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IN ACT establishing a road from Shawneetown to

the Saline.

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APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

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Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois represented in the general assembly, That the road

from the lower end of Shawneetown leading to the Road frora Shaw. Saline, in Gallatin county, be, and the same is line, declared to hereby declared to be, a public highway of this be a public high. state; and the act entitled "an act for opening, reway.

pairing, improving and regulating roads and high-
ways, and creating a fund for that purpose,” shall
in all things be applicable to said road.


for the relief of the Commissioners ap pointed to fix the seat' of Government of the state of Illinois.

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APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

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WHEREAS by an act entitled "an act approv. ing and confirming the proceedings of the Vandalia commissioners, and for other purposes," it was made the duty of a part of said commissioners to assign over such notes as were in their possession for lots, sold in the town of Vandalia, to the auditor of public accounts: and whereas nothing was als lowed to the said commissioners for the duty thus imposed by the above recited act: For remedy thereof,

Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois represented in the general assembly, That the com

missioners, or their heirs, whose duty it was, and Commissioners ap- who have actually performed that duty, to assign pointed to fix the over all such notes as were in their hands belonge ment, allowed the ing to the state, to the auditor of public accounts, game pay for turn receive the same compensation as they before bad ing over the notes been allowed for similar services, any thing in the they had received above recited act to the contrary notwithstanding; for other services, and the auditor bé authorised and required to is

warrant on the treasurer of this state in favor of the persons who acted as auctioneers and clerk at the sale of the lots at public auction, for such amount as he shall think them equitably enti

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tled to, not exceeding the amount allowed by the commissioners who located the seat of government of the state of Illinois.

AN ACT to provide for the subsistence of prisoners

in criminal cases, and other purpose.

APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

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Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Minois represented in the general assembly, That in all cases where the defendant in a criminal case, shall be acquitted, or being convicted, shall be unable to pay the expense of his subsistence while in jail, the sheriff shall be entitled to receive out Sheriff allowed of the county treasury, thirty seven and one half 37 12 cenu per

day for dieting cents per day for dieting such prisoner, during the prisonera. time of his confinement.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the several county commissioners' courts, shall be, and they are hereby required, in all cases where such allowance has not already been made, to allow to the County commia. sheriff of their respective counties, the sum of sheriffs37 1 2 cents thirty seven and a half cents per day, for having, per day for dietsince the 31st day of January, 1821, dieted any ing any prisoner

since 318 January prisoner confined on a criminal charge, who has

1821. been acquitted, or being convicted, has been una


the same. Sec. s. Be it further enacted, That the several county commissioners' courts, shall allow to the sheriffs of their respective counties, such compen- Sheriffs allowed sation as they shall deem reasonable for furnish- compensation ing fire-wood and other articles which

bye wood &c. fur.

may cessary to preserve the life or health of any per- county & circuit son confined in jail; and for furnishing fire-wood courts & to prison for the use of the circuit courts, or county commis- ers sioners' court.


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AN ACT to incorporate the Edwdrdsville Library


APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

WHEREAS several persons of the town and vicinage of Edwardsville, have associated them. selves together for the purpose of establishing & social library; and whereas legislative sanction is necessary for the good management and perpetuity of such society: Therefore,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state Certain

of Ilinois represented in the general assembly, That persons micke bocis cor William Otwell, John Barber, John Y. Sawyer, porate for the per Jobn T. Lusk, Beninah Robinson, and their assopose of establish ing a library.

ciates, be, and they are hereby, constituted a body politic and corporate, to be known by the name of Esthe Edwardsville library association;" and by that appellation shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, which may be altered at pleasure.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the several To continue in of persons above named, shall continue in office until fice until others others are elected as hereinafter provided. are elected.

Sec. $. Be it further enacted, that the members of the society shall annually, on the first day of January, unless it be Sunday, then on the suc

ceeding Monday, elect by ballot, five directors, Directors to be. e. who shall continue in office one year, and until lected, their pow, er and duty. others are elected in their stead, who shall be em

powered to enact such bye-laws, rules and regulations as they, or a majority of them, shall think best calculated to promote the welfare of said institution; the same not being contrary to the laws and constitution of the United States and of this state.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the directors Directors to ap

shall appoint their own chairman and secretary for point their own the time being, and hold meetings at such times chanman. and places as hey may think proper.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the directors shall at all times be authorised to regulate the price of shares.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That the said di

rectors shall be capable in law, of suing and being May sue & be su sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering CIT, Qo. & and being answered unto, defending and being de

fended, in all courts and places whatsoever, also

first paid.

that they and their successors in office, by that bame, shall be in law capable of purchasing, hold- May bold real or ing and conveying any estate, real or personal, for personal eslate. the use of said corporation.

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, that the directors shall have power to demand and receive all mon

Directors may deeys that are already due by subscription or other

mand subscription wise, or that may hereafter become due, by fines, money & disburse donations, or contributions, of what nature soever, it in the purchase whirh when collected; they shall disburse in the of books &o &c. purchase of books, or ir such manner as a majority of them may think best; al debts already cons tracted by individuals for the use and benefit of the society, and other necessary expenses, being

Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, shall be the duty of the directors annually to appoint a rari

Librarian to be apa an, whose duty shall be prescribed by the laws of pointed. the institution.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That the directors shall have power to fill such vacancy as may hap, pen in their own body, during the time being, and Vacancins may be to assess moderate fines for any breach of the be it posed for the bye-laws, and for the loss or dsetruction of any loss of books &c. book or books belonging to the library.

Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That the directors sball designate the mode of admitting persons wishing to become members of the society.

Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, That no member Interest in the ion shall ever withdraw his interest form the institu- stitution may be as.

signed. tion, but inay transfer the same to any person, wbom the society may admit as a member, provided that the transfer be made in presence of the librarian, and entered on the records of the association.

AN ACT to incorporate such persons as may as

sociate for the purpose of procuring and erecling public Libraries in this state.

APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

WHEREAS a disposition for improvement in useful knowledge bas manifested itself in various parts of this state, by associating for procuring and

erecting public libraries; and whereas it is of the utmost importance to the public that the sources of information should be multiplied, and institutions for that purpose encouraged and promoted:

Sec. i. Be it enacted by the people of the state of

Illinois represented in the general assembly, That Ted persons may from and after the passing of this act, it shall be brary, if $100 be lawful for any number of persons, not less than subscribed. ten, in any part of this state, who shall subscribe

in the whole not less than one hundred dollars, to assemble on the second Tuesday of any month in

which they shall determine to meet, at a place preDirectors may be viously agreed or by a majority of the subscribers, elected.

to elect and appoint not less than three, nor more
than seveny of their number as trustees to take
charge of the monies belonging to the corporation
thereby.ereeted, and to transact alt affairs relative
to the same.
: Sec.2. Be it further enacted, That the said elec-
tion- to be held as aforeseid, shall be conducted
in the following manner, to-wit: that whenever two

'thirds of the subscribers shall assemble at the Banner of elect- time and place previously agreed on, they shall dig officers

proceed to choose a chairman from among them selves, who shall preside at such election, receive the votes of the subscribers, and be the officer to return the names of those who by plurality of voices shall be elected trustees of said corporation; that the said returning officer shall certify under his hand, the names of the persons elected

trustees for said library, in which certificate the Certificate of elec. name and style of the corporation shall be particution to be record larly described; which certificate shall be filed in ed in the county the office of the clerk of the county commission-

ers' court, and at the next term of said court after such filing, the clerk thereof, shall copy the same upon the records of the proceedings of the said court; for doing which he shall receive a fee of fify cents and no more.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the persons so

elected shall be trustees for said library, and that Persons so elected

the said trustees and their associates, and such made a corporate other persons as shall from time to time become body.

members of such corporation, shall be one body May sue and be corporate and politic, in fact and in name, by the

name, style, or title mentioned in said certificate so fucd

to be filed and entered of record as aforesaid, and


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