Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1870-1879


Resolution providing for the sale of the government steam-tug and all appurtenances to the same (1875, p. 3).

Resolution providing for the erection of a public building in Grand Bassa County (1875, pp. 3-4).

An act appropriating fifteen hundred dollars for the erection of a court house and jail in Robertsport, Montserrado County (1875, p. 4)

An act providing for the support of the general government [ordering each county to submit half of all revenue from imports and exports for support of the national government] (1875, pp. 4-5).

An act to incorporate “The Liberian Saint Paul’s River Steamboat and Tramway Company” for the convenience and facility of the citizens traveling and for the interior trade” [naming as company members: J. W. Good, G. W. Gibson, M. R. Richards, Moses Rick, R. C. Cooper, J. W. Blacklidge, W. D. Coleman, G. W. Walker, E. T. Holder, Francis King, S. D. Richards, I. J. Ash, T. C. Lomax, R. R. Johnson, I. C. Capehart, Stephen Bond, S. C. Fuller, Sol. Fuller, Joseph Ash, E. C. Clack (sic.) and T. C. Mitchell of Montserrado County with S. H. Crayton and W. E. Harris of Sinoe] (1875, pp. 5-7).

An act providing for the appointment of auditors of public accounts in the several leeway counties and defining the duties of the same (1875, pp. 7-8).

Resolution providing for the distribution of the specie in the treasury [in the following manner: for participation in the U.S. Centennial Exhibition, four thousand and five hundred dollars; five hundred dollars to each of four counties; two thousand nine hundred and ten dollars to the legislature; two hundred dollars to the Supreme Court, with recipients of gold species ordered to pay a twelve-percent premium] (1875, pp. 9-10).

Resolution amendatory to a resolution passed during the present session of the legislature respecting the distribution of the specie in the treasury (1875, p. 10).

An act authorizing the secretary of the treasury to negotiate a loan of twenty five thousand dollars upon the faith and credit of the revenue of this Republic [to pay overdue salaries of public school teachers in Montserrado County] (1875, p. 10).

An act to amend an act entitled an act authorizing the secretary of the treasury to negotiate a loan of twenty five thousand dollars upon the faith and credit of the revenue of the Republic of Liberia [ordering the secretary to pay no more than seven percent interest] (1875, p. 11).

Resolution amendatory to a resolution authorizing the secretary of the treasury to negotiate a loan of twenty five thousand dollars on the faith and credit of the revenue of this Republic [allowing the secretary to negotiate for a loan of up to twenty five thousand, rather than limiting him to that exact amount, as worded in the original] (1875, p. 11)***

An act to amend an act entitled an act encouraging agriculture throughout the Republic of Liberia [increasing the reward offered farmers from ten dollars to twelve dollars per thousand seedings planted, if more than five thousand are planted, and from five to six dollars per acre of ginger, ground peas and arrowroot, if more than two acres] (1875, pp. 11-12).

Resolution fixing the day of adjournment of the present session of the legislature (1875, p. 12).

An act reorganizing the supreme court of the Republic of Liberia [authorizing two associate justices to assist the Chief Justice] (1875, pp. 12-15).

Resolution appropriating one hundred and fifty dollars to assist the citizens of Brewersville to clear out Logan’s creek and to throw up a short path in the swamps running from said creek to the town (1875, pp. 15-16).

An act amendatory to a resolution approved January 26, 1874, authorizing the secretary of state to accept the invitation of the U.S. government to cooperate in the International Exhibition to be held in the city of Philadelphia in 1876, and the appointment of commissioners to the same (1875, pp. 16-18).

An act to renew and extend the plots and to transcribe the records of lands [providing for the drawing of accurate maps of every town, particularly of deeded land within each] (1875, pp. 18-19).

An act granting to one of the principal chieftains in each of the counties of this Republic, a yearly stipend of one hundred dollars (1875, p. 20).

A resolution granting one hundred acres of public land [on the north side of the St. Paul River] to J. T. Dimery, agent of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, for educational purposes (1875, pp. 20-21).

Resolution providing [one town lot in Edina and ten acres of bounty lands] for the relief of Maria Titler, widow of Ephraim Titler of the county of Grand Bassa, Republic of Liberia [a delegate to the 1847 Constitutional Convention] (1875, pp. 21-22).

An act appropriating funds to reimburse the estate of E[zra] W. Wright, deceased through the administrator and administratrix of his estate, on account of [seventy five thousand dollars at seven percent interest] moneys loaned the government [in 1864] (1875, pp. 22-23).

Resolution to reimburse [eighty nine dollars and fifty cents] James R. Moore, sub-treasurer of Grand Bassa (1875, p. 23).

An act restoring Henderson Shern, Rebecca Parker, Jackson Dimery, Warrock Coverson, James Bally, Lavinia Barnett, H. A. Erskine and William H. Arthur to the rights and privileges of citizenship (1875, p. 23).

An act restoring F. C. Holderness to the rights and privileges of citizenship (1875, p. 24).

An act to incorporate the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia [naming as leaders: Robert A.M. Deputie, Daniel B. Warner, Joseph W. Hilton and Jehu T. Dimery] (1875, pp. 24-25).

Resolution granting D. R. Fletcher, M.D., of Maryland County, two hundred dollars for services rendered the people in arresting the smallpox in said county (1875, p. 25).

Resolution reimbursing H.A. Williams of Grand Bassa County [the sum of one hundred dollars for transporting Bassa’s legislative delegates and their belongings to Monrovia] (1875, pp. 25-26).

Resolution of relief authorizing the secretary of the treasury to pay to James M. Horace [senator] of Grand Bassa, the sum of six hundred and twenty five dollars under an act repealing an “Act interdicting trade town and adjacent countries and approved A.D. 1867” [as refund for payment to Prince Boyer on behalf of the government] (1875, pp. 26-27).

Resolution authorizing the payment of certain moneys to J.D. Preston for services rendered as school commissioner for the county of Grand Bassa in 1872, under the special appointment and direction of President Roberts [exactly one hundred and ninety four dollars] (1875, pp. 27-28).

Resolution granting an extension of time in favor of E. S. Morris and George Stockham on letters patent [for improvements in the manufacture of indigo and in machines for hulling coffee, based upon patents originally granted to Theodore T. Woodruff of Philadelphia, but transferred by him to E.S. Morris who tranferred partial interest to George and J. O. Neal Stockham, all of Philadelphia] (1875, p. 28).

An act creating a board of trustees in Maryland County, to be denominated Trustees of the Hall’s School Fund, and defining the duties of the same [naming R. S. McGill, Sr., Henson W. Moulton, Charles H. Lee, Daniel F. Wilson and Elijah H. A. Dennis to administer seven thousand five hundred dollars donated by James Hall of Maryland, United States of America] (1875, pp. 29-30).

An act to amend the charter of Liberia College [reducing to seven the number of trustee needed for a quorum and converting from regular to ex-officio status all trustees from leeward counties, due to the hardships and costs of transportation to Monrovia for regular meetings] (1875, pp. 30-31).

An act chartering Mountain Mining Company, Sinoe County [naming Z.B.Roberts, R.S. Jones, F.J. Grante, Josiah Neyle, N.J.A. Maarschalk, William Kelly, Edward Berquine and W.W. McDonough, all of Greenville, Sinoe County] (1875, pp. 31-32).

Resolution for the relief of Benjamin Anderson, chief commissioner to the interior of Montserrado County [refund of three hundred dollars spent for journey to Musadu] (1875, p. 33-34).

An act making appropriation for the fiscal year commencing the first day of October, A.D. Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Four, and ending the thirtieth day of September, A.D. Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Five [Sets appropriation at one hundred forty eight thousand and three hundred and forty dollars and ninety-four cents and details the salaries of civil servants, from the presidents to “runners”] (1874, pp. 17-25).

Acts passed by the legislature of the Republic of Liberia during the session 1874-1875. Published by authority Monrovia: T. W. Howard, printer, Government Printing Office, 1875. Although the resolution marked *** is characterized as amending a previous “resolution,” the original was labeled “an act,” an incorrect characterization since the legislature’s directive was narrowly focus in contrast to acts which are binding on all citizens or residents of a particular geographic area.

Acts of the Liberian Legislature, 1870-1879


A resolution ratifying the actions of the sovereign people of the Republic of Liberia in deposing Edward James Roye, fifth president of the Republic, for the reasons set forth in the manifesto of the executive committee of the provisional government and confirming all of their acts as set forth in said manifesto (1871, p. 3).

An act for temporarily lengthening the time of the December term of the Court of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas for Montserrado County and especially extending the sitting of the same [to ensure speedy trial of Roye administration officials] (1871, pp. 3-4).

Resolution authorizing and directing the president of the Republic of Liberia to secure the service of a good and efficient physician and direct him to proceed at once to Maryland County for the purpose of assisting the physician of Maryland County in arresting the smallpox now rapidly spreading in said county (1871, pp. 4-5).

Resolution providing for the landing and safekeeping of the cargo of the ship “Town,” until otherwise ordered by the legislature[to be held by H.W. Dennis, lawyer, and Sherman and Dimery, merchants, as security until questions surrounding the Roye loan are settled] (1871, p. 5).

A resolution authorizing the appointment of a committee to arrange for the erection of a monument to the memory of Rev. S. J. Mills (1872, p. 6).

Resolution authorizing the sale of the government vessel “Liberia” (1872, p. 6).

[An act divorcing Reginald A. Sherman and Sarah L. Sherman and H. R.W. Johnson and Sarah V. Johnson] (1872, p. 7).

An act restoring George Kimmings of Harrisburg, Montserrado County, and Benjamin N. Bond of Grand Bassa County to the rights and privileges of citizenship (1872, p. 7).

[An act ratifying the loan contracted by Edward James Roye, H.W. Johnson, W.S. Anderson and D. Chinery in the name of the Republic] (1872, pp. 7-8).

[A resolution authorizing the secretary of the treasury to obtain a loan of six thousand dollars from Liberians to defray increased government costs resulting from overthrow of the Roye administration, especially the expenses of the police guards and the Court of Quarter Session (1872, pp. 8-9).

A resolution restoring James S. Payne, Jr., formerly captain of the company called the “Montserrado Regulars” to militia franchise (1872, p. 9).

[A resolution authorizing a five hundred dollar reward for information on twenty four thousand dollars missing from the loan contracted by former President Roye and his commissioners (1872, pp. 9-10).

An act to open a public road from Careysburg to the City of Monrovia [at the cost of five hundred dollars] (1872, pp. 10-11).

[An act authorizing the granting of two hundred acres of land to the New York State Colonization through its president H.M Schieffelin for the establishment of a Manual Labor Institute] (1872, p. 11).

An act to repeal an act entitled an act creating commissioners of internal revenue (1872, p. 12).

Joint resolution tendering the thanks of the legislature of Liberia to Messrs. R. A. Sherman, Charles B. Dunbar and Amos Herring and all the good citizens of Montserrado County, who performed service under the provisional government (1872, p. 12).

A resolution regulating and authorizing government printing [of the legislature and the Court of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas, Montserrado County, from the deposition of E. J. Roye to the inauguration of J. J. Roberts, at a cost of two thousand dollars] (1872, pp. 12-13).

Resolution authorizing the appointment of two commissioners in each of the counties of the Republic, to examine and adjust the public accounts (1872, pp. 13-14).

An act providing for the disposal of the consignment of merchandise to the government per Brig “Town of Liverpool” (1872, pp. 15-16).

Joint resolution of the senate and house of representatives of the Republic of Liberia upon the special communication of the president, on the state of affairs among the natives more or less under the dominion and rule of Farquaqua in Monstserrado County [and appropriating an additional six thousand dollars to enforce order on the highway to the interior] (1872, 16).

[A resolution authorizing an additional six hundred and fifty dollars for government printing, especially the journals of the recent treason and felony cases] (1872, p. 17).

A resolution authorizing the furnishing of the several departments of government with stamps (1872, p. 17).

Resolution appropriating seventy five dollars to Joseph H. Harmon of Maryland County (1872, p. 18).

Resolution showing the front boundary of the settlement of Crozierville (1872, p. 18).

A resolution restoring George Elias Titler [of Montserrado] and Elias Cooper [Maryland] to citizenship (1872, p. 18).

A resolution repealing the second and fifth sections of an act entitled an act to remove the county seat of Montserrado County to the township of Clay-Ashland, Saint Paul’s River (1872, p. 19).

[Resolution reimbursing the five days expenses to the secretary of the senate and representatives who had to come to the capital one month early due to the removal of the Roye government] (1872, p. 19).

A resolution fixing a day for adjournment of the present session of the legislature (1872, p. 20).

An act providing for the better regulation of the collection of the public revenue [making it a misdemeanor for any official to receive at the Custom House an species other than those approved by law (1872, pp. 20-21).

An act for the better carrying into effect the regulations of the towns and villages of this Republic [concerned particularly with election of commissioners and collection of property taxes] (1872, p. 22).

A resolution authorizing the president to grant the secretary of the treasury a warrant to issue or draw drafts on the remaining amount of money on deposit in England to the credit of Liberia from the loan (1872, p. 22).

Resolution to repair the government house in the city of Monrovia, known as the Representative Hall, and to build suitable houses required in the government square [at a cost of up to two thousand dollars] (1872, p. 22).

Resolution appropriating two thousand dollars for the traveling expenses of the president of the Republic of Liberia on the Liberian coast (1872, p. 22).

Acts passed by the legislature of the Republic of Liberia during the session 1871-1872. Published by authority by L. R. Leone, printer, Republican Office: Monrovia, 1872. (Features oversized initial letter in each title.).