ORDINANCES
OF THE
CORPORATION OF FREDERICKSBURG.
PASSED SINCE
THE SEVENTEENTH OF APRIL, 1845.

 

 

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMON COUNCIL.

 

  FREDERICKSBURG:

 

  NEWS PRINTING OFFICE.
1863.

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CORPORATION ORDINANCES
CHAPTER 1.

An Ordinance repealing in part the Ordinance passed the 5th June, 1844, entitled "An Ordinance concerning sales of "Manufactured articles in the streets, &c., of the town of "Fredericksburg."

(Passed April 16, 1846.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the Ordinance passed 5th June, 1844, be and the same is hereby so far repealed as that each and every Baker and Manufacturer of any of the articles named in the said Ordinance, who are citizens of this town, shall be permitted to have one salesman or carrier, who shall be allowed to sell in the streets, &c., of the town aforesaid, without a license, any article or articles named in said ordinance, which shall be made or manufactured by said Baker or Manufacturer.
     2. Be it further ordained, That each and every person who shall sell such articles in the streets under the provisions of this ordinance, and all others who shall take out a license under the ordinance of the 5th June, 1844, shall have a card or ticket; signed by the Mayor of the town, attached to his or her basket, or the basket of his or her salesman or carrier. And all persons vending such articles without such card or ticket attached to his or her basket as aforesaid, shall be liable to the same fines and penalties, as if they had no license or authority to sell.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

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CHAPTER 2.

An Ordinance to punish disorderly and riotous conduct in the streets of the Town.

(Passed May 21, 1846.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That hereafter if any person; bond or free, shall be guilty of noisy, disorderly, or riotous conduct in the streets of the Town, to the annoyance or disquiet of any citizen or citizens thereof, upon complaint thereof to the Mayor, or any Justice of the Peace for the town aforesaid, it shall be, and is hereby made the duty of the Mayor or Justice of the Peace, before whom such complaint shall be made, to cause such person or persons to be arrested, and upon proof that he, she or they, were guilty of noisy, disorderly, or riotous conduct, the Mayor or Justice of the Peace before whom such conviction shall take place, shall impose a fine of not less than one, nor more than five dollars: And if such offender be a minor or slave, the fine aforesaid shall be, paid by the parent or guardian of such minor, or the owner or employer of such slave.
     2. Be it further ordained, That when any fine shall be imposed under the provisions of this Ordinance, on any free person, it shall be the duty of the Mayor or Justice imposing it, if the fine be not immediately paid, to issue an execution for the same, with costs, in the name of the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation of Fredericksburg. And if a slave be convicted of any offence under this ordinance, and his or her owner or employer shall not pay the fine imposed, then such slave shall be punished by stripes, at the discretion of the Mayor, or Justice before whom such conviction shall take place; Provided, always, said stripes shall not exceed fifteen in number.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.
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CHAPTER 2

An Ordinance to amend "an Ordinance to punish disorderly "and riotous conduct in the streets of the Town."

(Passed September 10, 1853.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the Ordinance of the 21st day of May, be and the same is hereby amended, in the following particulars, viz: First. That in place of the words "in the streets of the Town," occurring in said Ordinance, the words "within the limits of the Town," be inserted. Secondly, That the Justices of the Peace shall, in their discretion, either impose the fine prescribed by said Ordinance, or cause to be inflicted stripes, not exceeding thirty-nine in number, upon any slave or free negro, who may be convicted of the offence described in said Ordinance, so amended.
     2. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 3.

An Ordinance concerning Dogs.

(Passed June 22, 1847.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the Mayor, or any Justice of the Peace for the Town aforesaid, having sufficient proof that any dog or dogs have bitten or annoyed any person, in any of the public streets, alleys, or lanes of this Town, shall, forthwith order such dog or dogs to be killed by a Constable; and if the owner of such dog or dogs shall conceal the same, or cause the same to be concealed, so that the order of the Mayor or Justice of the Peace cannot be executed, such owner shall be liable to a fine of two dollars for each dog, for

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every day such dog or dogs shall remain so concealed which fine shall be recovered by warrant before the Mayor or Justice of the Peace, for the use of the Corporation.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

Chapter 4.

An Ordinance to amend "an Ordinance to license and regulate Drays, Carts, and Wagons," passed June 23, 1829.

(Passed April 5, 1848.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That said Ordinance of the 23d June, 1829, be and the same is hereby so amended, as to embrace within its provisions and requirements, all persons residing without the limits of this Town, who shall own any Dray, Cart, or Wagon, used for carrying or hauling any produce, merchandize, wood, or other article, whether for hire or not, from any store, warehouse, or other place, in the Town, to any other store, warehouse, or place, in said Town, or to any wharf in the Town, or near thereunto; or from any wharf in the Town, or near thereunto, to any store, warehouse, or other place within the limits of the Town.
     2. Be it further ordained, That all Drays, Carts, and Wagons, for which, by the Ordinances of this Corporation, licenses are required to be taken out, shall be numbered or marked as follows, viz: When the Dray, Cart, or Wagon to be licensed is intended to be used for hire, to be numbered, and when not, to be marked "private," and, in either case, the date of the year for which license is issued to be appended to the number or mark. And it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of the Revenue of the Corporation, in cases of application for licenses, when the Dray, Cart or Wagon is intended to be used for hire, to designate the number to be affixed to the Dray, Cart or Wagon of the person applying

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therefor. And all persons who are required to take out licenses shall cause the number or mark, with the date of the year for which the licenses is issued as aforesaid, to be painted or otherwise legibly marked, in some conspicuous place on the side of his or her Dray, Cart, or Wagon; and, upon failure to do so, he, she, or they, shall be subject to a fine of five dollars, to be recovered as hereinafter mentioned.
     3. Be it further ordained, That in all cases of a failure on the part of any owner of a Dray, Cart or Wagon, to take out a license in the manner prescribed by said Ordinance of the 23d June, 1829, as well those enumerated in said Ordinance, as those named in the first section of this Ordinance, the person or persons so offending shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered as herein after mentioned.
     4. Be it further ordained, That hereafter the Collector of taxes shall annually on the first day of May in each and every year, return to the Commissioner of the Revenue of the Corporation a list of all persons who shall have paid the taxes on their Drays, Carts, and Wagons, for the then current year, commencing on the first of the preceding month; which list shall be compared with the list of those to whom the Commissioner may have issued licenses, and a copy of both be returned to the Mayor for the more ready detection, by the police officers, of any violation of this Ordinance.
     5. Be it further ordained, That all fines and forfeitures accruing from any violations of this Ordinance shall be sued for in the name of the Chamberlain of the Corporation for the time being, and shall be recovered with costs before any Justice of the Peace in the Town aforesaid; one half of which shall go to the informer, and the other half to the use of the Corporation.
     6. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 15th of April, 1848.

[By an order of the Common Council, entered on the 16th day fo[of] March, 1852, the Chamberlain of the Corporation

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was substituted in the place of the Commissioner of the Revenue, and directed to perform the duties prescribed for the Commissioner of the Revenue, in the foregoing Ordinance.]

CHAPTER 5.

An Ordinance amendatory to an Ordinance passed June 23, 1829, to prevent the straining or breaking of horses, and to prevent persons riding on the footways.

(Passed October 16, 1849.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the first section of that Ordinance be so amended, as, that no Drayman, Cartman, Wagoner or other person, shall drive any horse or horses, (when attached to any Dray, Cart, or Wagon) within the limits of the Town aforesaid, faster than a walk. Every free person offending herein, shall forfeit and pay to the Mayor and Commonalty of the Town of Fredericksburg, one dollar for every offence; and if a slave offend herein, and be convicted before a Justice of the Peace, he shall receive ten lashes on his bare back; but the punishment may be commuted by his owner, or employer paying one dollar and costs, to the use of the Corporation.

CHAPTER 6.

An Ordinance to restrain disorderly and indecorous behaviour at Exhibitions, &c., &c.

(Passed February 5, 1850.)

WHEREAS, it has been represented to the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That certain evil disposed and disorderly persons, some of whom are adults.

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and others minors, have attended the public; meetings held by the citizens, and exhibitions and shows, which are permitted by law; and that the said disorderly persons do, in various ways, by loud talking, singing, whistling, and by other means disturb and interrupt the proceedings, and by standing up before the audience, excluding females as well as males from participation in the enjoyment of the representations and exhibitions, for which they assemble, and in various other ways annoy and disturb the harmony and good order of such assemblages, in violation of good behaviour, all of which tend to a breach of the peace; with the view to remedy these evils --

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Corporation of Fredericksburg, That all persons who shall at any public meeting of the citizens, or at any exhibition, or show of any kind, held within the limits of this Corporation, wilfully interrupt the same, so as to annoy any portion of the persons attending them, of either of them, as specified in the annexed preamble, or wilfully do any other act or thing, calculated to annoy or disturb the enjoyment of others, or to violate or tending to violate the peace of the Commonwealth, shall, upon conviction thereof, before any Justice of the Peace, pay a fine not less than one, nor more than five dollars, and also the costs of the said prosecution, to be paid to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation; and if the offender be a minor, judgment shall be given against his father or guardian, or master, if bound as an apprentice, as the case may be, who shall pay the said fine and costs.
     2. Be it further ordained, That it shall be the duty of the Police Officers of this Corporation, to attend such meetings, exhibitions, and shows, and to suppress all riotous conduct, tending to the violation of this Ordinance, or a breach of the peace; and they are hereby required to take the offender before some Justice of the Peace for this Corporation, that be or they may be dealt with according to law.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from its passage.

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CHAPTER 7.

An Ordinance concerning Dogs.

(Passed April 26, 1850.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That a tax for the current fiscal year, of one dollar on each dog, and five dollars on each bitch, owned by persons residing within the limits of this Town, be and the same is hereby imposed; said tax to be paid to the Mayor of the Town, who, upon the receipt thereof shall furnish, without cost or charge therefor, to the persons paying the same, a collar with the Corporation stamp thereon, to be worn around the neck of his or her dog.
     2. Be it further ordained, That all dogs owned by residents bf this town, which shall be found running at large in the streets, without a collar with the Corporation stamp thereon; shall be liable to be killed; and it is hereby made the duty of the Police Officers, to kill all such, by shooting or otherwise, and to have such as may be killed, buried without the limits of the town, and, for each dog so killed and buried without the limits of the town, the said officers shall be entitled to and receive a fee of one dollar, to be recovered by warrant, with costs of the owner of the dog so killed, if any owner can be found; otherwise, or in the event of the owner being insolvent, then the same to be paid by the Corporation, upon affidavit being made by said officer, of the service rendered.
     3. Be it further ordained, That the Mayor be and he is hereby authorized to procure, at the expense of the Corporation, such a number of collars with the Corporation stamp thereon, as may in his dicretion be deemed necessary, and that he render to the Council at the end of each quarter of the fiscal year, an account of the expense incurred in the purchase of collars, and the amount of tax received under and by virtue of this Ordinance.
     4. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the first day of June, 1850.

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CHAPTER 8.

An Ordinance amendatory of the Ordinances concerning Nuisances.

(Passed June 12, 1850.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the Ordinance of the 20th February, 1836, be and the same is hereby so amended, as to subject to the fines and penalties therein named, each and every person who shall throw or cause to be thrown into the market space or any of the public streets or alleys of the town, any straw, hay, loose papers, or other matter offensive to the sight.
     2. Be it further ordained, That in all cases of violations of this, or any Ordinance of the Corporation concerning nuisances, where the offender or offenders are unknown, and the expense of the removal or abatement of the nuisance cannot be recovered of the party offending, it shall be and is hereby made the duty of the Mayor, to cause said nuisance to be removed or abated forthwith at the expense of the Corporation.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the first day of July, 1850.

CHAPTER 9.

An Ordinance concerning Licenses.

(Passed August 16, 1850.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That in all cases where by an existing order or Ordinance of this Corporation, a tax on licenses is imposed, or where, by any future order or Ordinance of the same, a tax may be imposed, it shall be the duty of the persons subject to said tax to pay the amount thereof

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to the Chamberlain of the Corporation for the time being taking his receipt therefor; and the Mayor, upon the production of said receipt, shall issue a license to the party applying for the same.
     2. In all cases of violations of this Ordinance, or where any person or persons subject to said tax, shall fail or refuse to take out a license, the party so offending shall be subject to a fine of twice the amount of the tax imposed, as the case may be; said fine to be recovered by warrant in the name of the Chamberlain, with costs, before the Mayor or any Justice of the Peace for the town aforesaid; one moiety whereof shall go to the informer, and the other to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation.
     3. The Chamberlain of the Corporation shall, in his annual settlement, account for all taxes and fines received by him under and by virtue of this Ordinance, and his receipts for the same shall be taken as evidence of payment.
     4. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 10.

An Ordinance Supplemental to the Ordinance passed 23d June, 1829, to prevent the straining or breaking horses, and to prevent persons from riding on the footways.

(Passed September 13, 1850.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person to turn his of her horse loose or at large, or permit his or her horse to be turned loose or to run at large within the limits of the Town aforesaid. Any person violating this Ordinance shall be subject to the same fines and penalties that are imposed by the third section of said Ordinance of the 23d June, 1829, for its violation.

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2. This Ordinance shall he in force from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 11.

An Ordinance regulating the sale of Fresh Fish and Crabs in the Town.

(Passed February 21, 1852.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That from and after the first day of March, 1852, it shall not be lawful to take a stand for a longer time than thirty minutes, for the sale of fresh fish or crabs, in any street or place within the limits of the Town aforesaid, other than the market space, which is hereby declared to be the fish market.
     2. Be it further ordained, That if any person shall offend herein, he, she, or they shall be subject to a fine of not less than one or more than five dollars, at the discretion of the Justice of the Peace imposing the same; said fine to be recovered by warrant, with costs, before any Justice of the Peace for the Town aforesaid.
     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the first day of March, 1852.

CHAPTER 12.

An Ordinance amendatory of "an Ordinance for the better "preservation of the quiet and good order of the Town."

(Passed August 20, 1852.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That hereafter, if any slave be found in the streets of the town, or absent from the lot or

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premises of his or her master or owner, after ten o'clock at night, without a pass or some token, showing that said slave is in business for his or her master or owner, it shall be, and is hereby made, the duty of the Police Officers to arrest said slave, and confine him or her in the jail of the Corporation until the morning following such arrest, and then to carry him or her before the Mayor of the town, or some other Justice of Peace, who shall order such slave to receive not less than five nor more than thirty lashes, at the public whipping post; Provided, always, That the infliction of the lashes may be remitted at the discretion of the Justice of the Peace before whom such slave may be taken, upon the payment by the master or owner of said slave, of a fine not exceeding two dollars, and the costs of arrest.
     2. Be it further ordained, That hereafter, if any free negro, or mulatto, be found in the streets of the town, or absent from his or her lot or tenement, after the hour named in the preceding section of this Ordinance, unless upon urgent business, (to be judged of by the officer arresting him or her,) it shall be the duty of the Police officers to arrest such free negro or mulatto, and confine him or her in the jail of the Corporation, until the morning following such arrest, and then to carry him or her before the Mayor of the town, or some other Justice of the Peace, who shall order such free negro or mulatto, to receive not less than five nor more than thirty lashes, at the public whipping post; Provided, always, That the infliction of the lashes may be remitted at the discretion of the Justice of the Peace before whom such free negro or mulatto may be taken, upon the payment by him or her, of a fine not exceeding two dollars, and the costs of arrest.
     3. Be it further ordained, That all fines received for violations of this Ordinate, shall be paid over by the Justice of the Peace receiving them as follows, viz : one-half to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation, and the other half to the officer making the arrest.

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     4. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 15th day of September, 1852.

CHAPTER 13.

An Ordinance prohibiting slaves and free negroes from selling or bartering, or bringing into the Town for the purpose of selling or bartering, articles of any description on the Sabbath day.

(Passed September 27, 1852.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That no slave or free negro shall sell or barter, or bring into the town for the purpose of selling or bartering, articles of any description, on the Sabbath day.
     2. Be it further ordained, That any slave or free negro violating this Ordinance, shall be liable to arrest and confinement in the jail, until released there from by the order of a Justice, and upon the payment of the fee for the arrest and the jail fees.
     3. Be it further ordained, That it shall be the duty of the Police Officers to execute the foregoing Ordinance, and for every arrest made, they shall be entitled to a fee of not less than one nor more than three dollars, at the discretion of the Justice; one-half of which fee shall go to the officer making the arrest, and the other half to the Chamberlain of the Corporation, to be appropriated towards employing additional police if necessary; the said fees to be recoverable by warrant, in case of a slave, from his or her master, and in ease of a free negro, from whom the fee cannot be made, he or she shall be liable to be punished by stripes, not exceeding ten, at the discretion of the Justice.
     4. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 15th day of October next.

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CHAPTER 13

Resolution.

(Passed April 18, 1853.)

     Resolved, That every exhibitor of a public show, amusement, or exhibition of any kind, for pay, be required to employ two Police Officers of the town to keep order, and to pay them one dollar each, for each exhibition; and on failure of any exhibitor so to employ the Police Officers and to pay them as aforesaid, he or they shall forfeit and pay to the Corporation, for the use of the Corporation, the sum of ten dollars.

CHAPTER 14.

An Ordinance to punish the keeping of Noisy and Disorderly Houses in the Town by Negroes

(Passed June 17, 1853.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That hereafter if any negro or negroes, shall keep a noisy and disorderly house in the town, to the annoyance and disquiet of any citizen thereof, upon complaint thereof, to the Mayor or some other Justice of the Peace of the town aforesaid, it shall be and is hereby made his duty, to cause such negro or negroes to be arrested, and brought before him, or some other Justice of the Peace of the Corporation, and upon proof that he she or they are guilty of keeping a noisy and disorderly house, the Mayor or Justice of the Peace, before whom such conviction shall take place, shall impose a fine of not less than one nor more than ten dollars, and if the fine so imposed shall not be paid by the party convicted, nor by the owner or employer of such negro or negroes, then such negro or negroes shall be pun-

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ished by stripes at the discretion of the Mayor or Justice before whom such a conviction shall take place; Provided, always, Said stripes shall not be less than five, nor more than thirty-nine in number.
     2. This ordinance shall be in force from and after the 1st day of July, 1853.

CHAPTER 15.

An Ordinance prohibiting the keeping of Hog Pens in the Corporation of Fredericksburg.

(Passed July 12, 1853.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That no person shall, between the first day of June and the first day of November in any year, or prior to the first day of November of the present year, erect or keep a hog-pen, or keep a hog within any house within the limits of this Corporation, and any person so offending, if a free person, shall forfeit and pay to the Corporation the sum of one dollar for every day such hog-pen or hog shall be so kept, and shall moreover be liable to have the said nuisance abated by the Police officer, and pay the costs thereof, to be recovered by a warrant before a Justice of the Peace of this Corporation; and the owner of any slave, who shall knowingly permit his said slave to keep a hog-pen, shall pay the penalties aforesaid, recoverable as aforesaid, and the slave so offending shall, upon conviction of the said offence, be punished with stripes at the public whipping-post, not exceeding thirty-nine for every said offence.
     2. Nothing in this Ordinance contained, shall prevent any Butcher or Butchers of the town aforesaid, from keeping hogs in his or their lots, adjoining the slaughter-houses of said butcher or butchers, for the purpose of consuming the offal from said slaughter-houses; Provided, Said hogs be kept in open and spacious lots, and not in pens or styes.

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     3. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 19th of July 1853.

Extract from the proceedings of the Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg.

(Passed July 12, 1853.)

     The following resolution was adopted:
     Resolved, That any hog with an iron ring in its nose of two inches in diameter, and not less than one-eighth of an inch in thickness, may be permitted to run at large in the streets of the town from this date until the first day of November next.

CHAPTER 16.

An Ordinance prohibiting further Interments in the Public Burying ground fronting on Prince Edward Street.

(Passed July 12, 1853.)

     Sec.1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That hereafter it shall not be lawful for any person of persons, to open a grave or to inter the dead body of any person, in what is known as the public burying ground, fronting on Prince Edward Street; and bounded on the north by William street, and on the south by George street; and that any person so offending, if a white person, shall pay for every such offence the sum of fifty dollars, to be recovered by warrant with costs, before any Justice of the Peace of the Corporation of Fredericksburg; and any slave or free negro offending herein shall, upon conviction thereof before a Justice, be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty dollars and, upon failure to pay such fine,

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shall receive not less than twenty, nor more than thirty-nine lashes, at the public whipping-post.
     2. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after the 19th of July, 1853.

CHAPTER 17.

An Ordinance forbidding the erection of buildings to be used as Cow-Houses, and for other purposes.

(Passed August 11, 1853.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That it shall not be lawful for any person hereafter, to erect or put up on his or her lot, any Cow-house, or building to be used as such, within fifteen feet of any dwelling-house on an adjacent or neighboring lot; and any person offending herein, shall forfeit and pay for every day such building shall stand, the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered by warrant, for the use of the Corporation.
     2. Be it further ordained, That if any building, within fifteen feet of any dwelling house, used as a cow-house, shall be offensive to the health or comfort of the occupiers of such dwelling house, it shall be the duty of the Mayor or any Justice of the Peace of the Corporation, upon complaint made, to notify the owner or occupier of the lot on which such building stands, to discontinue the use thereof as a cow-house, and if the owner or occupier of the lot on which said building is, shall not discontinue the use thereof, pursuant to such notice, he or she shall forfeit and pay not less than two nor more than ten dollars, for every day that such use shall continue, to be recovered as aforesaid.
     3. Be it further ordained, That it shall not be lawful for any person hereafter, to erect or put up on his or her lot, a necessary, or building to be used as such, within ten feet of any dwelling-house, on an adjacent or neighboring lot, or within

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ten feet of any street of the town; and any person offending herein, shall forfeit and pay, for every day such building shall stand, the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered as aforesaid.
     4. Be it further ordained, That if any building, now standing within ten feet of any dwelling-house on an adjacent or neighboring lot; or within ten feet of any street of the town, used as a necessary, shall be offensive to the health or comfort of the occupiers of such dwelling house, or to persons passing along the street on which such building or necessary may be situated, it shall be the duty of the Mayor or any Justice of the Peace of the Corporation, upon complaint being made, to notify the owner or occupier of the lot on which such building or necessary stands, to remove the same; and if the owner or occupier of the lot on which such building or necessary is, shall not remove the same, pursuant to such notice, he or she shall forfeit and pay, not less than two, nor more than ten dollars for every day such building or necessary shall remain unremoved, to be recovered by warrant as aforesaid.
     5. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 18.

An Ordinance amendatory of the Supplemental Ordinance concerning Railroads in the Town of Fredericksburg, and to regulate the use of Cars and other Carriages on the same.

(Passed August 11, 1853.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That the third section of the Supplementary Ordinance of the 19th of December, 1842, be and the same is hereby so amended, as to read as follows: That hereafter, it shall not he lawful for any railroad car, engine, carriage, or other vehicle of any kind, to be driven or propelled by steam, animal-power, or otherwise, upon any

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railroad or rail-track, in any street in the town of Fredericksburg, at a rate greater than four miles per hour; and that the railroad company to which such car, engine, carriage or other vehicle shall belong, shall be adjudged to pay, and shall pay, a fine of twenty dollars, for each violation of this Ordinance.

CHAPTER 19.

An Ordinance prohibiting the throwing of water in the streets and footways of the Town at and around a public Pump.

(Passed September 6, 1853.)

     Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Fredericksburg, That it shall not be lawful for any person, bond or free, to throw or cause to be thrown, any water, into any of the public streets or footways, at and around a public pump, except in the regular drain from said pump. Any free person offending herein, shall forfeit and pay to the Corporation for every such offence, the sum of one dollar, to be recovered with costs, before a Justice of the Peace of said Corporation, by warrant. And any slave offending herein, and being thereof convicted before a Justice of the Peace of said Corporation, shall receive on his or her bare back, any number of lashes not exceeding thirty-nine, unless his or her master or employer shall pay the sum of one dollar, for every such offence.
     2. This Ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.

CHAPTER 20.

An Ordinance amendatory of the " Ordinance to punish disorderly and riotous conduct in the streets of the Town."

(Passed September 26, 1853.)

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day of May, 1846, be and the same is hereby amended in the following particulars, to-wit: First. That in place of the words "in the streets of the town," occurring in said Ordinance, the words "within the limits of the town" be inserted. Secondly, That the Justices of the Peace shall, at their discretion, either impose the fine prescribed by said Ordinance, or cause to be inflicted, stripes not exceeding thirty-nine in number, upon any slave or free negro, who may be convicted of the offence described in said ordinance, so amended.

CONTENTS Page
An ordinance repealing in part the ordinance concerning sales of manufactured articles in the streets, &c. 1
An ordinance to punish disorderly and riotous conduct in the streets, 2 & 3
An ordinance concerning dogs 3 & 8
An ordinance to amend "an ordinance to license and regulate drays, carts, and wagons" 4
An ordinance amending "an ordinance to prevent the straining or breaking of horses, and to prevent persons riding on the footways," 6
An ordinance to restrain disorderly and indecorous behaviour at exhibitions, &c. 6
An ordinance amending the ordinance concerning nuisances 9
An ordinance concerning licenses 9
An ordinance supplemental to the ordinance to prevent the straining or breaking horses, and to prevent persons from riding on the footways 10
An ordinance regulating the sale of fresh fish and crabs 11
An ordinance amending "an ordinance for the better preservation of the quiet and good order of the town" 11
An ordinance prohibiting slaves and free negroes from selling, &c, articles of any description on the Sabbath 13
Resolution concerning exhibitors of public shows 14
An ordinance to punish the keeping of noisy and disorderly houses in the town by negroes 14
An ordinance prohibiting the keeping of hog-pens in the town 15
An ordinance prohibiting further interments in the public burying-ground fronting on Prince Edward street 18
An ordinance forbidding the erection of buildings to be used as cow-houses, and for other purposes 17
An ordinance amending the ordinance concerning railroads, &c. 18
An ordinance prohibiting the throwing of water in the streets and footways of the town, at and around a public pump 19
An ordinance amending the ordinance to punish disorderly and riotous conduct in the streets of the town 19



Last Updated on 11 September 2007
Entered by Gary Stanton