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CAP. XXI.

An 00 for holding the summer affixes, and sessions of the peace, for the county of Norfolk, in the city and county of Norwich, until a new shire house can be built for the said county of Norfolk-, and for building a new jhire bouse on the castle hill in the same county; and for raising money on the said county for that purpose.

WHEREAS the Jhire house of the county os Norfolk, late situate on the cajlle hill in the said county, in which the summer assizes, and general quarter sessions of the peace 'of and for the said county, have been always boldm, and other publick business of the said county transacted, hath, by accident, been lately entirely burnt down: and whereas it is absolutely necessary, that a new Jhire house Jhould be creeled there for the purposes aforesaid; but the same cannot be rebuilt, completed, and finijhed, against the next summer assizes to be bolden for the said county of Norfolk, which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred andforty seven; and there is no place so convenient for the holding such summer assizes, and the general quarter sessions of the peace, and for transacting other publick business for the said county a/Norfolk, as the city ^/"Norwich, which lies in or near the centre of the said county; but the said city being a county of itself, distinct from the said county of Norfolk, the said assizes, 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 assembled, have consented to the holding of the said affizes andsejfions within the city andetunty ^/"Norwich aforesaid; be it therefore enacted, &e.

The summer assizes, and sessions of the peace for the county of Norfolk to be held at Norwich. The sliire house of Norfolk lo be rebuilt, &c. at the county charge. Quarter sessions to contract for building thereof. Money to be railed 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 112 feet. Burning or destroying the bridge, 01 taking away, &c. any ot the works, felony. Pontage to be paid. For every coach, or other vehicle, drawn by 6 horses, is. by 4 horses i s. 6d. by less than 4 horses, 1 s. For every waggon, cart, or carriage drawn by 4 horses or oxen, is. 6 d. and by lels than four, 1 s. For every horse, &c. not drawing, 1 d. For every toot passenger, 1 q. For every drove of neat cattle, 12 d. per score. For every drove of calves, hogs, sheep, or lambs, 6 d. per score. Tolls vested in Mr. Dicker, to bo paid but once a day. Owners names to be set on the outside of every vessel, and the name of the town and parish where he belongs. The bridge to be deemed extraparochial. Surrey and Middlesex exempted from repairing th« bridge. Rights of the mayor and city of London laved.

CAP. CAP. XXIII.

An act for repairing the road leading from Cirenceiter, in the county of
Gloucester, to Birdlip's Hill, in the said county.

Certain tol/j grantedfor Si years.

CAP. XXIV. An aft for the better securing the payment of shares of frizes taken from the enemy, to the royal hospital at Greenwich j and for preventing the embezzlement of goods and stores belonging to the said hospital.

WHEREAS by an act made in thirteenth year of his present 13 Geo. a. 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 /hip, vessel, goods, and merchandizes taken from the Spaniards is given to the stag officers, commanders, and other officers, seamen, marines^ and soldiers on board every ship and vessel of war in his Majesty's pay, and privateer; [being first adjudged lawful prize in any of his Majesty's courts of admiralty in Great Britain, or in his plantations in America, or elsewhere) and divers rules and regulations are therein establijhed for the adjudication and condemnation of prizes taken from the Spaniards; and by the said act a * bounty is given to the officers, seamen, marines, soldiers, or others, that /hall have been actually on board such of his Majesty's ship or Jbips of war, or privateer or privateers, in any action where any /hip or /hips of war, or privateer, /hall be taken from the enemy, funk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed: and whereas by an act made m the seventeenth year of his said present Majesty's reign, intituled, An act '7 Geo.». for the better encouragement of seamen in his Majesty's service,c" 3+' and privateers, to annoy the enemy; it was found necessary, that the fame encouragement should be given for the captors of French flips, vest/els, goods, and merchandizes, and the fame rules and regulations /bouldbe observed in the adjudication and condemnation os prizes taken from the French: and to the end that his Majesty's most 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 aud seamen of his Majesty's /hips of war, and the officers and seamen of all other Britittx/hips and vessels, having comm;/Jions, or letters of marque; and for inducing all British seamen, who might be in any foreign service, to return into this kingdom, and become serviceable to his Majesty; and for the more effectual securing and extending the trade of his Majesty's subjects, it was enacted, That thestag officers, commanders, and other officers, seamen, marines, and soldiers on board every /hip and vessel of war in his Majesty's pay, /hould have the sole interest and property of and in all and every /hip, vessel, goods, and merchandizes^ which they had taken on or stnee the twenty ninth day of March, in the year of outLord one thousand seven hundred and forty four, or Jhould thereafter

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talc (beingfirst adjudged lawful prize in any of bis Majesty courts of admiralty in Great Britain, or his plantations in America, or elsewhere') to be divided in such proportions, and after such manner, as his Majesty,by his declaration bearing date the twenty 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, his heirs and successors, should think fit to order and direct by proclamation or proclamations thereafter to be issued for that purpose; and by the said atl a bounty is likewise given to the officers, seamen, marines, soldiers, 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, Jbouldbe taken from the enemy, funk, burnt, or otherwije destroyed: and it was further enacted, That after the sale or sales of such prize or prizes as should be taken from the enemy by any of his Majesty's ships of war, publick notification should be given by the persons or agents appointed as thereby is directed, of the day appointed for, the payment of the several shares of the captors aforesaid; after which publick notification, if any mens shares should remain in the hands of the persons or agents appointed as "aforesaid, either belonging to such men as should be run from his Majesty's service, or which should not be legally demanded within three years; then such share or shares so remaining in the persons or agents hands, or belonging to such men as should run from his Majesty's service, should 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-men are notexprestygranted to Greenwich Hospital, whereby the said hospital hseth the benefit 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 tiventy fourth day os 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 belonging to men running from their ships\ after adjudication and condemnation of such prizes, shall be forfeited by the said clause in thl said last recited act: for remedy whereof, and to the intent that all and every the (hares of prizes belonging to run-men, as well after as before adjudication and condemnation, and as well those 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 June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred 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 Hojpital aforesaid; be it enacted by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice and conPersons serv- fe'H 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, fine* 4 Jan> in the year of Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty nine, or at any time since did belong, or now does or do belong, or at any time hereafter shall belong, to any of his Majesty's (hips or vessels of war, or to any merchant stiip employed in his Majesty's service, and hath or have, at any time heretofore, or shall who (hall quit at any time hereafter, run away, or withdraw him or themselves their ships, 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 stiares to the captors of the said prize or prizes, stiall have, or be intitled to have or claim to forfejt tnejj. any interest in, or benefit of the said (hare 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. J Hospital.

II. Provided always, That if any person or persons shall or Snave of tne do run away, or withdraw him or themselves from any such Prize money ship or vessel as aforesaid, after notification given as aforesaid, >n the agents he or they stiall only forfeit and lose such part of his and their'j)*"df" be share and shares of the said prize and prizes, and bounty-money, n ^ or ei e * as stiall be remaining in the said agent or agents hands, at the timeofhis and their running away,or withdrawinghim orthem

selves; any thing herein before contained to the contrary thereof in any wife notwithstanding.

III. And as several persons may have bought the shares of prizes of run-men, for a confederation a great deal under the real value thereof, which hath much encouraged seamen to quit and leave their

jbips, and his Majesty's service; be it enacted by the authority £frso."s Tht> aforesaid, That the vendee or vendees, assignee or alfigns of shades of prizes 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 seven, dona fide actually bought and assigned, (hall, on the payments of the fame, be allowed the full consideratioh-rmoney, he on or before and they really and bona fide gave for the fame, and interest as- i J»ne, 1747, ter the rate of five pounds per centum, which (hall have accrued [°ebe a"s"dwt:d due from the day of the payment of the said consideration- tio^moneyTM" money, to the time or times of payment of such share and and interest, (hares, and bounty money, according to the direction of this at j L percent. act, or the several acts herein recited, or any of them, and ho more; and that the surplus of the said share and shares, and tne sur j ^ bounty-money, in the said agents hands, after the real consi- such (hares deration and interest for the fame (hall have been paid and fa- &c. to be paid tisfied, shall be paid to the treasurer of the said royal hospital atto tl)e treasuGreenwich, or his deputy or agent, for the use of the same; and "teh IlolYtn'i for the better ascertaining the whole and true sum of the con- 1 sideration-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, stiall make an fom of consi

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affidavit before some or one of the judges of the courts of King's Bench, or Common Pleas, at JVejlminster, or before some or one of the barons of the Exchequer, or some commissioner of the fame 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 (hare 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 tjie assign- an(j taken, shall be filed in the said courts where sworn; and ments. aU perfons wn0 mau wilfully and corruptly swear falsly in -such

affidavits, shall be guilty of, and tried, and punished as for wilmakfny false ^ an<* corruPt perjury; and that no bill of sale or assignment 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 bill of sale °^ anv Pr'ze or bounty-money to which such persons as afore&c. tobeva- said are or shall, before the said first day of June, be intitled, Jid, where the shall be deemed good and valid in law or equity, wherein the consideration- true or reai fum and sums of money given and paid for such insertedS and mare ant* ^ares to the kid captor or captors, vendor or venattested'on dors thereof, hath or have not been, or shall not be inserted in «*ith. 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 impositions on seaAc. of prizet, men, marines, and soldiers, and thereby encouraging them to made after qUjt an(j jeave tjie|r ships, and his Majesty's service; and for to be void.*7' nettcr encouragement of seamen, marines, and soldiers to continue 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 stiips 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, sunk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, which shall at any time after the said first day of June, 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. Agentstopay V- And the said persons, or agents for prizes, appointed as the captors, by the said recited acts are directed, are hereby respectively auAc. their thorized, directed, and required to pay, or cause to be paid to wMoutre- a" 'ucn feamen» marines, and soldiers, as (hall appear in pergard to bills son, or in their absence to their lawful attornies, impowered by pf side, &c. them respectively, 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 authorizr

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