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continental army shall direct. The several counties and corporations of this commonwealth (except the Number to county of Illinois and the counties within the territorv **** y of . o y by each lately in dispute, between this commonwealth and the county. state of Pennsylvania) except the county of Monongalia, shall furnish within fifty days after their militia shall have been laid off into divisions (including such of the militia as have been consigned over to the regular service for any term not exceeding eight months) as herein after directed, the following numbers of men respectively, to wit. The county of Accomack seventy four men, the county of Albemarle fifty six men, the county of Amelia sixty nine men, the county of Amherst fifty five men, the county of Augusta eighty men, the county of Bedford ninety four men, the county of Berkely sixty eight men, the county of Botetourt forty eight men, the county of Brunswick including the county of Greensville seventy four men, the county of Buckingham thirty eight men, the county of Caroline fifty nine men, the county of Charles City nineteen men, the county of Charlotte forty men, the county of Chesterfield fifty two men, the county of Cumberland thirty men, the county of Culpeper one hundred and six men, the county of Dinwiddie forty six men, the county of Elizabeth City ten men, the county of Essex thirty nine men, the county of Fairfax forty nine men, the county of Fauquier sixty nine men, the county of Fluvannah eighteen men, the county of Frederick seventy three men, the county of Gloucester fifty two men, the county of Goochland thirty four men, the county of Green Brier thirty four men, the county of Halifax seventy men, the county of Hampshire sixty three men, the county of Hanover sixty one men, the county of Henrico thirty eight men, the county of Henry forty nine men, the county of James City twelve men, the county of Isle of Wight forty men, the county of Jefferson twenty four men, the county of Fayette eighteen men, the county of Lincoln forty nine men, the county of King & Queen thirty five men, the county of King George twenty six men, the county of King William twenty nine men, the county of Lancaster fourteen men, the county of Loudoun one hundred and seventeen men, the county of Louisa forty three men, the county of Lunenburg thirty eight men, the county of Mecklenburg sixty men, the county of Middlesex

fourteen men, the county of Monongalia south of Ma.

son's and Dixon's line being extended to the Ohio thirty men, the county of Montgomery thirty eight

county of New Kent twenty five men, the county of Norfolk fisty six men, the county of Northampton thirty one mes, the county of Northumberland forty three men, the county of Orange thirty seven men, the county of Pittsylvania forty five men, the county of Powhatan twenty two men, the county of Prince Edward thirty four men, the county of Prince George twenty six men, the county of Princess Anne thirty seven men, the county of Prince William forty eight men, the county of Richmond thirty two men, the county of Rockbridge thirty eight men, the county of Rockingham sorty nine men, the county of Shenandoah fifty

men, the o of Nausemond forty six men, the

Seven men, the county of Southampton fifty two men,

the county of Spotsylvania forty two men, the county of Stafford forty five men, the county of Surry twenty four men, the county of Sussex forty two men, the county of Warwick seven men, the county of Westmoreland thirty men, the county of Washington forty three men, the county of York fourteen men, and the city of Williamsburg nine men. And in order to raise an adequate bounty for the purpose of enlisting the said men.

upon the most just and equal terms; Be it farther enact

ed, That all persons within this commonwealth, shall be compelied and are hereby required to pay two per centum on all property taxed in specie, under the act intituled “An act for calling in and redeeming the money now in circulation and for emitting and funding new bills of credit according to the resolutions of congress of the eighteenth of March last,” which said two per centum shall be paid either in specie, in the new

bills of credit emitted under the resolutions of congress

of the eighteenth of March last, in any other paper money current in this state at the rate of forty for one, in crop tobacco inspected since the first day of April last at the rate of seventy pounds of the last mentioned currency per hundred, or in good merchantable hemp

at the rate of three hundred pounds of the like curren

ey per hundred; provided that sheh hemp be previousiy delivered to a commissary appointed by virtue of an act intituled “An Act for laying a tax payable in rertain enumerated commodities,” who shall give a

certificate for the same, expressing the weight thereof
and the name of the proprietor; and the commissioners
of the tax are hereby empowered to dispose of such
hemp for the best price that can be obtained, so that it
be not less than the rate aforesaid; and they shall trans-
mit to the governour within twenty days after the day
of draft, all such certificates and tobacco notes which
remain undisposed of, and in no other alternative or
certificates whatsoever.
And that the said tax or bounty may be collected in
the most expeditious manner, It is farther enacted,
That the commissioners of the tax in each county shall
be furnished by the executive with a copy of this act
as soon as may be, and shall immediately upon the re-
ceipt thereof, give directions either to an assessor or to
some other person within each hundred to collect the
same, which collector shall proceed immediately so to
do, and if any person liable to the said tax shall not
within fifteen days after having received notice of the
amount of his tax discharge the same, the said collec-
tor shall have power to distrain for it in the like man-
ner as is done for the other taxes; the said collector
shall within forty days after his appointment, account
for and pay to the said commissioners, or such of them

Taxes, when and how collected.

as are not county lieutenants or commanding officers

of the militia, all monies, tobacco notes, and certificates for hemp, to be by him received under this act, deducting thereout three per cent. on the amount of his collection, which shall be allowed him for his trouble. So much of the money thus received by the said commissioners as will be sufficient to discharge in their county the bounties hereafter expressed, shall be by them paid to the several recruits on the day of draft, and the balance transmitted to the treasurer of this commonwealth within twenty days after such draft; and if the tax to be raised in any county shall be insufficient to discharge the bounties due to the recruits raised in the county, the commissioners shall on the said day of draft, distribute the money as far as it will go anong the several recruits and drafts, in proportion to the bounties hereby allowed to each, and they shall moreover state to the treasurer an account of the men raised in their county, distinguishing between those who enlist voluntarily for the war or for three years, and those who are drafted, and draw on him for Vol. x. R 2

Mode of recruiting men for three years or the W3. I’,

the balance due to the several divisions, which money.
shall be paid to the first man named on each division,
so as to make up the full bounty hereafter allowed.
The said commissioners shall take bond of each col-
lector in double the amount of the money to be by him
collected, for the faithful discharge of his duty, and if
he should sail to account for and pay the money at the
day appointed, the commissioners are hereby empow-
ered and required to distrain on him for the amount of
the same, in like manner as he may distrain on others,
If the commissioners should fail to pay the money af.
ter they have received it, the commanding officer of
the militia shall, on previous notice being given, obtain
a judgment against them on motion for the amount of
the said tax, either in the court of their county or in
the general eourt, and they shall moreover for this or
any other neglect of duty, be subject to the penalty of
fifty thousand pounds of tobacco each. If any col-
lector shall refuse to act when appointed, or shall in
any other manner neglect his duty as herein defined,
he shall forfeit and pay fifteen thousand pounds of to-
bacco.
And be it farther enacted, That the county lieuten-
ant or commanding officer of each county or corpora-
tion within this commonwealth, except as is before ex-
cepted, shall immediately after the receipt of this act,
summon the field officers of his county or corporation,
the four senior magistrates, not being field officers, and

the commissioners of the tax, to meet at such place as

he shall appoint, within ten days after due notiee to them given; which said field officers, magistrates, or a majority of those attending, having first taken an oath, to be administered by the senior magistrate then present to the other members, and by some one of the others to him, to do equal and impartial justice to the best of their judgment therein, shall, with the assistance of the captains or commanding officers of the several militia companies, who shall also be summoned to attend with their rolls, distinguishing carefully thereon,

invalids, those persons who may be under eighteen

years of age, those who may have come within the dis

trict of his company to reside, and also those who may

have removed or died since the delivery of his last list to the lieutenant of the county; all which informations shall be given on oath, proceed to lay off and divide

the militia, including all the commissioned and non-
commissioned officers under the age of fifty years, into
as many divisions as the number of men required by
this act shall make necessary, taking care to number
each division, which the commissioners shall keep a
copy of; and that each division shall, taken collective-
ly, possess as nearly as may be an equal share of pro-
perty, to be averaged according to the said assessment
in specie, all men who have been adjudged to serve
six months in the army, in consequence of delinquen-
cies on the late invasion, and those who may have ta-
ken paroles of the enemy on the late invasion, not be-
ing taken in arms, shall be included in the said divi-
sions, and drafted with the rest; and any division may
get a recruit out of such six months men, or any eight
Inonths men then in service; the divisions thus consti-
tuted may appoint some one of their body to recruit a
man to serve in the continental army during the war,
or for the term of three years. And in order to en-
courage enlistments, the sum of twelve thousand dol-
lars shall be paid by the commissioners of the county
to each recruit for the war, and the sum of eight thou-
sand dollars to each recruit for three years, provided
the above tax shall produce so much in their county,
and if it shall prove deficient, the said division may
compound therefor with their recruit, and the balance
shall be repaid them as soon as the commissioners shall
draw it from the treasury as before directed. And
each recruit, and also all our soldiers now in service
that have already enlisted, or who may hereafter en-
list by the said first day of April next to serve during
the war, and who shall continue to serve faithfully to
the end thereof, shall then receive a healthy sound ne-
gro, between the ages of ten and thirty years, or sixty
pounds in gold or silver, at the option of the soldier
in lieu thereof, to be paid for, or procured by equal
assessment on property; and moreover be entitled to
three hundred acres of land, in lieu of all such boun.
ties given by any former laws.” Provided, that no
* On the subject of land-bounties, see the note to page 161 of
this volume, in which a reference to this act was omitted.
The provisions of this act, which grants 300 acres of land to
soldiers who had enlisted or should enlist for the war, and whe
should serve to the end thereof, instead of 200, as by the former

act of Qctober 1779, (ante p. 160) have been entirely overlook. ed, in practice. The reason is very obvious: those who were

Additional bounties.

OCP Land bounty; 300 . acres to soldiers who have enlisted, or shall enlist, and serve to the end of the W3T.

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