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Directors to 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 surer for

or commander in chief for the time being; to issue out money not exceeding

his warrant to the treasurer of this colony, to pay so 30001. to car. much-money as shall be wanting, for the purposes afore

said, not exceeding the sum of three thousand pounds; work, and to who is hereby required to pay the same accordingly: account to 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. Proviso, that

IV. Provided nevertheless, That nothing herein conthis act shall not fix the

tained shall be construed, deemed, or taken, to estaseat of go blish or fix the seat of government in the city sf Wilvernment, in liamsburg; but that the said Capitol, when it shall be Williams

so re-built, repaired or altered, shall only be and reburg.

main 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 naviga.
tion: Any thing in this act to the contrary, or seem-
ing to the contrary, in any-wise, notwithstanding.

CHAP. LV.

An Act for confirming the grants made by his

majesty, within the bounds of ihe Nor-
thern-Neck, as they are now established.

Preamble.

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 Jord Fairfax, it hath been adjudged and determined by his present majesty, in council, that the said letters patent do in. clude 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 adventur. ers 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 afresid, 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.

II. Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieu'enant 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 all grants and patents whatsoever', under

Northern

Neck confirthe 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

be to the 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 valı. 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, bold, 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 perforined to the said Thomas Jord Fairfax, his heirs and assigns, for ever: Any mis-recital or defect in the said grants notwithstanding

CHAP. LVI.

Expired.

An Act for -destroying Crows and Squir.

rels. *

CHAP. LVII.

An Act for continuing au Act, intituled,

An Act for the better regulating and col. lecting certain officers fees; and for other purposes therein mentioned.

Preamble.

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 officer's 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 fur

ther continued: Former act II. BE it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governto continue four vears,

or, Council, and Burgesses of this present General Asfrom the 12u se bly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the of April next $!!m', 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, froin 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 defi. cient 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 be. lieve 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.

CHAP. LVIII.

An Act for raising a public levy; and other Had its ef

purposes therein mentioned.

fect.

CHAP. LIX.

An Act for altering the method of holding

Courts in the Counties of Brunswick, Fairfax, Lunenburg, Frederick, Albemarle, and Augusta.

held quar

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, 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 per

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

in the said courts: How long

III. Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, they shall That the said courts of the several counties aforesaid, sit.

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 thc attendance of witnesses is required, first in order thereon.

IV. Provided nevertheless, That if through sickProviso in ness, 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 afore

suid, That when goods, or other estate, of any perRules concerning at. son or persons, shall be attached, by virtue of an attachments. tachment granted by a justice out of court, it shall

and may be lawful, for such 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

Dess, &c.

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