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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, October 1678-November 1683
Volume 7, Page 59   View pdf image
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Assembly Proceedings, October—November 1678. 59

Proprietary his heires and Successors within Eighteene
moneths after Publication hereof and dureing the payment of
the two shillings p Hoggshed shall provide and maintaine out
of the aforesaid moyety besides a Sufficient standing Maga-
zine for this Province a Sufficient quantity of Armes & Amu-
nition in every respective County for such number of men as
shall att any time be thought necessary to be drawn out or
Compelled to march out of such their respective Countyes in
actuall service for the Lord Proprietary & defence of this Prov-
ince to be depositted and kept in such persons hands Inhabit-
ants of the same County as his Lordshipp or his Leivtenant
Generall or Leivtenant Generall & Councell shall think fitt to
appoint to keepe the same That hereafter vpon any Urgent or
Extraordinary occasion for the defence of this Province his
Lordships officers and the people may be supplyed from thence
that soe the Inhabitants of this Province may not have their
armes & amunition lyable to the Seizure of pressemasters and
their officers (without which armes they cannott as bound by
this Act appeare att Muster and Traynings without danger of
being fined nor be able to defend themselves in their own
houses from the sudden surprisall of their Enemyes
(11) And bee itt further Enacted and ordained by and
with the advice and Consent aforesaid That if upon any
forraigne Invasion Domestick Insurreccon or Indian Incur-
sion whatsoever any person or persons whatsoever (except
before excepted) that shall be prest or be an inlisted Soldier
within this Province shall upon Comand of his officer being
a Captain att the least obstinately refuse to appeare and
serve in Armes for the necessary defence of this Province
such person or persons soe obstinately Refuseing to appeare
& serve in Armes as aforesaid or That upon such Comand
shall not appeare & serve in Armes as aforesaid shall upon
Certificate thereof under such officers hand as aforesaid to
the next Iustice of the peace of the County where such party
liveth be proceeded against in manner following That is to
say the same Iustice of the peace to whom such Certificate
as aforesaid shall be made shall imediately issue forth a War-
rant to the Constable of the Hundred where such party liveth
to apprehend him & bring him before himselfe or some other of
his Lordships Iustice of the Peace of the same County there
to render a Sufficient Excuse if any he have for such his
Refuseall or non appearance as aforesaid and if such Justice
of the peace shall not find the Excuse of such party in such
case to be Reasonable and Sufficient then he shall imediately
comitt such party to the Custody of the sherriffe of such County
there to remaine vntill he shall find surety to appeare att the
next Provinciall Court to be held for this Province there to be

Liber W. H.
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