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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                                THOMAS JOHNSON, Esq; Governor.

neither of the parties shall be allowed in the costs of suit for more than three
witnesses.

1777.

CHAP.
   XII.

    X.  And be it enacted, That in all cases where witnesses do not attend according
to summons, the justice before whom such witness ought to have attended,
shall and may enforce obedience to his process by attachment of contempt, and
shall and is hereby required to make return of such contempt to the justices of the
next county court, who are hereby authorised and required to take cognizance
thereof, and shall and may, at their discretion, fine the offender any sum not exceeding
twenty shillings common money for every such offence, to be applied towards
defraying the charge of such county.
Penalty on
witnesses not
attending.
    XI.  And be it enacted, That the justices of the several county courts within
this state, shall not hold plea in the said courts of any debt or damage which
shall not exceed three pounds sterling, five pounds common money, or eight hundred
pounds of tobacco, any law, usage or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding.
Justices not
to hold plea
of small debts
in county
courts.
    VII.  Provided always, That this act shall be deemed, construed and understood,
to extend only to debts, or sums of money or tobacco due on contract, and
not to actions of replevin, detinue, trover and conversion, or slander, or to actions
of trespass, or for assault and battery, or imprisonment, or to such actions where
the title or boundaries of land shall or may come in question.
Proviso.
    VIII.  And be it enacted, That an act of assembly, made at a session of assembly
held at the city of Annapolis on the fourth day of October, in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty-three, entitled, An act for the speedy
recovery of small debts out of court, before one justice of the peace, and the act
or acts continuing the same, be and are hereby abrogated, repealed and made void.
Former acts
repealed.
    XIV.  This act to continue three years, and unto the end of the next session of
assembly which shall happen after the expiration of the said three years.

    Continued by the act of October, 1780, ch. 12, for one year, &c. by the act of November, 1781, ch.
7, for three years, &c. and by the act of November, 1784, ch. 83, for seven years, &c.

Continuance.
                                            CHAP. XIII.
            An ACT for the special appointment of inspectors.

    And to direct that some one of the justices of each county, at the request of any inspector, shall attend at
the inspection-house, some day in July next, and there see that the weights are adjusted by the standard-keeper.

                                            CHAP. XIV.
            A Supplement to the acts for assessment of property.
                                            CHAP. XV.
An ACT for the relief of Jean Collineau, of Marseilles, in the kingdom of
                                            France.  PR.
                                            CHAP. XVI.
                        An ACT relating to the treasurers.

    The supervisors of the last emission of bills of credit are directed to deliver to the treasurer of the western
shore, the sum of 64,444 4/9 dollars, out of the sum of 101,111 1/9 remaining in their hands of the sum
directed by a resolve of the convention, passed on the 14th day of August, 1776, to be delivered to the
treasurer of the eastern shore.

                                            CHAP. XVII.
                            An ACT to regulate the militia.

    This act was to continue in force only one year.  After a number of continuances it expired at the
session of 1785.

                                            CHAP. XVIII.
            An ACT for the payment of the journal of accounts.
                                            CHAP. XIX.
    An ACT to direct the recording of a deed to William Smith.  PR.
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