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any writ of ejectment, or other action for the recovery of the possession, title or claim of, to or for any lands, tenements or other hereditaments, but within twenty years next after the right of such actions or suits shall have accrued.

Sec. 3. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That if any person or persons is or shall be entitled to have, sue or bring any such action or actions as aforesaid, shall be within the age of twenty-one years, insane, feme covert, imprisoned or beyond sea, at the time when any such action or actions, may, or shall have accrued, then every such person or persons shall have a right to have, sue or bring any of the action or actions aforesaid within the times hereby before limited in this act, after such disability shall have been removed.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all actions or prosecutions, which at any time hereafter shall be commenced for any forfeiture upon any penal statute made or to be made, shall be commenced within two years next after the offense committed against such penal statute: Provided always, That when any action, information, indictment or other suit, is or shall be limited by any statute to be had, sued, commenced or exhibited within a shorter time than

Limitation for the recovery of lands by ejectment, etc.

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Prosecu

tions for for

feitures or penal Statutes to be COmmenced Within two years.

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is hereby limited, then and in every such case, the action, information, indictment or other suit, shall be brought within the time limited by such Statute.

Causes of Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all

actions

o, causes of action enumerated in this act, which barred. have already accrued, shall only be barred by counting the time of limitation given to those actions respectively, from the passage of this law. commence. Sec. 6. And be it further én//cted, That this * “” act shall be in force from and after the first day of May next, and that all acts and parts of acts, Repealing coming within the purview of this act, be and

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the same are hereby repealed.

ELIAS LANGHAM, Speaker of the house of representatives.

NATH. MASSIE,
Speaker of the senate.

January 4th, 1804.

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CHAPTER IV.
An act, to regulate black and mulatto persons.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of the state of Ohio, That from and after the first day of June next, no black or mulatto person, shall be permitted to settle or reside in this state, unless he or she shall first produce a fair certificate from some court within the United States, of his or her actual freedom, which certificate shall be attested by the clerk of said court, and the seal thereof annexed thereto, by the said clerk.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That every black or mulatto person residing within this state, on or before the first day of June, one thousand eight hundred and four, shall enter his or her name, together with the name or names of his or her children, in the clerk's office in the county in which he, she or they reside, which shall be entered on record by said clerk, and thereafter the clerk’s certificate of such record shall be sufficient evidence of his, her or their freedom; and for every entry and certificate, the person obtaining the same shall pay to the clerk twelve and an half cents: I’rovided

Black or Illulatto persons not permitted to reside in this State. Without producing a certifical e.

Residents prior to 1st

June, 1804, to

enter their

names with the clerk of the county.

The clerk's Certificate evidence of freedom.

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Residents prohibited from hiring black or mulatto perSOnS not having a certifiCate.

Penalty.

One-half to the informer, the Other to the State.

An additiona1 Sum to the Owner, if any.

How recoVered.

Penalty. On persons harboring Or SeCreting negro or mulatto perSOnS.

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nevertheless, That nothing in this act contained shall bar the lawful claim to any black or mulatto person.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That no person or persons residents of this state, shall be permitted to hire, or in any way employ any black Or mulatto person, unless such black or mulatto person shall have one of the certificates as aforesaid, under pain of forfeiting and paying any sum not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars, at the discretion of the court, for every such offense, one-half thereof for the use of the informer and the other half for the use of the state; and shall moreover pay to the owner, if any there be, of such black or mulatto person, the sum of fifty cents for every day he, she or they shall in any wise employ, harbor or secrete such black or mulatto person, which sum or sums shall be recoverable before any court having cognizance thereof.

Sec. 4. And be if further enacted, That if any person or persons shall harbor or secrete any black or mulatto person, the property of any person whatever, or shall in any wise hinder or prevent the lawful owner or owners from retaking and possessing his or her black or mulatto servant or servants, shall, upon conviction thereof, by indictment or information, be fined in any sum not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars, at the discretion of the court, one-half thereof for the use of the informer and the other half for the use of the state.

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Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That every black or mulatto person who shall come to reside in this state with such certificate as is required in the first section of this act, shall, within two years, have the same recorded in the clerk’s office, in the county in which he or she means to reside, for which he or she shall pay to the clerk twelve and an half cents, and the clerk shall give him or her a certificate of such record.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That in case any person or persons, his or their agent or agents, claiming any black or mulatto person that now are or hereafter may be in this state, may apply, upon making satisfactory proof that Such black or mulatto person or persons is the property of him or her who applies, to any associate judge or justice of the peace within this state, the associate judge or justice is hereby empowered and required, by his precept, to direct the sheriff or constable to arrest such black or mulatto person or persons and deliver the same in the county or township where such

Penalty on perSOnS harboring or seCreting negrO Or mulatto perSOInS.

Black or mulatto perSOns, coming to reside in this State with a legal certifiCate, to reCOrd the Same,

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Proceedings when perSon Or their agentS claim any negro or mulatto,

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