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Resolved, That the sum of four thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby granted as a tax on the said County of Oxford, for the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty, to be apportioned, assessed, paid, collected and applied for the purposes aforesaid, according to law. And whereas said estimate is not accompanied by the Treasurer's account for said county; Therefore,

Be it further resolved, That the Treasurer of said county be, and he hereby is required to produce his account as Treasurer of the county aforesaid, at the first session of the next General Court.

CHAP. CXV.

Resolre giving the Supreme Judicial Court, at their adjourn

ed term, in the County of Bristol, cognizance of Crimes and Offences, and authorizing Appeals to be entered at said term. February 17th, 1820.

Resolved, That the Supreme Judicial Court, which shall be holden in the County of Bristol, at the adjourned term thereof, on the last Tuesday of May next, shall and may have cognizance of all crimes and offences committed within the said County of Bristol, in the same way and manner as they would have at any regular and established term of said court, and may direct the Clerk of said court to summon a Grand Jury, to attend at the said adjourned term, if, in their opinion, the number of prisoners in the gaol, in said county, or other circumstances, shall render it expedient or necessary.

Resolved, That all appeals which have been made from any judgment, decree or sentence of the Circuit Court of Common Pleas, which was holden in said County of Bristol, on the second Monday of December last past, and all appeals, which shall be made from any judgment, decree, or sentence, of the Circuit Court of Common Pleas, which will be holden in said county, on the second Monday of March next, shall and may be entered, have day, and be proceeded upon and determined, at the adjourned term of the Supreme Judicial Court, to be holden in said county, on the last Tuesday of May next, in the same way and manner as by

law, appeals may be entered and acted upon, at any regular and established term of said court.

CHAP. CXVI.

Resolve on the petition of Allen Durfee.

February 18th, 1820.

On the petition of Allen Durfee, to His Excellency the Governor, praying for a reward for apprehending Thomas Daniels, one of the supposed murderers of the late Jacob Gould, of Stoneham, which was referred by His Excellency to the consideration of the General Court:

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the treasury of this Commonwealth, to the said Allen Durfee, the sum of two hundred dollars, which shall be in full for the services stated in his petition ; and that the Governor, with advice of the Council, be requested to draw his warrant accordingly.

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Resolve providing for the Removal of Deaf and Dumb Persons, from the American Asylum, at Hartford.

February 19th, 1820.

Whereas, it appears that Benjamin Tripp, one of the number of deaf and dumb persons designated to participate the advantages of the American Asylum, at Hartford, for the instruction of such persons, by virtue of a resolve of this Commonwealth, passed on the nineteenth day of June last past, is wholly incapacitated to improve those advantages, and to derive the benefits thereof; Therefore,

Resolved, That the appropriation in favor of the said Benjamin Tripp, by virtue of the resolve of the nineteenth day of June last, shall cease and be discontinued, from and after the fifteenth day of March next; and that His Excellency the Governor be requested to communicate the substance of the advice received from the Principal of the said Asylum, on this subject, and also the substance of this resolve, as soon as may be, to the parents of the said Tripp, and request them to take immediate measures for his removal.

Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be requested, and he is hereby authorized, on receiving advice from the Principal of said Asylum, after the said fifteenth day of March next, that the said Tripp has not been removed by his parents, to cause him to be removed, and returned to his parents, in such manner as he may think proper; the expense of which removal, and also that of his board and instruction at the said asylum, until such removal, shall be paid out of the treasury of this Commonwealth, and deducted from the general appropriation under the resolve of the nineteenth of June last, respecting deaf and dumb persons.

Resolred, That in all like cases, in future, the appropriation in favor of any such person, shall cease in twenty days next after advice thereof shall be received by the Executive Department, from the Principal of the said Asylum : And the same proceedings shall be had in every such case, as is herein above provided, respecting the said Tripp. And all expenses incurred under, and by virtue of these resolves, shall be examined and allowed by the Governor and Council; and His Excellency the Governor is requested to draw his warrant on the Treasurer for the same.

Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be requested to cause these resolves to be communicated to the Principal of the said Asylum, at Hartford ; and request his immediate advice of the neglect of the parents or friends of the said Tripp, or of any other person in like circumstances, to cause their removal, by the time when the appropriation in their favor shall cease, agreeably to the foregoing resolve.

CHAP. CXVIII.

Resolve Confirming Certain Marriages.

February 21st, 1820.

On the petition of Samuel Sibley and Charlotte Broad, now called Charlotte Sibley, and John Wellington and Mary Smith Winslow, now called Mary Smith Wellington, all of Fairfax, in the County of Kennebec, representing, that they have been united in marriage, having a lawful right thereto, and their intention therefor having been legally published by the Town Clerk of said Town of Fairfax, and that they have been severally married by ministers, of whose authority doubts have arisen :

Resolved, That the several marriages, aforesaid, of the said Samuel Sibley with Charlotte Broad, and of the said John Wellington with Mary Smith Winslow, married in manner aforesaid, be, and the same are hereby declared to be legal and valid, to all the intents and purposes of marriage ; and the children of the said marriages shall be, and are hereby declared to be legitimate, as though the said marriages had been solemnized by a person legally empowered for such purpose.

CHAP. CXIX.

Resolve allowing Charles Turner to Sell Real Estate.

February 21st, 1820.

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On the petition of Charles Turner, Guardian to Josiah Litchfield, of Scituate, in the County of Plymouth, non compos mentis, praying that he may be authorized to sell certain real estate, named in said petition :

Resolved, For reasons set forth in said petition, that said Guardian be, and he hereby is authorized and empowered to sell, at public vendue, and pass deed or deeds to convey the right, title, and interest his ward has in and to a small island, near the entrance of Boston Harbor, called Green Island, and the buildings thereon standing; and also about one quarter of an acre of land, in Scituate aforesaid, with a dwelling house thereon, near and adjoining the widow Lucy Doane's land, first giving bond to the Judge of Probate for the County of Plymouth, to comply with the laws for the sale of real estates, by executors or administrators, and to account to said Judge of Probate, for the proceeds of said sales.

CHAP, cxx.

Resolve on the petition of John Merrill.

February 22d, 1820.

Resolved, That the Court of Sessions, for the County of Cumberland be, and they hereby are authorized to adjust the account of John Merrill, for services and medicines rendered to prisoners confined in the gaol of said county, on criminal prosecutions, in behalf of the Commonwealth, during the years one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, and one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, and allow him such sum as may be just and reasonable, to be paid out of the treasury of said county.

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CHAP. CXXI.

Resolve respecting Slavery. February 23d, 1820.

The Committee of both Houses, who were appointed to consider 66 what measures it may be proper for the Legislature of this Commonwealth to adopt, in the expression of their sentiments and views, relative to the interesting subject, now before Congress, of interdicting slavery in the New States, which may be admitted into the Union, beyond the River Mississippi,” respectfully submit the following report :

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