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VIII. And be it enacted, That any person who shall chinsonoluline purchase goods, wares or merchandise, in any of the another state, &c United States, and bring them into this state for sale,

as purchasers shall be considered as a purchaser within this state, (unless such goods were imported by him through the capes of Chesapeake bay, or through some one of the inlets of some neighbouring state) and shall sell them for ready money, if required, at not more than the rate of thirty per centum profit on the purchase money, and the charges of transportation or carriage to the place where they shall be exposed to sale, except the articles of salt and brown sugar, which shall be sold at not more than thirty-five per centum upon the purchase money, and the charges aforesaid.

IX. And be it enacted, That every retailer shall sell Retailers to sell goods purchased of the importer or manufacturer, for profit, &c. ready money, if required, at not more than the rate of thirty per centum profit on the purchase money paid to the importer or manufacturer, and the charges of transportation or carriage to the place where exposed to sale, except the articles of salt and brown sugar, which shall be sold at not more than thirty-five per centum profit on the purchase money, with the charges aforesaid, and the importer, if a resident of this state, shall deliver into his county court office, on or before the first day of each county court, a list on oath, signed by him and the purchaser, of the names of all persons to whom he shall sell at wholesale, and the price, and if a foreigner shall be the importer, he shall deliver such list, as aforesaid, into the naval office of the district in which the vessel bringing the goods shall be entered, and such list, or an attested copy thereof, shall be evidence on a prosecution or suit against the retailer. And if any such retailer shall refuse to sell any goods, wares or merchandise, at the price above limitted, for ready money if required, he shall forfeit and pay five pounds for each refusal; and if any importer shall neglect to lodge the list as above required, he shall forfeit and pay five hundred pounds for each neglect.

X. And be it enacted, That no person shall purchase Persons not to any goods, wares or merchandise, condemned in the demned goods court of admiralty, from the original purchaser thereof, purchaser, to sell to sell, barter, or exchange again, and the original purchaser shall sell the same, reserving sufficient for the use of himself and his family for one year, for ready money,

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if required, at not more than the rate of thirty per cent. profit on the purchase money, and the charges of transportion or carriage to the place where exposed to sale, except the articles of salt and brown sugar, which shall be sold at not more than thirty-five per centum profit on the purchase money, with the charges aforesaid. Provided that if the owners of any prize become purchasers, they shall be considered as importers, and at liberty to

sell by wholesale or retail. Penalty on per- XI. And be it enacted, That if such purchaser of consons refusing to sell at the price demned goods shall refuse to sell at the price above

limitted, for ready money, if required, he shall forfeit and pay five hundred pounds for each refusal.

XII. Whereas it is represented to this General Assembly, That several persons from some of the neighbouring states have engrossed very large quantities of iron, rum, sugar, cotton, salt, and melasses,

XIII. Be it enacted, That none of the said articles carried out of this shall be carried out of this state, and that the purchasers

thereof shall sell the same by retail within this state to the inhabitants thereof, if required, at not more than the rate of ten per centum profit on the purchase money; and if any of the said purchasers, their agents, factors, store-keepers, or trustees, in whose possession any of the said articles may be, shall refuse to sell the said articles, or any of them, at the rate aforesaid, to any of the inhabitants of this state, as aforesaid, he or they so refusing shall, for every offence, forfeit the sum of five pounds current money, one half thereof to the informer and the other half to the use of this state, and shall also forfeit to the uses aforesaid the goods so as aforesaid refused to be sold.

XIV. And be it enacted, That no goods, wares, or merchandise, shall be exposed to sale by public vendue (except houshold furniture, goods condemned in the court of admiralty, or sold under contract for that purpose heretofore made, or by distress for rent, or by process out of the courts of law or equity, or by the executor or administrator for any deceased person) under penalty of one hundred pounds on the person selling or buying at such vendue.

XV. And, whereas it is represented to this General Assembly, that divers persons, inhabitants of this state, have engrossed large quantities of salt, rum, sugar, molasses, coffee, and iron, with intent to sell the same

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again at high and exorbitant prices, by means whereof the inhabitants are greatly oppressed; and whereas also several persons of this state may have purchased and laid up for the use of their families more salt than is sufficient to serve their families for one year from this time,

XVI. Be it enacted, That all and every of the persons, grossed to be sola who have so engrossed the said articles as aforesaid, shall at not more than sell the same by retail to the inhabitants of this state, at not more than the rate of ten per centum profit on the purchase money, reserving so much of the said articles as may be necessary for himself and family for one year, and not selling more of the overplus of the article of salt to any person than shall be sufficient for the use of his family for one year, allowing one peck to each individual of such family. And if any of the said persons, who have engrossed any of the said articles as aforesaid, shall refuse to sell the same at the rate aforesaid, and in manner aforesaid, he shall, for every offence, forfeit the sum of five pounds current money, and the goods so refused to be sold, one half thereof to the use of the informer, and the other half to the use of this state, XVII. And be it further enacted, That if any person or

Persons having persons in this state, hath or have purchased or laid up, thee sverplus. for the use of his or their family or families, more salt than shall be sufficient for his or their family or families, for one year from this time, such person or persons shall sell the overplus to the inhabitants of this state by retail, at the same rate and in the same manner and proportion as the persons who have engrossed salt, as abovementioned, are directed to sell the same; and if any person shall refuse to sell the overplus of his salt at the rate and manner aforesaid, he shall forfeit for every offence the sum of five pounds current money, and the overplus of his salt so refused to be sold, one half to the informer and the other half to the use of this state. XVIII. And be it enacted, That if the owner or possessor

Owners of goods of any of the articles above enumerated, shall attempt to them out of the

, & remove any of them out of this state, it shall and may be lawful for any person to seize the same, and every such article, so attempted to be carried out of this state, shall be forfeited, one half to the person seizing the same and the other half to the use of this state.

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XIX. And be it enacted, That the governor and the plied in erecting salt works, &c. council be empowered to draw on the treasurer of the

western shore, for a sum not exceeding two thousand pounds, and to apply the same, or so much as they may think necessary, in erecting salt works in such part or parts of this state as they may think most proper, and to employ a manager, and to direct any quantity made to be sold and distributed in the several counties, in proportion to the number of inhabitants in each county, allowing

a peck to each person for the year. Bounties al. owed to private

XX. And be it enacted, That the following bounties be adventurers for allowed to private adventurers, (to whom no money

has been or shall be advanced by the public) who shall before the first day of February next make salt within this state, to wit: For fifty bushels the sum of five pounds, for one hundred bushels ten pounds, for two hundred bushels twenty pounds, and for five hundred bushels fifty pounds, and the treasurer of either shore shall pay the said bounties. to any person bringing a certificate expressing the quantity, and the place and time when and where made, from the court of the county

wherein the salt shall be made. Premium for XXI. And be it enacted, That a premium of two hunmaking 1000 bushels. dred pounds shall be paid by either of the treasurers to

the first person, to whom no money has been or shall be advanced by the public, who shall produce a certificate from any county court of this state, of his having made one thousand bushels of salt within this state, before the first day of February next.

XXII. And be it enacted, That the governor and the council be empowered to draw on the treasurer of the

western shore for any sum not exceeding one thousand Money to be pounds, to be advanced by them in any sum not exceederecting salting two hundred and fifty pounds to any one adventurer, works, &c.

who they shall think fit and trusty, and who will enter into bond with security, faithfully and without delay to apply the same in erecting salt works within this state, and to repay the same without interest after one year from the advance.

XXIII. This act to continue and be in force for and during the term of one year, and to the end of the next

session of assembly which shall happen after the expiraContinuance. tion of the said one year.

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AN ACT to procure cloathing for the quota of this state of the American

army. WHEREAS it is absolutely necessary to provide Preamblo. cloathing for our quota of troops now or hereafter to be raised,

II, Be it enacted, That the governor and the council The governor be and are hereby authorized and empowered to appoint point persons to a proper and discreet person, in each county, to pur-kets, &c. chase, at such liberal prices as they shall limit, blankets, shoes, stockings, hats, coarse woollens, with proper trimmings, and linen and other cloathing fit for soldiers; that the persons so nominated and appointed have power to appoint assistants. III. And be it enacted, That a certificate, signed by Certificate to be

given to the ownthe principal, or by the assistant, and countersigned by ēr, &c. the principal, expressing the number or quantity, and price or value, of the articles purchased, be given to the owner, which value shall be ascertained, either by agreement, or by the oath of some indifferent and reputable person, to be called in and sworn by the principal or assistant, who are hereby authorised and empowered to administer such oath.

IV. And be it enacted, That the principal or assistant Persons may be may require any person to give an account on oath, or account on oath, affirmation if a quaker, menonist, or dunker, of such of the aforesaid articles as he or she hath in his or her possession, and shall be requested to sell; and if any person so requested shall refuse to give such account on oath, or affirmation if a quaker, menonist, or dunker, he or she shall forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred pounds common money.

V. And be it enacted, That the said principal, or assist i Porincipalito ant, shall, and they are hereby directed to give informat persons refus. tion to such county court, of all such persons who shall refuse as aforesaid, under the penalty of five pounds for every neglect.

VI. And be it enacted, That if the owner of any of the owners refusing. articles above specified, on oath or affirmation, shall cles two neigh refuse to spare such part thereof as the principal or in, &c. assistant may think may be spared, without distress to the family of the person so refusing, the principal or his assistant shall summon two indifferent and reputable

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