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|An act for the alteration of the time for processioning of Lands.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|WHEREAS in the act of assembly relateing to processioning land, being the 78th act of the printed lawes, it is directed that the said act be put in effectuall execution between Easter (a) and Whitsuntide, which time of the year being found inconvenient in many respects, Bee it therefore enacted by their majesties leiutenant Governour, Councill and Burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That soe much of the said act as appoints the time of processioning be, and is hereby repealed. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the time for processioning lands hereafter be between the last day of 7ber (b) and the last day of March.|| Act 78 of printed laws (vol. 2, p. 101) amended.|
Lands, when to be processioned.
|An act for the better defence of the country.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|WHEREAS great and many are the dangers which surround and threaten this dominion, being a defenceless and open countrey, subject either to invasions and incursions of our inveterate enemies, most neighbouring countries haveing already been involved||Preamble.|
|(a) The word 'Easter' omitted in P. Rand. MS. but inserted in Ch. City and Northb. MSS.|
|(b) 'September' in P. Rand. MS. '7ber' in Ch. City and Northumberland MSS.|
|in such difficulties and troubles that wee be not wholy surprised in case wee should be visited by such afflictions, but be capable of makeing as vigorous a defence as possible, and for the better and more effectuall preventing murthers, depredations, incursions and other spoyles that may be committed by our Indian and other enemies, Bee it enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authority thereof and it is hereby enacted, That whereas the right honourable the lieutenant governour by and with the advice of the councell out of their great (a) care for the preservasion and security of the peace of the countrey have already raised, listed and appointed one lieutenant, eleaven souldiers, and two Indians on the head of each great river, well furnished with horses and other accoutrements to range and scout about the heads of the said rivers for which they serve, and in such other places as shall be most likely to discover our enemies, that the said soldiers be, and are hereby continued as already setled for so long time (not exceeding the last day of Aprill, which shall be in anno 1692) as the governour with the advice of the councell shall think convenient and necessary, and that the pay of each officer and soldier be as followeth: The lieutenant or commander of each party of souldiers finding himselfe horse, armes, ammunition and provision, shall have and receive five thousand pounds of tobacco and casque out of the publique levie for one whole year, and so after that rate for a longer or shorter time, and each soldier finding himselfe horse, armes, furniture, ammunition and other necessaries, three thousand pounds of tobacco and casque, and so after that rate for a longer or shorter time; and whereas it is impossible at present so to provide, that the countrey be effectually defended with the least trouble and charge to the inhabitants thereof, Be it enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That|
A lieutenant, 11 soldiers & 2 Indians appointed by the gov'r to range & scout at the heads of each great river, continued in service.
|(a) 'Owne' in P. Rand. MS. 'great' in Ch. City and Northumberland MSS.|
|the lieutenant governour or commander in cheife for the time being with the advice of the councell have power upon all occasions between this time and the last day of Aprill 1692, to raise, levy and muster so many and such a number of men, horses, armes and ammunition for the better defence of the same, and such forces already raised, or to be raised at all times to disband and discharge, as to them shall seem most conduccing to the advantage of this dominion, which said souldiers already settled or to be raised by force of this act, are upon all occasions to observe, performe and keepe all such directions, orders and commands as shall be appointed by the lieutenant governour, or commander in cheife for the time being, with the advice of the councell, and shall receive pay and be satisfyed proportionable to the time they shall be in service after these rates, vizt. each captain finding himselfe horse, armes, ammunition, provision and all other necessaries, tenn thousand pounds of tobacco and casque for one yeare, and so proportionably for a longer or shorter time, each lieutenant finding and provideing himselfe as aforesaid after the rate, as in this act is before exprest, and ever private soldier mounted, armed and provided as aforesaid after the rate as in this act is before mentioned.||Gov'r authorised to raise men in cases of emergency; |
who are to obey the orders of the governor.
|And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the two Indians by this act appointed shall each of them have and receive from the lieutenant of the Rangers to whome he belongs, eight yards of duffills and two barrells of Indian corne for the service for one year, and so proportionably for a longer or shorter time, and the said lieutenant shall be reimburst by the publique, and that the said lieutenant doe take charge to provide by warrant from the commander in cheife of the county where he resides, for each of the said Indians, one able horse, bridle and sadle, for which the owner or owners of the said horse or horses furnished as aforesaid, shall have and receive from the country in the next publique levie after the rate of eighty pounds of tobacco and casque for one moneth, and so proportionably for a longer or shorter time.||Pay of the two Indians|
|And forasmuch as by a clause of the 8th act of assembly, made at James Citty, October the tenth, 1665,|
|it is enacted that the bounds of the Indians on the south side James river, be from the heads of the Southern branches of the Black water to the Appomatuck Indians, and thence to the Manokin Town, for the better explaining and ascertaining the bounds betwixt the English and Indians on the south side of James River, Be it enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present Generall Assembly and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That a line from the head of the cheife or principle branch of the black water, to the upper part of the old Appomattocks Indian Town feild, and thence to the upper end of the Manokin Town be judged, deemed held and taken, to be the said bounds, and that the right honourable the lieutenant governour, with the advice of the councell bee requested to appoint some surveyor or surveyors to lay out, ascertain and plainly marke the said lines, and that all pattents or other grants of any lands laying without the said bounds be, and hereby are declared void and null to all intents and purposes as if the same had never been granted. And be it enacted by the authoritie aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the right honourable the lieutenant governour with the advice of the councill be, and is hereby requested and impowered to appoint surveyors to lay out and marke a road from such convenient place above the inhabitants on the north side James River as he shall think fit, to some place above the inhabitants on Rappahanoc river, and likewise to appoint persons to cleer the same at least twenty five foot wide, for which service the said surveyor or surveyors and other persons imployed shall be allowed in the next publique levie. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid and it is hereby enacted, That no surveyor or surveyors doe within three yeares next after the laying out and cleering of the said road presume to lay out or survey any land or lands without the same for any person whatsoever, and also that no person which already hath taken up or pattented any land which may happen to be without the said road, do adventure to seat thereon untill the said three yeares after such laying out be expired. Alwaise provided, that the said time of restraint shall not be accounted, deemed or taken to be any part of the time limited for seating or planting of lands.||Boundaries of Indians on the south side of James river
Surveyor to mark the said lines.
Patents for lands, without those bounds, declared void.
A road from above the inhabitants on the north side of James river to a place above the inhabitants on Rappahannock river to be laid out and cleared.
No surveys of lands without that road to be made for three years.
|An act for suppressing outlying Slaves.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|WHEREAS many times negroes, mulattoes, and other slaves unlawfully absent themselves from their masters and mistresses service, and lie hid and lurk in obscure places killing hoggs and committing other injuries to the inhabitants of this dominion, for remedy whereof for the future, Be it enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authoritie thereof, and it is hereby enacted, that in all such cases upon intelligence of any such negroes, mulattoes, or other slaves lying out, two of their majesties justices of the peace of that county, whereof one to be of the quorum, where such negroes, mulattoes or other slave shall be, shall be impowered and commanded, and are hereby impowered and commanded to issue out their warrants directed to the sherrife of the same county to apprehend such negroes, mulattoes, and other slaves, which said sherriffe is likewise required upon all such occasions to raise such and soe many forces from time to time as he shall think convenient and necessary for the effectual apprehending such negroes, mulattoes and other slaves, and in case any negroes, mulattoes or other slave or slaves lying out as aforesaid shall resist, runaway, or refuse to deliver and surrender him or themselves to any person or persons that shall be by lawfull authority employed to apprehend and take such negroes, mulattoes or other slaves that in such cases it shall and may be lawfull for such person and persons to kill and distroy such negroes, mulattoes, and other slave or slaves by gunn or any otherwaise whatsoever.|
Outlying negroes, mulattoes or slaves, how to be apprehended.
Sheriff may raise forces to apprehend them.
Such negroes, mulattoes, or slaves, resisting, running away, or refusing to surrender may be killed and destroyed.
|Provided that where any negroe or mulattoe slave or slaves shall be killed in pursuance of this act, the owner or owners of such negro or mulatto slave shall be paid for such negro or mulatto slave four thousand pounds of tobacco by the publique. And for prevention of that abominable mixture and spurious issue which hereafter may encrease in this dominion as well by negroes, mulattoes, and Indians intermarrying with English, or other white women, as by their unlawfull accompanying||Compensation to master for slave killed.|
|with one another, Be it enacted by the authoritie aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That for the time to come, whatsoever English or other white man or woman being free shall intermarry with a negroe, mulatto, or Indian man or woman bond or free shall within three months after such marriage be banished and removed from this dominion forever, and that the justices of each respective countie within this dominion make it their perticular care, that this act be put in effectuall execution, And be it further enacted by the authoritie aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That if any English woman being free shall have a bastard child by any negro or mulatto, she pay the sume of fifteen pounds sterling, within one moneth after such bastard child shall be born, to the Church wardens of the parish where she shall be delivered of such child, and in default of such payment she shall be taken into the possession of the Church wardens and disposed of for five yeares, and the said fine of fifteen pounds, or whatever the woman shall be disposed of for, shall be paid, one third part to their majesties for and towards the support of the government and the contingent charges thereof, and one other third part to the use of the parish where the offence is committed, and the other third part to the informer, and that such bastard child be bound out as a servant by the said Church wardens untill he or she shall attaine the age of thirty yeares, and in case such English woman that shall have such bastard child be a servant, she shall be sold by the said church wardens, (after her time is expired that she ought by law to serve her master) for five yeares, and the money she shall be sold for divided as is before appointed, and the child to serve as aforesaid.|| White man or woman, bond or free,
intermarrying with a negro, mulatto or Indian, to be banished for ever.|
White women having a bastard by a negro or mulatto to pay 15l. sterling; in default of payment to be sold for 5 years.
Such bastard to be bound by church wardens till 30 years of age.
Servant women offending to be likewise sold, after the expiration of their term of service.
|And forasmuch as great inconveniences may happen to this country by the setting of negroes and mulattoes free, by their either entertaining negro slaves from their masters service, or receiveing stolen goods, or being grown old bringing a charge upon the country; for prevention thereof, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That no negro or mulatto be after the end of this present session of assembly set free by any person or persons whatsoever, unless such person or persons, their heires, executors or administrators pay for the transportation of such negro or||No negro or mulatto to be set free, unless the person freeing them pay for their transportation out of the country within six months.|
|negroes out of the countrey within six moneth after such setting them free, upon penalty of paying of tenn pounds sterling to the Church wardens of the parish where such person shall dwell with, which money, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, the said Church wardens are to cause the said negro or mulatto to be transported out of the countrey, and the remainder of the said money to imploy to the use of the poor of the parish.||Penalty; applied to wards paying the expenses of transportation.|
|An act for lessening the Levy by the Pole and laying an imposition on Liquors.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|FORASMUCH as a more suitable expedient cannot be found to lessen the levy by the pole on the inhabitants of this their majesties dominion of Virginia, and to defray other contingent charges of the government then to lay an imposition on all liquors imported into this country, Bee it therefore enacted by their majesties leiutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present Generall Assembly and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That the severall rates, duties, and imposts hereby set and imposed upon all and every the hereafter named foreign liquors which shall be imported or brought into all or any the ports of this dominion from and after the 31st day of May, anno 1691, shall be from time to time satisfied and paid to their majesties, their heires and successors, and to and for the uses, intents and purposes hereafter mentioned, and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever, by the merchant and merchants, owner and owners, importer or importers of the same, vizt. for every gallon of wine of all sorts whatsoever, brandy, rum, syder, or any other spirits or liquors imported into this dominion, except alwaise what shall come directly from England, the sum of foure pence, being imported in forreign built ships, and not belonging to the inhabitants of this countrey, and that for all and every the afore specified liquors imported in ships or other vessells wholely and solely belonging to the inhabitants of this dominion, and in which the importer hath an interest||Preamble.|
Duty of four pence a gallon on all foreign wines or spirits imported, not direct from England.
If imported vessels wholly belonging to inhabitants, two pence a gallon duty;
|or part, there shall be paid and satisfyed in full satisfaction of all rates, duties and imposts ariseing by virtue of this act two pence for every gallon only, and that all liquors imported into this dominion in ships and other vessells really and bona fide built within this dominion, and wholely and solely belonging to the inhabitants thereof, and in which the importer hath an interest and part shall be fully and cleerly exempted and freed from the rates, duties and imposts ariseing by this act. And for the better levying and collecting the rates, duties and imposts upon all furreign or imported liquors, Bee it enacted by their majesties leiutenant Governour, councell and Burgesses of this present General Assembly and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That no such foreigne or imported liquors shall be landed or put on shoar out of any ship or other vessell from beyond the seas, before due entery be first made hereof, with the officer or collector appointed for the customes in the port or place where the same shall be imported, or before the duetie due and payable for the same be fully satisfyed, and that every warrant for the landing and delivering of any such forreign liquors shall be signed by the hand of the said officer or collectour in the said port or place respectively, upon pain that all such furreign liquors as shall be landed, put on shoar or delivered contrary (a) to the true intent and meaning of this act and the value thereof, shall be forfeited and lost, and to be recovered of the importer or proprietor of the same, and that no person or persons whatsoever bringing any the before recited liquors into any port or place of this dominion, nor any person or persons to whome the same or any of them shall be consigned, shall and or cause any such liquors to be landed or put on shoar, without makeing or causeing due entery to be made of the same, and giveing a true account of the gallons every casque did containe upon oath, with the officer or officers for the time being appointed to|
& if such vessel be built here, free from duty.
Foreign liquors not to be landed till duties paid or secured.
Entry of liquors imported, how to be made.
|(a) The word 'contrary' omitted in Northb. MS. but inserted in Ch. City and P. Rand. MSS.|
|receive and take such enteries within the port or place where the same shall be landed, upon pain in every such case as aforesaid to forfeit double the value of the said liquors landed and put on shoar contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, and that the master or purser of every ship, barque or other vessell, shall make a just and true entery upon oath, which the collector or other officer is hereby required to administer, of the burthen, contents, and ladeing of every such ship, barque, or other vessell with the perticular markes, numbers, quallities and contents of every casque therein lade with liquors to the best of his knowledge, also where and in what port she took in her ladeing, of what countrey built, how manned, who was master dureing the voyage, and who are owners thereof, upon penalty of forfeiting of one hundred pounds sterling.|
|And for the better encouragement of all masters, merchants, owners, and other persons whatsoever to make due entery and payment of the duties, rates, and imposts raised by virtue of this act, and in consideration for filling and leakeage, there shall be abated and allowed twenty gallons in every hundred, which said allowance and abatement, the said collectors to be appointed to receive the said dueties are hereby authorised to allow and make accordingly, Provided alwaise, that where any master, merchant, owner or other person whatsoever, shall wittingly or willingly make a false entery, and be convicted for the same, in that case such master, merchant, owner or other person shall forfeit and pay one hundred pounds sterling, and the said person or persons which are or shall be appointed to receive the duties and imposts ariseing by virtue of this act, and their deputies are hereby authorised and enabled to goe and enter on board any ship or other vessell, and from thence to bring on shoar all the before specified liquors for which the duties are not paid or compounded for within ten daies after the first entery of the said ship or other vessell, and that the officers of the customes and their deputies may freely stay and remain on board untill all the goods are delivered and discharged out of the said ship or other vessell; and|| Allowance for leakage. |
Penalty for false entry.
Collectors may go on board and seize liquors, not duly entered.
|(a) if any officer or officers to be appointed to receive the dueties by this act ariseing, or other person or persons deputed and appointed by or under them (b) or any of them, or any other authority whatsoever, shall directly or indirectly take or receive any bribe, recompence or reward in any kind whatsoever, or connive at any false entery of any wines, or other liquors, &c. whereby the duety be defrauded, the person or persons therein offending, shall forfeit the sum of one hundred pounds sterling, and be for ever afterwards incapable of any office or imployment within this dominion, as also the master, merchant, marriner or other person whatsoever who shall give or pay any such bribe, reward or recompence shall forfeit the sum of fifty pounds sterling.||Penalty on officer receiving a bribe or conniving at a false entry.|
|And that all officers, captains and commanders of ships, as also all justices of the peace, sherriffs, constables, head boroughs, and all other their majesties officers, ministers, and subjects whatsoever, whome it may concerne, shall be aiding and assisting to all and every person and persons which are or shall be appointed by the governour to receive and collect the dueties, &c. and the collector and collectors, and their respective deputies in the due execution of all and every act and thing in and by this present act required and enjoyned, and all such who shall be aiding and assisting unto them in the due execution hereof shall be defended and saved harmless by virtue of this act; and for the greater encouragement of masters, mariners and other seafareing men to settle themselves and inhabit with their families in this dominion, Be it enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authoritie thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That such masters mariners and other seafareing men, who shall settle themselves and inhabit with their families in this dominion for the space of one full year, shall pay and satisfye in lieu and full satisfaction of all dueties ariseing by this||All capt'ns ships, and all civil officers and others to assist in
the execution of this law.|
Encouragement to masters of vessels and mariners to settle in this country;
|(a) The words 'and' omitted in Northb. MS. but inserted in Ch. City and P. Rand. MSS.|
|(b) The word 'them' omitted in P. Rand. MS. but inserted in Ch. Cit. and Northb. MSS.|
|act for every gallon of the before recited liquors, imported into this countrey, in any ship, barque, or other vessell, whereof he or they be master or mariner, upon their owne proper account, two pence only, altho' he or they have no interest or part in the same vessell, all which said forfeitures shall be divided into three equall parts, one third part thereof to their majesties, their heires and successors towards the better support of the government and defraying other contingent charges thereof, one other third part to the governour for the time being, and the other third part to him or them that will sue or informe for the same, by bill, plaint, information or action of debt in any court of record within this dominion in which no essoigne, protection or wager of law shall be allowed.||duty, as to them reduced.|
Forfeitures, how appropriated.
Governor and council to appoint collectors.
|And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the governour for the time being, with the advice of the councell shall be, and is hereby impowered from time to time, and at all times hereafter, to nominate, constitute and appoint such and soe many collectors and other officers, as also such sallaries methods and orders not exceeding ten in the hundred for collecting the said duty as to them shall seem best. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That all and every sum and sums of money raised or to be raised by virtue of this imposition aforesaid be constantly accounted for by the collector thereof to the treasurer of this dominion for the time being, and by him to the governour, councell and burgesses of the generall assembly, and converted to the uses by them directed according to the true intent and meaning of this act, and to and for no other use, intent and purpose whatsoever.||Monies arising from duties imposed by this act, to be paid to
|And this act to continue in force for three yeares, from the 31st day of May, anno 1691, and no longer.|
|An act appointing a Treasurer.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|WHEREAS it is by this present generall assembly enacted, that all and every sum and sums of||Preamble.|
|money raised or to be raise by force (a) and virtue of one act of assembly at this present session of assembly made and enacted, entituled an act for ports, for better secureing their majesties customs, raising a revenue for securety thereof, and encouragement of learning and piety, and also all and every sum and sums of money raised, or to be raised by force and vertue of one other act of assembly of this present session of assembly, likewise made and enacted entituled, an act for lessening the levy by the pole, and laying an imposition on liquors shall be constantly accounted for and paid by the collectors thereof to the treasurer of this dominion for the time being, and forasmuch as in the two before mentioned acts, there is no express nomination of any person in certain to be treasurer, Be it therefore enacted by their majesties leiutenant governour, councill and burgesses of this present general assembly, and the authoritie thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That Coll. Edward Hill be, and is hereby nominated, constituted and appointed (b) treasurer of the revenue ariseing by the two before specified acts, and is hereby authorised, impowered and required to demand, receive and take of and from every collector and collectors, all and every sum and sums of money ariseing by force of the two before specified acts of assembly, and the said Coll. Edward Hill is hereby authorised, required and commanded to keep and retain all such monies in his own custody and possession untill he shall be ordered and required to dispose of the same in such manner and by such warrant and for such uses, intents and purposes, and no other as are limited, appointed and directed in the said acts. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the said Coll. Edward Hill, before his entry and admission into the aforesaid office, and before his takeing upon him to execute and manage the same, do give bond in the secretaries office with good sufficient security in the sum of five thousand pounds sterling, payable to their majesties, their heires and successors|| This was the first act for appointing a treasurer; the reason and necessity
whereof is explained in the preamble. |
Coll Edward Hill appointed treasurer.
His power and duties.
To give bond and security.
|(a) The word 'force' omitted in P. Rand. MS. but inserted in Ch. City and Northb. MSS.|
|(b) The words 'and appointed' omitted in P. Rand. MS. but inserted in Ch. City and Northumberland MSS.|
|for the true and just performance and discharge of the aforesaid office and place of treasurer, according to the true intent and meaning of the two said acts of assembly.|
|And forasmuch as by the before recited act, entituled, an act for lessening the levy by the pole and laying an imposition on liquors, there is no provision made of salery to the treasurer of the said imposition, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the salary of six per cent be, and shall be allowed and paid unto the treasurer of this dominion, out of all and every sum and sums of money ariseing by vertue of the said imposition upon liquors and accounted for to the governour, councell and burgesses of the general assembly by the said treasurer according to the directions of the said act.||His salary.|
|An act for dividing New Kent Countie.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|WHEREAS sundry and divers inconveniences attend the inhabitants of New Kent county and all others who have occation to prosecute suites there, by reason of the difficulty in passing the river. Be it therefore enacted by their majesties lieutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly, and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That the aforesaid county of New Kent be divided into two distinct counties so that the Pomunkey river divide the same, and so down the York river to the extent of the county, and that the part which is now on the south side of Yorke and Pomunkey river be called New Kent, and that the North side with Pomunkey Neck be called and known by the name of King and Queen county. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That the inhabitants of Pomunkey Necke, that now belong to St. Peters parish be restored and added to St. Johns parish, from which they formerly were taken, and that Pomunkey river be the bounds betwixt the two parishes, any law usage or custome to the contrary notwithstanding.|| New Kent county divided.|
King and Queen county form'd.
Parishes of St. Peter's & St. John's, boundaries of.
|And for the due administration of justice, Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That a court for the said King and Queen county be constantly held by the justices thereof upon the 12th day of the moneth in such manner as by the laws of this country is provided and shall be by their commission directed||Court days of King and Queen county.|
|An act for deviding Lower Norfolk County.||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|FORASMUCH as by the largness of the county of lower Norfolke, many inconveniences are found by the inhabitants of the lower part of the said county bounding on the main ocean and the parts of North Carolina, which have been by the said inhabitants much complained of, and now from the said inhabitants of the Eastern parts remonstrated to this generall assembly as a grievance, wherein they pray to be redressed, Be it therefore enacted by their majesties leiutenant Governour, Councill and Burgesses of this present generall assembly and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That the said county of lower Norfolke shall be divided and made two counties in manner following, that is to say, beginning at the new inlet of Little Creeke, and so up the said Creeke to the dams between Jacob Johnson and Richard Drout, and so out of the said dams up a branch, the head of which branch lyeth between the dwelling house of William Moseley, senr. and the new dwelling house of Edward Webb, and so to run from the head of the said branch on a direct line to the dams at the head of the Eastern branch of Elizabeth river, the which dams lie between James Kemp and Thomas Ivy, and so down the said branch to the mouth of a small branch or gutt that divides the land which Mr. John Porter now lives on, from the land he formerly lived on, and so up the said small branch according to the bounds of the said plantation, where the said Porter now liveth, and from thence to the great swamp, that lyeth on the East side of John Showlands, and so along the great swamp to the North river of Corotucke, and down the said North||Preamble.|
Lower Norfolk county divided.
|river to the south of Simpsons creek, and so up the said creeke to the head thereof, and from thence by a south line to the bounds of Carolina, and that this devision shall be, and remain bounds between the said two counties, which shall hereafter be, and be held, deemed and taken as and for two intire and distinct counties, each of which shall have, use, and enjoy all the liberties, priviledges and advantages of any other county of this colony to all intents and purposes whatsoever, and that the uppermost of the said two counties in which Elizabeth river and the branches thereof are included, doe retain and ever hereafter called and known by the name Norfolk countie, and that the other of the said two counties be called and known by the name of Princess Ann County; and for the due administration of justice, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, and it is hereby enacted, That a court for the said Princess Ann county be constantly held by the justices thereof upon the second Wednesday of the moneth in such manner as by the law of this countrey is provided, and shall be by their commission directed.|| The upper part to retain the name of
Princess Ann county formed of the lower part.
|An act for raising a Publique Levy.*||Edi. 1733 and 1752.|
|BE it enacted by their majesties leiutenant governour, councell and burgesses of this present generall assembly and the authority thereof, and it is hereby enacted, That the sum of eighteen pounds and one halfe of tobacco be paid by every tithable person within this their majesties colonie and dominion of Virginia for the defraying and payment of the publique charge of the country, being the publique levy from October 1686, to this present time, and that it be paid by the collectors of the severall counties to the severall persons to whome it is proportioned by this present generall assembly, and if it shall happen that there shall be||Taxes or public levy.|
|* The title of this act is given in the Ch. City MS. Then follows the words 'Be it enacted, &c. that 18 lb. tobacco be paid by every tythable person, &c.' and there the act ends.|
|more tytheables in any county then the present levy is laid on, then such county to have credit for so much to the use of county, and if there shall happen to be less in any county, then such county shall bear the loss.|
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