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AN ACT to empower the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Savannah and hamlets thereof, to purchase land for the erection of a Lazaretto, and give them jurisdiction over the

same.

Whereas, the preventing the propagation and spreading of small pox and other contagious discases, is a subject of deep interest to the State generally, and that any expense incurred, should be borne by the citizens at large; and whereas, the said disease and others of a contagious character are more liable to occur in the principal seaport of the State, than in any other section, whereby the commerce and intercourse with other sections thereof, may be greatly impaired, and soon destroyed, to the injury and detriment of the citizens, and the revenue of the State: for remedy whereof,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this act, it shall and may be lawful for the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Savannah, and the hamlets thereof, to purchase for the use of said city, as much land in the county of Chatham as may be deemed by them necessary for the erection of a Lazaretto, or suitable building, wherein persons infected with, or labouring under small pox or any contagious disease, shall be detained and kept, in pursuance of the Quarantine laws of this State, until relieved or permitted to leave the same by the Mayor and Aldermen aforesaid-and that the said Mayor and Aldermen shall have the same powers and like jurisdiction over the land so purchased, as they now have within the jurisdictional limits of the city of Savannah, as at present limitted, so long as the same shall be used for the purposes herein contemplated.

ASBURY HULL,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,

President of the Senate.

Assented to, Dec. 26, 1831.

WILSON LUMPKIN, Governor.

AN ACT to regulate the town of Jefferson in the county of Camden.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That John Bailey, Stephen McCall, and Robert Lang, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners of the said town, and they or a majority of them, and their successors in office, shall have, and they are hereby vested with full power and authority, to pass all by-laws and ordinances which they or a majority of them, may think necessary for the inforcement [improvement] and keeping in repair and good order the streets of the said town, and for other purposes: Provided, nothing herein contained be repugnant to the laws and constitution of this State, and of the United States.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid commissioners or a majority of them, and their successors in office, shall have full power to tolerate the lot holders of said town, to fence in and cultivate such streets as in their opinion are at this time not necessary for the use of said town.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the power and authority vested in the said commissioners shall not extend to the passing any by-laws or ordinances which may require corporal punishment to be inflicted, neither shall the said commissioners be authorised to impose any poll tax upon the citizens of the said town, which shall exceed the sum of two dollars in the term of one year.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners shall continue in office until the first Saturday in January, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, on which day, and on the first Saturday in January, every year thereafter, between the hours of ten o'clock in the forenoon and three o'clock in the afternoon of that day, all the free male white citizens of said town, who shall have given in their taxable property, and are entitled to vote for members of the General Assembly, shall assemble at the court house of said county, and by ballot elect three commissioners who shall continue in office for the term of one year, at which election any one or more Justices of the Peace, or Justice of the Inferior Court of said county, shall preside: Provided, That the said commissioners, after having served the term of one

year, shall be, and they are hereby re-eligible to the said ap

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AN ACT to authorise the corporation of the town of Columbus to establish a Fire Company, and to exempt the members of said company from certain duties therein specified.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passing of this act, the corporation of the town of Columbus shall have power and authority, and they are hereby empowered and authorised, to nominate, select and appoint certain individuals, being free white persons, and not exceeding one hundred in number, and who, when so appointed, shall be known as the Fire Company of Columbus.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be the duty of said company, when formed, to take charge of the fire-engine, hooks, ladders, &c. and manage the same in cases of fire, within the town of Columbus.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That so soon after the passage of this act, as a sufficient number of individuals may consent to become members of said Fire Company, as may be necessary to render it effectual, it shall be the duty of said corporation to convene said individuals, and recommend the adoption of such constitution, rules, and regulations, as said company or a majority of them may deem necessary and proper for their government and conduct, which, when so adopted by the company, and approved by the corporation aforesaid, shall be binding on each member of said company.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted. That the said one hun dred persons so selected and organized, shall not be liable during their continuance as members of said Fire Company, to perform militia duty, except in cases of invasion, war or insurrection.

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AN ACT giving the Intendant and members of Council of the town of St. Mary's, authority to act as Justices of the Peace in certain cases.

Whereas, many diffidulties and inconveniences arise for want of Justices of the Peace, in the twenty-ninth district Camden county, as no person will accept said office: to remedy said difficulty,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act, the Intendant and members of Council for the town of St. Mary's, or any one them, shall have power and authority, to issue writs of attachment returnable to either the Superior or Inferior Courts, and power and authority to take all affidavits necessary, to hold to bail, and also to act in all cases, in suits commenced, or about to be commenced, in either of the above Courts, or in any corporation Court, as Justices of the Peace, except holding of Justices Courts, in the said twenty-ninth district, and the said Intendant and members of council, or any, or either of them, shall have full power and authority to superintend and make returns of all elections which may be hereafter held in the election district of St. Mary's in said county, upon the same footing, and in the same manner as Justices of the Peace of said

County; all laws and parts of laws militating against this law, to the contrary notwithstanding.

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AN ACT to incorporate the trustees of the Masonic Hall in the town of Milledgeville.

Whereas, by an act of the General Assembly of this State, passed on the ninth day of December, eighteen hundred and twenty-eight, certain persons therein named, were constituted commissioners and authorised to raise by Lottery the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars, to be appropriated to the building of a Masonic Hall in the town of Milledgeville; And whereas, it is made known to this Assembly, that in pursuance of said act, said commissioners have raised a certain sum of money by Lottery; And whereas, it was the intention of said act, that the Hall intended to be built, should be for the benefit of all the Masonic Institutions now in said town, some of which are not incorporated.

Sec. 1. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act, Seaton Grantland, R. K. Hines, George W. Murray, Thomas Ragland, F. V. Delaunay, William J. Davis, Iverson L. Harris, S. Rockwell, and William Y. Hansell, and their successors, shall be, and they are hereby constituted and created a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "the Trustees of the Masonic Hall in the town of Milledgeville."

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the parties so incorporated as aforesaid, and their successors, shall be, and they are hereby authorised to have and use a common seal,

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