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Public notice given by the Committee of their intention to prosecute any person who shall harbour, conceal, or in any manner employ any deserter from the service of the Colony

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The Committee, having reason to believe that wicked and ill-disposed persons have seduced and enticed some of the men belonging to the Boats to desert the service and go into other employ, have thought it necessary to publish the following Resolve of Assembly:

"In Assembly, Tuesday, March 26, 1776.

"Resolved, That any person or persons whatever, within this Colony, who shall harbour and conceal any deserter (knowing him to be such) from the Continental forces, or any other forces raised within this or any other of the United Colonies for the defence of America, shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding fifty nor less than thirty dollars, or suffer three months' imprisonment for each offence, being convicted thereof by the testimony of one or more witnesses before any two Justices of the Peace of the City, Borough, or County, respectively, where such offence shall be committed, who are hereby authorized to hear and determine all offences contrary to the above Resolve; which fine shall be deposited in the hands of the Overseers of the Poor of the City, Borough, or Township, where the offence is committed, for the use of the poor of such place.

"And the Committee give this publick notice that they are determined to prosecute, with the utmost rigour, any person who shall harbour, conceal, or in any manner employ any deserter from the service of this Colony."

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