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pass the fee simple estate of s'ich lands, to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, as if the same bad been made and executed, by and with the consent of the said John Simmons, Thomas Cock, and Benjamin Edwards; any thing in the said art contained, to the contrary thereof in any wise, notwithstanding.

III. And whereas many evil disposed persons, under pretence of the said Indians being indebted to them, do frequently disposses them of their guns, blankets, and other apparel, to their great impoverishment, for prevention whereof, Be it enacted by the truthori'y aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall her after, under any pretence whatsoever, take from any of the said Indians their guns, blankets, or other apparel, such person or persons so offending, shall forfeit and pay to the Budian or Indians so injured, the sum of twenty shillings current money, for every such offence, to be recovered before any justice of the peace of the said county of Southampton; and if the offen. der be a slave, he shall, for such offence, receive, on his or her bare back, twenty five lashes well laid on, by order of such justice; and if any free person or persons shall trade or deal with the said Indians, for their guns, blankets, or other apparel, the person or persons so trading or dealing with such Indian, shall forfeit and pay the like sum of twenty shillings, for every such offence, to be recovered as aforesaid, and if such offender be a slave, he shall, for such offence, receive, on his or her bare back, twenty five lashes.

IV. And be it further enacteil, by the authority oforesaid, That the several penalties before mentioned shall be paid to the trustees aforesaid, and by them laid out in common necessaries of lite, for the Indian to whose use the same shall be recovered.

CHAP. XXXVII.

An Act for allowing Fairs to be kept in the

Town of Alexandria.
Fairs, in
Alexandria

I. WHEREAS allowing fairs to be kept in the authorised. town of Alexandria, in the county of Fairfax, will be

very commodious to the inhabitants of those parts of Virginia, and greatly increase the trade of that town:

II. BE it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council, und Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the uthority of the same, That for the future two fair's shall and

may

be annually kept, and held, in the said town of Alexandria, on the last Thursday in May, and the last Thursday in October eachi, to continue for the space of two days, for the sale and vendingo' all manner of cattle, victuals, provisions, gues, wares, and merchandizes, whatsoever; on which fair days, and on two days next before, and two days next after each of the said fairs, all persons coming to, being at, or going from the same, together with their cattle, goods, wares and merchandizes, shall be exempt and privileged from all arrests, attaclıments, and executions whatsoever, except for capital offences, breaches of the peace, or for any controversies, suits, and quarrels, that may arise and bappen during the said time, in which cases processes may be immediately issued, and proceedings thereupon had, in the saine manner as if this act had never been made; and that this act shall commence immediately after the end of this session of Assembly, and continue and be in force for two years, and from thence to the end of the next session of Assembly, and no longer.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein contained, shall be construed, deemed, or taken, to derogate from alter, or infringe, the royal power and prerogative of his majesty, his heirs or successors, of granting to any person or persons, body corporate or politic, the privilege of holding fairs, or markets, in such manner as be or they, by his or their royal letters patent, or by his or their instructions, to the governor, or commander in chief of this dominion, for the time being, shall think. fit.

CHAP. XXXVIII.

An Act for building a Bridge over Pagan

Creek; and for appointing several new
Ferries.

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Bridge over

I. WAEREAS it hath been represented to this AsPagan creck, sembly, by divers of the inhabitants of the county of to be built. Isle of Wight and others, that it will be very advan

tageous and convenient to them to have a bridge built and maintained over the western branch of Pagan, creek, froin the land of Williain Hodsden, in the said county of Isle of Wight, to the land of Richard Rey'nolds, in the said county, and they have prayed leave to build a bridge at the said place, over the said creek, and to maintain and keep the same in repair, by subscription;

II. BE it therefore enacted, bu the Lieutenant Governor, Council, anil Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby encted by the authority of the same, That for the better building, ordering, and keeping in repair the said bridge, over Pagan creek, at the place aforesaid, it shall be in the power of Robert Burwell, csq. Arthur Smith, Lawrence Baker, Joseph Bridger, James Baker, William Hodsden, James Dunlop, James Arthur, and Andrew Mackie, gentlemen, of the county aforesaid, who are hereby nominated trustees, for putting so much of this act in execution as relates to the bridge aforesaid, or any five or more of them, to receive subscriptions, and the money subscribed, for every persoa and persons who shall be willing to make such subscriptions, and to apply the same towards building a bridge at the place

vesaid, and keeping the same in repair, and to design, direct, agd agree with workmen for building the said bridge, so that the same be not less than twelve feet in brcarith, and railed on each side three feet high, with one arch at least twenty feet wide, sufficiently high for the passage of boats and flats.

III. And for continuing the succession of the trustees for the said bridge, Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the said trustres, herein before mentioned, or any five or more of them, from time to time, and

at all times hereafter, during the continuance of the said bridge, upon the death, resignation, or removal, of

any of the trustees herein before mentioned, to elect and choose such and so many other person or persons, inhabiting within the said county of Isle of Wight, as as they shall think fit. not exceeding nine; which person or persons, so elected and chosen as aforesaid, shall be deemed, and taken to be, trustees for the bridge aforesaid, as fully and amply as if appointed by this act.

IV. Provided always, That nothing in this act contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to inpower the justices of the said county of Isle of Wight, or their successors, the justices of the said county for the time being, to tax any levy, or assess any money, or tobacco, on the inhabitants of the said county of Isle of Wight, for the building, maintaining, and keeping in repair, the said bridge, but that the same shall be built, maintained, and kept in repair, by subscription as aforesaid and by no other ways or means whatsoever.

V. And be it further enacted, by the authority afore- New ferries said, That public ferries be constantly kept at the established, places herein after named, and that the rates for passing the said ferries be as follows; on the western branch of Pagan creck, from the land of William Hodsden, to the town of Smithfield in the said county of Isle of Wight, and from the said town of Smithfield to the land of the said William Hodsden aforesaid, the price for a man four pence, and for a horse the same, until the bridge herein before mentioned, over the said creek, at the place aforesaid, shall be built, and no longer, and from the said town of Smithfield to the land of Charles Fulgham, over the eastern branch of Pagan creek, in the county aforesaid, and from the land of the said Charles Fulgham to the said town of Smithfield, the price for a man six pence, and for a horse the same: And for the transportation of wheel carriages, tobacco, cattle, and other beasts at any of the places aforesaid, the ferry keepers may demand and take the rates following, to wit; for every coach, chariot or waggon, and the driver thereof, the same as for six horses; for every cart or four wheel-chaise, and the driver thereof, as for four horses; for every two wheel-chaise or chair, as for two horses; for every hogshead of tobacco, as for one horse; for every head

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of neat cattle, as for one horse; for every sheep, goat or lamb, one fifth part of the ferriage of one horse; for every hog, one fourth part of the ferriage of one horse; according to the prices herein before settled, at such ferries respectively, and no more.

CHAP. XXXIX.

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in the county

An Act to enable the Vestry of the parish of

Washington, in the county of Westmoreland, to sell a tract of land therein mentioned, and to apply the money arising by such sale towards purchasing other

land for a glebe. Vestry of I. WHEREAS William Horton, by his last will parish of

and testament in writing, bearing date the tenth day Washington,

of January in the year of our Lord one thousand of West seven hundred, did give and devise a tract of land, in moreland, the said will particularly described, to the Round-hill authorised to sell cer

church, for a gleve for ever, which church is situate tain lands. in the parish of Washington, in the county of West

moreland; and whereas great part of the said tract of land, since the death of the said William Horton, bath been recovered at law from the said parish of Washington, and the remainder thereof is not sufficient for a glebe: And whereas the vestry of the said parish of Washington have made application to this present General Assembly, that an art may pass to enable thein to sell the said land, in order to raise money towards purchasing a convenient glebe, for the use of the person of the said parish of Washington:

li. Be it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant-Govern. or, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, it is hereby enacteil, by the uuthority of the sare, That the said land, so given by the said William Norton to the Round-bill church, shall be and the same is hereby vected in the present vestry of the said parish of Washington and the vestry of the said parish for the time being, in trust, that they shall sell, and

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