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such citizen shall be paid to him, in like manner as is directed in the case of squares of ground appropriated to the publick buildings by an act passed at this present session of assembly, entitled, “An act for the removal of the seat of government,” and the value of the interest of any such British subject shall be disposed of hereafter as the price would have been by this act, had they been exposed to publick sale, and the property in such lots shall be vested in the com- is e monwealth; provided that the estates real and personal onfor of such British subjects who have wives, widows, or wives, and children, residing within this state, shall be appropria- children. ted as follows: Such estates where there is a widow and no children, shall be subject to the widow’s dower; where a wife and no child, to the like claim; but where a wife and child, or child and no wife, the whole of the estate belonging to such British subject shall be without the perview of this act. The residue of any estate not appropriated as hereby directed, shall be subject to the dispositions of this act.

- CHAP. XV. An act for more effectually supplying

the officers, soldiers, and sailors of the commonwealth with the articles

necessary for their comfortable ac


WHEREAS the several acts of assembly heretofore Preamble. passed for supplying at certain prices, the troops of this commonwealth, with the necessary articles therein specified, have from fraud, neglect, or other causes, been rendered ineffectual; for remedy whereof, Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That the governour, Military awith the advice of the council may, and he is hereby ..." empowered and required to appoint an agent for the “” troops of this commonwealth in continental service, to o attend and continue with the said troops for supplying . duty them with such necessary articles as shall be furnished ..."” by virtue of this, or any other act of assembly, and re

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ceiving from them the money for which the same shall

be sold; who shall be accountable to the board of trade

#3oard of war to furnish lists of articles for accommodation of army.

for all goods or effects committed to his charge; shall give bond, with sufficient security, in such penalty as shall be required by the governour and council, for the faithful execution of his office, and shall be entitled to receive a salary of fifteen hundred pounds per annum, and also allowed to draw such rations and for rage as are, or may be allowed a major in the contimental army. And be it farther enacted, That the board of war shall, and they are hereby required, from time to time, to make out schedules or lists of all such

articles as, according to the said former acts of assem

bly, they shall judge necessary for the comfortable accommodation of all the officers, soldiers, and sailors, of this commonwealth, either on the continental or state establishment, distinguishing the articles or portion thereof allotted to the troops in the different departments, or at the different posts, and deliver copies to the board of trade, who, having previously laid the requisition before the governour and council, shall, and they are hereby required, as soon as possible, to

Board of cause the same to be purchased or procured, and so

trade to pro

cure such articles.

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soon as any, or the whole of such articles shall have been procured, they shall, together with an invoice, and the prices at which they are to be sold, cause such of them as are intended for the officers, soldiers, or sailors, within this commonwealth, to be delivered to the respective agents appointed by the said board of trade for transacting the business of the state in that department, who shall give receipts and be accountable to the board of trade for the same, and shall retail and deliver them at the said prices to the said officers,

'soldiers, and sailors, according to the direction of the

board of war; and the said board of trade shall send forward, either by land or water, as they, with the board of war shall judge best, such portions of the said goods as shall be allotted to the troops at distant posts, whether within or without the commonwealth; and with every parcel of goods to be so forwarded, shall send some confidential person to deliver the same, together with an exact invoice, and the prices at which they are

to be sold, either to the agent for this commonwealth

in the continental army, or to the agent at the post to

which they shall be respectively ordered, and as the nature of the case may require, who shall take such agents receipt for the same, to be returned to, and lodged with the board of trade. And where any such goods shall be delivered to the agent for this common

Invoices and pricts to be sent with

wealth in the continental army, a copy or duplicate of goods.

the invoice and prices shall also be delivered to such of the brigadier generals of the Virginia line as shall be present, or to the next commanding officer of the brigades; and where any such goods shall be delivered to the agent in any other department, a copy or du

plicate of the invoice and prices shall be delivered to

the commanding officer at the post to which they are ordered. - The said agent in the continental army, as well as the agents in the other departments, shall once a year, and oftener if required, settle with the board of trade a fair account of all the goods respectively committed to their charge, and produce vouchers for their proper application and disposition, and their necessary disbursements therein, whereupon the said board may, and they are bereby required to certisy the settlement of such accounts to the publick auditors; that the balance due thereon may be paid to, or received from the treasurer in the same manner as in other publick accounts. And if any such agent shall fail to make up his account within thirty days after the year shall be expired, or having rendered his account, shall neglect or refuse to pay to the treasurer the balance which shall be due from him thereon, it shall and may be ławful for the treasurer to give such defaulter ten days previous notice, and thereupon to have judgment entered in the general court for the whole penalty of his pond, and upon such judgment, to proceed to execu

Accountability of agents.

tion as in other cases for publick debts. All charges

accruing from the execution of this act, shall be defrayed by the publick upon the like settlements and certificates from the board of trade to the auditors.

And that the board of war may be more regularly and fally informed of the wants of the officers and soldiers, they are hereby directed and required to correspond, from time to time, with the continental board of war, and the general or commanding officers at the several posts where the troops of this commonwealth Inay be stationed, concerning the clothing and other supplies necessary for their accommodation. All letV or,. .x. - - *

Duty of board of war in ascertaining wants of army.

From Jeevised Bills of 1779, chap. X, p. 9..]

Members of congress, when and Ilow elected.

Four always to attend.

ters respecting such correspondence and regular re. ports of their proceedings from the said boards of war and trade, shall be laid before the governour and council, from time to time, for their advice and instruction therein. -

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An act for the annual appointment of delegates to Congress.

BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That at the first session of every general assembly, there shall be chosen by joint ballot of both houses, seven persons to act as delegates for this commonwealth in general congress, from the first, Monday in November next ensuing the said election for the term of one year. Four of the said delegates at the least shall be always at congress during its sessions; the majority of those present shall give the vote of this commonwealth, provided there be present three at the least, otherwise they

shall give no vote; if they shall not by agreement among themselves, to be stated in writing, otherwise

settle the portions of the year during which each member shall attend, so as to keep up a constant attendance of four at the least, then they shall serve as follows,

to wit: The first member in the nomination shall serve

Tinies of attendance.

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during the months of November, December, January, February, June, July, and August. The second, during the months of January, February, March, April, May, September, and October. The third, during the months of November, December, March, April, May, September, and October. The fourth, during the months of November, December, January, February, June, July, and August. The fifth, during the months of February, March, April, July, August, September, and October. The sixth, during the months of November, December, January, May, June, July and August. And the seventh, during the months of March, April, May, June, September, and October. No member shall be capable of being a delegate for

more than three years in any term of six years, taking into account as well the past as future time. Any of How re. the said delegates shall be subject to be removed at "**** any time within the year, by the joint vote of both houses, and thereon, or in case of the death, resignation, or refusal to act, of any such delegate, they shall proceed to choose another to serve in his stead, and during his term, and each of the said delegates shall receive from the treasurer the sum of forty dol- Wages. lars for every day he shall be at congress, or for at- .*tending the committee of the states, and a dollar for every mile travelling to, or returning from either, with his ferriages. If any person holding any office under office, under the laws of this commonwealth, legislative, executive, state, not va. or judiciary, be appointed a delegate to congress, such oed by P. office shall not thereby be vacated. The delegates to o t to congress to be chosen during this present session of `` assembly, in lieu of those who have resigned, or shall so.: resign, together with those remaining in office, shall be continued until the first Monday in November next, and shall be subject to the same rules of voting, and entitled to the same allowances as are before stated in ease of the members to be annually chosen,


An act to amend an act, entitled Am ...
act for reviving several publick
warehouses for the inspection of to
bacco. - -

WHEREAS it has been represented that the act of Preambie. general assembly now in force for regulating the pubłick warehouses for inspection of tobacco, is in many respects defective, and the allowances therein made to the proprietors of warehouses, inspectors, and others, are inadequate to their services; and that many and grievous exactions are made upon the people of this commonwealth, by persons, attending at the warehouses; for remedy whereof, Be it enacted by the General

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