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pay the same again t') the succeeding sheriff, provided taxes to the they produce receipts to such sheriff of their having already paid the same.

VII. And be it further enacteil, That the sheriff of Penalty of every county shall, at the time of his entering into his the ad litionoffice, enter into bond with sutiicient security, in the a bond to be penalty of one thousand pounds, payable to his majes. Sheriffs. iy, his heirs and successors, for the due collection and payment of the taxes already laidd, and to be laid and assessed by this, or any other act of Assembly of this colony, besides the bond and security he is already by law obliged to give for the due performance of other parts of his office.

VIII. And be il further enacted, by the authority a. Appropria foresaid, That the penalties and forfeitures by this act tion inflicted, shall be to our sovereign lord the king, his Heirs and successors, to, and for the same uses as the taxes imposed by this act are herein after appropriated, and shall and may be recovered with costs, by action of debt or information, in any court of record within this dominion.

IX. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That John Robinson, Peyton Randolph, Charles Directors & Carter, esquires; Carter Burwell, Benjamin Waller,

their duty. John Chiswell, Richard Bland, James Power, William Digges, Dudley Digges, John Page, John Norton, William Harwood, George Wythr, Landon Carter, Edmund Pendleton, and Robert Carter Nicholas, gentleinen; or any seven of them, shall from time to time, with the consent and approbation of the governor or commander in chief of this dominion, for the time be. iug, direct and appoint how the said money shall be applied towards the raising, maintaining, arming, and providing for so many men to be raised for the better protection and defence of the frontiers, as they shall think necessary, so as the whole men so to be raised, including the men formerly directed to be raised, do not exceed fifteen hundred men, and that the said directors shall, as often as there shall be occasion of money for the uses aforesaid, apply themselves to the governor, or commander in chief, for the time being, to issue his warrant to the treasurer for paying so much money as shall be wanting for the purposes aforesaid, not exceeding the sqm of twenty thousand pounds, who is bereby required to pay the same accordingly, and the said directors shall keep an account of their proceedings,

and of the several particular services for which they
shall appoint the said money, to be laid out in pursu-
ance of this act, and lay the same before the general

Assembly when required.
The method X. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore-
of drafting said, That within twenty days after the passing of this
the militia act, the county lieutenant, or chief commanding officer

of the militia in every county, and of the city of Wil-
liamsburg, and borough of Norfolk, except of the coun-
ty of Hampshire, is hereby impowered and required,
to summon and hold a council of war, of the field off-
cers and captains of the militia, of his county, city, or
borough, at which council of war the several captains
of the militia of such county, city, or borough, shall.
deliver in lists in writing of all the single men in their
respective muster-rolls, and in their respective pre-
cincts, where the militia of any county have not been
duly inlisted and inrolled, according to the militia
laws now in force; which council of war shall enter
the names of all the able-bodied single men upon a list,
and shall immediately appoint a certain day, within
ten days after the day on which they first met, in pur-
suance of this act, for the said able-bodied single men
of such militia, to meet at the court-house of such coun,
ty, city, or borough, of which day the said council of
war shall cause public notice to be given, by putting
up advertisements thereof at all places of public resort.
in such county, city, or borough: And the said coun-
ty-lieutenant, and the field officers and captains of the
militia of such county, city, or borough, shall also meet
on the day appointed, as aforesaid, at the court-house
of such county, city, or borough, and being there met,
shall hold another council of war, and shall then in-
Jist all such able-bodied men as will voluntarily enter
into his majesty's service, but in case so many of them
will not voluntarily inlist as will make one of every
twenty of the militia, then they shall cause so many
distinct blank pieces of paper to be prepared, as the
number of the able-bodied single men of such militia
may amount to, upon one of which pieces of paper for
every twentieth man of which such militia shall con-
sist (after first allowing for such as will voluntarily
inlist in his majesty's service, and also for such of the ,
said able-bodied single men who shall fail to appear
according to the notice given by the said council war,
who shall be first pricked down, and are hereby de.

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clared to be soldiers duly inlisted in his majesty's ser. vice, unless they shall send to such conncil of war sufficient excuses for their non-attendance) shall be written the words following, to wit, This obliges me immediately to enter his majesty's service,” which distinct pieces of paper so prepared, and written upon as afore. said, together with the rest of the said papers, (which will remain blank, after one for every twentieth man of such militia shall be written upon as aforesaid) in the presence of the said council of war, or the major part of them, shall be put into a box, made for that purpose, which box shall be placed upon a table in the court-house, before such council of war, and then the said council of war shall cause all the said able-bodied single men (not voluntarily inlisting as aforesaid) one after another, in the presence of such council of war, to draw forth one of the said pieces of paper, out of the said box (the same having been first well shaken and the papers therein mixed together) and immediately to hold up the same to public view; and the person, and persons, whose lot it shall be, to draw forth out of the said box, any of the said papers, so written upon as aforesaid, shall immediately thereupon be deemed and taken to be an inlisted soldier, and as such shall be entered upon a list to be prepared for that purpose, by any indifferent person, to be then appointed by such council of war, unless such person shall immediately pay down to the chief officer, present at such council of war, the sum of ten pounds (to bg by such chief officer paid to any person, or persons, who shall enter into his majesty's service, in the room of such person who shall pay the same, and in case no person will accept of the same, upon those terms, then to bo by such chief officer accounted for, and paid to the treasurer of this colony, and by him to be applied to the same uses as the taxes laid and imposed by this act, are directed to be applied) or shall immediately procure some other ablc-bodied person to serve as a soldier in his stead; and the person, or persons, who shall draw out of the said box, any of the said blank papers, shall be discharged from being drafted out of the militia of such county, city, or borough, to serve as a soldier, and such person and persons, so drafted and inlisted, in the manner aforesaid, and failing to pay down the said sum of ten pounds, or to procure some o, er able-bodied person to serve in his stead,

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shall be immediately delivered by such council of war, to the officer appointed by the governor or commander in chief, to attend the drafting of the militia in each County, city, or borough, respectively, and shall be by such officer received as soldiers inlisted in his majes. ty's service, and marched and conducted to sucli place or places, as the governor or commander in chief shall direct and appoint, and shall continue in his majesty's service until the first day of December next, and shall then be discharged from the said service if they shall

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XI. And be it further enacted, by the authority drafted to be aforesaid, That the soldiers so drafted and inlisted, in incorporated manner aforesaid, shall be incorporated with, and be. with the Vir

come soldiers of the Virginia regiment, and shall rcginia regiment. ceive the same pay and rewards, and be entitled to the

same immunities and privileges, and be subject to the same government and discipline, as the soldiers of the said regiment, now in the pay of this colony, do receive, and are entitled, and subject to.

XII. And be it further enacted, That if any such

able-bodied single man shail fail to appear at the counpear at the cil of war, directed to be held as aforesaid, on the day council of to be appointed and notified in manner aforesaid, with

out sending sufficient reasons to the said council of war for his non-attendance, as aforesaid, such person, and persons, shall thereupon be deemed soldiers duly inlisted in his majesty's service, as aforesaid, and as such shall be taken by the captain of the company to which he belongs, or of the precinct in which he lives, by warrant under the hand of the commanding officer present at such council of war, and shall be by the said captain delivered to any constable of such county, city, or borough, with his warrant to convey and deliver him, from constable to constable, to the officer to be appointed to receive the drafted militia, as aforesaid.

XIII. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That if the county lieutenant or chief offi. cer of the militia of any county, or of the said city or borough, shall fail to call a council of war, within twenty days after the passing of this act, and to pro

ceed in the manner before directed for drafting the miPenalty on

litia, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred the officer. pounds, and if any other of the said officers of the mi

Iitia shall fail to attend such council of war, after be

war.

ing summoned thereto by their chief officer, as aforesaid, they shall respectively forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred pounds, and the other officers present at such council of war, shall certify to the next court to be held for such county, or for the said city or borough, the names of all such field officers and captains who shall fail to attend such council of war, which court shall thereupon order such officers to be summoned to appear at the next court to be held for such county, city, or borough, and unless they shall make out a sufficient excuse for their non-attendance at such council of war, they shall enter judgments against them respectively, for the fines aforesaid, and thereon award execution, which fincs, when levied, shall be by the sheriff of such county, or the serjeant of the said city or borough, accounted for, and paid to the treasurer of this colony, and by him applied to the same uses, as the taxes by this act imposed, are directed to be applied.

XIV. And whereas it is expected, that many per- Ovencers sons will, to avoid being drafted as soldiers, according to the intention of this act, enter themselves as over. seers, by which means they may be deemed not a part of the militia: Be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That no person not having been bona fide an overseer, according to the description of the laws for the better regulation of the militia, on or before the twenty-fifth day of March last, shall be exempted from being drafted in the militia, pursuant to the intention of this act.

XV. Provided always, That nothing herein con- Militia so tained, shall extend or be construed to extend to im- drafted nou power the governor or commander in chief, or any out of the

to be carried other officer, to lead or march the soldiers hereby rais- colony. ed, or cause them to be led or marched out of this colony.

XVI. And be it further enacted, That so much of the said act, intituled, An act for raising the sum of forty thousand pounds, for the protection of his majesty's subjects on the frontiers of this colony, as relates to the drafting the militia be, and the same is hereby repealed.

XVII. And whereas the frontiers of this colony are a chain of in a very defenceless situation, and openly exposed to forts to be

rectod. the incursions and depredations of our cruel and savage enemies, who are daily destroying the lives and

C-VOL. 7.

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