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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, March, 1707-November, 1710
Volume 27, Page 335   View pdf image (33K)
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The Lower House. 335

Assembly. And the House prorogue themselves to the said
fifth Day of April next
So ended this first Session of Assembly on Friday the seven-
teenth Day of December in the seventh year of the Reign of
our Sovereign Lady Anne Queen of Great Britain &ta Annoq
Dom 1708; his Excellency John Seymour Esq. being Governor
p Richd Dallam Cl. Ho. Del.

An Ordinance directing and impowering the Justices of the
County Courts to grant Licenses to Ordinary-Keepers and
take Recognizances for their keeping good Rules and Or-
ders in their Houses and settling the Rates of Liquors &ca

Whereas the Act of Assembly for regulating Ordinarys will
expire on Conclusion of this present Session, and inasmuch as
her most Sacred Majesty upon the Suggestion of Sr Thomas
Lawrence Barronet who had a Patent for the Secretary's Office
from his late Majesty King William the Third of Glorious
Memory has commanded his Excellency John Seymour Esqr
her Capt. General and Governor of this Province not to pass
any Law for the future whereby the Advantages of the Ordi-
nary Licenses shall be taken from the Secretary's Office, so
that consequently there will want an Act of Assembly author-
izing the Commissioners of the several County Courts to take
Security of the several Ordinary Keepers to keep good Rules
and Orders in their Houses as the Law of England direct and
for settling the Rate of Liquors, Now forasmuch as this Gen-
eral Assembly do humbly conceive that the Fines of those
Licenses are no Perquisite or incident to the Secretary's Office,
and that Sir Thomas Lawrence is no Ways intitled thereto and
have Resolved to address her Most Sacred Majesty the Queen
in Answer to the said Sr Thomas Lawrence's unjust Complaint.
We do by and with the Consent of her Majesty's Honble
Council Statute and Ordain That no Person whatsoever shall,
until her Majesty's Pleasure be further known herein presume
to keep Ordinary or vend any Liquors in their Houses and
Plantations by Retail until they obtain Licenses from the Jus-
tices of the County Courts, for so doing, and enter into Recog-
nizances with sufficient Security for keeping good Rules and
Orders in their Houses according as the Laws of England direct.

L. H. J.

And the said Justices are hereby impowered to grant such
Licenses and to take such Recognizances as aforesaid in such
Sums as they shall think fit and reasonable and to settle the
Rates of Liquors as they have formerly done. Of which all
Ordinary Keepers are to take Notice on Pain of their being
severally prosecuted for their Contempt of this Ordinance and
incurring the Displeasure of this Assembly.

p. 212

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