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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly January 1637/8-September 1664
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Assembly Proceedings, April 1662. 443

And if any person shall prsume to Contract Marryage without
such Publicacon be made and Certifficatt had as aforesaid or
without particular lycence from the Leiuetennt Generall or
cheife Governor of this Province doe priuately within the
lymitts of this Province Contract marryage Every person soe
contracted or marryed shall be lyable to a fine of one thousand
pounds of tobacco And every such Pastor Magistrate or
Minister joyning in marryage any persons without such publi-
cacon or any wayes infringing this Acte shall be lyable to a
fine of fiue thousand pounds of tobacco the one halfe of the fine
to the Lord Proprietary the other halfe to the Informer to be
recovered by accon of debt or Informacon wherein noe wages
of lawe Essoyne or protection to be allowed or Admitted.
And be it further Enacted that all Contracts or promises of
marryage not made before some Minister Pastor or Magistrate
with two sufficient wittnesses shall be and are hereby declared
Null and voyd This Act to Endure for three yeares or to the
end of the next Generall Assembly

U. H.

The Lower howse haue The Vpper howse haue Assented
Assented Wm Bretton Clk. John Gittings Clre.

An Interpretacon or Explanacon of
that Acte lymiting Servants tymes
made the last Assembly Anno

Whereas at an Assembly held at Saint Marys the 17th of Aprill
1661 There is a Clavse in the Acte lymiting Servants tymes
(vizt) That every Master Mrs or Dame Assigne or Trustee oi
what kind soeuer owneing or keepeing any such Servant as
aforesaid whether by vertue of transportacon Purchase or other-
wise shall within three moneths next after the receiveing such
Servant into their Custody within this Province bring the said
Servant into their respectiue County Court where they doe in-
habite And every of the said Courts are hereby authorized to
Judge & determine the age of such Servants soe brought and
cause the same to be entred vpon Record. And every one as
aforesaid neglecting or refuseing to bring such Servant of
Servants before the Court as aforesaid shall loose one whole
yeares tyme of service of the direccons aforesaid which said
Clause was not intended to the benefitt of such Servants as
were twenty two yeares ould or vpwards and brought into this
Province. Be it therefore enacted by the Lord Proprietary with
the advice and Consent of the Vpper and Lower howse of this
prsent Generall Assembly that noe Master Mistres Dame
Assigne or Trustee whatsoeuer shall suffer any damage for not

P. 139

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Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly January 1637/8-September 1664
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