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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
Volume 27, Page 141   View pdf image (33K)
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Acts. 141

great Detriment of Sundry of the Inhabitants merchants &
Traders and many ill Designing persons who have drawn bills
of Exchange not haveing any Bottom in England to answer
the same well knowing and observing to what mrchant or
merchants such bills are remitted do deligently watch the Re-
turnes of such bills from the merchants and guessing at some
Letters to be the Coverts of their protested Bills get Them

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No. 64.

into their hands and destroy the same to the great Detriment
of many honest traders and dealers and others Concerned and
many times others out of a dishonest and inquisitive Temper
Secretly take and break open publick and private Country
Letters to the great Dissatisfaction and prejudice of severall
the Inhabitants her Majestys Good Subjects and great Delay
of Publick business for the prevention thereof for the future.
Be it Enacted by the Queens most Excellent Majesty by and
with the Advice and Consent of her Majtys Governour
Councill and Assembly of this Province and the Authority of
the same, that if any Pson or Psons whatsoever shall hereafter
presume to take and breake open the Seale or Seals of any
Letter or Letters whatsoever not being unto him or them
directed or not haveing Especiall Lycense (from the Psons to
whom the same are directed their Executors or Administra-
tors) so to do shall upon due Conviction thereof Either in the
Provinciall or County Courts of this province suffer Imprison-
ment of his her or their body or bodys for and dureing the
Space of Six days without bayle or Mainprize and forfeit the
sume of five pounds Sterling the one Moiety to her Majesty
her heires and Successors for the support of Government the
other Moiety to him or them that shall informe 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 Essoyn protection or wager of Law to be allowed; And in
Case any such Pson or Psons shall breake open any Letter or
Letters directed to his Excellency her Majesty's Governour or
any of her Majestys Councill of this province for the time
being or other publick Letter Superscribed or directed for her
Majesty's Service and Signed by any pson haveing authority
so to do and shall be thereof Legally Convict he she or They

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so offending shall Suffer two months imprisonment Without
bayle or Mainprize and forfeit to our Sovereign Lady the
Queen her heirs and Successors the sume of twenty pounds
Sterl to be Recovered and Divided as afd. and whereas also
the Sheriffe of this Province whose Duty it is to Convey Let-
ters for her Majesty's Service are very much Complained oi
for their Negligence :
Be it Enacted by the Authority Advice and Consent afd that
if any high Sherriffe or his Deputy or Deputy's receive any

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