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the present stock of cattle being thereon, and belonging thereto, 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 rent 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, yox, necessary, and profitable, for the said corporation, in as full and ample a manner and forin, to all intents, constructions and purposes, as any other incorporation, or body politic or 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 the making such their demises, leases, and grants, and for the doing all and every other thing and things, touching or in anywise concerning the said incorporation; and that the said trustees and governors, and their, successors for the time being, or the greater part of them, shall and may have full power and authority, by writing under their common seal, to nominate and appoint when, and as often as they shall think good, such person as they shall approve of, to be master of the said free school; which said master, before he be received or admitted to keep school, shall undergo an examination before the minister of the said parish, for the time being, 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, and their successors for the time being, shall and may have full power and authority to visit the said free school, and to order, reform, and redress all disorders and abuses in and touching the government and disposing of the same, and to remove the said master, as to them, or the greater part of them shall seem just, fit, and convenient. And that the said trustees and governors, and their successors, or the greater part of them for the time being, shall apply the rents to be paid for the said tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances, and stock of cattle, aforesaid, to the maintenance of the said school-master, and erecting and keeping in repair, a sufficient schoolhouse for his dwelling, and teaching the children of the adjoining parishes of Elizabeth-City and Kique.
tan, viz. from Mary's-Mount downwards, to the Poquoson river; and the surplus, in case there shall be any, to the maintenance of such poor children, or decayed or maimed persons, as the said trustees and governors, and their successors, or the major part of them shall think fit.
III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said trustees and governors, and their 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 occupation of the said tract or parcel of land, by virtue of any agreement or contract, heretofore made with the present justices of the peace of the said county, and minister and church-wardens of the said parish, or their predecessors, or the greater part of them against the person and persons from whom the same are due, bis and their executors and administrators; and also all damages sustained by occasion of not repairing the houses on the said tract of land, or by the occasion of the breach of any other part of such contract or agreement, any law, or custom to the contrary, notwithstanding.
IV. 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 and persons claiming as heir or heirs of the said Benjamin Sym, 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 premises, or any of them, or any part thereof.
An Act to enable the vestry of the parish
of Blisland, in the counties of James City and New Kent, to sell a plantation and two hundred acres of land in the said parish, and to buy communion plate and ornaments for the lower church in that parish, with the purchase money.
1. WHEREAS Edward Wade, late of the parish Vestry of of Wilmington, in the county of James City, deceased, parish of did by his certain indentures of lease and release, countjes of
Blisland, in bearing date the fifth and sixth days of March, in the James-City year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and and Neweighteen, for the consideration in the said release ex-rised to sell
Kent, autho. pressed, convey to George Woodward and William certain lands Barret, then churchwardens of the parish of Wilming and purchase ton, in the counties of James City and Charles City, plate &c for a plantation and two hundred acres of land, or thereabouts, situate in the said county of James City, to hold to them the said George Woodward and William Barret, church wardens as aforesaid, and to their successors, for and to the only proper use and behoof of the said parish of Wilmington, and their assigns for ever, as by the said indenture, duly recorded in the county of James City may more fully appear. And whereas by an act of Assembly made in the ninth year of the reign of his late majesty king George the first, the said parish of Wilmington was dissolved, and part
creof added to the parish of Blisland, in the counties of James City and New Kent.
JI. And forasmuch as the minister, churchwardens and vestry, by their humble petition have represented to this General Assembly, that the houses on the said plantation are become ruinous and untenantable, and that the said land is a charge, and of no manner of use to the said parish; 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 the aforesaid plantation, and two hundred acres of land, with the appurtenances, shall,
from and after the passing of this act, be, and are hereby vested and settled in the present minister, wardens, and vestry, and the minister', wardens, and vestry of the said parish of Blisland, for the time being in trust. Nevertheless that the said minister, Wardens, and vestry, or the greater part of the vestry, by bargain and sale, or other deed or deeds, convey the said plantation and land, with the appurtenances, for a valuable consideration of money, bona fide received, to such person or persons as shall be willing to purchase the same, to hold to such purchaser or purchasers, his or their heirs and assigns for ever, and the nioney arising by such sale, shall be by the said minister', wardens, and vestry, laid out and applied towards purchasing communion plate and orna. ments for the lower church in the said parish of Blis. land.
II. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every other person or persons, boilies politie and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the minister, wardens, and vestry of the said parish, all such right, title, estate, interest, claim and demand, as they, every, or any of them, should or might have had or claimed to the said plantation and land, if this act had never been made.
An Act for clearing Mattapony river.
I. WHEREAS the upper part of the river Mattapony is useless to the inbabitants of this colony, by means of fish hedges and other obstructions therein, for remedy whereof.
II. BE it enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, CounTrustees ap- cil, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, Clearing Mat- and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, tapony river. That the honourable Richard Corbin, esquire, John
Robinson, esquire, Lunsford Lomax, Edmund Pendleton, Thomas Turner, Henry Robinson, John Bay.
lor, and Thomas Johnson, gentlemen, be, and they are hereby appointed trustees, and they, or any four of them, are authorized, impowered and directed, to take and receive subscriptions, and to contract with any person or persons for clearing the said river Mattapony, who shall have full power and authority to remove all stops, which they, or the said trustees, shall think, in any wise obstruct the navigation of the saine, as high as Burk's bridge, in the county of Caroline.
III. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the charge of taking up and destroying any hedges and stone stops, or any part of them that shall be standing or remaining in the said river Mattapony, on the last day of July next, or at any time thereafter, shall be repaid to the said trustees, by the person or persons to whose lands the said hedges or stops shall be adjacent or nearest to. And tlie said person or persons permitting them to remain as aforesaid, shall in reover be liable to the penalties imposed by the act of General Assembly made in the twenty second year of the reign of his present majesty, intitule, An act for clearing rivers and creeks.
IV. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the said trustees, or any person or persons employed by them in execution of this act, to pass through, or go on shore, upon the lands of any person 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 perso, 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 found for the defendant, or the plaintiff shall be nonsuited, shall award juugment for such defondant and treble costs.
V. And be it further enacter! by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawfw for the said trustees, or persons employed by them, to cut or take off the lands of any person adjacent to the said river, such, and so mucli timber as shall be necessary for the purposes of this act, and the same shall be viewed and valued, as is directed by an act made in the twenty second year of his majesty's reign, intituled, An act concerning highways, mill-dams, and bridges, and shall be paid for by the said trustees.