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general court, within tho said city, Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful, to and for the maior, recorder, and aldermen of the said city, or any three of them, whereof the said maior, recorder, or last preceding major, shall be one, to take the examination of any person or persons whatsoever, suspected of having committed any capital crime, or other offence, triablo in the general court, or courts of vier and terminer; and upon such examination, if they see cause, by mittimus under their hands, to commit such offender or offenders to the pub. lic goal of the said city. And the kceper thereof is hereby required to receive the body of such offender so committed, or by recognizance, to bind suchi offender oroffenders, personally to appear before the next general court, on the fourth day thereof, or the next court of oier and terminer, and not to depart thence without leave of the said courts respectively; and also to summon and bind all such person or persons, as they shall think to be material witnesses against such offender or offenders, to appear personally before the said general court, on the said fourth day, or the said court of oier and terminer, then and there to give evidence against such offender or offenders.

IV. And whereas it may bappen, that the chief maInhabitants gistrates, and other inhabitants of the said city, may

mpen be listed and compelled to serve under the command of lable to per form militia the officers of the militia, in the counties of James duty out of City, and York, respectively, without the said city; the county. and forasmuch as the same may be very inconvenient,

and may render the governor's house, public magazine, and capitol, in the said city, defenceless in times of danger, Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That no inhabitant of the said city, capable of serving in the militia, shall hereafter be compellable to make his or their appearance at any muster of the militia, hereafter to be bad or taken, out of the said city: But all and every such inhabitant and inhabitants (except the maior, recorder, and aldermen of the said city) shall be listed and trained, according to the laws of this colony, under the command of one or more person or persons, of the principal inhabitants of the said city, as shall be thereunto commissionated by the go. yernor or commander in chief of this colony, for the time being; and such persons so listed and trained,

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shall not be compelled to go out of the said city, on any military service, without the express order of the go. vernor or commander in chief of the said colony and dominion, for the time being, or, in his absence, without the order of the said maior, recorder, and aldermen, or the major part of them. And the said maior, recorder, and aldermen, or the major part of them, in their said court of lustings, upon the complaint of any officer or officers appointed to command the militia within the said city; and upon sufficient proof, shall and may give judgment against any person or persons listed under the command of such officer or officers, for the fines which such person or persons shall be liable to, by means of his or their not appearing, or not doing bis or their duty at any muster, or upon any other service within the said city; and may also issnie warrants for levying such fines as the officers of the militia, in the respective counties of this colony, may or do.

And this act is hereby declared to be a public act; This a pube and as such, shall be construed, deemed, and taken.

CHAP. XI.

An Act for dividing Saint Stephen's Parish, in the

County of King and Queen.

CHAP. XII.

An Act for dissolving the Parish of Wilmington, in the

Counties of James City and Charles City; and ad. ding the same to other parishes.

CHAP. XIII.
An Act for confirming the title of John Fox, gentleman,
to certain Lands formerly purchased of the Pamunky
Indians.

CHAP. XIV...,

An Act for vesting the Fee-Simple Estate of certain en:

tailed Lands in William Meriwether, gentleman, and for vesting five Negro Slaves, therein mentioned, in "Sarah Brechin, and the heirs of her body....

CHAP. XV.

An Act for desting the Fee-Simple Estate of certain in

tailed Lands in Pierce Butler and Paulin Anderson; and for vesting other Lands therein mentioned, in Robert Stubblefield, in fee tail.

Signed by Hugh DRYSDALE, Esq. Governor.

JOHN HOLLOWAY, Speaker.

General Assembly,:

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Hugh Drys. dale, Esq.

Governor.. SUMMONED TO BE HELD AT The Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg, the fifth day of December, in the ninth year of the reign of our sovereign lord George, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, gc. and in the year of our lord, 1722. And by writ of prorogation, begun and holden on the ninth day of May, 1723. And from thence continued by several prorogations, to the twelfth day of May, 1726: being the second session of this present Assembly.

CHAP. I.

(From edit.

1733, p. 350.) An Act for laying a duty on Liquors. I. M AY it please your most excellent majesty, we

VIyour Majesty's most dutiful and loial subjects, the burgesses of this your Majesty's most antientcolony and dominion of Virginia, now met in assembly, taking into our consideration the expediency of raising a competent revenue,for defraying such expences of your Majes. ty's government here, as must otherwise be discharged by a poll-tax, which hath frequently been very grievous, and burthensome to the subjects of the said colony, and occasioned great discontents and uneasiness among them; and being likewise piously affected to the furtherance of the college of William and Mary, founded in this colony, by your Majesty's roial predecessors king William and queen Mary, of blessed memory, for the education of our youth in the liberal arts and sciences, and propagating the gospel among the western In. dians; the progress of which good work, by a long series of misfortunes and accidents, and by the decay of the revenue thereof, hath been so much obstructed, that the charitable design of the founders hath not hitherto been fulfilled: And lest it should be a reproach

to us not to contributo our assistance to the perfecting á work of such importance to us and our posterity, have given and granted to your Majesty, the several duties

herein after mentioned; and do most humbly beseech ¿ your Majesty, that it may be enacted. .

vine II. And be it enacted by the Lieut. Governor, CounDuty onwine and spiriig cil and Burgesscs, of this present General Assembly, and imported. it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That

for every gallon of rum, brandy, and other distilled spirits; and for every gallon of wine, which from and after the tenth day of June next, shall be imported or brought into this colony and dominion, from any port or place whatsoever, the duty or custom of three pence, shall be paid by the owner or importer of the same, for

and during the term of five years: And that one other Additional duty, of one penny for every gallon of the said liquors, duty. wliich, from and after the said tenth day of June, shall

be imported or brought into this colony, as aforesaid, shall be paid by the owner or importer thereof, for and during the term of twoity-one years from thence next

following. Duty on ci- III. And be it further enacted, That every gallon of der beer and cider, beer, or ale, which, from and after the said ale.

tenth day of June, shall be imported or brought into this colony and dominion, from any port or place wliatsoever, the duty or custom of one penny, shall be paid by the owner or importer of the same, for and during the term of five years.

IV. Provided nevertheless, and it is hereby enacted Exception as and declared, That no duty or custom whatsoever, shall to liquors .. be required or paid for any of the liquors before enume. imported di

mrated, that shall come directly from Great-Britain; Great-Bri. but that all such liquors shall remain and continue extain. empt and free from any imposition, duty or custom, le

vied or required by this act, as if this act had never been made. ' .

- V. And be it further enacted, That no liquors whata Entry how soever, liable to a duty or custom, by virtue of this act, to be made. shall be landed, put on shore, or any other way deli-.

vered out of the ship or vessel importing the same, before due entry be made thereof, with the collector of the duties, in the port or place where the same shall be imported, or before the duty dne ani paiable for the sanie, by virtue of this act, shall be fully satisfied, and a warrant had, under the hand of the said collector, for

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