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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                       ROBERT EDEN, Esq; Governor.

Gilpin, of Prince-George's county; John Haley, James Ferrell, Arthur Savoy, Joseph Harrison, jun.
John Doncastle, William Wright, and Ignatius Green, of Charles county; John Southwall, William
Payne, Henry Greenwell, Edward Greenwell, Electius Jarboe, Joseph Clark, and John Field, of St. Mary's
county; and Thomas Peplo, of Calvert county.



                                            CHAP. XXI.
An ACT for the building of a parish church, in Christ-church parish, in Calvert

    Any three justices may meet at Prince-Frederick-town, between the 20th of December and the 20th
of January next, and assess on the said parish one third part of 160,000lb. of tobacco; the other two
thirds shall be assessed in 1770 and 1771, and the whole is to be laid out by the vestrymen and wardens
in building a new church, on the ground where the old church stands.  The money already in the hands of
these persons, and the materials of the old church, are to be applied to the same purpose.

                                            CHAP. XXII.
An additional supplementary ACT to the act, entitled, An act to
    prevent the abuses of concealing convicted felons and other offenders
    imported into this province, and for the better discovery
    of them.
    WHEREAS, notwithstanding the provisions already made, convicted felons
are often imported into this province, and pass as persons of character,
and many of them are received as witnesses, to the great vexation
and prejudice of the inhabitants of this province; for further remedy whereof,
    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 every master of a ship or other vessel
that shall, after the first day of October next, import any felon into this province,
who hath been or shall be convicted of any crime, shall bring a full transcript of
the record of such conviction, and the proceedings relating thereto, under the
seal of the court where such conviction is or shall be had, if there is any seal of
such court, and if there is no such seal, then under the hand and seal of the clerk,
for the time being, of such court, and such transcript shall deliver to the consignee
of such convicted felon, or such other person or persons as shall have the sale of
such convicted felon.
Every master
of a ship, &c.
who shall import
any felon,
shall bring a
full transcript
of the record
of his conviction,
    III.  And be it further enacted, That any consignee or other person having the
sale of any convicted felon who shall be imported into this province after the said
first day of October next, shall within thirty days after the sale of any such convicted
felon, or within the same time after his discharge of any convicted felon, deliver
such transcript, as aforesaid, to the clerk of the court of the county wherein
the purchaser of such convicted felon shall reside, or in which such convicted felon
shall be put on shore, under the penalty of ten pounds current money; and
the clerks of the county courts respectively, shall, at the expence of the person delivering
such transcript, as soon as may be, carefully enter the transcript in a book
to be provided and kept for the purposes, and only the purposes of this act, and
shall orderly insert the name of such convicted felon, and the page in which his
transcript shall be recorded, in an alphabet towards the end of such book, under
the penalty of five pounds current money for every omission, and a copy of the
entry of such transcript, under the seal of the court to which such book belongs,
shall be good evidence to prove any person therein named as such a convicted felon.
Provided and declared nevertheless, That no other mode of evidence which is legal
or now used in this province, shall be hereby excluded.
And the person
having the
sale of such
felon, shall
deliver the
transcript to
the clerk of
the county,
under penalty,
    IV.  And, whereas for want of due care and attention of masters, convicted felons
who are imported, and held as servants in this province, frequently commit murders,
robberies, and other crimes and offences, Be it therefore enacted, That every
inhabitant within this province, who shall purchase any convicted felon imported
after the said first day of October next, shall, within twenty days after such purchase,
go before some justice of the peace of the county where such purchaser shall
reside, and shall before such justice, who it is hereby declared shall take the same,
enter into recognizance to the right honourable the lord proprietary, for the time
Every inhabitant
who shall
purchase any
felon, shall
enter into recognizance,

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