. The last sentence is an insertion by JA
with a different pen, suggesting that it was an afterthought. It may refer either
to the exception for “the Property of private Persons,” in the statute, or to the
lack of a forfeiture provision in the section. Section 2 of the act, which is quoted
below, is ambiguous, but arguably was intended to provide a penalty for section 1.
See note 1541
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, 2017.