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SECT. 3. Said court of burgesses shall be, and they here. And to cause by are empowered to cause all nuisances within said bo. puisances to rough to be abated and suppressed; and all putrid and foul
be suppressed. substances to be removed; if on private property, at the expense of the proprietororoccupant of 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. Pro- Persons ago vided always thatif any person shall be aggrieved by any of grieved may the doings of said court of burgesses, he may prefer his applouto comcomplaint 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 sumor sums of money, which ought to be refunded, said county court may grant execution in favor of such complainant, against said borough, for such sum.
SECT. 4. And full power and authority shall be, and Power of mahereby is granted to said court of burgesses, to make by
king by-law.. laws for preserving the health of the inhabitants of said borough. Provided nevertheless, that such by-laws be Proviso. approved and published, and be liable to be repealed, in the same manner, as the by-laws which the warden and burgesses of said borough are already authorized to make.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. BE
E it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Assembly convened, That the governor Governer may may grant briefs, soliciting charitable contributions, in grant briefs. 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
as he may judge proper : and every person who shall Penalty for read and publish any brief, soliciting charitable contribureading briefs tions, not allowed as aforesaid, in any town, religious sonot so granted. ciety, or congregation, shall forfeit the sum of seventeen
dollars, one third to him who shall prosecute to effect, Proviso.
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
Lands in grass
E it enacted by the Senate and House of RepBE
resentatives in General Assembly convened, Duty osowner That every owner or possessor of lands, shall cut or mow or possessor of down all the Canada thistles growing thereon, or in the lands.
highway, ad oining 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 highway ad oining the same, and the seed to ripen, so as to
cause, or endanger the spreading thereof, he shall forfeit Penalty.
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 not to be
grass, shall plough, or suffer to be ploughed, any lands on ploughed.
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 Penalty act, he shall forfeit five dollars, to be recovered by any
person who shall sue for and prosecute the same to ef
fect. Towns em
sect. 3. Every town shall have power to make such powered to make regula
regulations as they may judge proper and expedient, to tions. destroy or prevent the spreading of Canada thistles. Penalty for
SECT. 4. If any person shall knowingly vend any grass vending thistle seed, in which there is any seed of the thistle, such pera seed. son shall be liable to pay a penalty of ten dollars, to the
use of any person who will prosecute the same to effect.
An Act for the education and government of
sect. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep,
resentatives, in General Assembly convened, Children to be That all parents, and those who have the care of children, instructed. 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 aritbmetic.
SECT. 2. The select-men, in their respective towns, If neglected, shall inspect the conduct of the heads of families, and if select m-o they find any who neglect the education of the children may bind them 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 binding shall be valid and effectual.
SECT. 3. Whenever any children or minors shall be stubborn chilstubborn and rebellious, and shall refuse to obey the com- dren, h'w to mands, and resist the authority of their parents, or those be corrected. 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 proper, not exceeding thirty days. Provided, that said justices, on the reformation of such children, may, at any Proviso. . time after the commitment, order their release, and return to their parents.
TITLE 15. Cities.
An Act incorporating the Cities of Hartford,
New-Haven, New-London, Norwich, and Mid
dletown. spct. 1. B Est 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 of the limits, to wit : beginning at a place called the Dutch city of Hart- ground, upon the high land, on the bank of the great river, ford.
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 Olcolt'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 inhabi
tants, being electors of the state, dwelling in New-Haven, Limits of the within the following limits, to wit : beginning at the northsity of New.
east corner of the long bridge, so called, in said NewHaven.
Haven; 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
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 rockon Plumb's Limits of the hill, so called, about four rods west of the road leading city of New
. 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 New-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 6. The Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, and Freemen of the city of Vew-Londoz: :"_That all the inhabitants being electors of the state, dwelling in Norwich, within the following limits, to wit: beginning at the mouth of Trading- Limits of the cove brook, at the bounds between the towns of New- city of NorLondon 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 dwel. ling-house of Capt. John Hughes; thence a straight line 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 Poupuatan
thence north-westwardly across said river, to the line between the towns of Norwich and New London ;
; thence by said New-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