Evidently, there were trees being cut down and building items taken at the site where it was being built to invoke this Act.
Steps to establishing the University of Alabama
- In 1818, the federal government authorized the Alabama Territory to set aside a township for the establishment of a “seminary of learning.” Alabama was officially admitted to the Union on Dec. 14, 1819.
- On December 18, 1820, an educational seminary was established officially and named “The University of the State of Alabama.”
- Inaugural ceremonies for the University were held on April 12, 1831
AN ACT PROTECTING TREES AND PROPERTY
(Transcribed from Alabama State Gazette, Cahaba, Alabama April 3, 1825)
To prevent the commission of Trespasses on the Lands
vested in the Trustees of the University of Alabama, and for other purposes.
Sec. 1 BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That if any person or persons, shall hereafter unlawfully enter upon and cut down, carry away or destroy any tree or trees, on any of the lands vested by law in the trustees of the University of the State of Alabama, every such person or persons being lawfully convicted thereof before a justice of the peace, shall forfeit and pay the said trustees the sum of ten dollars for every tree so cut down, carried away or destroyed, and moreover shall be committed to the jail of the county in which such offence has been committed, there to remain until he or they shall pay the fine and costs assessed against him or them, unless such person or persons so convicted, shall execute to the said justice a bond with good security, payable to the trustees for the amount assessed as aforesaid within fourteen days thereafter, which said bond with security, shall have the effect of a judgment; and provided the same should not be punctually paid, it shall be the duty of such justice to issue an execution thereon against such obligor or obligors, and their securities, or their executors or administrators jointly; and all money received by such justice in pursuance of the provisions of this act shall be paid over by the said justice or his successors in office, as the case may be, to the trustees of the University of Alabama.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall unlawfully enter upon and destroy or remove any improvements situate on the lands vested as aforesaid in the trustees of the University of Alabama, or unlawfully enter upon & commit any trespass or trespasses not provided by the first section of this act, such person or persons so unlawfully entering upon and destroying, or removing such improvement, or committing such trespass or trespasses, shall be proceeded against and punished in the manner as described by the fifth section of an act, passed the eighth day of Dec. 1820, entitled ‘An act to establish a State University.’
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the trustees aforesaid, shall have power to appoint such number of persons as they may deem expedient, residing near the said lands for the purpose of protecting the same from trespasses, and to make them a reasonable compensation. —
This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passage thereof.
Approved, Dec. 25, 1824
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