. A reference to Bodfish et al. v. Selectmen of Barnstable, SCJ Rec.
1747–1750, fol. 3 (Barnstable, July 1747), an appeal from an order of the Court of
General Sessions of the Peace for Barnstable County in June 1747, directing the appellants
to pay to the selectmen £2 17s. 6d., which the latter had advanced to one Thomas Haddeway,
an indigent person. The appeal was dismissed with costs of £3 2s. 6d, to the selectmen.
The proceeding was probably one against the relatives of the indigent, who were liable
for his support under the provision next cited by Otis (
below). That Act was apparently construed as giving the justices sitting in sessions
jurisdiction in such matters without regard to their powers under the Act of 1743,
above. See Tomlin's Petition (1735), Records of the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the County of Worcester,
1737 133 (Worcester, Mass., ed. F. P. Rice, 1882); Petition of Southboro (1737),
at 177. Any doubt that this procedure was correct was removed by Act of 12 June 1764,
c. 2, 4 A&R