At a Session of Assembly, begun and held at the City of An-
napolis, in Maryland, the Thirteenth Day of July, 1731, the follow-
ing Laws were Enacted.
An Act to prevent the Infection and Spreading of the Small Pox,
from a Vessel belonging to Amos Woodward, Merchant.
Be It Enacted, by the Right Honourable the Lord Proprietary, by
and with the Advice and Consent of His Lordship's Governor, and
the Upper and Lower Houses of Assembly, and the Authority of the
same, That it shall not nor may be lawful, upon any Pretence what-
soever, for any Person or Persons whatsoever, belonging to, or
now on Board, the Vessel or Snow called the Charming Molly, to
come on Shore into the City of Annapolis, or elsewhere within this
Province; nor to bring, land, or put on Shore, any Goods, Wares,
or Merchandizes, from on Board the said Vessel, for and during
the Space of Four Months, without having first obtained a Licence
from the Governor of this Province, or such other Person as he shall
appoint; on Pain of forfeiting One Hundred Pounds Current Money
of Maryland, for every Offence against this Act; One Half to the
Lord Proprietary, for Support of Government, the other Half to him
or them who will sue for the same: To be recovered by Action of
Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Intormation, wherein no Essoin, Protection, oi
Wager of Law shall be allowed.
And Be It Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That any Person
who shall go on Board the said Vessel, and shall return on Shore
before the End of Four Months, without such Licence as aforesaid,
shall be liable to the same Pains and Penalties, as Persons coming
on Shore from on Board the said Vessel.
And Be It Likewise Enacted, That if any Servant or Slave, shall
go on Board the said Vessel, and come on Shore from on Board the
same, within Four Months, without such Licence as aforesaid, such
Offender shall be whipped at the Publick Whipping Post, with
Thirty Nine Stripes at the least, on his or her bare Back; and be sent
immediately on Board the said Vessel: And that as often as any
Person shall transgress this Act, such Offender shall be liable and
subject to the Penalties herein before mentioned.