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3. Be it further enacted, That the said commissioners be empowered to open and receive subscriptions for that purpose, in such manner and to such amount as the directors of the public buildings shall deem proper; and that the monies thence arising be paid by the said commissioners into the hands of the said directors, and by them applied to the purposes before directed, and to none other. And the directors of the public buildings shall in like manner enter into bond with security, in a reasonable penalty, payable to the Governor for the time being, conditioned for the faithful application of all monies by them received.
4. Provided always,and be it further enacted, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the said commissioners from granting a credit upon all sales for certificates as aforesaid, until the thirty-first day of December next; but upon all such sales the said commissioners shall take bond with approved security, and, in default of payment, are authorised to recover the amount thereof, with interest and costs, together with six per centum damages in specie, by judgment, upon motion in any Court of Record, giving ten days previous notice of such motion; execution upon which judgment shall be issued for and discharged by the payment of the amount in certificates expressed in the condition of such bond, together with interest, costs, and the damages in specie, as aforesaid, and not otherwise.
5. And be it further enacted, That all sales which shall be made by virtue of this act for certificates, shall be by private or public sale,
at the discretion of the commissioners, and before the first day of Ocober next.
CHAP. XIII. An Act authorising the Directors of the Public Buildings in
the City of Richmond, to convey to Philip Turpin, certain lands.
[December 14, 1787, Ch. 78, 12 Stat. Larg. 617.] 1. WHEREAS it hath been represented that the Directors of the Public Buildings in the City of Richmond have appropriated for the rise of the public, certain lands within the said City the property of Philip Turpin, part whereof are since found by the said Directors to be unnecessary for the said purpose; and the said Philip Turpin hath made application to the present General Assembly to authorise and require the said Directors, in behalf of the Commonwealth, to convey and release to him so much of the said lands as they may judge unnecessary for public use; Be it therefore enacted, That the said Directors, or a majority of them, shall, and they are hereby authorised and required to execute a deed for conveying and releasing to the said Philip Turpin, and his heirs, all the right, title, and interest, of this Commonwealth, in, and to so much of the lands, so appropriated, as the said Directors shall judge unnecessary for public use.
2. And be it further enacted, That the Directors shall cause the lands deemed unnecessary for public use, previous to the execution of a deed for the same, to be valued by a jury, in like manner as is directed by law for lands taken and appropriated for the use of the public, within the said City, and shall return such valuation to the Court of the County of Henrico, there to be recorded: Provided, that the jury, in estimating the value of the said land, shall have regard to its comparative value with the other lands, and their former appraised value.
CHAP. XIV. An Act, allowing the City of Richmond a Representative in
the House of Delegates. [December 22, 1788, Ch. 63, 12 Stat. Larg. 722.] 1. WHEREAS it is provided by the constitution of government, that the privilege of representation in the House of Delegates, may be extended to such Cities and Boroughs, as should thereafter be allowed particular representation in the legislature: And whereas, application hath been made to the present General Assembly, by the inhabitants of the City of Richmond, to extend to them this high privilege, which it is judged reasonable and expedient so to do: Be it therefore enacted, by the General Assembly, That the freeholders of the said City, shall be entitled to assemble at the Court-House, or other place of holding Courts in the said City, annually, on their Court day, in the month of April, and then and there elect one discreet and proper person, being a freeholder, and who shall have bona fide resided within the said City for twelve months, last preceding, as a Delegate to represent the said City in the House of Delegates. The said election shall be held and conducted by the Serjeant of the said City, for the time being, under the rules, restrictions, and penalties prescribed by law, in the election of members to the General Assembly: Provided always, that no freeholder of the said City shall be entitled to vote in right of such freehold, at any county election of Delegates to the General Assembly.
CHAP. XV. An Act, to grant certain privileges to the Cities of Richmond and Williamsburg, and to the Borough of Norfolk.
[December 20, 1790, Ch. 64, 13 Stat. Larg. 200.] 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of the City of Richmond, or any five of them, the Mayor, Recorder or eldest Alderman being one, may hold a Court for the trial of Slaves in like manner and subject to the same laws, rules and regulations as the Justices of the County Courts may now do: Provided, That their jurisdiction be limited to offences committed within the jurisdiction of the Court of Hustings for the said City.
2. And it shall be lawful for the Serjeant of the said City, and he is hereby required previous to the Courts in March, May, August and November, to summon a Grand Jury of the freeholders within the said City, to meet at these several Courts, which Grand Juries shall, respecting crimes and offences done, committed or suffered within the limits aforesaid, possess and exercise the same powers, and be subject to the same penalties as Grand Jurors in the County Courts.
3. The Court of Hustings for the said City shall sit on the second Monday in every month.
4. And be it further enacted, That the inhabitants of and residents in the said City, subject to militia duty, shall be formed into a distinct Regiment, and shall not be obliged to attend company or regimental musters except in or near the said City; but shall remain under the Lieutenant or Commanding Officer of the militia of the County of Henrico, and be subject to and governed by the several laws respecting the militia, in like manner as the militia of the County of Henrico.
7. So much of every act as comes within the purview of this act shall be and the same is hereby repealed.
CHAP. XVI. An Act, ascertaining the Boundaries of the City of Richmond,
and for other purposes. [November 27, 1793, Ch. 65, Ses. Acts, p. 46.] 1. WHEREAS doubts have arisen relative to the powers of the Court of Hustings, and of the Common Hall of the City of Richmond, and of the Boundaries of the said City: For remedy whereof,
2. Be it enacted, That all the lots heretofore laid off, or which shall be hereafter laid off pursuant to any act of the General Assembly, also the lots laid off by the Reverend William Coutts, and adjoining the Town of Richmond, shall be henceforth deemed, considered and taken in all Courts of Law and Equity as constituting a part of the City of Richmond, and all the proceedings of the Court of Hustings, or of the Common Hall of the said City heretofore done within the limits as herein expressed, shall be, and they are hereby declared as valid to all intents and purposes, as if they were hereafter to be done.
3. And be it further enacted, That all that part of the tenement, commonly called and known by the name of Watson's tenement, or 80 much thereof as has been laid off into lots and improved, or which shall hereafter be laid off into lots and improved, be thenceforth considered as comprising a part of the said City of Richmond.
4. And be it further enacted, That the Market-House erected on Shocke Hill, and known by the name of the New Market, shall be, and the same is hereby established a public Market-House, and entitled under the direction of the Common Hall of the said City to equal privileges, and subject to the same regulations as the one now established in the said City.
- CHAP. XVII.
[December 22, 1796, Ch. 13, Ses. Acts, p. 13.] 1. BE it enacted by the General Aseembly, That from and after the passing of this act, the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the several corporate towns within this Commonwealth and their successors, shall upon request of any person or persons desirous thereof, grant licenses to exercise in such town the trade or business of an Auctioneer; Provided, that no such licence shall be granted until the person or persons requesting the same, shall enter into bond with one or more sufficient sureties, payable to the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of such corporate town and their successors, in such penalty and with such condition as by the bye-laws and ordinances of such corporate towns shall be required. And provided also, That any licence which may have been heretofore granted by the Supervisor of this district, shall remain in full force during the term for which the same was granted. And every person or persons so licenced, shall have the same powers, and be subject to the same regulations, and to the payment of the same sum as the Vendue Masters or Auctioneers, appointed, or to be appointed by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the several corporate towns, are liable and subject to.
2. And be it further enacted, That the Magistrates of any corporate town shall have the same power to examine privily, and take the acknowledgement of a feme covert to a conveyance and to certify the same; as is by law given to Justices of Peace of a county; and the Court of Hustings for each corporation within this commonwealth, shall have the same power to admit to record, authenticated copies of wills, proved according to the laws of any of the United States or of Countries without the limits of the same, as is given by law to the County Courts.
[January 22, 1798, Ch. 21, Sés. Acts, p. 16.] 1. BE it enacted, That in addition to the powers heretofore granted to the corporate body of the City of Richmond, the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Common Council, in Common Hall assembled, be, and they are hereby authorised to pass such bye-laws or ordinances for the government of persons and property within the limits of the said City, as they shall think necessary, for establishing and carrying into full effect the requisite rules and regulations to prevent and extinguish fire on buildings within the City aforesaid: Provided, such laws and ordinances be not contrary to the Constitution or Laws of this Commonwealth.
2. And be it further enacted, That henceforth the tithable persons resident within the said City, shall be considered as totally separated from those of the County of Henrico, and shall be exempt from all impositions by the Court of the said County for County Levies, or for the maintenance or support of poor persons not resident within the City aforesaid.
3. And be it further enacted, That any presentment made by a Grand-Jury for the said City, for an offence committed within the jurisdiction of the Court of Hustings for the City aforesaid, under any law of the land, may be prosecuted in the said. Court, in the same manner, and the like proceedings be håd therein, as is or may be in the County Court of Henrico.
4. This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passing thereof.
CHAP. XIX. An Act, to amend the Charter of the City of Richmond.
[January 11, 1803, Ch. 31, Ses. Acts, p. 20.] 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That a Committee of five persons be appointed by the Executive of this Commonwealth, to divide the City of Richmond into three Wards. The freeholders and inhabitants of the City, duly qualified by law to vote for Common Councilmen, shall assemble annually on the first Wednesday in April* in the Wards in which they reside, and elect eight persons from each Ward, who must respectively reside within the limits of the wards which elect them. The persons thus elected, or a majority of them, shall within one week
publicly elect by ballot from among themselves, one person to act as Mayor, another as Recorder, and seven others as Aldermen' of the said City, (distributing the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen, equally among the several Wards) and the remaining fifteen of whom shall be a Common Council. The services of the persons first elected under this law, shall not commence until the day next after the first Tuesday in July, 1803, and shall continue only until the day when a new election is by law directed to take place; but in all future cases, their services shall commence from the day of election, and continue for one year: but they may nevertheless be re-elected, except that no person shall be capable of acting as Mayor, more than one year in any term of two years. Vacancies occasioned by the death, disability or resignation, during the period for which the said twenty-four persons shall be elected, shall be supplied by the choice of the Common Council in Common Hall assembled, that is to say, a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Recorder, shall be supplied out of the Aldermen; a vacancy in the office of Aldermen, out of the Common Council; and a vacancy in the Common Council, out of the
* Act, January 8th, 1824, Ch. 15, Sec 3, Ses. Acts, p. 23.