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peace of said county, and two abstracts shall be made out and certified and subscribed by them, and one shall be filed by said clerk in his office and the other transmitted to the Secre.
tary of State. Mode of con
Sec. 6. In case the friends of either of said towns shall be testing elec- dissatisfied with the abstracts mode out by the clerk and justices tion
as aforesaid, and shall wish to purge the poll books by proving off illegal votes, William H. Nelms and Benjamin H. Gattan shall be considered as representing the interest of the town of Bath, and N. J. Rockwell and H. L. Ross as representing the interest of the town of Havana, and either of said parties may give notice to the other in writing, at any time within ten days after said election, which notice shall specify the time that said contest sball take place, not to exceed twenty days from the time of said election; and in the event of a contest as aforesaid, John Camp, probate justice of the peace, Ira Patterson and Pollard Simmons justices of the peace, in and for said county of Mason, are hereby authorized and required to meet at the town of Matanzas at the time specified in the aforesaid notice, and proceed to hear and determine, from the testimony adduced before them, which of said towns bas received the greatest number of votes for county seat. Said justices are hereby authorized to issue subpoenas, swear witnesses, and compel their attendance, and if either party shall be dissatisfied with the decision of said justices they shall be
allowed an appeal to the circuit court of said county. Vacancy may Sec. 7. If either of said justices shall resuse or neglect to be filled
attend at the time and place of trial, the vacancy may be filled
by the other justices. Offices to be Sec. 8. If the town of Bath shall receive a majority of the kept at co. legal votes polled at said election, it shall be the duty of all
officers required by law to reside at the county seat to remove their offices, together with the books, papers, and records appertaining to the same, to the town of Bath, between the 20th
day of June and the 4th day of July next. Note and
Sec. 9. If the county seat shall be removed from Havana bond to be returned
to Bath, the county commissioners shall return the note and bonds given by the proprietors of Havana to said proprietors,
and the same shall be null and void. Notice of
Sec. 10. The clerk of the county commissioners' court of election said county of Mason shall give notice of the time and place
of holdir.g the election provided for by this act as in case of other clections.
SEC. 11. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED, January 14th, 1843.
Co. seat at
AN ACT for ibe permanent location of the county seat of Lake county. In force,
Jan. 19, 1843. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the county seat of Location of Lake county be and the same is hereby permanently located
Little Fort at Little Fort, on the sitc selected by the county commission. ers of said county, in pursuance of an act in force February nineteenth, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one.
APPROVED, January 19th, 1813.
AN ACT to authorise the removal of the seat of Justice of McHenry
In force, Feb. 6, 1843.
Sec. 1. Be ii enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That an election shall be Election for held in the county of McHenry on the first Monday of August, removal of eighteen hundred and forty-three, at the usual places of hold.co. seat ing elections in said county, for the removal of the seat of justice of said county; at which time and places the legal voters of said county shall vote for such place as they respectively desire should be the seat of justice of said county; at which election the clerks thereof shall open upon their respective poll Poll books books as many columns as there may be places voted for, for how prepared the seat of justice of said county, and the said election shall be conducted, and the returns thereof made in the same manner as is provided in ordinary cases of the election of justices of the peace for said county; the clerk of the county commissioners' court of said county shall, immediately after the re- Manner of ceipt by him of the election returns, in the presence of two conducting justices of the peace of said county, open the said election re-making returns, compare them, and certify the same to the county com- turns missioners' court of said county; and if it shall appear from the returns of said election, that a majority of the legal voters of Majority vosaid county are in favor of the seat of justice of said county re
ting against a
removal, seat maining where the same is now located, then no further pro- of justice to ceedings shall be had, but the seat of justice of said county shall remain where be and remain where the same is now located.
Sec. 2. If it shall appear from the aforesaid election returns If any other that the place where the seat of justice of said county is now place receives located, has not received a majority of the legal votes polled a majority of at said'election in favor of the same remaining the seat of mation to be justice of said county, but that some other one place has re-made ceived a majority of said legal votes in favor of the seat of justice of said county being removed to the same, then it shall be the duty of the county commissioners' court of said county to cause proclamation of such fact to be made, and published in some public newspaper published in said county, or to be posted on the door of the court house of said county for thirty days; but if it shall appear from said election returns, that neither place voted for shall have received a majority of the
it now is
the co, seat
No place re- aforesaid votes in favor of being the seat of justice of said counceiving a majority another
ty, then an election shall be held in said county on the first election to be Monday of September, eighteen hundred and forty-three, at held the first the same places, and to be conducted in the same manner, as Monday of Sept., 1843
is provided in the first section of this act for the election there
in named; at which time and places the legal voters of said The two pla- couniy shall vote for one of the two places only which received ces receiving the highest number of votes at the previous clection, and the highest vote only to be vo- place receiving the highest number of votes at said last elected for, and tion in favor of being the seat of justice of said county shall :be one of
thercafter be the permanent seat of justice of said county, and such two receiving a ma
it shall be the duty of the county commissioners' court of said jority to be county to cause proclamation of the result of the last aforesaid
election to be made, in the same manner as is hereinbesore provided, in case of any place receiving a majority of all the
votes at the first aforesaid election. No place to
Sec. 3. It shall not be lawful at either of the aforesaid elecbe voted for. tions for any place, except the place where the seat of justice of unless propri-said county is now located, to be voted for for the seat of jus. into bond to tice of said county, unless the proprietors thereof, or some erect public other persons, shall have filed in the office of the clerk of the buildings &c.county commissioners' court of said county, during the June
term of said court, in the year eighteen hundred and fortythree, a bond with good security, and with sufficient penalty to be approved and accepted by the aforesaid court, conditioned that they will convey or cause to be conveyed to the county commissioners of said county, for the use of said county, two acres of land, free of incumbrance, situated in the place to be voted for for the seat of justice of said county, and suitable for the erection of the public buildings of said county thereon, by a good and sufficient warranty deed of conveyance; and also that they will erect, or cause to be erected, thereon a court house and jail, as good and valuable as those now erected in said county, within one year from the time of the location of said seat of justice, in case the said place shall receive a majority of all the votes given for the seat of justice
of said county at either of the aforesaid elections. Co. com’rs to
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the aforesaid commissioners superintend to superintend the erection of the aforesaid court house and erection of jail, and to enforce the performance of the conditions of said ing s
bond, and if the same shall be specifically complied with, to
accept the said court house and jail, and thereupon they shall Proclamation cause proclamation to be made and published in some public
newspaper published in said county, or to be posted up in five of the most public places of said county, declaring and making known, that from and after a day to be therein named, not exceeding thirty days from the date thereof, the seat of justice of said county shall be and remain permanently located at the aforesaid place, when said court house and jail shall have been erected, as provided in this act.
Sec. 5. The seat of justice of said county shall be and re
to be made
main at the place where the same is now located until the Co. seat to re
main where it day appointed for the removal of the same in the proclama
now is till notion to be issued under the preceding section of this act. tice is given
APPROVED, February 6th, 1843.
AN ACT for the removal of the county seat of Henry county. In force,
Feb. 21, 1843. Whereas, in conformity with “an act to legalize the acts of
certain officers of Henry county and for other purposes,” Preamble passed February first, one thousand eight hundred and forty, the commissioners therein named did, some time in the month of August following, locate the seat of justice of said county at Morristown; and whereas, the said location failed to give general satisfaction, and a inajority of the legal voters of said county have petitioned for a removal of said scat of justice from Morristown to the south-east quar. ter of the north-west quarter and the north-east quarter of the south-west quarter, of section number seven, in township number fifteen north of the base line, of range number three, east of the fourth principal meridian; therefore,
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the seat of justice Co. seat of of said county shall be removed from Morristown to the said Henry co. se
moved south-east quarter of the north-west quarter and the north-east quarter of the south-west quarter, of section number seven, in township number fifteen north of the base line, of range number three, east of the fourth principal meridian, so soon as a good and sufficient general warranty deed, conveying said land in fee simple to the county commissioners of said county and their successors in office, for the use of said county, shall have been duly executed and delivered to the said county commissioners by the owner or owners thereol; which shall thereafter be and remain the permanent seat of justice of said county.
Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the said county commission-Co. com’rs to ers, immediately after the receipt of the deed for the land cause the land aforesaid, to cause the whole or any part of said land to be ed into town surveyed into town lots upon such plan as may be agreed on lots and sold by them, and to advertise and sell the same at such time anu on such terms as they may deem most for the interest of the Proceeds of county, and the proceeds of said sale, or so much thereof as sales how ap
plied may be necessary, shall be applied to the erection of a court house and jail for said county.
Sec. 3. "The county commissioners' court and the circuit Courts to be court of said county shall hold their respective terms of court held at Morat Morristown until suitable buildings for the accommodation ristown till
bui!dings are of said courts shall be erected at the county seat now estab. erected at oo. lished by this act, and the several public officers of said county seat are hereby authorized and permitted to reside at their respec
tive places of residence until suitable buildings for the trans
action of the official business shall also be erected. Co. com’rs to
SEC. 4. The county commissioners of said county are herereluud land by required, within twelve months from the passage of this and other pro act, to re convey all lands, lots, and other property, and refund ted io county all moneys to the donors thereof which may have been given in certain ca- to the said county in consideration of the location of said
county seat at Morristown.
APPROVED, February 21st, 1813.
In force, AN ACT for the removal of the county seat of Crawford coun:g. Feb. 23, 1843.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Nlinois, Legend voters represented in the General Assembly, That at the general elecmay vote for tion held in the county of Crawford, on the first Monday in or against re. August next, the legal voters of said county shall vote for and
against a removal of the seat of justice of said county; and if it shall appear from the returns of said election that a majority of all the votes given are not in favor of such removal, no further proceedings shall be had, but said seat of justice shall
remain at Palestine, as now established by law. Ifremoved an Sec. 2. If it shall appear that a majority of all the votes election to be held toestabegiven at said election shall be in favor of a removal of the seat lish location of justice from Palestine, there shall be an election held in
the said county within thirty days thereafter, to be conducted as other elections are, when the qualified voters of said county shall vote for the establishment of said seat of justice at such place as they may think proper; and the place receiving the majority of all the votes shall be the permanent seat of justice
of said county. Donations for
Src. 3. At least twenty days previous to such election doSe flere may nations may be offered, viz: persons offering donations for
said county seat shall file with the clerk of the county com. missioners' court a good and sufficient bond to the acceptance of said officer, binding themselves to donate a quantity of land, not less than forty acres, binding themselves, their heirs, and assigns, to make to the county a deed in fee simple, with covenants of general warranty for the land proposed to be donated as aforesaid, to be executed and delivered within one month after the location of the county seat thereon, and such land shall not only be described in the bond, but clearly designated and defined by metes and bounds with sufficient land marks at the time of filing the bond, that any person wishing may view the same.
Sec. 4. In case it should be decided at the said second elecCo. beat to be tion that a majority of all the voters have selected a place for town lots and the re-location of the county seat of said county, then the
county commissioners shall immediately cause to be surveyed into town lots as much of said land as they may dcem advisa