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"Masters of Ships to provide fower months provisions" (1662)

In this law, "Masters of Ships to provide fower months provisions," passed in its March 1662 (New Style) session, the General Assembly addressed the problem of indentured servants not being treated properly during their passage from England to Virginia.

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BEE it enacted that all masters of ships shalbe obleidged hereby to provide fower months allowance of victuals for passengers at their setting forth from the Downes or other parts of England, and to give the passengers suffitient allowance of dyett all the voyage, and masters of ships respectively to take care that poore servants doe not want cloaths and bedding in the voyage, in which perticulars aforesaid if any shall offend, they shalbe lyable to greiveous censure here according to the meritt of the offence.