Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bill for Altering the Rates of Copper Coin in Virginia, [7 November 1776]

Bill for Altering the Rates of Copper Coin in Virginia

[7 November 1776]

For rendering the halfpenny peices of Copper coin of this Commonwealth of more convenient value and by that means introducing them into more general circulation; be it enacted by the General assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia that from and after the passing of this act the said peices of Copper coin shall pass in all paiments for one penny each of current money of Virginia.

Provided nevertheless as was heretofore provided by the laws that no person shall be obliged to take above one shilling of the said copper coin in any one paiment of twenty shillings or under, nor more than two shillings and six pence of the said coin in any one paiment of a greater sum than twenty shillings.

MS (Vi). Docketed by TJ: “A Bill for altering the rates of the Copper coin of this Commonwealth.” Endorsed in at least two other hands: “1776 Nov. 7. Read the first Time. Novr. 8th. read 2d. Time and Committed to whole. November 21st. rejected.”

TJ was appointed to a committee, 7 Nov., to bring in this Bill, and he reported it the same day (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1776, 1828 edn., p. 45, 46, 65).

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