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, &c., 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. Arthur Dobbs, Esq., Governor.
I. Whereas, George Pollock, late of Bertie County, Esquire, deceased, in his life time, to-wit: On the Twenty Second Day of April, in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Two, did make and Execute to the said William Dry, Esquire, a certain Writing Obligatory, binding himself, his Heirs, Executors and Administrators, in the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds Proclamation Money, with condition, that the said George Pollock, should well and truly make and convey to the said William Dry, Esquire, his Heirs and Assigns, a good and sufficient Estate in Fee-simple, of, in, and to a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing about Nine Hundred Acres, lying and being in Craven County, and is Part of, and adjoining the Town of New Bern, being the Tract of Land formerly granted to Daniel Richardson, by Patent, by the late Lords Proprietors, bearing Date the Twelfth Day of January, in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen-Fourteen, (on Record in the Secretary's Office of this Province, Reference being thereunto had, may more fully appear) and by him the said Daniel sold and conveyed to Thomas Pollock, Esquire, Grand-Father of the said George Pollock; and also convey, transfer, assign and make over to the said William Dry, his Heirs and Assigns, all the Estate Right, Title, Interest, Property, Claim and Demand, of the said George Pollock in and to the several Lots and Parcels of Land belonging to the said George Pollock in the said Town of New Bern; as also, all the Estate, Right, Title, Interest, Property, Claim and Demand, of the said George Pollock, of, in, and to all vacant Lots of Land and all Lots escheated or escheatable in the said town of New Bern, by Reason of non-Improvement, or otherwise. And whereas, the said George Pollock since departed this Life having first made and executed his last Will and Testament in writing, and therein and thereby devised all his Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments to Cullen Pollock and Thomas Pollock, Esquires, in Tail Male, and appointed them the said Cullen and Thomas, Executors thereof: And whereas, the said Heirs at Law of the said George Pollock are under age, and the said Cullen and Thomas are desirous that the condition of the said Writing Obligatory, should be confirmed and complied with.
II. Be it therefore Enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, and by the Authority of the same, And it is hereby Enacted,
I. Whereas, in and by an Act of Assembly of this Province, passed the Ninth Day of March, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Four, intituled, An Act to continue An Act intituled An Act to make Provision for paying the Chief Justice, and Attorney's General's Salaries, and defraying the Contingent Charges of Government, passed in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight, in which said Act so continued, among other Things, it is Enacted, That a Poll Tax of One Shilling and Six Pence, on each Taxable Person in this Province, should be collected by the Sheriffs of the several Counties, and by them accounted for, and paid to the Treasurers of the respective Districts at the same Time, and in the same Manner, and under the same Penalties, as is by Law directed, for the collecting, accounting for, and paying other Taxes, and applied as is therein directed: And whereas, the Act for continuing said Act, after the Ratification thereof, was not transmitted to the said County of Orange in due Time; and the Treasurer of the Southern District having given Instruction from under his Hand, as a Guide to Thomas Hart, Esquire, then Sheriff, in collecting the Public Taxes for the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three, That the whole of the Public Tax for the said Year from each Taxable Person, amounted only to Five Shillings and Eight Pence; Wherefore the said Thomas Hart, Sheriff as aforesaid, collected and received from each Taxable Person within the said County, Five Shillings and Eight Pence only; when, in Truth, the whole of the Public Tax due from each Taxable Person for said Year, amounted to Seven Shillings and Two Pence; and the said Thomas Hart being liable to account for and pay to the Treasurer the said Tax of One Shilling and Six Pence for the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred fand Sixty Three, for each Taxable then in the said County, out of his private Estate, to the great Impoverishment of his Family: For Remedy whereof,
II. Be it Enacted, by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, and by the Authority of the same, That the said Poll Tax of One Shilling and Six Pence for each Taxable in the County of Orange Part of the Public Tax omitted by the said Thomas Hart, in his collection in the Year
III. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Thomas Hart, his Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, shall stand for ever released, acquitted, exonerated, and discharged from being answerable or accountable to the public Treasurer of the District, or any other Whomsoever, for the Payment of any other or greater Sum or Sums of Money, as Sheriff of Orange County, for the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three, than Five Shillings and Eight Pence for each Taxable Person, as the public Tax for the said Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three.
Read three times and ratified in open Assembly, 27 November, 1764.