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1805.

NOVEMBER. LAW S OF MA R Y L & N D.

C H A P.

CXVIII.

the support and uses of ministers of the Roman Catholic religion, it was, among other things, enact-
ed, that every legal proprietor or possessor of any property held under the confidential trust in the
said act specified, should have power and authority to execute an instrument of writing, declaring
the purposes for which the said property was holden: And whereas it was also by the said act enact-
ed, that it should be lawful for certain ministers of the Roman Catholic religion in the said act spe-
cified, to convene at a place to be by them agreed on, within the time limitted by the said law, and
then and there adopt such regulations for the management of their estates and temporalities as should
seem fit and adviseable to a majority of the said-ministers, so convened, and that, the said ministers,
or a majority of them, so met, should then and there choose, from their own body, certain persons,
not less than three or more than five, who should assume the style, name and title, by which they
were to bo designated and known, and certify the same under their hands and seals, within the time
limitted by the said act, to the clerk of the general court for the western shore, who was thereby
directed to record the same in the records of the laws of the state: And whereas the aforesaid mi-
nisters of the Roman catholic religion have, agreeably to the authority delegated by the said recited
act, convened and assumed to themselves the style, name and title, of The Corporation of the Ro-
man Catholic Clergymen, and certified the same, under their hands and seals, to the clerk of the ge-
neral court for the western shore, and the same hath been recorded among the records of the laws
of the state: And whereas the reverend James Walton, Robert Molyneux and John Ashton, by se-
veral instruments in writing, sealed with their seals, each bearing date on the third day of October,
seventeen hundred and ninety-three, and recorded among the records of the late general court for
the western shore, in Liber J. G. No. 3, folios 285, 286, 287, 288 and 289, by which said several in-
struments of writing it was, agreeably to the provisions of the said recited act, declared, that all
and every the property in the said instruments of writing specified, had been and was held, by the
respective persons executing the same, under a confidential or implied trust, for the use, benefit and
maintenance, of the ministers of the Roman Catholic church, now exercising their ministerial func-
tions within the United States of America, agreeably to the rules and discipline of their church, and
who were formerly members of the religious society heretofore known by the name of The Society
of Jesus: And whereas doubts have arisen whether there may have not been some formal inaccuracy
in the above recited proceedings, and a memorial having been presented, oh behalf of the corpora-
tion of the Roman Catholic clergymen, praying that any defects existing may be remedied; and the
object of the said memorial appearing reasonable, therefore,

II. BE IT ENACTED, by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the Corporation of the Roman Ca-
tholic Clergymen is hereby confirmed under and by that name, and under the name and style of The
Corporation of the Roman Catholic Clergymen, shall have ail the estates, rights and authorities,
meant to be vested in, or transferred to, the corporation intended and authorised to be established
under and by virtue of the above recited act, entitled, An act for securing certain estates and pro-
perty for the support and uses of ministers of the Roman catholic religion, passed at November
session, seventeen hundred and ninety-two.

III. AND BE IT ENACTED, That the corporation of the Roman catholic clergymen shall be seized
and possessed in and of all and every the property specified in the several above recited instruments,
severally executed by the reverend James Walton, Robert Molyneux and John Ashton, each being
dated on the third day of October, seventeen hundred and ninety-three, and recorded among the re-
cords of the late general court of the western shore, liber J. G. No. 3, folios 285, 286, 287, 288 and
289, in as full and ample a manner, and of the same estate, title and interest, in law and equity, as the
said several persons executing the aforesaid several instruments of writing respectively then held
and possessed the same; provided always, that nothing in this act contained shall operate to affect the
rights acquired by any person to any property mentioned in the aforesaid several instruments of writing.
CHAP. CXIX.

Passed 28th of
January, 1806.

A Further additional supplement to the act, entitled, An act to di-
rect descents.

WHEREAS doubts are entertained as to the construction and operation of the act to which
this is a supplement, in relation to the right of election therein directed to take the land at
the valuation of the commissioners, where, in their judgment, it will not admit of division; therefore,

II. BE IT ENACTED, by the General Assembly of Maryland, That in case the eldest male shall not be
of age to make his election, agreeable to the provisions of the said act, it shall and may be lawful
for the eldest female, if of age, to elect to take the land at the valuation of the commissioners,
notwithstanding the existence of any male minor, any thing in the act to which this a supplement
to the contrary notwithstanding,



 
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