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VI. And be it further enacted, That the treasurer shall keep separate and distinct accounts of all monies, Duty of treáwarrants, or other articles received by him on account surer of the public, and carry the same to the credit of the respective funds, to which they are by law appropriated; and that the said treasurer shall on no pretence whatsoever interfere with the said funds contrary to the appropriations made thereof.

VII. And be it further enacted, that the annual books of the said auditor, after the balances of the se- Balances to veral accounts therein are carried to a new set as afore

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to solicitor, said, shall be delivered to the solicitor, in order for him to prepare a general statement of the public revenue, the sums paid under each appropriation, and the amount of each received, shewing the balance either for or against the public; for which purpose the solicitor shall have free access to the treasurer's books, point out the mode of stating the same, shewing the nett amount of every species of taxation, and how far the several appropriations have been complied with, and report the same to each session of general assembly. The said solicitor shall also point out the mode by which the auditor shall state his accounts, and assist the said auditor in stating the same, and also in examining the returns from the several sheriffs and other public collectors.

VIII. And be it further enacted, That on the first Duty of soli; day of March next, the auditor appointed to direct the citor on re. statement of the public books, and to keep an account duction of with the treasurer, shall be discontinued. The said so- num

auditorb. licitor shall, with the assistance of a clerk appointed for that purpose, proceed to state all balances of the general accounts in the said office prior to the said first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, and from thence to the first of March next, in a special book, distinguishing between specie, commutibles, and paper transactions, and the balances due under the former government from inspectors, sheriffs, naval-officers, and county court clerks, and all other public debtors; which account of balancés, accurately stated, shall be by the solicitor laid before the next general assembly.

- IX. And be it further enacted, That the said audi- Clerk tor of public accounts shall be allowed two clerks, one ditor. of which shall be called chief clerk, who shall perform

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When chief the duties of the said auditor, in case of sickness, and dlerk, to per. shall be allowed the sum of fifty pounds per annum, form his du.' ties.

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sent salary. Clerks to X. And be it further enacted, That the treasurer treasurer and and solicitor shall each be allowed the same number solicitor.

of clerks, as are now employed in their respective offices.

XI. And be it further enacted, That so much of any other act or acts, as comes within the purview of this act, shall be, and the same is hereby renealed.

CHAP. XXXIV.
An aci authorising the courts of Lou.

don and Fauquier to keep a cer.
lain road in repair.

1, WHEREAS it is represented to this present genCourts of

eral assembly, that the road leading from Ashby's gap Pauquier au. to Alexandria, runs about thirteen miles alternately in tborised to the counties of Loudon, and Fauquir, in such manner keep in re• . that it is difficult and inconvenient to have the same pair the road" leading from repaired in the mode prescribed by law: For remedy Ashby's gap whereof, to. Alexan. 11. Be it enacted, That it shall be lawful for the dria.

courts of the said counties, and they are empowered 10 appoint and allot so many bands as they shall think proper, to work on and assist in keeping the said road in repair, from Glasscock's, near the foot of the Blue Ridge, to the lower end of Margery Batson's plantation, as well within their county as without, and the hands so allotted, shall be subject to the like fines and penalties for neglect of duty, and recoverable in either of the said counties, in manner directed by the act "Concerning public roads."

CHAP. XXXV.
An act appropriating certain publie

taxes to the opening a waggon road from the Slale road to the mouth of the Lillle Kanawha, and for other purposes. Í. WHEREAS it has been represented to the pre- Taxes of Har: sent general assembly, that it will be of public utility rison county, to open a road from the state road to the mouth of the appropriated Little Kanawha, or as near thereto as the situation of to the open.,

Ol.ing of a road the land will admit: And whereas the inhabitants of from the the county of Harrison, through which the said road State road to is to run, have from their situation on the frontier of the mouth of

"the Little the state, been exposed to the ravages of the Indians, Kanawha. and thereby rendered unable to pay their proportion of the public taxes in specie, and have petitioned this assembly that they may be permitted to discharge the arrears now due, and a proportion of those, which will becom e due, by labour or in supplies necessary for the opening of the said road, which, when effected, will enable them in future, by communication with the western country, to pay their taxes:

II. Be it therefore enacted, That William Haymond, Nicholas Carpenter, John Powers, Hezekiah Davison, Thomas Webb, John M'Cully, and Daniel Davison, gentlemen, or a majority of them, shall be, and they are hereby authorised and required, after having taken an oath before the court of the said county of Harrison, and entered into bond with security in the penal sum of four thousand pounds, payable to the governor and his successors, for the use of the commonwealth, for the due and impartial execution of their office, to appoint a time and place of meeting, (giving two months previous notice thereof by advertisement at the courthouse door of each of the counties of Harrison, Monongalia and Ohio,) and then and there proceed to let to the lowest bidder, the opening a waggon road at least thirty feet wide, from such place upon the state road, as a majority of the said commissioners shall think most proper, to the mouth of the Little Kanawha,

or as near thereto as the situation of the land will admit, to be finished fit for the passage of waggons within three years, taking bond with good security in a sufficient penalty from the undertakers, payable to the said commissioners, for the due execution of the said work, in the term aforesaid. The said undertakers shall have power to contract with any person or persons, inhabitants of the said county of Harrison, for personal labour, or supplies of money, or any thing necessary in aid of the said work, and shall give certificates to the person or persons so contributing, to the amount of whatever they bave furnished, which cerlificates, when countersigned by one or more of the said commissioners, the sheriff of the said county of Harrison shall receive in payment for the taxes due from the holder thereof; and the sheriff shall be allowed a credit for all such certificates by bim received, at the treasury, in the settlement of his accounts, for the taxes for the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.

III. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That the said commissioners small furnish the auditor of public accounts with a transcript of their books of accounts, before any certificates shall be allowed the sheriff' in the settlement of his accounts; and no certificate shall be allowed, unless the same is countersigned by one or more of the said commissioners, and entered in the transcript sent by the said commissioners to the auditor of public accounts. Every person in the said county of Harrison, failing to contribute so much to the opening the said road as will be sufficient to discharge his taxes now due, on or before the first day of June next, it shall and may be lawful for the sheriff of the said county of Harrison to collect and distrain for the same, and pay the amount thereof to the said commissioners within two months thereafter; and on failure so to do, the said commissioners may recover the said amount by motion in the court of the said county of Harrison; provided the sheriff has len days previous notice of such motion. The clerk of the said county of Harrison, shall transmit to the executive, a copy of the bond entered into by the commissioners, together with a certificate of their taking the oath directed by this act, within six monihs thereafter, under the penalty of one hundred pounds, to be recovered by action

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of debt or inforination, with costs, in any court of record, 10 the use of the parti isho will sue for the same, All proceedings against thic sheriff of the said county of Harrison, respecting the said tases, except as lierein before directed, shall be suspended until the Grst day of May, one thousand seven bundred and eighty eight. Provided always, That the amount of the certificates 10 be granted pursuant to this act, shall not exceed the sum of two ihousand pounds; nor shall the sheriff of the said couniy be allowed in the sellement of his accounts with the public, for more certificates than the amount of that sum. And whereas it has also been represented, that it will be of public utility to open a road from Morgan's town, in the county of Monongalia, to a new fishing creek, on the river Ohio:

IV. Be it therefore further enacted, That Michael Provision for Carns, David Scott, James Coburn, Jacob Scott, George Hiley, Ebenezer Zane, John Boggs, and Ben Morgan jamin Davies, gentlemen, or a majorily of them, shail Town to the be, and they are hereby authorised and required, after m

** Eishing having taken the oath before either of the courts of the creek on the counties of Monongalia or Ohio, and given bond and se- Ohio curity as is before directed for the other cominissioners, to proceed in like manner towards having a road open-Certain taxes ed from Morgan Towil, in the said county of Monon- lia aid olio

of Monoga galia, to or as near Fishing creek, on the river Olio, appropriated as the situation of the ground will admit, under the like rules, regulations, and directions as are herein prescribed for opening the road to the mouth of the Liule Kanawba. The sheriffs of the said counties of Monongalia and Ohio respectively, shall be answerable for the taxes of the said counties in like manner, and at the same time, as the sheriff of the county of Harrison). The certificates to be issued by the coinmissioners of Monongalia and Ohio, shall not exceed the sum of one thousand pounds; nor shall the sherifis of the said counties be allowed in the settlement of their accounts with the public, for more certificates than the sum of five hundred pounds in each county.

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