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THE

GENERAL LAWS

OF

Massachusetts,- Sene écoi becc.

FROM THE ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION,

TO FEBRUARY, 1822.

WITH THE

CONSTITUTIONS

OF THE

United States and of this Commonwealth,

TOGETHER WITH

THEIR RESPECTIVE AMENDMENTS, PREFIXED.

REVISED AND PUBLISHED, BY

AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE,

IN CONFORMITY WITH A RESOLUTION PASSED

22D. FEBRUARY, 1822.

BY ASAHEL STEARNS & LEMUEL SHAW, ESQUIRES,

COMMISSIONERS.
THERON METCALF, Esq. EDITOR.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. JI.

À BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY WELLS & LILLY AND CUMMINGS & HILLIARD.

1823.

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BE it remembered, that on the twentieth day of January, A.D. 1823, in the forty-seventh year of the Independence of be United States of America, Wells & Lilly and Cummings & Hilliard of the said District, have deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the Right wbereof they claim as Proprie tors, in the Words following, co wit :

• The General Laws of Massachusetts, from the adoption of the Constitution, to February, 1822. With the Constitutions of the United States and of this Commonwealth together with their respective Amendments, prefixed. Revised and Publisbed, by Authority of the Legislature, in conformity with a resolution passed 2 d February, 1822 By Asabel Stearns and Lemuel Shaw, Lsquires, Comunismissioners. Theron Metcalf, Esq., Editor. In two volumes."

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprieton of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned ” and also to an Act entitled, " An Act supplementary to un Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and EtchibHistorical and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

WELLS AND LILLY,

Printen.

Acts and Laws

OF

MASSACHUSETTS.

An Act to set off a Tract of Land commonly called The Elbows, in Springfield, Chap. 1.

in the County of Hampshire, and to annex the same to the Town of Wilbrabam.

(June 11, 1799.] An Act altering the name of Oliver Pond, third, to Oliver N. Pond. June 14, Chap. 2.

1799.] An Act to continue in Force, for certain purposes, an Act, entitled, An Act for Chap. 3. rendering Processes in Law less expensive.” (June 14, 1799.] Expired.

1788 ch.67. An Act to incorporate sundry persons by the name of The President, Directors Chap. 4.

and Company of the Portland Bank. (June 15, 1799.) Add, act-1808 ch. 36.

An Act to enable the Proprietors of a certain piece of Salt Marsh situate in the Chap. 5.

Town of Ipswich, in the County of Essex, to make and maintain a Dine, for the better improving the same. (June 15, 1799.]

An Act to incorporate William Bartlet, and others, into a Company by the name Chap. 6.

of The Newburyport Marine Insurance Company. (June 18, 1799.] Add, aci1805 ch. 34.

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An Act authorizing the Courts of General Sessions of the Peace to liberate poor Chan. 7.
Convicts from Prison, and dispose of them in Service, for Payment of Costs of
Prosecution.

BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That where there has been any person convicted for any crime, Convicts who either in the Supreme Judicial Court, or any Court of General ha

fined 3 months Sessions of the Peace, who has been imprisoned three months may be disposfor costs of prosecution only, the Court of General Sessions of ed of in serthe Peace for the county where the person has been imprisoned may order the sheriff to dispose of such convict in service to any person whomsoever, for a term not exceeding two years, for payment of the costs for which he has been imprisoned as aforesaid ; and if such disposal cannot be made, the same court may order the sheriff to liberate such convict, on such terms, or on such conditions, as they may think most beneficial to the Commonwealth and county. And the said Courts of Gene- 1803 ch.154.13. ral Sessions of the Peace may, at any session hereafter, on motion as aforesaid, order the sheriff of their respective counties, to liberate any convict in such county, in manner as aforesaid, after his having been imprisoned three months for costs as aforesaid. Provided nevertheless, That the consent of all Convicts' conconvicts imprisoned as aforesaid, prior to the passing of this is

tained, Act, shall be first had for such sale or disposal. And where the costs aforesaid are not obtained by means of the liberation,

VOL. II.

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