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III. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforeapply to the said, That the said directors, as often as they shall governor for his warrant have occasion for money for the uses aforesaid, shall, to the trea- from time to time, apply themselves to the governor or commander in chief for the time being; to issue out his warrant to the treasurer of this colony, to pay so 3000l. to car- much-money as shall be wanting, for the purposes aforesaid, not exceeding the sum of three thousand pounds; work, and to who is hereby required to pay the same accordingly: the General Which said sum or sums the said directors shall acAssembly. count for to the next meeting of the Assembly, after the work aforesaid shall be finished.

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Proviso, that IV. Provided nevertheless, That nothing herein conthis act shall tained shall be construed, deemed, or taken, to estanot fix the seat of goblish or fix the seat of government in the city sf Wilvernment, in liamsburg; but that the said Capitol, when it shall be so re-built, repaired or altered, shall only be and remain as a building for holding General Assemblies and general courts, until such time as it shall be thought, by any future Assembly, convenient and necessary, and for the general benefit of this colony, to cause a building, for the purposes aforesaid, to be erected on some other place, more convenient to the inhabitants of this colony, and commodious for trade and navigation: Any thing in this act to the contrary, or seeming to the contrary, in any-wise, notwithstanding.



An Act for confirming the grants made by his majesty, within the bounds of the Northern-Neck, as they are now established.

I. WHEREAS in the late dispute and controversy, touching the limits and boundaries of the several letters patent granted by their late majesties king Charles the second, and king James the second, unto the ancestors of the right honourable Thomas lord Fairfax, it hath been adjudged and determined by his present majesty, in council, that the said letters patent do include all that tract or territory of land between the

rivers of Patowmack and Rappahanock, and the line now marked from the head spring of the said river Patowmack, to the head spring of Rappahanock, commonly called the Conway; in which said tract or territory of land, as is before described, many adventurers and planters have taken up great quantities of land, and obtained grants and patents thereof from the crown, under the seal of this colony: And whereas the 'said Thomas lord Fairfax hath consented, before the king, in council, that the several grants and patents, made by the crown of the lands included in the boundary aforesid, should be confirmed to the several grantees, their heirs and assigns; to be held nevertheless of the said lord Fairfax, under the like rents, services, profits, and emoluments, as should be paid, done, and arise, by and from the said grants made by the crown.

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II. Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Govern- Grants from or, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General As- the crown of sembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the lands in the same, That ail grants and patents whatsoever, under Northern the seal of this colony, for lands situate and lying with- med, but the in the limits and boundaries of the letters patent grant- rents and ed to the ancestors of the said lord Fairfax, as the services shall same are now settled and determined, heretofore made lord Fairfax, and granted by the crown, shall be held, deemed, and and his heirs. taken to be valid and effectual; and the adventurers and planters to whom the same were granted, their heirs and assigns, shall, for ever hereafter, peaceably and quietly, have, hold, and enjoy the said granted premisses, respectively, according to such granted estates, under the rents and services in the said grants reserved; to be paid and performed to the said Thomas lord Fairfax, his heirs and assigns, for ever: Any mis-recital or defect in the said grants notwithstanding.




An Act for destroying Crows and Squirrels.*


An Act for continuing au Act, intituled, An Act for the better regulating and collecting certain officers fees; and for other purposes therein mentioned.

1. WHEREAS an act of Assembly made in the nineteenth year of the reign of his present majesty, intituled, An act for the better regulating and collecting certain officers fees, and for other purposes therein mentioned, will expire on the twelfth day of April next; and it is expedient that the same should be further continued:

Former act

to continue four years,

II. BE it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council, and Burgesses of this present General Asfrom the 12th se bly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the


of April next same, That the said recited act shall continue and be

in force, from and after the said twelfth day of April next, for and during the term of four years, from thence next following, and no longer.

* Of the acts of this session, the editor has to regret that, for the present, he will be compelled to publish a few, by their titles only, it having been impossible to procure the acts at large, in this country. He has reason to believe, however, that every deficient act may be obtained in England. Already has one been procured, through his agency;-and every effort will be made to obtain the others.-Should he succeed, as he has every reason to believe that he shall, all the acts, the titles of which only have been given, will be published in an appendix to the last volume.

From this date to the present time, (1819) the editor has the satisfaction to state, that he has every act of Assembly, and ordinance of Convention, during the revolution.




An Act for raising a public levy; and other Had its efpurposes therein mentioned.


An Act for altering the method of holding
Courts in the Counties of Brunswick,
Fairfax, Lunenburg, Frederick, Albe-
marle, and Augusta.

1. WHEREAS by reason of the large extent of the Preamble. counties of Brunswick, Fairfax, Lunenburg, Frederick, Albemarle, and Augusta, the attendance of the inhabitants at monthly courts is grievous and burthensome, and it is impossible for the officers to execute writs, and other process returnable thereto; whereby great delays are occasioned in determining suits commenced and prosecuted in the said courts: for remedy whereof,

II. BE it enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Coun- Courts to be eil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, held quar. and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, terly. That from and after the twentieth day of June next, there shall be held only four courts, in every year, in each of the said counties of Brunswick, Fairfax, Lunenburg, Frederick, Albemarle, and Augusta, on the days herein after mentioned, that is to say; for the said counties of Brunswick and Fairfax, on the last tuesdays in March, June, September, and December; for the said county of Lunenburg, on the first tuesday in January, April, July, and October; for the said county of Frederick, on the second tuesday in February, May, August, and November; for the said county of Albemarle, on the second tuesday in February, May, August, and November; and for the said county of Augusta, on the fourth tuesday in February, May, August, and November: And that all perA A-Vol. 6.

How long they shall sit.

sons may be the better ascertained when to attend any process, or pleas, they shall have depending in in the said courts:

III. Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the said courts of the several counties aforesaid, shall begin upon the respective days herein before appointed, and shall continue to be held from day to day, exclusive of Sundays, until all causes and controversies then depending before the said courts, respectively brought, by attachment, or petition, or in which any issue is to be tried, writ of inquiry to be executed, special verdict, case agreed, or demurrer to be argued, or any cause set down for hearing, or argument in chancery, shall be heard and determined; and shall not admit of any delay, 'til another court, in the determination of any such suit, unles good cause be made appear for such delay, except in cases where by this act it is otherwise directed. And that, before every of the said courts, the clerk shall enter, ⚫in a particular docket, all such causes as aforesaid, and those only; placing those wherein the attendance of witnesses is required, first in order thereon.

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ness, &c.

IV. Provided nevertheless, That if through sickness, or other inability, badness of weather, or other case of sick-accident, it shall so happen, that a sufficient number of justices shall not meet for holding the said courts, upon the days herein before appointed, in such case it shall and may be lawful, for any one justice, to adjourn the court, whereof he shall be a judge, from day to day, not exceeding three days, until a sufficient number of justices can attend to hold court.

V. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That when goods, or other estate, of any perRules conson or persons, shall be attached, by virtue of an atcerning attachments. tachment granted by a justice out of court, it shall and may be lawful, for suc person or persons, to replevy the same, by giving bond, with good security, to the sheriff, or other officer, serving the said attachment (which bond the said sheriff, or other officer, is hereby impowered and required to take) to appear at the court, to which such attachment shall be returna ble, and to abide by, perform, and satisfy the order and judgment of such court: And where the estate so attached is perishable, if the person or persons to whom it belongs shall not, within thirty days after serving such attachment, replevy the same, then suck estate shall be sold, by the sheriff or other officer sery

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