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A Digest of the Acts of Assembly, and the Ordinances, of the Commissioners and Inhabitants of the Kensington District of the Northern Liberties: for the Government of that District Page 45-47, Image 48-50 (1832) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

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[Ordinances of Kensington, Northern Liberties, An Act for Securing the City of Philadelphia and the Neighborhood Thereof from Damage by Gunpowder (1774), § 2. No person shall keep in any house, store, shop, cellar or other place within the city of Philadelphia, nor the country adjacent, within two miles of the said city, any greater quantity of gunpowder, at one time, than thirty pounds weight thereof, under the penalty of forfeiture of the whole quantity so over and above stored or kept, together with the sum of twenty pounds for every such offense. . . § 5. All gunpowder brought by land into the said city, or the adjacent country, within two miles of the said city, if above thirty pounds weight at one time, shall be immediately carried to the said magazine, and delivered to the superintendent thereof, or his deputy, within the hours hereinafter prescribed for his attendance at the said magazine, under the same penalties as if brought by water, and not delivered, as in such case is herein directed, at the said magazines. . . § 12. Any justice of the peace within the limits of the said city, and the adjacent country within two miles of the said city, on demand made by such superintendent or keeps of the said magazine, showing a reasonable cause, on oath or affirmation, may issue his warrant under his hand and seal empowering such superintendent or keeper of the said magazine to search, in the day time, any house, store, shop, cellar or other place, or any boat, ship or other vessels, for any quantity of gunpowder forbidden by this act to be kept in any place or places, and for that purpose to break open, in the day time, and such house, store, shop, cellar or other places aforesaid, or any boat, ship or other vessel, if there be occasion; and the said superintendent or keeper of the said magazine, on finding such gunpowder, may seize and remove the same, in twelve hours, from any such place or places, boats, ships or vessels, to the said magazine, and therein detain the same, until it be determined in the proper court, whether it be forfeited or not by virtue of this act; and the said superintendent or keeper of the said magazine shall not in the mean time be sued for seizing, keeping and detaining the same, nor shall any writ of replevin issue therefor, until such determination as aforesaid be made, but all such suits are hereby declared to be illegal, erroneous and abated.]