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CHAP. XXV.

An Act to impower the Justices of the Coun

ty of Norfolk to agree with persons to
keep certain Ferries, and to levy the ex-
pence thereof upon the inhabitants of the
said County.

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I. WHEREAS it hath been represented to this prePublic fer

sent general assembly, by the inhabitants of the counries in Nor

ty and borough of Norfolk, that on the branches of folk, to be supported at

Elizabeth river, and on Tanner's creek in the said charge of county, there are five public ferries, over one of which county. most of the said inhabitants are obliged to pass in or.

der to go to church, court, and general musters, and
that by the expence of ferriage many poor people are
prevented from bringing their sınall wares and com-
modities to the market of the said borough: Be it there-
fore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and
Burgesses, of this present General Astembly, and it is
hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the
justices of the court of the said county of Norfolk, for
the time being, be, and they are hereby impowered
and required to appoint, contract, and agree with pro-
per persons to keep the said ferries, and to levy the
expence thereof upon the tithable inhabitants of the
said county annually at the laying the county levy.

11. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforeDuty of said. That every person so appointed to keep the said keepers.

ferries shall constantly keep such boats and hands as
the said court shall, from time to time, order and di.
rect to be kept at the said ferries, rispectively, and
shall give immediate passage over the said ferries to
all the inhabitants of the said county without any fee
or reward.

III. Provided always, and it is hereby enacted, That

such ferry-keepers shall and may demand and receive ething to pay from persons, not being inhabitants of the said counwho not. ty of Norfolk, the following rates, that is to say: For

a man four pense, and for an horse the same, for
every coach, chariot, or waggon, and the driver there-
of, the same as for six horses: For every cart or four
wheel chaise, and the driver thereof, as for four hor-
ses: For every two wheel chair or chaise the same as

for two horses. For every hogshead of tobacco as for
one horse: For every head of nett cattle as for one
horse: For every sheep, goat, or lamb, one fifth part
of the ferriage of one horse; and for every hog one
fourth part of the ferriage of one horse, any law, usage,
or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise notwith-
standing

CHAP. XXVI.

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An Act for dissolving the Vestry of the pa

rish of Saint Paul, in the County of
Stafford.

1. WHEREAS several of the vestrymen of the pa- Vestry of St. rish of Saint Paul, in the county of Stafford, by rea- Paul, in Staf son of their great age and infirmities, are unable to ford dissolv

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attend at vestries, and several illegal things have been
transacted by the majority of the said vestry, to the
oppression of the inhabitants of the said parish, who
have petitioned this present general assembly that the
said vestry may be dissolved: Be it therefore 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 the said vestry of the
said parish of Saint Paul, in the said county of Staf-
ford, be, and the same is hereby dissolved; and that all
and every act and acts, thing and things which at any
time hereafter shall or may be done, performed, or suf-
fered by the said vestry of the said parish shall be ab.
solutely void and of none effect.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore-
said, That the freeholders and house keepers of the said
parish shall meet at some convenient time and place,
to be appointed and publicly adyrtised, at least one
inonth, by the sheriff of the said county of Stafford,
before the last day of July next, and then and there
elect twelve of the most able and discreet persons of
their parish to be vestrymen thereof; which said reg.
trymen so elected, by virtue of this act, having, in 'n
court of she said county of Stafford, taken and sub-

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scribed the oaths appointed to be taken by one act of parliament, made in the first year of the reign of his Jate majesty king George the first, intituled, An Act for the further security of his majesty's person and government, and the succession of the crown in the heirs of the late Princess Sophia, being protestants, and for extinguishing the hopes of the pretended Prince of Wales, his open and secret abettors, and taken and subscribed the oath of abjaration, and repeated and subscribed the test, and also subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England, shall, to all intents and purposes, be deemed and taken to be the vestry of the parish of Saint Paul; and upon the death, removal, or resiguation of any of the said vestrymen, so to be elected, the remaining vestrymen shall be, and they are hereby impowered to chuse and elect another vestryman in the room of such vestryman so dying, removing or resigning.

CHAP. XXVII.

An Act to impower Lemuel Riddick to clear

Summerton Creek, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

I. WHEREAS it hath been represented to this geLemuel Rid. dick impow. neral assembly, That the upper part of Summerton ered to clear Creek, in the county of Nansemond, which runs into Summerton Chowan river, in the province of North-Carolina, is €reek, in Nansemond.

useless to the inhabitants of this colony, by means of river dams, rafts of old trees, and other obstructions therein, and that the clearing the said creek, and making the same navigable, will be a public benefit, and Lemuel Riddick, of the town of Suffolk, in the county afu resaid, bath applied to this general assembly for leave to clear the same at his own oxpence: Be it therefore 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 for the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs or assigns, and he and they are hereby aushorised and impowered, at his or their own expence, at any time or times after the passing of this act, to clear the said creek of all obstructions and make the same navigable for small craft, from the line which divides this colony from the province of North-Carolina, to any part of the lands of the said Lemuel, on the said creek, and to erect any gates, dams or stops that may be necessary for supplying and raising water in the said creek.

II. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs or assigns, or any person or persons employed by bim or them in the execution of this act, to pass through or go on shore upon the lands of any person or persons whatsoever without being subject to an action of trespass for the same; and if any suit shall be commenced for any thing done in pursuance of this act, the person or persons sued may plead the general issue, and give this act in evidence; and every court before whom such suit shall be prosecuted, where a verdict shall be food for the defendant or the plaintiff shall be nonsuited, shall award judgment for such defendant and costs.

III. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs and assigns, as soon as he or they shall have cleared and made the said creek navigable, to demand and receive vf and from all or any person or persons who shall transport any goods, effects, or merchandise up or down the said creek, in any vessel, or upon any rafts, the following rates, to wit: for every barrel of pork, beef, tar, pitch or turpentine four pence per barrel: For every hogshead of run, deer-skins, or other goods, one shilling: For every bushel of salt or grain one penny current money, and so in proportion for any other goods; and a particular manifest of all goods and commodities which at any time or times, after the said creek shall be made navigable, as aforesaid, shall be brought up or carried down the said creek by any person or persons whatsoever, shall be delivered unto the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs or assigns, or some person by him or them to be appointed for that purpose, within twenty-four hours after thesame shall belanded at any place or places on the said creek, and pay the rates aforesaid, otherwise he, she or they shall forfeit and pay unto the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs and assigns, double the sum for which the goods and commodities ought by this act to have paid bad the same been duly entered and paid, to be recovered before any justice of the peace for the county of Nansemond by a warrant for that purpose obtained.

IV. Provided always, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed, deemed or taken to hinder or restrain any person or persons from prosecuting and maintaining any actions or suits against the said Lemuel Riddick, bis heirs, executors, administrators or assigus for any damage occasioned by means of his or their stopping the waters of the said creek.

V. Provided also, That if at any time or times hereafter it shall appear to the general assembly that the free use of the said creek will be advantageous to the public, and the said assembly shall be willing to reimburse the said Lemuel Riddick, his heirs and assigns, the expences and charges which he or they shall or may be at in the execution of this act, and also pay him or them a reasonable satisfaction for his or their trouble, that then this act and every thing herein contained shall cease and become void.

CHAP. XXVIII.

An Act to impower William Rand to build a

Bridge over Pagan Creek, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

William

I. WHEREAS it hath been represented to this geBand autho- neral assembly, that the bridge formerly erected over rised to build the western branch of Pagan creek, in the county of abridge over Isle of Wight, from the land of William Hodsden to Pagan creek.

the land of Richard Reynolds, is fallen down and become useless, and that the erecting another bridge on the land of the same persons, a small distance above where the old bridge was built, will be of great use, ease, and benefit to the public; and William Rand, of the town of Smithfield, in the county aforesaid, hath applied to this general assembly for leave to érect, maintain, and support a good and sufficient bridge over

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