THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.
At the succeeding convention in May,
1776, was elected another council of safety, consisting of nine
persons, five on the western and four on the eastern shore, to continue
until the end of the next convention,
and to exercise the same powers as were conferred on the last council,
which, in the beginning of the
convention, was authorised, in any manner depending before them, to issue
subpœnas for witnesses to attend
their order, and in case of disobedience to issue attachment, directed
to a captain of the militia, to
fine not exceeding £. 5, for the contempt; and in case of a refusal
to testify, to commit the party to the
custody of any captain of the militia, and compel him to pay the costs;
but they were not to oblige a person
to give evidence if he should declare, on oath, that he is interested.
At the next convention in June, 1776, nine persons were
elected as a council with the same powers as
were vested in the last council.
And by the last convention was elected a council, consisting
of the same number, and vested with the
same powers as the last. This council, as they thought proper, might
call the general assembly before
the day prescribed by the constitution; and their power was to continue
until the constitutional legislature
should therein take further order.
Besides these general powers intrusted to the councils
of safety, they were from time to time authorised
to do many acts which have no relation to the powers.
|At a SESSION of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY
of MARYLAND, begun and held at the city of
ANNAPOLIS, on Monday the sixteenth of June, in
the year of our Lord one thousand
and seventy-seven, and ended the 29th day of the
same month: The following laws were enacted.
THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.
An ACT to continue an act for suspending the power of the commissioners
building a court-house and prison in Harford county.
An ACT directing the justices of Frederick county to ascertain the
taxables in Washington and Montgomery counties, and
to enable the sheriffs
of those counties to collect their proportion of the
public levy, as settled by the
justices of Frederick county.
The court of Frederick county is directed
to meet on the 10th of July next, to ascertain the number
of taxables in Washington and Montgomery, and to transmit a copy of their
proceedings to the justices
of each of these counties, together with a list of the insolvents, fines,
forfeitures and amerciaments, due in
each for the years 1775 and 1776, and a transcript of the levy for 1776.
The justices of the three counties
are then to furnish copies to their respective sheriffs, who are authorised
to make their collections by
distress and sale, notwithstanding the law respecting the delivery of duplicate
An ACT to enable the corporation of the city of Annapolis to sell
or lease certain lands, and to enlarge and ascertain
of the mayor's court of the said city.
| WHEREAS the ground heretofore laid out and reserved
for the building
of ships and other vessels within the said city is found to be inconvenient
for such purposes,
| II. Be it enacted,
by the general assembly of Maryland, That the corporation
of the city of Annapolis, and their successors, shall have full power and
authority to sell and dispose of the said ground, or to lease the same,
as they shall
think most advantageous, and to make and execute any conveyance or conveyances,
lease or leases, thereof, or any part thereof, as they may think proper,
the seal of the corporation, and such conveyance or lease shall be good
effectual in law, if recorded within the time limited by law; and that
so much of
the monies arising from such sales, and of the rents to be reserved on
respecting the premises, shall be applied towards the purchase of one or
places within the said city as the said corporation shall think fit, for
of ships and other vessels, and the overplus, if any, shall be applied
by the corporation
of the said city for the benefit thereof.
may sell or