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same when in service, shall forfeit and

pay the sum of ten pounds, recoverable by information in any court of record witbin this commonwealth; one half to the informer, and the other half to the commonwealth aforesaid. If any person, not being a citizen of this conmonwealth, or some one of the United States, and resident therein for the term of five years, be owner or part owner of any vessel employed as river or bay craft, such vessel shall be forfeited, together with her rigging, tackle, apparel and furniture; one half to the informer, and the other half to the use of the commonwealth, recoverable in the court of admiralıy. VI. Provided nevertheless, That nothing contained in

Not tu ex. this act, shall be construed so as to extend to the navi• tend to rivers gation of any river in this commonwealth above tide above tide water, or to prevent the owner of any boat or flat from water. transporting any article of his own growth or manufacture therein.

VII. And be it further enacted, That the district of South-Quay shall be a separate district as heretofore District of

Soutle Quay: established; and that the executive be, and they are hereby authorised to appoint a Daval officer for the same, who shall keep his office at the port

of South Quay, and shall be entitled to a salary of forty pounds per annum, with a like commission on the duties paid or secured to be paid to him, with the other naval officers.

VIII. And be it further enacted, Thai so much of all and every other act and acts of assembly, as comes within the purview of this act, shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

CHAP. XLIII.

An act to amend and condense into

one act, the several laws for appropriating the public revenue.

1. WHEREAS it hath become necessary to amend Appropriathe laws for appropriating the public revenue, and to tion of public condense the several appropriations thereof into one acte

revenue.

Of property

II. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, Thai tax.

the money arising from the tax on free male ithables
and taxable property, the tax on wheels only except-
ed, shall as lieretofore, form a general fund; ten thou-
sand pounds of the amount of which shall be at the
disposal of the executive, to defray the contingent
charges of government; and one thousand pounds
shall be subject to the votes of the general assembly,
as the public exigencies may require: From the taxes
forming the said funds, shall be paid by the sheriffs,
according to an act, intituled “An act to amend an act,
intituled an act concerning pensioners," the pensions
due to wounded or disabled officers and soldiers: From
the said fund shall also be paid in the next instance,
the salaries due to the officers of civil government, in-
cluding the salaries to the paval officers, and the al-
lowances made by the executive to the searchers: All
warrants heretofore drawn, or which may hereafter be
drawn, for the payment of money lent the public on
the requisition of ihe general assembly, in the session
held in May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty,
or of Thomas Jefferson, esquire, then governor of this
commonwealth, shall also be paid out of the said fund:
The interest arising on the loan-office debt registered
in the auditor's office on or before the first day of May,
one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, shall also
be made good out of the said fund, warrants for such
interest being annually issued agreeably to law: All
arrearages due to military pensioners, and all warrants
heretofore drawn on the general, military, or contin-
gent funds, shall be made good out of the said fund:
And all sums of money voted by the general assembly
during the present session, and not otherwise provided
for, and all former votes not otherwise provided for,
shall be made good out of the said general fund:
The said fund shall also be chargeable with the war-
rants heretofore issued, and which may hereafter be
issued to venire-men and witnesses for their attendance
on criminal prosecutions, and to apprehenders of horse
stealers.

III. And be it enacted, That the money arising from On land tax.

the tax of one and a half per centum on lands and unimproved lots, shall be applied as follows: One tenth part thereof shall be applied to the redemption of the paper money funded conformably to the recommendation of congress, of the eighteenth of March, one thou

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sand seven hundred and eighty: The interest arising
on the paper money of this state, funded at the rate of
one thousand pounds paper for one pound specie, shall
also be made good out of the said tax; and all the rest
of the inoney, arising from lands and unimproved lots,
and all the money arising from one half of the slave
tax, shall be paid in discharge of this state's quota of
the requisition of congress, of the second of August,
one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, amount-
ing to two hundred and seventy four thousand seven
hundred and seven dollars indents, and three hundred
and seventy one thousand one hundred and thirty-six
dollars specie, after compleating the payment of the
requisition of congress, of September the twenty se-
venth, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five:
Provided, That if the amount of the aforesaid indents
in the hands of the treasurer, shall on the first day of
July next, fall short of the aforesaid sum of two hon-
dred and seventy-four thousand seven hundred and
seven dollars, the deficiency shall be paid by the trea-
surer in Spanish milled dollars, or other silver or gold
coin equivalent thereto.

IV. 'And be it further enacted, That all the money Of new taxes.
arising under the act, intituled "An act imposing new
taxes,” which shall be specie only, shall be applied
in aid of the funds hereby appropriated to the payment
of the requisition of congress of the second of August,
one thonsand seven hundred and eighty six, except so
much of the tax upon improved lots a3 arises within
the borough of Norfolk, which shall be applied annu-
ally to the payment of the debt due from the public to
the said borough, for public buildings belonging to
the said borough destroyed by order of convention,
until the value of them shall be fully paid. And where-
as, in the present emergency of affairs, it it necssary
to make the most ample provision for the punctual and
speedy discharge of the said requisition;

V. Be it therefore enacted, That in case the funds hereby appropriated to that purpose shall prove defi- !f funds defi. cient, such deficiency shall be supplied by the general fund; and if there shall be any surplus in the said sunds, such surplus shall be applied in aid of the general fund. VI. And be it further enacted, That the treasurer

Trcasurer to of this commonwealth shall transmit to the board of transmit

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monthly treasury of the United States, once in every month, a statements of payments to

state of all sums paid by him on account of the United 1. States.

States to their commissioner of the loan-office, or to such other person or persons as may be duly authorised to receive the same, expressing the dates and amounts of the respective payments, and distinguishing the sums paid in actual money, from those paid in indents. And whereas congress have directed every commissioner of the continental loan-office, previously to settling and issuing certificates as aforesaid for the interest due on certificates of liquidated debis, other than loan-office certificates, to administer an oath or affirmation, or require a certificate 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 second of August, one thousand seren hundred and eighty-six, appoint, that he has administered to the owner or possessor every such certificate an 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 charilable institution within the same; or of some person who is not a citizen of any of the United States; describing the certificates alluded to in every such oath or information, in such manner as shall be necessary to indentify the same, and it becomes therefore neces sary to authorise certain persons to administer such

oath or affirmation in this state: Justices au.

VII. Be it therefore enacted, That every justice of thorised to the peace within this commonwealth, shall be, and is administer hereby authorised and empowered, to administer such oaths in rela. tion to Uni

oath or afirmation, and to give a certificate thereof ted States' according to a form which the commissioner of the certificates. continental loan-office in this state shall prescribe, and

publish six weeks successively in the public newspapers of this state.

VIII. And be it further enacted, That every person One third of taxes payable chargeable with the revenue lax, for one thousand sein V. States' ven hundred and eighty-six, under the act “To amend certificates and reduce the several acts for ascertaining certain

taxes and duties, and for establishing a permanent revenue, into one act, may pay, as heretofore, one third part of such taxes in certificates granted by the commissioner of continental loans in any of ibe United

States for the interest due upon the loan-office certifi-
cates, or upon other certificates of the liquidated debts
of the United States; and every sheriff or collector upon
payment thereof into the public treasury, shall be al-
lowed a discount for all such interest certificates so by
him collected. Provided always, That the amount
thereof shall not exceed one third part of the taxes by
him collected.
IX. And be it further enacted, That one liall the

Appropria money arising from the tax on slaves shall, as hereto- tion of slave fore, be applied to the payment of the interest due on tax, and du

ties on tobac. the certificates issued to the army and navy of this state co and goods. for their arrears of pay and depreciation. The duty of four shillings per hogshead on tobacco exported shall also, as heretofore, be applied in aid of the said half of the slave tax; and the duties on enumerated articles shall, as heretofore, be appropriated to the same purposes, and the money paid into the fund hereby established for the payment of the interest on the military debi, in the course of the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, shall be subject to the discharge of all warrants heretofore issued, or which may be issued in the course of the said year, for interest on the said debt. And whereas the situation of public affairs renders it impracticable to pay any part of the principal of the certificates granted to the army and navy for their arrears of pay and depreciation, and it is jadged absolutely necessary for the support of public credit that the fullest assurance should be given for the punctual payment of the interest of those certificates;

X. Be it therefore enccted, That is the money aris- Interest on ing from half the slave tax for the year one thousand certificates to

be paid.
seven hundred and eighty six, which was distrainable
for on the first day of January, one thousand seven
bundred and eighty seven, and from the duty of four
shillings per hogshead on tobacco exported, and the
duties above appropriated in aid of the said tax and
duty, shall prove inadequate to the payment of such
interest, such deficiency shall be supplied out of the
general fund; and if there should be any surplus aris-
ing in the said fund, over and above the payment of
the warrants heretofore issued, or which may hereafter
issue in the course of the year one thousand seven hun-
dred and eighty seren, for the said interest, all such

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