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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly January 1637/8-September 1664
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286 Assembly Proceedings, April 1650.

Liber A

An Act for punishmt of certaine Offences
as Swearing, cursing, Adultery &c.

Adultery &c

Every person or persons that shalbe found or proved
by confession of either party to haue comitted Adul-

tery, or fornicacon, such Offender or Offenders shalbe censured
or punished, as the Governor and Counsell or other cheife
Judge and Comissioner prsent in Court (therevnto authorized)
not extending to life or Member shall adiudge and thinke fitt.

Swearing

Every person or persons inhabiting or residing within
this Province that shall at any time pphane the name

of Almighty God by frequent Swearing or cursing or blas-
pheaming, such person or persons shalbe censured and pun-
ished according to that Clause in the Act Intituled an Act
concerning Religion, as is pvided for such person or persons
who shall pphane &; blaspheame the name of Almighty God
in the like kinde on the Sabboth or Lords Day called Sunday.
Every person or persons inhabiting or residing
within this Province that shall abuse himself by fre-
quent Drunkenes or shalbe drunke and proved by two sufficient
Wittnesses, such person or persons for every such Offence shall
pay for a fine One hundred pounds of Tobacco and Caske to
the Lord Proprietary of this Province and his heirs Lords and
Proprs of this Province.

The Lower House hath assentedóWill. Bretton
The Vpper House hath assentedóTho: Hatton

Enacted by the Governor Willm Stone.

2 An Act for punishing of some other Offences

Striking

Every person striking any Officer, Juror or Witnes in
presence of the Court or striking any other person with

a drawne Weapon in presence of the Court, or striking any
Magistrate in or for doeing of his Office may bee Judged to
loose his or her right hand or to bee burned in the hand or bee
put to any other corporall shame or correccon (not extending
to life, or bee fined as the Provinciall Court or other Judge there-
vnto authorized shall thinke fitt. Every person that shall strike
a high Sheriffe of a County or any other Officer in or for
executing of his office, shalbe fined or censured as the Governor
& Counsell prsent in Court or Comander and Comissioners
authorized from time to time for matters of Iudicature in any
County Court within this Province shall thinke fitt.

false witnes

Every one giving false witnes vppon oath or per-
swading or hiring another to give such false witnes

vppon oath shalbe naylcd to the Pillory and loose both Eares or


 

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