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CHAP. XV.

An act for

laying an embargo on Salt, and for other purposes.

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THE more effectually to supply the people of this

Embargo commonwealth with the necessary article of salt: Be laid on sale. it enacted by the General Assembly, That an embargo shall be, and is hereby laid upon all salt within this commonwealth, for and during the term of three months from the end of this present session of assembly; and that the governour, with the advice of the council may, and is hereby empowered, at any time during the con tinuation of the present war, either to continue or to revive again and renew such embargo, by proclamation from time to time as the circumstances of trade and the wants of the people may require. And if any Penalty for person, during the time that such embargo shall be in breach. force, shall presume to carry any salt which now is, or hereafter may be within this commonwealth, out of the same by land or water, he or she so offending, shall forfeit and pay forty pounds for every bushel so carried out, to be recovered with costs upon motion in any court of record, to the use of the informer, the defendant or defendants having had at least ten days previous notice of such motion. Provided neverthe

In what ca less, That the governour with the advice of the coun- ses exporta cil, may grant a permit for conveying salt out of this tion of salt commonwealth for the publick use of the United Amer- permitted, ican States, or any of them, and that any two justices of the peace may grant a permit to any citizen of this or any of the adjacent states, to carry out any quantity of salt not exceeding five bushels, within any term of six months, upon satisfactory proof to them made that the same is for the use of such citizens own family or those in his employ, and not for sale.

Every person sending or carrying salt from one dis- Bond to come trict to another within this commonwealth, shall give pel compli

ance with bond with sufficient security, in the penalty of fifty

the law. pounds for every bushel of salt so intended to be sent or carried, to the naval officer of the district from whence it shall be carried, that the same shall be relanded within this commonwealth, and shall within

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Premium for WHEREAS from the scarcity as well as high price importation of salt, it is proper that encouragement be given to of salt.

the importation of that necessary article of life: Be it therefore enacted, That every owner or master of a vessel, who shall import salt into this commonwealth after the passing of this act, shall be allowed to export one hogshead of tobacco duty free for every five bushels of salt so imported. At the time of entering a vessel in which salt may be imported, the naval officer

shall give the owner or master thereof a certificate, How obtain. specifying the time and quantity of salt imported. The ed.

owner or master of a vessel producing such certificate to any inspector, shall be entitled to ship one hogshead of tobacco duty free for every five bushels of salt contained in such certificate, giving the inspectors at such warehouse a receipt thereon for the number of hogsheads so delivered, which receipt and certificate

shall be allowed the inspectors in settling their accounts for duties on tobacco. If the owner or master of a vessel hath not so many hogsheads of tobacco at one warehouse as his certificate entitles him to export duty free; in that case he shall give the inspectors thereof a receipt for so many hogsheads delivered at such warehouse; and the inspectors shall thereupon endorse on the back of the certificate, the number of hogsheads so delivered and the time; and the master or owner shall be allowed to make up such deficiency at any other warehouse, upon producing to the inspectors thereof such certificate, and giving them a receipt thereon for the same.

And whereas it may so happen, that after an em- Drawbackon bargo on salt is taken off, the importer thereof, not- exportation. withstanding he has received the bounty given by this act, may export the same: Be it enacted, That every person importing salt and receiving the benefits given by this act, shall before he obtains a permit to export the same, or any part thereof, pay down to the naval officer so much money as the bounty for the importation thereof amounted to in shipping tobacco duty free.

And be it farther enacted, That the act entitled "An Former act act to supply the inhabitants of this commonwealth for supply: with salt upon reasonable terms,” shall be, and the ing salt re

pealed. same is hereby repealed.

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