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Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1740
North Carolina. General Assembly
July 31, 1740 - August 22, 1740
Volume 25, Page 231

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An Act to exempt the inhabitants of Bath town from working on the public roads, and to oblige the said inhabitants to clear and keep the streets of the said town clear and in good order.

I. Whereas, there is no provision made by any law of this province to oblige the inhabitants of Bath town to clear and keep clear the streets of the said town:

II. We pray that it may be enacted, and be it enacted, by his excellency Gabriel Johnston, Esq: Governor, by and with the advice and consent of his Majesty's Council, and the General Assembly of this Province, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that from and after the ratification of this act, it shall and may be lawful for the Justices of Beaufort, yearly, to appoint some proper person, inhabitant of the said town, overseer of the same; which overseer so appointed shall, as often as there shall be occasion, summons the male tithable inhabitants of the said town, to clear the streets thereof, and remove any nuisance or nuisances within the said town: And if any such male tithable inhabitant shall fail or refuse to appear on such summons, and work in the said Town at such times and places as the said overseer shall direct, such person so neglecting or refusing, shall forfeit and pay the sum of two shillings and six pence, proclamation money, for every day he shall so neglect and refuse; to be recovered by a warrant from any justice of the peace of the said county, and applied to the use of employing persons to work and keep the streets of the said town clear and in good order.

III. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Inhabitants shall be, and are, for the future, exempt from working on any of the Public Roads within this Province, out of the Limits of the said Town.