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cing the laws made for laying a duty upon liquors into one act of Assembly, and also by one act made in the twenty-fifth year of his said majesty's reign, intituled, An act for continuing a clause of an act of Assembly therein mentioned; and also by one other act of the same session, intituled, An act for reviving the duties upon slaves, to be paid by the buyers, for a term therein mentioned, and of all other monies payable to the treasurer of this colony for public uses, by virtue of any other act or acts of Assembly, to hold the said office of treasurer, so long as he should continue speaker of the house of burgesses, and from the time of his being out of that office, until the end of the next ses. sion of Assembly.

II. And whereas the said first mentioned act, will expire at the end of this session of Assembly, and it being expedient that a treasurer should be appointed; Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assem

bly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, The treasu. That from and after the passing of this act, John Ro

binson, esquire, shall be, and he is hereby nominated, constituted and appointed treasurer of the revenue arising from the duties laid by the before recited acts of Assembly, and of all other public monies, payable to the treasurer of this colony, for public uses, by virtue of any other act or acts of Assembly. To hold the said office so long as he shall continue speaker of the house of burgesses, and from the time of his being out of the said office to the end of the next session of

Assembly. And the said John Robinson, is hereby His duty.

authorised, impowered, and required to demand, receive and take of, and from the several collectors of the said duties, all and every the sum and sums of mopiey, arising by force and virtue of the said acts, or any or either of them, and shall apply and utter the same to, and for such uses, and upon such warrants, as by the said acts for Jaying the said duties, or by any other act or acts of the General Assembly, is, or shall be appointed or directed, and shall be accountable for the said money to the General Assembly.

lll. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore. His salary. said, That the salary of five pounds in the hundred,

or so much as is, or shall be by any special act or acts of Assembly allowed and limited, and so proportiona. bly for a greater or lesser sum, shall be allowed and

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paid to the said treasurer hereby appointed, out of all and every the sum and sums of money by him receive ed and accounted for, to the General Assembly, as aforesaid: And that there shall be also allowed to the said treasurer, for auditing and settling the accounts of inspectors of tobacco, during the continuance of the laws in that behalf made, the sum of one hundred and Gfty pounds per annum, for his trouble and service therein.

IV. Provided always, That the said treasurer be- To give bond fore he enters upon his office, shall give such sufficient and security. security as shall be approved of by the governor, or commander in chief of this colony, in the sum of fifty thousand pounds, for the due answering and paying all the money, by him from time to time to be received, as aforesaid.

V. And to the end a treasurer may not be wanting where the in case of the death, resignation, or disability of the treasurer treasurer hereby appointed; Be it further enacted, dies. That in either of these cases it shall and may be law. ful for the governor, or commander in chief of this colony, with the advice of the council, for the time being, to appoint some other fit and able person to be treasurer of the duties, to hold the said office with all powers, authorities, salaries, and profits, aforesaid, until the end of the next session of Assembly, which treasurer, so appointed, shall, before he enters upon his office, give the like security, as is herein before directed.

CHAP. IV.

An Act for disarming Papists, and reputed

Papists, refusing to take the oaths to the government.

I. WHEREAS it is dangerous at this time to per- Preamble. mit Papists to be armed, Be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That it shall, and may be lawful,

Where Pa- for any two or more justices of the peace, who shall

e know, or suspect any person to be a Papist, or shall to take the Oaths, when be informed that any person is, or is suspected to be a tendered. Papist, to tender, and they are hereby authorised and

required to tender to such person so known, or sus. pected to be a Papist, the oaths appointed by act of parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of allegiance and supremacy; and if such person, so required, shall refuse to take the said oaths, and subscribe the test, or shall refuge, or forbear to appear before the said justices for the taking the said oaths, and subscri. bing the said test, upon notice to him given, or left at his usual place of abode, by any person authorised in that behalf, by warrant under the hands and seals of the said two justices, such person from thenceforth shall be taken to be, and is hereby declared to be liable and subject to all and evcry the penalties, forfei.

tures, and disabilities hereafter in this act mentioned. Duty of jus. II. And be it further enacted, That the said justices tices.

of the peace shall certify the name, sirname, and usual place of abode of every person, who being required, shall refuse, or neglect to take the said oaths, and subscribe the said test, or to appear before them for the taking the said oaths, and subscribing the said test, as also of every person, who shall take the said oaths, and subscribe the said test at the next court to be holden for the county for which they shall be justices of the peace, to be there recorded by the clerk of the said court, and kept among the records of the said court.

NII. And for the better securing the lives and proVo Papists

perties of his majesty's faithful subjects, Be it further o keep

enacted and declared, That no Papist, or reputed Pa. sms, &c. pist so refusing, or making default as aforesaid, shall,

or may have, or keep in his house or elsewhere, or in the possession of any other person to his use, or at his disposition, any arms, weapons, gunpowder or ammunition, (other than such necessary weapons as shall be allowed to him, by order of the justices of the peace at their court, for the defence of his house or person) and that any two or more justices of the peare, from time to time, by warrant under their hands and seals, may authorise and impower any person or persons in the day-time, with the assistance of the constables where the search shall be (who is hereby required to be aiding and assisting herein) to search for all arms, weapons, gunpowder or ammunition, which shall be in the house, custody, or possession of any such Pa. pist, or reputed Papist, and seize the same for the use of his majesty and his successors; which said justices of the peace shall from time to time, at the next court to be held for the county, where such seizure shall be made, deliver the said arms, weapons, gunpowder and ammunition, in open court, for the use aforesaid,

IV. And be it further enacted, That every Papist, or Penalties on reputed Papist, who shall 110t, within the space of ten them. days after such refusal, or making default as afore. said, discover and deliver, or cause to be delivered to some of his majesty's justices of the peace, all arms, weapons, gunpowder or ammunition, which he shall have in his house or elsewhere, or which shall be in the possession of any person to his ușc, or at his disposition, or shall hinder or disturb any person or persons, authorised by warrant under the hands and seals of any two justices of the peace to search for, and seize the same; that every such person so offending contrary to the act of Assembly in this behalt made, shall be committed to the goal of the county where he shall commit such offence, by warrant under the hands and scals of any two justices of the peace, there to remain without bail or mainprize for the space of three months, and shall also forfeit and lose the said arms, and pay treble the value of them to the use of bis majesty and his successors, to be appraised by the justices of the peace at the next court to be held for the said county.

y. And be it further enacted, That every person All persons who shall conceal, :or be privy, or aiding or assisting to discover to the concealing; or who knowing thereof, shall not phi

ing arms, &c. discover, or declare to some of his majesty's justices of the peace, the arms, weapons, gunpowder or ammanition of any person so refusing, or making default as aforesaid, or shall hinder or disturb any person or persons authorised as aforesaid in searching for, ta. king and seizing the same, shall be committed to the goal of the county where he shall commit such offence, by warrant under the hands and seals of any two justices of the peace, there to remain, without bail or mainprize; for the space of three months, and shall also forfeit and pay treble the value of the said arms to his majesty and his successors,

VI. And be it further enacted, That if any person or their repersons shall discover any concealed arms, weapons, ward to

such disco- aminunition or gunpowder belonging to any refusing very. or making default, as aforesaid, so as the same may

be seized as aforesaid, for the use of his majesty and his successors; the justices of the peace upon delivery of the same at the county court, as aforesaid, shall have power, and they are hereby required, as a reward for such a discovery, by order of court, to allow him or them a sum of money amounting to the value of the arms, weapons, ammunition, or gunpowder, so discovered, the said sum to be assessed by the judg. ment of the said justices, at their said court, and to be levied by distress and sale of the goods of the person offending against this act, rendering the overplus which shall arise by such sale, above the said sum, so allowed, and above the necessary charges of taking

such distress, to the owner. Where the VII. Provided always, That if any person who party desires shall have refused or made default, as aforesaid, shall to conform. desire to submit and conform, and for that purpose

shall present himself before the justices of peace, at the court to be held for the county where his refusal or making default, as aforesaid, shall be certified as aforesaid, and shall there in open court take the said oaths, and subscribe the said test, he shall from thenceforth be discharged of and from all disabilities and forfeitures, whicn he might or should be liable to for the future, by reason of his refusal or default, as aforesaid.

VIII. And be it further enacted, That no Papist, or No Papist to reputed Papist, refusing or making default, as aforekeep any said, at any time after the first day of July, in the year horse above of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and fifty-six, the value of 51. to be

shall or inay, have or keep, in his own possession, or in the possession of any other person to his use, or at his disposition, any horse or horses, which shall be above the value of five pounds, to be sold, and that any two or more justices of the peace, from time to time, by warrant under their hands and seals, may and shall authorize any person, or persons, with the assistance of the constable where the search shall be (who is hereby required to be aiding and assisting herein) to Search for, and seize for the use of his majesty and his successors all such horses, which horses are hereby declared to be forfeited to his majesty and his succes

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