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title:“A Bill for Regulating Certain Tobacco Fees, and for Other Purposes”
authors:George Mason
date written:1779-6-18

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Mason, George. "A Bill for Regulating Certain Tobacco Fees, and for Other Purposes." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 2. Ed. Robert A. Rutland. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 519-21. Print.

A Bill for Regulating Certain Tobacco Fees, and for Other Purposes (June 18, 1779)

[18 June 1779]
WHEREAS the fees allowed to certain officers by an act of assembly entitled "An act to amend an act entitled An act for the better regulating and collecting certain officers fees, and other purposes," and the allowance made by law to witnesses in civil causes for attendance and travelling are very inadequate to the trouble and expenses; Be it enacted, That all persons who shall be chargeable with tobacco for any of the services in the said act mentioned, or for witnesses attendance, except in cases already provided for by "An act for punishing persons guilty of certain thefts and forgeries, and for fixing the allowance to sheriffs, veniremen, and witnesses, in certain cases," or who shall hereafter be chargeable with tobacco for any of the services herein after mentioned, shall at their election, discharge the same either in tobacco or money at the rate of three pounds for every hundred pounds of gross tobacco, to be levied and collected as the law directs. That the surveyor of the several counties, and the clerk of the general court, besides the fees heretofore allowed, and the register of the land office, shall respectively be entitled to the fees herein after mentioned, to be paid by the party at whose instance any such service shall be performed at the time of his or her requiring the same, or by the respective county courts, or the treasurer as the case may be, that is to say: To the surveyors for receiving a warrant of survey and giving a receipt therefor, ten pounds of tobacco. For recording a certificate from the commissioners of any district of a claim to land allowed by them to be paid by the claimant ten pounds of tobacco. For making an entry for land or for a copy thereof, ten pounds of tobacco. For a copy of a plat of land or of a certificate of survey, twenty five pounds of tobacco. For every tract of land mentioned in the list of surveys returned to the office of the clerk of any county court, to be paid by the treasurer on the auditors warrant, two pounds of tobacco. To the clerk of the general court for entering a caveat or for a copy thereof, twenty pounds of tobacco. For every process and all other proceedings thereupon, the same fees as in actions and suits. To the register of the land office for issuing a warrant of survey and recording the same, together with the rights or certificates on which it is founded, for any quantity of lands not exceeding one thousand acres, thirty pounds of tobacco: If the quantity exceed one thousand acres, and does not exceed two thousand acres, forty pounds of tobacco. If the quantity exceed two thousand acres, fifty pounds of tobacco. For every warrant issued in exchange of another warrant, or where lands claimed under a former warrant shall be recovered upon a caveat and recording the same, twenty pounds of tobacco. For recording a list of certificates of rights proved in any county court, or allowed by the commissioners of any district, to be paid by the treasurer on the auditors warrant, for every certificate mentioned in such list, five pounds of tobacco. For receiving a plat and certificate of survey, giving a receipt therefor, issuing and recording a grant thereupon, together with such plat and certificate, if the quantity therein contained shall not exceed four hundred acres, forty pounds of tobacco. And for every hundred acres more than four hundred, and so in proportion, five pounds of tobacco. For entering a caveat or for a copy thereof, twenty pounds of tobacco. For a copy of any patent or grant for land, thirty pounds of tobacco. For a search for any thing or for reading the same, where a copy shall not be required, ten pounds of tobacco. And that every witness attending upon summons, the high court of chancery, general court, or the court of admiralty, shall be paid by the party at whose suit the summons issued, two pounds of tobacco per mile for coming to the place where he or she was summoned to appear, and the same for returning, besides ferriages, and one hundred pounds of tobacco per day for attendance, until he or she shall be discharged, and that every person summoned to appear as a witness at any county or other inferior court, or upon any survey of land, and being an inhabitant of the same county, shall be paid by the person or persons at whose suit the summons issued, fifty pounds of tobacco for every day's attendance, upon such summons. And every person residing in, and summoned out of another county, shall have the said allowance of fifty pounds of tobacco per day for attendance, and be paid for travelling and ferriages to and from court, as witnesses in the superior courts, to be paid by the party or parties summoning him or her. And be it farther enacted, That the said recited act and every other act so far as the same relate to the giving of fees to any of the said officers for the services herein before mentioned, or for allowing persons chargeable with officers fees or witnesses attendance to pay the same either in money or tobacco, shall be, and the same is hereby repealed.

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