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Full text of "Laws of the state of Illinois passed by the Eleventh General Assembly : at their special session began and held at Springfield, on the ninth of December, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine"

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ILLINOIS SESSION LAWS 
1839-40 

Many of the law "books used by 
Abraham Lincoln have "been pre- 
served and are now treasured in 
the various collections of 
Lincolniana throughout the country. 

In a group of law books used 
to illustrate the book, "Lincoln 
the Lawyer," by Frederick Trevor 
Hill, is shown a copy of the Session 
Laws for 1841, at one time in the 
office library of Logan & Lincoln. 
This copy is now owned by William 
H. Townsend, of Lexington, Kentucky. 

H. E. Barker 

Undoubtedly he used the issue 
of 1839-40. (L.A.W. ) 



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LAWS 



THE STATE OF ILLINOIS 



PASSED BY 



THE ELEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 



Their Special Session, began and held at Springfield, on the ninth of December, one 
thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine. 



PUBLISHED IN PURSUANCE OF LAW. 



SPRINGFIELD : 
William Walters, Public Printer. 

'1840.' 



TK 



LAWS. 



AN ACT to amend "An act concerning; the Public Revenue, approved In force, Feb. 
26th Feb. 1839." 1,1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illi- Assessors to 
nois, represented in the General Assembly, That hereafter as- b na ^ | e e * et t urns 
sessors shall have till the first Monday of June annually to Monday in 
make their returns to the Clerks of the county commission- June. 
ers' courts of their respective counties; and any person feel- 
ing aggrieved by reason of the assessment of his or her proper- Persons ag- 
ty, shall be allowed until the September term of the county grieved may 
commissioners' court of the proper county, in each year, to a PP ea " 
appeal to said court for the purposes set forth in the twelfth 
section of the act concerning the public revenue. 

Sec. 2. The clerks of the county commissioners' courts of Clerks to 
the several counties, shall, immediately after the September : ransmU 

stittomGDt TO 

term of their courts, annually, and by the first day of October, Auditor, 
transmit by mail to the auditor of public accounts, a state- 
ment, as required by the thirteenth section of the act concern- 
ing the public revenue, and hereafter shall deliver to the col--p deliver to 
lectors of their respective counties, the list of taxable proper- collector, list 
ty returned to them by the assessors, on or before the second of taxable 
Monday of September, annually. piopei y. 

Sec. 3. Hereafter, collectors shall annually, and within Collectors to 
ten days after the times of holding the first terms of the cir- pay over into 
cuit courts of their respective counties, account to the audi- Stat ,^ Treasn " 
tor of public accounts for, and pay into the State treasury, all collected. 
moneys collected by them for the use of the State, deducting 
therefrom their commissions for collecting the same: Provid- 
ed, That if the times of holding the term of any of the circuit 
courts should be previous to the first Monday in March, then, 
and in that case, the collectors of such counties shall in like 
manner account for, and pay into the State treasury, all such 
moneys, within ten days after the said first Monday in March. 



4 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Collectors to S EC . 4. The collectors of the several counties heretofore 

tension^'*" appointed, or hereafter to be appointed or elected, shall have 

time. an extension of time for making a final and annual settlement 

with the county commissioners' courts of their respective 

counties, until the first Monday of June. They shall also 

make returns to the several circuit courts as required by the 

twenty-fifth section of the act to which this is an amendment, 

at least five days previous to the first day of the term of their 

circuit courts respectively: they shall also be authorized to 

Delinquent publish the delinquent list of lands and town lots in any news- 

lished in any P a P er m this State, which, in the opinion of the collectors, 

newspaper has the most extensive circulation in their respective toun- 

having the ^ies; anc j m case an y collector shall fail to make report of the 
most ext'nsive c .,• , J , , . ., ~ . * c ., 

circulation, persons tailing to pay taxes on lands, at the first term of the 

circuit court, then he shall make such report to the next suc- 
ceeding term of the court, and the said circuit court shall 
proceed as though application had been made to the first 
term of the circuit court, to give judgment as is now provid- 
ed for by law. If any collector shall fail to comply with any 
Penalty on of the provisions of this act, or the act to which this is an 
collectors i for amendment , in relation to advertising delinquent lands, he 
duty, shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars, to be col- 

lected by an action of debt before any justice of the peace, 
or in the circuit court of his county, in the name of the coun- 
ty commissioners of the county. 
Assessors to Sec 5. Assessors shall also be required to value and as- 
value proper- sess any lands or town lots not included in the list of lands 
l J- and town lots furnished them by the clerks of the county com- 

missioners' courts, which they may ascertain to be liable to 
taxation. 

Sec. 6. The thirty-second section of the act to which this 
is an amendment, is hereby repealed. 
Persons Sec 7. So much of the act, to which this is an amend- 

nam.es n ^ ee ^ ment, as requires the names of all persons listing taxable pro- 
phabeticr.l or- perty to be arranged and written in alphabetical order, be, 
der. and the same is hereby repealed; and assessors are hereby 

allowed to arrange and take the names of persons listing pro- 
perty in any manner most convenient to said assessor; except 
in listing lands, the lands shall be arranged by townships, 
ranges and sections, in numerical order. 
Fees to Sec 8. The following fees and compensation shall be al- 

lowed to the several officers and persons herein named, for 
services rendered under this, and the act to which this is an 
amendment. To sheriffs, for each tract of land or town lot 
sold for taxes, ten cents, to be collected as costs, and in the 
same manner as the principal sum: for each sheriff's deed, 
twenty-five cents, to be paid by the person receiving such 
deed. So much of the sixty-second section of the act to 
which this is an amendment, as allows collectors ten cents 
for each tract of land or town lot sold for taxes, be, and the 
same is hereby repealed. To clerks of the circuit court, for 



officers. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 5 

receiving and recording the collector's return, six cents for 
each tract of land or town lot contained in said report, which 
shall be taxed as costs, and collected in the same manner as 
the principal sum; and no clerk, sheriff, collector or other of- 
ficer, shall be allowed to charge any other fees for services 
rendered under this act and the act to which this is an amend- 
ment, except those expressly granted and allowed to be 
charged. There shall be allowed collectors of the several 
counties in this State, ten per cent, on the first five hundred 
dollars of revenue which they may collect, and six per cent, 
on all sums above that amount; and collectors shall be allow- 
ed to have one or more deputies — such collector being in all 
cases responsible for the acls of his deputy. 

Sec 9. So much of the thirty -fust section of the act to Thirty-first 
which this is an amendment, as requires the clerk of the cir- Eectlon ° f .^ e 

• /m. *■ net to wfiicri 

cuit court to furnish a copy of the collectors report to the tn i s is supple- 
sheriff, be, and the same is hereby repealed. The word "of" mentary re- 
in the seventeenth line of the first section of the act to which P ealed> 
this is an amendment, shall be construed as the word "and." 

Sec. 10. The Secretary of State is hereby required, so soon Secretary of 
as this bill becomes a law, to have, without delay, three copies t o publish this 
of this bill printed for each county in this State, and forward act on its pas- 
the same without delay, by mail, to each of the following sa S e - 
county officers: One copy to the clerk of the circuit court, 
one copy to the clerk of the county commissioners' court, and 
one copy to the sheriffof each and every county in this State. 

Approved, Feb. 1st, 1840. 



AN ACT fixing the time of holding the Circuit Courts in the Eighth In force Feb. 
Judicial Circuit. 1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the Circuit Courts 
of the several counties in the eighth Judicial Circuit, shall here- Time of hold- 
after be holden at the county seats of said counties, at the iag courts in 
times following, to « it: ei S hth circuit ' 

In the County of Sangamon, on the first Mondays in March, Sangamon. 
second Monday in July, and seeond Monday in November. 

In the County of Tazewell, on the Thursdays before the first Tazewell. 
Mondays in May, and the Thursdays before the fourth Mon- 
days in September. 

in the County of McLean, on the second Mondays in May, McLean, 
and first Monday in October. 

In the County of Livi?igsto?i, on the third Monday in May, Livingston. 
and second Monday in October. 

In the County of De Witt, on the Thursdays after the third De Witt. 
Mondays in May, and the Thursdays after the second Mon- 
days in October. 

In the County of Macon, on the fourth Mondays in May, Macon. 
and third Mondays in October. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Dane, (now J n the County of Dane, on the first Mondays of June, and 

ns ianco.j fc^^ Mondays in October. 
Logan. j n fo c County of Logan, on the Thursdays after the first 

Mondays in June, and the Thursdays after the fourth Mondays 
in October. 

In the County of Menard, on the second Mondays in June, 
and first Mondays in November. 

Sec. 2. All writs, or other process which may have been 
issued out of any of said courts since the last term of the same, 
or which may hereafter be issued previous to this act being re- 
ceived by the clerks of said courts respectively, shall be deemed 
and are hereby made returnable on the first day of the next 
term thereof, to be held by virtue of this act; and all proceed- 
ings, both civil and criminal, which are now pending therein, 
shall be dispoied of according to law in the same manner as if 
no alteration had been made in the times of holding said courts. 

Approved, Feb. 1st, 1840. 



Menard . 

Writs and 
process. 



Body politic 
and corpo- 
rate. 

Name and 
style. 



Boundaries. 



City to be di- 
vided into 
wards. 

What lands 
may be an- 
nexed to. 



Powers. 



AN ACT to incorporate the city of Springfield. 
ARTICLE I. 

Boundaries and general powers. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants of 
the town of Springfield, in the county of Sangamon, and 
State of Illinois, be and they are hereby constituted a body 
politic and corporate, by the name and style of the City of 
Springfield, and by that name shall have perpetual succession, 
and may have and use a common seal, which they may 
change and alter at pleasure. 

Sec. 2. All that district of country enclosed within the fol- 
lowing boundaries, to wit: Being in Sangamon county and 
State of Illinois, one mile square; the State House is [being] 
the centre of [said city of Springfield.] 

Sec 3. The President and Board of Trustees of the town 
of Springfield, shall on or before the first day of March next, 
or as soon thereafter as practicable, divide the said city 
of Springfield into four wards, as nearly in population as 
practicable, particularly describing the boundaries of each. 

Sec 4. Whenever any tract of land adjoining the city of 
Springfield shall or may have been laid off into town lots 
and duly recorded as required bylaw, the same shall be an- 
nexed to and form a part of the city of Springfield. 

Sec 5. The inhabitants of said city, by the name and style 
aforesaid, shall have power to sue and be sued, to implead 
and be impleaded, defend and be defended in all courts of 
law and equity, and in all actions whatever. To purchase, 
receive and hold property, real and personal, beyond the city, 
for burial grounds, as for other public purposes, for the use of 
the inhabitants of said city. To sell, lease, convey or dis- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 7 

pose of property real and persona] for the benefit of the oily, 
and to improve and protect such property, and to do alJ other 
things in relation thereto as natural persons. 

ARTICLE II. 

Of the City Council. 

Sec. 1. There shall be a City Council, to consist of a Mayor 
and Board of Aldermen. Mayor and 

Sec. 2. The Board of Aldermen shall consist of one mem- Aldermen - 
ber from each ward, to be chosen by the qualified voters for 
two years. 

Sec. 3. No person shall bean Alderman unless at the time 
of his election he shall have resided six months within the Qualifications 
limits of the city, and shall be at the time of his election a of Aldermen * 
bona fide free-holder in said city, and twenty-one years of 
age, and citizen of the United States. 

Sec. 4. If any Alderman shall after his election, remove 
from the ward for which he is elected, or cease to be a free- Office when 
holder in said city, his office shall thereby be vacated. vacant. 

Sec. 5. At the first meeting of the City Council the Alder- 
men shall be divided by lot into two classes, the seats of those Classes of 
of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the Aldermen - 
first year, and of the second class at the expiration of the 
second year, so that one-half of the Board shall be elected 
annually. 

Sec. 6. The City council shall judge of the qualifications, 
elections, and returns of" their own members, and shall deter- Elections and 
mine all contested elections. K returns. 

Sec 7. A majority of the city council shall constitute a 
quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn Quorum. 
from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent mem- 
bers under such penalties as may be prescribed by Ordinance. 

Sec 8. The city council shall have power to determine 
the rule of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly Expulsion of 
conduct, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members- 
members elected, expel a member. 

Sec 9. The city council shall keep a journal of its pro- 
ceedings, and from time to time, publish the same, and the Journal of 
yeas and nays when demanded by any member present, shall proc 
be entered on the Juornal. 

Sec 10. No Alderman shall be appointed to any office 
under the authority of the city, which shall have been creat- Aldermen 
ed or the emoluments of which shall have been increased ^ces under 
during the time for which he shall have been elected. city. 

Sec 11. All vacaucies that shall occur in the Board of 
Aldermen, shall be tilled by election. Vacancies. 

Sec 12. The Mayor and each Alderman, entering upon 
the duties of their office, shall take and subscribe an oa th 0athsofoffice 
"That they will support the Constitution of the United States, 
and of this State, and that they will well and truly perform 
the duties of their office to the best of their skill and abilities." 



8 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Sec. 13. Whenever there shall be a tie in the election of 
Tie, how de- Aldermen, the Judges of election shall certify the same to 
termiend. the Major, who shall determine by lot in such manner as 
shall be provided by ordinance. 

Sec. 14. There shall be twelve stated meetings of the city 
Stated council in each year, and at such times and places as may be 

meetings. prescribed by ordinance. 

ARTICLE III. 

Of the chief Executive officers. 
Sec. 1. The chief executive officers of the city shall be a 
Mayor, how Mayor, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the 
elected. city, and shall hold his office for one year, and until his suc- 

cessor shall be elected and qualified. 

Sec. -2. No person shall be eligible to the office of Mayor, 
Qualifications who shall not have been a resident of the city for one year 
for Mayor. next preceding his election, or who shall be under twenty- 
one years of age, or who shall not at the time of his election 
be a bona fide freeholder in said city, and a citizen of the 
United States. 

Sec. 3. If any Mayor shall, during the time for which he 
Office of shall have been elected, remove from the city, or shall cease 
Mayor. to ^g a freeholder in said city, his office shall be vacated. 

When vacant. Sec. 4. When two nr more persons shall have an equal 
Tie, for number of votes for Mayor, the Judges of election shall 

Mayor. certify the same to the city council, who shall proceed to de- 

termine the same by lot in such manner as may be provided 
for by ordinance. 

Sec. 5. Whenever an election of Mayor shall be contested, 
Contested the city council shall determine the same, in such manner as 
election. ma y ^g px-ovideci by ordinance. 

Sec 6. Whenever any vacancy shall happen in the office 
Vacancy.howof Mayor, it shall be filled by election. 
fillecl - ARTICLE IV. 

Of Elections. 

Sec. 1. On the third Monday of April next, one election 

First election, shall be held in each ward of said city, for one Mayor for the 

city, one alderman from each ward, and forever thereafter, on 

the third Monday of April after, each year there shall be an 

Annual election held for one Mayor for the city, and two aldermen 

election. from tWQ Q f the wardg ^ tJ)e first e ] cct j on held for Mayor and 

Aldermen shall be held, conducted, and returns thereof [made] 
as may be provided by ordinance of the present Trustees of 
the town of Springfield. 

Sec 2. All free white male inhabitants, citizens of the 

Qualifications United States, of the age of twenty-one years, who are en- 
titled to vote for State officers, and who shall have been actual 
residents of said city six months next preceding said election, 
shall be entitled to vote for city officers: Provided, That said 

Proviso. voters shall give their votes for Mayor and aldermen in 

wards in which they respectively reside, and in no other; and 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 9 

that no vote shall be received, at any of said elections, un- 
less the person offering such vote, shall have been an actual 
resident of the ward where the same is offered, at least ten 
days next preceding such election. 

ARTICLE V. 

Of the Legislative poivers of the city council. 

Sec 1. The city council shall have powersand authority to Tax to be 
levy and collect taxes upon all property, real and personal, ie ^ ied ' 
within the city, not exceeding one-half per cent, per annum 
upon the assesed value thereof, and may enforce the payment 
of the same in any manner prescribed by ordinance not re- 
pugnant to the Constitution of the United States and of this 
State. 

Sec. 2. The city council shall have power to require of all Officers to 
officers appointed in pursuance of this charter, bonds withpy ebo "^ an 
penalty and secuiity for the faithful performance of their res- 
pective duties as may be deemed expedient, and also to re- 
quire all officers appointed as aforesaid to take an oath for the 
faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices 
upon entering upon the discharge of the same. 

Sec. 3. To establish, support, and regulate common schools, To borrow- 
to borrow money on the credit of the city: Provided, That no money. 
sum or sums of money shall be borrowed at a greater interest scno oi s . 
than six per cent, per annum, nor shall the interest on the ag- Proviso, 
gregate of all the sums borrowed and outstanding ever exceed 
one-half of the city revenue arising for taxes assessed on real 
property within the corporation. 

Sec. 4. To make regulations to prevent the introduction of Contagious 
contagious diseases into the city, to make quarantine laws for disea ses._ 
that purpose, and enforce the same. &. 

Sec 5. To appropriate and provide for the payment of the Expenses of 
debt [and] expenses of the city. city. 

Sec 6. To establish hospitals, and make regulations for 
the government of the same. 

Sec 7. To make regulations to secure the general health Health of 
of the inhabitats, to declare what shall be a nuisance, and to inhabitants, 
prevent and remove the same. 

Sec 8. To provide the city with water, to dig wells and Wells and 
erect pumps in the streets for the extinguishment of fires, and pumps, 
convenience of the inhabitants. 

Sec 9. To open, alter, widen, extend, establish, grade, Improvement 
pave, or otherwise improve and keep in repair streets, avenues, streets - 
lanes and alleys. 

Sec 10. To establish, erect, and keep in repair, bridges. Bridges. 

Sec 11. To divide the city into wards, and specify the Wards and 
boundaries thereof, and create additional wards, as the occa- boundaries, 
sion may require. 

Sec 12. To provide for lighting the streets and erecting Lamps and 

, . * too b posts. 

lampposts. Night watch- 

Sec 13. To establish, support, and regulate night watches, es. 



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LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Markets. 



Buildings. 

Public 
grounds . 

To license 
and tax mer- 
chants, &c. 

Carriages, 
drays, &c. 



Porters and 
porterage. 

Exhibitions. 



Sec. 14, To erect market bouses, establish markets, and 
market places, and provide for the government and regulation 
thereof. 

Sec. 15. To provide for erecting all needful buildings for 
the use of the city. 

Sec 16. To provide for enclosing, improving, regulating 
all public grounds belonging to the city. 

Sec. 17. To license, tax, regulate auctioneers, merchants 
and retailers, grocers, taverns, ordinaries, hawkers, pedlars, 
brokers, pawn brokers, and money changers. 

Sec 18. To license, tax and regulate hacking, carriages, 
wagons, carts and drays, and fix the rates to be charged for the 
carriage of persons, and for the wagonage, cartage, and dray- 
age of property. 

Sec. 19. To license and regulate porters and fix the rates 
of porterage. 

Sec. 20. To license and regulate theatrical and other ex- 
hibitions, shows and amusements. 

Sec 21. To tax, restrain, prohibit and suppress, tipling houses, 
dram shops, gaming houses, bawdy and other disorderly houses. 

Sec 22. To provide for the prevention and extinguishment 
of fires, and to organize and establish fire companies. 

Sec 23. To regulate the fixing of chimneys and the flues 



Disorderly 
houses. 

Fire compa- 
nies. 

Chimneys, 

flues, & pipes, thereof, and stove pipes. 

Combustible Sec. 24. To regulate the storage of gunpowder, tar, pitch, 

materials. rosin, and other combustible materials. 

Sec. 25. To regulate and order parapet walls and parti- 
tion fences. 

Sec 26. To establish standard weights and measures, and 
regulate the weights and measures to be used in the city, in all 
other cases not provided for by law. 

Sec 27. To provide for the inspection and measuring of 
lumber and other building materials: and for the measurement 
of all kinds of mechanical work. 

Sec 28. To provide for the inspection and weighing of hay, 
hay,hme, &c. \[ mc ^ an( i s tone coal, the measuring of charcoal, fire wood, and 
othor fuel, to be sold or used within the city. 

Sec. 29. To provide for and regulate the inspection of to- 
bacco, and of beef, pork, flour, meal, and whiskey in barrels. 

Sej. 30. To regulate the weight, quality, and price of bread 
sold and used in the city. 

Sec. 31. To provide for taking the enumeration of the in- 
habitants of the city. 

Sec. 32. To regulate the election of city officers, and pro- 
vide for removing from office any person holding an office 
created by ordinance. 

Sec. 33. To fix the compensation of all city officers and 
regulate the fees of jurors, witnesses and others, for services 
rendered under this actor any ordinance. 

Sec 34. To regulate the police of the city, to impose 
fines, and forfeitures and penalties, for the breach of any ordi- 



Walls and 
fences. 

Weights and 
measures. 



Lumber and 
material*. 



Inspection of 



Beef, pork, 
&,c. 

Weight of 
bread. 

Census. 



Removal of 
officers. 



Jurors and 
witnesses fees 



City police. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 11 

nance, and provide for the recovery and appropriation of such Fines and for- 
fincs and forfeitures, and the enforcement of such penalties, feitures. 

Sec. 35. The city council shall have exclusive power with- Billiard ta- 
in the city, by ordinance, to license, regulate, and suppress and b s > &c * 
restrain, billard tables, and from one to twenty pin alleys, and 
every other description of gaming or gambling. 

Sec. 36. The city council shall have power to make all Ordinances, 
ordinances which shall be necessary and proper for carrying 
into execution the powers specified in this act, so that such 
ordinance be not repugnant to, nor inconsistent with, the con- 
stitution of the United States or of this State. 

Sec 37. The style of the ordinances of the city shall be: Style of. 
"Be it ordained by the city council of the city of Springfield.'"' 

Sec 3S. All ordinances passed by the city council shall, When to take 
within one month after they shall have been passed, be publish- • 
ed m some newspaper published in the city, and shall not be in 
force until they shall have been published as aforesaid. 

Sec 39. All ordinances of the city may be proven by the How proven. 

seal of the corporation, and when printed and published by 

authority of the corporation, the same shall be received in 

evidence in all courts and places without further proof. 

article VI. 

Of the Mayor. 

Sec 1. The mayor shall preside at all meetings of the city Casting vote 
council and shall have a casting vote and no other. In case of ot Mayor- 
non-attendance of the mayor or at any meeting, the board of ald- 
ermen shall appoint one of their own members chairman, who chairman, 
shall preside at that meeting. 

Sec 2. The Mayor or any two aldermen may call special Special meet- 
meetings of the city council. in S s - 

Sec 3. The Mayor shall at all times be active and vigilant Duties of 
in enforcing the laws and ordinances for the government of Mavor 
said city; he shall inspect the conduct of all subordinate officers 
of said city, and cause negligence and positive violation of 
duty to be prosecuted and punished: he shall from time [to 
time] communicate to the aldermen such information, and re- 
commend all such measures, as in his opinion may tend to the 
improvement of the finances, the police, the health, security, 
comfort and ornament of the city. 

Sec. 4. He is hereby authorised to call on uny male inhabi- In case of riot 
tant of said city over the age of eighteen years to aid in ^fon iuhab- 
enforcing the laws and ordinances; and in case of riot, to callitants. 
out the militia to aid him in suppressing the same, or in carry- 
ing into effect any law or ordinance, and any person who shall F . f 
not obey such call shall forfeit to the said city a fine not exceed- re fusal. 
ing five dollars. 

Sec 5. He shall have power whenever he may deem it Exhibit of 
necessary to require of any of the officers of the said city an books and 
exhibit of his books and papers. 

Sec. 6. He shall have power to execute all acts that may To extend all 

arts. 



12 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

be required of him by any ordinance made in pursuance of 
this act. 
Mayor com- Sec. 7. He shall be commissioned by the Governor as a 
missioned as justice of the peace for said city and county, and as such shall 
justice peace. v >e a conservator of the peace in the said city; and shall have 
Powers. power and authority to administer oaths, issue writs and pro- 

cesses under the seal of the city, to take depositions, the ac- 
knowledgements of deeds, mortgages, and all other instru- 
ments of writing, and certify to the same under the seal of 
the city, which shall be good and valid in law. 
Exclusive ju- Sec. 8. He shall have exclus.ve jurisdiction in all cases 
nsdiction. arising under the ordinances of [the] corporation,and concurrent 
jurisdiction with all justices of the peace in all civil and crim- 
inal cases within the limits of the city, arising under the laws 
Fees. of the state, and shall receive the same fees and compensation 

for his services in similar cases. 

Salary of Sec. 9. He shall also have such jurisdiction as may be 

Mayor. vested in him by ordinance for the purpose of enforcing the 

health and quarantine ordinances and regulations thereof, and 

he shall receive for his services such salary as shall be fixed 

by ordinance of the city. 

Mayormay be Sec 8. [10.] In case the mayor shall at any time be guilty of 

indicted for palpable omission of duty, or shall wilfully and corruptly be 

ii'il-rond not » • 

guilty of oppression, mal-conduct, or partiality in the discharge 
of the duties of his office, he shall be liable to be indicted in 
the circuit court of Sangamon county, and on conviction; he 
shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars; and the 
court shall have power, on recommendation of the jury, to add 
to the judgment of the court, that he be removed from office. 

ARTICLE VII. 

Proceedings in Special Cases. 
Where private Sec 1. When it shall be necessary to take private proper- 
property tak- fy ? f or opening, widening, or altering any public streets, lanes, 
streets. avenue, or alley, the corporation shall make a just compensa- 

tion therefor to the person whose property is so taken; and if 
the amount of such compensation cannot be agreed upon, the 
mayor shall cause the same to be ascertained by a jury of six 
disinterested freeholders of the city. 
Petition by Sec 2. "When the owner [s] of all the property and [on any] 
owners for street, lane, avenue, alley, proposed to be opened, widened or 
streets " S altered, shall petition therefor, the city council may open, widen, 
or alter such street, lane, avenue, or alley, upon conditon to be 
prescribed by ordinance, but no compensation shall in such 
case be made to those whose property shall be taken, for open- 
ing, or altering such street, lane, avenue, or alley, nor shall 
there be any assessment of benefits or damages that may ac- 
crue thereby to any of the petitioners. 
Damages, Sec 3. All persons cmpannelled to enquire into the amount 

how assessed, of benefits or damages which shall happen to the owners of 
property proposed to be taken for opening, widening, or alter- 
ing any street, lane, avenue, or alley, shall be first sworn to that 






LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 13 

effect, and shall return to the mayor their inquest in writing, 
and signed by the Jurors. 

Sec. 4. In ascertaining the amount of compensation for Benefits and 
property taken for opening, widening, or altering any street, injuries. 
lane, avenuo, or alley, the jury shall take into consideration 
the benefit as well as the injury happening by such opening, 
widening, or altering such streets, lanes, avenues, or alley. 

Sec 5. The mayor shall have power, for good cause shown Inquest may 
within ten days after any inquest shall have been returned to be set aside. 
him as aforesaid, to set the same aside, and order a new inquest 
to be made. 

Sec 6. The city council shall have power by ordinance to Special tax to 
levy and collect a special tax on the holders of the lots in any improve 
street, lane, avenue, or alley, or part of any street, lane, strees ' 
avenue, or alley, according to their respective fronts owned 
by them, for the purpose of paving and grading the side walks, 
and lighting such streets, lanes, avenues, or alleys. 

ARTICLE VIII. 

Miscellaneous Provisions. 

Sec. 1. The inhabitants of the city of Springfield are Citizens ex- 
hereby exempted from working on any road beyond the limits em P l from 
of the city, and from paying any tax to procure laborers upon coun t y tax- 
the same, and from any tax for county purposes except upon 
real estate: Provided, The corporation shall support and provide Proviso. 
for all the resident paupers of said city, and pay the expenses 
of the circuit court in all criminal cases arising out of the of- 
fences of any citizen of said city, as also jail fees which may 
accrue therefrom, viz: boarding and lodging of criminals, or 
charges that may be just and equitable. 

Sec 2. The city council shall have power for the purpose Labor on 
of keeping the streets, lanes, avenues, or alleys in repair, and stree,s - 
require any male inhabitants in said city of twenty one years 
of age to labor on said street, lane, avenue, or alleys, not ex- 
ceeding three days in each and every year; aud any person 
tailing to perform such labor when duly notified Dy the super- Refusal to 
visor, shall forfeit and pay not to exceed one dollar per day for labor - 
each day so neglected or refused. 

Sec 3. The city council shall have power to provide for Punishment of 
the punishment of offenders, by imprisonment in county or city offenders - 
jail in all cases when such offenders shall fail or refuse to pay 
the fines and forfeitures which may be recovered against them. 

Sec 4. The city council shall cause to be published annual- Annual state- 
ly, a full and complete statement of all moneys received and mems - 
expended by the corporation during the preceding year, and 
on what account received and expended. 

Sec 5. All ordinances and resolutions passed by the presi- Ordinances of 
dent and trustees of the town of Springfield shall remain m | rusteesin 
force until the same shall have been repealed by the city coun- 
cil heieby created: Provided^ No contract or agreement shall Proviso, 
be affected thereby. 

Sec 6. All suits, actions, and prosecutions, instituted, com Suits and ac- 



14 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

tions, how menced, or brought by the corporation hereby created, shall be 
prosecute . j ns tituted, commenced, and prosecuted in the name of the city 

of Springfield. 
Fines, &c. ac- Sec. 7. All actions, fines, penalties, and forfeitures, which 
cri " n f~~ ll0W have accrued to the president and trustees of the town of 
Springfield, shall be vested in, and prosecuted by, the corpora- 
tion hereby created. 
Property of Sec 8. All property, real and personal, heretofore bclong- 
town vested m - n g to t j ie president and trustees of the town of Springfield 
for the use of the said inhabitants of said town , shall be, and 
the same is hereby, declared to be vested in the corporation 
hereby created. 
Charter not to Sec. 9. This charter shall not invalidate any act done by 
invalidate fae president and trustees of the town of Springfield, nor 
divest them of any right which may have accrued to them 
prior to the passage of this act. 
Duty of trus- Sec 10. The President and trustees of the town of Spring- 
fees of town to ^g]^ shall, immediately after the passage of this law, within 

issug nroclci* • 

iiiation, the limits of the city of Springfield, issue their proclamation 

for the election of officers, and cause the same to be published 

in all the newspapers in said city, for four weeks in succession 

prior to the day of election for saidofficeis. 

Appeals al- Sec. 11. Appeals shall be allowed from the decision in all 

lowed. cases arising under the provisions of this act, or any ordinance 

passed in pursuance thereof, to the circuit court of Sangamon 

county, and every such appeal shall be taken and granted in 

the same manner and like effect as appeals are taken from, and 

granted by, justices of the peace to the circuit court under the 

law of this slate. 

Office of May- Sec. 12. Whenever the mayor shall absent himself from 

or when va- th e city, or shall resign, or die, or his office shall otherwise be 

Mayor pro ^ vacate ^, the board of aldermen shall immediately proceed to 

tern. elect one of their number president, who shall be the mayor 

pro tern. 
Act declared Sec 13. This act is hereby declared to be a public act, and 
public. mav De reac [ i n evidence in all courts of law and equity in this 

state without proof. 
Actsrepealed. Sec 14. All actsor part of acts coming within the provisions 
of this charter, or contrary to or inconsistent with its provisions, 
are hereby repealed. 
Jurisdiction Sec 15. The city marshal, or any other officer authorised 
of city mav-_ to execute writs' or other process issued by the mayor, shall 
have power to execute the same any where within the limits 
of the county of Sangamon, and shall be entitled to the same 
fees tor travelling as are allowed to constables in similar cases. 
Act to be pub- Sec. 16. It shall be the duty of the president and trustees 
lished. of the town of Springfield, immediately after the passage of 

this act, to cause the same to be published twO weeks in succes- 
sion in two of the public journals printed in said town, and 
Meeting of i e - thereafter give notice for a public meeting of the legal voters 
gal voters. of said town, who shall have been resident citizens thereof 



shall and offi- 
cers. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 15 

at least six months preceding said meeting, to be held at the 
courthouse on the first Monday of April next, for the purpose ^ e t jJ^° t 
of then and there voting for the adoption or rejection of this 5* hi ° p act . 
act. The majority of the legal voters there present shall deter- 
mine the adoption or rejection of the same; Provided, That at Proviso, 
any subsequent meeting, like notice being given as aforesaid, 
the same may be adopted and take effect immediately there- 
after. 

Approved by the Council, Feb. 3, 1840. 



AN ACT in relation to the State Bank of Illinois. In force Jan. 

31, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of fHin&jg\ charter of 
represented in the General Assembly, That the State Bank of state Bank 
Illinois is hereby revived, and the forfeiture of its charter for revived. _ 
refusing to pay for its notes, or other evidences of debt, in spe- 
cie, is hereby set aside; and said bank is hereby authorized to 
transact all business as a body corporate, in as full and complete 
a manner as she might have done if said bank had not suspend- 
ed specie payments; and every provision of law requiring or 
authorizing proceedings against said bank, with a view to 
fotfeit its charter, or wind up its concerns, or which requires 
said bank to suspend its operations and proceedings in conse- 
quence of its refusal to pay its notes, and other evidences of Time of revi- 
debt, in specie, is hereby suspended, until the close of the next val of charter, 
session of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois: Pro- Proviso. 
vided, however, That to secure the benefit of the foregoing pro- 
visions, the said bank shall agree to conform to, and comply with, 
the following conditions, restrictions, and limitations, to wit: 

First. The said bank shall not hereafter make any loan on First. 
an hypothecation of the stock of the bank. 

Second. That it will not, directly or indirectly, during its Second, 
suspension of specie payments, sell, dispose of, or part with, 
any of its specie, or gold or silver bullion, except for the pur- 
poses of change, to the amount of five dollars, or under the sum 
of five dollars. 

Third. That it will furnish monthly, to the Executive of the Third. 
State, a full and complete statement of the condition and 
financial operations of said bank, and its branches, verified by 
the oath of [the] president or cashier of said bank, which state- 
ment shall be published in the newspaper of the Public 
Printer. 

Fourth. That it will not, either directly or indirectly, issue, Fourth* 
or put into circulation, during the period of its suspension of 
specie payments, any bank bill, or note, or any evidence of 
debt, by whicb its circulation will be increased beyond the 
amount of the capital stock actually paid in. 

Fifth. That it will receive, upon deposite, any funds belong- Fiftfe, ' 
ing to the State, which may be required to be so deposited, 



10 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Sixth. 



Seventh, 



Eighth. 



Ninth. 



Tenth. 



Shall receive 
its own bills. 



Acceptance 
of provisions 
to be filed with 
Sec. of State. 



and pay the same out upon the order of the proper officer or 
agent of the State, in kind, free from charge; and also, all 
funds heretofore deposited by the State. 

Sixth. Hereafter, any stockholder in said bank, owning five 
shares of the stock of said bank, shall be qualified to act as 
director of said bank. 

Seventh. That until said bank shall resume specie payments, 
citizens and residents of this State, who are indebted to them 
upon notes heretofore discounted, shall be allowed to pay their 
debts in instalments, at the rate of ten per cent, upon each 
and every renewal upon the amount originally due, upon con- 
dition that such debtors shall execute new notes with satisfacto- 
ry security, arid pay the aforesaid per cent., and the interest in 
advance, according to the uses [usages] and customs of bank- 
ing: Provided, That this section shall not apply to notes or 
bonds assigned or endorsed to the bank. 

Eighth. That the said bank shall not, after their acceptance 
of the provisions of this act, suffer any person, firm, or house, 
to become indebted, at any one time, to the parent bank, or 
either of its branches, as principal, or maker, of any promisso- 
ry note, or notes, in a sum greater than ten thousand dollars. 
That it shall not suffer any person, firm, or house, to become 
indebted to the parent bank, or any [either] of its branches, as 
security or endorser, on promissory notes, in a sum greater than 
ten thousand dollars, and that it shall not suffer any person, 
firm, or house, to become indebted to said bank, or either of 
its branches, as drawer, or endorser, of bills of exchange, in 
a sum greater than twenty-five thousand dollars; and in case 
any person, firm, or house, shall, at the time of the acceptance 
of this act by said bank, be indebted to it in any manner great- 
er than is allowed by the preceding limits, said bank shall 
proceed to call in said debt by instalments, until it shall not 
exceed the amount allowed by the above provisions. 

Ninth. That at the next election for choosing directors of 
said bank, under the provisions of its charter, not less than 
three persons not now Directors, shall be chosen Directors by 
the stockholders; and thereafter, at each election, at least two 
new Directors shall be elected. 

Tenth. After the acceptance of this act, if said bank shall 
fail to comply with any of the conditions, restrictions, or lim- 
itations, herein imposed, it shall be liable to be proceeded 
against as may now be done for a violation of any of the pro- 
visions of the original charter of said bank. 

Sec. 2. The State Bank of Illinois shall at all times receive 
its own bank bills in payment of any demand, debt, or claim, 
due to the bank, from any individual or corporation whatever. 

Sec. 3. Whenever the State Bank shall accept the provis- 
ions of this act, and the president thereof shall file, in the office 
of the Secretary of State, a certificate of the fact of such 
acceptance, under the corporate seal of said bank, then from 
and after the filing such certificate, said bank shall be considered 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 17 

as entitled to the benefits of this act, and shall be bound by all 
the conditions, restrictions, and limitations herein contained. 

Sec. 4. This act shall not be construed so as to impair any Rights not 
rights acquired by individuals, or to prevent the holders of its im P aired - 
notes, and other evidences of debt, from bringing and main- 
taining suits against said bank, for any notes, or other eviden- 
ces of debt, which they now have, or may hereafter hold, against 
it; and the provisions of this section shall apply as well to 
notes heretofore issued, as to notes which may hereafter be 
issued by said bank. 

Sec 5. The Directors of the parent [bank] shall, within six Bran chat 
months from the passage of this act, remove from Chicago the Chicago t0 he 
branch located at that place, and establish the same at such j n s j x m0 nths. 
other place as the bank may deem proper. 

Approved, by the Council, January 31st, 1840. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Rock Island University. In force, Jan, 

18, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Charles Oakley, p er sons com- 
Charles S. Hempstead, Joshua Harper, Charles^ C. Wilcox, posing body 

Philip K. Hanna, . Osborn, Samuel L. Lamberson, Ru- corporate. 

fus J. Hervey, Charles G. Thomas, Jonathan K. Woodruff, 
Germanicus Kent, James H. Gower, Alonzo P. Clapp, Lucius 
Wells, and William Hammond, and their successors, be, and 
they are hereby created a body politic and corporate, to be 
styled and known by the name of "the Trustees of the Rock Name and 
Island University." style. 

Sec. 2. The said University shall remain located at or near Location of 
Hampton, in the county of Rock Island. The number of Universit 7- 
trustees shall not exceed fifteen, exclusive of the chancellor, or Number of 
presiding officer of said university, who shall, ex officio, be a chancellor 
member of the Board of Trustees. No other instructor shall 
be a member of the board. 

Sec 3. The object of said corporation shall be to qualify object of cor- 
youth to engage in the several employments and professions of poration. 
society, and to discharge honorably and usefully the various 
duties of life. 

Sec. 4. The said corporation shall have power to purchase, p were. 
receive and hold, for the sole use and benefit of said Universi- 
ty, such personal property as may be proper and useful in 
promoting the cause of literature therein; and in its corporate 
name to sue, and be sued, plead, and be impleaded, answer, 
and be answered, in all courts of law and equity; to have a 
common seal, and to alter or change the same; to make such 
by-laws lor its regulation as are not inconsistent with the con- 
stitution and laws of this State or of the United States; and 
to confer on such persons as may be considered worthy, such 
2 



18 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Degrees may academical or honorary degrees as are usually conferred by 

be conferred. s i m i} ar institutions. 

Sec. 5. The trustees of said corporation shall have authori- 
ty to elect a chancellor, to regulate all financial affairs, and to 
Proviso. fill the various offices of instruction: Provided, That no per- 

son be appointed to such office, except he be first nominated by 
Further pro- the chancellor: Provided, also, That nothing herein contained 
viso. shall authorize the establishment of a theological department 

in said University. 
Trustees may Sec. 6. The trustees for the time being shall have power to 
be removed. rem ove any trustee from his office of trustee for any dishonor- 
Proviso, able or criminal conduct: Provided, That no such removal shall 
take place without giving to such trustee notice of the charges 
exhibited against him, and an oppoitunity to defend himself be- 
fore the board, nor unless that two-thirds of the whole num- 
ber of trustees, for the time beipg, shall concur in such re- 
moval. The trustees for the time being, in order to have per- 
petual succession, shall have power as often as a trustee shall 
h a p?, nc , ies t0 be removed from office, die, resign, or remove out of the State, 
to appoint a resident of the State to fill the vacancy thus made 
in the board of trustees. A majority of the trustees for the 
Quorum. time being, shall be a quorum to do business. 

Sec. 7. The trustees shall faithfully apply the funds collect- 
Funds, how ed, or hereafter collected, according to their best judgment, in 
applied. erecting suitable buildings, in supporting the necessary in- 
structors, officers and agents, in procuring books, maps, charts, 
globes, philosophical, chemical and other apparatus necessary 
to aid in the promotion of sound learning in the University: 
Proviso. Provided, That in case any donation, devise or bequest shall be 

made for particular purposes, accordant with the objects of the 
institution, and the trustees shall accept the same; every such 
donation, devise, or bequest, shall be applied in conformity 
Further pro- with the express condition of the devisors or donor: Provided, 
yis0 ' also, That lands donated or devised as aforesaid shall be dis- 

posed of as required by the tenth section of this act: And 
Still further provided, farther, That the said corporation shall have power 
proviso. ^ Q p Urc } jase5 an( j j^id n0 greater quanty of land than six hun- 

dred and forty acres (which power is hereby conferred) except 
the same is acquired by donation. 

Sec. 8. The treasurer of said University, always, and all 
other agents when required by the trustees, before entering 
Bonds of offi-upon the duties of their appointments, shall give bond for the 
cers - security of the corporation, in such penal sum, and with such 

Process securities as the Board of Trustees shall approve, and all pro- 

against cor- cess against the said corporation shall be by summons, and 
poration, how service of the same shall be by leaving an attested copy with 
the treasurer of the University, at least thirty days before re- 
turn day thereof. 
University Sec. % The said University and its preparatory depart- 

free to all ments shall be open to all denominations of Christians, and the 
Christians, profession of any particular religious faith shall not be requir- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 19 

ed of those who become students. All persons, however, may Idle and vi- 
be suspended or expelled from said University, whose habits ^a^be expel- 
are idle, or vicious, or whose moral character is bad. led. 

Sec. 10. The lands, tenements and hereditaments to be 
held in perpetuity in virtue of this act, shall not exceed six Limit of lands 
hundred and forty acres, except such as are for University t0 be neld - 
buildings and necessary appurtenances: Provided, however, p r0 viso. 
That if donations, grants, or devises in land shall from time to 
time be made to said corporation over and above said six hun- 
dred and forty acres which may be held in perpetuity as afore- 
said, the same may be received and held by said corporation Lands by 
for the period of nine years from the date of such donation, gram may be 
grant or devise; at the end of which time, if said lands over mne 
and above the said six hundred and forty acres shall not have- 
been sold by the said corporation, then, and in that case, the 
said land so donated, granted, or devised, shall revert to the When lands 
donor, or grantor, or to the heirs of the devisor of the same. sha11 revert. 

Approved, January 1 8th, 1840. 



AN ACT for the incorporation of the Fayette Steam Mill Company. j n f orC e, Jan. 

18, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois' 1 
represented in the General Assembly, That James Black, Jo- Persons com- 
seph Chaffin, Fred'k Remann, Benjamin Buckmaster, Harvey J^^ate 30 ^ 
Lee, John Denton, Joseph T. Eccles, R. K. McLaughlin and p 
N. M. McCurdy, and their associates, successors, and assigns, 
be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corpor- 
ate by the name and style of "The Fayette Steam Mill Com- Name and 
pany," for the more convenient owning and conducting a stvle » 
steam-saw and grist-mill, to be propelled by one or more steam 
engines, in the county of Fayette; and the transactions of all 
the usual business of companies engaged in the manufacture 
of flour, meal and lumber, and the transportation, and vending 
the same; and the said corporation, by the said name, is de- 
clared, and hereby made capable in law, to sue, and be sued, Powers, 
to plead, and be impleaded, to have a common seal, and the 
same to alter and renew at pleasure; to make rules and by-laws 
for the regulation and management of the said corporation, 
consistent with the laws of this State; and generally to do 
and execute whatever by-law shall appertain to such bodies 
politic: Provided, That nothing herein contained, shall be Proviso, 
considered as conferring on the said corporation any banking Banking pri- 
privileges, but they shall be exclusively confined to the opera- vlle g es not 
tions necessary for carrying on the business consequent upon gr 
the running and conducting of Steam-mills. 

Sec 2. The said corporation shall have the right to hold, May hold one 
possess, and enjoy, any quantity of land, not exceeding one thousand a- _ 
thousand acres, and the whole amount of capital stock shall capital stock, 
not exceed in value twenty thousand dollars, and shall be di- 



20 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

vided into two hundred shares of one hundred dollars each; 

which capital shall be employed in purchasing and holding the 

Capital, how lands aforesaid, and in procuring, constructing, employing, and 

employed, using, buildings, machinery, teams, tools, and utensils and all 

things necessary and proper for the manufacturing of meal, 

flour and lumber, and transportation and sale of the same, and 

the purchase of corn, wheat, timber, and other materials for 

the successful prosecution of the object of the company. 

Certificate of Every member of the company shall have a certificate, under 

stock. th e sea j f tne corporation, and made and altered, in such 

manner and form as the by-laws shall prescribe, certifying his 

property in the share or shares owned by him ; and the stock of 

g , ■ said company shall, in the nature of personal property, be as- 

ferable. signable and transferrable according to such rules as the board 

of directors shall establish; and no stockholder indebted to 

No transfer to the company shall be permitted to make a transfer or receive 

be made till a dividend, until such debt is discharged, or se'curity given for 

to corporat'n. tne same to tne satisfaction of the directors. 

Sec. 3. For the managing of the affairs of the said corpora- 
Directors how tion, there shall be chosen from the stockholders, seven direc- 
cbosen . ^ors, ^q sna ]j hold their office for one year, or until superceded 

by others. Ten days previous notice shall be given in one or 
more newspapers, published in the town of. Vandalia, of the 
First election, first election for directors under this ad, and there shall be 
annually thereafter, a like election for directors, in the town 
of Vandalia. In all such elections for directois, each proprie- 
Eaoh share, tor of a share in the capital stock shall be entitled to one vote 
one vote. for each and every share held and owned by him, which vote 
shall be given either by himself in person, or by his proxy duly 
authorized under seal, and a majority of the shares shall be 
necessary to a choice of directors, or the transaction of any 
business which may concern the company and come before the 
stockholders. 
Quorum. Sec. 4. A majority of the directors shall form a quorum to 

transact business, and they shall meet within thirty days from 
the time they shall have been chosen, at Vandalia, and choose 
President, by ballot one of their number for President, who shall serve 
how chosen. f or one year, or until superceded by a new election; and there 
A , , shall be, annually thereafter, a like election in the town of 
tion," where °~ Vandalia, by the said directors for the time being, of a Pre- 
held. sident for the said corporation. The said directors shall also 

Secretary and have power to choose and appoint a Secretary, and Treasurer, 
Treasurer,&c. a nd such other officers and agents to conduct and prosecute 
the business of the said corporation as they shall deem neces- 
sary and proper, and prescribe their duties from time to time 
in such way as said directors may think best. The said di- 
Books of re- rectors shall cause to be kept duly recorded in books to be pro- 
cord, vided and kept for the purpose, minutes of all their proceedings, 
and regular accounts of all their transactions; as also minutes of 
the proceedings of the stockholders at each of their meetings, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 21 

which books may at any time be inspected by any of the stock- 
holders. 

The said directors shall have power, for good cause, to be 
spread at large, together with the proof in support thereof, 
upon the minutes aforesaid, to remove the President from of- President 
fice; they shall have power also to supply any vacancy which ma y *>e re- 
may occur in the office of President, or in their own body; and 
the President or Directors thus chosen shall hold his office Termofoffice. 
until the next succeeding regular annual election for such of- 
ficer. 

Sec. 5. The directors may, from time to time, at any meet- 
ing, assess and require payment of such sum of money not Instalmentsof 
exceeding twenty per cent, upon each share of the capital how called in! 
stock, as shall be judged by them necessary for the purposes of 
the corporation, to be paid into the hands of the Treasurer, 
and if, after publication of notice in a newspaper, once a week 
for two months, of the time of payment of any proportion or 
instalment of said capital stock, if any stockholder shall fail to 

pay his instalment at the time specified in such notice, the when insta ; " 
r J * iiii l u n ments are not 

amount paid by such delinquent stockholder, previously, snail pa jd, stock 

be forfeited to the company, and his stock may be sold to any may be sold. 

person for such price as may be agreed upon between said 

company and the purchasers. 

Sec. 6. Dividends of the nett profits of the said company 
shall be made at such time as shall be determined by the stock- Dividends, 
holders in general meeting, which dividend shall be paid to the ^ a ^ andhow 
person entitled to the same, on demand made ten days after 
making and declaring such dividend. The declaring and 
amount of said dividend shall be published once or more in the 
nearest newspaper. 

Sec 7. The Treasurer of said company, within thirty days Treasurer to 
after his appointment, shall enter into bonds for the faithful dis- S lve bon • 
charge of his duties, in such amount as shall be designated by 
the Board of Directors, and with such securities as said board 
may approve; and all money accruing to the company and 
falling into the hands of said Treasurer shall be by him de- Moneys, 
posited in the Vandalia branch of the State Bank, to the credit where depas- 
of said company, whenever the same shall exceed one hun- surer / 
dred dollars; said money when so deposited shall only be 
drawn therefrom for the use of said company on a check of Moneys, how 
the Treasurer, countersigned by the President of the cor- drawn . 
poration. 

Sec 8. The stock of said company shall be deemed per- Stock deemed 
sonal estate, and pass as such to the legal representative fP ersonal - 
each stockholder: Provided, That the real estate which may Proviso, 
be held by said corporation shall be sold and conveyed when 
they may think proper so to dispose of it, according to the 
forms, and in the manner prescribed by the law conveying real 
estate; the President of the company making the acknowledg- 
ment on behalf of the corporation: And provided, further, Further provi- 
That the said corporation, during the period of its existence so ' 



22 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Limit of which shall terminate at the expiration of twenty years from 

the passage of this act, shall not purchase and hold any greater 
quanty of land than one thousand acres. 
Approved, January 18. 1840. 



In force, Jan. AN ACT to authorize the county of Jo Daviess to borrow money. 

18, 1840. J 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- 
sioners' court, of the county of Jo Daviess, may, by an order 
to be entered upon the records of said court, appoint a corn- 
Commission- missioner, whose duty it shall be to borrow such sum or sums 
er to borrow c , f , , , . , . , 

money. °' money, as may be necessary to enable said county to com- 

plete the new courthouse, in the town of Galena, in said 
county, and the said commissioner is hereby authorized to 

Real estate to mortgage any of the real estate of said county, to secure the 
be morte-as;ed u c c i j 

as security, payment or any sum or sums or money so borrowed. 

Sec 2. Any mortgage deed, made by such commissioner, 
under his hand and seal, on behalf of said county, for the pur- 
poses aforesaid, duly acknowledged and recorded, shall in all 
respects be valid and binding upon said county, and shall en- 
able the mortgagee of such deed to prosecute to effect said 
, county for a breach of the conditions of such deed, in the 
same manner as is pointed out in the 18th section of the act 
entitled an act concerning judgments and executions, ap- 
proved January 17, 1825. 

Sec 3. In any suit instituted under the provisions of this 
Writ of wire act, the scire facias required by said [act] to be issued may 
facias. kg j e f t w j (; j 1 ^ c i er jj f sa jj court, ten days 'previous to 

Service of the return day thereof, which shall constitute a sufficient ser- 
vice thereof to authorize the proper court, before which 
such suit is instituted, to proceed and render judgment ac- 
cording to justice and merits of the case. 
Approved, January 18, 1810. 



In force, Jan. AN ACT to revive and continue in force an act, entitled " An act to lo- 
18, 1840. cate a certain State road therein mentioned, approved Feb. 27, 1839." 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That an act, entitled 
Act revived, an act to locate a certain State road therein mentioned, ap- 
& further time proved February 27, 1839, be revived, and that the period 
cate^road. allowed the commissioners, appointed by said act, to 

perform the duties therein assigned them therein, be extend- 
ed to one year from the passage of this act. 
Approved, January 18, 1840. 



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AN ACT to authorize H. H. Gear to keep a ferry across the Mississippi In force, Jan. 

river. 18, 1840. 

* 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Hezekiah II. Gear, 
of the county of Jo Daviess, is hereby authorized, and licens- 
ed to keep a ferry across the Mississippi river, at and from a Location of 
a point in said river, in the county of Jo Daviess, and oppo- ferr ^' 
site the mouth of •' Tete de Mort," in the territory of Iowa; 
and the said Gear, his heirs and assigns, shall have the right 
of having, maintaining, and using a ferry across the said river, 
at the place before mentioned, and to have and receive all 
advantages and emoluments arising from the use of said ferry, 
for and during the term often years: Provided, however, That Proviso 
the county commissioners' court, of the county of Jo Daviess 
shall have the right to assess an annual tax upon the said fer- 
ry equal to that levied upon other ferries severally situated 
in said county. 

Approved, January 18, 1840. 



AN ACT to amend an act, entitled "An act to incorporate the Rock Island t r t 

Mutual Fire Insurance Company." ,^ 'Jcmq 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the said corpora- ^ . 

jj-..- j. *l i "l c i i .i i Further pow- 

tion, in addition to the powers heretofore granted, by the act ers granted to 

to which this is an amendment, are hereby authorized to take corporation 

risks, and effect insurances, on all classes of personal property 

within the limits of this State. 

Approved, January 18, 1840. 



AN ACT to amend an act to incorporate Knox Manual Labor College. i„ f orce j an> 

18, 1840. 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the period of three 
years, allowed to the Trustees of Knox Manual Labor College, 
by the ninth section of the act, to which this is an amendment, 
for holding donations, grants, or devices in lands, be, and 
the same is hereby extended to seven years, in addition to foj^naJ- 
the aforesaid period of three years, any thing in said section changed to 7 
to the contrary notwithstanding.! years 

Approved, January 18, 1840. 



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In force, Jan. AN ACT to establish Insurance Offices in Morgan, Pike and Scott counties. 
27, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, re- 
presented in the General Assembly, That the following privi- 
Insurance leges and powers are hereby conferred upon and granted 
powers grant to the Winchester, Lynnville and Jacksonville Railroad Com- 
pany, incorporated by an act passed on the eighteenth day 
of January, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-six. 

First. To use the stock and effects of said company, 
in the business of insurance, and to become to all intents 
and purposes an Insurance Company. 

Second. To establish and keep in operation, insurance 
Location of offices in Jacksonville and Winchester; all the business and 
offices operations of the company, to be under the direction of the 

rectors as heretofore. 
By-laws to be Third. To change the by-laws of the corporation, so as 
changed to make them applicable and appropriate to the business and 
operations of an insurance company, and to make such ad- 
Additional by ditional by-laws, not inconsistent with the laws of the land, 
as may be found necessary to carry on the business of the 
company. 

Sec. 2. Said company shall be authorized to make insu- 
rances upon vessels and their cargoes, or either, navigating 
the high sens or the lakes, and upon vessels and boats of any 
description and their cargoes, or either, navigating rivers and 
canals: to make insurance upon houses, mills and other build- 
Exception ings, (excluding distilleries) goods, chattels, wares, and mer- 
chandize, money, and every description of property usually 
insured by other companies in the State; also upon bottomry, 
loans, and upon lives, and also to cause itself to be re-insured 
against all risks or perils upon which it may have made insu- 
rance, and to make advances of money upon bottomry and 
respondentia, upon such terms as are authorized by the ex- 
isting laws of this Slate. 

Sec. 3. The directors shall prescribe in their by-laws the 
Policies of in- manner of* executing their policies of insurance; the terms 
surance f insurance shall be such as may be agreed upon, as well as 

the provisions and times of payment. 
Stockholders Sec 4. The stockholders shall severally be held liable 
habie ^ Q crec ]it or g ? f or the- amount of stock subscribed. The liabi- 

lities of the company shall never exceed the amount of sub- 
scriptions of stock, and for all excess of liability the diiec- 
Wben Direc- tors under whose authority or by whose permission such ex- 
tors shall be cess may arise, shall be jointly and severally liable for the 
liable same> 

Sec. 5. The real estate now owned by the company, 

Capital stock shall be held as capital stock at its cost, and the company 

shall not hereafter purchase or hold any other real estate in 

fee simple, except one town lot in Jacksonville and one in 

Winchester, on which to erect the buildings necessary to the 

Proviso transaction of its business: Provided, however, that in cases 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 25 

where real estate may be sold to satisfy debts due the compa- 
ny, the same may be purchased in satisfaction of such debts, 
but all real estate so purchased, shall be offered for sale a t 
public vendue, at least once in each year, and shall be sold so jj f or debts 
whenever the amount of the judgment under which the pur- 
chase was made, shall be offered at any such sale. 

Sec. 6. Said company shall not directly or indirectly deal Company not 
or trade in goods, wares or merchandize, or engage in any to deal in any 
other business, or use its means for any other purpose than as other business 
expressly authorized by its charter. 

Sec. 7. The present subscribers to the capital stock shall 
be entitled to the benefit of their subscriptions, and to all 
payments made thereon; and the organization of the com pa- Organization 
uy shall be deemed to have been conformable to law. The of company 
change in the charter authorized by this act shall not release 
or affect any liability of the company now existing against it; 
and all the powers and rights conferred upon said company, 
shall be continued so far as they may be consistent with the 
provisions of this act. 

Sec 8. Suid company shall not have power, if this amend- Powers to 
ment is adopted to the charter, to make or construct any make roads 
railroad, turnpike, McAdamized, or other description of road, resci 
or to have or hold the right of way for any such road, or to 
engage in the business of transporting property or persons 
upon any road whatever. 

Sec. 9. The directors shall provide for the speedy adjust- Losses shall 
ment and payment of all losses arising under any policy made be paid spee- 
by the company, and for all unreasonable and vexatious de- ly 
lays in payments, the company shall be liable to pay damages 
not exceeding per cent, per annum, in addition to le- 

gal interest. 

Sec 10. Additional subscriptions to the capital stock of 
said company may be received hereafter upon the payment 
of one dollar upon each share subscribed, and the capital Increase of 
stock of said company may be increased two hundred thou- ca P ltal 9tock 
sand dollars. 

Sec. 11. The said company may proceed to business un- 
der this charter, whenever the sum of ten thousand dollars 
shall have been paid to their treasurer, including the stock 
already held in real estate. 

Sec 12. Said company shall keep regular books, and enter R , f 
therein all their accounts and transactions; and the accounts company 
of the company shall be balanced half yearly, and the pro- 
fits growing out of its business shall be divided half yearly „. ., , 
among the stockholders according to their rights, but divi- 
dends shall not be paid except of profits actually realized. 

Sec. 13. It shall be lawful for stockholders to secure the 
payment of their stock to the company by mortgage upon st0 ck e how to 
real estate, and all such mortgages shall stand as security to be secured 
creditors for moneys due from the company. 



26 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Sec. 14. This act as well as all others amending the ori- 
This act to be gj na | charter of said company, shall become to all intents and 
charter 11Sina purposes a part of the act of incorporation, upon being 
agreed to by the President and Directors of said Company; 
and an entry of such agreement upon the record kept of the 
Evidence o( actings and proceedings of said board, shall be sufficient evi- 
adoption of d ence of the adoption of such amendments; and of the right 
this act q j. ^ com p an y t ac t under the same. 

Pittsfield and Skc. 15. The President and Directors of the Pittsfield 
Mississippi R an( i Mississippi Railroad Company, incorporated by an act 
Sa^SabHsh passed on the first of March, one thousand eight hundred and 
insurance of- thirty seven, are authorised to establish and keep in opera- 
fice in Pitts- ^ on an j nsur ance office in Pittsfield, and to use all of its 
e stock and means in the business of insuiance, and to become 

to all intents and purposes an insurance company, upon con- 
Conditions dition that said President and Directors agree that the first, 
second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, 
eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth sections of this 
act shall be adopted as an amendment to the charter of said 
company, except that said company shall not have any office 
Sec. fifteen of j n Jacksonville or Winchester. 

Lynnvfllfand Sec. 17. The fifteenth section of the original act incor- 
Jacksonville porating the Winchester, Lynnville and Jacksonville Railroad 
RRCoi ?P an y Company, is hereby repealed. 

Acf to conti- Sec 18. This act shall continue in force for twenty years 
nue 20 years from its passage, and no longer. 
Approved, January 27, 1840. 



In force Jan. AN ACT to authorize J. A. Clark to build a bridge across the Pickatonica. 
27, 1840. ' 

Sec 1. Beit enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That John A. Clark, 
his heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby authorized to 
build and keep, for the term of twenty years, from the pas- 
Location of sage ol this act, a toll bridge across the Picatonica river, in 
township No. twenty-seven north, of range No. eight east, at 
and opposite the town of Freeport, in Stephenson county, 
Illinois: Provided, said bridge shall not interfere with the navi- 
gation of said river. 

Sec. % The said John A. Clark, his heirs or assigns, shall 
When com- commence the building of said bridge, within one year, and 
menced complete said bridge within four years from and after the pas- 

sage of this act: said bridge shall be built in a good and sub- 
stantial manner, so as to give a safe and easy passage to all 
persons and their property, wishing to cross the same. 

Sec 3. After said bridge shall be complete, the said John 
A. Clark, his heirs or assigns, are hereby authorized to place 
a toll gate on either end of said bridge, or elsewhere, where 
he or they may demand of all and every person passing said 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 27 

bridge, the following rates of toll, (to wit:) For each two Rates of toll 

horse wagon drawn by two horses, or one yoke of oxen, 

twenty-rive cents; for each additional pair of horses or yoke 

of oxen, twelve and a half cents; for each one-horse wagon 

or carriage, eighteen and three-fourth cents; for each man 

and horse, twelve and a half cents; for each head of hogs, 

sheep, or goats, one cent; for each head of horses, cattle, 

mules, or asses, three cents; and three cents for each footman. 

Sec. 4. The said John A. Clark, his heirs, or assigns, shall 

at all times after the completion of said bridge, keep the same 

in good repair, and allow a speedy passage; and if at any time Bridge out of 

the bridge be kept out of repair, so that the same be impassi- re ' oair t0 ac " 
iiri c ■ ,u i. j.- iu . ,crueto coun- 

ble for the space or six months at any one time, the said t y 

bridge shall accrue to the county of Stephenson: Provided, Proviso. 
however, That the destruction of said bridge by fire, high 
water, or other casualty, shall not work a forfeiture of the 
privileges hereby granted; but said Clark, his heirs or assigns, 
shall proceed immediately to repair the same. 

Sec. 5. When the commissioners of the county of Stephen- Commission- 
son deem it expedient to purchase said bridge, they shall have ers of co " nt y 
, . , ,' , * • i • i /-.t i i • i • may purchase 

the right to do so, by paying the said Clark, his heirs or as- bridge 

signs, the value of said bridge, in current money of the Unit- 
ed States, which value shall be ascertained by the valuation Value of same 
of three disinterested, appraisers, to be appointed by said 
court, who shall be sworn to a faithful and impartial discharge 
of their duties, as such appraisers; or if the commissioners of County com- 
said county will proceed without delay and build a free bridge missioners or 
at the place aforesaid, or if the people of said county, or any "J^"^ hel 
number of them, will proceed without delay, and build a free bridge 
bridge across the Pickatonica river, at the place aforesaid, and 
have the same completed within one year from and after the 
passage of this act, they shall have the power to do so under 
this act, and the said bridge, when so completed, shall be 
and remain open and free for al' persons, and their property 
wishing to cross the same, and shall be and remain a free 
bridge to all intents and purposes: Provided, That if the said Proviso 
free bridge when so completed, shall remain out of repair for 
six months at any one time, the privileges hereinbefore grant- 
ed to John A. Clark shall be revived, and he may proceed to 
the erection of the toll bridge aforesaid, *he same as if no 
bridge had been erected by the coommissioners, or the peo- 
ple aforesaid: Provided, further, that casualties, or high water, Further pro- 
or otherwise, shall not work a forfeiture to the people of said vis0 
county, or commissioners hereinbefore offered to them, but 
they may proceed immediately to repair the same. 

Sec. 6. If any person or persons, shall wilfully do, or cause 
to be done, any injury io said bridge, the person or persons In J ur ,y done 
so offending, shall forfeit and pay the said John A. Clark, his ° n ge 
heirs or assigns, double the amount of such injury or damage, 
to be recovered before any justice of [the] peace having juris- 
diction of the same. 



28 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Bridge deem- Sec. 7. The said bridge shall be deemed a public highway, 

ed public within the meaning, of the laws providing for the punishment 

highway c • • • l j ,_• i • F 

oi persons injuring, obstructing, or destroying public bridges 

in any manner, or by any means whatever. 

Approved, January 27, 1840. 



In force, Jan. AN ACT to authorize the Auditor to enter a credit upon a judgment 
27, 1840. against Robert Davis. 

Preamble Whereas Robert Davis, of the county of Pike, did at the 
December term, one thousand eight hundred and thirty- 
eight, of the Supreme Court, as one of the securities of 
James Davis, lute clerk of the county commissioners' court, of 
said county of Pike, confess judgment, in favor of ihe State 
of Illinois, for the sum of two thousand four hundred and 
eighty dollars; and whereas the Legislature at its last ses- 
sion made an appropriation to the county of Scott, of two 
thousand dollars, to be expended in making improvements 
upon the State road, between Winchester and Florence; 
and whereas one thousand dollars of said appropriation is 
yet due and unpaid, from the State to the said county of 
Scott; and whereas the said Robert Davis, for the purpose 
of enabling him to meet his aforesaid liability to the State, 
took a contract from the county of Scott, upon the road 
aforesaid, and has performed work thereon to the amount 
of one thousand seven hundred and sixty-three dollars; and 
whereas the said Robert Davis has an order from the 
county commissioners' 1 court of Scott county, for the one 
thousand dollars now due from the State upon the appro- 
priation aforesaid; and whereas, the said Robert Davis, is 
anxious to apply said one thousand dollars as a credit upon 
the judgment aforesaid: Now therefore, 
Sec. 1 . Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the Auditor of 
Duty of Audi- Public Accounts, is hereby authorized and required, upon the 
£or said Robert Davis delivering ,to him an order from the coun- 

ty commissioners' court of Scott county, upon the Fund Com- 
missioners of this State, for the sum of one thousand dollars, 
to enter a credit of one thousand dollars upon a judgment 
rendered against said Robert Davis, in favor of the state of 
Illinois, at the December term, one thousand eight hundred 
and thirty-eight, of the Supreme Court, for the sum of two 
When credit thousand four hundred and eighty dollars; and when such cred- 

i9 entered all jj. j g s0 en tered upon said judgment, all claim which the coun- 
claim of Scott , fc . ,, r . J i a . c i • j- c 

co'y to cease v °» Scott now has upon the State lor the appropriation ot 
two thousand dollars, made to said county, at the last session 
of the General Assembly, shall cease, and the one thousand dol- 
lars of said appropriation, which now remains unpaid, instead 
of being paid to the said county of Scott, shall be paid into 
the Treasury of this State. 
Approved, January 27, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 29 

AN ACT attaching a portion of Tazewell county to Logan county. In force, Jan. 

27, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That all that portion of 
Tazewell county, embraced in the following limits, viz: Be- 
ginning at the south east corner of Township No. twenty-one Part of Tase- 
north, range No. two west, of the third principal meridian, ^ ed cl J' at " 
thence north seven miles, to the north east corner of section Logan county 
thirty-six, township twenty-two, thence west, along the sec- 
tion lines, eighteen miles to the north west corner of section 
thirty-one on the range line, between ranges four and five, 
township twenty-two north, thence south seven miles, to the 
corner of Logan county, thence east, along said county line, 
to the place of beginning, is hereby added to, and hereafter 
shall be a part of the county of Logan. 

Sec 2. That hereafter, at all general or special elections, Parts set off to 
the portion of Tazewell county so added shall vote with vote witu L <>- 
the county of Logan. gan county 

Approved, January 27, 1840. 



AN ACT to change the name of the "Kaskaskia Insurance Company." In force, Jan. 

31, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the "Kaskaskia In- 
surance Company," incorporated by an act, entitled "An 
act to incorporate the Kaskaskia Insurance Company;" ap- 
proved March 1. 1839, shall hereafter be known by the name N , 
and style of the "Insurance and Trust company'of Illinois," style 
and by that name and style, shall have all the powers, privi- 
leges, and advantages granted to the aforesaid Kaskaskia 
Insurance Company by the act aforesaid. 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



AN ACT to change a part of the State road leading from Griggsville to In force, Jan. 

Quincy. 31, 1840. 

Sec 1 . Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the State 
road from Griggsville, Iaying s between Henry Brown's and the 
Adams county line, be vacated, and hereafter, that part of Part of road 
said road shall be located on the ground now travelled, and Tacated 
the now travelled road between the said points, as well as R , 
from the point where said road intersects the county line, 
till it intersects the road as lately laid out, shall be part of 
said road, and be kept in repair as required by law. 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



39 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force Jan. AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for the dedication of 
31 1840 lots in the towns situate on canal lands to public purposes." Approved, 

' ' February 28th, 1839. 

Preamble Whereas some of the congregations and religious societies 
in towns laid off by the Board of Commissioners of the Illi- 
nois and Michigan Canal, have erected churches on lots in 
such towns, parts of which are held by individuals, and the 
act entitled "An act to provide for the dedication of lots in 
towns situated on canal lands, to public purposes," approved 
February 2Sth, 1839, does not authorize said Canal Commis- 
sioners to divide such lots, and donate to such religious so- 
cieties and congregations a part of such lots; therefore. 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the Board of Com- 
Com'rs of ca- missioners of the Illinois and Michigan Canal be, and they are 
nal to give lots nereD y authorized under the act to which this is an amend- 
to religious , , . i • i_ v • k *■ j 
societies ment, to donate and give to religious societies and congrega- 

when so re- tions when they may request it, a part of any lot, in lieu of 
quested foe whole, which by said act they are authorized so to do- 

nate, to hold, use and occupy the same for the purposes and 
on the conditions in said act mentioned. 

Sec. 2. That when any person shall have been the purcha- 
ser from the State or the assignee of any such purchaser of 
any portion of any such lot, another part of which is claimed 
by any religious society or congregation unJer the act to 
which this is an amendment, the said Commissioners shall give 
Title to lots to such purchasers, his or her assigns, a certificate of purchase 
for such portion of such lot, held by him or them, upon his or 
their compliance, with the terms of an act entitled "An act for 
the relief of purchasers of canal lots and lands," approved 
March 2, 1839, at a price which such part of said lot shall 
bear in value to the amount due the State on the whole of 
such lots. 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



In force Jan A ^ ACT concerning attachments. 

31, 1840. ' ■ rn . . 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That hereafter when any 

attachment shall be placed in the hands of any sheriff or other 

Officer may. officer, and the defendant shall be in the act of absconding 

pursue defen- with his goods, and effects, it shall be lawful for such officer to 

dant to any p Ursue tne SSL \^ defendant into any county of this State, and to 

county m tie^^ ^^ ^ take ^ goods anc{ c h atte i s of said defendant 

back to the county from which said attachment issued, any 
law to the contrary notwithstanding. 
Approved, January 3l, 1840. 



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AN ACT to amend "Aq act concerning attachments," approved, February In force, Jan. 

12th, 1833. 31, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assrmbly, That all the provisions of 
the act entitled "An act concerning attachments," shall extend How far at- 
to one or more joint debtors, so that in all cases, when two ortachment law 
more persons are jointly indebted, either as joint obligors, part- shaJ1 extend 
ners, or otherwise, and an affidavit shall be made in pursuance 
of the provisions of the said act, so as to bring one ormore of such 
joint debtors within the provisions of the same, and amenable 
to the process of attachment, then the writ of attachment shall 
issue against the property and effects of such joint debtors, so 
amenable as aforesaid, and shall direct the sheriff to summons 
all of the said joint debtors to answer to said action. 

Sec. 2. The court out of which such writ shall be issued, 
shall proceed in relation to such joint debtors, and so much of 
their lands, rights, credits, money and effects, as may be at- 
tached in the same manner as pointed out in the act to which 
this is amendatory. 

Approved, January 31, 1S40. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Middlesex Steam Mill Company . In force, Jan . 

31, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General assembly, That Seth Washburn, 
Mathias Mason, Robert Easton, and such other persons as 
shall become subscribers to the stock hereinafter mention- 
ed, shall be and they are hereby constituted a body politic Body politic 
and corporate by the name and style of the Middlesex Steam and corporate 
Mill Company, from and after the passage of this act; and 
by that name, they and their successors shall, and may have 
succession for the term of thirty years from and after the Term of char- 
passage of this act, and shall be capable of suing and being ter 
sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being Powers 
answered, in all courts, and places whatsoever; and they and 
their successors may have a common seal, and they shall, in 
law, be capable of purchasing and holding real estate for the 
purposes and objects of said corporation: Provided, That the Proviso 
personal property of each stockholder be bound for the con- 
tracts of such corporation. 

Sec. 2. That the capital stock of said corporation shall be Capital stock 
six thousand dollars, with power in the company to increase $ 6 ' 000 i ma y 
said stock to fifteen thousand dollars, if they shall deem it foji^ooo^ 
necessary; that said capital stock chall be divided into shares 
of twenty-five dollars each, and that the above named corpo- 
ration have power to open, and keep open, books for subscrip- 
tion to said stock. 

Sec. 3. That the said company are hereby empowered to Further pow- 
erect and conduct a grist mill and such other machinery to ers 



32 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

be propelled by steam, as they may deem necessary, and 
that they have power to make by-laws, and such other regu- 
lations for managing said affairs as are just and necessary: 
Provided, said mill and machinery be erected at or near Half- 
day post office, in Lake county. 

<r.« i u -u Sec. 4. That the above named corporators be allowed two 
Time to build ., , r , , ! T. 1 , , 

mill, &c. years irom and alter the passage ot this act, to construct and 

erect said mill and machinery, and if said mill be not in opera- 
tion within said time, this act shall be void and of no effect. 
Approved, January 31, 1840. 



In force, Jan AN ACT to incorporate Georgetown in the county of Randolph. 

31, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois y 
represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants of 
the town of Georgetown in the county of Randolph, be, and 
they are hereby authorized, and empowered, to become in- 
corporated in the manner and upon the terms prescribed in 
Inhabitants the act, entitled An act to incorporate such towns as may 
may become w i s h to be incorporated, approved February 12, 1831; not- 
incorporate withstanding, there may not be one hundred and fifty inhabi- 
tants in said town; and upon complying with the provisions of 
the act aforesaid, the inhabitants of said town, and the Presi- 
dent and Trustees thereof, when elected, shall have, exer- 
cise, rand] enjoy all the rights, privileges, and powers grant- 
ed and conferred by the act above recited. 
Approved, January 31, 1840. 



In force Jan. AN ACT t0 vacate the town plat of the town of Washington. 

31, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illi- 
nois, represented in the General Assembly, That Thomas S. 
Garvin and Robert McClellan, proprietors of the town of 
Washington, lying in the county of Fulton, and situated on 
the west half of section twenty-four, in township three 
Plat may be nortn °f range one east, of the fourth principal meridian, 
vacated be, and they are hereby authorized to vacate the survey and 

Proviso plat of said town of Washington: Provided, said Thorns S. 

Garvin and Robert McClelland, the proprietors of'said town, 
shall first in writing, duly signed, sealed, and recorded, in the 
Recorder's office of said county, signify their consent thereto: 
And provided also, That vacating the survey and plat of said 
town, shall not interfere with the vested rights of any person 
or persons, who may have purchased lots in said town, of the 
proprietors or others. 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



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AN ACT rsupplemen'al to an act] to incorporate the town of Blooming-ton . In force, Jan. 
L j* J 31,1840. 

Whereas, by an act of the General Assembly, of the State Preamble 
of Illinois, approved March 2, 1S39, entitled "An act to 
incorporate the town of Bloomington," it is provided that 
said town be incorporated, as a body corporate and politic, 
in the manner therein provided: And whereas, by the 
neglect of the citizens of said town, to avail themselves of 
the provisions of said act, in becoming so incorporated, said 
act has become null and void: Now therefore, 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That said act be, and is 
hereby revived, and continued in full force and operation, Act revived 
any provision of the same to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That at any time heieafter, 
it shall be competent for any number of freeholders of said 
town, not less than ten, to post up notices of an election, giv- Notice ofelec- 
ing at least ten days previous notice, to vote for or against tion 
incorporating said town, under the provisions of said act, and 
if it shall appear that a majority of the qualified voters are 
in favor of the same, it shall be incorporated immediately 
thereafter by the election of officers, as therein provided; any 
thing in said act concerning the mode of incorporating, to the 
contrary notwithstanding: Provided, however,Tha.t any failure Proviso, 
or failures so to incorporate, shall not work a forfeiture of 
said act, or prevent further or repeated efforts by election, 
to incorporate said town. 

Sec. 3. This act to be in force from and after its passage. 
Approved, January 31, 1840. 



AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to incorporate the Union Agri- j n f orce j an 
cultural Society ." 3] jg'^ 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the .General Assembly, That section No. five, of Sec. 5 of act 
the act of incorporation of the Union Agricultural Society, be annulled 
annulled, and the following be inserted as the fifth section, to " 
wit: 

"Said Commissioners, or a majority of them, may open Substitute 
books for subscriptions to said capital stock at such times and 
places as they may think best, by advertising the same at least 
fourteen days previous in two or more of the newspapers pub- 
lished in said counties, and may close the same at pleasure, and 
may appoint committees to receive subscriptions, and abrogate 
the same, or any of them, at pleasure: and any subscriptions 
that have been or may be made under the direction of the 
commissioners, or the committees by them appointed, or to be 
appointed, are hereby legalized and made valid." 

Sec. 2. That section No. seven of said act be also annulled, Sec. 7 annnl- 
and the following inserted as the seventh section, to wit: led 

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34 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Sec. inserted "If the subscriptions to the capital stock shall exceed, ten 
in lieu. thousand dollars, the commissioners may apportion the same 

among the subscribers thereto, or increase the capital stock 
from time to time, to any amount less than thirty thousand 
dollars." 
Sec. 8 set a- Sec. 3. That section No. eight of said act be also annull- 
side ed, and the following inserted as the eighth section, to wit: 

What in place "Said commissioners shall continue in office during the 
of pleasure of the trustees, and when removed, the powers 

vested in them shall vest in and may be executed by the trus- 
tees." 

Sec. 4. That the words ''which election shall be annually" 
Sec. 11 made at the end of the ninth section, and all of section No. eleven, 
void be also annulled, and the following be inserted as the eleventh 

section, to wit: 
Sec. in place "The trustees hereafter shall be elected at such times as 
of may be provided in the by-laws, and shall hold their offices 

until others are elected in their places, and notice of the time 
and place of holding such election, shall be given by the Se- 
cretary, by advertising the same at least fourteen days pre- 
vious, in two or more of the newspapers published in said 
counties." 
Insertion in Sec 5. That after the words "a treasurer," in the fifteenth 
15th sec section of said act, the following be inserted to wit: (of whom 
they may require bonds in a sum sufficient to insure the faith- 
ful discharge of his duties;") and at the end of the same sec- 
Words added tion, the following be added, to wit: "They may also establish 
or connect with this society branches or auxiliary societies, 
of like characters, in the counties of La Salle, Will, Cook, 
McHenry and Kane. 
Sec 6. That if this society shall be organized within one 
Privileges and year from the passage of this act the privileges and benefits of 

benefits of act, ^g or imnal act of incorporation, and of this amendment, shall 
how secured , ? , , A ■. , •. 

be, and are hereby secured to it. 

Sec 7. The society incorporated by the act to which this 

is an amendment, shall exist as a corporate body no longer 

Term of char- than the period of twenty years from the passage of this 

ter act. 

\ Approved, January 31, 1840. 



In force Jan. &^ ACT providing for the binding of the Laws and Journals. 

31, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That hereafter, until the 
Aud'r, Sec'y Legislature shall otherwise direct, that the Auditor of Public 
andTreasurer Accounts, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer are hereby 
for public raCt required to contract with a Book Binder or Binders, on or be- 
binding fore the first of September, before the meeting of each Legis- 

lature. And it shall be the duty of said Binder or Binders, to 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 35 

bind all acts or laws that may be passed, or ordered to be 
bound: and to fold, stitch, cover with blue paper, and cut the s t yi e ofbiud- 
edges of all Journals that may be published; and. the saiding 
Binder or Binders shall receive for their services the following 
prices, (viz:) for binding laws, leather backs and paper sides, 
when the number of pages does not exceed one hundred and 
fifty, at the rate of twenty cents per hundred pages, that each Prices for 
volume may contain : acts or laws, over one hundred and fifty 
pages, at the rate of fifteen cents per hundred pages each 
volume contains: and in case of a revision of the laws, 
the said Binder or Binders are to furnish leather and full bind, 
with leather cove2'ing (law form,) in a substantial, workman- 
like manner, all such laws as may be ordered to be bound, for when addi- 
which there shall be added fifteen cents over the price of the tional price 
half binding lor each and every volume so full bound: and for ma y be P aid 
doing up the Journals as above specified, there shall be allow- 
ed at the rate of six cents for every one hundred pages each 
volume may contain. 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Public Printer or Prin- Duty of Pub- 
ters to deliver to the Public Binder or Binders each form of ,ic Printer 
the Laws and Journals, dry and in good order, as fast as they 
are printed; and after the last form of the laws is so printed 
and delivered, the said Binder or Binders shall bind and de- 
liver to the Secretary of State one thousand copies of the 
laws in fifteen days, and at the rate of one thousand copies Time of , leK _ 
every twelve days afterwards, (Sundays excepted). Als*, af- very of books 
ter the last form of the Journals are delivered to said Binder bound 
or Binders, they shall do them up as above specified, and de- 
liver at the rate of one thousand copies every ten days, (Sun- Exception, 
days excepted.) 

Sec 3. It shall be the duty of the Public Binder or Bin- Binders to 
ders, to give bond with sufficient security, to be approved rff^mrity 1 
by the Governor, in the penal sum of one thousand dollars for 
the faithful performance of his or their contract, agreeable to 
this act. And a failure on the part of the public Binder or Bin- 
ders shall subject him or them to a forfeiture of six per cent, per Forfeiture of 
week on the whole amount of their contract. 6 per cent. 

Sec 4. That on the fulfilment of the contract for binding 
the Laws, as also on the fulfilment of the contract for doing 
up the Journals, the Secretary of State shall certify the fact Duty of Secre- 
to the Auditor, who shall issue his warrant on the Treasurer, tai T & Audi- 

. tor 

for the sum due such Binder or Binders; which sum shall be 
paid out of any money not otherwise appropriated. All acts 
and parts of acts heretofore passed upon the subject of Pub- 
lic binding, be, and the same is hereby repealed. This act Acts repealed 
shall take effect from and after its passage ; but is in no wise 
to interfere with the binding of the present session. 
Approved, January 31, 1840. 

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36 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, Jan. AN ACT to incorporate the towns therein named. 

31, 1840. 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants of the 

McLeansboro town of MoLeansboro' in Hamilton county, the inhabitants of 

Fairfield the town of Fairfield, in Wayne county, the inhabitants of the 

Scottsville town of Scottville, in Macoupin county, and the inhabitants 

Mackinaw of the town of Mackinaw, in Tazewell county, be, and thev 

are hereby authorized to become incorporated, under the 

general incorporation law, notwithstanding said towns may 

Proviso. not contain one hundred and fifty inhabitants: Provided, said 

corporators are not compelled to work the public highways 

more than one half mile from the centre of said corporation. 

Sec 2. This act to be in force from and after its passage. 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



In force Feb. AN ACT to amend the law in relation to change of Venue. 

1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That whenever any ap- 
peal shall be depending in any of the circuit courts of this 
State from any assessment of damages for land, or other pro- 
perty taken under the authority of any law of this State for 
Appeals, when the use of any rail road, canal, turnpike or any other high- 
taken way, or for any purpose whatever, it shall and may be lawful 
for the people, or county, or other corporation, or person for 
whose use such land or other property i? to be taken, or 
the person conducting the appeal in their behalf, or for the 
claimant or claimants, or his, her, or their agents, or attor- 
ney at law, or attorney in fact to file, his, her, or their affida- 
vit in writing, stating that he, she, or they verily believe that 
a fair and impartial trial of said appeal cannot be had in the 
court where said appeal is depending; on account that either 
the Judge of the court, or the People of the county, are in- 
terested or prejudiced against the cause of the party on whose 
behalf said application is made, or in favor of the cause of the 
other party, or for or against the parties as aforesaid. 

Sec 2. On filing such affidavit it shall be the duty of the 
Change of ve- court to change the venue of said cause to some convenient 
nue county to which objections shall not be made by similar affida- 

vit. And said, appeal shall be dockited and. tried in the court to 
which the venue thereof is changed, in the same manner as if 
it had been originally instituted there. 
When objec- Sec 3. That if any objection shall be taken to any such 
tion is made appeal on account of any defect in the appeal bond, such ob- 
Proviso? 8 jection shall not be sustained: Provided, the appellant, his, 
her, or their agent or attorney shall enter into, and acknowl- 
edge such bond, with sufficient security as may be approved 
by said court. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 37 

AN ACT to incorporate Shiloh College. In force, Jan. 

8th, 1840. 

Sec 1 . Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That James Gillespie, g 0( j„ cor _ 
James Bradley, John Moore, Benjamin F. Bradley, John Bar-porate. 
row, William Pike, Richard Bradley, Arthur Cross, William x . 

Bradley, and John B. Burke be, and they are hereby created, 
a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of the st ^™^ an ' 
"President and Trustees of Shiloh College;" and by that name 
and style to have perpetual succession: the said institution Object, 
being designed to promote the cause of education and im- 
provement in literature; and to be located in the county of Location. 
Randolph. 

Sec 2. The corporation hereby created shall have power p ow . ers 
to make and execute all necessary contracts for the promo- 
tion of the cause of education, and improvement of literature 
in said institution; and to purchase and hold such personal 
property as may be needful in advancing the ends of its crea- M ^old 
tion; and may purchase and hold, for the use thereof, any land, 
quantity of land not exceeding eighty acres. The said cor- 
poration may sue and be sued in its corporate name; plead Common seal 
and he impleaded; may have a common seal, and make by- B 
laws for its regulation, not inconsistent with the constitution 
and laws of the United States or of this State. 

Sec. 3. A majority of the trustees shall form a quorum to Q uorum 

do business; and shallhave authority to elect a President and_ ., 

, xI jT- , - . m j rresident and 

such other omcers as may be necessary to prescribe the course other officers 

of studies to be pursued; to fix the rate of tuition; to appoint 
a preceptor and such officers and assistants as they may con- 
sider the interest of the institution requires. 

Sec 4. A majority of the board of trustees may fill any Vo „ „ „ . 
i-i J ^ -ii ^ r • 3 i vacancies 

vacancy which may occur m the board, irom aeath, removal, how filled 

resignation, or otherwise. 

Sec 5. The said institution shall be open to all religious To be °P en to 
denominations; and the profession of no particular religious a 
faith, shall be required either of officers or pupils. 

Approved, January 8, 1S40. 



AN ACT to change the name of the town of Columbus, in the county of In _ "**?*.„" 

Randolph. Jan. 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Cohimbus 
represented in the General Assembly, That the name of Co- changed to 
lumbus, in Randolph county, be, and the same is hereby Sparta, 
changed. to that of Sparta. 

Approved, January 8, 1840. 



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In force, 8th AN ACT to authorize the county court of Lawrence county, to build a 
Janl 1840. bridge across the Embarrass River. 



Bridge at 
Lawrence- 
ville. 



Location. 

Plan of 
bridge. 

Notice be- 



Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- 
sioners 1 court of Lawrence county be, and they are hereby, 
authorized to cause to be erected a bridge across the Embar- 
rass River, at the town of Lawrenceville, on a direct line with 
either of the two streets that run north from the public square 
in said town. Said commissioners shall agree upon a plan of 
said bridge, and cause the same to be recorded; they shall cause 
a correct description, in writing, of the pian of said bridge, to 
be posted up in the Clerk's office of said county, at least twen- 
ty days previous to letting any contract for the erection of 
said bridge; and shall cause written notices to be put up in at 
least six of the most public places in the county, for a period 
fore contract. f not i esg fa an one m onth before entering into any contract 
for the materials or erection of said bridge, stating therein, that 
they will let to the lowest responsible bidder, at the court house 
in said town, on a day to be agreed upon by them, contracts 
for the delivery of the necessary materials, also, contracts for 
the masonry and carpenters' work of said bridge: Provided, 
That, in making con tracts, said commissioners shall take a bond, 
payable to the county of Lawrence, with security, to be ap- 
proved of by them, for the faithful performance of such con- 
tracts, by the person or persons who may undertake the same, 
and within such time as shall be agreed upon: And provided, 
further, That, in no case, shall ihe commissioners make any 
payment to any person engaged in the said work, which shall 
exceed two-thirds of the value of work then performed, until 
the contract shall be completed, and received by the commis- 
sioners. 

Sec. 2. The said building, when erected, as aforesaid, shall 
be, and forever remain, a public bridge, free to the passage of 
all persons, and their property, at all times, and without any 
charge whatever; and the county commissioners' court of Law- 
rence county shall cause the same to be kept in good repair, 
to afford a safe passage to all persons and their property. 

Sec. 3. Nothing in this act shall be so construed, as to au- 
ofriver notto thorize the said commissioners to obstruct the navigation ot 
eo structe . sa ^ Y - lver ^ ^j^ e j tner flat or keel boats. 

Approved, January 8, 1840. 



Proviso. 



Proviso. 



Bridge to 
remain public 
and kept in 
repair. 



Navigation 



In force, 8th 
Jan. 1840- AN ACT to amend "an act to establish the county of Hardin, approved 

2d March, 1839." ' 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Boundaries represented in the General Assembly, That all that part of the 
of the county territory ol Pope county, as it stood previous to the passage of 
of Hardin, the law to which this is an amendment, which is comprised 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 39 

within the following limits, shall constitute the county of Har- 
din, that is to say: beginning on the Ohio river, at the point 
where a line, dividing sections thirty-four and thirty-five, in 
township twelve, south of range seven east, running south, 
would strike the Ohio river; thence, due north with the sec- 
tional line to the Gallatin county line; thence, east two miles; 
and thence, southeast along the line dividing Pope and Gal- 
latin counties to the Ohio river; thence, with the Ohio river, 
to the place of beginning. 

Sec. 2. The said county of Hardin shall have jurisdiction Jurisdiction 
of all the territory included within the said limits, as well as ° count y- 
all jurisdiction which, of right, belongs to the State of Illinois, 
upon so much of the Ohio river as forms the river boundary 
of said county of Hardin. 

Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of the county commission- C0 ^T r ° f 

ers of the county of Pope, to pay over to the county commis- Pope county. 

sioners' court of Hardin county, a fair proportion of the money „ 

*/ Jr roDortion 
received by said county of Pope, from the State under the f Internal 

Internal Improvement law; also, a fair proportion of the Improvement 

school fund, according to the population of Pope and Hardin mone J- 

counties, in the year one thousand eight hundred and. forty, to Sc ' 1o] fund - 

be ascertained by the census of that year. 

Sec. 4. That immediately after the passage of this act, Election to 

the oldest justice of the peace, within the limits of the b f, orde T red . b y 

oldest J us tic 6 

county of Hardin, shall order an election to be held in the f Peace for 
several places of holding elections in said county, for a she- co. officers, 
riff, coroner, and three county commissioners, and a commis- 
sioners 1 , clerk, and all other county officers elective by the 
people, for said county of Hardin; whose powers and duties 
shall be the same as other sheriffs, coroners, and county com- 
missioners of other counties. The notice for the elections Notice for 
aforesaid, shall be given three weeks before the time of holding electlon - 
it, by posting up, at three of the most public places in said 
county of Hardin, a notice thereof; and it shall be the duty 
of said justice giving the notice aforesaid, to receive the polls, 
count the votes, and declare who shall have been elected 
sheriff, coroner, and county commissioners of said county of 
Hardin. 

Sec 5. Said sheriff, coroner, and county commissioners, so Term of of- 
elected, shall continue in office until the next general election. fices - 

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the county commissioners D f 
first to be elected, to appoint a day for an election, to be held missioned 
at the several places of holding elections within the limits of 
said county of Hardin, for the purpose of choosing the per- Election for 
manent seat of justice of said county; and it no one place 
shall have received a majority of all the votes given, then it 
shall be lawful for the legal voters to meet at the place or 
places of holding elections, in ten days thereafter, and then 
and there select and vote for one of the two places only, 
heretofore voted for, having the two highest number of all 
the votes where the county seat shall be located; and that 



corn- 



Seat ol Jus- 
tice 



40 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

place, having a majority of all the votes given, shall be the 
permanent seat of justice for said county of Hardin. 

Sec. 7. The county commissioners of Hardin county are 
Appropria- hereby authorized to appropriate, for public improvements, 
tion for public the amount of money which said county is to receive from 
improvements ^ coun fy commissioners of Pope county under the Internal 
improvement law, as provided in the third section of this 
act. 
Sched To 3d Sec * 8 ' Th? said count y of Hardin shall belong to the third 
Jud. circuit judicial circuit; and the limes of holding the circuit courts of 
said county, shall be as follows, to wit: on the Thursdays be- 
dins; courts " f° re the second Mondays in March, and the fourth Mondays 
Proviso in August: Provided, That no term of the circuit court of said 

county of Hardin shall be held until the fall term of said court, 
as herein provided; that all suits now pending in the Pope cir- 
cuit court, in which citizens of Hardin county are concerned, 
Suits in Pope or to be commenced, by or against citizens of Hardin county, 
circuit court prior to the next March term of the Pope circuit court, shall 
be tried in said Pope circuit court; and that the said circuit 
court of Pope county have full and complete jurisdiction of 
' all matters, whether civil or criminal, which pertain to the 
said county of Hardin, as it had prior to the passage of an act, 
entitled "An act establishing the county of Hardin, approved 
March 2, 1839," to which this [is] an amendment, until after 
the March term, next ensuing, of the said Pope circuit court. 
Laws re- Sec. 9. All laws, or parts of laws, coming within the pro- 

pealed visions of this act, are hereby repealed. 

Approved, January 8, 1840. 



In force 8th AN ACT supplemental to "An act to authorize the county commissioners 
Jan. 1840. to construct certain roads in Greene county." 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Duties re- re P resentec t ^ n the General Assembly, That all the duties that 
quired of com are required and directed to be done by the county commis- 
niissioners of sioners of Greene county, under "An act authorizing the coun- 
to^b" C °? l -TJ- ty comm i ss i° ners ' court to construct certain roads in Greene 
ined by comr's county, approved March 2d, 1839," if the county of Jersey 
of Jersey had not been created, is hereby authorized and required to 
county kg ^ one Dy t h e coun ty commissioners of Jersey county, in re- 

gard to the road from Jersey ville to the river in said county; 
said county commissioners are hereby authorized and required 
expended to expend the same amount of monoy, and in the same way that 
the county commissioners of Greene county would have done, 
if the county of Jersey had not have been created. 
This act to be in force from and after its passage. 
Approved, January 8, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 41 

AN ACT authorising an additional Justice of the Peace in the La Ilarpe In force, 8th 
District, in Hancock county. Jan, 1840 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That one justice of the 
peace in addition to the one now allowed bylaw, shall be Additional 
elected in the La Harpe district, in the county of Hancock, Justice for the 
which Justice so elected shall reside in the town of La Harpe, fj^" e ° 
in said district. 

Sec 2. The county commissioners' court of Hancock 
county are hereby required, to cause an election to be held Time of 
on the first Monday of April next, or as soon thereafter as election 
practicable, and at each quadrennial election thereafter, for 
one justice of the peace in said district in addition to those 
now allowed by law. 

The justice of the peace so elected, shall hold his office Term of of - 
until the next general election for justices of the peace, and 
until his successor shall be elected and qualified as in other 
cases; and the Justice so elected, shall have the same juris- Jurisdiction 
diction, and be governed in all respects by the sameregula- ustlce 
tions as other justices of the peace. 

Approved, January 8, 1840. 

- 

- 
AN ACT to incorporate the Clinton Steam Mill Company. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, In j[° Q vc ^J th 
represented in the General Assembly, That Thomas Bond, 
James Wightman, James Thompson and Benjamin Bond, and 
their associates, successors and assigns, be, and they are here- Bod y corpo 
by constituted a body politic and corporate, by th,3 name and 
style of the "Clinton Steam Mill Company," for the more Name and 
convenient owning and conducting a Steam Saw and Grist style 
Mill, to be propelled by one or more steam engines, in the 
county of Clinton, and the transaction of all the usual busi- 
ness of companies engaged in the manufacture of flour, meal 
and lumber, and the transportation and vending the same; 
and the said corporation, by the said name, is declared, and 
hereby made capable in law, to sue and be sued, to plead and 
be impleaded, to have a common seal, and the same to alter p ower s 
and renew at pleasure, to make rules and by-laws, for the reg- 
ulation and management of the said corporation, consistent 
with the laws of this State; and generally to do and execute 
whatever by-law shall appertain to such bodies politic: Pro- -p roy i so 
vided. That nothing herein contained, shall be considered as 
conferring on the said corporation any banking privileges, but 
they shall be exclusively confined to the operations necessary 
for carrying on the business consequent upon the running and 
conducting of steam mills. 

Sec. 2. The said corporation shall have the right to hold, la ^ mo " nt b £ f 
possess and enjoy, any quantity of land, not exceeding six hun- held 



42 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



dred and forty acres, and the whole amount of capital stock 
Capital stock, shall not exceed in value thirty thousand dollars, and shall be 
how employed divided into one hundred shares of three hundred dollars each; 
which capital shill be employed in purchasing and holding the 
lands aforesaid, and in procuring, constructing, employing and 
using buildings, machinery, teams, tools and utensils, and all 
things necessary and proper for the manufacturing of meal, 
flour, and lumber, and transportation and sale of the same; and 
the purchase of corn, wheat, timber and other materials for the 
successful prosecution of the object of the company; every mem- 
ber of the company shall have a certificate, under the seal of the 
corporation, and made and altered in such manner and form as 
the by-laws shall prescribe, certifying his property in the share 
or shares owned by him, and the stock of said company shall 
in the nature of personal property, be assignable and trans- 
ferable, according to such rules as the board oi directors shall 
establish, and no stockholder indebted to the company, shall 
to be transfer- be permitted to make a transfer or receive a dividend, until 
red till debts suc h debt is discharged, or security given for the same to the 
satisfaction of the directors. 

Sec. 3. For the managing of the affairs of the said corpo- 
ration, there shall be chosen from among the stockholders, 
four directors, who shall hold. their office for one year, or un- 
til superseded by others, ten days previous notice shall 
be given, by putting up written notices in five of the most 
public places in the county of Clinton, (or by publishing in a 
public newspaper whenever there shall be one published in 
the county of Clinton,) of the first election for directors under 
this act, and there shall be annually thereafter, a like election 
for directors, in the town of Carlyle. In all such elections for 
directors, each proprietor of a share in the capital stock shall 
be entitled to one vote for each and every share held and own- 
ed by him, which vote shall be given, either by himself in 
person, or by his proxy duly authorized under seal, and a ma- 
jority of the shares shall be necessary to a choice of directors, 
or the transaction of any business which may concern the 
company and come before the stock holders. 

Sec. 4. A majority of the directors shall form a quorum to 
transact business, and they shall meet within thirty days from the 
time they shall have been chosen at Carlyle, and chose by 
ballot one of their number for President, who shall serve tot 
one year, or until superseded by a new election; and there 
Annual elec- shall be annually thereafter/a like election in the town of Car- 
tlon lyle, by the said directors for the time being of a President 

for the said corporation. 
Secretary and The said directors shall also have power to choose and ap- 
Treasurer, & point a secretary and treasurer, and such other officers and 
agents to conduct and prosecute the business of the said cor- 
poration as they shall deem necessary and proper, and pre- 
scribe their duties from time to time in such way as said direc- 
tors may think best. 



Stock trans 
ferable 



Stock not 



are paid 



Directors, 
how chosen 



Notice of 
election 



How 
share 
vote 



each 
may 



Quorum to 
do business 



President 



other officers 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 43 

The said directors shall cause to be kept, duly recorded in 
books to be provided and kept for the purpose, minutes of all Minutes of 
their proceedings, and regular accounts of all their transac-^ ^^^ 
tions; as also minutes of the proceedings of the stockholders 
at each of their meetings, which book may at any time be 
inspected by any of the stockholders. The said directors shall 
have power for good cause, to be spread at large, together 
with the proof in support thereof upon the minutes aforesaid, officers may 
to remove the President from office; they shall have power also be removed 
to supply any vacancy which may occur in the office of Presi- 
ident, or in their own body, and the president or directors 
thus chosen, shall hold his office until the next succeeding 
regular annual election for such office. 

Sec 5. The directors may from time to time, at any meet- Payment of 
ing, assess and require payment of such sum of money not instalments 
exceeding twenty per cent, upon each share of the capital 
stock, as shall be judged by them necessary for the purposes of 
the corporation, to be paid into the hands of the treasurer; and 
if after publication of notice in a newspaper, once a week for 
two months, or by posting up written notices for the space of 
two months by the secretary of the boaid of the time of pay- 
ment of any proportion or instalment of said capital stock, in Failure to 
five of the most public places in the county of Clinton, if there pay instal- 
be no newspaper published in said county. Any stockholder ^ e ^j> sl ' a ! 1 
failing to pay his instalment, at the time specified in such no- oug payments 
tice, the amount paid by sueh delinquent stockholder previous- 
ly, shall be forfeited to the company, and his stock may be Stock may 
sold to any person for such price, as may be agreed upon be- be sold 
tween said company and the purchaser. 

Sec. 6. Dividends of the nett profits of the said company Dividends 

shall be made at such time as shall be determined by the stock now made 

holders in general meeting, which dividend shall be paid to^ , 

it Dec In. rut ion 
the person entitled to the same, on demand made, ten days of dividends 

after making and declaring such dividend. The declaring to be pub 
and amount of said dividend shall be published once or more llshed 
in a newspaper, should there be any printed in the county of 
Clinton, and should there be no newspaper printed as afore- 
said, then for four weeks successively, by keeping up printed 
notices in five of the most public places in the county. 

Sec 7. The Treasurer of the Company within thirty days J. rea j^ e d r 3 to 
after his appointment shall enter into bonds for the faithful gl 
discharge of his duties, in such amount as shall be designated 
by the Board of Directors, and with such securities as said 
Board may approve; and all monies accruing to the company 
and falling into the hands of said Treasurer, shall be by him 
safely kept and disbursed for the uses of said company as al- 
ready provided for, and in accordance with the by-laws of 
said company, not conflicting with any of the provisions of 
this act. 

Sec. 8. The stock of said company shall be deemed per- 
sonal estate, and pass as such to the legal representatives of 



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Proviso 

Real estate 
may be sold 

Proviso 



Terra of 
charter 



each stockholder: Provided, That the real estate which may 
be held by said corporation shall be sold and conveyed when 
they may think proper so to dispose of it, according to the forms 
and in the manner prescribed by law for conveying real 
estate, the President of the company making the acknowl- 
edgment on behalf of the corporation: Provided., also, that the 
whole amount of real estate purchased by said corporation 
during its corporate existence shall not exceed six hundred 
and forty acres. 

Sec. 9. Said corporation shall continue, and by the name 
and style of the "Clinton Steam Mill Company" shall have 
succession for and during the period of twenty years and no 
longer. 

Approved, January 8, 1840. 



In force, 8th 
Jan. 1840. 



AN ACT to vacate the town plat of Shepherdstown. 



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

represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the town 

plat of Shepherdstown, as lies within the county of Vermil- 

Condition on ion, State of Illinois, shall be, and the same is hereby declared 

which plat of vaca t ec i U pon the proprietor of said town making and filing 

town is vtiCci- ? v r i o # o 

t ed with the clerk of the County Commissioners' Court, of said 

county of Vermilion, under oath, a statement in writing, set- 
ting forth that he is the sole proprietor and owner of all the 
lots embraced within the limits of said town. 
Approved, January 8, 1840. 



In force, 8th 
Jan. 1840. 



AN ACT to attach the county of Lee to the sixth Judicial District. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people nf the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the count} of Lee, 
be, and the same is hereby attached to the Sixth Judicial 
Circuit. This act to be in force from and after its passage. 

Approved, January 15, 1840. 



AN ACT to change the name of the town of Worcester, in Pike county' 
to that of Barry. 

Name of town Sec. *• ^ e & enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
changed to represented in the General Assembly, That the name of the 

town of Worcester, in Pike county, be, and the same is 

hereby changed to that of Barry. 
Approved, January 15th, 1840. 



In force, 15th 
Jan. 1840. 



Barry 



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AN ACT to vacate the plat of the town of Cottage Grove, in the county of In force, 

Cook. January 15tb, 

1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the survey and Plat vacated 
plat ot the town of Cottage Grove, in the county of Cook, 
be, and the same is, hereby vacated: Provided, the assent of Proviso 
the owners of any lots in said town, shall first be obtained, 
which assent shall be made in writing, and recorded in the 
recorder's office of Cook county. This act to take effect, 
force from and after its passage. 

Approved, January 15, 1840. 



AN ACT to legalize the assessment of taxes in the county of De Kalb, 

for the year 1839. , In for< "» 

J January 15th, 

1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the assessment ofZ^e^^b 
taxes in the county of De Kalb, shall be as valid to all intents f or 1339 le- 
and purposes, as if it had been made as required by an actgalized 
concerning the Public Revenue, approved Feb. 26, 1839. 

Approved, Jan. 15, 1840. 



AN ACT to authorrze Beniamin W. Pope and William Gasoway to build T , no , 

J a mill-dam. In force, 18th 

Jan. 1840 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Benjamin W. 
Pope and William Gasoway be, and they are hereby au- Mill dam, 
thorised to raise and continue a mill dam across Big Muddy, where built 
on section, number twenty, township number seven, range 
number two east of the third principal meridiam, in the 
county of Franklin, to the height of ten feet: Provided, The Proviso 
said Benjamin W. Pope and William Gassoway own the 
land on which the same is to be raised; and, Provided, That Further pro- 
the raising of said dam does not interfere with any mill dam viso 
formerly built across said river; however, upon the follow- 
ing conditions, to wit. That the State in no event, shall be ^ ,. . 
, o . , ' . r . -1,1, Conditions 

bound to pay any damages tor removing said dam, and other 

obstructions, shall it hereafter be necessary, for the purposes 
of improving the navigation of said river. 
Approved, January 18th, 1840. 

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46 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force. 18th AN ACT to compensate certain witnesses. 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That there be allowed 
$2 per day for to each witness, summoned by the House of Representatives 
attendance a f. tms sess i n of the General Assembly, the sum of two 
dollars for each day such witness was compelled to attend, 
$2 for 20 and two dollars for every twenty miles necessary travel, to, 
miles travel ant } f rom lne Seat of Government. And the Auditor shall 
issue warrants in favor of each individual, the number of 
days and miles being sworn to, before any qualified person, 
by the individual presenting such claim, or proved by any 
Proviso credible witness: Provided, That witnesses, summoned while 

at the Seat of Government, shall not be allowed mileage. 
This act to be in force from and after its passage. 
Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



In force 18th AN ACT to amend an act, entitled "An act to increase the corporate 
Jan. 1840. powers of the town of Chester. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the provisions of 
an act entitled, "An Act to increase the corporate powers of 
SvSfoT the town of Chester >" in force February the 12th, 1>39, 
Justices in shall not be so construed as to authorise the citizens of the 
precinct of town of Chester to vote tor Justices of the Peace and Con- 
Chester stables, in the Justice's precinct in which said town of 
Chester is situated. 

Sec. 2. The Board of Trustees of said town shall have 

Further P°w- power f- appoint a Secretary, Treasurer, Assessor, Collector, 
ers of Board £ rr # , ■> 7 7 m 

of Trustees Street Commissioner, and such other officers as the lrustees 
may deem necessary, any thing in the eighth section of the 
act to which this is an amendment, to the contrary notwith- 
standing. 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



In force 18th AN ACT to legalize the survey and relocation of part of a State road 
Jan. 1840. therein named. 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the survey and 

relocation of a part of the State road, leading from Peoria, 

t> i t . f to Burlington, as made by Benjamin Tompkins, Kenner 

KelocaUon of ^ *?■»«-. » *i ""• xir i_ j aL_ 

road legalized Brent, and Matthew J. Cox, in Warren county, be, and the 

same is hereby legalized, and the county commissioners' court 
of Warren county is hereby authorised to receive and record 
Report to be the report in the same manner as though the survey and re- 
recorded location had been made in conformity to the law authorising 
the resurvey and relocation. 
Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 47 

AN ACT to amend an act, entitled "An act to vacate the survey and plat In force, 18di 
of the town of Middleton. Jan. 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That instead of the name^ame substi- 
of John Newman, contained in said act, the name of Johntuted 
Nawman, be substituted. 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



AN ACT for the relief of Lake county. j n f orce I8th 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the tax, Tax in Lake 
levied by order of the county commissioners' court of Mc- ? 0U ™ ty H leT . 
Henry county, as has been assessed on that portion of Mc- to he collect- 
Henry county now forming Lake county, be legalized, and edD y Lake 
the county commissioners of Lake county be authorised to county 
appoint Collectors, and have the same collected for the use 
of said Lake county, under the aforesaid assessment, made 
by the commissioners of McHenry county, at their March 
term, 1839. 

Approved, Januarv 18th, 1840. 



AN ACT to legalize the assessment of taxes for the county of DuPage- In force, 18th 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the appointment A eg m 
of Assessors, and the assessment of taxes in, and for the legalized 
county of Du Page, for the year one thousand eight hundred 
and thirty-nine, shall be as good and valid to all intents and 
purposes, as if the same had been made at the periods directed 
by the act entitled, "An Act concerning the Public Reveuue," 
approved, Februry 26th, 1839, and that any person fcel-^™ed S ,re?" 
ing aggrieved by the valuation of taxable property, may medy 
apply to the county commissioners' court of the said county, 
to be holden in March next, for such relief as is authorised 
by the aforesaid act concerning the Public Revenue, and the 
said court may then grant such relief as could have been 
granted by law at the June term of such court. 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



AN ACT to authorize certain persons therein named to keep a ferry. In force, 18th 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois' 
represented in the General Aesembly, That David W. 
Matthews, Mark Aldrich, their heirs and assigns, are hereby 



48 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Ferry estab- authorised to establish and keep a ferry for the period of ten 

ears teU Y ears i across the Mississippi river from the town of Warsaw, 

Location * n Hancock county, to a point at or near the mouth of the 

Dcs Moins river, opposite said town. 
Boat to be fur Sec. 2. Said Matthews and Aldrich shall, within two 
nished and years from the passage of this act, cause said ferry to be fur- 
worked by nished with a good tight boat, worked by steam power, and 
sufficient for the safe and speedy transportation of all pas- 
sengers, their teams, horses, cattle, and other animals, as well 
as their goods and effects; and said boat shall be furnished 
with men of suitable strength and skill to manage the same. 
Sec. 3. Said Matthews and Aldrich shall receive such 
Rates of toll rates, and sums of money, for crossing at said ferry, as are 
now allowed, and taken for crossing between Warsaw and 
By whatpow- the mouth of said river Dcs Moins, and in the management 
erned S ° V ~ of the same, they shall be governed by the requisitions of the 
act, entitled "An Act to provide for the establishment of 
ferries, toll bridges, and turnpike roads," approved February 
12, 1827, 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



In force, 29th An ACT to amend "An act to incorporate the Beet Sugar, Silk and Vege- 
Jan. 1840. table Oil Manufacturing Company, "approved February 27, 1837." 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That John B. Hundley, 
Directors Benjamin F. Edwards, Justis Rider, Charles Howard and 
William H. Rider, shall be directors of the Beet Sugar, Silk 
and Vegetable Oil Manufacturing Company, until the first 
Monday in February, 1840, at which time, and annually there- 
Annual elec- after, five directors shall be chosen by the stockholders of 
tion said company; and if such election shall be made on the said 

first Monday in February, 1840, or within three months there- 
after, the charter of said company shall not be deemed to have 
been forfeited by reason of any neglect to choose directors 
heretofore. 
Commission- Sec. 2. That Jacob Fry of Greene county, Lewis Roberts 
ers to receive f Calhoun county, Ira Davenport, Alexander Brothers and 
to capital 0118 Austin Brokenbrough,of Morgan county, are hereby, appoint- 
stockof Miss, ed commissioners, a majority of whom are hereby authorized 
and HI. canal to open books for the subscription to the capital stock of the 
company Mississippi and Illinois Ganal Company; and in all other 
respects, to carry into effect the act incorporating said compa- 
Failure to ny, according to its provisions; and that a failure, on the part 
Sea f °h™iinot oi ^ ie cornm issioners originally appointed in said act, to per- 
work forfeit- form the duties required of them, shall not be considered as a 
ure forfeiture of said charter. 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



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AN ACT (o amend "An act incorporating the Calhoun Coal and Mining In force, 

Company." Jan. 31, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the stockholders of 
the Calhoun Coal and Mining Company may locate a portion Land may De 
of the land authorised in the act to which this is an amend- located in 
ment, in the county of Monroe, with the privilege of build- Monroe coun- 
ins: a rail road from their coal mines to the banks of the Mis- r y nm . rmoir 

o . _ , . i*i Ks-oiup iiy nitty 

sissippi river, the right ol way to be procured in the same build a railr'd 
manner as is now provided in the act to obtain the right of 
way, and for other purposes, approved February 28, 1S33. 

Sec. 2. The capital .stock of said company, at any regular Capital stock 
meeting of the stockholders, may be increased to one hundred ™ r ^ ge b j .*?" 
thousand dollars, which capital, when paid in, shall have pow- $ioo,000 
er to use their surplus capital in the same manner as is provid- Surplus capi- 
ed in the act granted to the Illinois Insurance Company, ap- tal m *j be 
proved March 2, 1839. " sed - 

Approved, January 31, 1840. 



AN ACT to establish a ferry across Illinois river. j n f orce 

Feb. 1 1840, 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 

represented in the General Assembly, That William L. May, , 

his heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby authorized to 

establish a ferry at the outlet of lake Peoria, and to run the 

same from both sides of said outlet on the Illinois river, either 

from any public highway or from any lands or lots which are Location of 

or may be owned by them. liy ' 

Sec. 2. The said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 
shall, at all times keep a sufficient number of boats, hands, 
oars and poles, to afford at all times a safe and speedy trans- 
portation of all travellers and other persons who may desire 
to cross said river with their horses, wagons, carriages, and 
other propei ty; and the said ferry shall at K.11 times be sub- 
ject to all the rules and regulations, which now are or may 
hereafter be provided by law, to regulate ferries in this 
, State. 

Sec 3, In consideration of the obligations hereinafter 
imposed, the said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 
shall have the right of ferrying and receiving tolls therefor, at Tolls 
the said outlet, for and during the term of fifteen years from 
the first of February, 1S40. 

Sec. 4. The said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 
shall be authorized to receive the same tolls as are now al- 
lowed by the county commissioners court of Peoria county, 
at the ferry established at the said outlet of lake Peoria. 

Sec 5. The said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 
shall at all times during the existence of the privilege hereby 
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5) LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Persons pass- granted, afford a free passage over said ferry, to all citizens 
ing free of toll Q r w h a t 1S now Tazewell county, together with their horses, 
carriages, wagons and other property, when going to or re- 
turning from the town of Peoria, for the purposes of trade 
with any of the inhabitants thereof, or for the purpose of con- 
sulting or employing any physician or lawyer of said town 
of Peoria. 

Sec. 6. If the said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 

shall at any time after the provisions of this act takes effect, 

demand or receive any toll or ferriage, from any citizen of 

Tazewell county who may desire to cross at said ferry, for 

the purposes of trading or transacting business as aforesaid, 

Penalty for anc [ w ho shall demand his exemption as aforesaid, he or they 

""ifceMof shall forfeit for every such offence to every such person, the 

Tazewell sum of five dollars, to be recovered with costs before any 

justice of the peace by action of debt. 

Sec. 7. The license and privilege hereby granted, shall 
be liable to be revoked by information in the nature of a quo 
warranto, to be filed in the circuit courts either of Tazewell 
Privileges or Peoria counties, if at any time hereafter the said William 
maybe revok- ^ May, his heirs and assigns, shall fail to keep at said ferry 
a sufficient number of boats, oars, poles, and hands, to afford 
a passage to all persons with their property, who may desire 
to cross said ferry with safety and reasonable speed, or if at 
any time he or they shall knowingly and wilfully fail or neg- 
lect to comply with any of the provisions of this act. 

Sec 8. The said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, 
shall annually on the first day of September, in each and ev- 
$50 to Peoria ery year, pay into the county treasury of the county of Pe- 
county or i a? the sum of fifty dollars for the use of said county, and 

shall at the same time in each year, pay a like sum of fifty 
$50 town of dollars into the treasury of the town of Peoria, to be expend- 
Peoria e d under the direction of the Trustees of said town in im- 

proving so much of the State road leading from Peoria to 
Springfield, as lies between the Illinois river and the top of 
the bluff; and if at any time the said May, his heirs and as- 
signs, shall fail to pay the above amounts for the space of one 
month after the same shall become due, the license hereby 
granted may be revoked as aforesaid. 

Sec. 9. If any person or persons shall, by falsely repre- 
senting themselves to be citizens of Tazewell county, and go- 
ing to Peoria for the purposes of trade or the transaction of bu- 
siness as aforesaid, procure a free passage across said river at 
the ferry aforesaid, every srch person shall forfeit and pay 
to the said William L. May, his heirs and assigns, the sum of 
five dollars for every such offence, to be recovered by action 
of debt in the name of the party aggrieved, before any jus- 
tice of the peace having jurisdiction therein. 

Sec 10. The provisions of this act shall not take effect 

Proviso. unless the said William L. May shall, on or before the first 

day of April, 1840, file in the office of the clerk of the coun- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 51 

ty commissioners' court of Peoria county, a bond with one or 
more securities, to be approved by said clerk in the penal 
sum of one thousand dollars, payable to the county aforesaid, 
conditioned to perform all the duties required by this act. 

Sec. 11. The county commissioners' courts of the coun- ... 

ties of Peoria and Tazewell, is [are] hereby inhibited from be established 
granting any license, to keep a ferry at the said outlet of lake at outlet 
Peoria, during the existence of this grant, but nothing in 
this act shall be construed to interfere or prejudice any 
rights already obtained. 

Sec 12. The trustees of the town of Peoria are hereby 
authorized to expend, under their direction, the amount re- 
quired by this act to be paid into the Treasury of said town 
by the said William L. May, upon so much of the State road Part of road 
leading from Peoria to Springfield, as lies between the river from Peoria to 
and the top of the bluff; also to cause to be expended any pnng e 
further sum or sums of money that they may think proper to 
expend from time to time, upon that part of the said road. 

Sec. 13. In addition to the amount required to be paid 
by the said *W"illiam L. May, by the provisions of the eighth 
section of this act, he shall cause to be expended upon that 
part of the Springfield and Peoria road, lying between the 
Illinois river and the top of the bluff, the sum of fifty dollars $50 to be ex- 
nnnually, for which he is to file his vouchers for the actual pendedbyW. 
expenditure, with the board of trustees of the town of Peo- ' ay 
ria, on or before the first Monday in September, in each year. 

Sec. 14. That so much of the eleventh section of the act 
entitled "An act to extend the corporate powers of the town 
of Pekin, approved February 23, 1839," as gives the county 
commissioners' court of Peoria county the right to fix and re- 
gulate the rates of ferriage over the Illinois river at said 
town, be and the same is hereby repealed. Sec. repealed 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT authorizing commissioners' courts to alter, change, andjre-locate In force, 

State roads. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- 
sioners' courts of the several counties in this State shall have 
the control of, and jurisdiction over all roads in their re- Co'nty com'rs 
spective counties, as well State roads located by State au- t0 na ^ e c ° n " 
thority, as by the county, and may alter and relocate the 
same on application. 

Sec. 2. That when any person or persons desire a change, 
or re-location of any State road now located, notice of such 
intended application shall be given, by setting up advertise- 
ments in writing, at least one in each road district, through 



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. which said road shall pass, and on the court-house door, 
twenty days previous to the sitting of the court to which ap- 
Petition for] plication shall be made; and on petition of a majority of the 
roads qualified voters of each road district, through which the road 

/ shall pass, fairly obtained, the court shall appoint viewers, to 
examine the rout, and make the location, and the proceed- 
ings thereafter shall be had as in cases of county roads: Pro- 
Froviso. vided, nothing in this act. shall be so construed as to authorize 
the re-location of any State road, unless the majority of the 
qualified voters living immediately in the vicinity of such road 
proposed to be changed, petition for such change; and depos- 
ite withthe county commissioners' clerk sufficient money to 
defray the expenses of such review: And provided further, no 
change shall be made unless the distance is shortened thereby. 
Sec. 3. That when it shall become necessary to have a 
road altered, or located at a county line, the same shall be 
agreed on and settled by viewers, from each county, to be 
Roads ending appointed by the counties immediately interested; and no 
at co'y lines State road shall be altered at a county line, or elsewhere, 
unless a majority of the viewers appointed, ag"ree on such 
change or location. All roads shall be surveyed, and a 
plat with the courses and distances reported and recorded, 
and the county commissioners' courts are empowered to es- 
tablish the main leading roads four rods wide. 

Sec 4. In all cases where objection shall be made, and a 

Remonstran- remonstrance presented to an alteration, or location of a road, 

ces the court shall consider the same, and act according to their 

best judgment for the public good: no power or authority is 

hereby granted to change or interfere, with the great wes- 

Exception tern mail rout, or the Darwin and Charleston turnpike. 

Approved, Feb. 1. 1840. 



In force, 
Feb. 1, 1840. 



Road annul'd 



Privilegeu of 
company 



An ACT to vacate a State road in Pike county, and for other purposes. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the road located by 
the provisions of the fiftieth section of "An [actj to locate and 
establish and alter, change, and re-locate state roads," ap- 
proved March 2, 1839, be and the same is hereby disconti- 
nued and annulled. 

Sec 2. That upon the acceptance and adoption of the 
act entitled "An act to establish insurance offices in Morgan, 
Pike and Scott counties," passed during the present session 
of the General Assembly, by the corporations or either of 
them named in said act, it shall be lawful for the president 
and directors of either of said corporations to adopt as part 
of the charter, any one or more sections of the act incorpo- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 53 

rating the other company; so that each company shall have 
all the rights, privileges, powers and immunities granted to, 
or conferred upon either: Provided, That the capital stock Proviso. 
shall not be increased beyond the amount now provided for 
by law: And provided further, That the place of doing busi- Further pro- 
ness shall not be changed, the directors of said companv vlso# 
respectively, are authorized to fix the time of the annual meet- 
ings and elections; but in case of failure to make an election 
at any time provided for, said corporations shall not thereby 
be dissolved, but the directors last elected shall continue in of- 
fice until successors are elected, and enter upon their duties; 
and each of said corporations shall continue to exist, and ex- 
ercise, have, and enjoy, all the rights and privileges conferred 
upon and granted to them by the above recited act, during 
the period limited in the original acts of incorporations. 
Approved, February 1, 1^40. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Hamilton Primary School. In force, 

Feb. 1, 1840. 

Whereas, Silas Hamilton did, by his will and bequest, bearing p rea mb]e 
date the 20th day of October, 1834, give and bequeath 
four thousand dollars in the words following, viz: Believing 
in the very great importance of primary schools, and de- 
siring that my friends and relations in this neighborhood 
should receive the benefit of them, I give and bequeath 
four thousand dollars for the establishment of a primary 
school, viz: Two thousand dollars to be appropriated to Part of will 
the erection of a building suitable for a school, and for a 
place of public worship, and two thousand dollars to consti- 
tute a fund for the support of a teacher; said house is to 
be located not exceeding one mile south of this, my resi- 
dence, nor one mile west, nor one mile nor one half mile 
north, nor one fourth mile east of it, but at or near the 
point called the four corners, and I desire my executors to 
oversee the erection of said building. 

And whereas the executor of said Hamilton has procured a Preamble 
lot of land at the place called the four corners, mentioned 
in said will, it being in the centre of section number four- 
teen in township number seven, north of range number 
twelve west, in the county of Jersey, and have erected a 
stone building thereon for the use and purpose mentioned 
in said will, and for the purpose of enabling the neighbor- 
hood aforesaid to use and forever enjoy the benefits of 
the said bequest — Therefore, 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That J. M. Hurd, Tarlton # 0( \ y politic 
F. Brock, Henry Noble, James C. Perry, and George D. and corporate 
Sidway, and their successors, be, and they are hereby created 



54 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the 
Name and "Hamilton Primary School," and by that name to have per- 
s,y petual succession, with power to sue and be sued, plead and 

be impleaded, to acquire, hold, and convey property, real, 
personal, and mixed, together with all donations and bequests 
made by Silas Hamilton for school purposes, to have and use 
Powers. a common seal, to alter the same at pleasure, to make and 

alter from time to time, such by-laws as they may deem ne- 
cessary for the government of said school, its officers and ser- 
vants: Provided, such by-laws be not inconsistent with the 
constitution and laws of the United States and of this State. 
Sec. 2. The said primary school, incorporated by this act, 
Location of shall remain located in Jersey county, where it now is; the 
school. powers and privileges hereby conferred shall be exercised and 

employed for the sole purpose of establishing a primary 
Gifts& grants school and promoting the cause of education. And all gifts 
and donations which may have been, or that may hereafter 
be made for the purposes of education or establishing a semi- 
nary of learning, shall be received and held by the said 
Hamilton primary school, for the purpose of establishing a 
seminary of learning, and the proceeds thereof shall be ap- 
propriated in such a manner as shall best promote the objects 
of the donor, and advance the prosperity of said school. 
That all donations that have or may be given for a particular 
purpose, expressed in this grant, and accepted by said school, 
shall be applied in conformity with the design of the donors; 
and if it is not inconsistent with the objects of any such do- 
nation, shall be loaned out by the trustees of said school, at 
such rate of interest as is now allowed to be taken by indi- 
viduals; and the trustees of said school are hereby authorized 
to obtain and receive from the executors or executor of the 
said Silas Hamilton, or their legal representatives, all notes, 
bonds, mortgages, and other securities by them taken as se- 
curity for the said donations; and the said trustees shall have 
full power and authority to collect the same, with the inter- 
est due thereon, in the same way the executors might or could 
have done. 

Sec 3. The officers of said school shall be governed by 

five trustees; and the persons named in the first section of 

this act shall be the first trustees, and continue in office until 

Election tne fi pst Monday in June next, and until their successors are 

elected and qualified. And on the first Monday of June next 

there shall be elected five trustees, who shall hold their office 

until succeeded, as hereinafter directed, at the first regular 

meeting of the trustees elected in pursuance of this act. or 

Trustees divi- as soon thereafter as practicable. The trustees shall divide 

ded into five themselves into five classes, and prepare five tickets, and cast 

Sl- S ! e fi« lots, and the trustee drawing the first class, shall hold his of- 

rirst class - ' ' ° ' . . 

nee for the term of five years, and until his successor is 

Second class elected; and the trustee drawing the second class shall hold 

his office for the term of four years, and until his successor is 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 55 

elected; and the trustee drawing the third class shall hold his Third 
office for the term of three years, and until his successor is 
elected; and the trustee drawing the fourth class shall hold Fourth 
his office for the term of two years, and until his successor is 
elected; and the trustee drawing the fifth class shall hold his Fifth 
office for the term of one year, and until his successor is 
elected; so that on the first Monday in June thereafter, in 
each and every year, there shall be elected one trustee, who 
shall hold his office for the term of five years, and until his 
successor is elected and qualified. The trustees shall elect 
one of their own number President, and shall be judges of the President 
qualifications of its members. 

Sec. 4. That at any election held for the election of trus- 
tees, all persons residing within four miles square to be laid 
off north and south, and east and west, calling the school- 
house aforesaid the centre of said four miles square, and who 
are qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly, 
shall be entitled to vote for trustees; and a majority of trus- 
tees shall form a quorum for the transaction of business; and Quorum. 
any three of them may act as judges and clerks of the elec- 
tion of trustees, and may make such regulations in regard to 
conducting the election of trustees, as they may see proper 
from time to time. 

Sec 5. The trustees of said incorporation shall have au- 
thority from time to time to prescribe and regulate the studies Studies to be 
to be pursued in said school, to fix the rates of tuition, and P urs u e d 
any other academical expenses, to appoint instructors and such 
other officers and agents as may be necessary in manag- 
ing the affairs of said school, to define their duties, to fix 
their compensation, and to displace and remove them at Officers may 
pleasure, to erect any necessary buildings, to purchase books, be removed 
apparatus, and other suitable means of instruction, and gen- 
erally to do such acts, from time to time, as they may deem 
necessary to promote the objects of this act. 

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of said trustees to appoint a 
treasurer who shall also act as clerk of said incorporation, and 
require the treasurer to give bond, with good and sufficient Treasurer to 
security, in such penal sum as they may deem proper, condi- glve ° 
tioned that he shall faithfully perform the duties of his office, 
and comply with such duties as the by-laws of said corpora- 
tion shall require of him, from time to time. 

Sec 7. The said school shall be open to all classes of School open 
people and denominations of christians, and the profession of t0 allclasses 
any particular religious faith shall not be necessary of those 
who become students. All persons, however, may be sus- 
pended or expelled from said school by the trustees thereof, 
whose habits arc idle or vicious. 

Sec 8. The real estate owned by said corporation, at any Real estate 
one time, shall not exceed three hundred acres, nor shall this ownetl 
act be so construed so as to prevent said school from receiv- 
ing its just proportion from the township and State fund, as 



56 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Executors of 
Ifamilton 



other schools do: and said trustees shall perform the same 
duties in regard to said school, for the purpose of obtaining 
their proportion of said school fund, as is or may be requir- 
ed of trustees of schools in other townships. 

Sec. 9. Three trustees of said school shall have full pow- 
er and authority to call on the executors, or executor of said 
Silas Hamilton, or their legal representatives, for a settlement 
of their acts in regard to said donation, and it shall be the 
duty of the trustees of said school to see that the donation 
of the said Silas Hamilton is faithfully applied to the objects 
of the donor. 

Sec. 10. This act shall take effect from and after its pas- 
sage, any law to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to authorize Sherland Rose and Andrew C. Swan to build a toll 
Feb. 1, 1840 . bridge across Fever river, at Galena, in the county of Jo Daviess. 



Persons au- 
thorized to 
build toll 
bridge 



Proviso 



Commence- 
ment & com' 
pletion of 
bridare 



Toll gates 
Rates of toll 



May hold real 
estate 



Sec 1. Beit enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Sherland Rose and 
Andrew C. Swan, and their associates, and successors, are 
hereby authorized to build a loll bridge across Fever river, at 
such point as they may determine, not exceeding in distance 
three hundred and fifty rods from the ferry now kept for 
crossing said river at Galena: Provided, That the erection of 
said bridge shall not conflict with any rights heretofore grant- 
ed to any person or persons: And provided further, That the 
said bridge shall be so constructed as not to obstruct the 
navigation of said river. 

Sec. 2. Said Ros? and Swan, and their associates, or suc- 
cessors, shall commence the erection of said bridge, within 
two years from the passage of this act, and complete the same 
within three years. 

Sec 3. When the said bridge shall be completed, the pro- 
prietors thereof shall have the right to erect thereon the 
usual gates or barriers, and demand and receive from all per- 
sons crossing the same the following rates of toll, viz: For 
each footman 6i cent, c ; for a man and horse 12| cents; foreach 
wagon or other vehicle drawn by two horses, or one yoke of 
oxen 37~2- cents; for each additional pair of horses, or yoke of 
oxen 25 cents; for each vehicle drawn by one horse Ibf cents; 
for each loose or lead horse, mule, ass, or Jennie, 6icents for 
each; for each head of cattle 2 cents; for each head of hogs, 
goats or sheep 1 cent. 

Sec 4. The said Rose and Swan, their associates, and 
assigns, are hereby authorized to purchase and hold such real 
estate not exceeding fifty acres, as may be necessary for the 
objects herein contemplated, and they shall have power to 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 57 

employ such clerks, toll gatherers and helps, as they may Officers 
deem necessary, and require, and take bonds for the faithful 
performance of the duties assigned them. 

Sec. 5. The proprietors of said bridge shall at all times af- 
ter the same is erected, afford a safe and speedy passage to Duties 
all persons and their property, on payment of, or tender of 
the tolls, as herein provided; and if the said bridge at any 
one time be out of repair, for ten days together, the proprie- 
tors shall forfeit and pay a line often dollars, and a like sum Forfeitures 
for every five days thereafter, that the said bridge shall re- 
main out of repair, to be recovered by action of debt, before 
any justice of the peace, of Jo Daviess count) , one half to be 
paid to the person suing for the same, and the other half to 
be paid into the county treasury: Provided, that if reasonable Proviso, 
exertions are made to repair the same, no liability shall be 
incurred by reason of said bridge being out of repair. 

Sec 6. The county commissioners' court of Jo Daviess 
county may, at any time after the expiration of three years, 
irom the completion of said bridge, purchase the same by County court 
p?.ying the original cost thereof, and ten per cent, thereon; ma J purchase 
and to enable the county commissioners' court to ascertain § 
the cost of said bridge,itis hereby made the duty of the said pro- Cost of bridge 
prietors to keep an accurate account of the cost of con- 
structing said bridge, and make affidavit thereto, and file the 
same with the clerk of the county commissioners' court. 

Sec. 7. This act to be and remain in force for and during 
the term of twenty years from and after its nasrage, and be Term of act 
subject to be taxed by the county commissioners' court, as in Bridge may 
other cases of toll bridges and ferries, as now is or hereafter be taxed 
may be provided by law. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Kaskaskia Beet Sugar Manufacturing Com- j n f orce 

pany and Randolph Silk Manufacturing Company. Feb. 1 1840, 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That John D. Owings, . 
David Hailman, James M. Wheeler, S. H. Cander, Miles A. Body corpo- 
Gilbert and William Brewster, and their associates, successors rate 
and assigns, be, and they are hereby declared to be a body 
corporate and politic for the term of twenty years, from and 
after the passage of this act, by the name and style, of the 
"Kaskaskia Beet Sugar Manufacturing Company," and by that Name and 
name and title shall be capable of suing and being sued, of style 
pleading and being impleaded, of contracting and being con- 
tracted with, of defending and being defended in all courts and Powers 
places whatsoever, and may have and use a common ?eal, the 
same to alter and renew at pleasure. 



58 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Sec. 2. The capital stock of said company shall be one hun- 
Capital stock dred thousand dollars, with the power of increasing the same 
from time to time, as a majority of the stockholders may deem 
proper, to any amount, not exceeding in the whole the |sum 
of three hundred thousand dollars, divided into shares of twen- 
ty dollars each, and each share shall be entitled to one vote. 

Sec 3. The said company shall have power to enter into 
and carry on the cultivation of beet and other saccharine vege- 
tables, and manufacture sugar therefrom, and export their pro- 
ducts and manufactures to erect mills, works, machinery, and 
such other buildings as may be necessary for the manufacture 
of sugar; to purchase, hold and convey any property, real, per- 
sonal, or mixed, in the county of Randolph, which may be ne- 
cessary to enable the said company, properly to carry out the 
Proviso expressed objects for which they were incorporated: Provid- 

ed, That the quantity of real estate to be held by said com- 
» pany shall not exceed six hundred and forty acres. 

Sec. 4. The business and affairs of said company or the 
Management corporation hereby created, shall be managed and governed by 
of company not less than three, nor more than five directors, as the stock- 
holders, at their annual meetings, shall from time to lime de- 
Directors to c l ar e. One of the directors shall be elected president of the 
be chosen board, who shall also be elected president of the company. 

Sec. 5. The president and directors of said company Or a 
Treasurer majority of them, 'may elect a treasurer, secretary and such 
other officers as they may deem necessary to carry into effect, 
the objects and intent of this act; may make, execute 
and adopt such by-laws, rules, regulations and ordinances as 
Proviso. they may think proper: Provided, said by-laws are not incon- 
sistent with the laws of this State or of the United States. 
Stock deem'd Sec 6. The shares in said company shall be deemed per- 
personal sonal property, and shall be transferrable in such manner as 
shall be prescribed by the by-laws of said company; any two 
of the individuals named in the first section of this act, 
are hereby authorized to open books for the subscription 
Subscription of said stock in the town of Kaskaskia at such place as may 
to stock k e appointed, by giving not less than five days notice of the 
time and place of such meeting in some newspaper in the coun- 
ty of Randolph, or by said notice being stuck up on the court 
house door of said county. 

Sec 7. This act shall be deemed a public act in all 
courts and places whatsoever, and shall be in force from and 
after its passage. 
Randolph silk Sec 8. That Miles A. Gilbert, James M. Wheeler, John 
company p Qwings, William Brewster, and such other persons as shall 
become stockholders pursuant to this section, shall be and they 
are hereby declared to be r„ body corporate and politic, by the 
| name and style of the "Randolph Silk Manufacturing Com- 

pany," and by that name, they and their successors shall have 
succession for the term of twenty years, with the power to 
Powers. sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, defend a:: J be de- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 59 

fended, in all courts and places whatsoever; to make, have and 
use a common seal, the same to alter and renew at pleasure, to 
contract and be contracted with in all matters and things re- 
lating to their corporate powers or duties as fully and effectu- 
ally as a natural person: to purchase, hold and convey real 
estate, personal or mixed, to cultivate the different varie- 
ties of the mulberry, to manufacture silk therefrom; also, to 
manufacture all kinds of cloths, whether made of silk, flax, or 
wool, and to export the same; to erect cocoonries, machinery, 
mills, and such other buildings as may be necessary to carry 
into effect the objects and meaning of this act. 

Sec. 9. This company or corporation shall have the same 
amount of capital, perform all the duties, and be governed by Capital stock 
all the restrictions and limitations contained in the second, 
third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh sections of this act, so far 
as they can be made applicable to the "Randolph Silk Manu- Section made 
facturing Company." The corporate existence of the said appica 
"Randolph Silk Manufacturing Company" shall cease at the 
expiration of twenty years from the passage of this act. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT to relocate part of a State^road therein named. In force. 

Feb. 1 . 1840. 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Hugh Ferguson, 
George A. Charles, and John Coleman, be, and they are 
hereby appointed commissioners to review, mark, and re- Commission- 
locate that part of the State road leading from Knoxville in ersl ° relocate 

o roifi 

Knox county, via Charleston, to Peoria, in Peoria coun- 
ty, commencing at the east end of Main street, in the town 
of Knoxville, running thence due east to the township line 
between ranges two and three, east, thence north on said R oute 
line to the centre of section thirty, in township eleven, north 
of range three east, and from thence due east till it shall in- 
tersect the original survey of said road. 

Sec. 2. Said commissioners shall meet in Knoxville, on -p iine & ]ace 
or before the first day of June next, or within six months of meeting 
thereafter, and after being duly sworn before some justice of 
the peace, impartially to view and relocate the same, shall, 
within fifteen days after the relocation of said road, cause a 
true survey and map of the same to be lodged with the clerk Survey &map 
of the county commissioners' court of Knox county; said of road 
road, when relocated, shall be deemed a public high-way, 
and opened and kept in repair as other State roads are. 

Sec 3. The county commissioners' court shall allow the 
said commissioners a reasonable compensation for their ser- Compensate 
vices. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



60 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT to legalize the acts of certain officers of Henry county, and for 
Feb 1, 1840. other purposes. 

Preamble Whereas it appears by a memorial of the county commission- 
ers' court of Henry county, that during the month of May, 
1839, the public buildings erected at the town of Richmond, 
the county seat of said county, were entirely destroyed by 
fire, and there is now only a temporary building, entirely 
insufficient for the accommodation of the circuit and county 
commissioners' courts: And whereas, a convention of the 
citizens of said county was held at Geneseo, in said county, 
on the ninth day of July, 1S39, it was voted, that it is expe- 
dient to have the county seat removed from its present lo- 
cation, and also that the county commissioners' be author- 
ized to remove their place of holding courts, to some place 
within the county, where they could be comfortably ac- 
commodated, until suitable buildings could be erected at 
the county seat: And whereas, according to the expressed 
wish of the people of the county, and lor the reasons fore- 
going, the county commissioners' courts have, since the last 
mentioned period, been held at the village of Geneseo, the 
nearest settlement to the county seat — Therefore, 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Acts of coun- represented in the General Assembly, That the official acts of 
ty commis- ^e county commissioners' court of Henry county be and the 
ized' same are hereby legalized, and shall, to all intents and pur- 

poses, be considered as valid as if transacted at the county 
seat of said county. 

Sec. 2. The county commissioners' court, and likewise 
the circuit court of said county, are authorized and required 
to hold their respective terms of courts at the said village of 
Courts to be Geneseo, until suitable buildings for the transaction of busi- 
held atGene- ness s \ V(i \\ be erected at the county seat now established, or 
hereafter to be established, by law, in said county; and all 
their official acts and business transacted at the said village of 
Geneseo, shall be as valid as if transacted at Richmond, the 
present county seat of said county. 

Sec. 3. All the official acts of the public officers of said 
All acts of co. county, which by law were required to be transacted at the 
officers legal- county sea t thereof, and which have been transacted at Ihe 
said village of Geneseo, or at any other place in said county, 
which have been transacted according to law, excepting that 
they have not been transacted at the place required by law, 
are hereby rendered equally as valid as if transacted at the 
county seat of said county. The several public officers of 
said county are hereby authorized and permitted to reside at 
their respective places of residence, for the term of one year 
from the first day of January, 1840, and until suitable buil- 
dings for the transaction of the official business shall be pro- 
vided at the county seat now established or hereafter to be 
established by law, in said county. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS, 61 

Sec. 4. That Alexander Turn bull, of Warren county, Milsey 
[Miles] W. Conway, of Rock Island county, and Harmon 
Brown of Knox County, be, and they are hereby appointed Commission- 
commissioners to re-locate and re-establish the seat of justice ers to relocate 
of Henry county, and give it a name; said commissioners, count y seat 
or a majority of them, shall meetat the town of Geneseo,insaid Time & place 
county; who after being first duly sworn before some justice of oi meetin S 
the peace of said county, faithfully to locate the seat of jus- 
tice thereof, without partiality, favor, or affection, taking into 
consideration the present, and prospect of future population, 
shall proceed accordingly to fix upon a place for the perma- 
nent seat of justice of said county. 

Sec. 5. When said commissioners, or a majority of them, 
shali have agreed upon a place for the scat aforesaid, thcv 
shall make a report in writing, under their, hands and seals, Kep, in .-wrifg 
describing- the quarter, or fractional quarter section, town- t0 be ma , to 

^ . ■* ' county com rs 

ship, and range, upon which they have located the same, to- court 
gether with the name they may have given it, to the county 
commissioners' court of said county of Henry ,who shall at the 
next term of said court thereafter, cause the said report to be 
entered on the records of said court; and the place so select- 
ed by said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall re- 
main the permanent scat of justice of Henry county, and shall 
be known and called by such name as may be given to it by 
said commissioners. 

Sec 6. The county commissioners' court of said county 
shall allow said commissioners such reasonable compensation Compensate 

per day for their services as thev may deem iust, out of the of . com ' rs lo - 
1 e .j . J eating; co.seat 

county treasury or said county. & 

Sec. 7. Should said commisioners locate said seat of jus- 
tice on land belonging to an individual or individuals, they 
shall ask and obtain a donation of any number of acres not Donations for 
less than forty, and also select and describe said donation in county seat 
their repor,t with reasonable certainty, by metes and bounds: 
Provided, That should the proprietor or proprietors neglect Proviso 
or refuse to make the donation herein provided for, the said 
commissioners shall then be required to locate said seat of 
justice on the nearest eligible situation on public land; and 
it shall be the duty of said commissioners, previous to locating 
laid sea f . of justice on the land belonging to any individual Land to be 
or individuals, to take a deed in fee simple to said county of deeded . to co- 
Henry, for such land as may be donated as aforesaid: And s i mp ] e 
"provided fur thev, That if the said commissioners shall locate said Further pro- 
seat ol justice on the public land, the county commissioners' viso 
court shall be, and they are hereby authorized and required 
to purchase any quantity of land not exceeding one hundred 
and sixty acres including said town site, in the name and for 
the use of said county of Henry; which land, or such part 
thereol as the county commissioners' court may order and 
direct, shall be laid off into town lots, in such manner, and 
sold for the use and benefit of said county, at such time 



62 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

and place as the county commissioners' court thereof may or- 
Proviso. der aQ d direct: Provided, however-. That so much of the pro- 

ceeds of the sale of said lots as may be required to erect pub- 
lic buildings for the use of said county, shall be applied exclu- 
Further pro- sively for that purpose: Provided, further, That nothing in 
viso. this act shaU be so construed as to authorize the commission- 

ers appointed under this act to locate the county seat of 
said county of Henry, on the lands of any individual or indi- 
viduals, unless it be ascertained first, by said commissioners, 
that no suitable location can be made on public land. 

Sec 8. That if the commissioners appointed under this 

act shall deem it to the interest of said county to locate the 

seat of justice of said county, within the limits of any town 

County seat plat owned by any individual or individuals, they shall be au- 

may be locat- thorized to receive donations of lots in such town, or other 

ed on town rea j es t a t e donated: Provided, That the value of such town lots 

or other real estate donated, according to the provisions of 

the foregoing section, shall not be of less value than two 

thousand dollars. 

Sec. 9. The commissioners appointed under a this act shall 
meet at the place designated in the fourth section of this act, 
Hii^ioners " on the first day of June next, or within six months thereafter, 
meeting and proceed to the discharge of their duties. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force AI ^ ACT to locate the county seat of Stark, and to extend the limits of 
Feb. 1,1840. said county. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the Stite of Illinois, 

represented in the General Assembly, That Cyrus Walker, of 

McDonough county, D. G. Salsbury of Bureau county, and 

William Fenn, of Marshall county, are hereby appointed 

Com'rs to lo- commissioners to locate the seat of justice in and for the 

cate co. seat county of Stark. Said commissioners, or a majority of them, 

of Stark shrtll meet at the house of Wm. H. Henderson, in said county, 

Time & _ place on ^ g rst Monday ill April next, or as soon thereafter as 
of meeting , , J . , r r , , . . . . 

may be convenient. And after being duly sworn by some 

justice of the peace of said county, faithfully to perform the 
duties required cf them by this act, shall proceed to locate 
the county seat of said county, having due regard to the pre- 
sent and future population of said county, the eligibility of 
the site, and the general good of the whole people of said 
county, as near the geographical centre of said county as 
may be agreeable to the provisions of this act. 

Sec 2. Said commissioners shall, by donation or pur- 
chase, procure a clear and indefeasible title, with general 
„,. warranty deed, to at least forty acres of land, upon which 

to lands the pub]ic buildings shall be erected, and said county seat lo- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 63 

cated. Said deed shall be made to and in the name of the 
county commissioners of Stark county, and their successors 
in office, for the use and benefit of said county of Stark. \ 

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the county commissioners 
aforesaid, immediately after said county seat shall be located, 
to cause to be surveyed into lots, upon such plan as may be 
agreed on by them, the lands upon which the location has] a ' id off j nto 
been made; to proceed to advertise and sell the same, at such lots and sold 
time and on such terms as they may deem most advisable for 
the good of the county; and the proceeds of said sale, or so 
much thereof as may jbe sufficient, shall be faithfully applied 
to the erection of a court-house and jail for said county of Public build- 
Stark. in S s 

Sec 4. The county commissioners' court of the county of 
Stark shall appropriate, out of the county treasury, the sum 
of three dollars per day to each of the commissioners for thep ay f com . 
number of days they may be employed in locating the coun-missioners 
ty seat and travelling to and from the county aforesaid. 

Sec 5. That all that part of Henry county within the p art of Hen _ 
following boundary, shall be attached to and form a part ofry attached to 
the county of Stark, to wit: Beginning at the South east cor- S^k, condi- 
ner of the corner of Henry, running north with the line di- tl0na 3 
viding ranges five and six, to the northeast corner of section 
twenty-four, in township fifteen north, of range five east, of 
the fourth principal meridian, thence west with|the sectional 
lines to the northwest corner of section twenty-two, in range 
four, east; thence along the section twenty -two in range four 
east, thence south along the sectional line, dividing town- 
ships thirteen and fourteen north, thence east with said line to 
the beginning, it being nine miles t?quare, out of the south 
east corner of said county: Provided, That an election shall p rov i so 
be held in said county of Henry, at the usual places of hol- 
ding elections, on the first Monday of March next, to vote for Time f dec- 
or against a division of said county; and if it shall appear that tion for divi- 
a majority of the legal voters of said county of Henry, are in sion 
favor of the territory above described, being attached to, and 
hereafter forming a part of, the county of Stark, it shall be 
considered a part of said county of Stark; but if a majority of 
the legal voters of said county of Henry are opposed to 
the division of said county, then the territory described 
in the foregoing part of this section shall remain and conti- 
nue a part of Henry county. The election shall be conduct- 
ed, notice given, and returns made, in the same manner as 
now required by law for all special or general elections. 

And it is further provided, That should the vote of Henry p rov iso 
county be against attaching the nine miles square to the 
county of Stark, then the county seat of Stark shall not be Where co "n- 
located, and this act shall be considered void and of no effect. Sot^loc^ted 
Approved, February 1, 1840. 



64 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT to establish a State road from Petersburgh in Menard county, to 
Feb. 1,1840. Waverly in Morgan county. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That John B. Broadwell, 
Franklin Minor and Achilles Morris, be, and they are here- 
Com'rs to lo-by appointed Commissioners, to view, make and locate a 
cats road State road from Petersburgh, in Menard county by way of 
i -ation of J° nn B. Broad well, Berlin, New Berlin, and the rail road de- 
road pot in Sangamon county, to Waverly, in Morgan county. 

Sec. 2. That said Commissioners or a majority of them 

„. . , shall meet at Petersburgh on the first Monday of March next, 
Time & place . . , . . & , . „ j . ■ , , . . ' 

of meetin- or an y ^ ime within sixty days thereafter, and alter being duly 

sworn, shall proceed to locate said road, avoiding as much as 
possible all injury to private property. 
Separate re- Sec. 3. That said Commissioners shall make out a separate 
port report of so much of the location of said road as lies in each 

of said counties, and file the same with the Clerk of the coun- 
ty Commissioners' Court of the proper county. 

Sec 4. That said Commissioners shall have such compen- 
sation out of the Treasuries of said counties as shall be just 
Pay of com'rs and reasonable, each county to pay in proportion to the dis- 
tance the road may run in said county. 

Sec 5. That John L. Ewing, of Schuyler county, is here- 
by appointed in lieu of Edward Doyle, one of the Commis- 
Com'rs to lo-sioners, for the purposes mentioned in an act entitled "An act 
cate road in i Q locate a State road from Mount Sterling in Brown county 
uy er co tQ J Yj ount c arme j i n McUonough county;" approved February 
22, 1839. 
Time extend- Sec 6. The time mentioned in the second section of said 
ccl act for the Commissioners to meet and perform the duties re- 

quired of them in said act shall be extended to one year, from 
and after the passage of this act. 
Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force -^-N ACT to amend "An act concerning Justices of the Feace and Consta- 
Feb . 1 1840 . blee," approved February 3, 1827. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the 
Sec. 28 of act twenty-eighth section of an act, entitled "An act concerning 
repealed Justices of the Peace and Constables," approved February 3, 
1827, as requires Clerks of the Circuit Courts to affix a certifi- 
cate of magistry to an execution issued to another county is 
hereby repealed; and hereafter such certificate shall be affixed 
by Clerks of the County Commissioners' Courts, respectively. 
Approved, February 1, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 65 

AN ACT to amend an act regulating the publication and distribution of In force, 29th 
the laws and journals of the General Assembly . Jan. 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Recorders & 
represented in the General Assembly, That recorders and school Sc , ll0 ,°l cora - 
commissioners of the counties shall be entitled to one copy ent j t ] e( i t0 
of the laws of this State, in all future distributions of the same, laws 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



AN ACT in relation to the court house in the county of La Salle. J n force 29th 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county com- Care of co - 
missioners of the county of La Salle, shall have the care °f gaHeover * 
the court room in said county, any law to the contrary not- court room 
withstanding: Provided, said commissioners shall have said Proviso 
room kept in order for holding courts, at any time that it may 
be wanted for holding courts, or other public purposes. 

Approved, January 29, 1S40. 



AN ACT for the benefit of Stark county. j n ( orce o,g t h 

Jan. 1840. 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the county of Stark Sta f*- co - entl " 
- \ i • i i . .i f ' Ti r ,i i tied to portion 

js hereby entitled to the one-fourth part ol the money here- of internal 

after to be drawn by the county of Putnam, from the Internal Improvement 

Improvement fund; the other three-fourths to be adjusted be-" 10 "^ Jrawn 

r ,i • • , c A i j.- rby Putnam 

tween the county commissioners courts or the counties ot coun ty 

Putnam and Stark, according to an arrangement entei'ed into 

by said courts: Provided, said money shall be applied to the Proviso 

purposes for which it was originally appropriated. 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



AN ACT to change the name of the town of "Victoria" in the county of i n force 

White, to that of Philipstown. J an , 29, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the name of the cn a a m ° °d fr^ 
town of "Victoria," in the county of White and State of Illi- victoria to 
nois, be, and the same is hereby, changed to that of Philips- Philipstown 
town, and by that name it shall hereafter be known and dis- 
tinguished in law. 

Sec. 2. This act shall, in no wise, affect the title to the real Alteration 
estate lying and being within the plat of said town. This act 5^53* af " 
to take effect and be in force fiom and after its passage. real Estate in 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 
5 



66 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, 29th AN ACT for the appointment of an additional notary public in the town of 
Jan. 1840. Grafton, in Jersey county, and Pittsfield in Pike county, and Charleston 
in Coles county. 

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

Additional represented in the General Assembly, That the Governor shall 
Notary Pub- appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, 
licin Grafton, one additional notary public, in the town of Grafton in the 
ChaSon. nd count y cf Jersey, and Pittsfield in Pike county, and Charles- 
ton in Coles county. This act to be in force from and after 
its passage. 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



In force, 29th _^N ACT to relocate parts of State roadsin Fayette county. 

Jan. 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Blinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Dudley Mabry 
Comr's to re- an d William Paydon, of Fayette county, are appointed corn- 
locate road m j ps } one rg to review and relocate so much of the State road, 
Direction of authorized by an act of the Legislature of 1838 and 1839, 
road leading from Joseph Huey's in Clinton county, to the North- 

east corner of Fayette county, as lies between the said Dud- 
ley Mabry's along on said road to near the hazle mound; thence, 
on the nearest and best ground, to the house of Isaac Work- 
man; and thence, on the most eligible site to intersect the 
aforesaid State road in the post oak plats, south of Stuart's 
mills, in Big Creek, in the said county of Fayette. 
Time and Sec. 2. That said commissioners, or either of them, shall 

place of meet- meet a t tne house of the said Dudley Mabry, whenever it shall 
in ° be most convenient for them so to do, within ninety days from 

To be sworn tne passage of this act; and after being duly qualified before 
some person authorized to administer oaths, impartially to 
discharge the duties enjoined by this act, shall proceed to re- 
locate said road, as provided for in the first section of this act. 
Comrs of ^ec ^' A^ li 1S maa " e the duty of the county commission- 

Fayette co. to ers' court of Fayette county, to cause the reviewed and relo- 
keep road o- ca ted part of said State road to be opened and kept in repair 

pah- m 18 " as otner State roads are re q uired t0 be ; anfl sna11 also a U°w, 

out of the county treasury, a reasonable compensation per 

Pay of comr's day to said commissioners, for the time actually spent in the 

performance of the duty required by this act. 

Com:'s to re- Sec. 4. That John Shirley and Andrew J. Hickerson be, 

^w 16 f°v l ana - tnev are hereby, appointed commissioners to relocate that 

dalia° * " part of the State road leading from Vandalia to Carlyle, as 

lies between the said town of Vandalia and William Miles', 

on the said Carlyle road, commencing at Vandalia; thence, 

through the inlots in the south-western corner of said town, 

Direction of to Jeremiah Evans' old place; and thence, to intersect the 

road State road leading to Carlyle, near the said William Miles'. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 67 

Said commissioners shall meet at the house of Aikins Evans, Time ancI 
on some day within ninety from the passage of this act, thatP n g Ceo meet * 
they may agree upon, and after being duly sworn before some 
person authorized to administer oaths, shall proceed to 
perform the duty herein required of them. 

Sec. 5. The third section of this act shall, in all respects, p f comr i g 
be applicable to the road authorized to be relocated in the 
foregoing section, as well as to the compensation of the com- 
missioners appointed by said section. 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



AN ACT to repeal "An act incorporating the Northern division of the In J° TC ?i 

American Bottom." Jan - 21 -> ib4U< 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Act repea ] ed 
represented in the General Assembly, That the "Act incorpo- 
rating the northern division of the American Bottom," appro- 
ved, March 2d, 1839, be, and the same is hereby, repealed. 

Approved, January 27, 1840. 



AN ACT in relation to Lusk creek. In force, 

Jan. 29, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Aseembly, That Lusk Creek, in the declared nav- 
county of Pope, is hereby declared a navigable stream fromigable 
the mouth thereof up to John Ritts' mill; and all laws declar- 
ing said creek navigable higher up than Ritts' mill, are here- ^ ws re P ea}> 
by repealed. 

Approved, January 29, 1840. 



AN ACT to authorize Allen P. Hubbard to build a mill dam across j Q f orce 

Fox River - Jan. 29, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Allen P. Hubbard Location of 
and his associates, heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby mill-dam on 
authorized to construct and build a mill dam across Fox river, Foxnver 
on sections twenty-seven and twenty-eight, township thirty- 
nine north, range eight east of the third principal meridian, 
in the county of Kane, to the height of six feet above low 
water mark: Provided, Said grant shall not be construed so Proviso 
as to prevent the State from improving said Fox River at that 
place, by dams, locks, or any other way, at any time hereafter, 
for the purpose of slackwater navigation, or otherwise: Pro- 
tided, however, That said dam be not so constructed as to in- 
terrupt the free navigation of said river. 



68 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Style & plan Sec. 2. The said darn shall be constructed with a down 
of dam stream slope of two feet horizontal to one foot perpendicular 

rise; well and sufficiently planked over, for the purpose of al- 
lowing a safe passage to the descending trade of" the said riv- 
er, and during the continuance of said dam, said slope shall 
be kept in good repair. 

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from and after its passage. 
Approved, January 29, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to extend the time for the location of State Roads. 

Jan. 30, 1840. 

Sec. 1, Be it enacted by the People, of the State of Illinois, 
Time to lo- represented in the General Assembly, That Commissioners ap- 
cate roads ex- pointed to locate State Roads by any law of the last session 
tended to De- Q f foe Legislature of this State, and who have failed to per- 
1840 ' form said duties, are hereby authorized to perform the same 

at any time previous to the fir^fc Monday in December next. 
Approved, January 30, 1840. 



Time of elec- 
tion 



In force. -^^ ACT permanently to locate the seat of justice of the county of DeKalb. 
Jan. 30, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That on the first Monday 
in August next, the qualified voters of the county of De Kalb, 
who shall have resided within said county for thirty days next 
Persons qual- preceding the day of election, shall vote for or against the re- 
ified may vote moval of the county seat, from its present location; and if it 
removtTfofco s h a ^ appear from the returns of the said election, that a ma- 
seat jority of all the votes given shall be in favor of a removal of 
the county seat, and also, that a majority of all the votes giv- 
en shall be in favor of any other place within said county, then 
said county seat shall be removed, and the place receiving the 
number of votes required by this act shall be, and forever re- 
main, the permanent seat of justice for the said county of De 
Kalb. 

Sec 2. If a majority of the votes given shall be in favor of 

Second elec- a remova l °f the county seat, and no other place shall receive a 

don condi- majority, then a second election shall be held on the third 

tional Monday of the said month of August, and a selection shall be 

made from the two places receiving the highest number of 

votes at the first election. 

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Clerk of the County 
Notice of e- Commissioners' Court, to cause notices of the elections con- 
clerk 113 templaled by this act, to be posted up at three of the most 
public places within each Precinct, at least twenty days pre- 
vious to the day of the first election, and ten days previous to 
Duty of sher-£ ne secon( j election, and the Sheriff of the said county of De 
Kalb shall post up said notices. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 69 

Sec. 4. The judges of elections within the several precincts, Duty of J ua "g- 
shall cause separate columns to be ruled in the respective poll es election 
books, in which to record the votes given for and against the 
removal of the county seat from Coltonville, also columns in 
which to record the votes given for each place, and the re- 
turns of said election shall be made, and the votes counted in 
the same manner that is required by the laws of this State 
regulating elections. 

Sec. 5. Donations of land shall be received at least twenty Time when 

days previous to the first election provided for by this act, and ^ onatl ° n ™ a y 

j r x ** * Qg received 

any person or persons offering donations of land, shall file with 

the Treasurer of said county, a good and sufficient bond, with 
approved security, to be accepted by the said Treasurer, bind- 
ing the said donor or donors, to execute a deed of general ten- 
ure, to thesaid county of DeKalb, for any quantity of land not 
less than one hundred and sixty acres, and on which the pub- 
lic buildings shall be erected, or donate to the county of De 
Kalb three thousand dollars, or erect within eighteen months 
from and after the passage of this act, a court-house, the esti- » 
mate value of which shall be at least three thousand dollars, 
and to be accepted by the County Commissioners of said 
county, and no place shall be considered as eligible for the 
location of the county seat, unless the provisions of this sec- 
tion shall be fully complied with. 

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the County Commissioners Duty f co. 
to cause special entries to be made of record, of the result of com rs 
the said elections, and file and preserve the poll books for in- 
spection; to layoff into lots, and dispose of any donation 
that may be received, to the best advantage for the interest of 
the county, also to dispose of the present county buildings and 
other property, should the county seat be removed; the pro- 
ceeds of which shall be applied to the erection of public build- 
ings which shall be erected without unnecessary delay. 

Sec 7. In case the seat of justice shall be removed, all the 

books, papers and records, belonging, or appertaining to the Papers, books 

county of De Kalb, shall be removed to the place selected, as ^ c ;, of De 

..,,!.,,. . , . , r !,!<-,.. Kalb county 

soon as suitable buildings can be obtained, and the Circuit 

Court of the said county shall be holden at such place as may 
be determined by the Judge presiding in the ninth Judicial 
Circuit, on the first day of the term thereof; and which deter- 
mination or decision of the said Judge, shall prevent a dismis- . 
sal or discontinuance of any suit in law, or in equity, or any 
other legal proceedings heretofore commenced and now pend- 
ing, or which may be hereafter commenced on account of 
process being made returnable at any other place in said coun- 
ty, until the county seat shall be permanently located, and 
public buildings erected in accordance with the provisions of 
this act, any law to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sec 8. That the act entitled an act to re-locate the seat of 
justice of the county of DeKalb be, and the same is hereby Act repaeled 
repealed. 

Approved, January 30, 1840. 



70 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



lu force, 
Jan. 30, 1840. 



AN ACT to legalize the assessment of the Revenue in the counties of 
Iroquois and Clay, for the year 1839. 



Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Assessment in re p rcsen ted in the General Assembly, That the assessment of 
Clay for 1839, the taxable property made in the counties of Iroquois and 



legalized 



Persons ag- 
grieved how 
to proceed 

Proviso 



Clay, for the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine, 
is hereby legalized and made binding, as though the same 
had been done in strict conformity with the provisions of the 
"Act concerning the Public Revenue," approved February 
the twenty-sixth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty- 
nine. 

Sec 2. That any person feeling aggrieved by the valuation 
of taxable property in the counties aforesaid, shall be entitled 
to the provisions of the twelfth section of the "Act concern- 
ing the Public Revenue:" Provided, Application be made to 
the County Commissioners' Courts at their March term of said 
Courts, in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty, for 
such purposes. 

Sec. 3. This act to be in force from its passage. 

Approved, January 30, 1840. 



In force, 
Jan. 30, 1840. 



Body politic 
and corporate 



Name and 
style 



Powers 



Annual elec- 
tion for trus- 
tees 
Term of office 

Notice of 
elections 



Qualifica- 
tions of trus- 
tees 



AN ACT to incorporate the town of Carrai. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants and 
residents of the town of Carmi in White county, are hereby 
made a body corporate and politic, in law and in fact, by the 
name and style of the "President and Board of Trustees of 
the town of Carmi," and by that name shall have perpetual 
succession, and a common seal, which they may alter at plea- 
sure, and in whom the government of the corporation shall be 
vested, and by whom its affairs shall be managed. 

Sec. 2. The boundary of the said corporation shall include 
all that country contained within the limits of the plat of the 
town of Carmi, as of record in the recorder's office of the 
county of White. 

Sec. 3. That there shall, on the first Monday of May next, 
be elected seven trustees, and on every first Monday of May 
thereafter, who shall hold their offices for one year, and until 
their successors are duly elected and qualified; and public no- 
tice of the time and place of holding said election, shall be 
given by the president and trustees, by an advertisement pub- 
lished in a newspaper in said town, or posting it up in at least 
four of the most public places in said town. No person shall 
be a trustee of said town, who has not arrived at the age of 
twenty-one years, who has not resided in said town six months 
next preceding his election, and who is not, at the time thereof, 
a bona fide freeholder, and moreover, who has not paid a cor- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 71 

poration tax; and all free white male inhabitants, over twenty- Qualifica- 
one years of age, who have resided in said town three months ers 
next preceding an election, shall be entitled to vote for trus- 
tees. And the said trustees shall, at their first meeting, pro- Election of 
ceed to elect one of their body president, and shall have power president 
to fill all vacancies in said board which may be occasioned Vacancies 
by death, resignation, removal, or six months' absence from the how ed 
town; and to appoint a clerk and assessor, a treasurer, a street 0;her officers 
inspector, and a town constable, to give bond and security in ot t0 " n 
such amount as the trustees may require. And the said town Duty of con- 
constable shall take an oath, or affirm before some justice of stable 
the peace, that he will faithfully discharge the duties of said 
office; and it shall be his duty to collect all fines, and to serve 
all processes at the suit of the corporation, and to do such 
other matters and things pertaining to the office, as may be 
required of him by the ordinances and by-laws of said corpo- 
ration. 

Sec. 4. The said corporation is hereby made capable, in Mjl y hold 
law, to take and hold to themselves and their successors, any an s 
lands, tenements, hereditaments, and the rents, issues and pro- 
fits thereof, which may be necessary for the erection of any 
market house, or other public buildings, to promote the inter- 
est and public good of the citizens of said town, and the same . ™ 1C U1 
to sell, grant and dispose of, if necessary. They shall also have 
power to regulate, to grade, pave and improve the streets, Improvement 
lanes and alleys, within the limits of said town and corpora- of streets 
tion; and to extend, open and widen the same, making the 
persons injured thereby, adequate compensation; to ascertain tion p to s 'J r _ 
which, the board shall cause to he summoned six good and sons injured 
lawful men, freeholders and inhabitants of said town, not direct- 
ly interested, who (being first duly sworn for that purpose.) 
shall enquire into and take into consideration as well the 
benefits as the injury which may accrue, and estimate and 
assess the damages which would be sustained by reason of the 
opening, extending, widening, of any street, avenue, lane or 
alley; and shall moreover estimate the amount which other 
persons will be benefitted thereby; and shall contribute towards Persons bene- 
compensatino- the person injured; all of which shall be return- fitteJ l0 P a 3 r 
ed to the board of trustees, under their hands and seals; and 
the persons who shall be benefitted, and so assessed, shall pay 
the same in such manner as shall be provided, and the residue, 
if any, shall be paid out of the town treasury. And they 
shall sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be 
answered, in any court whatever. 

Sec 5. The trustees aforesaid, and their successors, or a 
majority of them, shall have full poAver and authority to ordain 
and establish such rules and regulations for their government Rules and by- 
and direction, and for the transaction of the business and con- Jaws 
cerns of the corporation, as they may deem expedient; and 
to ordain and establish, and put into execution such by-laws, 
ordinances and regulations, as shall seem neeessary for the 



72 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Tax 



To license 

shows &c. 



Sale of lots 
for taxes 
Proviso 



Further 
viso 



pro- 



Further pow- government of said corporation, and for the management*, 
control, disposition and application of its corporate property,, 
and generally to do and execute all and singular such acts, 
matters and things, which to them may seem necessary to do, 
and not contrary to the laws and constitution of this State. 

Sec. 6. The said trustees shall have power to levy and col- 
lect a tax not exceeding one half of one per cent, on all lots 
and improvements, and personal property lying and being with- 
in the incorporated limits of said town, according to valuation; 
to tax public shows and houses of public entertainment, tav- 
erns, stores and groceries, for the purpose of making and im- 
proving the streets and keeping them in repair, and for the pur- 
pose of erecting such buildings and other works of public utility, 
as the interest and convenience of the inhabitants of said town 
may require, and the circumstances render proper and expe- 
dient. And said trustees may adopt such modes and means 
for the assessment and collection of taxes as they may, from 
time to time, fix upon and determine; and to prescribe the 
manner of selling property, when the tax levied upon it is 
not paid : Provided, No sale of any town lots or other real 
estate shall be made, until public notice of the time and place 
shall be given by advertisement in the newspapers, or at four 
of the most public places in said town, at least fifteen days 
previous thereto: Provided also, All the provisions applicable 
to such sale of the law, entitled an act concerning the pub- 
lic revenue, in /orce February 26, 1839, shall be complied 
with. 

Sec 7. That the trustees of said town, or a majority of 
them, shall have power to preserve good order and harmony 
punished ° W m sa ^ town; to punish open indecency, breaches of the peace, 
gambling, gaming houses, horse-racing, shooting, and all dis- 
orderly houses, and riotous meetings; to remove obstructions 
in the streets and public ways, and all nuisances, for which 
purpose they may make such by-laws and ordinances as to 
them may seem expedient, and not inconsistent with any pub- 
lic law of this State; and impose fines for the breach thereof, 
which fines shall be recoverable before any justice of the peace 
residing in said town. And all suits and judicial proceedings, 
under this act, shall be brought in the name and style of the 
President and Board of Trustees of the town of Carmi. 

Sec 8. It shall be the duty of any justice of the peace 
residing in said town, and he is hereby authorized and empow- 
ered, upon the violation of any law or ordinance of said cor- 
poration, to issue his warrant, directed to the town constable, 
or any authorized county officer, to apprehend the offender 
or offenders, and bring them or him forthwith before him; and 
after hearing the evidence, if it shall appear that the said 
accused has been guilty of the violation of any such law or 
ordinance of the corporation, to impose such fine or imprison- 
Proviso ment as shall be pointed out in such law or ordinance: Provided, 

Such fine shall not exceed five dollars, and imprisonment, not 



Breaches of 



Fines, how 
recovered 

Suits, how 
brought 



Duties of jus- 
tices peace 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 73 

to exceed twenty-four hours: Provided, however, That writs of Further pro« 

certiorari and appeals shall be granted from judgments un- vls0 

der this act^ as in other civil cases; and in all criminal cases, . ea]g from 

the defendant shall be entitled to an appeal to the circuit court, judgment 

by entering into bond or recognizance, as the case may require, 

before the justice of the peace, within twenty days after the 

rendition of the judgment, with such securities and in such 

an amount as the justice may think right and proper; and all 

fines imposed for a breach of the peace or violation of the 

corporation ordinances, shall be paid into the treasury of said 

corporation. 

Sec. 9. That when any town lots or real estate shall be 
sold for taxes, by virtue of this act, the same may be redeem- 
ed at any time within two years from the date of such sale of j ots p s0 \^ 
by the owner of said property, or his or her agent, executor for taxes 
or administrator, paying to the treasurer of said town, for the 
use of the purchaser of said property, the full amount of pur- 
chase money, with interest at the rate of twelve per cent, per 
annum, together with costs accruing thereon. 

Sec 10. That upon the application of the owners of two- 
thirds of the front lots on any street or parts of a street, it shall 
be lawful for the board of trustees to levy and collect a special e nec j a i tax to 
tax on the owners of the lots on said street or parts of a street, grade &pave 
according to their respective fronts, not to exceed one per streets 
cent., for the purpose of grading and paving the side walks 
on said street. 

Sec 11. That all ordinances of said trustees shall be fairly 
written out, signed by the clerk and published in a newspaper Ordinances, 
printed in the town, or posted up at three of the most public pu yi™ a e 
places in said town; and no ordinance shall be in force until 
published as aforesaid. 

Sec 12. That justices of the peace and constables, who Fees of offi- 
are required to render services under this act, shall be entitled cers 
to the same fees, and collect them in the same manner as now 
is, or hereafter may be, provided by law. 

Sec 13. That the president, or any two of the trustees, Meetings of 
shall have power to call a meeting of the board, by giving board of trus * 
one day's notice thereof; and a majority shall constitute a. 
quorum to do business, but a minority shall have power to lum 
adjourn from time to time, and compel the attendance of ab- 
sent members, and in the event that the notice of an election 
is not given, as required by this act, or from any other cause, 
that an annual election should not be holden at the proper 
time, it shall be lawful for the late clerk of the board, or any 
two qualified voters in said town, at any time thereafter, to 
give notice, as aforesaid, of the time and place of holding a Special elec 
special election, and the trustees elected at such special elec- tlons 
tion, shall have all the powers conferred by this act. 

Sec 14. The qualified voters, within the corporation, shall, 
at the first annual election for trustees, vote for or against 



74 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



This charter becoming incorporated under the provisions of this act; and 
for oraeain't^ two-thirds of all the votes given at said election is in favor 
of being incorporated, then this act to be in force, otherwise 
to be null and void. This incorporation may, at any regular 
annual election for trustees, be dissolved by two-thirds of the 
votes given being in favor of such dissolution, then this act 
shall be null and void. 

Approved, January 30, 1840. 



Corporation 
may be dis- 
solved 



In force, 
Feb. 3d, 1840. 



Body politic 
and corporate 

Object of 
company 



Common 
school 

School fund 



Proviso 



Powers 



Land to be 
held 

Donations to 

Officers 
Term of office 



AN ACT to incorporate the Springfield Mechanics' Union. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Caleb Burchall, 
Thomas Lewis, Edmund R. Wiley, William D. Herndon, 
Simeon Francis, George R. Weber, Walter Davis, George 
Wood and R. F. Coflin, and their associates and successors, 
be, and they are hereby, constituted a body politic and corpo- 
rate, under the name of the "Springfield Mechanics' Union," 
for the purpose of affording relief to the sick and disabled 
members thereof, and to the widows and orphans of deceased 
members; for the establishment of a common school and a 
public library, and for the promotion of literature, science, 
and the mechanic arts; and for no other purpose whatever. 

Sec. 2. The said corporation, on the establishment of their 
common school, shall receive from the school commissioner of 
the county the same amount of money, in the same propor- 
tion, and apply the same to such tuition, in the same manner 
as other common schools are paid and kept: Provided, That 
the teachers or instructors of said school, shall be selected by 
the corporation, and be under the control of its bj^-laws. 

Sec 3. The said corporation, by the name of the "Spring- 
field Mechanics' Union," is declared and hereby made capable, 
in law, to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, to have a 
common seal, and the same to alter or renew at pleasure; to 
make and adopt a constitution and by-laws for the government 
of the corporation, not inconsistent with the laws of this State, 
or the constitution of the United States, and the same to 
alter or amend whenever it may be deemed necessary: Pro- 
vided, That the said corporation shall not hold more than live 
acres of land, with the improvements thereon, for a longer 
term than one year, except such as may be donated to, and 
for the sole use and behoof of, the corporation. 

Sec. 4. The officers of this corporation shall consist of a 
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and a board of 
seven directors, who shall continue in office for the term of 
one year, and uutil their successors are elected, together with 
such other officers as may be provided for by the constitution 
and by-laws of the corporation. The duties, rights, privileges 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 75 

and liabilities of the aforesaid officers to be defined by the con- By-laws 
stitution and by-laws of said corporation. 

Sec. 5. All fines and forfeitures for non-attendance, delin- Fines and for- 
quency, imposed by the constitution and by-laws provided for ieitures 
in the third section of this act, not exceeding twenty-five 
dollars in any individual case, shall be recoverable by action 
of debt, before any justice of the peace of the proper county 
by the said company, in their corporate capacity, which shall 
be for the use of the coiporation. 

Sec. 6. This corporation shall not be dissolved, nor a divi- Existence of 
dend made of its funds, while there are seven resident mem- cor P or ation 
bars in favor of its continuance. 

Sec 7. The Legislature hereby reserves the right to amend Right reserv- 
or repeal this act whenever, in their opinion, the public good ecl 
may require it. 

Sec 8. This act to be in force from and after its passage. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



AN ACT to amend an act to incorporate the La Salle Charity Hospital, In force, 

approved, February 23, 1839. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the corporators, in 
the act to which this is an amendment, shall have two years t0 corpora . 
from the time the canal commissioners shall select the land as tors 
required by the act to which this is amendatory, to comply on 
their part with the provisions of said act: Provided, It shall be Proviso 
the duty of the commissioners to select the land within three 
months from the passage of this act. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT authorizing the county commissioners of Union county to j n force 

borrow money for certain purposes. jr eD j 1840, 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- Co. comr's 

sioners of Union county, are hereby authorized to borrow mav borrw 
/. , • A m • , r money to 

irom any person or corporation, a sum oi money sumcient iOF comp ] ete p U b, 

the erection and completion of the necessary public buildings He buildings 

for the county and are empowered to execute any notes or 

bonds, bearing interest not exceeding twelve per cent, per 

annum, for the purpose of carrying out the intention of this 

act, which notes or bonds shall be binding on the said county 

of Union. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



76 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT to authorize Ira Minard, Read Ferson, Bela T Hunt and Darwin 
Feb. 1, 1340. Millington, to build a dam across Fox river. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois* 
Persons au- represented in the General Assembly, that Ira Minard, Read 
thorized to Ferron, Bela T. Hunt and Darwin Millington, their heirs and 
cross Fo? ri- assi § ns ' be ' and the y are hereby, authorized to construct, build 
Ter and continue a mill-dam across Fox river, at the town of St. 

Charles, in the county of Kane, between the land held by them 
Proviso to the height of seven feet above low water mark: Provided* 

Said grant shall not be construed so as to prevent the State 
from improving said Fox river at that place, by dams, locks, 
or any other way, at any time hereafter, for tiie purpose of 
slack water navigation, or otherwise. 
Construction Sec. 2. The said dam shall be constructed with a down 
of dam stream slope of two feet horizontal to one foot perpendicular 

rise, well and sufficiently planked over, for the purpose of al- 
lowing the safe passage of the descending trade of said river; 
and during the continuance of the said dam, said slope shall 
be kept in good repair. This act to take effect from and after 
its passage. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force AN ACT to change part of a State road from Naperville, in Du Page 

Feb. 1, 1840. county, to Indian Creek, in McHenry county. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Stephen J. Scott, 
Nathan Allen Jr., Ethan Grisworld, be, and they are hereby, 

locateVoad e " a PP omt ed commissioners to view and relocate a certain State 
road from Naperville, heretofore in Cook county, now in Du 
Page county, to Indian Creek, in McHenry county, from the 
twenty-nine mile stake on the line of said road to Naperville. 
Sec. 2. The said commissioners, as soon as they shall have 
completed said work, shall make out a map of that part of 

Map of road the said road so to be relocated, giving the course and dis- 
tances to be lodged with the clerk of the county commission- 
ers' court for the county of DuPage, which shall be recorded 
at length in the books of said court: Provided, however, That 

Proviso those persons interested in the relocating of the above road, 

shall defray all the expenses thereof. 

Sec 3. The said commissioners shall, before they proceed 
to relocate said road, be sworn before some justice of the 

Com'rs to be peace faithfully to perform their duties; and so much of said 
road as shall be changed, shall be vacated. 
Approved, February I, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 77 

AN ACT in relation to the publication of the reports of the decisions of In force, 
the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois. ' Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be the duty 
of the reporter of the Supreme Court of this State, to deliver Duty of re- 
to the Secretary of State, such number of copies of the re-P orter 
spective volumes of the reports of said court, as may be ne- 
cessary to enable the said secretary to distribute the same, in 
the manner provided in the second section of this act, togeth- Distribution 
cr with one hundred copies in addition, to be deposited in the of Re P orts 
Secretary's office, for the use of the State. 

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to Secretary of 
distribute the said reports, in the manner following, to wit: St . ate to dis_ 
he shall deliver one copy to each of the justices of the Su- tn ute re P' ts 
preme Court, and the respective judges of the circuit courts; 
one copy to the Attorney General, each State's attorney, To whom dis- 
and to each clerk of a court of record in this state, except tribuied. 
the Supreme Court; one copy to each probate justice, and five 
copies to the clerk of the Supreme court; one copy to the 
Executive of each State in the United States, and five copies 
to the Executive of the United States; and one copy to each 
of the officers of the Executive department of this State, who 
are required to keep their offices at the seat of government. 

Sec. 3. Upon the delivery of the requisite number of any 
volume of said reports, ii' shall be the duty of the Secretary 
of State to deliver to said reporter a certificate, specifying Certificate to 
the number of copies of said reports, which shall have been reporter 
delivered to him, and on presentation of said certificate to the 
auditor of public accounts, he shall issue his warrant upon Duty of Audi- 
the treasury for such an amount as said volumes shall amount tor 
to, at the price for which said books shall be sold to individ- 
uals: Provided, said price shall not exceed the ordinary price Proviso 
of law books of the same description, to be determined by 
the Auditor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT to legalize the assessment of taxes taken in the counties of Mc- j n f orce 

Henry and Stark, in the year 1839. Feb. 1 1840 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the assessment of 
taxes taken in McHenry and Stark counties in the year 1839. Assessment 
shall be good and valid, and in every respect legal as if the legalized 
same had been taken under the provisions of the act concern- 
ing the public revenue, approved Feb. 26, 1839. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



78 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT to amend "An act authorizing Samuel Witters to build a toll 
Feb. 1, 1840. bridge across ihe Skillet Fork of the Little Wabash." 

Sec. 1. Beit enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the aforesaid Wit- 
ters, or his legal representative, is hereby allowed to demand 
Rate.? of toll ahd receive the following rates of toll from each person or 
persons for crossing said bridge, to wit: for each head of hogs, 
sheep, or goats, crossing said bridge, one cent; for each head 
of cattle, horses, mules or asses, the sum of three cents; for 
each foot passenger, six and one fourth cents; for each man 
and horse, twelve and a half cents; for each one horse waggon 
or carriage, eighteen and three fourth cents; for each two horse 
waggon drawn by horses or oxen, twenty five*' cents; for each 
four horse waggon, thirty seven and a half cents, whether 
drawn by horses or oxen; for each six horse waggon, whether 
drawn by horses or oxen, fifty cents; the said VVitters shall be 
allowed to demand and receive for any species of property not 
herein enumerated in proportion to the above rates of toll. 
Persons ex- ■ Said Witters shall not be allowed to exact any toll from peo- 
em P t from t0 pie going to or returning from worshipping Almighty God. 
This act to take effect and be in force from and after its pas- 
sage. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT concerning sheriffs, coroners, constables, justices of the peace, 
Feb. 1,1840. and probate justices of the peace. 

Sec 1. Be it, enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That whenever any Sher- 
When officers ifij Coroner, Constable, Justice of the Peace, or Probate Jus- 
fail to pay mo- tice of the Peace in this State, shall, after proper demand 
neys collected mac j e f a jj neglect, or refuse, to pay over any sum or sums of 
office to be va- ',. ° , ' i V i xn • j u • , 

cated money, collected orrecewed by such officer, in, and by virtue 

of his office, his said office shall be forfeited and vacated. 

Sec 2. Whenever in pursuance of the laws of this State, 
any judgment shall be had, or taken, against any sheriff, 
coroner, constable, justice of the peace, or probate justice 
of the peace, for any failure neglect or refusal of such officer, 
to pay over any sum, or sums of money collected or received 
by him, in and by virtue of his office, and it shall appear to 
the satisfaction of the court, that proper demand for the 
same has been made, it shall be the duty of the court, or jus- 
tice of the peace, befoie whom such judgment is had or ta- 
When office ken, further to adjudge and decree that the office of such offi- 
t.o be forfeited cer, so failing, neglecting, or refusing, as aforesaid, is forfeit- 
and vacated e( j anc j vacated, and such vacancy shall be filled as in other 
cases of vacancy, as is now provided by law. 
Approved, Feb. 1, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 79 

AN ACT to amend the several laws in relation to the Illinois and Mi- In force, 

chigan Canal. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be the duty 
of the commissioners ol the Illinois and Michigan canal to Canal com- 
sell so much of the canal lands and lots, the present year, missioners to 
as may be required to pay the interest on loans made for^ tg an s an 
canal purposes; sales made under this act shall be conducted 
and under the same restrictions as required by the act to 
which this is an amendment: Provided, however, If the com- Proviso 
missioners shall be of opinion the interest of the State requires 
more than ten per cent, to ho paid at the time of sale, 
they shall state in their advertisements the amount that will 
be required to be paid at the time of purchase. 

Sec 2. Where timber land is selected for sale, it shall Timber land 

be the duty of the commissioners to divide it into small lots, ,,, in 
"'•,/., • , , , • small lots 

not to exceed forty acres in one lot, and to require one 

fourth of the purchase money to be paid at the time of Purchase mo- 
purchase, and the balance to be paid in three annual in- nev 
stalments, with six per cent, interest, paid in advance for the 
first year. Sales made under the provisions of this act shull 
be subject to the same forfeitures and restrictions as required Restriction 
in the several acts authorizing the sales of canal lands. 

Sec. 3. There shall be one principal engineer, who shall Principal en- 
have a salary of two thousand dollars per annum; there shall gineer 
be one resident engineer, who shall have fifteen hundred Resident en- 
dollars per annum; there shall be seven assistant engineers, £ ine . er 

c* ? A. s -^stunts 

who shall each have a salary of one thousand dollars per an- Salaries 

num. And the engineers aforesaid shall not receive any other 
compensation for their services, under any pretence what- 
ever: Provided, that the work on the canal progresses. But it Proviso 
shall be the duty of the board of canal commissioners to dis- 
charge such assistant engineers, whenever said work is sus- 
pended. 

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the commissioners, when 
any person or persons claim damages that they may have Damages 
sustained, by the construction of the Illinois and Michigan claimed, how 
canal, to settle with any such person or persons for the dam- a JU9te 
ages they may have received, and pay the same: Provided, p r0 vi S o 
If the commissioners are of opinion the claim is too high, and 
the claimant will not take a /'air compensation, they shall call 
the appraisers as required in the act to which this is an 
amendment, and they shall proceed. ;is required in said act. 
Said appraisers shall receive a reasonable compensation, not 
to exceed five dollars per day, for their services, for the 
time necessary to perform the duties required of them as 
such appraisers, and shall be paid out of the canal fund. 

Sec 5. That the board of public works of this State, 
whose appointment is provided for in a bill, entitled "An act 
to provide for the settlement of debts and liabilities incurred 



SO LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

on account of interna] improvements, in the State of Illinois," 
Bo'd of public shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to employ not ex- 
works may ceeding four assistant engineers, at a salary not exceeding 
employ eng'rs , i j j n ° 

v J one thousand dollars per annum. 

Salaries of en- Sec. 6. That the compensation of the chief engineer, 
gineers whose appointment is provided for in the bill referred to in 

the preceding section, shall be two thousand dollars per an- 
num, any bill or law to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sec. 7. The act passed February 27, 1839, entitled "An 
act to provide for a loan for canal purposes," is hereby so 
Act changed changed as to authorize the interest upon bonds hereafter 
sold under the provisions of said act to be paid semi-annual- 
ly. 
Auditor toset- Sec. 8. The Governor, Auditor, and Treasurer of this 
tie accounts State, shall settle the accounts of the several agents employ- 
of canal ag'ts ec j jjy t| ie Governor, within the last year, to negotiate canal 
loans, or to convey funds from eastern cities to this State, 
and allow them respectively, a compensation of five dollars 
a day for the time occupied by them in the performance of 
those services; except in case where a different agreement 
has been made with them by the Governor; arid if any such 
agent has retained a greater compensation than herein al- 
lowed, he shall be required to refund the overplus, and the 
Proviso same shall be added to the canal fund: Provided, That no 

person shall be entitled to receive from the State a per diem 
compensation for services performed in two or more different 
capacities at the same period of time. 

Sec 9. Should there be no funds on hand to meet the 
liabilities of the State to the contractor, for labor done on 
the Illinois and Michigan canal, at the estimate to be made 
Com'rs to is- on the first of March next, it shall be the duty of the corn- 
sue checks to missioners of said canal to issue their checks to contractors 
pay contrac- f or sucn amount as may be found then due, as now provided 
Ch k '"^ ^ aw ' an ^ P a y aD ' e whenever funds have been deposited for 

bear 6 per ct. t' ia t purpose, bearing an interest at the rate of six per cent: 
interest Provided, That this provision shall not extend to estimates 

Proviso made after said first day of March next: Provided, also, That 

in no case shall such checks be issued for a smaller amount 
than one hundred dollars. 

Approved, Februarv 1, 1840. 



In force "^ ACT to change the name of the county of Dane to that of Christian. 

Feb. 1,1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the name of the 
Christian co. county of Dane shall hereafter be Christian. 
Approved, Feb. 1,1810. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 81 

AN ACT making partial appropriations. In force, 

Jan. 8, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the Auditor of Pub- D , ut ^ of autht - 
lic Accounts be, and he is hereby required to draw warrants Members of 
on the treasury for the sum of one hundred dollars to each Gen. Assem- 
member of the General Assembly, and a like warrant to the 1^' ,^ 10t '' 
Speaker of each House, the Secretary of the Senats, and the of Senate'ci'k 
Clerk of the House of Representatives, and Assistants of each of H. R., As- 
House, to each of the Enrolling and Engrossing Clerks, and slst 1 a g ts ^. J£]} T ' 
door-keepers, and each Assistant door-keeper, of both Houses. Door-keepers 

Approved, January S, 1S40. and Assist- 



AN ACT making additional appropriations for the years 1839 and '40. i n force 

Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That there shall be al- «, . . U 
lowed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the nate & House 
Speaker of the Senate, each-, the sum of seven dollars per day of Represent 
and four dollars for every twenty miles necessary travel, in Mileage 
coming to and returning from the seat of government of this 
State. 

Sec. 2. To each member of the Senate and House of Re- Members of 
presentatives the sum of four dollars per day for every day's Senate and H: 
attendance at the present session of the General Assembly, Se P resen t's 
and four dollars for every twenty miles necessary travel, in Miieaee 
coming to and returning from the seat of government. 

Sec 3. To the Secretary of the Senate and principal Sec'y of Sen. 
Clerk of the House of Representatives six dollars per day, and Principal 
and to each assistant clerk of the Senate and House of Re pre- clerkof H - R - 
sentatives the sum of six dollars per day. The number of Assist' t clerks 
days employed to be certified by the clerk of each House re- 
spectively. 

Sec 4. To the engrossing and enrolling clerk of each e. &, e. clerks 
house five dollars per day, and to each assistant engrossing Assistants 
and enrolling clerk of both houses four dollars per day. The 
number of days employed to be certified by the engrossing and 
enrolling clerks. 

Sec. 5. To the door keeper of each House, four dollars Doorkeepers 
per day. 

Sec 6. To Andrew Johnson four dollars per day, during A. Johnson 
the time employed in reading bills, messages, &c. for the 
House of Representatives, and six dollars per day during the 
time he acted as assistant clerk of the House at its present 
session. 

Sec 7. To David Prickett six dollars per day during the d. Prickett 
time he acted as clerk of the House at its present session, the 
number of days employed to be certified by the ^Speaker. 

6 



82 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

w . L. Graves Sec. S. To William L. Graves fifteen dollars and fifty 
cents, amount expended by him in going to Pike county to 
summon witnesses in the contested case between Richard Kerr 

F. R Hicks and Oscar Love; and to F. B. Hicks the sum of four dollars 
per day and fifteen dollars for expenses in going to Coles to 
summon one witness in the same case. The number of days 
to be certified by the Speaker. 

Mileage to old Sec. 9. To the officers of the Senate and House of Re- 
officers presentatives, who were chosen at the last session of the Gen- 
eral Assembly, and who are in attendance at the present ses- 
sion, the sum of two dollars for every twenty miles necessary 
travel in coming to and returning from the seat of Govern- 

Exception ment, except such as are herein otherwise allowed travelling 
fees. 

J. Cook Sec 10. To Isaac Cook four dollars per day, for nineteen 

days, in summoning witnesses on the charges preferred against 
the Hon. John Pearson, by James M. Strode and others, and 
fifty dollars for expenses. 

J . Taylor '^° J cnn Taylor four dollars, for articles furnished for the 

burial of the Hon. James Copeland. 

H. Woodson To Harriet Woodson for articles furnished, and services ren- 
dered in the same case, five dollars. 

J. Brewer To John Brewer five dollars for digging the grave for the 

Hon. James Copeland. . 

Sec'yofCoun- To the secretary of the council of revision four dollars per 

cllotRevislon day; the number of days employed to be certified by the 
council of revision. 

T. Moffett To Thomas Maffit five dollars, for swearing the new mem- 

bers of the House of Representives, and swearing witnesses in 
the Pike county contested seat, and on the charges preferred 
against the Hon. John Pearson. 

J. N. Eno-lish To John N. English, for fifteen days attendance as assistant 
doorkeeper to the House of Representatives, four dollars per 
day. 

L. T.Jemison To L. T. Jemison, clerk of the joint select committee, ap- 
pointed to investigate the affairs of the State Bank, four dol- 
lars per day; the number of days employed to be certified by 
said committee. 

Sec'y of Sen. To the secretary of the Senate and principal clerk of the 

and Prin. el'k House of Representatives, the sum of two hundred and fifty 
dollars each, for furnishing a copy of the Journals of the pro- 
ceedings of the two branches of the Legislature for publica- 
tion. 

Doorkeep'rof To the door-keeper of the council of revision three dollars 

Coun. Revia. and fifty cents per day, the number cf days employed to be 
certified by the Governor. 

Ass't doork'r To each assistant door-keeper of the Senate and House of 

Sen. & H. R. Representatives four dollars per day. 

O.Love To Oscar Love four dollars per day, during the time he 

held his seat as a Representative from the county cf Pike; the 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 83 

number of days to be certified by the clerk of the House of 
Representatives, and the same rate of mileage as other mem- 
bers. 

To A. Trailer thirty-one dollars and fifty cents for makings. Trailer 
a coffin, and other services rendered in the burial of the Hon. 
James Copeland. 

To James T. Collier three dollars and fifty cents per day, J. T. Collier 
for attending to the offices of Secretary of State, and to 
the engrossing and enrolling clerks of each House; the number 
of days employed to be certified by the Secretary of State. 

To H. E. Bridge & Co. the sum of five hundred and eighty- H.E. Bridget 
four dollars and ninety-seven cents, being in full for articles Co " 
furnished for the use of the State. 

To Joseph Thayer & Co. seventeen dollars and nineteen J. Thayer & 
cents, in full, for articles furnished for the use of the State. Cc - 

To John H. Smith twelve dollars and fifty cents for hawling J. H. Smith 
saw dust for the use of the House of Representatives. 

To C. B. De Reimer & Co. twelve dollars for articles fur-C. B. De Rei- 
nished for the use of the office of Secretary of State. mer & Co - 

To Robert Irwin & Co. two hundred and sixty-five dol-R. Irwin & 
lars, in full, for articles furnished for the State. Co - 

To A. Trailer thirty dollars, in full, for articles furnished for A. Trailer 
the use of the State. 

To the Secretary of State, for copying laws, making margi- gec 'y of State 
nal notes, and index to the same, and making index to the 
Journal of the Senate and House of Representatives, reading 
proof sheets and superintending printing, the sum of five hun- 
dred dollars. 

To A. P. Field, for his expenses to Louisville to purchase A - p » Field 
stationary for the Legislature of 1S37 and 1838, the sum of 
seventy-five dollars. 

To James P. Langford two hundred and thirty dollars and j.p.Langford 
six cents, in full, for work done and materials furnished for the 
State. 

To John G. Burgan, for the use of the first Presbyterian J.G. Bergan 
church, fifteen dollars for work done for the use of the State. 

To S. M. Tinsloy sixty-four dollars and seven cents, for arti- S. M. Tinsley 
cles furnished for the use of the State. 

To John Hart two dollars and thirty-eight cents, for dray- j jj art 
age of wood for the Council of Revision. 

To Joseph Thayer twenty-five dollars, for the rent of a room J. Thayer 
for the engrossing and enrolling clerk of the House of Repre- 
presentatives. 

To E. H. Bridges & Co. one dollar and twenly-five cents, e. H. Bridges 
for articles for the use of the State. & Co - 

To John Clifton eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents, for J. Clifton 
the use of a room, fire and lights, furnished for the committee 
appointed to investigate the affairs of the State Bank. 

To C. Birchall & Co. one hundred and thirty seven dollars c. Birchall & 
and seventy-five cents, in full, for articles furnished for the use Co. 
of the State. 



84 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Webster and To Webster and Hickox, for articles furnished for the funer- 

Hickox a j f tne Hon. James Copeland, five dollars. 

G. Elkin To Garrett Elkin, for a room furnished for the use of the 

Council of Ri vision, the sum of fifty-seven dollars. 
p. Beers To P. Beers, for the use of the Christian church, by the Su- 

preme court, at the last July term, the sum of fifty dollars. 
Prot. Episco- To the wardens and vestrymen of the Protestant Episcopal 
pal church c h urc h, for the use of said church by the Supreme cour<: at its 

present session, the sum of fifty dollars. 
Trustees 2nd To the trustees of the second Presbyterian church, the sum 
Presbyterian r two hundred dollars, for the use of their church as a Hall 

for the House of Representatives. 
M.K.Ander- To Moses K. Anderson, adjutant general of the Illinois 
* on militia, the sum of twenty dollars and eighty-two cents for ser- 

vices rendered in the year 1839, from the fifteenth day of Oc- 
tober last to the 31st of December, 1839. 
Trustees 2nd The trustees of the second Presbyterian church may retain 
Presbyterian £ ne f our stoves now in the same, for the use of said church, un- 
til said stoves be required for the use of the State. 
Duty of Audi- The Auditor of Public Accounts shall issue his warrant on 
tor the Treasurer in favor, of the different persons heretofore 

named for the several sums annexed to their respective 
names. 
Inspectors of The Auditor shall issue his warrant in favor of the inspec- 
Penitentiary tors f tne Penitentiary for such sum or sums as may be certi- 
fied by them, to be necessary to pay guards for securing con- 
victs in the Penitentiary, for which there are no cells: Provided, 
they shall not pay more than one dollar and twenty-five cents 
per day for each guard necessarily employed. 
J. L.Lamb $ec. H- To James L. Lamb the sum of eighteen dollars 

-. and fourteen cents, for candles. 
Edwards' To Rankin and Edwards, eight dollars. 

Methodist E. To the Methodist Episcopal church, for the use of house 
church by the Senate, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, and 

the use of the stoves and other furniture until called for by the 
Senate. 
G.T.Edwards To George T. Edwards, for assisting the sergeant at arms, 

the sum of four dollars. 
Prot. Episco- The additional sum of fifty dollars for the use of the Episco- 
pal church p 4 a i church. 

T. Bryant To Thomas Bryant, sheriff of Peoria county, the sum of 

one hundred dollars, for apprehending Wm. B. Thomson, a 
convict who escaped from the Penitentiary in 1836, and de- 
livering him to the warden of the penitentiary in 1839. 
P. A. Saun- Sec. 12. To P. A. Saunders, for rent for a room for the 
ders ' clerks' office of the Supreme court, from the 29th of July, 

1839, at the rate of seven dollars per month, to be paid on the 
certificate of the clerk of said court. 
D. Raggsdall To D. Ragsdall the sum of sixteen dollars, for four days ser- 
vices as assistant sergeant at arms at the present session. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 85 

To John Williams, for fitting up room for the sittings of j. Williama 
the Supreme court, twenty-five dollars, July term. 

To Mr. Hough, for furnishing coal for the use of the Su- Mr Hou(rh 
preme court, sixteen dollars. 

The Board of Public Works provided for, and created by 
the provisions of an act to provide for the settlement of debts 
and liabilities incurred on account of Internal Improvement, No ne con _ 
in the State of Illinois, passed at the present session of the tractst obeIet 
General Assembly, are hereby prohibited from letting any ad- on public 
ditional contract upon any rail road, turnpike road, or river works " 
in this State, until further authorized by law so to do. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT'authorizing the revaluation of sections number sixteen, in certain 

cases. 



In force, 
Feb. 1, 1840. 



Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That in all cases where a 
majority of the inhabitants of any township in this State,, 
shall be of opinion that section number sixteen, or any part haveberaTva- 
thereof, has been valued at a rate so high as to prevent the lued trio high, 
sale thereof, and shall by petition set forth that fact, to the m *y bc rcva " 

* • 1 I • Ill 

trustees ol said township, they shall cause the same to be re- 
valued, and re-offered for sale, in the same manner as though 
no valuation had been previously had thereon: Provided, 
That in no case of a second valuation, shall it be legal to fix 
the value thereof below the rates at present fixed by law; this 
act to be in force from and after its passage. 
Approved, Feb. 1, 1840. 



When lands 



lued. 



AN ACT to resurvey a part of the State road leading from Decatur to i n force 

Danville. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Henry Zorgcs, Eli- 
sha Querry and Joseph Spangler, be, and they are hereby ap- Com , rg t0 re _ 
pointed commissioners, to view, mark, and relocate, so much locate road 
of the State road, leading from Decatur to Danville, as lies 
between the Sangamon river and the section line north east 
of the residence of Guy Helm. 

Sec. 2. That the said commissioners, or a majority of them, Time & place 
shall meet at the House of Guy Helm, on the first Monday of meeting. 
of April, or within six months thereafter; and after being 
sworn before some justice of the peace, shall proceed to view, 
mark, and relocate said road on the most eligible ground. 

Approved, Feb. 1, 1S40. 



86 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT in relation to'certain roads in Greene county. 

Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois* 

represented in the General Assembly, That the survey and loca- 

5?iS ! ro ^ . tion of the road from White Hall to the Illinois river, as loca- 
Whitehall to , , , , ~ . . . , , , „ . ' ,, , 

Illinois river, ted by the Commissioners appointed under "An act autnonz- 

valid ing the county cmmissioners' court to construct certain roads 

in Greene county," approved March 2, 1839, shall be deemed 

as good and valid as il the same had been done according to 

the provisions of the above recited act. 

Sec 2. The roads mentioned in the aforesaid act shall be 
deemed State roads, and kept in repair as other State roads 
are. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force ^N ACT changing the times of holding circuit courts in Jersey, Cass, and 
Jan. 30, 1840. Scott counties. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the Slate of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the times of hold- 
ing the circuit courts in the counties of Jersey, Cass, and 
Scott, shall hereafter be as follows: 
Times of In the county of Jersey, on the Thursdays before the first 

^ 61 je n | courts Mondays in May and November. 

Cass. ISey " 1° the county of Cass, on the Thursdays before the fourth 

Mondays in May, and first Mondays in October. 

S C ott. In the county of Scott, on the fourth Monday in May, and 

first Mondays in October; and all causes depending in said 
courts respectively, shall stand for trial at the terms aforesaid, 

Return of an d a il process which has been or may be issued, returnable to 

process. ^ e terms as heretofore fixed by law, shall be deemed and 

held to be returnable, at the terms fixed by this act, and all 
recognizances or obligations required to be complied with in 
the said courts, at the terms heretofore provided for, shall be 
deemed and held as recognizances or obligations to be com- 
plied with at the terms fixed by this act. 
Approved, January 30ih, 1840. 



, , AN ACT relating to certain records in the counties of Franklin, William- 

in iorce, g Morgan, and Cass. 

Jan- 30, 1840. , 707 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Records of represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- 
Franklin. s i ners' court of Franklin county, be, and they are hereby au- 
thorized to contract with any suitable person, for the 
transcribing, into suitable books, all deeds and other instru- 
ments of writing, heretofore recorded in said recorder's office, 
and that they be allowed to pay such person a reasonable 
compensation /or his services. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 87 

Sec. 2. The county commissioners' courts, of the counties Williamson 
of Williamson, and Cass, be, and they are hereby, anthorized a S8- 
to contract with any suitable persons to transcribe, into suitable 
books for that purpose, all deeds, and ether instruments of writ- 
ing, heretofore recorded in the recorder's office of the counties 
of Franklin and Morgan, which in any wise affect the interest, Franklin and 
or belong to, the counties of Williamson and Cass, and that Mov S an - 
they pay such persons a reasonable compensation lor their 
services. 

This act to take effect and be in force from and after its 
passage. 

Approved, January 30th, 1S40. 



AN ACT fixing the time of holding the Summer term of the Supreme Court. In force, 

Feb. lst,1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the Stale of Illinois, Summer term 
represented in the General Assembly, That hereafter the sum- su P reme 
mer term of the Supreme Court shall commence on the first 
Monday in June, in each year, and all parts of laws inconsist- 
ent with this act are hereby repealed. Laws repeal- 

Approved, February 1st, 1840. 



AN ACT in relation to the county of Williamson. j n force 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That the Secretary of tary of State 
State be required to furnish to the judge of the third judicial 
circuit, and to the clerk of the circuit court of the counties of 
Franklin and Williamson, a certiiied copy of a law passed at 
the present session, entitled "an act to amend an act to amend 
an act establishing the county of Williamson." 

Sec 2. The judge of the third judicial circuit is hereby Judge of 3d 
required to hold courts in the county of Williamson, at the JjjJJJjJjJ X ^l\- 
town of Marion, in pursuance of law. liamson 

Approved, January 31stj 1S40. 



AN ACT requiring School Commissioners to distribute school funds at the In force, 
county seats. Jan 31, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That it shall be- the duty 
of the School Commissioners of the several counties of this 
State, to distribute the school funds to the teachers and treasu- 
rers of townships, in their respective counties, at the county 
seats of said counties: And it shall also be the duty of said 
commissioners, to give four weeks public notice of the time of 
making such distribution. 

Approved, January 31st, 1840. 



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In force, 
March 1,1840. 
Time of hold' 
ins.' courts in 



Stephenson 

Winnebago 

Boone 

Lee 

Whiteside 

Rock Island 

Carroll 

Jo Daviess 

Writs and 
process 



AN ACT fixing the times of holding Courts in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the Stale of Illinois^ 
represented in the General Assembly. That the circuit courts of 
the several counties composing the sixth judicial circuit, b.3re- 
inafter named, shall be holden at the county seat of said coun- 
ties at the times following: 

In the county of Stephenson, on the first Mondays in April 
and September. 

In the county of Winnebago, on the Thursdays after the first 
Mondays in April and September. 

In the county of Boone, on the first Thursdays after the 
second Mondays in April and September. 

In the county of Lee, on the third Mondays in April and 
September. 

In the county of Whiteside on the first Thursdays after the 
third Mondays in April and September. 

In the county of Rock Island, on the fourth Mondays [in] 
April and September. 

In the county of Carroll on the next Mondays after the fourth 
Mondays in April and September. 

In the county of Jo Daviess, on the second Mondays in May, 
October, and February. 

Sec. 2. All writs, subpoenas, and other process, which may 
be issued and made returnable to the terms of courts in said 
circuit, as heretofore required to be holden, shall be deemed 
and taken to be returnable to said courts, as required to be 
holden under this act; and all proceedings pending in any of 
said courts, shall be taken up and disposed of according to law, 
as 'f no alteration had been made in the times of holding said 
courts. 

This act to take effect and be in force from and after the 
first day of March next. 

Approved, January 29th, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to amend "An act establishing the county of Williamson," ap- 
Jan. 18, 1810. proved February 28, 1839. 



Williamson 
attached 3d 
judicial cir- 
cuit 

Duty of judge 
to hold court 
in 
Time of court 



Duty of audit- 
or to pay 
school fund to 
Williamson 
county 



Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county of Wil- 
liamson be attached to, and form a part of, the third judicial 
circuit of the State of Illinois, and the Judge of said circuit is 
hereby required to appoint a circuit clerk in said county, and 
to hold circuit courts in said county, on the Monday after the 
circuit court in the county of Johnson, until otherwise di- 
rected. 

Sec 2. Until a new apportionment is made, the Auditor of 
Public Accounts shall issue his warrant in favor of the School 
Commissioner and agent for the inhabitants of Williamson 
county, for one-half of the distributive share of the school fund, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 89 

belonging to the comity of Franklin, under the last appor- 
tionment. 

Sec. 3. The county of Franklin and Williamson, at the Election for 
next general election for Senator and Representatives to the ^" atur ^ nci 
General Assembly, shall each be entitled to elect one Repre- ti ve s 
sentative, and the county of Williamson shall vote with the 
counties of Franklin and Jackson, for Senator; and the clerk Duty of clerk 
of Williamson county shall be required to perform all the duties of Williamson 
in relation to such election, as is required of the county clerk of ei e ' C tions° 
the county of Jackson. 

Sec 4. The official acts of all officers rendering services Acts of officers 
in their official capacities, in the counties of Williamson and s 
Franklin, since the first Monday in August last, are hereby de- 
clared lo be legal as though no division had taken place; and 
the election of all officers which took place in the counties of 
Williamson and Franklin, on the first Monday in August last, Ele . ctIon sle- 
is hereby legalized, and commissions required to be issued ac- ga lze 
cordingly: and the clerk of the county commissioners' court of Du ty of cl . erk 
Franklin county, is hereby required to hand over to the coun- COUQt y 
ty clerk of Williamson county, all bonds which he may <have 
received of officers elected in the county of Williamson, at such 
election, and said bonds shall be filed in the clerk ; s office of Bondsofoffi- 
said county, and be in force as though they were given to such oers 
clerk. 

Sec 5. The act establishing Frankfort the county seat of Act repealed 
Franklin coun'y, is hereby repealed. 

This act to be in force from and after its passage. 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



AN ACT exempting certain articles from execution, in addition to those In force. 

already exempt by the laws of this State. June 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Property ex- 
represenied in the General Assembly, That each person, being empt from ex- 
the head of a family, and residing with the same, shall retain, ecutlon 
exempt from execution, in addition to the property now exempt 
by the laws of this State, one horse, or yoke of oxen, not ex- 
ceeding in value sixty dollars: Provided, Such head of a Proviso 
family shall follow the cultivation of the soil, for the maintain- 
ance of himself and family, or should such head of a family be 
a mechanic, and follow the art of his profession, for the inain- 
tainancc of himself and family, such mechanic shall retain 
sixty dollars worth of tools suited to his profession. 

Sec. "2. Should any disagreement arise between any officer Appraisement 
and defendant in execution, about and concerning the value ° f property 
of any species of property allowed by the first section of this 
act, it shall be the duty of such officer forthwith to summon two 
disinterested householders, who, after being duly sworn by 
some justice of the peace, shall proceed to appraise said pro- 



90 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

pertv, as each defendant may select, as mentioned in the first 
section of this act, not exceeding in valuation sixty dollars. 
This law to take an effect upon all contracts, or cause of 
actions, accruing from and after the first day of June next. 
Approved, February 1st, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT fixing the times of holding the spring terms of the circuit courts 
Jan. 29, 1840. in the counties of Coles anil Champaign, and authorizing an additional 
term of the circuit courts of Vermilion and Edgar counties. 

Spring terms Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State oj Illinois, 
ot courts in represented in the General Assembly, That the spring terms of 
Champaign the circuit courts, for the counties of Coles and Champaign, 
shall be commenced at the times hereinafter specified, and 
Exceptions shall continue to be held from day to day, (Sundays excepted) 
until the business shall be disposed of, unless it shall be neces- 
sary to close the term to enable the judge to attend in the 
next county to hold court, viz: in the county of Coles, on the 
Time of courts third Monday in the month of March; in the county of Cham- 
paign on Wednesday before the first Monday in June. 
mrnabfe ^ ^ Ec * ^' ^ process, suits, and recognizances, which have 
been, or may be, entered into, and made returnable, to the 
said courts as at present arranged, shall be taken and consid- 
ered to be returnable to the terms fixed by this act, and all 
proceedings, either civil or criminal, which are now pending, 
shall be taken up and disposed of according to law, in the 
same way as if no alteration had been made in the times of 
holding such courts. 
Additional g EC# 3. There shall be an additional term of the circuit court 

in^Vemiilion ^ c ^ annually, in the counties of Vermilion and Edgar, at the 
and Edgar times herein directed, viz: In the county of Vermilion, on the 
first Monday in June, and in the county of Edgar on the sec- 
ond Monday of June. 

Sec. 4. This act repeals all acts and parts of acts coming 
Acts repealed within its provisions, and shall be in force from and after its 
passage. 

Approved, January 29th. 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to amend an act entitled an act to amend the several acts in 
Jan. 18, 1840. relation to common schools, approved March 4, 1837. 

Part of act re- Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the Stale of Illinois, 
pealed represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the act 

entitled "an act to amend the several acts in relation to com- 
mon schools,'- as.rcquires two-thirds of [the] votes to be in favor 
of beccoming incorporated, is hereby repealed: And hereafter 
it shall only be necessary for a majority of the legal voters of 
any township in this State, to vote for becoming incc.-f orated, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 91 

to entitle them to all the provisions of the act to which this is 
an amendment. 

Approved, January 18th, 1840. 



AN ACT to authorize and require the school commissioner of Sangamon In force, 
county to pay over certain school funds to the school commissioners of Jan- 28, 1840. 
Menard, Logan, and Dane counties. , 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois-, Commissioner 
represented in the General Assembly, That as soon as the school of Sang iuihd 
commissioners of Menard, Logan, and Dane counties, shall i ea a t( J^eiMud" 
enter into bond with the county courts of their respective coun-&c 
ties, for the proper discharge of their duties, and present a 
certificate of the county clerks of their respective counties, 
certifying to the facts of their having been thus authorized to 
receive said funds, the school commissioner of Sangamon 
county, be, and he is hereby, required to pay over the town- 
ship funds belonging to the several townships within the limits 
of the counties of Menard, Logan, and Dane. 

Sec. 2. The Auditor of Public Accounts shall apportion Duty of audit- 

the funds to be distributed on the first Monday in January 01 " 

next for the use of schools in Sangamon county, in the follow- „ .. „ 

i i liii Proportions 

ing proportions, to wit: to Menard county, five hundred dol- to counties 

lars; to Logan county, two hundred and fifty dollars; to Dane 

county, two hundred and fifty dollars. 

Sec. 3. All abstracts and schedules, and other useful papers, Schedules, 
comprising maps, reports of trustees, and all other useful pa- m ^ ps ' reports '' 
pers that have been, or may hereafter be, presented to the 
school commissioner of Sangamon county, that properly be- 
long to any and all of the several townships within the limits of 
the counties mentioned in the first section of this act, shall be 
furnished to the proper commissioners, on or before the thirti- 
eth day of December, 1839, if application be made for the 
same. 

Sec. 4. It shall be lawful, hereafter, for the county courts New counties 
of all new counties, formed, or to be formed, in this State, after S chool*com- 
the organization required by law, to appoint a school commis- missioners 
sioner; and said commissioner, on producing evidence of his 
appointment, as required by the first section of this act, is 
hereby authorized to demand, sue for, and receive from, the 
county or counties from which the same shall have been tak- 
en, or out of which such new county, was, or may be, formed, 
all moneys, papers, or other valuable things, that of right be- 
long to the inhabitants of said new county. 

Sec. 5. The school commissioners of Menard, Logan, and Scnec1ule s,&c 
Dane counties, shall be allowed to receive schedules and ab- ofMenard ' & « 
stracts of schools, up to the second Monday of Januaiy next,- and 
they shall also be allowed the further time of one week to pre- 
pare for paying claims, but nothing herein contained shall be 



92 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

so construed as to delay paymenters long*;than the third Mon- 
day of January, A. D. 1840. 
Commissioner Sec. 6. That the school commissioner of Schuyler county, 
of Schuyler t0 Illinois, shall be required to withhold payment of any part of 
money till that portion of the interest on the school, college, and semina- 
commissioner ry fund, drawn by said commissioner for the use of schools of 
of Brown ishall sa ^ CO unty, for the year eighteen hundred and thirty-nine, 
until the school commissioner of the county of Brown, shall 
present the schedules o'f teachers of schools in the said county 
of Brown, which may be made out according to law, and the 
said commissioner of Schuyler shall then apportion the said 
fund amongst the several teachers of both [of J said counties, 
as the law required previous to the creation of the county of 
Proviso Brown: Provided, The school commissioner of Bi own county 

shall present said schedules to the commissioner of Schuyler 
county, on or before the first day of June next. 
County school Sec. 7. That the school commissioner of Schuyler county 
fund ot Brown s } la }| De required to settle with, and pay over to, the school 
commissioner of Brown county, such portion of any county 
school fund, which may be in his hands, to which the county 
of Brown may be equitably entitled, in consequence of the 
division of the said county of Schuyler: and that the data by 
which, the apportionment and division of any such fund shall 
be made, shall be fixed upon by the two commissioners of said 
counties, and in case of their disagreement, it shall be appor- 
tioned according to the number of the votes polled for the can- 
didates for Congress, within the limits of said counties, in the 
year 1S37. 
Com'r of Put- Sec. 8. The school commissioner of the county of Putnam 
nam to pay is hereby required to pay over to the school commissioners of 
shS'l'an? 1 " ^ C counties of Marshall and Stark, the one half of the annual 
Stark interest received by him, from the State treasury, on the col- 

lege, school, and seminary funds (after first deducting the 
Am't to Bu- - m0 unt required by law to be paid to the county of Bureau) 
in the following proportion, to wit: to the county of Marshall, 
one-third part; and to the county of Stark, one-sixth part of 
the whole remaining fund, as aforesaid. The distributions 
and divisions authorized by this act, to continue to be made as 
aforesaid, until a distribution is made under the next census. 
Approved, January 27th, 1840. 



reau 



In force, AN ACT to provide for holding an addiiional term of the circuit court in 
Jan. 29, 1840. the county of Peoria. 

Spring term of s EC# \ j$ j t enactec i ty fh e p e0 ple of the State of Illinois, 

BeKtib coun-r e P resen ted in the General Assembly, That the spring term of 

tj the circuit court in the county of De Kalb, shall be held on the 

first Monday in June annually, and all writs and other process 

which may be issued and made returnable, at the term of said 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 93 

court as heretofore required to be holdcn, shall be deemed 
and taken to be returnable to the said term as required to be 
held by the provisions of this act. 

Sec. 2. In addition to the regular terms of the circuit court Additional 
in the ninth judicial circuit, there shall be held, in the county*^.™ 8 ^"^ 
of Kane, a term of said court, on the second Monday in July, Kane and Pe- 
and in the county of Peoria, on the fourth Monday in July,oria 
annually. 

Approved, January 29th, 1840. 



AN ACT to provide for the settlement of debts and liabilities incurred on j n f orce 

account of Internal Improvements in the State of Illinois. Yeb 1st 1840 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, One Fund 
represented in the General Assembly, That there shall be elect- Commissioner 
ed by the joint vote of the two Houses of the present General tobe elected 
Assembly, and by each regular General Assembly hereafter, 
one Fund Commissioner, who shall give bond and qualify, in 
the same manner that Fund Commissioners were required to 
give bond and qualify, by and under the provisions of an act, 
entitled "an act to establish and maintain a general system of 
Internal Improvements, passed 27th February, 1837," and the 
acts supplemental and amendatory thereto, and who shall per- Duties 
form the same duties that were required to be performed by 
the Fund Commissioners, under the provisions of the laws 
aforesaid, except that he shall not be authorized to sell State 
bonds, or borrow money on behalf of the State, unless hereaf- 
ter authorized by law. It shall be the duty of the Fund Com- 
missioner to receive all Iron which may have been purchased 
for the use of the State of Illinois, at whatever port landed in 
the United States; and to provide for its transportation to the 
State of Illinois; and to pay all duties, or execute bonds there- 
for, in conformity with the several laws of Congress, relating to 
railroad iron, freight and charges upon the same; and to enable 
the fund commissioner to make such payments, it shall be law- When State 
ful for him to dispose of State bonds to an amount sufficient to bon ds may be 
pay such charges, being governed in the sale and disposal of 9old 
such bonds, by the provisions of an act entitled an act to 
establish and maintain a general system of Internal Improve- 
ments: Provided, That if there shall be a sufficient amount Proviso 
of the money borrowed on account of the Internal Improve- 
ment system on hand, to pay said charges, the Fund Commis- 
sioner shall apply such money to such payment, and shall not 
make sale of State bonds for that purpose. 

Sec 2. There shall be elected, by the joint vote of theThreeCom- 
present General Assembly, and by each regular General As- missioners of 
sembly hereafter, three commissioners, to be styled the Board Public Works 
of Public Works, who shall give bond and qualify in the same 
manner that the commissioners of the Board of Public Works 



94 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

were required to give bonds and qualify, by and under the 
provisions of an act entitled "an act to establish and maintain 
a general system of Internal Improvements," passed the 27th 
February, 1837, and the several acts supplemental and 
amendatory thereto, and who shall continue in office until 
the first day of January, 1841, and until their successors are 
elected and qualified. 
Duties Sec. 3. The said Board of Public Works shall keep their 

May employ office in the town of Springfield, and may employ in their said 
' ecretai 3 r office one clerk or secretary, at the cost of the State, whose 
duty it shall be to keep the accounts, and to keep a fair regis- 
ter ofthe actings and doings of the said Board of Public 
Works. 
Term of office § EC ^ 4 ^he officers elected under the provisions of this act 
shall hold their offices until the first day of January, eighteen 
hundred and forty-one, and until their successors are elected 
and qualified, and the said Fund Commissioner and members 
of the Board of Public Works, shall each receive the sum of 
Pay of Com- f our dollars for each day they may actually be employed, and 
missumers ^q\\ not ^ e ent ^j e( j to an y compensation for travelling ex- 
penses or other contingencies. 
Duty of late Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the late Board of Commissioners 
] b i° ai orkl PUb " of Pubhc Works forthwith to deliver up to the Board of Pub- 
lic Works, all books, records, maps, drawings, and papers of 
every kind and description pertaining to their office, and all 
property of every kind and description, in their possession, or 
under their control, which belongs to the State. 
What proper- Sec. 6. The Board of Public Works shall dispose of such 
ty of Sfue property belonging to the State as is not wanted for immediate 
X bediSP ° S ~ use > and is [as] will be subject to waste or depreciation by 
keeping, and account to the State (or the proceeds ofthe same, 
and shall, to the best of their ability, protect the various pub- 
lic works of the State from dilapidation or decay. 
Governor to Sec 7. Should a vacancy occur, during the recess of the 
fill vacancies General Assembly, in the office of Fund Commissioner, or 
Board of Public Works, the Governor shall fill such vacancy 
by appointment, which shall expire at the time then next 
ensuing for the election for such officer, or at the end of 
the next session of the General Assembly, whichever shall 
Proviso first occur: Provided, The appointment of such officer shall 

not expire until his successor shall be elected and qualified. 

40thsectionof Sec. 8. The fortieth section of the act to establish and 

act revived mam tain a general system of Internal Improvement, approved 

27th February, 1837, is hereby revived, and declared to be 

in full force and effect, any law repealing or suspending 

said act to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Board, how Sec. 9. The Board of Public Works, in making setttle- 

g-overned in men r, g with contractors, and others, and in superintending, 

s ^ t c dements ' managing, keeping in repair and operations, such works as 

may be completed, shall be governed in all respects by the 

act entitled "an act to establish and maintain a general sys- 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 95 

tern of Internal Improvements," passed 27th February, 1837, 
and the several laws supplemental and amendatory thereto, 
and all parts of said laws which impose fines, forfeitures, and 
penalties, for injuries to the public works, or fcr any oth- 
er cause, and which prescribes the mode and manner of col- 
lecting such fines and forfeitures, and imposing penalties, are 
hereby revived, and continued in full force and effect. 

Sec. 10. The Board of Public Works shall cause the amount Amount due 
due to contractors to be estimated, including the back per cent- contractol ' s 
age, heretofore retained, and sholl give a draft therefore [there- 
tor] on the Fund Commissioner, and in case of disagreement 
between the Acting Commissioner and the contractor, then 
the matter in dispute shall be referred to the Board, when 
in session, u hose decision shall be final in the case. And if Decision ef 
any contractor, or contractors, shall claim any amount from board final 
the State, over and above the retained per centage, for dama- 
ges on his contract, such claim for damages shall be decided 
by the Board, when in session, and they shall issue a draft in 
favor of such contractor, for the amount allowed ; and the 
decision of the Board on the claim of such contractor, shall be 
final. The Board of Public Works shall also settle and adjust 
all dues and liabilities of every kind, due and owing from the Dues and Ha- 
thc State, under the provisions of the act to establish and main- bilitiea to be 
tain a general system of Internal Improvements, approved sett e 
27th February, 1837, and the acts supplemental and amenda- 
tory thereto, and give drafts for the amount so settled and 
adjusted, on the Fund Commissioner; and when any person 
shall receive drafts, under the provisions of this section, his Drafts given 
contract shall be cancelled. in settlement 

Sec 11. All drafts drawn by the Commissioners of the Drafts drawn 
Board of Public Works, on the Fund Commissioner, if not paid on fund com- 
within thirty days, shall bear six percent, interest per annum, "yj^ 01 ! 61 , 
from date; and all drafts heretofore drawn by any member of interest 
the former Board of Public Works, on the former Board of 
Fund Commissioners, and which have not been paid, shall bear 
the same interest from their respective dates; and in all cases 
where the Fund Commissioners, in making payments on spe- 
cial drafts, cannot pay off the whole amount of said drafts, it 
shall be lawful for him to endorse the amount paid, on the Endorsements 
back of said draft. on drafts 

Sec 12. The Board of Public Worksshall pay off, and dis- 
charge, all engineers and agents now in employment, whose 
services are not indispensable to assist them to ascertain the 
amount due to contractors, and so soon as their services can 
be dispensed with they shall also be discharged. 

Sec 13. The Board of Public Works shall have power to Management 
provide for the security, and successful management and ope- of railroads 
ration of such parts of the railroads as are already completed, 
and may fix and establish the rates of toll to be collected 
therefrom, and provide for the faithful collection thereof, and 
for the payment of the amounts collected, to the Fund Com- 



96 * LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Fines for not missioner, and any person refusing to pay the established tolls, 
paying tolls shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction 
thereof, shall be fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred 
dollars. 
Fundcommis- Sec. 14. The Fund Commissioner shall be, and is authoriz- 
sionei-mayre- e( ] j and required to take, and receive back, any and all State 
ceiyeback Don ds heretofore sold to any person, firm, or corpoiation, who 
have failed, or may hereafter fail, to comply with their con- 
tract, and upon the reception of all such bonds sold them, said 
commissioner is authorized to cancel said contracts, and the 
bonds thus returned shall be burned by the Fund Commis- 
sioner, in the presence of ihe Auditor and Treasurer of State; 
Bonds, when anc [ fa e p nn( [ Commissioner shall make and keep a correct 
register of the number, amount, and disposition made of all 
bonds and money coming to his hands. 
Settlement of Sec. 15. The Fund Commissioner, when elected and quali- 

fanTTommis fie( ^' shil11 audit &lld SCttle * e acC0Unts of the late Boa! ' d of 
sioners Fund Commissioners, and the late Board of Public Works, 

and of each member of said Boards; and, in case any mem- 
ber of either of said Boards, or of former Boards, shall be 
found to be in arrear to the State, he shall cause suit forth- 
with to be instituted against such person. 
What acts re- Sec. 16. Sueh parts of the acts to establish and maintain 
vived a g enera ] system of Internal Improvement, approved Febru- 

ary 27th, 1837, and the acts supplemental and amendatory 
thereto, as are necessary to enable the Fund Commissioners 
and Board of Public Works to discharge the duties imposed 
upon them by this act, are hereby revived for the purposes 
herein defined, and no other. 
Approved, February 1st, 1840. 



In force AN ACT further to amend the several acts in relation to common schools 
Feb. 3d, 1840. 

Dutyoftreas- Sec 1. Bo it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
urers of town- represented in the General Assembly, That in making out the 
ships in mak- . t t required by the fifteenth section of the act of March 
■g tiubiraois ^ xgifi, entitled "an act to amend the several acts in rela- 
tion to common schools," the treasurer of townships shall state 
in such abstracts, the amount of compensation earned by each 
teacher named in such abstracts, within the time comprised in 
the same; and the school commissioner of the county shall 
not pay more than one-half of such compensation from the in- 
terest of the school, college, and seminary funds. 
Scholars in Sec. 2. In all cases where scholars residing in an unincorpo- 

unincorporat- Tii t e( { township, shall attend aschool taught in a township which 
cd townships hag become incorporated, the .teachers' schedule, comprising 
the names of such scholars, shall be examined and certified by 
the trustees of the township in which the school is kept, and 
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LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 97 

such unincorporated township, or the larger part thereof, is 
situated ; and such school commissioner shall pay the teacher 
of such scholars a distributive share of the interest of the 
school fund of such township. 

Sec. 3. When scholars, residing in an incorporated town- Teachers in 
ship, attend a school kept in a township which is not incorpo- uninoorporat- 
sated, the teacher's schedule, comprising the names of such ec tovras 1 P 3 
scholars, shall be examined and certified by the trustees of 
the school which such scholars attend, and delivered to the 
treasurer of the township in which such scholars reside, and 
their teacher shall be entitled to receive from such treasurer 
a distributive share of the interest of the school fund of such 
township. 

Sec. 4. Whenever the situation of the settlements is such School dis- 
as to make it expedient that a school district shall comprise ! ricts Qowpris- 
portions of two or more incorporated townships, such district o^IIowdbM 
may be established, and its boundaries defined, and altered by 
the concurrent action of the trustees of the several townships 
in which such school district is comprised. 

Sec 5. When a school shall consist of scholars residing in Scholars of 
two or more counties, separate schedules or abstracts shall te two or more 
made and returned in the mode heretofore provided by law, counties 
to the school commissioners of each of said counties, in order 
to entitle the teacher to a share of the interest of the school, 
college, and seminary funds of the State. 

Sec. 6. So much of the seventeenth section of the act of.p arto f section 
March 4th, 1837, entitled "an act to amend the several acts repealed 
in relation to common schools," as requires that "the appor- 
tionment of money shall be equalized in each township, by 
paying to every teacher the same rate of compensation," is 
hereby repealed. 

Approved, February 3d, 1840. 



AN ACT supplemental to an act to authorize and require the school com- In force, 
commissioner of Sangamon county to pay over certain school funds to Feb. 3d, 1840 
the school commissioners of Menard, Logan, and Dane counties. 

Sec. 1. Beit enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Words con- 
represented in the General Assembly, That the words "Janu-strued 
ary next," in the second and third lines of the second section 
of the act to which this is supplemental, shall be construed to 
apply to, and mean, January, 1840. And the Auditor of Duty ofaudit . 
Public Accounts, and the school commissioner of Sangamon or and school 
county, are hereby required to construe the act to which this commissioner 
is supplemental, as applying to the present year, and not to 
the year 1841. 

Approved, February 3d, 1840. 



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In force, AN ACT to abolish the Board of Commissioners of Public Works, and the 
Feb. 1st, 1840 Board of Fund Commissioners. 

Parts of acts Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
repealed represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the act 
entitled an act to establish and maintain a general system of 
Internal Improvements, passed 27th of February, eighteen 
hundred and thirty-seven, as authorizes the establishment of a 
Board of Commissioners of Public Works, and a Board of 
Fund Commissioners, shall be, and the same is, hereby repeal- 
ed. 

Approved, February 1st, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT for the relief of contractors on public works in this State. 

Feb. 3d, 1840 

Furd com'r Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 

may sell bonds represented in the General Assembly, That in case sufficient 

iractors COn " f un -ds should not be available, from loans already ncgociated, 

to pay the contractors on the Internal Improvement system, 

for such balances as may be found due them for work already 

done, that the Fund Commissioner, for the time being, are [is] 

hereby authorized to sell, at not less than par, sufficient of the 

State bonds to pay said balances. 

Drafts drawn Sec. 2. That when drafts have heretofore been, or that 

by board P 1 ^ 3 - hereafter shall be, drawn by any of the Commissioners of the 

fund com'r Board of Public Works, on the Fund Commissioner, for balan- 

heretofore, to ces due contractors, for work done on any of the railroads in 

be taken up ^ gj-ate, or t anv other person for other liabilities, embraced in 
and new drafts ' / , r . . ri i 

issued to bear "an act to establish and maintain a general system ot Internal 

interest Improvements," and all acts supplementary thereto, and those 

drafts shall not have been paid by the Fund Commissioner, it 
shall be the duty of the Commissioners of the Board of Public 
Works to give other drafts in lieu thereof, drawing interest at 

Proriso the rate of six per cent, per annum: Provided, That no such 

renewed or substituted draft shall be for a less sum than one 
hundred dollars; and no new contracts shall hereafter be let 
out by the Board of Public Works. 
Approved, February 3d, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT declaring Fox river navigable. 

Jan. 15, 1840 

In the coun- Sec. I. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
ties of La represented in the General Assembly, That the Fox river, in the 
andM'Henry counties of La Salle, Kane, and McHenry, from the conflu- 
from Ottawa ence with the Illinois river, at Ottawa, to the northern bound- 
to northern ar y f this State, is hereby declared a navigable stream, and 
shall be deemed and held a public highway. 

This act shall take effect from and after its passage. 
Approved, January 15th, 1840. 



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AN ACT for the relief of John G. McHatton. I n force, 

Feb. 1, 1840 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
rcdresented in the General Assembly, That fifty-eight dollars be, 
and the said is hereby, appropriated to John G. McHatton, M 5 ^ H to tt( ^ G ' 
sheriff of Schuyler county: it being the amount paid by the 
said McHatton for the apprehension of William Frame, who 
had escaped from the jail of the said county of Schuyler, when 
he was confined on a charge of murder, and of which charge 
he was afterwards convicted and executed. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT supplemental to "An act to authorize the inhabitants of Cahokia, In force, 
to raise a levee on the creek bank opposite the town of Cahokia. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the supervisor au- Supervise* to 
thorized to be elected by the act to which this is a supplement, 
shall be elected as provided in said act, and a certificate sign- 
ed by the judge holding the election, shall, in all cases, be 
sufficient evidence of his election. 

Sec. 2. That said supervisor shall have power to institute Powers of 
and maintain actions of trespass in any court having jurisdic- super 
tion of the same, for the benefit of the citizens of Cahokia, 
against any person trespassing on the commons attached to 
said town. 

Sec. 3. This act to take effect from and after its passage. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT supplimental to "An act to incorporate the Bainbridge In force, 

Academy," approved March 2d 1839. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted ty the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the treasurer and p owe rs of 
board of trustees of the Bainbridge Academy, shall have all Trustees 
the privileges given to the treasurer and board of trustees of 
incorporated townships under the act to amend the several 
"Acts in relation to common schools, approved March the 
fourth, eighteen hundred and thirty seven:" Provided, That Proviso 
the treasurer and board of trustees of the Bainbridge Acade- 
my shall comply with all the provisions of the last mentioned 
act, prescribing the duties of the treasurer and board of 
trustees of incorporate townships. This act to be in force 
from and after its passage. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



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In force, AN ACT for the relief of William Howell, of Calhoun county. 

Feb. 1, J 840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
\uditor to is- represented in the General Assembly, That the Auditor of pub- 
lic accounts is hereby authorized and required to issue his 
warrant on the Treasurer, in favor of William Howell, of 
Calhoun dounty, for one hundred and nine dollars and fifty 
cents, which shall be in full for his services and expenses in 
going to Missouri aud apprehending and bringing to Pike 
county a fugitive from justice. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



sue warrant 
to Wm. How 
ell for $101/ 
and 50 cts. 



In force AN ACT to amend an act, entitled "An act concerning the road from 
Feb. 1 1840. Warsaw to Quincy," approved February 22, 1839. 



cate road 



Sej. 1. Be it enacted by the ppople of the State of Illinois, 
Comi's to lo- represented in the General Assembly, That the commissioners 
named in the act to which this is an amendment, or a ma- 
jority of them, shall proceed to locate said road from Warsaw 
in Hancock county, to Quincy in Adams county, according to 
the provisions of the act to which this is an amendment, pre- 
vious to the first day of August next. 

Sec 2. Be it further enacted, That so m\ich of the State 
road from Warsaw in Hancock county, to Peoria in Peoria 
county, as lies between Warsaw and Carthage, in Hancock 
county, laid out under the authority of an act, entitled "An 
act to locate a State road from Warsaw in Hancock county, 
to Peoria in Peoria county, approved 4th of February, 1837," 
is hereby declared a Si ate road. 

Sec. 3. And the said location and survey is hereby declar- 
ed to be legal and valid in all respects, and shall not be set 
aside or be held to be void amd of no effect, on account of any 
informality in locating said road whatever; and the road, as 
laid off and located by the said commissioners, or any two of 
them, shall be opened, worked, and kept in repair as the law 
requires. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



Road from 
Warsaw to 
Peoria 



Location 
legal : 



T f AN ACT to incorporate the St. Clair Steam Mill Company. 

Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Laurant Pensaneau, 
Wm.C. Carr, John Barkley and David Re verdy, their associates, 
Body politic heirs and assigns, are hereby constituted and declared a body 
ic corporate politic and corporate, by the name and style of the "St. Clair 
Name and Steam Mill Company," from and after the passage of this act; 
8t y le and by that name and style they and their successors shall 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 101 

have succession for ten years, and shall, in law, be capable of 
suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, an- Powers 
swering and being answered unto, in all courts and places 
whatsoever; may have a common seal, and may change and 
alter the same at pleasure; and they and their succeisors may 
also, by that name and style, be capable, in law, of purchas- 
ing, holding and conveying away real and personal estate 
for the use and purposes of said corporation; which real estate 
shall not exceed one hundred and sixty acres, whereon to 
erect the mill and necessary inclosures for carrying on the bu- 
siness of the said company. 

Sec 2. The said company, hereby incorporated, shall have 
power to erect a steam mill at or near Illinois town, in the Location 
county of St. Clair, and are hereby authorized to carry on the 
manufacturing of the various kinds of grain and other manu- 
factures, to export the same and other products of the country, 
and to use all such powers and privileges as may be necessary 
to carry on the said manufactory according to the objects of 
this act as herein expressed. 

Sec. 3. The capital stock of said company shall consist of c - ta j 8tock 
ten thousand dollars, with the privilege of increasing the same 
to twenty thousand dollars, to be divided into shares of one 
hundred dollars each. 

Sec. 4. Said company shall meet annually on the first Mon- Annual eleo- 
day of April, and elect a president and secretary, who shall tl0n 
be sworn by a justice of the peace to the faithful discharge of 
his duties, and who shall keep a record of the proceedings of Records 
said company in a book to be by him kept for that purpose; 
a treasurer who shall give bond to such amount and in such Treasurer to 
manner as the said company shall direct; and said company glve 
shall appoint such other officers and agents as may be necessa- 0fficersaud 
ry to carry into effect the powers herein granted. 8 

Sec 5. Said company shall have power to make and estab- 
lish all such by-laws, rules and regulations, as shall be neces- 
sary, and not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of 
this State or of the United States; and the provisions of this 
act for. the transfer or payment of the stock or property of 
said company, and for the management and direction of the 
affairs of said company. 

Sec 6. If it should happen that any election should not 
be made or held on the day appointed by the provisions of this 
act, the said company shall not for that reason be dissolved ; 
but such election may be held on any other day within thirty 
days thereafter, notice being given by the president, secre- 
tary, or any two members of said company; and at all elec- 
tions and proceedings of said company, each shareholder shall en \j t ] e ^ ^ e 
be entitled to as many votes as the number of shares he or she vote 
may have in said company. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



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LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Name and 
style 



Powers 



In force, AN ACT to incorporate the Sangamon Coal Bank Bridge Company. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That all such persons as 
shall become subscribers to the stock hereinafter mentioned, 
Body politic shall be, and they are hereby, constituted and declared a body 
corporate and politic, by the name and style of the "Sanga- 
mon Coal Bank Bridge Company," from and after the passage 
of this act, and by that name they and their successors shall, 
in law, be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and 
being impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts and 
places whatsoever; and they and their successors may have a 
common seal, and may alter and change the same at pleasure; 
and also they and their successors, by that name and style, 
shall be, in law, capable of purchasing, holding and convey- 
ing any estate, real and personal, which may be necessary to 
enable the said company to carry out the expressed objects 
for which they are incorporated, and none other. The char- 
Existence of tered existence of said company shall cease at the expiration 
charter f twenty years from the passage hereof, and the stock there- 

of shall be deemed and considered personal property. 

Sec 2. That the capital stock of said company shall be 
three thousand dollars, divided into three hundred shares of 
ten dollars each; and James F. Reed, Gersham Keys, Tho- 
mas J. Knox, William Pickerell and Thomas Simpson, of San- 
gamon county, and Samuel Nesbit, of Macon county, are 
hereby appointed commissioners to receive subscription for 
said stock; and such subscription shall be opened at such times 
and places as the commissioners, or a majority of them, shall 
appoint, by notice to be published in the Journal and Register 
papers, printed in the town of Springfield, at least twenty 
days before the time appointed. If the requisite number of 
shares shall not be subscribed for, at the time and places ap- 
pointed for such subscription, said commissioners, or a majority 
of them, shall take such measures for compelling [completing] 
such subscription as they may deem expedient and proper. 
Every subscriber shall, at the time of subscribing, pay to said 
$1 to be paid comm i ss j oners t ne sum f one dollar for each share subscribed, 
on subscrip- , , • , . , ,i • 

tion and the remainder at sucn times and in such sums as the in- 

terest of said company may require. 

Sec 3. As soon as two-thirds of the shares shall be sub- 
scribed, the commissioners shall give notice thereof, in the 
Time and manner aforesaid, and appoint the time and place in such 
place of elec- notice for the subscribers to meet, for the purpose of choosing 
tlon a treasurer, clerk, and five directors. Every stockholder shall 

be entitled, at such and all other elections, to one vote for each 
share to the number of ten, and one vote for every five addi- 
tional shares, which votes may be given in person or by proxy, 
at the election to be held as aforesaid; the said commission- 
ers, or such of them as may attend, shall be inspectors, and 
their certificate of the names of persons elected, shall be con- 



Capital stock 



Comr's to 
receive sub- 
scriptions 

Notice 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 103 

elusive evidence of such election. The first Monday in the 
month in which such election shall be held, shall be the anni- 
versity day of all subsequent elections of such officers. A Annual dec- 
majority of the directors, so chosen, shall be a quorum, and tlons 
shall be capable of transacting the business of the corporation. Quorum 
Any act of the majority shall be binding on the corporation. 
The said directors, when elected as aforesaid, shall immedi- 
ately proceed to electone of their number as president; and the Election of 
said president and directors may meet from time to time, and President 
shall have power to make such by-laws, rules and regulations, By-laws 
as shall be deemed expedient and proper for the well-ordering 
of the affairs of the said corporation: Provided, The same be 
not repugnant to the constitution and laws of the State and 
the United States. 

Sec. 4. The said corporation is hereby authorized and em- „ . , 

i-i ji ci ■ xi Uridsje oyer 

powered to erect a bridge over tn? Sangamon river at the Sangamon 

coal bank, crossing where the road leading from Springrield to river 

Decatur crosses said river. 

Sec. 5. The said president and directors, or other persons __ ' . 
i i i ,i j wi • ' r is Valuation of 

employed by them, may enter upon and take possession of tne i an d s taken 

land on each side of the river where such bridge shall be erect- 
ed; and the said corporation, on taking possession of such 
land, and on receiving a conveyance thereof, shall pay the 
value of so much of the same as may be necessary for 
making and erecting said bridge, and establish a gate, toll- ' 
house, and other works necessary for said bridge; and in case 
of disagreement between the parties as to such value, the 
same shall and may be ascertained by three disinterested 
freeholders of the county, who shall be appointed for that 
purpose, as may be agreed on by the parties, and shall be 
sworn to make a just valuation thereof. 

Sec 6. As soon as the bridge shall be completed, it shall 
be lawful for said corporation to erect a gate at the end of said 
bridge, and demand and receive the same rates of toll as is Rates of toll 
allowed by the county court of Sangamon county to ferries 
kept on said river: Provided, That all persons, citizeus of 
Sangamon county, shall have a right to cross said bridge, in ^o^ ^/* 66 
going to or returning from any muster or election in said coun- 
ty; and all grand and petit jurors, in going to and returning 
from courts, shall be permitted to cross said bridge free of toll. 

Sec 7. If any person or persons shall wilfully or malicious- Pe ^ s °° s o in J u ' 
ly do or cause to be done any act whatsoever whereby the no ^ ij a bf e 
said bridge, or any thing appertaining to the same, shall be 
impaired, injured or destroyed, the said person or persons so 
offending, shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation treble 
the amount of damages occasioned thereby, to be recovered 
by said corporation, with costs of suit in an action of trespass, 
in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof. 

Sec 8. If any toll-gatherer shall unreasonably delay or hih- Liability of 
der any traveller from passing said bridge, or shall demand or to11 kee P ers 
receive more toll than is allowed by this act, he shall for every 



104 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

such offence forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding ten dollars, 
with cost of suit, to be recovered before any justice of the 
peace of said county for the use of the person hindered or 
Co. comr's ofdefrauded. 

Sangamon g Ec . 9. At any time after the completion of said bridge, 

brids;e"and aSe * ne coun ty commissioners of Sangamon county shall have the 

make it free right to purchase said bridge by making the same free to all 

persons crossing the same, by paying to said corporation the 

costof constructing'the same with ten per cent, interest thereon. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to amend an act to create and establish the county of Jersey. 
Feb. 1, 1840. 

# Whereas, on thefirstMonday of Augustlast,the county of Jer- 

sey was created agreeable to "An act to create and estab- 
lish the county of Jersey, approved February 28th, 1839:" 
And whereas, on the same day there was elected, in that 
part of Greene county created into the county of Jersey 
aforesaid, certain justices of the peace and constables: And 
whereas, much doubt exists in regard to the legality of said 
election: Therefore, 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
Officers of represented in the General Assembly, That all justices of the 
Jersey to hold peace and constables which were elected on the first Monday 
till next elec- f August last, in that part of Greene county created^into the 
county [of Jersey, shall severally hold tkeir offices in the county of 
Jersey for the term for which they were elected and commis- 
sioned, &c, the same as if they had been duly elected and 
commissioned for Jersey county, and their oaths of office which 
have been administered by the clerk of the county commis- 
sioners' court of Greene county, shall be deemed to have been 
properly taken. 
Time of ma- ■ Sec. 2. That all abstracts and schedules of schools in Jer- 
king abstract sev coun ty shall be made to the school commissioners of said 
tended " county, and the time for receiving the same by said school 

Duty of commissioner for the present year, is hereby extended until 

school comr's the second Monday in February next: and it shall be the duty 
of the school commissioners of Jersey county, as soon as said 
abstracts are made to him, to meet the school commissioner 
of Greene county; and it shall be the duty of the school com- 
missioner of Greene county to pay over to the school commis- 
sioner of Jersey county annually out of the school fund which 
Greene county may receive from the State, the portion which 
Jersey county may be entitled to in proportion to the abstracts 
and schedules of schools returned to the school commissioner 
of both counties respectively; and the school commissioner 
of Jersey county shall apply the money, thus received, for 
school purposes in Jersey county, as is now required by law. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 105 

Sec. 3. The president and trustees of the town of Jersey- 
ville, within Jersey county, arc hereby authorized and empow- 
ered to convey to the county of Jersey, for the purpose of erect- 
ing county buildings thereon, the public square in said town;p u biic square 
and a conveyance made for the public square, as aforesaid, by in Jerseyville 
the president and trustees of said town, shall be good and valid. 
This act shall take effect from and after its passage. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



AN ACT to locate a State road therein named. In force, 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Whereas, by and under an act approved, February 28, 1839, 
providing for the formation of the county of Williamson, re m 
from the county of Franklin, and for the location of the 
county seat of the said county of Franklin, the commis- 
sioners appointed by said act did proceed to locate (in 
conformity therewith) the county seat of the said county 
of Franklin at the town of Benton: And, whereas, there 
is no State or county road passing through said town of 
Benton, whereby travellers and others experience great dif- 
ficulty in passing to and from said town: And whereas, 
from the shortness of the time which has intervened be- 
tween the location of said county seat, and the meeting of 
the Legislature, the citizens of Franklin county have been 
unable to comply with the provisions of an act denning the 
manner of petitioning the General Assembly in relation 
to the location of State roads; Therefore, 
Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That James Eubanks, Comr's to lo- 
John Ewing, and William Mitchell, of Franklin county, be, C ateroad 
and they are hereby appointed commissioners to view, mark, 
and locate a State Road from w T here the Nashville and Equality 
road crosses Little Muddy river, to the town of Benton, in L ocat i on 
Franklin county; thence, to the bridge over Muddy river, on 
the road leading from Mount Vernon, in Jefferson county, to 
Golconda, in Pope county, and from thence to Galatia in Gal- 
latin county. 

Sec 2. Said commissioners shall meet at the town of Time and 
Frankfort, on the first Monday in April next, or as soon there- place of meet- 
after as practicable, and after being first duly sworn before some ins 
justice of the peace faithfully to discharge the duties required 
of them by this act, shall proceed to view, locate and mark 
said road between the points above designated, on the nearest 
and best ground, by marking trees in the timber, and putting 
up stakes in the prairie, having due regard to the public good, 
and doing as little damage to private property as the nature 
of the case will permit. 

Sec 3. The said commissioners, as soon as practicable, after 
the location as aforesaid, shall make out maps and reports- 



106 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

thereof, giving the correct distance and description of the 

Maps and re- same; and shall file the same, or a copy thereof, in the clerk's 

recorded * °^ ce °f the county commissioner's court of each county 

through which any part of said road may pass; which said 

reports shall be made matters of record in said offices, and the 

same carefully preserved. 

5 Sec. 4. The county commissioners' courts of the several 

ayo com rs coun ti es through which said road passes, shall allow said 

commissioners and their assistants, a reasonable compensation 

for their services in proportion to the length of said ?oad in 

the several counties through which the same shall pass, and 

they shall cause said road to be opened and kept in repair as 

other State roads are. 

Sec. 5. The operation of the "act to define the manner of 
proceeding in petitioning the General Assembly for locating 
Act suspend- or altering State roads," so far as it relates to the provision of 
cd this act, is hereby suspended. 

Sec. 6. So much of the State road leading from Nashville 
Part of road to Galatia, as is now located between the beginning and ter- 
minating points of the road provided for in the provisions of 
Proviso. ^his ac ^ i s hereby declared vacated: Provided, That none of 

the expenses of said survey be paid out of the county treasury 
of Gallatin county. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force, AN" ACT to incorporate the town of Jacksonville, and for other purposes. 
April 6, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Aesembly, That Matthew Stacy, 
John Hurst, R. T. McNeely, W. Branson and E. T. Miller, 
Body politic citizens of the town of Jacksonville, in the county of Morgan, 
and corporate are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the 
Name and name and style of the "President and Trustees of the town 
style f Jacksonville," and by that name they and their successors 

may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all actions 
in law and equity; may grant, purchase, receive and hold real 
Powers an d personal estate, and may lease, sell and dispose of the 

same for the benefit of said town ; may do all other acts as 
natural persons may do, and may have a common seal, and 
change and alter the same at pleasure, and shall have per- 
petual succession. 

Sec 2. The boundaries of said town shall be one mile 
Boundaries of square, the centre of the public square in said town being the 
centre of said [mile] square; and all the land within said 
limits shall be considered as the town of Jacksonville. 

Sec 3. The aforesaid corporators shall continue in office 

until the first Monday in April, 1840, and until their succes- 

tfon™for e trus- sors ar e elected and qualified. And on the fkst Monday in 

tees April, and forever thereafter, an election shall be held for five 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 107 

trustees, who shall hold their offices for one year, and until 
their successors are elected and qualified. Said trustees shall President 
elect one of their own body president of the board, and shall how e,ected 
appoint all other officers for said corporation; they shall have vacancies 
power to fill all vacancies in the board, occasioned by death, how filled 
resignation, or six months' absence from said town. A major- 
ity shall constitute a board to do business, but a smaller num- (iuorum 
bermay adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance 
of absent members, in such manner and under such penalties 
as the board may provide. The trustees of said tovvii shall be 
at least twenty-one years old, a citizen of the United States, 
and shall be residents and citizens in said town. Those per- 
sons residing m said town shall be qualified to vote for trustees 
who possess the requisite qualifications to vote for State offi- 
cers. 

Sec 4. The officers of said town shall consist of one clerk, officers of 
one town constable, who shall have and perform all the duties town 
of town constable, as required and authorized in the act, en- 
titled "An act further defining the duty of trustees of in- 
corporated towns," approved January 31, 1835; one treasurer 
and such other officers as the said president and trustees of 
said town may see proper to appoint; and said officer shall 
give bond and security in such sum and in such manner as may 
be required by the board of trustees of said town. And said Officers may 
officers shall be removable at the pleasure of the board of be removed 
trustees. 

Sec 5. The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, Partsoflaw 
twelfth, thirteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth sections of an applicable to 

town 

act, entitled "An act to incorporate the town of Upper Alton," 
approved February 18, 1837, are hereby declared to be appli- 
cable to the president and trustees of the town of Jacksonville; 
and the tax mentioned in the sixth section of said act shall be 
in lieu of any county tax on the real estate in said town, and 
all the powers, duties and restrictions therein mentioned shall 
be applied to said president and trustees as fully as if the same 
were herein set forth. 

Sec 6. The acts of the present president and trustees ofActsoftrus- 
the town of Jacksonville, shall be considered as binding and tees binding 
in full force until the first meeting of the board of trustees, to 
be elected under the provisions of this act. This act shall 
take effect on the first Monday in April next, and the present 
board of trustees shall give notice of the election to be held 
on said day, by having written notices thereof posted up in 
four public places in said town at least one week previous to 
said election; and one of the members of said board and the 
clerk of the board shall act as inspector and clerk of said inspectors of 
election, and shall give certificates of election to the five per- elections 
sons receiving the greatest number of votes. Name of 

Sec. 7. That the name of the town of Greenfield, in the B^^ e C o in 
county of Bureau, be changed, and hereafter to be known and changed to 
ealled by the name ol Laymoile. Laymoile 



108 



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Name of In- 
diantown 
changed to 
Tiskilwa 

Limits of 
Hennepin in 
Putnam co. 



Sec. 8. That the name of the town of Indiantown and of 
Windsor, in Bureau county, be changed and both of said 
towns hereafter be known and called by the name of Tiskil- 
wa. 

Sec. 9. That the corporate limits of the town of Henne- 
pin, in Putnam county, shall hereafter include the west half of 
the south-west quarter of section ten, and the east half of said 
quarter section shall hereafter be excluded from said corpora- 
tion. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to vacate the town plats of the towns therein named . 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

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

Town plat of rP p rese nted in the General Assembly, That the entire town plat 
Bristol \aca- i., /* r» • , i • ,1 "rim- i a i • •■ ™- r •■ 

ted °i the town of Bristol, in the county of Marshall, as laid off and 

recorded, is hereby declared to be vacated. This act to be in 

force from and after its passage. 

Sec 2. The town plat of the town of Fairmont, in the 
county of Bureau, as laid off by the original proprietors, and 
recorded in the county of Putnam, is hereby declared to be 
vacated: Provided, This act shall not interfere or prejudice 
the rights of any individual or individuals, who may have 
become the purchasers of any lot or lots, in either of the 
aforesaid towns. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



Plat of Fair 
mount vaca- 
ted 

Proviso 



In force ■^ ACT to amend the several laws in relation to appeals. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
Appeals may represented in the General Assembly, That appeals from judg- 
be granted, ments of justices of the peace to the circuit court, shall be 
fudement granted in all cases except on judgment confessed: Provided, 
confessed The party praying for an appeal shall, within tw.mty days 
from the renderingof the judgment from which he desires to 
take an appeal, enter into bond in the office of said justice of 
the peace, with security to be approved by the justice condi- 
tioned that the appellant will pay and satisfy whatever judg- 
ment may be rendered by the circuit court upon dismissal or 
trial of the appeal. 

Sec 2. If upon the trial of any appeal, the bond required 
to be given in the first section shall be adjudged insufficient, 
the party who executed such bond, shall in no wise be preju- 
Proviso diced by reason of such insufficiency: Provided, He will, in a 

reasonable time to be fixed by the court, execute and file in 
court a good and sufficient bond. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 109 

Sec 3. Where a bond shall be executed by the appellant 
as aforesaid, the justice who gave the judgment, and if exe- 
cution or other process has been issued thereon, said justice 
shall recall the same, and all further proceedings thereon shall 
be suspended, and the said justice shall, within twenty days 
after receiving and approving of the appeal bond, file the same Bond of ap- 
in the office of the clerk of the circuit court, together with all pe u^i,*} 0, 
the papers and transcript of the judgment he had given, with 
a certificate under his hand, that the said transcript and pa- 
pers contain a full and perfect statement of all the proceed- 
ings before him; and the court shall hear and determine the Appeal to be 
said appeal in a summary way, without pleading in writing, ^"pleadings 
according to the justice of the case. 

Sec 4. The following shall be the form of the bond requir- 
ed by the first section of this act: Know all men by these 
presents, That we, A. B. and C. D., are held and firmly bound Form of ., 
unto E. F.,in the penal sum of (here insert double the amount bond 
of judgment and costs,) dollars, lawful money of the United 
States, for the payment of which, well and truly to be made, 
we bind ourselves, our heirs and administrators, jointly, sever- 
ally and firmly, by these presents. Witness, our hands and 
seals, this day 18 . The condition 

of the above obligation is such, That whereas, the said E. F. 
did, on the day of A. D. 18 , before 

, a justice of the peace for the county of , 

recover a judgment against the above bounden A. B., for the 
sum of dollars; from which judgment the said E. F. 

has taken an appeal to the circuit court of the county of 
aforesaid, and State of Illinois. Now if the said A. B. shall 
prosecute his appeal with effect, and shall pay whatever judg- 
ment may be rendered by the court upon dismissal or trial of 
said appeal, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise 
to remain in full force and effect. 

[l. s.] 

[L. S.] 

r> s.] 

Approved by me at my office, this day of 

18 

L. M., J. P. 

Sec. 5. Parties to suits before justices of the peace, may 
take appeals from their decisions before the clerks of the cir- Appeals how 
cuit courts in the same manner as is now provided by law, or taken 
they may appeal as provided in the foregoing sections. 

Sec. 6. The security in any such appeal bond shall be lia- Securities on 
ble on said bond for the amount of the original judgment, bond liable 
and all costs thereon in case the said appeal be dismissed, and f or original 
shall be liable also on said bond for whatever judgment may 
be rendered by the circuit court, in case the original judgment 
be affirmed by said circuit court, either in whole or in part, and 



110 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

the same provisions shall extend to appeal bonds executed 
under the act to amend the several laws in relation to ap- 
peal bonds, and the trial of appeals, approved March 2d, 
1839. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to authorize Shelton L. Hall and others to establish a ferry 
Feb.], 1840. across Rock river. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Simeon Towle, Shel- 
ton L. Hall, and their associates, and their heirs and assigns, 
Ferry across De » an d they are hereby, authorized to establish and maintain 
Rock river a ferry across Rock River, at a point within half a mile of the 
Location junction of the Rock and Kishwaukee rivers, southerly from 
said junction in the county of Winnebago, for and during the 
term of ten years from and after the passage of this act. 
Rates of ferri- Sec. 2. The rates of ferriage for crossing said ferry shall 
age be fixed by the county commissioners' court of Winnebago 

Proviso county: Provided always, That no person attending the county 

commissioners' or circuit court, as a member or judge thereof, 
or as a party to any matter pending in, or any witness or 
juror attending on, said court, shall be taxed ferriage. 

Sec 3. The said Simeon Towle, Shelton L. Hall, and 

Two years their associates, heirs or assigns, shall be allowed the term of 

h 'Wh t0 ten mon ths from and after the passage of this act, to construct 

the necessary boats, and otherwise prepare the said ferry for 

the uses contemplated in this act. 

Sec 4. The said Simeon Towle, Shelton L. Hall, thsir 

associates, heirs and assigns, in the management of said ferry, 

shall govern sria M De governed by the provisions of an act, entitled "An 

ferry act to provide [for] the establishing of ferries, toll bridges and 

turnpike roads," approved February 12, 1827. 

Approved, February 1, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to locate a State road in the county of Washington. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Comr's to lo- represented in the General Assembly, That Henry Cheny, John 
cate road Phillips and Joseph Whittenburgh, of the county of Washing- 
ton, are hereby appointed commissioners to mark and locate 
a. State road from Nashville, in Washington county, to Mid- 
dleton's old ferry, on the Kaskaskia river, at the crossing of 
the road leading from Nashville to Belleville, in St. Clair 
county. 
Time and Sec 2. Said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall 

place of meet- mee t j n the town of Nashville on the first Monday in April 
ins next, or within three months thereafter, and after having taken 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. Ill 

an oath before some justice of the peace faithfully to discharge 
the duties imposed upon them by this act, doing as little harm 
to private property as the public good will permit, shall pro- 
ceed to locate said road, commencing at the south-west cor- Line of road 
ner of J. D. Woods' land, lying immediately west of Nash- 
ville, and running to the feny aforesaid, locating said road on 
the nearest and best ground, putting up stakes in the prairie 
at proper distances, and marking trees in the timber. 

Sec. 3. Said commissioners, after having made the location Report to be 
aforesaid, shall make out a report of their proceedings and recor(led 
present the same to the county court, whose duty it shall be 
to have said report entered upon the records of said court. 

Sec 4. Said commissioners shall receive for their services Compensa- 
not more than one dollar and fifty cents per day each, to be tion 
paid out of the county treasury for every day which they are 
necessarily employed in the discharge of the duties herein 
named. 

Sec. 5. Said road shall be opened and kept in repair as 
other State roads are. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



AN ACT concerning the revenue in Clay county. In force, 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- Appointment 

•*■ , ** * oi coll6ctors 

sioners' court of the county of Clay, are hereby authorized to i n clay co. 
appoint a county collector at their next March term, to collect 
the State and county tax for the year 1839. The said col- 
lector shall be allowed time to the first day of July next, for Time allowed 
the collection of the same, at which time he shall pay the 
same over as other collectors are required to do. Said col- Compensa- 
lector shall be allowed, as a compensation for his services, ten tion 
per cent, upon the amount of the State tax collected by him. 
Approved, February 3, 1840. 



AN ACT to legalize the acts of the commissioners of Champaign county. j n f orce 

Feb. 3, 1840 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the acts of the Acts of com'rs 
county commissioners of the county of Champaign, in relation ° ^ "wai. 
to the assessment and collection of the county and State tax ized 
for the year 1839, be, and the same are hereby legalized. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



112 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



In force, AN ACT to amend "an act to incorporate the Peoria Commercial Insu- 
Feb. 3, 1840. ranee Company," approved, Feb. 18, 1837. 



Sec. of act 
repealed 



Comr's to 
open books 



Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the twelfth and 
thirteenth sections of an act to which this is an amendment, 
is hereby repealed. 

Sec "2. Francis Voris, Amos Stevens, Andrew Gray, Moses 
Pettingell, Aquilla Wren, Lewis Nowell, J. C. Armstrong, 
J. M. Smith and James H. Work, be, and are hereby, ap- 
pointed commissioners to open books to the subscription of 
the capital stock in the same manner as is provided in the act 
to which this an amendment. 

Approved, February 3d, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to authorize the Board of Public Works to audit and settle the 
Feb. 3, 1840. accounts of Edward .Smith, deceased. 



Duty of B. P. 

Works, to 
settle acc'ts 
of Edward 
Smith Esq., 
deceased. 



Balances,how 
paid over 



Receipts for 
same 



Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the board of pub- 
lic works be, and the same is hereby, authorized to audit and 
settle the accounts of Edward Smith, Esq., deceased, late 
engineer of the southern division of this State, under an act, 
entitled "An act to maintain a general system of internal 
improvements," and to allow for the services of the said Ed- 
ward Smith, deceased, a compensation equal to that allowed to 
other engineers of the same grade. 

Sec. 2. That after having made such settlement, the said 
board of public works shall pay over to the widow of the said 
Edward Smith, deceased, such sum or sums of money due for 
such services aforesaid, for her sole use and benefit, and the 
receipt of the said widow shall be a sufficient voucher for 
such payment. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force AN ACT legalizing the State road between Washington and Pekin. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the State 

Road from road from Pekin to Washington, as lies east of the range line 

Pekin to between township twenty-five north, range three and four, 

StaYeroad° na west of the third principal meridian, and west of the bridge 

near Ratcliff 's, is hereby declared a State road, and shall be 

marked and kept in repair as other State roads. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 113 

AN ACT to incorporate the city of Quincy. In force, 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

SECTION I. 

Of boundat^ics and general powers. 

[Sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants of 
the town of Quincy, in the county of Adams, and State of 
Illinois, be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate 
and corporate, by the name and style of the city of Quincy, Name and 
and by that name shall have perpetual succession, and may style 
have and use a common seal, which they may change and Common seal 
alter at pleasure. 

Sec. 2. All that district of country embraced within the 
following boundaries, to wit: beginning in the middle of the Boundaries of 
main channel of the Mississippi river, west of the south side Clt ^ 
of Jefferson street, thence up the river with said channel to a 
point due west of the northern extremity of Pease's addition 
to said town, thence due east to the eastern side of Wood 
street, thence due south along Wood street to a point due 
east from the place of beginning, thence due west down the 
south side of Jefferson street to the place of beginning, is 
hereby declared to be within the boundaries of the said city 
of Quincy. 

Sec 3. The present board of trustees of the town of 
Quincy shall, on or before the first day of March next, di- 
vide the said city of Quincy into three wards, as nearly equal city to be di- 
in population as practicable, particularly* describing the vided into 
boundaries of each. three ward « 

Sec. 4. Whenever any tract of land adjoining the city of 

Quincy shall have been laid off into town lots and duly re- Lands laid off 

corded, as required by law, the same shall be annexed to, an(1 recorded, 
i t l *'»u x c r\ • to form part of 

and form a part oi the town ol Quincy. cit " 

Sec 5. The inhabitants of said city, by the name and 
style aforesaid, shall have power to sue and be sued, to im- p 0W ers 
plead and be impleaded, defend and be defended, in all courts 
of law and equity, and in all actions whatever: to purchase, 
receive, and hold property, real and personal, in said city; May hold real 
toprrchase, receive, andhold property, both real and personal, ana personal 
beyond the city for burial grounds, or for other public purpos- 
es, for the use of the inhabitants of said city; to sell, lease, 
convey, ordispose of property, real and personal, for the bene- 
fit of the city; and to improve and protect such property, and 
to do all other things in relation thereto as natural persons. 

ARTICLE IT. 

Of the city Council. City council 

Sec 1. There shall be a city council, to consist of a 
Mayor and Board of Aldermen. 
8 



114 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

men°two fr C m Sec * 2 " The Board of Aldermen shall consist of two mem- 
each ward Ders f rom each ward, to be chosen by the qualified voters for 

two years. 

Sec. 3. No person shall be an alderman, unless at the 
Qualificat'ns time of his election he shall have resided six months within 
of Aldermen fche j imits oftne c jty, and shall be at the time of his election 

twenty-one years of age, and a citizen of the United States. 
When office of Sec. 4. If any alderman shall after bis election remove 
Aldermen to from the ward for which he is elected, or cease to be a free- 
cant "holder in said city, his office shall be thereby vacated. 

Sec 5. At the first meeting of the city council, the alder- 
Division of men shall be divided by lot into two classes, the seats of 
Aldermen by those of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of 

the first year; and of the second class, at the expiration of the 

second year, so that one-half of the board shall be elected 

annually. 

™ . Sec 6. The city council shall judge of the qualifications, 

Elections, re- , , ; * c . . J ° . ^ . , „ , 7 

turns of and elections, and returns of their own members, and shall deter- 

contested mine all contested elections. 

Sec 7. A majority of the city council shall constitute a 
Quorum. quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from 
day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members 
under such penalties as may be prescribed by ordinance. . 
Sec. 8. The city council shall have power to determine 
Rules of pro- the rule of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly 
Expulsion f con duct, ana " w ith the concurrence of two thirds of the mem- 
members bers elected expel a member. 

Sec. 9. The city council shall keep a journal of its pro- 
tv "council To ceeQ, ings, and from time to time publish the same, and the yeas 
be published and nays when demanded by any member present shall be 

entered on the journal. 
Aldermencan Sec 10. No alderman shall be appointed to any office 
hold no office un( j er the authority of the city, which shall have been creat- 
ed whileTn of- e ^i ° r the emoluments of which shall have been increased 
fice during the time for which he shall have been elected. 

Vacancies, Sec. 11. All vacancies that shall occur in the Board of 

how filled Aldermen shall be filled by election. 

Mavor & Al- ^ Ec * ^?* ^ ne Mayor and each alderman, before entering 
dermen 10 upon the duties of their office shall take and subscribe an oath 
take oath « that they will support the Constitution of the United States, 
and of this State, and that they will well and truly perform 
the duties of their office to the best of their skill and abilities. 
Mayor to de- Sec. 13. Whenever there shall be a tie in the election of 
termine elec- a ](j ermen the iudges of election shall certify the same to the 

tion in c9.se ot jo j 

tie Mayor, who shall determine the same by lot in such manner 

as shall be provided by ordinance. 
Twelve stated Sec 14. There shall be twelve stated meetings of the 
meetings, city council in each year, at such times and places as may be 
yeary prescribed by ordinance. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 115 

ARTICLE III. 

Of the chief Executive officers. 

Sec. 1. The chief Executive officers of the city shall be, a Executive of- 
Mayor, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the ficers 
city, and shall hold his office for one year, and until his sue- Term of of- 
cessor shall be elected and qualified. fice 

Sec 2. No person shall be eligible to the office o f Mayor, Q, U alificat'ns 
who shall not have been a resident of the city for one year for Mayor 
next preceding his election or who shall be under twenty- 
one years of age, or who shall not at the time of his election 
be a citizen of the United States. 

Sec. 3. If any Mayor shall, during the time for which he When office of 
shall have been elected, remove from the city, or shall cease Mayor to be 
to be a freeholder in said city, his office shall be vacated. vacate 

Sec 4. When two or more persons shall have an equal 
number of votes for Mayor the judges of election shall certi- ln case of ,ie 
(y the same to the city council who shall proceed to deter- for un ^ii u>de- 
mine the same by lot, in such manner as may be provided c ide by lot 
by ordinance. 

Sec. 5. Whenever an election of Mayor shall be con- Contest'd e- 
tested, the city council shall determine the same in such 1 ® ctioa of 
manner as may be prescribed by ordinance. a ^ 01 

Sec. 6. Whenever any vacancy shall happen in office of Vacancy in 
Mayor it shall be filled by election. orfhow fined* 

ARTICLE IV. 

Of Elections. 

Sec. 1. On the third monday of April next, an election Annual elec- 
shall be held in each ward of said city for one Mayor for the tion ibrMayor 
city, two aldermen for each ward, and forever thereafter, on ermen 

the third monday of April of each year, there shall be an 
election held for one Mayor for the city and one Alderman 
for each ward, the first election for Mayor and Aldermen shall First election, 
be held, conducted, and returns thereof made, as may be pro- how conduct- 
vided by ordinance of the present trustees of the town of e 
Quincy. » 

Sec. 2. All free white male inhabitants, over the age of Resident in- 
twenty-one years, who are entitled to vote for State officers, habitantsmay 
and who shall have been actual residents of said city ninety officers "^ 
days next preceding said election, shall be entitled to vote 
for city officers: Provided, that said voters shall give their Proviso, 
votes for mayor and aldermen in the wards in which they 
respectfully [ively] reside, and in no other, and that no vote 
shall be received at any of said elections unless the person 
offering such vote shall have been an actual resident of the Votes in dif- 
ward where the same is offered, at least ten days next pre- ferent wards 
ceding such election. 



116 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



ARTICLE V. 



Of the Legislative powers of the city council. 

Assessment & Sec. 1. The city council shall have powers and authority to 
collection of levy and collect taxes upon all property, real and personal, 
tuxes. within the limits of the city, not exceeding one-half per cent, per 

annum upon the assessed value thcreof,and may enforce the pay- 
ment of the same in any manner to be prescribed by ordinance 
not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and of 
this State. 
Officers of city Sec. [2.] The city council shall have power to appoint a 
clerk, treasurer, assessor, marshall, supervisors of streets and 
all such other officers as may be necessary, 
to give bonds Sec. 3. The city council shall have power to require of all 
and security, officers appointed in pursuance of this charter, bonds with 
& take oath p ena ]fy a nd secuiity for the faithful performance of their res- 
pective duties as may be deemed expedient, and also to re- 
quire all officers appointed as aforesaid to take an oath for the 
faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices 
Com. Schools before entering upon the discharge of the same. To establish, 
May borrow support, and regulate common schools, to borrow money on the 
™ one J credit of the city: Provided, That no sum or sums of money 

shall be borrowed at a greater interest than at six per cent 
per annum, nor shall the interest on the aggregate of all the 
sums borrowed and outstanding ever exceed one half of the 
city revenue arising from taxes, assessed on real property 
within the limits of the corporation. 
Expenses of Sec. 4. To appropriate money and provide for the payment 
city,howpaid of the debt and expenses of the city. 

Sec. 5. To make regulations to prevent the introduction of 
Quarantine contagious diseases into the city, to make quarantine laws for 
laws, to ex- that purpose, and enforce the same within five miles of the 
tend 5 miles oitV. 

Establishing Sec. 6. To establish hospitals, and make regulations for 
of hospitals the government of the same. 
Health ofcity, Sec. 7. To make regulations to secure the general health 

removal of f the inhabitants, to declare what shall be a nuisance, and to 
nuisances , ,i 

prevent and remove the same. 

Water works Sec. 8. To provide the city with water, to erect hydrants 

and pumps in4he streets for the convenience of the inhabitants. 

Sec. 9. To open, alter, abolish, widen, extend, establish. 
Alteration of n \, 7 . j i . • , ' 

streets grade, pave, or otherwise improve and keep in repair streets, 

avenues, lanes and alleys. 
Bridges Sec. 10. To establish, erect, and keep in repair, bridges. 

Boundaries of Sec. 11. To divide the city into wards, alter the boun- 
wards daries thereof, and erect additional wards, as the occasion 

may require. 
Lighting city Sec 12. To provide for lighting the streets and erecting 

lamp posts. 
Ni ht watch Sec. 13. To establish, support, and regulate night watches. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 117 

Sec. 14. To erect market houses, establish markets, and Regulation of 
market places, and provide for the government and regulation maikets 
thereof. 

Sec. 15. To provide for erection of all needful build- City buildings 
ings for the use of the city. 

Sec. 16. To provide for enclosing, improving, and regu- Pub - grounds 
lating all public grounds belonging to the city. 

Sec. 17. To improve and preserve the navigation of the ^JgJJJJj^ 
Mississippi river within the limits of the city. river 

Sec. 18. To erect, repair and regulate public wharves Wharves and 
and docks, to regulate the erection and repair of private docks 
wharves, and the rates of wharfage thereat. 

Sec. 19. To license, tax, and regulate auctioneers, mer- May grant H- 
chants, retailers, grocers, taverns, ordinaries, hawkers, ped- censes 
lars, brokers, pawn brokers, and money changers. 

Sec. 20. To license tax and regulate hackney carriages, Rates of dray- 
wagons, carts, and drays, and fix the rates to be charged for a s e and P or ~ 
the carriage of persons and for the wagonago and cartage and eiage 
drayage of property. 

Sec. 21. To license and regulate porters, and\ fix the rates 
of porterage. \ 

Sec. 22. To licence, tax, and regulate theatrical, and Shows 
other exhibitions, shows, and amusements. 

Sec. 23. To tax, restrain, prohibit, and suppress tippling May suppress 

houses, dram shops, and naming houses, and bawdy and other disorderly 
,■,',, " ' & ° J houses 

disorderly houses. 

Sec. 24. To provide for the prevention and extinguish- Fire compa- 
ment of fires, and to organize an establish fire companies. mes 

Sec. 25. To regulate or prohibit the erection of wooden Wooden 
buildings in any part of the city. buildings 

Sec. 26. To regulate the fixing of chimneys, fix the fees Chimneys 
[flues] therefor [thereof.] 

Sec. 27. To regulate the storage of gunpowder, tar, pitch, Gunpowder 

rosin, and other combustible materials. 

Sec. 28. To regulate and order parapet walls and par- Parapet walls 
,..• r ° *■ 1 l and fences 

tition fences. 

Sec. 29. To establish standard weights and measures, Weights ami 
and regulate the weights and measures to be used in the measures 
city, in all cases not otherwise provided for by law. 

Sec 30. To provide for the inspection and measuring of Inspection of 
lumber and other building materials, and for the measurement measurement 
of all kinds of mechanical work. of work 

Sec. 31. To provide for the inspection and weighing of Weight of hay 
hay and stone-coal, the measuring of charcoal, firewood and and coal 
other fuel to be sold or used within the city. 

Sec 32. To provide for and regulate the inspection of to- Inspection of 
bacco, and of beef, pork, flour, meal, and whiskey in barrels. p^Sou^&c 

Sec. 33. To regulate the inspection of butter, lard, and r provisions 
other provisions. v 

Sec 34. To regulate the weight, quality and price of Weight of 
bread to be sold and used in the city. bread 



118 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Size of brick Sec. 35. To regulate the size of bricks to be sold or used 

in the city. 
Census Sec 36. To provide for the taking enumerations of the 

inhabitants of the city. 
To regulate S EC< 37. fo regulate the election of city officers and pro- 
removeoffic'rs v * de lor removing from office any person holding an office 

created by ordinance. 
Pay of officers Sec. 38. To fix the compensation of all city officers, and 
jurors & wit- re g U l a te the fees of jurors, witnesses and others, for services 

rendered under this act, or any ordinance. 
Police of city Sec. 39. To regulate the police of the city; to impose fines 
and forfeitures and penalties for the breach of any ordinance, 
and provide for the recovery and appropriation of such fines 
and forfeitures, and the enforcement of such penalties. 
Exclusive Sec. 4. [40.] The city council shall have exclusive power with- 
powera j n the city, by ordinance, to license, regulate and restrain the 

keeping of ferries, and to suppress and restrain billiard tables. 
To make all Sec 5. [4l.] The city council shall have power to make all 
ordinances ordinances which shall be necessary and proper for carrying 
necessary m ^ execu ^ on t h e powers specified in this act so that such or- 
dinance be not repugnant to nor inconsistent with the consti- 
tution of the United States or of this State. 
Style of ordi- Sec. 6. [42.] The style of the ordinances of the city shall be, 
nances «B e it ordained by the city council of the city of Quincy." 

_ Sec 7. [43.] All ordinances passed by the city council, shall, 

not to take ef- within one month after they shall have been passed, be pub- 
feet until pub- lished in some newspaper published in the city, and shall not 
hshed kg [ n force until they shall have been published as aforesaid. 

Sec 8. [44.] All ordinances of the city may be proven by the 
Published or- sea ^ °f tne corporation, and when printed and published in 
dinancestobebook or pamphlet form and purporting to be printed and pub- 
T a^ } n evi " h sne d by authority of the corporation, the same shall be re- 
ceived in evidence in all courts and places without further 
proof. 



deuce 



Article vi. 

Of the Mayor. 

May'r to have Sec 1. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the city 

casting vote CO uncil, and shall have a casting vote and no other: in case of 
non-attendance of the Mayor at any meeting, the Board of 

Mayor pro. Aldermen shall appoint one of their own members chairman 

tem. ^ w h ghaji preside at that meeting. 

fn^ho "coil- ^ Ec * ^' ^^ e Mayor or any two aldermen may call special 

ed° ' meetings of the city council. 

Sec 3. The Mayor shall at all times be active and vigilant 

Duties of j n enforcing the laws and ordinances for the government of the 

ayor city; he shall inspect the conduct of all subordinate officers of 

said city, and cause negligence and positive violation of duty 

to be prosecuted and punished;, he shall from time to time 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 119 

communicate to the aldermen such information, and recom- 
mend all such measures, as in his opinion may tend to the im- 
provement of the finances, the police, the health, security, com- 
fort and ornament of the city. 

Sec. 2. [4.] He is hereby authorized to call on every male in- Persons refus- 
habitant of said city over the age of eighteen years to aid in in S t0 assist to 

• niiPll 1'intQ 

enforcing the laws and ordinances; and in case of riot to call ma( j e ]; a b]' e 
out the Militia to aid him in suppressing the same, or in carry- 
ing into effect any law or ordinance, and any person who shall 
not obey such call shall forfeit to the said city a fine not ex- 
ceeding five dollars. 

Sec 3. [5.] He shall have power whenever he may deem it When officers 
necessary, to require of any of the officers of the said city an t0 exhibit 
exhibit of his books and papers. 

Sec. 4. [6.] He shall have power to execute all acts that Mayor to exe- 
may be required ol him by any ordinance made in pursuance cu . te 1 acts * e * 
Of this act. quired of him 

Sec. 5. [7.] He shall be commissioned by the Governor as a Mayor to be 
justice of the peace for said city, and as such shall be a eonser- commissioned 
vator of the peace in the said city, and shall have power and justice peace 
authority to administer oaths, issue writs and processes under p owe rs of 
the seal of the city. To take depositions, the acknowledg- Major 
ments of deeds, mortgages, and all other instruments of wri- 
ting, and certify the same under the seal of the city which 
shall be good and valid in law. 

Sec. 6. [8.] He shall have exclusive jurisdiction in all cases Exclusive ju- 
arising under the ordinaces of the corporation, and concurrent ™diction of 
jurisdiction with all other justices of the peace in all civil and hi s f ees ' 
criminal cases within the limits of the city arising under the 
laws of the State, and shall receive the same fees and compen- 
sation for his services in similar cases. 

Sec. 7. [9.] He shall also have such jurisdiction as may be j ur i s dict'n to 
vested in him by ordinance of the city in and over all places enforce quar- 
within five miles of the boundaries of the city for the purpose antine laws 
of enforcing the health and quarantine ordinances and regu- 
gulations thereof, and 

Sec. 8. [10.] He shall receive for his services such salary as Salary of 
shall be fixed by an ordinance of the city. Mayor; 

Sec 4. [11.] In case the Mayor shall at any time be guilty of He may be in- 

a palpable omission of duty, or shall wilfully and corruptly be dicted »n CSr. 

•u c • i j j.- i-x • ,1 i- i court, Adams 

guilty or oppression, malconduct or partiality in the discbarge co . fo r v iola- 

of the duties of his office, he shall be liable to be indicted in tion of duty, 
the circuit court of Adams county, and on conviction he shall and fined, and 
be fined not more than two hundred dollars, and the court ^ ( rom ffj ce 
shall have power on the recommendation of the jury to add 
to the judgment of the court that he be removed from of- 
fice. 



120 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Article vii. 

Proceedings in special cases. 

When private Sec. 1. When it shall be necessary to take private pro- 
Eenfor public P ert y f° r opening, widening or altering any public street, lane, 
use, to be paid avenue, or alley, the corporation shall make a just compensa- 
tor tion therefor to the person whose property is so taken, and if 
the amount of such compensation cannot be agreed on, the 
Mayor shall cause the same to be ascertained by a jury of six 
disinterested freeholders of the city. 

Sec. 2. Where the owners of all the property on a street, 
lane, avenue, or alley, proposed to be opened, widened or al- 
Petitions to tered, shall petition therefor, the city council may open, widen, 
streets 1 m ea or a ^ ter sucn street 5 l ane ? avenue, or alley, upon condition to 
be prescribed by ordinance, but no compensation shall in such 
case be made to those whose property shall be taken for the 
opening, widening or altering such street, lane, avenue, or al- 
ley, nor shall there be any assessment of benefits or damages 
that may accrue thereby to any of the petitioners. 
Jurors to as- Sec. 3. All jurors empannclled to enquire into the amount 

sess damages, Q f benefits or damages which shall happen to the owners of 
must be sworn ^ ■*■ * 

property proposed to be taken for opening, widening, or alter- 
ing any street, lane, or alley, shall first be sworn to that effect, 
and shall return to the Mayor their inquest in writing, and 
signed by [each] juror. 
Rule for as- ^ec 4. ^ n ascertaining the amount of compensation for 
sessment of property taken for opening, or widening, or altering any 
damages street, lane, avenue, or alley, the jury shall take into considera- 
tion the benefit, as well as the injury happening by such open- 
ing, widening, or altering such street, lane, avenue, or alley. 
Decis'n of ju- Sec. 5. The Mayor shall have power for good causes shown 
ry maybe set w ithin ten days after any inquest shall have been returned to 

ft sid 6 •* •> * B 

him as aforesaid, to set the same aside and cause a new inquest 

to be made. 

Sec. 6. The city council shall have power by ordinance to 

levy and collect a special tax on the holders of the lots in any 
grade' 1 streets streft t 5 lane, avenue, or alley, or part, of any street, lane, 
and light the avenue, or alley, according to their respective fronts owned by 
same them for the purpose of paving and grading the side walks, 

and lighting such streets, lane, avenue or alley. 

ARTICLE VIII. 

Miscellaneous provisions. 

Inhabitants Sec. 1. The inhabitants of the city of Quincy are hereby 
shall not work exempted from working on any road beyond the limits of |the 
pay co. taxes c ' tv ? an( ^ fr° m paying any tax to procure laborers to work upon 
Exception. * ne same, and from any tax for county purposes except for t h 
completion of the county jail, now being erected in said city. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 121 

Sec. 2. The city council shall have power for the purpose 
of keeping the streets, lanes, avenues and alleys in repair to Qj ty street3 to 
require every male inhabitant in said city over twenty-one be worked by 
years of age to labor on said streets, lanes, avenues and alleys, niale innaDit - 
not exceeding three days in each and every year: and any per- 
son failing to perform such labor when duly notified by the 
supervisor shall forfeit and pay the sum of one dollar per day Fine for refu- 
for each day so neglected or refused. 

Sec. 3. The city council shall have power to provide for 
the punishment of offenders by imprisonment in the county or Punishmentof 
city jail in all cases where such offenders shall fail or refuse to oflender8, 
pay the fines and forfeitures which may be recovered against 
them. 

Sec. 4. The city council shall cause to be published annu- Annual state- 
ally a full and complete statement of all moneys received and mG . nt ®£ re " 
expended by the corporation during the preceding year, and pTifditures to 
on what account received and expended. be published 

Sec. 5. All ordinances and resolutions passed by the pre- 
sident and trustees of the town of Quincy, shall remain in Ordinance in 
force until the same shall have been repealed by the city coun- force until re- 
cil hereby created. pealed 

Sec. 6. All suits, actions, and prosecutions instituted, com- 
menced, or brought by the corporation, hereby created, shall Suits bow 
be instituted, commenced, and prosecuted in, the name of the brou S ht 
city of Quincy. 

Sec. 7. All actions, fines, penalties, and forfeitures which Actions ac- 
have accrued to the president and trustees of the town of cruin S totru . s_ 
Quincy, shall be vested in, and prosecuted by the corporation c j ty 
hereby created. 

Sec. 8. ?A11 property, real and personal, heretofore belong- 
ing to "the president and trustees of the town of Quincy" for Pro t of 
the use of the inhabitants of said town, shall be and the same town vested in 
is hereby declared to be vested in the corporation hereby ci, y- 
created. 

Sec. 9. This charter shall not invalidate any act done by 
"the president and trustees of the town of Quincy," nor divest This act in- 

them of any right which may have accrued to them prior to validates no 

,i /■ ?i • , • act ot trustees 

the passage of this act. 

Sec. 10. "The president and trustees of the town of Quin- Duty of Pres't 
cy" shall immediately after the passage of this act take mea- and . trustees. 
sures to promulgate this law within the limits of the city of ] amotions™ °~ 
Quincy, and issue their proclamation for the election of officers, for election 
and cause the same to be published in all the newspapers in of officers 
said city for four weeks in succession prior to the day of elec- 
tion for said officers. 

Sec. 11. Appeals shall be allowed from decisions in all Appeals al- 
cases arising under the provisions of this act or any ordinance Io 
passed in pursuance thereof, to the circuit court of Adams 
county, and every such appeal shall be taken and granted in 
the same manner and with like effect as appeals are taken from 



court 



122 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

and granted by justices of the peace to the circuit court, under 
the law of this State. 
Election of Sec. 12. Whenever the Mayor shall absent himself from the 
mayor pro tem c ity, or shall resign, or die, or his office shall be otherwise vaca- 
ted, the Board of Aldermen shall immediately proceed to elect 
one of their number president, who shall be Mayor pro. tem. 
Act declared S EC . 13. This act is hereby declared to be a public act, and 
pu 1C may be read in evidence in all courts of law and equity, in this 

State, without proof. 
Acts repealed Sec. i 14. All acts or parts of acts coming within the pro- 
visions of this charter, or contrary to, or inconsistent with its 
provisions, are hereby repealed. 
City marshall Sec. 15. The city marshall or any other officer authorized 
or other officer ^ execute writs or other process issued by the Mayor, shall 

may issue pro- , , ,, r .' . . . •> ,. ' . 

cess through- nave power to execute the same any where within the lim- 
out the county its of Adams county, and shall be entitled to the same fees 
of Adams f or travelling as are allowed to constables in similar cases. 

Sec. 16. The president and trustees of the town of Quin- 

cy shall caus3 an election to be held in said town on the third 

Election for Wednesday in March next, at which the inhabitants of said 

Sils^harter town w ^° are aut horized to vote for State officers, shall vote 

for or against the adoption of this charter, and if a majority 

of the votes given at such election shall be in favor of the 

adoption of said charter, said charter shall immediately take 

If voted a- e ^" ect as a ^ aw ,» Dut ^ a majority of the votes given shall be 

gainst, act to against the adoption of said charter, then this act to be of no 

be void effect. 

Approved, by the Council, February 3, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT to incorporate the town of Lacon, in Marshall county. 

Dec. 10,1839. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the resident inhabi- 
Body corpo- tants of the town of Lacon, in Marshall county, are hereby 
rate constituted a body politic and corporate to be known by the 

Name and name of "the President and Trustees of the town of Lacon," 
style. and by that name shall be known in law, and have perpetual 

Powers succession, may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, 

defend and be defended, in courts of law and equity, and in 
all actions and matters whatsoever, may grant, purchase, re- 
ceive and hold, real and personal property within the limits of 
said town, and no other, (burial grounds excepted) and may 
lease, sell, and dispose of the same for the benefit of the town, 
and may have power to lease any of the reserved lands which 
have been or may be appropriated to the use of said town, and 
Common seal ma y do all other acts as natural persons, may have a common 
seal, change and alter the same at pleasure. 

Sec 2. That all those tracts of land embraced within the 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 123 

following boundaries, to wit: beginning at the N. W. corner 
of the N. W. fractional quarter of sec. 26, town. 30, north of Boundaries of 
R. 3, west of the third principal meridian, and running thence cor P oratlon 
east with the half section line to the centre of section 35 of 
the same town, and range, thence south on the half section line 
to the centre of sec. 36, of the same town, and range, thence 
west with the half section line to the centre of fractional sec. 
35 of the same town, and range, thence north to the Illinois 
river, and thence northwardly with said river at low water 
mark to the place, of beginning, be, and the same is hereby de- 
clared to be within the limits or boundaries of the town of 
Lacon. 

Sec. 3. The corporate powers and duties of said town Powers vested 

shall be vested in a president and four trustees, who shall form in p If Bldent 
, -,^,1 i> r \ • and trustees 

a board tor the transaction ol business. 

Sec. 4. The president and members composing the board 
of trustees shall be elected annually on the first Monday in 4 nnual elec " 
April to serve for one year, and until others shall be legally 
qualified; they shall be at least twenty one years of age, citi- Qualification 
zens of the United States, and shall possess a freehold estate 
within the limits of the corporation. Those persons only shall 
be qualified to vote for president and trustees, or in such town 
meetings as may be held in conformity to this act, who possess 
the requisite qualifications to vote for State officers, and have 
resided within the limits of the corporation six months previ- 
ous to such elections or town meetings. 

Sec 5. The Board of Trustees shall appoint all officers of officers of B'd 
their board (the president excepted who shall be elected by of Trustees 
the people) and shall be the judges of the qualifications, elec- 
tions, and returns of their members, and shall have power to 
fill all vacancies in the board occasioned by death, resignation, Vacancies 
or six months absence of any member thereof. A majority 
shall constitute a board to do business, but a smaller number Q 
may adjourn from day to day, may compel the attendance of 
absent members, in such manner, and under such penalty as 
the board may provide; they may determine their rules of pro- 
ceedings, and make such other rules and regulations for their 
own government as to them may seem expedient and proper. 

Sec. 6. The president of the board of trustees shall have 
power to call special meetings of the board whenever in his Special meet- 
opinion the public good may require it. He shall have con- in S s 
current jurisdiction with justices of the peace in all civil and President's 
criminal cases arising under the provisions of this act, within Juns 1C lon 
the limits of the corporation, and shall receive the same fees Fees 
and compensation for his services. 

Sec. 7. The board of trustees shall have power to levy Taxes to be 
and collect taxes upon all real estate within the town, not ex- leTied 
ceeding one per cent, upon the assessed value thereof, except 
as may be herein excepted, to make regulations to secure the 
general health of the inhabitants, to prevent and remove nui- Health, 



124 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Nuisances 
Night watch 

Powers to lr 
cense 



Markets 



Fire depart- 
ment 

Wells and 
pumps 
Aqueducts 
Combustible 
materials 

Quarantine 
laws 



Fines to be 
imposed 



Jurisdict'n of 
president as 
justice peace 

Writ of certi- 
orari 



School houses 



To borrow 

money 

Proviso. 



Special tax to 
grade streets 
& sidewalks 



Square, mar- 
ket and public 
purposes 



sances, to restrain cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and dogs from 
running at large, to establish night watches, erect lamps in the 
streets, and lighting of the same, to erect and keep in repair 
bridges, to license and tax merchants, to regulate auctions, 
taverns, groceries and pedlars, theatrical and other shows, 
billiard tables and other amusements, to restrain and prohibit 
gaming houses, bawdy houses and other disorderly houses, to 
prevent the shooting of fire arms within the limits of the cor- 
poration, to establish and erect markets, to open and keep in 
repair streets, and avenues, lanes, alleys, drains, sewers, to 
keep the same free from incumbrances, to establish and regu- 
late a fire department, to provide for the prevention and ex- 
tinguishing of fires, to dig wells and erect pumps in the 
streets for the convenience of the inhabitants, or construct ac- 
queducts, to supply the town with water, to regulate the stor- 
age of gun-powder, and other combustible materials, to regu- 
late the police of the town and the election of town officers, 
to fix their compensation, to establish and enforce quarantine 
laws, and from time to time to pass such ordinances to carry 
into effect the provisions of this act, and the powers hereby 
granted, as the good of the inhabitants may require, and im- 
pose and appropriate fines and forfeitures for the breach of any 
ordinance, and to provide for the collection thereof, and that in 
cases arising under this act, or growing out of the by-laws and 
ordinances made in pursuance of this act of incorporation, the 
president of the board of trustees, or any justice of the peace 
within said incorporation, shall have jurisdiction to hear and 
determine the same, and an appeal may be taken, and writs 
of certiorari allowed from such decisions, in the same manner 
as now is or may be hereafter provided by law for appealing 
from judgments of justices of the peace. 

Sec. 8. The board of trustees shall have power to levy a 
tax for the erection of schools houses and the support of com- 
mon schools within said corporation, and to raise money by 
loan on the credit of the town for commencing and prosecuting 
works of public improvements: Provided, however, That the 
same shall be submitted to a vote of the citizens of the town 
and approved by a majority thereof. 

Sec 9. That upon the application of the owners of two 
thirds of the real estate, upon any street, block or half block, 
it shall be lawful for the board of trustees to levy and collect 
a special tax on the owners of the lots on said street, block, 
or half block, according to their respective fronts, for the pur- 
pose of grading and paving the side walks of said streets, 
blocks, or half blocks. 

Sec. 10. That the board of trustees shall have power to 
regulate, grade, pave, and improve the streets, avenues, lanes, 
and alleys within the limits of said town, and to extend, open, 
and widen the same, and to set aside and appropriate sufficient 
ground for a square, for a market, and other public purposes, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 125 

making the person or persons impaired thereby adequate com- 
pensation, to ascertain which the board shall cause to be sum- 
moned twelve good and lawful men, freeholders, and inhabi- 
tants of said town, not directly interested, who being first 
duly sworn for that purpose, shall inquire into and take into 
consideration as well the benefits as the injuries that may n 
accrue, and estimate and assess the damages which would be i 10W assessed 
sustained by opening, widening or extension of any street, 
avenue, lane or alley, or setting aside and appropriating ground 
for a market square and other public purposes, and shall more- 
over estimate the amount which other persons will be benefit- 
ted] thereby who shall contribute towards compensating the 
persons injured, all of which shall be returned to the board of 
trustees under their hands and seals, and the person or per- 
sons who shall be benefitted and r^o assessed shall pay the same 
in such manner as shall be provided, and the residue if any 
shall be paid out of the town treasury. 

Sec 11. That the trustees shall have power to survey and 
plat the grounds within the corporation f limits and record 
the same, which, when thus surveyed, platted, and recorded, 
shall be a governing plat for town rules: Provided, however, p rov iso 
That this shall be c-o construed as to give the trustees power 
so to vary from any established plat, as thereby to affect the 
rights of private individuals. 

Sec 12. That whenever the owners of any lot or piece of 
ground within the limits of said incorporation shall neglect or Neglect to 
refuse to pay the tax or taxes levied on the same when they pay tax on 
may become due, it shall be the duty of the trustees to adver- lots 
tise the same for non-payment, either in a newspaper printed 
in said town or by posting in three of the most public 
places in said town for the space of sixty days, and on further 
failure of payment thereof, to sell at public sale said lot or Lo(s(obe 
piece of ground to pay said taxes and defray the expences of sold 
collection. 

Sec. 13. All ordinances shall, within ten days after their 
passage, be published, either in a newspaper if one is Ordinances, 
printed in the town or by posting in three of the most public h u ^]i™ ade 
places in said town. 

Sec 14. That when any real estate in said town shall be 

sold for the non-payment of taxes by the authority of said cor- Lc ^ S u Dd land 
•j i j i i i-i -i.i sold, how may 

poration, said lands may be redeemed m the time that other be redeemed 

lands are redeemed by virtue of the laws of this State, upon 

paying the treasurer of the board double the amount of taxes 

for which the same was sold, together with all the costs accru- Conveyance 

ing on such sale; land notredeemed under such sale shall be con- of lands not 

veyed by special warranty under the seal of the corporation, redeemed 

Sec 15. The officers of said town in addition to the presi- 
dent and trustees, shall consist of one clerk, one street torn- . ,,... , 

• • xl ' , , , Additional 

missioner, one treasurer, three assessors, one town constable and officers 

collector, one town surveyor, and such other officers as the trus- 



126 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Fire engine 
companies 



Lands donati 
ed to town 



Proviso. 



Notice of 
town meet'gs 



Proviso 



Officers to 
take oath 



Division of 
town into 
wards 
Proviso . 



Successors to 
trustees 



tees of said town may deem necessary for the good of said 
town. 

Sec. 16. That the president and trustees of said town, 
shall, whenever they may deem it necessary, order the forma- 
tion of fire engine companies and hook and ladder companies; 
said company to contain such number of members as the trus- 
tees by their ordinances shall direct. 

Sec 17. That all lots of land or parcels of ground in said 
town, or which have been conveyed by the original proprietors 
thereof, or other persons to the inhabitants of said town in 
their aggregate capacity, or to any person or persons in trust 
for them, or for their use and benefit, and all funds raised or 
to be raised by the sale of donation lots or otherwise, whether 
for the erection of school-houses, academies, or places of pub- 
lic worship, are hereby declared to belong to, and to be vested 
in said corporation, and shall be under the direction and 
management of the trustees aforesaid and their successors, 
and applied in the furtherance of the objects intended by the 
proprietors or donors thereof, and the said trustees shall have 
power to institute suits for the recovery of every or any such 
lots or parcels of ground should it be necessary, and to perfect 
in them or their successors the title thereof, or to make such 
other adjustment relative thereto, as to them shall seem expe- 
dient and proper: Provided, That nothing contained in this act 
shall be so construed as to affect the act incorporating the La- 
con Academy. 

Sec. 18. That it shall be the duty of the board of trustees 
in such manner as they may hereafter provide to give notice 
of all town meetings to be held, whether for the election of 
trustees or any other purpose arising under the provisions of 
this act, by posting the same in three of the most public places 
in said town, and stating therein the object of such meeting: 
Provided, however, That not less than three days notice of such 
meetings shall in any case be given except in cases of emer- 
gency. 

Sec. 19. That the members of the board of trustees and 
any officer of said corporation, shall, before entering on the 
duties of his office, take an oath or affirmation before some 
judge or justice of the peace to support the constitution of the 
United States and of this State, and faithfully to discharge the 
duties of their several offices. 

Sec 20. That the trustees may have power to divide said 
town into such number of wrrds as to them shall seem expe- 
dient and proper: Provided, however, That no stock belonging 
to citizens without the boundaries of said town shall be hurt by 
the authority of said corporation. 

Sec. 21. That from and after the officers of said town are 
elected under the provisions of this act and qualified for office 
according to the previous sections of this act they shall be 
deemed in law successors to the trustees, elected under the 



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aforesaid general act, shall be carried into full effect by their 
successors. 

This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision and ten days Certificate of 
not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, Secret'y State 
and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 
council on the first day of the present session of the General Assem- 
bly, the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839,. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Madison county Ferry Company. In force, 

Feb. 3, 1840. 
Whereas Thomas G. Lofton, William Gillham, Moses Seeds, Preamble 
Wiiliam Snyder, and John Wood, residents of Madison 
county, in this State, have represented to the General As- 
sembly that they have, in good faith, contracted with Abel 
Rathburn Corbin, and Elizabeth Corbin, his wife, of the 
city of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, for the ferry 
across the Mississippi river, between North St. Louis and 
a point in Illinois five rods north of the line between town- 
ship two and three north, and also for the steam ferry boat 
Brooklyn, and can have a title therefor; and whereas 
it has been represented, that although the profits of said 
ferry have hitherto proved insufficient to induce any indi- 
viduals to keep the same in operation for any considerable 
time, yet a company may be formed , under an act of incor- 
poration, who will be able to maintain said ferry in such a 
manner as greatly to promote the public convenience: 
Therefore, 

Sec. 1 . Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, rep- 
resented in the General Assembly, That Thomas G. Lofton, Wil- R -, 
liam Gillham, William Snyder, Moses Seeds and John Wood, ra te 
and such others as may associate themselves with them, their 
successors and assigns, are hereby constituted a body corpo- 
rate by the nameof the "Madison County Ferry Company," for N ame an( } 
the purpose of conveying, in steam or ether boats, persons style, 
and property from this State, at a point five rods north of the 
place where the line between townships two and three north 
strikes the bank of the Mississippi river to the opposite shore, fe ° c ^ tlon ° 
at a place called North St. Louis; said company shall have 
succession for ten years, may sue and be sued, contract and Term of char- 
be contracted with, may have a common seal and change the ter 
same at their pleasure during their corporate existence. 

Sec 2. The business of said company shall be under the Business of 
entire control and management of five directors, to be chosen comp'ny,how 
as hereinafter provided, which directors shall choose one f conJucted 
their number to preside over their deliberations. Said direc- 
tors shall continue in office one year, and until their succes- 
sors shall be elected and qualified. 



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Sec. 3. The capital stock of said company shall be twen- 

$25,001] icapi- tj.five thousand dollars, to be divided into shares of one 

hundred dollars each; fifteen per cent, on each share to be 

paid at the time of subscribing, and ten per cent, to be paid 

every four months thereafter, if required by the directors. 

Sec. 4. If any stockholder shall refuse or neglect to pay 

the balance of his stock for ten days after the same shall have 

Stock, when become due and after the same shall have been required by 

forieited the directors, the president and directors may declare his 

stock forfeited for the benefit of the company. 

Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the president and direc- 
tors to give notice by setting up at five of the most public 
Notice of pay- places in this State, within six miles of said ferry, written or 
printed advertisements, at least ten days previous to the time 
when payments are required to be made; said advertise- 
ments to state what per centum on the stock is required to 
be paid, and the place where and the person to whom the 
same must be paid. 
Commission- Sec. 6. Samuel Squire, Moses Seeds, Thomas Gillham, 
ers to receive J hn Ives and Calvin Kinder, are hereby appointed commis- 
su jscnp ion. g j oners? wnose duty it shall be to open books for the subscrip- 
tion of stock of said company, at such time and place as they 
may think proper, by setting up written or printed notices 
in five of the most public places in six mile township, at least 
ten days previous to the opening of the books for subscrip- 
tion of stock; said books to remain open until all the stock 
is subscribed, or until otherwise directed by said commis- 
sioners. 

Sec. 7. As soon as one half of the capital stock of said 
company shall be subscribed according to the third section 
of this act, the aforesaid commissioners shall give notice to 
the stockholders in the manner prescribed in the sixth sec- 
tion of tlrs act, that an election will be held for the purpose 
Election of of choosing five directors of said company, and such election 
directors s h a ]| |, e j^u a j- j ne ^ lme anc j pl ace previously appointed and 

advertised. Each stockholder present shall be entitled to 
give one vote for every share of stock owned by him. The 
commissioners aforesaid, or such of them as may be present, 
shall be judges of the first election of directors, and shall cer- 
tify under their hands the names of the persons duly elected 
to the office of directors; and the commissioners shall deliver 
to said directors the subscription books together with all mo- 
nies paid to them on stock. 

Sec. 8. Elections of directors, subsequent to the election 
provided for in the preceding section, shall be held at some 
Notice of an- place in this State within five miles of said ferry landing, at 
nual elections suc | 1 pj ace anc | at such time in the month of January in each 
year, as the directors may think proper. For this purpose 
the directors are required to give ten days previous notice 
in the manner prescribed in the seventh section of this act, 
and to conduct the election in the same manner as the com- 



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missioners are required to conduct the election provided for 
in the said seventh section. If from any cause an election 
shall not be made at the time appointed, such omission shall 
not affect the existence of the company, but the president 
shall in such case appoint another day, as soon thereafter as 
may be for the holding of such election. 

Sec. 9. The president and directors shall have power to 
make all by-laws and regulations that may be necessary forty-laws and 
the transaction of business and the good government of the regulations 
company, and to alter or amend the same as often as may be 
necessary: Provided, That such by-laws and regulations shall 
not be in contravention of this act, or of the constitution or 
laws of the United States or of this State. 

Sec 10. The rates of toll and license of said ferry shall 
be under the control of the county commissioners' court in Co. com'rs to 
the manner now provided, or hereafter to be provided, by the govern ferry 
laws of this State regulating ferries. 

Sec. 11. No othei ferry shall be established within one Noo'herferry 
mile of the ferry authorized by this act, during the existence within l mile 
of the said company: Provided, That the General Assembly Proviso 
may repeal this section whenever, in their opinion, the pub- 
lic interest shall require it. 

Sec. 12. The stock of said company shall be transferable 
only on the books of the company. 

Sec. 13. The said company shall have power to held real Real estate 
estate not exceeding six hundred and forty acres; to build hel( * 
ferry houses, and build or purchase ferry boats of any kind; 
to improve roads and bridges; to borrow money not exceed- 
ing the amount of their capital stock: to employ engineers Engineers & 
and ferrymen, and generally to do such other things as shall ferrymen 
be necessary to keep said ferry in operation. 

Sec. 14. Said company may land its boat, or boats, at 
any point within one mile of its established place of landing 
whenever it may be necessary or convenient to do so, without 
being required to pay for any additional license, and for that 
purpose may use any public road or street, without let, hin- 
drance or charges from any persons whomsoever. 

Sec 15. The company hereby incorporated may con- 
tinue in existence during the term of ten years from the pas- 
sage of this act. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



AN ACT to relocate a certain State road in Pike county. In force 

Feb. 1 . 1840. 
Sec 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That William Blair, James 
Gates, and John Gaston, of Pike county, be, and they are Commission- 
hereby appointed commissioners to review and relocate so ers to relocate 
much of the State road, leading from Griggsville in Pike road 
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130 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

county, to Kinderhook, as is situated between New Philadel- 
phia and Kinderhook. 

Sec. 2. Said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall 
Time & place meet at Worcester, on the first Monday in April next, or 
of meeting within sixty days thereafter, and after being duly sworn by 
some justice of the peace to faithfully discharge their duties 
agreeably to the provisions of this act, shall proceed to re- 
view and locate that part of said road, situated as aforesaid. 
Sec 3. The said commissioners shall, within thirty days 
after having relocated said road, make report in writing, and 
writing m fi' e a co Py °f the same > in the office of the clerk of the coun- 
ty commissioners' court in Pike county. 

Sec. 4. When said road is relocated, it shall be opened 

and kept in repair. The county commissioners of Pike 

p fcom , rg county shall allow said commissioners, and others employed 

in relocating said road, such a compensation as they may 

deem just and equitable. 

Approved, Feb. 1, 1810. 



In force, AN ACT concerning the Little Wabash river. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
Co. comv's of represented in the General Assembly, That the county commis- 
White may gioners' court of White county is hereby authorized to re- 
dan^ 6 ni " moy e the mill-dam across the Little Wabash river, purchased 
by the State, if to the said court it shall appear advisable so to 
do. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



In force &^ ACT regulating the time of holding the court in the counties of 

Feb. 3 1840. Clinton and Bond. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the next term of 
CourtinBond the Bond circuit court shall be held on the fifth Monday of 
March, 1840, and all process, suits, and recognizances which 
have been or may be issued or entered into, and made returna- 
ble to, the said court, as at present arranged, shall be taken 
and considered to be returnable to the time fixed by this act, 
and shall be valid to all intents and purposes. 
Judge ofClin- Sec. 2. That the judge of the circuit court of Clinton coun- 
ton circuit £ v ma y order a venire for any number of talismen that he 
der venue 0r ~ ma y think proper, at the next term of the said court. This 
. act to take effect from and after its passage; and the Spring 
cult court term of the Clinton circuit court shall continue two weeks. 
Approved, February 3, 1840. 



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AN ACT to authorise the trustees of schools in township eight north, In force, 

range five ea6t, to refund certain moneys. Feb. 1, 1840. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the trustees ot Trustees of 
schools, in township number eight north, of range five east, of schools in Pe- 
the fourth principal meridian, in the county of Peoria, be, and ^ m ney a 
they are hereby, authorized to pay over to the purchasers of 
section number sixteen of said township, any amount of mo- 
ney the said purchaser may have over-paid, by reason of the 
said section or any part thereof having fallen short in quantity, 
from what the said section or any such division may have been 
supposed to contain at the time of sale. 

Approved, February 1, 1S40. 



AN ACT in"relation to the Charleston Seminary and Jonesboro' College. In force, 

Feb. 3, 1840 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the trustees of the Trustees of 
Charleston Seminary shall hold their offices until the first Mon- Charleston 
day in May next, and until their successors are elected and Semmai T 
qualified. 

Sec. '2. That an election shall be held at the seminary on 
the first Monday in May next, and every four years thereafter, Time of elec- 
tor seven trustees to said seminary, who shall hold their offi- tion 
ces for four years, and until their successors are elected and 
qualified. 

Sec 3. Every person who shall have subscribed and paid Who ent £ t j e( j 
five dollars, or who may hereafter subscribe and pay five dol- to vote 
lars, shall be entitled to a vote for said trustees, and for every 
additional ten dollars so subscribed and paid in, [or] which may 
hereafter be subscribed and paid, an additional vote; which 
right to vote may be transferred. The trustees shall keep a 
record of the names of the donors, and the amount donated, Records 
and the names of the persons that such privilege is transfer- 
red to. 

Sec 4. The trustees shall have power to make such rules p owe rs 
and regulations in regard to the manner of holding elections, 
and determining upon who shall be elected, as they may think 
proper; and to make such other rules and regulations for said 
seminary, as they may deem expedient. They shall keep a 
journal of their official acts, and may confer such degrees as 
are conferred by other institutions of learning. 

Sec 5. The seminary shall not be used as a house of pub- Seminary 
lie worship, and no pupil excluded on account of his religious how used 
opinions. 

Sec 6. The school commissioner of Coles county is hereby D utyo f 
authorized and required to pay to the order of the president school comr's 
and trustees of the Charleston Seminary two hundred dollars 0l Coles co - 



132 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

per year, out of the distributive share of the State fund, for 
purposes of education, to the county of Coles; and the said 
trustees are hereby authorized to expend said money in such 
manner as they may think proper for the use and benefit of 
said seminary. 

Sec. 7. Two-thirds of the trustees shall have power to ex- 

7? i :I» e pel any member of said board of trustees for mal-conduct, 
expulsion of r / . , . ' 

members and till any vacancy which may occur from any cause what- 
ever. And the provisions of this act shall apply to the Jones- 
Jonesboi-o' borough College in all respects whatever, on condition that a 
college majority of the qualified voters of said town of Jonesborough 

shall signify their willingness to the same by a vote of said 
town, on or before the first day of June next. 
Approved, February 3, 1840. 



'In force AN ACT supplemental to an act entitled "an act to incfirpnrate the 
Feb. 3 1840. Quincy House Company," approved March 2 [Feb. 21,] 1839. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the Quincy House 
Capital stock Company be, and the same are hereby authorized and em- 
may be exten- powered to add to the capital stock of said Company, at any 
ded> time before the first day of January, 1841, by a purchase of 

all the lands, tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances 
held by the Illinois Land Company, all of which said lands 
having been heretofore conveyed by sundry persons, to Charles 
F. Moulton, Daniel Low, David H. Nevins, John N. Gossler, 
Lands of Ills. j onn y(. Leavitt, Joseph L. Joseph, Samuel S. Lewis, Amos 
Binnoy, James C. Dunn, Joseph Swift, Lemuel Lamb, 
Charles Atwater, and James B. Danforth; also to Lemuel 
Lamb, and Thomas Dunlap, at such price, and on such terms 
as the said Quincy House Company, and the Trustees and 
Directors on behalf of the Illinois Land Company may think 
proper- to contract, which lands were purchased of sundry 
individuals by the said trustees and directors, and are sititate 
in the State of Illinois, and constitute the joint interest of the 
Illinois Land Company, of which company John Tillson jr., 
is their general agent. 

Sec. 2. Upon the purchase of the lands and other property 

belonging to the Illinois Land Company- by the Quincy 

House Company, the said Quincy House Company may issue 

Additional fifteen thousand shares of additional stock of one hundred 

stock dollars each, and the lands so purchased shall all be disposed 

of by said company on or before the first day of January, A. D. 

Sales of lands 1848, first offering the same at public sale at the office in 

Qu'ncy, Illinois, giving at least sixty days previous notice of 

such sale by advertisement in at least four of the public 

newspapers printed in this State, and that certain portions of 

said land, not less than one-eighth of the quantity they may 



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own, shall be brought inlo market in each and every year, 

until all shall have been disposed of by the company, and 

that the minimum price at the public sale shall not exceed the 

government price, though after the public sale is over, all of 

said lands remaining unsold may be disposed of at any price, 

and on such terms as the said company may think proper. 

Sec. 3. All deeds and documents of every kind, relating 

to the title of any property that may be conveyed to the 

Quincv House Company as aforesaid, and that may be found _ . 

• • •• ii i j • jIu Deeds and 

in anywise requisite to place on record, in order to show a paperg may 

more perfect chain of title to any portion of the property so be recorded in 

held by them, may be recorded in the recorder's office of the Adams co. 

county of Adams; and it shall not be requisite to record said 

deeds or documents in any other county in this State. 

Sec. 4. The Legislature reserve the right, after the first Risjht resenr- 
day of January 1843, to investigate the books and papers of ed t0 Legiela- 
the Quincy House Company, and to call upon the officers for 
any information they may wish for, in reference to a final dis- 
position, by said company, of all the lands and other prop- 
erty conveyed to them by the trustees and directors of the 
Illinois Land Company, and to reduce the capital stock of the 
said Quincy House Company to the original capital of one 
hundred thousand dollars; and inquire them to confine their 
operations exclusively to the manag >ment of the same, and 
the business necessarily connected therewith. 

Sec. 5. Should the Illinois Land Company accept the pro- 
visions of this act, and consent to a sale of their property to 
the Quincy House Company, they shall signify their accept- 
ance of the same by an instrument of writing under the hand 
and seal of John Tillson jr., the general agent, which said 
acceptance shall be filed with the secretary of the Board of 
Directors of the Quincy House Company, and by him entered 
upon the records of said company. Said secretary shall make 
out and certify a copy of said acceptance, and transmit the 
same to the Auditor of Public Accounts, to be by him filed 
and preserved in his office. 

Sec. 6. The corporate existence of the said Quincy House Existence of 
Company shall wholly cease at the termination of twenty ^^ 
years from the passage of this act. 

Approved, February 3, 1840. 



AN ACT to alter a certain State road in Fayette countv. In force, 

n Feb. 1, 1840 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That so much of the State 
road lending from Greenville to Shelby ville, as lies in Fayette ed ° a g 

county, be, and the same is hereby, changed as follows: leav- 
ing the old road at Mathew Pope's line, in section twenty-nine, Alteratl0n 
running thence fifty-eight rods to said Pope's corner; thence, 



134 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

north-east ninety-three rods, so as to intersect the old road at 
Jonathan Cooke's line, in section twenty-one, township eight 
north, range one west of the third principal meridian; any 
law to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sec. 2. The county commissioners of Fayette county may, 

Road may be at their March term, make an order for the relocation of said 

relocated r0 ad, as described in the first section of this act, and when so 
surveyed and located, shall be declared a State road, and kept 
in repair as other public roads in this State. Said court is 

Expenses how hereby authorized to pay all reasonable expenses which may 

pai be incurred in the relocation of said road. 

Approved, February I, 1840. 



In force, AN ACT for the benefit of Wildy Lodeje in the town of Galena. 

Feb. 3, 1840. 

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

represented in the General Assembly, That John Turney, 

Constantine Kentlenback, Edward H. Snow, and John G. 

Body politic P°Ms, their associates and successors, in the town of Galena, 

and corporate be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corpo- 

ftame & style rate, under the name and style of Wildy Lodge, number five, 

of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the purpose of 

producing harmony and good fellowship, promoting their 

common interest, disseminating useful knowledge; to relieve 

Objects and give succor to the distressed of their own order, and for 

the general purposes of charity and good feeling, and for no 

other purpose whatsoever. The said corporation is declared 

Powers. a nd hereby made capable in law to sue and be sued, plead 

and [be] impleaded ; to have a common seal,and the same to al- 

„ . ter and renew at pleasure: Provided, That the said corpora- 

tion shall not hold more than one acre of ground with the 

improvements thereon, except such as shall be donated to 

and for the sole use and behoof of said corporation. 

Approved, February 3, 1S40. 



In force ^^ ACT to vacate certain alleys in the town of Winnebago. 

Dec 10, 1839. 

Sec 1. Be it exacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 

represented in the General Assembly, That so much of those 

alleys in the town of Winnebago, as run through block one, 

block i& 40 an( l block forty of said town, be, and the same are hereby 

vacated vacated: Provided, That the consent of the owners of lots on 

Proviso. g^d a ]j evs sna ]i f^ be obtained. , 

Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 
Sec. of State not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

and said hill not having been returned with the objections of the coun- 
cil on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, the 
same has become a law. 

Given under ay hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



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AN ACT for the benefit of Vesty Adaline Martin . In force, 

Dec. 10, 1839. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Vesty Adaline 
Martin, of Shelby county, in this State, is hereby rendered 
free and capable in law of doing and performing every and 
all acts, which would be competent for persons of full age to 
do and perform, and all such acts shall possess the same validi- 
ty, force, and effect, as if the said Vesty Adaline Martin 
was of legal and mature age. This act to take effect from 
and after its passage. 

This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days Certificate of 
not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assem- Secret'y State 
bly, and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of 
the council, on the first day of the present session of the General Assem- 
bly, the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand, the 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Kankakee manufacturing company. j n f orce 

Dec. 10, 1830. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That Jacob B. Merrick, 
Richard J. Wells, Jeremiah Price, Henry Green, Allen H. 
Howard, Artemus Doane, John G. Castu, and their associates 
and successors, be, and they are hereby constituted a body Body politic 
corporate and politic, by the name and title of the Kankakee Name & style 
Manufacturing Company, to be located in the town of Kan- 
kakee, La Salle county, and by that name and title shall 
have power to sue and be sued, contract and be contracted Powers 
with, plead and be impleaded, defend and be defended, answer 
and be answered unto, in all courts of law and equity having 
competent jurisdiction. 

Sec 2. The said company shall be vested with full power 
to erect a dam across the Kankakee river, in said town of Dam to be 
Kankakee, of such height and on such a plan as shall nol built * 
obstruct the ordinary navigation of said stream, or interfere Navigat'nnot 
either with private or public rights to erect mills, furnaces, ^ eo 8truct " 
machine shops, and all other machinery for the purpose of 
transacting all kinds of manufacturing business which they 
shall deem proper, to give and receive promissory notes, er " 11 er pow " 
to purchase, take, and hold such property, either real, per- 
sonal, or mixed, as may be necessary to carry into effect the 
object of said company, and the same to sell, exchange, 
or otherwise dispose of: Provided, The quantity of real es-p roviso 
tate so purchased, and held by such company shall not exceed ' 
three hundred and twenty acres; to ordain, establish, and 
put in execution such by-laws, ordinances and regulations as By-laws 
may be necessary for the good government of said incorpo- 



136 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

ration, to have a common seal, make, alter, break, or renew 
the same at pleasure, and to do all other acts and things 
which they may deem best for the interest of the company, 
not contrary to the law or the constitution. 

Sec 3. The capital stock of said company shall be one 
Capital stock hundred thousand dollars, with power to increase the same 
fe increased^ to ^ ve nun dred thousand dollars, at the pleasure of the corn- 
to $500,000 pany, which capital stock shall be divided into shares of one 
hundred dollars each. The total amount of debt which the 
Total debt of company shall at any time owe, shall not exceed the amount 
company f their capital stock; but in case an excess of debt shall be 
Private pro- created or permitted, the private property of the board of di- 
perty holden re ctors under whose administration it shall happen, shall be 
holden for the same, but this shall nol exempt the corporate 
property of the company from being also liable for such ex- 
cess. 

Sec. 4. The charter of incorporation hereby granted 
ter '"shall continue in force twenty years from and after the pas- 

sage of this act. 
Subscription Sec 5. Subscriptions to the capital stock of said company 
books shall be opened under the direction of Jeremiah Price, Rich- 

Directors for ap d J* Wells, Henry Green, A. H. Rowland, and J. B. Mer- 
time being rick, who shall be directors from the time this act takes effect 
and until others are elected, and it shall be the duty of the 
directors for the time being, to call for and to demand of the 
stockholders respectively all sums of money by them sub- 
scribed at such times and in such proportions as they shall 
Notice of pay- see lit, giving always sixty days notice in a public journal 
me . nts . on sub " printed in or nearest to said town; and in case of failure on 
the part of any of the stockholders or their legal representa- 
tives to pay in said stock as required, or within thirty days 
thereafter, all the interest they may have in said company 
Forfeiture of shall be forfeited to the members thereof. So soon as the capi- 
stock ta j s t oc ] c s h a ]| have been subscribed, it shall be the further 

duty of the directors above named, to proceed to distribute 
the stock among the .subscribers in such manner as they 
shall deem best for the interest and future prosperity of the 
company. 
Officers Sec 6. The officers of said company shall consist of a 

board of five directors, one of whom shall be elected Presi- 
dent of the board; they shall be chosen annually, from among 
Election to be the stockholders, at the time such elections may be held, 
annual anc j m ^^ manner as a majority of the stockholders shall 

ordain and determine; each share of the stock shall be enti- 
tled to one vote, and the members may vote either in person 
or by proxy; a majority of the directors shall constitute a 
quorum to do business. 

Sec 7, The board of directors or a majority of them 

Special meet- shall have power to call special meetings of the company and 

to fix the times of holding the annual meetings for the election 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 137 

of officers, by giving sixty days previous notice in the nearest Notice 

public journal; to fill vacancies that may occur in their own Vacancies, 

body, either by death or resignation, to hold their offices until how fiIled 

their successors are elected; to appoint, employ, and dismiss 

at their pleasure a treasurer, secretary, and all other officers, Treasurer & 

agents, clerks, mechanics, laborers, and servants, and to fix °^ ei ^° fficers » 

their compensation, in order to execute and transact v\\ the 

necessary and proper business of the company, and to make 

and prescribe such rules, regulations and by-laws, relative Rules, by- 

to the concerns of said incorporation as the interest of the s 

company may require. 

Sec. 8. It shall be the duty of said board of directors, at 
all times, to keep pioper books of accounts, in which they Books of ac- 
shall register all the transactions of the company, which count 
books shall at all times be subject to the inspection and ex- 
amination of the stockholders, to make annual and semi- 
annual dividends of so much of the profits of said company Dividends 
as they shall deem advisable for the interest of the company, 
and whenever required by a majority of the stockholders to 
exhibit at a general meeting, as complete and perfect a state- 
ment of all the debts, credits, and of all other matters in rela- 
tion to the affairs of the company, as may be deemed essen- 
tial. 

Sec. 9. The stock of said company shall be deemed per- Stockdeemed 
sonal property, and assignable and transferable on the books personal 
of the company, but no stockholder indebted to the company 
shall be permitted to make a transferor an assignment, until 
such debt be paid, or secured to be paid to the satisfaction of 
the directors. 

Sec. 10. A majority of the stockholders may call a spe- Special meet- 
cial meeting of the company when they deem it necessary. iu % s 

Sec. 11. This act is hereby declared a public act, and Public act 
shall take effect from and after its passage; and the Legisla- 
ture hereby reserves the right to alter, modify, or repeal thisr^ 1 . T ^ nff " 
act, or any part of its provisions, whenever they may deem ture 
the public interest to require the same: Provided, That in Proviso 
case of repeal, the said corporation shall he allowed such rea- 
sonable time to dispose of their property, and close their con- 
cerns, as in the wisdom of the Legislature may be deemed 
equitable and just. 

This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and* ten days not rv,»,-fi„.w„ r 
, . . . ° ]i/- i t r- , .V iV J 1 1 certificate 01 

having intervened belore the adjournment of the General Assembly, g ■ * s.„, 

and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 
council on the first day of the present session of the General Assem- 
bly, the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A . P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



138 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

In force, AN ACT to incorporate the Vandalia and Mississippi Turnpike Company. 
Dec. 10, 1839. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people, of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That James Black, James 
Body corpo- T. B. Stapp, Robert K. McLaughlin and Robert Blackwell of 
rate Fayette county, Thomas Keys, Seth Blanchard, J. W. Fitch, 

William S. Wait, James Bradford, William Smith, Lorenzo 
D. Plant and Duncan Johnson of Bond county, James Rey- 
nolds of Madison county, Vital Jarrott, William W. Romann 
and Benjamin T. Kavanaugh of St. Clair county, and their 
successors in office duly elected as hereinafter directed, are 
hereby constituted and appointed a body politic and corporate, 
Name and and by the name and style of "the Vandalia and Mississippi 
style Turnpike Company," shall be able and capable in law and 

equity, to defend and be defended, answer and be answered 
into, in any and all courts of justice whatever, to purchase or 
donatJns^In rece i ve donations of land, money, or other valuable thing, 
hand &c. to borrow money, and do all matters and things necessary to 
carry into effect the objects contemplated in this act as fully as 
natural persons could do, for the purpose of raising means to 
complete the road hereinafter named, but for none other; to 
May t have a make and use a common seal, and the same to alter, change, 
seal or renew at pleasure, and shall be able in law to make con- 

tracts, and enforce the same, and to make and enforce the ne- 
To make by- cessary by-laws, rules, and regulations, to enable them to carry 
laws unto effect the provisions of this act, and the objects contem- 

plated by the same, not inconsistent with the laws and consti- 
tution of this State. 
«500 000 St ° Ck ^ EC " ^" ^e capital stock of said corporation shall be five 
Shares hundred thousand dollars, divided into shares of fifty dollars 

Capital stock each, with power to increase the capital stock if necessary to 
may be m- accomplish the objects herein contemplated. 
Time & olace ^ ECl [^'1 ^ ne directors in this act named or a majority of 
of meetingof them, shall meet at such time and place as they may agree on, 
directors ari d organize said corporation by electing one of their own 
President b°dy to be president; and after such organization, any three 
Quorum of said board shall be a quorum to do business, but after an 

election for directors it shall require five to form a quorum. 
Appointment Sec. 4. The corporation shall have power to appoint 
of agents. agents, clerks, treasurers, surveyors, engineers, superinten- 
dants, artists, and all other officers, and persons necessary to 
Journals of carry into- effect this act, they shall keep a journal of all their 
proceedings proceedings, in which shall be entered all by-laws, rules, and 
regulations and all orders for the payment of such allowances, 
as may be made to their officers, and all others in their em- 
ployment, which journal shall from time to time be read, cor- 
rected and signed by the president. They may sit on their own 
adjournment, or on the call of the president. When the pre- 
President pro gident is absent, they may appoint a president pro tempore', they 
shall fill all vacancies that may happen in their own body. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 139 

Sec. 5. The corporation shall cause books to be opened for Books of sub- 
subscription to the capital stock at such time and such place or scn P tlon 
places as they may choose, one notice of which shall be given 
in some public newspaper in this State; in each of which 
books the following entry shall be made: we, the undersigned Ein U . to be 
promise to pay the sum of dollars for each share of stock set ™VV° 
opposite our names, in such manner and proportions, and at books 
such times as the president and directors of the Vandalia. and 
Mississippi turnpike company may direct, witness our hands 
this day of. 

Sec. 6. It shall be lawful for all persons of lawful age, Who may sub- 
or for the agent of any corporate body, to subscribe for any scribe for 
amount of the capital stock, and the said corporation may, Sl 
by an agent, offer for sale in every other State any amount of 
stock upon such terms and conditions as may be thought ad- 
visable, and they shall have power on their own credit to 
borrow upon such terms as may be agreed on by the parties. m ^ 
The corporation may require such sum of money to be paid 
at the time of subscribing, not exceeding five dollars on each Amount to be 
share, as they may think proper, but the amount required P/" d on < ? acli 
shall be made known at the notice for opening the books, and scv jbed 
any further payments on the stock shall be under the control 
of the corporation. 

Sec 7. As soon as five hundred shares are subscribed for, When 500 
and five dollars paid on each share, it shall be the duty of the ke ' n directors 
corporation to give three weeks notice thereof in such news- may be cho- 
paper in this State, and in such notice appoint a time and sen 
place for the stockholders to meet and elect eleven directors 
who shall be stockholders and citizens of this State, and 
which election shall be by ballot, conducted under the super- Qualifications 
intendence of an inspector and two judges appointed by the 
stockholders present, and the persons having the highest Electionshow 
number of votes for directors, shall be declared duly elected; conducted 
no share shall confer a right to vote at any election, unless Shares^ when 
the same shall have been held one month previous to the elec- "° vo e t e U 
tion; in all elections each share shall entitle the holder to one 
vote only, to be given by the person owning the same, or by 
one of any partners, or by the husband, father, mother, ad- 
ministrator, or executor, or trustees, or guardians, or by the 
agent of any corporation, or of any person having a right to, 
may vote by proxy. 

Sec 8. It shall be the duly of the directors elected as 
above and those elected at all subsequent elections, to meet ml^andelect 
as soon thereafter as may be convenient, and elect one of President 
their body to be president; the president and directors thus 
elected, shall continue in office until the next annual election, Term of office 
and until their successors are elected and qualified. of officers 

Sec 9. All elections after the first, shall be held on the 
first Monday in January, annually, under the direction of the Annual elec- 
stockholders present, of which election notice shall be given; tlons 



140 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

but should no election be held on the day appointed by this 
act, or by the directors for the first election, it shall be lawful 
to hold the election on any other day. 

Sec. 10. Certificates of stock shall be given to the stock- 
Evidence of holders, which shall be evidence of the stock held, they shall 
stock held De s jg ne( ] D y the president and countersigned by the clerk, 
May be trans- the stock shall be transferable on the books of the corpora- 
ferred tion only, by an agent or attorney, or by the adminstrator, 

executor, trustee, or guardian, but such stock shall be at all 
Held for debts times holden by the corporation for any dues from the holders 
due corpora- thereof to the corporation, or for any sums that may thereaf- 
ter become due on a contract made prior to such transfer. 
Sec 11. The corporation shall have power to call for 
Instalments such portions of the stock subscribed not exceeding twenty 
five per centum, every six months, as they may think proper, 
to be paid at such times and places as they may designate by 
Notice of pay- giving sixty days notice in some newspaper of this State, or 
ments ^ givjn^ written notice to the stockholders, in which shall be 

specified the amount demanded on each share, and the time 
and place of payment; and if any stockholders shall neglect 
Refusal to pay or refuse to pay such requisition within ten days after the time 
instalments, narnec | f or sucn payment, the corporation may bring suit 
stockholder against [any] delinquent for the amount due, and called for, 
to suit in any court of competent jurisdiction, and recover the 

amount with two per centum interest thereon, per month, and 
if the amount cannot be made on execution, or if [said] de- 
linquent is out of the State, then the corporation may, by 
Stock, when an order on their books, declare such stock forfeited to the 
forfeited corporation, with whatever amount may have been paid 

thereon; and no such delinquent before the forfeiture of his 
stock shall have the right to vote for directors, or receive any 
dividend on his, her, or their stock, until the corporation is ful- 
All officers to ly satisfied. The corporation shall require of all officers and 
give bond others in their employ, bonds with security as they may think 
proper for the faithful performance of their duties. 

Sec. 12. The corporation, by their agents shall have pow- 
Corporation er from time to time to ex;! mine, survey, mark, and locate the 
may examine, roac j f or a turnpike road from the termination of the Cum- 
ca'eroad °"berland road in Vandalia, or in case said road is continued 
Route to Alton or elsewhere not on the line proposed in this char- 

ter, then from some convenient point on said road to be se- 
lected by the president and directors of this corporation, so 
as to pass by the way of Greenville or to branch at Green- 
ville, and thence to Amity in Bond county, and thence to the 
Route Mississippi river in Illinois town, or at a point opposite to the 

upper ferry, opposite North St. Louis with full power to di- 
How far may verge from a direct line, not exceeding two miles in twenty 
diverge from De t Wee n the points named, when more favorable ground can 
be had for the construction of said road, the same to be not 
Width of road more than eighty feet in width, and the said corporation shall 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 141 

nave full power and authority to open books for the subscrip- 
tion of stock for the entire construction of said road its whole 
length, as said corporation may deem most advisable under 
the regulations and provisions of this act. 

Sec. 13. And for the purpose of making such examination 
and location, it shall be lawful for the corporation by their 
agent or persons in their employ, to enter upon any land, to 
make surveys and estimates, and for the purpose of searching 

for stone, gravel, wood, or other materials necessary for the ., , . . 

~ . . * ivlatena]s to 

construction of said road, but no stone, gravel or other material construct ro'd 

shall be taken away from any land without the consent of the 
owner thereof, until the rate of compensation shall be ascer- 
tained and paid. 

Sec. 14. It shall be lawful for the corporation either be- 
fore or after the location of any section of the road, to obtain 
from the person or persons through whose land the same may 
pass, a relinquishment of so much of said land as may be Reiinqmshm't 
necessary for the construction of said road as also the stone oflancis where 
gravel, timber, and other materials that may be obtained on roa(i P asses 
said route; and may contract for stone, gravel, timber, and 
other materials that may be obtained from any lands near 
thereto; to receive by donations, gifts, grants, or bequests, 
lands, money, labor, property, stone, gravel, wood, or other 
materials for the benefit of said corporation; and all such con- 
tracts, relinquishments, and donations, gifts, grants, or be- Contracts, &c 
quests, made and entered into, in writing, by any person or made to be 
persons, able in law to contract, made in consideration of bin 5 
such location, and for the benefit of the corporation, shall be 
binding and obligatory; and the corporation may and shall 
have their action at law in any court of competent jurisdic- 
tion, to compel a compliance thereto: Provided, That all Proviso 
such contracts, relinquishments, donations, gifts, grants, and 
bequests, shall be made in writing by the party making the 
same. 

Sec. 15. That in all cases where any person through 
whose land the road may run shall refuse to relinquish the Refusal to re- 
same, or where a contract between the parties cannot be Knquish 
made, it shall be lawful for the corporation to give notice to 
some justiceof the peace, in the county where such circumstan- 
ces occur or may exist, and such justice shall thereupon sum- 
mon the owner of said land to appear before him upon a parti- 
cular day within ten days thereafter, and shall appoint twelve 
disinterested persons of the neighborhood, who shall, after ta- 
king an oath faithfully and impartially to assess the damages Damages to 
if any, view the land or materials, and after having taken be assessed 
into consideration the advantages as well as disadvantages, » Stakes 
the road may be to the same, report thereon whether such 
person is entitled to damages or not, and if so how much; 
and shall file said report with said justice; whereupon said 
justice shall enter judgment thereon unless for good cause 
shown; and in case either party shall show sufficient cause 



142 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. , 

why judgment shall not be entered, the justice may grant a 
Proviso review of the premises either with or without costs: Provided, 

either party may at any time after the rendition of judgment 
Appeals al-_ appeal to the circuit court of the proper county, as in other 
cu7t court C "" cases ' an( * sucn court sna ^ appoint reviewers as above direct- 
Jud ent'of ed, who may report at that or the succeeding term, in the 
circuit court discretion of the court, and the judgment of the circuit court 
final - shall be final when rendered. 

Sec. 16. And in all cases when the owner or owners of 
such land or materials shall be minors, insane persons, or re- 
side out of the county where such land may lie, such justice 
shall cause three notices of the application made, and of the 
day fixed for the appointment [of] viewers, to be posted up 
in three of the most public places in the county, and if no 
person should appear on the day named in said [notice] such 
justice shall adjourn the same until that day two weeks, at 
which time he shall proceed as if such person or persons 
had been duly notified to attend; and on such judgment being 
When corpo- rendered, and the corporaiion complying therewith, by the 
ration sha,1 ^ e payment of costs or damages, or both, according to the award 
against them, the corporation shall be seized of the land or 
materials; costs shall be allowed or awarded against cither par- 
ty at the discretion of the justices. 

Sec 17. If it shall be found necessary to the construction 
and location of said road, the corporation shall have the right 
to lay the same along and upon any State or county road: 
Proviso Provided, however, before such location is made the corpora- 

tion shall apply to the county commissioners in their respec- 
tive counties through which the said road will run, for said 
Right of way right, and the said county commissioners are hereby vested 
with power to grant to said corporation such right, and shall 
enter the same on the records of said county' or counties, as 
Proviso the case may be: Provided also, That said corporation shall 

Where toll no t have power to create any toll gate upon any bridge or 
be placed " 0t embankment which shall have been made at the expense of 
the State or of the county; nor shall they have power to fence 
No road to be up or in any manner obstruct any State or county road now 
obstructed j n existence, or which may be in existence at the time when 
the proposed turnpike road shall be surveyed. 

Sec. IS. That when said corpora'ion shall have procured 
Right of cor- the right of way, as herein provided, they shall be seized in 
poration to the right of way over such land, and shall have the sole use 
and occupancy of the same, for the purposes aforesaid; and 
no person, body politic or corporate shall in any way inter- 
fere with, molest, injure, or disturb any of the rights and privi- 
leges hereby granted. 
Time of com- £ EC# j9 # T/he corporation shall commence the construc- 
mencemeiv. & , . „ . , , .-•.,%• . c j i , .i 

completion f ll0n °f salc * road within five years, and complete the same 
road within twenty years from its commencement: Provided, That 

Proviso if any one of the sections of said road shall be completed 

within the time aforesaid, the charter shall not be forfeited 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 143 

as to that part of said road so completed, although the resi- 
due of said road may not have been completed within the 
time aforesaid. 

Sec. 20. The corporation shall cause said road to be open- 
ed not exceeding eighteen [eightyj feet wide, at least twenty Width of road 
feet of which shall be made an artificial road composed of stone, 
gravel, or other suitable materials, well compacted together, 
in such manner as to secure]a firm, substantial, and even road, 
rising in the middle, with a gradual curve, and shall maintain Form of road 
and keep the same in good repair, and in no case shall the as- 
cent in the road be greater than an elevation of five degrees. 

Sec. 21. That when said road or any particular section, When one 
(ten miles constituting a section,) thereof shall be located, it section is Jo- 
shall be the duty of said corporation to cause a plat or plats catc 
thereof to be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State; 
and after that time it shall not be lawful for said corporation 
to alter or change any part thereof, unless said corporation 
pay the owner or owners of land on said route the amount 
of damages they may sustain by such change. 

Sec 22. That if said road after its completion, or any sec- 
tion thereof shall be sufficient [suffered] to go to decay, or Roa( i out of " 
be impassible for [one] year unless when the same is repair- ie ^ ai ^"[ e an " 
ing, this charter shall be considered as forfeited. 

Sec. 23. As soon as the said corporation shall have com- 
pleted the road as aforesaid,or any section thereof, or ten miles 
beginning at Vandalia on the eastern end of said road, and 
so on from time to time, as often as ten continuous miles of 
said road shall be completed, an agent shall be appointed by 
the Governor, if not otherwise directed by the Legislature, 
who shall on the application of the corporation examine the 
same, and report his opinion in writing to the corporation; 
and if such report shall state the road or any ten continuous,,., 
miles of the same to be completed agreeably to the provis- sec tLn is 
ions of this act, the corporation may then erect a gate or completed toll 
gates at suitable distances apart, not less than ten miles, and gates ? a ^ be 
demand and receive of persons travelling said road the tolls Distance of 
allowed by this act: Provided, That whenever that portion of toll gates 
the said turnpike road as lies between the Mississippi river Proviso 
and the bluffs, east of the American Bottom, shall be com- 
pleted; the said company may erect toll gates and demand and 
receive tolls for travel thereon at the rates herein allowed pro 
rata, should the distance between said points be less than ten 
miles. 

Sec. 24. The following shall be the rates of toll for each 
and every ten miles of said road, and in proportion for a great- Rates of toll 
er or less distance, to wit: for every four wheeled carriage, 
wagon, or other vehicle drawn by one horse or other animal 

cents; for every horse or other animal in addition, six 

and one fourth cents; for every cart, chaise, or other two 
wheeled carriage or vehicle, drawn by one horse or other 



144 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

animal cents; for every horse or other animal in addi- 
tion six and a fourth cents; for every sled or sleigh, drawn by 
one horse or other animal, twelve and one half cents; for eve- 
ry horse or other animal in addition, six and one fourth cents 
for every coach, chariot, or other four wheeled pleasure car- 
riage, drawn t>y one horse, twenty-five cents; for every ad- 
ditional horse twelve and a half cents; for every horse and 
rider six and a fourth cents; for every horse, mule or ass, six 
months old or upwards, led or driven, three cents; for every 
head of neat cattle, six months old or upwards, one cent: 
Proviso. Provided, That all persons going to and returning from public 
Exemptions worship, and all militia men going to and returning fiom mus- 
frointoll tcr, and all funeral processions, shall pass said road free of 
Proviso toll: Provided, also, That the Legislature may at any time 
after the expiration of ten years from the time of the comple- 
dsfature °" ^ on °* sa ^ [road] or any section thereof, make any reason- 
able alteration in the rates of toll aforesaid. 

Sec. 25. If any person or persons using said road shall 
Fraudulent with intent to defraud said company, or to evade the pay- 
practice to mcn t of tolls, pass through any private gate, or bars, or along 

evade tolls, ,, r i 7 \. -i \ . . .' i n . ° 

how punished an J other ground near to any turnpike gate which shall be 
enclosed pursuant to this act, or shall practice any fraud- 
ulent means, with intent to evade or lessen the payment of 
such toll, or if any person shall take another off said road, 
with an intent to defraud said corporation, each and every 
person concerned in such fraudulent practice, shall for every 
Forfeiture such offence forfeit and pay to the corporation, the sum of 
five dollars, without any stay of execution, to be recovered 
with cost of suit in an action of debt, at the suit of the corpo- 
Proviso ration before any justice of the peace of the county: Provided^ 

That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent 
persons residing on said road from passing thereon about 
their premises between the gates, for common and ordinary 
business. 

Sec. 28. H the said corporation shall fail for ten days in 
Company fail- succession, to keep said road in repair, and complaint be 
ingto keep mac je thereof to a justice of the peace of the county, it shall 
pair lb" ten" De ^ xs duty forthwith to summon three disinterested judicious 
days, shall freeholders to examine the same; and. he shall give notice to 
not be allow- j-[ ie toll-gatherer at the nearest gate, of the time when said 
tolls * freeholders will proceed to examine that part of said road 
complained of, and the said freeholders, after having taken an 
oath or affirmation to act impartially, shall proceed in the ex- 
amination; and if they shall find, the same out of repair, they 
shall certify it to a justice of the peace, who shall immedi- 
ately transmit a copy of said certificate to the nearest toll- 
gatherer, where such defective part of the road lies; and from 
the time of receiving such notice, no toll shall be demanded, 
or received for such part of the road, until the same shall be 
Penalty put in complete repair, uuder the penalty of five dollars for 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 145 

every such offence, to be recovered of said corporation with 
costs of suit, and for the use of the party aggrieved. 

Sec. 27. If any person shall wantonly or wilfully destroy,or Persons inju- 
in any manner iniure or obstruct, any part of said road, or 'anv KL s *^?r? 

i i • i • 1 • •' i t- i * D to Hue 

gate thereon, otherwise than in the just and lawful use 
thereof, every person shall, on conviction thereof, before a 
justice of the peace of the county, be liable to a fine of not 
more than fifty, nor less than five dollars for every such of- 
fence, to be recovered in action of debt at the suit of the State 
of Illinois, to go to the county school fund in the county Fine, how ap- 
where the injury may have been committed; and such offen- P r °priated 
der moreover, shall be liable for all such damages to the cor- 
poration, and for injury accruing to travellers in consequence 
of any such unlawful damage or obstruction of the road ; all 
damages and costs under this section shall enure to the par- 
ties entitled to the same, and shall be collected by execution 
before any court having competent jurisdiction thereof. 

Sec. 28. The company shall put up a post or stone at the Mile stones 
end of each mile, with the number of miles from on road 

fairly cut or painted thereon; and also, in a conspicuous place 
near each gate shall be placed a board with the rates of toll 
fairly painted thereon, and such other matters in relation to 
direction as may be necessary. 

Sec. 29. Any person wilfully destroying, defacing or re- p . ersons . defa - 
moving any guide board, mile post, or stone, or list of rates of bcwds^o^or- 
[tolls] erected on said road, shall, on conviction thereof before feit 
any justice of the peace, forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding 
ten dollars, to be recovered with costs of suit, and for the 
use of said corporation. 

Sec. 30. If any toll-gatherer on said road shall unrea-if toll-collec 
sonably detain any passenger after the toll has been paid, or tor sha11 de - 
tendered, or shall demand or receive greater toll than is by^? P assen " 
this act allowed, he shall, for every such offence, forfeit and s 
pay a sum not exceeding ten dollars, to be recovered with costs liability 
of suit before any justice of the peace having competent ju- 
risdiction, at the suit of the party injured: Provided, That Proviso 
no suit or action shall be brought against any person or per- 
sons, for any penalty incurred under thiJ section, unless such 
suit or action shall be commenced within thirty days from the 
time of incurring the same; and the defendant or defendants, 
in any such suit or action, may plead the general issue and 
give this act in evidence with any other special matter. 

Sec 31. The corporation shall cause to be kept, a fair ac- Account of 
count of the whole expense of making and repairing said expense of 
road, or any section thereof, with all incidental expenses, and k° e pt, & "tolls 
also, a fair account of the tolls received; and the State shall received 
have the right to purchase the stock of said company at any Right of State 
time after twenty years, on paying said corporation a sum of to P archase 
money which, together with the tolls received, shall equal the S ' 
cost and expenses ol said Turnpike road as aforesaid, with an 
interest of ten per centum per annum, and the books of the 

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146 • LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Agent of State corporation shall always be open for the inspection of any 
may examine a g en t f the State appointed for that purpose by the Legis- 
r ° s a lature; and if the said corporation shall neglect or refuse to 

fusing to ex- exhibit at any time their accounts agreeably to this section, 
Mbit books, when thereto required, then all the rights and privileges 
charter to be g ran ted by this act shall cease and be ?.t an end. 

Sec. 32. The said corporation shall be, and are hereby au- 
thorized and empowered to demand and receive the same toll, 
and proceed in the same manner to collect the same from the 
Right to col- drivers, owner, or owners of any stage, carriage, or sleigh, in 
lect tolls which shall be conveyed the mail of the United States, as they 
have by this act a right to do from the drivers of similar 
carriages and sleighs, drawn by the same number of horses 
in which no mail is carried, any law to the contrary notwith- 
Proviso standing: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be 

so construed as to empower said corporation, their agent or 
ao-ents, to stop or detain any person, carriage, sleigh or horse, 
while actually employed in the conveyance of the said mail. 
Co. com'rs Sec. 33. It shall be lawful for the county commissioners of 

may subscribe eac j 1 an( j ever y coun ty through which the said road may run 
or pass, for and [in behalf of] such county, to authorise by 
Limitation of an order as much of the stock to be taken as they may think 
charter proper. 

Sec 34. This charter is to be limited to twenty years in its 

duration. 

Proviso Sec. 35. Provided however, That nothing in this act shall 

be so construed, as to interfere in any manner whatever, with 

the location by the United States, of the Cumberland Road, 

Further pro- between the points designated in this act: Provided also, That 

vis0 if said company or corporation should deem it advisable, they 

Road maybe sna ^ nave tne r *§ nt an< * P r i v ^ e g e °f commencing said work 

commenced at the town of Greenville aforesaid, and constructing the 

at Greenville same to St. Louis in the first instance, and suffer that portion 

between Vandalia and Greenville, to remain to be finished 

lastly. 

Act when in Sec 26. This act to be in force from and after its passage, 

force anc i shall be taken, and considered a public act in all courts 

Considered a Q f recorc i within and out of this State, as also, in courts of 

pubhc act j ust i ces f the peace, and shall be beneficially construed. 

. This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 

Certificate ot not having i nterven ed before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

bee. of state and thg gaid bil] not naviug been returned with the objections of the 

Council on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, 

the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 147 

AN ACT to provide for securing to mechanics and others liens for the In force, 

value of labor and materials. Dec. 10, 1839 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,^™™ 3 J£ x " e _ 
represented in the General Assembly, That any person who r { a ] s f or build- 
shall, by contract with the owner of any piece of land or town ings, to have 
lot, furnish labor or materials for erecting or repairing any lien on the 
building, or the appertenances of any building on such land 
or lot, shall have a lien upon the whole tract of land or town 
lot, in the manner herein provided, for the amount due to him 
for such labor or materials. 

Sec 2. The lien shall extend to all work done and mote- Extent of lien 
rials furnished under the provisions of the contract, whether 
the kind or quantity of work, or amount to be paid, be speci- 
fied or not: Provided, That the time of completing the con- Proviso 
tract shall not be extended for a longer period than three 
years, nor the time of payment beyond the period of one 
year, from the time stipulated for the completion thereof. 

Sec. 3. When any sum due by such contract shall remain 
unpaid after the same is payable, the creditor may, upon bill Creditor may 
or petition to the circuit court of the county in which the land !? bta *? order 
or lot lies, obtain an order for the sale thereof, and for apply- 
ing the proceeds of such sale to the discharge of his demand; 
and the filing of the bill or petition in the clerk's office, and 

sueing out a summons thereon, shall be deemed the commence- Commence^ 
,° c ,, ., ment of suit 

ment of the suit. 

Sec 4. The bill or petition shall contain a brief statement What petition 
of the contract on which it is founded, and of the amount due sha11 contain 
thereon, with a description of the premises which are subject to 
the lien , and all other material facts and circumstances necessary 
i;o a full understanding of the rights of the parties, and shall 
be considered as the foundation of the plaintiff's action; and 
upon the filing of which with the clerk, a summons shall issue Summons to 
thereon against all persons made parties as is required upon is6ue 
filing bills in chancery. 

Sec 5. For the purpose of bringing all parties in interest 
before the court, the court shall have power to permit amend- Amendment 
ments to any part of the pleadings, and to issue process, t0 P ]eadin g s 
make all orders requiring parties to app'ear, and requiring 
notice to be given by publication in newspapers, that are or 
may be authorized in proceedings in chancery; and the court Power of 
shall have the same power and jurisdiction over the parties court 
and subject that are or may be conferred upon courts in chan- 
cery in respect to proceedings before that court. 

Sec 6. Suits instituted under the provisions of this act, Suits t0 be 

shall be placed upon the common law docket, and shall stand P laced ° n 
r -ii i a i'ii • i common 

lor trial at the term of the court to which the summons is made docket 

returnable. The summons shall be served by the sheriff as 

other process; but if not served ten days before the return 

day thereof, the cause shall be continued, unless the parties 

agree to a trial at that term of the court. 



14S 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 



Issue formed 



Oral testimo- 
ny 

Notice to par- 
ties 



Persons may 
become par- 
ties 



No preference 
to creditors 



Proceeds of 
sales, how 
anplied 



Division of 
premises 



Parties to 
liens when 
claim is not 
due 



Sec. 7. Defendants, in proceedings under this act, shall 
answer the bill or petition under oath; and the plaintiff shall 
except or reply to the answer as though the proceeding was 
in chancery; the answer shall be regarded as the plea of the 
defendant, and by the replication thereto, an issue or issues 
shall be formed, which shall be tried by the court or by a jury 
under the direction of the court, as the court may direct or the 
parties agree. 

Sec 8. Every defendant served with process ten days be- 
fore the return day thereof, shall answer the bill or petition 
on or before the day on which the cause shall be set for trial 
on the docket, and the issue or issues in the cause shall be 
made up under the direction of the court, and oral testimony 
shall be received as in cases at law. 

Sec 9. Notice given to parties by publication in newspa- 
pers, under the direction of the court, shall be equivalent to 
personal service of such. notice. 

Sec. 10. In proceedings under this act, all persons interest- 
ed in the subject matter ot the suit, or in the premises intend- 
ed to be sold, may, on application to the court wherein the suit 
is pending, become parties at any time before final judgment. 

Sec. 11. Upon questions arising between different credit- 
ors, no preference shall be given to him whose contract was 
first made. 

Sec 12. Upon the trial of causes under this act, the court 
shall ascertain the amount due each creditor, and shall direct 
the application of the proceeds of sales to be made to each in 
proportion to theii several amounts. 

Sec 13. When the owner of the land shall have failed to 
perform his part of the contract, and by reason thereof the 
other party shall, without his own default, have been prevent- 
ed from performing his part, he shall be entitled to a reasona- 
ble compensation for as much thereof as he has performed in 
proportion to the price stipulated for the whole, and the court 
shall adjust his claim accordingly. 

Sec 14. If any part of the premises can be separated from 
the residue, and sold without damage to the whole, and if the 
value thereof should be sufficient to satisfy all the claims 
proved in the cause, the court may order a sale of that part. 

Sec 15. Parties entitled to liens under the provisions of 
this act, whose claims are not due or payable at the time of 
the commencement of suit by any other party, shall be 
permitted to become parties to the suit, and their claims shall 
be allowed, subject to a reduction of interest from the date of 
judgment to the time such claim is due or payable. 

Sec. 16. In cases under this act, where there are several 
claimants, the issue of law and fact, or either, may be tried 
separately, and in no case shall the want of preparation for 
trial to one claim, delay the trial in respect to others; but trials 
shall be had upon issues between such parties as are prepared, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 149 

without reference to issues between other parties; and when 
one cieditor shall have obtained a verdict or judgment for 
the amount due, the court may order a sale of the premises on 
which the lien operates or a part thereof, so as to satisfy the 
judgment: Provided, That the court may, for good causes Proviso 
shown, delay making any order of sale until the rights of all 
parties in interest shall be ascertained and settled by the court. 

Sec. 17. If the person who procures work to be done, or When lau<1 * 
materials furnished, has an estate for life only, or any other„ ao . e( j 
estate less than a fee simple in the land or lot on which the 
work is done, or materials furnished, or if such land or lot, at 
the time of making the contract, is mortgaged, or under any 
other incumbrance, the person who procures the work or ma- 
terials, shall nevertheless be considered as the owner within 
the meaning of this act, to the extent of his right and interest 
in the premises; and the lien herein provided for, shall bind 
his whole estate and interest therein, in like manner as a mort- 
gage would have done; and the creditor may cause the right 
of redemption, or whatever other right or estate such owner 
had in the land at the time of making the contract, to be sold, 
and the proceeds of sale applied according to the provisions 
of this act. 

Sec. 18. Suits may be instituted under the provisions of Suits in favor 
this act in favor of administrators or executors, and may be ot adm ' rs or 

executors 

maintained against the representatives in interest of those 
against whom the cause of action accrued; and in suits insti- 
tuted under the provisions of this act, the representatives of 
any party who may die pending the suit, shall be made par- 
ties as though it was a suit in chancery. 

Sec. 19. Upon proceedings under this act, parties claiming Rights may 
may contest each other's rights as well with respect to amount be cuntes,ed 
due, as with respect to their right to the benefit of the lien 
hereby created; and upon all questions made by parties, the 
court shall require issues of law or fact to be formed, so as to 
to bring about a speedy decision thereof. 

Sec. 20. No incumbrance upon land created before or after No incum- 

the making of a contract, under the provisions of this act, shall bra '? c< ; on a 
13 ' r ' Janets to one- 

operatc upon the building erected, or materials furnished, un- ra te against 
til the lien in favor of the person doing the work or furnish- Hens 
ing the materials, shall have been satisfied; and upon ques- 
tions arising between previous incumbrances and creditors, 
under the provisions of this act, the previous incumbrance 
shall be preferred to the extent of the value of the land at the 
time of making the contract, and the court shall ascertain by 
jury or otherwise, as the case may require, what proportion 
of the proceeds of any sale shall be paid to the sevei-al parties 
in interest. 

Sec. 21. Parties in interest, within the meaning of this act, 
shall include all persons who may have any legal or equitable 
claim to lands or lots upon which a lien may be attempted to 
be enforced under the provisions of this act. 



150 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Creditors may Sec. 22. Creditors who file bills or petitions under this 
contest the ac ^ mav CO ntest the validity of incumbrances, as well in re- 
incumbrances g ara " *° amount as to their justice; and any incumbrance, wheth ■ 
er by mortgage, judgment or otherwise, charged and shown 
to be fraudulent in respect to such creditor, or in respect to 
creditors generally, may be set aside by the court, and the 
premises made subject to the claim of the creditor freed and 
discharged from such fraudulent incumbrance. 
Powers of Sec. 23. In proceedings under this act, the courts are vest- 

courts e( j w ith all the powers of courts of chancery, and shall be 

governed by the rules of proceeding and decision in these 
courts, so far as that power may be necessary to carry into 
full and complete effect the provisions hereof, and so far as 
those rules of proceeding and decision are applicable to cases 
and questions presented for adjudication and decision. 

Sec. 24. No creditor shall be allowed to enforce the lien 
created under the provisions of this [act,] as against or to the 
prejudice of any other creditor or any incumbrance, unless 
suit be instituted to enforce such lien, within six months after 
the last payment, for labor or materials, shall have become due 
and payable. 

Sec. 25. Nothing contained in this act shall be construed 
to prevent any creditor from maintaining an action at law 
upon his contract, in like manner as if he had no lien for the 
security of his debt. 
Where sale is Sec 26. If upon making sale of an)' premises under this 
insufficient ac ^ fac proceeds of such shall not be sufficient to pay the 
p claims of all parlies according to their rights, the judgment 

shall be credited by the amount of such sale, and execution 
may issue in favor of any creditor whose claim is not satis- 
fied for the balance due, as upon a judgment in actions of 
debt or assumpsit; and in case of excess of sales over the 
amount of judgment, such excess shall be paid to the owner 
of the land, or to the person who may be entitled to the same, 
under the direction of the court. 
Costs how Sec. 27. The costs of proceeding under this act, as between 

paid creditors claiming liens and the person against whom the lien 

is intended to be enforced, shall abide the event of the suit; 
and the costs, as between creditors aforesaid, in contest rela- 
tive to each others' claims, shall be subject to the order of the 
court, and the same rule shall prevail in respect to costs grow- 
ing out of proceed [proceedings] against and between incum- 
brances. 

Sec. 28. The act entitled "An act for the benefit of me- 

Act repealed chanics, approved 22d February, 1833," is hereby repealed; 

but rights acquired and liabilities incurred, under that act, 

shall not be affected by the repeal thereof. This act shall 

take effect on the first, day of May next. 

Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 
Sec. of State not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 151 

and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 
Council on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, 
it has become a law. 
Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



AN ACT to incorporate the Montibello Manufacturing- company. in force, 

Dec. 10, 1839. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That all such persons as 
shall become subscribers to the stock hereinafter described, are 
hereby constituted and declared a body corporate and politic, ra ° c e y cor P°- 
by the name of the "Montibello Manufacturing Company," to jj ame pnc | 
be located upon the lower rapids of the Mississippi river, in style 
the county of Hancock, at some point between the north line Location 
of the south-east quarter of fractional section twelve, and the 
north of the creek commonly known by the name of Chan- 
cy's Creek; and by that name they, their successors, and as- Powers 
signs, shall have succession, for and during; the term of twenty T , erm of 
years, and be capable, in law, to sue and be sued to final 
judgment and execution, plead and be impleaded, defend and 
bo defended, in all courts and places whatsoever; to make, 
have and use a common seal, and the same to break, renew 
or alter at pleasure. 

Sec. 2. The said company shall be authorized and empow- Further pow- 
ered to erect, build, put in operation, employ, work or use all era 
kinds of mills and machinery for the manufacturing of flour, 
lumber and other useful articles, and for these purposes they 
are hereby authorized to take any quantity of water from the 
Mississippi river that they may deem necessary, and to build, 
erect, construct and support in the said Mississipp river, any 
wing dam, barrier, or other means to use that may be necessa- 
ry to increase the fall, or to conduct and control so much of the 
water of the said river as may be required for the purposes of 
the said company: Provided, That no such dam, barrier, or ob- Proviso 
struction shall be so built, constructed or placed in said river, 
as in any way to obstruct or injure the navigation thereof. 

Sec 3. The capital stock of said company shall be ten Ca pital stock 
thousand dollars, divided into one hundred shares of one hun- $10,000 
dred dollars each, which the stockholders, at a general meet- 
ing, and by a vote representing in its majority at least two- 
thirds of the stock subscribed, may increase to any sum not May be 
exceeding one hundred thousand dollars in any form or manner $ 10u i 000 
that they may deem proper: Provided, That the amount of p rov ig 
debts which the said company shall at any time owe, shall not 
exceed the amount of their capital stock, and in case of such 
excess, those under whose administration it shall happen, shall 
be holden for the same, in their natural and private capacity ; 
but this shall not be construed to exempt the corporate prop- Property li 
erty of the company from being also liable and chargeable for able 
such excess. 



152 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Sec. 4. For the purpose of carrying into effect the objects 

of this corporation, Abram Smith, Cyrus Felt, Enoch D. 

Brown, Alpheus Kemball, Philemon Frances, Matthew Gray 

Commission- and M. D. Billings, are hereby appointed commissioners to 

ers to_ obtain rece i ve subscriptions to the capital stock of said company, and 
subscriptions , ,. , . r , . . k . . r . ./.> 

it snail be the duty ol said commissioners, or a majority of 

them, as soon after the passage of this act as may be,, to take 
or adopt such measures, pursue such course for the obtaining 
of said subscriptions, and for completing the same, as they 
may deem most expedient and proper; but every subscriber, 
on subscrip- a ^ * ne ^ me °f subscribing, shall pay to said commissioners the 
don sum of one dollar for each share subscribed. 

Sec. 5. The stock, property and concerns of the said cor- 
poration, shall be managed and conducted by live directors, 
Directors to w } 10j a t the time of their election, shall be stockholders, and 
annually s ^ a ^ ^e cnosen annually by ballot, on the day and at the place 
of holding the annual meetings of said corporation. Said ui- 
Term of rectors shall hold their office ibr the term of one year from the 
time of their election, and until their successors are elected; 
there shall also at the same time and place, for the same term 
Treasurer to ano ^ m the same manner, be chosen a treasurer, who shall 
be sworn and possess the same qualifications as a director, shall be sworn to 
give bond the faithful dischargeof his duty, and shall give bond in such 
amount and in such manner as the president and directors 
shall prescribe. 
Shares to Sec. 6. At all elections and in all other matters wherein a 

each vote vo t e f a corporation shall be taken, every stockholder shall 
be entitled to one vote for each share to the number of ten, 
and one vote for every five additional shares, w r hich votes may 
be given in person or by lawful proxy. 
When fifty Sec 7. As soon as fifty shares shall be taken, the commis- 

shares shall sioners shall give at least thirty days notice thereof in one or 
more newspapers in this State, and appoint in such notice the 
Election of ^ me anc * P^ ace ^ n ' such subscribers to meet, for the purpose of 
Directors and choosing directors and treasurer; at the election to be held as 
Treasurer aforesaid, the? said commissioners, or such of them as may at- 
tend, shall be inspectors, and their certificate of the names of 
the persons elected, shall be conclusive evidence of such elec- 
tion; at the first election held for directors and treasurer, the 
ballots shall contain the name of the person voted for, the 
name of the stockholder claiming to vote, and the number of 
,, . . votes he claims to be entitled to; and it shall require a major- 

Yli-noritv rc» ■ 

quired to ity t>f all the votes given to constitute a choice; but all subse- 
elect quent elections shall, in these respects, be held and conducted 

as the corporation in their by-laws shall direct. 

Sec. 8. The directors when elected as aforesaid, shall im- 
Choice of mediately proceed to the choice of one of their number for 
president president, who shall be elected for one year, and shall be 
president of the company for the time being. A majority of 
the board of directors shall constitute a quorum for doing 



First election 



Quorum 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 153 

business, and, in the absence of the president, may choose a 
president pro tempore; and so soon as the said directors shall 
be elected and enter upon the duties of their office, the com- 
missioners shall deliver over to the said directors' all the books 
containing subscriptions to the capital stock, and account for 
money received on such subscriptions. 

Sec. 9. The president and directors shall appoint' a clerk$ ■ & pl a ^ tt ^ r 
whose duty it shall be to keep a fair record of the proceedings 
and transactions of said corporation, The directors may meet Meetings of 
at such time and places as they may think proper, may appoint p01 
such superintendants and agents as they may deem necessary; 
employ such workmen and make such contracts as they may 
deem conducive to the interests of the said corporation. 

Sec. 10. It shall be lawful for the directors to require pay- jKSJJtaw 
ment of the sums subscribed to the capital stock, at such times 
and in such proportions, a'nd on such conditions, as they shall 
deem fit under the penalty of the forfeiture of all previous * ovfeiture ot 

1 i ii ■ • r i j.i paymentt 

payments thereon, and shall give notice oi the payments thus 
required, and of the place and time where and when the same 
are to be paid, at least sixty days previous to the payment of 
the same, in some public newspaper of this State. 

Sec. IT. The said company shall have power to make, or- 3*" laws 
dain and establish all such by-laws, rules and regulations, and 
ordinances, as they may deem expedient and necessary to ac- 
complish the designs and purposes, and to carry into effect the 
provisions of this act, and the well-ordering, regulating and 
securing of the interests and affairs of the company: Provided,'? 70 ™ 
The same be not repugnant to the constitution and laws of 
this State or of the United States. 

Sec. 12. The said company shall have power and be ca- Powers 
pable of holding, purchasing, improving, selling and convey- 
ing any estate, real cr personal, lor the use of said corporation: 
Provided, That the quantity of real estate held by the said Proviso - 
corporation, shall not at any one time exceed six hundred and 
forty acres. 

Sec. 13. The stock shall be deemed personal property, and Stock deemed 

shall be transferable by certificate signed by the president, and pg|.j° Da pr01 

attested by the treasurer; and all conveyances of real estate, How trans . 

so executed, shall be Vcilid and binding on said corporation; ferred 

but no such holdei indebted to the corporation shall be permit- No transfer 

ted to make a transfer until such debt be paid or secured to the flowed till 

,• c ,■ c ,, j. , l debts are paid 

satisfaction ol the directors. * 

Sec. 14. The company shall at all times keep proper books 
of accounts, in which shall be registered all the transactions 
of the corporation, and the same shall at all times be subject 
to the inspection of the stockholders; and it shall be the duty 
of the directors to make annual dividends, or at such other Annual divi- 
times as a majority of the directors shall direct, of so much clends 
of the profits of said company as to them, or a majority of 
them, shall appear advisable; and the directors, whenever re- 
quired by a majority of the stockholders, shall exhibit, at a 



154 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

Statements to general meeting, a full and perfect statement of the debts and 
be made credits, and all such other matters as may be deemed essen- 
tial relating to the affairs of the company. 
Special meet- Sec. 15. A majority of the stockholders, whenever they 
in S a deem it necessary, may call a special meeting of the compa- 

ny, and provided the regular elections from any cause shall 
not take place, it shall be lawful for any four of the stockhol- 
Special elec- cers to call a special election by giving notice of the time and 
tions place. 

Forfeiture of ^ EC * ^* ^ ^ ie sa ^ corporation shall not organize and corn- 
charter mence their said business within two years from the passage 
of this act, and expend five thousand dollars in the erection of 
mills or other machinery suitable to the prosecution of their 
business, according to the provisions of this act, then this act 
shall be null and void. 

Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 

Sec of State not nav i n S intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

and said bill not having been returned with the obje^'ons of the 

Council on the first day of the present session of the Gen .„« Assembly, 

the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



In force AN ACT vacating a part of the town of Illinois city, and changing the 
Dec. 10 1839. name of the residence [residue] to that of Uniontown. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the north division 
Blocks vaca- °* *he town of Illinois city, in the county of Whitesides, con- 
ted sisting of blocks- three, four, nine and ten, is hereby declared 
Proviso. vacated: Provided, however, That the vacating of the afore- 
said blocks does not in any respect operate to the disadvantage 
of the residue of said town. 

Sec. 2. All that part of the county of Whitesides, on which 
the town of Illinois city is situated, which is recorded in the 
recorder's office of Joe Daviess county, (except that part of 
the said town which by the first section of this act is declared 
Union Town vacated,) shall hereafter be known by the name of Uniontown, 
any plat or name to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Sec. 3. This act to be in force from and after the first day 
of June next. 
Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 
Sec of State not nay i n o intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 
Council on the first dayof the present session of the General Assembly, 
the same has become a law. 
Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 155 

AN ACT to amend the recorded plat of the town of Athens. I Q force, 

1 Dec. 10, 1839. 

Whereas, it appears from representation made by the citizens p re amble 
of the town of Athens, in the county of Sangamon, that a 
mistake occurred in the platting of said town: Therefore, 
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That the plat of the town 
of Athens, in the county of Sangamon, as now appears on re- 
cord in said county, be, and the same is hereby, vacated; and Plat vacated 
that the plat made out hy John B. Watson, deputy surveyor Watson's plat 
of said county, is hereby declared to* be the true plat of said 
town, and the recorder of said county is hereby required to 
record the same in his office. 

This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days Certificate of 
not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, Sec. of State 
and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 
Council on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, 
it has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A. P, FIELD, Secretary of State. 



AN ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to encourage the killing of In force, 

Wolves," approved February 15, 1837. Dec 10, 1839. 

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly, That every person who 
shall kill any wolf or wolves in this State, shall receive the Bounty for 
following bounty, to wit: for each wolf, known and denomi- w e ^gJ s 
natcd the Big wolf of six months old and upwards, the sum 
ofrtwo dollars; for each wolf of the same kind under six months' 
old, the sum of one dollar; for each wolf known and denomi- 
nated, the Prav-ie wolf, of any age, the sum of one dollar, to 
be paid out of the State Treasury, on the certificate of the To be paid out 
clerk of the county commissioners' court, where such wolf offetate trea " 

surv 

or wolves were taken and killed. The person claiming such p „ „„. 

ii i i * ■ i i rerson to pro- 

reward shall produce the scalp or scalps, with the ears there- duce scalp 

on, within ninety days after the same was taken and killed, 

to the clerk of the county commissioners' court within the 

county where such wolf or wolves were taken and killed, 

who shall administer to the said person the following oath 0ath 

or affirmation, viz: You do solemnly swear or affirm (as the 

case may be) that the scalp or scalps by you produced were 

taken from a wolf or wolves, killed within this State within 

ninety days last past, and that you believe such wolf or 

wolves from which they were taken were over or under six 

months old, are of a large or small kind (as the case may be.) 

The first section of the act entitled k< An act to encourage First section 

the killing of wolves," approved 15th February, 1837, is here- of original act 

by repealed. This act to take effect from and after the first re P ealed 



156 LAWS OF ILLINOIS. 

day of April next: Provided, That the affidavit herein pro- 
vided for, may be made before any justice of the peace, and 
the premium may be paid out of any money in the hands of 
the Sheriff of the respective counties belonging to the State. 

Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 
Sec'y State not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

and said bill not having been returned with the objections of the Coun- 
cil on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, the 
same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839. 

A . P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



In force ■^•^ ^CT for the relief of the clerks of the circuit courts of Sangamon, Clin- 
Dec. 10 1839. ton, Fayette and Franklin counties. 

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the Stale of Illinois, 

represented in the General Assembly, That whenever the clerk 

Clerk Sanga-of the circuit court of Sangamon county shall make out a 

mon co. may f ee [y[\[ j tl ^ Qe f orm f ] aw f or services rendered by him or 

bill for servi- D J ms predecessor in office as clerk, in all cases in which the 

pes rendered president and directors of the old State Bank of Illinois were 

in case of old a p ar ty s0 f ar as sa i<j services were rendered for said bank, 

and lor which it is or would be liable as such party, and shall 

transmit the same to the Auditor of Public Accounts, said 

And to issue Auditor shall issue his warrant upon the treasury in favor of 

warrant sa id clerk for such amount as may be so shown to be due 

him. 

Sec ''2. Said clerk in making out said fee bill shall be lia- 
Penahy for ble to the same penalties and forfeitures for any violation of 

violation of th.e present law regulating fees as he would be in any other 
by clerk ' - ... q j 

•' case. 

Clerks of Sec. ^. ^ ne clerks of the circuit courts of Franklin, 

Franklin, Fayette and Clinton counties, shall be entitled to the same 

iayette and benefits, subject to the same pre-requisites and liabilities un- 
Chnton coun- , , . 7 J , u -j i i r d i. 

ties entiled to # er tms act as the said clerk or Sangamon county. 

same benefits Sec 4. That before the Auditor shall issue his warrant 
for the payment of any sum of money by virtue of this act, 
he shall require that the fee bills of the said clerks shall be 
Fee bill to be certified by the judges of the circuit courts of the said coun- 
? e ^" ed bv tiesnamed in this act, and producethecertificate of said judge 
that the amount claimed by such fee bill is legally and equita- 
bly due said clerks, and has never been paid. 

Certificate of This bill having been laid before the Council of Revision, and ten days 

Sec. State. not having intervened before the adjournment of the General Assembly, 

and the said bill not having been returned with the objections of the 

council on the first day of the present session of the General Assembly, 

the same has become a law. 

Given under my hand this 10th day of December, 1839 . 

A . P. FIELD, Secretary of State. 



State of Illinois, 

Office of Secretary of State. 
I, Alexander P. Field, Secretary of State, of the State of Illinois, do 
hereby certify the foregoing to be true.and perfect copies of the Enrolled 
Laws deposited in this office; the words printed in brackets, thus [ ] in 
the several laws in which they occur, not being in the enrolled laws, 
but are introduced in the printed laws for the purpose of correcting and 
explaining the same. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, at Spring- 
field, 14th March, 1S40. 

A. P. FIELD, 

Secretary of State, 



REPORTS 



AUDITOR AND TREASURER 



STATE OF ILLINOIS. 







REPORT 



OF 



THE AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS, 



STATE OF ILLINOIS, 



TRANSMITTED TO 



BOTH HOUSES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 



DECEMBER 14, 1839, 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



To the Honorable, 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following Report, shewing the 
receipts and expenditures at the Treasury, during the year ending on the 
1st of December, 1839; the present condition of the School Fund, with 
the amount of interest thereon, to be apportioned to the several counties, 
on the lstday of January next; the amount of revenue derivable from tax- 
ation for the present year, shewing the amount due from each County, so 
far as a revenue has been assessed ; the condition of the Treasury at this 
time, and what will be its probable condition on the 1st of December, 
1840; and, also, the present indebtedness of the State on account of 
Stocks sold. 

I have the honor to be, Sir, 

Your obedient servant, 

LEVI DAVIS, 
Auditor Public Accounts* 



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AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



Amount of warrants drawn upon the State Bank, from the 1st day of 
December, 1838, to the 1st day of December, 1839, for the current 
expenses of the State, and charged to the jollowing accounts, viz : 



To what charged. 



Special appropriations, - 

Interest on school, college and seminary fund, 

Circuit attorneys, ... 

General Assembly, - 

Money refunded, 

Judiciary, - 

Secretary of State, - 

The Militia, .... 

Incidental expenses, - 

Attorney General, - 

Penitentiary Inspectors, - 

Auditor of Public Accounts, 

Treasurer, 

Appropriations to Counties, 

The Governor, - 

Public Printing, - 

Redemption money, 

Counties in the Military Tract, - 

Taxes refunded, - 

Appropriation for State House at Springfield, 

Distributions of Laws and Journals, 

Superintendant of the Penitentiary, 

Appropriations for killing Wolves, 

The contingent fund, ... 

County Assessors, 

Incidental expenses of Penitentiary, 



Amount. 



$12,593 61 

43,241 39 

1,840 73 

63,641 20 

172 74 

14,270 22 

2,145 00 

815 00 

3,992 15 

245 78 

200 

2,400 

1,600 

496 

1,501 

23,345 

548 

800 00 

789 72 

96,598 00 

2,460 50 

291 66 

709 00 

2,090 52 

2,030 23 

3,800 00 

$282,619 32 



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71 
14 
31 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



[vi.] 



A statement of the amount drawn from the Treaswy on account of the 
Contingent Fund, from December 1st, .1838, to December 1st, 1839. 



Date. 



1838. 
Dec. 4. 



1839. 
Jan. 9. 

24 



March 18 

May 24 

27 



June 13 



25 



To whom paid. 



To warrants to James M. Morse, in full, of his 
contract for plastering and whitewashing the 
Legislative Halls, and for fitting curtains, &c. 

To warrants to James M. Morse, in full, for 
cleaning floors and windows in State House, 
sewing and laying down carpet, &c. 

To warrants to William L. Graves, in full of 
his account for shingling around stove pipes, 
on roof of the State House, 

To warrants to Benjamin O. Sidmore, in full, 
for glazing lights in Legislative Halls, 

To warrants to J. W. Curlee, in full of his ac- 
count for repairs done on State House, 

To warrants to E. Capps, in full, for filling ex- 
cavation in Public Square, - 

To warrants to James Campbell, in full, for 
postage on tax list, from Macomb to Quincy, 

To warrants to John S. Roberts, in part, for 
his compensation for cleaning Privy, at State 
House, lighting lamps, &c. - 

To warrants to Abner Johnson, in full, for his 
services in going to and returning from Jef- 
ferson city, to demand J. Obleness and M. 
Butcher, fugitives from justice, 

To warrants to Isaac Carel, in full, for making 
box for conveying State bonds, 

To warrants to Thomas Carlin, in full, for ex- 
penses paid in transmitting State bonds from 
St. Louis to Vandalia and back, 

To warrants to N. M. McCurdy, in full, for 
bearing State bonds from the city of Phila- 
delphia to Vandalia, - 

To warrants to James M. Lucas, in full, for 
publishing Governor's Proclamation, for the 
apprehension of Nathan Graves and George 
Kendall, fugitives from justice, 

To warrants to J. W. Berry, in part, for paint- 
ing two full length portraits of Generals 
Washington and La Fayette, to be placed in 
the Legislative Halls of the State House, - 



Amount. 



$496 00 


116 00 


5 00 


1 00 


19 50 


5 00 


4 00 



10 00 



15 75 


5 00 


5 00 


10 00 



5 25 



500 00 



[viii] 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 

Contingent Fund — Continued. 



Date. 



1839. 
July 5 



8 

ugust 7 

Sept. 12 



27 



To whom paid. 



To warrants to B. W. Thompson, L. Ginger, 
B. F. Lee, R. Porter, H. Snyder, Wm. Red- 
mond, D. Snyder, Peter Smith, E. Davis and 
J. Lutt, in full, for their services in removing 
Public Offices from Vandalia to Springfield, 

To warrants to B. W. Thompson, in full, for 
removing Office of Clerk of Supreme Court 
from Vandalia to Spiingfield, 

To warrants to Wm. Walters, in full, for haul- 
ing two loads of State paper from Vandalia 
to Springfield, - 

To warrants to John Poussardin, in full, for 
four pine boxes furnished for packing books 
and papers of Secretary's office, 

To warrants to John S. Roberts, in full, for 
his services in removing Secretary's office, - 

To warrants to Philips & McDuff, in full, for 
boxes, &c. furnished for removing Secreta- 
ry's office, - 

To warrants to James Black, in full, for boxes 
furnished for removing Secretary's office, - 

To warrants to Henry Eccles, in full, for box- 
es furnished for removing Secretary's office, 

To warrants to James M. Morse, C. H. Hodge, 
H. C. Ernst, James Reed and H. Goodman, 
in full, for services in removing Secretary's 
office, - 

To warrants to B. H. Reed, in full, for his 
services as a messenger, to the Governor at 
Quincy, ..... 



Amount. 



533 33 


24 00 


100 00 


4 00 


12 00 


3 75 


25 75 


19 19 


23 00 


48 00 



,090 52 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. [ix] 

A statement of the present condition of the School, College and Seminary 

Fund. 

Amount of School fund on the 1st of January, 

1839, - - - - - $279,085 06 

Amount received into the Treasury, on the 

30th March, 1839, - - - 19,500 00 

Amount of the surplus revenue, which was 

constituted a part of the school fund by 

an act of the Legislature, approved 25th 

February, 1837, .... 

Amount of college fund on the 1st January, 

1839, - - 

Amount received into the Treasury, on the 

30th March, 1839, 

Amount of seminary fund on the 1st January, 

1839, 

Amount received into the Treasury on 30th 

September, 1839, - 

Amount received into the Treasury on the 

31st October, 1839, 
Amount received into the Treasury on the 

30th November, 1839, - 



Total amount of school, college and semi- 
nary fund, - 



335,592 32 


|634,177 38 


55,800 98 




3,900 00 


59,700 98 




49,306 25 




4,208 63 




2,102 78 




500 00 


56,117 65 






$749,996 01 



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AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



A statement of the amount to be apportioned to the several Counties, on 
the 1st day of January, 1840, from the interest on the School, Col- 
lege and Seminary Funds, for the year 1839. 



Counties. 


Amount. 


Counties. 


Amount. 


Adams, 


$1,169 20 


Madison, 


$1,364 35 


Alexander, - 


339 24 


Morgan and Cass, - 


3,149 03 


Bond, - 


620 23 


Monroe, 


436 21 


Clark, - 


563 60 


Montgomery, 


630 81 


Cook, - 


1,326 89 


Marion, 


474 20 


Crawford, 


585 30 


Macon, 


508 61 


Clinton, 


432 96 


McLean, 


896 90 


Coles, - 


884 16 


McDonough, 


482 30 


Clay, - 


239 00 


Mercer, 


81 20 


Champaign, - 


173 96 


Macoupin, - 


919 04 


Calhoun, 


172 07 


Pope, - - - 


616 72 


Edgar, - 


1,154 30 


Pike, - 


1,012 86 


Edwards, 


330 28 


Peoiia, - 


476 09 


Effingham, - 


183 71 


Perry, - 


372 55 


Franklin, 


936 69 


Putnam and Bureau 


641 61 


Fulton, - 


988 46 


Randolph, - 


895 77 


Fayette, 


623 20 


Rock Island, 


88 52 


Gallatin, 


1,259 90 


Sangamon, - 


2,929*72 


Greene, 


2,070 26 


Saint Clair, - 


1,422 31 


Hancock, 


532 18 


Shelby, 


831 53 


Hamilton, 


475 28 


Schuyler, 


1,032 94 


Iroquois, 


188 30 


Tazewell, 


918 01 


Johnson, 


367 42 


Union, - - , 


720 48 


Jefferson, 


596 64 


Vermilion, - 


1,358 31 


Jackson, 


474 20 


Wabash, 


508 86 


Jo Daviess, - 


498 82 


Warren, 


445 97 


Jasper, 


71 64 


White, 


1,028 52 


Knox, - 


397 76 


Washington, 


518 08 


Lawrence, - 


718 32 


Wayne, 


515 35 


La Salle, 


675 78 






7 






$44,326 60 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



[ri] 



A statement of the amount of State Revenue derivable from each county 
in the State, for the year 1839, so far as returns have been made to 
the Auditor's office. 



Adams, 


- $6,750 43 


Madison, 


- 6,751 58 


Alexander, 


681 32 


Monroe, 


- 1,221 C8 


Boone, 


- t 68 97 


Morgan, 


- 5,815 42 


Bureau, 


890 71 


McDonough, - 


- 2,470 36 


Brown, 


- 1,297 24 


Montgomery, - 


872 33 


Carroll, 


112 22 


Macoupin, 


- 1,522 65 


Clinton, 


- 1,227 10 


Macon, 


- 1,193 79 


Calhoun, 


816 65 


Menard, 


- 1,306 95 


Cass, 


- 1,050 00 


Marshall, 


700 00 


Clay, 


302 15 


McLean, 


- 2,031 42 


Crawford, 


- 1,230 46 


Mercer, 


915 68 


Coles, 


- 2,061 21 


Marion, 


448 00 


Clark, 


- 1,460 86 


Ogle, ' 


672 34 


Cook, 


- 3,631 19 


Putnam, 


398 45 


De Witt, 


229 49 


Pike, 


- 3,633 52 


Dane, 


289 46 


Perry, 


553 22 


Edgar, 


- 2,890 67 


Peoria, 


- 2,853 49 


Edwards, 


755 72 


Sangamon, 


, 7,297 78 


Effingham, 


115 52 


Stark, 


697 82 


Franklin, 


652 31 


Scott, 


- 1,721 75 


Fulton, 


- 3,488 07 


Schuyler, 


- 2,300 91 


Fayette, 


937 30 


Samt Clair, 


- 5,210 10 


Gallatin, 


- 1,579 63 


Shelby, 


- 1,151 60 


Hamilton, 


313 24 


Tazewell, 


- 2,034 00 


Hancock, 


- 2,802 8S 


Union, 


886 31 


Iroquois, 


249 04 


Vermilion, 


- 3,200 90 


Jackson, 


830 94 


Whiteside, 


235 72 


Jefferson, 


667 54 


Will, 


- 1,118 66 


Jo Daviess, 


567 08 


Wayne, ; 


580 00 


Knox, 


- 2,439 92 


Washington, - 


766 48 


Kane, 


509 82 


White, 


- 1,110 24 


Lawrence, 


- 1,494 74 


Warren, 


- 3,379 74 


La Salle, 


- 1,670 49 


Wabash, 


- 1,379 45 



Livingston, 
Logan, 



77 78 
368 39 



$M0,942 28 



[xii] AUDITOR'S REPORT. 

The Revenue law requires the clerks to report to the Auditor the ag- 
gregate amount of State tax assessed in their respective counties; and, I 
have, therefore, no means of showing the separate valuation on Real and 
personal property in the State. It will be perceived from the above state- 
ment, that a number of counties have failed to comply with the provisions 
of the law. A list of those counties, from which no returns have been 
received, at this office, is herewith submitted, marked, A. I have been 
advised, that in many counties, owing to a misapprehension of the pro- 
visions of the 1st section of the law, a tax was assessed only on such 
property as is enumerated in said section. If the law, therefore, had 
been carried into general and perfect operation throughout the State, the 
amount of Revenue could not have been less than $120,000. 

Although there was considerable hostility felt against this law for some 
time immediately after its passage, yet, now, since its provisions have been 
understood, and the necessity which existed for its passage, clearly demon- 
strated, it meets with the general approbation of the people; and, it is 
believed, that hereafter it will meet with no further opposition, even in 
those counties which have been most decidedly against it. 

* ' 

The following is a statement of the present condition of the State 
Treasury, in regard to her ordinary resources and expenditures: 

Amount due the Bank on the 1st day of De- 
cember, 1839, - $142,550 61 

Amount of outstanding warrants on the 1st 

day of December, 1839, - - 83,109 11 

$225,659 72 



To meet this sum, the State has the following resources, viz : 

Amount of revenue, derived from taxation, 

for 1S39, $110,942,28 

Amount due from Shawneetown Bank, - 6,981 01 

" due from citizens of Springfield, - 16,666,66 
" due from Revenue collectors under 

the old Revenue system, - 11,833 74 



146,423 69 



Deficit on 1st December, 1839, - - $79,236 03 

Of the above amount of outstanding warrants, the sum of $80,097 00 
was issued on account of the State House appropriation, excluding which, 
the balance against the Treasury, at this time, would amount to the sum 
of only $3,012 11. In my last report to your Honorable body, I estima- 
ted the ordinary expenditures of the State, for the year 1840,at$91,170 00. 
Since which time, by the leasing of the Penitentiary, the State has been 
relieved of an expense, estimated at $2,400 00. The interest accrueing 
upon the school fund, on the 1st day of January next, will be less than the 
amount estimated by about $700. To counterbalance this reduction in 
the estimated expenditures of 1840, there will, however, be about an equal 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. [xiii] 

amount of interest accrueing upon the State House Stock, which will 
leave the expenditures of 1840 at about the sum estimated; to which is to 
be added the following expenses (not then anticipated) viz: Expenses of 
the present session of the General Assembly, including printing paper for 
laws, &c. say $50,000 00 ; interest on warrants, say $5,000 00, and balance 
of State House appropriations, not yet drawn, $31,718 00; making the 
total expenditures for 1840, amount to $177,888 00. 

The following statement exhibits, it is believed, what will be the condi- 
tion of the Treasury on the 1st day of December, 1840: 
Amount to be derived from taxation, for the 

year 1840, under the present revenue law, 

say, - - - - - $140,000 00 

Amount from Bank of Illinois and State Bank 

say, 22,000 00 

Amount from State House loan, - - 128,000 00 



Balance against the Treasury on the 1st De- $290,000 00 

cember, 1839, .... $79,236 03 
Expenditures of 1840, as above stated, - 177,888 00 

257,124 03 



Leaving a balance in favor of the Treasury 
on the 1st December, 1840, of - - $32,875 97 

The first instalment of the State House loan became due on the 1st of 
November last, the draft for which, amounting to the sum of $16,000, less 
$200 expenses, has been returned protested. In the above estimates, 
however, I have assumed that this loan will be paid, which assumption is 
founded upon the fact, that the contract for the loan, is guaranteed by in- 
dividuals in the city of New York, of respectable standing, a copy of which 
contract, marked B, is herewith submitted. Should this loan be realized, 
I think there cannot exist a doubt, that our present Revenue law will am- 
ply fulfil all the purposes for which it was framed; and that by the year 
1841, it will have furnished a revenue sufficient to defray the balance 
which now exists against the Treasury, together with the expenditures of 
the ensuing year, including the interest on the State House stock and the 
School fund, and leave a balance in favor of the Treasury. It is confi- 
dently believed that the expenditures of 1840, will not exceed the amount 
above estimated; and, it is as confidently believed, that the revenue may 
safely be assumed to amount to the sum I have stated, as the law will 
doubtless be generally and more perfectly executed, and as there will be a 
considerable increase in the taxable property of the State. In the years 
1841 and '42, there will be a vast accession to the taxable lands in the 
State, and the revenue from that source will be greatly augmented. It 
may safely be assumed, that the revenue under the existing law, will an- 
nually increase in a greater proportion than the expenditures; and, that, 
should there be no demand upon the revenue from our Internal Improve- 
ment system, the state of the Treasury, in a few years, will justify a reduc- 
tion in the rate of taxation. 



[vx] AUDirOR'S REPORT. 

I would respectfully suggest that a law be passed, authorizing and re- 
quiring the assessors who may be appointed the ensuing year, in those coun- 
ties which have failed to comply with the law, to assess tax for the present 
year; also, that the present law be amended, so as to specify more dis- 
tinctly, the fees which certain officers are to receive for their services, es- 
pecially the fees of the sheriff and clerks fcr entering judgment and selling 
delinquent lands. From the short experience which 1 have had, in acting 
under the law, I am not at present awafe that any further amendments are 
necessary, except in the 1st section, a misapprehension in regard to which 
I have before alluded to. 

I herewith submit copies of the Reports which have been made to this 
office by the Fund Commissioners, since the last session of the General 
Assembly, together \*yith copies of the contracts made by them for the sale 
of Internal Improvement bonds. No report has yet been made to this 
office relative to the sales made of Internal Improvement bonds in Europe 
by the Fund Commissioners. 

The following statement exhibits the indebtedness of the State, on ac- 
count of stocks sold, viz: 

Amount of Illinois and Michigan canal stock sold, - $2,400,000 00 
" of Bank and Internal Impiovement stock sold, 2,665,000 00 

" of Internal Improvement stock sold, including 
$1,500,000 said to be sold in Europe, but not yet offi- 
cially reported to this office, - - - 4,687,000 00 
Amount of State House stock sold, - 128,000 00 



Total amount of stocks sold, $9,880,000 00 

Amount of interest accrueing annually on the above 
stock, ------ $592,800 00 

From this sum deduct amount of dividends 
on Bank and Internal Improvement stock, 
say, - - - - - $240,000 00 

Amount of revenue to meet interest on State 

House stock, ... - 7,680 00 

247,680 00 



Leaving amount of interest to be paid out of 

Canal and Internal Improvement funds, - $345,120 00 

Of the above amount of $345,120 00, the sum of $144 00 is to be paid 
out of the Canal fund, and the sum of $201,120 00 out of the Internal Im- 
provement fund. How far those funds are available, to pay this interest, 
I have no means of knowing. 

LEVI DAVIS, 
Auditor Public Accounts. 
Auditor's Office, 

Springfield, December 14, 1839. 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



[xv] 



DOCUMENT TS 



ACCOMPANYING THE 



AUDITOR'S REPORT. 



A. 

A list of those Counties from which no returns have been received 
agreeable to the provisions of the 13th section of "An act concerning the 
Public Revenue." 



Bond, 

Champaign, 
De Kalb, 
Du Page, 
Henry, 



Johnson, 

McHenry, 

Pope 

Randolph, 

Stephenson, 



Winnebago, 

Jasper, 

Greene. 



B. 

Copy of Agreement. 

This agreement, made this fourteenth day of May, eighteen hundred 
and thirty-nine, by and between the State of Illinois, by her agents, Moses 
M. Rawlings and John Reynolds, of the first part, and the Poukecpsie 
Locomotive Engine Company of the State of New York, of the second 
part, Witnesseth: The said Rawlings and Reynolds, for and on the part 
of the said State of Illinois, agree to deliver to the said parties, of the 
second part, in the city of New York, at the Atlantic Bank, in the city of 
New York, in the said city, on or before the first of August next, bonds 
regularly executed according to law, pledging the faith and credit of the 
said State of Illinois, for the payment of the principal and interest, at the 
rate of six per cent, per annum, to the amount of one hundred and twen- 
ty-eight thousand dollars. Said bonds are to be one thousand dollars each, 
and re-imbursable, principal and interest, at the said place, in the city of 
New York, where they are delivered, and at the pleasure of the said State 
of Illinois, on or after the thirty-first of December, eighteen hundred and 
sixty. In consideration of the said delivery of bonds, the said parties of 
the second part agree, and bind themselves and heirs, to the said Rawlings 



[xvi] AUDITOR'S REPORT. 

and Reynolds, to accept and pay the order of the proper officer, or officers 
of the State of Illinois, in the said city of New York, at the Atlantic Bank 
in the city of New York, in said city, the sum of one hundred and twenty- 
eight thousand dollars, in eight equal instalments, the first commencing 
three months after the delivery of said bonds, and then in regular succes- 
sion every three months after each payment; said instalments are to be paid 
so that the last will be two years, from and after the first payment, amount- 
ing in all to the said sum of one hundred and twenty-eight thousand dollars. 

It is further agreed, by and between the said parties, that the said par- 
ties of the second part, agree to pay to the said State of Illinois, the in- 
terest at the rate of six per cent, per annum, for the time that a credit is 
allowed to them by the said State, on the amount of money which they 
may owe to said State; said interest to commence from and after the de- 
livery of the said bonds, and in consideration of interest, on the said bonds, 
and an interest account is to be opened by and between said parties to 
this contract. 

In testimony whereof, we, the said Moses M. Rawlings and John Rey- 
nolds, agents as aforesaid, and Henry F. Tallmadge, agent as aforesaid, 
have signed, sealed and delivered this contract, dated above. 

M. M. RAWLINGS, Agent, 
JOHN REYNOLDS, Agent, 
H. F. TALLMADGE, Agent, 
Poukeepsie Locomotive Engine Company. 

We hereby guarantee the faithful performance of the within contract 
on the part of the Poukeepsie Locomotive Engine Company. 

N. P. TALLMADGE, 
H. F. TALLMDAGE, 
THOS. F. HARVEY, 
WALTER CUNNINGHAM, 
HENRY IBBOTSON. 



REPORT 



OF THE 



TREASURER OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS 



TO THE 



GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 



DECEMBER 1839. 



Treasurer's Office, Illinois, 

Springfield, December, 30/A, 1839. 
To the Hon. the Speaker of the House of Representatives : 

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following statement, exhibiting the 
receipts at the Treasury, monthly, from the various sources of Revenue, 
for the time therein set forth: also, the amount deposited in the State 
Bank and Branches, old State paper burned, &c. 

I am your obedient servant, 

JOHN D. WHITESIDE, 

Treasurer of Illinois* 



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INDEX TO LAWS. 



A. 

PAGE. 

Abolishment of Board of Public Works, and Board of Fund 

Commissioners - 98 

Academy, Bainbridge ... - - 99 

Agricultural Society, Union, - 33 
American Bottom, act to incorporate - northern division of, repealed 67 

Appeals, laws in relation to amended ... 108 

Appropriations, partial - 81 

for 1839-40 81 

Assessment of tazes legalized, Champaign co. - - HI 

De Kalb "... 45 

Dupage - - 47 

Iroquois and Clay - - 4 70 

McHenry and Stark 77 
Athens, see Towns 

Attachments, act concerning - 30 

act to amend ..... 31 

Auditor of Public Accounts, to credit Robert Davis, - 28 

duty with School Fund Sanga- 
mon county - - - 91 
j Governor and Treasurer to settle 

accounts of agents for canal loans 80 
and Treasurer's report, see appendix 

B. 

Bainbridge academy, act supplemental to - - - 99 

Bank, State of Illinois ..... 15 

Barry, see Towns 

Beet sugar, silk &c. company, .... 48 

Benefit, Stark county ..... 65 

Martin, V. A 135 

Wildy Lodge - - ■ - 134 

Binding laws, journals &e. ----- 34 

Bloomington, see Towns 



xxn INDEX. 



PAGK. 



Board of Fund Commissioners, act to abolish - - 98 

Board of Public Works - 93 

act to abolish ... 98 

Bonds, State, when may be sold .... 93 

may be received by Fund Commissioner - 96 

Boone county, time of holding courts in 88 

Bridges, Clark J. A. across Pickatonica river - 26 

Lawrence co., across Embarrass river - 38 

Rose, S. and A. C. Swan at Galena - 56 

Sangamon Coal Bank Company - - . * 102 

Witters Samuel - 78 

Bristol, see Towns 

c. 

Cahokia, act to amend act concerning ... 99 

Calhoun Coal and Mining Company - - - . 49 

Canal, Illinois & Michigan, dedication of lots on 30 

laws relating to, amended - 79 

Canal company Mississippi and Illinois ... 48 
Carmi, see Towns 

Carroll co., time of holding courts in 88 

Cass co., time of holding courts in 86 

Records of ..... 86 

Charity Hospital, La Salle ..... 75 

Charleston Seminary and Jonesboro college - 131 
Chester, see Towns 
Christian county, see Counties 

Cities, Springfield ...... 6 

Quincy 113 

Clark, J. A. Bridge across Pickatonica river - - 26 
Clay county Revenue, see revenue 

and Iroquois, assessments in 70 

Clinton steam mill company .... 41 

Coal Bank Bridge company, Sangamon ... 102 

Coles co., additional Notary Public in - - 66 

Colleges, Jonesboro - - - - - 131 

Knox manual labor, act amended ... 23 

Shiloh ...... 37 

Commissioners, Board of Public Works, office created - 93 

Champaign county, acts legalized - - 111 

Fund, office reated .... 93 

Sangamon county to pay over School Fund - 91 

act to amend 97 

Schools, to distribute funds at county seat - 87 

Common Schools, acts relating to amended - - - 90 96 

Constables, sheriffs, coroners, &c, act concerning 78 

Contractors on Public Works, relief of - - - 98 

settlement with - 93 

Coroners, sheriffs, constables, &c, act concerning 78 



INDEX. 



XXIII 



Cottage Grove, see towns 

Counties, Bond time of holding courts in 

Boone - 

Carroll ..... 

Cass - 

Records of - 

Champaign, acts of Commissioners legalized 
Christian - 

Clat, revenue of. See revenue 
and Iroquois, assessments of, legalized 
Clinton, time of holding courts in - " 

Coles, additional Notary Public in - 
Dane, name of changed - 
school fund of - . .- 

De Kalb, assessment of legalised 
• county seat - 

Dupage, assessment legalized - - 

Fayette, parts of roads in, relocated 

Franklin, records of 

Greene, roads in - 

Hardin, act to establish, amended - r 

Henry, acts of officers legalised 

location of county seat 

part of attached to Stark county 
Hancock, additional justice peace in 
Iroquois and Clay, assessment of legalised - 
Jersey, act to create amended 

additional Notary Public in - 

time of holding courts in - 
Jo Daviess, authorised to borrow mo^ey 

time of holding courts in - 
Lake, relief of - 

La Salle, court house in - 
Lawrence, to build bridge across Embarrass river 
Lee, attached to sixth Judicial circuit 

time of holding courts in 
Logan, part of Tazewell attached to 

school fund of 
Menard, school fund of - 
Morgan, records of ... 

Pike, additional Notary Public in- 
road in vacated - 
Rock Island, time of holding courts in 
Sangamon, school fund of - 
Scott, time of holding courts in 
Stark, benefit of - 

county seat of 

limits of, extended ... 
Stephenson, time of holding courts in 
Tazewell, part of attached to Logan 



130 

88 
88 
86 
86 
111 
80 

70 
130 

66 
80 

91 97 
45 
68 
47 
66 
86 

40 85 
38 
60 
61 
63 
41 
70 
104 
66 
86 
22 
88 
47 
65 
38 
44 
88 
29 

91, 97 

91,97 
86 
66 
52 
88 

91,97 
86 
65 
62 

i 62 
88 
29 



xxiv INDEX. 



Counties, Union, authorised to borrow money - - 75 

Whiteside, time of holding courts in - - - 88 

White may remove mill dam ... 130 

Winnebago, time of holding courts in 88 

Williamson, act to establish amended - - 88 

act in relation to 87 

records of 86 

Court house, La Salle county - 65 

Courts circuit, time of holding in Boone county - - 88 

Carroll - 88 

Champaign - 90 

Clinton and Bond - - - - 130 

Coles and Champaign - 90 

De Kalb - " - - - . 92 

Edgar ..... 90 

Eighth circuit ..... 5 

Hardin county - 40 

Jersey, Cass and Scott ... 86 

Jo Daviess county - 88 

Kane county ----- 93 

Lee - - - - ' . . 88 

Peoria, additional term of 92 

Rock Island - - - . . 88 

Sixth circuit - 88 

Stephenson county .... 88 

Vermillion - - - - - 90 

Whiteside ----- 88 

Winnebago - 88 

Court Supreme, publication of decisions of - - - 77 

summer term of - - 87 

Creek, Lusk, declared navigable - • - - 67 

D. 

Dane county, name of changed - 80 
school fund of - - - - 91, 97 

Davis, Robert J., credit to - 28 
Debts and liabilities incurred by internal Improvements, how settled 93 

Decisions Supreme Court, publication of - J - 77 

De Dal b county seat - 68 

time of holding courts in - 92 

E. 

Ewing, John L. com'r on road from Mt. Sterling to Mt. Carmel 64 

Execution, additional articles exempt from - - 89 



INDEX. xxv 

F. 



Fairmont. See towns 

Fayette county, parts of roads in relocated - 66 

Fayette Steam Mill Company .... 19 

Ferries, Gear, H. H. across Mississippi river - 23 

Hall, Shelton L. and others - 110 

Illinois river ------ 49 

Madison county company - 127 

Matthews and Aldrich - 47 

May, William L. ----- 49 

Fox river declared navigable ----- 9S 

Franklin county, records of - - - - - 86 

Fund Commissioners, accounts of, how settled - - 96 

act to abolish board of - - - 98 

Fund Commissioner, office of created - 93 

Funds, school commissioners of to distribute at county seat 87 

G. 

Gear H. H., authorized to keep a ferry - - - 23 

Georgetown. See towns 

Governor, Auditor and Treasurer to settle accounts of agents 

employed to negociate canal loans 80 
to fill vacancies in Board of Public Works or of Fund 

Commissioner ----- 94 

Greene county commissioners, to construct roads in - 40 
Greenfield. See towns. 

H. 

Hall, S. L., and others to keep a ferry across Rock River - 110 

Hamilton Primary School ... - 53 

Hardin county, act to establish, amended ... 38 
Hennepin. See Towns. 

Hospital La Salle Charity ----- 75 

Howell William, relief of 100 

Hubbard A. P., mill-dam across Fox River - - - 67 

I. 

Illinois and Michigan Canal, laws ielaiing to, amended - 79 

Illinois City. See towns. 

Incorporations. 

Beet Sugar, Silk &c. Manufacturing Company, 

act to amend - 48 

Calhoun Coal and Mining Company, act amended 49 

Carmi, town of .... 70 



xvix INDEX. 

PAGE. 

Incorporations — 

Clinton Steam Mill Company 41 

Fayette " « « . . - 19 

Georgetown in Randolph county - - 32 

Hamilton Primary School - - . 53 

Insurance and Trust Company of Illinois - 29 

Jacksonville, town of ... 106 

Kankakee Manufacturing Company - - 135 

Kaskaskia Beet Sugar Manufacturing Company 57 

" Insurance Co., name of, changed - 29 

Knox Manual Labor College - 23 

W Lacon, town of .... 122 

La Salle Charity Hospital, act amended - 75 

Madison County Ferry Company - - 127 

Middlesex Steam Mill " - - - 31 

Montibello Manufacturing Company - - 151 

Northern division American Bottom, act repealed 67 
Peoria Commercial Insurance Company, act amended 112 

Quincy, city of - - - - 113 

Quincy House Company, act supplemental to - 132 

^ Randolph Silk Manufacturing Company - 57 

Rock Island Mutual Fire Insurance Company 23 

" " University - - 17 

Sangamon Coal Bank Bridge Company - 102 

Shiloh College ... . 37 

Springfield, city of 6 

" Mechanics' Union - 74 

St. Clair Steam Mill Company - - 100 

Towns therein named ... 36 

Union Agricultural Society ... 33 

Vandalia and Mississippi Turnpike Company - 138 
* Indiantown. See towns;, 

Insurance Companies and Trust of Illinois ... 29 

Kaskaskia, name of, changed - 29 
Morgan, Pike and Scott - - 24,52 

Peoria Commercial, act amended - 112 

Rock Island Mutual Fire - - 23 

Iroquois and Clay counties, assessments in 70 

J. 



Jacksonville. See towns. 

Jersey county, additional Notary Public in 
" " act to create, amended 

" " time of holding courts in 

Jo Daviess county authorized to borrow money 
" time of holding courts in - 



66 
104 

86 

22 
88 



Jonesboro' College - - - - - - 131 

Journals, Laws &c, binding of 34 

" " publication and distribution of - - 65 

Justices Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners &c>, act concerning - 78 



INDEX. xxvi, 



PAGE. 



Justices Peace, La Harpe District, Hancock county - 41 

Justices Peace and Constables, act to amend act concerning G4 

K. 

Kane county, time of holding courts in 93 

Kankakee Manufacturing Company - - - 135 

Kaskaskia Insurance Company, name of changed - - 29 

Knox Manual Labor College, act amended - 23 

L. 

Lacon. See towns 

Lake county, relief of 47 

La Salle county, court-house in 65* 

La Salle Charity Hospital - 75 

Lawrence county, to build bridge across Embarrass River - 28 

Laws and Journals, binding of 34 

" " publication and distribution of - - 65 
Laymoile. See towns. 

Lee county attached to sixth judicial circuit - 44 

time of holding courts in ... 88 
Liabilities and debts incurred by internal improvements, how settled 93 

Liens, Mechanics and others, for materials and labor - 147 

Lodge Wildy. benefit of 134 

Logan county, school fund of .... 91,97 

Lusk creek declared navigable - 67 

M. 

Madison county Ferry Company - 127 

Manual Labor College, Knox .... 23 
Manufacturing companies — 

Beet Sugar, Silk and Vegetable &c. - - 48 

Kankakee .... 135 

Kaskaskia Beet Sugar ... 57 

Montibello - - - - - 151 

Randolph Silk .... 57 

Martin V. A., benefit of .... 135 

Mathews and Aldrich to keep ferry - - . 47 

May, Wm. L., to keep ferry across Illinois River 49 

McHenry and Stark counties, assessments of, legalized - 77 

McHatton, John G., relief of .... 99 

Menard, Ferson, Hunt &c, to build dam across Fox River - 76 

Menard county school fund .... 91,97 

Mechanics and others, lien for value of labor and materials - 147 

Mechanics' Union, Springfield .... 74 

Middleton. See towns. 



xxvin INDEX. 

PAGE. 

Middlesex Steam Mill Company .... 31 

Mill dams, Hubbard A. P. .... 67 

Menard, Ferson, Hunt &c. ... 7g 

Pope, B. W., and Wm. Gasoway ... 45 

Mining Company, Calhoun Coal and ... 49 

Mississippi and Illinois Canal Company ... 48 

Vandalia Turnpike Company - - 138 

Monev, Jo Daviess county authorized to borrow - - 22 

Union " " " - 75 

Montibcllo Manufacturing company ... 151 

Morgan county, records of 86 

N. 

Northern division American Bottom, act incorporating repealed 67 

Notaries Public, additional ...... 66 

Charleston, Coles county ... 66 

Grafton, Jersey "... 66 

Pittsfield, Pike " 66 



Partial appropriations - 81 

Peoria Commercial Insurance Company, act amended - 112 

Peoria county, additional term circuit court in - - 92 
Philipstown. See towns. 

Pike county, additional notary public ... QQ 

Pope, B. W., and Wm. Gasoway to build mill-dam - 45 

Primary School, Hamilton ..... 53 

Probate justices, Sheriffs, Coroners &c, act concerning - 78 

Property exempt from execution .... 89 

Publications of decisions of Supreme Court - 77 

a. 

Quincy, City of, Incorporated - - - - 113 

boundaries and general powers - - 113 

Chief Executive officers - - - 115 

city council - - - - 113 

elections ..... 115 

legislative powers of the city council - - 116 

Mayor - - - - - 118 

miscelanious provisions ... 120 

proceedings in Special cases - - - 120 

Quincy House Company, act supplemental to - - 132 

R. 

Kail Road, Pittsfield and Mississippi Company, - - 26,52 

Recorders and School Commissioners entitled to Laws - 65 



INDEX. XXIX 



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Records, Franklin, Williamson, Morgan, and Cass counties - 86 

Relief, Clerks Circuit Courts, Sangamon, Clinton, &c. - 156 

contractors on public works .... 98 

Howell, William ----- 100 

Lake county - - - - - 47 

McHatton, John G. - 99 
Reports, Auditor and Treasurer, see appendix. 

Supreme court, publication of 77 

Revenue, Clay county - - - - . m 

Iroquois and Clay counties - 70 

public, act to amend .... 3 

Rivers, Fox declared navigable .... 9§ 

Little Wabash - - - . . 130 

Pickatonica, bridge across .... 26 

Roads, County Commissioners to alter, change, &c. - - 51 

Danville to Decatur, part of re-located - 85 
Fayette county - - - - . 66, 133 

Greene county - - - - 40, 86 

Greenville to Shelbyville .... 133 

Griggsville to Quincy .... 29 

to Kinderhook - ... . 129 

Knoxville, via Charleston to Peoria - 59 
Little Muddy river, via Benton Muddy river bridge, 

Golconda to Galatia .... JQ5 

Mt. Sterling to Mt. Carmel .... (54 

Naperville to Indiancreek .... 76 

Nashville to Galatia - - - - . 106 

to Middleton's old ferry - - - HO 

Peoria to Burlington - - - - 46 

to Springfield - - - - 51 

Petersburg to Waverly .... (54 

Pike county ------ 129 

State, time for location of, extended ... g8 

Therein mentioned - - - - 22 

named - 105 

Warsaw to Peoria - - - . . 100 

to Quincy ..... jqO 

Washington to Pekin - - - - . 112 

County - - - - - HO 

Rock Island county, time of holding courts in - 88 

Mutual Fire Insurance Company - 23 

University - - - - - 17 

Rose and Swann, bridge at Galena .... 56 

S. 

Sangamon Coal Bank Bridge Company - 102 

county, school fund of - - - 91, 97 

Schools, common - - - - - - 90, 96 

commissioners entitled to laws ... 65 



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Schools, commissioners to distribute funds at county seat - 87 
may be appointed by courts of new- 
counties - 91 
of Sangamon to pay over funds - 91, 97 
of Schuyler, duty of - 92 
of Brown, duty of 92 
School, fund, to be distributed at county seat 87 
Hamilton Primary - 53 
lands, re-valuation in certain cases - 85 
Trustees of, 8 N. 5 E. to refund certain monies - 131 
of Putnam county - 92 
Scott county, time of holding courts in 86 
Secretary of State, duty of, to Franklin and Williamson counties 87 
duty under revenue law - 5 
Seminary, Charleston - - - - - 131 

Settlement of debts and liabilities by internal improvements - 93 
Shepherdstown. See Towns. 

Sheriff's, Coroner's, Constable's, Probate Justices, &c. - 78 

Shiloh college -..,-. 37 

Stephenson county, time of holding courts in 88 
Smith Edward, deceased, accounts of, to be settled by board of 

Public Works - - - - - - 112 

Springfield, City of, Incorporated - 6 

boundaries and general powers - 6 

city council - 7 

elections .... 8 

executive officers ... 8 

legislative powers - - - 9 

Marshall .... 14 

Mayor ----- 11 

miscelaneous provisions - - 13 

proceedings in special cases - - 12 

Springfield Mechanics Union - 74 

Stark county, benefit of 65 

and McHenry, assessment in legalized - 77 

State Bank of Illinois .... - J5 

State roads time extended to locate - 68 

Steam Mills, Clinton company - - - 41 

1 Fayette company - - - - 19 

Middlesex company - - - - 31 

St. Clair company ... - 100 

Summer term of Supreme Court - 87 

Supreme Court, decisions of to be published - L - 77 

Summer term of 87 

T. 

Taxes, assessment of, De Kalb county - - - 45 

Dupage county g 47 

McHenry and Stark counties 77 



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Tazewell county, part of attached to Logan - - 29 

Tiskilwa, see towns. 

Towns, Athens, plat of amended .... 155 

Barry ...... 44 

Bloomington, act supplemental ... 33 

Bristol, plat of vacated .... jqS 

Cahokia, act to amend .... 99 

Carmi, incorporated - - - . . 70 

Charleston, additional Notary Public in 66 

Chester, powers of increased ... 45 

Columbus, name of changed ... 37 

Cottage Grove, plat of vacated ... 45 

Fairmont, plat of vacated .... 108 

Georgetown ..... 32 

Grafton, additional Notary Public in - - - QQ 

Greenfield, name of changed - 107 

Hennepin, corporate limits of ... jq§ 

Indian town, name of changed ... 108 

Illinois city ----__ 154 

Jacksonville, incorporated - 106 

Lacon, incorporated ----- 122 

Laymoile - - - - - - 107 

Mackinaw ---.._ 35 

McLeansboro ..... 35 

Middleton ...... 47 

on canal lands ..... 30 

Philipstown ---.-. 65 

Pittsfield, additional Notary Public in - - 66 

Scottville --.-.. 36 

Shcpardstown, plat of vacated - - - 44 

Sparta ...... 37 

Tiskilwa ------ 108 

Uniontown ------ 154 

Victoria, name of changed - 65 

Washington, plat of, vacated ... 32 

Windsor, name of changed - 108 

Winnebago, alleys in vacated - - . 134 

Worcestor, name of changed - - . 44 
Treasurer and Auditors report. See appendix. 

with Governor, to settle accounts of 

agents to negociate canal loans - 80 

Trustees of Schools, 8 N. 5 E. to refund certain monies - 131 

Turnpike, Vandalia and Mississippi company incorporated - 138 

u. 

Union Agricultural Society, act to amend ... 33 

Union county authorized to borrow money ... 75 

Union, Springfield Mechanics .... 74 



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Uniontown. See Towns. 

University, Rock Island - 17 

V. 

Venue, change of, act amended - 36 

Victoria. See Towns. 

w. 

Washington. See Towns. 

Whiteside county, time of holding courts in ... 88 

Wildy Lodge, benefit of 134 

Williamson county, act in relation to - - - - 87 

act^to establish amended - 88 

records of - - - 86 

Winchester, Lynville and Jacksonville Rail Road company - 24 

Windsor. See Towns. 

Winnebago county, time of holding courts in - - 88 

Winnebago. See Towns. 

Witnesses, compensation of certain - - - 46 

Witters, Samuel, bridge across Little Wabash river 78 

Wolves, killing of encouraged, act amended - 155 

Worcester. See Towns. 

Works, Board of Public, act abolishing - - 98 

act creating new ... 93 
authorized to settle accounts of Edw'd 

Smith deceased - - - 112 

prohibited from letting new contracts 85 



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