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Virginia Sct.  
 
Virginia Sct.  
Norborne Baron de Botetourt his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governour General of the said Colony and Dominion, and Vice Admiral of the same  To John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Grinnell, Robert Adam William Payne, William Adams, Hector Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne of County of Fairfax Gentlemen Greeting -Whereas in Purfuance of an Act of Affembly, made at a General Affembly begun and holden at the Capitol, in the City of Williamlburg, in the fifth Year of his present Majesty's Reign, entitled An Act for "amending the Act entitled an Act directing the Trial of Slaves committing capital Crimes, and for the more " effectual punishing Conspiracies and Insurrections of them, and for the better Government of Negroes, Mulattoes, and "Indians, bond or free," the Governour, or Commander in Chief of this Colony for the Time being, is desired and empowered to issue Commissions of Oyer and Termine, directed to the Justices of each County, respectively, empowering them, from Time to Time, to try, condemn, and execute, or otherwise punish or acquit, all Slaves committing capital Crimes within their County:  KNOW YE, therefore, that I the said Norborne Baron de Botetourt by Virtue of the Powers and Authorities to me given by the said Act, as Commander in Chief of this Dominion, do assign and empower you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Grinnell, Robert Adam, William Payne, William Adams, [illegible] Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne or any four or more of you, whereof any of you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West Jr. Bryan Fairfax or Sampson Darrell shall be one, Juetices, in such Manner, and by such Ways [and?] Methods, as in the said Acts of the General Assembly are directed, prescribed, and set down, to inquire of, and [to?] hear and determine, all Treasons, petit Treasons, or Misprisions thereof, Felonies, Murders, or other Offences, or capital Crimes whatsoever, committed or perpetrated within the said County by any Slave or Slaves whatsoever; for the better Performance whereof, you, or any four or more of you, as aforesaid, are hereby required and commanded to meet at the Courthouse of the said County, when thereunto required by the Sheriff of the said County, for the Trial of any Slave or Slaves committing any of the Offences above mentioned, and any such Slave or Slaves being found guilty, in such Manner, and upon such Evidence, as the said Acts of the General Assembly do direct, to pass Judgment as the Law directs for the like Crimes,  and on such Judgment to award Execution, or otherwise to acquit, as of Right ought to be done, or to carry into Execution any Judgment by you given on such Trial.  GIVEN under my Hand, and the Seal of the Colony, at Williamsburg, the thirteenth Day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy in the tenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third.  Botetourt
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Norborne Baron de Botetourt his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governour General of the said Colony and Dominion, and Vice Admiral of the same   
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To John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Gunnell, Robert Adam William Payne, William Adams, Hector Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne of [the] County of Fairfax Gentlemen Greeting -
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Whereas in Pursuance of an Act of Assembly, made at a General Assembly begun and holden at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg, in the fifth Year of his present Majesty's Reign, entitled An Act for "amending the Act entitled an Act directing the Trial of Slaves committing capital Crimes, and for the more " effectual punishing Conspiracies and Insurrections of them, and for the better Government of Negroes, Mulattoes, and "Indians, bond or free," the Governour, or Commander in Chief of this Colony for the Time being, is desired and empowered to issue Commissions of OYER and TERMINER, directed to the Justices of each County, respectively, empowering them, from Time to Time, to try, condemn, and execute, or otherwise punish or acquit, all Slaves committing capital Crimes within their County:  KNOW YE, therefore, that I the said Norborne Baron de Botetourt by Virtue of the Powers and Authorities to me given by the said Act, as Commander in Chief of this Dominion, do assign and empower you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Gunnell, Robert Adam, William Payne, William Adams, [Hector] Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne or any four or more of you, whereof any of you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West Jr. Bryan Fairfax or Sampson Darrell shall be one, Justices, in such Manner, and by such Ways [and] Methods, as in the said Acts of the General Assembly are directed, prescribed, and set down, to inquire of, and [to] hear and determine, all Treasons, petit Treasons, or Misprisions thereof, Felonies, Murders, or other Offences, or capital Crimes whatsoever, committed or perpetrated within the said County by any Slave or Slaves whatsoever; for the better Performance whereof, you, or any four or more of you, as aforesaid, are hereby required and commanded to meet at the Courthouse of the said County, when thereunto required by the Sheriff of the said County, for the Trial of any Slave or Slaves committing any of the Offences above mentioned, and any such Slave or Slaves being found guilty, in such Manner, and upon such Evidence, as the said Acts of the General Assembly do direct, to pass Judgment as the Law directs for the like Crimes,  and on such Judgment to award Execution, or otherwise to acquit, as of Right ought to be done, or to carry into Execution any Judgment by you given on such Trial.  GIVEN under my Hand, and the Seal of the Colony, at Williamsburg, the thirteenth Day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy in the tenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third.   
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Virginia Sct. Norborne Baron de Botetourt his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governour General of the said Colony and Dominion, and Vice Admiral of the same To John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Gunnell, Robert Adam William Payne, William Adams, Hector Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne of [the] County of Fairfax Gentlemen Greeting - Whereas in Pursuance of an Act of Assembly, made at a General Assembly begun and holden at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg, in the fifth Year of his present Majesty's Reign, entitled An Act for "amending the Act entitled an Act directing the Trial of Slaves committing capital Crimes, and for the more " effectual punishing Conspiracies and Insurrections of them, and for the better Government of Negroes, Mulattoes, and "Indians, bond or free," the Governour, or Commander in Chief of this Colony for the Time being, is desired and empowered to issue Commissions of OYER and TERMINER, directed to the Justices of each County, respectively, empowering them, from Time to Time, to try, condemn, and execute, or otherwise punish or acquit, all Slaves committing capital Crimes within their County: KNOW YE, therefore, that I the said Norborne Baron de Botetourt by Virtue of the Powers and Authorities to me given by the said Act, as Commander in Chief of this Dominion, do assign and empower you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West jun'r, Bryan Fairfax, Sampson Darrell, Henry Gunnell, Robert Adam, William Payne, William Adams, [Hector] Ross, Alexander Henderson, George Washington and Edward Payne or any four or more of you, whereof any of you the said John West, George Mason, Daniel McCarty, John Carlyle, William Ramsay, Charles Broadwater, John West Jr. Bryan Fairfax or Sampson Darrell shall be one, Justices, in such Manner, and by such Ways [and] Methods, as in the said Acts of the General Assembly are directed, prescribed, and set down, to inquire of, and [to] hear and determine, all Treasons, petit Treasons, or Misprisions thereof, Felonies, Murders, or other Offences, or capital Crimes whatsoever, committed or perpetrated within the said County by any Slave or Slaves whatsoever; for the better Performance whereof, you, or any four or more of you, as aforesaid, are hereby required and commanded to meet at the Courthouse of the said County, when thereunto required by the Sheriff of the said County, for the Trial of any Slave or Slaves committing any of the Offences above mentioned, and any such Slave or Slaves being found guilty, in such Manner, and upon such Evidence, as the said Acts of the General Assembly do direct, to pass Judgment as the Law directs for the like Crimes, and on such Judgment to award Execution, or otherwise to acquit, as of Right ought to be done, or to carry into Execution any Judgment by you given on such Trial. GIVEN under my Hand, and the Seal of the Colony, at Williamsburg, the thirteenth Day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy in the tenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third. Botetourt