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An Act for Preventing Tumults and Riotous Assemblies - 1

Anno Quarto

An ACT for preventing Tumults and riotous Assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the Rioters.

WHEREAS of late several dangerous Riots and Tumults have been, in divers Parts of this Province, to the Disturbance of the public Peace, and the great Terror of His Majesty's Subjects; and the same are yet continued and fomented by many turbulent and evil-minded Persons: Therefore for the preventing and suppressing of such Riots and Tumults, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the Offenders therein, BE IT ENACTED by the Honourable JOHN PENN, Esq Lieutenant-Governor under the Honourable THOMAS PENN, and RICHARD PENN, Esquires, true and absolute Proprietaries of the Province of Pennsylvania, and of the Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex, upon Delaware, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Representatives of the Freemen of the said Province, in General Assembly met, and by the Authority of the same, That if any Persons, to the Number of Twelve, or more, being unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled together, to the Disturbance of the public Peace, at any Time after the Publication of this Act, and being required or commanded by any one or more Justice or Justices of the Peace, or by the Sheriff of the County, or his Under-Sheriff, or by the Mayor, Bailiff or Bailiffs, or other Head Officer, or Justice of the Peace, of any City or Town Corporate, where such Assembly shall be, by Proclamation to be made in the King's Name, in the Form herein after directed, to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their Habitations, or to their lawful Business, shall, to the Number of Twelve, or more (not

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