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office, within three months at farthest from the time of such judgment, an authentick copy thereof, together with the auditor's certificate of the treasurer's receipt for the antient composition money due thereon, at the rate of exchange herein before mentioned; but where the person recovering had before paid rights into the secretary's office, a grant shall issue in consideration thereof upon payment of the office fees only.

CHAP. XIII.

[Chan. Rev. An act for establishing a Land office, p. 94.]

and ascertaining the terms and man. ner of granting waste and unap

propriated lands. Preamble. I. WHEREAS there are large quantities of waste

and unappropriated lands within the territory of this commonwealth, the granting of which will encourage the migration of foreigners hither, promote popula

tion, increase the annual revenue, and create a fund Land office for discharging the publick debt: Be it enacted by the established. General Assembly, That an office shall be, and is here

by constituted for the purpose of granting lands within this commonwealth, into which all the records now in the secretary's office, of patents or grants for lands heretofore issued, with all papers and documents relating thereto, and all certificates of surveys of lands now in the said office, and not patented, shall be removed and lodged for their safe keeping; and all future grants

of lands shall issue from the said office in manner and Register of, form herein after mentioned.

A register of the said land office shall be appointed, from time to time, by pointed, and qualified.

joint ballot of both houses of assembly, who shall give bond with sufficient security to the governour or first magistrate of this cominonwealth, in the penalty of fifty thousand pounds current money; shall hold his office during good behaviour; be entitled to receive such fees as shall hereafter be allowed by law, and shall have power to appoint a deputy and clerks to as

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sist in executing the business of the said office, but shall nevertheless reside there himself. If any vacan

Vacancy,

how suppl cy shall happen by the death, resignation, or removal of a register during the recess of the general assembly, the governour or first magistrate of the commonwealth, by and with the advice of the council, may appoint some other person, giving bond and security in like manner, to act as register of the said office until the end of the next session of assembly. All copies of the

Copies atrecords and other papers of the said office, or of the tested by records and papers hereby directed to be removed from him, as good the secretary's office and lodged therein, duly attested

evidence as

originals. by such register, shall be as good evidence as the originals would be.

II, And whereas a certain bounty in lands hath been Land bounengaged to the troops on continental establishment ties, on what raised by the ordinances of convention or the laws of obtained this cominonwealth, and to the troops upon Virginia establishment: Be it enacted, That the officers and soldiers of the said troops, as well as the officers and soldiers to whom a bounty in lands may, or shall be hereafter allowed by any law of this commonwealth, shall be entitled to the quantity of waste or unappropriated lands respectively engaged to them by such laws, a commissioned officer or his heirs, upon certificate from any general officer of the Virginia line, or the commanding officer of the troops on the Virginia establishment as the case may be, and a non-commissioned officer or soldier, or his heirs, upon certificate from the colonel or commanding officer of the regiment, or corps to which they respectively belonged, that such officer or soldier hath served the time required by law, or hath been slain or died in the service, distinguishing particularly the time such officer or soldier hath served, and in what regiment or corps such service hath been performed, or death happened; and upon making proof before any court of record within this commonwealth by the persons own oath, or other satisfactory evidence of the truth and authenticity of the said certificate, and that the party had never before proved or claimed his right to land for the service therein mentioned, which proof the clerk of the court before whom it shall be made, is hereby empowered and required to endorse and certify upon the original certificate, making an entry or minute thereof in his

office, within three months at farthest from the time of such judgment, an authentick copy thereof, together with the auditor's certificate of the treasurer's receipt for the antient composition money due thereon, at the rate of exchange herein before mentioned; but where the person recovering had before paid rights into the secretary's office, a grant shall issue in consideration thereof upon payment of the office fees only.

CHAP. XIII.

p. 94.]

Chan. Rev. An act for establishing a Land office,

and ascertaining the terms and manner of granting waste and unappropriated lands.

Prearnble. I. WHEREAS there are large quantities of waste

and unappropriated lands within the territory of this commonwealth, the granting of which will encourage the migration of foreigners hither, promote popula

tion, increase the annual revenue, and create a fund Land office for discharging the publick debt: Be it enacted by the established. General Assembly, That an office shall be, and is here

by constituted for the purpose of granting lands within this commonwealth, into which all the records now in the secretary's office, of patents or grants for lands heretofore issued, with all papers and documents relating thereto, and all certificates of surveys of lands now in the said office, and not patented, shall be removed and lodged for their safe keeping; and all future grants

of lands shall issue from the said office in manner and Register of, form herein after mentioned. A register of the said

land office shall be appointed, from time to time, by pointed, and qualified.

joint ballot of both houses of assembly, who shall give bond with sufficient security to the governour or first magistrate of this cominonwealth, in the penalty of fifty thousand pounds current money; shall hold his office during good behaviour; be entitled to receive such fees as shall hereafter be allowed by law, and shall have power to appoint a deputy and clerks to as

how ap:

sist in executing the business of the said office, but

shall nevertheless reside there himself. If any vacan

Vacancy, cy shall happen by the death, resignation, or

how suppl. removal

ed. of a register during the recess of the general assembly, the governour or first magistrate of the commonwealth, by and with the advice of the council, may appoint some other person, giving bond and security in like manner, to act as register of the said office until the end of the next session of assembly. All copies of the

Copies atrecords and other papers of the said office, or of the tested by records and papers hereby directed to be removed from him, as good the secretary's office and lodged therein, duly attested evidence as

originals. by such register, shall be as good evidence as the originals would be.

II, And whereas a certain bounty in lands hath been Land bounengaged to the troops on continental establishment ties, on what

evidence raised by the ordinances of convention or the laws of

obtained. this cominonwealth, and to the troops upon Virginia establishment: Be it enacted, That the officers and soldiers of the said troops, as well as the officers and soldiers to whom a bounty in lands may, or shall be hereafter allowed by any law of this commonwealth, shall be entitled to the quantity of waste or unappropriated lands respectively engaged to them by such laws, a commissioned officer or his heirs, upon certificate from any general officer of the Virginia line, or the commanding officer of the troops on the Virginia establishment as the case may be, and a non-commissioned officer or soldier, or his heirs, upon certificate from the colonel or commanding officer of the regiment, or corps to which they respectively belonged, that such officer or soldier hath served the time required by law, or hath been slain or died in the service, distinguishing particularly the time such officer or soldier hath served, and in what regiment or corps such service hath been performed, or death happened; and upon making proof before any court of record within this commonwealth by the persons own oath, or other satisfactory evidence of the truth and authenticity of the said certificate, and that the party had never before proved or claimed his right to land for the service therein mentioned, which proof the clerk of the court before whom it shall be made, is hereby empowered and required to endorse and certify upon the original certificate, making an entry or minute thereof in his

office, within three months at farthest from the time of such judgment, an authentick copy thereof, together with the auditor's certificate of the treasurer's receipt for the antient composition money due thereon, at the rate of exchange herein before mentioned; but where the person recovering had before paid rights into the secretary's office, a grant shall issue in consideration thereof upon payment of the office fees only.

CHAP. XIII.

[Chan. Rev. An act for establishing a Land office, p. 94.]

and ascertaining the terms and man ner of granting waste and unap

propriated lands. Preamble. I. WHEREAS there are large quantities of waste

and unappropriated lands within the territory of this commonwealth, the granting of which will encourage the migration of foreigners hither, promote popula

tion, increase the annual revenue, and create a fund Land office for discharging the publick debt: Be it enacted by the established. General Assembly, That an office shall be, and is here

by constituted for the purpose of granting lands with-
in this commonwealth, into which all the records now
in the secretary's office, of patents or grants for lands
heretofore issued, with all papers and documents relat-
ing thereto, and all certificates of surveys of lands now
in the said office, and not patented, shall be removed
and lodged for their safe keeping; and all future grants

of lands shall issue from the said office in manner and Register of, form herein after mentioned. A register of the said

land office shall be appointed, from time to time, by pointed and qualified. joint ballot of both houses of assembly, who shall give

bond with sufficient security to the governour or first magistrate of this cominonwealth, in the penalty of fifty thousand pounds current money; shall hold his office during good behaviour; be entitled to receive such fees as shall hereafter be allowed by law, and shall have power to appoint a deputy and clerks to as

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