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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                                LAWS of MARYLAND.

aforesaid, to inspect the provisions brought thereto for sale, and, if any shall be
found unsound or unwholesome, to destroy the same, and also to try and adjust
the weights and measures used at the said market by the county standards, and
the same, when false or untrue, to seize and dispose of to the highest bidder, and
the money arising from such sale to be applied as the other fines set by this act
are appropriated.

May rent
stalls, &c.
    XI.  And be it enacted, That the said clerk, so as aforesaid nominated and
appointed, shall have full power to rent and hire out, as well the stalls and
shambles in the said market-house, as the rooms and apartments that now are, or
hereafter may be, made over the same, and a fair and just account of the profits
arising from such rents the said clerk is hereby directed to keep, and apply the
same from time to time, under the directions of the said court, to the like uses as
the fines set by this act are directed to be applied; and the said clerk shall be
allowed, at the discretion of the said court, a sum not exceeding twenty pounds,
to be levied upon the inhabitants and proprietors of property in the said town by
equal assessment, and collected as county charges are.

Justices to appoint
of hay,
    XII.  And, whereas great complaints are made of frauds practised in the sale
of hay and wood brought to the said town, Be it enacted, That the justices of
the orphans court for Kent county, or the major part of them, shall meet and
assemble at the court-house of the said county, on or before the first day of January,
in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, and yearly and every
year thereafter, in the month of October in such year, and there nominate and
appoint any number of persons not exceeding three, of good repute and skill, to
be weighers of all hay, and wood-corders of all fire-wood, that shall be brought
to and sold within the said town; and in case any of the said officers, so appointed,
shall die, resign, or refuse to act, or be rendered incapable of acting or
serving, as aforesaid, be misbehaviour, removal or otherwise, the justices of the
orphans court, or the major part of them, shall, as soon as conveniently may be
thereafter, meet together, and nominate and appoint another such person as
aforesaid, in the room of him so dying, resigning, or refusing to act, or rendered
incapable of acting or serving as aforesaid, for the residue of the year to come.
Their oath.     XIII.  And be it enacted, That every weigher of hay and wood-corder shall,
before he acts as such, take the following oath or affirmation (if a quaker, menonist
or dunker, nicolite or new quaker) before some justice of the peace:
" I, A. B. do swear, or solemnly, sincerely and truly, declare and affirm, that
" I will, when required, well and truly, according to the best of my skill and
" judgment, weight all hay, and cord all wood, without any fear, favour, affection,
" malice or partiality, whatever, to the buyer or seller; and that I will
" not, willingly or wittingly, charge, ask, take, receive, exact or demand, any
" other or larger fee or reward, for doing any duty, than what is allowed by
" law."
Fire-wood to
be corded, &c.
    XIV.  And be it enacted, That from and after the first day of January next,
all fire-wood brought to and offered for sale in the said town, whether by land or
water, shall be set up, corded and measured, by some wood-corder appointed as
aforesaid, and that each cord of wood shall be eight feet in length, four feet in
breadth, four feet in height, and well stowed and close packed; and that the
said wood-corder, for his trouble in cording and packing the same, shall have
and receive the sum of six-pence current money for each cord, the one half to
be paid by the buyer, the other half by the seller.
Penalty on
buying wood
not corded,
    XV.  And be it enacted, That if any person shall purchase or buy any fire-wood
brought to the said town, and shall neglect or refuse to have the same
corded and measured by some wood-corder appointed as aforesaid, such person
shall forfeit and pay the sum of five shillings for every cord so purchased and
bought, and which the said person shall refuse or neglect to have corded as aforesaid,
or shall refuse or omit to request one or other of the said corders to cord
pursuant to this act.

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