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Road from Shaw line, declared to be a public high

neetown to the Sa


AN ACT establishing a road from Shawneetown to

the Saline.

APPROVED, January 31, 1825.

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 Saline, in Gallatin county, be, and the same is hereby declared to be, a public highway of this state; and the act entitled "an act for opening, repairing, improving and regulating roads and highways, and creating a fund for that purpose," shall in all things be applicable to said road.

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

APPROVED, January 31, 1825.

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 allowed 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 belong seat of Government, allowed the ing to the state, to the auditor of public accounts, same pay for turn receive the same compensation as they before had 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 be authorised and required to is

taken by them as

sue his 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.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois 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 of the county treasury, thirty seven and one half 37 12 cents per day for dieting cents per day for dieting such prisoner, during the prisoners. 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 allow


ance has not already been made, to allow to the County sioners to allow 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 31st January prisoner confined on a criminal charge, who has been acquitted, or being convicted, has been unapay the same.

ble to




fre wood &c. furnished for the

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the several county commissioners' courts, shall allow to the sheriffs of their respective counties, such compen- Sheriffs sation as they shall deem reasonable for furnish- compensation ing fire-wood and other articles which may be necessary to preserve the life or health of any per- county & circuit son confined in jail; and for furnishing fire-wood courts & to prisons for the use of the circuit courts, or county commissioners' court.



made a body cor
porate for the pur
pose of establish
ing a library.

To continue in of fice until others are elected.

AN ACTto incorporate the Edwardsville Library


APPROVED, January 31, 1825.

WHEREAS several persons of the town and vicinage of Edwardsville, have associated them selves together for the purpose of establishing a 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 of Illinois represented in the general assembly, That William Otwell, John Barber, John Y. Sawyer, John T. Lusk, Beninah Robinson, and their associates, be, and they are hereby, constituted a body politic and corporate, to be known by the name of

the 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 persons above named, shall continue in office until others are elected as hereinafter provided.

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 succeeding 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.

Directors to ap

others are elected in their stead, who shall be empowered 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 shall appoint their own chairman and secretary for point their own the time being, and hold meetings at such times and places as they may think proper.


May sue & be su ch, &c. &a

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 sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being answered unto, defending and being defended, in all courts and places whatsoever; also

that they and their successors in office, by that name, shall be in law capable of purchasing, holding and conveying any estate, real or personal, for the use of said corporation.

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That the directors shall have power to demand and receive all moneys that are already due by subscription or otherwise, or that may hereafter become due, by fines, donations, or contributions, of what nature soever, which when collected, they shall disburse in the purchase of books, or in such manner as a majority of them may think best; all debts already contracted by individuals for the use and benefit of the society, and other necessary expenses, being first paid.

May hold real or personal estate.

Directors may demand subscription money & dsburse it in the purchase of books &c. &c.

Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, That.it, shall be the duty of the directors annually to appoint a librari- Librarian to be ap 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 happen in their own body, during the time being, and to assess moderate fines for any breach of the bye-laws, and for the loss or dsetruction of any book or books belonging to the library.

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

Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, That no member shall ever withdraw his interest form the institution, but may transfer the same to any person, whom 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.

Vacancins may be filled & hoes may be imposed for the loss of books &c.

Interest in the institution may be as. signed.

AN ACT to incorporate such persons as may associate for the purpose of procuring and erecting public Libraries in this state.

APPROVED, January 31, 1823.

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

erect a public li


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. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois represented in the general assembly, That Ten 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 ten, in any part of this state, who shall subscribe in the whole not less than one hundred dollars, te assemble on the second Tuesday of any month in which they shall determine to meet, at a place preDirectors may be viously agreed on by a majority of the subscribers,


ang officers

to elect and appoint not less than three, nor more than seven, of their number as trustees to take charge of the monies belonging to the corporation thereby erected, and to transact all affairs relative to the same.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the said election 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

Manner of elest time and place previously agreed on, they shall proceed to choose a chairman from among themselves, 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 name and style of the corporation shall be particu larly described; which certificate shall be filed in 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.

Certificate of elec. tion to be recorded in the county


Persons so elected made a corporate body.

May sue and be sued.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the persons so elected shall be trustees for said library, and that the said trustees and their associates, and such other persons as shall from time to time become members of such corporation, shall be one body corporate and politic, in fact and in name, by the name, style, or title mentioned in said certificate so to be filed and entered of record as aforesaid, and

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