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ing of the said parishioners, or to two of the overseers of the poor of such parish, and was by them refused to be relieved, and until such justice hath summoned two of the overseers of the poor to (hew cause why such relief should not be given, and the person so summoned hath been heard or made default to appear before such justice; any thing in the said proviso, or any law to the contrary notwithstanding.
II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the person whom any such justices of peace shall think
fit to order to be relieved, shall be entred in such book or books or longerthan so to be kept by the parish, as one of those who is to receive the cause concollection, as long as the cause for such relief continues, and ho tmues. longer; and that no officer of any paristi mall (except upon sudden and emergent occasions) bring to the account of the parish any monies he shall give to any poor person of the same parish, who is not registred in such book or books to be kept, by the said parish, as a person entitled to receive collection, on pain of forfeiting the sum of five pounds, to be levied by distress and sale, by warrant of any two or more justices of the peace of the fame county, who shall have examined into and found him guilty of such offence; which said sum shall be applied to and for the use of the poor of the said parish, by direction of the said justice or justices of the peace.
III. And for the greater ease of justices of the peace, whom Tustjces dwejj his Majesty or his successors hath or shall by commission autho- ing out 0f a rize to act as a justice of the peace for any county of this realm; county, may be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any such justice grant warof peace (hail happen to dwell in any city, or other precinct that raatS>
is a county of itself, situate within the county at large, for which he shall be appointed justice of peace, although not within the same county, it shall and may be lawful for any such justice of peace to grant warrants, take examinations, and make orders for any matters, which any one or more justice or justices of the peace may act in, at his own dwelling-house, altho' such dwelling-house be out of the county where he is authorized to act as a justice of peace, and in some city or other precinct adjoining, that is a county of itself; and that all such warrants, orders and other act or acts of any justice of peace, and the act or acts of any constable, tithingman, headborough, overseer of the poor, surveyor ot the highways or other officer, in obedience to any such warrant or order, shall be as valid, good and effectual in the law* although it happen to be out of the limits of the proper precinct or authority: provided always, That nothing in this act contained shall extend to give power to the justices of peace for the counties at large, to hold their general quarter-sessions of the peace in the cities or towns which are counties of themselves, nor to impower justices of peace, sheriffs, bailiffs, constables, headboroughs, tithingmen, boriholders or any other peace-officers of the counties at large, to act or intermeddle in any matters or things arising within the cities or towns which are counties of themselves^ but that all such.actings and doings shall be. 6f the same force and effect in law, and none other*, as if this act had never been made.
Churchward AnC* ^ §reater ea^e °f parishes in the relief-of the
en's &c.Wmay Poor' be lt furt^er enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it purchase, &c. anc* mav be lawful for the churchwardens and overseers oi housestolodge the poor in any parish, town, township or place, with the consent or employ the of the major part of the parishioners or inhabitants of the fame poor in. parish, town, township os place, in vestry, or other parish or publick meeting for that purpose assembled, cr of so many of them as shall be so assembled, upon usual notice thereof first given, to purchase or hire any house or houses in the fame pariih, township or place* and to contract with any person or persons for the lodging, keeping, maintaining and employing any or all such poor in their respective parishes, townships or places, as shall desire to receive relief or collection from the same parish, and there to keep, maintain and employ all such poor persons, and take the benefit of the work, labour and service of any such poor person or persons, who shall be kept or maintained in any such house or nouses, for the better maintenance and relief of such poor person or persons, who (hall be there kept or maintained; and in cafe any poor person or persons of any parish, town, township or place, where such house or houses shall be so purchased or hired, shall refuse to be lodged, kept or maintained Poor refusing in such house or houses, such poor person or persons so refusing to be lodged, ^ajj be t out Qf ^ ^QQ^ Qr ^00^$ wnere the names of the &"C arenotin- , •*•
titled to relief, persons, who ought to receive collection in the said parish, town, township or place, are to be registred, and shall not be entitled to ask or receive collection or relief from the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the fame parish, town or township; and where any parish, town or township shall be too small to pur
foTiuch°pm\. Par^ only^ it shall and may be lawful for two or more such chase,two may parishes, towns or townships or places, with the consent of the unite, &c. major part of the parishioners or inhabitants of their respective parishes, town, township or places, in vestry or other parish or publick meeting for that purpose assembled, or of so many of them as shall be so assembled, upon usual notice thereof first given, and with the approbation of any justice of peace dwelling in or -near any such parish, town or place, signified under his hand and seal, to unite in purchasing, hiring, or taking such house, for the lodging,keeping and maintaining of the poor of the several parishes, townships or places so uniting, and there to keep, maintain and employ the poor of the respective parishes so uniting, and to take and have the benefit of the work,labour or servi ce of a ny poor there kept and maintained, for the better maintenance and relief of the poor there kept, maintained and employed; and that if any poor person or persons in the respective parishes, town ships or places so uniting, shall refuse to be lodged, kept and maintained in the house, hired or taken for such uniting parishes, townships or places, he, she or they so refusing, shall be put out of the collectionbook, where his, her or their names were registred, and stiall not be entitled to ask or demand relief or collection from the churchwar
wardens and overseers of the poor in their respective parishes*,
V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the twenty hfth day of March which shall be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, no person or persons shall be deemed, adjudged
or taken, to acquire or gain any settlement in any parish or Settlement, place, for or by virtue of any purchase of any estate or interest in how to be acsuch parish or place, whereof the consideration for such purchase quired by purdoth not amount to the sum of thirty pounds, bona fide paid, for chase' any longer or further time than such person or persons shall in- I h.*c. 134.3Jhrt J ( habit in such estate, and sliall then be liable to be removed to such parish or place, where such person or persons were last legally settled, before the said purchase and inhabitancy therein.
VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person or persons whatsoever, who from and after the twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and twenty three, ihall be taxed, rated or assessed paving taxes
VII. And whereas there was a clause in the statute made in the
eighth and ninth years of his late majesty King William the Third, 8 & 9 W< 3, intituled^ An act for the supplying some defects in the law for the c. 30.
relief of the poor of this kingdom, zubereby it ivas enailed, That after the first day of May one thousand fix hundred ninety seven, all appeals again]} any order for the removing of any poor per-' sons j should be heard at the quarter-sessions of .the county or division, wherein the parish or place, from whence such person should be removed, doth lie, and not elsewhere, except the liberty of Saint Albans; Justice of St. be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it (hall and may Hundred of be lawful for the justices of the peace, within the liberty of the NalTaborouo-h borough of Saint Peter and hundred of Naffaborough in the inNorthamp- county of Northampton, to hear and determine all appeals to tonshire may them made, against any order made for removal of any poor determine ap- person, in their quarter-sessions, as they might have done before Peas' the making of the said last mentioned act; any thing therein or
in this present act contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.
■VIII. And whereas several disputes and controversies have arisen and been concerning the time of notice to be given of appeals from orders of removals of poor persons, to prevent the same, as much as may be for the future, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and aster the said twenty fifth day of March one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, no appeal or appeals from any or der or orders of removal of any poor person or persons whatsoever from any paristi or place to another, shall be Reasonable proceeded upon in any court or quarter-sessions, unless reasonnotice is to be ab]e notice be given by the church-wardens or overseers of the peals* °f Poor °f sucn paristi or place, who shall make such appeal, unto the church-wardens or overseers of the poor of such parish or place, from which such poor person or persons shall be removed, the reasonableness of which notice shall be determined by the justices of the peace at the quarter-sessions, to which the appeal is made; and if it shall appear to them that reasonable time of notice was not given, then they (hall adjourn the said appeal to the next quarter-sessions, and then and there finally hear and determine the fame. IX. And for the preventing vexatious removals, be it further * ' enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from and after the twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, if the justices of the peace snail, at their quarter-sessions, upon an appeal before them there • Justices, how had concerning the settlement of any poor person, determine in to relieve the favour of the appellant, that such poor person or persons was or appellant on were unduly removed, that then the said justices (hall, at the' undue rcmov- some qUarter_seflions, order and award to such appellant so much money, as (hall appear to the said justices to have been reasonably paid by the parish, or other place, on whose behalf such appeal was made for or towards the relief of such poor person or persons, between the time of such undue removal, and the determination of such appeal; the said money so awarded to be recovered in the same manner, as costs and charges upon an appeal are prescribed to be recovered by the said statute made in the ninth year of his late majesty King William the Third, in
titulcd* tituled, An a ft' so? supplying some defefts in the laivs for the relief 9 W. 3, of the poor 'of this kingdom. '. c< 3°'
An acl for continuing some laws, and reviving others therein mentioned, for exempting apothecaries from serving parish and ward offices, and upon juries \ aud relating to jurors \ . and to the payment of seamens wages, and the preservation of naval stores, and stores of war \ and concerning the militia and trophy-moneys and against clandestine running of uncustomed goods, and for more essential preventing frauds relating to the customs^ and frauds in mixing silk with stuffs to be exported.
WHEREAS the laws herein after mentioned [which have by experience been found useful and beneficial) are near expiring dr expired, may it therefore please your 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 an act made in the sixth and seventh years of the reign of his late majesty King 6 & 7 W. 3; William the Third, intituled. An acl for exempting apothecaries from c* serving the offices of constable, scavenger, and other parish and ivard offices, and from serving upon juries, which act by subsequent acts is continued, and being temporary, and near expired, (hall be, and is hereby made perpetual.
II. And zvhereas in an acl made in the fourth and fifth years of
the reign of their late majesties King William and ^ueen Mary, in- &M. tituled, An act for reviving, continuing and explaining, several c* z+* laws therein mentioned, which are expired and near expiring, there are several good clauses and provisions relating to jurors, which were made temporary, and were afterwards continued by subsequent ads; and the said clauses and provisions, as well as several other clauses and provisions, relating to the returns and service of jurors ^ made in an acl of the third and fourth years of the reign of her late s&4Ann c.ig* majesty Shieen Anne ( For making perpetual an acl for more easy recovery of small tithes, and for other purposes therein mentioned,) are furtter continued by an acl of the tenth year of the reign of her said late Majesty (For reviving and continuing several acls therein men- \° Ann. c. 14, tioned) but being near expiring, be it enacted by the authority a- See 3 ^eo- ziorciaid, That all the laid clauses and provisions relating to ju- c 7
rors, and to the returns and service of jurors, Avail be and are * " '27* hereby continued, and snail be in force from the expiration thereof, for and during the space of seven years, and from thence to the end of the ne\t seilion of parliament.
III. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That an
-act made in the first year of his present Majesty's reign, intituled, iGeo 3 ,stat.*» An acl to prevent disturbances by stamen and others, and to preserve cthe si ores belonging to his Majesty s navv roval} and also for explainVol, XV, 'D' '" * ing