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burghs, to parliament, made and passed at Westminster in the fifteenth

txwdon m year of the reign of his present MaJesty^ (intituled, An afi for * granting an aid to his Majesty by a land tax, to be raised in Great Britain, for the service of the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy five,) or any subsequent act or acts of parliament for that purpose, within the several and respective counties, (hires, stewartries, ridings, cities, boroughs, cinque-ports, towns, and places, therein particularly expressed, who are still living, and have duly qualified themselves according to the said acts, or shall qualify themselves according to this present act, in that behalf, (hall be commissioners for putting in execution this present act, and the powers therein contained, within and for the fame counties, (hires, stewartries, ridings, cities, boroughs, cinque-ports, towns, and places, of Great Britain, for which they were so named and appointed respectively ; and that all and every the acting justices of the peace,.and magistrates of corporations and burghs, in any part of Great Britain, who are or.snail be acting in any of his Majesty's commissions of the peace, or in the magistracy of such corporation or burgh, at any time during the execution os this act, although not specially named or appointed commissioners by the said act or acts], (hall be likewise commissioners for putting in execution this present act, and all the powers therein contained, within the limits of and to take their commissions and jurisdictions respectively: all which care that his commissioners, by this act intrusted with the execution of the: Majesty's scr- same, are hereby strictly enjoined and required to use their ut«eCeiected>t mo^ Caie anc* diligence that his Majesty's service in making negiec e , ]evjes as aforesaid be not disappointed or neglected.

High sheriffs, III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, &c. upon no- That the sheriff os every county, or his deputy, immediately t.ice *rom tne upon receiving; notice for that purpose from the secretary at war to issue war* ^en^ PrecePtS t0 the respective bailiffs, or others who precepts for are usually employed to summon juries, although in liberties summoning out of the ordinary jurisdiction of the said sheriff, directing the commil- them to summon the several justices of the peace, and com-' !l^rS^ missioners of the land tax, in their respective divisions and liqualify them- berties, to attend at tne usual place or meeting in every selves. division, upon a certain day in the said precepts named, (such

day not to be named within six days after the date of the said precepts,) within the time limited by the secretary at war, Notice of the (notice of which day shall be sent to the war-office and admiday ot meet- ralty upon the issuing of the precepts by the sheriff,) to qualify ing to be sent themselves for the execution of this act; and the said commisoffice* &c? sioners (hall then and there appoint the several times and plaCommissio* ces *or tae ^uccee^'ng meetings, in each of their respective ners to ap" subdivisions, during the continuance of this act, and (hall have point the power to adjourn, from time to time, as they (hall find contimes and pla- venient; and the said justices of the peace, and commissioners

Meetingsfand meeting to be held as soon as it can be conveniently, (hall issue issue precepts their precepts to the high constables, headboroughs, or other

proper proper officers, for the respective hundreds, lathes, rapes, \va- for that purpentakes, or other subdivisions, within the said counties, shires, j^^1^ stewartries, ridings, or divisions, as aforesaid; which precepts £{fS a" shall contain an account of the times and places appointed for' the succeeding meetings, and (hall be returnable on a day r therein to be named; and such high constables, headboroughs, or other proper officers, are hereby required forthwith to signify the times and places so appointed for such meetings to the several commissioners residing within their respective districts; and the said commissioners assembled at such first meeting mall and to give also give notice of the time and place of all and every succeed- notice tnereof ing meeting, to be appointed as aforesaid, to the secretary at Ja/^offiws'a war, or to the military officer or officers whom they shall have st^n attend ^ learned, by notice from the secretary at war, or secretary to the this service, admiralty, to be directed to attend this service.

IV. Provided always, and it is hereby enacted, That all Sheriffs to be reasonable charges or expences incurred by any sheriff, or de- allowe^ the puty sheriff, in the execution of this act, shall be allowed in the cu{.rc<j ln th'e accounts of such sheriff at the reeeipt of his Majesty's exche- execution of quer, or repaid by the lord high treasurer or the commissioners this act.

of the treasury for the time being.

V. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That in cafe Proviso relatthe second meeting, appointed to be held in any subdivision, ingt0 second shall be at so great a distance of time as to render it inconve- sobc^.vlsioii njent to issue warrants for bringing persons before such com- ® * miffioners at the second meeting, then the commissioners of

such subdivision respectively may adjourn themselves to some convenient day previous to such second meeting, in order to issue their warrants as aforesaid.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, CommissionThat it (hall and may be lawful to and for the said commiffio- £rs' at thfir ners, at their first general meeting assembled, to appoint a clerk may appoint* to attend them then, and at each of their subsequent meetings, a clerk; and for thp commissioners of the several subdivisions to appoint

a clerk to attend them at their respective meetings in each subdivision wherein soldiers are to be inlisted, as herein-after mentioned; and such respective clerks, as a reward for their labour who (hall reand pains in the execution of this act, mail be intituled to, and ceive *s. for" ihall receive, for every man who (hall be listed in pursuance of ma£ . this act, at the meetings whereon they mall respectively attend, respective ^ the sum of two (hillings of lawful money of Great Britain, to be meetings, paid by she respective officers who shall receive such new-raised men respectively.

VII. Provided always, and be it enacted, That no person Commissionor persons, hereby appointed to be a commissioner or -com- ers in England miffioners for any county, riding, city, borough, cinque-port, "h°ec f£aay^ tlll< or place, of England, Wales, or Berwick upon Tweed, (except taken the such as duly qualified themselves to be justices of the peace, or oaths appoincommissioners for executing the said act for the land tax made ted °y acts and passed in the fifteenth year of his present Majesty's reign, or

any subsequent act or acts of parliament for that purposes) shall

be

be capable, in England, Wales, or Berwick upon Tweed, of acting as a commissioner or commissioners in the execution of this act, or executing any the powers of the commissioners herein-mentioned, unless it be the power hereby given of administering oaths, until such time as he or they (hall have taken the oaths appointed by two acts of parliament, one made in the first year of the reign of his late majesty King George the First, (intituled, 1 Geo. I. An acl for the further security of his Majesty's person and government, and the succession of the crown in the heirs of the late princess Sophia, being protestants-, and for extinguishing the hopes of the pretended prince of Wales, and his open and secret abettors-,) and the other made in the sixth year of the reign of his present Maand6.G0e.III. jesty> (intituled, An ad for altering the oath of abjuration and assurance-, and for amending so much of an acl of the seventh year of her late majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An act for the improvement of th<* union of the two kingdoms, as, after the time therein limited, requires the delivery of certain lifts and copies therein mentioned, to persons indifled of high treason or misprison of treason:, which oaths it (hall and may be lawful to and for any two or more of the said commissioners to administer, and they are. hereby required to administer the fame to any other of the said nor commis- commissioners: and that no person or persons hereby appointed siooei-Mn Scot- to be a commissioner or commissioners for any part of Scotland, land, nil they (except sucn as rfu\y qualified themselves, according; to law, to have qualified > . r _l 'sr *u ■ r J

themielves as ^e Ju^lces °* the peace or commissioners there for executing the laws there the said act for the land tax made and passed in the fifteenth direct. year of his Majesty's reign, or any subsequent act or acts of

parliament for that purpose,) shall be capable of acting as a commissioner or commissioners in the execution of this present act, in any part of Scotland, until such time as he or they respectively shall have taken and subscribed the oaths of allegigance and abjuration, and have subscribed the assurance appointed by law to be taken and subscribed by persons in offices of publick trust in Scotland. Commission- VIII. Provided always, and be it enacted, That if any perer* in England-son hereby appointed a commissioner for any county, city, 2hem have°ie r^'mS' town> or place, in England, Wales, or Berwick upon Tweedy taken the (except as before excepted) (hall presume to act as a commifoaths, fioner in the execution of this act, before he (hall have taken the

said oaths which by this act he is required to take, and in the forfeit 2001, manner hereby prescribed, he (hall forfeit to his Majesty the sum of two hundred pounds, to be recovered by action of debt, or on the cafe, bill, suit, or information, in any of his Majesty's courts of record at Westminster, wherein no effoin, protection, wager of law, or more than one imparlance, (hall be allowed; and commis- ancl tnat ^ anY Per^on hereby appointed a commissioner for any sionersm (hire, stewartry, burgh, or place in Scotland, (except as before Scotland, 50I. excepted), (hall presume to act as a commissioner in the execution of this act, before that he (hall have qualified himself according to the laws in Scotland, he (hall forfeit to his Majesty the sum of fifty pounds, to be recovered in the court of exchequer

in in Scotland, in the same manner as any other penalties are there recoverable.

IX. Provided always, and be it enacted by the authority Qualification

aforesaid, That no commissioner of the land tax, not being a V* commism s . 'non€r$ tor

justice of the peace, or a magistrate of a corporation or a bo- counties at

rough, ihall be capable of acting as a commissioner in the exe- large within cution of this act, or of any of the powers therein contained, in or England, for any county at large within England, or in or for any of the ridings in the county of York, unless such person by himself, or his tenants or trustees, was taxed or did pay, in the fame county or riding, for the value of one hundred pounds per annum, or more of his own estate, by virtue of the said act for the land tax, made and passed in England, in, the fifteenth year of his Majesty's reign, or any subsequent act or acts of parliament for that purposes or unless such person so appointed to be a commissioner ihall, at the time of the execution of this act, by himself, his tenants or trustees, enjoy an estate of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, of the said yearly value of one hundred pounds, or more, within the said county or riding respectively; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

X. Provided always, and be it enacted, That no commis- an(j istv^ak«* lioner of the land tax, not being a justice of the peace, or a magistrate of a corporation or a borough, shall be capable of acting

as a commissioner in the execution of this act, or any of the powers therein contained, in or for any county within the dominion of Wales, unless such person by himself, or his tenants or trustees, was taxed or did pay, in the fame county, for the value of sixty pounds per annum, or more, of his own estate, by virtue of the said act for the land tax made and passed in England in the fifteenth year of his Majesty's reign, or any subsequent act, or acts of parliament for that purpose, or unless such person so appointed to be a commissioner Ihall, at the time of the execution of this act, by himself, his tenants or trustees, enjoy art estate of lands, tenements, or hereditaments, of the said yearly value of sixty pounds, or more, within the said county, any thing herein contained to^he contrary notwithstanding,

XL And it is'hereby further enacted, That if any person Persons disintended by this act to be disabled for the cause last-mentioned, abled presumshali nevertheless presume to act as a commissioner in the exe- foffe°ta^j cution of this act, or any of the powers therein contained, every 1 50 such person, for such offence, (hall forfeit the sum of fifty pounds, to any person or persons who (hall inform or sue for the same, to be recovered in any of his Majesty's courts of record at Westminster, or in the exchequer of Scotland, as aforesaid.

XII. Provided nevertheless, and it is hereby enacted, That Commissionno person who is appointed to be a commissioner for executing ers may act this act in any part of Great Britain, shall be disabled, for the for any city.

cause last-mentioned, from acting; as a commissioner within e,tc* whei!e°s

, r ' & they are in!ia»

and for any city, borough, cinque-port, or corporate town bitants, or for

only, whereof he (hall be an inhabitant at the time of the exe- inns of court,

cution

cution of this act, or from acting as a commissioner within any of the inns of court or inns of chancery. In cafe of in- XIII. And be it further enacted, That in cafe there (hall not commTssion- be 3 ^ufficient number of commissioners for any city, borough, ersforany town, port, or place of Great Britain, (for which by this act city,etc. those commissioners are specially appointed,) capable of acting acfor the county cording to the respective qualifications required by this act;

act^fo^the^ then,> arK* *n evel7 ^ucn cak> 2nY °f.tne commissioners appointfame. ec* ^or tne c°unty or (hire or stewartry at large, within which

such city, borough, town or place, doth stand, or which is next adjoining thereto, may act as commissioners in the execution of this act, within such city, borough, town, port, or place, any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding. Mayors, bai- XIV. And whereas doubts may arise whether mayors, bailliffs,etc. may iffs, and other chief magistrates of cities, boroughs, towns corporate, act:ascommis- an({ cinque-ports, for which commissioners are specially appointed by allyappofnt- vistue °ft})e sa^acl for the land tax made in the fifteenth year of cd. his Majesty's reignb or any subsequent aft or acls of parliament for

that purpose, can acl as commissioners for executing this aft,, in the said cities, boroughs, towns corporate, and cinque-ports; be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all mayors, bailiffs, and other chief magistrates, who are appointed commissioners for executing this act, (hall be, and have power to act as commissioners for executing this act, within and for any city, borough, town corporate, or cinque-port, wherein they inhabit at the time of executing this act, as well where commissioners are specially appointed by this act, as where they are not. No military XV. Provided always, and it is hereby enacted, That no perofficer may be ron wno, at the time of the execution of this act, (hall have any a^commi ion- mjjjtarv 0ffice or employment in Great Britain, (other than in the militia, or any regiment of fencible men,) (hall execute any power or authority by this act given to the commissioners as aforesaid.

Commission- XVI, And it is hereby further enacted by the authority aforeers impower- said, That the said commissioners, or any three or more of them, ed to levy such jn tjiejr respective places or stations, shall be, and are hereby TMeer"inSde-e authorised and impowered to raise and levy, and to cause to be scribed j raised and levied, at any time.or times during the continuance of this act, within their several limits and jurisdictions, all ablebodied idle and disorderly persons, who cannot, upon examinaon, prove themselves to exercise and industriously follow some lawful trade or imployment, or to have some substance sufficient

XV(? i~ for their support and maintenance, to serve his Majesty as the alliltance r r m ' J J

ot parish and soldiers; and to require and command all and every the nigh town officers j constables, churchwardens, overseers of the poor, petty constaconstables, headboroughs, and tythingmen, and other parish and town officers, or any of them, within their respective limits and jurisdictions, to be aiding and assisting to them the said commissioners, or any three or more of them, in the perand to meet formance of this his Majesty's service; and for that purpose the in their sub- ^ commissioners, or any three or more of them, are to meet diviiions. in

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