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ed in fuch manner as is herein after directed, the respective share or shares of such prize or prizes, and bounty-money as aforesaid, respectively due to them, without regard to any bargain, fale, bill of sale, contract, agreement, or assignment whatsoever, hereafter to be made of, for, or concerning the same.
VI. And be it further enacted, That no letter of attorney, After from and after the said first day of June, made by any seaman, 1947, letters marine, or soldier, belonging to any of his Majesty's ships or of attorney to vessels of war, or to any merchant ship in his Majesty's service, be made revoor otherwise in the service of his Majesty, his heirs or successors, cable. or having letters of marque, or belonging to any privateer, or by the executors or administrators of any such seaman, marine, or foldier, in order to impower and intitle any person or persons to receive any share or shares of any prize or prizes, or bounty-money as aforesaid, of any kind whatsoever now due, or at any time hereafter to grow due to any seaman, marine, or soldier, shall be good and valid, and sufficient for that purpose, unless fuch letter of attorney be made revokable, and for the use of such seaman, marine, or soldier making the same, and and attested unless the same be signed and executed before, and attested by by the cap. the captain or commander, and one other of the warrant or tain, &C. figning officers of the ship to which such seaman, marine, or soldier making the same thall belong, or the clerk of the cheque of one of his Majesty's dock-yards, or the mayor or chief magistrate of some corporation.
VII. And whereas neither by the faid recited act of the thirteenth year of his present Majesty's reign, nor by the faid act passed in the Jaid seventeenth year of his said Majesty, any sufficient provision is . made to oblige such agents, or other persons, to discover and duly account for the money remaining in their hands, due or to become due and payable to the said hofpital: now, for the better and more effectual preserving and securing all such interest and shares of the said prizes, given and granted by the above recited acts, or either of them, and hereby given and granted to and for the use of the said hospital, and for the more certain collecting and receiving the same; be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a
pat Agents, &c. all and every person and persons, agent and agents, and others, to tranimitan who have sold and disposed of, or Thall hereafter sell or other- account to the wise dispose of, any prize or prizes fo taken as aforesaid, or treasurer of which hereafter shall be so taken from any of his Majesty's ene
Hospital, withmies, Tall, within the space of three calendar months next in months after the day to be appointed for the first payment or distribu- after the firit tion to the captors of such prize or prizes, made in pursuance payment, of of such publick notification, make out and transmit, or deliver the produce of unto the treasurer of the said royal hospital at Greenwich for the
the prizes; time being, or to such person or persons as he shall for that purpose depute or appoint, a true state and account in writing, under the hand or hands of such agent or agents, or person or persons so employed, of the produce of all such prize and prizes
es and of the as aforesaid, together with an account of the payments of the pa several shares of the captors, as fhall then have been really and the shares.
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pointed to re- bona fide by him or them respectively paid; and also that all and ceive bills for every person and persons authorized and appointed by the said bounty, to acts, or this present act, to receive bills for the bounty granted transmit a like
by the said recited acts, shall, within the like space of three caaccount.
lendar months next after the day appointed for the first payment or distribution of such bills for the bounty as aforesaid, in like manner make out and transmit, or deliver to the treasurer for the time being of the said hospital, or to his sufficient deputy, a true state and account in writing, under his or their hand or hands, of the payment and distribution of such bills; and further, that all and every person and persons, agents, and others, that by virtue of the said acts hath or have sold and disposed of, or that shall hereafter sell or dispose of any prize or prizes taken froin the enemy, or which thall at any time or times hereafter be taken from the said enemy by any of his Ma
jesty's ships or vessels of war, or that shall receive or dispose of
. any bill or bills for bounty, such person and persons, agents, within and others, so selling and disposing thereof, Thall, within the months after space of three calendar months next after the expiration of the the expiration term of three years limited by the said acts, make out an exact of the 3 years account in writing, of the produce of such prize and prizes, bill limited, to
ake out an and bills for bounty, as also of the payments of the several account of the shares to the respective captors, together with a true and juft produce of account, upon oath, to be taken before the treasurer of the said prizes, and
hospital for the time being, or anty other person or persons by
hofpital'fore payments of Ihares;
him for that purpose deputed and authorized in writing, under his hand and seal (which oath the said treasurer of the said hof pital, and his sufficient deputy and deputies authorized as aforesaid, is and are hereby authorized and impowered to administer) of all sum and sums of money as shall be then remaining
in such agent or agents, or persons custody, power, or possel and to deliver Gone
en fion; and shall at the same time deliver, or cause to be deliverthe same, with The fums' re. ed, to the treasurer of the said hospital for the time being, or to maining in his sufficient deputy or agent, the said accounts fo attested upon their hands, oath as aforesaid, together with all such remaining sum and sums
4 of money, then so left and remaining in his or their hands as rer of Greenvich Hospital, aforesaid, taking from the said treasurer, or his proper deputy
or agent, his or their acquittance or acquittances for the same.
VIII. And be it further enacted, That all and every the perpenalty son and persons hereby directed to transmit or deliver all or any of jool.
the accounts before mentioned, who shall neglect or refuse to transmit or deliver all or any such account or accounts to the treasurer of the said hospital, or his said deputy or agent, within the times before limited and appointed, in manner and form as is herein before mentioned, or who shall neglect or refuse to pay over all and every such sum and sums of money as shall remain
in his or their hand or hands, power, custody, or poffeffion, Disposal of the
after the term of three years, to be accounted as aforesaid, Mall, forfeitures.
"for every such offence, forfeit the sum of one bundred pounds,
over and above the money then in such agents hands; one third part whereof shall belong to his Majesty, and the remain
ing two thirds to the said royal hospital; to be recovered, with costs of suit, by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any of his Majesty's courts of record; in which no effoin, protection, privilege, or wager of law, or more than one imparlance. Thall be allowed.
IX. And he it further enacted, That if any fraud, collusion, Persons conor deceit shall be wittingly or willingly made, used, committed, victed of makpermitted, done, or suffered, in making, stating, or ballancing ing false acany such accounts; then every person or persons who shall be counts, thereof duly convicted, and his and their aiders and abetters, to forfeit 100l. fhall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, over and above the penalties and punidhments inflicted by this, or any other or former law, the sum of one hundred pounds; one third part Disposal of the whereof to be to the use of his Majesty, and one other third to forfeiture. the use of the said, hospital, and the other third to the informer who shall sue for the same; to be recovered, with costs of suit, by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record ; in which no effoin, protection, privilege, or wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall be allowed.
X. And whereas by the above recited acts made in the thirteenth 12 Geo. 2. and seventeenth years of his faid present Majesty's reign respectively, c. 4. f. 159 as a furtber encouragement of the officers, Jeamen, marines, foldiers, *7 Geo: 2.. and others on board any of his Majesly's nips of war, as also of pri- C. 3 vateers, to attaik, take, and destroy any ships of force belonging to the enemy, it was enacted, That there should be paid by the treasurer of bis Majesty's novy, upon bills to be made forth by the commissioners of the navy, to be paid according to the course thereof, without fer or reward, unto the officers, Jeamen, marines, foldiers, or others, that should have been actually on board such of his Majesty's ships of war, or privateer or privateers, in any action where any ship ór fbips of war, or privateers, should have been taken from the enemy, Junk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, five pounds for every man which was living on board any ship or Tips To taken, sunk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, at the beginning of the engagement between them, the numbers of such men to be proved by the oaths of three or more of the chief officers or men, which were belonging to the said ship or Tips of war, or privateers of the enemy, or belonging to any of them at the time of her or their being taken as prize, funk, burnt, or otherwije destroyed, before the mayor, or other chief magistrate of the port within any of his Majesty's dominions, whereunto any prize, or officers, or men of such ships as were sunk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, . jould be brought, or before the British consul, or vice cansul, residing at any neutral port, to which such prize, or officers, or men should be brought, which oaths the said mayor,, or other chief magistrate of any such port, or consul, or vice consul, were thereby impowered and required to administer, and should forthwith grant a certificate thereof, without fee or reward, directed to the commissioners of the navy, upon producing which certificate to the commissioners of his Majesty's novy, together with an authentick copy of the condemnation of such ship to taken, or if such ship be junk, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, on producing only a certificate from the mayor, or other chief magistrate, or
conful, or vice consul, as aforesaid, the said commissioners of his Ma• jesly's navy, or such person or persons as they fould appoint for that
purpose, Anould according to the course of the navy, within fifteen days make out bills for the amount of such bounty, directed to the treasurer of the navy, payable to, and to be divided among the officers, seamen, marines, and soldiers on board his Majesty's bips of war, in manner, form, and proportion, as by his Majesty's proclamation to be issued for that purpose, Jould be directed and appointed, and amongst the owners, officers, and feamen of any private vessel, or ship of war, in such manner and proportion, as by an agreement in writing they mould have entered into for that purpose, pould be direcled: and whereas fome doubt has arisen, whether such oaths, relating to the said bounty-money, and the certificate thereon granted, could be administered and granted by any mayor or chief magistrate, consul, or vice consul, of any port, other than the first port to which such prize or prizes, or officers or men pould be first brought; and it has sometimes happened, that such oath and certificate could not be administered and granted at the first port where such prize or prizes, or officers or men have been brought, whereby the officers, seamen, marines, and soldiers of his Majesty's ships and vessels of war, privateer and privateers, by which the ships of his Majesty's enemies
have been taken, burnt, sunk, or otherwise destroyed, have been toe Where an tally deprived of the benefit of the said bounty-money: for remedy oath and cer
- whereof, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in all tificate cannot be granted at such cases, where such oath and certificate could not, or herethe first port, after cannot be administred and granted at the said first port, they may be such oath or oaths relating to any prize or prizes taken, or to be the magiftrate la
ie taken, or to any ships of his Majesty's enemies sunk, burnt, or of any other. otherwise destroyed, or hereafter to be sunk, burnt, or otherwise
destroyed, shall and may be administered and taken by and before the mayor or other chief magistrate of any port within any of of his Majesty's dominions, or by or before the Britis consul, or vice consul, residing at any neutral port, whereunto any prize or prizes, or officers or men of any ships belonging to his Ma. jesty's enemies, as have been, or shall be taken, Tunk, burnt,
or otherwise destroyed, mall at any time hereafter be brought Proof to be (proof being first made by affidavit before such person or permade of their fons, of the inability of making such oath or oaths, and obtaininability of
i ing such certificate, at the said first port) and the mayor, or making the oath, &c. in other chief magiftrate, consul, or vice consul, shall thereupon the first port. grant such certificate and certificates, as by the faid recited acts Certificate to are directed ; which certificate and certificates shall be good and be granted
effectual to all intents and purposes, as if the same were granted thereon.
by the mayor, or chief inagistrate, consul, or vice consul, of the port to which such prize or prizes, officers or men as aforesaid, have been or shall be first brought; any thing in the said recited acts to the contrary thereof in any wise notwith
standing. 18 Geo. 2.
• XI. And whereas by an acl passed in the eighteenth year of his pref. 31. 1. 6, 7. sent Majesty's reign, it was enacted, That all and every person and
persons who since the commencement of the present war against Spain,
Agents to refore further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all and gilter their letevery person and persons, who Gnce the.commencement of the ters of attorpresent war against Spain and France respectively, has or have ney in the been, or now is or are, or hereafter shall be, appointed agent court of ad.
un miralty in or agents for any prize or prizes taken by any thip or ships, Great Britain, vefsel or vessels of war, or by any merchant ship or ships em- before Aug. ployed in his Majesty's service, or having letters of marque, or 1747 for receiving the bounty-money by the said recited acts granted, and which prize or prizes hath or have been, or hereafter shall be condemned in the high court of admiralty in Great Britain, and in an or in any of the courts of admiralty in any of his Majesty's ca, &c. before plantations in America, or in any other of his Majesty's domi- , Oct. 1747, nions, or elsewhere, shall exhibit, and cause to be registered in or where the the high court of admiralty in Great Britain, or in the respective courts of admiralty in America, or in any other of his Majesty's ed, dominions, or elsewhere, where the faid prize and prizes, and every of them, hath or have been, or shall be condemned, ap. pointing him or them agent or agents for the purposes afore