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execute and deliver a deed of conveyance to the purchaser thereof, which shall be valid in law.

Sect. 4. Be it further enacted, That every owner of any Right of voting. pew or pews in said meeting-house shall be entitled, at all meetings of the said society, for the purpose of making assessments as aforesaid, to one vote for every pew he shall own in said meeting-house, and shall, at all such meetings, be allowed to vote by proxy

SECT. 5. Be it further enacted, That any three of the per- First meeting. sons named in this act may call the first meeting of said society, by giving three weeks public notice of the time and place of holding the same, in the newspaper printed in Troy, called the Fall River Monitor. [June 18, 1831.] An Act to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of a site for a Light-house on

Chap. 45. Eastern Point in Gloucester.

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 United States of America may purchase Cession of juor take, as herein after provided, any tract of land which shall risdiction. be found necessary or convenient for the light-house and monument authorized by Congress to be erected on Eastern Point, in the town of Gloucester, within this Cominonwealth, and during the continuation, use and appropriation aforesaid, the jurisdiction of said tract of land, not exceeding the quantity of ten acres, shall be, and is hereby ceded to, and shall be in the United States, so long as it shall be used for the sole purpose of keeping a light-house, or erecting a monument, or for both of them thereon, and no longer, reserving to this Commonwealth concurrent jurisdiction with the United States in and over said land, so far, that all civil and criminal processes, issued under the authority of this Commonwealth, or any officer thereof, may be executed on any part of said land or in any building that may be erected thereon, in the same way and manner as if the jurisdiction had not been granted as aforesaid.

Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That if the agent or per- Proceedings in son employed for the United States, and the owner or owners of case of disasuch land, which shall be found necessary and convenient for greement bear

agent said light-house and monument, cannot agree in a sale and pur- of U. S. and chase thereof, such agent or person employed may apply to the owners. court of common pleas in the county of Essex, and the said court is hereby authorized and empowered to cause the value of said land, together with such damages as the owner or owners thereof may sustain, by the erection of said light-house or monument or both of them, to be appraised by a jury to be sum- Land and moned by the sheriff of said county or his deputy for that pur- damages to be pose, which jury shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of their appraised by trust, and shall proceed to view and set off by metes and bounds, said tract of land, or such part thereof, as they shall find necessary and convenient for such light-house and monument, and shall return their verdict to said court; and in case the said court shall not then be in session, shall seal up their

Proviso.

Chap. 46.

1830 ch. 121.

verdict, and deliver the same to the said sheriff or his deputy, who shall make return thereof to said court, at the next term to be holden in and for said county ; which verdict of the jury being accepted by the said court, and the amount of said verdict being paid to the owner or owners of the land appraised and set off by the jury, (or if the owner or owners shall not appear, or shall refuse to receive such amount in money as the said court shall order, then the amount of the appraisement aforesaid shall be lodged in the office of the treasurer of the county of Essex, to be received by the owner or owners, or by any person legally authorized to receive the same,) the tract of land so appraised and set off, shall be vested in the United States, and shall be taken, possessed, and appropriated for the purposes aforesaid : provided, that all charges of such application and appraisement shall be paid by the United States. (June 18, 1831.]

An Act in addition to an Act establishing a Free Bridge in the city of Boston.

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, 1825 ch. 147.

in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, Wharves and That no part of the wharves or piers, which the city of Boston piers. is authorized to construct, by virtue of an act passed on the

eighteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, entitled " an act in addition to an act establishing a Free Bridge in the city of Boston,” shall be maintained within the distance of forty feet of any wharf or pier which shall have been or may hereafter be lawfully constructed

by any individual or individuals. [June 20, 1831.j Chap. 48. An Act in aụdition to an act entitled “ An Act to incorporate the Granite Railway

Company."

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

resentatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority Limitation re

of the same, That the limitation expressed in the act to which this pealed. act is in addition, whereby the duration of said corporation is re

stricted to forty years, be, and the same is hereby repealed : provided, always, that the Legislature shall have power, at all times hereafter, lo alter, amend or repeal this act, and the act

to which this act is in addition, at their pleasure. Annual meet- SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That if the annual meeting of ing

said corporation shall happen to have been omitted, that the officers who shall have been duly chosen, and who shall be in office at the time when the annual meeting should have taken place, shall continue in office, until the time fixed in the by-laws of the said corporation, for the then next annual meeting : or until a meeting shall have been had of the members of said corporation, for the choice of officers, which meeting the said members are hereby empowered to hold, on due notice from the clerk, or other proper officer of said corporation, in such manner as the said members may have provided for. [June 20, 1831.] Add. act, 1836 ch. 160.

1825 ch. 183.

sonal estaie.

An Act to incorporate the Suffolk Iron Manufactory.
Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-

Chap. 49. sentatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That Robert P. Williams and Charles Williams, to- Persons incorgether with such other persons as may become associates with porated. them, their successors and assigns, be, and they hereby are created a body corporate, by the name of the Suffolk Iron Manufactory, for the purpose of manufacturing and working iron and other metals and machinery, at Boston in the county of Suffolk, and for this purpose shall have all the powers and privileges, and Powers and shall be subject to all the duties and requirements, contained and duties. provided in and by an act passed on the twenty-third day of February, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty, entitled “ an act defining the general powers and duties 1829 ch. 53. of manufacturing corporations.

Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That the said corporation Real and permay take and hold such real estate, not exceeding in value the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, and such personal estate, not exceeding in value two hundred thousand dollars, as may be suitable and convenient for carrying on the business aforesaid. [June 20, 1831.] An Act to incorporate the Proprietors of the Mill Dam Foundry.

Chap. 51. Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That William Lyman, Robert Ralston, Junior, and Persons incorEdward Brooks, their associates, successors and assigns, be, and porated. they bereby are made a corporation, by the name of the Proprietors of the Mill Dam Foundry, for the purpose of manufacturing, in iron and wood, in Roxbury, in the county of Norfolk, and for this purpose shall have all the powers and privileges, and be powers and subject to all the duties and requirements, contained in an act, passed the twenty-third day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, entitled “ an act defining 1829 ch. 53. the general powers and duties of manufacturing corporations.'

Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That the capital stock of Capital stock said corporation shall not exceed the sum of two hundred thou- and real essand dollars, and that the said corporation may be lawfully seized and possessed of such real estate, as may be necessary and convenient for the purposes aforesaid, not exceeding the value of one hundred thousand dollars, exclusive of buildings and improvements that may be made thereon by the said corporation. [June 21, 1831.] An Act further in addition to an Act establishing a Fire Department in the city of Chap. 52. Boston.

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, 1826 ch. 97. in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, 1828 ch. 123. That the city council of the city of Boston shall have power, and Appropriation they are hereby authorized, whenever, and as often as they shall the relief of deern it expedient, to appropriate any surn or sums of money, in injured memthe way that may be judged by said council most advisable, for berime fire de

tate.

1825 ch. 52.

the relief or indemnity of any member or members of the fire department who may sustain corporal injury, or contract sickness in the discharge of their duty, on the occasion of any fire or consequent thereon. [June 21, 1831.]

Chap 54.

An Act to incorporate the Society for promoting Theological Education. Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

sentatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of Persons incor- the same, That William Sullivan, Stephen Higginson, Leverett porated. Saltonstall, George Bond, Francis Parkman, F. W. P. Green

wood, James Walker, Henry F. Baker, Gideon Barstow, Amos Lawrence, Samuel Whitwell, Abbott Lawrence, and their associates, now known and acting as a voluntary association, under the name of the Society for promoting Theological Education, with their successors, be, and they hereby are incorporated and made a body politic, under the name of the “ Society for promoting Theological Education,” for the purpose of assisting young men of competent talents, pure morals and piety, in pre

paring themselves for the Christian ministry, and to promote Estate. theological education, with power to hold lands and other prop

erty for the purpose aforesaid, and the same to purchase or take by donation or bequest : provided, however, that the same shall never exceed the annual income of twenty thousand dollars; and they may have a common seal, and the same may break and

change at pleasure. Annual meet- Sect. 2. Be it further enacted, That there shall be an aning, directors, nual meeting of the society, for the choice of officers, and the

transaction of such other business as may come before them at such time, and of which such notice shall be given, as shall be established by the by-laws, to be holden at such place in Boston as the directors herein after mentioned shall appoint. And at the said meeting shall be chosen by ballot, by the majority of the members present, not less than nine directors, who shall hold their offices for one year, and until others are chosen in their stead ; and they shall choose one of their own body to be president of the society, and two others to be respectively secretary and treasurer ; and in case of the death or resignation of either of said directors, or of the failure of the annual meeting, directors may be chosen in the manner aforesaid at any legal meeting of

the society. By-laws. Sect. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said society be,

and they hereby are authorized and empowered to make and ordain all needful rules, regulations and by-laws, for the government of their own proceedings, for the admission of new members, for defining the duties and powers of their own officers, and generally

for the case and management of all the affairs of the institution : Proviso. provided, Kowever, that nothing in said rules, regulations and by

laws shall be repugnant to the constitution and laws of this Commonwealth : and provided, also, that no assent to the peculiarities of any denomination of Christians shall be required of the beneficiaries of said society, and that no discouragement be in any manner or form given to the serious, impartial and unbiassed investigation of Christian truth.

Sect. 4. Be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for Notice of first the present officers of the voluntary association, mentioned in meeting. section first, to exercise the powers given to the like officers in this act, until the first annual meeting of the society, of which, public notice shall be given by the secretary, at least ten days before the time of such meeting. [June 21, 1831.] An Act to establish the Boston and Taunton Rail-road Company.

Chap. 55. Sect. 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That Cyrus Alger, Israel Thorndike, Thomas H. Persons incor. Perkins, David Sears, Solomon Willard, Nathan Hale, William porated. Prescott, Samuel A. Eliot, James K. Mills, Amos Atkinson, William Rollins, Samuel Crocker, Charles Richmond, and Edmund Dwight, their successors, associates and assigns, be, and they hereby are made a body politic and corporate, under the name of the “ Boston and Taunton Rail-road Company ;” and by that name shall be, and hereby are made capable in law to Powers. sue, and to be sued, to final judgment and execution, plead and be impleaded, defend and be defended, in any courts of record, or in any other place whatever ; to make, have and use a common seal, and the same to break, renew or alter at pleasure ; and sball be, and are hereby vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities, wbich are or may be necessary to carry into effect the purposes and objects of this act, as herein after set forth. And the said corporation are hereby authorized and empowered to locate, construct and finally complete a rail-road, in such manner and form as they shall deem expedient, at or near the city of Boston, and thence to Taunton, in the county of Bristol, and from Taunton to any part of Taunton river at which the waters are navigable by vessels of heavy burden, with liberty to extend the same from Taunton to the line of the state in the direction of Providence, and thereon to transport persons and property by steam power or otherwise. And for this purpose the said corporation are authorized to lay out their road, at least four rods wide, through the whole length; and for the purpose of cuttings, embankments, and stone and gravel, may take as much more land as may be necessary for the proper construction and security of said road : provided, however, that all damages ibat may be occasioned to any person or corporation, by the taking of such land or materials for the purpose aforesaid, shall be paid for by said corporation in the manner herein after provided.

SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That the capital stock of Capital stock, said corporation shall consist of ten thousand shares, of one hun- directors, &c. dred dollars each ; and the immediate government and direction of the affairs of the said corporation shall be vested in five directors, who shall be chosen by the members of the corporation, in the manner herein after provided, and shall hold their offices until VOL. VII.

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