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enacted that the said five hundred and fifty acres of laud, with'the appurtenances, shduld be, and the same were thereby vested in the honourable John Page, esq; and Thomas Whiting, Lewis Burwell, of Gloucester, Francis Whiting, and Roger Dixon, gentlemen, in trust, that they the said trustees, or the survivers, or surviver of them should cause the same to be sold at publick sale, for the best price that could be got for the same, and upon payment of the purchase money, the said trustees or any three of them should seal and deliver a deed or deeds indented for the conveyance of the fee simple estate and inheritance of the said land, to the purchaser or purchasers who should for ever .hold and enjoy the same, freed and discharged from the limitations of the will of Edmund Gwynn, deceased, as by reference to the said act may more fully appear. And whereas the said tract of land was exposed to publick sale by the said trustees, and John Fox of the county of Gloucester became purchaser thereof, for the sum of nine hundred and fifty pounds being the best price that could be got for the same, which hath been since bona fide paid to the said trustees by the said John Fox; but,no deed of conveyance hath as yet been executed, nor can one be now made for the same under the said act; all the said trustees being dead, except the said Thomas Whiting.

Be "it enacted, That the said Thomas Whiting, Sir John Peyton, John Whiting, George-Green, and James Nutall, jun. or any three of them, shall be, and are hereby empowered to seal and deliver a deed or deeds indented for the conveyance of the fee simple estate and inheritance of the said tract of land to the said John Fox, in the same manner as the said trustees might have done by virtue of the said act, and thereupon the said John Fox shall for ever hold and enjoy the same in fee simple,

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CHAP. XLIX,

An act for continuing an act entitled An act for appointing naval officers^ and ascertaining their fees.

Act appoint- WHEREAS the act of assembly passed in the year licers^ur- one ^lousan(^ se'ven hundred and seventy six entitled ther contin- " An act for the appointment of naval officers and asued. certaining their fees" will expire at the end of this

present session of assembly, and it is expedient the same should be continued: Be, it therefore enacted by the General Assembly^ That the said recited act shall continue and be in force from and after the expiration thereof for one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly; and the several naval officers shall demand and receive the following fees, in lieu of the fees established by the said recited act, to wit: For Their fees, entering or clearing any ship or vessel of one hundred tons and under, six dollars; for entering or clearing any ship or vessel .of more than one hundred tons, fifteen dollars; for taking a bond, two and a half dollars} for a permit, two and a half dollars; for a bill of health, two and a half dollars; for a bill of stores, two and a half dollars; for a certificate, two and a half dollars; for a register and recording the same, ten dollars; for a copy thereof or making an endorsement thereupon,, five dollars; for a copy of a manifest, three dollars; for a passport in conformity to the twenty seventh article of the treaty of alliance between his most Christian Majesty and the United States of America, ten dollars. All which fees shall be paid in current money of this commonwealth.

Masters of Jlnd be it farther enacted, That the master or conjyessab when mander of every ship or vessel, shall, within forty eight to report. ^ours after fog arrival in port, make report of his vessel and cargo to the naval officer of the district wherein the said vessel rides; and every master or command^ er of any ship or vessel failing herein, shall forfeit his said vessel and cargo; and any master or commander of any ship or vessel, breaking bulk or disposing of any part of the cargo without obtaining a permit from the naval officer to trade within the said district, shall forfeit his said vessel and cargo, to be seized in either of the above cases, by such officer or his sufficient de^ puty, and prosecuted in the court of admiralty.

CHAR L.

An act for discontinuing the Navy
Board.

WHEREAS by the establishment of aboard of Navy board war and a board of trade, the duties and offices here- discontimitofore exercised and performed by the navy board, ed will devolve on and be exercised by one or other of the before mentioned boards of war or trade, whereby the continuance of the navy board is no longer necessary: . Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That from and after the end of this present session of asSfrnbly, the said navy board shall be, and is hereby discontinued.

And it shall and may be lawful for the governour with advice of the council to demand and receive from the commissioners of the navy board, all the records, papers, vouchers, and other documents which shall belong to the commonwealth, and which hath heretofore been in the custody or keeping of the said board, $nd upon receipt thereof, to grant to all and every of the commissioners such full and proper acquittances, or indemnifications for, or on account of their transactions during their continuance in the said office, as shall seem just and reasonable, and to dispose of such records and papers, either by delivery to one or other of the boards above mentioned, or in such manner as they shall think proper.

^ And be it enacted, That the ordinance of convention entitled an ordinance "For establishing a board of commissioners to superintend and direct the naval affairs of this colofty," is, and stands hereby repealed,

CHAP, LI.

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act for establishing several new ferries^ and for other purposes.

# enacted by the General Assembly, That publick ferries shall be constantly kept at the following places, and the rates for passing the same shall be as follows, that is to say: From the lands of James Wil^ns in the county of Mecklenburg across Roanoke river to the lands of Robert Munford on the opposite shore, the price for a man two shillings, and for a horse the same; from the lands of Thomas Bryan Martin where John Nichols lately lived, in the county of Frederick, across Shenandoah river to the lands of the honourable Thomas Lord Fairfax on the opposite shore, the price for a man two shillings, and for a horse the same; from the lands of Thomas Williamson in the county of Southampton, across Blackwater river to the lands of George Fearn, in the county of Isle of Wight, on the opposite shore, the price for a mail six pence, and for a horse the same; from the lands of Ellas Herring, in the county of Southampton, to the lands of Hancock Barret, in the county of Isle of Wight en the opposite shore, the price for a man six pence, and for a horse the same; from the lands of Thomas Pierce, adjoining the town of "Smithfield, in the county of Isle of Wight, across Pagan creek to the lands of William Hodsden on the opposite shore, the price fora man one shilling, and for a horse the same; and for the transportation of wheel carriages, tobacco, cattle, and other beasts, at either of the ferries aforesaid, the ferry keepers may demand and take the following rates, that is to say: For every coach, chariot, or waggon, and the driver thereof, the same as for six horses; for every cart or four wheeled chaise or chair, the same as for two horses; for every hogshead of tobacco, as for one horse; for every head of neat cattle, as for one Jborse; for every sheep or goat one fifth part of the ferriage of one horse; and for every hog, one fourth part of the ferriage of one horse, according to the prices herein before settled at such ferries respectively. And if any ferry keeper shall presume to demand orreceiv^ from any person whatsoever, $ny* greater rates than Js hereby allowed, ne, she, or they, for every such of- Ceding fence, shall forfeit and pay to the party grieved, treble legal rate* the ferriages demanded, and five pounds; to be recovered before any justice of the peace where the offence shall be committed; and in the stern of every ferryboat, shall be affixed by the keeper thereof, an attested copy of the rates of such ferriages as shall be established by the court of the county in which such ferry shall be, under the penalty of five pounds for every such neglect, to be recovered as aforesaid,

CHAP. LII,

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_An act concerning Gold and Silver Coini

WHEREAS many inconveniencies and much in- So much of justice have arisen from the act entitled "An act to an act *s »n« support the credit of the money issued by the author- aitjffo^skity of Congress, and by the authority of this common- ingmore for wealth," and to make the former current within this any article, commonwealth, Beit enacted, That so much of the ^^^ said recited act as makes it penal to offer or pay, ask g^ or sij_ or receive more in paper bills of credit of this com- ve monweatth or of congress, for any gold or silver coin, £ or more in the said paper bills for any property, real or personal, than is asked or offered in gold or silver coin, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed.

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