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Bacon's Laws of Maryland
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The Charter
dated 22d of
Nov.  1708,

The public
Lands and 
Buildings to
remain to the
Uses they
have bee allotted
The judges,
&c. to hold
their Courts
as usual,
and the
County Magistrates,
of Ann-Arundel
to exercise
their usual
in the Port of

Bye-Laws, to
be restrained
to the Inhabitants
Residents of
the City.

What Toll
shall be taken
at the Two

The Representatives
the City, to
be allowed
only half


Wornell Hunt,
Esq; qualified
to serve as
have Resolved to confirm the same Charter, and to explain and restrain some
Clauses and Grants therein contained, they humbly pray that it may be Enacted;

    II.  And it is hereby Enacted, by the Queen's most excellent Majesty, by and
with the Advice and Consent of her Majesty's Governor, Council, and Assembly of
this Province, and by the Authority of the same,
That the said Charter to the
City of Annapolis, bearing Date at the said City on the Twenty-second Day 
of November, Anno 1708, in the Seventh Year of her Majesty's Reign, Sealed
with the Great Seal of this her majesty's Province, and signed with the Sign
Manual o his Excellency john Seymour, Esq; Captain-General and Governor
in Chief thereof, Incorporating the Inhabitants of Annapolis into a City, and
Body Corporate, and the several Articles, Clauses, Grants, Powers, Authorities
and Privileges therein contained, shall, by virtue of this Act, be held, 
taken, stand, remain, and be firm and valid to all Intents and Purposes whatsoever,
within the same Charter mentioned and expressed, subject nevertheless
ti the several Restrictions and Explanations herein specified and declared,
(That is to say) That it shall in no wise be intended, construed, meant or taken,
to infringe the Liberties and Privileges of the Public, either in regard
to the Public Lands and Buildings by them heretofore purchased and built;
but that the same shall be reserved and continued for ever, to the Uses and
Purposes  to which they have already been allotted:  And that all and every
the Judges and Justices of the several Courts of Judicature which have usually
held their Courts within the same City, in the public Court-house thereof,
shall and may continue so to do; and the Justices, Commissioners and
Sheriff of Ann-Arundel County shall have, hold and exercise their Jurisdiction,
in as full and ample Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, in the port
of Annapolis, as heretofore had been usual.

    III.  And be it further Enacted and Declared, That the Bye-Laws to be
made by the said Corporation, shall not affect or be binding to any other the
Inhabitants of this Province, but wholly restrained to the Inhabitants and
Residents of the said City; and that the Clause in the said Charter, impowering
the Corporation to set Toll on Horses, Cattle, and other Commodities,
to be sold on the Two Fair Days, of the First of May, and of St. Michael
the Arch-Angel, yearly, shall not in any wise enure, be construed or extended,
to impowering the Corporation to assess any Toll or Import upon Cattle,
Goods, Wares or Merchandizes whatsoever, to be sold therein, if the Goods,
Wares or Merchandizes should not amount to the Value of Twenty Shillings
Current Money; but if it exceed Twenty Shillings Value, and not above Five
Pounds Current Money, then the Sum of Six-pence shall be paid for the Fee
or Toll thereof; and for all Goods, &c. exceeding in Value Five POunds
Current Money, then it shall be lawful to assess the Sum of Twelve Pence
Current Money for the Fee or Toll thereof, and no more.

    IV.  And whereas the Citizens and Burgesses of the several Boroughs in
England have formerly been allowed but half Wages, in respect to the Salary
of the Knights of the Shires; Be it therefore Enacted, That the Citizens,
representing the City of Annapolis, shall only be allowed Half the Wages to/
the Delegates and Representatives, as is and shall be allowed to the Delegates
of the several Counties of this Province, and no more.

    V.  And whereas Wornell Hunt, Esq; the present Recorder of the said
City, is not yet qualified for that Trust by reason he hath not been resident
in this Province during the Term of Three Years; nevertheless the said Wornell
by virtue of this Act, shall be deemed, and is hereby qualified and
enabled to hold and execute the said Office of Recorder of the City aforesaid,
any Law, Statute, Usage or Custom to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

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