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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, April 26, 1715-August 10, 1716
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ACTS.

John Hart, Esqr; Governor
Chap, 1

 

An Act for repairing the Damages already sustained in the
Records of the Land, Secretary's, Commissary's and County
Court Offices; and for the Security of the Same Records for
the future.

Whereas upon a View and Enquiry into the Records of
the Land, Secretary's Commissary's and County Court Offices
of this Province, it appears, that sundry Matters which have
been Recorded therein, are entirely lost, to the great Prejudice
of those concerned; and a great Part of such as remain, are
so very much worn and damnified, that without a Speedy Care
is taken for their Amendment, it is like to prove of very ill
and dangerous Consequences to the Inhabitants of this Prov-
ince in general, the most valuable Part of their Estates
Entirely depending thereon,
And forasmuch as the bad Circumstances of the Records
of the Land, Secretary's, and Commissary's Offices, are owing,
as well to the Damages they sustained by transporting them
from St. Mary's to this City, as to the Negligence of the several
Officers and Clerks that have hitherto been entrusted there-
with, and the Want of good and sufficient Books at first, they
not being under any Obligation or Penalty to find such Books,
or to keep them in due Repair, notwithstanding they have
received the full Profits and Benefits of the several Offices
they were entrusted with: For Remedy whereof for the future,
and that the Records of the several Offices as aforesaid, that
stand in need of any Amendments and Reparations, may be
speedily and sufficiently amended and repaired, in the best
Manner that is possible, at the Charge of the Public, and
respective Counties; and that after such Reparations as afore-
said, the several Officers and Clerks that shall from Time to
Time be entrusted with any the several Records aforesaid, and
shall reap the Profits and Benefits of such their Offices, be
obliged to find good and sufficient Books for the future, and
look after and maintain the Record-Books committed to their
Care, in such Order and Reparation, from Time to Time, as
they shall receive them.

Bacon.



 
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