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laws of this State, which now is punished by confinement or imprisonment in the Penitentiary, such person or persons, so offending, and being thereof duly convicted, shall be punished in the manner prescribed for the punishment of said offences by the laws in force in this State on the eighteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixteen.

Sec. 3. That in all cases where any person or persons shall he cafter commit any offence which would by the laws now of force in this State, subject him or them to confinement in the Penitentiary, and which said offences were created by statute since the said eighteenth day of December, in the year eighteen hundred and sixteen, such, person or persons so offending, and being thereof duly convicted, shall be punished by whipping on the bare back, not exceeding nine and thirty lashes, and fined at the discretion of the court.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where any offences may heretofore have been committed against the laws of this State, which would on conviction subject the offender to confinement in the Penitentiary, such person or persons, having already so offended, but not yet tried and sentenced, shall on conviction therefor be imprisoned in the Penitentiary in obedience to the law now in force.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if any offences shall hereafter be committed for which the offender would upon conviction be imprisoned in the Penitentiary of this State, and for which no punishment is prescribed by this act, the saine shall hereafter be punished by fine or whipping or imprisonment at the discretion of the Court.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the operation of this act, shall not repeal all or any of the enactments of the last Legislature, respecting the protection of the gold region in the Cherokee Country, as well as the punishment of offenders against the same, but all such offences shall be punished in the Penitentiary as if the said act had never passed, and after the occupation of said Cherokee lands, this section shall cease and have no effect.

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AN ACT to regulate the transportation of gunpowder, and' to authorise the forfeiture of such as shall be transported in violation of the provisions of this act.

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 after the passage of this act, it shall be the duty of all owners, agents and others, who may or shall have any gunpowder, exceeding in quantity five pounds, transported upon the waters or within the limits of this State, to have the word gunpowder marked in large letters upon each and every package which may or shall be so transported.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all gunpowder exceeding five pounds in quantity, which shall hereafter be transported or engaged for transportation upon any of the waters or within the limits of this State, without being mark ed as directed in the first section of this act, shall be liable to seizure and forfeiture-one half to the informer, the other for the use of the Volunteer companies most convenient or contiguous to the place of seizure or forfeiture.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all laws or parts of laws militating against this law, be, and they are hereby repealed.

ASBURY HULL,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,

Assented to, Dec. 26, 1831.

President of the Senate.

WILSON LUMPKIN, Governor.

AN ACT to authorised. the Justices of the Inferior Court of Jefferson county to establish an institution for the relief of the invalid poor of said county, and to invest in 'said court corporate powers for the government of the same.

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 passage of this act, the Justices of the Inferior Court of Jefferson county, to wit: John H. Newton, Asa Holt, Jonathan Roberson, John Clements, Littleberry Bostick, (and their successors in office) be, and they are hereby invested with full and sufficient power to establish an institution in said county, for the relief of the invalid poor of said county, and that they are hereby authorised to appropriate one half of the tax reserved to said county, for the purpose of erecting said institution: Provided, however, That the said Justices shall not be compelled to proceed to carry into effect this act, until they or a majority of them shall deem it to be expedient so to do..

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Justices and their successors in office shall be, and they are hereby constituted and appointed a corporate body for the purpose aforesaid, with full power to pass such by-laws and regulations not contrary to the laws and Constitution of this State, as they may deem to be necessary for the government of the

same.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said Justices be, and they are liable to sue and be sued, in the name of the Commissioners of the Poor House of the County of Jefferson.

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Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,

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AN ACT to change the names of certain persons.

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 the name of Jefferson Smith shall be called and known by the name of Jefferson Jennings; the name of Hardin T. Allen to that of Hardin T. Smith; the name of Jefferson Mashburn to Jefferson Mathews; of Philip Griffin to that of Philip McKenzie; the name of Lemuel La Fayette to that of Lemuel La Fayette Hover; the name of William Anderson Todd, William Anderson Beasly.

Be it further enacted, That the names of Amanda Howard, Clementine Howard, Simeon H. Howard, and Freeman W. Howard, be, and the same are hereby changed to that of Amanda Smith, Clementine Smith, Simeon H. Smith, and Freeman W. Smith.'

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AN ACT to legitimatise and change the name of Marthaann Chastain to that of Martha-ann Atkison, and the name of Sarah-ann Chastain to that of. Sarah-ann Atkison, and Shadreck Chastain to that of Shadreck Atkison, and Henry Chastain to that of Henry Atkison, to inherit and receive property both real and personal, by virtue of

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the statute of distributions of this State, and to legitimatize and change the names of other persons therein named.

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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 after the passage of this act, the name of Martha-ann Chastain be changed to that of Martha Ann Atkison, and Sarah-ann Chastain to that of Sarab-ann Atkison, and Shadreck Chastain to that of. Shadreck Atkison, and Henry Chastain to that of Henry Atkison; and they are hereby completely and fully legitimatized, and entitled to all the rights and privileges that they would have had if they had been born in lawful wedlock, and capable of inheriting and receiving all manner of property by virtue of the statute of distribution of this State, as far as relates to the estate both real and personal, of their reputed father Hiram Atkison, of Decatur county: Provide, nothing in this act shall be so construed as to authorise the aforesaid persons to inherit to the exclusion of other children of the reputed father, who 'have been, or may hereafter be born in lawful wedlock.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the name of Milbrough-ann Mallerd, be changed to that of Millbrough Drew, and that of George M. Mallerd to that of George M. Drew, and Mary Mallard to that of Mary Drew, and that they are hereby completely and fully legitimatised, and entitled to all the rights and privileges that they would have had if they had been born in lawful wedlock, and capable of taking and inheriting, and receiving all manner of property, by virtue of the statute of distribution of this State, as far as relates to the estate both real and personal, of their reputed father Thomas Drew, of Emanuel county: Provided, nothing in this act, shall be so construed as to authorise the aforesaid persons to inherit to the exclusion of other children of their reputed father who have been or may hereafter be born in lawful wedlock.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the name of Lodoiska Rich is hereby changed to that of Lodoiska Douglass, and Tersia Rich to that of Tersia Douglass, and Sarah Rich to that of Sarah Douglass, [and Sarah Rich to that of Sarah Douglass] and Martha Rich to that of Martha Douglass, and William R. Rich to that of William R. Douglass; and they are hereby completely and fully legiti matised and entitled to all the rights and privileges that they would have had if they had been born in lawful wedlock, and capable of inheriting and receiving all manner of property

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