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[in pencil] [apr 1772?] strike out the words ‘Whereas the’ in the beginning of the bill & insert

‘Whereas it is sometimes requisite for the public convenience that roads should be opened thro’ the lands and plantations of others, whereby the proprietors not only lose the use of the lands occupied by such road but also are often obliged to make and keep up fences on each side thereof, and it is just they should receive compensation for the same. Be it therefore enacted by authority of the same that upon the return of the persons appointed to view and report the conveniences and inconveniences of any public road proposed, if the court shall be of opinion that such road may be convenient, they shall if required by the proprietor or proprietors of the land thro’ which such road is proposed to be opened, order a writ to be issued in the nature of an ad quod damnum to the sheriff of their county commanding him to enquirer by the oath of good and lawful men of his sd county to what damage or prejudice of such proprietor or proprietors so requesting such writ it will be if the sd road shall be established. and upon the return of the inquisition if the court shall be of opinion that such road ought to be established, then it shall and may be lawful for the justices of the sd court, and they are hereby required, at the next laying of their county levy, to levy and pay to the proprietor or proprietors at whose instance such writ of ad quod damnum was issued the damages found for him or them in such inquisition: (b) and where the lands etc [see in the other orde.] (a) And be it further exacted etc And whereas one — line [50?] and [55?] strike out ‘governor, council and burgesses of this present general assembly and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same’ and insert ‘by the authority aforesaid.’ — line 12. between the words ‘reign’ and ‘be’ insert ‘together with this act’ (a) and be it further enacted by the authority aforesd that where it shall be necessary to make any causeway in any road within the body of county which would be too great to [burther?]’ for the overseer and his assistants the court of that county wherein such causeway shall be wanting is hereby empowered and required to contract and agree for the making and repairing thereof and to levy the charge in their county levy

[in pencil written bottom left corner] F 49 8