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Persons within V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, cdCdiscoverilt" That every person who shall, within the time above limited ing/to have *~or ^at purpose? voluntarily come to the court of directors of moiety of the the said united company, and make a true discovery in writing foifeitures. of the interest share, part, proportion or concern of any of his Majesty's subjects in the capital, principal or stock of any such foreign company, society or corporation as aforesaid, then every such person, making such discovery, (hall have and receive, out of the forfeitures arising or to arise upon or by virtue of this act, by from and out of the estate or estates of such person and persons so interested or concerned in any such foreign company, society or corporation as aforesaid, one moiety or halfpart of the clear amount of such forfeitures -y and the court, in which the prosecution against such offender or offenders (halt be commenced, shall have full power and authority, and are hereby directed to award to the person making such discovery, such reward as aforesaid. Subjects (ex- yi. Ariel it is hereby further enacted by the authority aforeaut^orized^ ^a'lcl, That if any person or persons, subject or subjects to his e-oing to the Majetty, his heirs or successors (other than such as are lawfully Halt-Indies, authorized thereunto) shall at any time or times from and after guilty of amis- the four and twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord demeanor* one thovisand seven hundred and twenty four, go, sail, or repair to, or be, or be found in or at the East-Indies^ or any the places aforesaid, every person and persons so offending are, and are hereby declared to be guilty of a high crime and misdemeanor, and shall and may be prosecuted for the same in any of his Majesty's courts of record at Westminster, wherein no essoin, wager of law or protection stiall be allowed, nor any more than one imparlance; and such person and persons so ofr Penalty. fending, being convicted thereof, shall be liable to such corporal punishment or imprisonment, or to such fine, as the court where such prosecution (hall be commenced shall think fit; one moiety of such fine to be to the use of his Majesty, his heirs and successors, and the other moiety thereof to him or them that shall inform and sue for the fame. Offenders may yu. And it Is hereby further enacted by the authority abe ieized, forefaid, That all and every person and persons so offending, shall and may be seized and brought to England^ and it shall and may be lawful to and for any one or more of his Majesty's justices of the peace, and they are hereby authorized and reand commit- quired to commit all and every such person and persons to the ted till iecuri- next county gaol, there to remain until sufficient security be ty, &c. given by natural-born subjects or denizens, to appear in the

court where such suit or prosecution shall be commenced or depending, to answer the same, and not to go or depart out of court, "or out of this kingdom, without the leave of the said court.

VIIL And to the intent that this act, and the laws heretofore made for encouraging, fettling and securing, or for better securing the lawful trade of his Majesty's subjects to and from

the the East-Indies and parts aforesaid, may more effectually be put in execution; be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a capias in the first: process shall and may issue upon A capias in the any bill, plaint, indictment or information, commenced, found, nrst process tiled or prosecuted, for, upon or by reason of any the offences 5^ ^j "J for mentioned in this act, or in any other act or acts made for the anv Qfthese encouraging, settling, securing, or better securing the lawful offences, trade of his Majesty's subjects 10 and from the East-Indies and parts aforesaid, or for preventing all or any unlawful trade thereto or therefrom \ which capias shall specify the sum of the penalty sued for; and such offender and offenders shall be Offenders to obliged to give sufficient bail or security by natural-born sub- f^m^\0^ jects or denizens, to the person or persons to whom such capias subjects, shall be directed, so appear in the court, out of which such capias shall issue at the day or return of such writ, to answer such suit or prosecution; and shall likewise, at the time of such appearing, give sufficient bail or security by such persons as aforefaid, in the said court, to answer and pay all the forfeitures and penalties incurred for such offence and offences, in cafe he, she or they shall be convicted thereof, or to yield his, her or their body or bodies to prison.

IX. And it is hereby further enacted by the authority afore- offences asaid, That all and every the offence and offences committed gainst this act, or done against this act, or against one act made in the ninth an^ otker year of the reign of his late majesty King TVtlliam^ intituled, An enumerated act for raising a sum-y not exceeding two trillions> upon a fund for may belaid ia payment of annuities after the rate of eight pounds per centum, per London or annum, and for settling the trade to the East-Indies, or against Middlesex, one other act made in the fifth year of the reign of his present 9 & 10 w* 3Majesty, intituled, An aft for the better securing the lawful frtf^ ^Geo.i.c.ii. of his Majesty s sub j eels to and from the East-Indies; and for the

more effectual preventing all his Majesty s subjects trading thither under' foreign commissions, or against one other act made in the 7Geo.i, stat.i. seventh year of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled, An c. 21. act for the further preventing his Majesty's subjects from trading to the East-Indies under foreign commissions; and for encouraging aud further securing the lawful trade thereto; and for further regulating the pilots of Dover, Deal and the ife of Thanet, shall and rnay, from and after the fourteenth day of June in the year of pur Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, be laid or alledged to be in the city of London or county of Middlesex, at the pleasure of the informer or prosecutor.

X. And it is hereby further enacted by the authority afore- This act, and said, That this act, and also the said acts made in the fifth and sGeo. i/c, zi. seventh years of his said present Majesty's reign, in all and and 7 Geo. 1. every the clauses, articles and parts thereof, (hall be and be stuMck"acV deemed, construed and adjudged to be publick acts, to all in- pU 10 a &* tents and purposes whatsoever: and furthermore, that the said Act's Geo. T. act made in the fifth year of his said Majesty's reign, (hall stand, co"tinued for continue and be in full force and virtue for seven years, to be ^en >*ears> computed from the five and twentieth day of March one thousand

Farther con- sand seven hundred and twenty three, and from thence to the

Geo! a. c°47. en.d of the !hen next lesslon of Parliament> and no longer; any 'thing therein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.

panyfirTin- .XL And. n is hereby further enacted by the authority aforeform, the part &id, That in cafe the said united company shall first inform, of the for- sue or prosecute for any of the offences committed contrary to feitures shall all or ariy tne jaws or statutes made for encouraging, fettling them. UP°n or securinS !° the said company the lawful trade to^and from the East-Indies, or for preventing any unlawful trade thereto or therefrom, that then the part, share and proportion of the penalties and forfeitures otherwise given or appointed, in and by any of the said acts, to any other person or persons that should sue or inform for the same, shall devolve upon, and be to the use of the said united company, although sucii information, suit or prosecution be commenced by the said company after the time limited by law for the suit, prosecution or information of the common informer is elapsed. Ifsuitbecom- XII. Provided always, That if any suit or prosecution (hall fbrmefa°asthe ^e commenced upon or by virtue of any the aforesaid former offenders not ac^ or a&s> tnen and in such cafe the offender or offenders to be sued on shall not be sued or prosecuted upon this act, or any branch thisact,except or article thereof, except such suit or prosecution be by bill or plaint °*C°m" ^S °^ complamt in tne kid courts of chancery or exchequer.

CAP. XXVII.

An a 51 for preventing journeymen shoemakers selling, exchanging or pawning boots, shoes, flippers, cut leather or other materials for making boots, shoes or flippers, and for better regulating the said journeymen.

WHEREAS great frauds and abuses are frequently practised by journeymen shoemakers, and others employed as such in the art or mystery of cordzuainers, and their accomplices, in purloining, imbezilling, felling, pazvning or exchanging for worse, the good leather, and other materials delivered to or entrusted with them, for making boots, shoes, flippers and other wares; and it is necessary to make further provision for discovering and punijhing such offences, and for better regulating the said journeymen: may it therefore please your most excellent Majesty, that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That if any journeyman shoemaker or other person hired or employed as such, within the bills of mortality, shall, after the twenty-fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty-three, be accused bv the master so hiring or employing such journeyman or other person aforesaid, of having, after the said twenty-fourth day of June one thousand seven huncjred and twenty-three, fraudulently purloined, embezilled, sold, pawned or exchange

ed3 ed, any boots, shoes, slippers, cut leather, lace, silk, Jasts or On due proof other materials for making boots, (hoes, slippers or other wares, °f journeynot being the proper goods of the person so accused, it (hall j^gVoots", &c" and may be lawful to and for any one or more of his Majesty's a justice may* justices of the peace for the county, city, town or place where convict: him. such offence mall be committed, or where the party so accused shall reside or inhabit, and such justice or justices is and are hereby respectively authorized and required, upon complaint or information upon oath of such offence (which oath or oaths such justice or justices is and are hereby impowered to administer) to summon the party or parties complained of, or to issue his or their warrant or warrants, to apprehend and bring before him or them the person or persons so accused, complained of or suspected, and upon his or their appearance, or default to appear, to proceed to examine the matter of fact with which they are charged, and upon due proof thereof made, either by confession of the party or parties so accused, or upon the oath or oaths of one or more credible person or persons, to determine the fame, and to convict the offender or offenders, and upon such conviction immediately to award to the party oralK}mayaparties injured, reasonable recompence and satisfaction for the ward latissacdamage, loss and charges by them sustained, and upon the tion for daneglecting or refusing immediately to pay the same, to levy the TMaSe fatt*11*same by warrant or warrants, under the hand and seal, or' hands and seals of such justice or justices, upon the goods and chattels of the offender or offenders, rendring the overplus to the owner or owners thereof, and for want of sufficient distress, which may be to cause the offender or offenders to be whipt in the parish or J.^^d by place where the offence shall be committed; and in case of conviction for any second or other such offence, to commit the offender or offenders to the house of correction, there to remain and to be kept to hard labour, for any time not exceeding one month, nor less than fourteen days, as to such justice or justices shall seem meet and reasonable.

Is. And for the more effectual deterring and punishing accomplices and confederates in the said frauds and abuses, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all and every person and persons who (hall, from and after the said twenty fourth day ox June one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, buy or receive, or take in pawn, of or from any journeyman moemaker, or other person hired or employed as such, in manner as aforesaid, or from any other person whatsoever, any boots, slioes, slippers, cut leather, lace, silk, Jasts or other materials for makings boots, slioes, slippers or other wares, not being the proper goods of the person or persons selling or pawning, or offering to sell or pawn the same, shall for every such offence (being lawfully convicted thereof, in manner as aforesaid) make such reasonable recompence within two days after the matter of Confederates fact (hall be determined, as upon hearing of the fame shall be liable to the awarded, in manner as aforesaid, or else be subject to such di- same punistw stress, and for want of sufficient distress, to be liable to the like ment*

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punishment as is hereby inflicted, or intended to be inflicted on such journeyman, journeymen or other person or persons, so purloining, imbezilling, selling, pawning or exchanging such goods or materials as aforesaid.

III. And for the more effectual discovering where any such leather or other materials as aforesaid, which from and after the said twenty fourth day of June one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, shall be fraudulently sold, exchanged

Justices may or pawned; be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it issue warrants, shall and may be lawful for any two or more of his Majesty's for leathe^0*1 ju^ces °^ the P^c^ dwelling within the limits aforesaid, upon &c. purloined. any complamt or information upon oath, to issue their warrant 'or warrants for searching in the day-time, the house, warehouse or other place of such person or persons, as such justices shall have just cause to suspect to have received, bought or taken tQ pawn, any such goods so fraudulently embezilled or purloined as aforesaid, and for that purpose, upon refusal, to break open any such house, warehouse or other place, if there shall be occasion; and that every person who shall oppose and hinder iuch search, shall, for every such offence, forfeit the sum of ten pounds, to aqy person or persons who shall inform, and sue for the same, within two kalendar months after the offence committed, in #ny of his Majesty's courts of record at Westminster^ by action of debt, bill, plaint or information, wherein no essoin, privilege, protection, order of restraint, wager of law, or more than one imparlance (hall be granted or allowed; and if it shall appear by the oath ©f one or more credible witness or witnesses, or upon search of such house, warehouse or other place it shall be found such person or persons hath or have in his, her or their custody or possession any such goods so fraudulently sold, And may exchanged or pawned as aforesaid, such justices shall cause the cauie pawned same to be restored to the owner or owners, -proprietor or progoods to be re- prietors thereof, and oblige the party or parties so offending, to itoredtoown- mzkQ recompence and satisfaction to such owner, for the loss ers* and damage in detaining such goods, and charges in getting the

fame, and upon refusal of the party or parties so to do, to be subject to the like punishment as shall be inflicted, or hereby provided to be inflicted, on such journeyman or agent, or other person so fraudulently embezilling, purloining, selling, exchanging or pawning any such goods as aforesaid.

IV, And for the better regulating the said journeymen shoePersons re- makers, be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That rained by a ajj ancj every person anc] persons who shall at anytime hereafter beforT^he' be retained or employed in the making up of any boots, shoes work deliver- and flippers, or other wares, for any one master, and shall need by aformer glect the performance thereof, by suffering himself to be reis done, shall tajned 0r employed by any other master, or other person whathouseo/cor soever, before he or they shall have completed the same, and section. "finished the said work first delivered to him or them, then in

every such case, every person so offendipg, being thereof law

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