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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tax on Virginians in 1642

In 1642 a tax was imposed upon every tithable person in the colony for the benefit of Governor Berkeley, to be paid in provisions of different kinds.  The rate prescribed for geese and turkeys was five shillings apiece; for hens, twelve pence; for capons, one shilling and six pence; for beef, three and a half pence a pound; for a calf in condition to be slaughtered and converted into veal, twenty-five shillings, etc. Source: Hening's Statues, vol. II, p. 394. Over his tenure as governor, Berkeley became very unpopular.
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