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ing an aft for the better preventing the itribezllment of his Majesty $ stores of war, and preventing^ cheats, frauds and abuses in paying feamens zvages, and for reviving and continuing an aft for the more effectual suppression os piracy, as to so much thereof as is expired, ihall. be, and is hereby revived from the live and twentieth day of March one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, and made perpetual: and wberas by an aft made in the ninth and tenth 9 & id W. 3. y*ars of rciZn °f Ms ^ate majsty King William the Third, intic. tided, An act for the better preventing the imbezilment of his

Majesty's stores of war, and preventing cheats, frauds and abuses in paying feamens wages, a penalty of tivo hundred pounds, ivitb costs of prosecution and pain of imprisonment, is inflifted upon persons having in their custody, possession or keeping, or concealing contrary to the said aft, any ivarlike, naval or ordnance stores therein mentioned, or any other stores marked with the broad arrow ^ by stamp, brand, or otherwise: and whereas it is necessary to give poiver to mitigate the said penalties r and to explain and amend the said aft, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall, after the five and twentieth day of March onet housand seven hundred and twenty three, be lawfully convicted of having in his, her or their custody, any timber, thick stuff or plank, marked with the broad arrow, by stamp, brand, or otherwise, X>t of concealing any timber, thick stuff or plank so marked, every such person so offending (hall suffer, forfeit and pay, as for havingr keeping or concealing any other warlike," naval or ordnance stores contrary to the said act*.

IV. Provided always, and it is hereby further enacted, That, it shah1 and may be lawful to and for any judge, justice or justices, before whom any offender or offenders ihall be convicted of any of the crimes or offences before recited, enacted or mentioned in this act, to mitigate the penalty for the fame, as he or they shall fee cause, and to commit the offender or offenders so convicted, to the common gaol of the county or place where the offence (hall be committed, there to remain without bail or mainprize, until payment be made of the penalty and forfeiture imposed by this or the said former act, or mitigated as aforesaid, or to punish such offender or offenders corporally, by causing him, her or them to be publickly whipped, or committed to some publick workhouse, there to be kept to hard labour, for the space of six months, or a less time, as to such judge, justice or justices^ in his or their discretion (hall seem meet; any thing in the said' recited act, or in any other act to the contrary notwithstanding.

V. And be it further enacted, That where any dispute shalt arise between the persons, upon whose informations or oaths, any person or persons offending in the premisses, or against the; said former act, mall be prosecuted and convicted, touching any right or title to any of the forfeitures or penalties before-mentioned, or any part thereof, the judge, justice or justices, before whom such offender or offenders Ihall be convicted, (hall examine the flastfteiy ana1 finally determine, th? fame.

VI, And

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That an act made in the first year of his present Majesty's reign, intituled, An aft for making the militia of that part of Great Britain iGeo.i.stat.2, called England, more useful \ and for obliging an annual account to Ctl4

be made of'trophy-money<, which is expired, shall be and is hereby revived, and shall be in force from the five and twentieth day of March one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, for and during the space os seven years, and from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament. E X P.

VII. And ivhereas the mu skets for foot soldiers in the militia, are iGeo.i. ft by the said recited aft prescribed to be five scot long in the barrel, c-1*- ietL 3and the gauge of the bore for bullets of tiuelve to the pound, but more tonvenient muskets may in many places be provided: be it enacted,

That it shall and may be lawful for the several lieutenants, and their deputies, in that part of Great Britain called England, to appoint the length and size of muskets for foot soldiers in the militia; and in cafe of such appointment, the muskets so :c be appointed, shall be provided, instead of those before-men:\cr;.:d^ tvith such other arms and accoutrements, as are directed by the said act, under the penalties therein mentioned; any thing la the said act, or any former act to the contrary notwithstanding/

VIII. And whereas by an acl made in the fifth year of his present - Geo.i. c, zi* Majesty's reign, intituled, An act against clandestine running of uncustomed goods, and for the more effectual preventing of

frauds relating to the customs, several clauses therein mentioned^
were to have continuance for the term of three years, from the seve-
ral times of commencement thereof, and from thence to the end efthe
then nexi session of parliament respectively, ivhich are near expiring,
and it hath been pound by experience, that several of the said clauses
'are necessary to be continued, to prevent frauds ^ which might other-
wise be practised to the prejudice of the revenue and fair trade: be
it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That so much of the said Sect* 3*
act as relates to such foreign goods, wares and merchandizes, as
shall be taken in at sea out of any ship or vessel, in order to be
landed or put into any other ship, vessel or boat; and so much
Of the said act as relates to goods not reported, and found after Sect. 4..
Clearing ships, and so much of the said act as provides further
remedies against relanding goods prohibited to be worn in this
kingdom, and foreign goods shipped out for parts beyond the 5
seas, and so much of the said act as relates to the opening or al-
tering the package of goods on board (hips outward-bound, and Sect. 7*
so much of the said act as relates to hovering ships or vessels of
the burthen of fifty tuns, or under, and so much of the said act Sect. 8.
as concerns the bales or package iri which coffee shall be export-
ed, as was to continue in force for three years, from the twen- Sect. io#
ty fifth day of March one thousand seven hundred and nineteen *
and to the end of the then next session of parliament, and so
much of the said aci as relates to rum imported in cask's or ves- sect. Ztt
sels, not containing twenty gallons at the least, which wras to
continue in force for three years, from the twenty ninth day of
September one thousand seven hundred and nineteen, and to the

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end of the then next session of parliament, and so much of the Sect. 5. fe^d act as relates to certificate-goods entred in order to be ex

ported to Ireland^ which was to continue in force for three years, from the first day of May one thousand seven hundred and nineFarther conti- teen, and to the end of the then next session of parliament, shall nuedbyzoGco, be continued and be in force, and put in practice for the purs' c- 47' poses therein mentioned, from and after the expiration of the several and respective terms before-mentioned, for and during the space of five years, anci from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament. See 2 Geo. 2. c. 28. 8 Geo.*. c.i 5. IX. And whereas in and by an aft of parliament made in the iedi. 3. eighth year of his present Majesty (for encouragement of the filk ma

nufactures of this kingdom, and for other purposes therein mentioned) certain alloivances or j urns of money are to he paid to the exporters of fluff's 7n ade in Great Britain, or silks and grogram yam, and also of eru r*4 „r a sdk fluffs made in Great Britain, mixed zvith inch- cotton or worsedlions are fe"* as lP~ the J aid aft exprej/ea:. and -whereas it is by the jaid aft continued to provided, that no allowance shall be demanded or made for such of 24. March she fid manufactures mixed zvith Jilk, when they are only mixed at Qeo'4^yc2^ the edges or ends of the piece, zvhich is found by experience, not fufsect.V ficient to prevent frauds and abuses in making those manufactures ^ by mixing Jilk, not -with any design to advantage the sale of the goods, hut with an intention to obtain the bounty or allowance on the exportation, contrary to the true intent and meaning of the said aft: to This clause is remedy which abuses, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, enforced by That the said act, or any thing therein contained, shall not ex11 Geo. 1. ten(j or be construed to extend to the making any allowance on ^iGwa the exportation of any the manufactures aforesaid, mixt with ftat. z. c. \j. fdk, except such, wherein at least two third parts of the ends or sect. 10. threads of the warp (by which is meant the length of the piece) be either all silk, or else mixed or twisted with silk in the warp; any thing in the said act to the contrary notwithstanding. Tins clause is X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That enforced by n if any person or persons shall be found to enter or ship any of Geo. 1. c. 29. the goods afore-mentioned, which are not mixed with the quantett. 5. t-t Qc as is before-mentioned, such person or persons (hall

not only forfeit the goods so entred or stripped, but sliall likewise be prosecuted for double the value thereof; such seizure and penalty to be prosecuted, determined and divided in such manner, as other seizures or penalties are in and by the said act directed and appointed.

CAP. IX.

An act for the better qualifying the manufacturers of fluffs and yarn in the city 0/Norwich, and liberties thereof, to bear offices of magistracy in the said city^ and for regulating elections of such officers.

HE RE AS anciently the chief manufactures in the city of Norwich and county of the fame^ were ruffels, fattens^ fattens reverses and fustians, and the makers thereof were, by an act

made made in the first and second years of the reign of King Philip and i&2Pbil.&M. g)ueen Mary, obliged to become freemen of the said city, upon pain c> l*% of forfeiture of their manufactures, contrary to the said act\ by means whereof there was a con pant supply of able 7nagiftrates, and great good did accrue to the said city in many respects; but the said manufactures have been, for several years past, disused, and others introduced in their stead, the good designs of the said at! for the publick utility of the said city, are wholly lost, and the offices of ?nagi~. stracy there often fall to persons vjho are not the chiefs manufacturers ^ or the most substantial inhabitants; and frequent disorders happen in their elections, occafojiing great riots and tumults: for remedy of which mischiefs and inconveniencies, and preventing the like for the future; may it 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 fame, That all persons who now are, or hereafter shall be manufacturers or makers of any fort ofManusactustuffs made of wool, or wherein there is any mixture of wool, rers of stuffs and all makers of wool into yarn, who are not journeymen or to be made servants for hire, master weavers and master wool-combers, and freemen, persons dealing or trading as such, or employing servants or journeymen in any such manufactures, or having any interest, stock, share or partnership in any such manufactures, inhabiting or living in the said city of Norwich or county of the same, shall be made free of the said city and admitted freemen thereof, as is herein after mentioned, (that is to fay) all persons inhabiting or living in the said city or county of the same as aforefaid, now being such manufacturers or makers of stuffs, or makers of wool into yarn, master weavers, or master woolcombers, or dealers, or traders as such, or imploying servants or workmen in any such manufactures, or having any interest, flock, share or partnership therein as aforesaid, shall, upon their request to be made at any court of mayoralty, or assembly of the mayor, sheriffs, citizens and commonalty to be holden for the said city, on or before the twenty fourth day of Jtrne one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, be admitted and made free of the said city, paying only one and twenty shillings for such admission and freedom; and all persons, who hereafter shall be such manufacturers in manner as aforesaid, and living or inhabiting as aforesaid, being foreigners, shall, upon their request, to be made at any assembly of the said corporation to be holden for the said city, be admitted and made free of the said city, paying a sum not exceeding five pounds for such admission and freedom, and all persons to be admitted or made free as aforefaid, {hall, at the time of admisson, take the visual oaths, or, being Quakers, (hall take the solemn affirmation to the effect thereof. *

II. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person (servants and apprentices during their service excepted) yvho npw is or hereafter shall be any sugh manufacture^ dealer or trader, or otherwise concerned or interested in any of the said manufactures as aforesaid, shall, after the twenty fourth day of June one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, presume tp pse or exercise any of the said manufactures, or be concerned or interested therein in manner aforesaid, not being admitted and made free as aforesaid, every person so offending being lawfully convicted upon a prosecution to be commenced within six months Pealersherein ^ttr tne committed, (hall forfeit the sum of ten pounds for not being free, every kalendar month, such person shall so unlawfully use or exwbat to for- ercise any of the said manufactures, or be concerned or interests'^' ed therein as aforesaid, contrary to this act, next after the third' quarterly assembly of the laid corporation, which shall be held for the laid city ; the said sum of ten pounds to be recovered by action of debt, bill? plaint or information, to be brought by the chamberlain of the said city for the use of the mayor, sheriffs^ citizens and commonalty of the said city, in any of his Majesty's courts of record at WeftmmjleV) wherein no essqin, privilege, protection or wager of law shall be allowed, nor more than one imparlance.

III. And for better qualifying persons to bear offices of magistracy in the said city, and for regulating such elections, and preventing false and fictitious polling therein, be it enacted by th$ authority aforesaid, That if ariy person, elected to be sheriff of the said city and county thereof, at any court of mayoralty to be holden in any year, between the twenty fourth day of June and the tenth day of August following, mall within fourteen days afc% t.T a?'w- ter no^ce m writing given to him of such election, make oath, or fheroath is being a §hiaker^ take his solemn affirmation, that he is not at appointedTM that time worth two thousand pounds in the world, his debts, lieu hereof. being paid, which oath or affirmation the mayor of the said city for the time being, or any of his Majesty's justices of the peace, are hereby authorized to administer, such oath or affirmation being made at, or transmitted to, some court of mayoralty of the said city, to be holden within fourteen days after such notice, Who to be ex- every such person shall for that time or turn be excused the said fused the of- office of sheriff gratis; and that fifty pounds, and no more, shall $ce of sheriff. be as a £ne^ any perfon so elected, for not serving the office of sheriff of the said city and county thereof, if such person shall make or transmit as aforesaid, within the time aforesaid, his oath, or being qShiaker, his solemn affirmation, that he is not at that time worth three^ thousand pounds in the world, his debts being paid ; and that eighty pounds, and no more, shall be paid as a fine, by any person of greater estate so elected^ for not serving the office pf sheriff of the said city and county. Jn what man- IV. Provided always, That no person, worth two thousand ner, and for p0unds and upwards, shall be discharged from bearing the said

wnf J!"^, office of sheriff by the court of mayoralty, for any longer time

persons may - - J . ■. , r r i n -re

be discharged than one year, without the consent pf the mayQr, mentis, ci

from bearing tizens and commonalty, in common council assembled; and

fiie said office. t}lat no person after the first day of May one thousand seven hunT

dred and twenty three, sliall in arvy year t>e excused or discharg

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