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ORDERED, That the comissioners of the Count: Two distinct of Northampton shall exercise judicature in two dis places aptinct places of that county, That is to say, in the vp- holding courts per and lower parts, the middle devision to be Hun- in Northamper's Creeke from the head thereof to the widow Billi
:'s house, including the said house in the lower pre-. Upper and incts, and that the administration of justice shall be lower parts. on the 28th day of every moneth in the vpper part and Court days the other in the lower part, And that the comissioners of the respective divisions shall attend the courts held therein according to the time and day within limitted.
BY reason of the great inconvenience occasioned by Court to be the partition of the Isle of Wight county by Pagan held in cach. Creeke, it is ordered that in each parish of the said of Wight, county a monthly court be held on the 9th day of every moueth successively each parish still continueing equally relative to the comissioners of the county in gennerall and that the com’rs. of each parish appoint places convenient for the holding of the courts aforesaid.
ACTS OF ASSEMBLY.
milies to dis. tant settle
FFOR the avoiding.creditors' charges and trouble Attachments in recovery of debts, it is enacted, That all persons re- authorized
against permoveing themselves and families into any remote plan sons removing tation northerly or southerly, and the said persons soe with their faremoveing being ingaged to any person or persons resideing within that county or neer therevoto from
ments. whence they shall first remove, shall vpon warrant is- Execution to šueing out from the office against them personally ap- issue against pear, and not by attorney, and judgment once obtain- the bodies of ed against them: execution vpon non-payment to their who are to be creditors shall issue against their bodies and their said imprisoned at bodies shall be forthwith conveyed to James Cittie, James City. there to remaine till the debt be satisfied : Provided that this act extend not beyond one whole year from Limitation. the time of his removeall.
ACT II. Indians aot to FFOR the better securing the peace both of English be killed within the English and Indians, Bee it inacted, That no Indian or Indians bounds unless coming within our lands or bounds shall be killed vndoing mis
les they the said Indians shall be taken in any act or chief.
acts of mischeife: No Indians And be it further inacted that noe person or persons to be entertained without shall entertayne or receive any Indians without leave license from first obreined from the countye court where such occa. the co'ty.court sion shall be offered, or at leastwise from two comissionor 2 justices of the peace.
ers whereof one shall be of the quorum ; And that all Indian chil Indian children by leave of their parents shall be taken dren, by leave
as servants for such a terme as shall be agreed on by of their parents, may be the said parent and master as aforesaid; Provided that taken as ser due respect and care be had that they the said Indian vants,but must be educated
servants be educated and brought vp in the Christian and bro't up in religion and the covenants for such service or services the Christian to be confirmed before two justices of the peace as religion.
Inhabitants exporting their tobacco not liable to any duty or custom.
Be it enacted, That no inhabitants exporting their tobaccoes out of this colony shall be liable to the payment of any taxe or custome whatsoever, notwithstanding any thing in any former act or acts provided to the contrary
ACT IV.* Pieces of FFOR the greater incouragement of manufacture eight of what
aud other trade be it inacted that all peeces of eight of metal soever, to pass at 68.a what mettle soever shall pass for currant and lawfullat piece. five shillings per peece imediately after publication of
this act and if any person or persons shall refuse any peece or peeces in or for any consideration tendred yo
* This act repealed at the next session. See ante ch. IV. pa. 397 The acts of March, 1655-6, having been placed before those of March, 1634-5, in the MS; and both of them being numbered simply 1655, the mistake was not discoyered till it was too late to alter the arrangement.
to them, the said party so refuseing shall be liable to the censure of the next ensueing county court where such contempt shall be offered.
ACT V. BE it enacted, That the com'rs. of each county court authorised to
Co'ty courts shall have authority to license ordinaries and ffer- license tavern ryes.
keepers and ferries.
BE it enacted by this Grand Assembly That all I- Irish serrish servants that from the first of September, 1653, vants bro't in have bin brought into this collony without indenture dentures, ir (notwithstanding the act for servants without inden- above 16 tures it being only the benefitt of our own nation) years old to shall serve as followeth, (vizt.) all above sixteen yeares it under 16 tó old to serve six years, and all vnder to serve till they serve till 24. be twenty-four years old and in case of dispute in that behalse the court shall be judge of their age.
ACT. VII.* BE it enacted by this present Grand Assembly that Election of all Burgesses shaji be sumoned and elected in man- how the time per hereafter expressed, That is to say, that the sever- and place of all and respective stierriffs shall within ten dayes after election to be
notified by the the receipt of such writts as they shall receive to that Sheriffs purpose cause the same to be published and by giving notice of the same from house to house by the sherriff or this deputy to all persons interested in elections, which he is to doe ex officio: And then and there also to publish and declare the certain day of the week When and and moneth for chooseing Burgesses to serve in the Ase where held sembly for all accustomed places in the severall countyes and parishes respectively. That at the day and place of elections the sher Sheriffs to
attend the This act is numbered in the margin of the MS. 7, 8, 9, as three distinct acts ; but the sulject matter not admitting of such division I have comprised the whole in one act.
clection and rifis shall take view of the said elections, and before make returns
the sitting of the Assembly make returne into the se to the secretary's office cretary's office, att James Cittie, of the persons then of the persons and there elected, by subscription and of the major subscription of part of the hands of the electors; and that the sherriff the major part who shall wittingly or willingly make any false return of the electors. or neglect his duty shall incurr the pennalty of 10000 Penalty.
lb, of tob'o. Qualifications of persons to That the persons who shall be elected to serve in
Assembly shall be such and no other then such as are Right of suffrage to be
persons of knowne integrity and of good conversation exercised by and of the age of ope & twenty yeares That all bouse all house
keepers whether ffreeholders, lease holders, or otherkeepers, whether free hol- wise tenants, shallonely be capeable to elect Burgesses, ders, lease
and none hereby made vncapable shall give his subholders or
scription to elect a Burgesse vpon the pennalty of four other tenants. Penalty for hundred pounds of tobacco and cask to be disposed of voting, not by the court of each county where such contemptshall being qualifi- be vsed: Provided that this word house keepers reBut one per. peated in this act extend no further then to one person son in a fa
in a family.* mily to vote.
One or two places to be set apart in each county, to which the trade of the county and inarkets shall be wholly sonfined.
An Act for regulateing of Trade and establishing
Ports and Places for Marketts. TO prevent the great inconveniencies of trade and comerce in this collony, the long demorage of shipps with the greate abuse of fforestallers whereby the poor inhabitants of this collony are greatly impoverished:
Be it enacted by this present Grand Assemblie, as followeth : That in every county respectively within this collony there be one or two places and no more, ten miles distant forthwith appointed and sett apart by the comissioners with the consent of the inhabitants if it may be within the extent of one mile and a halfe or two
* This act was amended by act XVI of the next session (see ante pa 403) and the right of suffrage extended to all free men.-See note to act IV of this session.
stricted to par-,
at the most vpon one or both sides any small river or creeke within the same where the marketts and trade of the county shall be and not else where.
That all shipps or vessells whatsoever arriving after all ships or the expiration of this Assembly shall be comanded & vessels recompelled to make, vpon oath, a true entry, att the place ticular poris and to the officer appointed for that purpose, of theire appointed by shipps, vessels, and all their merchandises and servants this act. that are to be putt off
, according to their severall bills of ladeing, and the boatswaines booke ; and that they and all the merchants and others haveing any of them To make entryo to sell shall be hereby enjoyned, vpon penalty of being adjudged fforestallers and to incurr the penalty there- Merchandize of sett by the lawes of England, before any vnshipping to be carried or vnlading thereof, to declare and accordingly to to some place transport and
carry the same to some one or more pla- hereby apces of markett appointed by this act, and there to sell pointed. the same; And be it further ordained, that all freedom of trade shall be maintained, and all merchants and Freedom of traders shall be cherished, and receive all lawfull as
trade to be
maintained an sistance and incouragement, with due justice against &c. their debtors, and for the dispatch of shipping ; And that the act forbidding above fifty per cent. gaine in merchandise shall be repealed and void.
neglecting And it is hereby further enacted and injoyned that be fined by all comissioners neglecting their assistance and dutyes the gov. anct required hereby sball be fineable by the Governour and council ; to
make report, Councill, who are required especially to see the ac- &c. complishment of this act : And the said comissioners If any doubt forthwith to certifye to the Governour and Councill arise, to be detheir proceedings in the same and the place or places the gov. and nominated in the severall respective countyes, and if council, durany doubt arise the same to be determined by the Go- in the recess. vernour and Councill in the vacancy of Assemblyes. bly!
Alsoe the comissioners of the severall counties re- Comm’rs. to spectively shall appoint the day of the week for their appoint mar markett, differring from the adjoyning marketts, and cause public shall keep their courts, the clerkes and sherrift's office offices and
houses to be and prison withiu the circuit of the said marketts, and
kept within endeavour to have their meeting places or churches & the circuit or ordinaryes for entertaynement and lodging within the same, Provided nevertheless that all merchants or tra
Merchants ders, att theire pleasure, shall and may with certificate may trans