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fendant or defendants (hall have treble costs awarded to him, her, or them, against any such plaintiff or plaintiffs.

C A P. XXII.

An aft to continue several laws relating to the giving further encouragement for the importation of naval floret from the British colonies in America, to the landing of rum or stir its of the British Sugar plantations before payment of the duties of excise; to the discontinuing the duties payable upon the importation of tallow, hogs lard, and grease; to the regulating the fees of officers of the cushms and naval officers in America; to the allowing the exportation of certain quantities of wheat, aud ether articles, to his Majejlys sugar colonies in America; and to the allowing a drawback of the duties on rum flipped as stores to Jje consumed on board merchant /hips on their voyages.;

Wr H E R E A S the laws herein-after mentioned have by experience been found useful and beneficial, Lnd are near expiring; may it therefore please your Majefly that it trfy be enacled: 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 Such part os authority of the same, That so much of $n act, made in the an act 8 Geo. eighth year of the reign of King George the First, intituled, An ^in^theim a^ for i^v%ini surt^>er encouragement for the' importation of naval poftafionVTM" J}oreS-> an^ for ot^£r P^rP°fS therein mentioned, as relates to the naval stores, importation of wood and timber, and of the goods commonly &c as relates called lumber, therein particularly enumerated, from any of his to timber and Majesty's British plantations or colonies in America, free from lumber, aU cuftoms ancj impositions whatsoever, which was to be in force for twenty-one years from the twenty-fourth day of June, one thousand seven hundred and twenty-two j and which by several subsequent acts, made in the sixteenth, twenty-fourth, and thirty-first years of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second, and the fourth and twelfth years of his present Majesty's reign, was further continued until the twentyninth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventyeight, and from thence to the end of the then next session of further con- parliament, (hall be and the same is hereby further continued tinued nil from the expiration thereof, until the twenty-ninth day of SepSept, 29,17 5> /^^^r5 one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, and from

thence to the end of the then next session of parliament. The above- II. Provided nevertheless, and it is hereby further enacted by mentioned the authority aforesaid, That a-due entry of such goods shall be goods to.be first made in the custom-house belonging to the port where the custom*- house6 same be sported, m tne same manner and form, expressat the place of ing the quantities and qualities of the respective goods, as was importation, used and practised before the making of the said recited act; &£• and the said goods shall be landed in the presence of the proper

officer appointed for that purpose, otherwise such goods shall be liable to the payment of the like duties as would be due and payable for the fame, at the times of the importation thereof, if the said recited act had not been made j and it shall and may

be be lawful for any officer of the customs to- stop such goods, and secure the fame in his Majesty's warehouse till such duties are accordingly paid; and if the fame shall not be paid within six months after the said goods are brought to such warehouse, they shall and may be sold, and the produce thereof applied in the same manner as other goods, which are brought to his Majesty's storehouses for security of the duties, may, by the laws now in force, be fold and disposed os, any thing in the said recited act, or any other act, to the contrary notwithstanding.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Part of an act That so much of an act, made in the fifteenth and sixteenth years »?6Geo ». of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second, intitled, [and^n^of ^ An ad to impower the importers or proprietors of rum or spirits of the rUm*n&c° beBritifh sugar plantations, to land the fame before payment of the duties fore payment of excise charged thereon, and to lodge the fame in warehouses at their oi: the duties own expence; and for the relief of Ralph Barrow, in refpecl to the °^exc^e» duty on some rock fait, loft by the overflowing of~the rivers Weaver

and Dane; as relates to the landing of rum or spirits of the British sugar plantations, before payment of the duties of excise, and to the lodging of the same in warehouses, at the expence of the importers or proprietors thereof, which was to continue in force from the twenty-ninth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and forty-two, to the twenty-ninth day of Sep-. temher, one thousand seven hundred and forty-nine, and from thence to the end of the then next session 0/ parliament, and which, by several subsequent acts of the twenty-third and thirtyfirst years of the reign of his said late Majesty, and the fourth and eleventh years of the reign of his present Majesty, was further continued until the twenty-ninth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight, and from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament, (hall be, and further contithe same is hereby further continued from the expiration thereof, nued til1 SeP* . until the twenty-ninth day of September, one thousand seven 29>,785)&c» hundred and eighty-five, and from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, A^ ? Geo

1 hat an act, made in the seventh year of the reign of. his present relating to the Majesty, intituled, An acl to discontinue, for a limited time, the duties on imduties payable upon the importation of tallow, hogs lard, and grease, Portatl°" of which was to be in force for three years, from the twenty-fifth ta °w> day of March, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven, and from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament; and which, by several subsequent acts, of the tenth, thirteenth, and sixteenth years, of the reign of his present Majesty, was ^further continued until the twenty-fifth day of March, one ""thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, shall be, and the further contifame is hereby further continued from the expiration thereof, until the twenty-fifth day of March, one thousand seven hundred I7g!^ z5' and eighty-two.

V. And be it further, enacted by the authority aforesaid, That $o much of an so much of an act, made in the tenth year of the reign of his act i0 Gto. 3,

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as relates to present Majesty, as relates to the regulating the fees of the fe§sUof culom6 officers of ^e custoins m America and for extending the fame to hou(eoffi«e°rT the naval om"cei"s there, which was to be in force from the first in America, day of August, one thousand seven hundred and seventy, for the &c term of two years, and from thence to the end of the then

next session ot parliament; and which was by two acts, made in the twelfth and fourteenth years of the reign of his present Majesty, further continued until the first day of August, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, and from thence to further conti- the end of the then next session of parliament, shall be, and the nued til) Aug, fame iS hereby further continued, from the expiration thereof, 1,1782. c. ustt-j t^e £r^. Q£ jUgUji9 one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and from thence to the end of the then next session of parliament.

So much of VL And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, 16 Geo. 3, That so much of an act, made in the sixteenth year of the reign lates to'the °f nis present Majesty, intituled, An aft for alloiving the exportexportation cf ation of certain quantities of wheat, and other articles, to his Majesty's wheat, &c. to fUgar colonies in America, and to the ijland of Saint Helena, and |he. suSar co" to the other settlements belonging to the united company of merchants om s, ^ England, trading to the East Indies; and of biscuit and pease to

Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Bay Chaleur, and Labrador; and for indemnifying all persons with refpecl to advising or carrying into execut ion his Majesty s orders of council already made for allowing the exportation of wheat, and other articles; as relates to allowing the exportation of certain quantities of wheat, and other articles, to his Majesty's sugar colonies in America, which was to continue in force until the first day of January ^on^ thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven; and which by two acts, made in the seventeenth and eighteenth years of the reign of his present Majesty, was continued until the first day of May, one further conti- thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, shall be, and the nued till May fame is hereby further continued, from the expiration thereof, i, 1780. until tne first day 0f May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty.

Clause for en- VII. For encouraging the exportation of rum and spirits of couragirg the tne growth, produce, and manufacture, of the British sugar exportation of piantatjons jn America, from this kingdom, as stores to be sent produce 6f the and consumed on board in any voyage to parts beyond the seas; British sugar be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That during the term plantations, to 0f two years from and after the passing of this act, the fame cT b°o" rd^es drawbacks anc* allowances which are given by any former act sels ^foreign or a(^ts °f parliament now in force on the exportation of such parts, rum to parts beyond the seas, as merchandize, shall be allowed

and paid to the merchant or merchants, on his, her, or their shipping any such rum as stores to be spent and consumed on board in any voyage to parts beyond the seas; and when any merchant or merchants shall be desirous of (hipping any such rum as stores, as aforesaid, and ihall give five days notice thereof to the respective commissioners of excise, for the time being, or to such other person or persons as they (hall, from time to time, api point point for that purpose, mentioning in such notice the exact destination of the intended voyage, the tonnage of the (hip or vessel, and the number of the mariners intended to be employed in navigating the fame, and also the number of his Majesty's troops that may hereafter be embarked irl the fame; it ihall and may be lawful to and for the said commissioners of excise, or the person or persons so to be appointed by them as aforesaid, to ascertain the quantity of such rum which (hall be (hipped on board such (hip or vessel as stores, and for which such drawback and allowance (hall be paid and made; and also the size and marks of the calk or casks in which such spirits (hall be so shipped; and on oath being made, before one or more of the said commissioners of excise, or justices of the peace for the county or place from whence any such rum is intended to be exported, or before such other person or persons as (hall be authorised as aforesaid by the said commissioners of excise for that purpose, that the same are to be (hipped as stores, to be spent and consumed in the voyage, the merchant or merchants (hipping the fame (hall be paid the fame drawbacks, and have the fame allowances for rum so (hipped, as if such rum had been exported as merchandize: provided always, That neither the said Drawback not draw-back or allowance, or any other drawback or allowance, [° ^n^r^m* (hall be made or paid for any quantity of such rum which (hall be exported in exported or (hipped for stores as aforesaid, in any cask which calk containshall contain less than one hundred gallons; nor (hall any such ing less than drawback or allowance whatsoever be made or paid for any IO°gallonS» quantity of rum which (hall be so exported or stripped for stores etc# as aforesaid, on board of any vessel or vessels of less burthen than one hundred tons; but that all such rum (hall be exported and (hipped, in all respects not otherwise directed by this present act, under the same rules, regulations, and penalties, as are prescribed by any former act or acts of parliament now in force, relating to the exportation of spirits, drawn or made in Great Britain^ as stores to be spent and consumed aboard in any voyage %o parts beyond the seas.

CAP. XXIII.

An act more effectually to enable the president and governors of the hospital or infirmary at Bath, established by an act, passed in the twelfth year of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second, intituled An a£t for efiablijhing and well-governing an hospital or infirmary in the city of Bathf to take or acquire, and hold, any labels, tenements, or hereditaments, or any interest in lands, tenements, or hereditaments, and any money or personal property, to be laid out in lands, tenements, or hereditaments, pursuant to any will, or otherwise, to the amount limited in the said act.

Preamble. Recital of act iz Geo. *. The governors of the hospital were incorporated. Yearly income of the hospital about 560/. d. Devises, &c. deemed valid, although not made conformable to statute of mortmain. Hospital estate not to exceed the sum limited by former act. General saving. Publick act,

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CAP. XXIV.

An act: for charging the lands within the north level, part of the great level of the (ens called Bedford Level, and divers lands adjoining thereto, in the manor of Crowland, with further taxes, for a limited time, for discharging the debts incurred by the commissioners under an act of the twenty-seventh year of King George the Second} and for the better supporting and preserving the drainage of the said lands.

Preamble* Recital of acts 15 Car. *, and 17 Geo. By the last: mentioned act, the north level and Portland, were divided into five districts 5 and commissioners appointed, who were impowered to lay taxes not exceeding 1 J. per acre for the first, four years, and 6 d, per acre afterwards; and to borrow 14,000/. That sum borrowed, and applied pursuant to that act, and to another act of 15 Geo. 3. Act 29 Geo, a. impowered the corporation to borrow 5,000/. more. Recital of act 11 Geo. 3. The 5,000/. borrowed and expended, and other debts contracted. The lands in the north level charged with a further tax of 6d. per acre, and Portsand ^d.per acre, payable to the corporation. The taxes, and money borrowed thereon, to be applitd to the corporation works belonging to the north level. The corporation impowered to borrow the further sum of 20,000/. $ which was borrowed accordingly. The revenues, after keeping down the interest of the debts, are in lumxientto support the works; which, without f urther aid, will soon be in danger of breaking. The lands in the north level charged with a further tax of 1 J. per acre, and Portsand with 6 d. per acre, for nine years, payable to the commissioners. New taxes to be applied with former taxes; viz. to keep down the interest of the debt of 14,000/. and in the gradual discharge of that debt; and to the support of the works. The lands in the north level charged with a further tax of 4.6/. and Portsand of 2. d. per acre, for the like term os nine years, payable to the corporation; to be applied to the works of the corporation belonging to the said north level. Quantities of the lands how to be taken. Accounts to be delivered in of the names of tenants, and quantities of lands. How to proceed when owners neglect to deliver in accounts, or shall deliver suspicious accounts. Taxes to be paid by the occupiers. Tenants at rack rent to deduct the fame out of their rents: but not lessees holding beneficial leases. Power of distress, for recovery of the taxes. If arrears, etc. are not paid, or goods replevied, within five days, they may be fold. Unoccupied lands to remain a security. Limitation of actions* General issue. Double colts. General saving, Publick act,

Preamble,

CAR XXV.

An aft for granting to his Majesty additional duties upon the produce of the several duties under the management of the respective commissioners of the custom's and excise in Great Britain.

Most gracious Sovereign,

WE, your Majesty s most dutiful and loyal subjefls* the com-
mons of Great Britain, in parliament assembled^ towards
raising, by the most easy means, the necessary supplies to defray your
Majesty s publick expences^ have freely and voluntarily resolved to
give and grant unto your Majejiy the several subsidies and duties
herein-after mentioned; and do most humbly beseech your Majesty
that it may he end'fted; 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

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