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We Robert G. Scott and Alexander L. Botts, members of the executive council of Virginia, do hereby certify that the laws contained in the Tenth Volume of HENmc’s Statutes at Large, have been by us examined and compared with the originals from which they were taken, from page 1 to page 320 inclusive, and have been found truly and accurately printed, except as to a list of Errata to the number of fourteen, at the end of the volume.

Given under our hands this 24th day of December, 1822.


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Dtmmo the period embraced by this volume, the Southern States was the theatre of the revolutionary _war, and Virginia herself was actually invaded. To supply men and money, seems to have been the great business of the Legislature. The regular army was recruited by liberal bounties, by volunteers, and by drafts from the militia. For the assistance of our sister States of North and South Carolina, as well as to repel the invasion of our own State, the Militia were called out. New emissions of paper money were made, from‘ time to time, to meet the exigencies of government; taxes were laid in certain enumerated commodities; and loans were authorised, payable in money, tobacco, hemp, or flour. Provisoins, clothing, waggons and horses, for the army, were procured either by an assessment among the divisions of the militia, or by impressment or purchase. So rapid was the depreciation of the paper money, that the wages of the members of the general assembly, the salaries of the oflicers of government, and the pay of others entitled to draw money from the treasury, except the army, were estimated in tobacco, and the value fixed by the grand juries, at the several terms of the general court.The pay of the army was settled by a scale of depreciation adjusted for that purpose. Finally, the paper money was called in, and funded at one for a thousand.

The very extensive powers conferred on the governor and council,* at this awful crisis, could only bejustified by necessity, resulting from a state of war. Happily, such were the virtues of those called on to exercise the executive functions of the government, and such the patriotism of the great body of the people, that these extraordinary powers were never exerted, except when the public safety so imperiously required it; that the principal actors, instead of being censured, received the applauses of their country.

In this volume commences the commonwealth’s land law; to which is prefixed an act for adjusting titles - to unpatented lands,

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