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Statutes at Large;
OF ALL THE
LAWS OF VIRGINIA,
FIRST SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE,
IN THE YEAR 1619.
PUBLISHED PURSUANT TO AN ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHT,
WE, Peter V. Daniel, William H. Roane, Robert G. Scott, and William Robertson, members of the executive council of Virginia, do hereby certi. ty that the laws contained in the third volume of Hexing's Statutes at Large have been, by us, examined and compared with a copy as corrected by the certificate of the examiners heretofore appointed, from which they were taken, by Robert G. Scott and William H. Roane, from page 1, to page 226 inclusive, by Robert G. Scott and William Robertson, from page 227 to page 481 inclusive, and by Robert G. Scott and Peter V. Daniel, from' page 482 inclusive, to the end, and we have found the pages respectively examined by us, truly and accurately printed except as to the following list of errata, to the number of thirty-two.
P. V. DANIEL.
W. II. ROANE.
same line for "fusual" read “usual"
77, line 12 from top, for “not” read “no"
“ bottom line, strike out "made"
THE second volume terminated with the acts of 1682: this comprises the laws from that period, both printed and MS, to the year 1710.-In presenting this volume to the public, the Editor feels it incumbent on him to offer some apology, for the various errata which have appeared in this, and the preceding volume.* To those who have been in the habit of reading old MSS, no apology would be necessary:-it would be found in the labour of decyphering characters, so differently formed from those in use, at the present time; in the obliteration of many of the letters, and the difficulty of determining whether a character represented one letter or another.-Most of the errala noted, are merely literals; but even these will not hereafter appear, the Editor having gone almost entirely thro' the manuscripts.
In this volume, some very important laws will be found, which bad bitherto existed only in MS. The act of 1705, prescribing the varivus modes of acquiring lands, under the colonial government, and which was in force to the period of the revolution, had been omitten in all our printed revisals. It will be found in this volume. (a) So, the first law authorising the assignment of bonds anil obligations, and giving an action against the assignor, which had been omitted, is here inserted.(b) Many other laws, which are important in deducing the history of our Statutes, are comprised in this volume, which will be found in no other printed collection.
WILLIAM WALLER HENING.
This remark was applicable to the first edition; in the present edition the errors have been corrected.
LIST OF GOVERNORS
OF VIRGINIA, DURING THE PERIOD COMPRISED IN THIS
[From a MS belonging to Thomas Jefferson, late Pre
sident of the United States, and purchased by him
(CONTINUED FROM VOL. 2, PAGE vill.)
Nicholas NICHOLAS SPENCER continued President [from
which day a commission to Francis lord Howard, dated
Lord Howard was not present in the General Court,
after 22d April, 1687, and then Nathaniel Bacon was ingham.
president: but lord Howard did not leave the country
Nathaniel Bacon continued president all April court
son, esq. Lieut. Governor was present. Francis Nich.
Nicholson continued Lieut. Governor till 15th Octoolson, Lieut. ber, 1692, and then he and sir Edmund Andros chief Governor.
Governor, were both present, all the court. His com
mission dated 1st March, 4th William & Mary (1693.) Sir Edmund Sir Edmund Andros continued till 9th December, Andros.
1698, and then Francis Nicholson was chief Governor. Francis Ni. Nicholson continued till 15th August, 1705, when cholson, Gov. Edward Nott, esq. came governor. Edward Nott. Nott continued till August, 1706, and died; and Ed
mund Jennings, esq. was President. Edmund Jen
Jennings continued president, till 230 June, 1710, nings, Presi- and then Alexander Spotswood, esq, came in Lieut. dent. Governor
BEGUN AT JAMES CITTY
An act for altering the time of houlding Edi. 1733 and
FOR as much as by experience, it is found very Preamble. grievous and burthensome io the inhabitants of this country, that the two generall courts held for this country, in the months of September and November, are
* The preceding volume terminated with Purvis's printed collection of the laws of Virginia:- This volume commences with the laws which have been preserved in MS. and which were passed after tbe period embraced by Purvis.- Except Purvis, & Be. verley's abridgment, the laws of Virginia existed entirely in MS. till the revisal of 1733.-Three MSS will be used in this volume, the Northnmberland MS, designated • Northb MS.' the Charles City MS. designated 'Ch. Cit. MS. and the Peyton Randolph Ms. de. signated P. Rand. MS. The first was presented to the editor by the court of Northumberland county; for the two latter, he is in. debted to the kindness of Thomas Jefferson, esgr. late President of the U. States.-In referring to the revivals of 1733, 1752 and 1769, where the title only is given these editions will be noted opposite the title in this volume, where the act at large is inserted in either of these revisals, a similar reference will be made oppo site the comment of the act. • GRAND' in Northb. MS.