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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, October 1678-November 1683
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204 Assembly Proceedings, AugustSeptember 1681.

Liber W. H.

And for as much a diuerse ffreeborne Englishe or White-
woman sometimes by the Instigacon Procuremt or Conievance
of theire Masters Mistres or dames, & always to the Satis-
faccon of theire Lascivious & Lustfull desires, & to the dis-
grace not only of the English butt allso of many other Chris-
tian Nations, doe Intermarry with Negroes & Slaues by which
meanes diuerse Inconveniencys Controuersys & suites may
arise Touching the Issue or Children of such ffreeborne women
aforesaid, for the prvencon whereof for the future, Bee itt
further enacted by the Authority aforesaid that if any Mar Mirs
or dame haueing any ffreeborne Englishe or white woman
Servt as aforesaid in theire possession or property, shall by
any Instigacon procuremt knowledge permission or Contrive-
ance whatsoeuer, suffer any such ffreeborne Englishe or
Whitewoman Servt in theire possession & wherein they haue
property as aforesaid to Intermarry or Contract in Matrimony
with any Slaue from and after the Last day of this prsent Ses-
sions of Assembly, That then the said Mr Mirs or dame of any
such ffreeborne women as aforesaid, soe married as aforesaid,
shall forfeite & Loose all theire Claime & Title to the service
& servitude of any such ffreeborne woman & alsoe the said
woman Servt soe married shall bee & is by this prsent Act
absolutely discharged manymitted & made free Instantly vpon
her Intermarriage as aforesaid, from the Services Imploymts
vse Claime or demands of any such Mr Mirs or dame soe
offending as afforesaid, And all Children borne of such ffree-
borne women, soe manymitted & ffree as aforesaid shall bee
ffree as the women soe married as aforesaid, as also the said
Mar Mirs & dame shall forfeite the sume of Tenn Thousand
pounds of Tobacco, one halfe thereof to the Lord Propry & the
other halfe to him or them that shall Informe & sue for the

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same to bee Recouered in any Court of Record within this
Province by Bill plaint or Informacon, wherein noe Essoyne
proteccon or wager of Law to bee allowed. And any preist
Minister Majestrate or other person whatsoeuer, within this
Province that shall from & after the Publicacon heereof Joyne
in Marriage any Negroe or other Slaue to any Englishe or
other Slaue to any English or other whitewoman Servt ffree-
borne as aforesaid shall forfeite & pay the sume of Tenn
Thousand pound of Tobacco, one halfe to the Lord Propry &
the other halfe to the Informer or the person greiued, to bee
Recouered by action of debt bill plaint or Informacon in any
Court of Record within this Province, wherein noe Essoyne
Proteccon or wager of Law to bee allowed, And bee itt
further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, that one Act entit-
uled an Act Concerning Negroes and Slaues bee & is heereby
vtterly Repealed & made void, Provided that all matters &



 
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