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CAP. XXI. An azt for bolding the summer afizes, and sessions of the peace,

for the county of Norfolk, in the city and county of Norwich, until a new hire house can be built for the said county of Norfolk; and for building a new shire house on the castle bill in the same county; and for raising money on

the said county for that purpose. W H EREAS the shire house of the county of Norfolk, late

W situate on the castle hill in the said county, in which the fummer aflizes, and general quarter lesions of the peace of and for the said county, have been always holden, and other publick business of the said county transacted, hath, by accident, been lately entirely burnt down : and whereas it is absolutely' necesary, that a new mire house mould be erected there for the purposes aforesaid ; but the same cannot be rebuilt, completed, and finished, against the next summer aflizes to be holden for the said county of Norfolk, which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand. seven hundred and forty Seven ; and there is no place so convenient for the holding such summer afizes, and the general quarter sesións of the peace, and for transacting other publick business for the said county of Norfolk, as the city of Norwich, which lies in or near the centre of the said county ; but the said city being a county of itself, diftinet from the said county of Norfolk, the faid allizes, or sessions of the peace for the said county of Norfolk, cannot, by any law now in being, be held within the said city and county of Norwich : and whereas the mayor, Sheriffs, citizens, and commonalty of the said city of Norwich, in common council asembled, have consented to the holding of the said alizes and selfions within the city and county of Norwich aforesaid; be it therefore enacted, &r.

The summer allizes, and sessions of the peace for the county of Norfolk to be held at Norwich. The thire house of Norfolk to be rebuilt, &c. at the county charge. Quarter sessions to contract for building thereof. Money to be raised by a general rate.

CAP. XXII. An act for building a bridge cross the river Thames, from the parish of

Walton upon Thames in the county of Surrey, to Shepperton in the

county of Middlesex. Samuel Dicker esquire, impowered to build a bridge from Walton to Shepperton. Open passage to be left for the water to pass 2 12 feet. Burning or destroying the bridge, or taking away, &c. any of the works, felony. Pontage to be paid. For every coach, or other vehicle, drawn by 6 horses, 2 s. by 4 horses i s. 6 d. by less than 4 horses, is. For every waggon, cart, or carriage drawn by 4 horses or oxen, Is. 6 d. and by less than four, is. For every horse, &c. not drawing, id. For every foot passenger, 29. For every drove of neat cattle, 12 d. per score. For every drove of calves, hogs, sheep, or lambs, 6 d. per score. Tolls velted in Mr. Dicker, to be paid but once a day, Owners names to be set on the outside of every vesel, and the name of the town and parish where he belongs. The bridge to be deemed extraparochial. Surrey and Middlesex exempted from repairing the bridge. Rights of the mayor and city of London laved.

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CAP. XXIII.
An act for repairing the road leading from Cirencester, in the county of,

Gloucester, to Birdlip's Hill, in the said county.

Certain tolls granted for 21 years.

CAP. XXIV.
An act for the better securing the payment of shares of prizes

taken from the enemy, to the royal bospital at Greenwich;
and for preventing the embezzlement of goods and stores

belonging to the said bospital. W H ERE AS by an ałt made in thirteenth year of his present 13 Geo. 2.C.4.

Majesty's reign, intituled, An act for the more effectual securing and encouraging the trade of his Majesty's British subjects in America; and for the encouragement of seamen to enter into his Majesty's service, the sole interest and property of and in all and every sip, vessel, goods, and merchandizes taken from the Spaniards is given to the flag officers, commanders, and other offcers, seamen, marines, and soldiers on board every ship and vessel of war in bis Majesty's pay, and privateer ; (being first adjudged lawful prize in any of his Majesty's courts of admiraliy in Great Britain, or in his plantations in America, or elsewhere) and divers rules and regulations are therein established for the adjudication and condemnation of prizes taken from the Spaniards; and by the faid act a. bounty is given to the officers, seamen, marines, soldiers, or others, that shall have been attually on board fuch of his Majesty's ship or foips of war, or privateer or privateers, in any action where any ship or ships of war, or privateer, shall be taken from the enemy, funk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed : and whereas by an act made in the seventeenth year of his said present Majesty's reign, intituled, An act 17 Geo. 7. for the better encouragement of seamen in his Majesty's service, C. 34. and privateers, to annoy the enemy; it was found necesary, that the same encouragement should be given for the captors of French foips, vessels, goods, and merchandizes, and the same rules and regulations bould be observed in the adjudication and condemnation of prizes taken from the French : and to the end that his Majesty's molt gracious intentions might have full force and effect, and for the better carrying on the said war against France with vigour, and for the encouragement of the officers and seamen of his Majesty's ships of war, and the officers and seamen of all other British ships and vessels, having commifions, or letters of marque; and for inducing all British feamen, who might be in any fsreign service, to return into this kingdom, and become serviceable to his Majesty; and for the more effettual securing and extending the trade of his Majesty's subjects, it was enatted, That the flag officers, commanders, and other officers, seamen, marines, and soldiers on board every ship and vellel of war in his Majesty's pay, jould have the sole interest and property of and in all and every fbip, vessel, goods, and merchandizes, which they had taken on or since the twenty ninth day of March, 'in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty four, or should thereafter E 3

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take (being first adjudged lawful prize in any of his Majesty courts of ad-
miralty in Great Britain, or his plantations in America, or elsewhere)
to be divided in such proportions, and after such manner, as his Maje-
fty, by his declaration bearing date the iwenty ninth day of March, one
Thousand seven hundred and forty four, had ordered and directed, or
in such proportions, and after such manner, as his Majesty, bis beirs
and succesors, jould think fit to order and direct by proclamation or
proclamations thereafter to be issued for that purpose; and by the faid
att a bounty is likewise given to the officers, seamen, marines, foldiers,
or others, that shall have been actually on board such of his Majesty's
ship or ships of war, or privateer' or privateers, in any action where
any ship or ships of war, or privateers, should be taken from the ene-
my, sunk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed : and it was further enabled,
That after the sale or fales of such prize or prizes as should be taken
from the enemy by any of his Majesty's hips of war, publick notifi-
cation foould be given by the persons or agents appointed as thereby is
directed, of the day appointed for the payment of the several foares of
the captors aforesaid; after which publick notification, if any mens
Mares should remain in the hands of the persons or agents appointed as
aforesaid, either belonging to such men as should be run from bis Ma-
jesty's service, or which should not be legally demanded within three
years; then such share or pares fo remaining in the persons or agents
hands, or belonging to such men as pould run from his Majesly's fer-
vice, mould go and be paid to the use of Greenwich Hospital : 'and
whereas by the above recited act of the thirteenth year of his present
Majesty, the shares of prizes belonging to run-menare not exprefly grant-
ed to Greenwich Hospital, whereby the faid hospital loseth the bene-
fit of all such shares of run-men, of and in all prizes taken from the
'Spaniards, on or since the fourth day of January, in the year of
our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty nine, in Europe;
and on or since the twenty fourth day of June, in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty, in any other part of the
world; and some doubt may arise whether the shares of prizes belong.
ing to men running from their ships, after adjudication and condemna.
tion of such prizes, shall be forfeited by the faid clause in the said
last recited act: for remedy whereof, and to the intent that all
and every the Thares of prizes belonging to run-men, as well
after as before adjudication and condemnation, and as well thore
taken from his Majesty's enemies, on or since the fourth day of
January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and thirty nine, in Europe, and on or since the twenty fourth
day of fune, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hun-
dred and forty, in any other part of the world, as those taken
on or since the twenty ninth day of March, one thousand seven
hundred and forty four, may be given, and go to, and be paid
to the use of Greenwich Hospital aforesaid; be it enacted by the

King's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and conPerfons serv. sent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this ing on board present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, the fleet, &c. That no person or persons who, on the fourth day of January, since 4 Jan. in the year of Lord one thousand feven hundred and thirty nine, 1739

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or at any time fince did belong, or now does or do belong, or at any time hereafter shall belong, to any of his Majesty's ships or vessels of war, or to any merchant ship employed in his Majesty's service, and hath or have, at any time heretofore, or shall who shall quit' at any time hereafter, run away, or withdraw him or themselves their thips, from the ship or vessel by which any prize or prizes shall be taken from any of his Majesty's enemies, or otherwise from his Majesty's service, before or after notification shall be given by the persons or agents appointed as aforesaid, of the day appointed for the payment of the several shares to the captors of the faid prize or prizes, shall have, or be intitled to have or claim to forfe any interest in, or benefit of the said share or shares of the said claim, prize or prizes, or the bounty-money aforesaid, or any part thereof; but such share and shares of such prize and prizes, and to the use of bounty-money, shall go and be paid to the use of Greenwich Greenwich Hospital.

Hospital. II. Provided always, That if any person or persons Thall or Share of the do run away, or withdraw him or theinselves from any such Prize money thip or vessel as aforesaid, after notification given as aforesaid, in the agents he or they fall only forfeit and lose such part of his and their hands to be

* only forfeited, share and shares of the said prize and prizes, and bounty-money, as thall be remaining in the said agent or agents hands, at the time of his and their running away, or withdrawing him or them. felves; any thing herein before contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.

III. And as several perfons may have bought the shares of prizes of run-men, for a consideration a great deal under the real value ihereof, which hath much encouraged seamen to quit and leave their fbids, and his Majelly's service ; be it enacted by the authority Persons who aforesaid, That the vendee or vendees, assignee or alligns of moa

bought the such share and shares, and bounty-money, or either of them, of run-men, as is and are, or shall be, on or before the first day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty leven, bona fide actually bought and alligned, ihall, on the payments of the fame, be allowed the full consideration-money, he on or before and they really and bona fide gave for the same, and interest af- 1 June, 1747, ter the rate of five pounds per centum, which shall have accrued to be allowed

* the confidera. due from the day of the payment of the said considerationmoney, to the time or times of payment of such share and and interest, shares, and bounty money, according to the direction of this at sl. per cent. act, or the several acts herein recited, or any of them, and no more; and that the surplus of the said share and shares, and the bounty-money, in the said agents hands, after the real confi- such thires. deration and interest for the same shall have been paid and fa- &c. to be paid tisfied, shall be paid to the treasurer of the said royal hospita! at to the treasuGreenwich, or his deputy or agent, for the use of the fame; and be

the ute of the fire. and rer of Green

wich Hospital. for the better ascertaining the whole and true sum of the consideration-money lona fide paid, the vendee or assignee of every such share of run-men now actually bought, if living, and if Affidavit to be dead, then his and their respective representative and represen- made of the tatives to the best of their knowledge and belief, shall make an fom of cons

deration mo.

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affidavit ney paid;

affidavit before some or one of the judges of the courts of King's Bench, or Common Pleas, at Westminster, or before some or one of the barons of the Exchequer, or some commissioner of the same courts in the country in Great Britain, and in any other parts of his Majesty dominions, before some or one of the judges of the courts of law or equity there, or before some other person or persons authorized by those courts to take affidavits, of

the real consideration-money paid for the said share or shares, and the time and of the true and real days and times of the execution of such of executing assignments by the assigners thereof, and which affidavits so sworn the asign- and taken, shall be filed in the said courts where sworn; and inents.

all persons who shall wilfully and corruptly swear fallly in such

affidavits, shall be guilty of, and tried, and punished as for wilPenalty on

ful and corrupt perjury; and that no bill of sale or assignment making false affidavits,

now made and executed, or which shall be made and executed

on or before the said first day of June, of the share and shares No hill of fale of any prize or bounty-money to which such persons as afore&c. to be ya faid are or shall, before the said first day of June, be intitled. lid, where the shall be deemed good and valid in law or equity, wherein the confideration. true or real sum and sums of money given and paid for such money is not inserted, and

share and shares to the said captor or captors, vendor or venattested on dors thereof, hath or have not been, or shall not be inserted in cath. the said bill of sale or assignment before the execution thereof,

and proved on oath in manner aforesaid. Bills of sale, IV. And for the future preventing such impofitions on sea&c. of prizes, men, marines, and soldiers, and thereby encouraging them to made after quit and leave their ships, and his Majesty's service; and for 1 June, 1747, to be void,

" better encouragement of seamen, marines, and soldiers to con

tinue in his Majesty's service, be it further enacted, That all and every bargain, sale, bill of sale, contract, agreement, and assignment whatsoever, of, for, or concerning any share or shares of any prize or prizes taken or to be taken from any of his Majesty's enemies, by any of his Majesty's ships or vessels of war, or by any merchant ship employed in his Majesty's service, or having letters of marque, or of, for, or concerning any share or shares of any bounty-money given in and by the said recited acts, where any ship or ships of war or privateers belonging to his Majesty's enemies should be taken, funk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, which shall at any time after the said first day of Fune, be made or entered into, shall be, and is and are hereby declared to be void and of none effect, to all intents and purposes whatsoever; any Jaw, statute, custom, or usage, to the

contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. Agents to pay y. And the said persons, or agents for prizes, appointed as the captors, by the said recited acts are directed, are hereby respectively au&c. their thorized, directed, and required to pay, or cause to be paid to Mhares, &c.

all such seamen, marines, and soldiers, as shall appear in perwithout regard to bills fon, or in their absence to their lawful attornies, impowered by of sale, &c. them refpectively, in the manner as is herein after directed, or

to the executors or administrators of such seamen, marines, and soldiers, or their respective attorney or attornies, duly authoriz,

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