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until it intersects the line of Goochland county, be divided from the said county of Hanover, and be made a distinct county, to be called by the name of Louisa Louisa counCounty: And that the inhabitants thereof be exempt ty formed. from any dependence on the said county of Hanover.And for the due administration of justice in the said county of Louisa, after the same shall take place,

II. Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That after the said first day of December, a court for the said county of Louisa, be constantly held by the justices thereof, upon the second Monday 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 collector of the said county of Hanover, as the same now stands entire and undivided, from collecting or making distress for any public dues, or officers fees, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of the said county of Louisa, 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, custom, or usage, to the contrary thereof, in any wise, notwithstanding.

CHAP. XXIX.

An Act, for preventing the building wooden chimnies in the town of Fredericksburg, and pulling down such as are already built therein; and to restrain hogs from going at large in the towns of Fredericksburg and Urbanna.

I.

FOR

wooden

ORASMUCH, as it hath been represented to Fredericksthis Assembly, by the inhabitants of the town burg, regulaof Fredericksburg, in the county of Spotsylvania, that tions as to they are often in great and imminent danger of having chimnies, and their houses and effects burnt and consumed, by reason hogs therein. of many wooden chimnies in the said town, Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is

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hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That it shall not hereafter be lawful for any person whatsoever, to erect or build, or cause to be erected or built in the said town, any wooden chimney; neither shall it be lawful for any person whatsoever, after the expiration of three years after the passing of this act, to make use of any wooden chimney already erected in the said town: And that the owners or proprietors of all such wooden chimnies as now are in the said town, shall before the expiration of the time aforesaid, wholly des troy and disuse the same, or cause them to be pulled down; otherwise it shall be lawful for the sheriff of the said county of Spotsylvania, and he is hereby required, to cause all such wooden chimnies to be pulled down and demolished. And in like manner it shall be lawful for the said sherifs, and they are hereby required, to cause to be pulled down and demolished, all other wooden chimnies which shall be built or erected in the said town, in breach of this act.

Urbauna,

run at large therein.

II. And whereas, it is represented to this Assembly, hogs not to that great numbers of hogs are raised, and suffered to go at large in the said town of Fredericksburg, and the town of Urbanna, to the great prejudice of the inhabitants thereof: Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the passing of this act, it shall not be lawful for any person or persons, owners of any swine, to suffer the same to run or go at large within the limits of the said towns; and if any swine shall be found running or going at large within the said limits, it shall be lawful for any person whatsoever, to kill and destroy every such swine so running at large. Provided always, That such person shaй not convert any such swine to his or her own use; but shall leave the same in the place where it shall be killed, and give immediate notice to the owner thereof, if known; and if not then such person shall immediately inform the next justice of the peace thereof, who may order the same to the use of any poor person or persons be shall think fit.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained, shall be construed, deemed, or taken, to forbid or hinder any person or persons from driving any swine to, or through the said towns, or the limits thereof, in order to sell the same; or in their removal from one plantation to another.

CHAP. XXX.

An Act for dividing the parish of Saint Martin, in the county of Hanover; and erecting the same into two distinct parishes.

I.

of the

extent of

the parish of Saint Martin, in the county of Hanover, diHanover, the minister and inhabitants thereof, labour under great difficulties and inconveniences; For removal of which, for the future, Be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, aad Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of December next, the said parish of Saint Martin, St. Martin. shall be divided, by a line to be run from the mouth of Glady's Greek, on the south side of the river Northanna, a course of south, twenty degrees west, 'till it intersects the line of Goochland county: And all that part of the said parish, situate below the said line, to the eastward thereof, be erected into one distinct parish, and retain the name of Saint Martin; and all that other part thereof, situate above the said line, to the westward thereof, be erected into one other distinct Fredericksparish, and called by the name of Fredericksville.

ville.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the present vestrymen of the said parish of Saint Martin, and that shall continue so to be until the division shall take place, shall be vestrymen of the said parishes of Saint Martin, and Fredericksville, wherein they shall dwell, respectively. And for compleating the number of vestrymen in the said parishes of Saint Martin, and Fredericksville, the freeholders and house keepers thereof, shall meet at some convenient time and place to be appointed, and publicly advertised by the sheriff of the said county of Hanover, before the fifteenth day of January next following; and then and there elect such and so many of the most able and discreet persons of their parish, as will make up the number of vestrymen in each of the said parishes, twelve, and no more: Which vestrymen so continued and elected, having taken the oaths appointed by law, and subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England, shall, to all intents and purposes, be deemed and taken to be

the vestries of the said parishes, respectively: And the vestries of the said parishes, respectively, are hereby impowered and made capable to take, receive, and hold any lands, tenements, or hereditaments, to be purchased or given for a glebe or glebes, for the use of the parsons of the said parishes, for the time being, for ever.

Bristol.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the collector of the said parish of Saint Martin, as the same now stands entire and undivided, from collecting or making distress for any parish levies, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of the said parish of Fredericksville, at the time of its taking place: But such collector shall have the same power to collect and distrain for the said levies, and shall be answerable for them, 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.

CHAP. XXXI.

An Act, for dividing the parish of Bristol, in the county of Prince George; and erecting the same into two distinct parishes; and other purposes therein menti

oned.

Parish in I. Prince

George divided.

HEREAS, by reason of the large extent of the parish of Bristol in the county of Prince George, the minister and inhabitants thereof. labour under many inconveniences: For removal of which, for the future, Be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of September next, the said parish of Bristol shall be divided, by a line, to begin at Major James Munford's mill, on Appomattox river, and running thence a course parallel to the lower line of the said parish to Stony Creek; and thence down the said creek to Surry county, and all that part of the said parish, situate below the said line, be erected into one distinct parish, and retain the name of Bristol: And all the other part thereof, sit

uate above the said line, be erected into one other distinct parish, and called by the name of Bath.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority Bath. aforesaid, That the present vestrymen of the said parish of Bristol, that shall continue so to be until the division shall take place, shall be vestrymen of the said parishes of Bristol, and Bath, wherein they shall dwell, respectively: And for compleating the number of vestrymen in the said parishes, the freeholders and housekeepers thereof, shall meet at some convenient time and place to be appointed, and publicly advertised by the sheriff of the said county of Prince George, before the first day of October next following; and then and there elect such and so many of the most able and discreet persons of their parish, as will make up the number of vestrymen in each of the said parishes, twelve, and no more: Which vestrymen so continued and elected, having taken the oaths appointed by law, and subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England, shall, to all intents and purposes, be deemed and taken to be the vestries of the said parishes, respectively. And the vestries of the said parishes, respectively, are hereby impowered and made capable to take, receive, and hold any lands, tenements, or hereditaments, to be purchased or given, for a glebe or glebes, for the use of the parsons of the said parishes, for the time being, for

ever.

III. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the vestry of the said parish of Bristol shall in their next parish levy, fafter the division shall take place, raise and pay unto the vestry of the said parish of Bath, fifteen pounds of tobacco, free from deduction, for every tithable that shall remain in the said parish of Bristol, after the division shall take place: To be applied towards lessening the levy in that parish, by the poll, and to be in full of all demands, for building of churches, purchasing a glebe, or otherwise, which the said parish of Bathi might have against the said parish of Bristol.

IV. Provided always, That nothing herein contained, shall be construed to hinder the sheriff, or collector of the said parish of Bristol, as the same now stands

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