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Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred

and Thirty-Three.

AN ACT

To annex a part of the Town of Newbury to the Town

of Newburyport.

1 Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of 2 Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the 3 authority of the same, That from and after the pass4 ing of this act, that part of the town of Newbury 5 which lies within the following boundaries, to wit: 6 begiuning at the boundstone, in Hill Street so called, 7 between the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, 8 thence running in an easterly direction, on a right 9 line with the southerly line of Newburyport, to the 10 westerly side of the Newburyport Turnpike road;

11 thence in a northeasterly direction, by the westerly 12 side of the Newburyport Turnpike road, until it is 13 intersected by a line drawn westwardly in continua14 tion of the northeasterly side of the Newbury town15 house lot; thence in a southeasterly direction, and 16 on a straight line, to the most westerly corner of the 17 lot of land owned by Jacob Gerrish ; thence south18 easterly, on a straight line, to the westerly corner 19 of the burying ground, by the meeting house of the 20 first parish in Newbury; thence in a southeasterly 21 direction, and on a straight line, to the most south22 erly bend in the Plum Island Turnpike road ; thence 23 in an easterly direction, by the southerly side of said 24 turnpike road, and on a right line therewith, to the 25 ocean ; thence on different courses by the ocean, 26 by the dividing line between the towns of Newbury 27 and Salisbury, and by the line of the town of New28 buryport, be, and the same hereby is set off from the 29 town of Newbury, and annexed to the town of New30 buryport; and the said territory hereby set off shall 31 hereafter be considered a part of the town of NewS2 buryport, and the inhabitants be considered inhabi33 tants of said town of Newburyport, and there exer34 cise and enjoy all their rights and privileges, and 35 shall be subject to all the duties and requisitions in 36 like manner with the other inhabitants of Newbury37 port. Provided however, that the inhabitants hereby 38 set off shall be holden to pay all taxes which have 39 been legally assessed upon them by said town of 40 Newbury prior to the passing of this act. 1 Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the said towns 2 of Newbury and Newburyport shall, respectively, 3 support and maintain the several persons and their

4 families, and all such as shall have a derivative set5 tlement under them, or any of them, who are now 6 chargeable in the town or part where they derived 7 their settlement, and all others who shall hereafter 8 become chargeable, shall be supported and main9 tained by them respectively, according to the gene10 ral laws in this behalf; provided always, that nothing 11 in this act contained shall be construed to affect 12 any agreement heretofore made between the towns 13 of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury, res14 pecting the support of paupers : but the town of 15 Newburyport shall further contribute its just propor16 tion of all sums of money which said town of New17 bury shall pay by force of such agreement: said pro18 portion, until the next valuation, to be ascertained 19 in the manner herein after provided for the apportion20 ment of state and county taxes. 1 Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That all damages 2 sustained by the town of Newbury, (if any,) by rea3 son of this separation, on account of roads, and all 4 pecuniary liabilities, matters and things relating to 5 said town shall be settled and determined, accord6 ing to equity, by a committee or committees to be 7 appointed by said towns; and in case said commit8 tee or committees so appointed shall not agree, then 9 a committee of three disinterested persons may be 10 appointed by the Court of Common Pleas next to 11 be holden at Newburyport within and for the county 12 of Essex, upon application therefor, with full power 13 and authority to settle and adjust all matters and 14 things of every name and character between the 15 two towns, touching this annexation. And said 16 committee shall also determine what proportion of

17 the state and county taxes for which the town of 18 Newbury is, and may be liable, shall be paid by the 19 town of Newburyport, until the next state valuation; 20 and shall also determine the proportion of the New21 bury town debt, to be paid by the town of Newbu22 ryport. Provided however, that no claim shall be 23 made by the town of Newburyport for any of the 24 public property of the town of Newbury. 1 Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the said town 2 of Newburyport shall contribute its just proportion, 3 to be ascertained by the committee, herein before 4 named of the expense of making a certain highway, 5 known by the name of Noyes road, whenever the 6 town of Newbury shall be compelled to make the 7 same.

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