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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, April 1684-June 1692
Volume 13, Page 426   View pdf image (33K)
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426 Assembly Proceedings, May 10-June 9, 1692.

Lib. L. L.
No. 1.

now or shall be hereafter Established by Law, and also that
the Great Charter of England be kept and observed in all
points, and forasmuch as the Sanctifying and keeping holy of
the Lords Day commonly called Sunday is and hath been
Esteemed by the present and all primitive Churches and
People a Principall and Cheif part of the said Worship, which
Day in most places of this Province hath been and still is by
many wicked Lewd and disorderly people Prophaned and
neglected, by working Drunkeness Swearing Gaming & other
unlawfull pastimes and debaucheries, for remedy whereof,
for the future

p. 3

Bee it Enacted by the King and Queens most Excellent
Majestys and by and with the advice and consent aforesaid.
That from and after the publication of this Law no Person or
Persons within this Province shall work or do any bodily
Labour or Occupation upon any Lords Day commonly called
Sunday, nor shall command or wilfully suffer or permitt any
of his or their children Servants or Slaves to work or labour
as aforesaid (the absolute works of necessity and mercy allways
Excepted) Nor shall suffer or permitt any of his her or their
Children Servants or Slaves or any other under their Authority
to abuse or Prophane the Lords Day by drunkenness, Swear-
ing Gaming, fowling fishing, hunting or any other Sports
Pastimes or Recreations whatsoever. And if any person or
persons within this Province from and after the Publication
hereof, shall offend in all or any the premisses, he she or they
so offending, shall forfeit and pay for every offence one hun-
dred pounds of Tobacco, the said Offences being done, any of
them being done in view of any Justice of the Peace Magis-
trate or other head Officer of any County Citty or Town Cor-
porate within this Province within their limmitts respectively,
or being proved upon Oath by two or more Witnesses, or by
the confession of the party offending, before any such Justice
Magistrate or head Officer within their severall Limitts respec-
tively wherein such Offence shall be committed, to which end
every Justice Magistrate or head Officer shall have power by
this Act to administer an Oath to any such Witness or Wit-
nesses, any of which sum or sums of Tobacco so forfeited
shall and may be Executed and levyed by the Sherriff under
Sherriff or Constable by Warrant to any one of them directed
from any such Justice or Justices of the Peace Magistrate or
other head Officer as aforesaid within their severall Limitts
where all or any of the said Offences shall be committed or done
by distress and sale the offenders goods, rendring the Party
overplus or they shall be recovered by bill plaint or Informa-
tion, by any person or persons that will sue for the same, in
any of their Majesties Courts of Record within this Province

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