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To go armed to church.
Obedience to superiors.
No hides to be exported.
Terms of the quarterly Courts at
to exercise their men at stated
ALL men that are fittinge to beare armes, shall bringe their peices to the church uppon payne of every effence, yf the mayster allow not thereof to pay 2 lb. of tobacco, to be disposed by the church-wardens, who shall levy it by distresse, and the servants to be punished.
NOE person within this colony uppon rumour of supposed change and alteration shall presume to be disobedient to the present government, nor servants to their private officers, maysters and overseers, at their uttermost perills.
THE ioyninge plantations, to assisst the fronteires or their neighbours, uppon alarmns, the default to be severelie censured, and false alarmns punished.
IT is ordered, That no cowe hides, oxe hides, bull hides, goate skynes, deer skynes, or other hides, or skynes whatsoever, be sent or carryed out of this colony uppon forfeiture of thrice the value, whereof the one halfe to the informer, and the other halfe to publique uses.
IT is established and appoynted, That the fowre quarter corts shall be held at James-Citty yearlie, as followeth, vizt. uppon the first day of September, the first day of December, the first of March, and the first day of June.
IT is ordered and appoynted, That the comanders of all the severall plantations, doe upon holy days exercise the men under his comand, and that the coman
*There is no act numbered LIII in the manuscript.
also take a census of the
ders yearlie doe likewise uppon the first day of Decem- periods-and ber, take a muster of theire men, togeather with the women and children, and theire ages, countryes, and inhabitants. towns, where they were borne, with the shipps they came in, and the yeare of the Lord, as also of armes and munition, corne, cattle, hoggs, goates, barques, boates, gardens, and orchards, and yf they shall make default, to be censured by the Governor and Counsell.
The third of March, 1631.
IT is agreed uppon by the Grand Assembly, That Fort at Point Capt. Samuel Mathwes, when he hath finished, and perfected, the worke at the ffort at Poynt Comfort, shall give notice to the comissioners for that purpose, that they may viewe the worke.
IT is further agreed, That Capt. Samuel Mathewes, Guard at Point shall leave 6 sufficient men thereon for a guard, and that he shall receive satisfaction for them, of the country, until such tyme as it can be otherwise provided
THAT the inhabitants about the corporation of James Carriages for Citty, with the ayde of the Burgisses thereof, shall ordinance. with all convenient speed that may be, remove the carriadges for the ordinance, into some dry place to preserve them for the decayinge of the weather, or otherwise.
IT is thought fitt, That no boates be permitted to goe and trade to Canida, that be not of the burden of ten tunnes, and have a flush deake, or fitted with a gratinge and a trapaulinge.
Size and con
struction of boats to trade
Commanders to fall upon the Indians, found Jurking about, or molesting hogs, &c.
Certain duty on vessels.
FFOR the Indians we hould them our irrecosileable enimies* thought fitt, That yf any Indians doe molest or offend hoggs, or any thing else, or that they be found lurkinge, then the comanders shall have power by vertue of this sufficient partie of men, to fall out uppon them. shall finde occasion.
EVERY vessell or shipp cominge out of the ocean, shall untill further order be taken therein, shall pay after the rate of gun powder, and ten iron shott for every hundred tunns the fort at Poynt Comfort, and so to be accounted proportionably bigger or lesser.
EVERY man shall enclose his ground with sufficient fences uppon theire owne perill.
THE secretaries fees shall be as followeth, vizt.
05 lb. Tobacco.
ffor a warrant
ffor a passe
ffor a freedom
ffor a commission of adminst. 20
ffor a patent,
ffor an order of cort,
An yf the secretary shall desire it he may require
here mentioned, one bushel of
The Marshalls fees shall be-
ffor an arrest
ffor warninge to the cort
10 lb. Tobacco.
/* In this and a few succeeding chapters a few words are not legible in the manuscript-but they are inserted in similar acts passed at the next session.
10 lb. Tobacco.
Layinge by the heeles
The prisoner lyinge in prison,
ffor every 5 lb. of tobacco the marshall may require 1 bushel of corne.
BESIDES the 103000 of tobacco afore allotted to Further albe payd to Captayne Samuel Mathewes, It is agreed lowance to and graunted, that halfe a bushel of corne for every thews. titheable person be payd unto the said Capt. Matthewes, togeather with the tobacco.
ALL former acts and orders made heretofore by All former acts any Assembly to be held and accounted repealed and repealed. of none effect.
IT is ordered, That the 22d day of March be yearelie kept Holyday in comemoration of our deliverance from the Indians at the bloodie massaker which happened uppon the 22d of March 1621.
LASTLIE, It is ordered, That these acts and ordinances be published throughout this colony, and the comissioners, for the mounthlie corts doe at the beginninge of theire corts always read or cause to be read, all these acts, and that true coppies thereof be kept in the corts afforded to be read by all that
shall desire the same.
The 22d of
served as a
How these acte
to be pub
The Burgisses were dismissed the 6th of March, Adjournment
of the legisla
1st. Revisal of the Laws.
The MS. from which the acts of this session were printed, is now in the Library of Congress at Washington.
HOLDEN AT JAMES CITTY THE 4TH DAY OF SEP-
[From a MS.* belonging to Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, and purchased by him with the library of Peyton Randolph, of his executors.]
BEINGE present Sir John Harvey, Knight Governor, &c.
Capt. Richard Stephens,
Capt. francis West,
The names of the Burgisses were, vizt:
ffor Arrowhattockes, the
Capt. Thomas Osborne.
ffor Shirley Hundred Mayne Mr. Walter Aston.
ffor Shirley Hundred Iland-Mr. Cheyney Boys.
ffor Westover & flowerdue Hundred-Mr. John filudd.
ffor Weyanoake-Mr. Richard Coxe.
ffor Checohominey-Mr. Bridges freeman.
ffor the Necke of Land-Seir Thomas Crumpe.
Mr. John Smyth.