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Land, when so purchased, shall be made over to the Vestrymen and
Churchwardens aforesaid, or the major Part of them, in Trust, and
for the Use and Benefit of the Minister or Incumbent of said Parish
for the Time being, and to his Successors, Ministers or Incumbents
of said Parish, for ever.



7" June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Lower House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
M Macnemara Ci lo. ho.



On behalf of the Right
Honble the Lord Prop'^
of this Province I \vill
this Be a Law

Sam : Ogle



The Great Seal in
Wax Appendant



7 June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Upper House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
J Ross, a. Up. H.



No. 7 An Act continuing an Act entituled. An Act to prevent cutting up
Tobacco-Plants, destroying of Tobacco and Tobacco-Houses, and
for ascertaining the Punishment of Criminals guilty of the said
Offences.

[Preamble.] Whereas a Temporary Law, made at a Session of Assembly be-
gun and held at the City of Annapolis the first Day of May, Anno
Domini One thousand seven hundred forty and four, entituled. An
Act to prevent cutting up Tobacco-Plants, destroying of Tobacco
and Tobacco-Houses, and for ascertaining the Punishment of Crimi-
nals guilty of the said Offences, by Experience has been found use-
ful and beneficial, is near expiring: Therefore for continuing the
same,
[This Act Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by
>™an ^'^'^ ^'^"^ *^^ Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of the
same, That the said recited Act, and every Article, Clause, and
p- 531 Thing, therein contained, shall be in full Force, and is hereby made
perpetual.



perpetual.



/"■ Jvuie 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Lower House of
Assembl}'

Signed p Order
M. Macnemara Ci lo. ho.



On behalf of the Right
Honble the Lord Prop'''
of this Province I will
this be a Law.

Sam. Ogle



The Great Seal
Wax Appendant



7 June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Upper House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
J. Ross a. Up. H.



No. 8 An Act continuing an Act entituled, An Act to enable the several and
respective County Clerks within this Province to remove some of
the County Records and Papers from the Public Offices.

[An Act Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by
continued.] ^^^ ^ff\ih, the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and



Acts. 613

the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of the Lii>er B.L.C.
same, That an Act of Assembly of this Province entituled, An Act
to enable the several and respective County Clerks within this Prov-
ince to remove some of the County Records and Papers, from the
Public Offices, made at a Session of Assembly, begun and held at
the City of Annapolis, the tenth Day of May, One thousand seven
hundred forty and eight, be, and is hereby continued, and shall re-
main and be in full Force, for and during the Term of three Years,
next ensuing, and to the End of the next Session of Assembly, which
shall happen after the End of the said three Years.

7"' June 1751 On behalf of the Right 7"' June 1751

Read and Assented to Honble the Lord Propry Read and Assented to

by the Lower House of of this Province I will liy the Upper House of

Assembly this be a Law Assembly

Signed p Order Sam : Ogle Signed p Order

M Macnemara Ci. lo. ho. ,> », J Ross G. L'p. H.

The Great Seal in
Wax Appendant



An Act to enable the Justices of Charles County, to assess and levy xr^ g
on the taxable Inhabitants of that Part of the late Rev. Mr. Don-
aldson's Parish, which lies in the said County, Fifty-five thousand
Pounds of Tobacco, and for other Purposes therein mentioned.

Whereas the Vestrymen, Churchwardens, and other Inhabitants [Preamble.)
of that Part of the late Reverend Mr. Donaldson's Parish, which
lies in Charles County, have by their humble Petition to this present
General Assembly set forth, that the Church which is now used by
the said People is so old and ruinous, that it would be misapplying
Tobacco to attempt to repair it : and also, that it is so situate as to be
very inconvenient to many of them : And have therefore prayed that
an Act may pass to enable them to raise a Quantity of Tobacco, not
exceeding fifty-five thousand Pounds of Tobacco, for the building a
new one, at such Place as the Majority of the Protestant Freeholders
of the said Parish may choose.

Be it therefore Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Pro- [Justices of

prietary, by and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's r^ ^^

Governor, and the Copper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the lew a Sum

Authority of the same, That the Justices of Charles Countv Court. °^ Tobacco

■; -' - on the

for the Tmie bemg, be, and they are hereby authorized and impow- Inhabitants

ered, on Application of the said Vestrymen, and Churchwardens, ^ '^n'^*1d
at their laying their County Levy in November Court, in the several son's
Years Seventeen hundred fifty-one, Seventeen hundred fifty-two. P^^^'^I
and Seventeen hundred and fifty-three, to assess and levy on the
taxable Inhabitants of the said Parish, in the County aforesaid, a P-53-2
Quantity of Tobacco not exceeding fifty-five thousand Pounds of
Tobacco, together with the SheriflF's Salary of five per Cent for Col-
lection ; which Tobacco, so by the said Sheriff received, shall be paid



6i4 Assembly Proceedings, May I'^-June 8, 175 1.

Liber B.L.C. to the Order of the said Vestrymen and Churchwardens, or the
major Part of them, to be by them appHed for the building, finish-
ing, and compleating a Church, at such Place as shall be agreed on by
the major Part of the Protestant Freeholders of the said Parish, for
the placing the same.
[Majority And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it
hoWerJ^to sh^^' ^"d ™^y t»e lawful for all the Protestant Freeholders of the
choose the said Parish, at some Time between the first and fifteenth Days of
buMng°a October ensuing, to meet, on public Notice to them in Church given
Church.] of such Day to meet, at Newport Church in the Parish aforesaid,
provided such Notice be given ten Days at least before such Meet-
ing ; and then and there to vote where and in what Place the Church
intended to be erected shall be built : And the Place where the Ma-
jority of such Protestant Freeholders shall vote the same to stand,
and no other, shall be the Place where the same shall be erected.
[Two Acres And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That when
° to^be the Place where the same Church shall be built may be by the Means
purchased.] aforesaid known, that then the said Vestrymen and Churchwardens
shall, and they, or the major Part of them, are hereby authorized
and impowered to agree with the Proprietor thereof for two Acres
of Land, whereon to build the said Church, and to be thereafter used
for the Church-yard thereunto belonging ; and the Price agreed to be
paid for the same shall be paid out of the Tobacco so as aforesaid
to be levied ; and a good and sufficient Deed of Bargain and Sale
being executed by the Vendor, in the Name and to the Use of the
said Vestrymen and Churchwardens and their Successors, acknowl-
eged and recorded, shall intitle the said Vestrymen and Church-
wardens, and their Successors, to a Right therein, to the Use of the
said Parish for ever.
[How the And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the
said two Money which the said Vestrymen and Churchwardens now have

Acres 01 . .

Land are received, or may hereafter receive, from the Sheriff of St. Mary's
*" ^^ fof 1 County, by Virtue of an Act entituled. An Act relating to that Part
of King and Queen Parish which lies in Charles County, and was
lately severed by the Death of the Reverend Mr. John Donaldson,
shall, with the Tobacco hereby allowed to be levied, be applied to-
wards the Expence of purchasing the Land aforesaid, and building
of the said Church.
[Preamble And whereas, by the Petition before recited, it is also set forth,
subsequent *^^* °" *^^^ Death or Removal of the Reverend Air. Urquhart, that
Clauses.] Part of his present Parish which lies in Charles County will be
imited to, and consolidated with, that Part in which the Petitioners
now live, under the Title of Trinity Parish; and that on such an
Union, there may be a Necessity of building a Chapel of Ease in that
Part, for the Convenience of those who shall then reside within it:
And whereas it appears reasonable to this present General Assem-



Acts. 615

bly, th<at when the said I'arish shall become an entire one, the Persons Liber B.L.C.
now petitioninj^, who by this I.aw will have a Church built for their ''• 533
Convenience, should not only contribute to the b-xpcnce of a Chapel
of Ease for those People, but permit it to be built at a Place where
such People shall choose.

Be it therefore Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That when [a Chapel
it shall happen that the said Parish, by the Death or Removal of the o^ £f^-i i
said Mr. Urquhart, becomes a full and compleat one; then the I'rotes- requisite.)
tant Freeholders who shall live within that Part of it which the .said
Mr. Urquhart now holds, may agree on any certain Place, whereon
to build a Chapel of Ea.se for their Convenience ; towards the pur-
chasing of which, and for the building of the said Chapel, the taxable
Inhabitants of the whole united Parish shall equally contribute.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That the [The said
said Part of the Parish as it now stands, by the Death of the late ^^^\^^ ^° ^
Mr. Donaldson, shall be from henceforth deemed and taken to be a Trinity
full and compleat Parish, by the Name of Trinity Parish, to all In-
tents and Purposes whatsoever, as much as if the Part which, on the
Death or Removal of the aforesaid Mr. Urquhart, will come to it,
was now actually within it ; but not so as to burthen the Inhabitants
of that Part with any Taxation or Duty relating to it, 'til the said
Mr. Urquhart shall be actually dead or removed.

7" June 1751 On behalf of the Ri^ht 7 June 1751

Read and Assented to Honble the Lord Propry Read and Assented to

by the Lower House of of this Province I will by the Upper House of
Assembly this be a Law Assembly

Signed p Order Sam: Ogle. Signed v Order

M. Macnemara O. lo. ho. .^ \ J Ross Ci. Up. H.

The Great Seal in
Wax Appendant



Parish.



An Act continuing an Act entituled, A Supplementary Act to an Act No. 10.
entituled. An Act laying an Imposition on Negroes, and several
Sorts of Liquors imported; and also on Irish Servants, to pre-
vent the importing too great a Number of Irish Papists into this
Province.

Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by [A Supple-
and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and ^ndniLl.]^^
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of
the same. That the abovementioned Act entituled, A Supplementary
Act to an Act entituled. An Act laying an Imposition on Negroes,
and several Sorts of Liquors imported ; and also on Irish Servants,
to prevent the Importing too great a Number of Irish Papists into
this Province, made at a Session of Assembly, begim and held at
the City of Annapolis the twentieth Day of IMarch, Anno Domini,
One thousand seven hundred and thirty-four, be, and is hereby con-
tinued, and shall remain and be in full Force, for and during the



6i6



Assembly Proceedings, May i^-June 8, 1751.



Liber B.L.C. Term of three Years next ensuing, and to the End of the next Ses-
sion of Assembly, which shall happen after the End of the said three
Years.



7"" June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Lower House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
M. Macnemara Ci lo. ho.



7 June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Upper House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
J Ross a. Up. H.



On behalf of the Right
Honble the Lord Propry
of this Province I will
this be a Law

Sam Ogle

I The Great Seal in
I Wax Appendant

No. II An Act to make the Testimony of Convicted Persons legal against
P- 534 Convicted Persons.



[Preamble.



[The Oath

of one

Convicted

Person to

be valid

against

other

Convicted

Person or

Persons.]



[Proviso.]



Whereas Murders, Burglaries, and other Felonies and Ofifences
have been so frequent of late, that the Lives and Properties of his
Majesty's Subjects within this Province are become precarious ;
which Offences have been generally committed by the Convicts im-
ported into this Province, and such as they seduce to join with them
in their wicked Practices; and which Crimes the said Convicts are
encouraged to perpetrate, because they know that they are disabled
from being Witnesses against each other as the Law now stands :
For Remedy whereof,

Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by
and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of the
same, That in all Criminal Prosecutions, which shall happen or be
after the End of this present Session, against any Convict or Con-
victs imported into this Province as such, or their Confederates, or
Accomplices, being such Convicts imported, the Testimony or Evi-
dence upon Oath of any other Convict or Convicts imported as such,
or of any of the Confederates or Accomplices, being Convicts, in
the same Crime, committed within this Province, shall be received
and allowed as if he, she, or tiiey, was or were not under any Con-
viction or Disability, such Conviction or Disability notwithstanding.
Provided always. That any Convict imported as such, who shall be
sworn as a Witness in any such Case, and who shall swear f alsly, and
shall be thereof convicted, by due Course of Law, shall suffer as a
Person convict of wilful and corrupt Perjury.

This Act to continue for three Years, and unto the End of the
next Session of Assembly, which shall happen after the End of the
said three Years.



7'" June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Lower House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
M Macnemara Ci lo. ho.



On behalf of the Right
Honble the Lord Prop"'
of this Province I will
this be a Law

Sam Ogle.



The Great Seal in
Wax appendant



7 June 1751
Read and Assented to
by the Upper House of
Assembly

Signed p Order
J Ross Ci. Up. H.



Acts. 617

An Act to enable the Justices of Charles County, to levy a Sum of I.ihcr B.L.C
Tobacco on the taxable Inhabitants of Port- Tobacco Parish, in
the said County, for the Purposes therein mentioned.

Whereas the Rector, Vestrymen, Churchwardens, and other the No. 12
principal Inhabitants of Port-Tobacco Parish in Charles County, by \''^*^^^'"<=i
their humble Petition to this General Assembly, have set forth. That
the Church of the said Parish is an anticnt Building, very much gone
to Ruin, so that it cannot be expected to stand long, nor is it practi-
cable to repair the same: They therefore humbly pray, that an Act
may pass to enable the Justices of the said County, to levy on the
taxable Inhabitants of the said Parish, the Sum of One hundred and
forty thousand Pounds of Tobacco, clear of all Deductions and Sher-
ifif's Salary for Collection, in a certain Number of Years, at equal
Assessments, in order to build a nev^ Church in the said Parish, and
that the Vestry may be on a Certainty in what Specie they may treat
with Workmen for that Purpose ; they pray it may be levied in To-
bacco only : All which being by this present General Assembly p. 535
thought reasonable.

Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, !)y [i^oooo lb.
and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and of Tobacco
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of on the
the same, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the Justices of Taxables
Charles County Court for the Time being, and they are hereby an- Tobacco
thorized and required at the laying their County Levy in November Parish.]
Court, Seventeen hundred fifty-one, and so in November Court
yearly, until the Year Seventeen hundred fifty and four inclusive, to
assess and levy, by four even and equal Assessments on the taxable
Inhabitants of Port-Tobacco Parish in the said County, a Quantity
of Tobacco not exceeding One hundred and forty thousand Pounds
of Tobacco, in the whole four Assessments, clear of the Sheriff's
Salary of five per Cent for collecting the same, which said Sum of
One hundred and forty thousand Pounds of Tobacco, the said
Sheriff is hereby authorized and required to collect and receive ac-
cordingly ; and when so collected and received, to pay the same to the
Order of the Vestrymen and Churchwardens of the said Port-
Tobacco Parish, for the Time being, to be by them applied to the
finishing and compleating a Parish Church, at or near the Place
where the old Church now stands, for the L^se of the said Parishion-
ers, and to no other Use or Purpose whatsoever.

7 June 1751 On behalf of the Right 7 June 1751

Read and Assented to Honble the Lord Prop"^" Read and Assented to

by the Lower House of of this Province I will by the Upper House of
Assembly this be a Law. Assembly

Signed p Order Sam : Ogle. Signed p Order

M. Macnemara O. lo. ho. r^ S J Ross O. Up. H.

The Great Seal in
Wax Appendant



continued.]



6i8 Assembly Proceedings, May i^-June 8, 1751.

Liber B.L.C. An Act continuing an Act entituled, An Additional and Explanatory
Act to the Act entituled, An Act empowering the Commissioners
of the County Courts, to levy and raise Tobacco, to defray the
necessary Charges of their Counties and Parishes.

No. 13 Be it Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by
and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of
the same. That an Act of Assembly of this Province entituled. An
[An Additional and Explanatory Act to the Act entituled, An Act em-
and'Ex- POwering the Commissioners of the County Courts, to levy and raise
planatory Tobacco, to defray the necessary Charges of their Counties and
iph'^i Pa^rishes, made at a Session of Assembly, begun and held at the City
of Annapolis, the tenth Day of May, One thousand seven hundred
forty and eight, be, and is hereby continued, and shall remain and
be in full Force, for and during the Term of three Years next ensu-
ing, and to the End of the next Session of Assembly, which shall
happen after the End of the said three Years.

7 June 1751 On behalf of the Right 7 June 1751

Read and Assented to Honble the Lord Prop''^ Read and Assented to

by the Lower House of of this Province I will by the Upper House of
Assembly this be a Law Assembly

Signed p Order Sam: Ogle Signed p Order

M Macnemara CI lo. ho. r' "V J Ross O. Up H.

The Great Seal in I
Wax Appendant \

No. 14 An Act for the more effectual Punishment of Negroes and other
P-53'5 Slaves, and for taking away the Benefit of Clergy from certain
Offenders: And A Supplementary Act to an xA.ct entituled. An
Act to prevent the tumultuous Meeting and other Irregularities of
Negroes and other Slaves, and directing the Manner of trying
Slaves.

[Preamble.] Whereas the Laws in Force for the Punishment of Slaves are
found insufficient to prevent their committing very great Crimes and
Disorders, and that a further Provision is necessary to keep them
in proper Bounds and due Order ; and for a more speedy Method to
bring them to Justice than is prescribed by the Laws heretofore made.
[Crime Be it therefore Enacted by the Right Honourable the Lord Pro-

"th^D^^th'? P''i^t^'"y> by and with the Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Gov-
ernor, and the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Au-
thority of the same, That if any Slave or Slaves shall at any Time
consult, advise, conspire, or attempt to raise any Insurrection within
this Province, or to murder or poison any Person or Persons what-
soever, or to commit a Rape upon any white Woman, or to burn any
House or Houses, and be thereof convict by Confession or Verdict,
or who shall of Malice stand mute, or peremptorily challenge above
the Number of twenty Jurors, shall suffer Death as in Cases of
Felony, without Benefit of Clergy.



/lets. 619

And be it further ILnacted, That any Slave, who shall attempt to I.ilcr B.L.C.
burn any Dwclhng-House, or Outhouse contif(uous to, or used with
any Dwellint^-llouse, or any other House wherein there shall be any
Person or I'ersons, or any Goods, Merchandizes, Tobacco, Indian
Corn, or other Grain or Fodder, and shall be thereof convict as
aforesaid, shall suffer Death as a Felon, without Benefit of Clergy.

And be it further Enacted, That every Slave committing any of [Manner of
the I'elonies herein before mentioned, or any other Offence which siav« 1
may by Law Subject such Slave to the Pains of Death, shall be com-
mitted to the Sheriff of the County where the Offence shall be com-
mitted; and that at the next Assizes or County Court, which shall '
first happen to be held for the County where the Offence shall be
committed, the Justices of Assize, or either of them, or County Court,
which shall first happen, shall and may. by Virtue of this Act, try
every such Offender or Offenders according to Law ; and upon the
Conviction of the Offender or Offenders, upon his, her, or their
voluntary Confession, or the Verdict of a Jury upon the Testimony
of one or more legal or credible Witness or Witnesses, or even the
Testimony or the Evidence of other Slaves, corroborated with such
pregnant Circumstances as shall convince and satisfy the Jury who
shall try the Fact, of the Guilt of such Slave or Slaves, to give Judg-
ment according to the Nature and Quality of the Offence.

And be it further Enacted, That any Slave or Slaves, who shall [Piinishment
give any false Testimony against any Slave or Slaves who shall be giving false
prosecuted as aforesaid, and shall be thereof legally convict, shall Testimony.]
have one Ear cut off on the Day of his or her Conviction, and re-
ceive thirty-nine Stripes on the bare Back, and that the other Ear
shall be cropp'd the next Day, and the like Number of Stripes given
the Offender on his or her bare Back.

And to the End that such Slave or Slaves, as shall be produced as
a Witness or Witnesses against other Slave or Slaves, may be de-
terred from giving false Testimony, Be it Enacted, That the Justices
of Assize, or either of them, then sitting, or the Justice of the County
Court who shall preside, shall admonish and charge such W^itness or
Witnesses to declare the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the
Truth ; and acquaint him, her, or them, with the Danger and Conse- p- 537
quence of giving false Testimony.

And be it further Enacted. That when any Slave shall be con- [Owniers of

demned to suffer Death, that such Slave shall be valued bv the Jus- |^^ut^d

- - blaves to be

tices of Assize, or either of them, then present, or County Court, paid the

according to the best of their Knowlege ; which said whole \'alue }, %

° _ _ tnem.J

shall be paid by the Treasurer of the respective Shore on which such
Execution shall be, on the Certificate of such Sheriff, out of the
Public Stock of this Province in the Hands of such Treasurer, with-
out Fee or Reward, to the IMaster or Owner of such Slave, in case
the said Slave be actually executed.



620 Assembly Proceedings, May i^-June 8, 1751.

Liber B.L.C. And be it further Enacted, That where any Slave shall be guilty
rambHne^ of rambling, riding, or going abroad in the Night, or riding Horses
&c., how in the Daytime without Leave, or running away, it shall and may be
punished.] lawful for the Justices of the County Court, and they are hereby
obliged, upon the Application or Complaint of the Master or Owner
of such Slave, or to his, her, or their Order, or on the Application
or Complaint of any other Person who shall be any ways dampnified
or injured by such Slave, immediately such Slave to punish by whip-
ping, cropping, or branding in the Cheek with the Letter R, or other-
wise, not extending to Life, or to render such Slave unfit for Labour.
And be it likewise Enacted, That if any Slave shall happen to be
slain for refusing to surrender him or herself, contrary to Law, or
in unlawful resisting any Officer or other Person who shall appre-
hend, or endeavour to apprehend such Slave or Slaves; and such
[Slaves Officer or other Person, so killing such Slave as aforesaid making
refusing to Resistance, shall be, and he is by this Act indemnified from any
surrender, to Prosecution for such killing aforesaid : And that in every such Case,



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