D d d d
THOMAS SIM LEE, Esq; Governor.
At a SESSION of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY
of MARYLAND, begun and held at the
ANNAPOLIS, on Monday the fifth of November, in
the year of our Lord one thousand
and eighty-one, and ended the 22d
day of January,
seventeen hundred and eighty-two: The following
laws were enacted.
THOMAS SIM LEE, Esq; Governor.
An ACT for the relief of Mary Polton. PR.
An ACT respecting the sale of the iron-works late belonging to James
The commissioners of confiscated property
are to lay out the lands belonging to the said works into
small farms, reserving entire as much of the water and ground as may be
necessary to carry on the forges.
The residue of the stream they are to lay out into as many mill seats as
conveniently may be, with a
proper quantity of land on each side. They are to sell, for the purpose
of redeeming black money, no
more of the property pledged than is necessary; and they are to sell the
remainder for continental state
money, taking from each purchaser a bond, with two good sureties, for the
payment of one third of the
consideration, with interest, on or before the 1st day of September, in
each of the years 1782, 1783, and
An ACT for vesting an estate for life in Daniel Heester the younger,
and an estate
in fee-simple in Rosannah his wife, in fourteen hundred
acres of land lying in
Washington county, and in five lots of land lying in
Elizabeth-town in the
said county. PR.
An ACT to raise the supplies for the year seventeen hundred and eighty-two.
By imposing a tax of 45f on
every £. 100 worth of private property. For this tax red money
at par, black at two for one, continental state at three for one, and none
of these, when paid into the
treasury, shall be re-issued. Those certificates which the state
has engaged to discount, are to be taken at
rates to be ascertained by the scale laid down for adjusting public debts.
Fresh pork is to be taken at
40f, beef on the hoof, adding the fifth quarter to the weight of
net beef, at 33f4, salt pork at £. 6 for
each barrel containing 220lb. net, wheat at 7f6, fine wheat flour,
in barrels, at 18f9 short hundred, with
allowance of 3f for the barrel, new transfer tobacco at 17f6,
and new crop ditto at 22f6, with allowance
of four per cent. for cask, bar iron at £. 30 per ton.
A commissary is appointed for one year, to commence
on the 1st of January, whose duty it is to take care of public provisions,
make purchases, and transport
the specifics agreeably to the orders of the executive, to whom, regularly
once in four months, and whenever
at other times required, he shall render fair accounts of his transactions.
He is required to appoint
in each county, at least one deputy, whom he is to superintend, taking
care to instruct him not to raise
the market. For the conduct of this deputy he is to be answerable,
and therefore he shall have power to
remove him at pleasure. Before this commissary-general shall act,
he is required to give bond, &c. In
case of a vacancy in the office, the executive is to appoint another.
The allowance is £. 600 for travelling
expences, and a commission of three per cent. on beef, pork, wheat
and flour, according to their
aforesaid estimated prices; and besides this, he is to be reimbursed all
sums necessary expended in the
execution of his office, except for travelling expences.
An ACT for the trial and punishment of spies.
Any person charged with being a spy,
or an emissary from the enemy, may be tried by a tribunal appointed
by the executive, composed of military or militia officers, whose sentence,
if ratified by the governor,
may extend to take away his life. The act passed under this title
last session, was framed in
a hurry, and during an alarm, which was occasioned by the report of an
extensive and dangerous conspiracy
in the back counties. At that time there was a colour of necessity
for depriving citizens in some
cases of the constitutional trial by jury, but at the time when this act
was framed, the base machinations of
the enemy had been confounded, and many of the conspirators had been punished
by a due course of law.
This act, notwithstanding, remained in force until the close of the war.
Happily no lives were taken
away by virtue of it, and no occasion occurred on which its legality was
questioned in a constitutional
court of judicature.
An ACT to make valid a deed from Lemuel Cravath to Nathaniel Ramsey.