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Limits of the city of Middletown.
Jurisdiction of the city of Hartford on Connecticut river.
Annual meetings of the several cities.
lic, and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of “The Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Freemen of the city of Norwich :"—That all the inhabitants, being electors of the state, and dwelling in Middletown, within the following limits, to wit: beginning at the mouth of the Little river, or Ferry river; thence in a north-east line to the east side of Connecticut river, at high-water mark; thence on the bank of said Connecticut river at high water mark, until it comes to a point, due east from Sumner's creek; thence in a west line to the mouth of Sumner's creek; thence southerly and westerly, as the said creek runs, to Warwick's bridge ; thence west to the Little river, including the dwelling-house of Return Jonathan Meigs ; thence northerly and easterly down the Little river, as the same runs, to the first boundary, including the waters of the said Little river, Sumner's creek and Connecticut river, within the preceding limits; be, and the same are hereby ordained, constituted and declared to be, from time to time, and forever hereafter, one body olitic, and corporate, in fact and in name, by the name of “The Mayor. Aldermen, Common Council, and Freemen of the city of Middletown :” And by those names they, and each of them, and their successors, shall and may have perpetual succession, and be persons in law, capable of suing and being sued; pleading and being impleaded, in all suits of what nature soever; and also to purchase, hold and convey any estate, real or personal; and may have a common seal, and may change and alter the same at pleasure ; and shall be freemen of said cities. sect. 2. The city of Hartford shall have jurisdiction, in all commercial matters, on Connecticut river, opposite the town of Hartford; and the sheriffs of said city, shall have authority to execute all lawful process, on said river, opposite said town. But said city shall have no power to regulate or affect the fisheries in, or the ferry upon said river; or prevent any vessel, boat or other water-craft, from passing and repassing said river; or from having commercial intercourse with inhabitants residing without the limits of said city, free from any duty or toll imposed by said city. sect. 3. There shall be annual meetings in each of said cities; to be holden in Hartford, in March ; in NewHaven, in June; in New-London, in June; in Norwich, in July; in Middletown, in January; at such times and places as by the by-laws of said cities shall be directed. And said cities, in legal meeting assembled, shall choose a mayor, who shall hold his office during the pleasure of the general assembly; and, at their annual meetings, shall choose four aldermen, and a common council of not more
than twenty, and two sheriffs, out of the freemen of said
Mode of voting.
Qualification of voters.
Penalty for voting illegally
Power to grant freedom of cities.
Cities may lay taxes, and appoint collectors.
Power and liability of sheriffs.
when to be holden,
persons, living without the limits of the same ; and the person to whom such freedom is granted, shall, upon taking the oath by law required, have right to vote at any of the elections, and in any city meeting in that city, by which such freedom is granted: Provided, that no person shall, in virtue of such grant, be considered as entitled to the rights of a free citizen of the state, or as acquiring a right of inhabitancy in that town, in which the city granting such freedom lies. sect. 6. Each city, in legal meeting assembled, shall have power to lay taxes on the polls and rateable estates within the limits of the city, for such purposes as the city shall think proper, agreeably to the privileges granted by this act; and to choose a collector or collectors, to collect such tax, who, having received a warrant for that purpose, signed by the mayor, or one of the aldermen of said city, shall have the same power as collectors of town taxes, and shall be accountable to the mayor and aldermen, in the same manner as collectors of town taxes are to the select-men ; and in case any collector shall not perform his trust, then, on complaint by the aldermen to the mayor of the city, he shall issue his warrant, under his hand, directed to either sheriff of said city, to collect out of the estate of the negligent collector, the sums due from him : provided, the city of Hartford shall have no power to lay taxes to pave the streets or highways, in said city, or to erect wharves on Connecticut river, without special authority from the general assembly. sect. 7. The sheriffs of each city shall, within the limits of the same, have the same power and authority as the sheriffs of the counties, and shall be liable to the same penalties and suits, for neglect of duty; and each city shall be liable for the default of their sheriffs in their of. fices. And said sheriffs shall severally give bonds, with sureties, in such manner as, by the by-laws of each city, shall be directed, for a faithful discharge of the duties of their office, before they shall be capable to execute the same; and in case of their refusal, or either of them, the city may appoint others in their room. sect. 8. There shall be holden in each city, in every month, a city court. Such court shall be holden in Hartford, on the first Monday; in Middletown, on the second Tuesday; in New-Haven, on the first Tuesday; in NewLondon, on the first Monday, and in Norwich, on the second Monday: which courts shall have power to adjourn from time to time, and shall have cognizance of all cases wherein the title of land is not concerned, cognizable by county courts, provided the cause of action arise within the limits of said cities, and one or both the par
ties live within the same ; and of any suit or action that may be commenced by the president, directors, and company of any bank, in the city in which such bank is established, on any writing obligatory, made payable, by the terms of it, at, and endorsed to such bank, notwithstanding such writing may have been executed, drawn, accepted, or indorsed, without the limits of such city. And said city courts shall have the same power and authority, and shall proceed in the same manner, and grant executions, as county courts now or hereafter shall have power to proceed and grant; and the executions granted by the city courts, shall be served and returned in the same manner as executions granted by county courts. And an appeal shall be allowed, to either party, from the judgment or determination of said city courts, to the next superior court, to be holden in the county in which such judgment is rendered, in all cases in which an appeal is now, or shall hereafter, by law, be allowed from county courts : but if judgment is rendered in favor of the plain
tiff, he may apply to the city court, at the term when,
such judgment shall be rendered, and if he can satisfy the
Mode of proceeding.
Execution may be taken out by plaintiff, on giving bond.
If plaintiff live
Mayor and aldermen to be ‘ndges.
allowed to the defendant, in the same manner, and under