WILLIAM PACA, Esq; Governor.
claim, giving preference to debts of superior quality and nature, as
by the testamentary law; and when there shall be a surplus of such sales
and above what is sufficient to discharge the debts aforesaid, the same
paid into the treasury, subject to the disposal of the general assembly.
| V. And be it
enacted, That where there shall be confiscation and appropriation
of the property aforesaid, and not a sufficiency unappropriated and unsold
discharge the debts aforesaid, that in such case the treasurer is hereby
and directed to grant to such claimant or creditor a certificate, in current
for his debt as aforesaid, or in such proportion as aforesaid, so far as
the sale of the
individual estate; which said certificate shall be paid as other public
discountable in taxes, at the option of the owner.
An ACT proposing to the citizens of this state, creditors of congress
on loan-office certificates, to accept this state
on the terms therein mentioned.
| WHEREAS about three million of continental dollars
were loaned by
citizens of this state to congress, and this government is desirous of
discharging, as far as in its power, its proportion of the interest of
continental loans in America, and to make payment first to its own citizens:
| II. Be it enacted,
by the general assembly of Maryland, That any subjects
of this state, creditors of congress on loan-office certificates, may bring
the auditor-general, to be adjusted by him, agreeable to the scale laid
congress, and order may thereupon issue by the governor and council to
of the western shore, who may grant the owner a state certificate, bearing
an interest of six per cent. and this state will thereupon become
debtor for the
sum expressed in such certificate, and the interest to accrue thereon,
and do hereby
engage to pay one half of the interest annually, during the war, in coin,
after the war to discharge the residue of the interest, or add it to the
and to pay the whole interest thereof annually in coin, and to pay the
as soon as possible.
| III. Provided,
and it is hereby enacted, That nothing in this act shall be
construed or taken to extend to any continental certificates assigned to
of this state by the citizens of any other state.
This act has been suspended by a resolve
of the legislature, so far as that no more certificates are to
issue under it until further order.
An ACT for the defence of the bay, and to impose certain duties on
The executive is requested to have
a galley, which is already on hand, finished as soon as possible, fitted
out before the 1st of May next, and armed with at least 30 seamen, and
70 watermen and marines,
under proper officers, &c. They are requested, likewise, to fit
out four barges, with sails, oars, cannon
and swivels, and to man them completely. This armament is to be provided,
in every respect, for a
cruise within the bay and inlets, until the 1st of January, 1784.
And, for the encouragement of the crews,
two thirds of the prizes they shall make, shall be shared amongst the crew,
in the proportion regulated by
| VI. And be it
enacted, That if any officer, seaman, waterman or marine, shall
lose a limb, or be otherwise maimed or hurt, so as to be rendered incapable
procuring a livelihood, such officer, seaman, waterman or marine, shall
to receive the same provision and support as is or shall hereafter be established
by this state for its officers and soldiers in the service of the United
And for defraying the expence of this
arrangement, certain duties are laid on imports, to be levied for
one year from the passage of this act, unless the five per cent. impose
shall take place within the time.
An ACT to appoint an intendant of the revenue.
This act provides for the continuance
of the office a second year, commencing, as the first did, on the
1st day of February.