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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1748-1751
Volume 46, Page 603   View pdf image (33K)
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At a Session of Assembly begun and held at the City of An-
napolis the fifteenth Day of May in the thirty seventh year of the
Dominion of the Right Honourable Charles Absolute Lord and
Proprietary of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon Lord Baron
of Baltimore &ca Annoq Domini 1751 and ending the Eeighth day
of June following.
The following Laws were Enacted and Assented to by his Excel-
lency Samuel Ogle Esquire Governor.

Liber B. L. C.

p. 523

An Act to prevent the Sale of Trashy Tobacco.

No. I

Whereas it appears to this General Assembly, that the Laws here-
tofore made, relating to Tobacco, have proved ineffectual to pre-
vent the Sale of trashy and unmerchantable Tobacco: Be it Enacted
by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by and with the
Advice and Consent of his Lordship's Governor, and the Upper and


Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of the same, That
from and after the thirtieth Day of May Instant, it shall not be
lawful for any Person or Persons, on any Pretence whatsoever, to
buy, barter for, purchase, or take into his, her, or their Possession,
or to sell, or even offer to Sale, either directly or indirectly, any
trashy or unmerchantable Tobacco, either loose or in Hands, in
Bundle, Bulk, Parcel, Case, Hogshead, or other Package whatso-
ever; except such Tobacco as hath been heretofore lodged in any
Inspecting House (or House or Houses used by Inspectors), in

[No Persons
to buy or
sell trashy
after the
30th Day of
May, 1751.]

Pursuance of any former Law; under the Penalty of Six Pence
Current Money, for every Pound of Tobacco so bought, bartered
for, purchased, taken into his, her, or their Possession, sold, or
offered to Sale, as aforesaid, to be recovered, where the Penalty
shall not exceed fifty Shillings Current Money, before a single Mag-
istrate, as in Case of small Debts; and where such Penalty shall ex-
ceed the said Sum, then and in such Case to be recovered in the
County Court where such Offence shall happen, or the Party re-
sides, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information, wherein no
Essoyn, Protection, Wager of Law, or more than one Imparlance
shall be allowed; one Moiety of such Penalty to the Informer, or him,
her, or them, that shall sue for the same, together with his, her, or
their legal Allowance for Attendance as an Evidence; and the other
Moiety to and for the Use of the County where such Offence shall
be committed, towards defraying the Charge of such County in the
Execution of the Inspection-Laws: And where such Penalty shall

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