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Commissioners on insolvent estates.

Voir dire oath.

State auditors.

Auditors of actions.

Arbitrators and referees.

Committees of chancery.

Clerks of representatives and senate.

What ceremony to be used.

For Commissioners on Insolvent Estates.

sect. 25. You swear, that you will faithfully and impartially, examine the several accounts and claims of the creditors of the estate of the deceased A. B. represented insolvent, as shall be presented to you for that purpose, and the evidence relative thereto ; and make a true list of what you find justly due to each of said creditors, and present the same to the judge of probate, according law: So help you God.

Voir dire Oath. sect. 26. You swear, that you will well and truly answer to such interrogatories, as shall be put to you, under the direction of the court, not immediately relating to the merits of the cause now in question : So help you God.

For Auditors of State Accounts. sect. 27. You swear, that you will faithfully audit the accounts of the state, with the treasurer, and render to the general assembly, a true statement of your doings relative thereto, according to law : So help you God.

For Auditors, in actions of .4ccount and Book-debt. sect. 28. You swear, that you will faithfully examine and adjust the accounts referred to you, and award thereon, according to your best skill and judgment: So help you God.

For Arbitrators and Referees, appointed by Court.

SECT. 29. You swear, that you will faithfully administer justice between the parties, in the case submitted or referred to you, according to law, or equity : So help you God.

For Committees, appointed by Courts of Chancery.

sect. 30. You swear, that you will faithfully inquire into the facts that may be presented to you, and faithfully and trully report the same to the court, pursuant to your appointment: So help you God.

For Clerks of the House of Representatives, and of the
Senate.

sect. 31. You swear, that you will faithfully execute

the office whereunto you are appointed: So help you God.

sect. 32. The ceremony ordinarily to be used, by persons to whom an oath is administered, shall be the hold

ing up of the right hand, as has been accustomed; but when
any person, by reason of scruples of conscience, shall ob-
ject to such ceremony, he shall be permitted to use any
proper ceremony to which he has been accustomed, in
such cases, or such as the court, or authority, by whom
the oath is to be administered, shall direct.
sect. 33. Whenever any person, required by law to
take the oath prescribed for witnesses, shall decline to take
it, in the usual form, from scruples of conscience, a solemn
affirmation may be administered to him, in the following
form : You, A. B. do solemnly, and sincerely affirm and
declare, that the evidence you shall give to this court, con-
cerning the case now in question, shall be the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth; upon the pains and
penalties of perjury. And in every other case, an affir-
mation may be administered in the form of the oath pre-
scribed, except that instead of the word swear, the words
solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare shall be used; and
instead of the words so help you God, the words upon the
pains and penalties of perjury shall be used. And if any
person making such solemn affirmation, shall be lawfully
convicted of having wilfully,falsely and corruptly, affirmed,
any matter, which, if the same had been declared under
oath, in the usual form, and with the usual ceremony, would
have amounted to wilful and corrupt perjury, such person,
so offending, shall incur the same penalties and forfeitures,
as by laware enacted against wilful and corrupt perjury.

TITLE 73. Paupers.

CHAP. I.
An Act to provide for the support of Paupers.
SECT. 1. i5% it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-

resentatives, in General.'ssembly convened, That when any person shall, by age, sickness, insanity, or any cause, become poor, impotent and unable to support and provide for himself and family, and has relations, who stand in the degree or line of father and mother, grand-father and grand-mother, children and grand-children, who are of sufficient ability to do the same, then it shall be the duty of such relations to provide for his support; and is such relations shall refuse or neglect to do the same, then, on application to the county court, in the county where such person lives, by the select-men, or one or more of such relations, and on giving due notice, said court may order such relations to pay and contribute to the support of such poor and impotent person, from the time of such application, such -um as they shall deem to be reasonable and necessary, and tuay issue execution, quarterly, for the same, to be delivered into the hands of the select-men, for that purpose.

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When affirmation may be administered.

Form of affirmation for witnesses.

Penalties of perjury incurred by a false affirmation.

What relations are liable for support of paupers.

Remedy against relations refusing to provide support.

What description of persons shall be supported by the town.

Select-men to
be overseers of
the poor.
Their duty.

Paupers liable
to be removed
for the purpose
of support.

Claims of individuals against the town.

Duty of selectmen to furnish

support.

Penalty for
neglect.

Notice, in
what case,
and within
what time, to
be given.

Limitation of
charge for
support.

- What shall be

sufficient evi-
dence of no-
tice.

sect. 2. All poor and impotent persons, who have not estate sufficient for their support, and have no relations of sufficient ability, who are obliged by law to support them, shall be provided for, and supported, at the expense of the town where they belong. And it shall be the duty of every town to maintain and support all the poor inhabitants belonging to the town, whether residing in it, or in any other town in the state. sect. 3. The select-men of each town, shall be overseers of the poor; and it shall be their duty, at the expense of the town, to provide for all paupers belonging to it, food, clothing, fire-wood, and all otherarticles necessary for their subsistence; and to draw orders on the treasurer of the town for the payment thereof; and to render an account to the town of such expenditures, when required. SECT. 4. Paupers shall be liable to be removed to such places to be supported, as the town or select-men may direct, and shall be subject to the orders of the select-men, or persons contracted with, to support them. No individual shall have any demand against a town for supplies or assistance furnished to a pauper, against the express direction of the select-men; nor before he has given notice to one of the select-men of the town where the pauper resides, of the condition of such pauper. sect. 5. It shall be the duty of the select-men of every town, whenever a person, notaninhabitant of such town, residing therein, shall become poor and unable to supporthim or her self, to furnish such pauper, such support as may be necessary, as soon as the condition of such pauper shall come to their knowledge; and each select-man neglecting such duty, shall forfeit the sum of seven dollars, to him who shall prosecute for the same to effect. The select-men of every town in which a pauper belonging to another town is chargeable, shall give notice to the town to which the pauper belongs, of his condition, within five days after they shall have obtained knowledge of the town to which he belongs, where such town is within twenty miles of the town where such pauper resides; and in all other cases, within fifteen days; and where the select-men have knowledge of the town where such pauper belongs, such town shall not be liable for any expense but for the time in which notice is required to be given as aforesaid; and such town shall not be liable to pay at a greater rate than one dollar per week for the support of a pauper, in lieu of all expenses. And a letter put in the mail, stating the name of the pauper, and that he is chargeable, signed by one of the select-men of the town where he resides, directed to the select-men of the town where he belongs, where there is a post-office in the town, or if none, then directed to be left at the nearest post-office to such town, shall be sufficient evidence that

notice was given, at the time such letter would reach the
select-men, to whom it shall be directed, in the usual
course of the mail : and actual notice in writing, sent in
any other mode, shall be sufficient.
sect. 6. Every town incurring necessary expense,
pursuant to this act, for a pauper "...}. to at other
town, shall have right to recover the same from such town,
as is provided in the preceding section of this act, by a
proper action at common law.
sect. 7. When any person having a legal settlement
in any town in this state, shall remove out of the same,
and gain a legal settlement in another state, and shall af.
terwards return to this state, and become poor and una-
ble to support himself, the town where he had his last le-
gal settlement in this state, shall be chargeable with his
support.
sect. 8. The several towns respectively, or any two
or more towns, by their agents, appointed for that pur-
pose, shall have power to establish asylums, or poor-
houses, for the admission of such poor and destitute per-
sons as may be judged proper, and to ordain and estab-
lish such by-laws as may be proper, relative to the per-
sons to be admitted into such houses, and for the well or-
dering and governing thereof; not contrary to the laws
of this state, or of the United States: Provided, that such
by-laws may, at any time, be repealed, by the superior
court, if, by said court, deemed unreasonable or unjust.

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CHAP. II.

An Act providing for the support of State Paupers.

E it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Assembly convened, That the state shall reimburse to any town the expense incurred in relieving and supporting any sick and indigent person or persons, not inhabitants of this state, and who do not belong to any town in this state, and are not by law the proper charge of any town or particular person, at a rate not exceeding, in any case, the sum of one dollar per week, for all persons over fourteen years of age, and fifty cents, for children under that age. sect. 2. No town shall be entitled to such reimbursement, for the support of any person born in this state, or an adjoining state, or of any person who shall heretofore, at any time, have been an inhabitant of any town in this state.

SECT. 1.

Actual notice.

Right of recovery by one town against another.

Persons having a settlement in this state, and afterwards in another state, and then returning, by whom to be supported.

Power of towns to establish poorhouses ;

and ordain by-laws.

Proviso.

What description of paupers shall be supported by the state.

When the person entertaining a pauper, shall bear the expense.

Under what circumstances a pauper shall be supported by the state,

and by the town.

Where person not belonging to any town in the state, has resided six years in any town, without being chargeable, the state shall not beliable for his support.

Such person may be removed.

Accounts for support of state paupers,

sect. 3. Whosoever shall entertain any person, not an inhabitant of any town in this state, for the space of fourteen days, and the said person shall, when so entertained, be reduced, by sickness, or other cause, to necessitous circumstances, so as to need relief, the person so entertaining him, shall sustain the charge thereof, unless he shall have, within fourteen days, given sufficient notice to the select-men of the town, in which such person is so entertained; and in that case, it shall be defrayed by the state, unless the person so entertained has relations of sufficient ability, and by law bound to support him. And all expense incurred in the support of such person, within the term of three months, from the time of his coming to such town, (in case he shall, within said term of three months, have been warned to depart said town,) shall, in like manner, be defrayed by the state; and all expenses, that may arise in support of such person, subsequent to the said term of three months, on account of sickness or lameness, which shall have commenced within said term of three months, and which shall have continued beyond the said term, to such degree as to render it unsafe to remove such person, shall, during the continuance of such sickness or lameness, be defrayed by the state; and all subsequent expenses shall be defrayed by such town, during his continuance therein: provided, the sum allowed shall not exceed one dollar per week, for persons over fourteen, and fifty cents per week, for children under fourteen. sect. 4. If any town shall incur any expense, in relieving and supporting a person not an inhabitant of any town in this state, and who has had his home, and resided in any town in this state, during the six years next preceding the time of incurring such expense, without being chargeable to the state, such expense shall not be reimbursed from the treasury of the state, but shall be defrayed by the town in which such residence shall have been last had, at the time of affording the relief. sect. 5. The select-men of any town, into which a person not an inhabitant of any town in this state shall come to reside, may, at any time within six years from the coming of such person into their town, remove such person to the town in which he shall have last resided, and had his home, as is before provided in this act; and for that purpose, such select-men shall have power to pursue any of the means provided by law, for the removal of persons not inhabitants of this state. sect. 6. All accounts payable by law from the treasury of the state for the support of poor and indigent persons, shall be liquidated and adjusted by the comptroller of

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