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The present COURT OF APPEALS consists of
2,500 Dabney Carr,
2,500 The Judges are entitled to receive, in addition to their salaries, 25 cents a mile for necessary travel. The Court of Appeals holds two sessions annually; one at Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, for the counties lying west of the Blue Ridge, commencing on the 1st Monday in July, and continuing 90 days, unless the business shall be sooner despatched; the other at Richmond, for the counties lying east of the Blue Ridge, commencing at such times as the court may, from time to time, appoint, and continuing 160 days, unless the business shall be sooner despatched.
General Court.—The state is divided into 10 districts, and each district into two circuits, and a Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery is held twice every year in each county and corporation; the courts sitting until the business is despatched.
There are 20 Judges, having each a salary of $1,500, and their names, with the number of their respective circuits, are as follows: 1. Richard F. Baker, 8. William Daniel, 15. Benjamin Estill, 2. John F. May,
9. William Leigh, 16. James E. Brown, 3. Abel P. Upshur, 10. Fleming Saunders, 17. Allen Taylor, 4. William Brown, 11. Richard H. Field, 18. Edward D. Duncan, 5. J. T. Lomax,
12. Lucas P. Thompson, 19. Lewis Summers, 6. John Scott,
13. Richard E. Parker, 20. Joseph L. Fry. 7. John B. Clopton, 14. Daniel Smith,
County Courts.—Justices of the Peace who constitute these Courts are elected by the Governor, upon nomination of the existing County Courts, Four Justices constitute a Court for the trial of civil
, and five for criminal Their civil jurisdiction in law and equity is concurrent with that of the Circuit Superior Courts of Law and Chancery in cases of trover or detinue, and others involving greater value than $50; and below that amount but over $20, it is exclusive. Their criminal jurisdiction is concurrent with that of the same Court in petit larceny, and all other offences of free persons not exceeding the grade of misdemeanors, and in the case of slaves exclusive as to all offences. The Justices receive no compensation; but the lucrative office of Sheriff is conferred upon one of their body, generally the eldest Justice, and for two successive years, when he gives way to the next oldest in commission, &c. These Courts are established by the Constitution, but their jurisdiction, is settled by law.
Right OF SUFFRAGE is extended to every white male citizen of the commonwealth, resident therein, aged 21 years and upwards; who was qualified to exercise the right under the former constitution and laws;—or who own a freehold of the value of $25;—or who has a joint interest worth $25, in a freehold;—or who has a reversion, or vested remainder in fee expectant on an estate for life or years; of which he shall have been possessed for six
months, unless obtained by descent, devise, or marriage;-or who shall own and be in occupation of a leasehold estate, recorded two
months before he offers to vote, of an annual value of $20, and original duration of at least 5 years ;-or who has been housekeeper or head of a family for 12 months, and been assessed with, and has paid taxes.
But paupers, persons of unsound mind, non-commissioned officers, soldiers, seamen and marines of the U. States, and persons convicted of infamous offences cannot vote.
As connected with this subject we insert here the Civil List of Virginia;---prepared in compliance with a resolution of the House of Delegates of the 8th of March, 1833.
ment and their Salaries.
Governor, salary $3333 33.—The governor is ex-officio president of the literary fund, the board of public works, the James river company, and the northwestern turnpike company, for which several services he receives no additional compensation.
Lieutenant Governor, $1000; two Councillors, 81000 each.— The lieutenant-governor is not now a director of either of these boards. In case of the death or resignation of the governor, he is entitled to the chief magistrate's salary in lieu of his own. Neither the lieutenant-governor, nor the other members of the council, have any perquisites of office.
Secretary of the Commonwealth, $1620 00; Assistant Clerk, $1000 00; Copying Clerk, $200 00.—The secretary or clerk of the executive department is also keeper of the seals and librarian, by virtue of his office. He is entitled to a fee of 81 67 upon each testimonial granted from the executive department, and to commissions, at the discretion of the joint library committee, upon sales or exchanges of books belonging to the library fund. These perquisites, it is understood, are very inconsiderable. Neither the assistant nor copying clerk is entitled to any other compensation besides his salary.
Clerk of the Council, $500 00:- Keeps the journal of the council, and performs various other duties, for which he has no perquisites.
Door-Keeper to the Council, $500 00.- The door-keeper to the council is also keeper of the capitol keys, but is entitled to no compensation besides his regular salary. The incidental expenses of the executive department during the past fiscal year, amounted to $1,193 61, including fuel, stationery and postage.
President of the Court of Appeals, $2750 00; Four Judges of the Court of Appeals, $2,500 each.— The president and judges are entitled, exclusive of their salaries, to twenty cents per mile for travelling to and from the respective courts they are required to attend.
Clerk Eastern Court, $1000 00; Clerk Western Court, $1000 00.This allowance of $1,000 to each of the clerks of the court of appeals, is the maximum fixed by law, but the judges may in their discretion reduce it. The clerks are entitled to their regular fees from individuals, but to no other compensation from the state. The judges are authorized to appoint a crier and tipstaff to each of the courts held
at Richmond and Lewisburg, and to fix their compensation. The crier at Richmond received, during the last fiscal year, $729, and the tipstaff, 8608 31; and the incidental expenses
for fuel, stationery, &c. amounted, in the same period, to 8193. The contingent expenses at Lewisburg, owing to the short terms of the court, are very inconsiderable.
I'wenty Judges of the Circuit Superior Courts of Law and Chancery, nineteen at $1,500, and one at $1,800.—The judge of the superior court of Henrico receives 81,800 annual salary. The other judges, $1,500 each; and all are entitled to 15 cents per mile for travelling through their circuits and to the general court.
Clerk of the General Court, $500 00.—The fees of the clerk of the general court are very inconsiderable.
Attorney Superior Court Henrico, $300 00; Clerk Superior Court Henrico, $100 00.-An act concerning the superior court of Henrico, passed 29th March, 1823, fixes the compensation of the attorney and clerk of that court, and makes them, in effect, salaried officers. The clerk is moreover entitled to his fees for services rendered the commonwealth, which will probably average about 840 per annum.
Attorney General, $1000 00.— The attorney general is entitled to fees when recovered from defendants; but owing to the diminished number of judgments against public debtors, his fees have not averaged more than $40 per annum for the last two vears.
Treasurer, $2000 00.- Î'he treasurer is ex-officio a director of the board of public works, the James river company, the literary fund, and the northwestern turnpike company, He is moreover, by virtue of his office, a director of the Virginia bank, and treasurer of the Cincinnati fund, which is in his possession. He has no perquisites of office.
First Clerk, $900 00.—The first clerk of the treasurer has charge of the books in which the accounts of the commonwealth are kept, distinguished from those which relate to speciffic funds, the latter being confided to the second clerk. Both, however, perform indiscriminately the current duties of the office. The incidental expenses of the treasury office during the last fiscal year, embracing fuel, stationery, sweeper, &c. amounted to $152 38.
Auditor of Public Accounts, $2000 00.-The auditor is ex-officio a director of the James river company, the board of public works, the literary fund, and the northwestern turnpike company. He is also, in conjunction with the governor, lieutenant-governor, and second auditor, one of the commissioners for transporting the free people of color. He has no perquisites nor extra compensation, except a fee of 50 cents for each redemption of delinquent land. The late laws on that subject have reduced these fees to an average of thirty or forty dollars per annum. His general duties are to audit all claims against the commonwealth, and to collect and disburse the public revenue.
Clerk of Accounts, $1400 00.—The clerk of accounts has in his peculiar charge the public books of account, prepares all the revenue statements and the lists of balances, and performs a variety of duties connected with his department.
First Clerk, $900 00.—The first clerk represents the auditor in his absence, and during such time, is entitled to extra compensation at the rate of $166 67 per annum. He has special charge of the vouchers upon which warrants are issued, assists the auditor in the revenue settlements, and performs various other duties.
Second Clerk, 8750 00; Third Clerk, 8600 00.—The second clerk has. charge of the delinquent land lists, and in common with the third clerk,
performs a variety of duties appertaining to the current business, such as examining and correcting commmissioners' books, insolvents in the revenue, and militia fines, &c. &c. The auditor is also authorized to employ an extra clerk, in his discretion, at the rate of $50 per month, growing out of the accumulated labors of the office from revolutionary claims, &c. The incidental expenses of the office in the last fiscal year, including stationery, fuel, and sweeper, and excluding postage, amounted to $280 75. The postage alone amounted to $1,050.
Second Auditor, $1800 00.- The second auditor is an ex-officio director of the James river company, board of public works, literary fund, and northwestern turnpike company, and audits all the accounts appertaining thereto. He is moreover superintendent of the literary fund, and clerk to the board of directors. He is also ex-officio secretary to the board of public works, and one of the commissioners for removing free people of color. He is entitled to no extra compensation.
First Clerk, 8900 00; Second Clerk, 8600 00.—The first clerk repre. sents the second auditor in his absence, and when necessary, acts as clerk to the literary fund, and secretary to the board of public works; keeps the books of the James river company and board of public works, and assists the second auditor in the current business. The second clerk keeps the books of the literary fund and northwestern turnpike company, and attends to other duties. The incidental expenses of the office, and of the several boards connected therewith, for the past fiscal year, embracing, fuel, stationery, sweeper, pay of messengers, and clerks of boards, postage, printing, and miscellaneous expenses, amounted to $1,172 64.
Register of the Land Office, $1500 00.—The register's duties are principally defined in the general revised land law of 1st March, 1819. * He has no perquisites, his fees of office being required to be paid into the treasury.
First Clerk of the Land Office, $900 00.- The first clerk receives and examines surveys, &c. and issues grants, &c.
Second Clerk, $600.--The second clerk is engaged principally in recording. The incidental expenses of the land office the past fiscal year, including fuel, stationery, parchment for grants, and sweeper, amounted to $625 29.
Public Printer, $2600 00.-81,000 of the public printer's salary is paid quarterly. The residue annually, after the completion of the sessions acts.
The salary is exclusive of extra printing. The amount paid during the last fiscal year for printing legislative documents, extra copies of the acts and journals of the library, &c. &c. amounted to $1,836 64, which is probably about a fair annual average:
Superintendent of the Penitentiary, 82000 00; First and Second Assistant Keepers $700 each; Third, Fourth, Firth, Sixth, and Seventh Assistant Keepers, 8600 each.—Neither the keeper nor assistant keepers receive any extra compensation. The auditor is not informed as to the particular distribution of duties among the assistants. The 6th and 7th assistants were for the first time so denominated in the act of 8th March, 1833. They were previously called turnkey and delivery clerk.
Clerk, 8600 00.— The clerk keeps the accounts of the institution, and acts as clerk to the board of directors. He has no perquisites.
Five Directors, at $150 each.—The directors are paid annually, at the rate of $3 per day, for each day's attendance; not to exceed $150. Surgeon to the Penitentiary and Public Guard, 8900 00.
sick convicts at the penitentiary and soldiers of the public guard, and is entitled to no perquisites of office.
General Agent or Store-Keeper to the Penitentiary.-The agent for selling penitentiary manufactures is allowed a commission of seven per centum upon sales, in lieu of salaries to himself and clerks.
Adjutant General, $500 00.-For the various laws respecting the adju. tant general, see 1 Rev. Code, pages 94, 95, 96 and 98, and Supplement, pages 60, 64, 81 and 84.
Vaccine Agent, $500 00.- The allowance is paid semi-annually, on the order of the executive. The auditor is informed by the agent that there are numerous applications for vaccine matter. No perquisites of office.
Superintendant of the Westham Magazine, 8150 00.-It is understood that no duties are now required of this officer, the magazine not being used.
Keeper of the Rolls and Clerk of the House of Delegates, $200 00.The clerk of the house of delegates is ex-officio keeper of the rolls, and it is in the latter character, that he is entitled to the stated salary of $200 per annum. As clerk, his allowance was fixed at $150 per week, by the act of 16th February, 1822. Out of this weekly allowance, the clerk of the house of delegates employs an assistant in the office during the sessions of the legislature, and defrays the expense of enrolling and engrossing the acts. Besides his official duties during the session, he is required after the adjournment of the legislature, to arrange and cause to be published, with marginal notes and indexes, the laws of that body. His perquisites consist in fees for certified copies of the acts of assembly; but it is understood that they amount to a very inconsiderable sum. The incidental expenses of the office of the clerk during the last fiscal year, including fuel, stationery for the house of delegates, binding journals, parchment, &c. amounted to $333 48.—Total amount of Civil List, $74,553 33.
Though not strictly within the terms of the resolution of the house of delegates, it is perhaps required by its spirit, that the allowances to the officers of the general assembly, so far as they have been fixed by law, should be added.
The speaker of the senate is entitled, under the act of 16th February, 1822, to $6 per day, mileage and ferriages. The speaker of the house of delegates, to $8 per day, mileage and ferriages. The clerk of the senate, to $75
week. The sergeant at arms to the senate, to $30 per week. The sergeant of the house of delegates, to $28 per week, and fees for arrests. The clerks of each of the committees to the house of delegates, to $35 per week. The door keepers to both houses, each to $28 per week. The printer to the senate, to 8600 for the session. The only clerks of com. mittees of the house of delegates, whose allowances were fixed by the act of 16th February, 1822, were those of propositions and grievances, elections and claims, courts of justice, and roads and navigation. Other clerks of committees have been occasionally appointed, and their wages paid by a special clause in the annual appropriation law.
It may also be proper to add, that pursuant to the resolution of the general assembly of 21st February, 1833, the executive has employed an agent to examine certain revolutionary documents, with a salary of $1,200 per annum.
On the third of July, 1776, the convention which met to adopt a constitu