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AN ACT to authorize the Governor to issue to William Smith, of the county of Lowndes, a grant for lot number 10, in the tenth district of originally Irwin county on certain conditions.
WHEREAS by the provisions of an act assented to 22d of December, 1847, lot No. 10 in the tenth district of originally Irwin now Lowndes county, was sold by the Sheriff of the county of Lowndes, and Thomas B. Stewart being the highest bidder, became the purchaser thereof for the sum of one dollar and thirty-one cents, which sum he appears to have paid incorrectly to the Trustee of the Poor School fund of said county, without taking the Sheriff's certificate or applying for a grant; and whereas, the said lot was in July, 1849, sold at Sheriffs' sale in the county of Lowndes, as the property of said Thomas B. Stewart, under execution, and William Smith became the purchaser and paid the purchase money thereof:
SECTION 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 the Governor be and he is hereby authorized to issue a grant to said William Smith, for lot No. 10 in the tenth district of originally Irwin, upon evidence of his having paid into the Treasury the original purchase money and interest, and the usual grant fees.
Approved, February 22 1850.
AN ACT to authorize grants to issue to the owners of certain fractional lots of land in the county of Talbot.. SECTION 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 and may be lawful for his Excellency the Governor to cause grants to issue to the owners of such fractional lots of land situated in the county of Talbot, as were suspended from sale under an Executive order issued 23d day of December, 1848.
SECTION 2. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws militating against this act, be and the same are hereby repealed.
Approved, February 23, 1850.
AN ACT to make Ellen M. Baker the heir of James R. Ware, and to cause her to stand related to him in all re
spects as if she were the child of his body, and for other
WHEREAS James R. Ware, a resident of Stewart county, represents to the General Assembly that he is a native of Great Britain, but has resided in the United States since the year eighteen hundred and sixteen, and that having considerable property now, and expecting to have by inheritance and otherwise considerably more, he wishes, as he has no child of his own, that Ellen M. Baker, the cousin of said Ware and the child of Alpheus Baker of Stewart county, may be made his heir and caused to stand related to him as if she were the child of his body, so that she may as such inherit whatever property he may at his death leave undisposed of by will, or that the said Ware may be entitled to by inheritance or otherwise; and whereas the said James R. Ware prays the General Assembly to pass an act to accomplish his wish; therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said Ellen M. Baker shall henceforth stand related to the said James R. Ware in all respects as if she were the child of his body, and as such shall at his death become his heir and inherit whatever property or other things of value he may leave undisposed of by lawful will and whatever property the said Ware would be entitled to inherit if living.
SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws militating against this act, be and the same are hereby repealed.
Approved, December 20, 1849.
AN ACT to incorporate the Savannah Gas Light Company and the Augusta Gas Light Company.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep resentatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same. That Thomas Purse, Thomas M. Turner, Richard R. Cuyler, John F. Posey, Francis S. Bartow, Robert H. Griffin, Edward Padelford, John W. Anderson, William B. Hodgson, William C. Daniell, Joseph S. Fay, and John Mallery, and their associates and successors, shall be and they are hereby incorporated, made and declared a body politic and corporate in deed and in law, by the name and style of the Savannah Gas Light Company, and as such body politic and corporate shall have power to make, use, have and keep
a common seal and the same at will to alter; to make all necessary by-laws, not repugnant to the laws of the land, and to have succession of officers and members conformably to such by-laws, and to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded in any court of law or equity in this State, and to have, use and enjoy all other rights and be subject to all other liabilities which are incidental to bodies corporate.
SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall have full power and authority to manufacture, make and sell gas, to be made of rosin, coal, oil, turpentine or any other material or materials, and to furnish such quantities of gas as may be required in the city of Savannah 'for lighting the streets, stores and buildings there situate, and for other purposes; to buy pipes or other conductors for conducting gas through the streets, alleys, lanes and squares of the city of Savannah aforesaid: Provided, such streets, alleys, lanes and squares shall be left in as good condition as they were at the time of laying such pipes or other conductors; and also to erect such buildings, and to hold such real and personal estate as may be requisite or necessary to carry on the business aforesaid; and the said corporation shall have power to raise by subscription, in shares of twenty-five dollars each, a capital of one hundred thousand dollars, with the privilege of increasing the same to two hundred thousand dollars; and the said corporation shall not go into operation, nor the rights, privileges and franchises hereby granted attached, until twenty thousand dollars of the capital aforesaid shall have been actually paid in in gold or silver current coin or the current notes of the incorporated banks of this State, and an oath or affirmation thereof shall have been made by the President. Treasurer, and a majority of the Board of Directors of the said company, and recorded in the office of the clerk of the Superior Court of Chatham county.
SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That the said shares in the capital stock aforesaid of the said corporation, shall be deemed personal estate, and be transferable only on the books of the said corporation; and no part of said capital stock shall at any time or under any preter.ce whatever be loaned to or divided amongst the stockholders, nor shall the said capital be withdrawn or divided amongst the stockholders until all the liabilities of the said corporation have been lawfully paid; nor shall any dividend or dividends be at any time declared, except of the clear earnings and profits of the said company over and above the capital.
SECTION 4. And be it further enacted, That if the proprietor of any share shall neglect or refuse to pay any instalment assessed thereon for the space of thirty days after the time appointed for the payment thereof, the Treasurer of the company may by order of the Board of Directors thereof,
sell by public auction a sufficient number of any shares held by such defaulter to pay all instalments then due by him, together with all necessary and incidental charges; and the Treasurer shall give notice of the time and place of such sale, and of the sum due on each share by advertising the same for two successive weeks previous to such sale in some newspaper in the city of Savannah ; and a bill of sale of the shares so sold shall be made by the Treasurer of the company to the purchaser thereof, who shall thereupon be entitled to have the same transferred to him on the books of the company, and shall be liable for all future instalments on the stock he may purchase.
SECTION 5. And be it further enacted, That the said Thomas Purse, Thomas M. Turner, Richard R. Cuyler, John F. Posey, Francis S. Bartow, Robert H. Griffin, Edward Padelford, John W. Anderson, William B. Hodgson, William C. Daniell, Joseph S. Fay, and John Mallery may open books and take subscriptions for the capital stock of said company in such manner as they may deem expedient; and whenever such subscriptions shall amount to the sum of fifty thousand dollars, the stockholders having had two weeks' notice in writing or in one of the public newspapers in the city of Savannah, may meet and proceed to elect a President, Treasurer and Board of Directors, or such other officers as they may deem necessary for organizing the said company and conducting the affairs thereof; and the said Board of Directors shall continue in office until their successors shall have been duly elected, and, until otherwise provided for by the by-laws of the said corporation, shall have power to dispose of the residue of the capital stock of the said company not subscribed for in such manner and at such times as they may deem fit; and at the said election of officers and at all other meetings of the said company every stockholder shall be entitled to one vote for every share held by him.
SECTION 6. And be it further enacted, That the Directors shall submit to the stockholders annually a written statement under oath or affirmation of the Treasurer of the corporation, setting forth the amount of the capital stock paid in and of the general assets of the company, and also the amount of all existing debts and liabilities of the said company.
SECTION 7. And be it further enacted, That any person wilfully injuring or causing to be injured any of the property of the said corporation, shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation, treble the amount of damages sustained by any such injury, to be recovered by action in any court having cognizance thereof.
SECTION 8. And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue in force for twenty years, and no part of the capi
tal stock nor any of the funds of the said corporation shall at any time during the continuance of this charter be used or employed, directly or indirectly in banking operations or for any other operations whatever, inconsistent with this act.
And be it further enacted, That William M. D'Antignac, Thomas Barrett, Hubbell W. Risley, Daniel B. Plumb, P. A. Moise, Thomas S. Metcalf, James Harper, and Edward Thomas be and they and their associates and successors are hereby constituted and made a body politic and corporate under the name and style of the Augusta Gas Light Company, with all the powers, privileges, and subject to all the liabilities and restrictions hereinbefore stated in relation to the Savannah Gas Light Company.
Approved, December 14, 1849.
AN ACT to incorporate the Hydraulic Company of the city of Savannah, and for other purposes therein named.
SECTION 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, Cosmo P. Richardson, Hiram Roberts and Mulford Marsh, with their associates, successors and assigns, shall be and they are hereby created a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the Hydraulic Company of the city of Savannah, for the purpose of supplying the said city with water, with power to said corporation to contract for, purchase, lease, hold and sell such property, real, personal or mixed, and to construct and forever maintain in the said city of Savannah or its vicinity, such works as shall by its Board of Directors from time to time be deemed necessary, to carry out the purposes aferesaid; and said corporation by its corporate name shall be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, in any and all the Courts of Law and Equity in this State, and shall be empowered to make, have and use a common seal, and to make and enforce, by and through their Board of Directors, such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be necessary for the government and convenient management of the same: Provided, such rules, regu lations and by-laws be not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of this State or the United States.
SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That the capital stock of said corporation shall be five hundred thousand dollars, in shares of twenty-five dollars each, and that each of said shares shall entitle the holder thereof to one vote in all elections by the stockholders.