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in any prosecution, or civil suit in which a white person is a party. * Free Ne-<in the margin: * 1794. c. 141.>groes together with slaves were formerly denied the benefit of clergy in cases where it was allowed to white persons ; but they are now upon an equal footing as to the allowance of clergy, though not as to the consequence of that allowance, inas-much as the court may superadd other corporal punishments to the burning in the hand usually inflicted upon white persons, in the like cafes. † Emancipated <in the margins: † 1794. c. 103.> Negroes may be sold to pay the debts of their former master contracted before their emancipation ; and they may be hired out to satisfy their taxes where no sufficient distress can be had. Their children are to be bound out apprentices by the overseers of the poor. Free Negroes have all the advantages in capital cases, which white men are entitled to, except a trial by a jury of their own complexion : and a slave suing for his freedom shall have the same privilege. Free Negroes residing, or employed to labour in any town must be registered ; the same thing is required of such as go at large in any county. The penalty in both cases in a fine upon the person employing, or harboring them, and imprisonment of the