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Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, March 18, 1845.

Ordered, That the Committee to whom was referred the message of His Excellency upon the subject of the treatment of Hon. Samuel Hoar in South Carolina, be directed to report to this Legislature resolves to the following effect, viz:

That Massachusetts is restrained from further present action in behalf of her citizens, imprisoned in South Carolina solely on account of their color, and from the exercise of her own powers to protect the commerce of her citizens, by her unwil. lingness to do the slightest violence to the Constitution of the United States, the protection of which she is claiming for her own citizens in the premises ;

That South Carolina having, by her constituted authorities, interfered to prevent access to the courts of the United States within her territory, it becomes the duty of the General Government to afford to citizens of our Commonwealth, while in another State, all the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution of the United States; and

That Massachusetts now demands, and will continue to demand, that the General Government make such change in the

jurisdiction of the Federal Courts, or such other provisions of law, as will enable any citizen of Massachusetts, who may hereafter be imprisoned in any other State, solely on account of his color, to urge his claim to liberty and protection in the courts of the United States; and that our Senators and Repre sentatives be requested to lose no opportunity of urging this subject upon the consideration of Congress.

Commonwealth of Stassachusetts.

In the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty

Five.

AN ACT

Concerning the Fitchburg Rail-road Company.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows :

1 Sect. 1. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company are 2 hereby authorized to subscribe to the capital stock 3 of the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail-road Com4 pany, to an amount not exceeding four hundred thou5 sand dollars : provided, such subscription be first 6 sanctioned and approved by the vote of a majority of 7 the directors of the said Vermont and Massachusetts

8 Rail-road Company : and provided, no such subscrip9 tion be made unless a contract be made by the Fitch10 burg Rail-road Company, with the Vermont and 11 Massachusetts Rail-road Company, for the purchase 12 or lease, for a term of years, and use of that portion 13 of the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail-road inter14 vening between the depot of the Fitchburg Rail15 road, in Fitchburg, and the line of the Winchendon 16 Rail-road.

1 SECT. 2. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company are 2 hereby authorized to enter into any contracts with 3 the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail-road Company, 4 for the completion, lease, purchase, equipment and 5 use of all or any part of the rail-road which said 6 last-named corporation is authorized to construct, 7 lying between Athol and the depot of the Fitchburg 8 Rail-road in Fitchburg, whether the same be located 9 upon the line now chartered, or upon any line here10 after to be fixed by the county commissioners. And 11 no such contracts shall take effect, and no such sub12 scription shall be made, until the same shall be ap13 proved by a majority in interest of the stockholders 14 of the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail-road Com

15 pany.

1 SECT. 3. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company are 2 hereby authorized to enter into any contract with 3 the Winchendon Rail-road Company, for the con4 struction, purchase or lease, equipment and use of 5 all or any part of the rail-road which said last-named 6. corporation is authorized to construct.

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Sect. 4. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company are

2 hereby authorized to contract for the purchase of 3 the Charlestown Branch Rail-road, and for the pur4 chase or lease, and use of a part of the bridge, lands 5 and depots of the Boston and Maine Rail-road Ex6 tension Company, lying between the track of said 7 Fitchburg Rail-road Company and Haymarket Square 8 in the city of Boston ; and upon the completion of 9 said contract the Fitchburg Rail-road Company may 10 connect the rail-roads of the two companies by prop11 er turn-outs and switches.

1 SECT. 5. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company, 2 while holding stock in said Vermont and Massachu3 setts Rail-road Company, shall not, at the meetings 4 of that corporation, be entitled to any vote for any 5 shares beyond one twentieth part of the whole num6 ber of shares of the stock of such corporation. 1 Sect. 6. The Fitchburg Rail-road Company may, 2 in addition to their capital now authorized by law, 3 create new stock to an amount not exceeding five 4 hundred thousand dollars.

1 Sect. 7. This act shall not take effect until the 2 same shall have been accepted by a majority in in3 terest of the stockholders of the Fitchburg Rail-road 4 Company, at a legal meeting called for the purpose.

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