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and the court for the county of Gloucester shall be constantly held upon the first Thursday in every month, and the court for the said county of Chesterfield shall be constantly held upon the first Friday in every month, and the court for the said county of Warwick shall be constantly held upon the second Thursday in every month; any law, custom, or usage, to the contrary, in any wise, notwithstanding.

CHAP. X.

An act to empower the vestry of the

parish of Bath, in the county of Dinwiddie, to sell their glebe, and purchase a more convenient one.

1. WHEREAS it is represented to this present GeVestry of Bath parish neral Assembly that the glebe of the parish of Bath, in in Dinwiddie the county of Dinwiddie, is inconveniently situated, and authorised to that it would be very advantageous to the minister of sell their globe.

the said parish, as also to the inhabitants thereof in general, is the vestry of the said parish were impowered to dispose of the said glebe, and lay out the money arising from the sale thereof in purchasing other lands for a glebe, and erecting convenient buildings thereon:

II. Be it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governour, Council and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said glebe land, with the appurtenances, be, and the same are hereby vested in the present vestry of the said parish of Bath, and in the vestry of the said parish for the time being, In trust.

III. Nevertheless, That the said vestry, or the greater part of them, shall by deed of bargain and sale sell and convey the said glebe, with the appurtenances, for the best price that can be got for the same, to any person or persons who shall be willing to purchase the same; to hold to such purchaser or purchasers, his or their heirs and assigns, for ever.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the money arising by the sale of the said

glebe shall be by the said vestry laid out and applied for and towards purchasing a more convenient tract or parcel of land for a glebe, and erecting buildings thereon, for the use and benefit of the minister of the said parish of Bath for the time being, for ever.

CHAP. XI.

An act to dock the entail of certain

lands whereof Charles Carter, esq. is seized, and for settling other lands of greater value to the same uses. I. WHEREAS Robert Carter, esquire, late of the Entail of county of Lancaster, now deceased, was in his lifetime, certain lands and at the time of his death, seized in fee-simple, Charles Caramongst other estates, of and in three hundred and ten ter, esq. acres of land, commonly called and known by the name is seized,

docked, of Norman's Ford, now situate, lying, and being, in the parish of St. Mark, in the county of Culpeper, which was at the time of his death part of the county of Spotsylvania; and being so thereof seized did make his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the twentysecond day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty-six, and thereby devised the same to his son Charles Carter, and to the heirs male issue of his body lawfully begotten, included within the devise in the said will contained to his said son Charles of all his lands in King George and Spotsylvania counties, lying above the falls of Rappahannock river, as by the said last will and testament of the said Robert Carter, now remaining amongst the records of the general court of this colony, may appear; and some time afterwards the said Robert Carter departing this life, seized as aforesaid, his said son Charles entered into the said three hundred and ten acres of land, and became, and is now seized thereof, as tenant in taille-male, under the will of his said father.

II. And whereas the said Charles Carter, esquire, i , and stands seized, in fee-simple, of and in a certain

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tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances, containing eleven hundred acres, situate, lying, and being, above the falls of Rappahannock river, in the parish of Brunswick, in the county of King George, which was granted to him by patent from the lord proprietor of the Northern Neck, and it will be for the benefit and advantage of the heir in taille, and those claiming in remainder and reversion under the will of the said Robert Carter, to dock the entail of the said three hundred and ten acres of land called Norman's Ford, in the said county of Culpeper, and to settle the said cleven hundred acres of land in the said county of King George, being of much greater value, to the same uses.

III. And forasmuch as notice hath been published three Sundays successively, in the several churches of the said parish of St. Mark, that application would be made to this General Assembly to dock the entail of the said threc hundred and ten acres of land, and to settle other lands of greater value to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty's instructions.

IV. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the lumble suit of the said Charles Carter, that it may be enacted, And be it enacted by the Lieutenant Governour, Council and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances, containing three hundred and ten acres, called and known by the name of Norman's Ford, situate, lying, and being, in the said parish of St. Mark, and county of Culpeper, so as aforesaid devised by the last will and testament of the said Robert Carter to his said son Charles in taille-male, be, and the same is hereby tested in the said Charles Carter, bis heirs and assigns, to the only proper use and behoof of the said Charles Carter, his heirs and assigns, for ever; and that the said cleven hundred acres of land, lying and being in the said parish of Brunswick and county of King George, so as aforesaid granted to the said Charles Carter by the lord propricior of the Northern Neck, be, and the same are hereby vested in the said Charles Carter, and the leirs male of his body lawfully begotten, and on failure of such heirs the same shall remain and descend to such person and persons, in the same manner, and under the sme limitations and remainders, successively, as the said Three himdred and ten acres of land called Norman's

Ford would have remained and descended, by virtue of the last will and testament of the said Robert Carter, if this act had never been made.

V. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every

other

person and persons, bodies politick and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the persons claiming under the last will and testament of the said Robert Carter, all such right, title, interest claim, and demand, as they, every, or any of them, could or might claim, il this act had never been made.

VI. Provided always, That the execution of this act shall be, and the same is hereby suspended, until his majesty's approbation thereof shall be obtained.

CHAP. XII.

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An act to direct the sale of certain en

tailed lands whereof John Spoiswood, esq. died seized, for payment of the debts due from him, and the estate of major-generul. Alexander Spotswood. 1. WHEREAS major-general Alexander Spotswood Sale of cerwas at the time of his death seized and possessed of a tain entailed large tract of land, lying in the county of Spotsylvania, wherein he had erected works for casting pig-iron, and Spotswood, employed therein the greatest part of his slaves, and esq., is seiwas also seized of a large tract of land, in the counties zed in spotof Orange and Culpeper, on which he had placed some Orange and tenants at an annual rent, and of a tract of about three Culpeper, thousand acres, in the said county of Spotsylvania, cal-directed, for led Massaponax, which was situate a considerable dis. payment of

debts due tance from the said mine tract, and being so seized from him, made his last will and testament in writing, bearing and the es

tate of madate the nineteenth day of April, one thousand seven

jor-general hundred and forty, and therein did give and devise to Alexander his eldest son John Spotswood, esquire, all his said lands, Spotswood. and his working slaves, in taille, with several remainders pver in case his said son should die without issue, but

empowered his executors to lease out any of his said lands (his said Mine tract excepted) for years, or for life or lives, on such condition, with such covenants, and reservations of rents, for the benefit of his said son, as he the said testator had theretofore leased any of his said lands; and the said testator did further give and devise unto his said son Robert Spotswood the sum of three thousand pounds sterling, payable at his attaining the age of twenty-one years, and to his two daughters Anna Catharina and Dorothea the sum of two thousand pounds sterling each, payable at their respective ages of twenty-one years, or marriage, which said sum of seven thousand pounds was to be raised by mortgage or sale of any of his the testator's lands devised to his said son John (his mine tract excepted) and that so much as should seem proper to his wife for the maintenance and education of his said three younger children, until their fortunes should become payable respectively, should be annually paid out of the growing rents and profits of his said lands; and the said testator did further direct that all the tradesmen and servants, stocks of cattle, horses and hogs, all waggons, carts and carriages, implements of husbandry and handicraft, and all household furniture, which should be employed, or any way used, in and on the said mine tract, at the time of his death, should continue thereon, and be employed therein, until his said son John attained to the age of twentyone years, when he gave the same to his said son John, requesting his said son, in case he should attain to that age, and die without issue male, that he would give the said servants, stocks, and goods, to his aforesaid son Robert, so that the said iron works might be carried on and improved according to his the testator's intention; and, after some other small legacies, did give the rest of his estate, which was inconsiderable, to be equally divided between his said wife and children, and appointed his said wife, and Elliot Benger, Gentleman, and Robert Rose, clerk, executors of his said will, during the minority of his said son John, as by the said will remaining of record in the said county court of Orange, may more fully appear.

II. And whereas in the acquisition of the lands aforesaid, and the setting up the said iron works, the said major-general Spotswood became, and was at the time of his death, very largely indebted to sundry persons in Great Britain, and this colony, and had moreover,

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