James Madison Papers

Bill Relating to the Office of Lieutenant Governor, [5 December] 1786

Bill Relating to the Office of Lieutenant Governor

[5 December 1786]1

Be it enacted that the Act, entitled an Act empowering one of the Privy Council to officiate in certain Cases as Lieutenant Governour, the operation whereof is suspended untill the first day of January next, shall commence & be in force from and after the passing of this Act.

Ms (Vi). In JM’s hand. Docketed by JM, “A Bill For putting into immediate operation an Act entitled ‘An Act empowering one of the privy Council to Officiate in certain Cases as Lieutenant Governour.[’]” Endorsed by Beckley.

1JM and Nicholas were ordered to prepare and bring in the bill on 5 Dec. 1786. JM presented the bill the same day when it was read the first time (JHDV description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Williamsburg. Beginning in 1780, the portion after the semicolon reads, Begun and Held in the Town of Richmond, In the County of Henrico. The journal for each session has its own title page and is individually paginated. The edition used is the one in which the journals for 1777–1786 are brought together in two volumes, with each journal published in Richmond in either 1827 or 1828 and often called the “Thomas W. White reprint.” description ends , Oct. 1786, p. 86). On the following day it was read the second and third times, passed, and JM carried it to the Senate.

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