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Part I: The Charter
ADAMS TOWN CODE & RELATED BY LAWS - THE CHARTER
PART 1 THE CHARTER. (Province Laws 1778-1779, Chapter 20). 1
ss 1. How bounded.
ss 2. Warrants to issue for calling a meeting for the choice of town officers.
AN ACT FOR INCORPORATING THE PLANTATION CALLED EAST HOOSUCK, IN THE COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE, INTO A TOWN BY THE NAME OF ADAMS Whereas a number of the inhabitants of the plantation called East Hoosuck, in the County of Berkshire, have represented to this court the great difficulties and inconveniences they labor under in their present situation, and have earnestly requested that they may be incorporated into a town,
BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT ASSEMBLED, AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SAME,
Section 1. How Bounded.
That the said plantation, called East Hoosuck, bounded as follows; viz., begin[n]ing at the south-west corner, [at][of] a spruce-tree, marked T.D.,I.C.,O.P., and ND., 1749; from thence, runs north, ten degrees east, two thousand three hundred poles, to a white-oak tree marked ND.; thence, east, ten degrees south, sixteen hundred poles, to a beach-tree on the top of the East Mountain, marked ND.; thence, runs south; ten degrees west, two thousand three hundred poles, to a beach-tree with stones at the root, marked ND.; thence, runs west, ten degrees north, sixteen hundred poles, to the first mentioned bounds,-be and hereby is erected into a town by the name of Adams; and that the inhabitants thereof be, and they hereby are, invested with all the powers, privileges and immunities which the inhabitants of towns within this state do or may by law enjoy.
Section 2. Warrants to issue for calling a meeting for the choice of town officers.
That Col[onel] Joab Stafford be, and he hereby is, [i] [e]mpowered and directed to issue his warrant to some principal inhabitant of said town, requiring him to warn the inhabitants thereof to meet, at such time and place as shall be therein set forth, to choose all such officers as towns are, by law, required and [i] [e]mpowered to choose in the month of March, annually; at which said meeting all the then present inhabitants upwards of twenty-one years of age shall be admitted to vote.
1. Editor's note. - The Charter of the Town of Adams is presented here as enacted by the General Court. A frontal analysis and catchlines to the various sections have been added for the convenience of the user.