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by the General Assembly, That from and after the first
of corpora. the said first day of March next, the respective corpo- tiun courts li. ration courts, or courts of hustings, of any city, town mited. or borough, shall have jurisdiction only in suits or con. troversies instituted between the respective inhabitants or citizens of such city, town or borough, and between one or more of the inhabitants or citizens of spch city, towo or borough, and any person or persons not an inhabitant or inhabitants of this commonwealıb, and in either case, only where the contract hath been made, or the cause of action bath accrued within such city, town or borough; and in all such suits and controverzies, their respective jurisdictions shall not be limited 10 any particular sum, but shall be co-extensive with the jurisdiction of the county courts.
jil, 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 nexi, nor to prejudice, or in any manner affect the charters of the city of Williamsburg, and boronigh 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 10 vote in the cor 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 county, 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V. And be it further enacted, That so much of any and every law as is contrary 10 this act shall be, and is hereby repealed.
BEGUN AND HELD Edmund Ran. At the Public Buildings in the City of dolph, esq.
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 comnionwealth.
An act to suspend the operation of
the act, entituled An act establishing district courts.*
Act establish- 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That ing district court, sus
the operation of the act intituled “ An act establishing pended. district courts," be, and the same is hereby suspend
ed, until 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 legislature, called imme. diately 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 su generally lost, that the acts of this sesgion have been copied from the rolls.
In act to continue the act intituled
An act authorising the treasurez to
BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the Act authoris. act 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- Veicht. jur. 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.
resent session, sball con specie by
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 roncerning the convention to and ran be held in June,” a sum not exceeding eight thousand the members pounds was directed to be reserved in the treasury for of the con.
' vention, and the purpose of defraying the expences of the said con
one 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 froin 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 grea!
loss. And whereas the surplus of the money arising
An act to authorise the governor to
issue certain grants.
WHEREAS sundry surveys have been made in thorised to different parts of this commonwealth, which include in iggue grants, the general courses thereof sundry smaller tracts of with reserva. prior claimants, and which in the certificates granted tions of other
lims inclue by the surveyors of the respective counties are reserved ded in the to such claimants. And the governor or chief magissurveys. trate is not authorised by law to issue grants upon such
certificates of surveys, For remedy whereof Be it enacted by the General Assembly, Tbat it shall and may