MARCH 1758 – 31st GEORGE II.
An Act for continuing and amending an act, intituled, An Act for preventing mutiny and desertion.
I. WHEREAS an art of assembly, made in the thirtieth year of the reign of his present majesty, intituled, An Act for preventing mutiny and desertion, will soon expire, and it is expedient that the same should be continued: Be it therefore enacted, by the President, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same. That the said act shall continue and be in force, from and after the expiration thereof, for, and during the term of one year from thence next following, and no longer.
II. And for as much as at this time, and during the continuance of this act, there is and may be occasion for the marching and quartering of soldiers in several parts of this colony: Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That for and during the continuance of this act, and no longer, it shall and may be lawful to and for any one justice of the peace in any county, city or borough within this colony, and he is hereby required to billet the soldiers in his majesty's service in ordinaries and licenced taverns, and in no private houses whatsoever; nor shall any more billets at any time be ordered than there are effective soldiers present to be quartered. And in case any person shall find himself aggrieved in that such justice of the peace has billeted in his house a greater number of soldiers than he ought to bear in proportion to his neighbours, and shall complain thereof to any two other justices of the peace of the county, city or borough where such soldiers are quartered, such justices are hereby impowered to relieve such person, by ordering such and so many of the soldiers to be removed and billeted upon such other person or persons, keeping public houses, as above mentioned, as they shall see cause; and such other person or persons shall be obliged to receive such soldiers accordingly.
III. And be it further enacted. That the soldiers so , billeted, as aforesaid, shall be received by the persons on whom they are billeted, and furnished with vinegar, salt and the use of fire to heat their victuals, without demanding any reward or satisfaction for the same.