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general sessions, for all such Monies as shall or may arise by every such fale or fales, or to be received by them for the rents and profits of such lands and tenements.

XXIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Inhabitants of each That the majority of the freehoiders and inhabitants who town at ther annual town - inee:ings to thall be assembled at the annual town meetings in each Thall be raited for he respective town in the several counties of this state, shall and fupport of their poor. may determine and agree upon such fum and jums of mot ney as they may think proper for the purpose of maintaining and supporting the aged and other poor, in their respective towns in the ensuing year; of which fun or furns of money, so agreed upon to be raised, each respective town-clerk fail make full and proper entries in the town book by him to be kept, and shall, as soon as conveniently may be, deliver a true copy of fuch entry, certified under his hand, to the lupervisor of the said town; and the said supervilor is hereby required to lay the faine before the supervisors of the county, at their then next meeting, in order that the said sum may be raised in such town, ior the fupport and maintenance of the poor thereof.

XXV. And be it further enaded by the authority afurcsaid, Common council of That it shall and may be lawful, to and for the mayor, and Hudson, yearly to aldermen and commonalty of the cities of Albany and ihall be raised to fup. Hudson, relpectively, in common council convened, yearly port their poor. and every year, to determine and agree upon such fum and fums of money as they may respectively think proper for the purpose of inaintaining and supporting the aged and other poor in the said cities respec, tively, in the ensuing year; of which respective lums of money so agreed upon to be raised, the town-clerk of each of the faid cities respectively, shall make a full and proper entry in the minutes of the said common council, and shall

, as soon as conveniently may be, deliver a true copy of such entry, certified under his hand, to a supervisor of such respective city; who is here. by required to lay the same before the supervisors of the county, at their then next meeting, in order that the faid fum may be raised in such respective. city, for the support and maintenance of the poor thereof,

XXVI. And be it further enacled by the authority aforesaid, Durcy of the overteers That when, and as often as any poor person belonging to applies for relief. any city or town within this state, shall apply for relief, to any overseer or overseers of the poor of fuch city or town, the laid overseer or overseers of the poor shall make application to a justice of the peace of fuch city, or of the county in which such town shall lie ; which faid justice and overseer or overseers of the poor, shall enquire into the state and circum. fiances of the person fo applying as aforesaid; and if it shall appear to the faid justice and overseer or overseers of the poor, that such person is in such indigent circumstances as to require relief, then the faid justice shall give an order in writing, to the said overseer or overseers of the poor, to make such allowance weekly or otherwise, to every such poor person, as they in their discretion shall think his or her necessities shall or may require: And the faid overseer or overseers of the poor, shall make no other or further allowance to such poor person than what by the said order shall be directed; which faid order shall be a fufficient voucher for the payment of so much money by the said overseer or overseers of the poor, and shall be allowed in adjusting his or their accounts.

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. And be it further enabled by the authority aforesaid, Names of persons trieved, to be regit. That the overseers of the poor of each respective city of

tered in a book, with town within this state, shall procure at the public charge, a tance, the allowance book of good paper and well bound, wherein the names erdered and the of all poor persons applying for relief and being ordered to kty. be relieved as aforesaid, shall be registered, with

the day and year when they were firit adınitted to have relief, the weekly or other fum or sums of money allowed by the order for their relief, and the cause of such necessity; and that no person shall be entered into the poorbooks, or receive relief from the overseers of the poor, or any of them, with out such order procured as aforesaid : And in case any overieer or overleers Overfeers toenter in of the poor shall enter into the poor-books, and relieve any the poor books all such poor person or persons, without such order, he or they hid ont for the use of shall forfeit and lose all such money and goods paid and the poor, and all inato distributed to such poor person or persons; nor shall any ters relating w their offices.

allowance be made to him or them for the same, in pailing his or theif account or accounts; and the said overseers of the poor, are hereby directed and required to enter, or to cause to be entered in the said poor-books, all monies received, laid out and disburled by them respectively for the use of the poor, and also all matters and things which shall be tranford acted by them relating to their faid office. And the overseers of the poor for the cities of Albany and Hudson, respectively, fhall yearly, once in every year, lay such books of accounts before the common council of the faid cities respectively, at such times as the said respective common councils shall direct. And the overseers of the poor of every town, shall yearly and every year, on the last Tuesday in March, lay their faid books of accounts before the town clerk and supervisor of such town, and such justice or juftices of the peace as may reside in such town, or the major part of them, for their examination, who shall examine and audit the fame, and make report thereof to the freeholders and inhabitants of their respective towns, at their next annual town-meeting, that such further provision for the maintea hance and support of the poor may be made, as may be found necessary.

XXVIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforeIn all contracts by faid, That in all indentures and contracts to be made by any for binuling out chil- overseers of the poor of any city or town, by and with the dren, a caufe to be consent of the justices of the peace of the county, or any der hall cause fach two of them, or by and with the consent of the mayor, child to be taught to tead and write. recorder and aldermen, or any two of them, in any city,

for binding or putting out any child as an apprentice or servant, Mall, among the covenants in such indentures or contracts to be made and agreed upon between the parties, always insert a clause to the following effect, That every master and mistress to whom such child shall be bound as aforesaid, shall cauie such child to be taught and instructed to read and write,

And further, That the overseers of the poor for the time Overseers of the poor to be guardians of being, of each respective city and town, shall be the guara Buch children,

dians of every such child so put and bound out as aforesaid, to take care that the terms of the indentures or contract, and the covenants and agreements therein contained be performed and fulfilled, and that such child be not ill used; and the said overseers of the poor are hereby empowered and directed to enquire into the fame, and to redress any grieyance or grievances, in such manner as is prescribed by law.

XXIX. And for the greater ease of the public in relief of Over feers of the poor, the poor, Be it further enatled by the authority aforesaid, piscis towns to build. That it shall and may be lawful for the overieers of the

purchase, or hire houles for the accom.

&c.

poor of the cities of Albany and Hudson, by and with the modation of the poor, consent of the common council of the same cities respecs

tively, and for the overseers of the poor of any town within this state, and any two or more justices of the peace of the county in which such town shall lie, with the confent and approbation of the major part of the freeholders and inhabitants of such town, to be fignified at such annual town-meeting as aforesaid, and at the proper charge of such city or town, to be ascertained, asTeised and levied as aforesaid, to build,' purchase or hire, some fit and convenient dwelling house or houses in such city or town, for the lodging and accommodation of the poor thereof; and also to purchae necessary materials for setting fuch poor persons to work, and there to keep, maintain and employ all and every such poor perfon, and to take the benefit of the work, labour and services of any such poor person who fall be kept and maintained in any such house, for the better maintenance and relief of such poor persons, who shall be there kept and maintained, and thereof to appoint such person or persons as keeper or keepers, from tiine to time, as they shall think proper; and in case any poor person, claiming relief of any city or town within this state, where such house or houses shall be so built, purchased or hired, Mall refuse to be lodged, kept to work and inaintained, in such house or houses, such poor person or persons fo refusing, shall be put out of the book in which the names of the poor are by this act directed to be registered, and shall not be entitled to atk or receive any relief from the overseers of the poor of any such city or town. And further, That where any town may be too small to build, purchase or hire such house or houtes as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the over seers of the poor and justices of the peace, with the consent and approbation of the major part of the freeholders and inhabitants of two or more towns within any county in this state, to be signified at such annual town-meetings as aforefaid, to join together and unite in building, purchasing or hiring fuch house or houses, for the lodging, keeping and maintaining of the poor of such towns, so joining together, and uniting; and also to purchase necessary materials for setting such poor persons to work, and there to keep, maintain and er.ploy all and every such poor person, and to take the benefit of the work, labour and services of any such poor person, who shall be kept and maintained in any such house for the better maintenance and relief of the poor there to be kept, maintained and employed; and thereof to appoint such person or persons as keeper or keepers from time to time, as they shall think proper; and in cate any poor person or persons claiming relief of any such united towns as aforesaid, shall refuse to be lodged, kept to work, and maintained in the house or houses fo to be built, purchased or hired for such united towns as aforesaid, such poor person or persons so refusing shall be put out of the book in which the names of the poor are, by this act, directed to be registered as aforesaid, and shall not be entitled to ask or receive any relief froin the overseers of the poor of any such town. And further, That it shall and may be lawful for the overseers of the poor and justices of any town within this state, with the consent and approbation of the major part of the freeholders and inhabitants of such town where such house or houses Dhall be built, purchased or hired for the purposes aforesaid, to be fignified at such annual town-meeting as aforesaid, to contract with the overseers of the poor and justices of any other town, for the lodging, maintaining and employing of any poor person or persons belonging to such other town, as to them Ihall fecin meet. And in case any such poor person or persons belong

ing to any other town, shall refuse to be lodged, maintained and employed in such house or houf's so contracted for as aforeiaid, such poor person or persons fo refusing, shall be put out of the book in which the names of the poor are, by this act, directed to be regiitered as afortluid, and shall not be entitled to ask or receive any relief from the overleers of the poor of any such town.

XXX. And be it further enabled by the authority aforesaid, Overf ers yearly to That the overseers of the poor of each respective city and crmt of monies re town in this state, shall, annually, within fifieen days afier ceived and expended the termination of their respective offices, exhibit to the who, with Mie dupana fucceeding overseers of the poor of such city or town, a eainine and audit particular, full, just and true account, of all the monies by such accounts.

them respectively received and expended for the use of the poor, and from whom, to whom, and in what manner, and for what use or uses, together with an account of the earnings of the poor perions by them employed; which accounts the faid overseers of the poor for the time being, together with the supervisor or supervisors of such city or town, and justices of the peace residing in such city or town, or the major part of them, fhall, as foon as conveniently may be, examine and audit; and the laid overseers of the poor so going out of office, shall respectively, on audiung such account, pay all such balance and sums of money as shall appear to be in his or their hands, or due froin him or them to sucli city or town, to their succellors in office, to be applied and accounted for by them in the course of the next year, in the like manner as is herein before prescrived; and fuch overseers of the poor so going out of office, hall, at the fame time of exhibiting their accounts, deliver up to their fucceflora in office, all books of accounts, regitters, and other papers relating to the poor as aforesaid; and it any overseer or overseers of the poor shall refuse or negiect to exhibit such account or accounts as aforesaid, and to pay to his or their succeflors in of fice, such monies as shall remain in his or their hands as aforesiid, or to deliver up all such books of accounts, registers, and other papers relating to the poor as aforesaid ; every such overseer of the poor, so neglecting or refusing, thall, for every such neglect or refusal, forfeit and pay the fum of one hun. dred pounds, over and above the said balance remaining in his or their hands, to be recovered with costs of suit in any court of record within this state, by the overseers of the poor of such city or town for the time being, and when recovered to be applied to the ule of the poor of such city or town; and if upon auditing such account there shall appear to be a balance due to such overseers of the poor, so going out of office as aforesaid, or to either of them, the same shall be paid to him or them by their successors in office, out of the firft monies which shall come into their hands as overseers of the poor of such city or town.

XXXI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesiid, Overseers to recover that it shall and may be lawful for the overseers of tlie poor ors in orlice, or any of for the time being, of each respective city and town, to reby tine in to their town. cover against their predeceflors in office, and each of them,

their executors or administrators, all such sums of money as shall appear, upon such audit as aforesaid, to be due from them relpectively, to such respective city or town, in an action for monies had and received to the use of such city or town, with costs of fuit, in any court having cognizance thereof; or to have and maintain an action or actions of account againit any former overseer or overseers of the poor of lush city or town, Vol. II.

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his or their executors or administrators: And no such action shall be abated or discontinued by the death or expiration of the office of any such plaintiff or plaintifis, but shall and may be continued and profecuted to effect, by the survivor or survivors of them, and their successórs in office ; and such suit Thall always be brought and prosecuted by, and in the name of the overseers of the poor of such city or town for the time being.

XXXII. And be it further enated by the authorily aforesaid, Masters of vessels to That every master of any ship or other vessel, who shall or recorder, tle naines enter his ship, or other vessel, in the custom-house of this perfons brought into state in the city of New-York, shall, within twenty-four port in their vesels, hours after his arrival

, make a report in writing, on oath, ry person not reports to the mayor of the said city, or in case of his sickness or el, and 30l. for every absence, to the recorder of the said city for the time being, .

of the names and occupations of every person who shall be brought into port, in his said ship, or other vefsel ; and in case of neglect the master of such ship, or other vessel, shall forfeit the sum of twenty pounds for every person so neglecting to be reported. And further, That if any person, so neglected to be reported to the mayor or recorder of the said city as aforesaid, shall be a foreigner, the master of such ship, or other vessel, fo neglecting to make report as aforesaid, shall forfeit the sum of thirty pounds for every foreigner so neglected to be reported. And further, That if any householder shall entertain in his or her house or family, any such foreigner, and not report the fame to the mayor, or in case of his absence or fickness, to the recorder of the said city for the time being, within twenty-four hours after he or she shall receive such foreigner into his or her house or family, he or she shall forfeit the sum of five pounds; which said respective forfeitures, Mall and may be recovered by action of debt, with costs of fuit, in any court within this state, having cognizance thereof, by any person or persons who shall sue and prosecute for the same to effect; the one half of which forfeitures, when recovered, to be paid to the treasurer or chamberlain of the faid city, for the use of the poor thereof, and the other half to the person or persons who shall sue and profecute for the fame to effect as aforesaid.

XXXIII. Andheit further enalled by the authorily aforesaid, Any master of any That if any master of any ship or other vessel shall bring or person who is likely land within this ftatè, any person who cannot give a good to fend or carry hiin account of himself or herself, to the mayor or recorder of back again in one the said city for the time being, as aforesaid, or who is like bond that he fluall not to be a charge to the said city, such master shall, within one becoine chargeable. month, carry or send the person so imported by him, back again to the place from whence he or she came, and shall for that purpose enter into bond to the mayor, aldermen and commonalty of the city of New-York, with one or more surety or sureties, to be approved of by such mayor or recorder, in the sum of one hundred pounds, conditioned for the purposes aforesaid, or (hall enter into bond to the said mayor, aldermen and commonalty of the said city, with one or more sufficient furety of sureties, to be approved by such mayor or recorder as aforesaid, in the sum of one hundred pounds, conditioned that the person so imported shall not be or become a charge to the faid city as aforesaid, or any other city or town in this state ; and in case such master of any ship or other vessel shall refuse to become bound as aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for such mayor or recorder, by warrant under his hand and feal, directed to any conftable of

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