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1775 Conn. Acts 413, An Act for Supplying the Troops Ordered to be Raised for the Special Defense and Safety of this Colony, with Necessary Fire Arms.

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. . . And if it shall so happen, that a sufficient supply of Arms cannot be procured in the several Methods before directed, then sufficient Arms to make good the Deficiency, shall be impressed, completely to arm and equip said Inhabitants that shall so enlist as aforesaid; the said impress to be limited only to the Arms belonging to House-holders and other persons not on the militia roll; And that every Person from whom any Gun shall be impressed as aforesaid, shall be paid for the Use of such Gun the Sum of Four Shillings, and in Case of Loss, shall be paid the just Values of said Gun, deducing the sum of Four Shillings, aforesaid.