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fore 15 Dec. sums before mentioned, and such other charges as have been *7*6* heretofore made thereon by authority of parliament) shall be

appropriated, reserved and applied to and for the further discharging the principal and interest of such national debts and incumbrances, as were incurred before the twenty fifth day of December one thousand seven hundred and sixteen, and are declared to be national debts, and were provided for by act or acts of parliament, in such manner and form as mall be directed by any future act or acts of parliament, to be discharged therewith or out of the same, and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever.

XXIV. And whereas in and by a certain aft of parliament made i3Geo. 1. c.3. fa f]oe thirteenth year of the reign of his said late majesty King George the Firs, For redeeming sundry annuities transferable at the bank of England, it ivas amongst other things enafted, That certain lottery-tickets therein mentioned^ amounting to one hundred and three thousand two hundred and seventy-two pounds and ten fillings, then lying as cast? in the exchequer, on the head us the finking fund, or the annuity given for the fame, or any part thereof, might afigned or transferred to such person or persons, as, being proprietors of certain standing orders made out for certain debenturesfor the sufferers at Nevis and Saint Christophers, stould voluntarily deliver up to be cancelled the like or equal sum or sums in any of the said debenture orders and by the fame aft the time for taking in such orders, in order to be cancelled, was limited to any time before the twenty fourth day of June one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven, as by the said recited aft^ relation thereto being had, more fully may appear: and whereas in pursuance of the said aft, several of the said standing orders were satisfied and discharged by and out of part of the said sum of one hundred and three thousand two hundred and seventy two pounds and ten fillings, so lying as cast} in the exchequer , but the time thereby limited for exchanging the fame being . too short, several persons who were and are willing and desirous t<? accept of the remainder thereof in satisfaction of the said debenture orders, are excluded from the benefit thereof j be it therefore en actStanding or- ed by the authority aforesaid, That all and every the powers, ders for fuf- authorities and directions, given in and by the said act of parferers at Ne- ]jamerit for or relating to the cancelling and discharging the said ChrHlophers standing debentures, by or out of the said lottery-tickets, or the may be'de- annuity given for the fame, (hall be and are hereby renewed, livered up for ratified and confirmed, and (hall remain, continue and be in lottery-tic- fuu force and effect, to all intents and purposes, until the whole kets* of the said sum of one hundred and three thousand two hundred

and seventy two pounds and ten shillings, shall be actually issued, ar applied to the cancelling and discharging of an equal or like principal sum in the said standing debenture orders. Proviso. XXV. Provided always, That the person or persons who

shall accept or take the annuity given for the said lottery-tickets in lieu and satisfaction of any principal sum or sums, contained in any standing order or orders to be delivered up to be cancelled, shall not be intitled to any more of the, annuity attending ing thereon, than what shall be grown due from and after the half-yearly feast day, on which the fame is payable, which shall be next preceding the time of delivering up and cancelling os such debenture order or orders; to which said feast-day the interest then due on such order or orders shall be paid out of the produce of the fund, on which the same is now charged or chargeable.

XXVI. And ivhereas in pursuance of an aft of parliament made iGeo.i.stat**# and passed in the first year of the reign of his late majesty King c.iz^ George the First, of glorious nwnory, intituled, An act for enlarging the fund of the governor and company of the bank of England relating to exchequer-bills, and for settling an additional revenue of one hundred and twenty thousand pounds per annum upon his Majesty, during his life, for the service of the civil government; and for establishing a certain fund of fifty four4 thousand six hundred pounds per annum, in order to raise a surn not exceeding nine hundred and ten thousand pounds, for the service of the publick, by sale of annuities, after the rate of six pounds per centum per annum, redeemable by parliament; and for satisfying an arrear for work and materials at Blenheim, incurred whilst that building was carried on at the expence of her late majesty Queen Anne, of blessed memory, and for other purposes therein mentioned^ his said late Majesty's civil list revenueswere for some time stated at Michaelmas yearly only, and the overplus, appearing by the said yearly computations above seven hundred thousand pounds per annum, was once in every year brought to the account of, a?id made part of the fund called the aggregate fund: and whereas by an aft of parliament made and passed in the ninth 9G-°- *♦ c-5* year of his said late Majesty's reign*, intituled, An act for redeeming certain annuities now payable by the cashier of the bank of England, at the rate of five pounds per centum per annum, the fund called the sinking fund (ivhereof the surplus of the aggregate fund is part) was from Michaelmas one thousand seven hundred and twenty two, direfted to be computed and stated half yearly, to wit, at Lady-day and Michaelmas in every year; and the overplus of the said civil list revenues in the half-yearly states, which, since Michaelmas one thousand j even hundred and twenty two, have been made thereof hath been brought to the account of the said aggregate fund? to and for the half year ended at Lady-day one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven and no further \ for that his said late Majejly' dying on the eleventh day of June one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven, his civil 1st revenues from and after that day ceased, and no half-yearly surplus can or ought to be computed thereon: and whereas nevertheless, some doubts and questions have been made9 whether the monies remaining in the receipt of his said late Majesty's exchequer, at the time of his demise, or which have been since paid v into the said receipt, arisen os or for his said late Majejlfs civil list ?'evenucs, become and groivn due duri?jg the life-time cf his said latt Majesty, could be applied to the payment of the debts due to his said late Majejly s jervants, tradesmen and others; for the obviating and clearing which doubts,, be it enacted and declared by the

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fcebts of the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for to be pfid^°W the commissioners of his Majesty's treasury or any three or more of them now being, and the high treasurer or any three or more of the commissioners of the treasury for the time being, and they are hereby authorized and required^ from time to time, to * issue or cause to be issued, the monies so arisen or to arise into the said receipt of the exchequer, of or for the civil list revenues of his said late Majesty, for and towards discharging and paying to his said late Majesty's servants, tradesmen and others, such sums of money as were due to them at the time of his late Majesty's demise, at such rimes and in such manner as fliall be found necessary and convenient.

CAP. IX,

An a51 for granting an aid to his Majesty of five hundred thousand pounds, towards discharging wages due to seamen, and for the constant, regular and punctual payment of seamens wages for the future-, and for appropriating the supplies granted in this present session of parliament and for disposing of the surplus of the money granted for half pay, j or the year one thousand seven hundred and tzventy seven.

Most gracious Sovereign,

WHEREAS several just and necessary measures were, upon account of the late perplexed and disturbed situation of affairs in Europe, entred into and concerted between your Majesty's late royal father, of glorious memory, and your good allies; and in order to preserve and restore the peace of Europe, and to secure the trade, navigation and other valuable rights and possessions of these kingdoms,, great fleets were imployed abroad in divers remote parts, whereby a great arrear or debt has been contracted for the service of the navy, and particularly on the head of stamens ivages; and your Majesty having now, by the blessing of God on your care and concern for the general good, so far obtained a settlement of affairs abroad, as that there is no present occasion for imptoying so great number of seaman in your Majejlfs service; and the immediate payment of the said arrears of wages is '-judged advisable, not only as it will save and prevent a further great expence, but also as it will render a regular, constant and punctual payment of stamens wages more practicable and easy for the future; which will be an encouragement to able and experienced seamen, at all times hereafter, to enter themselves voluntarily into your Majesty s service, when occasion stall require the same-, and your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal sub j eels, the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled, having taken your Majesty's most gracious recommendation from the throne into their most serious consideration, 'have for these purposes freely and unanimoufly given and granted to your Majesty the sum os five hundred thousand pounds, to be raised fa. manner herein after mentioned; we do thereby most humbly beseech your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted by the

King's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and eon0 fan* sent of the lords spiritual and temporal and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the King's most ex- Loans or excellent majesty, by warrant or warrants under his royal sign chequer bills manual, to authorize and impower the commissioners of his ^0tl,oe0J)ljmt°i Majesty's treasury, now or for the time being, or any three or be°ma°de be°more of them, or the lord high treasurer for the time being, at sore 25 Dec, any time or times before the twenty fifth day of December which 172S. /hall be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty eight, to cause or direct any loans to be taken or received at his Majesty's exchequer, from any person or persons, natives or foreigners, body or bodies politick or corporate, or any number of exchequer bills to be made out there for any sum or sums of money, not exceeding in loans and exchequer bills together in the whole the sum of five hundred thousand pounds, in the fame or like manner, form, and order, and according to the fame or like rules and directions, as in and by a certain act of this present session of parliament (for continuing the duties on malt, mum, cyder and perry, for the service of the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty eight) are enacted and prescribed, concerning the loans or exchequer bills to be made in pursuance of the same act,

All clauses in the malt act to be extended to the loans and exchequer bills to be made by this act. Loans to bear interest at 4I. per cent. These loans and bills chargeable on the first aids granted after 29 September 1728. or on the finiting fund. The monies out of the sinking fund to be replaced. EX P.

VI. And to the end, intent and purpose, that as well all ar- All monies, rears of seamens wages, as their growing wages, may be con- ^eaVof stantly, regularly and punctually paid, be it enacted by the au- seamens wa<*e$ thority aforesaid, That not only as to such monies, as have been shall be ap-^ granted in this session of parliament for the service of the navy, lied for those but also as to such supplies, as shall be hereafter granted in par- slices, liament for those services, such parts or proportions thereof, as shall be on the hæad of seamen* wages, mall from time to time be issued and applied for those services constantly, regularly and punctually, in manner following; that is to fay, when and so often as any of the mips of his Majesty, his heirs or successors, The method shall have been in sea pay six whole months, to commence or of paying the be computed from the first day of July one thousand seven hun- eamc11' dred and twenty eights or any time after, in case such ships shall then be in any port of Great Britain, not in order to be discharged, or on the coast of the same, the captain or commander thereof mall, immediately after the end of the said six months, make or cause to be made out, pay lists containing the names of the inferior officers, and able and ordinary seamen, belonging to the (hip under his command, and stiall fend the said Ms, so made out, to the commissioners of the navy for the time being, who are hereby directed and required to cause immediate payment to be made of two months wages to such inferior officers

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3nd able and ordinary seamen or to their respective attorney or attorneys duly authorized to receive the fame, deducting thereput whatever money shall have been paid on account of the said wages by way of advance: and in cafe any of the said ships, that shall have been six months in sea pay as aforesaid, (hall be then in any port of Ireland, or abroad in foreign parts, the captain or commander of such ship shall, immediately after the end of the said six months, muster his crew or company, and enter the pames of such inferior officers and able and ordinary seamen who shall desire to have their wages paid at home in Great Britain, into pay lists as aforesaid, and shall send and transmit the said pay lists to the commissioners of the navy for the time being, who are hereby directed and required, within one month after they shall have received the said pay lists, to cause payment to be,made of two months wages, with such deduction as aforesaid, to the attorney or attorneys of such person or persons duly authorized to receive the fame : and the said commissioners are hereby directed and required to give timely notice in the gazette of the time appointed by them for such payment: and when and so often as any of the said ships shall have been twelve months in sea pay, then other pay lists shall be made out, sent and transmitted, and two months wages paid thereon in the manner aforesaid; and so from time to time, at the end of every ensuing six months, such pay lists shall be made out and transmitted, and two months wages paid thereon as aforesaid, until the said ships shall be finally paid off: and for the residue of their wages, the fame shall be paid in manner following; that is to fay, as to all such of his Majesty's ships or vessels, as shall return home in order to be laid up, the wages due to the officers and seamen serving on board of any such ship or vessel shall be entirely paid off within two months after the arrival of such ship or vessel in the port where the same is. designed to be laid up: and as to all other ships or vessels in his Majesty's service, the wages due to the officers and seamen shall be paid as follows; that is to fay, when such ships or vessels have been eighteen months in sea pay, then the w^ges due for the f]rst twelve months thereof, deducting thereout whatever moneys shall have been before paid by way of advance or otherwise, in part or on account of the said twelve months wages, shall be paid within two months after or so soon after as any such ship or vessel shall put into any port of this realm, where his Majesty's ships are usually paid; and so toties quoties, as often as they shall have been eighteen months in sea pay, beyond the time to which their wages shall have been cleared, twelve months wages more shall be paid in like manner. *g days to be VII. And it is hereby declared, That the computation of the reckoned to said months wages shall be by reckoning twenty eight days to the month. the month, according to the usual course or practice of the navy.

Clause os ap- VIII. Provided always, and be it enacted by the authority propriation. ^foresaid3 That all the monies coming into tl]e exchequer either

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