The said Bill with the following ordinance Sent up to his
Matyties Honble Councill by Major Dent, Capt Blay and Mr
By the house of Delegates June the 11th 1697.
Voted and Resolved that the Kings Armes and the Countrys
Armes distributed according to order of his Excy the Govr
and Councill be kept well fixed and in good repaire at the
County charge as also the carrying and removeing them to
those places where they are lodged.
That the officer with whom the Arms powder or Amunition
is or shall be lodged give two Receipts for the Same one to
his Excy the Govr another to be kept among the Councill
Records, which arms amunition &c are not to be disposed of
(Except powder as shall be hereafter ordered) by the officers
where lodged unless by order of his Excy or of the field officers
in Case of Invasion or Insurrection (which God prevent) upon
forfeiture of treble the worth of the said arms and amunition
to be disposed of for purchasing more.
That upon the dismissall Death or Removall of any officer
with whom Arms and Amunition are Lodged, the next field
officer with one Capt doe imediately goe and take an accompt
of the said Arms and Amunition and secure them untill they
receive some further order there about from his Excy the Com-
mander in Chiefe to whome they are with convenient Speed
That if it appears that the Arms and Amunitions have been
Embezled by any officer with whom they are or heretofore have
been lodged, or by the heirs Exrs or Adrs of any such officers
that the value thereof shall be first satisfied out of the said
deceased officers Estate.
That considering the powder of this province is generally
decayed and of little value, that it may be Lawfull for each
respective officer with whome it is lodged to sell or dispose of