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Britain to be the lawful sovereign of the United States i.i. of America, or any or either of them; or who shall ma- sovereignty, liciously, advisedly, and directly acknowledge him, or 9. himself a herself, to be a subject of the king of Great Britain; or * who shall maliciously, advisedly, and directly attribute to the king or parliament of Great Britain, any jurisdiction or power within this commonwealth; or who shall by any ways or means put in practice, to withdraw any person within this commonwealth, from his or her allegiance to the same, or any or either of the United States, or to move such person to promise any obedience or allegiance to the king or parliament of Great Britain; or who shall by any means be willingly withdrawn as aforesaid, or shall promise any obedience or allegiance to the king or parliament of Great Britain, as is aforesaid; or who shall endeavour or, shall dis. to dissuade or discourage any person, not being his or courage en. her father, son, son-in-law, grand-son, brother, or hus-listments, or band, from enlisting into the service of this common- . joy wealth, either among the troops raised or to be raised advise to for the internal defence thereof, or as its quota of the submit to continental army, or who shall maliciously and di- the * rectly endeavour to dissuade or discourage any man belonging to the militia, from entering into service, when called upon by due authority; or who shall maliciously or directly advise any person to submit to the British enemy, in case of invasion, and not to attempt to withdraw him or herself from their power; or who shall maliciously and directly advise any person to entertain any one or more of the British enemy, unless in captivity; or who shall maliciously, advisedly and di- Or, who shali rectly by writing, printing, or open speaking, wish wish health, health, prosperity, or success to the king of Great Bri- or success to tain; every counsellor, aider, abetter, or procurer of the *ē, any offender against this act, shall be adjudged a principal, and suffer as in case of a principal. The general court or any county court shall have jurisdiction of any of the above-mentioned offences, although the same hath not been committed within the limits of such county; provided the offender shall have fled, or the county in which the same was committed shall be invaded; which offence may be prosecuted, either by indictment or information, in the name of the commonwealth. The petit jury shall assess the quantum of

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the fine, and duration of the imprisonment; the former of which shall not exceed one hundred thousand pounds weight of crop tobacco, nor the latter five years. This act shall be given in charge to every grand jury as often as the same shall be impanneled in the general court, or county court. If upon the acquittal of any person charged with any of the above-mentioned offences, the court before which he was tried shall be of opinion that there was probable cause for the accusation, they shall require surety for his good behaviour, in a reasonable penalty, and for a reasonable term; and in case of a refusal to give the same, he shall be com

mitted to close jail, there to remain until such security

shall be given. The clerk of the general or county court before wholm any person shall be convicted of any of the above offences, shall cause the judgment of the court to be published for three weeks successively in the Virginia gazette. No person shall be prosecuted by virtue of this act for any words spoken, unless the information of such words be given to some justice

of the peace within thirty days after such words spo

Power of justices.

ken; and the prosecution of such offence be within six months after such information. Any justice of the peace may bind over any person charged with any of the above-mentioned offences to his next county court, or commit him to close jail in case of refusal to give security for his appearance. An information shall therefore be filed as aforesaid; and the county court

may, if they see cause, compel the offender to enter in

to a recognizance, with sufficient security to answer the judgment of the court. This act shall continue in force during the war. *

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CHAP: XV. . An act to amend an act for raising a supply of money for the use of the

United States, and for other purposes.

WHEREAS the tax imposed by the act of the last Act . session of assembly, entitled “An act for raising a sup- .#. i. ply of money for the service of the United States,” tax repealupon the venders of goods, hath been sound to be un-ed in part. just, so far as it is retrospective or subjects them to a tax of two and a half per centum; Be it therefore enactcd by the General Assembly, That so much of the said act as respects goods or merchandizes, sold by any vender, previous to the first day of January last; and also so much thereof as subjects such goods and merchandizes to a tax of two and a half per centum, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed; but the said act shall have full operation as to subjecting all goods and merchandize to a tax of two per centum, sold by any such vender since the said first day of January last. Provided, That any retail vender who may have paid such tax for goods sold before the said first dav of January, shall have returned to him the money SO paid. And be it farther enacted, That so much of an Act authoriact passed in the year one thousand seven hundred and sing pay. seventy nine, entitled “An act providing a farther sup- o: * ply for the exigences of government,” as enacts that vance, reany person may pay to the treasurer of this common- pealed. wealth for the time being, any sum or sums of money, not less than two hundred pounds, in advance for taxes not yet due, and which may hereafter accrue, be, and the same is hereby repealed. And be it farther Treasurer enacted, That the treasurer of this commonwealth for constituted the time being (having first taken an oath before SOIsle *::::::::: justice of the peace, to do impartial justice therein, ac- or mo. cording to the best of his judgment, and obtained a ney. certificate thereof) be, and he is hereby constituted and appointed the judge of all such counterfeit paper money as shall be tendered or offered in payment at the . His power publick treasury; and he is hereby empowered and di- *:::::::: rected to deface each and every paper money bill so his.”

tendered or offered in payment, which, in his judgment shall have been counterfeited, erased, or altered, by cutting a piece out of such bill from as near the middle thereof as may be, of two inches in length and ome in breadth at the least, where the owner or tenderer of the same shall not object to it; and in case of such When he objection, he shall call to his assistance two of the au*y.o.” ditors of publick accounts, who, having first taken the *.*, like oath'shall, together with th determine ance two of like oath, shall, together with the treasurer, determine the auditors. by a majority of voices whether any such suspected - bill hath been counterfeited, erased, or altered, or be genuine, according to which determination such bill shall, or shall not be defaced as aforesaid. Provided nevertheless, That this act shall not take place until the end of this present session of assembly,

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An act to amend the several acts of assembly respecting the inspection' of tobacco.

Salaries of WHEREAS the mode heretofore adopted for payi.of ing inspectors hath been found improper, and the aljoin . lowances very inadequate to their trouble; Be it enactbacco. ed., That instead of the allowance heretofore made by law to the inspectors for inspecting tobacco, they shall be allowed and paid the following salaries, to commence from the tenth day of October next, that is to say: To each of the inspectors at Guilford's and Pungoteague, under one inspection, fifteen hundred pounds of tobacco; at Roy's, three thousand; at Kennon's, one thousand eight hundred; at Bolling's Point, four thousand two hundred; at Bollingbrook, four thousand two hundred; at Cedar Point, four thousand two-hundred; at Hobb’s Hole, one thousand eight hundred; at Bowler's, two thousand; at Layton's, two theusand four hundred; at Colchester, two thousand four hundred; at Alexandria; two thousand four hundred; at the falls

of Potowmack, one thousand eight hundred; at Poropotanck, one thousand eight hundred; at Deacon’s Neck, one thousand eight hundred; at Crutchfield's, three thousand; at Page's, three thousand; at Warwick, one thousand five hundred; at Cary's, three thousand; at Rocky Ridge, four thousand two hundred; at Osborne's, four thousand two hundred; at John Bolling's, three thousand; at Byrd’s, four thousand two hundred; at Shockoe's, four thousand two hundred; at Smithfield, one thousand five hundred; at Shepherd's, one thousand eight hundred; at Mantapike, and Frazier’s,

under one inspection, one thousand eight hundred; at

Todd's and Aylett’s, under one inspection, two thousand four hundred; at Boyd's Hole, one thousand eight hundred; at Falmouth, three thousand; at Dixon's, three thousand; at Gibson's, one thousand eight hundred; at Davis’s, one thousand eight hundred, at North Wicomico and South Wicomico, under one inspection, one thousand five hundred; at Indian creek, one thousand eight hundred; at Deep creek, one thousand eight hundred; at Urbanna, one thousand eight hundred; at Milner's, one thousand five hundred; at South Quay, two thousand four hundred; at Cherrystone's and Hunger's, under one inspection, one thousand eight hundred; at Littlepage's, one thousand eight hundred; at the Brick-House, one thousand eight hundred; at Coan's, two thousand; at Boyd's, four thousand two hundred; at Davis's, four thousand two hundred; at Blandford, four thousand two hundred; at Quantico, four thousand two hundred; at Dumfries, four thousand two hundred; at Cat Point, one thousand five hundred; at Totuskey, two thousand; at Cabin Point, two thousand; at Gray’s creek, one thousand five hundred; at Aquia, two thousand four hundred; at Fredericksburg, three thousand six hundred; at Royston's, three thousand six hundred; at Denbeigh, one thousand two hundred; at Nomony, one thousand eight hundred; at Leeds and Mattox, under one inspection, one thousand eight hundred; at Yocomico and Rust’s, under one inspection, two thousand four hundred; at the Capital and College landings, under one inspection, one thousand eight hundred; at Roe's, one thousand five hundred. Provided always, That every person appointed, or to be appointed an inspector shall, before he shall be entitled to the above-mentioned salary, enter

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