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title:“A Bill Empowering the Sheriff of Henrico County to Summon a Grand Jury”
authors:George Mason
date written:1780-5-27

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Mason, George. "Letter to Summon a Grand Jury." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 2. Ed. Robert A. Rutland. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 625-26. Print.

A Bill Empowering the Sheriff of Henrico County to Summon a Grand Jury (May 27, 1780)

[27 May 1780]
I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That the sheriff of Henrico county shall before every session of the general court, so long as the same may continue to be held in the said county, summon a grand jury of twenty four freeholders, either within or without his county to attend the said court, any sixteen of whom appearing, shall be a sufficient number. And the said sheriff or his deputies, shall also perform the same services to the several superiour courts to be held in the said county, as the sheriffs of the counties of York and James City have heretofore discharged.
II. And whereas doubts have arisen upon the construction of the several acts of assembly, for fixing and paying the allowance of the members of the general assembly, and inconveniencies have also been occasioned from the fluctuating price of tobacco, and of the rates of the necessary expenses of the said members: To remedy which, Be it enacted, That the grand jury at each and every of the four annual sessions of the general court, shall upon oath, estimate in money the value of the tobacco then due, or to become due to the members of the general assembly, according to the worth thereof at the time of such valuation, and the competence of the same to defray the necessary and reasonable expenses of travelling and attendance; and the last valuation of such tobacco shall always be the rule by which the said allowance shall be settled, and paid to the several members, in the manner and under the regulations prescribed by law; provided that nothing contained in this act, shall affect the wages of the members of this present general assembly, until the 13th instant, June.

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