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strike out the words ‘Whereas the’ in the beginning of the bill and insert ‘Whereas it is sometimes requisite for the public convenience that roads should be opened thro’ the lands and plantations of others, whereby the proprietors not only lose the use of the lands occupied by such road but also are often obliged to make and keep up fences on each side thereof, and it is just they should receive compensation for the same. Be it therefore enacted by authority of the same that upon the return of the persons appointed to view and report the conveniences and inconveniences of any public road proposed, if the court shall be of opinion that such road may be convenient, they shall if required by the proprietor or proprietors of the land thro’ which such road is proposed to be opened, order a writ to be issued in the nature of an ad quod damnum to the sheriff of their county commanding him to enquirer by the oath of good and lawful men of his sd county to what damage or prejudice of such proprietor or proprietors so requesting such writ it will be if the sd road shall be established. and upon the return of the inquisition if the court shall be of opinion that such road ought to be established, then it shall and may be lawful for the justices of the sd court, and they are hereby required, at the next laying of their county levy, to levy and pay to the proprietor or proprietors at whose instance such writ of ad quod damnum