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sectional lines Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That every person claiming a tract already established.

of land by virtue of this act shall, before the first day of October next, Notice to be deliver to the register of the land-office within whose district the land given by per may be, a notice of his claim in writing, together with a plat of the tract

the rings of land claimed; and if any person shall fail to deliver such notice and under the fore. going section. plat, the person or persons so failing, shall forfeit all claim or pretension

Their rights of claim to such tract of land, and the same shall be sold with the other otherwise feited.

lands of the United States in said territory. Time allowed Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That persons entitled to a right to persons hav- of pre-emption under the first section of this act, shall be allowed until ing pre-emp. tion rights.

the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and nine, to make the first payment of the purchase money of such tract or tracts of land as may be claimed by virtue of said section, and the residue of the said purchase money shall be paid in the same manner, and under the same

conditions as directed for the other lanus in said territory. This act not Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That this act shall not extend to to extend to certain other claim any person or persons claiming other lands in said territory in his or ants.

their own right, by virtue of British or Spanish grants, or to any person or persons to whom a donation has been granted, by either of the said boards of cominissioners.

APPROVED, January 19, 1808. STATUTE I.

Jan. 19, 1808. Chap. XI.-An Act to revive and continue.in force for a further time the first sec

tion of the act, intituled "An act further to protect the commerce and seamen of (Obsolete.] the United States against the Barbary powers.Part of a for- Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the mer act revived United States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the in force. act passed on the twenty-fifth day of March, one thousand eight hundred

Act of March and four, intituled “ An act further to protect the commerce and seamen

Act of janof the United States against the Barbary powers," as is contained in the 10, 1809, cb. 7. first section of the said act, be, and the same hereby is revived and conProviso.

tinued in force, until the first day of January next : Provided however, that the additional duty laid by the said section, shall be collected on all such goods, wares and merchandise, liable to pay the same, as shall have been imported previous to that day.

APPROVED, January 19, 1808. STATUTE I.

Jan. 21, 1808. Chap. XII.- An Act to provide for the payment of certain expenses incurred in the

impeachment of Samuel Chase. [Obsolete.)

Expenses au- Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United thorized by the States of America in Congress assembled, That the accounting officers inquiry or the of the treasury be, and they are hereby directed to audit and settle the managers of the accounts of all persons who may have claims against the United States, impeachment of for expenses incurred in the inquiry into the conduct, and in the imbe settled, and peachinent of Samuel Chase; which expenses may have been authorized paid.

by the committee of inquiry, or the managers of the said impeachment: Proviso. Provided, that the said accounts shall have been first certified by the 1804, ch, 29. chairman of the said committee, or managers; and the same shall be

paid out of any monies in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated.

APPROVED, January 21, 1808. . STATUTE I.

Jan. 27, 1808.

[Obsoletc.) Act of Feb. 20, 1804, ch. 12,

CHAP. XIV.-An Act to continue in force for a limited time an act, intituled An

act continuing for a limited time the salaries of the officers of government therein mentioned.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That an act passed on the twentieth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and four, inti- continued in tuled "An act continuing for a limited time the salaries of the officers force for three of government, therein mentioned,” shall be, and continue in force for years. the term of three years, and to the end of the next session of Congress thereafter, and no longer.

APPROVED, January 27, 1808.

STATUTE I.

&c.

CHAP. XV.- An Act authorizing the erection of a bridge over the river Potomac, Feb. 5, 1808.

within the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Names of perStates of America in Congress assembled, That the following persons,

sons constituted

a board of com. viz: Robert Brent, Daniel Carroll, of Duddington, Thomas Monroe, missioners for James D. Barry, Frederick May, Samuel Harrison Smith, Jonah Thomp- receiving subson, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Vowell, Cuthbert Powell, Elisha Janney, scriptions, &c. and Charles Alexander, or any seven of them, be, and they are hereby constituted a board of commissioners, with full power and authority to open, or cause to be opened, books for receiving and entering subscriptions for raising a capital stock, not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars, in shares of one hundred dollars each,

for the purpose

of erecting a bridge over the river Potomac, between the city of Washington and Site of the Alexander's island, and making such other incidental works, and defray- bridge. ing such other incidental expenses, as shall be required by this act, or deemed necessary or expedient by the company herein after named; the time, place and manner of receiving and entering such subscriptions, to be ascertained by the said board of commissioners, and duly advertised in such gazettes, as they may deem expedient: Provided, that the time Books to be to be fixed upon by the said board of commissioners, for opening books opened before for receiving the said subscriptions, shall be on or before the first Mon- the first Monday

in July, 1808. day in July next, and that no subscription shall be received, unless the sum of ten dollars be first paid into the hands of the person authorized to receive the same, on each share subscribed for. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That whenever nineteen hundred

The company of the said shares shall be subscribed for, all persons who may then be,

made a body

politic or coror thereafter may become, the actual holders or proprietors of shares in porate. the said capital stock, either as subscribers for the same, or as the legal representatives, successors, or assignees of such subscribers, shall be, and they are hereby made and created a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of “The Washington Bridge Company,” and by Name of the that name may sue, and be sued, implead, and be impleaded, and do and company. suffer all acts, matters and things, which a body politic and corporate may lawfully do and suffer; and may have a common seal, and the same

Their powers, may break and alter at pleasure, and may make all by-laws, rules, regu- &c. &c. lations and ordinances for the good government and well being of the said company, and for carrying into effect the objects of their institution, so that such by-laws, rules, regulations or ordinances, be not repugnant to the laws of the United States, in force within the district of Columbia.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That when nineteen hundred of A meeting of the said shares shall be subscribed for, as aforesaid, or as soon after as may the company to be, the said board of commissioners shall call a meeting of the com- for choosing di. pany, at the city of Washington, hy public advertisement, in one or rectors, officers, more gazettes, published in Washington, Alexandria, or Georgetown, appointing a fit and convenient time and place of meeting, for the purpose of electing five directors, a clerk and a treasurer, and such other officers, agents and servants, as the said company may think fit to appoint, and for transacting any other business in pursuance of this act and appertaining to the nature and objects of the institution of the said VOL. II.-58

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Meetings may company; and the said board of commissioners shall, if necessary, be adjourned by adjourn the said meeting from time to time, until a quorum shall be the company until a quorum

formed ; and a majority of the said company, or the proprietors of two shall be formed. thirds of the number of shares actually subscribed for, their legal reprc

sentatives, successors, or proxies, shall be a quorum to do business; and the said board of commissioners, before opening the said subscription books, shall ascertain and publish, in their said advertisement, a fit and convenient mode of authenticating all powers of attorney authorizing subscriptions to be made in the name of any person or persons; and before calling a meeting of the said company, shall ascertain and publish in their advertisement, a fit and convenient mode of authenticating all instruments of writing authorizing any person or persons, to act and vote at such meeting, as the proxy or proxies of any member of the said company; all which powers of attorney and instruments of writing shall be filed with the clerk of the said company, and by him be safely kept

among the records and documents appertaining to his office; and as All the pow.

soon as a quorum of the said company, and a board of directors shall ers of the com be formed, as aforesaid, all the powers, authority, and duties whatsoever, ed in the direct: by this act vested in the said board of commissioners, shall cease and

determine, and thenceforward become vested in the directors, for the time being, of the said company, under such limitations and restrictions, as the said company may think fit to prescribe; and the said board of commissioners shall account to the said company, at the first meeting of the same, for all monies received by them or their agents, on account of such subscriptions, and shall immediately pay over the same to the treasurer of the said company, or to such other person or persons, as the said company may

direct and appoint: the said company, nevertheless, to allow all just credits for monies actually and necessarily expended by the said board of commissioners, in the execution of their said trust

and duties. Directors Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be annually holden, be annually appointed, &c. &c.

on the first Monday in January, a meeting of the said company, for the purpose of electing five directors, a clerk, and a treasurer; and the said company shall have power, at any meeting, legally called and constituted, in pursuance of this act, to displace any of their directors or officers, and to supply by a new election or appointinent all vacancies that may

happen arnong the directors or officers of the company; and the said Directors may company shall have power to prescribe and regulate the powers and fill vacancies in duties of the said directors, and of all other officers of the company; the board of di

and a majority of the said directors may, from time to time, elect one of their body as a president, and may provisionally supply, by their own election, any vacancies that may happen among the number of directors, or among any of the officers of the company, and the persons so elected by the said directors, may continue in office till the next legal meeting of the company; and the directors of the said company, to be elected, in pursuance of this act, shall, unless sooner displaced by the said company, continue in office until the first Monday in January next, succeeding their election, and from that time until a new election shall be made

by the said company. A meeting of Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That a meeting of the said comthe company

pany may, at any time, be called by a majority of the directors of the may at any time be called company, for the time being, and by one third of the members of the by a majority of said company, or by the proprietors of one third of the shares actually directors.

subscribed for, or the legal representatives or successors of such memA majority of bers or proprietors: Provided however, that no meeting of the said the company to company shall be legal, or valid, unless a quorum shall be formed, conbe a quorum.

sisting of the majority of the members of the said company, or of the proprietors of at least two thirds of the number of shares actually subscribed for, their legal representatives, successors or proxies, nor unless

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the place (being within the city of Washington) and the time of such meeting be previously advertised for three weeks successively, in one or more gazettes in the city of Washington, Alexandria or Georgetown.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said shares shall be Shares made negotiable and transferable from one to another by assignments in writ- negotiable and ing, executed before two witnesses at the least, and authenticated, and

transserable. registered, as the said company may prescribe and direct in their bylaws and regulations.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That in suits at law against the Mode of reco. said company, the first process shall be a summons, to be served on the vering debts

from the compa: president, or any one or more of the directors of the said

company ;

ny. upon the service and return of which summons, if no appearance shall be entered for the said company, at the return term, the court may order the general issue to be entered on the record, and may proceed to trial and judgment, in like manner, as if an appearance had been entered, and the issue made up by the said company; and if judgment shall be recovered against the said company, the court may order the usual process of execution, or a special writ to attach the money, goods, chattels, debts, choses in action, and tolls in the hands of any officer of the said cornpany, or of any other person; and such attachment shall operate on the tolls thereafter to be received, which may [be] collected by a person, specially appointed by the court, for the use of the plaintiff recovering such judgment, until such judgment shall be satisfied, and the court may make such further or other order for enforcing the payment of such judgment, as may be consistent with the practice and powers of such court, as a court of law or equity, and that the shares in said company

Shares to be

deemed shall be deemed personal and not real property, and transferable in such

property. manner as the company shall direct; and that the shares held by any individual shall be liable to be attached or taken by fieri facias, to satisfy the debts due from such individual in like manner as other personal property may be.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the amount of each share shall be paid by instalments of ten dollars at such time as the said com- ing up the

shares. pany shall direct; and in case any instalment or instalments shall not be paid at the time appointed by the said company, or within ten days thereafter, the same may be recovered, in the name of the said company, by warrant from a justice of the peace, if the amount due shall not exceed twenty dollars; and if the sum so due shall exceed twenty dollars, the same may be recovered by motion, in the name of the said company, on ten days' notice, in any court of record in the county or district where the debtor shall be found ; and in all such warrants and motions, the certificate of the clerk of the said company, authenticated by the president, under the common seal of the said company, shall be conclusive evidence of the defendant's being a member of the company, and prima facie evidence of the amount due on the shares held by such defendant. And if such instalment or instalments be not paid within sixty days, after the time limited for the payment of the saine, and advertised for four weeks successively, in one or more gazettes, published in Washington, Alexandria or Georgetown, the president and directors of the said company may proceed to forfeit, for the use of the company, the share or shares of the person or persons, so failing to pay. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the said company be, and Dimensions

of the bridge to they are hereby authorized and empowered to erect and build, or to cause to be erected and built, over the river Potomac, between the termina

Maryland ave. tion of Maryland avenue and Alexander's island, a good and sufficient nue, &c. bridge, at least thirty-six feet wide, of sound and suitable materials, and in all respects adequate for the passage of travellers, horses, cattle and carriages, with a secure railing on each side at least four feet high; of which width six feet on one side shall be appropriated to the purpose of

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a way for foot passengers, and shall be separated from the carriage way

by a good and sufficient railing at least four feet high. A draw and Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the said company shall wharf to be made and kept

cause to be built and kept and maintained in good repair, a convenient in proper order.

and sufficient draw or passage way, at least thirty-five feet wide, in the said bridge, over the main channel of the river, for the passing and repassing of vessels, by day and by night; and shall also cause to be built, and to be kept and maintained in good repair, a well constructed and substantial wharf erected on piles on each side of the said bridge, and adjoining or near to the said draw, in every respect sufficient for ships and other vessels to lie at securely; and all ships, waiting for a passage through the said draw, may lie at such wharves, free of charge, until a suitable opportunity offers of passing through the said draw; and the said company shall, at their own cost, and without toll, cause the said draw or passage way to be hoisted or removed, without delay, for the passage of

all ships and vessels with masts, that are unable to pass under the same; Penalties for and if through the unskilfulness or negligence of the person or persons the detention of employed by the said coinpany, to hoist or remove the said draw, any vessels, &c. &c.

ship or vessel shall be unjustly or unreasonably hindered or delayed, or shall be damaged in her hull, spars or rigging, in passing the said draw, the said company shall be liable to the master or the owner or owners of such ship or vessel, for damages at the rate of six cents per ton of such ship or vessel, for each and every hour such ship or vessel shall be hindered or delayed, and for all damages in her hull, spars and rigging, as aforesaid, to be ascertained and recovered in a special action on the case, in any court of competent jurisdiction; and the said company shall constantly keep the said bridge furnished with twenty good lamps, to be well supplied with oil, and lighted in due season, four of which lamps shall be kept at the said draw, and be kept burning through the night, and the others shall be kept burning until the hour of twelve at night, under the penalty of five dollars for each offence, to be recovered by warrant before any justice of the peace, having jurisdiction, by such person or persons as shall sue for the same. And it shall be lawful for the said company, to cause each leaf of the said draw to be made of the width of twenty feet instead of thirty-six feet, the width of the said bridge; and if at any time hereafter the channel under the said principal draw of thirty-five feet shall change and shift to and under any other part of said bridge, then it shall be the duty of said company at all times to remove the former, and keep a good and sufficient draw of thirty-five feet in width over the main and principal channel, wherever the same shall pass under the said bridge: Provided, that the same shall appear necessary on a survey to be made by three commissioners to be appointed for

that purpose by the President of the United States. A second draw Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the said company shall, to be made

in like manner, cause a draw or passage way, at least fifteen feet wide, ryland channel.

to be made in the said bridge, across the other channel of the said river, near the eastern shore, commonly called the Maryland channel, subject to all the restrictions, penalties and provisions contained in the last preceding section, for keeping and maintaining the draw or passage way

over the main channel of the said river, except so far asrespects the buildProviso. ing of wharves on each side thereof: Provided, the same shall appear

A survey to be made.

necessary on a view and survey thereof, by three commissioners to be appointed for that purpose by the President of the United States.

Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That as soon as the said bridge and wharves shall be erected and built, and furnished and completed, as

required by this act, the said company shall be entitled to demand and Tolle. receive, by their proper agents, servants, or officers, tolls at the following

rates, viz. for each foot passenger six cents and a quarter ; for each person and a horse, eighteen cents and three quarters of a cent; for each

across the Ma.

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