Proposals for improving the staple of tobacco and advancing the public credit, 1711.
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to be raised either by the publick or by the Countys & parishes.
That for the encouragement of the County Agent, and for his trouble in repacking the several parcells of tobacco brought to him, he be paid [blank] pence Current money for every hundred weight of tobacco paid away by him in a hogshead together with an allowance of thirty pounds of tobacco for the cask, to be paid by thee Creditor or person to whom he sells his tobacco Provided that no hogshead of sweet scented tobacco contain less than 650 neat, nor no hogshd of Aronoco less than 500. That notwithstanding thirty pounds of tobacco be allowed the Agent for cask; yet if any Debtor shall pay his Debt in cask, the Agent shall not be obliged to make him the same allowance, but shall only pay twenty pounds of tobacco for such cask, the other ten being allowed him for the troubles of Cooperage. And for preventing all unreasonable multiplying of notes which some may demand purely to create troub[le] to the Agent, he shall be allowed 2 l of tobacco for every note so delivered out. And for all tobacco that shall be left in the Store after publick notice is given to the Owners to receive it, the same Storeage shall be paid as is directed by an Act appointing Rowling houses &c. And because tobacco lying in the hands of the Agent will be liable to loss of weight, he shall for such loss be allowed [blank] pr Cent
The Advantages of this project, besides the lessning the Levys at least a tenth part will be many. It will prevent the importation of all that Trash which now ruines the Trade. It will oblige the Planters to make only that which is good, whereby the reputation of the Virginia tobacco will be again advanced. It will raise the publick Credit, since tobacco so received will be as valuable as any other in the Government; By this means all Services done