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PUBLISHED PURSUANT TO AN ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHT.
WE Robert G. Scott and Alexander L. Botts, members of the
ROBERT G. SCOTT,
We Peter V. Daniel and Robert G. Scott, members of the exe-
Tenth Volume of the Statutes at Large.
During the period embraced by this volume, the Southern States was the theatre of the revolutionary war, and Virginia herself was actually invaded. To supply men and money, seems to have been the great business of the Legislature. The regular army was recruited by liberal bounties, by volunteers, and by drafts from the militia. For the assistance of our sister States of North and South Carolina, as well as to repel the invasion of our own State, the Militia were called out.
New emissions of paper money were made, from time to time, to meet the exigencies of government; taxes were laid in certain enumerated commodities; and loans were authorised, payable in money, tobacco, hemp, or flour. Provisoins, clothing, waggons and horses, for the army, were procured either by an assessment among the divisions of the militia, or by impressment or purchase. So rapid was the depreciation of the paper money, that the wages of the members of the general assembly, the salaries of the officers of government, and the pay of others entitled to draw money from the treasury, except the army, were estimated in tobacco, and the value fixed by the grand juries, at the several terms of the general court.The pay
of the army was settled by a scale of depreciation adjusted for that purpose. Finally, the paper money was called in, and funded at one for a thousand.
The very extensive powers conferred on the governor and council,* at this awful crisis, could only be justified by necessity, resulting from a state of war. Happily, such were the virtues of those called on to exercise the executive functions of the government, and such the patriotism of the great body of the people, that these extraordinary powers were never exerted, except when the public safety so imperiously required it; that the principal actors, instead of being censured, received the applauses of their country.
In this volume commences the commonwealth's land law; to which is prefixed an act for adjusting titles to unpatented lands,
* See pa. 309, 413.