Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hardships in the Virginia Colony

People who were unable to pay their debts were placed in Virginia jails, just as was the practice in England. About 1690, the authorities of York County, Virginia proposed to the General Assembly that after the first three months' imprisonment, the creditor should support his debtor in jail, if the latter had sworn that he was not in possession of property equal to the value to that debts. 

Source: Records of York County, vol. 1687-1691, page 132, Virginia State Library.
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