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ed to the present Governour with reservation of the castle duties to Coll. Clayborne of what shipps are alreadie entered or shall enter before the expiration of this present thirteenth day of December.

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FFOR encouragement of the ministers in this coun. trey and that they may be the better enabled to attend both publick commands and their private cures, It is ordered, That from henceforth each minister, in his owne person with six other servants of his family shall be free from publique levies, Allwaies provided they be examined by Mr. Phillip Mallory and Mr. John Green, and they to certisye their abilities to the Governour and Councill, who are to proceed accord. ing to their judgement.

(Rand. MS. Bl. MS. Jef. M.S.)

IT is ordered that the parish of Bristoll have power to keep courts within their said parish and to heare and determine all differences herein as at county courts which courts are to be kept by the comissioners dwelling in the said parish, but either pl. or defendant if they crave it shall have licence to appeale to Charles Cittie or Henrico county courts.

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IT is ordered that six thousand pounds of tobacco be allowed to Coll. francis Morrison, speaker of this house, for his loss of time and great care and pains taken about the publick busines. (Bl. MS.)

IT is ordered that Major Charles Norwood, hereto

fore clerk to the Assembly, be allowed two thousand

pounds of tobacco in full of all his arrears of salary;

and the of the Assembly henceforth to be

conferred on Mr. Henry Randolph to officiate therein as

Major Norwood hath done and to have the same salary.


IT is ordered that for this present year the com’rs. of the militia in every county endeavour to provide four barrels of powder with shot proportionable for each regiment which shall be allowed the next year out of the several county levies; that Rob't. Hubbard for the care in attendance on the committee for revew of the acts have two thousand five hundred pounds of tobacco out of the levies of James City or York county, Provided he write out the acts and orders at large and compleat them according to the direction of the committee and get them ready by the first of March next. (Bl. MS.)

THAT Thomas Woodhouse for the quarter courts setting at his house two courts and for the committee's accommodation have two thousand five hundred pounds of tobacco granted him by the publick. (Bl. JMS.)

THAT letters be sent unto Coll. Sam’l. Mathews and Mr. Bennet that in respect the difference between us and the Lord Baltamore concerning our bounds is as far from determination as at first, they desist in that particular until further order from this country. - (Bl. JMS.)

THAT George the Armenian for his encouragement in the trade of silk and to stay in the country to follow the same have four thousand pounds of tabacco allowed him by the Assembly. (Bl. JMS.)

WHEREAS a petition was presented to the honourable Grand Assembly by Capt. Thomas Pritchard, in behalfe of the inhabitants of Nuttmegg Quarters intimateing their desire by reason of their small number not longer to continue a parish of themselves, but to be united to the parish of Denbigh, It is ordered that the comissioners the next county court make enquirie of the desires of the inhabitants, and is the major part agree vnto it, then they to be accompt


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Letters to be written by Col. Morrison to the protector & secretary of state.

€ol. Ab'm. Wood appointed commandant of regiment in Charles City and Henrico, in room of Coll. Hill suspended.

Col. Edward
Diggs request-
cd to act as
gov’r. during
his stay in the
Col. Samuel
gov’r. elect to
take place
next him in

Rank of Ed. Diggs in council after expiration of his time as goveranor.

Courts in Charles City county to be held on the south side of the river.

ed and be members of the parish of Denbigh aforesaid otherwise to remaine a parish of themselves as at pre

Sent. (Rand. JMS. Jef. MS.)

THIS day Coll. francis Morrison was desired by the house to write two letters, one to his highness, the other to the Secretary of State, and Capt. Willis to draw up a testimonial for the Gov’r. (Bl. JMS.)

IT is ordered, that Coll. Abraham Wood be appointed and made Coll. over the regiment of Charles City and Henrico countys in the room of Coll. Hill by this present Assembly suspended, and Capt. William Harris made Major of the said regiment being his due as the first Capt. according to the desire of the said Coll. Abraham Wood. (Bl. JMS.)

ORDERED that Edward Digges, Esquire, being at present Governour, be requested to continue his office, and reteine the reines of government in his hands during his abode in the countrie, and in the interim Coll. Samuel Mathewes, Governour elect to take place next him in the councill.

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ORDERED that Edward Diggs, Esq. Gov'r. after the expiration of his government do in the Councel take place next unto Coll. John West, Esq. (Bl. MS.)

VPON the petition of Coll. Abraham Wood and Mr. Anthony Wyatt in behalse of the inhabitants on the south side of Charles Cittie county, shewing the greate inconveniencies accrewing to them by reason of the courts being kept on the north side of the river, It is ordered that the place of keeping courts for the said county shall be on the south side of the river, at such place as the comissioners or the major part of them shall find most convenient for the ease and benefitt of the inhabitants.

(Rand. MS. Jef. MS.)

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WHEREAS a reveiw of the lawes hath been made by this Grand Assembly, it is ordered therevpon that they be all digested into one volume, and that, the same be presented to Leist. Coll. Walker, Coll. Abra: Wood, and Capt. francis Willis, who are desired as a comittee to compare the same with the originall by March court next, and vpon their signing it publication to follow, And it is further ordered that Mr. Robert Hubert may have license to carry the originall booke of records home to his owne house to copie them

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WHEREAS by petition of the inhabitants of the lower part of Lancaster county shewing their vast distance from the countie courts was presented to the honourable Assembly by Capt. Moore stantleroy and theire desire of haveing the county devided, It is ordered that according to an order of court devideing the said countie at present into parishes, be for the future the bounds of the two counties, vizt. The vpper part of Mr. Bennetts land knowne by the name of Naemhock on the south side of the eastermost branch of Moratticock Creeke on the north side the river be the lower most bounds of the vpper county; The lower county to retaine the name of Lancaster, and the vpper county to be named Rappahannock" county and notwithstanding this division both counties to be liable

to the Burgesses charge of this present assembly. (Rand...M.S. Jef. MS.)

[Here follow in the Rand. and Bl. MSS. a number of decisions in civil actions, and of petitions from individuals for compensation relating to the late expedition against the indians; but they are not of sufficient interest to merit insertion.]

IT is orderered that Sr. Wm. Berkeley be allowed four thous’d. five hundred pounds of tobacco for cask with the tobaccos upon the sale of his house, It being

Revised la
to be digest-
ed into one

How and by
whom copied
from the ori-
ginal records.

nock county
formed from
the upper
part of Lan-

* This is the first time the name of Rappahammock occurs.

Allowance to
Sir William
Berkeley for
his house.


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according to the agreement though omitted by the clerk and that it be placed upon James City county.

BE it enacted, That the articles of agreement made the 5th day of 1652 with the comissioners of the parliament be renewed vpon the and here continued which is as followeth. It is agreed & thought best, government of this country be the Governour, comissioners, & That the right of election of all officers of this country be and appertein the Burgesses, the representatives of the people, And it is further for the present by the Burgesses, that in remonstrance of the confi that they have in the said comissioners, That the present election of all offic not already constituted be referred to the said Governour and comissioners, and that this their elections be not presidenti. all to any succeeding Assembly. (Rand. MS.)


[In the Bl, MS, the acts of this session are followed by the letters of the Assembly to the Lord Protector and Coll. Samuel Mathews, together with instructions for the honourable Edward Diggs, which are accurately published in the second vol. of Burk's Hist, of Virginia, pa. 116.]

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