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bills from the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, payable in gold or silver, from the proceeds of the outstanding taxes, which he is desirous may be received from him in payment for lands: Therefore

Resolved, That the Committee appointed the 28th of October, 1783, upon the subject of unappropriated lands in the county of Lincoln, be, and they hereby are, authorized to sell lands to the said James, at the value thereof in gold or silver, to the amount of such certificates and due bills, and receive the same certificates or due bills in payment therefor, he giving a receipt thereon, and the same to deliver to the Treasurer of this Commonwealth.

March 17, 1785.

TO

THE

WILL

OF CHAMBERS

Chapter 147.
RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF THE HON. JAMES RUSSELL, Chap.147

ESQ; EMPOWERING HIM TO PERFORM ALL THINGS AS EXEC-
UTOR

RUSSELL, ESQ;
DECEASED, &c.

On the petition of the Hon. James Russell, Esq; representing that Jonathan Sewall, Esq; joint executor with him of the will of the late Chambers Russell, Esq; is absent

from this country, and that there is no probability of the said Sewall's return :

Resolved, That James Russell, Esq; one of the executors of the last will and testament of Chambers Russell, Esq; late deceased, be, and he is, hereby empowered to do and perform all things as an executor to the aforesaid will, in as full and ample a manner as he, the said Russell, and the said Sewall, might have done in conjunction as executors to the said will; any thing in the law to the contrary notwithstanding.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 148. RESOLVE EXTENDING LICENCES TO GEORGE SPOONER, AND Chap.148

OTHERS, TO THE NEXT SESSION OF THE GENERAL COURT.

Whereas the Governor, with the advice of Council, hath granted licence to George Spooner, John Amory, Thomas Oxnard, Nathaniel Chandler, Thomas Brattle, David Green and Isaac Winslow, to reside within this commonwealth :

Resolved, That the licences aforesaid, be, and hereby are approved, and shall be continued in full force till the

second Tuesday of the next sitting of the General Court : Provided, The Governor, with the advice of Council, shall judge the continuance of the persons licenced as aforesaid not incompatible with the safety of the Commonwealth.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 149.

Chap.149 RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF JOHN WILEY AND OTHERS, IN

BEHALF OF THE TOWN OF DALTON, DIRECTING THE TREAS-
URER TO CREDIT THE SAID TOWN THE TAXES PRIOR TO
JANUARY 1, 1782.

On the petition of John Wiley and others, in behalf of the town of Dalton, representing that the public taxes are greatly accumulated on the inhabitants of the said town beyond their abilities to pay; and the representation appearing to this Court to be well grounded :

Resolved, That the Treasurer be, and he hereby is, directed to credit the town of Dalton all their taxes prior to the first day of January, 1782. March 17, 1785.

Chapter 150.

Chap.150 RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF JOSEPH ASHLEY AND MARY

LEONARD, ADMINISTRATORS ON THE ESTATE OF COL.
DAVID LEONARD, DECEASED, TO NOTIFY THE CREDITORS
TO SHEW CAUSE, AND STAYING EXECUTION.

On the petition of Joseph Ashley and Mary Leonard, administrators on the estate of Col. David Leonard, deceased, praying that a longer time may be allowed the creditors of the said estate to bring in their claims, or to confirm the second apportionment made by the Judge of Probate for settling the said estate, for reasons set forth in the said petition :

Resolved, That the petitioners notify the creditors of the said estate to shew cause, if any they have, on the second Thursday of the next sitting of the General Court, why the prayer of the said petition should not be granted, by publishing a copy of this resolve in the Springfield news papers, three weeks before the said second Thursday, and that all suits against the petitioners in the said capacity, in the mean time, be stayed.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 151.
RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF HEZEKIAR SMITH, DIRECTING Chap.151

THE COMMITTEE FOR THE SALE OF ABSENTEES ESTATES IN
THE COUNTY OF ESSEX; AND DIRECTING THE TREASURER
TO OMIT CALLING ON SAID SMITH FOR PAYMENT OF HIS
NOTE MENTIONED.

Whereas it appears that the Rev. Hezekiah Smith, of Haverhill, has served the Commonwealth as a Chaplain in the Continental Army faithfully, and in other respects exerted himself in the cause of his country in the late war, and has represented to the legislature that he has purchased of the Committee for the sale of absentees estates in the county of Essex, a small piece of land, and building thereon, and giving his promissory note therefor, in the sum of Eighty-nine pounds, which he cannot without great difficulty discharge at this time; which representation appearing to be true:

Resolved, That the said Committee for the sale of absentees estates lodge the said note with the Treasurer, and thereupon be discharged to the amount thereof, and that the Treasurer be, and he is, hereby directed to suspend calling on the said Hezekiah for the payment of his said note, for and during the term of one year from the time of passing this resolve.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 152.
RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF EBENEZER COOK AND OTHERS, Chap.152

CORDWAINERS, IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY, SUBJECTING NO
PERSON WITHIN THIS COMMONWEALTH TO PROSECUTION
FOR THE BREACH OF ANY LAW PROHIBITING THE SAME
PERSON FROM CARRYING ON MORE THAN ONE BRANCH OF
BUSINESS IN LEATHER MANUFACTORY.

On the petition of Ebenezer Cook and others, cordwainers, in the county of Berkshire, setting forth, that during the troubles of war, and the unsettled state of things consequent thereon, they were under a necessity to tan and curry their own leather: And whereas there is reason to apprehend that the same causes have operated to the practice aforesaid in many other parts of the Commonwealth : It is therefore

Resolred, That no person whatever within this Commonwealth shall be subject to any prosecution, fine or penalty, on account of the breach of any law prohibiting

the same person from carrying on more than one branch of the business of the leather manufactory, at any time or times between the nineteenth day of April A.D. 1775, and the nineteenth day of April, 1785.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 153.
Chap.153 RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF JEREMIAH CADY, EM POWER-

ING THE SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE, TO
RELEASE HIM FROM HIS CONFINEMENT, ON PAYING THE
EXCISE MENTIONED.

On the petition of Jeremiah Cady, praying that he may be released from his confinement in Great Barrington goal, for reasons set forth in the said petition :

Resolved, That the prayer of the said petition be so far granted, that on the petitioner's making payment of the excise due to the Collector of Excise of the county of Berkshire, and the cost that hath arisen on the suit brought against the said Cady for not accounting for the excise on the liquors by him disposed of, according to law, the Sheriff of the county of Berkshire is hereby empowered and directed to release the said Jeremiah Cady from his confinement in goal on that account; any law or resolve to the contrary notwithstanding. March 17, 1785.

Chapter 154.
Chap.154 RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF PATRICK NeeF, DIRECTING

THE TREASURER TO GIVE TWO CONSOLIDATED NOTES, HE
GIVING SECURITY TO REFUND IN CASE, &c.

On the petition of Patrick Neef, praying that the Treasurer of this Commonwealth may be directed to give him two consolidated notes, for reasons mentioned in the said petition:

Resolved, That the prayer of the said petition be granted, and that the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be, and he hereby is, directed to give to the said Patrick Neef two notes, one bearing date the first day of January, 1782, for the sum of Thirty-nine pounds, eleven shillings, with nine months interest paid, endorsed on the said note; also one bearing date the first day of November, 1782, for the sum of Five pounds, fifteen shillings and six pence, in place of certain notes of the like tenor and date consumed

by fire; Provided, That the said Patrick Neef do give security to the Treasurer to refund the value of the notes he shall give as before directed, in case the notes said to be destroyed shall hereafter be offered at the treasury for payment.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 155.
RESOLVE ON THE REPRESENTATION OF THE TOWN OF BATH, Chap.155

DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO CREDIT SAID TOWN A
CERTAIN SUM MENTIONED, AND DIRECTING THE COLLECT-
ORS OF SAID TOWN TO PAY SAID SUM INTO THEIR TOWN
TREASURY.

On the representation of the town of Bath, setting forth, that they were not credited for the average price of one man which they procured to serve for three years in the Continental Army:

Resolved, That the Treasurer be, and he is, hereby directed to credit the said town of Bath, for the sum of Eighty-five pounds and thirteen shillings, it being the average price of the men who served for three years in the Continental Army, agreeable to a resolve of December 2d, 1780.

And it is further resolved, That the Collector or Collectors of the said town of Bath be, and they are, hereby directed to pay the aforesaid sum of Eighty-five pounds, thirteen shillings into their town treasury.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 156. RESOLVE ALLOWING PAY TO THE MEMBERS OF The General Chap.156

COURT AND HON. COUNCIL. Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the treasury of this Commonwealth, to each member of the Honorable Council of the said Commonwealth, the sum of Eight shillings for each day that they have respectively attended, or may attend, in Council, from the nineteenth day of January last, until the eighteenth day of March current inclusive; to each member of the Senate the sum of Seven shillings and six pence, for each day that they have respectively attended in Senate the present session of the General Court; and to each member of the Hon. House of Representatives, the sum of Seven shillings, for each day that they have respectively attended in the

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