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said president for the time being (hall have voice, and shall vote and act as a member of such general court, or courts of committees; and in cafe of an equality of votes, the said president (hall have and exercise a casting vote. Four general VIII. And be it further enacted and declared, That there courts yearly; shah" be four general courts at least held every year; that is to fay, on the said twenty fourth day of June, on the twenty ninth day of September, on the twenty fifth day of December, and on the twenty fifth day of March, or within five days before or as. . . ter either of the said days respectively, of which ten days notice Gazette" slia11 be Siven in the ^mion Gazettt; and the said president and assistants, or committees, (hall have power to call a general court, at any other time or times, as the affairs of the said corporation Courts maybe shall require; and are also impowered and required to call a times 3t °ther £eneral court, at the request of any thirteen of the members of 'the said corporation, signifying the same, by writing under their

. . . hands; provided that ten days notice at least be given in the giving notice. £onj}n Gazette, of the time and place of the meeting of every

such general court so to be called as aforesaid. President and IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, 5 assistants to That the said president, with any five or more of the said asmake a court; sistants, or committees, for the time being, (hall make a full meet weekly court °^ assistants, or committees; and (hall meet, from time to time, upon Wednesdays weekly, in or near the city of London, or at such other time and place as they (hall think fit to appoint; and such court of assistants, or committees; (hall have power, when assembled, as aforesaid, in the name of the said corporation, and on their account, to apply the monies arising, and to be received, by virtue of this act, and vested in the said corporation, for the relief and support of such seamen, and their widows and children, as are before described; and shall be intitled to the benefits and provisions of this act, in the manner herein directed, and in cafe there (hall be any surplus thereof, or any sum or sums of money (hall be contributed and given for the purposes of this act, by any well disposed persons, to lay out the fame in parliamentary securities, or to dispose of the same in the purchase of such lands, tenements, and hereditaments, as are hereby before allowed, and with and under their common seal, to enter into any covenants or contracts for the purposes aforesaid, a« they shall think fit for the better affecting and carrying on the ficers^&c' charity hereby intended; and to appoint and choose, and at '' their pleasure to remove, displace, and supply any officers, servants, and other person or persons to be employed for the purposes herein mentioned and intended, or other affairs of the said corporation (other than and except such officers and persons as Exception. are directed to be appointed and chosen at a general court or assembly of the said corporation) and to direct and appoint such salaries, perquisites, or other rewards, for their labour or service therein, as they (ha II approve or think proper; and to do, manage, and transact, and determine, all such other matters and things, as (hall to them, or the greater part of them, appear necessary

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and convenient for the affecting or carrying on the purposes hereby intended.

X. And be it further enacted and declared, That the manage- Committees to ment, transactions, and accompts of the said president and assist- be subject to ants, or committees, shall be, from time to time, and at all times the by-laws, hereafter, subject and liable to such audit and inspection, allowance, disallowance, and controul of all or such of the members

or governors of the said hereby erected corporation, as by any by-laws ordinances of the fame corporation shall be for that purpose constituted and appointed.

XI. And' it is hereby further enacted by the authority afore- Rece;ver. said, That there shall be a receiver of the hereby erected corporation, who shall be chosen by the said president and governors,

or the greater part of them assembled in a general court, as aforesaid; and shall and may be allowed such salary as to them shall seem proper, and beat their will and pleasure displaced and removed from his station or employment, and another fit and able person thereunto appointed and chosen in his room.

XII. Provided also, and be it declared and enacted, That if Vacancies to there be any vacancy or vacancies of any person or persons, be filled up at chosen at a general court, as aforesaid, happening by death or a general removal, such vacancy or vacancies (hall be filled up at a gene - C0UIt

ral court or assembly to be held of the said president and governors, after ten days notice at least to be given thereof in the Lon- 1 don Gazette, of such election.

XIII. And to the intent that there never may be wanting a competent number of members or governors of the said hereby erected corporation; therefore for perpetuating the succession thereof, and for supplying and filling up the places of president and assistants, or committees, be it further enacted by tho authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the said president and governors, or the greater part of them that shall be present in such general court or assembly, to

be held as aforesaid (so that not less than thirteen governors be Thirteen gothen present) to elect and choose some other fit and able person vernors to be or persons to be a member or governor, or members or governers, Pr^nt a' tlie of the said hereby erected corporation, in the room or place of such £ governor of the persons above-named, or to be, from time to time, elect- * ed members or governors, as aforesaid, who shall happen to depart this life, or shall refuse to accept of being, or to continue, and remain to be, a member or governor as aforesaid.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, antl .at tlie That it shall and may be lawful for the said president and gover- J^w^ng y* nors, in a general court assembled as aforesaid (so that not less than thirteen governors be then present) to make, ordain, and constitute, such and so many by-laws, constitutions, and ordinances, as to them, or the greater part of them, then and there present, shall seem necessary and convenient for the establishing the said hereby erected corporation, and the officers, servants, and persons by them, in and about the affairs of the said corporation, to be employed j and for the better applying the money

ney hereby to be raised and received, and providing for the persons intitled to the benefits of and provisions made by this act; and for the auditing the accounts, and the controuling, allowing, or disallowing the transactions of the laid president, assistants, 'or committees, and of the said officers, servants, and persons; and the fame by-laws, orders, ordinances, and constitutions, so made, to put in use accordingly; and at their will and pleasure to revoke, change, and alter the same; which said by-laws, orders, and ordinances, so as aforesaid rrtade, shall be duly kept and observed, so always as the said constitutions, by-lawsj orders, and ordinances, be reasonable, and not contrary or repugnant to the statutes, customs, or laws of this kingdom, or any of the express regulations of this act. President not 'Prov'^el' a"°» ant^ it is hereby declared, That incase

attending"0 tne president shall at any time not attend, then if shall be lawful another to be to and for the said assistants, or committees, at a court of asdeputed, sillants or committees, and the said governors, at a general court, to depute and appoint any other person a member or gorvernor of the said corporation, to preside, vote, and act as president in his absence, and to do all and every act or acts, thing or things, as well at the said general court, as at the court of assistants or committees, or otherwise, as he the said president is hereby impowered, authorized or required to do.

XVI. And, for the encouragement of such as (hall be benePersonsgiving factors to so good a design, be it enacted by the authority afore50I. to be go- said, That if any person charitably disposed, shall at one or vernors. more payments, pay into the hands of the receiver of the said

hospital for the time being, or such person as shall be deputed for that purpose, the full sum of fifty pounds, to and for the good uses and purposes in this act mentioned, such person shalt be, and is hereby declared to be, from the time of such payment of such fifty pounds as aforesaid, a governor of the said hereby erected corporation.

XVII. And for the effecting the good ends and purposes aaxid masters „f f°resaid, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That every seavessds &c. man, or other person whatsoever, who shall serve, or be emto pay 6d. per ployed by any person or persons whatsoever, in any merchant enontu. ship, or other private ship or vessel belonging, or to belong to any

of the subjects of his Majesty, his heirs or successors, in that part of Great Britain called England; and every master or owner, navigating or working in his own (hip or vessel, whether employed on the high sea, or coasts of the (ame, or in any port, bay, Apprentices or creek (other than such apprentices, under the age of eighteen excepted, &c. years, as are exempted from payment of fix pence per month to the said royal hospital at Greetnuich, by an act made in the second year of the reign of her late majesty Queen Anne, for the increase of seamen, and better encouragement of navigation, and security of the coal trade; arjd such person or persons as (hall be employed in any boat, upon any of the coasts of that part of Great Britain called England, in taking of fish, which are brought fresh on shore j and every person and persons employed in boats or

vessels,

vessels, that trade only from place so place within any river of that part of Great Britain called England, or in any open boats upon the coasts of the fame; and pilots employed on board any ship or vessel) (hall, from and after the twenty ninth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and forty seven, pay, and there shall be allowed and paid by every such master, owner, seaman, or other person employed, or that shall be employed, six pence per month of lawful money of Great Britain, a/id proportionally for a lesser time, during the time he or they shall be employed in, or belong to, the said ship or vessel, for the uses and purposes aforesaid.

XVIII. And it is hereby declared and enacted, That the ma- Masters t ster, owner, or commander of every such merchant or private keep^d/per ship or vessel, is hereby impowered and required to deduct and month, out of detain out of the wages, shares, or other profits, payable or ac- seamens pay; cruing to such seaman, or other person employed in his ship or

vessel, the said duty of fix pence per month (other than for such apprentices, and other persons, as are before excepted) and shall pay the same to such officer or officers as stiall on that behalf be and the appointed by the said president and governors, or the trustees to fame to the be appointed at any of the out-ports, and their successors, for receiver, the collecting, recovering, and receiving the said duty of six pence per month respectively, if such seaman, or other person, shall have or be intitled to any such wages, shares, or profits.

XIX. And be it further enacted, That it (hall and may be Rece;vers t0 lawful for the said president and governors, and their successors, be appointed at a full court of assistants, or committees, to appoint such person for the port of or persons as they shall think fit, to be receiver or receivers of London 5 the said duty at the port of London; and also depute and appoint

the collectors, or other officers of the customs of his Majesty, ami out-port*, his heirs or successors, in the several out-ports of that part of Great Britain called England, or such other persons as they (hall think fit, to collect and receive the fame (except in such out-ports where separate trustees fliall be appointed by virtue of this act;) which said receivers, as also the said collectors and officers of the customs (if so appointed) are hereby impowered and lequired tocollect, receive, and pay over the said duty, according to such instructions and directions as (hall be, from time to time, sent to them in writing by the said president and governors, and their successors: and for the care and pains therein of the said collect- Salaries tobe ors, and other officers of the customs, and others to be appoint- appointed ed to collect, recover, and receive the said duty, it shall and may them, be lawful for the said president and governors, and their successors, at such court of assistants, or committees, to make such allowance to them, out of the said duties, as they (hall judge reasonable.

XX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Masters to That every master, commander, or owner of any merchant ship, keep a muster, or any other private ship or vessel, navigating the same, or such roll;

other person who shall have the care thereof, shall keep a book by way of a muster roll; in which shall be entered his own

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christian and surname, and the christian and surnames of all the officers, seamen, or other persons employed in such ship or vessel, with the usual place of their abode when on shore j and over against each name, the time when, and place where, such seaman, or other person, entered into the service of such (hip or vessel; and in what ship 01 vessel he performed his last voyage; and deliver a duplicate whereof shall be signed by the said master, commandduplicates to er> owner, or other person having the care of such ship or vessel, the collectors, and shall be delivered before the departure of such ship or vessel, to the receiver or collector of the said duties, at the respective 11 to Port t0 wn'cn ^ucn fl*''P or vessel doth belong; and such master, be keptduring commander, owner, or other person having the care of such ship tbe voyage; or vessel, shall continue to keep such book by way of muster-roll, during the whole course of the voyage, and shall, from time to time, enter therein, when and where any such master, officers, seamen, or other person shall be discharged from, or shall leave or desert such ship or vessel, and when and where any other officers or men shall be shipt on board, describing them in the like manner as the persons who first entered on board are before directed to be described; and when and where any of them received any hurt or damage, or were killed, slain, or drowned, in Duplicate to case there shall be any such; a duplicate of which continuation be delivered to 0f tna muster-roll shall be likewise signed by the said master, the collector. commander, or other person having the care of the ship or vessel, and shall be delivered at the return of such ship or vessel to the receiver or collector of the said duties, at the respective port to which such ship or vessel does belong; and true copies of the Copies to be said duplicates shall be made by such receiver or collector, which filed, and the shall be filed and kept by him; and the original duplicates shall originals ^ transmitted by such receiver or collector to the president and thewvSn - governors aforesaid, to be, by such officer as snail be appointed for 'that purpose, filed and kept: and in case such master, commander, or other person, shall neglect to keep such book or musterroll, or shall neglect or refuse to deliver such duplicates as aforesaid > and in case such receiver or collector stiall neglect to mike, keep, and file such copies thereof, or neglect or refuse to transmit the duplicates which shall be delivered to him as aforesaid, to the said president and governors j they shall severally and rePenalty 10I. spectively forfeit and pay, for every such offence or offences, the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain.

XXI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Collectors to >phat jt shall and may be lawful to and for the said collectors and summon ma- rece;verS^ for the better discovery of what shall be due from the persons serving on board, or belonging to any merchant ship, or other private (hip or vessel aforesaid, by warrant under his or their hand or hands, to summon all such masters and commanders, or (in their absence) such owner or owners of such (hip and vessel, to be and appear at the office of the said collectors or receivers respectively (so as the persons so summoned be not obliged to travel above ten miles for the making such appearance j) which said collectors and receivers are hereby impower

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