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sect. 3. Said court of burgesses shall be, and they hereby are empowered to cause all nuisances within said bo. rough to be abated and suppressed; and all putrid and foul substances to be removed; if on private property, at the expense of the proprietororoccupantof such property; but if on public ground, at the expense of the person who put such substance there, (if such person be known) otherwise at the expense of said borough; all which expences shall be adjusted by said court of burgesses, and collected by warrant, signed by the warden or senior burgess, in the same manner as is prescribed in the preceding section. Provided always,that if any person shall be aggrieved by any of the doings of said court of burgesses, he may prefer his complaint to the next county court, within and for Fairfield county, against said borough, by causing a copy of such complaint to be left with the clerk of said borough, at least twelve days before the sitting of said court; and if said court, on hearing of such complaint shall be of the opinion that any part or the whole of such expense, so incurred, or damages done, ought to be borne by said borough, said county court shall order and direct, that such complainant be relieved from the payment of such part, or from the whole of such expense or damage, as to said county court may appear just and equitable; and if it shall appear, on such hearing, that said complianant hath actually paid any sum or sums of money, which ought to be refunded, said county court may grant execution in favor of such complainant, against said borough, for such Sulin. sect. 4. And full power and authority shall be, and hereby is granted to said court of burgesses, to make bylaws for preserving the health of the inhabitants of said borough. Provided nevertheless, that such by-laws be approved and published, and be liable to be repealed, in the same manner, as the by-laws which the warden and burgesses of said borough are already authorized to make.

TITLE 12. Briefs.
An Act relating to Briefs.
B” it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives

in General Assembly convened, That the governor may grant briefs, soliciting charitable contributions, in cases of great misfortunes and losses, by fire, or other providential accidents, to be read, published and attended to, in public meetings, in the several towns, or religious societies and congregations, or such part of them

And to cause nuisances to be suppressed.

Persons aggrieved may apply to county court.

Power of making by-laws.

Proviso.

Governer may grant briefs.

Penalty for reading briefs not so granted.

Proviso.

Duty of owner or possessor of lands.

Penalty.

Lands in grass not to he ploughed.

Penalty.

Towns empowered to make regulations.

Penalty for vending thistle seed.

as he may judge proper : and every person who shall read and publish any brief, soliciting charitable contributions, not allowed as aforesaid, in any town, religious society, or congregation, shall forfeit the sum of seventeen dollars, one third to him who shall prosecute to effect, and two thirds to the treasury of the county. Provided, that this act shall not extend to contributions, on special occasions, for the afflicted and distressed members of any particular town, society, or congregation.

TITLE 13. Canada Thistle.

An Act to prevent the spreading of the Canada
Thistle.

SECt. 1 B” it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-
- i.e. v.-- I - - - resentalives in General Assembly convened,
That every owner or possessor of lands, shall cut or mow
down all the Canada thistles growing thereon, or in the
highway, adjoining the same, so often as to prevent their
going to seed; and if any owner or possessor of land shall
suffer any such thistles to grow thereon, or in the high-
way adjoining the same, and the seed to ripen, so as to
cause, or endanger the spreading thereof, he shall forfeit
and pay the sum of five dollars for every offence, to him
who shall prosecute his action to effect; and any person
may enter on the lands of another, who shall neglect to
cut or mow down such thistles, and may cut or mow down
such thistles, and shall not be liable to be sued, in an ac-
tion of trespass, therefor.
SECT. 2. No owner or possessor of lands, which are in
grass, shall plough, or o: to be ploughed, any lands on
which Canada thistles are growing; and where lands are
in tillage, on which such thistles are growing, the owner
or possessor shall, as soon as may be, cause the same to
be seeded down to grass ; and if any such owner or pos-
sessor shall be guilty of a breach of this section of the
act, he shall j five dollars, to be recovered by any
o who shall sue for and prosecute the same to ef-
ect.
sect. 3. Every town shall have power to make such
regulations as they may judge proper and expedient, to
destroy or prevent the spreading of Canada thistles.
sEct. 4. If any person shall knowingly vend any grass
seed, in which there is any seed of the thistle, such per-
son shall be liable to pay a penalty of ten dollars, to the
use of any person who will prosecute the same to effect.

TITLE 14. Children.

An Act for the education and government of
Children.

SECT. 1. B; it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Assembly convened, That all parents, and those who have the care of children, shall bring them up in some honest and lawful calling or employment; and shall teach and instruct them, or cause them to be taught and instructed, to read, and write, and cypher as far as the first four rules of arithmetic. sect. 2. The select-men, in their respective towns, shall inspect the conduct of the heads of families, and if they find any who neglect the education of the children under their care, they may admonish them to attend to their duty, and if they continue to be negligent, whereby the children grow rude, stubborn, and unruly, they shall, with the advice of a justice of the peace, take such children from their parents, or those who have the charge of them, and bind them out to some proper master, males till twenty one, and females till eighteen, that they may be properly educated and brought up in some lawful calling and employment; which bindingshall be valid and effectual. sect. 3. Whenever any children or minors shall be stubborn and rebellious, and shall refuse to obey the commands, and resist the authority of their parents, or those who have the charge of them, then the parents, or those who have the charge of them, or any informing officer, may make complaint to two justices of the peace, in the town where the parties live, who shall have power to issue a warrant, and cause such children to be apprehended, and brought before them; and if, on due enquiry, they shall find them to be guilty, they may sentence them to be committed to the house of correction, in the town where they live, or if there be none in that town, to the common gaol in the county, to remain confined to hard labor, so long as said justices of the peace shall judge roper, not exceeding thirty days. Provided, that said justices, on the reformation of s ch children, may, at any time after the commitment, order their release, and return to their parents.

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Limits of the city of Hartford.

Limits of the city of NewHaven.

TITLE 15. Cities.
CHAP. I.

An Act incorporating the Cities of Hartford, New-Haven, New-London, Norwich, and Middletown.

E it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep: resentatives, in General Assembly convened, That all the inhabitants, being electors of the state, dwelling in the town of Hartford, within the following limits, to wit: beginning at a place called the Dutch ground, upon the highland, on the bank of the great river, on the southerly side of said river, as it now runs in the lot belonging to Thomas Seymour, Esq. and from thence, a straight line to the north-west corner of Joshua Hempstead's dwelling-house; thence a westerly line to the northwest corner of James Steele's dwelling-house; from thence a north-westerly course to the south-west corner of James Shepard's malt-house ; from thence, northerly, a straight line to the upper mills, so called, including said mills; thence northerly in a straight line to the north-west corner of Capt. John Olcott's dwelling-house, including said house; and from thence turning and running due east a straight course to Connecticut river ; be, and the same are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, one body politic and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of “ The Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council and Freemen of the city of Hartford:”—That all the inhabitants, being electors of the state, dwelling in New-Haven, within the following limits, to wit: beginning at the northeast corner of the long bridge, so called, in said NewHaven; thence by the dividing line between the towns of New-Haven and Hamden, to long lane, or Cheshire road; thence southerly by Cheshire road, to a point in a direct line from the neck bridge to a bridge across the West river, commonly called Thompson's bridge; thence westerly by said line to the north-east corner of said bridge; thence down the said West river, on the east bank thereof, to the mouth of said river; and from thence a straight line to the extreme point of the land, commonly called Five-mile-point, on the east side of New-Haven harbor, at high water mark, on said point; thence northward on the shore, on the line of high water mark, up to the point where the waters of the Little river, and the greater waters, being part of the East river, fall into each

SECT. 1.

other ; thence across the mouth of said Little river, to the east shore of the East river; thence up said East river, on the line of high water mark, to the first mentioned point, at the north-east corner of Long bridge ; be, and the same are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, one body politic and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of “The Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Freemen of the city of New-Haven:”—That all the inhabitants, being electors of New-London, dwelling within the following limits, to wit: beginning at a large rock on Plumb's hill, so called, about four rods west of the road leading from Norwich to New-London; thence running south thirty-seven degrees west, to a large rock in land belonging to John Ashcraft, a little to the eastward of Cedarswamp; from thence running south six degrees east to the main branch of Alwise-brook, or Lester's gut, so called ; from thence running with said brook or gut, and on the west side thereof, at high-water mark, to the sound, to a large clump of rocks at the western point of said gut or brook, called the Great-shore rock; and from thence across the harbor, to the south end of the division line betwixt the towns of Mew-London and Groton; and thence, northerly by said division line, as said line runs, until it comes to a point due east from the bounds first above-mentioned ; and thence running due west across the river of Thames, to said bound ; be, and the same are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, one body politic and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of “The Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Freemen of the city of New-London: ;”—That all the inhabitants being electors of the state, dwelling in Norwich, within the following limits, to wit: beginning at the mouth of Tradingcove brook, at the bounds between the towns of NewLondon and Norwich ; thence running up said brook to the bridge on .New-London road, called Trading-cove bridge; thence a straight line to the west side of the mills at the iron works, belonging to Elijah Backus, Esq. thence an eastwardly line, to the north side of the dwelling-house of Capt. John Hughes; thence a straightline to Roatch's landing (so called,) on the south side of Shetucket river; thence by Shetucket river, and the river Thames, at high-water mark, to the mouth of Poupuatannock cove; thence north-westwardly across said river, to the line between the towns of Norwich and Mew London; thence by said Mew-London line, to the first mentioned bounds; be, and the same are hereby declared to be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, one body poli

Limits of the city of NewLondon.

Limits of the city of Norwich.

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