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Bacon's Laws of Maryland
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HORATIO SHARPE, Esq; Governor.
An ACT for preventing Indians disaffected to the British Interest
    in America, from coming into this Province as Spies, or on any
    other evil Design.  Lib. H.S. fol. 272.
Passed 22d
May 1756.
WHEREAS it is represented to this General ASsembly, that Indians,
not in Friendship or Alliance with his Majesty's Subjects, and
especially some of those Nanticoke Indians, who some Years ago
left their usual Place of Residence, and went to the Westward, have lately
fixed Cabbins, under Pretence of Hunting in different Places of this Province,
where they have behaved very insolently, and have even intimated that they
have been active in some of the horrid Cruelties committed last Summer by
the Savages in the Frontiers of the neighbouring Provinces:  And as it is apprehended
that no strange Indian would, at this Time of open War, come
into this Province, unless with a View to get Information, and give Intelligence 
to our Enemies, or on some other ill Design; In order therefore, to
discover any such who may be lurking about hereafter,

    II.  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 the several Constables
of the respective Hundred, wherein any Indian Town within this Province
doth lay, shall, before the Twentieth Day of June next, and so Yearly and
every Year, go to the Indian Town or Towns, within his Hundred, and require
the Chief Indian or Great Man of the said Town, to give him an exact
Account of the Names both Indian and English, Sexes, and Ages of all the
Indians, belonging to the said Town; and the said Constable, from such Account,
shall make a fair List, distinguishing each Sex and Age by different
Columns; That is to say, Men, Women, Boys, and Girls, and their respective
Ages; and the same shall deliver to the Clerk of the respective County, who
shall enter the same among his Land Records without Fee or Reward.  And if
the Chief Indian or Great Man of the Town, shall, upon Application of the
Constable, refuse or delay to give an Account as aforesaid, the Constable shall
immediately inform the Chief Justice of the County wherein such Town shall
lay, who shall issue his Warrant to the said Constable to take such Chief Indian
or Great Man, and bering him before him to answer for such Refusal or
Delay; and if the said Indian Chief or Great Man, shall not give the said Justice
a satisfactory Reason for such Refusal or Delay, the said Justice is hereby
required to commit such Indian Chief or Great Man to Prison, there to remain
until he shall give such Account, and pay the Fees arising on such Commitment

    III.  And be it further Enacted, That when any Indian shall have Occasion
to go from the Town to which he or she belongs, he or she shall apply to
some Justice of the Peace of the County wherein such Town shall lay, for a
Pass, who is hereby obliged to give one without Fee or Reward, wherein
shall be expressed such Indian's Name, both Indian and English, and Age, the
Town to which he or she belongs, and an accurate person Description, to
which Pass the County Clerk shall make the proper Certificate, and affix the
County Seal, without Fee or Reward.  And if any Person shall discover an
Indian, without such Pass as aforesaid, Ten Miles distant from the Town to
which he or she belongs, it shall and may be lawful for such Person to seize
such Indian, and carry him or her before the next Justice of the Peace, who
shall commit such Indian to Prison, unless he or she can make appear to what
Town he or she properly belongs, there to remain until he or she can fully
make appear the same; and when such Indian shall have made appear to such
Justice that he or she does belong to some one Town in this Province, or is
in Friendship and Alliance with his Majesty's Subjects of America, then the
said Justice is hereby required to make out his Warrant to the Sheriff to discharge.


Constables of
wherein any
Indian Town
lies, shall
take an Account
of the
Indians thereto

The Chief
Indian of such
Town refusing
to give
such Account,
,may be taken
into Custody,
and committed
to Prison.

Indians travelling
their Towns,
shall take out

If discovered
without a
Pass at Ten
Miles Distance
their respective
may be seized,
and committed.

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