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(chan Rev. An act for continuing an act entitled p. 118.] An act to revive and amend an act entitled An act to make provision for the support and maintenance” of tdeots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds. - *
Act provid I. WHEREAS the act of assembly, passed in the :::::::::, year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight, and lunatics, entitled “An act to revive and amend an act entitled further con- An act to make provision for the support and main* tenance of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds,” will expire at the end of this present session of assembly, and it is necessary the same should be continued, Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That the act entitled “An act to revive and amend an act entitled An act to make provision for the support and maintenance of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds,” shall continue and be in force, from and after the expiration thereof, for and during the term of one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly. Further al. II. And be it farther enacted, That the farther sum Towance for of fifty pounds shall be allowed and paid for the main
support of tenance and support of each person in the publick hospatients, pital. - *
... * The words “and maintenance” omitted in the orignal, evi. dently by mistake, but inserted in Chan. Rev. p. 118.
1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That every promise, agreement, note, bill, bond, or other contract to pay, deliver, or secure money or other thing won, or obtained by playing at cards, dice, tables, tennis, bowles, or other games; or by betting or laying on the hands or sides of any person who shall
play at such games; or won or obtained by betting or
laying on any horserace, or cockfighting, or at any
the state, during the space of two years; and moreo
ver shall be liable to pay ten shillings in the pound, for every pound over and above the said sum of five
Conveyances to Secure moneys &c. so won, enure to the benefitof the loser's heir.
Pellaities () in those who play or bet at games of wagers.
pounds, which he shall so win or lose; and upon iu. formation thereof made to any county court, and due proof thereof had, such county court shall levy upon the goods and chattels of the offenders, the fullpenalty incurred, to be applied to lessening the levy of the county wherein such offence shall be committed; and upon a conviction before such county court, shall incur the forfeiture hereby inflicted, and be ipso facto deprived of his office aforesaid, Any person who shall bet or play for money or other goods, or who shall bet on the hands or sides of those who play at any game in a tavern, racefield, or other place of publick resort, shall be deemed an infamous gambler, and shall not be eligible to any office of trust or honour within
this state. Penalty on , III. Any tavern-keeper who shall permit cards, dice, *::::::::: billiards, or any instrument of gaming to be made use ting gaming of in his house; or shall permit any person to bet or in their hou-play for money or other goods, in any outhouse, or * under any booth, arbour, or other place, upon the messuage or tenement he possesses, and shall not make information thereof, and give in the names of the offenders to the next court which may be held for the county, city, or borough wherein he resides, shall be deprived of his license, and moreover shall pay to the informer, one hundred pounds, to be recovered by ac
tion of debt, in any court of record. . . . . power of IV. Two justices of the peace may cause any perjustices of son not possessing a visible estate, nor exercising some ão, lawful trade or profession, who shall be suspected by o: §. them to support himself for the most part, by gaming, Sehaviour to come or be brought before them, and if the suspicion shall appear upon examination to be well founded, may require security of him for his good behaviour, during the term of twelve months, and if before the expiration thereos, he shall play for or bet any money or other thing, at any game whatsoever, he shall be adjudged to have broken the condition of his recogni, , zance. -
::::::::: V. No person, in order to raise money for himself j." or another, shall publickly or privately put up a lott tery of blanks and prizes, to be drawn or adventured for, or any prize or thing to be raffled or played for; and whoever shall offend herein, shall forfeit the whole gum of money proposed to be raised by such lottery,
raffling, or playing, to the use of the commonwealth. The presiding justice, as well in the general, as in all Charge to the inferiour courts of law in this commonwealth, shall 5"j” constantly give this act in charge to the grand juries of their courts at the times when such grand juries shall be sworn. This act shall commence and be in force, from and after the first day of March next.
WHEREAS it is represented to this present gene- Christopher ral assembly, that Christopher Godwin did on the third Godwin, re. day of May one thousand seven hundred and seventy . * two, lease a certain house, garden, and pasture, lying in o: in the county of Nansemond, unto John Hamilton, for mond, leasthe term of twenty years, paying annually on the first i. o day of May the sum of ten pounds, wherein was in-ji.". serted a clause, that if no distress should be found on joined the the premises for the space of the said twenty years, it enemy. should be lawful for the said Christopher Godwin to
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An act to amend an act entitled An
act to increase the salaries of the
clerks to the auditors of publick accott??ts.
... WHEREAS the salaries allowed to the clerks of i... the auditors of publick accounts by an act entitled encreased. “An act to increase the salaries of the clerks to the auditors of publick accounts,” have been found inadequate to their services; Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That the additional sum of four hundred pounds per annum shall be given to each of the re
spective clerks aforesaid.
An act concerning the naval office of the district of South Potowmack.
Saol officer WHEREAS it hath been represented to this present
3. general assembly, that it will be expedient that a naval
mac, to ap. office should be kept in the upper part of the district
point a de- of south Potowmack; Be it therefore enacted, That
F., the naval officer of the said district be empowered, and
andria. he is hereby required to appoint a deputy to reside in the town of Alexandria, there to keep an office for the entering and clearing of vessels, in like manner, as such naval officer might or ought to do if personally present: - . . .
Provided nevertheless, That an office shall continue .
to be kept in the lower part of the said district, where a general register shall be made of all vessels trading. to the said district,