An Act for the better Regulation of the Forces upon the Frontiers of the Colony of New- Jersey in the County of Sussex, for the Protection and Defence of the Persons and Estates of the Inhabitants there, and the Places adjacent.

1756, 3 Bush 425, 433-434.

[§18] AND BE IT ENACTED by the Authority aforesaid, that it shall not be lawful for the said Colonel and Commander, or any of his subaltern Officers, or others, to enlist any young Men under the Age of Twenty one Years, or any Slaves who are so for Term of Life, bought Servants or Apprentices, without the express leave in Writing, of their Parents or Guardian, Masters or Mistresses, first had and obtained; and if any of the said Officers or others, shall enlist any such young Men, Slaves, bought Servants or Apprentices as aforesaid, and upon Application and due Proof made thereof, before any one Justice of the Peace in this Colony, shall refuse to discharge him or them so unlawfully enlisted; then the said Justice of the Peace is hereby impowered and required, to issue his Warrant to any Constable, commanding him to take the Body of such young Man, Slave, Servant, or Apprentice, and deliver him to his Parent or Guardian, Master or Mistress; and if the Officer or other Person with whom such Person is enlisted, shall notwithstanding secret, detain, or carry away such Person; then such Officer or other Person so offending, shall forfeit and pay for every such young Man under the Age of Twenty one Years, Servant or Apprentice so enlisted contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Act, the sum of Twenty Pounds, and for every Slave so enlisted, the Sum of one Hundred Pounds, to be recovered in any Court of Record where the same is Cognizable in this Colony, with full Costs of Suit; and to be paid so much thereof to the Person complaining, as his or her Damages, by the said Court shall be adjudged, and the Residue thereof to either of the Treasurers of this Colony, to be applied as by Act of General Assembly shall be hereafter directed.

And in Case the Body of such Officer, or other Person offending cannot be taken, then it shall and may be lawful for any Person aggrieved, to proceed against him by attachment, against the Offenders Goods and Chattles, Lands and Tenements in manner and form as is directed by an Act, entitled, "An Act for the better enabling of Creditors to recover their just Debts from Persons who abscond themselves." Saving that the Person complaining shall not be obliged to make the Affidavit therein directed, and the Forfeitures recovered shall be paid as aforesaid.