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“ The Larva of a country are necessarily connected with every thing be-
longing to the people of it; so that athorough knowledge of them, and
of their progress would inform us of every thing that was most use-
ful to be known about them; and one of the greatest imperfections
ofhistorians in general, is owing to their ignorance of law. ’

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WE, William F. Pendleton, William Selden, and Alexander L. Botts, members ofthe executive council of Virginia, do hereby certify, that the laws contained in the fourth volume of l-lsinznfs Statuteaat Large have been, by us, examined and c'-mpared with the originals, and with a copy as correcied, by the certificate of the examiners heretofore appointed, from which they were taken, by William F Pendleton and William Selden, from page 1, to page '379 inclusive, and by William F. Pendleton and Alexander L. Botts, from page 380 inclusive to the eiiil, and have been fou-d truly and accurately

printed, except as to the following list of errata, to the number of fifteen.

Given under our hands this 25th of March 1823.

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THE first edition of this volume was printed in 1814, by the late Mr. Samuel Pleascmta, printer to the commonwealth, by contract with the editor, and the sheets sent to Petersburg to be bound. As many copies as were subscribed for by the state, at that time, and a few over, were finished and delivered, the remaining sheets were all burnt, in the dreadful fire which happened in that town on the 16th day of July, 1815. This impression is re-printed page for page with the former, with the addition of a collection of historical documents, at the_end of the Volume.

WILLIAM WALLER HENING.

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