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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                                THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.

shall wittingly celebrate the rites of matrimony between any such, without leave
of the master or mistress of such servant, he shall forfeit and pay for every offence
fifty pounds current money.



    XII.  And be it enacted, That all licences for marriage shall be issued by the
clerk of the court of that county where the woman shall have her usual residence,
under the seal of his county, in the following form, to wit:
    Whereas application hath been made to me by A. B. of ________ county, and
C. D. of _______ county, for licence to be joined in holy matrimony:  These
are therefore to authorise and license you to solemnize the rites of marriage between
the said persons, according to law, appearing to you no lawful cause
or just impediment, by reason of any consanguinity or affinity, to hinder the same.
    Given under my hand and the seal of my office this _______ day of _______ in
the year seventeen hundred and _______.
To the reverend Mr. _________ __________, or any other person qualified by law
                        to celebrate the marriage in the state of Maryland.
County clerks
to issue licences,
    XIII.  And be it enacted, That there shall be paid to the clerk granting such
licence the sum of thirty shillings current money, and he shall annually in the
month of November, return on oath a list of licences by him granted, the date,
and the persons to whom granted, to the treasurer of his shore; and shall at such
time pay to such treasurer twenty-five shillings current money for each licence by
him granted, for the use of this state, under the penalty of one hundred pounds
current money, and may retain five shillings on each licence for his trouble.
Thirty shillings
to be
paid for licence,
    XIV.  And be it enacted, That the chancellor shall and may hear and determine
all causes for alimony, in as full and ample manner as such causes could be heard
and determined by the laws of England in the ecclesiastical courts there.
Chancellor to
causes for alimony,
    XV.  And be it enacted, That the general court may inquire into, hear and determine,
either on indictment or petition of either of the parties, the validity of
any marriage, and may declare any marriage contrary to the table in this act, or
any second marriage, the first subsisting, null and void; and on appeal the depositions
and evidence given in the cause shall be transmitted with the record to the
court of appeals, and thereupon such cause shall be heard, determined and adjudged
de novo.
General court
to determine
the validity of
                                            CHAP. XIII.
An ACT for the more speedy and effectual recovery of common
                          law fines, and forfeited recognizances.
    WHEREAS the public administration of justice has been greatly impeded
by the many forfeitures of recognizances taken for the appearance of
offenders, and witnesses against them, and the irregular collection of
the stipulated sums thereon due; and also on the common law fines imposed on
public delinquents;
    II.  Be it therefore enacted, by the general assembly of Maryland, That from
and after the first day of June next, whenever any recognizance, taken for the
appearance of any person or persons to answer, or of any person or persons to testify,
shall be forfeited in any court of record, or where any fine or fines shall,
after the said first day of June next, be imposed by any court of record for any
common law offence, on any person or persons, it shall and may be lawful for the
attorney-general, or either of his deputies, to order a writ or writs of capias ad satisfaciendum,
or a writ or writs of fieri facias, to be issued for the recovery of the sum
or sums thereon due, on which writ or writs such proceeding shall and may be had,
as in cases where similar  writs are issued on judgments obtained in personal suits.
&c. attorney-general
to order writs,
    III.  And be it enacted, That all sums which shall arise due for such forfeitures
and fines, shall be paid into the hands of the attorney-general, or his deputies, in
their respective counties, and shall be by them respectively paid over yearly, on or
Fines to be
paid to attorney-general,

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