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An Act for continuing an act, intituled,

An Act for regulating the practice of
attornies.

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I. WHEREAS the act of Assembly made in the twenty second year of the reign of his present inajesty, intituled, An act for regulating the practice of attornies, which will expire at the end of this session of Assembly hath been found to answer the ends thereby intended, and it is necessary the same should be continued with amendments.

11. BE it therefore enacted, by the Lieutenant Go-
vernor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General
Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of
the sum., That the said recited act of Assembly, in-
tituled, An act for regulating the practice of attornies,
shall continue and be in force, from and after the end
of this session of Assembly, for and during the term
of tiree years, and from thence to the end of the next
session of Assembly. And for preventing lawyers
taking unreasonable and exorbitant fees, and for the
mure equal settlement of the same.
11. Be it jurther enacted, by the authority aforesaid, Lawyers feet

settled.
That during the continuance of the said recited act,
the lawyers in this colony shall not, directly, or indi.
rectiy, or by any device, way, or means whatsoever,
exact, takt, or receive, any greater or other fees or
reward, for the following services, than what are
herein particularly mentioned and expressed, that is
to say, lawyers practising in the general court, may
demand and receive, for an opinion or advice where
no suit is brought, one pound one shilling and six
pence; in any suit at common law, other than the ac-
tions herein after mentioned, fifty shillings; in all
chancery suits, or real, mixt, or personal actions, whore
the title or bounds of land shall or may come in ques-
tion, tive pounds: And lawyers practising in the coun-
ty courts, and other inferior courts, for services to be
by them done in such courts, may demand for an opi-
nion or advice, ten shillings; in any suit at common
law, other than the actions hereafter mentioned, or

by petition, fifteen shillings; in all chancery suits, or real, mixt, or personal actions, thirty shillings; on a petition for a small debt, seven shillings and six pence: And any lawyer, for attending a survey in the country, for every day he shall attend, may demand one pound one shilling and six pence. And every lawyer exacting, taking, receiving, or demanding any greater fee, or other reward, for any of the above services, shall forfeit and pay fifty pounds for every offence, one half to our sovereign lord the king, his heirs and successors, for and towards the better support of this government, and the contingent charges thereof, and the other half to the informer, to be recovered by action of debt or information, in any court of record in this colony.

CHAP. X.

p. 316.

Edit. 1769, An Act for allowing the inhabitants of the

counties of Halifax, Hampshire, and Bedford, to discharge their public dues and officers fees in money instead of tobacco.

Officers' fees

I. FOR the more easy payment of all levies, sein Halifax,

cretary's, clerks, and other officer's fees, by the inhaHampshire, and Bedford, bitants of the counties of Halifax, Bedford, and Hamppayable in shire, who make little or no tobacco. money. II. BE it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor, Coun

cil and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the said levies and fees, may be paid in money for tobacco, to wit, for the counties of Halifax and Bedford, at twelve shillings and six pence per hundred, on the nett tobacco; and for the county of Hampshire, on the gross tobacco, three farthings per pound, without any deduction, in the same manner as the inhabitants of the counties of Frederick and Augusta, are now by law impowered to do.

CHAP. XI.

An Act for paying the Burgesses wages in

money for this present session of As. sembly.

1. WHEREAS by one act of Assembly made in the third and fourth years of the reign of his present Burgesses majesty, intituled, An act for the better regulating the wages payapayment of the Burgesses wages, it is amongst other ble in mothings enacted, that when any session of Assembly

ney. should be thereafter held, and upon examination of the treasurer's account it should appear, that there are monies sufficient, in his hands, to discharge all the money debts, together with the Burgesses wages, and the salaries and allowances to the respective officers of the General Assembly, saving and reserving in the hands of the treasurer, over and above the said payment, a ballance of one thousand five hundred pounds, at the least, then every Burgess elected and serving for a county or corporation within this dominion, should be paid out of the said public money, the sum of ten shillings for each day he should serve in the house' of Burgesses, with suchfurther allowances, and under such restrictions and regulations as in the said act is at large directed.

II. And whereas the wages of the Burgesses for this present session cannot be discharged in money, according to the letter of the said act, but it is likely there will soon be money sufficient in the hands of the treasurer; and forasmuch as the payment of the Burgesses wages in money, for this present session, will be a great ease to the poorer sort of people, by lessening the levy by the poll, 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 Burgesses wages for this present session of Assembly, shall be paid by the treasurer, on the first day of November, iv the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four, out of the public monies then in his hands, according to the directions and regulations in the said recited act mentioned, any thing in the said act to the contrary thereof, in anywise notwithstanding.

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Public levy or tax.

I. BE it enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council, ani Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That five pounds and an half of tobacco be paid by every tithable person within this dominion, for the detraying and payment of the public charge of the country, being the public levy from the twenty seventh day of February, one thousand seven hundred and fifty two, to the first day of November, one thousand seven hundred and fifty three, and that it be paid by the collectors of the several counties, to the several persons and counties respectively to whom it is proportioned by this General Assembly, and if it shall happen that there shall be more tithables in any county ihan the present levy is laid on, then such county shall have credit for so much, to the use of the county; and if fewer tithables in any county, then such county shall bear the loss.

11. Provided abways, That where any allowance is made in the book of proportions to any county, to be paid in the same county, no more per poll shall be collected from the tithables of such county, than will discharge the ballance after such allowance shall be deducted, and that every county court shall regulate thc ievy accordingly.

Ali, And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the sheriff of every county sball, at the court of his county, to be held in the months of January, February, or Mareh next, give bond and security for the due collection and payment of the public levy, now laid and assessed.

CHAP. XIII.

An Act for appointing several new Ferries. Edit 1769,

P. 316.

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I. BE it enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Coun- New ferries cil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, established. and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That public terries be constantly kept at the places hereafter mentioned, and that the rates for passing the said ferries be as follows, that is to say, on James river, from four mile creek warehouse landing, on the land of Charles Woodson, in the county of Henrico, to the neck of land belonging to Tarlton W:odson, in the county of Chesterfield; and from the said Tarlton Woodson's, to the said Charles Woodson's, for a man four pence, and for an horse four pence: And from the land of Charles Ellis, in the county of Henrico, to the land of Daniel Weldon, in the county of Chesterfield; and from the said Weldon's to the said Ellis's, for a man three pence, and for an horse three pence: On the Fluvanna river, from the land of Ni.. cholas Davis, at, or near the mouth of the double creeks, to his land opposite thereto, called Salopian Point, in the county of Albemarle, for a man three pence, and for an horse three pence:, On Staunton river, from the land of Robert Wade, in the county of Halifax, to the land opposite thereto, in the county of Lunenburg, for a man three pence, and for an horse three pence: On Bennet's creek, in the county of Nansemond, from Benjamin Bascombe's, to the land of James Buckston; and from the said Buckston's to the said Bascombe's, for a man four pence, and for an horse four pence: On the western branch in Nansemond county, from Jeremiah Godwin's, to the land of James Benn, and from the said Benn's to the said Godwin's, for a man four pence, and for an horse four pence: On Rock Fish river, in the county of Albemarle, from the land of Thomas Joplin across the said river, for a man three pence, and for an horse three pence: On Patowmack river, from the land now in possession of John Posey, in the county of Fairfax, across the said river to the land of Thomas Marshall in Maryland; for a man one shilling, and for an horse

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