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majority of them, to make such seizure or seizures, as soon as may be after the passing of this act, and to cause to be recorded a certificate or certificates thereof, together with a copy of this act, in the office or offices directed by law for recording deeds; and to give notice of such seizures to all persons concerned, by publishing the same in one or more of the newspapers, printed in the State of New-York, if the presses of that State are open to the said advertisement: which seizure or seizures, (if no deed from the person or persons whom the commissioners shall suppose to own such land, shall have been entered on record in the office where, by law, such deed is to be recorded, previous to such seizure) shall operate in such manner as to prevent any alienation or record of the sale of such lands, thereafter to be made, by the owner, or in any proper office, at such owner's request, while the said land shall continue under the incumbrance of such seizure.
And be it further enacted, that, as soon as the court before whom such suit is or shall be depending in the State of New-York, between the said Seth Smith, and Micah Townsend, shall have rendered judgment, the commissioners before named, or a majority of them, or the survivors or survivor of them, are hereby expressly required, after giving at least fourteen days public notice in all the newspapers of this State, to sell at vendue, for specie, to the highest bidder, (without any credit to be given the purchaser or purchasers) so much of the land by them seized, as will satisfy the said judgment, if the same shall be rendered against the said Micah in the aforesaid suit; and also, such bill as any one of the judges of the supreme court of this State shall allow to the said Micah, for the expenses, disbursements, charges, trouble and time, of the said Micah, in defending the said suit, and for the costs and charges of the commissioners in carrying this act into execution; and also, such further sum as the said judge shall allow to the said Micah, as a recompence for being unjustly sued, and for the risque he ran of being confined in goal at so great a distance from his family and the same shall pay to the said Micah, his executors, administrators, or assigns, upon demand and a deed from the said commissioners, or a majority of them, or the survivors or survivor of them, shall be equally good in law to the purchaser, his heirs and assigns, as a deed from the proper owner or owners of such land would be if the same was not under the incumbrances of such seizure.
And be it further enacted, that if it shall happen that the said Seth shall discontinue his said suit, or become non-suit therein, or that a judg ment shall be rendered for the said Micah, against the said Seth, upon the -trial of the same cause, that then the said commissioners shall only sell for, and pay to the said Micah, such bill for expenses, trouble, time and recompence, to be allowed as aforesaid, and for the costs of the commissioners, (deducting such costs as shall be recovered by the said Micah against the said Seth.)
AN ACT to establish a Society, by the name of The First Medical Society in Vermont.
Whereas, it is matter of the greatest importance to the inhabitants of this State, that the professors of the medical art should receive all proper encouragement, to excite them to improve and to acquire a thorough acquaintance with a science, so interesting to those who may be in distress through indisposition of body and limbs: and whereas, it appears by a petition, signed Jonas Fay and Lewis Beebe, in behalf of themselves and a number of gentlemen physicians and surgeons, in the counties of Bennington and Rutland, and parts adjacent, to wit, Nathaniel Dickinson, Seth Alden, Samuel Huntington, Elisha Baker, Lemuel Chipman, William Johnston, William Gould, Aaron Hastings, Zina Hitchcock, Silas Holbrook, William Woolcott, Ezra Baker, Ebenezer Tolman, Ezekiel Porter, aud Jacob Roeback, did, on the 19th day of August, 1784, form themselves into a medical association, and formed a constitution for the government thereof; and by their petition, dated the 10th day of September following, prayed the Legislature of this State to patronize and establish the same: Therefore,
Be it enacted, &c. that the following physicians and surgeons, in the counties of Bennington and Rutland, and parts adjacent, to wit,-Jonas Fay, Lewis Beebe, Nathaniel Dickinson, Seth Alden, Samuel Huntington, Elisha Baker, Lemuel Chipman, William Johnston, William Gould, Aaron Hastings, Zina Hitchcock, Silas Holbrook, William Woolcott, Ezra Baker, Ebenezer Tolman, Ezekiel Porter, and Jacob Roeback, be, and they are hereby incorporated and constituted a body corporate and politic in law, by the name of The First Medical Society in Vermont,— capable of suing and defending, by their agent or attorney, in any court of law or equity, for the recovery and defence of their common rights and interests; and they shall be capable of taking, by gift, grant, or devise, for the purpose of procuring and maintaining a library, and such instruments and apparatus as shall by said Society be thought best, for making experiments in their art, and for any other purposes that shall be found conducive to the encouragement and improvement of the healing
And be it further enacted, that the said society be, and is hereby vested with full power to elect annually (by ballot) a president, secretary, and two or more censors; and the said Society is hereby further authorised and empowered, to call any of its members to account for any dishonourable conduct, relative to the medical profession, and punish the same, (if necessary) by suspension, admonition, or expulsion; and to make laws, rules, and regulations, for the governing the said Society, and its several members.
And be it further enacted, that said Society be, and is hereby vested with power to judge and determine with regard to the qualifications of such person or persons as shall offer themselves for examination: and any person or persons, who shall hereafter be admitted as members of said society, shall be entitled to all and singular the benefits and privileges that those enjoy whose names are mentioned in this act.
And be it further enacted, that said Society be authorised and em. powered to appoint and determine the times and places of their stated or adjourned meetings, as to them shall appear necessary, for the purposes mentioned in this act.
AN ACT to suspend trying the Title of Lands.
Be it enacted, &c. that the several courts of law in this State, be, and hereby are prohibited trying the title of land within this State, until the rising of the General Assembly in June next; except in such cases where the parties mutually agree otherwise: and that no writs of seisin be issued, or renewed, by the clerks of the several courts, until the time aforesaid: and that such writs as are already issued, be stayed for the said time.
AN ACT to suspend prosecutions against Joseph Farnsworth, Esquire
Be it enacted, &c. that no action shall be commenced, prosecuted, or proceeded in, against Joseph Farnsworth, Esquire, commissary-general of purchases, for contracts made by him in his public capacity, as commissary, until the rising of the Legislature in October next.
AN ACT pardoning
Esq. of Marlborough, in the county of Windham, and restoring to him all his estate, real and personal.
Esq. of Marlborough, in the county of Windham, has preferred his petition to this Assembly, setting forth that, by sentence of the supreme court, holen at Westminster, within and for the county of Windham aforesaid, on the second Tuesday of February, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, he was attainted of treason against this State; by reason of which sentence, all the estate, real and personal, of the said -, Esq. was confiscated to, and seized for the use of, this State; and praying pardon and a resititution of his said estate and whereas, many matters appear which recommend the said -, Esq. to the mercy of this Legislature, and this Legislature ever willing to extend mercy where the ends of government may be as well answered thereby: therefore,
Be it enacted, &c. that there be, and hereby is, granted to the said Esq. a full and free pardon of said attainder, and all and singular the consequences thereof; and that all the estate of the said Esq. both real and personal, confiscated by said sentence and attainder, be, and the same is hereby restored to the said -, Esq., except so much of said estate as hath already been sold and disposed to the use of this State.
And be it further enacted, that the said
Esq. shall not be
LAWS PASSED, october, 1784.
entitled to any of the benefits and privileges, or immunities, granted by this act, until he shall have paid to the treasury of this State, the sum of thirty-five pounds, lawful money, to indemnify this State for costs that have accrued in prosecuting the said
Esq. for the said thirtyBe it further enacted, that the treasurer be, and is hereby directed to receive an obligation from the said five pounds, to be paid in hard money, within six months, with interest; a certain note given by Oliver and also, to receive from the said Waters and others, to Elisha Porter, Esquire, sheriff of the county of Hampshire, for about fifteen pounds, and also a note given by said Waters and others, to Charles Phelps, of Hadley, for about six pounds, law. ful money, and indorse the same on the said thirty-five pound note; and when the said two notes are received by the treasurer, and indorsed as Esq. shall be fully and amply intitled aforesaid, then the said to all the benefits proposed or provided in this act, and have right to receive, hold, and enjoy, all his estate, both real and personal, as is intended by this act.
AN ACT granting to the several persons therein named, a free pardon for the several crimes herein described.
Be it enacted, &c. that a free pardon be, and is hereby, granted to the persons herein named, for all crimes heretofore committed in opposing the authority of this State, to wit:
[Here follow the names of twenty-six persons, viz: seven from Brattleborough, eighteen from Guilford, and one from Marlborough. We have thought proper to omit these names, for the reason stated in the note, page 355.]
And be it further enacted, that all the property, real and personal, of each and every person, before named, which hath been adjudged forfeit to this State, or hath been seized or taken by the authority of the same, and not disposed of, be returned to the before named persons.
Provied always, that neither of the aforementioned persons shall be intitled to any of the benefits of this act, who shall not appear before some justice of the peace, in the county of Windham, within two months from the publication hereof, and take an oath of allegiance to this State, and procure a certificate thereof.
AN ACT entitled an Act to regulate the satisfying executions on cer tain judgments therein named.
Whereas, it has been represented to this Legislature, that actions f debt have been commenced on judgments of court within this State, aft
they have laid one year and a day, with a view to evade the statute law of this State, making neat cattle, &c. a tender on executions granted on judgments of debts, bonds, notes, &c. of a certain date therein named:
Which evil to prevent,
Be it enacted, &c. that whenever an action of debt is brought on a judgment obtained before any court within this State, the execution of which would have been legally satisfied by neat cattle, &c. agreeable to the above mentioned statute, the plaintiff shall recover no more in said second action than the original judgment. And the cost arising on said second action, shall be paid by the plaintiff, and the execution thereon, satisfied in the same manner as the judgment on the said first action.
Provided always, that no person shall receive any benefit by this act, unless he can prove to the court where the action on such judgment is brought, that he ever has been and still is ready to satisfy said judgment as the law directs.
AN ACT for the purpose of opening a free trade to and through the province of Quebec.
Whereas, many advantages will arise to the citizens of this State, by extending commerce to the province of Quebec, and through that channel to Europe: Therefore,
Be it enacted, &c. that the Governor and Council be, and they are hereby authorised and empowered, to appoint one or more persons, not exceeding three, to repair to the province of Quebec, with full power to confer with any person, or persons, that may be authorised therefor, by any power with whom it shall be necessary to agree, concerning matters of trade and commerce; and to transact with such person, or persons, all such matters and business as shall be necessary to complete, on the part of this State, the opening a free trade into, and through, said province of Quebec.
AN ACT to continue in force the Laws passed by the Legislature of this State.
Be it enacted, &c. that the several acts passed by the Legislature of this State, (except such as have expired by their own limitation, or have been repealed,) shall continue in force until the rising of the General Assembly at their next stated session in October.