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Passed 6th
Nov. 1725.
An ACT to prevent several Irregularities complained of by the
    People called Quakers.  Lib. L. Nº 5. fol. 47.
Supplementary, &c. Acts, 1747, ch. 17; and 1752, ch. 14.

See the Note
below, and
the act therein
referred to

One Half to
the County
School, the 
other to the

Duty of a
Magistrate on
made to him.

sell in their

WHEREAS it is humbly represented to this present General Assembly,
by the people called Quakers, That sundry Persons setup
Booths, and sell Drink and other Things, near their Yearly Meeting-houses
within this Province, whereby those Places which were by them
intended and used as Places of solemn Worship, are converted into Places
of Traffic, Debauchery and Immorality, to their very great Disturbance in the
Exercise of their Religion, and the Worship of GOD.  And forasmuch as
the several Methods heretofore used for the Suppression of such Irregularities
have proved altogether ineffectual:  It is humbly prayed that it may be Enacted,

    II.  And be it Enacted, by  the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietor, 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 whosoever from and
after the Publication hereof, shall presume either to set up a Booth, or sell or
dispose of any Liquor, or other matter or Thing whatsoever, either by Land
or Water, within One Mile of the Yearly Meeting-house (of the said People
called Quakers) in Talbot County, or within Two Miles of their Yearly
Meeting-house near West-River in Ann-Arundel County, during the Time of
such Yearly meetings, shall for every such Offence forfeit and pay unto the 
Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, his Heirs and Successors, the Sum
of Ten pounds Current Money of Maryland, one Half thereof to be applied
to the Use of the Public School of the County where such Offence shall be
committed, the other Half to him or them that shall sue for the same; to be
recovered by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information; wherein no Essoin,
protection or Wager of Law to be allowed.
    By 1752, ch. 14, no Liquors shall be sold at such Times within 3 Miles of the said Meeting-Houses,
        on Penalty of 5 l. Currency.

    III.  And be it further Enacted, by  the Authority, Advice and Consent aforesaid,
That upon Complaint made to any Justice of the Peace for the County
where such Offence shall be committed, the said Justice is hereby required
immediately to issue his Warrant to cause the said Offender to be brought before
him, and upon Proof made to him of the Premises, by the Oath (or
Affirmation if a Quaker) of one credible Witness, or Confession of the Party,
to commit the said Offender to Prison, unless he shall remove such Booth,
Liquor, or other Things, from without the Bounds aforesaid, and give sufficient
Security to answer for the said Offence at the next Court to be held for
the County where it shall be committed.

    IV.  Provided always, That this Act shall not be construed to hinder any
Ordinary-Keeper from selling Liquors in their respective Dwelling-houses.
                        Examined and Compared with the Original Act, REVERDY GHISELIN,
                                                                                                                THOMAS BACON.

See 1752, ch. 14, §. 3.
Passed 6th
Nov. 1725.
An Act to confirm an Estate in Fee-simple to such persons as already have, or hereafter
    shall purchase, any the Lands lying in the New-Town, commonly called
    the Addition to the City of
Annapolis; or any land adjoining to the said City
Annapolis, commonly called the Town Pasture or Common; and to invest them
    with the same Privileges within the City of
Annapolis, as other the Freeholders
    therein now have, or hereafter may enjoy.  Lib.
L. Nº 5. fol. 48.
By this Act  (1.)  Lots or Parcels of Ground already purchased, or hereafter to be purchased
from the respective Proprietors, either in the Addition to the City of Annapolis, or the
Town Pasture, shall be carefully surveyed, numbered in the usual Manner, and returned into

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