Thereupon the Bill afd past for Engrosing.
Resolved that a Bill be brought in giving time till the last
day of May for tendering Tobacco.
And that a Bill be brought in to prevent the Vexatious En-
tries of Caveats in the Land office.
Collo Mackall from the Committee of Elections & privi-
ledges Returns the following report Viz :
By the Committee of Elections and priviledges
October the 21st 1724
On Inspection into the writt and Indentures returned for
Capt Daniell Mariarte we find him duely Elected.
Signed p order M Jenifer Cl especially appted
An Engrost Bill to cut off the Intail of a Certain tract of
Land called Billingsley point and to Enable John Jordan to
make Sale of the Same, and
An Engrost Bill in favour of Colo Ephraim Augt Herman
were severally read and assented to and were so Endorst
and Sent to the Upper house by Mr Smith and Mr Sutton.
They return & say they delivered them
Colo Ward from the Upper house delivers Mr Speaker the
following Message viz.
By the Upper house of Assembly, October the 21st 1724.
On Reading your Message of the 20th Instant by Mr Tyler
and Mr Bozman we observe you therein propose an abatement
of the one half of the publick Dues and officers frees within this
Province a proposal so unreasonable and unbecomeing that
Justice and Honour which ought to be the Rule of a Legisla-
tive power, That we can by no means concurr with you there-
in; for altho' we may dispose of our own Rights as we please,
yet we cannot without the greatest injustice, deprive those
who have a Right to publick claims, or officers ffees of any
part of that which by particular Contracts or the standing
Laws or Customs of this province becomes their due, But to
Let you see that our house is as inclinable to relieve the neces-
sities of the people in this Time of Scarcity of Tobacco, as you
can be, We are Willing not only to abate the one half, but even
the whole of our allowance for attending at this Sessions
of Assembly, Provided you will in like manner, ease the pub-