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the tobacco damaged in

warehouse, according to the directions of the act of Assembly lately made for that purpose.

IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the inspectors, at the said several warehouses, shall sell, at public auction, so much of the said damaged tobacco as can be saved at their respective warehouses, giving filieen days notice, at least, of the time and place of such sale, and immediately pay the money arising from such sales to the said treasurer, for the use of the public, who shall account for the same to the General Assembly.

CHAP. XXXVI.

An act to repeal an act of the Gene

ral Assembly exempting the inha- . bitants of Mecklenburg county from the payment of ferriage on certain

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I. WHEREAS by an act of the general assembly ting inhabi- passed in the seventh year of his present majesty's tants of

reign, intituled An act for exempting the inhabitants county of Mecklen.

of Mecklenburg county, and also the minister and other burg, from parishioners of St. James's parish, in the said county, payment of from the payment of ferriage on Sundays, court days, ferriage, on certain days, and on the days appointed for general musters, the inrepealed. habitants of Mecklenburg county were exempted from

the payment of ferriage on certain days, and the court of the said county were impowered and required to contract and agree with the ferry keepers for an annual allowance to be paid them, which was directed to be levied upon the people.

II. And whereas it is represented to this present general assembly, that the said act is burthensome to the inhabitants of the said county, and no ways expedient:

Be it therefore enacted, by the Governor, Council, and 7 Geo. III. 1766) cap.

Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is 37 repealed. hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the

said act, and all and every the clause or clauses therein contained, shall be, and the same are hereby repealed.

CHAP. XXXVII.

An act for exempting free negro, mu- Royal assent.

latto, and Indian women, from the April 3,1771. payment of levies.

1. WHEREAS by an act of the general assembly passed in the twenty second year of the reign of his late majesty George the second, intituled An act concerning tithables, it is among other things enacted, * * 22 Geo. II. that all free negro, mulatto, and Indian women, of the (1748).cap

16, sect. 1 age of sixteen years, except Indians tributary to this government, and all wives of free negroes, mulattoes, and Indians, except as is before excepted, should be, and are thereby declared tithables, and chargeable for defraying the public, county, and parish levies, of this colony and dominion, which is found very burthensome to such negroes, mulattoes, and Indians, and is moreover derogatory of the rights of free-born subjects: For remedy whereof, Be it enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same; That from and after the ninth day of June next, all free negro, mulatto, and Indian women, and all wives, woman, &c. other than slaves, of free negroes, mulattoes, and In-exemptfrom dians, shall be, and are hereby exempted from being paying lelisted as tithables, and from the payment of any public, county, or parish levies.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore. Repealing said, That so much of the said recited act as declares clause. free negro, mulatto, and Indian women, to be chargeable with public, county, and parish levies, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed.

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

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CHAP. XXXVIII.

An Act for giving a salary to the

Speaker of the House of Burgesses.

1. WHEREAS it has been thought expedient that Salary of speaker of

the offices of Speaker of the House of Burgesses and house of

Treasurer of this colony should be separated, by which burgesses. means the Speaker is deprived of that provision which

was formerly allowed by the emoluments arising from the treasury, whilst the said offices continued united: And whereas it is necessary, in order to support the dignity of the said office, and enable the Speaker to employ his time in the service of his country, that a proper allowance should be made nim: Be it therefore enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by ihe authority of the same, That the treasurer of this colony, out of the public money in his hands, do pay to Peyton Randolph, esq. speaker of the house of burgesses, or the speaker for the time being, the sum of six hundred and twenty-five pounds of current money of Virginia, to be paid at four equal payments; that is to say the sum of one hundred and fifty-six pounds and five shillings; on the sixth day of February next, and the like şum of one hundred and fifty-six pounds and five shillings, on the sixth day of May next, and the like sum of one hundred and fifty-six pounds and five shillings, on the sixth day of August next, and the like sum of one hundred and fifty-six pounds and five shillings, on the sixth day of November next, respectively, and so annually during the continuation of this present general assembly, and in case of a dissolution thereof, until the meeting of the succeeding assembly.

II. And it is hereby further enacted, by the authority aforesuid, That the governor or commander in chief for the time being, is hereby empowered and desired to issue bis warrant, directed to the treasurer for the time being, for payment of the several sums aforesaid, as they sball become respectively due.

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CHAP. XXXIX.

In act for continuing the act, intitu- , led An act for appointing a Trea

surer.

I. WHEREAS the act of assembly made in tire seventh year of his present majesty's reign, intituled An act for appointing a treasurer, will expire at the end of this session of assembly; and it being expedient and necessary that the said act should be continued: Be it therefore enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the said . 7 Geo. III. act of assembly shall continue and be in force from and cap. 13, conafter the expiration thereof, for and during the contin-tinued to the uance of this present general assembly, and after the

session. dissolution thereof to the end of the next session of assembly, and no longer.

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CHAP. XL.

An act for dividing the county and

parish of Augusta, and for adding certain islands, in the Fluvanna river, to the counties of Albemarle and Amherst.

I. WHEREAS many inconveniencies attend the in- Augusta habitants of the county and parish of Augusta, by rea-county divi

ded, and son of the great extent thereof, and the said inhabitants

Botetourt have petitioned this general assembly that the said formed. county and parish may be divided: Be it thereforé enacted, by the Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the thirty-first day of January next ensuing, the said county and parish of Augusta be divided into two counties and parishes, by a line beginning at the Blue Ridge, run

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ning north fifty-five degrees west, to the contluence of Mary's creek, or the south river, with the north branch of James river, thence up the same to the mouth of Carr's creek, thence up the said creek to the mountain,

thence north fifty-five degrees west, as far as the courts Boundaries, of the two counties shall extend it; and that all that part

of the said county and parish, which lies on the south side of the said line, shall be one distinct county and parish, and called and known by the name of Botetourt; and that all the other part thereof, which is on the north side of the said line, shall be one other distinct county and parish, and retain the name of Ade gusta. And for the due administration of justice in the

said county and parish of Botetourt, Court days.

II. Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That after the said thirty-first day of January, a court for the said county of Botetourt be constantly held, by the justices thereof, upon the second Tuesday in every month, in such manner as by the laws of this colony is provided, and shall be by their commissions directed.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriff or colleca tors of the said county and parish of Augusta, as the same pow stands entire and undivided, from collecting and making distress for any public dues or officers fees, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of Botetourt at the time of its taking place; but such sheriff or collector shall have the same power to collect or distrain for the said dues and fees, and shall be answerable for them, in the same manner as if this act had never been made; any law, usage, or custom, to the contrary thereof, in any wise, notwithstanding.

IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the court of the said county of Augusta shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits, both in law and equity, which shall be depending before them at the time the said division shall take place, and shall and may try and determine all such actions and suits, and issue process, and award execution against the body or estate of the defendant or defendants, in any such action or suit, in the same manner as if this act had never been made; any law, custom, or usage, to the contrary thereof, in any wise, notwithstanding.

V. And whereas, by an act of the general assembly made in the first year of his present majesty's reign, intituled An act to continue and amend an act for the

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