Law entitled "Complete collection of the Laws of Virginia now in force and carefully copied from the Assembly records," along with a alphabetical subject matter index. This record of laws was printed in London in 1684, and contained a dedication to the governor, Lord Howard, by the collector, identified by the initial, F.P. (Purvis) Of note, a law beginning on page 282 indicated that Negroes, Moors, and Mulattoes who were born heathens or Muslim, may be obtained as slaves from their country of origin by some "well disposed Christian," who might thereafter convert them. However, they are still slaves, although they could be altered to indentured servants for a term of years, similar to other Christians.
Compiled by Capt. John Purvis and printed between 1684 and 1687. See Virginia State Library. Department of Bibliography. A trial bibliography of colonial Virginia, 1908-1910.
Wing (2nd ed., 1994) V636
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Print version: Virginia. Laws, etc. (Compiled statutes : 1684). Complete collection of all the lavvs of Virginia now in force. London : Printed by T.J. for J.P. and are to be sold by Tho. Mercer ...,