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injuries of the publick enemy, which dangers may be avoided and equal justice done to all the citizens of this commonwealth by removing the seat of government to the town of Richmond, in the county of Hen rico, which is more safe and central than any other
town situated on navigable water: Be it therefore enactGround in ed by the General Assembly, That six whole squares Richmond
of ground surrounded each of them by four streets, appropriated for pub- and containing all the ground within such streets, sita lic buildings. uate in the said town of Richmond, and on an open
and airy part thereof, shall be appropriated to the use Capitol, for and purpose of publick buildings: Oo one of the said the general assembly.
squares shall be erected, one house for the use of the general assembly, to be called the capitol, which said capitol shall contain two apartments for the use of the senate and their clerk, two others for the use of the house of delegates and their clerk, and others for the purposes of conferences, committees and a lobby, of such forms and dimensions as shall be adopted to their
respective purposes: On one other of the said squares Halle of Jus shall be erected, another building to be called the halls tice for the courts. of justice, which shall contain two apartments for the
use of the court of appeals and its clerk, two others for the use of the high court of chancery and its clerk, two others for the use of the general court and its clerk, two others for the use of the court of admiralty and its clerk, and others for the uses of grand and petty juries, of such forms and dimensions as shall be adopted to their respective purposes; and on the same
square last mentioned shall be built a publick jail: House for One other of the said squares shall be reserved for the executive
purpose of building thereon hereafter, a house for the boards.
several executive boards and offices to be held in: Two Governor's others with the intervening street, shall be reserved for house.
the use of the governour of this commonwealth for the time being, and the remaining square shall be appropriated to the use of the publick market. The said houses shall be built in a handsome manner with walls of brick or stone, and porticoes where the same may
be convenient or ornamental, and with pillars and paveDirectors of ments of stone. There shall be appointed by joint public build. ballot of both houses of assembly, five persons to be ings. called the directors of the publick buildings, who, or
any three of them shall have power to make choice of such squares of ground, situate as before directed, as
monwealth in the full and absolute dominion, any want of consent or disability to consent in the said owners
and tenants notwithstanding. The cost of the said in* Ii quest and the several sums at which the rights of the
owners and tenants are valued, shall be paid by the treasurer to the said owners, tenants, and others enti
tled respectively, on warrant from the auditors. Richinond to
II. And whereas it may be expedient to enlarge the be enlarged. said town of Richmond, by laying off a number of lots
to be added thereto, and it may also happen that some of the lands adjacent to the said town may be more convenient for the publiek uses: Be it therefore enacted, That the said directors cause two hundred additional lots or half acres, with necessary streets to be
laid off adjacent to such parts of the said town as to BILD them shall seem most convenient, and they shall also
be at liberty to appropriate the six squares aforesaid, or any part of them, either from among the lots now in the said town, or those to be laid off as before directed, or of the lands adjacent to the said former or
latter lots, and the said six squares and two hundred Directors to lots shall thenceforth be a part of the said town. And make re. the said directors shall return into the clerk's office of turns to the said county of Henrico, there to be recorded a full clerks of fice of Hen- and distinct report under their hands and seals of the rico. lots and squares of land added by them to the said
town, or appropriated to the publick uses, together with the plan thereof. The rights of the several owners and tenants of the lots of land so to be added to the town and not appropriated to the publick uses, are
nevertheless saved to them. Temporary III. But whereas from the great expence attending houses to be the just and necessary war this commonwealth is at
present engaged in, the difficulties of procuring the materials for building, and the high price for labour, it will be burthensome to the inhabitants if the said publick buildings be immediately erected: Be it therefore enacted, That the directors aforesaid shall, with all convenient speed, cause to be erected or otherwise
provide some proper and temporary buildings for the pe sitting of the general assembly, the courts of justice,
and the several boards before described. Jail of Hen. IV. And whereas the present jail of the county of rico to be eplarged.
Henrico, now within the said town of Richmond, if enlarged may be made sufficient for a publick jail un
sed Bills of An act constituting the Court of 779, chap. Appeals.
XCIII. p. 64.
p. 102.] ..I BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That a Court of ap. court of appeals for heariug and determining suits Deals esta. wybieh ought to be instituted there, and for finally deciding those which are herein after referred to that tris