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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1727-1729 With Appendix of Statutes, 1714-1726
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Acts Not Previously Printed. 585

Churches and Court-House Door of the County, of the Slave or
Slaves in his Custody, and of the Time and Place of the Sale thereof
by him to be appointed, not less than Ten Days after the Time lim-
ited as aforesaid, is expired, and at such Time and Place by him
appointed as aforesaid, to proceed to sell and dispose of such Slave
or Slaves to the highest Bidder; and out of the Money the said Slave
or Slaves shall be sold for, to pay himself his own just Fees, reckon-
ing his Tobacco at One Penny per Pound, Current Money, and like-
wise paying to the aforesaid Commissioner all such Sums by him
deposited out of the Publick Stock for taking up such Run-away
Slave, together with his own Fees by this Act allowed him; and
after such Payments made, if any Residue shall remain of the
Money such Slave or Slaves were sold for, such Sheriff shall be
only accountable to the Owner of such Slave or Slaves for such
Residue or Remainder of the money as aforesaid, and not other-
wise. And in Case the Owner of such Slave so as aforesaid sold,
shall not make out his Title to such Slave within Six Months after
such Sale as aforesaid, and demand such Residue as such Slave shall
clear as aforesaid, after Reward and Fees as aforesaid paid, then
such Sheriff shall pay such Residue to the Publick Treasurer of this
Province for the Time being, there to be lodg'd for the Use of such
Person as shall make appear a Right to it. And in Case any Sheriff,
or the Buyer of such Slave, or others concerned in the Execution of
this Act, shall be sued by any Person or Persons for any Matter or
Thing done or to be done in Pursuance hereof, it shall and may be
lawful for any such Person or Persons so sued, to plead the General
Issue, and give this Act and the special Matter in Evidence; and in
case of Non-Suit, Discontinuance or Verdict against the Plaintiff,
the Court shall award double Costs of Suit. And forasmuch as that
the Encouragement provided by this Act for the taking up such
Run-away Negroes as aforementioned, may not be sufficient to de-
ter such Negroes from running away in Manner aforesaid, without
inflicting some corporal Punishment on them, such as may render
them an Example to Others if they should be guilty of the like
Be it therefore Enacted, by the Authority, Advice and Consent
aforesaid, That every Run-away Negroe that shall be taken up to
the Northward of Monocacy River from the Mouth thereof up the
said River, to the fording Place near Albine's Plantation, where the
Conestogo Path crosses Monocacy, and so to the Northward of
said Conestogo Path, 'till it meets with Susquehanna River, for the
first Offence shall have One of his Ears cut off, by such Person as
such Commissioner as aforesaid, shall for that Purpose authorize;
and if afterwards he shall be guilty of a Second Offence in the same


kind, that then he shall have the other Ear cut off, and be branded
on the Chin with the Letter R, by such Person authorized as afore-

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