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sion of this commonwealth, and without some legislative provision a discontinuance of the said court may thereby be produced: And whereas amidst those distractions and exertions which are caused and called for by a state of war, no leisure is left for questions of a nature merely private: Be it enacted, That no discontinuance shall take place in the general court, or in any proceeding depending therein or belonging thereto, by the failure to hold the additional session aforesaid at the time aforesaid, but in every construction or adjudication in the said court or elsewhere, the adjournment from the session of the said court which was in the month of March in the present year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one, to the said additional session, shall be taken and deemed as if it had been an adjournment to the session to be holden in the month of October in the same year, or to a Session holden under a proclamation by the governour pursuant to an act of general assembly entitled “An act for giving certain powers to the governour and council, and for punishing those who shall oppose the execution of laws,” according as the one or the other shall be first holden. o II. And be it farther enacted, That until a declarar: ... tion shall be made by the general assembly to the con£ept in par. trary, neither the court of appeals, the high court of ticular cases chancery, the general court, nor any county court, shall so hear or determine any matter, cause, or thing, except R.'izsi, mere pleas of the commonwealth, private questions ch, 12.) brought on by consent, suits instituted for the division of estates, contestations of wills, and such other cases in which the law requires not a declaration or bill in equity to be filed; but the said courts shall still be open for the issuing of dedimuses, for the examination of witnesses, writs of ne eweat republica, injunction, and habeas corpus, de homine replegiando, for the institution of suits in perpetuam rei memoriam, and for no other The issuing purpose whatsoever. And as the issuing of patents of patent; whilst there is so great difficulty in entering caveats *ś, may produce much injustice, It is farther enacted, That . the register shall not issue any patent until the term of Nov. 1781, six months shall have elapsed after such declaration as ch, 29.) aforesaid shall take place; and any patent so issued shall be void. Any caveat may be entered against the issuing a patent at any time within the said six months.

Of the time between the first day of January, in the year aforesaid, to the last day of that session of the general assembly, at which the foregoing suspension of judiciary proceedings shall be removed, no account

shall be made in any computation upon the act of lim

itations,

CHAP. X.

An act for farther continuing an act entitled an act to empower the governour and council to lay an embargo for a limited time.

WHEREAS the act of assembly passed in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, entitled, “An act to empower the governor and council to lay an embargo for a limited time,” which was con

tinued by several subsequent acts, will expire at the end of this present session of assembly, and it is expedient that the same should be farther continued; Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That the act entitled “An act to empower the governor and council to lay an embargo for a limited time,” shall

continue and be in force from and after the expiration

thereof until the end of the next session of assembly, and no lunger.

Time taken out of act of limitations.

Act empowering governor & council ta lay embargoes, further contine ued.

CHAP. XI.

tohan Rev. An act for farther continuing an act

p. 141.] entitled an act to revive and amend an act to make provision for the support and maintenance of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds.

Aamaking I. WHEREAS the act of assembly passed in the provision year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight, ; o: entitled, “An act to revive and amend an act to make ... provision for the support and maintenance of ideots, tied. lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds,” will expire at the end of this present session of assembly, and it is necessary that the same should be farther continued; Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That the act entitled “An act to revive and amend an act to make provision for the support and maintenance of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds,” shall continue and be in force from and after the expiration thereof, for and during the term of one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly, and

no longer.

CHAP. XII.

An act for continuing an act entitled so. An act to eacempt artificers employ-" ed at iron works from militia duty.

WHEREAS the act of assembly passed at the last Act exempt. session, entitled, “An act to exempt artificers employ- .. ed at iron works from militia duty,” will expire at the from militia end of this present session of assembly, and it is expe-duty, further dient that the same should be continued; Be it there- * fore enacted by the General Assembly, That the act entitled “An act to exempt artificers employed at iron works from militia daty,” shall continue and be in force from and after the expiration thereof until the end of the next session of assembly, and no louger.

CHAP. XIII.

An act for farther continuing an act entitled An act to amend an act for preventing forestalling, regrating, engrossing, and public vendues.

WHEREAS the act of assembly passed in the year Act for preone thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, enti-yenting, tled “An act to amend an act for preventing forestall- fooling, ing, regrating, engrossing and public vendues,” will : expire at the end of this present session of assembly, and public and it is necessary that the same should be farther con- Xenoues, tinued; Be it therefore enacted by the General Assem- soon bly, That the act entitled “An act to amend an act for preventing forestalling, regrating, engrossing and public vendues,” shall continue and be in force from and after the expiration thereof for and during the term of one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly, and no longer.

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CHAP. xiv. An act to revive an act entitled An act to enable the governor and council to supply the armies and navies of

the United States and of their allies with grain and flour.

o: * WHEREAs the act of assembly passed in the year Vern Or § one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, entisupply the tled “An act to enable the governor and council to armies and supply the armies and navies of the United States and ** of their allies with grain and flour,” expired on the states, and fourteenth day of July last, and it is expedient and netheir allies, cessary that the same should be revived; Be it therefore #. ** enacted by the General Assembly, That the act entitled ...no on- “An act to enable the governor and council to supply tinued. the armies and navies of the United States and of their allies with grain and flour,” be revived, and shall continue and be in force from and after the end of this present session of assembly for and during the term of one year, and from thence to the end of the next session of assembly, and no longer.

CHAP. XV.

An act to regulate the department of the war office.

Preamble. WHEREAS it is necessary for the establishment of oeconomy and greater regularity in the different de

* . . . s and partments of this state, to invest the commissioner of * *:::::" the war office with more ample powers, and more exjoinission pressly to define his duty; Be it therefore enacted by ers of war the General Assembly, That the said commissioner mo..”... shall have full power and authority to demand and re

t; define ***. - e e o *" ceive such returns from the different public offices as

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