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so 1935 We, Robert G. Scott, and William Robertson, members of the Executive Council of Virginia, do hereby certify, that the laws contained in the twelfth volume of Hex. ING's Statutes at Large, have been by us, examined and compared with the originals from which they were taken, and have been found truly and accurately printed, except as to the following list of errata, to the namber of twenty-seven. Given under our hands this 8th day of November, 1823.


Page 20, line 4 from bottom, should be top line of page 21.

strike out “to” after i join."

for " hose” read house."
13 from top, insert “of” between “ board” and “ any."

for “ parency" read “ parcenery,”

after the word “ kin” strike out « shall."
10 from bottom, for “ state” read “ estate.”

2 from top, strike out “a” before “ term."

for “ focage” read “ socage."

after a write" in sert“ down."
18 from bottom, for “ handicaft” read “ handycraft.”

for the second “it” read “is.”

for "o read “ of.”
397 in the title, for “ rement” read “ regiment."

24 from top, for “ fund” read “ funds."
8 from bottom, for "mistate,” read “ mistake.”

for “ issued” read “issues."

for “ lawfu” read “ lawful.”
596, 6 and 7 from top, for “purchaser" read “ purchasers."

insert "to" before « be."
Ibid. 3 from bottom, for “ beeo” read “ been.”

strike out one “under."
14 from top, for “hoppen” read “ happen"

for “ascertain" read “ascertaining."
22 from bottom, strike out “ dele.”

for “ companp” read “ company."
for " papment” read “ payment."



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Twelfth Volume of the Statutes at Large.

The contents of this Volume are very interesting. Among the acts of 1785 and 1786, will be found, passed into laws, the most important bills, reported to the legislature in 1779, by the committee of revisors appointed by the act of 1776.* At the session of 1786, an act passed, appointing a committee to take into consideration such of the bills, contained in the revisal, prepared and reported by the committee, appointed for that purpose, in the year 1776, as had not been enacted into laws. This was superseded by the act of 1789, concerning a new edition of the laws, which was the foundation of the revisal of 1792.


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List of Governors of Virginia dur.

ing the period comprised in this Volume.

Patrick Hen. PATRICK HENRY, Esq. was elected, a second time, ry, esq.

governor of Virginia, in December 1784, and continued until December 1786, when Edmund Randolph,

esq. was elected. Delmund Ran. EDMUND RANDOLPH, Esq. continued governor undolph, esq. til December 1788, when Beverley Randolph, esq.

was elected.



BEGUN AND HELD At the Public Buildings in the City of Patrick Heo

Richmond, on Monday the seven-coala teenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, and in the tenth year of the commonwealth."


An act to amend and reduce into one

act, the several laws for regulating and disciplining the militia, and guarding against invasions and insurrections.

1. WHEREAS the defence and safety of the com- Preamble. monwealth depend upon having its citizens properly armed and taught the knowledge of military duty, and the different laws heretofore enacted being found inadequate to such purposes, and in order that the same may be formed into one plain and regular system;

* From the adoption of the constitution, until the present session, there had never been less than two sessions of ihe General Assembly, in each year, sometimes more, according to the exi. genies of the government. By an act of May 1784, chap. XX. (See Vol 11, p. 387) the meeting of the General assembly was fised for the third Monday in October, annually. Ever since that period, the sessions have been annual, except, in a few instan. ces, when the assembly has been convenci, for special purposes, Nader the tenth article of the constitutions.



Officers dis. II. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That the placed by a officers of the militia who were displaced and removed former act restored.

from office, by virtue of an act “For amending the several laws for regulating and disciplining the militia, and guarding against invasions and insurrections," are hereby reinstated, and shall take precedency of rank

agreeable to the dates of the commissions they severalVacancies ly held prior to the passing of the said act; and vacanhow supplied cies supplied by appointment of the governor, with the

advice of the privy council, or recommendation from

the respective county courts. Militia men III, And be it further enacted, That all free male & exempts persons between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, described

except the members of the council of state, members of the American congress, judges of the superior courts, speakers of the two louses of assembly, treasurer, attorney-general, auditors and their clerks, solicitor-general and his clerks, clerks of the council of state, and treasury, register of the land-office, his deputy and clerks, custom-house officers, all inspectors of tobacco, all professors, and tutors at the University of William and Mary, and other public seminaries of learning, all ministers of the Gospel, licensed to preach according to the rules of their sect, who shall have previously taken before the court of their county, an oath of fidelity to the commonwealth, post-inasters, keepers of the public gaol and public hospital, millers, persons concerned at iron or lead works, or persons solely employed in repairing or manufacturing fire-arms, all of whom are exempted from the obligations of this act, shall be in

rolled or formed into companies, of three serjeants, Companies how to be

three corporals, a drummer and fifer, and not less than formed.

forty, nor more than sixty-five, rank and file; and these companies shall again be formed into regiments of noi more than one thousand, nor less than five hundred

men, if there be so many in the county. Each comMilitia how pany shall be commanded by a captain, lieutenant, and to be officer. an ensign; each regiment by a colonel, lieutenant-coed.

lonel, and major; and the whole by a county-lieutenant. These officers shall be resident within their county; and before they enter on the execution of their re

spective offices, shall take the following oath: “I Officers' oath. do swear that I will be faithful and true to the common

wealth of Virginia, of which I prosess myself to be a citizen; and that I will faithfully and justly execute the

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