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said, unless he or they have respectively done the same; and if any person or persons, so as aforesaid appointed agent or agents (who have not already done the fame) (hall refuse or neglect so to do, on or before the first day of August, one thousand seven hundred and forty seven, in Great Britain, and on or before the first day of October, one thousand seven hundred and forty seven, in America, or other his Majesty's dominions; or if any person or persons, hereafter to be appointed agent or agents for the purposes aforesaid, shall refuse or neglect to exhibit, and cause to be registered in any of the courts of admiralty aforesaid, his or their respective letter or letters of attorney, appointing him or them agent or agents as aforesaid, for the within six space of six calendar months after sentence of condemnation of months after any prize or prizes shall be given in any of the said courts of adcondemna- niiralty, for the care and distribution of which he or they shall tl0n 5 be appointed agent or agents; such person or persons, agent or

agents, refusing or neglecting, shall forfeit the sum of five hununder penalty dred pounds; to be recovered by him or them who will sue for of 500I. tne fame, by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record in Great Britain, America, or in any other of his Majesty's dominions, or elsewhere; in which no elsoin, protection, privilege, or wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall be allowed.

Agents ap- XII. Provided always, That if any agent or agents shall be pointed after appointed after the time any sentence of condemnation in any condemna- Qf t|ie courts of admiralty shall be given, such agent or ato°registerriZe; gentS 'hall, under the aforesaid penalty, register, or cause to be their letters of registered, in manner aforesaid, his or their respective letter or attorney with- letters of attorney, appointing him or them agent or agents as in six months, aforesaid, within the space of six calendar months after the date

of his or their said letter or letters of attorney. Registers in XIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, the courts of That the register or registers of all and every the court and admiralty in couits of admiralty in any of his Majesty's plantations in America, ftaTl^eaii &° or e'fewnere> m anv otner of his Majesty's dominions, (hall, transcribed yearly and every year upon the twenty third day of Oclober, or letters of at- within three calendar months next after the fame, make out torncy regi- and transcribe true copies of all and every such letter and letters ftered inMuch Qc attorney, as shall be so registered in the said court or courts, and^ransmit t0 wh<ch the judge and judges of the said court and courts shall the same to affix his and their seal of office; and then the said register and the treasurer registers (hall transmit the same to the-treasurer of the said of Greenwich rovai hospital at Greenwich, to be there registered, and to be inHospital j fpected by any person gratis; the charges of which copies, and affixing the seal or seals thereto, and transmitting the same to the treasurer of the said hospital, shall be paid by the said agent or agents, at the time of making such registry as aforesaid; and in case such register or registers shall neglect or refuse to transcribe and transmit such copy and copies of the said letter and letters of attorney, in manner aforesaid (any ship or ships in that time sailing from such port or place, to any port or ports in

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Great Britain) such register and registers so neglecting or refusing, shall forfeit the sum of five hundred pounds, to be reco- Penalty jool. vered by him or them who will sue for the fame, by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any court of record in Great Britain or America, or in any other of his Majesty's dominions, or elsewhere; in which no essoin, protection, privilege, or wager of law, or more than one imparlance (hall be allowed.

XIV. And for the more effectual making such letters of at-Copies of the torney evidence of the agency of the person or persons to whom letters of atthe fame are made, be it further enacted by the authority afore- t0TMfy' said, That true copies of such letter and letters of attorney, and ^°^eevi"

of transcripts, under seal, transmitted by the said register or registers of the court and courts of admiralty of his Majesty's plantations in America, and elsewhere within his Majesty's domi- * nions, and registered by the said treasurer of Greenwich Hospital, (hall, from time to time, and at all times hereafter, be good and sufficient evidence of the agency <>f the person or persons to whom such letter of attorney is or mill" be made, and from time to time, and at all times hereafter (hall be. admitted, without further or other proof .thereof, to be lega! evidence in all his Majesty courts of record of law or equity; any law, custom, or usage to the contrary thereof in any wife notwithstanding.

XV. And whereas several of the agent!for p'izes, hav, f nee the' twenty ninth day of March, one thousand fci:;i hundred and forty four, been vexatiousy sued by persons vjko have been made run in the lists of the names of the officers, j^amen, marines, soldiers, or others who were actually on board such of his Majesty's Jhips or vessels of tsar, at the taking of such prize or prizes, and which said lists were duly certified after the condemnation of such prize or prizes, and transmitted to the said agents, though the plaintiff's in such suits knew, that by the several acts of parliament herein before recited, and passed in the thirteenth and seventeenth years of his present Majesty, their respective /hares of such prizes were forfeited by their running away from the service, and granted to the use of Greenwich Hospital, and that the said agents are but the receivers thereof, and have the care and custody of the monies arising by such /bares,

to and for the benefit of the said hospital, till the end of three years limited by the said ails, and within three calendar months after the expiration of which three years the said agents are obliged by the said acts to account for, and pay over the fame to the use os the said hospital, under certain penalties in the said ails contained; which said run-men very often commence these suits before all the times appointed for the payment of the said shares are expired, and being generally paupers, they often discontinue the said suits, and abscond, whereby the said agents are put to great costs in the defence of the fame, and have no means of recovering the fame, and therefore deduct such costs out of the monies arising from such shares, remaining in their hands, at the time of their accounting with, and paying it to the treasurer of the shid hospital, or his deputy, who are not authorized by the said acts to allow the fame; nor can the governor and directors of the said hospital enter into the defence of the said suits, tvhilji the said monies remain in the said agents hands, till it becomes payable to the Agents not !i- said hospital, according to the directions of the said acls; be it thereableto be sued fore enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no agent or agents

madTrun! slla11 bc liabIe 10 be sued> imPleaded> or arrested, by any person ,n* "or persons who (hall hereafter be made run from his Majesty's service, in the said lists transmitted to them of the names of the officers, seamen, marines, soldiers, or others intitled to such till j months shares, till the,end of three months next after the expiration of after the j three, years, limited by the acts aforesaid, unless the person or unkse certifi- persons f° made run, fliall obtain a certificate, before any action cates be first brought, from the commissioners of his Majesty's navy, who obtained of subscribed and transmitted the said lists, the said agent or agents, the R's being or some of them, or their proper officer or officers, that the R. taken off, &e. or are 0fft an(i tne forfeitures of such share or shares discharged, and the said agent or agents, on the producing such certificate or certificates, shall refuse to pay the same, in case the same be due and payable, according to the directions in his Majesty's said declaration, within two months after demand * made on such certificate.

XVI. And whereas several of the common pensioners and nurses in the said royal hospital of late have pawned or otherwise disposed os the wearing clothes, linen, and other goods delivered to them to wear and use, during their being pensioners or nurses of the said hospital, and continuing therein, and put the said hospital to great charge in redeeming or purchasing the same, and are much encouraged by pawnbrokers and other ill-disposed persons, for lucre's fake, so to do, though they how the person or persons who pawn or fell such clothes and linen, by the colour, mate, and marks of and in the said clothes and linen, have no absolute or legal interesl or property in the same; and that the said pensioners and nurses do often desert and run away from the said hospital, and carry away their clothes and linen with them: therefore for preventing such practices for the future, be . .. it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any pawnbroker to pawn or otner penon or persons shall take to pawn, buy, exchange, clothes, &c. or receive, any clothes, linen, or other goods or stores belongbelongingto ing to his Majesty, his heirs or successors, or to the governor the hospital. ancj directors of the said hospital, appropriated to and for the wear of the said pensioners or nurses during their continuance in the said hospital, or belonging thereto, and to the use of the said hospital, from any of the said pensioners, nurses, or other or changing person or persons upon any account or pretence whatsoever, or the colour, or cause the colour of such clothes, linen, or goods to be changed, marks, to for- or tne marks thereon to be taken out or defaced, the person or teu 5' persons so offending shall forfeit for every such offence the sum of five pounds upon conviction thereof, by the oath of one or more crtdible witness or witnesies, before any of his Majesty's justices of the peace of the county wherein the said offence or offences shall be committed; which penalty or penalties of five pounds (hall be levied by warrant under the hand and seal, or hands and seals of the said justice or justices of the peace, by

distress distress and sale of the goods and chattels of the said offender or to be levied by offenders; one moiety of which said penalty or penalties (hall distress and be paid to the informer or informers, and the other moiety (hall saIe" go and be paid to the use of the said hospital; and in case any Disposal of the such offender or offenders, who shall be convicted as aforesaid, forfeiture, of having bought, exchanged, received, or taken in pawn any For want of such clothes, linen, or other goods or stores as aforesaid, or of distress ofhaving caused the colour of such clothes, linen, or goods to be senclert0 be changed, contrary to the intent of this act, shall not have suf- \°TMTMthl flcient goods and chattels, whereon distress may be made, to the value of the penalty or penalties recovered against him, her, or them, for such offence or offences, or shall not pay such penalty or penalties within four days after such conviction, then, and in such case, such justice of the peace shall and may, by warrant under his hand and seal, either commit such offender or offenders to the common gaol of the county where such offence or offences (hall be committed, there to remain without bail or mainprize for the space of three months, or cause such or t0 ^ ^ offender or offenders to be publickly whipt, at the discretion of lickly wh?pt." such justice j and that if any pensioner, or nurse of the said hospital, shall desert or run away from the same, and carry a- Pensioners or way with them any clothes, linen, stores, or goods delivered to "ffwkifTlje5 him, her, or them, to wear and use, whilst they, or any of hospital them, was or were pensioners or nurses of or belonging to the clothes, &c. said hospital, or any other clothes, goods, or stores belonging t0'>e committhereto; such person or persons being lawfully convicted there- months of, by the oath or oaths of one or more credible witness or witnesses, stiall be committed to the common gaol or house of correction, where he, (he, or they (hall be apprehended, for the space of six months, without bail or mainprize.

XVII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Persons sued That if at any time or times hereafter, any person or persons 2£ *u act* shall be sued for any matter or thing done in the execution of this act, or if the governor, master, lieutenant governor, directors, captains, or any other officers of the said royal hospital at Greenwich, commonly called the officers of the house, who now are, or at any time hereafter lhall be concerned in the government of the said hospital or house, or any steward, minister, servant, or agent, employed or to be employed by the governor, master, lieutenant governor, or directors, in collecting or receiving the rents and revenues of the said house, or in any other matter or thing relating to the said house, or any or either of them, (hall be sued for any matter or thing done in the execution's this act, or in any wife relating to the said hospital or house, such governor, master, lieutenant governor, directors, captains, and officers of the said house, and their stewards, ministers, servants, and agents, and each and every of them, lhall and may plead the general issue, and give the special matter in evidence; and if upon trial the plaintiff or plaintiffs shall be-to plead the come nonsuit, or if a verdict stiall be given against him or them, Sc"eral ,ffue. the defendant or defendants shall recover treble his and their Treble costs.

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costs of suit, and may levy the fame by execution, to be award-
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CAP. XXV. t'

An act for repairing the high road leading from the town of Stockton
upon Tees, to Darlington, and from thence through Winston to Bar-
nard Castle, in the fame county.

Certain tolls granted for 21 years. Enlarged by »» Geo. t. c. 51.

CAP. XXVI.

An act for reviving and continuing an act passed in the sixth year of the reign of his late majesty King George the First, intituled, An aS for laying a duty of two penny Scots, or one ftxtb fart of a penny Jlerling, upon every Scots pint of beer or ale vended or fold within the town of Bruntifland, and liberties thereof for increasing the publick revenue of the said town, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

The atl 6 Geo. x. c. 8. revived and continued for 31 years.

CAP. XXVII.

An act for founding and building a chapel in Wednesfield, in the parish of Wolverhampton, in the county of Stafford.

CAP. XXVIII.

An act for repairing the road leading from Gatherick Bridge in the county of York, to Yarm in the laid county; and from thence to Stockton in the county of Durham; and from thence through Sedgefkld, in the said county of Durham, to the city of Durham.

Certain tolls grantedfor 11 years.

CAP. XXIX.

An act to confirm an agreement made by the rector and vestrymen of the parish of Saint James within the liberty ot' Westrpinster, for enlarging the churchyard of the said parish, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

CAP. XXX.

An aft for allowing persons impeached of high treason, whereby any corruption of blood may be made, or for mispriston of such treason, to make their full defence by council.

HEREAS it is thought reasonable, that persons impeached by the house of commons of high treason, whereby any corruption of blood is made, or for misprison of such treason, should have the same benefit and advantage in making their defence, as they may have on indiclments, or other prosecutions: the commons therefore humbly pray your Majesty that it may be 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 this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of fune, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty seven, all and every person and persons whatsoever, who shall be impeached by the commons of Great Britain of any high com^on7thC treafon> whereby any corruption of blood may or shall be made

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