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Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1658-1662
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Provincial Court Proceedings, 1658. 87

The Oath of Sheriffe.

You shall well & truly serue the Lord Proprietary of this prouince
in the Office of Sheriffe of N You shall truly & rightfully treate
the poeple of yor Sherifwick, & doe right as well to poore as to rich
in all that belongeth to yor sd Office. You shall doe noe wrong to
any man, for any gwift, fauoe, hate or other affection. You shall
duely exequute, soe far as you may, all such writts, & warrants as
shall bee to you directed by lawfull authority, & therof you shall make
true returne, according to the tenor of the writt. Soe helpe you
God &c :


P. C. R.

p. 52

Caecilus Absolute & Prope of the Prouinces of Maryland & Aualon,
Lord Baron of Baltemore &c: To John Hatch, James Lindsey Henry
Adams, Edward Parks, James Walker & Robert Hunley Gent"
Greeting, Know yee That Wee for the ease & benifitt of the Poeple
of this oe Prouince & for the spedyer & more exact Admistraon of
Justice haue erected, & doe by these pesents Erect all tht Tract of
Land of this oe Prouince of Maryland Bownded with West Wicoco-
moco Ryuer, up to the head thereof, & Sowth wth Patowmeck
ruyer from the mouth of Wicocomoco up as high as any Plantaon
under oe gouermt is now seated, And from thence wth a right Line
drawne from such plantaon as aforesd to the head of Wicocomoco
Ryuer, into a County, By the name of Charles County, in honoue of
Our only Sonne & heyre apparant Charles Caluert Esqr And for the
great trust & confidence, Wee haue in yor fidelities, circumspections,
prouidences, & wisdomes haue constituted, ordeyned & appointed &
doe by these pents constitute, ordaine & appoynt you John Hatch,
James Lindsey, Henry Adames, Edward Parks, James Walker &
Robt Hunley, Gentn Commissioners Joyntley & seuerally to keepe the
Peace in Charles County aforesd And to keepe & cause to be kept all
Lawes & Orders made for the good & conserua5n of the Peace, & for
the quiett rule and gouermt of the Poeple in all & euery the articles
of the same, And to chastice & punish all persons offending agst the
forme of any the Lawes & Orders of this oe prouince, or of any of
them in Charles County aforesd as according to the forme of those
Lawes & orders shall be fitt to be done. Wee haue allso constituted
& ordayned you & euery fowre or more of you, of wch you the sd John
Hatch (unlesse some one of oe Councell bee pesent) are allwayes to
bee one; Commises to enquyre by the Oath of good & lawfull men of
yor County aforesd of all manner of ffellonies, Withcrafts, In-
chantmts, Soceries, Magick arts, Trespasses fforestallings, Ingross-
ings, & Extortions whatsoeuer & of all & singular other misdeeds &
offences of wch Justices of the Peace in England may or ought law-
fully to enquyre by whomsoeuer, or whensoeuer done or perpetrated,

Vide 3 Md.
Arch. 341

or wch hereafter shall happen to be done or perpetrated in the County
aforesd agst the Lawes & Orders of this Our prouince, Prouided you

p. 53

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