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. Presumably a reference to the Act of 15 Jan. 1743, c. 18, §1, 3 A&R
37, which appears at p. 33 of a volume supplementary to the Temporary Acts and Laws
(Boston, 1763), entitled The Acts Contained in this Book were ordered to be left out of the last Impression
of Temporary Laws and printed by themselves
(Boston, 1763). The section provided that all doubts or controversies concerning
which town was liable for a pauper's support, or whether a pauper's condition was
sufficiently “necessitous” to entitle him to relief, “shall be determined by the justices
of the court of general sessions of the peace, in the county to which such poor person
doth belong; and the said justices are hereby fully authorized and impowered fully
to determine the same, upon application to them made for that purpose.”
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.