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fever. And the costs of prosecution under this act, shall be paid out of the treasury of such town.

sect. 15. If any person shall come from any town or place, in this or a neighboring state, where the smallpox, or any other contagious disease, doth prevail, or shall have lately prevailed, or if any person or family, may be justly suspected or feared to have taken the infection, of any such contagious disease, it shall be in the power of the board of health, of any town, where such person, or persons, or family may be, to order such person or persons, or family into confinement in a hospital, (if any there be in such town,) or in some other place to be designated by said board of health, there to remain as long as said board shall judge necessary, to insure the safety of such town from such infection, from such person or persons; and if need require, the said board may apply to any justice of the peace in such town, who is hereby authorized to issue a warrant, directed to some proper officer, directing him to execute the orders of said board of health, in relation to such person, persons or family; and said board is also authorized, to give orders and directions, for regulating and restraining any improper intercourse with such person, persons or family. And if any person shall neglect or refuse to comply with any order of the board of health, made in pursuance of authority given them in this and the next succeeding section, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars.

sect. 16. Whenever any person or persons, shall come

nto any town in this state, from any place, where the small-pox, or other contagious disease, is, or shall have been lately prevalent; or when any person in such town shall be justly suspected to have come from such infected place, or to be infected with, or to have been exposed to, the small-pox, or such other disease; it shall be lawful for the board of health, of such town, or such health officer, as they shall appoint, to require such person or persons, so coming, or suspected, to disclose on oath, whether he or they have come from such place, or are infected with, or have been exposed to, the small-pox, or such other disease; and for that purpose, may administer, or cause to be administered, an oath or oaths, to such person or persons; and in case any such person or persons, shall, when required, refuse to disclose on oath, as aforesaid, said board of health may, without further proof, order and effect the confinement of such person or persons, so refusing, as is provided in the preceding section of this act, relative to persons suspected to have the small-pox, or other contagious disease.

Persons coming from places where the small-pox, &c.

prevails, how to be dealt with.

Penalty for non-compliance.

Persons sus-
pected to have
been exposed
or infected
with the
small-pox,
&c. how to be
dealt with.

When any contagious disease prevails in any town, what may be done.

Penalty for transgression;

how recovered.

No appeal.

No person to give smallpox, &c. without permission from board of health.

How to proceed after permission.

Penalty for communicating small-pox &c. »

Penalty for transgressing rules, &c.

Penalty for receiving small-pox, and coming into fhis state.

sect. 17. Whenever any contagious disease, shall be prevalent in any town, the board of health in such town, shall have authority to do and perform, all matters and things relative thereto ; and to give, and make and publish, in such manner as they may deem proper, all such rules, orders and regulations, for preserving the inhabitants therefrom, as they shall deem expedient for that purpose; and if any person or persons, shall transgress any rule, order or direction, made or given by the board of health, in pursuance of the power given them by this section, every person, or persons, so transgressing, shall forfeit and pay to the treasurer of such town, a sum not exceeding twelve dollars, nor less than one dollar, for every such transgression, to be recovered by any proper action, before any justice of the peace, proper to try the same ; and no appeal shall be allowed from the judgment of such justice of the peace in such action.

sect. 18. No person within the limits of any town in this state, shall receive, give, or communicate the infection of the small-pox, by way of inoculation, or in any other such like method, or be aiding or assisting therein, without first obtaining permission from the board of health in such town. which board is hereby authorized to give such permission, by vote, and a certified copy thereof; and when such permission shall be so given. to any person or persons, the said board of health is hereby directed and required, to assign the place, house or houses, in which the inoculation shall be carried on, and in which the infected persons shall be kept, and to appoint or approve of the nurses or tenders employed, and to make and give such rules and directions, as they shall deem expedient, for preserving the inhabitants from taking the infection; and if any person or persons shall voluntarily receive, take. give, or communicate the small-pox, directly or indirectly, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this section, or be aiding or assisting therein, such offender shall forfeit and pay to the treasurer of the town, where such disease is communicated and had, the sum of one hundred dollars, for every such offence. And if any person shall transgress any rule, or direction, made or given, by the board of health, in pursuance of the authority given in this section, he shall forfeit and pay to the treasurer of the town, where the offence shall be committed, a sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars, at the discretion of the county court which shall hear and determine the same. And if any person shall voluntarily receive, or take the small-pox by inoculation, without the limits of this state, and come into any town in this state, and have the same, he or she shall forfeit and pay to the

treasurer of such town, the sum of one hundred dollars. And all informing officers are hereby required, to inform against all and every person, who shall transgress against this act, or any provision thereof, or any rules, orders, or regulations, made in pursuance thereto.

sect. 19. The boards of health in the several towns, are hereby authorized and empowered, to adopt such measures for the general vaccination of the inhabitants of their respective towns, as they shall deem proper and necessary, to prevent the introduction, or to arrest the progress of the small-pox; and to defray the expenses, in whole, or in part, of such general vaccination, out of the public treasury of the town.

TITLE 92. Sign-posts.

An Act relating to Sign-posts.

- 1 E it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-
SECT. I . B resentatives, in General Assembly convened,
That a sign-post shall be erected and kept, in each school-
society, by the select-men of the town in which such so-
ciety, or the greater part thereof, is situated, at such
place, within such society, as the said select-men shall
judge most convenient, and shall designate ; and such
sign-post shall be erected, and kept in repair, at the ex-
pense of such town; and if such select-men shall not
erect such a sign-post, or shall neglect to keep in repair
such sign-post as may have been erected in such society,
agreeably to law, such select-men shall forfeit and pay
two dollars for each month, during such neglect, to be
recovered for the use of him, who shall sue for the same,
within six months after such neglect.
sect. 2. Each town may, at their annual meeting, or
at any other meeting specially warned for that purpose,
order to be erected within such town, any additional
sign-posts therein. and in such place or places as the pub-
lic interest may, in their opinion, require; which sign-
post or sign-posts shall be erected and maintained, by the
select-men of the town, which shall order the same, at
the expense of such town, under the same penalty, to be
recovered in the same manner, of the select-men of such
town, and for the same use, as is herein before provid-
ed in case of sign-posts in societies. But no sign-post
shall be erected within a less distance, than three miles
from any sign-post within the same town, which shall
have been previously established.

Informing officers to prosecute.

Boards of health may adopt rules, &c. for vaccination.

Expense, how paid.

Sign-posts to be erected in each society, by select-men, and kept in repair.

Penalty for neglect.

Towns may erect and keep additional sign-posts.

Proviso.

Certain signposts, heretofore authorized, to be kept in repair.

Notices, &c. where to be posted.

When officers may use signposts out of their proper precincts.

- Negro and mulatto children, free at twentyone.

Emancipated slaves to be supported by the owners.

How slaves may be emancipated, and the master discharged from future expense,

sect. 3. The several additional sign-posts heretofore authorized by law to be erected in the towns of New-Hartford, East-Windsor, Saybrook, Canton and East-Haddam, shall be continued, and kept in repair, by the select-men of those towns respectively, under the same penalty, to be recovered in the same manner, and for the same use, as is provided in the second section of this act.

sect. 4. All advertisements or notices of lands or goods, taken by execution, or for distress for rates or taxes, shall be posted on a sign-post in the society, where such lands or goods are taken, and sold thereat.

sect. 5. In such societies as are composed of parts of two or more towns, or parts of two or more counties, the constables of the several towns, of which such society is composed, and the sheriffs and deputy-sheriffs of the counties, of which such society is composed, shall have the same power to use the sign-post, or sign-posts, in such society, as though the same were situated within the proper precincts of such sheriffs, deputy-sheriffs or constables.

TITLE 93. Slavery.

An Act to prevent Slavery.
SECT. 1. B'. it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-

resentatives, in General Assembly convened, That negro and mulatto children, born in this state, shall be free at the age of twenty-one, and shall not be holden in servitude, though their mothers or parents were slaves at their birth. sect. 2. All slaves emancipated by their owners, in case they come to want after their emancipation, shall be supported by their masters respectively, their heirs, executors and administrators; and on their refusal, the select-men of the town where they belong shall provide for their support; and the town shall be entitled, in a proper action on the case, to recover all the expense of such support from the owners or masters of such slaves, their heirs, executors, or administrators. sect. 3. If any master or owner of a slave is disposed to emancipate him, he may apply to any two of the civil authority, or to one of the civil authority, and two of the select-men of the town where he belongs, who, if they find such slave to be in good health, and not of a greater age than forty-five years, shall give to the owner or master, a certificate thereof, under their hands ; provided

they find, on examination of the slave, that he is desir.
ous to be made free; and if the master or owner shall,
on receiving such certificate, emancipate such slave, he
shall be discharged from any expense for his support,
provided the letter of emancipation, and the certificate,
shall be recorded in the records of the town where the
master resides.
sect. 4. No indian, negro, or mulatto slave, shall be
brought or imported into the state, by sea or land, from
any place whatever, to be disposed of, left or sold within
the same.
sect. 5. And if any person shall import or bring into
the state, any indian, negro, or mulatto slave, or slaves,
to be disposed of left or sold within the same, or who,
knowing such slave or slaves to be so imported, or
brought into the state, shall receive or purchase them, or
any of them, he shall forfeit the sum of three hundred and
fifty dollars, for every slave so imported or purchased.
one half to him who shall prosecute to effect, and the oth-
er half to the treasury of the state.
sect. 6. If any inhabitant of this state shall transport
out of the same into any other state or country, for the
purpose of selling, either directly, or indirectly, or shall
buy or sell, with intent to transport out of this state, or
shall aid, assist, or abet, in buying, selling, or transport-
ing into any other state or country, any negro or mulatto
slave or servant for years, he shall forfeit the sum of three
hundred and fifty dollars, one half to him who shall pros-
ecute to effect, and the other half to the treasury of the
state : and all contracts made and executed in payment,
or part payment, for any slave bought and sold, contrary
to this act, shall be utterly void.
sect. 7. No inhabitant of the state shall, for him-
self, or any other person, either as master, factor, super-
cargo, owner, or hirer, in whole or in part, of any vessel,
directly or indirectly, import or transport, buy or sell, or
receive on board his vessel, with intent to cause to be
transported, any of the inhabitants of any part of Africa,
as slaves, or servants for term of years, upon penalty of
one hundred and seventy dollars, for every person so re-
ceived on board, and one thousand seven hundred dollars
for every such vessel employed in the importation or
transportation aforesaid; one half to him who shall pros-
ecute to effect, and the other half to the treasury of the
state. And all insurance made in this state upon such
vessel, so employed, and upon any slaves or servants ship-
ped on board, for the purpose aforesaid, shall be utterly
void : and this act may be given in evidence under the

No slaves to be imported into the state.

Forfeiture.

Penalty for exportation.

Slave-trade prohibited.

Insurance on slave-ships, and slaves, void.

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