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and of the several particular services for which they shall appoint the said money, to be laid out in pursu. ance of this act, and lay the same before the general
Assembly when required. The method X. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforeof drafting said, That within twenty days after the passing of this the militia.
act, the county lieutenant, or chief commanding officer of the militia in every county, and of the city of Williamsburg, and borough of Norfolk, except of the county of Hampshire, is hereby im powered and required, to summon and hold a council of war, of the field officers and captains of the militia, of his county, city, or borough, at which council of war the several captains of the militia of such county, city, or borough, shall deliver in lists in writing of all the single man in their respective muster-lolls, and in their respective precincts, where the militia of any county have not been duly inlisted and inrolled, according to the militia laws now in force; which council of war shall enter the names of all the able-bodied single men upon a list, and shall immediately appoint à certain day, within ten days after the day on which they first met, in pur. suance of this act, for the said able-bodied single men of such militia, to meet at the court-house of such county, city, or borough, of which day the said council of war shall cause public notice to be given, by putting up advertisements thereof at all places of public resort in such county, city, or borough: And the said coun. ty-licutenant, and the field officers and captains of the militia of such county, city, or borough, shall also meet on the day appointed, as aforesaid, at the court-house of such county, city, or borough, and being there met, shall hold another council of war, and shall then in. Jist all such able bodied men as will voluntarily enter into his majesty's service, but in case so many of them will not voluntarily inlist as will make one of every twenty of the militia, then they shall cause so many distinct blank pieces of paper to be prepared, as the number of the able-bodied single men of such militia may amount to, upon one of which pieces of paper for cvery twentieth man of which such militia shall consist (after first allowing for such as will voluntarily inlist in his majesty's service, and also for such of the said able-bodied single men who shall fail to appear according to the notice given by the said council war, who shall be first pricked down, and are hereby de
clared to be soldiers duly inlisted in his majesty's service, unless they shall send to such conncil of war sufficient excuses for their non-attendance) shall be written the words following, to wit, “ This obliges me immediately to enter his majesty's service," which distinct pieces of paper so prepared, and written upon as aforesaid, together with the rest of the said papers, (which will remain blank, after one for every twentieth man of such militia shall be written upon as aforesaid) in the presence of the said council of war, or the major part of them, shall be put into a box, made for that purpose, which box shall be placed upon a table in the court-house, before such council of war, and then the said council of war shall cause all the said able bodied single men (not voluntarily inlisting as aforesaid) one after another, in the presence of such council of war, to draw forth one of the said pieces of paper, out of the said box (the same having been first well shaken and the papers therein mixed together) and immediately to hold up the same to public view; and the person, and persons, whose lot it shall be, to draw forth out of the said box, any of the said papers, so written upon as aforesaid, shall immediately thereupon bo deemed and taken to be an inlisted soldier', and as such shall be entered upon a list to be prepared for that purpose, by any indifferent person, to be then appointed by such council of war, unless such person shall immediately pay down to the chief officer, present at sucht council of war, the sum of ten pounds (to be by sucli chief officer paid to any person, or persons, who shall enter into his majesty's service, in the room of such person who shall pay the same, and in case no person will accept of the same, upon those terms, then to be by such chief officer accounted for, and paid to the treasurer of this colony, and by him to be applied to the same uses as the taxes laid and imposed by this act, are directed to be applied) or shall immediately procure some other able bodied person to serve as a soldier in his stead; and the person, or persons, who shall draw out of the said box, any of the said blank papers, shall be discharged from being drafted out of the militia of such county, city, or borough, to servo as a soldier, and such person and persons, so drafted and inlisted, in the manner aforesaid, and failing to pay down the said sum of ten pounds, or to procure soine other able-bodied person to serve in his stead,
shall be immediately delivered by such council of war, to the officer appointed by the governor or commander in chief, to attend the drafting of the militia in each county, city, or borough, respectively, and shall be by such officer received as soldiers inlisted in his majesty's service, and marched and conducted to such place or places, as the governor or commander in chief shall direct and appoint, and shall continue in his majesty's service until the first day of December next, and shall then be discharged from the said service if they shall
require it. Militia so
XI. And be it further enacted, by the authority drafted to be aforesaid, That the soldiers so drafted and inlisted, iin incorporated manner aforesaid, shall be incorporated with, and bewith the Vir. ginia regi
to come soldiers of the Virginia regiment, and shall re
ceive the same pay and rewards, and be entitled to the same immunities and privileges, and be subject to the same government and discipline, as the soldiers of the said regiment, now in the pay of this colony, do receive, and are entitled, and subject to.
XII. And be it further enacted, That if any such Where any fails to ap
able-bodied single man shall fail to appear at the coun
apie-bodied single man pear at the cil of war, directed to be held as aforesaid, on the day council of to be appointed and notified in manner aforesaid, with
out sending sufficient reasons to the said council of war for his non-attendance, as aforesaid, such person, and persons, shall thereupon be deemed soldiers duly inlisted in his majesty's service, as aforesaid, and as such shall be taken by the captain of the company to which he belongs, or of the precinct in which he lives, by warrant under the hand of the commanding officer present at such council of war, and shall be by the said captain delivered to any constable of such county, city, or borough, with his warrant to convey and dcliver him, from constable tu constable, to the officer to be appointed to receive the drafted militia, as aforesaid.
XIII. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That if the county lieutenant or chief offi. cer of the militia of any county, or of the said city or borough, shall fail to call a council of war, within twenty days after the passing of this act, and to pro.
ceed in the manner before directed for drasting the miPenalty on
litia, be shall forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred the officer. pounds, and if any other of the said officers of the mi
litia shall fail to attend such council of war, after be
ing summoned thereto by their chief officer, as aforesaid, they shall respectively forfeit and pay the sum of one hundred pounds, and the other officers present at such council of war, shall certify to the next court to be held for such county, or for the said city or borough, the names of all such field officers and captains who shall fail to attend such council of war, which court shall thereupon order such officers to be summoned to appear at the next court to be held for such county, city, or borough, and unless they shall make out a sufficient excuse for their non-attendance at sucla council of war, they shall enter judgments against them respectively, for the fines aforesaid, and thereon award execution, which fines, when levied, shall be by the sheriff of such county, or the serjeant of the said city or borough, accounted for, and paid to the treasurer of this colony, and by him applied to the same uses, as the taxes by this act imposed, are directed to be applied.
XIV. And whereas it is expected, that many per- Overseers. sons will, to avoid being drafted as soldiers, according to the intention of this act, enter themselves as overseers, by which means they may be decmed not a part of the militia: Be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That no person not having been bona fide an overseer, according to the description of the laws for the better regulation of the militia, on or before the twenty-fifth day of March last, shall be exempted from being drafted in the militia, pursuant to the intention of this act.
Xy. Provided always, That nothing herein con- Militia so tained, shall extend or be construed to extend to im- drafted not
to be carried power the governor or commander in chief, or any other officer, to lead or march the soldiers hereby rais- colony. ed, or cause them to be led or marched out of this colony.
XVI. And be it further enacted, That so much of the said act, intituled, An act for raising the sum of forty thousand pounds, for the protection of his majesty's subjects on the frontiers of this colony, as relates to the drafting the militia be, and the same is hereby repealed.
XVII. And whereas the frontiers of this colony are A chain of in a very defenceless situation, and openly exposed to forts to be ethe incursions and depredations of our cruel and sa-" vage enemies, who are daily destroying the lives and
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estates of the inhabitants of that part of the colony, and it is necessary that forts should be erected in those parts, to put a stop to those violent outrages of the enemy, and to protect the inhabitants in their lives and properties: Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That a chain of forts shall be erected, to begin at Henry Enochs, on Great-Cape-Capon, in the county of Hampshire, and to extend to the South-Fork of Mayo-River, in the county of Halifax, to consist of such a number, and at such distance from each other, as shall be thought necessary and directed by the governor, or commander in chief of this colony, for the time being, who is hereby desired to appoint some proper person with such a number of the forces, in the pay of this colony, as he shall think necessary to erect and build such forts, and to issue his warrant to the treasurer for paying so much money as shall be thought necessary, for the purposes aforesaid, by the committee herein before nominated and appointed, not exceeding the sum of two thousand pounds, who is hereby directed to pay the same accordingly, and the governor or commander in chief, for the time being, is hereby also desired to appoint so many men, with such officers as he shall think proper to garrison such forts,
when erected. Treasury XVIII. And whereas by reason of the long time alnotes to be lowed for collecting the duties imposed by this act emitted.
(which from the distressed circumstances of the people, and the great scarcity of gold and silver coin in this colony, could not be sooner done) the said duties will not be collected in time to answer the purposes hereby intended: Be it therefore enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for John Robinson, esquire, treasurer, or the treasurer of this colony for the time being, appointed by, or pursuant to, an act of Assembly, to issue or emit, at any time or times, before the twenty fifth day of March next: ensuing, and not after, in such proportion as he shall find necessary, to answer the demands that shall be made upon him, for the purposes aforesaid, any number of treasury notes, so as the whole sum of such notes, so to be issued, shall not exceed the sum of twenty five thousand pounds, wbich notes shall be prepared, printed or engraved, and numbered in such form, and after such method, as he the said treasurer, for the time being, shall judge most convenient for