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seventeen shillings and ten pence1halfpenny, and two millions^ fall be actually reduced to four pounds per centum per annum, and be likewise from thenteforth redeemable by parliament: now we your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, being desirous to have the publick debts and i-ncumbranees lessened and discharged as fast as conveniently may be, with regard to justice and the publick faith, do humbly beseech your Majesty, that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King's most excellent ir.rjeity, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority os the same, That from and after the feast of the na- After 24 June tivity of Saint John Baptist which shall be in the year of our F727,annuities Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven, the said so tne bank of respective annuities aforesaid shall cease and determine; and the Jo'|5 Va^and said governor and company of the bank of England, and their 10o,oool.'tobe successors (subject nevertheless to the proviso and power of re- reduced to demption hereafter in this act contained in that behalf, and none 7,»°°1^ 2 S" other) shall have, receive and enjoy, in lieu of the respective an- I^iq]^ nuities aforesaid, one annuity or yearly sum of seventy one thou-' sand and one pounds two shillings and three pence three farthings, in respect of the said principal sum of one million seven hundred seventy five thousand and twenty seven pounds seventeen shillings and ten pence halfpenny, and one other annuity' or yearly sum of eighty thousand pounds, in respect of the said principal sum of two millions; which said several and respective annual or yearly sums of seventy one thousand and one pounds two (hillings and three pence three farthings, and eighty thousand pounds, faall be and are hereby charged upon and shaU be paid and payable, from time to time, out of all the monies arisen, or to arise, at the said receipt of the exchequer, of or for the said particular duties on houses aforesaid, and of and for the duties and revenues called the aggregate fund, and every or any of them; and shall be paid and payable to the said governor and company of the bank of England, and their successors for ever, from the said feast of the nativity of Saint John Baptist out thousand seven hundred and twenty seven, at the four most usual feasts or days of payment in the year, by even and equal portions; all which payments shall also be made in such manner and form, and on such conditions, and with such preference, as are in the said act prescribed and directed, in relation to the said several annuities of eighty eight thousand seven hundred fifty one pounds seven (hillings and ten pence halfpenny, and one hundred thousand pounds per annum respectively,

II. Provided always, and it is hereby enacted, That upon re- on repayment payment by parliament to the said governor and company of the annuities to, bank of England, and their successors, of the said several and cease, respective principal sums of one million, seven hundred seventy ^q*tm* c five thousand twenty seven pounds seventeen shillings and ten 2 eo. i.c, ^ pence halfpenny, and two millions, without any deduction,, discount or abatement whatsoever to be made out of the same,

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or any part thereof, and of all arrears of the said respective annuities of seventy one thousand and one pounds two shillings and three pence three farthings, and eighty thousand pounds per tinman, (if any such shall be then due) then, and not till then, the said several and respective annuities of seventy one thousand and one pounds two shillings and three pence three farthings and eighty thousand pounds, or either of them which shall be so redeemed, shall from thenceforth cease and determine; any former act or acts of parliament, or any provisoes, matters or things therein contained, or any other matter or thing whatsoever to the contrary notwithstanding. As any part of Jjl J//d

in regard it is intended that the said annuities may be sumsPareCpa!d fatnfic^ h any payments, not being lefe than five hundred thousand off, a yropor-pounds of lawful money of Great Britain at a time, and that as the tional part of said principal money shall be paid off, the said debt and annuities shall + oTM.„<-,*c proport'lonaiiy jinj, QUC[ fre abated; be it therefore provided and enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if at any time or times payment be made of any sum or sums of money, (not being less than five hundred thousand pounds at a time,) in part for the respective principal sums, for which the said annuities (hall be payable as aforesaid, and also if payment be made of all arrearages then due to them, of the fame annuities, or so much of those arrearages, as shall bear a proportion to the principal monies from time to time remaining unsatisfied, being computed till the time of every such payment of part of the principal respectively, then from and after every such payment so made, so much of the said annuities, as shall bear proportion the monies so paid in part of the said principal, shall cease, determine and be abated; any thing in this, or in any former act or acts of parliament to the contrary notwithstanding.

IV. And it is hereby enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said annuities, or sums of seventy one thousand and one pounds two shillings and three pence three farthings, and eighty thousand pounds, and either of them, shall be deemed and adjudged to be personal estates, and the fame, and the stock and stocks, which the said governor and company of the bank: of England, now have, or are entitled unto, as also all such stock or stocks, which the said governor and company shall or may be entitled unto by virtue of this act, and also the principal sums and annuities payable to the said governor and company, for or in respect of any such stock or stocks, are and shall by virtue of this act be clear and free, and freed and discharged of and from all taxes, charges and publick impositions whatsoever, charged or to be charged thereupon, and shall not be liable to any foreign attachments; any law, custom or usage to the contrary notwithstanding.

V. - And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid. That the said former acts above recited or mentioned, and alt' the powers, authorities, privileges and advantages, rules,- directions, pains, penalties and forfeitures, clauses, matters and things therein contained, being now in force (such alterations as

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These annuities personal estates.

Powers of former acts contkjued, &c.

are therein made by this act only excepted) shall continue and be used, exercised, inflicted, applied and put in practice and execution, as fully as if the said powers, authorities, privileges and advantages, rules, directions, pains, penalties and forfeitures, clauses, matters and things, were again repeated and reenacted in the body of this present act; and that the said governor and company of the bank of England, and their successors* shall continue to be a corporation, and shall enjoy the several annuities or sums of seventy one thousand and one pounds two shillings and three pence three farthings, and eighty thousand pounds, till they respectively shall be redeemed as aforesaid; and shall enjoy all such capacities, powers, privileges and advantages* to the said governor and company of the bank of England, as a corporation belonging, until the said annuities or yearly sums shall be redeemed (according to the proviso in this act contained concerning the fame) freed and discharged of and from all for*mer and other provisoes and powers of redemption whatsoever^ for redeeming the said duties or revenues called the aggregate fund, or the said duties on houses, or any of them; any former act or statute, or any clause, matter or thing in this act contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

VI, And whereas of late divers frauds and deceits have been put upon the said governor and company of the bank of England, and ^nk^Hs^or other persons, by the altering, forging and counterfeiting of the bank- notes~ felony* billsi and bank-notes of the [aid governor and company, and by the erasing and altering the said bills and notes, and the endorsements thereupon, and by the tendring in payment, uttering, vending, exchanging and bartering, of such altered, forged, counterfeited and erased bills and notes, and the endorjements thereupon, to the prejudice of publick credit, and to the great hurt and diminution of trade and commerce-, for redressing whereof for the future, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall alter, forge or counterfeit any bank-bill or bank-note, made or given out for the payment of any sum of money, by or for the said governor and company, or any bank-note of any sort whatsoever, or (hall erase or alter any such bill or note, or any endorsement thereupon, or (hall tender in payment, utter, vend* exchange or barter, any such altered, forged or counterfeited bill or note, or any erased or altered bill or note, or the endorsement thereupon, or demand to have the same exchanged for ready money by the said governor and company, or their successors, or any other person or persons (knowing such bill or note, or the endorsement thereupon, so tendred or demanded to be exchanged, vended or bartered, to be altered, forged, counterfeited or erased) and with intention to defraud the said governor and company, or their successors, or any other person os persons, body pojitick or corporate; then every such person or persons lo offending, (being thereof lawfully convicted) (hall be* and is hereby declared and adjudged a felon, and shall suffer as in cases of felony.

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CAP. X.

An aft to enable the justices of the peace for the east-riding of the county of York, to take down the county bridge, called Stanford Bridge, and to build a stone bridge at a more convenient place over the river Dar-> went in the said riding instead thereof.

Justices of the east-riding Com. Ebor. may take down Stanford bridge,and build a new bridge at a more convenient place, to be the county bridge. Justices may tax the inhabitants thereto. Justices may fell she materials of the old bridge. May purchase ground for making a new road to the new bridge. Taxes not to exceed ^d. per pound.

CAP. XL

An act for repairing the roads therein mentioned, from the parish of Enfield in the county of Middlesex, to the town of Hertford, and to the great bridge in Ware in the county of Hertford.

The tolls granted by this act, took place from the third of May 1725. and to continue for zi years. Continued and enlarged 6 Geo. 1. c. 15.

CAP. XII.

Ah ciol for incorporating the executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Guy, late of the city of London, efq> deceased, and others, in order to the better management and disposition of the charities given by his said last will.

WHEREAS Thomas Guy, late of the city of London, esquire, deceased, having in his life-time, at his own costs and charges, last will of erefted in the parish of St. Thomas in Southwark, one new large buildThomas Guy, consisting of two squares, with several other proper edifices thereunto equne. adjoining or belonging, did on the twenty seventh day of December in

the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty four, depart this life, having duly made and executed his last will and testament, hearing date the fourth day of September before the said day of his decease, and in and by his said last will and testament, did give, devise and bequeath, all the rest and residue of his estate whatsoever and wheresoever, both real and personal, after the payment of his debts, legacies and funeral charges therein mentioned, and subjefl to the payment of several annuities and yearly sums therein bequeathed (which said residuary part of the said testator's estate, is computed by the executors of his said will, to be of the value of two hundred thousand pounds and upwards) unto Sir Gregory Page^ baronet % Charles Joye and William Clayton, esquires, Mr. Thomas Hollis, senior, John Kenrick and John Lade, esquires, Dr, Richard Mead, Moses Raper, esquire, and Mr, John Sprint, governors of the present hospital of St. Thomas, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns respectively, upon the trust, and for such uses, intents and purposes, as are therein direfisd and appointed, and did thereby likewise ordain, constitute and appoint the said Sir Gregory Page, baronet, Charles Joye and William Clayton, esquires, Mr, Thomas Hollis, senior, John Kenrick and John Lade, esquires, Dr. Richard Mead, Moses Raper, esquire, and Mr. John Sprint, executors of his said last will, on trust as aforesaid, and did thereby declare his mind and will to be, That until such incorporation by letters patent, or aft of parliament, as is therein dire&ed, could be obtained and take effect y his said executors, mi therein last mentioned trustees, tieir

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belrs, executors, administrators and assigns, and afterwards such corporation should, out os the Residuum of his estate, or the rents, interests, or jother profits thereof, carry on, eretl, finish, and fit up, the two new squares buildings in Southwark, by him then sometime since began, and intended for an hospital for reception of such sick persons as are therein after mentioned, and such other ereUions, offices and buildings, as should, ■in the opinion of his said executors and trustees, be for that purpose fur* ther necessary, and also provide and furnish the same with beds, and all other conveniences, for the reception of and receive and entertain therein, four hundred poor persons, or upwards, labouring under any distempers, infirmities or disorders, thought capable of relief by phystek or surgery, hut who by reason of the small hopes there might be of their 1 cure, or the length of time, which for that purpose might be required or thought necessary, were or might be adjudged or called incurable, <md as such, not proper objetls to be received into, or continued in the present hospital of St. Thomas, or other hospitals, in and by which no provision had been made for distempers deemed or called incurable, (of whom he declares his mind to be, that they receive and entertain lunaticks, adjudged or called as aforesaid incurable, not exceeding twenty in number at one time) such poor persons to be chosen and appointed by bis said executors and trustees, out of such patients and persons, who shall be discharged out of the hospital of St. Thomas or Bethlehem, or other hospitals, on account of the small hopes of their cure, or the great length of time for tbat purpose required or thought necessary, and on such or any other account, adjudged or called incurable, and not fit to be continued in the said hospital of St. Thomas or Bethlehem, or other hospitals, or such other poor sick persons or lunaticks, as under such or the like circimistances, fiould apply to his said executors and trustees for relief, at the discretion and pleasure of his said executors and trustees, to whmn he submits the several species or kinds of fick persons deemed or called incurable, who fiall be admitted into the said intended hospital; and has further thereby diretled, tbat Ms said executors and tmstees fiould provide suitable and proper diet, phystek, and all other necessaries, for the maintenance, relief or cure ofjucb fick persons during their lives, or for so long time as his said executors and trustees should think fit to continue them under their care in the said intended hospital; and hath thereby further declared bis mind and will to be, tbat such poor fick persons received into, and entertained in the said intended hospital, should be subject at all times to bis said executors and trustees, and to such rules and orders as they fljouid think fit to make for their behaviour in the said intended hospital, and liable to be expelled from thence and removed at the pleasure of bis said executors and trustees, and other like fick persons admitted and entertained in their room; and thereby further declares his mind and will to be, that if his said executors and trustees fiould net find cause, or should on any account whatsoever not think fit to keep all, or great part of the beds or wards in the said intended hospital, filled and supplied with fick persons deemed or Galled incurable, it fiould be lawful for them to cause any number of the said beds or wards to be filled and made use of in like manner, and with like patients, as the beds in the hospital of St. Thomas are ordinarily used for; all which patients so to be received and taken in from time to time into the said intended hospital as incurable or otherwise, he hath declared his mind to be, that his said executors and trustees fiould provide in all things, as near as might be, according to the course, customs and fjfage of late years prevailing and practised in the said present hospital of

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