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V. And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force, for and during the term of two years, and from thence to the end of the next session of Assembly.

CHAP. XLIII.

An Act for allowing a free ferry to be kept

at Port Royal.

Ferry at 1. WHEREAS it hath been represented to this Port Royal present General Assembly, that it will be of great ad

vantage to the inhabitants of the town of Port Royal, in the county of Caroline, and others, and will much increase the trade thereof, if a free ferry should be kept from the said town over Rappahanock river, to the land now in the possession of John Moore, in the county of King George.

II. 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 inhabitants of the said town of Port Royal, to keep a ferry from the said town, over the said river, to the land of the said John Moore, and from the land of the said John Moore, to the said town, and transport any person or persons, with their commodities, at the said places, without receiving any reward for the same.

CHAP. XLIV.

An Act to dock the intail of two hundred

and fifty acres of land, in the parish of Westover, in the county of Charles City, whereof Rebecca, wife of William Clinch, lately died seised in fee tail, and for vesting the same in certain trustees in fee-simple; and for other purposes there. in mentioned.

I. WHEREAS Philip Edloe, of the county of Charles Intail of cerCity, deceased, being in his life time seised and pos- tain lan-Is, sessed of a certain tract or parcel of land, lying and whereof Rebeing in the parish of Westover, in the said county, wife of Wiland containing by estimation two hundred and fifty liam Clinch acres; did, by his last will and testament, bearing date died seised, the seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord lying in

Charles-City one thousand seven hundred and twenty six, give and

docked. bequeath the same unto his then wife, during her natural life, and if she proved with child, and it should be a son, then to such son and the heirs of his body; and for want of such issue he gave and devised the said tract of land to his daughter Rebecca, and the heirs of her body forever, with divers limitations, over in case of failure of issue of the body of the said Rebecca, as by the said last will and testament, refereiice being thereunto had, may more at large appear. And whereas the child of which the wife of the said Philip Edloe was enceinte, at the time of bis making his said will proved to be a daughter, whereby the said Rebecca became seised of the said two hundred and fifty acres of land in tail, under the limitations and restrictions, in the will of the said Philip Edloe, mentioned; and she the said Rebecca, did intermarry with William Clinch, of the county of Surry, gentleman, and is since dead, leaving issue by the said William, a son named Philip Clinch, to whom the reversion and inheritance in tail of the said lands is descended, expectant upon the death of the said William Clinch, who is intituled to the same for life, by the curtesy of

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England. And whereas the said William Clinch is possessed of six negroe slaves, to wit, three men named Greenwich, Tom, and Charles, and three women named Black Betty, Phillis, and Patt, and of sundry other slaves which he cannot conveniently employ in labour on the said small tract, and it would be greatly to the advantage of the said William Clinch, his said son, and all others claiming in remainder under the said will of the said Philip Edloe, if the said:lands vere sold, and the money arising by such sale laid out in the purchase of other lands, to be settled, together with the said six slaves to the same uses. And forasmuch as notice haih been published three Sundays successively, in the several churches of the said parish of Westover, where the said land lieth, that application would be made to this present General Assembly, to dock the intail of the said two hundred and fifty acres of land, and to sell the same, and for investing the money arising by such sale, in other lands, to be settled, together with the said slaves, to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty's instructions.

II. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said William Clinch, in behalf of himself and his said son, that it may be enacted, and 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 from and after the commencement of this act, the said two liundred and fifty acres of land, with the appartenances, shall be, and the same are hereby vested in Carter Burwell, of the county of James City; Benjamin Harrison, and Richard Kennon, of the county of Charles City; Robert Jones, the younger, and Augustine Claiborne, of the county of Surry, gentlemen, who are appointed trustees for putting this act in execution; in trust, that they the said trustees, or the survivors or survivor of them, shall cause the said lands to be sold at public sale, for the best price that can be got for the same; and upon payment of the purchase money, the said trustees or any three of them, sball seal and deliver a deed or deeds, indented for the conveyance of the fee-siinple estate and inheritance of the said land to the purchaser or purchasers, who shall for ever hold and enjoy the same, freed and discharged from all the limitations in the last will and testament of the said Philip Edloe; any law, usage, or

oustom, to the contrary thereof, in any wise notwithstanding. And if any purchase shall be made, by any person or persons whatsoever, contrary to this act, such sale shall be void, tu all intents and purposes whatsoever

III. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the money arising by the sale of the said Jands, shall be, by the trustees, the survivors or survivor «f them, as soon as conveniently may be, after receiving the same, fairly lay out and dispose of in the purchase of other lands; and the said trustees, the survivors or survivor of them, are hereby impowered and required to cause a deed or decds to be executed for the lands so by them to be bought to the said William Clinch; which said lands, and the six several slaves, herein before particularly named, from and after the perfecting such deed or deeds, shall descend, pass, and go to the said William Clinh, his said son, and all persons claiming under the will of the said Philip Edloe, descended in such manner, and for such estates, respectively therein, as the said two hundred and tifty acres of land would have remained, gone, and desrended, by virtue of the said will, if this act had never been made.

IV. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, bis heirs and successors, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the personis claiming under the last will and testament of the said Philip Edloe, deceased, all such right, title, interest, claim, and demand, as they, every or any of them, should or might claim if this act had never been made.

V. Provided always, That the execution of this art, shall be and is hereby suspended until his majes ty's approbation thereof shall be obtained,

CHAP. XLV.

An Act for continuing the act, intituled, An

Act for reviving and amending the acts for allowing Fairs to be kept in the towns of Fredericksburg and Richmond.

I. WHEREAS the act of Assembly made in the Act allowing twentieth year of the reign of his present majesty, inFredericks. tituled, An act for reviving and amending the acts, burg, and

for allowing fairs to be kept in the towns of FrederRichmond, icksburg and Richmond, which will expire at the end continued.

of this session of Assembly, hath been found very useful, and of great benefit to the inliabitants of the said tuwns, by increasing the tradle thereof, and it is proper and expedient that the same should be continued;

II. BE it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby eracted, by the authority of the same, That the said act of Assembly made in the twentieth year of the reign of his present majesty, intituled, An act for reviving and amending the acts for allowing fairs to be kept in the towns of Fredericksburg and Richmond, shall continue and be in force, from and after the expiration thereof, for and during the term of seven years, from thence next following, and from thence to the end of the next session of Assembly.

CHAP. XLVI.

An Act to vest certain intailed lands there

in mentioned, in Rueben Skelton, gentleman, in fee-simple, and for settling other lands of greater value to the same uses.

1. WHEREAS David Crawford, deceased, was in his life time scised in fee of, and in two hundred acres

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