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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1740-1744
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Acts. 615

Provided nevertheless, That in case the said Prisoners, or any of
them, shall at any Time after making such his Oath or Oaths, or
taking such his Affirmation or Affirmations, as aforesaid, be convict
of wilful and corrupt Perjury thereupon, or of a wilful Breach or
Noncompliance with the tenor of such Oath or Affirmation as afore-
said, that then the said Prisoners, or any of them, being Convicted
as aforesaid, shall upon such Conviction as aforesaid, be wholly de-
prived of any Benefit intended to him, her or them by this Law, and
shall from thenceforth be liable to be prosecuted for any Debt or De-
mands whatsoever, in the same manner as if this Act had never been
made; any thing to the contrary notwithstanding.

No Relief
by this Act,
in case of

Provided always, That the Sheriffs of Dorchester, Talbot, Caecil,
and Queen Anne's, Counties, shall be first satisfied their Imprison-
ment Fees, out of the respective Effects of the said Prisoners, before
any Creditor or Creditors shall have any share of the Prisoners Ef-
fects, and if the said Prisoners Effects shall not be sufficient to satisfy
the Sheriffs their Imprisonment Fees, that then the said Prisoners,

Fees to be
first paid.

or any of them, shall Satisfy and Pay to the Sheriff the residue of
their Imprisonment Fees; Provided that the said Sheriffs shall not
Prosecute, Detain or Imprison the said Prisoners, or any of them,
within Two Years after his or her Releasement; any thing in this
Act contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

p. 41

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any
of the Persons intended to be Relieved by this Act, are and shall be
of sufficient Ability of Body to Labour, to be adjudged by the Jus-
tices of the County-Court, such Person or Persons, being unmarried
and having no Family, shall be and are hereby obliged to Serve a
Term not exceeding Five Years, to any Person or Persons who are
or shall be inclinable to purchase the Time and Servitude of such
Debtor or Debtors as aforesaid, and that the respective Sheriffs in
whose Custody the aforesaid Persons, or any of them, are, be, and
are hereby, authorized, impowered and obliged, at the first County
Court to be held for their respective Counties next after the end of
this Sessions, and during the Time of Court sitting, by Order of
such Court, to publish the Sale of such Debtor, and the Time of his
or her Servitude, and the same may and are hereby obliged to sell or
dispose of to the highest Bidder, and the Money arising from such
Sale, the Sheriffs Fees being first deducted, shall be as Effects of such
Debtor in the hands of such respective Sheriffs as aforesaid, subject
to an equal distribution to the Creditors of such Debtor or Debtors,
and such Sheriff is hereby obliged to distribute the same in equal
proportion to such Creditors accordingly.

Prisoners to
be sold if

Provided always, That any such Debtor or Debtors being Single
and subjected to serve as aforesaid, and being Sold for that purpose,
that then and in such case, such Sale and Service is hereby deemed
a full and sufficient acquittal and discharge against all Debts due


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