar courts,
That the inhabitants of the said county of Lehigh, be entitled to, and shall at all times hereafter, have, all and singular, the
courts, jurisdictions, offices, rights and privileges, to which ties.
the inhabitants of other counties of this state are entitled, by
the constitution and laws of this commonwealth. Courts to be Sect. III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid,
That from and after the third Monday in December next, the cember next,
courts of common pleas and general quarter sessions, in and of G. Savetz. for the said county of Lehigh, shall be opened and held at the
house now occupied by George Savetz, in the borough of Northampton, in the said county of Lehigh, until a courthouse shall be erected in and for said county, as hereinafter
directed ; and shall be then held at said court-house. This act not
Sect. iv. And be it further enacted by the authority aforeto affect suits, said, That no suit or prosecution, which has been heretofore &c. already commenced, or which shall be commenced, in the courts of commenced.
the county of Northampton, before the third Monday in December next, shall be delayed, discontinued, or affected by
&c. with other coun
held in De
at the house
this act, but the same process shall be issued, and the same acts done on all such suits and prosecutions, and on all judgments thereon, by the sheriff and coroner of Northampton county, as if this act had not been passed.
Secr. v. And be it furtber enacted by the authority afore- Nor arrearsaid, That all taxes and arrears of taxes, laid, or which have ages of taxes; become due within the county of Lehigh, before the passing
&c. of this act, and all sums of money due to this commonwealth for militia fines, in the said county of Lehigh, shall be collected and recovered, as if this act had not been passed.
Sect. vi, And be it further enacted by the autbority afore- Officers for said, That the sheriff, treasurer, prothonotary, and all such Lehigh coure officers as have heretofore usually given surety for the faith-ly to give
bond, ful discharge of the duties of their respective offices, who shall hereafter be appointed or elected in the said county of Lehigh, before they or any of them shall enter into the execution thereof, shall give sufficient security, in the same manper and form, and for the same uses, trusts, and purposes, as such officers, for the time being, are obliged by law to do, in the county of Northampton.
Sect. vi. And be it further enacted by the autbority aforr-Sheriff, &c. of said, That the sheriff, coroner, and other officers of the coun. Northampton ty of Northampton, other than the justices of the peace, shall 1. act in Le continue to exercise the duties of their respective offices,with- until success in the county of Lehigh, until similar officers shall be appoint- sors be aped, agreeably to law within said county.
pointed. Sect. Vili. And be it furiber enacted by the autbority afore- Inhabitants of said, That the inhabitants of the county of Northampton and Lehigh counWayne, and of the county of Lehigh, shall jointly elect five ty to elect rerepresentatives, and two senators, to serve in the legislature &c. as here? of this commonwealth, in the same mode, under the same tofore. regulations, and make return in the same manner, as is, or shall be directed by the laws of this commonwealth for conducting and making returns of the elections of the counties of Northampton and Wayne.
Sect. IX. And be it furtber enacted by the autbority afore- Commissionsaid, That the governor be, and he is hereby authorized and ers to be aprequired, on or before the first day of May next ensuing, to pointed. appoint three discreet and disinterested persons, not resident in the county of Northampton, nor holding real property therein whose duty it shall be, to fix upon a proper and convenient Site to be fixe site for a court-house, prison, and county offices, within the ed for a court aforesaid county of Lehigh, as near the centre as the situa- prison, in a tion thereof will admit; and the said persons, or a majority central situaof them, having viewed the relative advantages of the several tion. situations, contemplated by the people, shall, on or before the And before first day of July next, by a written report, under their hands the first of and seals, or under the hands and seals of a majority of them, July next:
tion to the
ers to piir
Commisson. certify, describe and limit the site or lot of land which they ers to report shall have chosen for the purpose aforesaid, and shall transto the govern. mit the said report to the governor of this commonwealth ; or. Compensa
and the persons so as aforesaid appointed, shall receive three
dollars per diem for their services, out of the monies to be commission. raised in pursuance of this act.
Sect. x. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Commission. That it shall and may be lawful for the commissioners of the chase the site,
county of Lehigh, which shall be elected at the next annual
election, to take assurance of them or their successors in ofAnd take as
fice, of such lot or piece of ground as shall have been ap
provedof by the persons appointed as aforesaid, or a majority of Buildings to them, for the purpose of erecting thereon a court-house, gaol be erected. and offices, for the safe-keeping of the records, and that for Expense of, defraying the expenses thereof, the county commissioners are to be defray- hereby authorized to assess, and levy, and collect, in the maned by tax.
ner directed by the acts for raising county rates and levies, a
sufficient sum, to defray the expenses thereof. Congression Sect. XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforeal district.
said, That the said county of Lehigh shall form part of the district, to which the county of Northampton is, or may be at
tached, for the election of members of congress. Judges of the
Sect. XII. And be it further enacted by the autbority aforesupreme said, That the judges of the supreme court shall have like
powers, jurisdictions, and authorities, within the said county jurisdiction in Lehigh
of Lehigh, as by law they are vested with, and entitied to county. have and exercise in other counties of this state, and the said Which is to county is hereby annexed to the eastern district of the sube attached to the eastern preme court. district.
SECT. XIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforeAssociate
said, That two persons shall be commissioned associate judges to be judges of the court of common pleas, in and for the said counappointed for. iy of Lehigh ; and that courts of common pleas, and general When the quarter sessions of the peace, to be holden in and for said courts shall
of Lehigh, shall be opened on the Mondays next folbe held in.
lowing the courts of Schuylkill county; and the said county To constitute part of the 3d of Lehigh shall be, and is hereby declared to belong to the judicial dis- third district, consisting of the counties of Berks, North
ampton, Wayne, and Schuylkill. Judges to Sect. xiv. And be it further enacted by the authority aforetake the
said, That the persons who shall be appointed associate oaths, &c.
judges, for the county of Lehigh, shall take the requisite
Oaths or affirmations of office, before the prothonotary of the Which shall court of common pleas, of the county of Northampton ; who be recorded. shall file a record of the same, in the office of the prothonotary
of the court of common pleas, of the county of Lehigh, who may be appointed at any time after the passing of this act; and all certioraries of, and appeals from, the judgment of any
court to have
meet at Eas. ton, &c.
justice of the peace, of the said county of Lehigh, and all of certioracriminal prosecutions, which may originate in the said coun-ries and apty, before the teste day hereinafter mentioned, shall be pro
peals. ceeded in as heretofore, in the courts of common pleas, and quarter sessions, of the county of Northampton ; and all pro. And teste of cess to issue from the courts of the said county of Lehigh, process. returnable to the first term in said county, shall bear teste as of the first Monday of October next.
Sect. xv. And be it furtber'enacted by the authority afore- Return said, That the judges of the district elections, within
each of judges to the said counties, after having formed the returns of the whole election for senators and representatives, as the case may be, within that county, in such manner as is or may be directed by law, in each year, shall send the same by one or more of their number, to the court-house in the borough of Easton, in the county of Northampton aforesaid, when and where the judges so met, shall cast up the several county returns, and execute, under their respective hands and seals, as many true returns for the whole district, as may be requisite; and also transmit the same, as is by law required of the return judges in other districts.
Sect. XVI. And be it further enacted by the authority afore- of prisoners. said, That in all cases where it would be lawful for the she. riff, * jailer, or prison-keeper, of the county of Lehigh, to hold in close custody, the body of any person in the common jail of the county of Lehigh; if such jail were at this time erected in, and for the said county of Lehigh ; that all such persons shall be delivered to, and kept in close custody by the sheriff, jailer, or prison-keeper of the county of Northamp
ton, who, upon delivery of such prisoner, to him or them at # the common jail of said county of Northampton, shall safely
keep her, him, or them, until they be discharged by due course of law; and shall also be answerable in like manner, and liable to the same pains and penalties, as if the persons so delivered were liable to confinement in the common jail of Northampton county ; and the parties aggrieved, shall be entitled to the same remedies, against them, or any of them, as if such prisoner had been committed to his or their custody, by virtue of legal process issued by proper authority, in the
said county of Northampton ; Provided always, that the she- Mileage to 1. riff of Lehigh county be allowed, out of the county stock of sheriff
Lehigh county, ten cents per mile, as a full compensation for every criminal he may deliver to the jail of Northampton county, by virtue of this act, on orders drawn by the commissioners of Lehigh county, on the treasury thereof.
Sect. xvii. And be it furtber enacted by the authority afore- Sheriff of said, That the sheriff, jailer, and prison-keeper of the county Northampton of Northampton, shall receive all such prisoners as aforesaid, to receive and shall provide for them according to law, and shall be en prisoners, &c.
* Gaol in the original.
Fees to be al- titled to the fees for keeping them; and also to such allowance lowed.
as is by law directed for the maintenance of prisoners in simi
lar cases ; which allowance shall be defrayed and paid by the And how
commissioners of the county of Lehigh, out of the county paid.
stock. Limitation of Sect. xviii. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, part of this
That the sixteenth and seventeenth sections of this act, shall be, and continue in force for the term of three years, and no longer.
JOHN TOD, Speaker
of the House of Representatives.
P. C. LANE, Speaker of the Senate. APPROVED-the sixth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twelve.
Nathaniel Simpson, a tract of donation land, in right of Simp
WHEREAS it has been represented to the legislature, by Nathaniel Simpson, late of Centre county, that his nephew, Simpson Harris, entered into the service of his country, at the commencement of the revolutionary war with Great Britain ; that he enlisted as a private soldier, to serve during the said war ; that he continued therein until his death, which took place some time in the latter end of the year, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, a few months before the close of said war; that previous to his death he made and published, in due form, his last will and testament, by which, (amongst other things,) he devised all the land to which he was entitled for the services aforesaid, to the said Nathaniel Simpson, his heirs and assigns; all which appears, by well authenticated documents, but owing to circumstances attending the case, the said Nathaniel did not apply for said land until barred by the act of limitation; Therefore, SECT. I.
Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly Tract of land met, and it is bereby enacted by tbe authority of the same, That to be patent. the officers of the land office, be and they are hereby authoed to ).
rized and required, to grant a patent to John Brown, of the boBrown, in
rough of Lewistown, Mimin county, in due form, for two trust, &c.
hundred acres of donation land in trust for the children, their heirs or assigns, heirs of Nathaniel Simpson, out of the lots yet remaining undrawn ; the said John Brown, his heirs executors, and administrators, shall be authorized to pay the