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ford ; and that Mr. Michael Tainter of Colchester, shall be a justice of the peace for the said county until May next. [56] Upon the request of the keeper of Newhaven ferry, that he may be the better enabled to make and maintain a good and sufficient wharf on each side of the said ferry: This Court do see cause to add to the fare of his ferry already stated in the printed law, one penny in money, which he may demand and take at such time as he shall have finished the said wharfes and made them sufficient for use, according to the judgment of the selectmen of Newhaven, and not before ; and so long as he shall keep the said wharfes in good and sufficient repair, according to the judgment of the said selectmen, and no longer. Provided always, that the keeper of the said ferry shall not demand nor take the said additional fare of one penny of the inhabitants of any town that have made agreement with him, by the year or otherwise, nor of any person whatsoever travailing on the countrys service.

Whereas several persons, officers, and others, have been presented to this Court for several neglects and misbehaviours in her Majesties service the last summer: The Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court assembled, having considered the said offences, and that many of the said offences were committed by the persons culpable through ignorance (as they plead), and want of a good acquaintance with their duty, do hereby conclude to overlook and pass by the said offences; excepting only of such as being listed into the said service, did without any leave desert and forsake the same, who are hereby left to be prosecuted for such offences, in the county courts of the several counties where the said persons live. And this Assembly, for the better and more effectual obliging all persons whatsoever duly to attend her Majesties service, and the command of their officers, whensoever there shall be occasion for it, do order and determine, that all persons whatsoever, who shall at any time hereafter neglect obedience to the command of his superiour officer for her Majesties service, or shall desert the same, shall suffer for such default the utmost penalty of the law.

This Court do grant to Colonel William Whiting of Hartford, for his good service in this last year past, as well in the county of Hampshire as within this Colony, the sum of thirty pounds in pay, out of the colony treasury. An Act in addition to the printed law, title Records, page 102.

Il is ordered and enacted by the Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority

of the same, That no grant or deed of bargain, sale, or mortgage, which shall be made of any houses or lands within this Colony, from and after the first day of March next ensuing, shall be accounted good and effectual in law to hold such houses and lands against any other person or persons but the granter or granters, and their heirs only, unless the grant, deed, or deeds thereof, be recorded at length in the records of the town where such houses or lands do lye. And the town clerk or register in every town in this Colony shall, on the receipt of any grant, deed, conveyance, or mortgage of any house or land brought to him to record, note thereupon the day, month and year when he received the same, and the record shall bear the same date.

And it is further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any town clerk or register within this Colony, shall neglect to do and perform his duty according to this act, and be thereof convicted, he shall pay a fine of five pounds to the treasury of the county whereto he belongs, for every such' neglect.

This Assembly grants to the Honourable Deputy Governour, for his sallery this year, the sum of forty pounds in pay.

This Assembly grants and allows the sum of five pounds to [57] be added to the || Treasurers sallery, out of the Colony treasury.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That there shall be allowed and paid out of the publick treasury of this Colony, to the several constables within the same that have been this present year, or shall at any time hereafter be imployed in impressing men, horses, and other things for the Colonys service, the sum of three shillings and six pence per day to each constable, for the service of himself and his horse therein..

This Assembly grants a rate of seven pence upon the pound, to be levyed upon all the rateable estate of this Colony, for the defraying the publick charges thereof this last year, and to be paid as followeth, viz: wheat at six shillings per bushel, rye at three shillings and six pence per bushel, Indian corn at three shillings per bushel, all to be good and merchantable; pork well repackt to pass at three pounds fifteen shillings per barrel, beef well repackt to pass at forty five shillings per barrel; and if any person or persons will pay their rate, or any part thereof, in money, at fifteen penny weight for six shillings, it shall be accepted at two thirds.

It is ordered and enacted by this Court, and this Assembly do desire the Honourable the Governour and Council, to consider of Collo Quarys motion and letters about the collectors office, and act and conclude therein according to their discretion, either to admit and allow, or else to deny him to substitute officers under him in this Colony, in case he produces no commission for the management or ordering that affair according to statute.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That the several souldiers that were formerly improved by Capt. John Higly at Simsbury, in the Colonys service, shall be paid the sum of seven pounds and six shillings out of the Colony treasury, for that service.

This Court grants that the troopers who were out in the Colonys service the last summer past, and that shall hereafter be called forth upon publick service against the common enemy, shall be allowed and paid out of the Colony treasury one shilling per week more than foot souldiers.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That John Hamlin of Middleton, Esq", and the selectmen of the town of Middletown for the time being, and from time to time, shall be, and are hereby impowred to sell the lands of David Sage of the same Middletown, as there shall be occasion, for his support and subsistence.

It is ordered by this Assembly, That the listers of the town of Farmingtown for the time being shall send the total sum of the list of the persons and estates of that town to the secretary as soon as may be.

A question arising, whether such persons as the listers have forgot to warn (in the time limited by law) to bring in their lists, shall be requirable to give in their lists notwithstanding : It is concluded and resolved by this Court, that such persons so forgotten, being after warned to give in their lists, and shall refuse or neglect the same, that then the listers shall make a list of all the ratable estate of such person or persons, as near as they can come at it, and add it to the common

list.

An Act in addition to the printed law, title Militia. It is ordered and enacted by the Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That all persons above the age of fifty five years shall be released, and hereby are released, out of the trainbands within this Colony, but not from keeping arms and amunition, and bringing them to view upon command as formerly, nor from service in case of exigency ; neither shall they be debarred from voting in the choice of their commission officers.

And it is further enacted, That every centinel on every training day, shall appear compleat in his arms, as on days ap[58] pointed for viewing arms, and under the same || penalty for every defect; and that every centinel who shall absent himself from training, (unless in such cases where the said law, title Militia, doth excuse him from paying any fine,) shall incur the penalty of five shillings. An Act in addition to, and for emendation of the Act passed in the General Assembly, holden at Hartford, May 13th,

1708, intituled An Act for Excise and Impost. It is enacted and ordained by the Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That all masters of vessels importing any wine, rhum, or other liquors, specified in the said act, and made lyable to the payment of the duty or impost therein mentioned, (excepting only such wine or liquors as shall be imported directly from the place of their making or growth, and in vessels part owned by one or more inhabitant of this Colony,) shall before landing any such liquors, enter them with the officer that is or shall be appointed for the receiving of such duty or impost, and give sufficient bond to the said officer, to pay to him (before his departure out of the port where the said entry is made,) the several sums hereafter mentioned, that is to say, ten shillings currant money of this Colony, and no more, for each pipe of wine, and for each hogshead of rhum, or other distilled liquors so imported, and pro rato for other cask of any of the aforesaid liquiors.

And it is now hereby further enacted, That all the clauses in the said act made May 13th, 1708, concerning an excise upon cyder and metheglin, be repealed, and they are hereby repealed and made void.

This Assembly grants to Mr. John Elliot, Speaker of the Lower House, forty shillings, for his good service this Court.

This Assembly grants to Capt. Richard Bushnell, Clerk of the Lower House, thirty shillings, for his good service this Court.

This Assembly grants to John Bradly of Newhaven, constable, for his attendance upon the Lower House, three shillings and six pence per day.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That the Council to assist the Governour, or in his absence the Deputy Governour, in the intervals of this Assembly, shall consist of two

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Assistants at the least, and four able, judicious freemen, such as the Governour, or in his absence the Deputy Governour, shall see cause to call to Council ; who shall have power in the intervales of this Assembly to manage the affairs of this Colony according to charter, they not to raise men to send out of the Colony, unless in case of exigency, nor to raise money.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That for the future, the several constables within this Colony, chosen and appointed as the law directs for the gathering the country rates yearly, are hereby required to make up their accompts with the Treasurer annually, on or before the last of June, viz: the constables in the county of Fairfield at or before the end of the first week in June, and the constables in the county of Newhaven at or before the end of the second week in June, and the constables in the county of Newlondon at or before the end of the third week in June, and the constables in the county of Hartford at or before the end of the last week in June. And the said constables shall be allowed post wages for their travel severally, and no more, bearing their own charges.

It is ordered and enacted by this Assembly, That the Colony Treasurer shall provide seven barrels of gun-powder, and lead [59] and flints answerable || for the Colonys use: three barrels whereof, with lead and flints answerable, to be put into the hands of John Haynes, Esq', in Hartford, and one barrel thereof, with lead and flints answerable, to be left in the hands of John Alling, Esqr, at Newhaven, and one barrel of said powder, with lead and flints answerable, to be put into the hands of the Honbl Deputy Governour at Fairfield, and two barrels of said powder, with lead and flints answerable, to be put into the hands of Mr. John Plumb at New London; all which to be ready for the Colonys use. And the said gentlemen are annually to give an account of the said amunition in their hands to the auditors of the Colonys accompts. For the incouragement of Military Skill and Good Discipline

amongst her Majesties Subjects in this Government. Be it enacted by the Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That all such persons as are voluntarily formed, or that shall hereafter voluntarily form themselves into military companies for the attendance on artillery exercises on certain seasons and rules by them agreed to, shall have power to recover such fines for non-attendance and late coming as shall be agreed upon by the said companies, in the same method that the fines

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