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vernors of the said lands, slaves, and other premisses for ever; and that the said trustees and governors shall for ever hereafter, stand and be, incorporated, established, and founded, in name and deed, a body politic and corporate to have continuance for ever, by the
name of the trustees and governors of Peasley's freeStyle of cor- school; and that they the said trustees and governors poration.
may have perpetual succession, and that by that name they and their successors may for ever hereafter have, hold, and enjoy the above mentioned tract or parcel of land, slaves, and other premisses, with their increase, and that the said trustees and governors and their successors, or the greater part of them, by the same name, shall and may have power, ability, and capacity to demise, lease, and grant the said tract or parcel of land, slaves, and other premisses, for any term of years, not exceeding twenty-one years, or for any term of years determinable upon one, two, or three lives, or for one, two, or three lives, reserving the best and most improved rents that can be got for the same, and to take, acquire, and purchase, and to sue and be sued, and to do, perform, and execute all other lawful acts and things, good, necessary, and profitable for the said incorporation, in as full and ample a manner and form, to all intents, constructions, and purposes, as any other incorporation or body politic and corporate fully and perfectly founded and incorporated may do; and that the said trustees and governors, and their successors, for the time being, may have and use a common seal for making such their demises, leases and grants, and for the doing all and every other thing and things touching, or in any wise concerning the
said incorporation. Free school IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforefounded. said, That they the said trustees and governors, and
their successors, or the greater part of them, shall and may, and they are hereby impowered and required, to erect and found a free-school in some convenient part of each of the said parishes of Abingdon and Ware, and by writing under their common seal, to nominate and appoint when, and as often as they shall think necessary, such person, or persons, as they shall approve of to be masters of the said free-schools, respectively, which masters, before they be adınitted to keep school, shall undergo an examination before the minister of the parish in which the school he shall be appointed
master of shall be situated, and produce a certificate of his capacity, and also a licence from the governor or commander in chief of this dominion, for the time being, agreeable to his majesty's instructions; and the said trustees and governors shall issue and apply the rents of the said tract or parcel of land, slaves, and other premisses for the erecting, maintaining, and supporting a free-school and schoolmaster, in each of the said parishes for ever, for the education of the children of the said parishes respectively, and the said trustees and governors, and their successors, for the time being, shall and may have full power and authority to visit the said free-schools, and to order, reform, and redress all disorders and abuses in and touching the government and disposing of the same, and to remove the masters, as to them, or the greater part of them, shall seem just, fit, and convenient.
V. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees and governors, and their Power of
trustees. successors, or the greater part of them, for the time being, shall have full power, ability, and capacity, by the name aforesaid, to sue for and recover all rents and arrears of rent, and all and every sum and sums of money due for the use and occupation of the said tract or parcel of land, slaves, and other premisses, by virtue of any agreement or contract heretofore made by any person or persons whatsover.
VI. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their heirs and successors, other than the person or persons claiming as heir, or under the will of the said Henry Peasley, all such estate, right, title, claim, and demand, which they, or any of them, should or might have, of, in, to, or out of the premisses, or any of them, or any part thereof.
An Act to enable the Nottoway Indians to
sell certain lands, and for other purposes therein mentioned.
1. WHEREAS by an act of Assembly made in the Indians au- twenty-second year of the reign of his present majesthorised to
ty, intituled, An act to enable the Nottoway Indians sell certain
to sell certain lands, and for other purposes therein lands.
mentioned, the chief men of the said Nottoway nation were impowered, with the consent and approbation of certain trustees therein named, to sell and convey for the use and benefit of the said Nottoway nation, three thousand acres, or thereabouts, part of their tract of land six of miles square, lying between the western boundary of their said tract, and Buckhorn swamp, on the south side of Nottoway river, in the county of Southampton, so that no part of the said main swamp be included within such sale for the best price that
could be got. 'Trustees ap
II. And whereas there are about three hundred acres pointed to of low ground within the bounds aforesaid, undisposed sell. of, and since the passing the said act the number of
the said Indians, for want of the common necessaries of life, and by sickness and other casualties, is much reduced, and that part of their said lands, lying on the east side of Buckhorn swamp, and the south side of Buckhorn road, to the eastern and southern boundary of their said land, containing about five thousand acres, is more than they are able, in their present circumstances, to cultivate or make any use of, and they have petitioned this Assembly to be enabled to sell the same, for the payment of their debts, and the better support and maintenance of themselves and their posterity: Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority af the same, That the chief men of the said Nottoway nation be, and they are hereby impowered, by, and with the consent and approbation of Joseph Gray, William Taylor, and Howell Edmunds, gentlemen, the survivers or surviver of them, who are hereby appointed trastees to see this act duly executed, to sell at a credit
not exceeding twelve months, and convey as well the What lands. said three hundred acres of low grounds as the said five thousand acres within the bounds aforesaid, for the best price that can be got, and after any agreement made for the sale of the same, or any part thereof, it shall and may be lawful for the chief men of the said nation, together with the trustees aforesaid, or the survivors or survivor of them, to seal and deliver any deed or deeds, indented for the conveyance of the feesimple and inheritance of the said lands to the purchaser, who, before the execution of such deed or deeds, sball enter into bond, with good security, for the payment of the purchase money to the said trustees, for the use ahd purposes herein expressed; and any deed or deeds, so executed and perfected, and acknowledged or proved by the oath of three witnesses, in the Deeds for, court of the said county of Southampton, or in the ge. where to be
recorded. neral court of this colony, and recorded in such court, shall be good and sufficient in law to pass the fee-simple estate of the said lands so sold; and the purchaser or purchasers, his or their heirs and assigns, shall for. ever hold and njoy the same, free and discharged from the claim of the said Nottoway Indians and their posterity, any former acts of Assembly, law, usage, or custom to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.
III. Provided always, That the purchaser or pur- Proviso. chasers of the said lands, his, her or their heirs or assigns, shall hold the same of his majesty, his heirs and successors, under the like quit-rents as are paid by persons obtaining grants for lands from his majesty.
IV. Provided also, That the said trustees shall cause Notice of public notice to be given at least thirty days before sale. the sale, by fixing up advertisements of the time and place of such sale, at the door of the court-house of the said county, on a court-day, and at every church and chapel in the parish where the said lands lie, which sale shall be made by public auction upon the said lands, and if any purchase shall be made, by any person or persons whatsoever, contrary to this act, the same shall be void to all intents and purposes.
V. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore- Trustees to said, That the said trustees, and the survivors or sur
counts of Invivor of them, are hereby impowered and required to dians. examine and settle the accounts and claims exhibited against the said Nottoway nation or any of the said
Indians, and the same being duly proved, to pay and satisfy out of the inoney arising by such sale, or part or share of the money due to the Indian or Indians, against whom such account or claim shall be exhibited respectively; provided that no part of such account or claim for spiritous liquors shall be allowed: And when the said accounts shall be fully satisfied and paid according to the true intent and meaning of this act, the said trustees, or survivors or survivor of them, shall retain the money over and above in their own hands, which shall be by them applied towards furnishing the said Indians, with the common necessaries of life, and enabling them to pay their annual tribute, and no other use or purpose whatsoever; and the said trustees, the survivors or survivor of them, shall account to the general Assembly as often as required, in what manner they have discharged the trust reposed in them by this act, and shall be allowed in their accounts five per centum, upon the whole money arising from the sale, for their trouble and expence in the execution thereof.
An Act for continuing and amending an
Act, intituled, An Act for the relief of the proprietors of the Tobacco burnt at Bolling's-Point warehouse, in the county of Dinwiddie, and for the relief of the proprietors of Tobacco burnt in Coan and
Deep-Creek warehouses. Provision for relief of pro
I. WHEREAS in and by an act of Assembly, made prietors of in the twenty eight year of the reign of his present burnt at Bol. majesty, intituled, An act for the relief of the proprilings-point
etors of the tobacco burnt in Bolling's-Point warewarehouse, house, in the county of Dinwiddie, among other things and in Coan a duty of three shillings and six-pence is imposed for Check vare every hogshead of tobacco passed at the several warehouses. houses in this colony, from and after the twentieth day