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Return to be made to superintendent; by whom to be made; its contents.

[No. 19.] AN ACT requiring certain returns to be made from

incorporated academies and other literary institutions.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That it shall be the duty of the Bs president of the board of trustees of every organized academy or ce literary or collegiate institution, heretofore incorporated, or hereafter to be incorporated, to cause to be made out by the principal instructor or other proper officer, and forwarded by mail or otherwise, to the office of the superintendent of public instruction, between the first and fifteenth days of December in each year, a report setting forth the amount and estimated value of real estate owned by the corporation, the amount of other funds and endowments, and the yearly income from all sources, the number of instructors, the number of students in the different classes, the studies pursued and the books used, the course of instruction, the terms of tuition, and such other matters as may be specially requested by said superintendent, or as may be deemed proper by the president or principal of such academies or institutes, to enable the superintendent of public instruction to lay before the legislature a fair and full exhibit of the affairs and condition of said institutions.

Approved March 4, 1839.

[No. 20.] An Act to organize the county of Clinton. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represen- County.ortatives of the State of Michigan, That the county of Clintonbe, and the same is hereby organized.

Sec. 2. All writs, proceedings and other matters now pending Not to before any court or before any justice of the peace of the county with suits to which the said county of Clinton is now attached for judicial taxes levied. purposes, shall be prosecuted to final judgment and execution ; and all taxes heretofore levied, shall be collected and paid in the same manner as though this act had not passed.

interfere

pending and

Court to be held at county seat.

Election of county officers.

as inspectors
in new town a
ships.

Court to be Sec. 3. The circuit court for the county of Clinton, shall be

held at the county seat, in such place as the county commissioners shall provide.

Sec. 4. There shall be elected in the county of Clinton, on the first Monday of April next, all the several county officers to which by law the said county is entitled, and whose term of office shall severally expire at the time the same would have expired had they been elected on the first Monday and Tuesday of November last ; said election shall be held in the several town. ships at the same place where by law such annual township meeting is to be held, and shall be conducted in all respects according to the provisions of chapter third of the revised statutes

as near as may be. Who to act Sec. 5. In those newly organized townships where the first in helpie own annual township meeting shall be held on the first Monday of

April next, the same persons who are or may be authorized by law to act as inspectors of said township election, shall act as inspectors of the election of county officers.

Sec. 6. The township clerks in the several townships in said county, are hereby required to cause a copy of this act to be posted up at the place of holding the annual township meeting in their respective townships, at least five days previous to the time of holding said election, and no other notice of said election shall be required, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 7. The board of county canvassers under this act, shall consist of one of the presiding inspectors of said election from each township, and said board shall meet on the Thursday next after the said election at the county seat, at one o'clock of said day, and organize by the appointment of one of their number chairman and another secretary of said board, and shall thereupon proceed to discharge all the duties of a board of county canvassers, as in ordinary cases of elections for county officers.

Sec. 8. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 12, 1839.

Notice or election.

Board of county canvassers.

Act take effect.

[No. 21.] An Act to regulate township meetings in newly

organized townships. to be holden Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representaday in April. tives of the State of Michigan, That the first township meeting

First township meeting to be holden on 1st Mon

chosen.

after the organization of any township, shall be held on the first Monday in April after its organization, and at such meeting there shall be an election for such officers as are by law to be elected at the township meetings in the several townships.

Sec. 2. At all such meetings the qualified electors present, Moderator between the hours of nine and ten in the forenovn, shall choose ors to be one of their number as moderator and four others of their number as inspectors, who, together with the moderator, after having qualified by taking the oaths prescribed to be taken by inspectors of general elections, shall preside over and conduct such elections in all respects agreeably to.part first, title four, chapter one of the revised statutes, as near as may be.

Sec. 3. If the inhabitants of any newly organized township If not held shall neglect or refuse to hold their township meeting on the day three voters specified in the first section of this act, any three qualified voters a meeting. in said town may call a meeting of the electors of said township, for such township election, at any time thereafter, by posting up notices for the same in not less than three public places in such township, at least ten days previous to the time for holding such township meeting.

Sec. 4. The moderator shall administer the oath to the inspec- Officers how tors, and either of the inspectors, after having been so qualified, shall administer the like oath to the moderator.

Scc. 5. This act shall take effect on and after the first day of Act take April next.

Approved March 12, 1839.

may call

sworn,

effect.

organized.

[No. 22.] An Act to organize the county of Barry. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- County sentatives of the State of Michigan, That the county of Barry be, and the same is hereby organized, and the inhabitants thereof entitled to all the rights and privileges to which, by law, the inhabitants of the other counties of this state are entitled.

Sec. 2. All suits, prosecutions and other matters now pending Not to interbefore any court or before any justice of the peace of the county suits pending to which the said county of Barry is now attached for judicial levied. purposes, shall be prosecuted to final judgment and execution, and all the taxes heretofore levied, shall be collected in the same manner as though this act had not passed.

fere with

or taxes

Sheriff to provide place for holding courts.

Election of county offi. cers,

Sec. 3. That the sheriff of the county of Barry, under the direction of the commissioners of said county, shall provide a convenient place for holding courts in said county, at or near the county seat, until public buildings shall be erected.

Sec. 4. There shall be elected in the said county of Barry, on the first Monday of April next, all the several county officers to which, by law, the said county is entitled, and whose term of office shall severally expire at the time the same would have expired had they been elected on the first Monday and next suc-. ceeding day of November, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-eight; and said election shall, in all respects, be conducted and held in the manner prescribed by law for holding elections for county and state officers.

Sec. 5. The board of canvassers in said county, under this act, shall consist of two of the presiding inspectors of said election from each township, and said board shall meet on Thursday next after said election, at the county seat in said county, at one o'clock in the afternoon of said day, and organize by the appointment of one of their number chairman, and another secretary of said board, and shall thereupon proceed to discharge all the duties of a board of county canvassers as in ordinary cases of elections for county officers.

Sec. 6. This act shall take effect from and after the date of the passage thereof.

Approved March 15, 1839.

Board of county canvassers.

Act take effect.

[No. 23.] An Act to legalize the election of school inspectors

elected for the year 1837. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the election of all such school inspectors as were elected by special township meetings for the year 1837, and that all the acts and doings of such school districts as have heretofore been organized under the authority of said inspectors, be as valid in law as if the said election had been held at the annual township meetings respectively : Provided, That said elections were held in conformity to law in all respects except as to time.

Approved March 15, 1839.

Commissioners may borrow five hundreddollars to finish court-house.

[No. 24.] An Act to authorize the county of Lenawee to bor

row a certain sum of money. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- Commissionsentatives of the State of Michigan, That the board of county in commissioners of the county of Lenawee, be and they are hereby ca authorized to borrow on the credit of the county, at an interest not exceeding seven per cent per annum, and for a term of time not more than ten years, a sum of money not exceeding five hundred dollars, for the purpose of finishing the court-house in said county, and the said sum so borrowed, shall not be applied to any other use or purpose than finishing said court-house as aforesaid.

Sec. 2. Whenever said board of commissioners shall have ob- When bor tained said sum of five hundred dollars, or any part thereof, for paid into the the purpose above specified, the same shall be paid into the trea- ury. sury of the county, to be drawn by the said board for the purpose above specified, in the same manner and under the same restrictions as is provided for in case of other moneys in the treasury, by the laws now in force.

Sec. 3. The said board of commissioners are hereby authorized, Interest, how and it is made their duty, to provide for the payment of such money, whether principal or interest, that may accrue under the aforesaid loan, in the same manner as is provided for in case of other contingent expenses of the county.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect from and after its passage. Act take ef Approved March 20, 1839.

to be paid

fect.

[No. 25.] An Act to organize and divide certain townships, and

for other purposes. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- Middlebury. sentatives of the State of Michigan, That all that portion of the county of Shiawassee, designated in the United States survey as townships number seven and eight north, of range number one east, be and the same is hereby set off and organized into a separate township, by the name of Middlebury, and the first township meeting therein shall be held at the house of Moses Clark, jr. in said township,

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