Whereas sound policy dictates, that rewards should be held out to those who have rendered essential service to our country:
1. Be it therefore enacted by the general assembly, That the governor be authorized and requested to purchase and set free, on behalf of this commonwealth, Pharoah, a slave, the property of Philip Sheppard, and Tom, a slave, the property of Elizabeth Sheppard; the amount of said money to be paid out of any money in the treasury.
2. This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passing thereof.