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|See May 1783, ch. 8, sec 13.|
|I. WHEREAS difficulties have arisen in carrying into execution so much of an act, intituled, "An act to establish certain and adequate funds for the redemption of certificates granted to the officers and soldiers for their arrears of pay and depreciation," as respects the distribution of the money collected by virtue of the said act, amongst the holders of the said certificates, or the warrants granted for interest arising on the same: For remedy whereof,||Funds for payment of certificates & interest warrants, apportioned among holders.|
|II. Be it enacted, That the treasurer shall once at least in every twelve months, and not oftener than once in every three months, proportion the money in his hands appropriated by law for the redemption of the aforesaid certificates and warrants, amongst the holders of the warrants for interest on the said certificates. And to the intent that the said proportion may be properly ascertained, the treasurer shall cause notice to be given in the public Gazettes that such payment will be made to the holders of the said warrants who shall apply at the treasury for the same before a certain day to be named in the said notice; which day so appointed for payment, shall not be in less than forty nor more than sixty days after such publication in the Gazettes. And the treasurer, on the day so appointed for payment, proportion and pay the aforesaid money in his hands amongst the holders of the aforesaid interest warrants, who shall have made application to him for the same between the day of publication aforesaid and the day preceeding that appointed for such payment; and if any overplus shall remain after making payment of the interest warrants aforesaid, the same shall be applied in fair and equal proportion towards the payment|| |
Treasurer to advertise.
|of the principal of the certificates aforesaid. Provided always, That such payment shall not annually exceed one-eighth of the amount of such certificates, noting on such certificates the sums so respectively paid. And should it at any time so happen that by means of a deficiency of money in the hands of the treasurer, a partial payment shall be made of any interest warrant, such partial payment shall in like manner be noted on such warrant.|| Proviso. |
Treasurer to endorse payments,
|III. And be it further enacted, That if the holders of any of the said interest warrants shall fail to apply for their proportion of the same at any period appointed by the treasurer for that purpose, it shall and may be lawful for the treasurer on future application for payment, to pay such sum or sums of money to the holders of such warrants tendered to him, as will put them on the same footing with those who have received payment at any former time which may have been appointed for such apportionment, reserving always a sufficient sum to pay those who have applied within the time appointed by public notification as aforesaid.||Holders to receive in equal proportions, altho' some may not hove applied for payment, within the time advertised.|
An act concerning the goal in the city of Williamsburg.
I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That all persons taken on civil or criminal process in the county of James City, may be committed to the public goal in the city of Williamsburg, in like manner as if the same was within the limits of the said county.
|Persons taken in civil or criminal process in James City may be committed to the public jail in Williamsburg.|
| CHAP. XIX.|
An act for incorporating the town of Petersburg, and for other purposes.
|I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the towns of Petersburg, Blandford, Pocahuntas, and Ravenscrofts, shall henceforth be united and stiled the town of Petersburg, and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at the mouth of Poor creek, on Appamattox river; thence south eighteen degrees east two hundred and five pole to the north-east corner of the church yard wall; thence along the said wall to the south-east corner; thence along the front wall to the south-west corner; thence west two hundred and sixty two pole to a pine tree north of the oaks in or near the line between Robert Bolling and John Tabb; thence south sixteen degrees east two hundred & twenty seven pole; thence south seventy seven degrees west two hundred poll to the line of Joseph Jones; thence along his line and the line of Halcot Pride, north eighteen degree west two hundred and sixty-one pole, to the north side of the road that runs on the south side of Pride's race ground; thence along the said road to the west end of Banister's land, where it corners above his dwelling-house; thence due north to Appamattox river; thence down the north bank of the said river until it strikes the west boundary of Pocahuntas; thence along the west and north boundary thereof to Charles Duncan's neck; thence along the north side of the high land in the said neck, until it comes opposite to the mouth of Poor creek; thence a direct line to the beginning. And on the first Wednesday in September, in the present, and on the same day in every year afterwards, the freeholders of lots within the said town, whether improved or not, and whether such freeholders reside therein or not, and the house-keepers and inhabitants of the said town, who shall have resided therein at any time for the space of three months, without the intermision of one twelve months, and possess in their own right within the same moveable or immoveable property to the value of fifty pounds, shall meet at the house of William Durell, or at such other place as shall by a bye law be hereafter|| Towns of Blandford, Pocahuntas, and Ravenscrofts, united, and
stiled town of Petersburg.|
|appointed, and shall then and there elect by ballot, twelve fit and able men, being freeholders and inhabitants of the said town, who, or a major part thereof, shall, on the same or second day thereafter, between the hours of eight and twelve in the forenoon, publicly elect by ballot from among themselves, one person to act as mayor, another as recorder, and four others as aldermen, of the said town, and the other six of whom shall be common council. The services of the persons at any time elected, mayor, recorder, aldermen, or of the common council, shall not be continued longer than until other persons shall have been elected to those offices respectively, or than the expiration of the second day immediately following the said first Wednesday in September in every year, as the case may be, but they may nevertheless be re-elected, except that no person shall be capable of acting as mayor more than once in any term of three years; vacancies occasioned by death, disability, or resignation, at any time before the annual election, shall be supplied by the choice of the mayor, recorder, aldermen, and common council, in common hall assembled; that is to say, a vacancy in the office of mayor or recorder, shall be supplied out of the aldermen; a vacancy in the office of alderman, out of the common council; and a vacancy in the common council, out of the freeholders and inhabitants of the said town. The mayor, recorder, and aldermen, to be elected for this present year, shall not enter upon the execution of their office, before they shall respectively take an oath or affirmation before some justice of the peace for the county of Dinwiddie, for the faithful discharge of the duties thereof; and the mayor, recorder, and aldermen, to be elected afterwards, shall take such oath or affirmation before they respectively enter upon the duties of their office, in presence of the court of hustings, or of some meeting of the common council hereafter mentioned.|
Mayor, recorder, alderman, & common council, how chosen.
Term of service.
Vacanes, how supplied.
Oath of office.
|II. And be it enacted, That the said freeholders, house-keepers, and inhabitants, and those persons who shall hereafter become freeholders, house-keepers, or inhabitants as aforesaid, shall be a body politic and corporate, by the name of the mayor, aldermen, and commonalty, of the town of Petersburg; and by that name have perpetual succession and common seal. −− They and their successors, by the name aforesaid,|| Incorporated. |
Style of corporation.
|shall be able and capable in law to have, purchase, receive, enjoy, possess, and retain to them and their successors for ever, any lands, rents, tenements, hereditaments, of what kind, nature, or quality soever, and also to sell, grant, demise, alien, or dispose of the same; and by the same name to sue and implead, be sued and impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts and places; and from time to time under their common seal, to make and establish such bye-laws, rules, and ordinances, not contrary to the constitution or laws of the commonwealth, as shall by them be thought necessary for the good ordering and government of such persons as shall from time to time reside within the limits of the said town, or shall be concerned in interest therein. That they and their successors, by the name aforesaid, shall especially have power to rent, erect, or repair work-houses, houses of correction, a court-house, prison, market-house, and hospitals, for the reception of persons infected with contagious disorders, and other public buildings for the benefit of the said town; to pay the charges of removing such infected persons to the hospital, to provide doctors, nurses, and other necessary attendants, as well as guards, to prevent the spreading of such disorders; to purchase fire engines, to hire proper fire-men to keep such engines at all times in good order, and to be ready for service; to cause wells to be sunk, and pumps provided; to appoint and pay watchmen; and to repair and keep in order the streets and lands in the said town; and to impose taxes on the white and black male tithables, and on the property real and personal, within the said town, for the execution of all or any of the powers hereby given them, taking care however, that no more than one third of the sum to be levied, shall be levied on the tithables aforesaid; to make provision and regulations for collecting and accounting for the taxes raised, by the appointing a collector, or directing distress to be made for delinquencies, or by any other ways or means; to erect wharfs, and to lay a reasonable duty on the vessels coming to and using the same, for the purpose of defraying the expence of erecting and keeping in repair the wharfs so erected; and to hold two fairs in each year, to wit, one on the second Thursday in October, and the other on the second Thursday in May; to fix fines upon every billiard|| Corporate powers. |
Power to erect public buildings, market-house, &c.
To provide against fire, regulate internal police, &c.
To impose taxes.
|table and tippling house, booth or tent, within the jurisdiction of the corporation; and to demand reasonable fees for every ordinary licence within the same, over and above those established for raising a revenue; and to expel disorderly persons who shall not have been resident therein for twelve months. That all acts herein directed to be done by the mayor, recorder, aldermen, and common council, shall be done by them when assembled in common hall, when seven members shall be present, of which the mayor, recorder, or eldest alderman, shall be always one. They shall meet upon the summons of such mayor, or in his absence, sickness or disability of both mayor and recorder, then of the eldest alderman.|| Fines on billiard tables, tippling houses, &c.|
Tax on ordinary licenses.
Common Hall, how constituted, and convened; its powers.
|III. And be it enacted, That the mayor, recorder, and aldermen, or any four or more of them, shall have power to hold a court of hustings on the first Wednesday in every month. The jurisdiction of such court shall relate to those cases which originate within the limits of the said town, and shall be the same as the jurisdiction of the county court as established by the act of the general assembly, intituled, "An act for establishing county courts, and regulating the proceedings therein," except in the following instances, the said court shall not hear and determine any penal case, unless it be for a breach of laws of the corporation, the penalty whereof does not exceed forty shillings, or two hundred pounds of crop tobacco; nor of any action beyond the value of ten pounds, or one thousand pounds weight of crop tobacco, unless it be in ejectment. The said court shall have the further power of examining and trying criminals for all offences committed within the limits of the said corporation, either at their monthly sessions or in the vacation, in the same manner as the county courts can or may do by law. The said court shall have the sole power of licencing tavern-keepers, and settling their rates; appoing a clerk of the market; establishing an assize of bread, wine, wood, coal, and other things; and also appointing a serjeant, who shall have the power of a sheriff; constables, and other necessary officers of the court, and surveyors of the streets; and any other officers, not specially directed in this act to be appointed by any other power. The same fees shall be|| Court of hustings. −− jurisdiction.|
Exclusive power of licensing tavern keepers and fixing their rates; appointing clerk of the market; establishing assize of bread, &c.
|allowed to the officers of the court as are by law allowed to the clerk and sheriff of a county, and shall be collected and accounted for in the same manner. No officer of the court shall enter upon his office, until he shall have taken an oath, or affirmation, before the court, for the faithful discharge thereof. The serjeant shall moreover give bond with sufficient security, payable to the mayor, recorder, aldermen, and common council, and their successors, in a reasonable penalty, for the due execution of his office.|| sergeant, surveyors of streets, &c. |
Fees of officers.
Oath of office.
Bond by sergeant.
|IV. And be it further enacted, That the mayor, recorder, and aldermen, shall each be vested with the powers of justices of the peace within the said town, for matters arising within the same, according to the laws of this commonwealth. The mayor, recorder, any alderman, or common councilman, may be removed from his office for good cause, and after due summons, by the opinion of seven members of the common hall; and that no bye-law, ordinance, or regulation, shall be binding, unless the same shall have been passed and entered into by the voice of seven members of the common hall. That the court of hustings in the said town of Petersburg shall be, and is hereby constituted a court of record, and as such to receive probate of wills and deeds, and grant administrations, in as full and ample manner as the county courts by law can or may do.|| Mayor, recorder and aldermen, same powers as justices of the
How removable from office.
Court of Hustings, a court of record.
|V. Provided always, and be it enacted, That no will shall be admitted to proof or record in the said court, nor shall the said court grant administration, unless the testator or intestate, as the case may be, was resident within the limits of the jurisdiction of the said court at the time of his or her death; nor shall any deed, whereby lands are conveyed, be admitted to proof or record in the said court, unless such lands lie within the limits as aforesaid. No ordinary-keeper in the town of Petersburg shall be capable of serving as mayor, recorder, alderman, or common councilman, for the said town.|| Rules in probats of wills, and granting administrations.|
Restrictions as to deeds.
Ordinaay keepers, ineligible as mayor, recorder, etc.
|VI. And be it further enacted, That the courts of hustings in the city of Williamsburg and borough of Norfolk, are hereby constituted courts of record, and may receive probate of wills and deeds, and grant administrations, in the same manner and under the like restrictions as the court of hustings in the town of||Court of hustings of Williamsburg and Norfolk, constituted courts of record|
|Petersburg can or may do by this act. The court of hustings in the city of Richmond shall have the same power of examining and trying criminals as the court of hustings for the town of Petersburg. Provided nevertheless, That nothing in this act shall extend to give the court of hustings in the said town of Petersburg a jurisdiction in any action or suit whatever, unless the defendant shall reside within the limits thereof.|| May receive proof of wills and deeds.|
Criminal jurisdiction of hustings of Richmond,
|I. BE it enacted, That the sheriffs, under sheriffs, or other officers authorized by law to hold elections of senators and delegates, shall within sixty days after every selection for their respective districts, counties, cities, or boroughs, return to the clerk of the house of delegates, and to the clerk of the senate, as the case may require, certificates of such elections under their hands and seals, and shall furnish each delegate and senator with a duplicate thereof. Any sheriff, under sheriff, or other officer, failing to make such return within the time above-mentioned, shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifty pounds; to be recovered by bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record within this commonwealth; one half to the use of the commonwealth, and the other half to the informer. −− If any sheriff or deputy sheriff, shall directly or indirectly so interfere in the election of senators or delegates, as to shew partiality for any of the candidates, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of two hundred pounds; to be recovered on bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record; one moiety to the use of the informer, and the other to the sue of the commonwealth; and moreover be deprived of his right of voting for two years at any such election thereafter.|| |
Return of election of senators and delegates, when to be made by sheriffs.
Penalty for neglect.
Penalty on sheriffs interfering in elections.
|II. And be it further enacted, That the meeting of the general assembly shall be on the third Monday in October annually, unless convened at some other time by the governor, agreeable to the powers vested in him by the constitution or form of government. So much of an ordinance of convention, intituled, "An ordinance for regulating the election of delegates, and ascertaining their allowances, and also for regulating the election of committee men in the several counties and corporations within this colony, and for other purposes," as comes within the purview of this act, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed.||Meeting of general assembly to be annual.|
|I. WHEREAS the United States in congress assembled, more effectually to preserve the commercial interests thereof, ought to be invested with power for a limited time, to prohibit the importation and exportation of goods, wares, and merchandizes, to and from any of the United States, in vessels not the property of the states, or the subjects of a power who shall have formed a commercial treaty with the same;||Preamble.|
|II. Be it enacted, That the United States in congress assembled, shall be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered, to prohibit in any manner they shall think proper, for any term not exceeding fifteen years, the importation and exportation of any goods, wares, or merchandize, to or from this state, in vessels belonging to or navigated by the subjects of any power with whom the United States shall not have formed treaties of commerce; and also for the like term to prohibit the subjects of any foreign state, kingdom, or empire; unless authorized by treaty, from importing into this state,||Congress empowered to prohibit importation and exportation of goods to or from this state, in vessels belonging to subjects of powers, with whom they have no commercial treaties.|
|goods, wares, or merchandize, which are not the produce or manufacture of the dominion of the sovereign whose subjects they are. Provided, That to all acts passed by the United States in congress assembled, in pursuance of the above powers, the assent of nine states shall be necessary. This act shall commence and be in force, so soon as each and every state in the union shall pass similar acts. And as soon as the governor of this commonwealth shall be notified that each and every state in the union have passed similar acts, he shall, and he is hereby authorized, to issue his proclamation declaring this act in force.|
An act to exempt Quakers from attending musters.
|I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That all the people called quakers are hereby exempted from attending private or general musters in their respective counties.||Quakers exempted from attending musters.|
|II. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That no quaker shall be exempted from appearing at musters as aforesaid, until he shall produce to the lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia of his county, a testimonial or certificate from the monthly meeting to which he belongs, that he is really and bona fide one of the people called quakers, and is acknowledged and received by them as a member of their society. And if at any time any person calling himself a quaker, shall be excommunicated or excluded from the said society, the monthly meeting to which the said excluded person did belong, shall within three months after such exclusion, cause the same to be certified to the lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia of the county, and thereupon the person so excluded shall be deprived of the exemption from appearing at musters as aforesaid, and shall be subject to the fines and penalties inflicted by law for not appearing at musters.||Provided they produce testimonials of their being members of that society.|
|I. WHEREAS several counties within this commonwealth, have failed to collect and pay the one-eighth per cent. tax imposed by an act passed in the May session, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, intituled, "An act for recruiting this state's quota of troops to serve in the army of the United States," and it is right that such counties should contribute their just proportion thereof:||Delinquent counties compelled to pay the one-eighth per cent tax.|
|II. Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That the lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia of each county, where it has not been already done, shall within ten days after the receipt of this act, which the governor is directed to transmit as soon as possible to every such officer, proceed to divide the militia of his county into classes or districts, observing the same rules, and in like manner, and subject to the same penalties in case of failure, as is directed by the said recited act; and shall appoint a collector to each division, who shall be a freeholder, and thereupon the like proceedings shall be had as in the said act is particularly directed and prescribed, except so much thereof as relates to enlisting and drafting men as soldiers, which is hereby declared to be void. If any lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia, who hath hitherto neglected to divide the militia into classes, shall fail to account for and pay into the public treasury the amount of the tax to be collected within his county, agreeable to the said recited act, on or before the first day of October next, he shall, for such failure, be liable to a judgment for all deficiencies, by motion in the general court, at the instance of the solicitor general, together with costs, and five per centum damages, who is also empowered to award execution for the amount of such judgment; provided such officer have ten days previous notice of such motion.||Mode of collection.|
|III. And be it further enacted, That the lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia of each county,|
|where the classes have been allotted, and the tax not fully collected or accounted for by the collector of each class, shall, and they are hereby empowered to proceed to enforce the collection, and accounting for the same in like manner as is directed by the said recited act; and where judgments have heretofore been obtained against any such lieutenant or commanding officer of the militia for the balance due from such county for the aforesaid tax, execution shall be suspended until the first day of October next. Provided always, That no such judgment shall run out of date by reason of suspending an execution.|
|I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the inspection of tobacco at Dymer's ware-houses, on Dymer's creek , in the county of Lancaster, shall be, and the same is hereby revived and established; and the said ware-houses and Indian creek shall be under one inspection.||Inspection at Dymer's warehouse, in Lancaster, revived.|
|II. And whereas it is represented to this present assembly that the erecting a ware-house for the inspection of tobacco, on the lands of Elizabeth Spencer, Ann Swann Saunders, and Daniel Wooldridge, in the town of Petersburg, and county of Dinwiddie, will be of public benefit, and the proprietors of the land are willing to build the same:||Petersburg ware-house, on lands of Elizabeth Spencer and others established.|
|III. Be it therefore further enacted, That an inspection of tobacco shall be, and the same is hereby established at the said place, which shall be called and known by the name of Petersburg; and the transfer notes issued by the inspectors thereof shall be payable for public dues, in the same manner as those of Bollingbrook and Davis's. There shall be paid to each of||Salary of inspectors.|
|the inspectors at Petersburg ware-house the sum of sixty pounds per annum.|
|IV. And be it further enacted, That the inspection of tobacco at north and south Wicomico shall, from and after the first day of October next, be separate and distinct from any other. The inspectors at Indian creek and Dymer's, under one inspection, shall be allowed an annual salary of thirty pounds each; the inspectors at north and south Wicomico, under one inspection, forty pounds each; and the inspectors at Coan's, an annual salary of thirty-five pounds each.|| Inspection at north & south Wicomico separated from any
Inspectors salaries there and at Indian creek, & Dymers.
|V. And be it further enacted, That the inspection of tobacco at the college-landing, on James river, and at York town, on York river, shall, from and after the first day of October next, be under separate and distinct inspections; and the inspectors at each of the said inspections shall be allowed an annual salary of twenty-five pounds each.|| Inspections at college landing and York town.|
|I. WHEREAS it is represented to this present general assembly, by the president and trustees of Hampden-Sydney college, in the county of Prince Edward, that the very low state of the funds of the said college is likely to produce a dissolution of that seminary, and that there is a tract of land containing four hundred and twelve acres, adjoining the said college, lately belonging to Spiers and company, of Great Britain, but now the property of the commonwealth under the law of escheat and forfeiture, which would greatly aid the said college if a donation thereof was made by the general assembly. And whereas the interest and happiness of every people, as well as the duration of every free government, greatly depend upon the cultivation of literature;||Certain lands of Spiers and company, escheated to the commonwealth, vested in Hampden-Sydney college.|
|II. Be it therefore enacted, That the said tract of land, containing four hundred and twelve acres, shall be, and the same is hereby vested in the president and trustees of the said college, and their successors, for the use of the said college. And the court of the said county are hereby authorized and required to value the aforesaid land, and make a return of such valuation to the clerk of the general court on or before the first day of December next.|
|I. WHEREAS a considerable quantity of tobacco by the accidental burning of the public ware-houses at Rockey Ridge in the month of March last has been destroyed, the exact quantity of which, and the names of the proprietors, cannot now be ascertained: To the end therefore that it may fully appear to whom the tobacco so destroyed belonged, and that a just account thereof may be stated, and the suffers receive satisfaction for their several losses;||Commissioners appointed to ascertain losses of tobacco, by the burning of the ware-houses, at Rockey Ridge.|
|II> Be it enacted, That Archibald Cary, Turner Southall, John Harvey, Bernard Markham, Matthew Cheatham, and David Patteson, gentlemen, shall be, and they are hereby constituted and appointed commissioners, for taking, examining, and stating the accounts, claims, and demands, of the proprietors of the tobacco destroyed at the ware-houses aforesaid; and in stating the said accounts, the said commissioners, or any two or more of them, shall, and are hereby directed and required, to distinguish the quantity of crop and of transfer tobacco separately, and to express therein the value thereof in money at the time the same was|
|destroyed; which accounts the said commissioners, or any two of them, shall return under their hands and seals to the next session of assembly.|
|III. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners, or any two or more of them respectively, shall, and they are hereby empowered and required, to meet at such time or times, and at such places, as they shall think fit (of which time and place public notice shall be given in the Virginia Gazette at least four weeks before such meeting) and to examine any person or persons they shall think necessary for their information in all things relating to the said accounts, and to administer an oath, or affirmation, as the case shall require, to any person or persons, for the better discovering the true quantity of the tobacco so destroyed.||Mode of proceeding.|
|IV. And be it further enacted, That every of the said commissioners hereby constituted, before he enters upon the execution of this act, shall, before any justice of the peace, take the following oath: "I, A. B. do swear that I will, according to the best of my skill and knowledge, faithfully, impartially, and truly demean myself in taking, examining, and stating the accounts, claims, and demands, of the proprietors of the tobacco destroyed in Rockey Ridge ware-houses, according to the directions of the act of assembly lately made for that purpose." And for establishing funds for reimbursing the proprietors of the said tobacco.||Oath of commissioners.|
|V. Be it enacted, That the inspectors at the said ware-houses at Rockey Ridge, shall sell at public auction the tobacco which has been or may be saved therefrom, first paying and delivering to the persons who have saved such tobacco, one fourth thereof for their trouble and expences incurred therein; and shall give fourteen days notice at least of the time and place of such sale, and immediately pay the money arising from such sales to the treasurer of this commonwealth for the purposes aforesaid.||Duty & compensation of inspectors.|
|VI. And be it further enacted, That from and after the first day of October next, an additional duty of three shillings per hogshead, on every hogshead of tobacco passed at and shipped from any public ware-houses within this commonwealth, shall be paid to the inspectors at such ware-houses respectively, for the time being, at the time of delivering out and shipping||Additional duty on tobacco exported.|
|the said tobacco for exportation; to be paid and accounted for by the said inspectors, at the same time, and under the like rules and regulations, as is directed in the case of other duties on tobacco. And whereas several hogsheads of tobacco were lodged in private store-houses, for want of room in the said ware-houses, which were saved, and ought to be delivered to the owners thereof, but the inspectors books being destroyed, the owners of such tobacco are not known.:|
|VII. Be it therefore enacted, That the inspectors at the said ware-houses at Rockey Ridge shall deliver all tobacco coming within the description aforesaid, to those persons who may apply for the same, upon their making oath that such tobacco is their property, and entering into bond with two securities, payable to the said inspectors, in double the quantity of the tobacco so claimed, in order to indemnify them against the claim of all other persons who may set up a right to the tobacco so delivered.||Tobacco lodged in private store houses, how recovered.|
|VIII. And be it further enacted, That for the ease and convenience of the commissioners in this act mentioned, they are hereby empowered to appoint a clerk, who shall keep a record of their proceedings, to be laid before the next assembly.|
|I. WHEREAS it is represented to this present general assembly, that Nathaniel Twining hath laid out a considerable sum of money in the purchase of stage coaches and horses, for the purpose of conveying persons and their baggage from Alexandria to Richmond, and from the latter to the former place, which is likely to prove a very good convenience to the citizens of||Nathaniel Twining entitled to exclusive privilege of conveying persons, in state coaches for 3 years.|
|this state and others. And whereas the said Nathaniel Twining hath undertaken to keep up and continue the said line of stages as aforesaid, in a proper and sufficient manner for three years:|
|II. Be it therefore enacted, That the said Nathaniel Twining shall have the sole and exclusive right of conveying persons in a stage coach from Alexandria to the city of Richmond, and from the latter to the former, and to and from any intermediate place, for and during the said term of three years; and shall and may demand and take for each passenger five pence per mile, and five pence per mile for every one hundred and fifty pounds weight of baggage exceeding fourteen pounds, conveyed in the state coach. If the said Nathaniel Twining, by himself, or by another, shall demand or receive any greater rates than are hereby allowed, he shall forfeit and pay double the sum demanded or received; to be recovered with costs, by summons and petition in the court of the county where the offence shall be committed; and if under twenty five shillings, before any justice of the peace of the county where such demand or receipt of the money shall be; to the use of the party grieved. Should any person, other than the said Nathaniel Twining, his agents or servants, demand or take, directly or indirectly, any fee or reward whatsoever for conveying any person or persons whatsoever for conveying any person or persons in a stage coach to or from either of the aforesaid places, or to or from any intermediate place, during the term aforesaid, he or they shall forfeit and pay for every person so conveyed, the sum of one hundred pounds; to be recovered with costs, by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record, to the use of the person who will sue for the same. The said Nathaniel Twining shall, on or before the first day of September next, enter into bond with sufficient security, in the general court, or the court of the county of Henrico or Fairfax, in the sum of one thousand pounds, payable to the governor and his successors, for the use of the commonwealth, with condition for the due and faithful keeping up the said line of stages for and during the term aforesaid.|| Rates.|
Penalty for exceeding legal rates.
Penalty on any other person, for violating his privilege.
Bond and security.
|I. WHEREAS it is found necessary and expedient that a further time should be given to the holders of paper money for the purpose of funding the same:||Act for calling in and funding paper money, revived and continued.|
|II. Be it therefore enacted, That the act intituled, "An act for calling in and funding the paper money of this state," which hath expired, shall be, and the same is hereby revived; and shall continue to be in force, from and after the passing of this act, for and during the term of four months, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly. Provided nevertheless, That nothing herein contained shall extend to so much of the aforesaid act as respects the purchase of warrants for unappropriated lands.|| Except as to purchases of land warrants with paper
An act for the better support of the supreme court in the Kentucky district.
|I. WHEREAS the tax imposed on process issued out of the supreme court for the district of Kentucky, is found to be burthensome to suitors, and inadequate to the end proposed:||Provision for better support of the supreme court, in Kentucky district.|
|II. Be it enacted, That there shall hereafter be paid upon such process, the same taxes as shall be payable upon the like process in the general court, and no more.||Tax on law process same as in general court.|
|III. And be it further enacted, That the said taxes, as well as those upon marriage and ordinary licences granted in the said district, all fines imposed, or which||Certain taxes fines and duties appropriated.|
|shall be hereafter imposed by the several courts within the same, and all duties now payable, or which shall hereafter be payable, upon goods, wares, and merchandize, or other articles, on the importation thereof into the said district, shall be appropriated to thee payment of the salaries of the judges and officers of the said court, and the other necessary expences attending the same. And for the better collection of the said duties within the district.|
|IV. Be it enacted, That there shall be two naval officers or collectors for the said district appointed, commissioned, and qualified, in the same manner, and shall have the same powers, shall enter into the like bonds, and be entitled to the like fees, with the other naval officers or collectors in the commonwealth. They shall hold their offices, one at the falls of Ohio, the other at the mouth of Limestone; shall perform the same duties as are required of other naval officers, and shall in all cases, not otherwise particularly provided for, be governed by the general laws respecting naval officers or collectors. And all masters or owners of vessels, or other persons coming into the said district, shall perform the same duties or requisites, under the same penalties as delinquents are liable to in other districts.||Naval officers for Kentucky district.|
|V. And be it further enacted, That instead of the salaries now payable to the judges and attorney for the said court, there shall be paid them, in quarterly payments, the following annual salaries, to wit: To the judge of the court, two hundred and fifty pounds; to the assistant judges, two hundred pounds each, and to the attorney, one hundred and fifty pounds.||Salaries of judges and attorney.|
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