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1715.
GEORGE I.
CHAP. XVI.
Passed 3d
June 1715.
An ACT prohibiting the carrying of Liquors to the Indian
    Towns, or selling any Quantity of Strong Liquors to the Indians,
    to prevent Differences between them and his Majesty's
    Subjects; and to punish the Transporters of any Friend Indian
    or Indians out of this Province.  Lib. LL. Nº 4. fol. 139.
 
Penalty on
Persons carrying/
Strong
Liquors to any

Indian
Town, &c.












No Person to
sell to any Indians
above
one Gallon of
Spirits, or above
Five

Gallons of
Cyder, &c.
in one Day.



Penalty.







Persons raising,
&c.
false Reports
concerning
the Indians.










Penalty.







This Act nor
to extend to
Informations
given to Magistrates,
&c.


BE it Enacted, by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice
and Consent if his Majesty's Governor, Council, and Assembly of this Province,
and the Authority of the same,
That from and after the Publication 
hereof, any Person or Persons whatsoever, inhabiting or trading into this Province,
that shall presume to carry any Liquors whatsoever, to any Indian Fort
or Town, or within Three Miles of any such Fort or Town, and shall vend
or dispose of the same to any Indian or Indians whatsoever, such Person or
Persons shall forfeit the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds of Tobacco, one Half
thereof to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors towards the
Support of Government, the other Half to him or them that shall inform or
sue for the same; to be recovered in any Court of Record within this Province,
by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information, wherein no Essoin, 
Protection, or Wager of Law to be allowed.

    II.  And whereas it is represented to this General Assembly, that of late
several Disorders and Riots have been committed by drunken Indians:  In order
to prevent such like future Mis-feazances and Outrages;
Be it Enacted,
by the Authority, Advice and Consent aforesaid, That if any Person or Persons
whatsoever, from and after the End of this present Session of Assembly, shall, 
by himself or Servant, or otherwise, directly or indirectly, vend or sell to any
Indian or Indians, in the Space of one Day, above one Gallon or Rum, Wine,
Brandy, or Spirits, or above Five Gallons of Cyder, Perry, Quince-drink, or
Strong Beer; such Person or Persons, being convicted thereof, shall forfeit the
Sum of Three Thousand Pounds of Tobacco to our Sovereign Lord the King's
Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, the one Half thereof to be applied towards
the defraying the County Charge, the other Half to him or them that
shall sue for the same; to be recovered in any Court of Record within this
Province, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information, wherein no Essoin,
Protection, or Wager of Law to be allowed.

    III.  And forasmuch as it is very observable and manifest, that sundry ill-disposed
persons, have oftentimes, by spreading Lies and false Reports, raised
and fomented unaccountable Heats and Jealousies, between the Indians and his
Majesty's Subjects of this Province; for the Prevention of the said ill Practices
for the future,
Be it Enacted, by the Authority, Advice and Consent aforesaid,
That if any Person or Persons whatsoever, shall, wittingly or unwittingly,
raise, spread and utter, any false, feigned Stories or Reports whatsoever, tending
to the Disquiet of the Indians, or making Feuds between them and his
Majesty's Subjects of this Province, or shall endeavour by any sinister or unwarrantable
Means whatever, to raise or create any Misunderstanding or
Difference between his Majesty's Subjects and the said Indians; every such
Person or Persons, convict of any such Offence or Offences, shall forfeit unto
our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, Five Hundred
Pounds of Tobacco, the one Half thereof to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors,
for defraying the County Charge, and the other Half to him or them
that shall inform or sue for the same, in any County Court within this Province;
to be recovered as aforesaid.

    IV.  Provided that this Act, or any THing therein contained, shall not be
construed to extend to the Hinderance of any Person or Persons whatsoever,
from relating or giving an Information to any Justice of the Peace, or to the



 
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