CHAPTER 14 | Document 1

General Assembly of Maryland, An Act for the Liberties of the People

1639Maryland Archives 1:41

Be it Enacted By the Lord Proprietarie of this Province of and with the advice and approbation of the ffreemen of the same that all the Inhabitants of this Province being Christians (Slaves excepted[)] Shall have and enjoy all such rights liberties immunities priviledges and free customs within this Province as any naturall born subject of England hath or ought to have or enjoy in the Realm of England by force or vertue of the common law or Statute Law of England (saveing in such Cases as the same are or may be altered or changed by the Laws and ordinances of this Province)

And Shall not be imprisoned nor disseissed or dispossessed of their freehold goods or Chattels or be out Lawed Exiled or otherwise destroyed fore judged or punished then according to the Laws of this province saveing to the Lord proprietarie and his heirs all his rights and prerogatives by reason of his domination and Seigniory over this Province and the people of the same This Act to Continue till the end of the next Generall Assembly

The Founders' Constitution
Volume 1, Chapter 14, Document 1
The University of Chicago Press

Archives of Maryland: Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland. Edited by William Hand Browne. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1883.

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