At an Assembly begun and held at Wilmington the Third Day of February, in the Fourth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc., and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Four; and from thence continued, by several Prorogations, to the Third Day of May in the Fifth Year of the Reign of our said Sovereign Lord George the Third, &c., and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Five; to be then held at New Bern; Being the Third Session of this present Assembly.
I. Whereas making a reasonable and certain Provision for an Orthodox Clergy may tend to encourage Pious and learned Ministers of the Gospel to settle in the several Parishes in this Province:
II. Be it Enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council, and Assembly, and by the Authority of the same, That every Minister now or hereafter to be preferred to, or received, into any Parish within this Province, as incumbent thereof, shall have and receive a Salary of One Hundred and Thirty-three Pounds Six Shillings and Eight Pence, Proclamation Money; to be paid by the Church Wardens and Vestrymen, on or before the last Day of June, Annually: And every Minister may take and receive for the Services hereinafter mentioned, the following Fees, to-wit:
For Marrying, if by Licence, Twenty Shillings; if by Banns, Five Shillings.
For publishing Banns, and granting a Certificate thereof, One Shilling and Six Pence.
For preaching a Funeral Sermon, if required, Forty Shillings, Proclamation Money.
And may demand and receive the said Perquisites, if he shall not refuse or neglect to do the said Services although such services shall be performed by any other Person.
III. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That in every Parish of this Province, where a Glebe is not already purchased and appropriated; a Tract of good Land, to contain two Hundred Acres at least, shall be purchased by the Vestry, as a Glebe for the Use of the Incumbent of such Parish for the Time being, and his Successors forever; and until such Glebe shall be purchased, and buildings erected thereon, in Manner hereinafter mentioned, the Minister of such Parish shall have and receive the Sum of Twenty Pounds Proclamation Money, Annually. And where a Mansion House and convenient outhouses are not alrealy erected, for the use of the Minister, It is hereby Enacted, That the Vestry of every such Parish, are hereby authorized, impowered and required, to cause to be erected and built on such Glebe, one convenient Mansion House, of thirty-eight Feet in Length, and Eighteen Feet in width, a Kitchen, Barn, Stable, Dairy and Meat House, with such other Conveniences as they shall think necessary.
IV. And to the End that the Buildings already erected, or hereafter to
V. Provided nevertheless, That any Vestry who shall Judge that the Minister has not wilfully committed any Waste on his Glebe, shall make such necessary Repairs at the Charge of the Parish, as they shall think Proper.
VI. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Clergyman presented to any Parochial living within this Province, shall be guilty of any Gross Crime or notorious Immorality, it shall be lawful for the Governor or Commander in Chief for the time Being, by and with the Advice of his Majesty's Council, to suspend the said Clergyman from serving the Cure of such Parish whereof he was Incumbent; and such Suspension shall be deemed good and Valid, until such Time as the Bishop of London shall either restore, or pass Sentence of Deprivation on him, by notifying the same to the Governor, or Commander in Chief for the Time being.
VII. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That every Parish, the Minister whereof shall be suspended as aforesaid, shall be entirely discharged from the Payment of the Salary and Provisions by this Act allowed and made for the Minister thereof, for all such Time as the said Suspension shall remain in Force.
VIII. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Act and Acts heretofore passed, relative to the making Provision for an orthodox Clergy, and all and every Clause and Article contained in any such Act or Acts (except one Act of Assembly, intituled an Act to confirm an Agreement made by the present Church Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church Parish, in Craven County, with the Rev. James Reed; and also one other Act, intituled an Act to confirm an Agreement made by the Church Wardens and Vestry of Edgcomb Parish, in Halifax County, with the Rev. Thomas Burgess), from henceforth shall be repealed and made void.
IX. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That every Sheriff, and other Parish Collector, shall, on his Appointment to the said Office, enter into Bond, with sufficient Securities, to the Church Wardens and Vestrymen of the Parish whereof he shall be so appointed Collector, with Condition, that he will well and truly collect and pay to the said Church Wardens and Vestrymen, the taxes by them assessed, for the use of the Parish; and also save harmless, and keep indemnified, the said Church Wardens and Vestry, from all Suits, Costs, and Damages, which they shall sustain, if the said Collector shall fail to make such Collection, and Payment.
X. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That if any
XI. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Church Wardens and Vestry of each Parish, shall pay and satisfy to the Minister thereof, the Salary by this Act allowed him, on or before the First Day of August, in every Year: And in Case of Neglect or Refusal, the Minister shall and may, by Motion in the Superior Court have the like Remedy, Proceedings and Relief, against such Church Wardens and Vestry so neglecting or refusing, as is or may, by Virtue of this Act, be had against any Parish Collector, for Taxes by him to be collected and paid to the Church Wardens and Vestry.
XII. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the Minister of every Parish, shall preach at the Churches and Chapels which now are, or hereafter shall be erected in the Parish whereof he is Minister, and at such other suitable Places as the Vestry for the Time being shall Direct.
I. Whereas by an Act of Assembly lately passed at Wilmington, William Dry, Esquire, is impowered to make a Public Road through the great Island opposite the Borough of Wilmington, which said Road is nigh opened; and as it is necessary that two Roads should be laid off and made from the Ferry on the Northwest River, leading from the said New Road, one towards Brunswick, the other upwards into the main Road:
II. Be it therefore Enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, and by the Authority of the same, That the Inferior Court of Brunswick County shall, within Three Months after the Passing this Act, nominate and appoint Twelve Men to lay out the said Roads; and the Persons so appointed, or the Majority of them, shall, within Two Months after their Appointment, lay out the said Roads, from that Part of the Northwest River opposite the Road through Eagle's Island; one Road leading towards Brunswick, the other towards Bladen County, each to intersect the Main Road the best and nearest Way: And if any Person appointed to lay out the said Roads shall refuse or neglect to perform the same, he shall forfeit and pay the Sum of Five Pounds, Proclamation Money; to be recovered by any Person who shall sue for the same, by Action of Debt, brought in the Name of the Chairman of the Inferior Court of Brunswick County; which Money when recovered, shall be paid to the Chairman of said Court, and by him be applied towards making the said Roads.
III. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the paid
IV. And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no Person whatever residing, or to reside on the said Island, shall be licenced to keep any Tavern, Ordinary, or Tippling-House thereon, within One Mile of the said Road, other than at the Ferry Houses.
V. And to enable the said William Dry to make a Good and sufficient Causeway through the said Island, opposite to Wilmington; Be it Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said William Dry, his Servants or Slaves, shall and may at all Times hereafter, make use of any Earth, Dirt, or Sand, necessary in making and repairing the Causeway aforesaid, from off any Person's Land adjacent thereto without any Let, Hindrance, or Molestation whatever.
(Printed in Private Acts, post.)
(Printed in Private Acts, post.)