Z133sa4ren OJff E a Imt1a,
PASSED AT TIE FIFTEENTH SESSION, C IMMENCIN JANUARY 2D,
AND ENDING FEBRUARY TIIE 12TII,
WILLIAM WILSON-P, inter.
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TERRaZTTO 03 PFLORIDA.
No. 1. AN ACT to repeat an met entitled an At respecting the hostile
Negroes auiMulattoes in th Semiunole nation.
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the act entitled An Act res-
pecting the hostile Negroes and Mulattoes ia the 6Senaole Na*
tion, be, and the same is declared hereby repealed.
Approved 14th Jjnuary, 1837.
No. 2. AN ACT to.change the County Seat and; place of hok'ing
the County Courts of te County of Franklin.
Whereas, the Legislntive Council ofthe Territory of Florida
at the last session tuereof, viz eighteen hundred and thirty.-ix. Preamble,
upon petition of the iihbtbit.tant ol0 Franklia County, w aeid
'irrituiy, enacted and declared the city of St. Joseph to be the
public ase of said County : And whereas, the said act bhs been
annjulled by the Congress or the United, States, contrary to. uaao
and the lotel right of the people of Florida: And wbereaa, a
large majority of the citizuo of. Franlin. Goa0t. a a w ot.
election, have expressed by vote their preference as to the loca-
tion of their County Site.
County Site. SEC. 1. Be it therefore enacted by the Governor and Legisla-
tive Courcil of the Territory of Florida. That the city of St. Jo-
seph shall be the County Site in and for the County of Franklin.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the County Courts for
said County, shall be held in St. Joseph, at such times as have
been or may hereafter be appointed.
SEC. 3. Be it further euacted, That the Judge and Clerk of
the County Court shall keep their offices in said city.
Approved 24th January, 1837.
No. 3. AN ACT to amend an Act to incorporate the Town of Jack-
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Couli-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That from and after the passage
of this act. ite boundary line of theincorporation of the Town
of Jacksonville shall be extended agreeably to the following lines:
beginning at the mouth of McCoy's Creek on St. Johns river.
running thence up said Creek to a point where John W. Richard's
fence joined said creek, thence a north course to the first branch
north of the Kings road leading to St. Mlary's, thence down said
branch to Hogan's Creek, thence down said creek to the mouth
where it empties into St. Johns river, thence across said river
to the south side, thence up the south side of said river to Hen-
drick's point, thence across St. Johns river to the Mouth of Mc-
Coy's creek afbresaid.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the act to amend an Act
to incorporate the Town of Jacksonville, passed the 10th day of
February, eighteen hundred and thiity-five, be, and the same is
Asproved 27th January. 1837.
No. 4. AN ACT to amend the several Acts incorporating the Town
of Monticello, in Jefferson County.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That hereafter the annual election
for Intendant and Councilmen of the Town of Monticello, in
Jefferson County, shall be held on the first Monday in March in
each and every year, seven days notice of such election having
been previously given by advertising in one or more of the most
public places in said Town.
Sac. 2. Be it further enacted, That Adam Wyrick, Wm. Budd
and John A. Cuthbert, be and they are hereby appointed inspec-
tors to superintend said election for the year eighteen hundred
and thirty-seven, who shall be severally sworn faithfully to dis-
charge their duties as aforesaid.
Approved 27th January, 1837.
No. 5. AN ACT to amend the Charter of the Tallahassee Rail-road
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Couno
cil of the Territory of Llorida, That in all cases in which said
road may have been constructed over the lands of individuals,
companies, or corporations, or materials may have been appro-
priated in the construction thereof, without complying with the
seventh, eighth and ninth sections of the Act incorporating said
company in regard to the assessment of the value of the land and
materials intended to he appropriated by said company, and the
paying for the same ; that said company be and is hereby author-
ised to proceed in the same manner, and under the same regula-
tions and restrictions, as directed in said act, to assess the value
thereof and pay for the same, and the right of said company to
the land and materials thus appropriated, shall be in all respects
as good and valid as if the provisions of said act had been origi-
nally complied with.
Approved 3d February, 1837.
No. 6. AN ACT to declare Holmes' Creek, in Washington County,
a navigable stream.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun.
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the Creek situated in Wash-
ington County, and known by the name of Holmes' Creek, is
hereby declared, and is hereatter to be recognized in law as a
Szc. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shell net be lawful to
erect any bridge or other impediments across said creek, oi to
make any obstructions therein, by which the free navigation
thereof may be obstructed, and such bridge or obstructions are
hereby declared common nuisances, and may be proceeded
against and removed as such, and if any person or persons raise,
erect, or build any such bridge or impediment, he or they shall be
liable fat double the damages sustained by any person or persons
by Teseon thereof, and shall alai'be liable to indictment for. ,
misdemeanor, and on conviction thereofshall be punished ky a,
.fine not exceeding five hundred dollars; Provided, however, this
cet shall not prevent the erection of an* bridge or other workk,
which shall not obstruct the free navigation of said creek for.
boats laden with cotton or other produce, or rafts of timber or
lumber of every description whatsoever.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That this act shall be in full
force from and alter its passage.
Approved 3d February, 2837.
No 7. AN A.CT to establish i Superior Court in the Ce.ity of,
Dade in the Southern District of Florida.
SE. 1; Be it enacted by the Governorand Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, that the -Judge of the Superior-
Court in thit 86uihern Diltrict, shall hold a term of the Superior
Court sit Indian Key in the County of nDde. on he first M.-nday
of December in-ench and every year, until further -provision be
made for holding two terms, and he shall appoint a clerk of said
Court who shall keep his office at Indian Key aforesaid, until
the County site be established after which he shall keep his of,,
force tht re.
Approved 3d Feb. 1S37.
No. 8. An Act to Incorporate the Town of St. Marks.
.SEC, 1. Be it enacted by the Goveinor and Legislative Coun.
cil ol the Territoty of Florida, that the free white inhabitants of
Limits ofeor- that part o!' the county of Leon comprehended between the Wau-
poration. ctilla and St. Alarls Rivers, at a line conmmneciiAg, at a point on
the St. Marks hver,'bal a mile above the junction of that river
with tlie Wiau:ula, and running thence westwardly at the dis
tance of hall'a mile from the coofllCence to :he point on the
Wauculli, distant also a hlf mile lromn the point .of confluence,
shiall be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and cor-
porate, by the name ruid style of the Town of St. larks,uand by
theii: corporate name, and within their corporate capacity, imay
su uaid be sued, unplead and be inlpleaded, and do all other adts
as natural.persons, and may purchase and hold real peisonaland
mixvd properly, or dispose ofthe same for the bene.it .o0 said
Town and may have aniduse a common seal.
S&o. 2. B. it further euacted, that tbo GovrmeaLe oQ a4id
Town shall be vested in an Intendant, and five councilmen a
majority of whom shall be competent to transact business, andIntend.
who shall be elected in the manner hereinafter prescribed, and .
no person shall be eligible as Intendant or councilmen, who is
not the occupant of a house within the said limits, or who shall
not naye resided within the same for at least three months.
SEc, 3. Be it further enacted, that the Intendant shall have J. P. Ex offi-
the power, and exercise all the duties. and he may receive the Ciw.
fees allowed by law, to justice of the Peape.within said corporate
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, that the Inindant shill preside
in all meetings of the aforesaid council, andishall give the cas- Power r au-
ting vote on any question'when the councilmen shall be divided,the thority.
said Intendant and councilmenshall have full power and authority to
prevent, and. remove nuisances, to license and regulate retailers
of goods and liquors and keepers of taverns,. to restrain and
prohibit all sorts of gaming, to license and regulate all public
shows, amusements, and games not prohibited by law, to estab-
lish and regulate markets, to provide for the safe keeping of the
standard of weights and,.measures, established by congress!, for
the use of said Town, to establish and regulate patrols, to regu- Taxe & fines
late the using of gun powder, to tax and license gawkers and may be asses-
Pedlars, to restrain and punish vagabond and all disorderly per-ed.
sons, to prevent by quarantine or otherwise the introduction of
all contagious diseases within the Town, to erert lamps to reg.
late the stationing anchorage and moving of'vessels, to lirenso
and regulate Billiard Tables, Hacks, Wagons, Carts and Drays, Limitation.
to keep in repair all public roads leading to said Town, for thi
distance of three miles, to open, cut, and keep in repair all ne-
cessary drains, sewers, and public buildings, to establish and
regulate cisterns for the public, and to establish and institute fire
companies, to institute and provide for the estal.lishmant of one
or more public schools, to establish and regulate the inspection
of all articles of provisions and gun powder, to regulate the
quantity and weight of bread, to preserve the navigation of the
Harbour and the Rivers adjacent to the Town, to erect, repair,
end regulate the wharves, to provide for the appointment of-all
officers, that may be necessary to execute the laws of the corpo-
ration, and to fix their compensation, to lay and impose such
taxes and provide far the collection thereofas may be necessary
provided that no tax higher than three fourths of one percentuin,
on the assessed value of real property shall bo imposed to deiry' Nopyallow.
the expenses of said corporation, and provided also ,thit no or- ed Intendant.
finance shall be passed granting any pay to said Intendant or
Councilmen, to open, extend, alter, and regulate the streets
within the limits of said Town, and to remove all buildings or.
fences that may impede the same, Provided they make to all such
persons as may be injured thereby just and adequate compensa.
tion, out of the funds of the incorporation, to be assessed by a
jury summoned by the Executive officer of said Board for that
purpose, to impose and appropriate, fines, penalties, and forfei-
tures, for any breaches of their ordinances, to restrain and pun..
ish offences committed by negroes and people of color, and to
pass all by laws and ordinances necessary to give effect and
operation to the powers hereby granted and vested in said Cor-
poration, Provided the same be not inconsistent with the laws
of the Territory or of the United States.
SEc. 5. Be it further enacted, that Timothy McCarty, Amos
Elections. Alexander, and Nathaniel W. Walker, or any two of them be
and they are hereby appointed to superintend the election of
said Intendant and Councilmen of the said Town, on the second
Monday in Febuary next.
SEc. 6. Be it further enacted, that all elections subsequent to
that provided for in the proceeding section, for Intendant and
Councilmen for the said Town, shall take place, he conducted and
return be made thereof in the same manner, in all respects as is
provided by a law passed the tenth day of January Eighteen
hundred and twenty seven, entitled an act to incorporate the
City of Tallabassee, and that the same oaths provided for in
said act, shall be administered to the said Board when elected,
who shall hold their offices, conduct their meetings, execute their
respective duties, fill vacancies in their body, Judge of the Elec-
tion returns, expel a member enact and promulgate ordinances,
in the same manner and under the same provisions and restric-
tions, as are contained in the aforesaid Act, of the tenth January
Eighteen hundred and twenty seven.
SEc. 7. Be it further enacted, that this act be and it is hereby
declared in force from and after its passage, and the same shall
continue in force for ten years.
Approved 5th Feb. 1837.
No. 9. AN ACT to establish a Ferry across the St. Johns River at
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That William Hendrick be, and
he is hereby authorised and vested with the right, and charged
with the duty of keeping a ferry for the term of seven years across
St. Johns river, on the south side, at the cowford, opposite Jack-
sonville, in the county of Duval.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the
said William Hendrck to keen a sufficient number of boats and
flats for the accommodation of passengers.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That it shall be unlawful for
any other person or persons to establish or keep a ferry within
,wvo miles, except it be for his, her or their own use, and not for
the Iprlrpio ofi gathering or receiving loll.
Suo. 4. Be it further en.acteil, ''That the rates of ferriage at
said l'rrry. shall Ile established 'ium time ta time by the county
court of 'ail county.
Approved 4th February. 1937,
Wo. t0. AN ACT repenling an Act lir the relief of Grantees and
Ginill:unnt of Land in certain cases, addIroved February 14lh, 1895.
SeC. I B,! it 'eneited hbv th (Gonvernnr and LPgislitiive:CIun Ac onf1835
eil of the Territory if Floridat, 'Th t form and ittnfl r .lshe psa-igo repealed.
oft' isi ;i'et, !I ; ie t .entill'd ki AIt for the relief ,to Grluntet e nadl
CI:Ihitn;it- of l I.:.d i ir eirlt in
18.35. hle, and Ih,"- Sinl im hirA h v rr'p-'iled. ..
SEC. 2. lIH it furili'r enitia vi'l, 1 I Il ti- tlhoril v Ilf're id, Thll
all rIveinte :laiv or p. irts of la vs i cfi-iltr' l or modilifild hy itd net
ion ian min inlnr whalltevver. ,)1 tall..i rd inlldllt .ic ltOlrel d to he agn in in
f ,ltl for i, ii lihke o antiir i1 i i Ito ilt; samn extent as they or any
oftlthn was;il hit e beiin il'that ;ctl in the Ioregoi..g seclion rep
pealed. h=Il itever leenii.,fi.daIl.
Approved 7th February, 1837.
No. 11. AN ACT to incorporate the ITlorida Transportation Com-
SEC.. 1. e it enacted by the Governor and Lefgslstive Cotn.
cil of the Territory of Floiai,. Tlh:tt Ben. Chaitirs., William P. Incorporation
Craig, Ilomnio Iewis, John G. Gamnble, John C.,MeClvy, R. C.
Alleo, Pitor W. Gailuinr Jr. Altlei Aaher, William ). 'Price,
E. J.'rnp Wood, A. Pua',rd. R; Fitz) trick, G 8, Hlwktns,
David Webs.ter. l. R. Wood, Joh., Jmikins. Gabriel Floyd,
Robert Bnveriil r. and -iiih oiner person, iti m Iy be hereafter
associated with them, sh:ll It and are hereby constitutiad and
declared to be a 1)odyv pilitic anid orprate by the namln and rtyle
ofl lt Floridla I 'ransporlttioIn Com;np;iy, and by that name- they
and their suncessors n;lI a-siL.';n, sh lI u Bi caipIlle in law of sa-
iln'r ;nd 1')einci, s-d, plea.diil and beirt p :npleded.- nwering and
beitg isr u-wered unto, deflnilirntig lnd being defended, io-all courls
and p;laes whatsoever, nnd sha!l Ill;vu power to. m ilsken' usd a
common on scial, and thI: ; nnoe at pl;.:r ure to alt r aund tinmen, aind
they un' thflr sucr.es:.ors byv the sltnnr n.anu r' and tlylie, shill
be capable of purchasing holding and conveying tiny property real
or personal, necessary or expedient to the object of said corpci-
Capital M0 Sic. 2. Be it further enacted, that the capital stock of said
000. Corporation, shall be five hundred thousand dollars divided into
shares of one hundred dollars each, transferable in such manner
as the said corporation by their by laws shall direct.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, that the above named persons
Directors or a majority of them, may open books to receive subscription to
whenchosen the Capital StoCk of said Corporation at such time or times,
and place or places, as they or a majority of them may think pio-
per, and as soon as the same shalt be subscribed to give notice
for a meeting of the stockholders to choose twelve Directors,
and such election shall be made at the time and place appointed
by such of the stockholders as shall attend for that purpose, either
in person or by proxey, each share of the Capi'al Stock entitling
the bolder thereof to one vote, and the said above named persons
or a majority of Ihem shall be inspectors of the first election of
Directors of said Corporation, and shall certify nnder their hands
the names of those persons duly elected, and shall deliver over
the subscription books to the said directors.
President Sac. 4. Be it further enacted, that the time of holding the
how chosen. first meeting of Directors shall be fixed by the said persons nao
med in the first section of this act, or a majority of them, and the
directors chosen at such meeting, or at the annual elections of
said Corporation, shall as soon as may be after every election
choose out of their number a President, and in case ofthe death
resignation or removal of the President, or any liirector, such
vacancy or vacancies may be filled for the remainder of the year,
wherein they may happen, by the said board of I)irectors or a ma-
jority of them, and in case of the absence of the President the
said Board of Directors, or a majority of them may appoint a
President protem who shall, have such powers and functions as
the by laws of said corporation may provide.
SEC. 5. Be it further enacted that in case it should happen
that an election of Directors should not be made on the day,
when pursuant to this act it ought to be made, the said corpora-
Notice of In- tion shall not for that cause be disolved, But such Election may
stUlments. be held at any other time, and the Directors for the time being
shall continue to hold their offices until new ones shall have
been chosen in their places, a majority of said Directors of said
company shall be competent to transact all business of said cor-
poration, and they shall have power to call in the capital stock
of said company by such instalments as they may deem adviea-
ble giving at least thirty days notice, of such instalments in the
public newspapers, and in case of the nonpayment of said instal-
ments, the stockholder so failing shall forfeit his shares and the
amount before paid to the corporation.
SEc. 6. Be it further enacted, that the said company shall
have liberty to transport passengers, produce goods '
thandize of every description, in Steam Boats and Stages from
New Orleans to St. Joseph, and else where as the Directors or
a majority of them deem may advisable, but shill exercise no other
privilege, power, or frapchize not herein expresly confered.
SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, that the Directors of the said
company shall settle the Books and accounts of said corporation Report of Di-
at least once a year, and submit a detailed statement of the trans. rectors.
actions and affairs thereof to the stockholders at their annual
meeting, and declare such dividend of the actual profits thereof,
as the condition of said company mayjustify, and the stock hol.
ders shall have power to make such by laws for the government
of said company as they may deem proper, not inconsistent with
this charter or the laws of the Territory of Florida.
SEc. 8. Be it further enacted, that this act shall bq in foe
for fifty years and not longer.
Approved 12th Feb. 1837.
No. 12. AN ACT to amend &n Act entitled An Act to incorporate
a Company to be called the St, 1 ndrews and Chipola Canal Com-
SEc. ,. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Courtn
cil of the Territory of Flotida, that the name and style of the St, Icorportion
Andrews and Chipola Canal Company, shall be. changed and
that said company shall from and after the passage of this act be
known by the name and style of the St. Andrews and Chipola
Canal and Rail Raad Company, and the said Company and their
successora shall be dnd remain a body politic and corporate by
the name and style aforesaio, and by that name and style afore-
said, and by that name shall have, exercise, use, possess, and
enjoy, and hold all the rights, powers,, privileges, exemptions
benefits, immunities, and authority given, granted,copfered, be-
stowed, authorized or permitted, to the said. St.. ApdreW~ .404
Chipola Canal Company, by the law of its incorporatiopp.,an.4by
that name the members of the said company their heirs-and suc-
cessors, shall be capable in law, to purchase, receive, retain, and
enjoy, to them their heirs and successors, lands and tenements,
goods, chaltles, and effects, of what kindsoever, and the same to
grant, sell, mortgage, and dispose of, to sue and be sued, plead
and be impleaded, to make a common seal, and at pleasure to
break or alter the same, to ordain, establish, and put in execu-
tion such by laws and regulations as may be deemed necessary,
and expedient for the government of said corporation, net being
contrary to the laws or constitution of the United States, or the
laws of this Territory.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, that if any stockholder Shall
fnil to pnv ihrt ,um rpiqiiirwd orhirn hv tlIv Pre.id-ni nnl T)iri'r-.-
Porfe i ure of !or. within ome ibmi'di mfivr Cie -ci .4h It h zwt i vrtdt 1,
tuck. it shalll aod inlIy lint I iW 'ul ior Ilht -3 ill IresillIt;t ilt] M)rotcior.,
or ; roirjiiintv of* thleilt. 14) sell at pobli'! iII:tI 'sI, 11 C,1II VY to)
I he- purchas',r file Am~rc or A, tres of* -u h do mlie is Io, si Il
der or giving fell dl ys privi-mi woI.11W o0'llw li iie
anj place of si t~l lein Ila iet a lesii Si4l at id tiftrr rct;.ini fi dic
Sulu due, and all ciii-ge~ ts mle I),11 ofitile pue~ees thtrcoi'; to
paty the siirpillu. over to Oile foriri r ovie~r, or iii ,, I~ro01
tal-Ive, alid ii' the said sule should nia jpro ltfi'e the tint rvq~ilrel
to be ndvinred, with tmte jniitleioil chir1'us ;fltf1trliI t't,! sjlu,
thru tiii0 laid Prosideiti til Dirreetor4,, tit t rueovor Ilii1 tlr
of tfil origuiial proprietor or i-ii ir li-r :i t oirttw viii xcutOr
or admiiiistrittor oifceither of' theta by ro-itItir ():I teil J yI I o;4 itcot 1) u
fjre the Siipei ior or county cIulltl Yhu courily ofi A'licll lic 1 ii I
ioiihbilant~t, or where tho ti rioulit dut. d w it, ex -to t lir'y dol-
lars, by %vairrant w~loo,i a jI.iwtet o, Oil- P0.i'o olf Silic1 e',itl .
moid ;aiy purcha~ser orstiick uijdi-r sotu s1.', Ili-1 he l~lj 'vt I')
SEe. 3J. Be it l'irtfilti co;IoiIv, th it Ow1. said complijtv shlilll
have power to coustritrct ; c tnal or Ralf ionl Ciotti lily ;oult olu
St. Atndrews B1ay, or WitttpliO cruc1k to t hit)Pla or A pilaclhicolht
River, and from tho wost urn oa;rm i I4B61 v tiy 10 Cittital;mibla t l!i-
ver or b ly. antd to pureitu;e wiih ftile lolid, of thet comiti liv, allid
to plnce oil [lie said catl iI or R ill R )id, all itjrvhitiws, wmi .14104
vi hirle ~estir es, anid ttei s oIl'atny deusoripji1ion1 wih;ttsot ver,
which they ill, lv deeIn proper a nl ri--Cussay 1ory loi-t jIt I p05j)-m of
tritsporinition, and aIll such ma.chtllineis, %virrai4, vlihcle-t. cnr-
rilgvs ind teatits, and all file %vork4 conS trtitidl u:idr [hnI tiUhiir.
ify oft his tet, and ll)) prolits rvhiilih si ;Il wt cruit 6lto;IIa the s5 *11
-hu;ll lt investedl ini the re tt ic sto..ciolrs of t11111)e lompll V,
it) preypurtiont Ito tliir ros;lmctiv: s'i ires, tilt,)A Il !v r a ri. Il1I
Depots and thllrised at those points ill thfeIll,- IIot their cawit:Il or il roa;ldl
warehouses. wvhen it iltony appeair iItsl~ iettIo t imot~itt or thtt kIwvwd Itio l~l ifL
busineilsS'oi' the ettiii or rall told, it)o 4;i'l!Iiiii aI- :I4 1 I %Val.,
housgtfeo be used by tipi-t tor sIll IIwO-(t-4Irv Is1m s o. ISaid ca-
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illri'pnnmnt brtw th'i snid rrnnpnny nnd ind] idnins nt eovpn
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agi itti -li It t ilO t v t i t! vllt s j4 tll 1 I uS lie ex [)Cii 5 u;i l i -tlts
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Stl lil! co -r %i iu h i.i1ua 1 ihit hc Silt II L It- lp ty l tl. ExI uj
4 uds pu-oiM uc. anullS ubi III u V uj t I lCluls I dl llitouen
11-1 Illo ll ni'll an.. SI(.;l I it(]. 111 1 1wi, Imttl and othcr 1-h ; u lt
al, 11, Ill.((J itfj vI ill it ,11 *lit! 4 ol i i il II I all ~ ~''it 5
MC 6 1" 11 W" M I llIIII)' ll l ( & 1110 nIV il pIll nill'"y SO 0SY'"Ild? (ltf
a2(ll I') lilt- lot 11114l: t3 Lt~oll :1 \rI ill:;r ~ il
,-rx. 6. Bo it I'ILil' therenut- trr:l tr vil Ill, f4' call S otj, t Ica, eJ
be lak 11 vol l-ld 'rvo ; ld iwid lot I J. t as rea l C-L 1. alu i i'a l I,,- Inle
per Cel li Ops ll its i 1~vi l 6 oi llo. llll rcclvy ll~ I'sli rgt
pri).L lrv ,, oulli all'i ullliO Olu idif % 1 1 Il l 1 o I lot, d
to be by them constructed whenever they maysee fit to exercise
s c h right.
Src. 9. Be it further enacted, that if any person or persons
shall destroy or injure, damage, hurt, or obstruct said Canal. or
!;:il itoad, or any part thereof or edifice, vehicle, right or privi-
Injuryto road l'ge granted by this act, or which may be constructed, und-r the
;utlitiiiy thereof, he shill be liable to respond in such damages
as i.ly be recovered by said company against them, and shallbe
fu.llter liable to iiidltminctt, as for crimes of the like kind com-
militd against private prop rty.
Pond t) a- iEc. 10. Be it further enacted, that the said company shall
rianna. hivc power to construct a Rail way from any point on the line of
the Ruil Road herein contemplated, to soma point hereafter to
be selected by said company, in the corporate limits of the Town
of Alianama or within tive niles thereof.
SEC. 11. Be it further enacted, that hereafter the election of
Directors and other officers of said company, shall be held on the
first Monday in Febuary in each year, at such place as may be
ordered by said company, upon giving thirty days notice in at
least two newspapers in this territory and at all elections by
the Stockholders, each share shall be entitled to one vote, provi-
ded neverlhieless a failure to hold an election on the day heieby
desiniiated, s~iall not dissolve the company, but such election
may be held at any tune and any place the board of Directors or
a nmajoliiy of the Stockholders may direct, notice thereof being
first Iiv,.n in at least two newspapers in the Territory, at least
twenty days previous.
SEc. 12. Be it further enacted, that the Territory or State of
Florida shall at thit end of twenty years, have the privilege oft a-
king ,oe filth of the stock at par, by passing to the company the
pimcipal and interest on the investment.
SEc. 13. Be it further enacted, that the said company shall
not in the construction of their Rail way, run to the Apalachicola
Rivei. at any point higher up than immediately opposite to Alum
Term;nation Bluff and in v unite with the East Florida Rail Road, on such
f roa' terms as shill be equitable, provided that if said company shall
go to the River at any other point above the one in this section
'provided, or shall unite with the brunswick' Rail Road, or any
other tail Road without an authority by law of this Territory
so to do, they shall lorfeit all right under this law to make said
SEC. 14. Be it further enacted, that the privileges, immuni-
ties, and restrictions herein and hereby vested and imposed, shall
commence their operations, and take effect from and after the
passage of this act, this act shall be considered a public act, and
Approved 12th 1837.
No. 13. AN ATC to incorporate the Florida Insurance Company at
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That there shall be established in
the city ofTallahassee, an Insurance Company, to be entitled
and known as the Florida Insurance Company, and all such per-
sons as may hereafter become stockholders in said company,
sh ll be and they are hereby declared to be a body corporate atnd
politic, under the name and style aforesaid, by which they sh:ll
sue .nd be sued, answer and be answered unto in any court of
law or equity in this Territory or elsewhere, and hill have and
use a common seal. with power to alter the same at pleasure.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That th, capital stock ,if s:ii:
company shall be one million of dollars, (with ihe privilege of
increasing it to two millions, when the holders of a majonIty o' Capital stuo
the stock shall so determine) in shires of onet hundred dollars 1,(!00,00'.
each, but the said company shall be allowed to rornmenec bust-
ness as soon as fifty thousand dollars are paid into the hands of
the commissioners hereinafter named, in specie or bills of any of
the specie paying banks of the Territory, the bilt ine -of hli
stock subscribed to be paid in or added from the profits of the
company in such manner, as the directors shall direct, and ii any
stockholder or stockholders shill ihil to pay any installments as are
required by the directors, his, her, or their stock, as well as any
sum or sums of money previously paid therein, shall be forfeited
to the company.
SEc. 3. And be it further enacted, That Turbutt R. Betton,
William Wilson, Charles Austin, Robert H. Berry, 'i!lliami HII. Subscrip:ic:
hard, Alexander F. Duval, William Maner, Patrick Kerr. and when open
Richard Hayward, he and they are he eby appointed commission.
ers to superintend the subscription to stock in said company,
which they or any three of them are authorizedt to receive at such
times and places as they may determine on, and under the follow-
ing regulation; that is to say : not less than. twenty days' notice
of the lime and place ofreceiving subscription sh:al be given in
one of the newspapers published in Tallahassee the books of
sulsciiption shall b, opened and kept open liom day to day.
sunday excepted, until ten thousand shares are subscribed for,
at which time they shall close.
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, that the commissioners
receiving subscription of the stock of said company, shall demand
and receive at the time of subscription the sumr of live dollars per
share for each share subs -ribed.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That so soon as ten thous- E!'" on o!
and shares are subscribed for, as herein before directed, the corn
inissioners or any three ol them shall call a public meeting o
the stockholders, to be held in the city of Tallahassee at suck
timn ndl plir, na Ith y m-'v d('iwnaitp. or whirhh t"nty 'daivs' no.
Ali. sI,'li l :. 2ive' n I 1111 of" 1 )l'l i 'l'ic p 11 iz *I.- s ; 11i Z d I 'ittv ; lt
a hi-ih u rl ll lt r stl, 'llk l,,irr .sh sill pro..r.o l I, 1 ,e l t y 1h illot,
eavlh .lhir enliilIIliz Oh hoblo, tr o m:1 vtI, fivo d:rectors, vilizeni
01' Ith Uiiild Slii o s, alnd rek-4drIlis of ill. ''errihory of' Flnid:I,
to minaog thile ilaiirs liiis inss iof said
wiiomi shill own in hiis ow rih: ofr n-i one of a partnership, in
li h-i oII'r fi m not less th:n thirty sh;req of tha capital stock
of si;idl compi)inyV, hicih dliretors shill coniiniit in offi -e till their
Sii cI8iirs aI'ire el rled lit suich tine a:s m v be re'.illitd )by the
si.-kh!)illrs. 'd ti iwvhic'h i i rd of, dir'.cors llh co :i-i nei-rs
-h;ill ti liver lwh money ree(.ivtd by ;tc(;il I' Iii 1 lle s.ubr(ri'lt rs to
S:c. 6. And e it frlhrt- 'w.rlrtcl, Th-lt the dir'-rors bIrfore
thIcy shall pro :c'e to l1 tralllns:iriol) oi' liIbsluisl. .,hi;lll m Ike aon.
.idii s i li v laws i .sIhi l Iv I iv thiik iin ci':ls rv land ipriiu'r i1 1 rii-
i l:itiut IIn thl'ilrlu' I hv litiril slir oi' s;o k. iil Mlil traInll; 'lioniil
tile hlisi i tsi i' l uiii)mp i whi'hi by l 1.vs sh ill liI siilb:nmitted
li ;ilt last a ill ij, rilv i oi l' sti icl l' rs il 'r ;i'id sh all 1) l;l irovl l Id
Biy i lhr before1r, tihirv -ih:sil h:ve 'fI'.-t u Ir b no bilnlinz ; plivid dl,
Il.1 .il 'i, by I ws .slIall iio e col itrary L t thi consillitutlioi 01 tol
Uiintlld St:i-m)i. ol l n.w i s ll ii is l''Friitory.
SEC. 7. Al.i 1),I it I'Mther or Ictled, Thi.t Rso sor, Ai thle said
n.ird if d.recliirs is rici ad n irgiam-id a wcordini to the
ilor ,id prI ovisiom, thLt Li e l i c'lmnllllm shall have lull power and
ibllm rily i d,' r i or te r crno su I or olhlerwis.e, to inmk,. insur-
in -e oil lives, to i;ikc iii-suraniti.t oil ships or veselJs, Ihotuses and
buiiduli.a of ivtry de:s-rip)tion. goods, wares, nierchtimdize, I'reighlt,
blittoi)lrv aind r,.spondeiited, ilad inertest against risks- of every
kild aiid d,'.s'riiil .i, to brrouv a .nd l'rd amoiy, to lbuy anid sell
11 s, iboi. l dilr ifis, oir bills of exi r n:li:cl Io p:yi, sel!, and grntii
ao;ii i.ui n.i I I r;lniie ItO e sin olves to lie re inliurel llpd .itn any
ri.4 i,I iyo i wih lh' in:y i lv ivi inside iniir.iante'. and ilpi'n tlh,
interest'. l tlh y in:iy Itve iv i ny vcsel-', Izrood.s oi'r moiecha'i'ise, in
vinIuc of linv ins ins i bo lliry or rrspond mlled, on Such teriis
aind to suivl v.iy amdl ir;iin *r is un'iy lte iuaree'd oni itlween lihe
parlie., applyd :wn_ aid tle- roumipaniy. But nothinth, ill thi- ;Itt von-
Lt iii.'ned .:iili a illioris, lbia siidl 'oil|):iiny to issue baink bills, or
nOtio s piirp Irll tir g Ito ib k l)ils.
SEu. 8. Anid bl it liiril'r ;tonl'd, Th:it all losses by insur-
ntaeo ,sht ill he pIid ily s id compin iny williti thirty d(ivs ;alitr prnon:
of theli loss hau IfmI I I'llriisI ed it i iu ss not d.put'il.. d in, d in di.
puted c ises wiilii leull d.iy-s a ir tifal de i-i l; pioviled., lt.
.sai n. is lawlfully d man.idided, or thi.- ich:lr r .ilrtd .-t lioi l;'itl anwil
ill ;il caees the siinm dIe slih:il leair interest of lsix per cent. per
iilitno afterr sixty days Irion thie tone of firuuriiniig piooll of nlos.
SEc. 9. And bhi it further en'te'd, Tl'hat ii shall ble tin dity of
the board of diie:ctors a;I their first nieelin aller Ili -ir eI'tiuon to
appoint one of their body president ut'said company and in cause
prdeath resignation or removal from the Territory of the Presi..
dent or any director, or in case he shall cease to be a stockholder,
as is required in the fifth section of this act, the remaining direc-
tors shall fill the vacancy.
SEC. 10. And be it further enacted, that neither the president
nor any director qf said company shall at any time owe or be Liabilities of
responsible to said company for more than five thousand dollars, pt directors
unless as drawer or endorser of bills of exchange, and in any case
where money is lent by said company, they are hereby nuthorised
to require the payment of such loan to be secured by a deed
made by the party borrowing, to the president of said company,
his successors in office or assigns, with an express trust power
on default of the payment of the principal and interest according
to the tenor of such bonds or notes, to sell the said real or per-
sonal property, and to pay the surplus of the proceeds of sale, (if
any) on demand to whom the same shall belong ; and the presi-
dent or his successors in office. in case of any default, are hereby
enabled and authorised to take, hold, and convey, such real or
personal estate in pursuance of said trust and sell the same at
public auction ; but in all cases shall giveat least sixty days pub-
lic notice of such sale by advertising the same in one of the news-
papers published at the seat of government, and also in a news-
paper nearest the premises to be sold, at the time and place of
such sale or sales; and all such sales shall be made between the
hours of 10, A. M., and 3 o'clock, P. M. ; said advertisement to
be published at least once in each week ; but in no case shall a
loan be made of more than halt of the value of the property pledg-
ed or conveyed.
SEc. 11. And be it further enacted. That the board of direc- Di
tors shall at such times as may be fixed by the laws of the corn- ven
pany, make a dividend of s. much ol'the profit& of said company,
as to them or a majority of them shall seem advisable. But no
dividend shall be declared so as to imp ir the capital paid in.
SEc. 12. And be it further enacted, That the said company Sale 4- pur-
may purchase, have, receive, hold, sell, assign and -trau fer ht chase of real
pleasure, any and every kind, and species ot personal property, esa
but own no real estate except such as may be required for the
convenient transacting of business, or such as may have been
conveyed to it as security, or in satisfaction of debts due to it,.or
purchased at any public sale in its favor; and the privileges here-
by granted shall be and continue in force for the term of fifty
years from the date ot this act, and no longer.
SEC. 13. And be it further enacted, That a majority of the
boad of directors, or any ten stockholders holding together fifteen Meeti r n
hundred shares of the capital stock, may call a meeting at the how cai
office of said company at any time they may deem expedient,
giving thirty days notice thereof in two of the public Gazettes
printed in the Teiritory, and at such meetings and in all other
meetings, and at all elections in which stockholders are entitled
to vote, their legal proxies shall be received, and each share shall
give the right of one vote.
SEC. 14. And be it further enacted. That for all loses which
Directors res- the capital stock shall not be sufficient to satisfy, the directors
possible shall be responsible in the same manner and to the same extent
that trustees are now by law responsible in law or equity.
SEz. 15. And be it further enaiicd, That the said directors
may choose annually front their body a vice pre.-ident, who sh.ll
Vice perform all the duties of the president in case of his absence r r
Vice preident tbifity to perlfrm said dulit:s.
Sac. 16. And be it further enacted. rhat the directors of said
Officers. company may appoint such officers as they may find necessary,
may require such bonds and secuiilies, and may impose such
forms and restrictions as they rmay deem expedient for the well
governing of the affairs of said company, and fix the salaries for
SEc. 17. And be it further enacted, That this art shall be
This act tobe taken and received in all courts, and by all judges, magistrates,
deemed publi and all public officers ts a public act, and shill receive on ill
occasions a favorable consirurlion, and all printed copies of the
same which shall be printed by or under the authority of the Leg-
islative Council, shall be admitted as good evidence thereof .vith-
out any other proof whatsoever.
sc. 1'8. And be it further enacted that the Directors of said
Branches. company may establish branches or agencies of said company at
any point or place they may deem proper-
SEC. 19. And be it further enacted, that three per centum on
the nett profits of this corporation shall be paid annually as a tax
to the Territory.
Approved Feb. 12 1837.
No. f44. AN ACT Incorporating the Franklin.Bank of Floridar.
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Lpeislative coun-
cil of the Territory of Fl-rida, that R. C. Allen, John Jenkins,
James Deblors, E. J. Hardin, Richard Fizptliirick, Hezekiah
Incorporaion Hawley, E. J. Wood, Asa G. Ufflrd, Hezekih Smith, and
their associates ind successors be and they are hereby constitu..
ted and made a body politick and corporate, under the name and
style ofthe Franklin Bank of Florida, to be lo:'ated at the City
of St. Joseph, and by tfoat name may contract and be contracted
with, sue and be sued plead and be impleaded, answer and be
answered unto, in all courts and may have and use a common
seal, and the same may alter and renew at pleasure and are ves-
ted with all powers and privileges necessary for the objects of
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, that the Capital Stock of said
canp iny sh ill b.: oin Million of Dollnrs, said stock to be divi. Capital stock,
ded In to ten thousand shares of one hundred dollars each. ,000,00o.
SEC. 3. Be it further nnarted. that books ofsubscription shall
be opened at the City orSt. Joseph, so son as notice is receiv-
ed ol'lhe salrnclion ft' hii. ant by congress, thirty days notice he-
ing ~iven by R. C Allen. fl. t. Wood. Hezekiah Smith, Acz-
< kinh lHawly, and E. J. H i-din, commissioners appointed fi Subscription
that pul poS'e niy ilhrne of whom v shall ie competent to open slid w eed.
books, receive sluscriptioi fo;r said stock, and they shall keep
said books open thirty days. or until the whole of the stock shall
be subscribed for. and shall give certificates to all persons sub-
scribing stating the amount of shares subscribed for, and the a-
mount paid on the shares.
SEc. 4. Be it further enacted, that at the expiration of thirty
days, or so soon as ihe stock aloresaid is subscribed for, it shall Electioo
be the duty of said commissioners to give notice thereof, and or. directors-
d(hr an election of twelve Directors ofsaid company, within three
months of the titne f opening Ihe books aforesaid,and said Direc-
tors shall servr until ihe first inondaly ofJanuary Eighteen hundred
and thrt? Eight, but if all ol' s'id stock is not taken, then it shall
be lawful for tie .-:itd coinionssioneis, or any three of them at any
time within one year f-am the passage of this act, to give notice
thereof by adlvotisement in two of the newspapers of this Terri-
tory, and to keep open their books for the term of one year, w.
less the whole o' said stock be sooner subscribed for.
SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, that so soon as the Directors
are chosen, they shall at their first meeting elect a President who
must be a Director, and the said first chosen Directors shall Preidest
forthwith have and take the management of the said Corporation., how.chosn.
and the duties of the said commissioners shall cease upon the
days of said election, after they shall have paid over to the said
Directors all the money by them received, ad the first instahnent
on Ihe stork subscribed for, and placed in the hands of the said
Directors the books of subscription, provided that the said Bank
shall not comm r'n:e operation until one hundred thousand dolt
lars in specie, or its equivalent be paid in.
SEc. 6. Bo it further enacted, that upon every share subscri-
bed for. their sha!l bi paid at th+, time o' subscribing the sum of Notice of Ia-
one percentu;n and ten percelnintu before the Bank shall coni. stlments.
meice its operations, the residue to )e called in at such time and
ii suchl pornios as the board of Directors may see proper, and
should a stockholder alil to comply with the call of the Board of
Di eclois wien p, openly notified thereof, he shall forfeit his stock
and their sui already p:ud thereon.
Sec. 7. tie it Inllher enacted, that the Directors for the time Oficer. and
bciiig halll have power to appoint such officers, clerks, and ser- compeassuol
valnt, as may b:e nl'cess; y and allow them such compensation
for their servlves as may be reasonable, and shall furtie bhe La-
liable of exercising such powers and authorities ifor the well or-
dering of the affairs of the corporation as shall be fixed by the by
laws of the same.
SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, that each share shall be repre-
sented by one vote, and upon the same principle shall all the
.iatio of vot- matters be decided, that may come before the stockholders for
ing. their decision, and any stockholder being absent may by power of
attorney authorize any other stockholder to vote for him, her, or
SEc. 9. Be it further enacted, that an election for Directors
Time ofelec- except the first election shall take place on the first monday of
tion. January in each and every year, at the Banking House of the
corporation; provided, however, that should said election not take
place on that day, the said corporation shall not for that cause be
deemed to be desolved, but the Directors for the time being may
order such election so soon thereafter as practicable.
,SEC. 10' Be it further enacted, that none but a stockholder
being a citizen of the United States shall he a Director, nor shall
any Director be entitled to any emoluments, but the Board may
make such compensation to the President for his services as they
may deem reasonable, and in case of the death, resignation, or
removal of the President, the Directors shall appoint one from
their number to fill the vacancy, who shall hold his office during
the remainder of the term for which his predecessor was elected.
SSEc. 11. Be it further enacted, that the said company shall
Limit is not be authorized to issue bills of credit for more than three
times the amount of the capital stock actually paid in, and in case
an excess ofissue shall happen the Directors in office at the
time such excess was issued, shall be liable in their individual
capacities for the same, and the said Directors thereof be further
liable to be indicted for a misdemeanor, and if found guilty there-
of, shall be fined in a sum not less than one thousand dollars, or
be imprisoned at the discretion of the Court, but this shall not be
construed to exempt the goods, chatties, lands, and tenements
of said company, from being liable for, and chargeable with the
'SEc. 12. Be it further enacted, that the said corporation shall
Loanis on real not directly or indirectly deal or trade in any thing except bills of
estate. exchange and promissory notes, gold and silver bullion, but said
corporation shall have the privilege and authority to lend money
on real and personal estate in this Territory, and to take mort
gages on.the same as security, but the said corporation shall not
own any more real estate than may be necessary for the erection of
suchbuildings as may be necessary for carrying on its business,
nor shall said corporation take interest at the rate of more than
eight percentum per annum upon its loans.
Propertyof SEC. 13. Be it further enacted, that the property of every
stockholders stockholder shall be bound in proportion to the amount of shares
bound. held by each stockholder, in his, her, or their natural, private and
individual capacities"for the ultimate retemtion of the bills .isslt
ed by or from said Bank during the time he, she, or they hold
SEC. 14. Be it further enacted, that the said Bank shall in
each and every year, before the dividends are declared by the
Directors thereof, set a part for the use of the Territory of Fldr- '~x or divi-
ida, two per century of the nett profits which shall be paid over dehds.
to the Treasurer as a tax, and the same so set a part aed appro-
priated to the use aforesaid, shall be in full consideration of all
taxes of the stock of said Bank, nor shall the stodk of said Bank
be at any time hereafter, subject to any other. 6r greater tax, pro.
vided that whenever the tax on Banks in this Territory, shall be
"equalized by the Legislative Council, this corporation shall pay
the same tax 'i proportion to its capital, as other Bankh in this
Territory, and provided moreover thai said Bunk shall at all
times redeem any and all notes issued by said Bank, with specie
upon demand mtiade at their Banking House in Baik hours uIb
der the'penalty'of a forfeiture of this charter.
SEc. 15. Be it further enacted, That the president and cash- SemianniIal
ier of said bank shall make W~mi annual returns under oath to the returns.
Governor of its condition and state, and the Governorshall have
power, whenever he may deem it necessary, to appoint a conr-
missioner rb examine fully as to its management and condition,
and make report thereof to him for theinformation of the Legisla-
Sc 16. Be it further enacted, That this law shall be in force
from and afterits approval by the Congress of the United Statesj
and shall continue in force for the term of thirty.years from and
'after the date of said approval.
Approved 12th Feb. 1837
no. 15. AN ACT to provide for the more effectoal protection of the
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor anq Legislative Coum;
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the Governor be authorized
to borrow on the faith of the Territory the sum of thirty thousand
Sze. 2. Be it further enacted, That the Governor be author-
ised to expend the aloresaid sum, provided, he may deem it ne-
cessary'in giving a bounty of sixteen dollars and fifty cents per
month tb any troops who may be raised for that service for the
term lh twelve months, or a less time, at the discreti'6i of the
'Governor, unless sooner dischargest.
Approved 12th February. 1837.
N,. 1.G AN ACT lor the relief of Beiijmin Hays.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and ILegislilive Coun-
cil ofl the Iqrritory o' Florida, That lellijamin Hays of t le coun.
ty nofJackson, be, and he. is hereby relieved from the forre and
effect of a judgment obtained against him and others, in the Su-
perior Cour,t of Jackson.couatiy, as the instance of the Territory
of Florida. and that ibis he hell;and considered as a free and 1ull
acquittal of, the said, Hays from the puyiWat, thereof.
Approved 12bth, February; 1837.
No. 17. AN ACT regulating the fees of Notaries Public in the Terri-
tory ot Florida.
SEC. 1. Be it. enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the tees for noting a protest
of any note, drlat, or bill of exchange, shall be one dollar, and for
every such protest: three dollars. and for noting protests of ves-
sels tfive dollars, and ton dollars for entering the same.
SEc -2. Be it further enacted, That all .aws heretofore enact-
cd, conflicting with this act, be and the same ale hereby repealed.
Approved 1!2th February,1837.
No. 1!8,. AN AQ'f to admit.l1ichard U. Welllord .o practice as an A:
torney and Counsellor at Law.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida. That Richard G. Wellf:d, of
Talluhassee, be and he is-herby adnmitted-to plead. and practice
as an Attorney and Counsellor in the several courts of law and
equity ol this Territory ; provided. that if after the exainunation
of the said Richard G. Wellford by one or movie ol the of' the
Judges of the Superior Court cf this Terrilory, 'ir by a con..unlce
of members of the Bar of said court, appointed by one of said
judgeA, the said Richard G. Welllord ,hall be qualified ; in that
event he shall be admitted as Attorney and Councillor ulbresaid
Approved Februaly 12th, 1837.
No. 19. AN ACT to amerid an net entitled an ict to incorporate' ie'
Bank of Jacksonville.
*SEC. l.,Be it enacted by the Governor add Legislative Coun-
cil ot the Territory of Flbrida, That books for receiving sn!.
scription of Stock in said bank, on giving thirty days previous
public notice theteof, shall be opened on or before the first day
of October next, in the town of Jacksonville, under the, superin-
tendance of William G. Mills, James Dell, Joseph B.Lancastel,'
William Rider, John L. Doggett, and Hardy H1. Phillips ; and
said hooks shall be kept open for one year, unless said stock
shall be sooner uijerilbvd for.
SEc. 5. Be it further enacted, That the second and fourth
sections of the aboveentitled att, be, aifl the same afe hereby
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 20. AN ACT to ametnd an net entitled in act tiintorporate the
subscribers to;the Union Bank of, Floida.
SEC. i, ,Be.. it enacted .y the Govetnorafnd 4Legislative Cooat-
cil o'.tlw Territory of Florida; Thit the. hv.(: directors, of said
bank Mo the part ol the Territory, shall be hterlfter apoointidd,
p evious to the third Monday after, the aninull tatelingiof the
Legislative Council, and the annual general meeting of the stock-
holders of said bank for the purpose of choosing directors, shall
be held bn the third Monday after the meeting of the Legidiatiive
Council, and in the said election of directors, as well as in other
matters to be decided by the stockholders, each stockholder shall
be entitled to one vote for every share, not exceeding one thous.
aud shares, and also to one vote for every two shares above one
Approved 12th February, 1837;
No. 21. AN ACT to amend the several acts incorporating the Lae;C
Wlmico and St. Joseph Canal and Rail-road Coomniny.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun'
cil of the Territory of Florida, That an election for directors .in
said company hall be held on the third Mlonday in February in
eaoh and every year, instead of the first MLouday in January, as
provided in the act to which this is an amendment.
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, That an annual meeting of the
stockholders in said company shall be held on the third Monday
in February, in the city of St. Joseph, in each aud every year, or
at such time or times as the president and directors may appoint,
sixty days notice of all called meetipus of the stqckoolders rhull
be given in one or more public newspapers.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 22. AN ACT to amend an act entitled an act to amend the char-
ter of the southern Life Insurance and Truiat Company, approved
February, one thousand eight hundred and tirty six.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida. That it shall he lawful for the trus-
tees of the Southern Life Insurance and Trust Co rnpany to defer
any further calls or pavments on the capital stock of the S o .t.
ern Life Insurance and Trust Company to any period not exceed-
ing two years beyond the time or times whereby the terms of
their charter or the amendatory act hereby amended, they would
be required to call theRame ; provided, that nothing herein cwo-
tained shall be construed to compel the said trustees to defer
such calls nnlesn in their discretion they may deem it advisable.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 3s. AN ACT ConcerningSohool Landp.
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Council of
the Territory of Florida. that it shall be the duty of the Treasurer
Trespasses of the Territ ry. to seek out and prosecute all trespasses upon
any of the school lands in this Territory, in any of the courts hav-
ing jurisdiction, to take such measures as may be necessary to
obtain possession for the Territory, of any such lands wrongfully
occupied, and to let and demise for the term of one year, such
lands upon such terms as he may deem just. and that be make
report of his proceedings to the Governor to b i laid before the
Council on the first monday ofJa.uary in every year.
Sac. 2. Be it further enacted, that if any person shall will-
>.a fully trespass upon any ofthe school lands in this Territory, be
shall be subject to an indictment-ad file or Imprisonment, the
fine not to exceed one thousand dollars, nor the imprisonment
one year ii the discretion oi i. J I ,l h: sh.ut also be subject
to suit in the nanie of the Territory for damages.
Approved 12th Feb. 1837.
'No. 24. AN ACT!to regulate the salaries of certain Territorial 01
Be it enartea' by the governorr and LoCilanilive Council ft
Florida, that from the pnac- i~ of thi. la v the 'Treaurer and au.,
-ditor ofthis,Tfrrjtorv,- i 'I have n*d reeive for their services'
as Treasurer tnd audlifor I irt, i:l the' s'tn of icrht hundred dol
:lars each per ainuimt it li l 4f t.i salary now given them'bylaw.
-Approved Feb.: 12th 1837.
Wo. 25. AN ACT to ame!dl :i nePt t incorp'rtne the St. August in
and Pic!,di;, it,: .o:) l GCo iipany.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted iby tihe Govcrni r ir nl L 'islative Coun*
cil of the Territory ofr i',iiiJ, 1 t tiii co.iu]imI si)oneMs named in Commtton.
tho.act to iaiorpoira;t th,, 5i. .\ ii-ton and Picolata Rail Road ers authorisel
Company, approved thirl ecnthli1 y t o fl:iu I:;v one thousand eight too k
*hundred and thirlv six be ai I ti'v .tr, h':rcb' authorized aud di-
rected tto.reopea lhe books i- sirrpion', to the capital stock
of said companion the first d:a' o .iaiv noet, an to continue .the
same open, or the period of one year, unless the stock be sooner
SEC. :2. Bp fitfurther,enacted, that the said commissioners
be and ihey are.,eretby authorized to cause to be opened books ,
of subscription .tp said stock, ut .- ch other place or places than
St. Augus4ine and un4er such supertiteidence as ahey may deepm
SEC 3. Be it further etiact;ie, that the said act to incorporate
the St. Augustine and Piculata iUlil RIli, d Company, approved Former char'
thirteenth of Febuary one thuilwv-.id cight hundred and thirty six, dfo ld
be and the samaias erebv dcci.ared :uo ie u :expiired and in force '
so far as thY. same is not inconsi cit w.lt tihe provisions of ihis
Approved Feb. i2th 1837.
No. 26. AN ACT to amend 1he ivveral adse heretofore passed idi
relirin to iIhe Bank of Pensacola.
SEC. 1. Be ii ri,,'lted by the Governor and legislative Coun-
il of the Territory of Florida. thlt it hall alid may be lawful fot
the Bank of Pernsu rla. to remove the Brtach of said Bank
branch nt heretofore estahli-hred in tie Town if Mariannr, by virtle ofthe
be removed. tenth section oif Ih rt ol' Februry the thifteenth, one thouseld
eight hutadrid nnd thirty tive. entitled un act tar ierea r the cap.
itil of the BankI of PeniCaIol'i, ;iiid toR' nenld (he Ltawt Innoirpo-
rating said Bank, ard I'r other purposes whenever inr the opirv.
ion of the Directors o' said Bank, such removal may become ex-
pedient and neces ary.
SEC. 2 Be it further enartpd, that it shill nntf may be law-
ful for the President and Direc-ors of said Blnkt of Peallncolh,
Dividends. to cde-'lre and p:iv ini anoIIu ly ito the sevivtal Steirkholidr. in
said Bank, dividends Iltioro smch orltion of the Caplital stlok of
said Baiik, as may or shall have bieri hone fide. paid in by said
several stovklhllt'er tht; plirl it' the (C piuil' of said" Baink. ari-
sinr from itlh sial' I' nit'ls rlidir-ull by the Governor ofthe 'Ter-
ril-rv, rmllniis al hlitr lari e iuiltid r *he restrictions and limilntions
of said reci:ed Int Ii I, i I i eight huld-ed aid thirty five;.
Approved 12ti Feb. 1837.
No. 27. AN ACT to incorporate the East and Soutli Florida Ca-'
SEC. 1. Be it enacted By the Governir and Le]gistative
Council of the Terriinry lr Florid i. that Robe~rt rao I Itvion lt
Lot. Clark, Chairle.r Downing. Thomanas' Di)onalass, Clh'rrl Ed&
Incrwiation mons"tn, Joseph Llillnl, Diinea'l L. Cliwnh, John FRouston
Mel'ntosh. Richard FilzPatriek, Jimes Wfbb, Wiflinni Marvin,
and Oliver O. IHard, be ;ani the) are hereby made a liidy com-
plralt and politirk, by the name and style of the east alid month
tlorida Cannil Coninany, and by that name alt who ihafl become
subscribers for stock and nmemners f said company, their heits,
successors, and nssigno, shall be capable in law to ptuchuae, re-
ceive, retain, and enjoy, to them their heirs, successors, and as-
signs, any land, tenements. goods, chalties, andefeclt of any
kind whatinever, necessary to carry on the concerns of the coin-
pany, and the same to grant mrnrtgage, sell, and dispo- i of, to
sue, and be ended, plend :nld be impleaded, to make a comlmlla
seal, and at pleasure to Ireak, alter, and amend telesamle, to or-
dain, establish, aind put in execmlion surh by laws and regtla-
tiola as muy be doomed noceusary, aud eopediolt for beo gauv
ernment of said corporation, not being contrary to the constitu-
tion of the'United States or tile lIs of thit. Territory.
SEC. 2. Be it enacted that the said companijiy sliHll have the right,
and tney are hereby fully invested with the power and privilege
ol' coistructing a canal froom Biscaito liny ut cape Florida. to
St. Augutlaie, and the Iiver St. Johns for the transportation of Canal author-
produe',. goods, wares, and nmerhanl;idizi of every description, ised
and may for this purpose use and exeririe Ilee uand uninterrupted
control oyer any of thlc waters which elmply into the Atlati rmO-
cean, or tile UBys, Lakes, or Rivers wnltin t'hi course and vi
cinily of saidcanal, and they lmay couIeinence said canil at any
poait they may think proper, and Iany pursue su.chi course and
direction as may be nutst conducive to the interest of said coin-
paiy, uad best adapted to the iancortplishineit of said work.
SEc. S. Be ttenacted that the Capital Stock of said Compa- Capital stock,
ny shall be five hundred thousand dullars, wit:i the privilege of
increasing the same by the dire.. tors with thle consent of a ia-
juorty of the etackholdcrs, to any amonutit which imay be deemed
expedient for constructing or puitmng said work in operation, Ior
which they may cause subsc(riptions to be rectiv:d, or they may
sell the saline fhr the beaelii o'fthel company for any sum not u.n-
der their par value,a nd the said Prrsidlent an:d Directors or a
unijurity fl'them, shall have powei to borrow money for the ob.
jects of this act, to issue cerUticates or other evidence of such
luts, and to pledge the property ol' tie company tor the pay-
ineut of the saine and its interest, that b IokA of subscriptionl
Ahhall be opened at St. Auguutiau on lth liist day ol imaiy iext,
under the supeaintendence ol'Joseph S. Sanchez, John .i. Foil-
Lture, John b1. Hanson, William Livinlgsoin, and Chairles Dow-
unig, and at Key .West on the same (any ulltdr the superinten- S
dence of Chares b1. Wells, Stephen R. Mallory, Asa F. Tilt, atinta
George E. Weav.os,and Jo.lt f. iBaldwin, or uny three of thena
shall tu saulriient to diascl.rge the duties required uf them, ut
wllich places the books salll be kept, opaii lr twelve iaIonits,
when they slall be closed, alter lth l're.idelit und DiLectors
sliall have been elected, they may call Ifr instalimants to be ptad.
on the stock as they may deUn tiL' ecessil)r and uxpedienll but
the lis t isstalmiuai shAl not exceed two iamin, halt pir c.tit, and
altly days notice shalll be giv:ca i, to% or illmore nlewsipapers iO
the L'rrntory, baeure fully Iiistll.a,.u sti anll be called tor, und not
more tllha ten per cent li.alll Ub ca.llid lot at uay one tlle, and
upon tllu books fulaubscriptulo bactl closed, tllei rinoiluisal nIers
snal l cause theui to be uepoauiled iln the bniukling lHoulie o, tlef
life luouratce ard tru.lt coullliliya at St. Augusline, and ill
stock salill be lor.eiled to the coiai. lly, ill (II l IItlilinaeits up nll
the same be not paid according to tlle provisiiuis of hllis ct, out
il the whole or tile stock be suuscabLc utiure the expiratl n .if stalments
tWelve months, tile culopany intla give llnol ce thereof il any two
wauswi juW4i k B ti'Wrftr lut r ar.ty Uay6, and thue su'ckllniue ..
ofthe company may me o and organize it by electing the Direc-
tors and President.
SEC. 4. Bie it enacted ttat lbr ilr nlianaaenient of said com-
pany, there shall be chose by the stcokholders seven Directors,
one of whom shall be chosen or e;ectud President, and the first
Directors election shall be held at St. A:r.asiinae within thirty days after
the books are closed, and eaci shi:icr shall have one vote, and
the President and Directors shali have power to appoint such
officers under them as :hiey m:iy (eemii necessary to carry on the
concerns of the cormaany, to iren.scnbe tieir duties and to dis-
miss them at their pleasure, and onev silIl causa a survey to bwh
made of the route of said canal in tihr':e years after the Indian
hostilities shall cease.
SEC. 5. Be it enacted that the said company be and they are
hereby authorized to enter upon, anid take .possession of three
hundred feet of any lind on each side adjoiiing said canal, and
the use thereof shall b)i and tin sainm is hereby .declared to be
Right ofway invested insaid com!a:iy Ibrerver, anl :or aiccomnphshing the ob-
granted, jects for which this coiiiianv is iicorporated, it snail be lawful
for the President and IJ.:rectars tin'rel- 'i their agents, to enter
upon and take pos.csis )in uol any i.iJis whatsoever, whether co.,
vered with water or otl:enrw is., wiI.i. iii: y be. ticessary. to the
prosecution and colipw; ::.: i oif tli v.ur n contemplated in this
act, or whereupon it u::i, ie i-, ce- s-i to opei any canal, or to
construct auy dat n, criiii ];it;..(t.r, ioc.(, or other fixture intended
or implied by liis act. Irovid.ld ii; : tIo t:i:rds owned by private
individuals, shali ib t.:k an wiu~.oiat auceuate compensation, and
it shall be lawful ior i&., r aifsUiJe. tjin ncors. of said Com-
pany or their proper a::tjionz-j .id ie:i; 1n take 'rom any land con-
venient to their wvrk.s, :. 11 ril l. ci CI tli:n; er, stone, earth, and
other materials ias n.v ui nIccs.ti v o,r tirt construction ol, and
keeping in repair sauii works anri i ipr)veimeuts, adequate com-
pensation being iuiii c lui Itie ;sani:, ai.l r whenever itliiall be ne-
cessary for the said company to i.ie ossesssion olr and use any
land, timber, stonr oir otlhr iniicilalds oivned by. private individ-
uals, for the route aiid MrIe or iia t wtor.ls,,or any ware how-
ses or fixtures a;)l)uirt.iii:I tliherc o. or ii r iie consllu ctiug and
repair of te saiie, or a!iv. pirt eierefir, .;and ihe parties do not a-
gree upon the value o ir h in same. it .s iii unid lnu y.be..lawiIfl :for
the President and Diricto: s o~is. dl ,liomniiy. or .their properly
authorized agent to an) ):" t t to uLi i.L oudrltj : tu ile ciu inty court of
the county in w\liihr suhL- l.m.J=, ilnnllur. -toie, or oliier materials
lie for a writ olf aqat i id J l;:iiluito ii.n : d i thto e Sheriff, iMarshal,
or other officer in s iid ctiii t,, 'lj:iiniion.a Jury of' three dis-
interested person, i, iari.; i L, i,, to ;:: .t .ia v.Jue said property
on oath to be a;Iciii.is:u ieotru oi c urliirci sur1iiiionnllg therm,
whose duty it shia;i U aIttW e ii u ;:.i i. est jT person and re-
ceive their.report, a; ,i ais:) 1u recsv. irromi :ltiar ik'cideut and
Directors, if the owi.... i. r u;:; i .;., ..:: j), Im bc:. or otiar Im~a
lerials, shall not be present to receive it, or their agent, the sunr
or sums of money adjudged by said report, and to pIy over bhe
same to the person or persons authorized to rec-ive it, and to
take acquittal fur the same, and :11 the expense- i.jcurred in the
execution ot the writ of adquod damnumn shall Le paid by said
company, and the appraisers shall receive three dollars per day
while they are engaged on such dut\, and all property so isses-
esd and paid for by the President and Director.; of said compa-
ny, or their agent agreeable to the provisions of this, act, and
all purchases made by, and donations made to them shall for-
ever after belong to and become the property of the said compa-
ny, their successors and assigns in lee simple.
SEc. 6. Be it enacted that said company shall have the right
and privilege to own steam boats, vessels, boats, piers, docks,
ware houses, and every other species of properly necessary to
carry on their affairs, and fcr the storage, transportation, and
conveyance of passengers, goods, w.ires, and nmerchaindize of
any kind whatsoever, and they shall also have thlt right to charge
toll upon all vessels, boats, goods, ware:. and terctiandize, and
also to charge passage money on all passengers w)ich may
pass through said canalin boats or vessels which do not belong
to the company, Provided that any such vessels.-be at arty time
permitted to pass throng said.ca.al with Ieight a:udi passengers,
and said company shill have the privilege, anmd those s ne is here.
by granted to them to insure against fire, perils of the seao, and
all other risks, at such rates of premium and under such stipu-
lations, regulations, and restrictions as they may see tit to. estab-
lish, and said company shall have a len,on all ve-ssis, boats,
goods, wares,.and merchandize, produce, I,;.... and..oiher
lieight, for passage maney, fti eight, sto age, or tlli. dtue. upon the
same, and shall have the right to detain the sa.-e, and at 1l so
much at auction as will satisfy ihe amount due, together with all
costs and expenses on the.sanle.
SEC. 7. Be it.enacted that there shall be an annual. meeting
of the stockholders, previous notice( of: wich -li.I i e bivi.? i"n Annual meet-
any newspaper in the Territory, thirty days previous 'io,d.,tIey ing ofstock-
shall proceed to elect seven Directors aind a President, frunom:- holders
among them, but it' no election shall lake place at, tie time such
annual meeting is advertised, the P esideut and )irectorst.,then
in office shall hold their office till the elect ti dus tlke place,
and their successors are sworn into o'ice, and the stomk ol.,hiid
company shall be transfl'eprble on the books o'f Ihe coimp!any, and
not otherwise under such rules and regulations as ulay Lbeiprtscri-
bed in the by iaws of said Companry.
SEC. 8. Be it ellucted that said canal shall Lbe Iree for the use
of the government of the United States, ind it ehalll nIot be law-
Jul for the officers of the company to dcLilJmIJ any toll .on any
property, or receive pay fur. .ny. sailors, oltidi.,, ,tarines, or
nmunitions of war, which pass through it, and which boua tide be-
blngto.or arein the service of the United States, and are trnns-
portud in the-hoats or vessel of the same, but if the s:loe he
transported. in the boats or vessiYI' of the company, then s .eh
fli'ight alit passage money sill he charged and received as oth-
er pt,'siaM pay.
StE. 9. fie it enacredt that after said canal shall be finished
c, any part thereof which can be used to ndvaitage, the Po.
dglpot ut Utp cotlpany sh:all eive publish lloti"e of the Ilatr, aIIl if
after thot tllue any vessel, or boat or any goods, warts, "r irer-
Nojeeeof rom-.cbhapIdise. shail be injured or d:tmage- by reason of nny itmpr'-
pletion of ~c'( fetim in ai.l cnal. other. han ire from circim4stinces mun void
at,' able,. or byor the neg!igeonc of any of the officers or servatitls ot
said cailu.d; :e said cit i;pay shall b", liabl- to. pIy all itle dimi.a-
ges, am!! if any person shall dto,or caui se to b dne aiy ijy jlryor
fdallltag to. a;id ianul, or to any of the worls, fixntlis', o111" II-
perty belongitwl to tie company. or shall int.any wise imn,eit or
oblstruat.the tarryingin thi wtrks of the coimpiay, til tittk lva.
iaationol tht) canal, such person or persons shall be lia,! I
paty double.th aurnoupt of dam.ig; dinie to the cotlp anv, whtiih
sanrl(,be recovered ia,any court of ettnapetlnt juilrslistlni 111 thli
distrAct whper said ipjtiry was done, aid sh.ill umoreover he 11;asic
to btd indicted for a minsdemeanor, .and on convition lahri'.!'lrJh di
Trespass and be po'tshed by fiRp and imaprisomennt t t he. discretion of the
inu Y,. court, and.ii all sawh prosecution any officer, or stickliidcer
shall be a, conmptet nt witness.
!$ac 10. He it-enacted that if'at any tine the said cnmpalny,
shall,thlink proper to extend their cm.al to, Charlotte Hl.rbour
and,'l Xampa Bi y on the west, they are hereby invostl d with tllh
right,.power, and privilege of doing so, and tlwy im y survey and
adopt any route or roets which they may deemn adviiabte and
most btaulefieml to.the company, and after the said r;i.al halll be
fiislhed.and in fill operation, the said coinpany shalll pay ltax
to the Territory of two and a half percent on the nett prolits
annually, and after the sail canal shall hive been in operations
for the term of thirty years, the Terrnory or state ol' 'loridia,
tmay at.any time-ulpou the payment ol the full value of the cainil
.as may be Pgreedu3pon by and with the said company, become
-the sole owner and proprietor of the said catnil, and upon saicu
being so.made of the whole or any part.ef said canal, to the 'Ter-
ritory or stat,.the company may proceed to wind: up its atfairs
and close its cou:erns, nr.difive years shall be allowed. them to
do so, provided. that if the rerrito'y or state shall not come for-
wuid and purchase the canail, it shall he lawful fur the conpalny
to sell and dispose of the same, or any part thereof, to any itdi-
vidual or individuals, company or comipaLiies.cuorporation or cor-
porations, if they think proper to do so.
See. 11. Be it enacted, that this shall be taken and regarded
as a public act, and shall be favourubly construed fr the benetit
.0f"14"M.MAbyt gti 1 o 1rwira tta.' rit # #ad mayu giv.
dn in evidence in all cases where said corpbratioh 'rniy be tfrn.
ccrt-.d, witlhot special pleadlfig, and this lct ,hall not take ef-
'uc IInIl lthe saine hli've been approved by congress.
Approved 12th, Feb. 1837.
No. 28. AN ACT to'ihcorpbrate the MIa-ine lnstrane 'Bank.AtApB -
Whereas, Insurance iCompanies properly ctointituted ahe
beneiri;al to socriey, by dividing aitong many losses which Preamble,
nlchrwise would f,l11 heavily on few; atd whereas, the good of
Iths l'rrilorv would he promoted by keeping within it the large
slm! of nioney which are now annually rsnt to the north to p:y
in-ir:iniic s on southern produce and properly ; aYd whereas, a
Iarine Insurance Bank located at Apialihilncol, willi*g for a
ren-onnlle premim.. to lake risks on buildings, merchandize and
shipping, is much desired by the merchants, and its tributary
See. 1. Be it enacted by the Goverwor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory ol Florida, That Hiram Nourse, Hiram W.
Brook", George S. Middlebrooks, John Gorry, Thomas L.
Mit hell, H. R Taylor, John D. Howell. 0. C. Rayiknitd. Eli. Intorporation
zar Wood, and Austin Williams, and such ether persons as may
hereafter become aasociateo with them, be aMd they are hereby
detr.l-r.d a body corporate and politic by and under the name and
style of the Marine Insurance Bank of Apalachicola, and by that
name m:iy sue and be sued, plead and be inmpleaded, answer and
l) answered unit in any court of law or equity in this Territory,
or elsewhere, having competent jurisdiction, and shall enjoy
prI)w'tiail succession orofficers and members. may have and rse
ii Co ninon seal, and make and ordain and establish such by laws,
ruirs and regulations s they may deem expedient and nccessa-
ry. to vnrry into effect the objects of the instiltuidn ; Provided,
sti h by laws, rules and regulations be not repugnant to the con.
:tilutiion or laws of the United States and of the laws flthis Ter.
SEc. 2. And be it further enacted, That the capital stock of
snid Miarine I.surance Bank of Apalachlicula, shall be five hubh Capital stock,
drcd thliou-lanid dollars, to be divided int, five thousand shares of
one Ilonlied dollars each, with the privilege of increasing said
c ipiltl stock io trn hundred thousand dollars, wheneverastay tater
h tcic.li. a mnjorlty (of the stockhulders may deem the same
p-'udtii( :nd necessary.
Sec. IB, ii lfrlher enacted. That for the well ordering of the Fire director
aflfn,, f s:i.l cirporalion, here shall be five directurs. wb h l
b ducIwl by tbo astohueri qtiw M tiUA &uii *su ;ak
a e soon'as the sum of one hundred thousand dollars of the cap].
t:d stock ,f ;,iil rc rlpor.a~ io; sh'il h lv beeli a"-tua!lv received and
paid in, &
ing as such until the first Minday in Mrlrch, one thousand eight
hundred and thirty-eight and no longer, on which day and on
each and every year thereafter the directors shall be chosen by
the stockholders or proprietors of the capital stock of said corpora-
tion, when a plurality of votes given in shall be required to make
a choice, and the said directors at their first meeting after each
election, .hull choose one of their own members as president,
and in case olhis de.ith, reRiznation or removal from the Terri-
tory, or from the boand of directors, the remaining directors shall
proceed In till the vacancy for the balance of the year: Provided
Election of And be it further ennctld, That so soon as the aforesaid sum
directors, of twenty por rcnt, shall have been received, due notice shall be
given through the public journals of Apalachicola, St. Joseph,
Tallallassee, and Pensadola, atthe distiinre of thirty days from
the dtltt of said notificati'ob to thestockholder- of said corporal
tion of the intended election for directors : And provided further
that in case it shall happen that no election should be made on
the day when pursuant to this act it should have been made, the
said corporation shall not for that cause be deemed to be dis-
solved, but it shall be lawful on any other day to make and hold
an election ofdi;ectors in such manner as shall have been regu-
lated by the rules 9.nd by laws6f said corporation ; and provid-
ed, that in case of the death, resignation, absence from the Ter-
rilory. or removal of a director, his place may be filled up by a
choi,'e made by the directors for the residue of the year.
SEC. 4. be it Ifrnlier en.iced, The directors for the Time being
shall have fail pover to require the payment of the residue of the
sums owing on the sock originally subscribed for or held, at
such times and by such installments as to them may seem rea-
annable and proper, sixty days notice being first given through
the publicjournills of such requirement, and if there should be
any failure in the payment of any sum or sums subscribed by any
person, copartnership, or body politic, when the same is required
by the directors to be paid, the share or shares upon which said
failure shhll happen or accrue. shlll be for said failure forfeited,
and may be again sold or disposed of ii such manner as the di.
rectors shall order or provide, and the proceeds from such sale,
together'with the! suin or sums which may have been paid there-
on, shall enure to the benefit of silid corporation.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the directors for the
time being shall Ihve power and authority to appoint such offi-
cer and clerks ui:der them as shall be necessary for executing
lastalments the business ol the said corporation, and to allow them such com-
pensation for their services, respectively, as to them shall appear
SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That said Marine Insbtr
ance Bank sh:il! be pr;:nitted, and they are hereby authorised to Extent of
issue bills or note o! credit payable to bearer on demand, sign- liabilities.
ed by the President and countersigned by the Cashier, but the
total amount o!' d(bt which the said corporation shall at any
time owe, whether h, bond, bill, note, or other contract shall
not exceed tlhr,- oim,:; their capital stock paid in, or and above
the amount of sp-cre :irtually deposited in their vaults for safe
keeping, and in cras of excess, the directors under whose ad-
ministration it sh ill hI;pp nf shall ie liable for the same in their in-
vidual, natural ard private cap:irities, and an action of debt may
in such case be brou,-:ta against them, or any of them, their or
any of their heirs, ex:; utors, administrators, in any court of re-
cord in the Unite-d States, having competent jurisdiction, or ei-
their of them by any creditor or creditors of said corporation,
and may be pro-wcite"d to Judgement and execution, any con-
dition covenant or agreement to the contrary notwithstanding,
but this shall in,,t hb so construed as to exempt the corporation, ot Diretos
the lands, goods-, ntnements, and chattles of the same, from be. pensible for
ing also hIal),. fir anid ciihrr~:!able with said excess, and such of excessive ir,
the Directors whi, 1I iv have been absent when said excess was sues.
contracted or ere:!; i. oi who miay have dissented from the reso.
liution, or act where'i,v the same was so contrailed or created,
may respectivlv eximnrate themselves from being so liable, by
having thier di-sent i 'present entered on the minutes of said
corporation, and ib' afloresaid directors shall be further liable to
be indicted for a iiistdeameanor, and if found guilty shall be fined
in the sun ofone thoe.sand dollars each. or imprisoned at the
discretion of the court
-SEc. 7. Anrd h, ii f'!rther enacted, that said corporation when
organized as alor tid sihill lhive full power anil authority to Right o' il
insure properly ;atd ,t-licts of every nature and description, a-
gait st losses by fire or water, and all other accidents, danger
and other casualties for which insurance companies are usually
SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, that said Marine Insurance
Bank shall be hounrd to pay all losses on property or nssurances Losses to be
made by them in six imnihs after the happening thereof, and in paid within
all cases where th.' .i:imiant may be compelled to institute suit six months
for the recovery of -uch losses, the same shall stand in order for
trial at the first tf'ri!, and the amount so recovered shall be of
interest from aod afi'r the expiration of the said six months, and
if the said company shall neglect or refuse to pay such losses
within the said six mro.tiis,(it the same be demanded) when there
is no dispute as to the amount claimed, or within ten days after
final recovery naginrst thldi, in cases disputed, this charter may
be declared null and void.
SEc. 9. And be it further enacted, that the said company shall
have power to receive, hold, purchase, and possess any property'
real and personal for their use, benefit and advantage of the said
corporation, and to sell and dispose of the same, and they are
and se real hereby declared to be vested with all the powers, advantages,
estate. privileges, emoluments of an association of persons incorporated
for the intentions anid purposes aforesaid, provided said compa..
ny shall not be authorized to hold more real estate than the lot or
lots absolutely necessary for Banking buildings.
SEc. 10. And be it further enacted, that the following shall
form and be the fundamental articles of the constitution ofl said
corporation to wit.
FinsT. The number of votes to which each stockholder shall
Rates of be entitled, at any meeting or election shall be according to the
votes, number of shares he shall hold, each share to be entitled to one
vote, provided that no share or shares shall confer a right of
suffrage, unless the same shall have been holden three calen-
der months previously to the day of election, and unless it be
holden by the person in whose name it appears absolutely &
bona fide in his own rights, or that of his wife, and for his or her
sole use and beuefil, oi us executor, administrator or guardian,
or in the right of some copartner-hip, corporation, or society
of which he or she may he a member, and not a trust for or to
the use of any other person, any stockholder being absent may
authorize by power of attorney under seal any other stockholder
to vote for him, her, or them.
SECOND. None iut a stockholder entitled in his own right to
Whomaybe fifiv shares and being a citizen of this Territoyv, and not being
a director. a Director of any other Bank, sh.ll be eligible as a Director,
and if any one of the Directors hereafter being; elected shall at
any time during. the term for which he shall have been chosen
cease to be a stockholder, his seat shall thereupon become va-
THIrD. The stockholders shall make such compensation to
the President, as shall to them appear rear-oiiiablo.
FoURTH. A number of stokholders not less than ten who,
Meeting of torvilither sh lll be piroprietors of not less than five hundred shares
or upwards, shall have power at any imne to call a mneeing of
the siockholders, for the purposes relefivn to the institution by
gi ing at least sixty days notice in the Gazettes, specifying the
object cr objects of such nmeelinr.
l'ia i. The Cashier of the Bank for the time being, before
he enters upon the duties of iis office shall give bond wilt two or
more securities to the satisfaction of the Directors, in the sum
of thirty thou.isand dollars, with condition for his good behaviour
and thle 'aiihftil discharge of his duties.
SIXTH. The Direc'ors shall have power to issue to the sub-
scribers the certifitale of stock which shall be transferable on
the books of the Cashier, only by personal entry ol the stock-
holders, his legal representative or attorney duly authorized by
special power for that pnrpose.
SEVEsarn. The bills obligatory, and of credit, notes, and oth.
er contracts whatsoever in behnal of said corporation, shall'lbe
binding and obhgatory upon the said company, provided'.the
same be signed by the President, and countersigned t:y the
Cashier of said .:orporation, and the funds of said corporation
shall in no case be held liable for any contract or engagement
whatever, unless the same-be so signed and countersigned as
aforesaid, the books, papers, and correspondence and the funds
of the company, shall at all times be subject to the inspection of
the board of Director. and stockholders, when convened accor-
ding to the provisions of this act.
EIGHT. Dividends of the profits of the corporation, or so much
thereof as may be deemed expedient and proper, shall be declar- Dividends.
ed and paid alf yearly, (the first hal tafler the Bank shall be in
operation excepted) and the dividends shall pe determined froin
tilre to time by a majority of the Directuis, at a meeting to bo
.held for that purpose, and shall in no case exceed the amount
of the ne:t profits acquired by the corporation, so that the cap-
i tal stock thereof shall never be impaired.
NINTH The Directorse shall keep fair and regular entries in
a book to be kept for that purpose, of their proceedings and
their minutes be it all limes on demand produced to the stock-
holders, when at a general meeting the sane shall be required.
TsN.'i The property of the stockholdc-s shall be pledged
and bound in proportion to the amount of value of the, shares
that each individual or company ma.y ho.d in said Bank, for the
ultinale redemption of the bills or notes issued by or from said
Bank, or for all insurances in the same manner as in common
commercial cases, or simple action of debt.
SEc. 11. And be it further enacted, that said corporation shall
exist for the term of fifty years from the passage.of this act, aa-
less the same should be forfeited according to the provisions
SSc. 12. And be it further enactcd, thatsaid Bank shall not
commence issuing bills, or take risks on property until twenty
per cent of.its cuaptit stock shall be paid in specie, and upon mi..
fusal of said Bank to pay specie lor its bills or. notes when ide.
landed, it shall .pay at or after the rate of ten per cent diunages
upqu lthe amount so refused payment, over and above,the lawful
inqtemest accruing thereon, and the same shall be sued lor and re.
covered in any court having Jurisdiction of the same.
ScI. 13. And bie it further enacted, that the said corporation
shall pay a Territorial or state Tax of three per cent on the nett
prorts, and that this act shall be taken us a public act, and, be
lfvourably construed by all the courts in this Territory, and may
be,given it evidence in all cases when said corporation may. be
concerned without special pleading.
Sse. 14. Be it further eaacted, that it shall be the duty of the
.said corporation, to make an annual report to the Governor of the
Territory, of the state and:transactions of' the Institution upon
pain of a forfeiture of this charter.
Approved Feb. 10th, 1837.
No. 29. AN ACT to incorporate the Southern College at St. 'u-.
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative
Council of the Territory of Florida, that Joseph S. Sanchez, An-
tonio Alvarez, Robert R. Reed, Andrtw Anderson, David.
Brown, Thomas H. Dummett, Thomas Dounlass, Peter Ben-
net, Francis Guc, John M. Hanson, Benjamin A. Putman, John
Drisdale, Lot Clark, Charles Downing, Fitch W. Taylor, and
Alexander Watson, and their successors in office be and they are
hereby declared and constituted a body politic and corporate, by
the name and style of the southern college, and as such shall be
capable and liable both in law and equity, to sue and be sued,
to plead and be impleaded, and shall have power and authority
to make all by laws and regulations which may be necessary for
the organization and government of said college, provided such
by laws and regulations be not repngnant to the laws of tsis.
Territory, and to the laws and constitution of the United States.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, that the Trustees and their
successors in office hereby incorporated under the name -of the
Trustees of the Southern College, shall and may have and use
a common corporate seal, and the same may alter and destroy or
resume at their pleasure, they shall also have power and author-
iy to appoint such professors and teachers, and other officers as
they may deem expedient for the goveruniint of said college
and the same to remove from office when they deem- it expedi-
ent, and also to confer and bestow annually or otherwise such
deplomas or testimonials of scholarship in the sciences, as the
students in said college and others may merit.
Szc. 8. Be it furrher enacted, that the Trustees shall be and
are hereby made able and capable of accepting, holding and be.
ing invested with all manner of property, r':rl and personal, all
donations, gifts, grants, privileges, and inmmunifies whatever,
which may belong to said college, at any lime or whir-h may be
conveyed to said Trustees or their successors in office, and to
hold the same free and clear from all and vverl kind of taxation,
whether corporation, county or(Ter iiori.,i)ior thi: proper use,ben-
efit of and behoof of said college, provided tha! th lands acqui-
red by said Trustees shall be appropriated'ti tlhe sole and exclu-
sive benefit of said college, and shall be in;l] wtlhin five years
from the date of their acquisition, if not required for the necessa-
Ty purposes ofsaid college.
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, that there shall I;e at least one
annual meeting of the said Trustees, for the purpose of transac-
ting the business of said college, at the city of St. Augustine, Anu1 meet
or college buildings of which meeting a majority of the Trustees l
shall be a quorum, for the transaction of all business of the cor-
poration, but if it should at any time happen that such annual
meeting should not be held, the said corporation shall not for
that cause be deemed to be resolved, but it shall and may be
lawful on any other day to hold such meeting in such manner
as shall have been designated by the by laws and ordinances of
said corporation, and in case of any vacancy or vancies, occur..
ing in the board of Trustees by death, rosigiilation or otherwise,
it shall and may be lawful and the remaining Trustees or a mnjot-
ty ofthem are hereby authorized to fill such vacancies in such
manner, as shall be pointed out by the by laws and regulations
of the board of Trustees aforesaid.
Approved Feb. llth, 1837.
No: 30. AN ACT for the reliefof tle heirs ofJoseph Delespine, deceased
SECT. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the Auditor mand Treasurer
be, and they are hereby authorized, to audit and pay to the legal
representative of Joseph Delespine, deceased, the sum of forty-
five dollars and twenty-five cents, being the amount of an
account against the Territory for services performed by him the
said Joseph Delespine, while acting as Justice of the Peace,
which was rejected by the Auditor for want of due authentication,
but which is deemed just and correct.
Approvedllth February, 1837.
No. 31. AN ACT to amend the charter of theCiry of Pensacolat
SEc. 1 Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
eil of the Territory of Florida, That the Mayor and Aldermen
of the city of Pensacola, shall have power to cause such salary
and compensation to be given to the Mayor and other officers or
said city, as said Mayor and Aldermen may deem fit and proper;
Provided, that the salaries or compensation of such officers shall
not be increased or diminished during their respective terms of
SApproid llth February,87.
No. 28. AN ACT io revive and amend an act incorporating the Townr
of Mi ariunna.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cilof the Territory of Florida, That an act to incorporate the
Aetofi188 town ofMariana, passed the 28th day of October, eighteen
hundred and twenty eight, and the several acts amendatory
thereof, be and the same are hereby revived saving and reserving
the section hereinaftlr altered
SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, That the election for Intend-
Timeof elec- ant and Councilmen, provided for in the fifteenth section of said
tion. act, shall take place on the first Monday in Aptil next, and on
the first Saturday in January, annually, thereafter, under tho
same rules and restrictions as provided for in said act; Provided
nevertheless, that should it at any time happen, that an election
for Intendant and Councilmen should not be had on the day or
days provided for in this act, the corporation shall not be there.
for dissolved, but said election shall take place at any time there-
after, before such inspectors as may be appointed by the Judge
of the County Court, or by any Justice of the peace of said
County, ten days notice of such election being first given in three
of the most public places in sr.id town.
Inspectors. SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That Jacob Robinson, Alln
Bush, and Grove A. Pease, be, and they are hereby appointed
as inspectors, to superintend the election for Intendant and
Councilmen for said town on the first Mond.Ay in Aprrl next.
Approved 1lth Feb. 1837.
No. 9S. AN ACT to authorise and permit Francis J. Rosi to build a
Bridge across the Suwannee River at the Gadsden Spring, on said
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That Francis J. Ross be, and he
is hereby invested with the right and privilege of building a bridge
Exclusive across the Suwannee river at the Gadsden Spring in Colunibia
right. county, and that he and his heiml shall continue to enjoy all the
rights and privileges hereby granted for the term of twenty years,
and that during said teln of twenty years, no person or persons
whomsoever, shall have the right to build a bridge or establish a
ferry.in less than three miles of said bridge hereby authorised to
be built, unless it be for his, her, or their own proper use and
benefit, and not for the purpose of gathering toll: Provided, that
said bridge be kept in sufficient and proper order, and it this shall
not be the case, the County Court of said County, shall have au-
thority to declare that no toll ehbaU .deaadet or qacoeds .and
to give to any other person the right of building another bridge,
or of establishing a ferry.
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, That the County Court of Co.
lumbia County, shall have the iight to fix and regulate the rates Ratesoftell
of toll over said bridge, unless the same shall be altered by this
Sec. 3: Be tt further enacted, That an act passed January
1wearityfirst, and approved January twenty-fitlh, eighteen hundred
and thirty six, giving the privileges above mentioned to John
Mc Lemore, be and the same is hereby repealed.
'Approved Feb. 12th 1837.
No. 34. AN ACT to establish a Ferry across the Suwannnee River at
the upper Mineral Springs, in Hamilton County.
SE.. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That Bryant Sheffield, be, and
he is hereby vested with the right avid power of establishing a
ferry, and charged with the duty of keeping the same in repair,
across the Suwannee river, at or near the upper Mineral Spring,
(co'-monly known as the Jack-on Spring) in Hamilton County,
and the said Bryant Sheffield shall continue in the enjoyment of
said Ferry for and dutiug the term of five years; provided, the
said Shffield shall keep the said terry in good repair.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for
any other person or persons to establish or keep a ferry within
two miles of said ferry on the Suwatnee River, except it be for
his, her, or their own use, and not for the purpose of gathering
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of
the said Bryant Sheffield, his heirs and assigns, to keep at all
times a good and sufficient flit or craft ofsufficient size to cross
a wagon and team, and that he shall be entitled to receive such
toll as may be fixed by the County Court of Hamilton County,
and be subject to the order of said court or any future Legislative
Council of this Territory.
SEc. 4. Be it further enacted, That all laws and part of laws
militating against the true intent and meaning of the above law,
be, and the same are hereby repealed.
Approved llth, Feb. 1837.
No. 35. AN ACr to Amend An Act Concerning Estray;*
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative
Council of the Territory of Florida. that from and after the pas-
sage ofthis act, it shall be lawful lor any person to take up all
istrle animals of whatever kind that may be found straying from
description of their owners and within five days, if such animals have been bro-
estrays. ken to service, take or drive temn before a Justice of the Peace
of the district in which the animals have been taken up, (and if
/there is no Justice of the Peace in that district) then to the next
adjoining district in which there is one, whose duly it shall be to
take do vn in writing a full description of the estray or estrays,
thus tolled before him, and immediately to cause it or them to be
appraised by two or more discreet persons, they being first sworn
well and truly to ascertain the value of such estray, which ap-
praisment and description together with the name of the taker
up and his place of residence, the said Justice of the Peace shall
within five days return to the clerk ofthe county court.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, that it shall be the duty of the
dve i& e. clerk of the county court, and is hereby required to advertise the
said estray, with description and the name of the taker up, as re-
turtied to him by the Justice of the Peace, at the court house
door of the county, and in one of the public gazettes in the Fer-
ritory for two months, and at the first sheriff sale day, thereafter
upon giving ten days notice at such places as is usual for adver-
tizing the sheriff sales of said county, cause the estray to be
sold at public out cry to the highest bidder for cash, and pay o-
ver the proceeds of such sale to the county Treasuer or Clerk,
after paying the charges and fees as prescribed by the act, of
which this is an amendment, provided nevertheless that the pro-
ceeds of such sale shall remain in the county Treasury for six
months, liable to be claimed by any person who may make sao
tisfactory proof to the Judge of the county court that he was le.
gal owner of the estrav which has been sold.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, that the time limited in
noticee of sale the sixth section of the forgoing recited act, for claiming neat
cattle, sheep, goats or hogs, be changed from three months to
one month, and the time of advertising the sale of them as es-
trays from two days to five days, and that the Justice of the
Peace before whom the estrays may have been tolled, shall have
power to advertise and order a sale thereof, at such place and
by such person as he may consider most to the interest of the
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, that it shall be lawful for any
nmarke person to take up any unmarked neat cattle, sheep, hogs or
goats, going at large over the age of one year, and cause the
same to be viewed by a householder in the district in which the
estray shall be taken up, and advertize the same for five days,
and immediately thereafter go with such householder before the
Justice of the Peace of the district, and make oath that he does
not know to whom the estray belongs, giving at the same time
a description of the animal taken up, and it shall be the duty of
the Justice ol the Peace immediately upon receiving such dis-
cription, to advertize the same for five days in three of the most
public places in the district, and order the sale of the estray at
the highest.bidder for cash, at such place and by such person as
he may consider most to the interest of the county, paying over
the proceeds of such sale after deducting a reasonable cempen-
sation for the taker up, and the expenses arising from the sale
into the county Treasury lor county purposes, provided never-
theless, that if any person shall appear before the sale and make
satisfactory proof of his right thereto to the Justice of the Peace,
he shall deliver over the estray claimed to the applicant upon the
payment of such cost as may have accrued.
.Sac. 5. Be it further enacted, that when there is no county
Treasurer, the clerk of the county court shall be and act as such
Treasurer or officer, tor all the purposes of this act.
SEc. 6. And be it further enacted, that the provisions of this
act shall not.extend to or be in force in East Florida, for two
years from and after the passing of this act.
Approved Feb. 11th, 1837.
No. $6. AN AL/' to authorize John N. C. Stockton to establish a
Ferry across the Choctawhatchie river at the Cowford.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the territory of.Florida, that John N. C. Stockton be and
he is hereby authorized to establish and keep a public Ferry
across the Chortawbatchie at the cowford, on said river for the
term of five years, and that he be allowed to charge such rates of
toil as may be from time to time established by the county court
of washington county.
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, that all the rights, privileges,
profits and emoluments.of said Ferry, be and they are hereby
vested in the said John N. C. Stockton his heirs, executors,
administrators or assigns, provided, that he shall keep a flat or
boat of sufficient size. and strength, to carry over a loaded wag
gon and team, and shall comply with the rules and regulations
that may be established by the county court of Washington coun-
ty, or that may hereafter be provided by law.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, that it shall be unlawful for any
person or persons to establish or keep a Ferry within nve miles
of said Ferry, unless the same be toll free, and for his or their
individual 'ue." -
Approved 12th, Feb. 1837. E
No. 87 AN ACT to amend an act to incorporate the t 5t Floridi
Rail Rand Company passed February seventh, and approved Februa-
ry fourteenth eighteen hundred and thirty five.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Gove'rno and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, that frin and after the term of
service of the directory of the aforesaid company now in office,
the direction of the affairs of said company shall be vested in five
directors, who shall be elected at the annual meeting of the
stockholders by a majority of votes, and under such other r ules
and regulations as may be laid down in the By laws of said Com-
pany, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum for the
transaction ot business and fot the election of a Preiident, it
is provided however that the first election tinder this act may
be held as soon as pratticable after its passage.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, that the said Rail Rbad may
cross the rout ol any other Rail Road or contemplated Rail
Road, (except the rout of the Florida Peninsula and Jackson-
ville Rail Road) or any water courses, and it is hereby declared
that the said company is invested with power io extend the said
Rail Rbad to the Apalachicola River, or to the westvwad thereof.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, that all labouretr, artisans, or
agents employed in carrying or n.anaging the work or any part
of it contemplated by this act incorporating this company, shall
be exempted from serving as Jurors, and from working on the
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, that the time granted for the
construction and completion of said Rail Road, be and the same
is hereby extended three yeats after the close ot the Seminole
SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, that this Charter shall not au-
thorize the said East Fldrida Rail Road Compaisy, or their a-
gents to terminate upon the Apalachicola River, nor cross the
same at any point northwardly on said River more than three
miles above the place or bluff called Bleunts Town situated orn
the western bank, and ifthe said company shall infringe the a-
foresaid provisions, this Charter shall he forfeited, ard all the
giants and privileges therein contained shall be null and void.
SEc. 6. Be it further enacted, that so much and no more of
the act to which this is an amendment, as is inconsistant with the
provisions ol this act, be and the same is hereby repealed,
Approved Feb. 12th, 1837.
No. 8. AN ACT to repeal AnS Act therein Mentioned.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Goveinor and Legislative Coun-
cil of tho Territoiy ot Florida, that an act entitled an action ad-
dition te the sveral-acts now in force regulating Judicial pro-,
ceedings, passed and approved on the fifteenth of February eigh-
teen hundred andrthirty-four, he and the same is hereby repeal-
ed, and also an act in further addition to the several acts now in
force regulating. Judicial proceedings, approved twelfth. Februa-
ry eighteen hundred and thirty six,
Approved Lth, Feb. 1837.,,
No. 9. AN &CT for the relief of Silas Weeks ofColumbia County
SZCT. 1. Be it enneteo by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cilof the Territory ofFlorida, That the marriage contract here.
tofore existing between Silas Weeks, of the county of Columbia,
and his wife Martha W.eeks, be, and the same is hereby declared
to be dissolved, as entirely and absolutely as if the same had
never been solemnised,
Approved, 12th, lebrury,. 1837.
No. 40. AN ACT'toineorporate the Protestant Episcopal Church in
the City.ofSt. Joseph,
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Terrltory of Florida, That all those persons who have
associated themselves together for the purpose of forming a Incorporion
protestant. Episcopal Church, in the city otfSt. Jo.eph, and saci h
other persons as may hereafter join.such ussocialion, shall be,
and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by
the name and style otrector, wardens, aund.vestrymen of St. Jo.
aeph's Church, andi by said name ma~y slo and. bo sued, plead
and be impleaded, make contracts, receive donations, purchase
and, hold reata.nd personal property, and.dispose of the same in.
any way that may be deemed for the benefit of said church, and
may have andt use a corporate seal,, with such device or, devices
as may be chosen, and alter the same at pleasure.
Sac. 2. Be it further enacted, Thaton Easter enday, an-
nually, there shall be ar. election for two.wardens and five ves- Election of
trymen, who, with, the rector, shall have power to enact by-laws, Wardens and
and to make other regulations, as the welfare of said.church may Vestrymen.
require; provided, such laws and regulations be not inconsistent
with the constitution and laws of the United States, and the laws
of this Territory.
3. Be it further enacted,,.That if from, anycattUe-.oun.eZ
wardens and vestrymen be held at the .time ,desigao.te4
ct, for the same the charter hereby grantedl hall..aotb, et
ount be forfeited, but in, such .an evir t..it shall; he .the
atkof the rector of said church, if,thre,be aon to illthe vacan-
ciNmccasioned by such failure, to holdan election,,ifthere" be,
apo rector, it shall be the duty of the wardens tand.vvestryroeoi ai
office, when such election should have been held, to cause air
election to be held at some other time, previously giving at least
five days public notice of the time atid place of holding such
election, and until such election shall be made, or such appoint-
meat by the rector, E. J. Hardin, Robert Beveridge, J. C. Ma-
clay, E. J. Wood, Park G. Streti,,and Htarham Cromwell, the
present vestrymen, shall be rivested with all co lporate powers lo
conduct the temporal concerns of s.4d. church, .as are herein
SEC. 4. Be it, further enacted, That this, act shallgo intoiP.pe
ration from.and after the passage o ,the same.
Approved 11th February, 1837.
No.41. AN ACT to prevent the unlawful and violent taking of per-
stice may SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governorani Legislative Coun.
issue war- cil of the Territory of Florida, That uprun complaint made. on
rants. oath by the person injured, his agent or attorney, ,before any jus.
twice of the peace of this Territory, that anj any slave or slaves,
or other chattel, have been taken, enticed or carr ed away. by
fraud, violence, seduction, or other unlawrlul means, froin the
possession ofsuch deponent, and that the sai' ieponent or the
person for whom he is agent or attorney, bone fid claims a. title
to, or interest in, the said slave or slaves or 6ther chattel, the
possession thereof, it shall be the duy oft e sai justice to i ue
his warrant as well for the summons of the defendaani to appear
forthwith, as for the seizure of such slave ot slaves or otlier chat-
tie, and said slave or aiuvcs or other chattle shall remain in the'
custody of the officer executing said warrant, until otherwise or-
dered by the judgement of the jis'tce as herein before provided
SEc. Ee it further enacted, That up6n the return of such war-
rant, and seizure of such slinvc or slaves'or othei chattel, it shall
Tril of right be the duty of such justice of the peace to cause to be summon..
ofpossesson ed without delay, two of the next neighboring justices of the
peace, and the said three justices sitting together, shall proceed
to hear evidence as to the question of possessiun in a summary
Way, the parties being Aist notified of the titte and plade oi th i'
sitting, aid shall cause the said slave or slaves or other chattel
to be delivered over to the party from whose possession the sanij
were violently, wrongfully or fraudulently taken or enticed away,
or in whose peaceable and rightful posseeiion they last were:
Provided such party shall before said justice enter into recogni.. Bond or in-
zance, with good and sufficient security, in double the amount of demnity.
the valee of such slave or slaves, or other personal properly, and
'tIe hire claimed, if any, to cause the said slave or slaves or other
chattel, to be produced and forthcoming, if upon the appeal, here-
iaafler provided, the production of the slave, or the restitution
thereof, to the officer, should be required by the order of the
judge of the Superior Court, or otherwise,. to, answer any jildg.
meat, execution ao decree, that may i be had, issued, -or made
upon such suit or action at law, or in equity, as the opposite
party may commence or prosecute within the next::two years
touching the same, and such recognizance shall be returned by
said justiceto the next Superior Court of the county where the
same is taken, to be transmitted to the court where such suit or
action may be commenced.
Sac. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said justices may:at Continuance
'their discretion, for good cause shown by either party, allow may be grant
them tim for the bhering above directed ; provided, such con ed.
tinuance do not exceed a period of ten days.
Sac. 4. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the
said justices to keep an exact record of. the testimony adduced
before them, and of their. proceedings.
SEac. Be it further enacted, That should either party feel
dissatisfied with the judgment of said justices, such party may of
right claim a copy ot the record.from said justices and carry the
'same before the'judge of the Superior Couat of the district in Appeal,
'which the casearises, and if the said judge shall upon inspection
'o such record leem that injury has been done to such party, it
shall be his duty to commend such further or other proceedings
therein, before the said justices, or upon a full rehearing of the
*case before himself, to revive such judgement, or make such or..
,der as toJustice shall appertain, Provided that the appeal, in
this section provided, shaH not operate as a supersedeas upon
the judgment of the justices.
Approved 12th February, 1737.
No: 42: AN ACT to incorporate the town of Quincy.
Sac. 1, Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
'cil of the Territory of Florida, That all the free white inhabitants
residing within the limits of the north west quarter of section
obven,in township two, north of three, west, comptehendi.g-
Sthe present site of the town of Quincy, and their successors, be.
rpkation and are hereby declared a body politic end corporate by the name.
and style of the town oflQuincv, with all the rights, privileges,
powers and authority, incident to, and appertaining to a corporal
tion, body politic, or natural person, and by the said name and
style may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded. hold, posses,
alin enojoy, real estate, personal and mixed property, and:trans-:
f'r the same, and so dispose of and manage the funds of .sid
town, as shall be most beneficial to the interest thereof.
SEc" 2.Be it further enacted, That the government of said,
-,nent town shall be vested in an intendant and five councilmen, to be
iiy. designated and known as the town council of Quincy, each ,f
whom in addition to the qualifications of a voter.shall at the time
of and for three months immediately preceding the election have.
resided within the limits thereof.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That the town council shall
annually on the first Monday in January, be elected by the quitl-:
fled voters of the said town, and it shall be their duty ,at their,
first meeting, to elect fiom among themselves, -the intendantt.
ctlons. who shall hold his office until the next annual election ; Provid-
ed, however, that the said intendant and couneitlen, shall con..
tinue to exercise their respective functions until'their asccessors.
shall have been elected. "
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That .the town council .hatl
have full power and authority to prevent :and abate -nuisances,
compel the owners of lots upon which pools ot water are, or-are
likely to accumulate, to.fill them up, and in default thereof, to
.wersofcity cause the same to be done at the expense of the owner, to guard.
vernment-,t against the introduction or propogasion of infectious or cone
tagious diseases, and generally to ordain and enforce, such mea-
sures as may be necessary for the protection and 'preservation *of
the public health of the town, they may erect all necessary public
buildings, and dispose of the same, as the interest of the town
may require, they may sink wells, erect pumps, dig drains, lay
out burial grounds,'and regulate and take care of the same, they
shall have power to regulate, improve, alter and extend ithe
streets, lan-sa, avenues, and public squares, and to open 'new
streets, and cuose encroachinents, obstructions, decayed build-
ings, and old ruins to be removed, they shall have power-to es*'
tablish and regulate patrols, to regulate the trafficking with per-
sons of color, to regulate markets, the safe keeping of a standard
of weights and measures, the storing of gun powder, and the
conducting of auction sales, within the limits of the town, they
shall have the power to licence the retailers of spirituous liquors,
and keepers of taverns, and to restrain and prohibit lotteries
which have not had the sanction of the Legislative Council, raf-
fling of all kinds, gaming and gaming houses, houses ot ill-tame,
tippling houses, to regulate theatrical and other public exhibi-
lions to suppress riots and disorderly assemblies, and to provide
for the.punishment of all persons guilty of breaches of the peace
within the limits oft said town.
SEC 5.. Be.it further enacted, That the town council shall Taxes.
have tull authority to.define the objects of taxation, establish the
rates thereof, and provide lor the collecting of the same.
SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, Thait the town ciincil shall
have the same aullority to commit to prison for contempt ; pro-
.vide d the term ofimnprisounent shall not exceed twelve hours, PuniShmel
and for the non payment of files and forfeilures, as' is vested in o La
* the criminal courts of the county, they shall in no case inflict ini-
prisonment as a punishment lor the infraction of any of their or-
dinances, but shall have power to fine, or to recognize the party
tooanswer for the -ame at the next session of the Superior Court;
Provided, nevectheleas, that no punishment inflicted by the corpo.
rate authorities, shall be pleaded in bar upon indictment for the
same offence before any court of record ol competent jurisdiction.
S&c. 7. Be it further enacted. That the Intendant shall give
ten days notice of the annual election. and appoint three citizens f CI
as inspectors to conduct tho same, provided thu t should he ntg ta il.
lect to order said election at the proper time, it shall be lawful
for the judge of the county court or the justice for the Quincy
district, upon the application of any two qualified voters of said
town, to order the said election as soon thereafter as practicable.
SEC. S. Be it further enacted, That all white nale inhabitants Qualification
of twenty one years and over, who shall have resided within the of voters-
corporate limits of said town for at least three months immediately
proceeding the day of election, and who shall have satisfied all
taxes or fines imposed upon them by any ordinance of the town,
shall be entitled to vote for the town council.
SEc. 9. Be it furher enacted, That the town council shall
have the power to fill all vacancies that may occur in their body
from death, resignation or other cause.
SEC. 1T. Be it'further enacted, That the intendant and two
councilmen, and in the absence of the intendant three council-
men shall constitute a quorum to do businese, they may compel Quorum.
the attendance of absent members, judge of the qualifications of
their own members, and of the correctness and regularity of the
election returns, and settle their own rule of proceeding.
SEC. 11. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of
the intendant to exercise a general supervision over the interests
of the town, to see that the ordinances are enforced, to issue all
processes. to convene the council at such times as he may deem
expedient, to preside at oal the meetings thereof, and to give the
casting vote in case of a tie.
SEC. 12. Be it further enacted, That the town council shall
have the power to appoint'a town constable or constables, whose
duty it shall be to serve all processes, and to perform such other
duties as may be appointed him, to suppress all riots or breaches
of the peace, and to this end he is hereby vested with all the au.
thority, rights and privileges possessed by the cocstables in the
magistrates' districts in this Territory; Provided, his fees shalt
be surh as are provided by law for similar services.
SEc. 13. Be it further enacted, That the intendant and coun.
cil men shall respectively enjoy and exercise the authority of a
conservator of the peace.
SEC. 14. Be it further enacted, That the right of appeal to the
Superior Court shall te guaranteed to any person who may feel
tgli of Ap- grieved by any decision under any of the ordinances of the
pea' town; Provided he shall comply with all the requisites exacted
of parties taking appeals to the Superior Court in ordinaty cases.
SEc. 15. Be it further enacted, That all acts heretofore passed
in refferenre to the incorporating the town of Quincy, be, and the
Re'paling same are hereby repealed, but all ordinances, orders, or resolves
clause. now in force, shall continue to be in force until altered or re-
pealed, and all taxes, fines, or forfeitures, that have accrued
under any of said acts, may be recovered in the same manner
as if the said acts hereby repealed were in force.
SEc, 16. Be it further enacted, That the individuals lately
elected commissioners of the town of Quincy, shall constitute the
town council for the present year.
Approved Feb. 12th, 1837.
No. 43. AN ACCT for the relief of John W. Simonton.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Couscil
of the Territory ot Florida, That the Treasurer of the Territory
be, and he is hereby required to pay out of any money in the
Treasury to John W. Simonton, or his representative, the sum
of one hundred dollars, the same having been improperly paid
on Auction sales by the said Simonton and paid into the Treasu,
ry of the Territory of Florida.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 44.,dNaCT to amend the incorporation of the City ofSt. Joseph
SEc: 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the corporate authorities of
the city of St. Joseph, shall have the power to impose upon the
Mayor such duties relating to the police and government of said
city, as shall be deemed proper and expedient, and that they may
.aHow to said Mayor a salary for such services; provided, the
same shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars per an.
SECT. 2. Be it further enacted, 'i hat the jurisdiction of the
said Mayor's court may extend to all sums on account under five
Approved 12th February, 1837.
Nc. 45. AN ACT to amend an act to incorporate -the Central Bank
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the capital stock of the Increase cap.
Central Bank of Florida, is hereby permitted to be increased two ital 2,000,000
millions of dollars, one million to bt reserved for the Territory
or State of Florida, and for the other million, books ot subscrip-
tion shall be opened after this act shall be sanctioned by Con-
gress, giving sixty days notice in the public papers of Tallahas-
see and Apalachicola.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the fourteenth rule of the
eighth section of the act to which this is an amendment, requir-rle repealed.
-ing that all notes discounted by the bank, shall be made.payable
there, be, and the same is hereby repealed.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That the charter of the said Charter ex-
Central Bank of Florida, shall be extended and continued ,for tended.
the term of thirty years from the passage of this act.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 46. AN ACT to take the sense of the.peopleot this Territory on
the policy and propriety ol'becoming a state.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, that at the next election for Del- Vote respect-
egate to Congress for this Territory, it shall be the duty of the.ing State gov-
Judges or inspectors ofbhe election aforesaid, at every place. or ernment..
precinct where any such election may beheld to put the ques-
tion to every voter who may present himself to vote, whether
said voter wishes a State or Territorial government; and the
judges aforesaid, if he shall answer, shall before any ballot is
put into the box, write on the back of every ballot the answer of
the voter presenting the same, State or Territory, as his answer
may ube, after which ihe ballot shall be pdt into the box'; a nd the
judges of any snch election shall when they count over the votes
specify and set forth in their certificate of the election held by
them. to the Governor, how many votes were given for a State,
and how many for a Territory; and the Governor shall in his
proclamation ofthe election declare how many votes were for
State, and how many were for a Territory.
SEc 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the
Census re, sheriffofevery county in this Territory, to ascertain by the first
quired. day of June next, the number of inhabitants male and female,
white, black and coloured, which may be in the several counties,
and the sheriff of every county aforesaid, shall inmmt.ditly there-
after transmit in triplicate to the treasurer of the Territory a cer-
tified copy of the number of persons found in the several counties
in the manner before mentioned, and the Treasurer shall report
to the next Legislative Council in the first week of its session
the number of inhabitants in this Territory, male and female,
white, black and colored, according to the certificates of the
sheriffs' of the several counties in the Territory ; and the Legis-
lative Council shall order such compensation to the shetiffl of
the several counties for performing the services hereby prescrib-
ed to be performed by them, as the Council may deem reasona-
ble and just, not exceeding three quarters of one cent per head ;
and if the sheriff of any county shall fail to perfoinm the duties
Penalty to, herein prescribed for them to perform, any such sheriff and his
sheriffs for securities shall forfeit and pay the sum of one thousand dollars,
neglect. for the use of the Territory, to be removed at the first term of any
court of competent jurisdiction, and said sheriff shall be pernrit-
ted to employ in the execution of the duties herein before pre-
scribed for them, their deputies, legally sworn according to the
laws of this Territory.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 47. AN ACT to.incorporate the Franklin Insurance Company.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil.of the Territory of Florida, That Allen Asher, Lewis Cun-
ningham, Richard C. Allen, E. J. Wood, James Deblois, Rich-
ard Fitzpatrick, Joseph Croikey, and J. C. Maclay, and their
1anorpoMttion associates and successors, be, and they are hereby constituted a
body politic and corporate, under the name of the Franklin 'In.
surance Company, to be located at St. Joseph, and by that name
and style shall have succession of officers and members for the
term of fifty years, and a common seal to use, break, later and
amend, at their pleasure, and to sue and be sued, plead or be imr
pleaded, answer and be answered, in any court of law or equpit
in this Territory, having competent jurisdiction, and may make,
ordain and establish, such by laws. rules and regulations, as they
mnay deem expedient and necessary; Provided, such by laws,
'rules and regulations be not repugnant to the laws of this Terri-
tory or of the United States.
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted. That the capital stock of said Capital stock
company shall be one million of dollars, to be divided into ten 1,000,000.
thousand shares of one hundred dollars each ; and after said
company shall have been organised and in operation one year,
the same may at any time by vote ofa majority of the stockhold-
ers thereof, be increased to any amonnt not exceeding two mil.
lions of dollars, in addition to the original capital, and which in-
creased :capital stock shall also be divided into shares of one
hundred dollars each.
Sac. 3. Be it further enacted, That for the well ordering and Directors.
government of said company, there shall be seven directors, who
shall be elected by the stockholders of said company, and whose
duty it shall be to elect a president from their number.
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That the directors so chosen, How chosen.
shall serve until the first Monday of January of the succeeding
year, or until others are elected in their stead, and that on the
first Monday of January in each and every year, there shall be
an election held for such directors to serve for one year, or until
others are elected in their stead, and in all elections the stock-
holders may vote in person or by duly constituted proxy, and
each share shall have one vote.
SEc. 5. Be it further enacted, That the directors shall have a
power to appoint a president from among their own body, all prSid point
other officers of said company, and generally to manage and
transact all business and affairs ol said company, subject to such
by laws, rules, regulations, and directions of the stockholders, as
may be adopted by the vote of a majority of the shares at any
general meeting thereof, and pay to such oqicers such salaries
as shall be deemed expedient by the said directors.
SEc. 6 Be it further enacted, That said corporationmbhall
have full power and authority to make insurance on all kind of Risks and
property, and effects of any kind and nature whatsoever, against contracts.
losses and damages by lire, perils of the sea, and against all
other losses and damages and risks, to make any contracts in..
evolving insurances of any kind and nature whatsoever, to buy
and sell notes, drafts, and bills of exchange, to exercise all the
powers and privileges of u general insurance incorporation, and
to execute all trusts committed to them by individuals or corpo-
rations, and said insurance company may make insurances, and
accept of trusts.
SEC. 7. Be it enacted, That H. R. Wood, J. C. Maclay,
Robert Beveridge, and Hezekiah Smith, or any three of them, Comminsion-
be, and they are nereby appointed i ommissioters to open books er
and receive subscriptions for said capital stock on the first Mon.
day in March next, and every person subscribing shall pay at
the time one dollar on each share to said commissioners, or to
stal ts. such agent as they may appoint, and on the subscription and such
payment of the whole number of shares above specified, the
books of subscription shall be closed, and said commissioners
shall forthwith proceed to organise said corporation, by giving
twenty days public notice in any two newspapers in this Territo.
.ry to the subscribers to pay at such time and place and to such
agent as said commissioners may designate, the further sum of
nine dollars, as a second instalment, on each share subscribed
for, and that the stockholders who have so paid said second in-
stalment, shall on the day succeeding-the.time limited for such
payment, elect seven directors, who shall be stockholders and
Ratio of votes citizens of this Territory, any five of whom shall be a quorum to
do business for said company, to maadge and regulate the affairs
thereof by a plurality of votes of such stockholders, each share
so subscribed and paid for having one vote,
SEc. 8. Be it further enacted, That all future instalments of
Notice of fu- said stock after the second, shall be paid at such times as the
menstal directors may designate, upon public notice thereof being given
as herein before specified, and the instalments aleresaid shall be
paid in specie or its equivalent, and in addition to the liability of
said corporation the stockholders thereof shall be personally lia-
ble for the payment of all debts due by said corporation, to the
Stockholders amount of stock owned by him, her or them, at the time such
liable, debt was contracted or liability incurred, and on failure of said
corporation to pay and satisfy such debt or liability, when legally
ascertained and demanded, any creditor of said corporation may
proceed by a bill in chancery against any one or more of said
stockholders to recover the said amount to be equitably distributed
by decree of such court among the creditors of said corporation.
SEc. 9. Be it enacted that the dividends and profits of said
Dividends corporation may be declared among the stockholders thereof
limited. whenever expedient, but such dividends shall in no case exceed
twenty per centum per annum and the surplus profits if any, shall
be reserved as a safety fund to meet any losses which may hap-
pen to said corporation, and be considered as part of the capital
stock thereof, and the said corporation shall make annual reports
Annual re- to the Governor of the Territory of Florida at least one week
ports, previous to the meeting of the Legislative Council thereof, of
its state, condition and affairs,the same to be laid before the Leg-
islature, who may appoint a committee, if they may deem it ex-
pedient to examine the books ol said corporation.
SEC. 10. Be it enacted, That said corporation shall pay a tax
to the Territory of Florida of three per centum per annum, on
Tax & term the nett profits of said corporation, and that this act shall be
taken and regarded as a public act, and shall be favorably con-
strued by all courts in this Territory, and may be given in evi-
dencein all eases where said corporation may be concerned!
without special pleading ; and this act' shall continue in force
until the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven.
Approved 12th,'Feb. 1837.
No. 48. An Act to incorporate.a Company fbr the establishment of a
Ferry across the ducilla River, at the Flat Ford, in Jeferson County.
SEC. 1, Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative.Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That Abram Bellamy, William Incorporation.
Baily, Jessee W. Hagan, Elias Edwards, Andersor Snead, May
Manning, A. B. Shehee, Lloyd Skunnal, and their associates,
be, and they are hereby made a body corporate by the name of
the Aucilla Ferry Company, and by that name they and theii
successors and assigns shall be capable in law to hold and enjoy
so much real estate as may be necessary for the purposes of said
Company in establishing the ferry hereinatter mentioned, to sue,
and be sued, defend and be defended, and to make. by laws .for
their own government, which shall not be contrary to the laws of
this Territory, or of the United States, and do all lawful acts in-
cident to a corporation, and which may be necessary for the suc-
cessful management of its affairs, to use a common seal, and to
break and alter and renew the same at their discretion.
Szc 2, Be it further enacted, That the said Company be, and
they are hereby authorised and vested with the right of establish- Ferry to be
ing, and charged with the duty of keeping a ferry at or near the kept.
place known as the Flat I *rd, on the Aucilla'River, in Jefferson
County ; Provided, that ; said company shall at all times keep
a good and sufficient flnd or other craft, of sufficient size for the
safe crossing of all persons and such vehicles as travel the road
to said ferry.
SEc. 3. And be it further enacted, That the 'said Company
shall be and they are hereby authorised to charge and -receive Tolls.
such tatesof toll at said ferry as shall be. authorised and allowed
by the county court of Jefferson County.
SEc. 4. And be it further enacted, That if the said Company,
shall deem it expedient, they are hereby aulhoriked (instead ofa Bridge au-
Ferry) to construct across said river a good and siubstantial thorised:
causeway and bridge or bridges, for the purpose of crossing the
SEc. 5. Be it further enacted, That the said Company shali'have
power, at such time and place 'as the said Company shall con- Directors.
sider it most advisable, to elect three directors for the manage..
ment of its business, one of whom shall be president.
SEc. 6. Be it further enacted, 'That this law shall be in force
for twenty-five years from'and after'its passage.
Approved 11th Feb. 1837.
No 49. AN ACT In authorise the County Court of Lenn County to
dispose of a certain piorion of the Public Square laid out for the
Court House in the City of Tallahassee, to enable said County to
build a Court House and Jail.
Stc. 1 Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, That the County Court of Leon
County. be, and they are hereby authorized and directed to dis-
pose of at public auction, a range of lots on the east and west
side of the Court House Square, in the City of Tallahassee, at
such times and under such regulations as the said Court may
direct, the said lots to be laid out under the direction of the said
County Court in such manner as may be deemed best for the
interest of the County and convenience of the City, leaving a
a street not less than sixty feet wide on each side ol' the Court
Ho'se. running north and south from the two hundred loot street
to Call street,
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted. That the funds arising
from the sale of said lots shall be applied to the erection of the
said Court House and Jail, atnd to no other purpose whatever.
Passed Feb. 12th 1S37--tejected by the Governor Feb. 12,
1837-Reconsidered the same day, and passed by the requisite
No. 50. AN ACT to provide for the Compensation of the Members
of the Legislative Council, and for other purposes.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florida, Tnat the Governor cause to be
audited and settled, the pay and mileage of the Members of the
Legislative Council from Monday, the second day of January,
one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven, to Sunday, the 12th
day of February, of the same year, both days inclusive, according
to the allowance authorized by the act of Congress.
SEC. 2. Be it further enanted, That he cause to be paid to
Joseph B. Lancaster, for his services as chief clerk of the Coun-
cil, five hundred dollars, to John G. Gunn, enrolling and engross-
ing clerk, two hundred and fifty dollars, to Neill McPherson,
enrolling and engrossing clerk, two hundred and fifty dollars, to
Robert B. Copelnnd, enrolling and engrossing clerk, two hun-
dred and fifty dollars, to James Wallace, sergeant-at-arms (in-
cluding his account for fuel) one hundred and ninety-two dollars,
to Moses Ellis, door keeper, including account, one hundred
and seventy-three dollars, to VA illiam Wilson, for printing, sta-
tionary, and contingencies, nine hundred and ninety-two dollars,
to Frederick Towle, for his account, fourteen dollars and seven-
ty five cents, to Hayward 4- Austin, for their account, thirty six
dollars and sixty-seven cets, to Samuel M. Hill, for his account,
fourteen dollars, to J. G. Pedrick, for his account, fifteen
dollars, to J. R. Dorsey, for his account, ten dollars,
to Sylvanus Elis, for copying the laws for the printer, two hun-
dred and fifty dollars.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, That the Governor cause to
be audited and settled, the account of William Wilson, for print-
ing the laws ofthe present session, and also the account of J.
Knowls. for printing the journals of the present session; and
that he also cause to be audited and settled, the accounts of the
Editors of newspapers authorized to publish the laws of the pre..
sent session, according to the act of Congress, in the following
way, towit: for printing in pamphlet form seven hundred and
fifty copies of the laws of the present session of the Legislative
Council, as per contract with Wm. Wilson, four dollars per page;:
for printing five hundred copies of the Journals of the present
session in pamphlet form, as per contract with J. Knows, four
dollars per page; foi publishing in the Floridian and [two other ]
newspapers the laws of the present session, one dollar and twenty
five cents each per page.
SEc. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Auditor of this Ter-
ritory is hereby nuthorised to audit and settle the account of Wm.
Wilson for printing blank forms for the use of the Militia of
Approved 12th February, 1837.
No. 51. AN ACT to amend the several acts now in force in this
Territory in relation to roads and high ways.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative
Council of the Territory of Florida, that the fines hereafter impo. Fine on over-
sed upon overseers of public roads and high wavs,who shall refuse seers.
or neglect to perform the duties as required of them by the sev-
eral laws to which this is an amendment, shall in the place of the
present fine, forfeit and pay for every offence twenty five dollars,
and every commissioner of public roads and highways, who shall
in like manner refuse or neglect to do his duty shall forfeit and
pay fifty dollars.
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, that every hand liable by law
to work upon the public roads and highways, who shall not ap- Computation
pear on said road, or who, when they shall appear, shall refuse fins'
or neglect to do the duties legally required of them by the over-
seer shall forfeit and pay for such neglect, no less than two nor
more than five dollars at the discretion of the commissioners.
SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, that all fines and torfeiturers
provided for in the foregoing section shall be collected and paid
over as provided for, by an act to eaoad those ever acts now ai
force relatin'to roads and highways, passed February eighteen
hundred and thirty six to which this is an amendment.
Workmen to SE. 4. Be it further enacted, that the overseers of the road
'be warned. shall have power to appoint a person to warn the hands to work
on the road, whose dtity it shall be to serve the party in person,
or leave notice in writing at their notorious place of abode at
least three days previous to the time appointed for working on
Commission- SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, that the several commissioners
ers shall as- for each district or a majority of them, shall meet at the place of
embnle. holding courts in their districts on the first Saturday in April, on
the first Saturday in every third month thereafter, and form a
board of Conmissioners to hear and determine all matters in re-
lation to the roads, and to determine on the cases of delinquen-
cies of the overseer or hands, and in all cases in which a fine or
fines shall be imposed by them the said Commissioners or a ma-
jority of them shall have full power to issue execution for the
purpose of enforcing the collection thereof, returnable to the
next sitting of the board of Commissioners and place the same
into the hands of any constable of the county for collection, and
it is hereby made the duty of the constables of the several Jus-
tices district of this Territory, to obey and proceed in the same,
under the same rules which govern executions issuing from Jus-
tices courts, payiut over the amount collected by them to the
Commissioners at their next regular sitting, and if the said Con-
stables or any or either of them shall refuse or neglect to collect
and pay over the same as above required, or make return of their
acting on said executions, without reasonable excuse to be
Judged of by the Commissioners, they shall be liable to be ruled
therefore as for contempt, or the Commissioners shall have pow-
er to issue execution immediately against the Constable and his
securities for the amount for which he may be in default, as they
may consider most for the public good.
SEc. 6. Be it further enacted, that whenever the said Com-
Commission- missioners or any of them shall.omit, neglect, or refuse to com-
ers failing to ply with any of the duties required of them by this act or the
act. acts to which this is an amendment, he or they upon complaint
made by any person or persons being in the county, to the Judge
of the Superior or county courts, or by presentment of the Grnnd
Jury, or where it shall come within the knowledge of said Judg-
es, the said courts shall have power by rule ten days notice of
said complaint being given to said Commissioner or Commis-
sioners, in default to inforce the collection of said fine at the cost
of the defaulter, and at the cost of the informer, should it appear
to the court that the information is frivolous, malicious, or ground-
SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, that it shall be the duty of the
Overseers of the several roads, to make a return of the names of
the several defaulters on ihcfr~ioadsib 6ie of the Commission-
era of their respective districts, at least ten days before their
regular sitting thereafter, and five days before the sitting of the Noticeto d.
Commissioners, shall either himselfor by some person duly au- falters
thorized by him to give notice to those who may be defaulters,
requiring them to appear before said Commissioners, and show
cause if any they have, why they should not be fined, and if the
person appointed to give such notice shall be liable to work on
the road, he shall be exempted from road duty as many days as
he may be actually employed in warning hands and giving notice
SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, that the Commissioners shall Resposibili,
be liable to the courts aforesaid mentioned, for the keeping in tya Coommiu
good order the several public roads of their district, and shall he soners.
fined as by this act prescribed for non attendance to this dty,
and the Overseers of the roads shall be responsible to the Coeu
missioners for the like default in their duties and may be fined
by them therefore, as is provided in this act,
Approved 11th Feb. 1837.
'No. 52. AN ACT to Incorporate the Washington Lumber Com,
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
.cil of the Territory of Florida. that James Watson, John W. IScorpoWtion
,Campbell, and Peter W. Gautier sen. and their associates be
and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate, under
the name and style of the Washington Lumber Company, and
by that name they and their successors shall be known in law,
and may sue, and be sued, plead and be impleaded, defend and be
defended, in all courts of law and equity in this Territory, and
shall have power to ordain, establish, and inforce al) by laws
rules and regulations necessary for their Government, not con-
traty to the constitution and laws of the United States, or the
laws of this Territory, and the same to alter, recind, or amend,
to use common seal which they may break, alter or renew at
their pleasure and by the name aforesaid, shall be capable in law
.of purchasing, receiving and holding for themselves and .heir
successors so much,of lands and tenements, goods, and chattels
and effects as may be necessary for the conducting the bus.i
,ess of said Company and no more, and the same to grant, sell,
mortgage and convey.
Sic. 2. Beit further enacted, that the said Company shba
have power to erect such btiildings, wharves or docks, to have,
own, or possess such land or water craft as may be necessary for ri
,the purposes of conducting and carrying into effect the objects griie
of said Corporation, to make and establish all necessary works,
.and machinery to be propelled by water or steam power, for
preparing sawing, plainipg,. or .manufacturing lumber, pJ)a,
boards, timber, or shingles, and to use, enjoy and have all other
privileges necessary to the carrying into' effect the objects of
said Corporation, not inconsistent with the powers herein gran-
ted to said Company, and the laws of the Territory or United
Capital stock SEc. 3. Be it further enacted, that the Capital Stock of said
Company shall be one hundred:thousand dollars, with the power
in the Stockholders if found necessary to increase the same to
two hundred thousand dollars to be divided in to shares of one
hundred dollars each to be subscribed for, in such manner and
at such time and such places as said company shall direct.
Si;tk assign- S0o. 4. Be ii further enacted, that the stock of said company
able. shall be transferred or assigned, under such rules and restrictions
as said company shall fiom time to time ordain and establish,
and may be taxed by the Legislative authority of Florida, net
exceeding two per cent upon the nett proceeds thereof.
Ratioof vote SEC. 5. Be it a'rther enacted, that the concerns of said Com-
pany shall be managed by three or more directors, one of whom
shall be the President of said company, to be elected by the
Stockholders or a majority of them in which election each share
shall be entitled to one vote.
Sac. 6. Be it further enacted, that this law shall be in force
for thirty years from and after its passage.
Approved 12th Feb. 1837.
No. 53. AN ACT to Incorporate the Episcopal Church in the City
SEC, 1. Be it enacted by the Governor of the Territory of
Incorporation. Florida, that all those persons who have associated themselves
together for the purpose of forming a Protestant Episcopal
Church in the City of Apalachicola, and such other persons as
may hereafter join such association, shall be and they are hereby
constituted a body politic and corporate. by the name and style
of the Rector Wardens and Vestrymen of Trinity -Church in the
City of Apalachicola, and by said name may sue, and be sued,
plead, and be impleaded, make contracts, receive donations,
purchase and held real and personal property, and dispose of
the same in any way that may be deemed for the benefit of said
Church, and may have and use a corporate seal,. with device or
devices, as may be chosen, and alter the same at pleasure.
SEc. 2. And be it further enacted, that on Easter Monday
annually there shall be an election for two Wardens and seven
Elections. Vestrymen, who with the rector shall have power to enact by
laws and make such other regulations as the welfare of the said
Church may require, provided such laws and regulations be not
inconsistent with the constitution and laws ofthe United States,
and with the laws of this Territory.
Sac. 3. Be it further enacted, that if from any cause no elec-
tion shall be held at the time designated by this act, the charter
hereby granted shall not on that account be forfeited, but in such
an event it shall be the duty of the Rector of said Church, if Vacancies
there be one to fill the vacancies occasioned by such failure to
hold an election, if there be no Rector, it shall be the duty of the
Wardens and Vestrymen who were in office when said election
should have been held, to cause an election to be held at some
other time previously, giving at least five days public notice of
the time and place of holding said election, and until such elec..
tion shall be made or such appointment by the Rector, in case of
the failure of such election, Colin Mitchell, John Gorry, E.Wood,
Gborge S. Middlebrook, Hiram Nourse, Wim. G. Porter, C.
E. Bartlett, Ludlum S. Chittenden, and George Field, the pre-
sent Wardens and Yestrymed shall be invested with all powers
to conduct the temporal concerns of said Church as are hereby
SEc. 4. Be it further enacted, that this act shall go into oper-
ation from and after the passage of the same.
Approved 11th Feb. 1837.
No. 54. JN ACT to Fstablish an Acedemy in the Countyof Gads.
den and to Incorporate the Trustees thereof.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coua-
cil of the Territory of Florida. that from and alter the passage of
this act, the school now in operation at the cross roads in the Incorporation
county of Gadsden, shall be constituted a public Academy, by
the name and style of Gadsden Academy, and that Jonathan Roe
binson, David L. White, Freeman, Fitzgerald, Joseph King,
Daniel L. Kenan, John T. Burney, and Calvin Blake, and
their successors in office,be and are hereby declared to be aiody
politic and corporate, by the name and style of the Trustees of
Gadsden Academy, and as such shall be capable and liable in
law to sue, and be sued, plead, and be impleaded, and be author-
ized to make such by laws and regulations as may be necessary
for the Government efsaid Academy, provided that such by laws
be not repugnant to the taws of this Territory, or the laws or
constitution of the United States, and for that purpose they may
*have, and use a common seal, appoint such officers as they may
think proper, and remove the same from office for improper con-
duct or neglect ofduty.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, that the said Trustees shall be
and are hereby made capable of accepting and being vested with
'l inkodner ofproporty, real and personal, all donations, giftis
grants, privileges, and immunities whatsoever, which may b'6
~rme necessary for the use of said academy, and which may be-
long to said iiatitution, or may hereafter be conveyed or trans-
ferred td them or their successors in office, to have and to hold
ihesaate for the proper use. benefit and behoof of the said
Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That when any Vacancy may
happen, by death, resignation or otherwise, of any of the trustees
Vcaacis. $of said academy, the survivors or a majority of said trustees shall
fill the vacancy in such manner as shall be pointed out in the by
laws and regulations of the trustees aforesaid.
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful fof
any person or persons to retail spirituous liquors within one mile
of said academy, under the penalty of five hundred dollars,
Approved 11th February, 1837.
No. 55. AN ACT concerning Jurors in the Southern District.
SEc. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
cil of the Territory of Florid.. That twenty days previous to the
tai bas holding of any Superior Court in either of the counties of said
district, the clerk ot the court shall issue a venire tested in the
tlame bf the judge of said court, and directed to the marshal of
the said District, commanding him to summon sixteen good and
lawful men from the body of the county where the court is to be
held, to serve as a grand Jury for such county, and twenty four
good and lawful men to serve as petit jurois,for the trial of issue*
joined in said court.
SE~. 2. Be it further enacted, That the said marshal shall
execute the said venire by suimm'oning from the body of the
Seak. etounly in which the court is to be held, sixteen good and lawful
inen to serve as a grand jury, and twenty four good and lawful
men to serve as petit jurors, and 'he shall make return thereof
ivith.a pianel of the narhes of the jurors thus summoned to the
clerk of the said court at least five days previous to the sitting of
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That the persons thus sum4
ihohneh to serve as a grand jury, shall constitute the grand jury
6fthe county, unless there be good cause of challenge against
one or more of them, or unless one or more of them shall fail to
attend, in which case the deficiency shall be supplied by sufi-
Woning forthwith, by standers, to serve on said jury, and in no
cases shall it be necessary that the said grand jury shall consist
Wat mor than sixteen; provided, however, that the concurrence
' at least twelve jurors shall be egiential to ihe valid finding of a
'bill or presentment.
Sac. 4. Be it further enacted, That all sets and parts of acts
inconsistent with the'provisions of this act, be and are hereby
tepealed. so far Ns they effect the Southern District.
Approved 41th-February, 1837.
No. 56. AN ACT for the relief of John WV. Levinus.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
Cil of the Territory of Florida, .That the Conmissioners of the
Tallahassee Fund, be, and they are heieby 'aithooried and re.
*quired to grant to Jehn W. Levinus, the contractor for the erecr
'tion of said building, permission to use free. of charge, any piece
not greater than one quarter of an acre of any of the lahds in the
vicinity of the cify of Tallahassee, reserved by'Ctingress for
'building a capital, for the purpose of making brick, to complete
the Court House aforesaid ; provided, that nothing lh this act
contained shallbe so construed as to permit the said John W.
Levinus to apply any brick made on said laid to any other ob-
ject than the completion of the building aforesaid.'
SEc. 2. Be it further enacted, That this act shall not operate
io as to divest any legal right that may hate heretofore accrued.
Approved 11th 61 February, 1837.
No. '7. AN ACT to incorporate iteadsviile, at the Gadsdeh Spring in
Sac. 1. Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Coun-
"cil of the Territory of Florida, That all the free white male in- no
habitants residing within a half mile of the Mineral Spring, at corporai1
Readsville, in Columbia county, known as the Gadsden Spring,
be, and they are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic,
and by their corporate name may sue and be sued, plead and be
impleaded, grant and receive donations, and do all other acts as
natural persons, and may purchase and hold real, personal and
mixed property, for the benefit of said corporation, and may have
and use a common seal, which may be broke or altered at their
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the government of said
'corporation shall be vested in a town council of five members, Government
'who shall choose from among themselves a president; the said h6* vested.
council to be elected on the first Monday in March, eighteen
Elections. hundred and thirty-seven, and in each and every year thereafter,
s in such manner as may be prescribed in the ordinances to that
effect; and all the free white male citizens over the age of twenty
one years, shall be entitled to vote for the members of said town
council, if they reside within the limits before mentioned, but no
person shall be entitled to vote who shall not have resided three
months within the limits aforesaid, and the said town council
shall hold their meetings at such place within said limits as they
may think proper, but all their meetings shall be public.
Sac. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said town council shall
have power and authority to prevent and remove nuisances, re-
strain and prohibit all sorts of gambling, to regulate streets,
Powers gran. squares and fences, to pass all such ordinances for the good gov-
ted. ernment of said corporation and for the interior police of the
same, as they may think necessary, not contrary to the laws of
the Territory, and the president of the said town council shall
have all the powers of a justice of the peace of this Territory
within the limits of said incorporation, and they may appoint
such officers as they think proper to carry, into effect their laws
and ordinances; that all laws and ordinances passed by the said
town council, be posted up at three of the most public places
within said corporation, at least three days before they shall take
effect, and the president of said town council shall be entitled to
receive the same fees as a justice of the peace,
Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That all fines collected by said
Fine* corporation shall be appropriated for city purposes.
Sac. 5. Be it further enacted, That the Legislative Conncil
of Florida shall have the power to revoke, alter or amend this
act, whenever they may deem it expedient.
Sac. 6. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws
militating against the true intent and meaning of this law, be, and
they are hereby repealed.
Approved 12th February, 1837.
PAssB d IT IT 156t smusWl.
RESOLUTION No. I.
WHjEREs, The growing Commercial importance of the City of
St. Joseph, entitles it to the favrable and fostering notice of
Government; and whereas, the depth and security of its bar-
bor, and the facilities of communication with the interior, com-
bine to render it an important depot for shipping.
Be it therefore Resolved by the Governor and Legislative
Council of the Territory of Florida, That the Congress of the
United States be respectfully requested to cause the erection of
a suitable lighthouse on the most eligible point on Cape St. Bias.
Be it further resolved, That this Resolution be forthwith
signed by the proper oicers, and directed to the chairman of the
Committee on Territories.
Approved 14th Januaryv 1837.
RESOLUTION No. 2*
Resolved That the Printer of the Laws of the present session
of the Legislative Council, be ordered to print with the laws of
the present session, all the laws of Congress which relate to the
Territory of Florida.
Approved 24th January, 1887.
RESOLUTION No. 3.
Resolved That our Delegate in Congress be requested to oh.
lain from Congress an appropriation of five thousand dollars or a
larger amount, if in the opinion of Congress it should be deem.
ed necessary, for the purpose of purchasing a Library for the use
of the Court of Appeals, the Governor, and Legislative Coun-
cil of this Territory.
Resolved, That the above resolution be signed by the proper
officers of this house and transmitted to our Delegate, the Presi-
dent of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Represent-
atives and Congress.
Approved 24th January, 1837.
RESOLUTION No 4.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Territory he requested to
order for the use of the next Legislative Council, to be paid for
out of the contingent fund, the following public papers, to be for-
warded from the 15th day of December, in each and every year,
to the 10th day of Febiuary, to wit : three copies of two of the
papers printed at Washington City, three papers from New York,
three papers from the State of Alabama, three papers from the
State of Georgia, and one copy of each of the papers published
in this Territory.
Approved 24th January, 1837.
RESOLUTION No. 5.
Be it resolved by the Legislative Council of the Territory of
Florida, That the increased and rapidly increasing population,
and the great physical and commercial advantagous of the coun-
ty of Franklin, in West Florida, entitle it to an additional repre.
Be it further resolved, That the Delegate of this Territory in
Congress of the United States, be, and he is hereby requested
to urge and procure the passage of a law authorising such addi-
Approved 27th January, 1837,
RESOLUTION No. 6.
WHEREAs, The increased and growing situation of Duval Coun-
ty is such as to entitle it to anditional representative in the
Legislative Council, Therefore-
Be it resolved by the Governor and Legislative Council of the
Territory of Florida, That our delegate in Congress be request-
ed to obtain the passage of a law authorising an additional mem-
ber to represent said County in the Legislative Council.
Approved 31st January, 1837.
RESOLUTION No. 7.
Be it resolved by the Governor and Legislative Council of
the Territory of Florida, That William P. Duval, assignnee of
John P. Duval, be paid seven hundred and fifty dollars out of
any money in the Tallahassee Fund, as a full equivalent for, and
a discharge of the claim of the said John P. Duval.
Be it further Resolved by the authority aforesaid, That the
sum of two hundred dollars be paid to Mrs. Mary Chandler, ad-
ministratrix of Edward Chandler, deceased, out of the Tallahas-
see Fund, for the services of her husband, Edward Chandler, in
the arbitration between B. G. Thornton, and the Tallahassee
Approved 12th February, 1837.
PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTION No. 8.
WHEREAs, There are yet remaining within the District of East
Florida, tracts of land the titles whereof are doubtful, but sup.
posed by many to be public lands and belonging to the United
States-And whereas, many lands have been sold by private
dividuals holding or pretending to hold, directly or otherwise,
*ader Spanish grants, which are thought by many to be public
lands, but the titles to which have never been adjudicated; and
whereas, it is important to the purchasers of such lands, many of
whom have said lands under cultivation, to know whether their
titles be good and valid, or whether they are occupying or im-
proving lands belonging to the United States, which they must
ultimately abandon, and look to their grantors for a return of
the purchase money ; and whereas, under the late act of Con.
gross many claimants were unable for divers causes to insti-
tute suits against the United States within the time limited by
said act; and whereas, it is of the highest importance to the
interests of East Florida, that the titles to land as between the
United States and individuals should be settled and deter-
Resolved, therefore, by the Legislative Council of the Ter-
ritory of Florida, That the Honorable Joseph M. White, our
delegate in Congress, be requested to urge and procure during
the present session, the passage of a law authorizing individuals
whose titles are not confirmed and settled, to bring suits against
the United States in the Courts of Florida, that the titles to lands
as between the United States and said claimants, may be finally
adjudicated and settled.
Resolved, Theat a copy of this preamble and resolution, signed
by the president and chief clerk, be forthwith transmitted to the
honorable Joseph M. White.
Approved 7th February, 1837.
RESOLUTION No. 9.
WHEREAS, the County of Walton in this Territory, is at present
destitute of the benefits of a regular mail to and from it, owing
to the delapidated state of the bridges in Choctawhatchee
Swamp on the present mail route in said County; and where-
as it is confidently believed that the United States mail will in
future. instead of running up the Choctawhatchee River to
Cedar Bluff, run up in Steamboats to Lafayette Bayou in said
Be it therefore resolved, by the Governor and Legislative
Council of the Territory of Florida, that our Delegate in Conr
gress be, and he is hereby respectfully requested to use his best
exertions in obtaining from Congress an appropriation of twenty
thousand dollars, or such sum as in his opinion may be necessary
to open a road from the said Lafayette Bayou, to run on the
western side of the Choctawhatchee river to Pickles Bluff on
said river, thence to Holmes' Bluff on Holmes' Creek, in Wash-
ington County, there to form a junction with the present mail
Be it further resolved, rhat a copy ol the foregoing preamble
and resolution be signed by the proper officers of this honse and,
transmitted to the Honorable Joseph M. White,
Approved 7th, 1837.
AUDITOR TERRITORY-Salary of, regulated 25
AUCILLA RIVER-Ferry and Bridge over, authorised 53
APALACHICOLA-Episcopal Church in, incorporated 58
ACADEMIES-Gadjden Academy incorporated 56
Readsville Acade my incorporated 61
BANKS-Franklin Bank incorporated 17
Jacksonville Bank, charter amended 23
Union Bank, Charter amended 23
Southern Lite Insurance & Trust Company,
charter amended 24
Marine Insurance Bank incorporated 31
Central Bank, Charter amended 49
COW FORD-Ferry established 8
CANALS-Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Rail-road
Company, charter amended 23
East & South Florida Canal Company
COLLEGES-Southorn College incorporated 36
Compensation Act 54
DADE COUNTY-Superior Court in established 6
DELISPINE-Act for the relief of 37
FRANKLIN COUNTY-Site of changed 3
FLORIDA TRANSPORTATION Co.--Incorporated 9
FLOLIDA INSURANCE Co.--Tallahassee, incorpolatod 15
Frontier-Act for the protection of 21
Franklin Insurance Company- Incorporated 50
GRANTORS & CLAIMANTS-Act for the relief of repealed
HOLMES' CREEK-Declared Navigable 5
Hays Benjamin-Act for the relief 22
Judicial proceedings-Acts respecting 43
Juiors-In the Southern District 60
LEVINUS Jno. W.-Act for the relief of 61
MONTICELLO-Acts incorporating, amended 4
Superintendents of election 5
Marianna-charter amended, 38
NEGROES & MULATTOES-In Seminole Nation,
act respecting repealed 3
Notaries Public-Fees of regulated 22
PENSACOLA-charter of amended a7
Personnel Property--act to prevent the violent taking of 45
RAIL-ROADS-Tlallahassee R. R. charter amended 5
Lake Wimico & St. Joseph Canal & Raril-road Co.
charter amended 23
St. Augustine & Picolata Rail-road co. incorporated 25
Ross F. J.-authorised to establish Ferry 38
Roads & Highways-acts respecting amended 55
ST. JOSEPH-charter amended 48
Established as county Site of Franklin co. 4
Protestant Episcopal Church incorporated 43
St. Marks- Incorporated 6
St. Andrews & Chipola Canal co.--charter of amended 11
School Lands-act concerning 24
Sheffield Bryan-authorised to keep a Ferry 39
Stockton N. C.-authorised to keep a Ferry 41
Simonton John W.-act foi the relief of 48
State Government-Vote respecting 49
TREASURER TERRITORY-salary of regulated 25
Trespasses-act to prevent 45
WELLFORD R. G.--admitted to practice law 22
Weeks Silas-act for the relief of 43
Washington Lumber Company-incorporated. 57