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holders at a general meeting ; and they shall make such compensation to the president, for his extraordinary attendance at the bank, as shall appearto them reasonable. Not less than three directors, shall constitute a board, for the transaction of business. Yearly or half yearly divi

Dividends. dends shall be made, of so much of the profits of the bank, as shall appear to the directors advisable ; and the state of the bank, shall be made known to the stockholders, by the directors, at a general meeting, whenever they are there. to required.

SECT. 7. The bills or notes issued by the bank, signed Bills and notes by the president, and countersigned by the cashier, or of the bank. treasurer thereof, promising the payment of money to any person or order, or to bearer, shall de obligatory on the bank, and shall be assignable according to the custom of merchants, and the laws relative to inland bills of exchange. And all negotiable notes, duly executed, may Notes indors be indorsed to the bank, in the same manner, and on the ed to the bank. same principles, as to individuals, and the bank may maintain suits thereon, to recover the money. The capital stock of the company shall not be employed other

Businese. wise, than in the ordinary course of banking business ; and the bank shall not take more than at the rate of six per cent per annum, upon its loans or discounts. Sect. 8. The total amount of the debts which the said

Debts of the corporation shall at any time owe, shall not exceed fifty bank. per cent, over and above the capital stock of the bank, and beyond the amount of the monies at any time depos. ited in the bank for safe keeping. And all notes issued by the bank, shall be paid at the bank, on demand, in silver or gold coin.

SECT. 9. This act, or any part thereof, may be altered or Revocable. repealed, at the pleasure of the general assembly.

CHAP. VI.

An Act to incorporate the Bridgeport Bank.
SECT. 1.

E it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-
BE

resentatives in General Assembly convened, That the stockholders of the Bridgeport Bank, their successors and assigns, shall be and remain a corporation and body politic, at the borough of Bridgeport, by the name of the “ President, Directors, and Company of the Name of corBridgeport Bank,” and by that name shall be, and are poration. hereby made capable, to have, purchase, receive, pos- General powsess, and enjoy, to them and their successors, aļl kinds of ers. real and personal estate, and the same to sell, grant, demise, and dispose of at pleasure ; to sue and be sued, plead and

vote.

be impleaded, answer and be answered, defend and be defended. in all courts; and also to have, make, and use a common seal, and the same to break, alter, and renew at pleasure; and to ordain, establish, and execute such by-laws, ordinances, and regulations, as shall be deemed necessary and convenient, for the well ordering and government of said corporation, not contrary to the laws of the United States, or of this state; and to do and execute all and singular acts, and things, and to transact all business, which to them shall appertain, subject to the

restrictions and provisions herein after prescribed. Capital stock. SECT. 2. The capitalstock of said bank shall consist of not

less than fifty thousand dollars, nor more than two hundred thousand dollars, divided into shares of two hundred dollars each. Any person, co-partnership, or body pol

itic, may hold any number of shares : and each share Each share shall entitle the holder thereof to a vote in the meetings entitled to a of the stockholders of the bank, for transacting the busi

ness thereof: and each stockholder may vote in person,

or by agent, duly appointed, according to his number of Stock assigna- shares. The stock, or shares, shall be assignable acble.

cording to such rules as shall be prescribed by the stock

holders of the bank. Number of di SECT. 3. And for the well ordering the affairs of said rectors, and how chosen.

corporation, there shall be nine directors chosen on the first Wednesday of July, annually, by a majority of votes given in by the stockholders of said bank, at a general meeting : and those who shall be duly chosen at an election, shall be capable of serving as directors until the expiration of the first Wednesday in July, next ensuing such

election; and the directors, at their first meeting, after To choose such election, shall choose one of their number for prespresident,

ident. And in case of the death, resignation, or removal of a director, or president, his place may be supplied by a new choice, for the remainder of the year: and

all elections for president and directors, shall be by balWho may be lot. None but stockholders shall be eligible as directors, elected.

and not less than two thirds of the directors shall be acWhere to re- tually resident in the county of Fairfield, and not less side.

than four of said directors shall be resident in said borough of Bridgeport : nor shall more than three fourths of the directors in office, exclusive of the president, be eligible as directors by the stockholders, the next succeeding year; but the director, who shall be president at any

election, may always be elected a director : and not less Three to con- than three directors shall constitute a board for business, stitute a board.

of whom the president shall always be one, except in case of sickness, or necessary absence, in which case the directors shall supply his place, by electing one of their

number as president for the occasion : and no director No compensashall be entitled to any emolument for his attendance on

tiro, except to the business of the bank, unless the same shall have been

president allowed by the stockholders, at a general meeting, except the president, who shall receive such compensation for his extraordinary attendance on the business of the bank, as the directors shall judge reasonable.

SECT. 4. The directors, for the time being, shall have Directors to power to appoint such officers, clerks, and servants, as appoint offthey shall judge necessary, for executing the business of cers; the bank, and to allow them such compensation for their services as they shall judge reasonable ; and every cashier, treasurer, or clerk, employed in the bank, shall, before entering on the duties of his office, give bond, with who shall give two or more sureties, to the satisfaction of the directors, bonde. in such sum as they shall order, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his trust.

SECT. 5. The directors, by a majority of votes, shall Duty of didetermine the manner of doing business, and the rules to rectors ; be prescribed, and shall dispose of and manage the money and credits of the bank, for the benefit of the proprietors, and shall, once in six months, make such dividends to make diviof the profits as they shall think proper : provided they dends. shall, in no instance, do any act contrary to the regulations of the stockholders; and the directors shall, annual- Annual stately, lay before the stockholders a statement of the con- ment. cerns of the bank.

SECT. 6. The bank shall not trade in any thing except in what artibills of exchange, gold or silver bullion, foreign bank

trade. notes, or in sale of goods pledged for money lent and not redeemed in due time, or in Jands taken for debts previously contracted, or on mortgage ; nor shall the bank take more than at the rate of six per cent per annum for or upon its loans. The total amount of the debts which Amount of

debts not the bank shall at any time owe, whether by bond, bill, or

more than fifa note, shall not exceed fifty per cent over and above the ty per cent on capital stock, and the amount of the money, or bullion capital. deposited in the bank for safe keeping; and all notes issued at the bank shall be payable in gold or silver coin. sect. 7. The bills or notes issued by the bank, signed Bills and

notes of the by the president, and countersigned by the cashier, prom- bank. ising the payment of money to any person, or order, or to bearer, shall be obligatory on the bank and payable on demand ; and shall be negotiable according to the custom of merchants, and the laws relating to inland bills of exchange. And all negotiable notes, duly executed, may be indorsed to the bank, in the same manner, and on the Notes same principles, as to individuals, and the bank may indorsed to

the bank. maintain suits thereon for the recovery of the money.

cles bank may

Repealable.

seet. 8. This act shall be a public act, and liable to al. teration or repeal.

CHAP. VII.

An Act to incorporate the New-London Bank.

General pow

erg.

E it enacted
Sect. 1.

Representatives, in General Assembly convened, That the stockholders of the bank, established at New-London, their successors and assigns, shall be and re

main a corporation, and body politic, by the name of Name of cor- The President, Directors, and Company of the Newporation.

London Bank," and by that name shall be capable in law to purchase, and hold all kinds of estate, real and personal, and the same to dispose of and alien, to sue and be sued, in all courts whatever; to have and use a common seal, such as they may devise ; and to make and carry into effect, such by-laws as may be deemed expedient for the proper management of the affairs of the corporation, not repugnant to this act, the laws of this state, or of the United States; and generally, to do and cause to be executed, all such acts and things as to them may appertain, subject to the provisions herein

contained. Directors.

SECT. 2. For well ordering the affairs of the corporation, there shall be nine directors, who shall be elected annually, by the stockholders in general meeting. None but stockholders shall be eligible as directors; and not

less than two thirds of the directors shall be resident in President.

New-London. At their first meeting after such election, the directors shall chose one of their number for president; and when the place of president or director, shall become vacant, by resignation, or otherwise, the same may be supplied by the choice of the directors, for the remainder of the year. All elections for directors

and president, shall be by ballot. Annual meet. SECT. 3. A general meeting of the stockholders, shall ing of stock. be bolden on the first Tuesday of July annually, when diholders.

rectors shall be chosen. A general meeting may be called whenever the directors shall think proper; and fifteen days previous to any general meeting, whether stated or special, notice thereof shall be given in a newspaper, published in New-London, and in such other manner as the directors shall order. All stockholders shall be entitled to vote, at any general meeting, in person or by proxy : and one vote shall be allowed for each share.

tion.

ed.

SECT. 4. A board for the transaction of business Board of dishall consist of not less than three directors : and no

rectors. director shall be entitled to any emolument for attending to the duties of his office, except the president, who shall receive such compensation, as the board of direc- Compensators may judge reasonable, for his extraordinary services. A cashier, and such other officers and agents, as may be

Officers and requisite for performing the business of the bank, shall agents of the be appointed, and their compensation shall be regulated bank. by the board of directors, who may determine the securities to be given by any of them, for the faithful performance of their trust.

SECT. 5. The board of directors, shall have the dis- Powers of the posal, and management of the monies, credits and board. property of the corporation, with power to regulate the concerns thereof, in all cases not herein otherwise provided for: but the capital stock of the bank, shall not be employed otherwise, than in the ordinary course of banking business : nor shall there be taken more than at the rate of six per cent per annum : and dividends of the profits shall be made semi-annually. The debts of the Debts of the corporation, whether by bill, bond, or note, shall not, at bank restrictany time, exceed fifty per cent, over and above the total amount of the capital stock, and of the monies deposited in the bank for safe keeping : and all notes issued by the bank, shall be paid at the bank, on demand, in silver or gold coin.

SECT. 6. The bills or notes of the corporation, signed Bills and notes by the president, and countersigned by the cashier or of the bank. treasurer thereof, promising the payment of money to any person or order, or to bearer, shall be obligatory on the corporation, according to the tenor thereot; and shall be assignable according to the custom of merchants, and the law relative to inland bills of exchange. And all negotiable notes, duly executed, may be indorsed to the Noles indorsbank, in the same manner, and on the saine principles as ed to the to individuals, and the bank may maintain suits thereon bank. to recover the money. SECT. 7. The capital stock of said bank shall consist

Capital stock. at least of two thousand shares, of one hundred dollars each, which shall be transferable, according to such rules as shall be established by the directors. And the

Increase of stockholders, in general meeting, may authorise the di- capital stock. rectors to open new subscriptions for increasing the same, to such amount as they may deem expedient, not exceeding five thousand shares: and after full payment of the original subscriptions, until the capital stock of said bank shall amount to five thousand shares, it shall be the duty of the board of directors, once in each year, to

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