Orders, commission, and warrant of Alexander Spotswood, 1711 Aug. 30.
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Alexr Spotswood her Majtys Lieut Governor & Comder in Chief the Colony & Dominion of Virginia & Rector of the College of William & Mary To Nicholas Curle Gent Greeting Whereas the Commissioners of her Majtys Customs on consideracon of the frauds and abuses frequently committed in the Collection & payment of the duty of a penny per pound on tobacco exported out of this Colony to her Matys plantacons have thought fitt to permitt the Governors of the College of William & Mary to when ye sd duty is granted by Charter to nominate and appoint Comptrollers for the better managing & receiving the sd duty I do therefore in pursuance of the said Permission hereby Nominate & appoint you to be Comptroller of the said duty within the Lower District of James River And you are accordingly hereby empowered and authorized for and in behalf of the sd College to provide a Chest or Cash with two Locks and keys one of wch to be kept by you & the other by the Collector of the said District and to take care that all the money arising by the said Duty be duly put and lodged therein from time to time, and in case any part of the said duty be paid in Tobacco, You are in like manner to take care that ye same be lodged in a proper Store house under ye same Security of locks & keys untill you can dispose thereof for ye benefitt of ye sd College. And you are [at ye?] end of each quarter to return to me or the Rector of the College for the time being an exact accot of all the the Cash or tobacco in yor Charge arising by the sd Duty. I do further direct that at ye same time you transmitt yr quarterly Costs to ye Commrs of ye Customs you also transmitt to them an accot of the penny pr pound according to ye scheme used by the Collector: and for the further preventing of any fraudulent practices in the sd Collector I do strictly charge & require that no permitt be granted for lading Tobacco for the plantacons And for yr [due acting?] all & [singular?] the premisses this shall be yor Warrant Given under my hand & Seal this 30th day of August 1711 in ye 10th year of her Matys Reign