Acts Passed at a General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Begun and Held at the Public Buildings in the City of Richmond, on Monday, the Third day of May, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Four. (Authorizing Washington to start companies, and more) [bound with]: Acts Passed at a General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Public Buildings in the City of Richmond, on Monday the Eighteenth day of October, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Four. [bound with]: In the House of Delegates, Thursday the 30th of December 1784...
Richmond: J. Dunlap and J. Hayes, [1784-1785]. 23; , 31; pp.
Half calf and marbled boards in antique style, leather label. Some light soiling and wear. Contemporary notations on each titlepage. Very good. Second work trimmed closely, affecting some page numbers and a line or two of text. Two leaves with an older tape repair. Final leaf silked with marginal loss.
Virginia Commonwealth Acts authorizing Washington to start companies, and more.
The rare session laws for both sessions of the Virginia state legislature for 1784, together with the final two leaves containing bills involving customs administration for British shipping. Acts in the first session include acts concerning the appointment of delegates to Congress; acts for raising revenue; an act giving Congress extra powers for a limited time to help regulate the commercial interests of the new country; as well as numerous others necessary to the business of a new state. The second session includes acts establishing courts of assize; an act for improving the navigation of the James River; numerous acts on revenue; and others. Most notable is "An Act punishing certain offences injurious to the tranquility of this Commonwealth," which deals with incursions into Indian lands beyond Virginia's boundaries, forbidding the committing of crimes beyond the state's borders and laying out punishments thereof. There is also an act establishing the town of Louisville, Kentucky, and "An Act for vesting in George Washington, Esq; a certain interest in the Companies established for opening and extending the navigation of the Potowmack and James Rivers." The final two leaves are a separate imprint containing two acts concerning British shipping. The first of these is entitled "An Act for enabling the British merchants to recover their debts from the citizens of this Commonwealth." The second, the text of which comprises three full pages, is entitled "A bill intituled An Act to amend the several Acts of Assembly concerning naval officers and ascertaining their fees and duties payable on goods imported into this state." All three are very rare and known in only a handful of copies.
Bristol B2611; ESTC W14111, W14156, W38640; Evans 18858, 19348. Shipton & Mooney 44826.