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An act manumitting two negro men slaves, be
longing to the Commonwealth.
(Passed the 30th of October, 1789.) WHEREAS Jack Knight and William Boush, two Preamble, negro men slaves, belonging to this Commonwealth, have faithfully served on board the armed vessels thereof, for some years past, and the said armed vessels are no longer continued on public establishment; Be it enacted by the Two slaves beGeneral Assembly, that the said Jack Knight and Wiliam longing to the Bousb are hereby manumitted, set free and
discharged from wealth, manuservitude, to all intents and purposes. Saving however mitted. to all persons and bodies politic and corporate, other than Rights of all those claiming under the Commonwealth, all legal or claimants, equitable rights
, which they might have asserted to the other than the said slaves if this act had never been made.
An act for vesting in trustees the interest which
the Commonwealth now hath or hereafter may have in a tract of land, whereof John Calder died seized.
(Passed the 12th of December, 1789.) Sect. 1. WHEREAS it hath been represented to the Preamble, present General Assembly, that John Calder departed this life in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, intestate and without heirs, leaving a personal estate not sufficient for the payment of his debts and possessed of a tract of land in the county of Halifax, which has become escheatable to the Commonwealth, and it is more agreeable to the principles of justice that the said lands should be applied to the discharge of the debts of the said John Calder than that the public should be benefitted thereby, Be it therefore enacted by the General Interest of the Assembly, that all the right and interest which the Com- Common
wealth in a monwealth now hath to the said tract of land, so lying
certain tract and being in the county of Halifax as aforesaid, or which of land, vested may hereafter be established therein by an office to be in trustees,
found, shall be and the same is hereby vested in John Coleman, George Carrington, William Terry, William Thompson, junior, and Henry E. Coleman, gentlemen
trustees, or the survivor or survivors of them. To be sold, Sect. 2. When the right of the Commonwealth to the when and said land shall be fully established, agreeably to the direchow ;
tions of the act intitled "An act concerning escheators," the said trustees or the survivor or survivors of them, shall, when required by Daniel M'Callum administrator of the said John Calder deceased, sell the said tract of
land for the best price that can be gotten. Purchase mo Sect. 3. The purchase money for the said land shall ney, to whom be paid to the said Daniel M'Callum, administrator of to be paid, and the goods and chattels of the said John Calder deceased, how to be applied; to be applied by bim in a due course of administration to
the discharge of the debts of the said decedent, and in case there should be any surplus after paying such debts, the same shall by the said administrator be paid into the
public treasury. Rights of all Sect. 4. Saving however to all persons and bodies claimants politic and corporate, other than those claiming under other than the the Commonwealth, all legal or equitable rights which wealth, saved, they might have asserted to the said land or any part
An act appointing trustees for the purpose of
purchasing certain slaves for the use and benefit of the children of James Bullock, de.ceased.
(Passed the 1st of December, 1789.) Sect. 1. WHEREAS James Bullock late of the county of Bedford, died sometime in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, leaving a widow with five small children, and possessed of ten slaves, five only of whom were labourers and from whose labour his family were supported, since whose death, one of the most valuable
of the said slaves was before the court of Campbell county convicted of felony and executed, and was valued to the sum of one hundred pounds. And whereas Hanpah Bullock, widow and administratrix of the said James Bullock, hath petitioned the General Assembly, to appoint trustees for the purpose of laying out the money aforesaid in the purchase of other slaves, and it is represented that the said James Bullock died free from debt. Be it therefore Trustees ap: enacted by the General Assembly, that Robert Clark, se- pointed to lay nior, William Henderson, William Crawford, Christo- out a sum of
money in the pher Clark and John Trigg, gentlemen, shall be and they purchase of are hereby appointed trustees, for the following purposes, slaves ; that is to say, the said trustees or any three of them, shall immediately upon receipt of this act, demand of the administratrix of the said James Bullock deceased, the amount of the valuation of the slave so executed, and upon the receipt thereof, shall proceed to lay out the same in the purchase of other slaves.
SECT. 2. So soon as the said trustees shall have pur- To be vested chased such slaves, they shall be vested in the heir at law in the children and other children of the said James Bullock, in the same lock;
of James Bul. manner as the slave so executed as aforesaid was vested in them by law, at the time of his valuation; but all Rights of crecreditors and other persons whatsoever, and especially the ditors and said administratrix, shall be at liberty to assert the same others saved. right to the slaves so to be purchased as aforesaid, which they or any of them might have asserted to the slave so executed as aforesaid, were he now alive.
An act concerning a lot in the town of Hampton, whereof Michael Council died seized.
(Passed the 4th of December, 1789.) Sect. 1. WHEREAS it is represented, that a certain Preamble, Michael Council of the county of Elizabeth-city, departed this life in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, intestate and without heirs, seized in his demesne as of fee, of part of a lot in the town of Hamp. ton, which is therefore liable to escheat, and the said Michael Council was considerably indebted at the time
Escheator of of his death; Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that Elizabeth City the escheator of the said county, shall forthwith proceed to take an in
to take an inquest thereon according to law; and that if quest on a certain lot of
an office be found for the Commonwealth, the lot or part
of a lot as aforesaid, shall be vested in Miles King, RoIf found for
bert Brough, John Rogers, George Wray, junior, and the Common. wealth to be Charles Jennings, gentlemen trustees, to be by them or vested in trus- any three of them, sold at public auction, after reasonable tees, potice of the time and place of sale, for the best price that to be sold, when and
can be bad at twelve months credit, taking bond with sufficient security, and that the said trustees or any three of them, shall convey the said lot to the purchaser or
purchasers in fee simple. Purchase mo. Sect. 2. The money arising from the sale of the said ney how to be lot or part of a lot, shall be applied by the said trustees applied.
to the payment of the just debts of the said Michael Council in the first place, and the balance, if any, paid into the public treasury.
An act giving William Pennock the exclusive
right of conveying persons in stage carriages, to and from certain places for a limited time, and for other purposes.
(Passed the 19th of December, 1789.) Preamble, Sect. 1. WHEREAS it is represented that William
Pennock hath laid out and expended a considerable sum of money in the purchase of carriages and horses, for the purpose of conveying persons and baggage between Richmond and Petersburg, and the said William Pennock hath made application to this Assembly, to grant him the exclusive privilege of conveying persons and their bag.
gage between the aforesaid places for the term of three Exclusive pri- years, to commence from and after the expiration of the vilege of con
privilege of Richard Towns and John Woolfolk therein, veying persons in stages
which it is judged reasonable to do: Be it therefore enbetween cer- acted by the General Assembly, that the said William Pentain places for nock shall from and after the nineteenth day of Decema limited time
ber, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, have the sole granted to William Pen. and exclusive right of conveying for hire, persons in stage nock.
carriages between Richmond and Petersburg, and to and from any intermediate place or places for and during the term of three years thence next following: and shall and Rate for each may demand and take for each passenger three-pence per passenger and mile, and three-pence per mile for every hundred and baggage. fifty pounds weight of baggage, exceeding fourteen pounds conveyed in the said stage carriages.
Sect. 2. If the said William Pennock by himself or Penalty for any other shall demand or receive any greater rates than demanding.
more than the are hereby allowed, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of
rate, fifty pounds, to be recovered with costs by action of debt, how to be rebill, plaint or information in any court of record, to the covered and use of the party injured.
applied. Sect. 3. And if the said William Pennock shall un- To be refund. dertake to carry any passenger or baggage to any of the ed, in what places herein mentioned, or any part of such distance, and case; shall fail to do so, either by such stage breaking down, or by any other means, he shall refund whatever he
have received, or forfeit what he might be entitled to receive for such service.
Sect. 4. If any person or persons, other than the said Penalty on any William Pennock, bis agents or servants, establish or run
other convey. any stage carriages between the before-mentioned places, such carriages
ing persons in or any intermediate place or places, and demand or' take between the directly or indirectly any fee or reward whatsoever for con- same places. veying any person or persons, or their baggage, in a stage carriage or carriages between the before-mentioned places, or any intermediate place or places during the term aforesaid, he or they so offending shall forfeit and pay for every stage so run or established, the sum of one hundred pounds, and for every person, or one hundred and fifty pounds of baggage, by him or them so conveyed, the sum of ten pounds, to be recovered with costs, by action of How to be redebt, bill, plaint or information, in any court of record, covered and to the use of the said William Pennock.
applied. Sect. 5. The said William Penpock shall on or before Pennock to the first day of May, one thousand seven hundred and give bond and pinety-one, enter into bond with sufficient security in the security, when general court, or in the court of the county of Chester- and to whom feld, in the sum of one thousand pounds, payable to the payable. governor and his successors, for the use of the Commonwealth, with condition for the due and faithful keeping Condition up the said line of stages for and during the term afore, thereof. said.