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  • Text: It is moreover decreed: if a man have a spear over his shoulder, and any man stake himself upon it, that he pay the 'wer' without the 'wite.' if he stake himself before his face let him pay the 'wer.' If he be accused of wilfulness in the deed, let him clear himself according to the 'wite;' and with that let the 'wite' abate. And let this be if the point be three fingers higher than the hindmost part of the shaft; if they be both on a level, the point and hindmost part of the shaft, let that be without danger.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: English Law
    Year: 0890
  • Text: For the better furtherance and advancement of staple commodities, and more especially that of potashes and saltpeeter, it is thought fit that every master of a family within the several plantations of this colony shall use their best endeavors to preserve and keep in dry and tight houses or casks all those ashes that shall proceed and be made by the wool that is burned in clearing their grounds . . . And that every master of a family shall have a special care, after a notice thereof given, to preserve and keep all their urine which shall be made in their several plantations. . .
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Virginia
    Year: 1629
  • Text: ...That, from and after the publication hereof, any person within the town of Boston, that shall presume to keep, in his house or Warehouse, any powder, above what is by law allowed, shall forfeit and pay, for every half-barrel, the sum of five pounds . . . That any person or persons whosoever, that shall throw any squibs, serpents, or rockets, or perform any other fireworks within the streets, . . (shall be fined).
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1715
  • Text: ... That, from and after the publication of this Act, no gunpowder shall be kept on board any ship, or other vessel, lying to or grounded at any wharf within the port of Boston. And if any gunpowder shall be found on board such ship or vessel lying aground, as aforesaid, such powder shall be liable to confiscation, and under the same penalty, as if it were found lying in any house or warehouse. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that no powder be carried through any town upon trucks, under the penalty of ten shillings per barrel for every barrel of powder so conveyed, and so proportionally for smaller cask.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1719
  • Text: No person whatever within the precincts of the city of Philadelphia aforesaid, nor within Two Miles thereof, shall, from and after the Time the Powder Store aforesaid is so erected and finished presume to keep in any House, Shop, Cellar, Store, or Place of the said City, nor within Two Miles thereof, other than the Powder Store aforesaid, any more or greater Quantity, at any one Time, than Twelve Pounds of Gun-powder, under the Penalty of Ten Pounds for every such Offence.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
    Year: 1725
  • Text: And be it further Enacted by the Authority Aforesaid, That every person who shall import gunpowder into the town of Newport aforesaid shall cause the same to be conveyed immediately to the powder house at the North Easterly part of town, before the vessel in which the said Powder shall be imported, be brought to any Wharf; upon the penalty of paying into the Town-Treasury of the said Town of Newport, a Fine of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every cask which shall not be conveyed to the Powder House as aforesaid. That every other person who shall have Gun-powder in his or her Possession and shall neglect or refuse to cause the whole of the same to be conveyed to the said Powder-House immediately excepting 25lb. which shall be kept in a Tin Powder-Flask, shall pay as a fine into the Town Treasury aforesaid, the Sum of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every Cask he or she shall neglect or refuse to cause to be conveyed to the Powder-House as aforesaid, and in Proportion for any less Quantity. That no Vessel of War or other Vessel shall take on board any Powder before they go from the Wharf, upon the Penalty of paying a Fine of Ten Shillings Lawful Money, for every Cask so taken on board. And that the Keeper of the Powder-House be allowed the same Fees as heretofore hath been allowed by Law, for delivering out every Hundred Weight of Powder, and in Proportion for a greater of less quantity.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
    Year: 1762
  • Text: A Law for the Better Securing of the City of New York from the Danger of Gun Powder. Be it therefore ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the City of New York, convened in Common Council, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, the from and after the publication hereof, no person or persons whatsoever inhabiting within the said city, within two miles of the city-hall of the said city, shall presume to keep in any house, shop, cellar, store-house, or other place within the said city (his majesty’s garrison and magazine only excepted) any more or greater quantity of gunpowder at one time, than twenty-eight pounds weight (except in the magazines or powder house aforesaid) under the penalty of ten pounds current money of New York, for every offense.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: New York
    Year: 1763
  • Text: “That all cannon, swivels, mortars, howitzers, cohorns, fire arms, bombs, grenades, and iron shells of any kind, that shall be found in any dwelling-house, out-house, stable, barn, store, ware-house, shop, or other building, charged with, or having in them any gun-powder, shall be liable to be seized by either of the Firewards of the said Town: And upon complaint made by the said Firewards to the Court of Common Pleas, of such cannon, swivels, mortar, or howitzers, being so found, the Court shall proceed to try the merits of such complaint by a jury; and if the jury shall find such complaint supported, such cannon, swivel, mortar, or howitzer, shall be adjudged forfeit, and be sold at public auction.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1783
  • Text: The depositing of loaded arms in the houses of the town of Boston is dangerous...That if any person shall take into any dwelling-house, stable, barn, out-house, ware-house, store, shop or other building, within the Town of Boston, any cannon, swivel, mortar, howitzer, or cohorn, or fire-arm, loaded with, or having gun powder in the same, or shall receive into any dwelling-house, stable, barn, outhouse, store, warehouse, shop, or other building, within the said town, any bomb, grenade, or other iron shell, charged with, or having gun-powder in the same, such person shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten pounds...
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1783
  • Text: An Act in Addition to the Several Acts Already Made for the Prudent Storage of Gun Powder within the Town of Boston. Whereas the depositing of loaded arms in the houses of the town of Boston, is dangerous to the lives of those who are disposed to exert themselves when a fire happens to break out in said town. § 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled and by the authority of the same, That if any person shall take into any dwelling house, stable, barn, out house, ware house, store, shop or other building within the town of Boston, any cannon, swivel, mortar, howitzer, cohorn, or fire arm, loaded with or having gunpowder in the same, or shall receive into any dwelling house, stable, barn, out house, store, ware house, shop, or other building within said town, any bomb, grenade, or other iron shell, charged with, or having gun powder in the same, such person shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten pounds, to be recovered at the suit of the firewards [duties of Firewards transferred to Engineers,] of the said towns, in an action of debt before any court proper to try the same; one moiety thereof, to the use of said Firewards, and the other moiety to the support of the poor of said town of Boston. § 2. Be it further enacted, That all cannons, swivels, mortars, howitzers, cohorns, fire arms, bombs, grenades, and iron shells of any kind, that shall be found in any dwelling house, out house, stable, barn, store, warehouse, shop or other building, charged with or having in them any gunpowder, shall be liable to be seized by either of the Firewards of said town; and upon complaint made by the said Firewards to the Court of Common Pleas, of such cannon, swivels, mortars, or howitzers, being so found, the Court shall proceed to try the merits of such complaint by a jury; and if the jury shall find such complaint supported, such cannon, swivel, mortar or howitzer, shall be adjudged forfeit, and sold at public auction; one half of the proceeds thereof shall be disposed of to the Firewards, and the other half to the use of the poor of the town of Boston. And when any fire arms, or any bomb, grenade, or other shell, shall be found in any house, out house, barn, stable, store, ware house, shop or other building, so charged, or having gun powder in the same, the same shall be liable to be seized in manner aforesaid; and on complaint thereof, made and supported before a Justice of the Peace, shall be sold and disposed of, as is above provided for cannon.
    Subject: Storage
    Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
    Year: 1783
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