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virtue of the said recited act for the money now current, except the money emitted by virtue of an act of the last session entituled “An act for emitting and funding a sum of money for supplying the present urgent necessities of this commonwealth,” at the rate of one dollar of the former for forty of the latter, to any - person willing to change the same. . so And be it farther enacted, That there shall be cole Oso a S- - •, • e & . - - - e ... ... lected paid, and distrained for, the pound rate of nineperty. ty pounds of the money now in circulation, for every - hundred pounds value of property assessed by virtue of the said act, to be paid at three equal payments; that is to say: The sum of thirty pounds on the first day of January next, and the like sum at each of the periods of the fifteenth day of April and the fifteenth day of September then next following, and no more. That every gallon of brandy or other spirits distilled from grain, and every marriage and ordinary licence, shall and they are hereby declared to be only once subject to the payment of the tax imposed thereon, instead of paying the same at each of the periods before other mentioned. And that all taxes imposed prior to the ...s. passing of the above recited act, except the specifick cept speci- taxes heretofore established shall cease, and be disconfic. tinued on the last day of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty. III. And whereas the money emitted by an act of the last session of assembly, agreeable to the resolutions of congress of the 18th of March last, hath not been declared a legal tender, and it is politic and exThis money pedient that the money so emitted should receive als declared a due credit among the good people of this commontender at e .* ...ty, wealth: Be it therefore enacted, That the money emit; ted by virtue of the said act, shall be received and passed as a legal tender in discharge of all debts and contracts whatsoever, so long as the same shall continue in circulation, except specifick contracts expressing the contrary: Provided always, That the said money shall be passed and received in all cases at the rate of one dollar thereof for forty dollars of the money now in circulation, agreeable to the said resoluAlso the mo- tions of congress of the 18th of March last. ... * ney issued IV. And be it farther enacted, That the money emit... ."... ted by virtue of another act of the same session enti

act of May *. - • * ... . * ** . * * tied & An act for emitting and funding a sum of mo

ney for supplying the present urgent necessities of this commonwealth,” shall be receivable in discharge, of any tax or duty whatsoever, and shall in like manner be received and passed as a legal tender in discharge

of all debts and contracts, so long as it shall continue

in circulation (except as before excepted) and the treasurer is hereby empowered to exchange the money

emitted by the said act, and so received in taxes for .

the continental money now in circulation emitted pri-
or to the passing of the said act.
V. And be it farther enacted, That four tenths of
the money emitted, agreeable to the said resolutions
of congress of the 18th of March last, be retained in
the office of the commissioner of continental loans with-
in this state, to be by him applied agreeable to the di-
rections of the act adopting the said resolutions; and
the said commissioner is directed to certify to the au-
ditors of publick accounts, all drafts or requisitions
which may be made upon him by any order or reso-
Ration of congress, to be by them stated in account with
the United States. - -
VI. And be it farther enacted, That the proprietors
of the lots in the towns of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and
Suffolk, the houses and improvements thereon, being
destroyed either by the act of convention in 1776, or
by the British army since that time, shall, and are
hereby declared to be exempt from the payment of
the taxes imposed by the said first recited act. Pro-
vided, That the lots in the said towas, the property
whereof hath been since transferred or new improve-

Appropriation of this money.

Certain iots in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, exempted from taxes.

ments made thereon, shall, notwithstanding the above

exemption, be still subject to the payment of the said taxes.

VII. And whereas, since the assessment directed to be made by the said first recited act hath been compleated, some of the good people inhabiting the counties on the eastern frontier of this commonwealth, have been deprived by the British army of many assessed articles of their property; Be it therefore enacted, That the commissioners of the tax in each of the counties, which have been thus distressed, may, and they are hereby empowered, upon satisfactory testimony being produced to them, that any person within their respective counties hath been deprived as aforesaid, of any

Also certain persons on the eastern frontier.

assessed article of his property, grant a certificate . .

thereof to such person, directed to the collector of their county, who upon receipt of such certificate shall refund the amount of such persons tax upon such article or articles of property as shall be contained in the commissioners certificate, if such tax hath been collected, or if it hath not been collected, then the said collector shall cease to make any collection for such assessed articles of property.

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*** WHEREAS a number of ignorant people in the south western parts of this state have been deluded and misled by the emissaries of the common enemy, who have given a fresh proof that they spare no expense, and employ means the most dishonourable for accomplishing their purposes, bribing and seducing where their valour cannot subdue, and imposing by direct falsehoods upon the credulous, ignorant, and unwary, whereby some of the citizens of this commonwealth have been induced to take an oath of allegiance to the king of Great Britain, and engaged to enlist for or ino: to his service: And whereas it is represented to this persons in general assembly, that the said offending citizens have the counties repented of their crimes and are humbly and sincerely . #.i. solicitous to obtain pardon from their injured and ofPittsylvania, fended country, and it is expedient to extend mercy Botetourt, and clemency to them; Be it enacted by the General o: •Assembly, That all and every person and persons whatigion, who seever in the counties of Henry, Bedford, Pittsylvania, have taken Botetourt, Montgomery, and Washington, who shall the oth of... previous to the first day of November in the present lo" year, have been guilty of taking an oath of fidelity to £ing, since the king of Great Britain, since the expiration of the 1776; or en-year one thousand seven hundred and seventy six, or *:::: enlisting others, or engaging to enlist themselves or thern his others into the service of the said king; and who have

not superadded to the taking such oath and enlistment, ..., any overt act criminial by law, shall and may go be- i. fore some justice of the peace in any one of the said the oath of counties on or before the last day of February next allegiance to ensuing, and take the oath of fidelity to this common- ou. wealth, and subscribe the same in the presence of the o justice administering it. And whereas Joseph Gréer, Wayman Sinclair, John Wilks, William Chuke, Ja- Benefit of cob Feazle, Anthony Epperson, John Ayres, Thomas this act exHunt, Richard Bandy, Rowland Wheeler, Josiah : or. Meadows, Randolph Richardson, Joseph Wilson, ... Daniel Huddleston, Thomas Watts, and Edward Hore, the public were lately committed in order to their trial for the jail. offences before recited, several of whom now remain in close confinement, and others of them were lately. enlarged upon bail, and it is just that the benefit of this act should be also completely extended to them; Be it farther enacted, That all and every of the persons before named and now in the publick jail, may take and subscribe the oath of allegiance in the presence of some justice of the peace of the county of Henrico; and upon certificate to the governour from the justice administering the same, and notification thereof from the governour to the keeper of the publick jail, shall be by him discharged; and that every of the persons before named who were lately enlarged by the judges of the general court upon bail, may take and subscribe the same oath before some justice of the peace of the said connty of Henrico, or of the county in which he resides, and upon certificate thereof from the justice to the judges of the general court, produced at any day of their session in the month of December in the present year, one thousand seven hundred and eighty, or on the first day of their session in March next, shall be fully discharged from his recognizance. And every such person herein before named or described, and so taking and subscribing the said oath, shall from thenceforth be held, deemed, and taken to be fully and absolutely pardoned, exempted, cleared, and exonerated from all and every punishment, pains, and penalties whatsoever for the said offences. - . . : ...And be it farther enacted, That every justice administering the said oath to such persons shall, within one month thereafter, return to the clerk of his county, a list of the persons who shall take the same, and make

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the said subscription, to be by the said clerk fairly transcribed, and safely kept in his office. Provided always, That this act shall not extend to pardon, ex

onerate, or exempt from punishment, any person or persons guilty of other crimes than taking an oath of fidelity to the king of Great Britain, and enlisting for or into his service. But that every person guilty of any other crime whatsoever; and every person so as aforesaid, guilty of taking such oath of fidelity to the

said king, or enlisting for or into his service, who shall fail or refuse to testify his repentance for so doing by taking and subscribing the oath of fidelity to this com

Preamble,

Additional troops for the war, to be raised.

monwealth, on or before the said last day of February as aforesaid, shall be held, deemed, and taken to

be punishable in like manner as if this act had never

been made. -*

This act shall be published by the sheriffs of each of the counties of Henry, Bedford, Pittsylvania, Botetourt, Montgomery, and Washington, within their respective counties, at the courthouse of the county, on some court day before the last day of January next.

CHAP. III.

An act for recruiting this state's quota of troops to serve in the conti. mental army,

WHEREAS the continuation of the present war arises in great measure from deficiencies in supplying the necessary quotas of troops and from their temporary enlistments when furnished, which hath induced congress and the commander in chief strongly to recommend the completion of this state's quota of men, by soldiers engaged for the war; Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That three thousand able bodied men shall be forthwith raised for the said purpose, to be arranged in such corps or battalions belonging to this commonwealth as the commander in chief of the

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