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                WILLIAM SMALLWOOD, Esq; Governor.

    VIII.  And be it enacted, That if the said Simon Nicholls shall give bond as
aforesaid, it may be taken in the manner and on the terms prescribed by the
consolidating act for the sale of confiscated British property; and the said Simon
Nicholls, and his sureties, may, at any time before the year seventeen hundred
and ninety, discount for the debt due from the said Simon Nicholls any certificate
discountable under the said act.



Bond to be
taken on certain

    IX.  And, whereas it is represented to this general assembly, that the said
Alexander Catlett hath incurred considerable costs and expences on account of
his becoming security for the sid Simon Nicholls, which it is reasonable should
be reimbursed, Be it enacted, That the commissioners of Montgomery county,
or a major part of them, shall have full power and authority to settle the account
of the collections made by the said Alexander Catlett, and make him such allowance 
for his trouble, costs and expences, incurred as security for the said Simon
Nicholls, as two arbitrators chosen by the said Nicholls and Catlett may
think just and reasonable, and if the said arbitrators differ in opinion, they to
choose a third person; which allowance shall be deducted out of the money and
certificates by him collected, according to the order f the said commissioners,
before the payment shall be made into the treasury as aforesaid.


to settle
the account,

    X.  And be it enacted, That in case the said Simon Nicholls shall not give
bond with security, within the time required by this act, that then, and in such
case, the said Alexander Catlett shall have full power to proceed to complete the
collection of arrearages in the said county, as fully and amply as collectors of the
taxes in other counties are empowered to do, and this act, and every clause therein
contained, shall cease, determine, and be at an end.
If bond is not
given, A. Catlett
may proceed,

                                            CHAP. XLIX.
An ACT for the settlement of public accounts, and to appoint
    persons to collect the debts due to persons convicted of treason,
    and for a specific performance of certain contracts made by
    British subjects previous to the revolution.

Passed January
    WHEREAS a number of citizens have claims against British merchants
trading to this state before the revolution, and since peace those merchants
have appointed factors or agents to collect the debts due to
them from the citizens of this state, and those factors or agents never having notified,
by public advertisement or otherwise, their power to adjust the debts of
said merchants, those citizens who have claims against them are unable to obtain
a settlement of their accounts; and it being necessary to secure as far as possible
to our citizens their just debts;
    II.  Be it enacted, by the general assembly of Maryland, That all such factors or
agents, or tier principals, now within this state, unless bond with security be
given as herein after directed, shall, on or before the first day of August next,
lodge with the auditor a list of all balances due to such merchants, upon oath;
and any such factor, agent or merchant, who shall hereafter come into this state,
shall, within four months from the time of coming into this state, lodge with the
auditor a list upon oath of balances due to such merchants; and if they should
neglect to deliver such list as aforesaid, then it may be lawful for the debtors of
such merchants to plead the noncompliance with this act; and the several courts
of justice within this state are hereby directed not to proceed, after the first day of
August next, to give judgment against any citizen of this state, on any action
brought by any of the said merchants, or their agents, as aforesaid, unless they
produce a certificate from the auditor, certifying that this act has been complied
Factors, &c.
to lodge a list
of balances,
    III.  And be it enacted, That every factor or agent appointed to collect debts
due before the seventeenth day of October, seventeen hundred and eighty, by citizens
of this state to subjects of Great-Britain, and every such British creditor, if
he shall collect, shall give bond to the state with such security, and in such penalty,
And give
bond, &c.

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