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Act of the Virginia General Assembly concerning the importation of tobacco from North Carolina
Virginia. General Assembly.
1726
Volume 02, Pages 683-684

[Hening's Va. Statutes at Large. Vol. 4. P. 175.]
AN ACT FOR THE MORE EFFECTUAL PREVENTING THE BRINGING TOBACCO FROM NORTH CAROLINA, AND THE BOUNDS IN CONTROVERSY.

I. Whereas, the act of the general Assembly now in force, doth not effectually prevent the bringing in tobacco from North Carolina: And Whereas, since the making of said act, great numbers of people have, contrary to the repeated orders of this government, seated themselves on the lands between Wiccons Creek and the line run from the mouth of Nottoway River, to describe the boundaries in controversy between this colony and the said province; and are there encouraged and protected, under pretence of being under the government of North Carolina, contrary to the agreement with that government that the said tract should remain unseated until the bounds should be determined: Which persons so seated, as aforesaid, as well as those inhabiting within the province of North Carolina, being under no regulation in the manner of making and packing their tobacco, do notwithstanding make and transport into this colony, for traffic and sale, great quantities of tobacco, deceitfully packed, and unfit for exportation, and yet pass the same as tobacco of the growth and manufacture of Virginia, to the great deceit of honest traders, and the depreciating the staple commodity of this country: For remedy whereof,

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II. Be it enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That whosoever shall bring into this colony, any hogshead, barrel, or other parcel of tobacco from North Carolina, or from any place within that tract, commonly know by the name of the controverted bounds, by land or water; or whoever shall sell, buy, or receive, any such tobacco, knowing the same to be brought from thence, shall, for every such hogshead, barrel, or other parcel, so brought in, sold, bought, or received, forfeit and pay the sum of ten pounds current money of Virginia: To be recovered with costs of suit in any court of record within this colony and dominion, by bill, plaint, or information: The one half of which penalty shall be to our sovereign lord the King, his heirs and successors, for and towards the support of this government, and the contingent charges thereof; and the other half to the informer.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That when, contrary to this act, or any other act of assembly, any tobacco shall be brought or imported into this colony, it shall be lawful for the sheriff, or the constable of such county where such tobacco shall be, to seize the same: And after such seizure, upon information thereof made to the court of the county, by the officer making the seizure, the said court is hereby impowered and required to order such tobacco to be sold publicly; and the one half of the money accruing on such sale, after all charges deducted, shall be to our sovereign lord the King, for the uses aforesaid, and the other half to the officer making seizure.