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Acts Further Regulating the Militia

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An Act in further addition to an Act entitled An Act for the forming and regulating the Militia, and for the encouragement of military skill, for the better defence of this Colony.

Be it enacted by the Governour, Council, and Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That the chief officer of every Troop shall cause the Arms and Ammunition of all under his command, and the chief officer of every Company of Foot shall cause the Arms and Ammunition of all under his command, and also of all others, dwelling within the limits of his Company, who are by law obliged to keep Arms, to be reviewed on the first Monday of May and the first Monday of October, annually, by requiring such persons to bring forth their Arms and Ammunition at a certain time and place by such officer appointed; and if any of the persons aforesaid shall not appear, being thereto required and duly warned, or shall be deficient in Arms or Ammunition, such persons, respectively, shall pay the same fine for non-appearance, and also for deficiency of Arms or Ammunition, as in and by said Act is provided; saving and excepting, in said Act is excepted, any repealing Act, or any law, usage, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding; this Act to continue and be in force for the term of one year from the rising of this Assembly, and no longer.

An Act in further addition to an Act entitled An Act for forming and regulating the Militia, and for the encouragement of military skill, for the better defence of this Colony.

Be it enacted by the Governour, Council, and Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, That each and every Trooper, enlisted into and belonging to any Troop of Horse in this Colony, shall, within three months from the first day of November next, furnish and provide himself with a suitable Horse and furniture, a Carbine, and every other article of Fire-Arms and accoutrements which are, by law, already directed and prescribed for Troopers, and the same constantly hold and keep in readiness for service; and that every person who shall hereafter enlist and be received into any Troop of Horse, shall, within three months after such his enlistment, be completely furnished, provided, and equipped, in manner aforesaid.

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Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That every enlisted or to be enlisted Trooper, who shall neglect to furnish and provide himself in manner and within the time and times limited as aforesaid, shall be, by the Captain or chief officer of such Troop, discharged and dismissed from the same; and every person so discharged shall be liable and shall attend and perform military duty in the Company of Foot, within whose limits he shall belong, under the same regulations as the soldiers of said Company, by law are, unless such discharged Trooper is or shall be, by law, otherwise exempted.

Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Captain or chief officer of every Troop, where any such neglect shall happen, shall, within a short reasonable time after, certify such neglect, and the names of the persons so neglecting and discharged, to the Captain or chief officer of the Foot Company, within whose limits the same shall happen; and it shall be the duty of such Captain of such Foot Company to enroll and require such discharged Trooper to attend and do duty in his Company as aforesaid.

And it is further enacted, That if any Captain or chief officer, of any Company of Horse or Foot, shall neglect his duty as required by this Act, he shall pay a fine of ten Shillings, for each offence, to the Town Treasurer of the Town to which he belongs, for the use of said Town, to be recovered, by warrant, from the Colonel of the Regiment to which he belongs: provided, nevertheless, that if any such Trooper shall be deficient in any article required, which is not to be had or obtained in this Colony, it shall be in the power of the Colonel or chief officer of the Regiment, in such case only, to excuse him from the penalty of this Act until such articles can be procured.

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