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1768.

CHAP.
XXIX.

A single magistrate
may,
by warrant,
remove poor
persons to
their last place
of settlement,
&c.

                        18  FREDERICK Lord BALTIMORE.

    XVIII.  And, to restrain poor people from going or removing from one county to
another, Be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for any one justice
of the peace, by warrant under his hand and seal, to remove and convey such person
to such county where he or she was last legally settled, either as a native,
householder, apprentice or servant, unless he or she shall find sufficient security, to be
allowed by the said justice, for good behaviour, and discharge of the said county;
and if any person be removed by virtue of this act, from one county to another,
under the hand and seal of any one justice of the peace, the trustees for the poor
of the said county, to which the said person shall be so removed, if any alms or
work-house shall be in such county, are hereby required to receive the said person
removed into such alms or work-house, if it shall appear to such trustees that such
person's last legal settlement was in that county.


What shall be
deemed a legal 
settlement
in any county
for the poor.
    XIX.  And, to prevent any disputes which may arise about what shall be deemed
a settlement within the intention of this act, Be it further enacted, That all
poor who shall receive allowances, or be entered as pensioners, by any county
court of this province, or who shall be householders or natives within any county,
shall be deemed and taken to have a legal settlement in such county, and if any
person shall execute any public annual office or charge in any county, during one
whole year, or shall be charged with and pay his public or county levy, such person
shall be adjudged and deemed to have a legal settlement in the same county;
and if any unmarried person shall be hired in any county for one year, such service,
during the space of one year, shall be adjudged and deemed a good settlement;
and if any person shall be bound an apprentice by indenture, or by any
county court of this province, and inhabit any county, such binding and inhabitation
shall be adjudged a good settlement.
Persons received 
into
any alms or
work-house to
wear a badge,

&c.
    XX.  And be it further enacted, That every person who shall be received into
any alms or work-house and there receive relief, shall, upon the shoulder of the
right sleeve of the uppermost garment of every such person, in an open and visible
manner, wear such badge or mark as is herein after mentioned and expressed:
That is to say, A large Roman P, together with the first letter of the name of the
county whereof such poor is an inhabitant, cut either in red or blue cloth, as by
the overseer of the poor it shall be directed and appointed; and if any such poor
person shall neglect or refuse to wear such badge or mark as aforesaid, and in manner
as aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for any one of the trustees aforesaid,
where any such offence shall be committed, to punish every such offender for every
such offence, either by ordering of his or her relief or usual allowance to be abridged,
suspended or withdrawn, or otherwise by ordering such offender to be whipt,
not exceeding twenty lashes, and kept to hard labour for any number of days not
exceeding twenty-one, as to the said trustee, in his discretion, it shall most seem
meet; and if any overseer of the poor shall receive into any alms and work-house,
or shall receive any such person, not having and wearing such badge or mark, as
aforesaid, and be thereof convicted, upon the oath of one or more credible witness
or witnesses, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five pounds current money.
Persons selling
strong liquors
to the
poor, on the
land purchased
for an
alms and
work-house,
forfeit 10l.
    XXI.  And be it further enacted, That whosoever shall presume either to set up
a booth, stall or other convenience, for the selling of strong liquors, on the land
purchased in any of the counties aforesaid for the use of an alms or work-house,
or shall commit any kind of trespass thereon, or shall sell or dispose of any strong
liquor, or other matter or thing whatsoever, to any poor, or other persons entertained
in such alms and work-house, shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay
the sum of ten pounds current money.
Penalties and
forfeitures recoverable
in
any court of
record, &c.
    XII.  And be it further enacted, That all and every the pains, penalties and
forfeitures, herein before by this act directed and inflicted, shall and may be recovered
in any court of record within this province, by action of debt, founded on
this act, or indictment, wherein no essoin, protection or wager of law, or more
than one imparlance, shall be allowed, any thing in this act herein before contained
to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding; one moiety to the informer,
the other moiety to the use of the alms and work-house where such recoveries


 
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