THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.
An ACT to enable the trustees of the poor in Frederick county to sell
and ground therein mentioned.
Any three or more of the said trustees
are empowered to sell, at public vendue, the dwelling-house and the
outhouses, and as much ground, not exceeding half an acre, as, in their
judgment, may be spared without
injury to the poor-house lot. The money arising from the sale they
must apply to the discharge of debts
already or hereafter to be contracted.
An ACT to ascertain and establish a divisional line between Anne-Arundel
and Calvert counties.
| WHEREAS the line of division between Anne-Arundel
counties is not well ascertained, by means whereof inconveniencies
have arisen, and in particular, divers persons, living near the borders
of those counties, have not contributed any thing towards the public expences;
| II. Be it therefore
enacted, That for fixing and ascertaining the said divisional
line, the following persons be and are hereby authorised and empowered
act as commissioners, viz. For Anne-Arundel county, Mr. John Weems,
Mr. Richard Green; for Calvert county, Edward Gantt, and Mr. William
Lyles; which said commissioners, or the major part of them, shall and are
authorised and required to meet at some place near the borders of said
and call before them, by summons to be issued by them, and directed to
of the county, all persons who may be deemed proper to give testimony concerning
the antient and reputed division of said counties; and the said commissioners,
or the major part of them, are also hereby empowered to search the records
of the general court, or any county court, for testimonials, to ascertain
line aforesaid, and shall be allowed at the rate of fifteen shillings each,
day, for their expences, and may also appoint a clerk, who shall have the
allowance for his attendance; and all witnesses attending the said commissioners
shall be allowed the same as witnesses attending the county courts; the
and all other charges accruing in consequence of this act, to be paid by
the said counties of Anne-Arundel and Calvert, in proportion to the assessment
property in those counties respectively; and the said commissioners, or
part of them, shall and they are hereby required to return their proceedings,
together with the proofs whereon the same may be founded, to the next general
assembly, for their approbation, and that the same division, if found reasonable,
may be there ratified and confirmed.
An ACT for recruiting the quota of troops of this state in the American
and furnishing them with cloathing and other necessaries.
Each county is charged with its quota
of 2,000 men, to serve three years in the Maryland line.
The governor and council are required to appoint recruiting
officers in each county, in the proportion
of not more than one officer to 20 recruits. This officer is to be
furnished with money, and to be allowed
sixteen dollars for each recruit who shall pass muster before the lieutenant;
and each of these officers
who shall deliver 20 such recruits before the 20th of January next, shall
have a bounty of 100 acres
of land within three years from the 1st of February next, to be hereafter
procured within the state, and
laid out, under the directions of the legislature, to him or his representative.
There is also promised a
bounty of 50 acres for recruiting 20 men before the 1st of March.
The like allowance in money is to
be made for recruiting men to the recruiting officers sent from the army.
Every effective recruit is to
receive, besides the continental allowances, a bounty of forty dollars,
a pair of shoes, a pair of stockings,
and at the expiration of his term, provided he shall not desert from the
army, 50 acres of land, to be procured
and laid off as aforesaid, to him or his representative. He shall
likewise have the privilege of
choosing any regiment or company not already full; to be exempt from all
taxes whilst on duty, and for
four years afterwards; (this exemption is extended to the soldiers already
in service) he may likewise be
pardoned, at the discretion of the executive, for any crime already committed;
and further, if he shall have
a family which may need assistance during his absence, it shall be afforded,
at the discretion of his county
court, which is authorised for that purpose to draw on the treasurer of
And to carry on the recruiting service, the governor
and the council are empowered to draw on the
sheriffs for any money collected under the assessment laws.