Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1870-1879

1870, December

An act authorizing specific duties on certain articles imported into the Republic of Liberia and the collection of the same (1870, pp. 3-4).

An act to repeal an act defining the payment of duties etc., etc. (1870, pp. 4-5).

An act incorporating the Palm Grove Cemetery Company of Monrovia [consisting of two acres opposite the public burial ground with Henry Wesley Dennis, Charles Benjamin Dunbar and William McCall Davis of Monrovia named as members of the corporation] (1870, pp. 5-6).

An act authorizing the negotiation of a loan [of three hundred thousand to five hundred thousand dollars in gold or silver coins, to be paid by a one dollar excise tax on each male citizen] (1870, pp. 6-7).

An act creating commissioner of internal revenue [to whom all tax collectors will report] (1870, p. 7),

An amendatory act to an act establishing the judiciary and fixing the powers common to the several courts (1870, p. 8).

An act declaring certain days to be national holidays [namely July 26 as Independence Day and the first Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day] (1870, p. 9-10).

Resolution ratifying the appointment of Honorable J. J. Roberts, Minister Plenipotentiary and also his negotiation for arms, munitions of war, etc., etc., and the distribution of the same in the leeward counties of this Republic (1870, pp. 10-11).

An act to remove the county seat to the township of Clay Ashland, St. Paul’s River [appropriating four thousand dollars for the construction of a county court house and jail in Clay Ashland and ordering the destruction of the building in Monrovia which to date housed the court house and Senate chamber (1870, pp. 11-12).

A resolution to amend the law regulating appeals and also the law defining certain crimes and relating to the punishment of crimes (1870, pp. 12-13).

A resolution authorizing the secretary of the treasury to pay [two hundred and sixty two dollars to] Captain Andrew M. Jackson and other certain individuals being [fifty six] persons who at the call of the government volunteered their services for the defence of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia (1870, p. 13).

A resolution declaring the opinion of the people on the Constitutional amendment [authorizing referendum on the first Tuesday of May, 1870] (1870, p. 13).

A joint resolution for the relief of the corporation of the city of Monrovia [authorizing the secretary of state to substitute for the city recorder in the local election] (1870, p. 14).

[A resolution authorizing the secretary of treasury to pay E. M. Morris three year’s interest in advance on money deposited in the treasury by her late husband, Edward] (1870, p. 14).

An act to set apart a piece of land known as Court House Square Buchanan, Grand Bassa County (1870, pp. 14-15).

A resolution for the relief of Cato Sims of Montserrado County [restoring hims to all the rights and privileges of citizenship] (1870, p. 15).

An act for the relief of the settlement of Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount (1870, pp. 15-16).

Acts passed by the legislature of the Republic of Liberia during the session 1869-1870. Published by authority Monrovia: Government Printing Office, 1870.

Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1860-1869

1869, December

An act amending an act entitled an act amendatory to an act regulating fees [for jurors, sheriffs, constables and coroner’s jurymen] (1869, p. 3).

An act regulating the militia of the Republic of Liberia (1869, p. 3-5).

An act regulating the pay of officers, crew and mariners of the revenue cutter “Liberia” or any other revenue vessel belonging to government (1869, pp. 5-6).

[A resolution authorizing the secretary of treasury to pay A.F. Johns of Montserrado County one year’s interest at the legal rate of six percent on three thousand eight hundred and ninety nine dollars on vouchers issued to him by W.H. Lynch and Benjamin Anderson, former secretaries of treasury] (1869, pp. 6-7).

An act for the encouragement of agriculture and authorizing and requesting the president to enter into and conclude a commercial treaty with the government of the United States of America to mutually admit free of duty, certain articles of merchandize [meaning beef, pork, flour, pilot and navy bread from the United States and sugar, coffee, arrow-root and ginger from Liberia] (1869, p. 7).

An act providing for the revision and compilation of the statute laws of Liberia [by J. J. Roberts, based upon the Law Commentaries of Blackstone by Chitty and Wendal and the Revised Statutes of the State of New York, at the cost of fifteen hundred dollars, including printing] (1869, pp. 7-8).

[A resolution expressing thanks to the U.S. government for the Emancipation Proclamation, congratulations to enslaved African Americans upon their emancipation and thanks to God for the restoration of peace in the United States] (1869, p. 9).

A resolution to suppress the aboriginal difficulties existing in our northwestern boundaries, in the Gallinas Territory [providing for ten thousand dollars and between four hundred and five hundred Liberian militia to be sent, in response to an alleged request by Prince Bomboo to assist in the defense of his people and their allies, the Zaroh, the latter having recently emancipated themselves from domestic slavery under the Vey and Gallinas, from attacks by the Veys and Gallinas led by Prince Mannah] (1868, pp. 9-10).

An act proposing amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia [changing the term of senators from four to eight years and of the president and representatives from two to four years] (1869, pp. 10-11).

An act authorizing the removal of obstructions from the Marphar River and making appropriation [of fifty dollars] for same (1868, pp. 11-12).

An act creating an interior department (1869, pp. 12-15).

A resolution to be appended to the appropriation bill, authorizing the secretary of the treasury to draw debentures in favor of the president and vice president for the fiscal year ending September 30th 1869 in the same manner as is provided for the legislature (1869, pp. 15-16).

An act [providing forty-nine dollars and fifty cents each] for the relief of Joseph Blanchard [of Grand Bassa] and WIlliam H. Hill [Montserrado, both having been wounded in military service] (1869, pp. 16-17).

A joint resolution [allowing four hundred eighty one and seventy nine cents to be refunded by the treasury department, at the rate of one hundred and twenty dollars and forty-five cents] for the relief of Lewis Barker [of Montserrado County, who came of age in 1858] (1869, p. 16).

An act supplementary to an act amendatory to an act entitled an act confining and restricting foreign vessels to ports of entry (1869, p. 17).

A resolution ordering the secretary of treasury to burn in the presence of the legislature all demand notes, scripts, checks, debentures and other evidences of money now belonging to the government (1869, p. 17).

An act to incorporate the Ladies First Mutual Relief Society of Cape Palmas [ naming Ann E. Dennis, president; Maria Dent, vice president; Mary A. Fletcher, treasurer; Sarah J. Simpson, secretary; Harriet E. Lee, assistant secretary; Charlotte F. Donaldson, chief manager; and managers: Mary A. Simpson, Julia A. Hance, Cecelia A. Hamilton, Mary A. Harris, Sarah Scotland, J.M. Thompson and Catherine Cooper] (1869, pp. 17-18).

An act amendatory and supplementary to an act defining the payment of duties (1869, pp. 18-19).

A resolution for the relief of [Hamburg-native] William Jantzen, esquire, consignee of the Barque “Bielefield” [refunding two hundred and twenty two dollars and twenty cents, representing duty paid at the Grand Bassa port on an ex post facto basis (1869, pp. 19-20).

Resolution to prevent judges and justices of the peace or any other officer entrusted with the administration of the laws of this Republic from issuing writs in civil cases against members of the legislature (1869, p. 20).

An act appropriating eighty dollars annually to and for the use of the [blind and destitute] widow of Hon. John H. Paxton, late senator of this Republic and of the county of Montserrado (1869, pp. 20-21)
A resolution restoring William Jackson and Ann Minor of Montserrado County and Alexander Jackson and Boston Dade of Maryland County to the rights and privileges of other good citizens of this Republic (1869, pp. 21).

An act encouraging mining in Liberia [by allowing Liberians to associate with foreign capitalists, mineralogists and miners in search of coal and other precious ores and fixing duty on exported ore at no more five percent on the dollar] (1869?, pp. 21-22).

Resolution requiring the secretary of the treasury to have his annual report printed before submitting it to the legislature (1869, pp. 22-23).

A resolution reimbursing Gilly Bunner [twelve hundred and forty-eight dollars deposited in the Liberian treasury by Bunner’s late mother, Tempy Brown] (1869, p. 23).

[Resolution directing the treasury secretary to pay J.C. Minor one hundred and thirty-three dollars and eighty seven cents for services as judge of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Montserrado] (1869, pp. 23-24).

A resolution fixing the day for adjournment of the present session of the legislature (1869, p. 24).

An act regulating the contesting seats in the legislature and defining the duties of contestants (1869, pp. 24-27).

[An act regulating seamen and merchants, with sample contract to be signed by ship masters] (1869, pp. 27-33, 38).

[A resolution authorizing the president to appoint a commissioner of education for each county, to facilitate the incorporation of aborigines and the “upbuilding of this Negro nationality”] (1869, pp. 33-36).

An act regulating an act interdicting Settra Kroo (1869, pp. 36-37)
An act appropriating forty dollars annually to William Jumbo, a Krooman of Montserrado County (1869, p. 37).

Acts passed by the legislature of the Republic of Liberia during its session 1869 (u.p., u.d.).

Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1860-1869

1861, December

A resolution to authorize the issue of an additional amount of engraved bills (1861, p. 75).

An act divorcing Tristam Waters and Elizabeth Waters (1861, p. 75).

A special resolution for the relief of John W. Powell of the county of Grand Bassa [providing fifty dollars] (1861, p. 76).

An act amendatory to an act entitled “An act chartering the city of Buchanan” (1860, p. 76).

A resolution declaring the adoption of the amendment to the Constitution recommended by the legislature during the session of 1859-60 to allow the county of Maryland three representative (1861, p. 76-77).

Resolution to reimburse James C. Payne [sixty six dollars and forty two cents paid as an election penalty] (1861, p. 77).

An act amendatory to an act entitled “An act regulating deposits in the public treasury” (1860, p. 77).

An act chartering the township of Edina (1861, p. 77-79).

An act granting Careysburg and Marshall respectively a Provisional Monthly Court, also a Register’s Department at Careysburg (1861, p. 79).

An act regulating the payment of export duties and the deposit of the same in the several branches of the treasury (1860, pp. 79-80).

An act restoring Henry Hess, Samuel McKay, John Ellis Creek and others [i.e. Thomas Hoff, William McKay, Zip McKay, Robert White of Montserrado County; Louis Lowe, Lucinda Page, Charles Webb, George Holt, Benjamin Gordon, Elias Grant of Grand Bassa County; and Elvin Douglass of Sinoe County] (1860, p. 80).

An act authorizing the appointment of commissioners to select a site in the interior for the seat of government (1860, p. 80).

An act supplementary to an act authorizing the circulation of Copper coin and making the same a legal tender in this Republic (1860, p. 81).

An act providing for commissioners to enlist emigrants from the United States (1860, p. 81).

An act to prevent the setting of spring guns and spring knives [outlawing booby traps] (1860, p. 87).

An act supplementary to an act providing for the care and support of recaptured Africans [allowing for the apprenticing of adults as the previous act had provided for minors only] (1860, p. 87-88).

A resolution appropriating annually annually for the term of ten years the sum of three hundred dollars to the use and benefit of St. Mark’s Hospital (1860, p. 88).

A resolution suspending the operation of the second and third section of an act entitled “An act imposing additional duties on the importation of certain articles and levying and collecting additional tonnage duty on foreign ships and vessels” (1860, p. 88).

An act amendatory to an act entitled “An act regulating fees” [providing sixty cents per day for grand jury service and fifty cents for petit jurors] (1860, p. 88-89).

An act amendatory to an act providing for common schools [providing five thousand dollars annually] (1860, p. 84).

An act creating boarding officers in each of the ports of entry in this Republic, the port of Marshall excepted, and defining the duties of the same (1860, p. 84-86).

A resolution recommending the suspension of the National Fair provided by law, to be held in the county of Maryland in 1862 (1860, p. 86).

An act to amend and consolidate the several acts concerning Liberia College [naming as trustees: Alfred F. Russell, Beverly R. Wilson, Daniel B. Warner, Francis Payne, B.V. R. James, S. F. McGill, Francis Burns, Amos Herring, D.T. Harris and J. N. Lewis (for Montserrado County); J. S. Smith, S. S. Herring, C. L. de Randamie (Grand Bassa County); and J. M. Priest, Seborn Evans and H.B. Stewart (Sinoe County); J. T. Gibson, B. J. Drayton, R. S. McGill (Maryland County) and J. J. Roberts (President) (1860, p. 87-90).

An act requiring all deeds and conveyances of real estate to be probated and registered (1860, p. 90-91).

A resolution making appropriation of money with a view to develop the iron resources in the vicinity of Careysburg (1860, p. 92).

An act supplementary to the act entitled “An act providing for the care and support of recaptured Africans.

From Acts of the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia passed during the sessions 1857-1861, inclusive. Monrovia: G. Killian, Printer, Liberia Herald Office, 1862

Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1857-1859

1859, December

An act chartering the City of Monrovia (1859, p. 45-50).

An act approving and appropriating a certain amount of money assumed and expended by the president in arresting the small pox (1859, p. 45).

An act amendatory to the second article of an act, entitled an act establishing the boundaries of the Republic, and defining the boundaries of the several counties (1859, p. 50).

A resolution recommending an amendment to the Constitution [second section of the second article] (1859, p. 50).

An act authorizing the removal of the obstructions from the Mechlin river and making appropriations for the same (1859, p. 51).

An act amendatory and supplementary to an act incorporating Liberia College [moving the site from Clay Ashland to Monrovia and providing more seats on the board to Montserrado than other counties] (1859, p. 53).

An act supplementary to an act entitled “An act to maintain peace and enforce order on the highways of the interior” (1859, p. 53).

A resolution granting to the Presbyterian Missionary Society in the county of Sinoe one hundred acres of land for mission purposes [with certificate to be granted in the name of James R. Amos and T. H. Amos] (1859, p. 54).

An act fixing the salary of the superintendent of Marshall (1859, p. 54-55).

An act making appropriation [of seventy-five dollars] for H. Underwood [for services to invalids afflicted with smallpox] (1859, p. 55).

From Acts of the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia passed during the sessions 1857-1861, inclusive. Monrovia: G. Killian, Printer, Liberia Herald Office, 1862.