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An Abridgement of the Laws in Force and Use in Her Majesty's Plantations; 1704
Volume 193, Page 8   View pdf image (33K)
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8           An Abridgment of the Laws of

protested, more than 20 per Cent.  Damages, besides the
Debt sued for, together with ordinary Costs of Suit.

                    Blasphemy, Swearing, tc

    I.  11 W. 3. p. 82.  If any person whatsoever inhabiting
within this Province shall Blaspheme, that is, Curse God,
deny our Saviour to be the Son of God, or deny the Holy
Trinity, or the Godhead of any of the three Persons, or the
Unity of the Godhead, or shall utter any reproachful words
or Language concerning the Holy Trinity, or any of the
3 persons thereof, he or she shall for the first Offence be
bored through the Tongue, and fined 20 l. Sterling to
the King, towards defraying the County charge where
the Offence was committed; or if the Party hath not an
Estate sufficient to answer that summ, then to suffer 6
months Imprisonment.  For the 2d Offence, he or she
shall be stigmatized in the Forehead with the Letter B,
and fined 40 l. Sterling to the uses aforesaid, or Imprisonment
for one whole year.  And for the 3d Offence,
he or she so offending, and thereof legally convicted,
shall suffer Death, with confiscation of all their Goods
and Chattels to the King.
    II.  Every Person convicted of Fornication, shall for
every time so offending, be fined to the King 20 s. Sterling,
or 400 l. of Tobacco, or receive Corporal Punishment, by
whipping at the discretion of the Court, not exceeding
39 Lashes.  And every Person convicted of Adultery shall
be fined 40 s. Sterl. or 800 l. of Tobacco, or receive Corporal
punishment as aforesaid.
    III.  Every Person who shall harbour, entertain or
provide for the maintenance of any lewd Woman, or
frequent the Company of any such, after Publick Admonition
by the Minister, or Church Wardens, or Vestry of
the Parish, shall for every such Offence undergo such
Pains and Penalties, as by this Act are provided against
those who are convicted of Fornication or Adultery.
    IV.  If any Person Prophanely Swear or Curse in the
hearing of any one Justice of Peace or Head Officer of a
Town, or that shall be thereof convicted by the Oath of
one Witness before any one Justice or other Head Officer,
or by Confession of the Party, he shall forfeit 5 s.
Sterl. to the King, to the use of the Poor of the County,


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An Abridgement of the Laws in Force and Use in Her Majesty's Plantations; 1704
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