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ed, within two calendar months after the making and passing of this act; and also on the Tuesday next after the feast of Easter, which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty, and so on every Tuesday next after the feast of Easier in every successive year, to nominate and assign, in the whole, the number of one hundred and thirty two of the most substantial and discreet persons residing within their respective parishes, who are to be commissioners for the purposes herein after-mentioned and expressed, to be appointed by such parishioners of the said several parishes in manner following; videlicet, such parishioners of the said parish of Saint Olave in Southward, The number to nominate and assign twelve of the said persons; the parish which each of Sajnt j0j.n m Southwark other twelve; the parish of Saint point." George in Southward other twelve; the parish of Saint Thomas in "Southward fix; the said parish of Saint Saviour eighteen; ;the said

parish of Newington twelve; the said parish of Saint Mary Magdalen Bermondsey eighteen; the said parish of Chris} Church six; the said parish of Lambeth eighteen; and the said parish of RoLists to be therbithe eighteen; and the churchwardens of each respective made out, parish for the time being, or one of them, shall, within two days next after such nomination, cause two lists to be made out of the several persons so respectively nominated and appointed to be stuck on as aforesaid; and shall cause one of the lists, or a true copy the church thereof, to be fixed or stuck up on the church door of their refr^red'w'the Pe<^'vc parish; and shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, the chief bailiff, other to the chief bailiff of the said town and borough of Southand a copy to wart, or his deputy, who shall forthwith cause a copy of such be stuck up in \[fts t0 De made, and stuck up in some convenient part of the the town hall. tQwn najj Qf the j^y town an{j borougri of Southwark; which said persons, so nominated and returned for the said several parishes respectively as aforesaid, from time to time, are hereby declared, constituted, and appointed to be commissioners to hear and determine all such matters of debt as are herein aftermentioned; and such commissioners are hereby constituted a

^f'he'coult ' Court of justice' bv the name of ^ Court °f Req>"Jl! for the 0 e 0 r tovjn ani borough of Southwark in the county of Surry; and the

Three com- said commissioners, or any three or more of them, are hereby miffioners to authorized, impowered, and required to assemble, sit, and hold tne ^id court twice in every week, videlicet, on every Tuesday wee , (cc. anj pfifay^ jn tue court house of the said town and borough situate and being at Saint Margaret's Hill, within the said town and borough, or in some convenient part thereof, or some other place near or thereunto adjoining, so as not to impede or interrupt the business, at any time hereafter to be done by or before his Majesty's justices or assize, justices of oyer and terminer, justices of gaol delivery, or justices of the peace, or the courts Jeet, or courts of sewers, usually done, held, or kept in the Power of court house; and the said commissioners, so to be assigned

commission ana< appointed for the time being, or any three or more of them, er». shall have power and authority, by virtue of this act, to give

judgement and decree, and to award execution thereupon, with

costs, costs, against the bodies, or against the goods and chattels of all and every the person or persons against whom they (hall give any judgement or decree, as to them (hall seem just in law or equity.

II. And, for the more orderly and regular proceeding'm the Chief bailiff said court, and that no undue preference or delay may be madet0 summon a or given in summoning the said commissioners to attend the bu- be^to^attenU finess of the said court, be it further enacted by the authority for, month. aforesaid, That the said chief bailiff, or his deputy (who are

hereby impowered and required, from time to time, so to do) shall, within two days next after such several lists shall be returned to him as aforesaid, summon, or cause to be summoned, the first three persons named in each list containing eighteen, the first two persons in each list containing twelve, and the first person named in each list containing six, to attend as commissioners of the said court for one calendar month then next following; and so the like number of persons out of every list, as they shall stand in order and rotation therein respectively, to serve as commissioners from month to month, during the term for which they are chosen commissioners.

III. Provided always, That nothing herein before contained Commissioshall extend, or be construed to extend, to exclude or debar any "JTM fijTM^" of the persons who shall be nominated and returned for com- £ot °n 'rgtatj° missioners as aforesaid (although they be not in rotation) from on.

sitting in the said court; but that all such commissioners (hall and may, as often as they shall respectively think fit,fit and give judgement therein; any thing herein before contained to the contrary thereof notwithstanding.

IV. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That from Method of and after the twenty ninth day of September, one thousand seven proceedings, hundred and forty nine, it (hall and may be lawful to and for 0?jjj""^ every resiant and inhabitant of the said town and borough of exceedmg'+os. Southwark, and for all the resiants and inhabitants within the

said several parishes of Saint Saviour, Saint Mary at Newingtorr, Saint Mary Magdalen Bermoni/ey, Christ Church, late part of Saint Saviour's, Saint Mary Lambeth, and Saint Mary at Rotherhithey in the county of Surry, and to and for all and every person and persons renting or keeping any shop, shed, stall, or stand, or seeking a livelihood within the said town and borough, or within any of the parishes, limits, or precincts aforesaid, who now have, or hereafter shall have any debt or debts owing unto him, her, or them, not exceeding the sum of forty shillings, by any person or persons whatsoever, inhabiting, or seeking a livelihood, within the said town and borough, or within any of the parishes, limits, or precincts aforesaid, as aforesaid, to cause such debtor or debtors, so inhabiting, seeking a livelihood as aforesaid, to be warned or summoned by the chief bailiff os the said town and borough for the time being, or his deputy officer or officers (who are hereby appointed, authorized^ and required to execute all warrants, precepts, or process of the said court of requests) by writing left at the dwelling-house, or place os a

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bode, (hop, shed, stall, stand, or any other place of dealing of such debtor or debtors, or by any other reasonable warning or notice, to appear before the commissioners of the said court, to be held at or in the place aforesaid; and that the said commissioners, or any three or more of them, stiall, after such summons as aforesaid, have full power and authority, by virtue of this act, to make or cause to be made, such acts, order or orders, decrees, judgements, and proceedings, between such party or parties, plaintiffs, and his, her, or their debtor or debtors, defendants, touching such debts, not exceeding the sum of forty (hillings, in question before them, as they stiall find to stand with Orders, &c. equity and good conscience; and all such acts, decrees, judgeof the court to ments, and proceedings, order or orders, (hall be entred and be registred. registred in a book, to be kept for that purpose by the clerk or clerks of the said court, or his or their sufficient deputy or deputies; and (hall be observed, performed, and kept in all parts, as well by the plaintiff, as the debtor or defendant. Commission- V. And for the more due and regular proceeding in the said ersimpowered court intended to be established by this act, it is hereby further

oathsm'nister enacted> Tnat 11 maI1 and mav be lawful sor the said commiffioners, or any three or more of them, to administer an oath to the plaintiff or defendant, and to such witness or witnesses as shall be produced by each party, and also to all the officers of the said court, for or concerning any business relative thereunto, if the fame commissioners, or any three or more of them, shall so think it meet.

If action for VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That <iebt under if in any action of debt, or action on the case upon an JJsumpsit 433. (hall be for recovery of any debt to be sued or prosecuted against any other court Per'on or persons aforesaid, in any of the King's courts at Wtfir' minjler, or elsewhere, out of the said court of requests, it (hall appear to the judge or judges of the court where such action shall be sued or prosecuted, that the debt to be recovered by the plaintiff in such action doth not amount to the sum of forty shillings, and the defendant in such action shall duly prove, by tfy/ £jTjuJi~ C fuffic'601 testimony, to be allowed by any the judge or judges of j * /L s7 the said court where such action shall depend, that at the time ~fj^~rhu~~ v 0f commencing such action, such defendant was inhabiting and 6 e<Jkf—2Ji - resiant within the said town and borough of Scuthzvark, or any

of the parishes, limits, and precincts aforesaid, in the county of Surry, and was liable to be warned or summoned before the said court of requests for such debt, then, and in such case, the said judge or judges shall not allow to the said plaintiff any costs of The jud<*eto suit; but shall award that the said plaintiff shall pay so much award tl°e de- ordinary costs to the party defendant, as such defendant shall sendant costs, justly prove before the said judge or judges it hath truly cost him in the defence of the said suit.

VII. And, for the more effectual establishing of the said court of requests, and the better enforcing the orders and decrees which shall be made by the said commissioners j and that the said commissioners may be invested with proper power and authority thority, and be free and exempt from any insults or abuses; be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person Penalty of inor persons (hall contemptuously affront, insult, or abuse all or suiting the any of the commissioners of the said court, during their sitting c°urt. in the said court, it shall and may be lawful to and for the said chief bailiff, or his deputy officer or officers, by order of the said commissioners then sitting, or any three or more of them, to take such person or persons so offending as aforesaid, into custody, and carry him, her, or them before one or more of his Majesty's justice or justices of the peace for the said county of Surry, to answer such affront, insult, or abuse; and upon the fact alledged being duly proved, upon the oath or oaths of one or more credible witness or witnesses, against him, her, or them, then, and in such case, the said justice or justices shall proceed to punish such person or persons so offending as aforesaid, by fine or imprisonment, or both; provided that the fine on any one person do not exceed the sum of twenty fliillings, and that the imprisonment be for no longer time than ten days.

VIII. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Fine to be leupon the nonpayment of the said fine, so to be imposed or set vied by diupon every person convicted of offending as aforesaid, it shall stress and se,e* and may be lawful for the said justice or justices to issue a warrant or warrants, under his or their hands and seals, for levying the said fine or fines so imposed upon the goods and chattels of every such offender or offenders, being then resiant or inhabiting within the said town and borough, or within any of the parishes, limits, or precincts aforesaid, and to cause sale to be made thereof, in case they (hall not be redeemed in five days, rendering the overplus, if any, to the owner rpon demand, after deducting the reasonable charges of such distress and sale; which fine or fines, when levied or received by virtue of this act, shall be immediately paid over into the hands of the church-wardens .or the overseers of the poor of the parish, wherein every such offender (hall, at the time of such offence committed, inhabit, dwell, or seek a livelihood, towards the support and maintenance of the poor of the same parish; and if such offender or of- offender not fenders shall not be resiant or inhabiting within the said town and being au inhaborough, or within any of the parishes, limits, or precincts a-b'tant»&c> foresaid, or shall not have any goods or chattels within the said town and borough, or within any of the parishes, limits, or precincts aforesaid, whereof such fine or fines can be levied as aforesaid; then, and in such case, and upon nonpayment of such and not pay. fine or fines, it (hall and may be lawful for the said justice or ing the hnea, justices, by warrant under his or their hand and seal, or hands to DC commitand seals, to commit such offender or offenders to the countytedl gaol of the said county of Surry, there to remain until he, she,' or they shall pay the said fine or fines so imposed as aforesaid, not exceeding one calendar month; and such fine or fines, when levied or received, shall be immediately paid over into the hands of the justice or justices who granted such warrant or warrants,

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as aforesaid, to be distributed among the poor prisoners for debt in the said prison, in such manner as he or they shall think fit. Copy of the IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That two preceding tjje clerks of the said court, or one of them, shall fix, or cause to

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stuck^plnthe De ^xed or ^oc'c UP' in tne publick part of the court

-court house, house of the said town and borough, or other place where the ( said commissioners shall sit to do business as aforesaid, a true

copy of the two last preceding clauses of this act, to the end that no person or persons shall or may pretend ignorance in the premisses.

X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in case any person or persons (hall make oath, or give evidence, in any cause depending in the said court of requests, whereby he, she, or they, shall commit any wilful or corrupt perjury, and thereof be duly convicted according to law, then every such person or persons shall incur and suffer the like pains and penalties, as any other person or persons convicted of wilful perjury, according to the laws and statutes of this realm.

XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That John Butler, of the parish of Saint Olave Southwark, in the county of Surry, gentlemen, and Hammett Richardson, of the pariih of Saint Mary Magdalen Bermondsey in the county aforesaid, gentleman, are constituted and appointed clerks of the said court of requests during their respective good behaviour therein; who shall and are hereby required to issue out all summonses, warrants, precepts, acts, orders, decrees, judgments, attachments, and proceedings of the said court; and shall keep proper books, wherein shall be entered and registered all acts, orders, and proceedings of the fame court.

XII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said commissioners in court, or the major part of them, on the next court day after the death, resignation, or legal amoval of both or either of the. said John Butler, and Hammett Richardson, the clerks appointed by this act, or so soon after as the fame is publickly known, and they are hereby required, to cause the whole number of commissioners to be summoned, who, next before such death, resignation, or amoval, were nominated and returned, as aforelaid, to meet at the place aforesaid, within twenty days next after their being summoned as aforesaid; and such commissioners at such meeting are hereby authorized, impowered, and required, by ballot, to elect and choose another person or persons in the room of both or either of the said John Butler and Hammett Richardson so dying, resigning, or being amoved as aforesaid, for the uses and purposes in this act contained; and so from time to time, upon every vacancy of the said office of clerk, forever.

XIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no person or persons shall be capable of acting as com

taken'theoath m'n^loner or commissioners in the execution of the powers given following. by this act, until such time as he and they shall respectively have taken an oath to the effect following:

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