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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1737-1740
Volume 40, Page 86   View pdf image (33K)
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86 Assembly Proceedings, April 26-May 28, 1737.

the said Act mentioned Provided Always that in Case it shall happen
that the said Samuel Ogle shall be Inforced to purchase a Greater
Quantity of Land without the Fence or Inclosure of the said City
then Eight Acres then and in such Case no more shall be Inclosed
for Gardens Orchards or any other Improvements to the said In-
tended House Belonging than Eight Acres so that the Country may
not hereafter be Liable, or put to the Expense of Keeping up or
Repairing the Inclosure or Failing of more than Eight Acres Pro-
vided that the rest of the Land so to be purchased Besides the said
Eight acres without The Town shall belong to the Publick and Sub-
ject to be disposed off as such

Chap. II

p. 170

An Act for the more Effectual Punishment of Certain Offenders and
for taking from them the Benefitt of Clergy.

Forasmuch As all the Laws heretofore made for the Punishment
of Offenders and for Securing honest Men in their Just Property
are found by Experience to be Insufficient for those Purposes and
that the Poorer Sort of People who are obliged for want of Better
Conveniences to keep their Goods in Tobacco Houses and other Out
Houses are more Exposed to be Pillaged and Robbed of Their
Substance than Persons of Greater Ability and that Considerable
Part of the Property of People of all Conditions Are kept in Out
Houses not only remote from their Dwelling houses but also very
Weak in themselves and easily Broken which hath given frequent
Oppertunitys to Offenders to break into such Houses and to Steal
from thence Divers Goods and Chattels to the utter undoing of
of Some Poor Persons and the Prejudice of all Sufferers And
Whereas Several Offenders have Stolen Boats and other Vessels
and Even Slaves which Practice is of the most Dangerous Ten-
dency and may if not Timely Prevented, Occasion Piracys and
all manner of Villainys and that Offenders have been Encouraged
to Committ the said Crimes by the Lenity of our Laws, and Expecta-
tion of having the Benefit of Clergy, when Detected
for the more Effectual Prevention of which Crimes and Punish-
ment of such Offenders as shall commit Any of them Be it Enacted,
by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by and with the
Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governour and the Upper and
Lower Houses of Assembly and the Authority of the Same that
any Person or Persons who shall after the tenth Day of September
Next Break any Tobacco House Or other Out Houses whatsoever
and Steal from thence any Goods or Chatties to the. Value of five
Shillings Sterling or who shall Councill hire Command Aid or
Abet any Person or Persons to Commit the said Offences or who
Shall be Accessarys to any of the said Offences and be thereof Convict
by Confession upon his or their Arraignment Verdict of a Jury
or be Out Lawed or who shall Obstinatelv or of Malice stand Mute

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