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. The reference is to the Act of 16 Nov. 1692, c. 28, §9, 1 A&R
67–68, which appears at Acts and Laws, Of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
21 (Boston, 1759). The section, which is set out at length in No. 25, note 42
, provided that a person who had been in a town for three months without being warned
out, should be considered “the proper charge of the same in case through sickness,
lameness, or otherwise they come to stand in need of relief, to be born by such town,
unless the relations of such poor impotent person in the line or degree of father
or grandfather, mother or grandmother, children or grandchildren be of sufficient
ability; then such relations respectively shall relieve such poor person in such manner
as the justices of the peace in that county where such sufficient persons dwell shall
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.