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Sec[Section] 1 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly that Archibald Job, Francis Arenz, Thomas Wilbourn, Benjamin Sutton of Morgan County and John Taylor and Charles Broadwell of Sangamon County and all such persons as shall become Stockholders, agreeable to the provisions of this act, are hereby constituted a body corporate by the name of “The1 Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company” and shall continue for the term of fifty years from and after the passage of this act.
Sec. 2 The Corporation shall have the right and power to construct, and during its existence to maintain and continue a canal from Beardstown on the Illinois River to a point in township No nineteen north of range No Seven West on the Sangamon River from thence to improve the waters of said River by canal or otherwise through Sangamon County into Macon County as shall or may be agreed on by said company, to transport take and carry persons and property on the same and to have hold use, and enjoy the same, and the tolls and profits thereof for and during the period aforesaid
Sec 3 The Capital Stock of said Corporation shall be three hundred thousand dollars, with liberty to increase the same from time to time by new subscriptions in such manner and form, as they shall think proper if such increase shall be found necessary by the company to fulfil the intent of this act: which said Capital stock shall be divided into shares of one hundred dollars each, which shall be deemed personal property, and transferable in such m[an]ner as the said Corporation shall direct
Sec 4 That Archibald Job, Francis Arenz, Thomas Wilbourn[,] Thomas
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Beard, Benjamin Sutton[,] Allen F Lindsey[,] Joh[n] Taylor and Charles Broadwell are hereby appointed [com]missioners, the duty of whom or a majority of them shall be, within one year after the passage of this act, to open Books at some suitable place in Beardstown, Springfield and Decatur to receive subscriptions to the Capital Stock of said Corporation and to do such other things as in their opinion is best calculated to get stock taken. thirty days public notice shall be given by said Commissioners of the time and place of the opening of said books in one or more of the public newspapers in each of the said places. The Commissioners shall receive no subscription unless five dollars on each share subscribed, be paid at the time of subscription; and as soon as the whole of the stock or Twenty five Thousand dollars thereof shall be subscribed, to give a like notice for a meeting of the stock holders, to choose five directors, and sh such election shall then and there be made by such Stockholders as may attend either in person or by proxy, and the persons having the highest number of votes shall be duly elected, each share of Capital stock owned ten days previous to an election shall entitle the owner to one vote, the Commissioners who received the subscriptions of stock shall be inspectors of the first election, and shall certify under their hands and seals the names of those elected directors, and deliver over the moneys, Books and papers to said Directors, the first meeting of the Directors shall be held at Beardstown within ten days after the election
Sec 5 That in case the Capital Stock in whole, or Twenty five
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thousand dollars there of shall not have been subscribed at the places named in the foregoing Section, after the books have been kept open ten days: then the said Commissioners shall be authorized to reopen said books for the subscription of stock at such times and places, and in such manner, and after such notice and under the direction of one or more, as a majority of them shall direct and in case a greater amount of Capital Stock shall be subscribed for than necessary for a construction of the whole or such part of the canal as the directors shall designate the excess shall be taken from each subscriber in proportion to the amount subscribed.
Sec 6 At the first meeting of Directors after an election they shall chose one of their body as President, and the Directors first elected shall continue in office until the first Monday in June next after their election, and until others are chosen, and elections shall be held annually thereafter on the first Monday in June at such place as the directors shall designate. Each subsequent election shall be held under the direction of three stockholders, not being Directors, who shall previously be appointed for that purpose by the Directors; all elections shall be held by ballot, no person shall be a Directors who shall not at the time of the election own one Hundred dollars of the stock. In case an equal number of votes shall at any time be given for two or more persons for Directors, those having a plurality of votes shall determine by ballot who shall be entitled to the office.
Sec 7 In case it shall at any time happen that no ele[ction] shall be held for Directors at the time required by [th]is act, the said Corporation shall not thereby be dissolved
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but the Directors in office shall continue until successors are elected
S[ec 8 ]The said Directors shall cause such examinat[ions] [a]nd surveys to be made, as may be necessary to the selection by them of the most advantageous ^line^ [time?], course or way for the said canal from Beardstown to such point or place on the Sangamon River, as they shall designate for the termination of the same, and shall locate the same, on the most advantageous route, and after such location, shall make a map thereof, and certify under their hands & seals, upon such map, the courses and distances of the route selected, describing the Land through which it passes, and file one copy of such map & certificate, with the Recorder of each County through which said canal is intended to pass. and the said company shall be authorized to construct and make the said canal on the route so located.
Sec 9 The said Corporation shall have power to purchase, receive, and hold such real estate as may be necessary, and useful in the accomplishment of the objects of its creation; and shall be authorized to have, and hold any, and all lands which may be given, granted or donated to the same by the United States or by any person or body politic, and to sell and convey the same. It shall also be authorized to enter upon, and use any and all lands, over and upon which the said Canal may pass, and so much of said lands as may be necessary to the construction of the canal and to the convenient use and enjoyment of
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the same; Also to take and use timber, stone and such other materials as may be indispensible to the construction and maintenance of said Canal. Provided, that said company shall pay to the owner or owners of land, entered upon and used as aforesaid, the damage sustained by such owner or owners, and also the owner or owners of timber, stone, and materials the value thereof, before entering upon, and taking the same. And if said company, and owner or owners shall be unable to agree upon the damage sustained by the entering upon, and using lands and real estate, or the value of timber, stone and materials such damage or the value of materials aforesaid, shall be ascertained under, and according to the provisions of the act entitled “An act concerning the right of way and for other purposes” Approved 28th February 1833”.
Sec 10: The said company shall be authorized to use the waters of the Sangamon River to supply the canal, or otherwise, and to make such dams or locks across said River as may be necessary to procure a sufficent quantity of water for the use of the canal, or otherwise. Provided, that no dam or lock shall be constructed across said River so as to injure the navigation thereof. And Provided also, that said company shall be responsible for all damage sustained, by the overflowing of any land, by the owner thereof, and also for all damage sustained by the making
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a dam or lock upon the lands of any person or [per]sons whatsoever. In case the said canal shall cross [a]ny water course or public road, the same shall be so constructed as not to injure the use of such water course or road.
Sec 11. The Directors of said Company shall have power to transact all the business of said Corporation, and to this end may appoint such agents, Clerks, and servants, Engineers and others persons as may be deemed necessary, to attend to and manage the business of the company. They shall also have power to prescribe all such rules, and to adopt all such Bye laws, touching the management and disposition of the stock, property, and estate of the company, and touching the conduct and duties of all persons employed by the company, as may be necessary, and not inconsistent with law. They shall also have power to require payment by the stockholders of the stock subscribed, at such times, and in such proportions, as the same may be needed in the construction of the canal or for any other purpose authorized by this act, and shall from time to time give public notice of the payments thus required, and of the time and place of payment in some newspapers published in Morgan and Sangamon counties Illinois, and such other papers as may be selected; such notices to be published at least four weeks previous to the day appointed for such payment; and the Directors are author-
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ized in case any stockholder shall fail to make payment as required, to cause the stock of such stockholder to be sold at public auction and apply the proceeds of such sale to such payment, or to provide for the forfeiture of such stock to the company.
Sec 12. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum to do business, and shall have and exercise all the powers confered upon the company. provided, that the Directors may by their Bye-laws require the presence of all the directors in the transaction of such business, as the directors may think should require such presence. The said company is hereby declared able, and capable, in law, to sue, and to be sued; to plead and be impleaded in all courts of law and in chancery, to contract and be contracted with, as fully and completely as a natural person.
Sec 13. The State, or the Counties through which the said canal shall pass, shall, at any time after ten years shall have elapsed, from the completion of said canal, have the privilege of purchassing the same, by paying said company the original cost, together with any deficiency which have accrued by a failure of said canal to produce twelve per cent per annum from the time [o]f its completion, upon the origal cost.

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Sec 14 The canal to be constructed by said company shall be of sufficient width & depth, to [per]mit the passage of canal Boats of the ordinary kind and the company shall be responsible for all accidents and delays, occasioned by the negligence, or inattention of any of its agents. Said company shall also ^permit^ furnish all persons to pass upon said canal, with boats persons and property, whenever the same is passable upon payment of such tolls as may be fixed upon by the directors, provided that the tolls shall be uniform
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If any person or persons, shall wilfully or negligently do, or cause to be done, any act or acts whatsoever, whereby any building construction or work of the said corporation or any Boat or other thing pertaining to the same, shall be weakened impaired, or distroyed, every such person shall forfeit and pay to said corporation treble the amount of damages sustained, to be recovered by action of debt in the name of said corporation in any court, or before any Justice of the, having Jurisdiction thereof with costs of suit, and such person or persons shall also be subject to Indictment and punishment by fine or imprisonment.
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Unless the said corporation shall commence the construction of said canal within three years
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years from the passage of this act, and complete so much thereof as lies in the county of Morgan within six years, the powers and priviledges hereby confered shall cease, and the said corporation shall be dissolved
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The mode of suing said corporation, shall be by summons, and a copy of the summons, delivered to the President of the Board, the Secretary or Treasurer, shall be sufficient service of process to require the corporation to answer, and to authorize any court to proceede to Judgment
Passed H. R. Dcr 16. 1835
D. Prickett clk[clerk] H.R.

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A Bill for an act to incorporate the Beardstown and Sangamon Canal Company.
to be Enrolled
Clk. H. R.
1“the” changed to “The”

Handwritten Document, 12 page(s), Folder 7, HB 7, GA Session: 9-2, Illinois State Archives [Springfield, IL] ,