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Laws of Maryland 1785-1791
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                JOHN EAGER HOWARD, Esquire, Governor.

deemed necessary, for any purpose advantageous to the town, by a majority of the 
voters to be summoned and assembled as aforesaid, to impose and levy on the
property, so directed to be assessed and valued, any sum or sums of money in equal
and fair proportions, provided the money, so to be imposed and levied, shall not
exceed, in any one year, the rate of one dollar for every hundred pounds worth
of property, according to such respective assessments and valuation, and in the
same proportion upon every greater or smaller share of property; to appoint and
qualify an active and discreet person, annually, to be the bailiff of the said town,
and to give him such directions in the execution of his office, as shall be necessary
to accomplish the intentions of this act; to pay their clerk, and the bailiff of the
said town, respectively, a reasonable allowance for their services, to be rated by
the said commissioners on the property aforesaid by equal assessments; and, generally,
to order and promote such regulations and improvements for the benefit
and advantage of the said town, as the said commissioners, or the inhabitants
thereof, shall determine to be necessary.



    IX.  And be it enacted, That the bailiff of the said town shall be appointed
annually on the first Monday in May, and before he shall proceed to execute his
office, he shall take an oath, or affirmation, before the said commissioners, that
he will faithfully and impartially perform the duties required of him, as bailiff of
the said town, by this act, according to the bst of his skill and judgment, and
without favour, affection or prejudice; and the duties of the said bailiff shall be
to attend the meetings of the said commissioners, whenever he shall be required;
to perform such services, for more effectually accomplishing the objects of this
act, as shall be directed by the said commissioners; to prevent the tumultuous
and irregular meetings of slaves, negroes, and other dissolute and disorderly persons,
within the limits of the said town, or if so assembled, to disperse them by
reasonable and lawful means; and to punish with moderate correction, under
such rules and regulations as shall be prescribed by the sid commissioners, all
such negro and other slaves as shall be found wandering or strolling about the
streets in the night time, or frequenting the houses of other persons in the
said town, without the permission or consent of their masters, mistresses or
Bailiff to be
appointed annually,
    X.  And, whereas it has likewise been represented, that the inhabitants of the
said town, and others, are erecting a market-house in a convenient place therein
appropriated to that purpose; and that if the market thereof were properly established
and regulated, it might be rendered useful to themselves, and to the citizens
of the neighbouring counties; Be it therefore further enacted, by the Authority
aforesaid, That from and after the first Monday of April, in the year seventeen
hundred and ninety-one, the Tuesday and Saturday in every week shall thereafter be
set apart, appointed and held, as market-days within the limits of the said town;
and that all victuals and provisions whatsoever brought to the said town for sale,
after the said first Monday of April, in the year aforesaid, shall be taken or carried to
the public market-house of the said town, and there be sold, or offered for sale,
at the market-hours, which are hereby established to be from any time in the 
morning, of the said days, until twelve o'clock at noon:  Provided always, that
fish or oysters, of beef by the quarter or larger quantity, or pork by the hog or
hogs, or any kind of grain, flour and bread, or butter in firkins, or other vessels
exceeding twenty pounds net weight, or cheese, or beef and pork in barrels or
larger casks, or live cattle, sheep and hogs, respectively brought to the said town
or market upon the days aforesaid, or on any other days, except Sunday, may be
sold, bartered, or otherwise disposed of, in the same manner as if this act had not
been passed.


set apart, &c.

    XI.  And be it enacted, That if any person shall presume to buy, or cause to
be bought, any article of victuals or provisions, of any other person or persons
bringing, or having brought, to the said town, or within two miles thereof, any
kind of victuals or provisions whatsoever for sale, (except the articles herein before
provided for,) either upon, the stated market-days aforesaid, or on any other
days, during the time of the market-hours herein before established, at any other
Penalty on
persons buying
out of
market, &c.

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