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1771.                         21  FREDERICK Lord BALTIMORE.

                                            CHAP. VI.
An ACT continuing an act, entitled, An act for the preservation of the breed of
                                                 fish.

                                            CHAP. VII.
An ACT for imposing a further additional duty of five pounds current money per
                        poll on all negroes imported into this province.

    To continue seven years, &c.  It expired with the session of March, 1779.  It imposed an additional
duty of £. 5 on every negro imported into this province, and entered with the naval officer; and a penalty
of £. 20 for not paying the said duty.  Provided, that any person coming from part of his majesty's dominions
to settle in this province, might import his negroes duty free.  Provided too, that if any importer
should, upon entry, give notice to the naval officer that he intended to export them within four months,
and actually did export any of them, the duty on such as were exported should be refunded.

                                            CHAP. VIII.
A Supplementary ACT to the act, entitled, An act for the building of a parish
                church, in Christ-Church parish, in Calvert county.

    The sum directed by the act of 1969, ch. 21, to be assessed, being more than sufficient, the justices are
directed to assess no more than the vestrymen and wardens shall, by the 5th day of November, certify to
be sufficient.

                                            CHAP. IX.
An ACT to empower the justices of Somerset and Worcester counties, to levy on
    the taxable inhabitants of Stepney parish in said counties, the sum of sixty
    thousand pounds of tobacco, for the uses therein mentioned, and to establish the
    church at Green-hill the parish church for said parish.

    The quantity of 60,000lb. of tobacco is to be assessed for the purpose of enabling the vestrymen and
wardens to complete three chapels of ease, one at Spring-hill, another at the head of Wiccomico river,
and the third at Broad-creek.  And to remove certain doubts which had been entertained, whether the
church at Green-hill be the parish church, it is hereby declared to be such, and all the proceedings of
the vestry heretofore had at that church, are ratified and confirmed.

                                            CHAP. X.
An ACT to empower the justices of Worcester county, to levy on the taxable inhabitants
    of All-Hallows parish, in said county, the quantity of thirty-two
    thousand pounds of tobacco, for the uses therein mentioned.

    The use is to enable the vestrymen and wardens to contract for a chapel of ease to be erected at or near
Johnson's mills; and the tobacco is to be levied at the two next assessments in the county.

                                            CHAP. XI.
        An ACT for preventing trivial suits in the provincial court.
Preamble.     WHEREAS sundry suits have been prosecuted in the provincial court,
wherein a proper remedy might have been obtained in the county
courts, with less expence, vexation and inconvenience;
Any action
brought for a
sum under
20l. sterling,
no costs shall
be adjudged,
&c,.
    II.  Be it therefore 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 if any action, after the end of this
session of assembly, be brought in the provincial court, on any covenant, or any
specialty for the performance of covenants, or for the performance or sufferance of
any act or acts, thing or things whatsoever, and the sum recovered or assessed, and
to which the party recovering shall be entitled, shall not exceed twenty pounds
sterling, or twenty-six pounds thirteen shillings and four-pence current money, or
five thousand pounds of tobacco, in every such case no costs shall be adjudged or
awarded to the party, plaintiff or plaintiffs, any law, statute, usage or custom, to
the contrary notwithstanding.
Nor for actions
of assault
and battery,
&c.
    III.  And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That if any action of
assault and battery, or trover and conversion, or for slanderous words, or any action
upon the case, shall, after the end of this present session of assembly, be brought in
the provincial court, and therein damages shall not be recovered, or assessed, above
twenty pounds sterling, or twenty-six pounds thirteen shillings and four-pence
current money, in every such case no costs shall be adjudged or awarded to the
party, plaintiff or plaintiffs; and also, if any of the actions aforesaid, herein before
mentioned, shall be first brought in any county court, and be thence removed to


 
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