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"Man Servants getting any bastard child to make satisfaction to the parish after their service ended" (1662)

In this law, "Man Servants getting any bastard child to make satisfaction to the parish after their service ended," passed in its December 1662 session, the General Assembly addressed the problem of male indentured servants having children while under contract.

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— page 168 —

WHEREAS by the present law of this country the punishment of a reputed father of a bastard child is the keeping the child and saving the parish harmlesse, and if it should happen the reputed father to be a servant who can noe way accomplish the penalty of that act, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid that where any bastard child is gotten by a servant the parish shall take care to keepe the child during the time of the reputed fathers service by indenture or custome, and that after he is free the said reputed father shall make satisfaction to the parish.