By the house of Delegates 15th December 1708.
Read and assented to by the house of Delegates.
Signed p order Richd Dallam Cl: ho: Del:
December the 15th 1708.
Then was the bill read and assented to by her Majtys honble
Councill & Signed p order.
W Bladen Cl Council
December the 17th 1708.
On the behalfe of our Sovereigne Lady Ann Queen of
Great Brittain &ca I will this be a Law
An Act directing the manner of Electing and Summoning
Delegates and Representatives to Serve in Succeeding
fforasmuch as the Chiefest and only foundation and Support
of any Kingdom State or Commonwealth is the providing Es-
tablishing and Enacting good and wholesome Laws for the
good rule and Government thereof and also upon any neces-
sary and Emergent Occasion to raise and Levy money for the
defraying the Charge of the said Government and the defence
thereof neither of which according to the Constitution of this
province Can be made ordained Established and Raised but
by and with the Consent of the ffreemen of this province by
their Severall Delegates and Representatives by them freely
nominated Chosen and Elected to serve for their Severall
Countys in Generall Assembly and forasmuch as the Safest
and best rule for this province to follow in Electing such Del-
egates and Representatives is the presidents of the proceed-
ings in parliments in England as near as the Constitution of
this province will admitt The Governour Councill and dele-
gates of this Present Generall Assembly do humbly pray that
it may be Enacted.