Report of the Committee of Revisors Appointed by the General Assembly of Virginia in MDCCLXXVI

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by the Virginia General Assembly, Committee of Revisors

Report of the Committee of Revisors
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Virginia General Assembly, Committee of Revisors
Published Richmond, VA: Printed by Dixon & Holt
Date November, 1779
Language English
Volumes volume set
Pages 6, 90
Desc. Folios (33 cm.)

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TUESDAY the 5th day of November, 1776.

RESOLVED, that Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Pendleton, George Wythe, George Mason, and Thomas Judwell Lee, Esquires, be appointed a committee to revise the laws of the commonwealth.



IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, the 18th day of June, 1779.

THE Speaker laid before the House a letter from Thomas Jefferson, Esq; Governor of the commonwealth, and George Wythe, Esq; two of the Committtee of Revisors, in the words the following:


SIR, THE committee appointed in pursuance of an act of General Assembly passed in 1776, intituled "An act for the revision of the laws," have according to the requisitions of the said act gone through that work, and prepared 126 bills, the titles of which are stated in the the inclosed catalogue. Some of these bills have been presented to the House of Delegates in the course of the present sessions two or three of them delivered to members of that House at their request to be presented, the rest are in the two bundles which accompany this; these we take the liberty through you of presenting to the General Assembly.

In the course of this work we were unfortunately deprived of the assistance and abilities of two of our associates appointed by the General Assembly, of the one by death, of the other by resignation. As the plan of the work had been settled, and agreeable to that plan it was in a considerable degree carried into execution before that loss, we did not exercise the powers given us by the act, of filling up the places by new appointment, being desirious that the plan agreed on by members who were specially appointed by the Assembly, might not be liable to alteration from others who might not equally possess their confidence, it has therefore been executed by the three remaining members, one of whom being prevented from putting his signature hereto, by the great distance of his residence from this city, has by letter authorized us to declare his concurrence in the report.

We have the honor to be with the utmost respect,
Your most obedient
And most humble servants,


Hon. BENJAMIN HARRISON, Esquire, Speaker of the House of Delegates, ORDERED that the said letter with its enclosures do lie on the table.

Extract from the journal.


George Mason, Esq; one of the Committee of Revisors declined to act, Thomas Ludwell Lee, Esq; another of the same Committee died without having taken any part in the business, and the three remaining Gentlemen, to wit: Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Pendleton, and George Wythe, Esquires, performed the present work.

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