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gipja, shall be tried in the court of the commonwealth of Virginia which hath legal cognizance of such offence. All piracies, crimes, and offences committed on the said parts of Chesapeake bay and Pocomoke river, by persons not citizens of either state, against persons not citizens of either state, shall be tried in the court of the commonwealth of Virginia having legal cognizance of such offences: And all piracies, crimes, and offences committed on the said parts of Chesapeake bay and Pocomoke river, by any citizen of the commonwealth of Virginia, or of the state of Maryland, either against the other, shall be tried in the court of that state of which the offender is a citizen. The jurisdiction of each state over the river Potowmack, shall be exercised in the same manner as is prescribed for the before mentioned parts of Chesapeake bay and Pocomoke river, in every respect, except in the case of piracies, crimes, and offences committed by persons not citizens of either state, upon persons not citizens of either state, in which case the offenders shall be tried by the court of the state to which they shall first be brought. And if the inhabitants of either state shall commit any violence, injury, or tresspass, to or upon the property or lands of the other, adjacent to the said bay or rivers, or to any person upon such lands, upon proof of due notice to the offender to appear and answer, any court of record, or civil magistrate of the state where the offence shall have been committed, having jurisdiction thereof, may enter the appearance of such person, and proceed to trial and judgment, in the same manner, as iflegal process had been served on such offender; and such judgment shall be valid and effectual against the person and property of such offender, both in the state where the offence shall have been committed, and also in the state where the said offender may reside, and execution may be issued by the court, or magistrate, giving such judgment, in the same manner as upon judg. ments given in other cases; or upon a transcript of such judgment, properly authenticated, being produced to any court; or magistrate, of the state where such offender may reside, having jurisdiction within the state, or county where the offender may reside, in cases of a similar nature, such court, or magistrate, shall order execution to issue upon such authenticated judgment in the same manner, and to the same extent, as if the judgment had been given by the court, or magistrate, is which such transcript shall be exhibited.
Eleventh. Any vessel entering into any port on the river Potowmack, may be libelled, or attached for debt, by process from the state in which sucli vessel entered. And if the commercial regulations of either state shall be violated by any person carrying on commerce in Potowmack or Pocomoke rivers, the vessel owned or commanded by the person so offending, and the property on board, may be seized, by process from the state whose laws are offended, in order for trial. And if any person shall fly from justice, in a civil or criminal case, or shall attempt to defraud creditors by removing his property, such person, or any property so removed, may be taken on any part of Chesapeake bay, or the rivers aforesaid, by process of the state from which such person shall fly, or property be removed; and process from the state of Virginia may be served on any part of the said rivers, upon any person, or property of any person not a citizen of Maryland, indebted to any citizen of Virginia, or charged with injury having been by him committed; and process from the state of Maryland may be served on any part of the said rivers, upon any person, or property of any person, not a citizen of Virginia, indebted to a citizen of Maryland, or charged with injury by him committed. And in all cases of trial in pursuance of the jurisdiction settled by this compact, citizens of either state shall attend as witnesses in the other, upon a summons from any court, or magistrate, having jurisdiction, being served by a proper officer of the county where such citizen shall reside.
Twelfth. The citizens of either state having lands in the other, shall have full liberty to transport to their own slate, the produce of such lands, or to remove their effects, free from any duty, tax, or charge whatsoever, for the liberty to reinove such produce or effects.
Thirteenth. These articles shall be laid before the legislatures of Virginia and Maryland, and their approbation being obtained, shall be confirmed and ratified by a law of each state, never to be repealed, or altered, by either, without the consent of the other.
II. And whereas this general assembly are of opinion that the said compact is made on just and mutual principles for the true interest of both governments, and the same having been confirmed by the general assembly of the state of Maryland: Be it therefore enacted, That the said compact is hereby approved, confirmed, and ratified by the general assembly of Virginia, and that every article, clause, matter and thing therein contained, shall be obligatory on this state and the citizens thereof, and shall be forever faithfully and inviolably observed and kept by this government and all its citizens, according to the true intent and meaning of the said compact; and the faith and honour of this state is hereby solemoly pledged and engaged to the general assembly of the state of Maryland, and the government and citizens thereof, that this law shall never be repealed, or altered, by the legislature of this commonwealth, without the consent of the state of Maryland.
An aci lo amend the act, intituled An
act to amend and reduce the several acts for appropriating the pub. lic revenue, into one act.
1. WHEREAS the United States in congress assembled, have by their act of the twenty-seventh of Appropria. September last, made a requisition of three millions of tion of public dollars, to be paid by the several states in the union, revenue. on or before the first day of May next, and have stated the proportion to be paid by this state, at five hundred. and twelve thousand pine hundred and seventy-four dollars; and whereas, this assembly is ever desirous to make provision for the punctual and honorable discharge of their proportion of the debts and expences of the federal government:
II. Be it therefore enacted, That instead of four hundred thousand dollars, formerly appropriated for continental purposes, there shall be paid by the treasurer of this commonwealth, on or before the first day of
May next, to such person or persons as may be by the United States in congress assembled, duly authorized to receive the same, the aforesaid sum of five hundred and twelve thousand nine hundred and seventy-four dollars; one-third of which payment shall be made in Spanish milled dollars, or other silver or gold coiny equivalent thereto, and the other two-thirds shall be paid in certificates granted for the interest due upon loan-office certificates, and upon other certificates of the liquidated debts of the United States, as described in the before-recited act of congress of the twentyseventh of September last: Provided always, That if the amount of the aforesaid interest certificates in the hands of the treasurer, shall on the first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, fall short of two-thirds of the above sum of five hundred and twelve thousand nine hundred and seventyfour dollars, the deficiency shall be paid by the treasurer in Spanish milled dollars, or other silver or gold coin equivalent thereto. And for assuring full and complete payment of the aforesaid sum of five hundred and twelve thousand nine hundred and seventy-four dollars,
III. Be it enacted, That all the arrearages of the Taxes appro
land and slave tax heretofore appropriated to the paypriated.
ment of this state's quota of the debts of the United States, shall be applied in discharge thereof, and also so much of the revenue arising from half the slave tax, and from the land tax, for the years one thousand seven hundred & eighty-five, and one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, which have been heretofore appropriated to the payment of this state's quota of the debts of the United States, shall be applied thereto, until the said amount is fully paid; and should the said funds not prove sufficient to make good the aforesaid payment, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eightysix, the deficiency shall be inade good from any money arising from the general fund not heretofore appropriated; and if the said funds shall, within the course of the year one thousaud seven hundred and eightysix, yield more money than will pay the aforesaid sum to congress, such excess sball be applied in aid of the general fund.
IV. And be it further enacted, That the treasurer of this commonwealth shall transmit to the board of trea
sury of the United States, once in every month, a state of all sums paid by him on account of the United States, to their commissioner of the loan-office, or to such other person or persons as may be duly authoriza ed to receive the same, expressing the dates and amounts of the respective payments, and distinguishing the sums paid in actual money, from those payments made in interest certificates. And whereas congress have directed every commissioner of the continental loan-office, previously to settling and issuing certificates às aforesaid, for the interest due on certificates of liquidated debis other than loan-office certificates, 10 administer an oath or affirmation, or require a certificate signed by one of the persons whom the state in which the commissioner resides, shall, in the legislative act complying with the requisition aforesaid of the twenty-seventh of September, one thousand seven hun. dred and eighty-five, appoint, that he has administered to the owner or possessor of every such certificate, ån oath or affirmation, that the same is bona fide the property of the particular state in which the said commissioner resides, or of a citizen or citizens of the said state, or of some corporate body or charitable institution within the same, or of some person who is not a citizen of any of the United States, describing the certificate or certificates alluded tu in every such oath or affirmation, in such manner as shall be necessary 10 identify the same; and it becomes therefore necessary to authorize certain persons to administer such oath or affirmation in this state:
V. Be it therefore enacted, That every justice of the peace within this commonwealth shall be, and is hereby authorized and empowered, to administer such oati or affirmation, and to give a certificate thereof, according to a form which the commissioner of the continental loan office in this state shall prescribe, and publish six weeks successively in the public newspapers of this state. And whereas, by an act passed during the present session, all persons chargeable with certain taxes, being part of the revenue for one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, not yet collected, are permitted to pay a certain proportion thereof in continental interest certificates, as described aforesaid, and it will contribute to the relief of the people of this commonwealth, to extend the same to the collection of the re