Arguments on the Breckinridge Sunday Bill
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SUNDAY LAW.
The Colony of Maryland had a Sunday law, enacted in 1723. When the Colony became the State of Maryland the same laws continued. Then when that portion of Maryland was set off which became the property of the United States under the title of the District of Columbia, and subject to the jurisdiction of Congress, the following statute was enacted by Congress:— ABSB 69.1
SEC. 92. The laws of the State of Maryland not inconsistent with this title, as the same existed on the twenty-seventh day of February, eighteen hundred and one, except as since modified or repealed by Congress or by authority thereof, or until so modified or repealed, continue in force within the District.—Revised Statutes District of Columbia, p. 9. ABSB 69.2
The law of Maryland (October, 1723) relative to Sunday was then as follows:— ABSB 69.3