Pierre, a man of color v. Gabrial Chouteau
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and is hereby required to give proper nourishment
and clothing to such child or children and shall
and may put such child or children to work.
when he she or they shall be able to do so and
shall and may retain him or her in their service
until every such child shall have attained the
age of twenty five years, at which time they and
each of them shall be entilled to demand his
or her discharge from and shall be discharged by
such master or mistress, from any further service.
And to the end that the age of such child or children
Birth of the Children
of salves to be recorded
may be more easily ascertained, the master or mistress
of the mother thereof shall and is hereby required
to cause the day of the birth of every such child as
shall be born of a negro or other mother subjected
to the condition of a slave in their service as aforesaid
to be registered within three months after its
birth by the clerk of the parishtownship or place
wherein such master or mistress reside, which clerk
shall be authorised to demand and receive the sum
of one shilling for registering the same. And in case
any master or mistress shall refuse or neglect to cause
penalty for neglecting
or refusing to record
the same such register to be made, within the time aforesaid
and shall be convicted thereof either on his or her
confession or by the oath of one or more credible wit
ness or witnesses, before any justice of the peace
he or she shall for every such offense forfeit and pay
the sum of five pounds to the public stock of the
District.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority afore
said that in case any master or mistress shall detain
any such child born in their service as aforesaid
after the passing of this act under any pretence what
ever after such servant shall have attained the
age of twenty five years except by virture of a

contract

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contract of service or indentures duly and volun
tarily excuted after such discharge as aforesaid
it shall and may be lawful for such servant
to apply for a discharge to any of his Majsety's justices
of the peace, who shall and is hereby required there
upon to issue a summon to such master or mistress
to appear before him to shew cause why such servant
should not be discharged and the proof that such
servant is under the age of twenty five years shall rest
upon and be adduced by the master or mistress of
such servant otherwise it shall and may be
lawful for the said justice to discharge such servant
from such service as aforesaid provided always
provision for the is
sue of children of
slaves.
That in case any issue shall be born of such children during their infantservitude or after, such issue shall
be entilled to all the rights and privilegs of free born
subjects

V And be it further enacted that whenever any
master or mistress shall liberate or release any
person subject to the condition of a slave from their
service, they shall at the same time give good and
sufficient security to the church or town wardens
of the parish or township where they live that the
security to be given
on liberating a slave
person so released by them shall not become
chareable to the same, or any other parish or
township

The foregoing is the manuscript
Copy referred to in the certificate
my Hand at this twenty seventh April 1846

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