|MATRIMONY. See Marriage.
MATTER in LAW. See Advancement of Justice, 1.
MAYORS-COURT. See Annapolis, 20. Conveyances,
MEASURES. See Standard, 4, 5.
MEETING-HOUSES. See Dissenters, 1.
2, 5, 7.
1. Every Colonel, Lieut. Colonel, Major,
of Horse or Foot, commissioned by the Governor,
shall have Power to inlist such and so may Inhabitants
of this Province, (not hereafter excepted) in their several
Divisions, between Sixteen and Sixty Years of
Age, as they shall think fit, by as equal Proportions
the said Inhabitants as they possible can, to be of the
Militia or Trained Bands of this Province: Whom
they shall Muster and Train at such Times and Places
as they shall think fit, and as the Service, &c.
Province shall require; or, as the Governor, &c.
see Cause to Order. 1715, ch. 43, §.
2. Ministers, Delegates, Magistrates
are exempted (during their Office) from serving in the
Militia. But such Exemption shall not extend to
such as have accepted any Military Commission
from the Duties therein mentioned. Ibid.
§. 5 and 6.
3. All Negroes and Slaves are
exempted from Training
or other Military Service. ibid. §.
4. No Servants shall be inlisted
in the Militia, unless
upon such Emergency as shall be judged proper by the
Field Officers of the County. 1733, ch. 7,
5. No Member of his Lordship's
Council, and of
the Upper House of Assembly, shall be obliged to serve
in the Militia. Ibid. §. 15.
6. The Pay of the Militia, per
when on actual Service, and no longer, shall be as followeth;
3000 Lieut. Colonel,
- - 1500
- - 1300
Lieut. Colonel, -
- - 1200
- - 900
- - 1000 Qr
Private Trooper, -
400 Ibid. §. 9.
Private Soldier, -
1715, ch. 43, §. 8.
7. Whenever it shall appear necessary to the Governor
and Council to raise Forces for suppressing any Foreign
Invasion, or Domestic Insurrection or Rebellion,
or any War with Indians, all necessary Charges of such
War, and Soldiers Pay, as aforesaid, shall be paid by
a Public Levy on the Taxables of this Province, by
their Representatives in General Assembly, or out of
the Public Treasure, and no otherwise. Ibid. §.
8. All Soldiers employed in the Public Service
be paid in their own Counties. Ibid. §. 19.
9. The Booty, Prize, Pillage, or Plunder of any
or other Prisoner in War, shall belong to the Officer
or Soldier who shall seize the same. Ibid. §. 14.
10. Every Person adventuring his Life as a Soldier
in any War, or Defence of the Province, and happening
therein to be maimed, hurt, &c. shall receive a
yearly Pension out of the Public Levy, during his Disability
of getting a Livelihood. Ibid. §. 15.
11. The Widow of every Person slain in the Provincial
Service, shall be allowed a competent Pension,
during her Widowhood; and the Children till they be
of Age to get their Living, or to be put out Apprentices:
To be yearly paid out of the 50,000 lb Tobacco
to be raised in this Act is provided. Ibid. See Small
12. Any Person (except as before
excepted, Art. 3,
4, 5) pressed or inlisted in this Province, who, upon
any Foreign Invasion, shall (upon Command of his
Officer, being a Captain at the least) obstinately refuse
to serve in Arms for the Defence of the Province,
shall, on Certificate of such Refusal, under such Officer's
Hand, directed to the next Justice, be brought by
Warrant of such Justice, before some Magistrate of
the County, there to render sufficient Excuse for such
Refusal. And, if the Magistrate shall not find such
Excuse reasonable, he shall Commit such Person till he
finds sufficient Security for his Appearance at the next
Provincial Court; and, if convicted there, he shall be
fined and imprisoned at the Discretion of that Court.
Ibid. §. 16.
13. Any Colonel, Lieut. Colonel, or Major, Commissioned
by the Governor, &c. or any Two or more
of them, shall have the same Powers in the Execution
of any Militia Laws, as the Colonel, &c. intended by
those Laws: Provided the Number of such acting Officers
be the same as directed by those Laws for such
Purpose. 1723, ch. 7, §. 2.
See Independent Companies. Musters. Press-Masters.
Public Arms. Troopers.
MILL-DAMS. See Water Mills, 6, 7.
MILLERS. See Water Mills, 5.
MILLS. See Water Mills, per Tot.
1. For the Encouragement of Faithful
Ministers to come and reside in the Province, a Tax of
40 lb Tobacco, per Poll. (but see below, Art. 9,) shall
annually be levied on every Taxable Person in each Parish,
and paid to the Minister (having no other Benefice
to officiate in) presented, inducted, or appointed by
the Governor or Commander in Chief. 1702, ch. 1,
2. The Minister shall keep a Parish Clerk, and
such Clerk 1000 lb Tobacco yearly. Ibid.
3. The Sheriff shall collect the 40 per Poll,
same Manner, and by the same Authority as the Public
and County Levies are collected; and shall pay the
same to the Incumbent of each Parish. Ibid. §.
And shall have 5 per Cent for collecting. 1715, ch. 24,
§. 4. See below, Art. 9.
4. No Minister shall hold more than Two Parishes;
nor Two, unless by Consent and Agreement of both
Vestries, and Appointment of the Ordinary. 1702,
ch. 1, §. 16.
5. The Minister of any Parish,
(in the first Year of
his Admission) shall be allowed only such Part of the
40 per Poll, as shall be due from the Day of his Induction
to the Time of laying the next County Levy.
1713, ch. 10, §. 4.
6. On Removal, or Death, the Incumbent shall
have such Part of the 40 per Poll as shall be due, from
the last Levy, to the Day of such Removal or Death.
7. If such Incumbent Die, or be Removed within
the First Year, then he shall be entitled to such Part
of the 40 per Poll, as shall be due from the Day of
his ADmission to the Day of such Death or Removal.
8. Every Minister in this Province shall read
to punish Blasphemers, Cursers, &c. Four Times a
Year; viz. On some Sunday in March, June, September
and December, in their respective Parish Churches, between
Divine Service and Sermon, on Forfeiture of
1000 lb Tobacco for every Omission: One Half to the
Use of the County, the other Half to the Person suing
for the same. All Prosecutions for not Reading this
Act shall be commenced within Six Months after such
Omission. 1723, ch. 16, §. 12 and 13.
9. Instead of the 40 per Poll allowed the Clergy,
(see Art. 1,) there shall be Levied no more than 30 per
Poll on the Taxable Inhabitants of their respective Parishes;
which shall be Paid in Inspectors Notes, &c.