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Hanson's Laws of Maryland 1763-1784
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                        HORATIO SHARPE, Esq; Governor.

may be present, all such good and wholesome ordinances, rules and bye-laws, as
they shall think convenient and necessary for the direction, government and support,
of such alms and work-house, and also for the maintenance and employment
of all such poor persons as shall be taken under their care, and of all vagrants,
beggars, vagabonds, and other offenders, that shall be committed thereto by virtue
of this act; all which ordinances, rules and bye-laws, shall be from time to
time invioably observed by all persons concerned, according to the tenor and effect
thereof.

1768.

CHAP.
XXIX.

    XIV.  And be it further enacted, That the said overseer shall keep a fair and
regular list of all poor, beggars, vagrants, vagabonds and other offenders, who
shall be committed to their respective alms and work-houses; and also fair and
regular accounts, in writing, of all materials and other things coming to his
hands, as overseer aforesaid, and of all expences and charges attending their maintenance
and support, and of all monies received by him, for the sale of the produce
of their labour, and otherwise as overseer aforesaid, and shall lay the said lists
and accounts before the trustees, or the major part of them, at their meetings at
the times by this act directed, or oftener, if by them required.
Overseer to
keep a regular
list of all
poor, &c.
    XV.  And be it further enacted, That the said overseer may compel and oblige
any of the said poor, beggars, vagrants and vagabonds, or other offenders, in their
respective alms and work-houses, if of sufficient ability to work, to labour and
work, and the produce of their labour he is hereby directed and empowered
to sell, and apply the money arising from such sale to their maintenance and
support.
And compel
such as are of
sufficient ability,
to work,
&c.
    XVI.  And be it further enacted, That upon complaint made, that any person,
from his or her disorderly conduct, gives disturbance to his or her neighbourhood,
and is likely to become chargeable to the said county, city, or town-corporate, it
shall and may be lawful for any one magistrate of the said county, city, or town-corporate,
respectively, if, upon hearing the party, he shall adjudge the complaint
to be well founded, to commit such disorderly person, residing within the said
county, city, or town-corporate, respectively, to the said work-house, for any time
not exceeding three months, unless he or she shall find security, at the discretion
of the magistrate aforesaid, in any sum, not exceeding twenty pounds current money,
for his or her good behaviour, and more orderly demeanor, during the space
of six months; and also upon complaint and due proof made, by any one trustee
for the poor, or any overseer of any alms and work-house. to any one magistrate
of the said county, city, or town-corporate, that any person in the said work-house
hath behaved and demeaned him or herself in a disorderly manner, or hath
refused or neglected to do and perform his or her daily labour and talk, or hath
refused or neglected to obey, keep and observe, any of the ordinances, rules and
bye-laws, of the said corporation, to order and direct such moderate and proper
correction, not exceeding thirty-nine lashes for any one offence, to be given to
such offender, as the nature of the case shall require.
Magistrate
may commit
disorderly
persons to the
work-house,
&c. who may
be punished
for misbehaviour.
    XVII.  And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful, to and for
any of the said trustees, to direct and appoint, under their hand, in writing, what
poor shall be received into such alms and work-house; and it shall and may be
lawful, for any one justice of the peace for any one county, city or town-corporate,
and for any person authorised and appointed by such justice, to apprehend, or cause
to be apprehended, any rogues, vagrants, vagabonds, beggars, and other idle, dissolute
and disorderly persons, found loitering or residing in the said county, city,
or town-corporate, who follow no labour, trade, occupation or business, and have
no visible means of subsistence whereby to acquire an honest livelihood, there to
be kept at hard labour, for any term not exceeding three months; and the overseer
of such alms and work-house is hereby required to receive any poor, appointed
as aforesaid to be received, and any rogue, vagrant, vagabond, beggar, and other
idle, dissolute and disorderly persons, so as aforesaid committed, and employ them
according to the tenor of such commitment.
Trustees to
direct what
poor shall be
received, and
a single magistrate,
&c.
may apprehend
vagrants,
&c.
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