An Act for better settling and regulating the Militia of this Colony of New-Jersey, for the repelling Invasions, and Suppressing Insurrections and Rebellions. Passed May 8, 1746. Section 3. Officers and Soldiers to behave well while under Arms; and, Section 23. Penalty on selling strong Liquor near the mustering Place
“3. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Officer shall beat or abuse any of the Soldiers whilst under Arms on any such Days of Training as aforesaid : But if any Soldier shall, during that Time, use any reproachful or abusive Language towards any of his superior Officers, or shall quarrel himself, or promote any Quarrel amongst his Fellow-Soldiers, or appear in Arms disguised in Liquor, it shall and may be lawful for the Captain or Commanding Officer to disarm such Soldier at the Head of his Company, and to set a Centinel over him during the Time of the Company’s being in Arms and no longer, or to fine him in Manner and Form aforesaid, as the said Captain or Commanding Officer in his Discretion shall think proper.”
“23. And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Innholder, or any other Person or Persons whatsoever, without Leave from the Captain or Commanding Officer for the Time being, shall presume to sell any strong Liquor to any of the Persons so listed, in such Days or Times that they are obliged to appear in Arms at the Place of Mustering or Training, or within a Mile thereof, until after they are dismissed for that Day ; and every Person or Persons so selling strong Liquor, contrary to the Directions of this Act shall forfeit the Sum of Three Pounds, to be recovered by any Person that will sue for the same, before any Justice of the Peace ; the one Half to such Person as will prosecute the same to Effect, the other Half to be applied for purchasing the Arms and Ammunitien aforesaid.”
The Selective Service System, Backgrounds of Selective Service: Military Obligation. The American Tradition a Compilation of the Enactments of Compulsion from the Earliest Settlements of the Original Thirteen Colonies in 1607 through the Articles of Confederation 1789, Ed. Arthur Vollmer, vol. 2 pt. 8 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1947), 25-26, 31.