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"An Act for erecting part of the County of Bedford into a Separate County."
“ An Act to enable the Persons therein named to hold Lands, and to invest them with the Privileges of Natural Born Subjects of tbis Province."
“An Act for Confirming the Estate of William Martin in and to a certain Tract of Land in the Township of Charles Town, in the County of Chester."
“An Act for making perpetual an Act entituled An Act directing the Choice of Inspectors, and for holding the General Election in this Province.”
“An Act for vacating a part of a Road in the Township of the Northern Liberties, and for confirming a new Road laid out and made instead thereof."
“An Act for making perpetual the act entituled 'An Act for laying a duty on Negroes and Mulattoe Slaves Imported into this Province,' and laying an additional duty on the said Slaves."
"A Supplement to the act entituled 'An Act for making the River Schuylkill Navigable, and for the Preservation of the Fish in the said River.'”
“An Act for erecting a new Gaol, Work House, and House of Correction, in the City of Philadelphia."
“An Act to amend the act entituled 'An Act to regulate the assise of Bread, and for other purposes therein mentioned.”
“ An Act for vesting a Certain Tract of Land in the Township of Middleton, and County of Cumberland, and a Lot in the Town of Carlisle, in the said County, in Trustees, to be sold for the purposes therein mentioned.”
“ An Act to repeal the act entituled 'An Act to prevent frauds and abuses in the Manufacturing of Leather;'” and
“An Act for the relief of two Languishing Prisoners, with Respect to the Imprisonment of their Persong."
Before the House withdrew, the Speaker presented to the Gop. ernor a Certificate for £500, for which his Honor was pleased to say he was much obliged to the House.
Saturday the 27th February, 1773.
A Law having past yesterday for erecting a part of the County of Bedford into a separate County, called Westmoreland, and Arthur St. Clair, Esq", the Present Prothonotary, &c of Bedford, having requested the Governor to Grant him the offices in the new County, in lieu of those he now holds in Bedford County, His Honour was this day pleased to appoint him to the Several offices following, in the said County of Westmoreland, by three Separate Commissions, under the Great Seal of the Province, viz': Prothonotary or principal Clerk of the County Court of Common Pleas, Clerk or Register of the Orphans' Court, and Recorder of Deeds. The Governor was then pleased to fill up the vacancy which was made by the removal of Mr. Si: Clair, by appointing Thomas Smith, Esquire, Prothonotary or Principal Clerk of the County Court of Common Pleas for the County of Bedford, Clerk or Register of the Orphans' Court for the said County of Bedford, and Recorder of Deeds for the said County of Bedford, by three separate Commissions; and it being necessary that General Commissions of the Peace should be immediately issued for the said Counties of Bedford and Westmoreland, the following persons were, after due Consideration, agreed on and Commissionated by the Governor to be Justices of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace and of the County Court of Common Pleas within the said Counties respectively, viz' :
For the County of Bedford.
Abraham Keble, Bernard Daugherty,
Thomas Smith, Arthur S. Clair,
Thomas Coulter, William Proctor, Jun".
John Piper, Robert Cluggage,
Elias Stillwell, William McConnell,
Abraham Miley, George Woods,
For the County of Westmoreland.
Eneas M'Kay, Arthur St Clair,
Joseph Spear, Thomas Gist,
Alexander M'Clean, Alexander M'Kee,
James Cavet, Robert Hanna,
William Bracken, William Lockery,
James Pollock, Geo. Wilson,
Samuel Sloan, William Thompson,
The office of Coroner of the City and County of Philadelphia having become vacant by the Death of Mr. Caleb Cash, and Mr. John Knight having stood a Candidate for the said office for a number of years past, did this day exhibit a Petition, Praying that the Governor would be pleased to appoint him Coroner of the said City and County. Whereupon the Governor was pleased to appoint him, the said John Knight, to the office of Coroner of the City and County aforesaid, untill his Term therein , according to the Constitution of this Province, shall of Course expire.
New Castle, Wednesday the 7th April, 1773.
The Asseinbly of the three Lower Counties having met on the 29th of March, pursuant to their adjournment, and proceeded to Business, The Governor attended here this day, when three mem. bers of the House waited on his Honor and Presented him four Bills for his Concurrence, entituled as follows, Viz" :
“A Supplement act to 'an Act entituled “An Act for Limita. tion of actions, and proving accounts against the Estates of Persons dying within this Government.'”
“A Supplementary Act to an Act entituled 'a Supplement to an Act of this Government, entituled an Act for the better Con. firmation of the owners of Lands, &cm, in their Just Rights and Possessions."
“ An Act for the relief of Mark M'Causland, and James Adams, Languishing Prisoners in the Gaol of New Castle County, and James Parey, a Languishing Prisoner, in the Goal of Sussex County, with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons."
“ An Act for continuance of a Former act entituled “a Supplement to an Act entituled an Act for Regulating fences within this Government;'” which being read and Considered, were returned to the Assembly by the Secretary, with a few amendments to the first mentioned Bill, and a Verbal Message by the Secretary, that the Governor gave his assent to the three others.
Eodem die, P. M.
A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor, and returned him the Supplementary Bill to the act entituled “ An Act for Limitation of actions, &c1.,' and acquainted him that the House agreed to the first of his proposed amendments, but adhered to the Bill as to the other two. The same Committee presented to the Governor for his Concurrence three Bills, entituled
“An Act for vesting the Presbyterian church, and the yard or Burying Ground adjoining the same, in the Town of New Castle, and the burying Ground at the Northeast end of the said Towa, in Trustees.
"An Act to enable Certain Trustees to sell Lands in the County of Kent, settled in trust for the use of the Minister of Duck Creek Church, and for other purposes therein mentioned;" and
“A Supplement to an act entituled (an act to enable the owners and Possessors of the Marsh Meadow, on the North side of Cbristiana River, called Brandywine Marsh, and of a Tract of Meadow Marsh and Cripple, on the south side of the said River, called Hol. land's Creek Marsh, and also of a Tract of Marsh Meadow Dear Newport, called Conrad's Cripple, to keep the Banks, Dams, and Sluices in repair, and Raise a fund to defray the Expence thereof, so far as the same relates to the said Holland's Creek Marsh ;" which Bills were considered, and being agreed to by the Governor, returned them to the assembly by the Secretary, with a Message that he gave his assent to them, and also returned the Supplementary Bill to the act for Limitation of actions, &co, and directed the Secretary to acquaint the House that he receded from the 2d & 3d amendments which he had proposed to make to the same.
Saturday, 10th April, 1773.
A Committee of Assembly presented to the Governor for his Concurrence a Bill entituled “ An Act for the raising County. Rates and Levies.
The Assembly also sent up to the Governor for his Concurrence, by a Committee, four other Bills, entituled as follows, Viz":
" An Act to enable the Owners and Possessors of the Marsh Meadow on the North Side of Christiana River, in the Borough of Wilmington, to keep the Banks, Drains, and Sluices in Repair."
“An Act for Stopping Muddy Branch, in Little Creek hundred, in Kent County, on Delaware, and embanking, draining and Improveing the Marsh Cripple and low Lands."
An Act for_stopping Mill Creek, in Christiana Hundred, and for keeping the Dam to be erected across the same, and the Sluices to be laid therein in good Order and Repair, and for raising a Fund to defray the Expence thereof."
“ An Act to repeal so much of an Act entituled 'An Act for regulating and Establishing Fees,' as relates to the imposing a Fide of six pence on Defaulting Jurorg."
The said Bills being severally read and Considered, were returned to y Assembly by the Secretary, with a Verbal Message that the Governor agreed to the four last mentioned Bills, and could not consent to pass into a Law the Bill for raising County Rates and Levies.
Eodem die, P. M.
A Committee of the assembly waited on the Governor, and again delivered him the Bill for raising County rates and Levies, and requested him to receive a Comınittee of the House to confer with him on that Bill, and know his Reasons for objecting to it. Upon which the Governor sent a Verbal Message to the assembly by the Secretary, acquainting them that he was ready to receive the Com. mittee, who accordingly waited on the Governor, and he gave them his reasons for Refusing his Assent to the Bill.
The Governor was this day pleased to Issue two General Commissions of the Peace for the Counties of New Castle and Sussex, appointing the following Gentlemen Justices of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace and of the County Court of Common Pleas, within the said Counties respectively, Viz' :
For New Castle County.
Thomas M Keim,
For Sussex County.
Monday, the 12th April 1773, A. M. A Committee of Assembly presented to the Governor a Bill en tituled “ An Act for the amendment of an Act entituled a further