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Meetings may company; and the said board of commissioners shall, if

necessary, be adjourned by adjourn the said meeting from time to time, until a quorum shall be until a quorum formed; and a majority of the said company, or the proprietors of two shall be formed. thirds of the number of shares actually subscribed for, their legal repre

sentatives, successors, or proxies, shall be a quorum to do business; and the said board of commissioners, before opening the said subscription books, shall ascertain and publish, in their said advertisement, a fit and convenient mode of authenticating all powers of attorney authorizing subscriptions to be made in the name of any person or persons; and before calling a meeting of the said company, shall ascertain and publish in their advertisement, a fit and convenient mode of authenticating all instruments of writing authorizing any person or persons, to act and vote at such meeting, as the proxy or proxies of any member of the said company; all which powers of attorney and instruments of writing shall be filed with the clerk of the said company, and by him be safely kept

among the records and documents appertaining to his office; and as All the pow.

soon as a quorum of the said company, and a board of directors shall ers of the com- be formed, as aforesaid, all the powers, authority, and duties whatsoever, ed in the direct by this act vested in the said board of commissioners, shall cease and

determine, and thenceforward become vested in the directors, for the time being, of the said company, under such limitations and restrictions, as the said company may think fit to prescribe; and the said board of commissioners shall account to the said company, at the first meeting of the same, for all monies received by them or their agents, on account of such subscriptions, and shall immediately pay over the same to the treasurer of the said company, or to such other person or persons, as the said company may direct and appoint: the said company, nevertheless, to allow all just credits for monies actually and necessarily expended by the said board of commissioners, in the execution of their said trust and duties.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be annually holden, be annually ap on the first Monday in January, a meeting of the said company, for the

purpose of electing five directors, a clerk, and a treasurer; and the said company shall have power, at any meeting, legally called and constituted, in pursuance of this aci, to displace any of their directors or officers, and to supply by a new election or appointment all vacancies that may

happen ainong the directors or officers of the company; and the said Directors may company shall have power to prescribe and regulate the powers and fill vacancies in duties of the said directors, and of all other officers of the company;

and a majority of the said directors may, from time to time, elect one of their body as a president, and may provisionally supply, by their own election, any vacancies that may happen among the number of directors

, or among any of the officers of the company, and the persons so elected by the said directors, may continue in office till the next legal meeting of the company; and the directors of the said company, to be elected, in pursuance of this act, shall, unless sooner displaced by the said company, continue in office until the first Monday in January next, succeeding their election, and from that tiine until a new election shall be made by the said company:

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That a meeting of the said comthe company pany may, at any time, be called by a majority of the directors of the time be called company, for the time being, and by one third of the members of the by a majority of said company, or by the proprietors of one third of the shares actually

subscribed for, or the legal representatives or successors of such mem, A majority of bers or proprietors: Provideil however, that no meeting of the said

company shall be legal, or valid, unless a quorum shall be formed, conthe company to

sisting of the majority of the members of the said company, or of the be a quorum.

proprietors of at least two thirds of the number of shares actually subscribed for, their legal representatives, successors or proxies, nor unless

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ne place (being within the city of Washington) and the time of such eeting be previously advertised for three weeks successively, in one or ore gazettes in the city of Washington, Alexandria or Georgetown.

Src. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said shares shall be Shares made egotiable and transferable from one to another by assignments in writ- negotiable and

transferable. g, executed before two witnesses at the least, and authenticated, and gistered, as the said company may prescribe and direct in their byws and regulations. Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That in suits at law against the id company, the first process shall be a summons, to be served on the vering debts

from the compaesident, or any one or more of the directors of the said company; ny. on the service and return of which summons, if no appearance shall e entered for the said company, at the return term, the court may order e general issue to be entered on the record, and may proceed to trial d judgment, in like manner, as if an appearance had been entered, d the issue made up by the said company; and if judgment shall be covered against the said company, the court may order the usual pross of execution, or a special writ to attach the money, goods, chattels, bts, choses in action, and tolls in the hands of any officer of the said rnpany, or of any other person; and such attachment shall operate on e tolls thereafter to be received, which may [be] collected by a person, ecially appointed by the court, for the use of the plaintiff recovering ch judgment, until such judgment shall be satisfied, and the court may ake such further or other order for enforcing the payment of such dgment, as may be consistent with the practice and powers of such urt, as a court of law or equity, and that the shares in said company

Shares to be

deemed persoall be deemed personal and not real property, and transferable in such

property. anner as the company shall direct; and that the shares held by any dividual shall be liable to be attached or taken by fieri facias, to satisfy

debts due from such individual in like manner as other personal prorty may be. Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the amount of each share all be paid by instalments of ten dollars at such time as the said com- ing up the

shares. ny shall direct; and in case any instalment or instalments shall not be d at the time appointed by the said company, or within ten days thereer, the same may be recovered, in the name of the said company, by rrant from a justice of the peace, if the amount due shall not exceed enty dollars; and if the sum so due shall exceed twenty dollars, the me may be recovered by motion, in the name of the said company, on 1 days' notice, in any court of record in the county or district where e debtor shall be found ; and in all such warrants and motions, the -tificate of the clerk of the said company, authenticated by the presiht, under the common seal of the said company, shall be conclusive dence of the defendant's being a member of the company, and prima ie evidence of the amount due on the shares held by such defendant. nd if such instalment or instalments be not paid within sixty days, er the time limited for the payment of the same, and advertised for ur weeks successively, in one or more gazettes, published in Washing, Alexandria or Georgetown, the president and directors of the said ppany may proceed to forseit, for the use of the company, the share shares of the person or persons, so failing to pay. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the said company be, and

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of the bridge to y are hereby authorized and empowered to erect and build, or to cause be erected and built, over the river Potomac, between the termina- Maryland aven of Maryland avenue and Alexander's island, a good and sufficient nue, &c. dge, at least thirty-six feet wide, of sound and suitable materials, and all respects adequate for the passage of travellers, horses, catile and riages, with a secure railing on each side at least four feet high; of ich width six feet on one side shall be appropriated to the purpose of

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a way for foot passengers, and shall be separated from the carriage way

by a good and sufficient railing at least four feet high. A draw and Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the said company shall

cause to be built and kept and maintained in good repair, a convenient made and kept proper order,

and sufficient draw or passage way, at least thirty-five feet wide, in the said bridge, over the main channel of the river, for the passing and repassing of vessels, by day and by night; and shall also cause to be built, and to be kept and maintained in good repair, a well constructed and substantial wharf erected on piles on each side of the said bridge, and adjoining or near to the said draw, in every respect sufficient for ships and other vessels to lie at securely; and all ships, waiting for a passage through the said draw, may lie at such wharves, free of charge, until a suitable opportunity offers of passing through the said draw; and the said company shall, at their own cost, and without toll, cause the said draw or passage way to be hoisted or removed, without delay, for the

passage

of all ships and vessels with masts, that are unable to pass under the same; Penalties for

and if through the unskilfulness or negligence of the person or persons the detention of employed by the said company, to hoist or remove the said draw, any vessels, &c. &c. ship or vessel shall be unjustly or unreasonably hindered or delayed, or

shall be damaged in her hull, spars or rigging, in passing the said draw, the said company shall be liable to the master or the owner or owners of such ship or vessel, for damages at the rate of six cents per ton of such ship or vessel, for each and every hour such ship or vessel shall be hindered or delayed, and for all damages in her hull, spars and rigging, as aforesaid, to be ascertained and recovered in a special action on the case, in any court of competent jurisdiction; and the said company shall constantly keep the said bridge furnished with twenty good lamps, to be well supplied with oil, and lighted in due season, four of which lamps shall be kept at the said draw, and be kept burning through the night, and the others shall be kept burning until the hour of twelve at night, under the penalty of five dollars for each offence, to be recovered by warrant before any justice of the peace, having jurisdiction, by such person or persons as shall sue for the same. And it shall be lawful for the said company, to cause each leaf of the said draw to be made of the width of twenty feet instead of thirty-six feet, the width of the said bridge; and if at any time hereafter the channel under the said principal draw of thirty-five feet shall change and shift to and under any other part of said bridge, then it shall be the duty of said company at all times to remove the former, and keep a good and sufficient draw of thirty-five feet in width over the main and principal channel, wherever the same shall pass under the said bridge: Provided, that the same shall appear necessary on a survey to be made by three commissioners to be appointed for that purpose by the President of the United States.

Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the said company shall, A second draw

in like manner, cause a draw or passage way, at least fifteen feet wide, ayland channel. to be made in the said bridge, across the other channel of the said river

, near the eastern shore, commonly called the Maryland channel, subject

the restrictions, penalties and provisions contained in the last preceding section, for keeping and maintaining the draw or passage way

over the main channel of the said river, except so far asrespects the buildProviso.

ing of wharves on each side thereof: Provided, the same shall appear A survey to

necessary on a view and survey thereof, by three commissioners to be appointed for that purpose by the President of the United States.

Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That as soon as the said bridge and wharves shall be erected and built, and furnished and completed, as required by this act, the said company shall be entitled to demand and

receive, by their proper agents, servants, or officers, tolls at the following Tolle.

rates, viz. for each foot passenger six cents and a quarter; for each person and a horse, eighteen cents and three quarters of a cent; for each

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nise, sulky or riding chair, thirty-seven cents and a half; for each Tolls.
ch, coachee, stage-wagon, chariot, phaeton or curricle, or other riding
riage, one hundred cents, and the further sum of twelve cents and a
f for each horse, more than two, by which such coach, coachee, cha-
-, phaeton, or curricle, shall be drawn; for each sled or sleigh, thirty-
en cents and a half, and the further sum of twelve cents and a half

each horse or other beast, more than two, by which such sled or
gh shall be drawn; for each four-wheeled wagon, cart, or other four-
eeled carriage of burthen, thirty-seven cents and a half, and the fur-
· sum of twelve cents and a half, for each horse or other beast, more

two, by which the same shall be drawn; for each two-wheeled cart, y, or other two-wheeled carriage of burthen, eighteen cents and three rters;

and the further sum of twelve cents and a half for each horse other beast, more than one, by which the same shall be drawn; for E sheep or swine, three cents; for horses and neat cattle, other than e in teams, drawing sleds, sleighs, or carriages, or those with riders, cents and a quarter each ; and one person only to each team or drove I be allowed to pass free of toll: Provided, that no toll shall be exacted

Proviso, that aid bridge, for the passage of any wagon or carriage, laden with the no toll be ex

acted for the perty of the United States, or for the drivers thereof; or for the pas

passage of any troops of the United States, or the militia of any state, or

wagon or cardistrict of Columbia, marching in a body, or any cannon or military riage laden with -pments belonging to the United States; and it shall be the duty of the property of said company, to keep posted up in some conspicuous place on the of any troop of bridge, where the toll is collected, a printed list of the rates of toll the V. States or

militia of any ved by this act; and for every day the same shall be neglected, they

forfeit and pay one dollar, to be recovered by warrant, by any perwho shall sue for the same: Provided also, that if the number of

Proviso, if teen hundred shares shall not be subscribed within one year from nineteen hun. ime of opening subscription books by the commissioners, as herein

subscribed re directed, or if the said bridge and wharves be not erected and in one year, and , and finished and completed, as required by this act, within five if the bridge be 5, from and after the first day of October next, or if it should remain not completed ny time thereafter, so out of repair, for two years, as to be unsafe for the authorities, lling; then and in that case, all the powers, authority, privileges, &c. of this act uments, and immu ties whatsoever, by this act granted to the said bany, shall cease and determine, and become absolutely forfeited. c. 13. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the

Bridge to be corporation, as long as they shall be entitled to receive toil at the kept in good or

der. bridge, to keep the same in good repair; and if in neglect of their duty, the said corporation shall at any time suffer the said bridge to at of repair, so as to be unsafe or inconvenient for

passengers,

the corporation shall be liable to be presented for such neglect, before

Penalty. court of competent jurisdiction, and upon conviction thereof, to pay e United States a penalty not exceeding five hundred dollars, at the etion of the court; and shall also be responsible for all damages 2

may be sustained by any person or persons in consequence of such of repair, to be recovered in an action or actions of trespass on the in any court competent to try the same. . 14. And be it further enacted, That the toll to be taken at the said Limitation of e shall be receivable by the said corporation, for and during the of sixty years, to commence from the day when the said bridge be opened for passengers; after which time the said bridge shall be coperty of the United States, and the said corporation be dissolved. PROVED, February 5, 1808.

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STATUTE I.
Feb. 10, 1808. CHAP. XVI.-An Act to erect a Lighthouse on Point Judith, in the state of Rhode

Island.
Lighthouse Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
to be built on States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the
Point Judith.

Treasury shall be, and he hereby is authorized and required, to cause a good and sufficient lighthouse to be erected on Point Judith, in the state of Rhode Island, and to appoint the keeper of the said lighthouse, under the direction of the President of the United States, and otherwise to

provide for such lighthouse at the expense of the United States: ProProviso. vided, that sufficient land for accommodation of such lighthouse can be

obtained at a reasonable price, and the legislature of Rhode Island shall Appropriation. cede the jurisdiction over the same to the United States. And the sum

not exceeding five thousand dollars is hereby appropriated for the purpose of defraying the expense of erecting the said lighthouse; to be paid

out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. Lighthouse to Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the be so construct Secretary of the Treasury, to cause the said lighthouse to be so conlight may be dis. structed, that the light on being discovered, may with certainty be distinguished. tinguished from that of other lighthouses, heretofore erected in its

neighbourhood.

APPROVED, February 10, 1808.

STATUTE I.

Feb. 10, 1808.

Specific appropriations.

Cup. XVII.-An Act making appropriations for the support of Government

during the year one thousand eight hundred and eight. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the expenditures of the civil list in the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, including the contingent expenses of the several departments and offices; for the compensation of the several loan officers and their clerks, and for books and stationery for the same; for the payment of annuities and grants; for the support of the mint establishment; for the expenses of intercourse with foreign nations; for the support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers; for defraying the expenses of surveying the public lands, and for satisfying certain miscellaneous claims, the following sums be, and the same hereby are respectively appropriated, that is to say:

For compensation granted by law to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, their officers and attendants, estimated for a session of four months and a half continuance, two hundred and one thousand four hundred and twenty-five dollars.

For the expense of firewood, stationery, printing, and all other contingent expenses of the two houses of Congress, twenty-nine thousand two hundred dollars.

For all contingent expenses of the library of Congress, and the librarian's allowance for the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, eight hundred dollars.

For compensation to the President and Vice President of the United States, thirty thousand dollars.

For compensation to the Secretary of State, clerks and persons employed in that department, thirteen thousand dollars.

For the incidental and contingent expenses of the said department, four thousand two hundred dollars.

For printing and distributing copies of the laws of the first session of the tenth Congress, and printing the laws in newspapers, eight thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.

For special messengers charged with despatches, two thousand dollars.

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