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exposed to the overflow of the tide, but capable of being laid dry and put in a proper place of improvement, by one general bank or dam, were on application to the court of common pleas of the said county of Gloucester, and on report of commissioners duly appointed there. upon, associated as a company under the name of "The Matthew's Branch Meadow Company,” pursuant to the provisions of an act entitled “ An act to enable the owners of tide swamps and marshes to improve the same, and the owners of meadows already banked in and held by different persons, to keep the same in repair," passed November twenty-nine, seventeen hundred and eighty. eight; said report bearing date the twenty-fourth day of the seventh month (July), Anno Domini eighteen hun. dred and twenty-nine, and recorded in the clerk's office of the said county of Gloucester; AND WHEREAS, the said owners of said marsh and meadow, so associated, have petitioned for further powers, in order to collect taxes and to carry out the objects of said association; therefore,

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That the said proceedings, report, and association be confirmed and held valid, and the said owners be declared to be a body politic and corporate, under the said name of “The Matthew's Branch Meadow Company," with all the powers and privileges, and subject to the restrictions of the said act entitled “An act to enable the owners of the tide swamps and marshes to improve the same, and the owners of meadows already banked in and held by different persons, to keep the same in repair," and of the several supplements thereto.

2. And be it enacted, That if any of the owners or possessors of the meadow and marsh within the bounds of said company, and liable to be assessed therein, shall neglect or refuse to pay the sums assessed against him, her, or them, respectively, for and in behalf of such meadow and marsh, for twenty days after the time fixed for the payment thereof, and after notice, as provided in the sixth section of the said

Proceedings confirmed.

Proceedings in case of non-payment of a ssessmente,

act, passed November twenty-ninth, seventeen hundred and eighty-eight, in addition to the remedy therein provided, it shall and may be lawful for the treasurer of said company, in the name of “The Matthew's Branch Meadow Company," to sue for and recover the amount thereof, in an action of debt, in any court having jurisdiction thereof, and to give the assessment or the duplicate thereof in evidence, which assessment or duplicate, on proof of due notice for twenty days, shall be conclusive.

Approved March 9, 1859.

CHAPTER XCIV.

A SUPPLEMENT to the act entitled " An act to incorporate Societies for the

promotion of learning."

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of Part of the State of New Jersey, That so much of the twelfth section amended. of the act to which this is a supplement, as makes it necessary for any association incorporated under and by virtue of said act, in order to create a capital stock, to obtain "the consent in writing of all the members thereof," be amended, so that it may be lawful for any such association, by and with the consent in writing of a majority of the members thereof, to create such capital stock. 2. And be it enacted, That the signature of each member Agreement

to be recordof the association to such agreement shall be attested by at ed.

Proviso.

least one subscribing witness, and it shall be the duty of the trustees of the association to have the same recorded in the clerk's office of the county in which such association shall be formed; provided, that it shall be first duly acknowledged before some officer authorized by law to take the acknowledgments and proofs of deeds, either by the several members so consenting, or by the subscribing witness or witnesses thereto.

3. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect im. mediately.

Approved March 9, 1859.

CHAPTER XCV.

A SUPPLEMENT to the act entitled "An act to incorporate the Newark

Gas Light Company."

Company authorized

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of to lay down the State of New Jersey, That the said company shall be pipes, &c.

empowered to lay down their gas pipes and to erect gas posts, burners and reflectors in the streets, alleys, lanes, avenues, or public grounds of the township of Clinton, in the county of Essex, in this state, and to do all things necessary to light the said streets, alleys, lanes, avenues

and public grounds in the said township, and the dwellings, Proviso.

stores, and other places situated therein; provided, that the public travel of the said township sball at no time be

affected or impeded by the laying of the said pipes, or the erection of the said posts, and the streets, side and cross walks, public grounds, lanes and avenues, shall not be injured, but all be left in as good order and perfect condition as before the laying of the said pipes, or the erection of the

said posts.

&c.

2. And be it enacted, That the said company shall have the Company power and authority of entering into and executing such contracts, contracts, agreements or covenants in relation to the objects of this settlement, and of enforcing the same, and also such other powers and authorities as are given and granted by the first section of the act to which this is a supplement as may be vecessary fully to carry out the purposes of this act.

3. And be it enacted, That if any person or persons shall Penalty for wilfully do or cause to be done any act or acts whatever, works. whereby any conduit, pipe, cock, machine, or structures whatsoever, or anything appertaining to the works of the said corporation situate in the said township of Clinton, or whereby the same may be stopped, obstructed, or injured, the person or persons so offending shall be considered guilty of a misdemeanor, and, being thereof convicted shall be punished by fine not exceeding three hundred dollars, or imprisonment at hard labor not exceeding two years, or both; provided, that such criminal prosecution shall not in Proviso. any wise impair the right of action for damages by a civil suit to be brought for any such injury as aforesaid, by and in the name of the said corporation, in any court of the state having cognizance of the same, which suit the said company are hereby authorized to commence and prosecute to final judgment and execution.

4. And be it enacted, That the said company shall have Capital stock power to increase their capital stock to the further amount creased. of one hundred thousand dollars, over and above the amount already authorized by law, which increased capital shall be subscribed and paid at such time or times and in the man. ner prescribed by the directors of said company.

5. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect immediately.

Approved March 9, 1859.

CHAPTER XCVI.

An Act to incorporate the Hightstown and Perrineville Turnpike

Company.

Commis. sioners to

scriptions.

1. Be IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of receive sub- the State of New Jersey, That all such persons as shall be

come subscribers to the capital stock hereinafter mentioned, their successors and assigns, shall be and are hereby ordained and constituted and made a body politic and corporate, in fact and in law, by the name of "The Hightstown and Perrineville Turnpike Company," and that the following named persons, viz: William H. Mount, Edward C. Taylor, James C. Norris, Thomas Slack, E. T. R. Applegate, Thomas M. Perrine, Joseph J. Ely, or a majority of them, are hereby appointed commissioners to open the subscription books and receive subscriptions to the capital stock, at such time and places as they, or a majority of them, may direct, giving notice thereof at least twenty days prior to the opening of said books, by publishing the

same in a paper published in the county of Mercer. Amount of 2. And be it enacted, That the capital stock of said com

pany shall be twenty-five thousand dollars, with power to

capital stock.

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