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"An act for keeping holy the 13th of September" (1663)

In "An act for keeping holy the 13th of September," the General Assembly declares an annual holiday after a foiled attempt by servants in Gloucester County to rebel.

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WHEREAS it is evident that certaine mutinous villaines had entered into such a desperate conspiracy as had brought an enevitable ruyne to the country had not God in his infinite mercy prevented it, this grand assembly to testify their thanks to Almighty God for soe miraculous a preservation have enacted that the thirteenth of September, the day this villanous plot should have been putt into execution, be annually kept holy to keep the same in a perpetuall comemoration.