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oaths shall be administered to the said trustees in the courts of the counties respectively in which they reside, and to the president, professors, and other officers, by the chairman of the board of trustees.

XIII. Upon the death, resignation or other legal disability of any of the said trustees, or of the president or other officers of the said academy; or in case any of the said officers shall be removed from office for any misconduct, the trustees shall, at their next or any succeeding session, supply the vacancy occasion. ed thereby.

XIV. The surveyors of the said counties of Monongalia, Harrison, Randolph, and Ohio, shall not be accountable to the president and masters of William and Mary College, for any part of the fees which shall accrue to them after the first day of January, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight: And the bonds given by them for the yearly payment of one-sixth part of their fees to the president and masters of the said college, shall be, and are hereby deelared to be null and void, so far as relates to the fees which shall become due to them after the said first day of January, in the year last mentioned.

XV. Each of the surveyors of the said counties shall, within one month after he shall be required by the board of trustees, give bond with sufficient security in a reason able sum, for the yearly payment of one-sixth part of the fees which shall become due to him after the said first day of January, to the said trustees; and in case any one of the said surveyors shall fail or refuse to give such bond and security, he shall forfeit and pay to the said trustees the sum of one hundred pounds, to be recovered by motion in the court of the county of such surveyor, upon giving him ten days previous notice of such motion: And each of the said surveyors shall annually forfeit and pay the like sum to the said trustees, to be recovered in the same manner, until he shall give such bond and security,

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CHAP. XCVI.

An act appropriating one sixth of the

surveyors fees in the Kentucky district, to the use of the Transylvania Seminary.

(Passed December 13th, 1787.] One sixth of

J. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That surveyors fees in Ken. the one-sixth of the surveyors fees hereafter arising, Ducky paya. within that part of this commonwealth. called and ble to Tran known by the name of the Kentucky district, instead sylvania sem inary. of being paid to the professors of William and Mary

College, shall be paid by the surveyors thereof, to the trustees of the Transylvania Seminary, to be by them applied to the use of the said seminary, to be accounted for by the surveyors within the said district, and recovered by the said trustees in. like manner as they were accounted for and recovered by the said professors: Any law, usage or custom to the contrary thereof, notwithstanding.

CHAP. XCVII.

An act for regulating the rights of ei

ties, touns, and boroughs, and the jurisdiction of corporation courts.

(Passed January 8th, 1788.)

I, WHEREAS the accumulating, different and disOfficers of

tinct offices of power and authority in the same percorporation incanable of sons, has a tendency to introduce abuses, and to creacting as jus. ate an improper and dangerous influence in a few intice, in the county.

dividuals, contrary to the spirit and genius of republican government, and naturally productive of oppres. sion, and subversive of liberty: Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That from and after the first day of March next, no person being a member of any corporation court, court of hustings, or cominon-council of any city, town or borough within this commonwealth, shall while a member of such corporation court, court of hustings or common-council be capable of acting as a justice of any county court. II. And be it further enacted, That froin and after Jurisdiction

of - tpora. the said first day of Marchı next, the respective corpo- tive courts li. ration courts, or courts of bustings, of any city, town mited. or borough, shall have jurisdiction only in suiis or controversies instituted between the respective inhabitails or citizens of such city, town or borougil, and between one or more of the inhabitants or citizens of such city, town or borough, and any person or persons not an inhabitant or inhabitants of this commonwealth, and in either case, only where the contract bath been made, or the cause of action hath accrued within such city, town or borough; and in all such suits and controversies, their respective jurisdictions shall not be limited to any particular sum, but shall be co-extensive with the jurisdiction of the county courts.

iii. Provided nevertheless, That nothing in this act Proviso. contained, shall be construed to prejudice or in any manner affect, any suit now pending, or which may be instituted in any such corporation court, or court of hustings, before the said first day of March next, nor to prejudice, or in any manner affect the charters of the city of Williamsburg, and borough of Norfolk, or either of them.

IV. And whereas it is contrary to the true principles Right of of representation, that a freehold estate in any particu- suffrage in lar place should enable the possessor lo vote in the corporations. elections of different and distinct places. Be it enacted, That in any city, town or borough, which at any time hereafter, shall obtain and enjoy the privilege of sending, in its own right, a representative to the house of delegates of this commonwealth, the freeholders thereof shall be, and they are hereby declared incapable of voting in the election of delegates for any counly, in virtue or right of their respective freehold estates within any such city, town or borough.

V. And be it further enacted, That so much of any and every law as is contrary to this act shall be, and is liereby repealed.

AT A

GENERAL ASSEMDLY

BEGUN AND HELD

Edmund Ran. At the Public Buildings in the City of dolph, esq. governor.

Richmond, on Monday the twentythird of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and in the twelfth year of the commonwealth.

CHAP. I.

An act to suspend the operation of

the act, entituled An act establishing districl courts.*

Act establish

I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That ing district court sur

the operation of the act intituled “ An act establishing pended. district courts," be, and the same is hereby suspend

ed, antil the first day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, and in the mean time, the General Court. High Court of Chancery, and Court of Appeals, shall proceed in all things in like manner as if the said act had never passed: Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to suspend the functions of the additional judges of the general court, appointed under the said recited act "Establishing district courts."

This was a special session of the legislaturé, called immediately after the adjournment of the convention, which adopted the federal constitution The laws were originally printed on a single sheet of paper, but they were soon so generally lost, that the acts of this gession have been copied from the rolls.

CHAP. II.

An act to continue the act intituled

An act authorising the treasurer to receive specie into the treasury by weight. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the act authorisact intituled. “An act authorising the treasurer to re- ing treasurer ceive specie into the public treasury by weight,” which to receive will expire at the end of the present session, shall con- weight, fur. tinue and be in force from and after the expiration ther continu. thereof for one year, and from thence until the end of ed. the next session of assembly.

CHAP. III.

An act to make good the appropria

tions of money for the maintenance
of scouts and rangers; the pay of
the members of the convention, and
of the general assembly.
WHEREAS by an act of the last session of assem-

Appropria

tion forscouts bly, intituled “An act concerning the convention to and rangers, be held in June," a sum not exceeding eight thousand the members pounds was directed to be reserved in the treasury for of the conthe purpose of defraying the expences of the said con- of the genevention, and that such sum should be made good from ral assembly. the funds appropriated to the support of civil government, or in case of deficiency therein, out of any unappropriated money in the treasury; and those funds from various causes not being at present productive of specie, more particularly on account of the collections being made in tobacco, which cannot now be converted into money without the public's sustaining great

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