Foundations of Colonial America: A Documentary History - Vol. 3

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TAXATION

Virginia

Limitation of the Power of the Governor to Tax
March 5, 1623/24

(W. W. Hening, ed. Statutes at Large of Virginia, Vol. I, p. 124.)

That the governor shall not lay any taxes or impositions upon the colony, their lands, or commodities other way than by the authority of the general assembly, to be levied and employed as the said assembly shall appoint.

Method of Tax Collections
October 1629

(W. W. Hening, ed. Statutes at Large of Virginia, Vol. I, p. 143.)

It is further concluded and ordered that every master of a family and every freeman that is to pay five pounds of tobacco per poll as aforesaid for the defraying of public charges shall bring the same unto the Houses of the Burgesses of the plantations within two days after notice thereof given unto them. And if any shall fail to bring in the same, it is thought fit that by virtue of this order the said burgesses shall have power to levy the same by distress upon the goods of the delinquents and to make sale of the said goods and to detain such tobacco which shall be due by this order and for their fees in making this distress, restoring to the owner of the said goods the residue and remainder. And if the burgesses shall make neglect herein they shall be fined by the governor and council.

The burgesses do undertake to provide cask to put up the same and if any damages shall befall unto the tobacco it shall not light upon the burgesses, unless they shall be faulty therein.

All the burgesses are, with all convenient speed, to send to the governor a list of the tithable persons within their plantations, that thereby the governor may appoint those that are the creditors for this tobacco to receive it and that he take order to have an account kept of the same.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Foundations of Golonial America *
  • Preface v
  • Foundations of Colonial America *
  • Contents xi
  • Colonial Charters *
  • The Structure and Function of Government *
  • The Regulation of the Status and Activities of Individuals *
  • Taxation *
  • Regulation of Economic Activity *
  • Ecclesiastical Affairs *
  • Acts of Parliament and Royal Pr Oclama Tions *
  • Local Government *
  • Land Acquisition *
  • Laws Affecting Property Ownership *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution Deeds, Grants, Patents *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution: Wills and Estates *
  • Glossary *
  • Table of Regnal Years *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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