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The Rules
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For the Ordering of Society
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Trade and Indians
Of Masters and Servants
Other Matters
The Punishments

Of Masters and Servants Page 1 2
Indentured servant eating

Running Away
Servants may not, under any circumstances, run away from their masters.

Punished by whipping, and at the Governor's discretion, may have had the term of indenture extended to compensate for lost time and any damages incurred by masters.

Threats to Masters
Servants may not threaten their masters or steal from their masters, or resist the authority of their masters.

Punished by whipping.

Abuse of Servants
Masters may not abuse, make hard usage or show cruelty in correcting their servants.

Punished by levying a fine and public reprimand.

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