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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 parliament assembled, and by the authority of the fame, That the said Francis lord bishop of Rochester, from and after the first day of June, in the year of pur Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, (hall be and is hereby, to all intents and purposes, deprived of all and singular his offices, dignities, promotions, and benefices ecclesiastical whatsoever, and that the same, and every of them, shall from thenceforth be actually void, as if he were naturally .dead; ar>d that the said Francis lord bishop of Rochester shall from thenceforth for ever be disabled, and rendred incapable of and from taking, holding, or enjoying any office, dignity, promotion, benefice, or employment within this realm, or any other his Majesty's dominions, and also of and from using or exercising any office, function, authority, or power ecclesiastical or spiritual whatsoever, and shall and do suffer perpetual exile, and be for ever banislied this realm, and all other his Majesty's .dominions, and shall depart out of the same on or before the five and twentieth day oijune, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three; and that if the said Francis lord bishop of Rochester (hall return into or be found within this realm, or any other his Majesty's dominions at anytime after the said five and twentieth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, he the said Francis lord bishop of Rochester, being thereof lawfully convicted, (hall be adjudged guilty of felony, and shall suffer and forfeit as in cafes of lelony, without benefit of clergy, and shall be utterly incapable of any pardon from his Majesty, his heirs or successors.
II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all and every person and persons, who shall, from and after the said five and twentieth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, be aiding or assisting to the return of the said Francis lord bishop of Rochester into this realm, or any other his Majesty's dominions, or shall harbour or conceal him within the same, or any of them, being thereof lawfully convicted, shall be adjudged guilty of felony, and shall suffer and forfeit as in cafes of felony, without benefit of clergy.
'III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any of the subjects of his Majesty, his heirs or successors, except such persons as shall be licensed for that purpose by his Majesty, his heirs or successors, under his or their sign manual, shall,' from and after the said five and twentieth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, within this realm or without, hold, entertain, or keep any intelligence or correspondence in person, or by letters, messages, or otherwise, with the said Francis lord bishop of Rochejhr, or with any person or persons employed by him j knowing such person or persons to be so employed, such
F 3 person person so offending, being thereof lawfully convicted, shall be adjudged guilty of felony, and (hall suffer and forfeit as in cafes of felony, without benefit of clergy.
IV. And be it further enacted, That if any offence against this act shall be committed out of this realm, the fame (hall or" may be alledged, laid, enquired of, and tried in any county within Great Britain.
JLn a Si for granting an aid to his Majesty by laying a tax upon papists, and for making such other persofis, as upon due summons shall refuse or negleol to take the oaths therein mentioned^ to contribute towards the said tar,, for reimbursing to the publick part of the great expences occa^ stoned by the late conspiracies; and for discharging the estates of papists from the two third parts of the Tents and profits thereof for one year? and all arrears of the fame, and from such forfeitures as are therein more particularly described.
* Qeo. 1. flat. 1\/TOST gracious Sovereign, zvhereas your Majesty in the first S. c» 50. JLVJL year of your reign ivas graciousty pleased to signify, by a message to the house of commons then in parliament assembled, your royal consent, That the tzvo third parts of the rents and profits of the lands, tenements, hereditaments, leases and farms of all and every person and persons, who was, were or should be a popist) recusant or popijb recusants convift, which by the laws and statutes of this realm then in force were or might be seized or taken into your Majejlss hands for such recusancy, might be raised, levied and applied towards your Majesty s supply for suppressing the unnatural rebellion then lately made: and to the end the said two third parts of the said estates, and the yearly and other values of them, and every of them, might be better discovered, known, described and ascertained, and that the, publick might have the benefit of your Majesty's gracious condescension in relation to the same, by perception of the rents and profits thereof, or by laying some tax or charge in lieu thereof, or otherwise ^ as Jhoidd afterwards be determined in parliament to be reasonable, one aB was made and passed in the said fir [I year of your Majesty s » Geo. 1. flat, reign, intituled, An act for appointing commissioners to enquire %. c, so, of the estates of certain traitors, and of popish recusants, and of estates given to superstitious uses, in order to raise money out of them severally for the use of the publick; in pursuance of zvhieh a£l certain commissioners therein named were appointed (amongft other things) to enquire concerning the said estates, and the values of them, and the two-third parts of the J ame, liable to seizure for the use os the publick; and particularly what popist recusants or papists, or persons educated in the popi/J) religion, or whose parents should be papists, or who should use or profess the papist) religion, stjould not take the oaths, and make and subscribe the declaration prescribed by any other aft of that sejsw os parliament, within the respeclive times thereby appointed, or in default thereof should not register or procure to he registred, his, her or their names and estates*, in the manner and form prescribed by such other a el within the respective times thereby limited in that behalf and to do such other matters and things, as by the said atl first mentioned were authorized by the said commissioners to be done and performed, by which atl all the monies to arise to your Majesty by, for, upon or out of the several and respective estates and interests thereby intefided to be en* quired into (except as therein is excepted) are appropriated to the use of the public, and should be applied thereunto by authority of parliament, and not otherwise: and ivhereas in and by another acl ?nade_ and passed in the said session of parliament, held in the said first year of your Majesty's reign, intituled, An act to oblige papists 1 Geo. 1. stat. .to register their names and real estates, reciting, that the papists 2. c. 55. within this kingdom, noHvithstanding the tender regard that had been stewn them for many years then last past, and their enjoyment of the protection and benefit of the government, had all, or the greatest part of them, been concerned in stirring up and supporting the then late unnatural rebellion, by which they had brought a vast expence upon this nation, and that it manifestly appeared by their behaviour, that they take themselves to be obliged, by the principles they profess, to be enemies to your Majesty and the present happy establishment, watching all opportunities of fomenting and stirring up new rebellions and disturbances within this kingdom, and of inviting foreigners to invade it; and that it zvas highly reasonable that they should contribute a large stare to all such extraordinary expences, as: were or stmdd be brought upon this kingdom by their treadoery and instigation-, and to the end that by paying largely to the great expences 'which they had brought upon this nation, they might be deterred, if possible, from the like offences for the future, and that this nation might have the benefit of your Majesty's most gracious condescension^ in giving your interest in the said two third parts, by s izing the fame, or by laying some tax or charge upon their estates in lieu thereof, in such proportions, and in such manner as should be determined to be reasonable in parliament, it was thereby enacled, That all and every person and persons, not having taken the oaths therein mentioned before the last day <?/~ Trinity-Term one thousand seven hundred and sixteen, having any estate or inter-est in any lands, tenements or hereditaments, or who afterwards stoould have any estate _ or interest in any lands, tenements or hereditaments in Englani, Wales or Berwick npon Tweed, who zvas or stmdd be a popijh recusant or papist, or was or should be educated in the popijh religion, or whose parent or parents, zvas, were or stould be a papist or papists, or who stmdd use or profess the papist religion, should, zvithin such several and respective times as are thereby limited, take the several oaths, and repeat and subscribe the declaration in the same acl pre- • scribed, in such court as is therein mentioned, or in default thereof stould register or cause to be registred the fime, within such time, and in such manner and form as are thereby dive 51 ed, under the pc^ nalties and forfeitures therein expressed: and whereas on the nineteenth tY^ponT Jay /?/February one thousand seven hundred and nineteen? a report. 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signed by seven os the said commissioners, was presented to the then house of commons, with an appendix containing the names of the papists who had before that time regiftred their estates, and the amount of the yearly rents, as by them respectively set forth \ which yearly rent Si so set forth for such estates so registred, do amount in the whole to three hundred eighty four thousand nine hundred and fifty pounds fix flnllings and fix pence three farthings per annum, or thereabouts, over and above large sums arising from time to time, for fines payable and paid by the leasehold and copyhold tenants to such of the said papists as have so registred their estates; which fines so entred by them in the said registers, do amount to a very great sum in the whole, and may justly be esteemed to produce a considerable profit communibus annis, and over and above the yearly values of a great part of their registred estates, whereof no values are set down by them in their said registers, touching which yearly values last mentioned, another appendix or book zuas, on or about the said nineteenth day ^February one thousand seven hundred and nineteen, presented to the then house of commons by the said commissioners^ and the fame do amount to a very considerable value in the whole, not comprehended in the said sum of three hundred eighty four thousand nine hundred and fifty pounds fix flnllings and three pence three farthings per annum; and jt is highly probable that several persons, who, since the making of the acl last in part before recited, - ought to have registred their estates, have wholly neglected so to do, or have not duly and faithfully registred the fame, and have been guilty of such omissions, frauds and concealments, that the true values of the estates of papists registred or not registred, or the two third parts of them, or any ofthe?n, cannot as yet be ascertained: and whereas it is notorious, that since the making of the said acls in part before recited* the papists and their abettors, or many of them, have given several fresh instances of their readiness and zeal in forming plots and conspiracies^ and in fomenting and stirring up rebellions and disturbances for the 'wicked ends and purposes above mentioned, which conspiracies and disturbances have brought a further great expence and burthen upon your Majesty s good subjects \ and therefore it is thought reasonable, that in satisfaction of such fiiare as they ought to contribute towards the extraordinary expences brought upon this kingdom, and in lieu of the tzvo third parts of the rents and profits of the said estates to grozu due to your Majesty tvithin and for one year, commencing from the twenty fifth day of March ofie thousand seven hundred and twenty three, and all arrears of the said two third parts incurred or to be incurred before the said twenty fifth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ivjcniy three, and in lieu of all such penalties and forfeitures as are hereafter in and by this aft intended to be discharged, there shall be raised, levied and collected the full sum of one hundred thousand pounds upon such papists and others as are herein after described, and upon their respective estates, in such proportions, and in such manner and form as are herein after directed and that the fame foall he paid to your Majesty for the use of the publick: now we your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled,, have given and
granted^ granted, and do by this present act give and grant to your Majesty, the rates and assessments herein after mentioned, and do most humblv beseech your Majesty, That it may be enacted, &c. EXP,
?00,000 1, to be assessed on all papists of r% years of age, over and above the double taxes by the land-tax. If the full sum charged be duly paid it shall discharge papists estates from the two thirds of the rents thereof for one year, and from all penalties for recusancy, &c. Lands, &c. registred, since vested in protestants, either by taking the oaths, or by death, or alienation before 25 Dec. 1722, or vested in infant?, commissioners to certify it into the remembrancers office, and that part shall be discharged. Lands, &c. liable to rent charges, &c. Owners may de* .duel; the tax. Jointures, Sec. out of registred estates discharged.
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