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necessary to be continued, for supporting the public expence:

11. Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Govern- Former acts or, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General continued. Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the said recited act, and the several acts therein mentioned, for so much thereof as relates to the duty upon slaves, shall continue and be in force, from the said last day of July, one thousand seven hundred and forty seven, for and during the term of four years, thence next following, and no longer.

CHAP. III.

An Act, to amend the act, for establishing the General

Court; and for regulating and settling the proceedings therein.

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HEREAS, by one act of Assembly, made in Preamble.

the fourth year of the reign of the late queen Anne, intituled, An act, for establishing the General Court; and for regulating and settling the proceedings therein, it is, among other things, enacted, That the said General Court shall be held two times every year, (to wit,) one court shall begin upos the fifteenth day of April, if not on a Sunday, and then on the Monday thereafter, and shall continue to be held eighteen natural days, Sundays exclusive; and the other court shall begin on the fifteenth day of October, if noton a Sunday, and then on Monday thereafter, and shall continue to be held eighteen natural days, Sundays exclusive: And whereas the business of the said court is, of late, so greatly increased, that the times aforesaid are not sufficient to go through the same; and thereby suitors are much delayed and put to great charges: For remedy whereof,

II. Be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and Terms of ge

neral court it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That for the future, one of the said courts shall begin upon the tenth day of April, if not on a Sunday, and then on the Monday thereafter, and shall continue to be held twenty four natural days, Sundays exclusive; and the other court sball begin upon the tenth day of October,

if not on Sunday, and then on the Monday thereafter; and shall continue to be held twenty four natural days,

Sundays exclusive. Power of ad- III. Provided always. That if the business of the journment. said court shall be ended in less time than the days ap

pointed by this act for the judges or justices of the said court to sit, in such case it shall be lawful for them to adjourn themselves until the next succeeding Gene

ral court. Days appro

IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority apriated for foresaid,, That the first five days of every General

Court, be appointed for hearing and determining suits common law suits.

in chancery depending in the said court, appeals from decrees of the county courts, or other inferior courts, in chancery, and writs of supersedeas to such decrees; and that the other days be appointed for trying suits or prosecutions, on behalf of his majesty, and all other inatters whatsoever, there depending; and the clerk of the court is hereby required to regulate the Docket

accordingly, proportioning the said suits and causes to Docket, how such of the said days as will be most convenient: And made up.

that instead of the return days, now by law established, process at the suit of his majesty on criminal prosccutions, be returnable to the sixth day of every General court; process on petitions for lapsed land, to the seventh day; appeals from decrees in chancery obtained in county courts, or other inferior courts, to the third day; appeals from judgments of the last mentioned courts, to the eighth day, instead of the sixth day; to the ninth day, instead of the seventh day; to the tenth day, instead of the eighth day; to the eleventh day, instead of the ninth day; and to the twelfth day, instead of the tenth day: And that all writs of supersedeas, and writs of crror, to such decrees or judgments, be returnable to the same day as appeals therefrom; and all other writs of subpoenas in chancery, and other process, to the first and twentieth

days of every General court. Repealing

V. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforeclause. said, That so much of the said recited act, and of any

other act, as is contrary to this act, be, and the same is hereby repealed, and that this act shall commence and be in force, on the last day of May next.

CHAP. IV.

An Act, for the revisal of the Laws.

HEREAS the acts of Assembly of this colony, Preamble.

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many of them are altered and explained, and others
repealed: And whereas it is necessary that the said
laws should be revised, and a new impression thereof
made, but such revisal cannot conveniently be effected
during the session of an Assembly, without bringing a
great and extraordinary charge upon the inhabitants
of this dominion; and it will be the most proper and
easy method to perform the same, by appointing a joint
committee of the Council and Burgesses, to begin and
compleat the same:
II. Be it enacted by the Liontonant-Governor, Coun-

Revisal af cil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and

the law it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That John Robinson, John Blair, and William Nelson, esquires, members of his majesty's honourable council; John Robinson, esquire, Mr. Secretary Nelson, Richard Randolph, William Beverley, Beverley Whiting, and Benjamin Waller, gentlemen, members of the house of burgesses, or any six of them, whereof two to be of the council, and four of the house of burgesses, shall be, and are hereby appointed a committee, for the revisal of the whole body of the laws of this his majesty's colony and dominion; and that George Webb, gentleman, be clerk of the said committee: Which Power of committee, by virtue of this act, shall have full power and authority, to revise, alter, and amend, all or any of the said laws, and reduce the same into bills, in such manner and form as they shall think fịt and necessary; which said bills shall, by the said committee, be reported to the next meeting of the Assembly after the said laws shall be fully revised. And to prevent any delay which may happen, in the proceedings of the said committee, by reason of the death, departure out of the colony, or any other disability of the members thereof;

III. Be it further enacted by the authority afore. What memes said, That the number of three councillors, and six ber may act. burgesses, to constitute the said committee, shall, from

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time to time, be kept full and entire: And if any member of the council, appointed to be of the said committee, be so disabled, another member of the

council shall and may be appointed, in his stead and Vacancies how suppli- plare, by the governor or commander in chief, for the ed. time being; or if any member of the house of burgess

es. appointed to be of the said committee, shall be so disabled, then the speaker of the house of burgesses, or in case of his death or disability, the major part of burgesses of the said committee which shall be present at the next meeting after such disability, shall be, and are hereby impowered, to clect and choose a burgess or burgesses, to supply the place and stead of the burgess or burgesses so disabled; which said councillor or councillors, burgess or burgessess, so appointed and chosen, shall be, and are hereby declared, members of the said committee, as if he or thcy had been, by this act, particularly nominated and appointed: And in case of the death or disability of the said clerk, the greater part of the said committee, who shall be present at the next meeting after such disability, shall

have power to choose and appoint another in his stead. Proviso.

IV. Provided ulways, That no person whatsoever, either Councillor or Burgess, shall be enabled or ad. mitted to give any vote, or have any voice, at any of the meetings of the said committee, other than those persons who are or shall, from time to time hereafter, by virtue of this act, be appointed or chosen to attend, as members of the said committee.

Where to

V. And he it further cructed, by the authority aforemeet, said, That the said committee shal) meet, at the city

of Williamsburg, upon the fourth Monday in July next, and shall sit, from day to day, as long as they shall think necessary, at any of their meetings; and all adjournments, other than the next day, not being Sun. day, shall be made to tbe fourth Monday of every succreding month: And if the revisal of the whole body of the laws, be not completed by the end of the said meeting of the said committee in November next, then they shall have full power and authority, by virtue of this act, to adjourn themselves to the fourth Monday in March following; and then afterwards shall proceed, from month to month, in manner as is before expressed.

VI. Provided always, That if by badness of weath- No discontier, sickness, or other accidents, it should so happen, nuance. that a full number of the said committee should not meet, sufficient to act as a committee, or to adjourn, at any of the time or times before expressed, the said committee shall not be thereby discontinued; but they shall and may meet and act the next day following, or on the fourth Monday in the next month, as if the said committee had really and actually adjourned theroselves to that time: And also, if any member or mem

New mem. bers of the said committee, either Councillor or Bur

bers how ad gess, shall be disabled in manner aforesaid, the said mittech committee, or the greater part of them present at the Rext meeting after such disability, shall judge of the said disability; and if they find it necessary, shall make application to the governor or commander in chief for the time being, or to the speaker, for the filling up of such number, in manner aforesaid; and until such application be made, the governor or commander in chief, for the time being, or the speaker, may not appoint any such member or members, in manner aforesaid: Any thing in this act to the contrary, in any wise, notwithstanding.

VII. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That if this present discontinued

Not to be General Assembly should be hereafter dissolved, be- by dissoltion fore the whole body of the laws of this his majesty's bf Assembly. colony and dominion be revised, the said committee shall not be thereby discontinued; but the governor or commander in chief of this bis majesty's colony and dominion, for the time being, and the speaker of the present house of burgesses, or in case of his disability, the greater part of the committee then sitting, shall and may appoint any member or members of the council, or any burgess or burgesses of the present house of burgesses, in case of any disability, as aforesaid, in manner aforesaid, as if the said Assembly had hever been dissolved. VIII. And be it further enacted, by the authority

Power of aforesaid, and it hereby enacted, That the said com

committee to mittee shall be, and is hereby authorised and impow- send for perored, to send for any persons, papers, records, or co-sons, papers

and records. pies of records, by warrant, under the hand of

any one of the council, and two of the burgesses of the said committee: And if any officer, or other person or per

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