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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly January 1637/8-September 1664
Volume 1, Page 23   View pdf image (33K)
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Assembly Proceedings, January— March 1637/8. 23

In the morning one part, and in the afternoone the residue
of the Lawes as they were faire ingrossed were read in the
house; and after the reading of them; the Governor signed
them, & so did the rest of the house: And so the house dis-

Liber Z

p. 52

Saint Maries — In the house of Generall Assembly on the
24th March anno Domini 1637. was read the fourth time, a Bill
of the Tenor and effect following viz :
An Act for the attainder of William Cleyborne gent.
Whereas William Cleyborne gent is notoriously knowen to have
committed svndry contempts, insolencies and seditious acts
against the dignity, government and domination of the Lord
Proprietarie of this Province, and to have conspired and contrived
sondry mischeivous machinations and practises with the Indians,
of these parts to the subversion and destruction of this colony
and the people thereof; and to have used and exequted sondry
Magistraticall and regall powers and jurisdictions, within this
province and upon the Inhabitants of the same, by levying of
souldiers, appointing Leutenants and other Officers, imprison-
ing and otherwise punishing of Offenders, and by granting
letters of reprisalls and Commissions for the execution of justice
upon the vessells and goods of the Leu tenant generall of this
Province, and of the people inhabiting this Colony of St Maries,
without any authority or Commission for exercising the same
from our Soveraigne Lord the King, or from the Lord Proprie-
tary of this Province, or from any other Prince or State what-
soever. And whereas by an Act of Generall Assemblie held
at St Maries on the six and twentieth day of Febry 1634 among
other wholesome lawes and ordinances then made and provided
for the welfare of this Province, it was enacted, that the
Offenders in all murthers and felonies should suffer such paines,
losses and forfeitures as they should or ought to have suffered
in the like crimes in England. Since the making of which Act,
that is to say on the three and twentieth day of Aprill 1635, the
said William Cleyborne hath not onely continued his said in-
solencies, mutinies and contempts against the Lord Proprietary
and the government of this place but hath instigated and com-
manded sondry persons to committ the greivous crimes of
pyracie and murther pyracie and murther is lawfully
indi by a grand Enquest of four and twenty freemen of
this Province: and since and after the committing of the same
pyracie and murther hath fiedd and withdrawen himselfe out of
the Province, whereby he cannot be attainted of the said crimes
by any ordinary course of justice Wee the freemen assembled
in this present Generall Assembly considering the premises
and the necessity of exemplary justice to be inflicted on such

P. R. O.
Col. Papers
[Mar. 1677)

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