L. H. J.
Liber No. 54
County, and him have immediately at the Bar of this House, to
answer the Complaint of Samuel Luckett, for illegally executing his
Body for ffees, and also for a Contempt of the Authority of this
The House adjourns till To-Morrow Morning 8 O'Clock
Friday, November 16:th 1770
The House met according to Adjournment.
The Members were called, and all appeared as on Yesterday.
The Proceedings of Yesterday were read.
M.r Hopper and M.r Eden appeared in the House
M.r Ringgold brings in, and delivers to M.r Speaker the following
By the Lower House of Assembly, November 16:th 1770
May it please your Honours,
We return you the Bill for the Relief of certain Prisoners in the
several Jails therein mentioned, with the Amendment proposed by
your Honours. Although a Clause similar to this Amendment has
been heretofore proposed by your House, and assented to by this,
in Bills for the Relief of Prisoners, Experience has shown us, that
it wants some Explanation, and therefore we are unwilling to agree
to the Amendment as it now stands. Whether a Person is of sufficient
Ability of Body to labour is a Question of Judgment and Discretion.
What shall be said to be a Family is a Matter about which Doubts
have arisen. We think there ought to be some Person pointed out
to determine these Questions where they may arise. The Sheriff
would be an improper Judge, as he alone would in most Cases be
benefited by the Sale. If your Honours intend that the Justices shall
be the Judges, we think it not expressed with sufficient Certainty.
We also think it might be more clearly expressed, that it should not
be compulsory upon the Persons described in the Amendment to
serve but that they ought to have an Election to serve or take no
Benefit by the Law. These Objections being removed, we shall pass
the Bill with the Amendment
Signed by Order Jn.o Duckett Cl. Lo. Ho.
The ingrossed Bill, N.o 7, read and assented to, and sent to the
Upper House, with the Paper Bill thereof, by M.r N. Thomas and
M.r Ware. They return, and acquaint M.r Speaker they delivered
M.r Johnson brings in, and delivers to M.r Speaker the following
By the Committee appointed to examine into the Truth of the