An ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to incorporate the Tazewell County Commercial and Fire Insurance Company," approved, March 2, 1839. In force Feb.

18, 1841.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the corporate name Name changof the "Tazewell County Commercial and Fire Insurance ed Company," be, and the same is hereby changed, and here- ,: after it shall be known and styled "the Pekin Insurance Name & style Company," and by that name it may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and transact all other business authorized by the act to which this is an amendment.

Sec 2. The capital stock of said company may be loan- ^g(1ma> be ed by said company on personal security4 Provided, No greater rate of interest shall be demanded or taken than is authorized by the tenth section of the act to which this is an amendment. Approved, February 18, 1841.

An ACT to incorporate the Peoria Marine and Fire Insurance Company.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 20,1841. represented in the General Assembly, That Isaac Underbill, Francis Voris, William Frisby, Andrew Gray and Charles Kettelle, be, and they and all persons who may hereafter become members, are hereby incorporated as a body politic and corporate by the name and style of the "Peoria Marine and Fire Insurance Company," and said company shall pos-l ame 8ty e sess all the powers, privileges, rights, and immunities that are granted to the Mount Carmel marine and fire insurance company by the act incorporating said company, approved, March second, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven,pr(iyjweB a" and shall be organized and conducted according to the provisions of said act of incorporation so far as the same are or can be applicable to this company.

Sec 2. The capital stock shall be fifty thousand dollars Capital stock and may be increased to one hundred thousand, in the discretion of a majority of the directors of said company, to be divided into shares of one hundred dollars.

Sec 3. The said commissioners, or a majority of them, 7im* of openshall open one or more subscription books for said stock oning °° the first Monday in May next, or so soon thereafter as practicable and convenient, at the court house in the town of Peoria, and if the books for subscriptions to stock shall not be opened on the said first Monday in May, ten days' notice shall be given by a majority of said commissioners of the time and place of opening the same.

Sec 4. The first election of directors under this act shall First election be held at such time and place in the town of Peoria as a majority of the said commissioners shall direct, or in defaultof such

direction, then it shall be competent for the subscribers to fix upon the time of said election at the court house in said town of Peoria by a majority of shares subscribed.

Approved, February 20,1841.

In force Frh An A^T to incorporate the Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance 23, 1841. . Company.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,

represented in the General Assembly, That there shall be es

Name& style tablished in the city of Springfield, an insurance company,

to be called the "Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance


Sec. 2. All such persons as shall hereafter be stockholders of said company, shall be and they are hereby declared to bo Term of act. a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the "Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance Company," and to continue twenty years from and after the passage of this act, and by that name and style shall be competent to contract and be contracted with, and be capable in law and equity to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, defend and be defended, in all courts and places, in all matters whatsoever. Corporate Sec. 3. The said corporation may have and use a common

powers seal which they may alter, change or break at pleasure, and

may also make and establish, and put in execution such bylaws, ordinances and regulations as shall, in their opinion: be necessary for the good government of said corporation, and the prudent and efficient management of its affairs; no bylaws, ordinances and regulations of the same, shall be in anywise contrary to the Constitution and laws of the United States, or of this State. Capital stock Sec. 4. The capital stock of said company shall be one hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into shares of fifty dollars each, to be paid in such instalments as the directors chosen under this act may, from time to time direct, under such penalties as the president and directors may in their Stock increa-discretion appoint and order. The said capital stock may *ei hereafter be increased to an amount not exceeding five hun

dred thousand dollars, in the discretion of a majority of the directors of said incorporation, to be subscribed for and taken under the direction and superintendence of the president and directors aforesaid, or by any person or persons duly appointed by a majority of said directors in the same manner as is provided for the subscription to the original capStock Jassign-ital stock. The stock of said corporation shall be assignable able and transferable according to such rules as shall be adopted

in that behalf by the by-laws and ordinances thereof. Tl1„nrrke iD" sec; 5- The corPorat>on hereby created shall have power a"d authority to make marine insurance upon vessels, goods and merchandize, freights, monies, bottomry, respondentia, interest, and on all marine risks and inland navigation and transportation, and against all losses by fire, of any building or houses Whatsoever, and vessels on the stocks; and also to receive monies on deposite, and to loan the same May receive on bottomry and respondentia or otherwise, at such rates of m°nie» on deinterest as may now or hereafter be done by the existing p081te laws of this State; and they may also cause themselves to be reinsured against any maritime risks upon which they have made insurance, and upon the interest which they may have J**7 be in,uin any vessels, goods or merchandize, or houses in virtue of any such insurance, whether on bottomry, respondentia, orpremiums 4. otherwise, on such terms or conditions as may be agreed up- time* of payon by the parties, and to fix the premiums and times of pay- ment ment.

Sec. 6. All policies of insurance by them made, shall be p0]ic;eg subscribed by the president, or in case of his death or absence, by the vice-president, and countersigned and sealed by the secretary of said company; and all losses arising under any policies so subscribed and sealed, may be adjusted and settled by the president and board of directors.

Sec. 7. The said corporation shall not take any risk nor Policies may subscribe any policy by virtue of this act until one-fourth be isBued part of the capital stock thereof shall have been actually paid in. The said company shall not directly nor indirectly Shall not deal deal or trade in buying or selling any goods, wares or mer-In tra"e chandize whatsoever; but the president and directors may, at their option, vest the capital stock of said corporation in the stock of any incorporated bank, trust company, or public funds of the United States, or any State in the Union. They shall have power also to loan to any citizen of this State, any JJjg g°*"kca" portion of the capital stock, not exceeding ten thousand dollars to one individual, on bottomry, bond, mortgage of real estate, or other satisfactory security, at their discretion, at such rate of interest or discount, (according to bank usage of discount) as any individual is now, or may hereafter be authorized to loan by contract.

Sec. 8. The said corporation may purchase and hold such Mav hold real real estate as may be deemed necessary for the transaction of its business, and an amount at any time not exceeding thirty thousand dollars, and to take and hold any real estate or securities, mortgaged or pledged, of the said corporation to secure the payment of any debt due or to become due to it; and also to purchase on sales made by virtue of any judgment at law, or any decree of a court of equity, or otherwise; to take and receive any real estate in payment or towards satisfaction of any debt previously contracted or due to the corporation, and to hold the same until they nan Lands held to conveniently and advantageously sell and convert the same be sold into money or other personal property,and to sell and convey said real estate or any part thereof. ■

Com'rs to re- Sec. 9. John Taylor, Robert Irwin, James Adams, John scriptions8" "Williams, S. B. Opdycke, are hereby appointed commissioners for superintending subscriptions to said capital stock, and the said commissioners or a majority of them shall open one or more subscription books for said stock, on the first Monday of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, in the city of Springfield, and such other places as they may think proper, or any other time and place Notice by giving twenty days' notice of the time and place in the newspapers published in the city of Springfield, and the sum of two dollars on each share subscribed for shall be paid to said commissioners at the time of making such subscriptions; the books may be closed whenever the whole of said stock shall be subscribed. And whenever a board of directors shall be duly elected, the said commissioners shall deliver over to Payment sa'^ board of directors said books, and shall pay over to said board the whole amount of money by them respectively or jointly received, except so much as shall be retained for the may^be re- expenses incurred by them in executing the duties imposed tained on them by this act.

Sec. 10. In case of the death, resignation, or absence of In case of va- an3' °f *ne commissioners named in this act of incorporation, cancy it shall and may be lawful for any three of them to form a quorum and proceed to business, whose duties shall be the same in the premises as those prescribed to the whole of said commissioners by this act of incorporation named, and their acts as such shall be legal. Management Sec. 11. The stock, property and concerns of said incorporation, shall be managed and conducted by seven directors who shall be chosen by the stockholders of said company under the superintendence of the commissioners or a maTerm of office jority of them, and who shall hold their offices for one year, unless others shall be chosen before the expiration of that time, and who shall at the time of their election be citizens of this State, and holders respectively of not less than ten shares of the capital stock of said company. Annual elec- Sec. 12. The directors for every subsequent year shall be ,ion elected on the first Monday of May in each year, at such

time of the day, and at such place within the city of Springfield, and under the direction of such persons as a majority of the directors for the time being, shall appoint, by a resolution to be entered on their minutes. Elections by Sec All elections shall be by ballot, allowing one ballot vote to each share of the capital stock, and the seven per

sons who shall have the greatest number of votes shall be directors; and if at any election two or more persons shall have an equal number of votes so as to leave their election undecided, then the directors who have been duly elected shall proceed by ballot, and by a plurality determine which of said persons so having an equal number of votes shall be director or directors, so as to complete the whole number; and 155

whenever any vacancy shall happen for the office of presi- Vacancies dent, vice-president or directors, from death or other cause,bow filled such vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the year in which it shall happen by the directors, for the time being, or a majority of them. The said commissioners, as provided for by this act to superintend elections, shall certify under their hands and seals the persons elected, and deliver such certificates to the persons so elected or to some one of them, Certificates and if through any unavoidable accident said directors shall not be chosen on the first Monday as aforesaid, it shall be lawful to choose them on any other day in the manner herein provided.

Sec. 14. The directors, when chosen, shall meet as soon Election of ofas may be, after every election, and shall choose out of their ficers number a president who shall be sworn or affirmed faithfully to discharge the duties of the office, and shall preside for one year, and until another person is chosen in his stead; and also a vice-president for the time; they shall have power to appoint a secretary and all subordinate officers of said corporation, fix their compensations, define their powers, and prescribe their duties; who shall give such bonds and in such Bonds penal sums, with such conditions and with such securities as the directors shall prescribe, and hold their several offices during the pleasure of a majority of said directors.

Sec 15. The president or vice-president and four of the directors shall be competent to the transaction of business, and all questions shall be decided by a majority of votes.

Sec. 16. The president and directors of said company St°^, l° be shall, previous to subscribing anj policy, and once in each pu 18 e year, publish in two of the newspapers printed in this State, the amount of their capital stock.

Sec 17. The Legislature of this State shall never pass Collection of any law retarding or obstructing, or in anywise suspend-debts ing the collection of any debt or debts due said corporation.

Sec. 18. It shall be the duty of the directors of said com- Dividends pany, at such times as the by-laws thereof shall prescribe, to make dividends of so much of their interest and profits arising from the capital stock of said company as to them shall appear advisable; and in case of any loss or losses whereby In oase ofjog. the capital stock of said company shall be lessened before all see instalments are paid in, each proprietor's or stockholder's estate shall be held accountable for the instalments that may remain unpaid on his or her share or shares ut the time of such loss or losses taking place, and no subsequent dividend shall be made until the sum arising from the profits of the business, or additional instalments on the capital stock shall be paid said company equal to such diminution; and once in every three years, and oftener if required by a majority of the votes of the stockholders, the directors shall lay before the Profits stockholders at a general meeting an exact and particular

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