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When starch
is put into the
ftove for dry-
ing, the pieces
to be so placed
that the offi-
cers may be
able to count
them.

Starchmakers to provide ladders, and assist the officers in taking account of the pieces of It arch;

and to do nothing to obstruct them therein}

on forfeiture of 200/.

Starchmaker to give proper notice to officer before he

officer such account, in writing, distinguishing therein as aforesaid; or if, after such account given in as aforesaid, any officer of excise shall discover, in any place whatsoever, entered or not entered, any increase in the number of pieces, or a greater number of the large or midling pieces than were particularly specified in such writing, then, and in every such case, every such maker and makers of starch (hall, for each offence, forfeit and ]ofe the sum of two hundred pounds.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid^ That, from and after the said fifth day of July, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, whenever arry maker or makers of starch (hall put their starch when scraped, or when put into the papers, into the stove or stoves for drying the lame, every such maker of starch shall place, or cause to be placed, the several pieces of starch so put into such stove or stoves, in such manner as that the officers of excise may have access to, and be able to count distinctly the number of the several pieces of starch so put into such stove or stoves,

XV. And, that such officers of excise may,' without inconvenience or hurt, be able to count the said pieces in such stove or stoves, it is hereby enacted, That, from and after the said fifth day of July9 one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, every maker of starch (hall provide proper ladders, and shall assist the said officers in taking an account of the said several pieces of starch in such stove or stoves; and that no maker or makers of starch shall, by himsdf, or by any other person,' during the space of two hours after such officer (hall have entered the stove of any such starch-maker, for the purpose of counting the number of pieces of starch then in such stove, stir or break up the fire under the said stove, nor shall, during the said space of two hours, whilst such officer remains in such stove, throw, or cause to be thrown, upon the pan of such stove, any dirt, meal, or other ingredient, whereby a smoak may be raised, or the officer hindered or obstructed in counting the pieces of starch in the said stove: and if any such maker or makers of starch stiall not so place the several pieces of starch in their respective stove or stoves as aforesaid, as that the officers of excise may distinctly count the same; or if such maker or makers of starch shall not provide proper ladders, or shall not assist the said officers in taking the account as aforesaid ; or (hall by stirring up the fire, or by any means whatsoever, hinder or obstruct the officers of excise from going into, and continuing in the said stove or stoves, during the space of two hours, as aforesaid, or until such officer (hall have taken the account of all the said pieces, if the fame stiall be done within the said space of two hours j then, and in every such case, the person offending therein (hall, for every such offence, forfeit and lose the sum of two hundred pounds.

XVI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That, from and after the said fifth day of July, one thousand seven hundred and seventy^nine, when any maker or maker*

of of starch (hall be desirous to break down any piece or pieces of break down starch into scrapings, or otherwise, he, she, or they, mall give *nv p",eces °£ • to the officer of excise of the division or district where his, her, fc^in^? or their starch-house is situates twelve hours notice, if such craPlnS8» starch-house shall be situate within the limits of the chief office b'f excise in London; or if such starch-house (hall be in any other part of Great Britain, twenty-four hours notice of the particular time and hour when and at which he, (he, or they intend io break down such pieces of starch into scrapings, or otherwise 5 and in case such maker or makers of starch (hall not begin and proceed to break down such pieces of starch as aforesaid, ar the time and hour mentioned in such notice, or within two hours next after, then every such notice snail be, and is hereby declared to be, void; and every such maker and makers of starch shall be, and is and are hereby obliged to give a fresh and like notice in manner aforesaid: 2nd in case any such maker or on forfeiture makers os starch shall neglect to give such first notice, before ot100 he, she, or they, begin to break dowct such pieces of starch, Or to insert in such notice the particulars herein-before required* or to give a fresh notice in manner aforesaid, every such maker of starch (hall, in every such case, for every such offence, forfeit and lose the sum of one hundred pounds,

.. XVII. Arid be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, If officer (hall That, from and after the said fifth day of July, one thousand sind, drying seven hundred and seventy'nine, if any officer for the duties on in the stove, starch (hall discover and find, in the stove or stoves of any maker ^rc^oT °* of starch, any piece or pieces of starch drying in such stove or which no acstoves, of which no account had been before taken in the box count had or boxes, by the officer for the duties on starch, then, and in been taken in every such case, each and every such piece and pieces of starch m^ker'sliall6 shall be deemed, and is and are hereby declared to be, starch forfeit Iqj/. of which no account had been taken by the officer for the said duties upon starch; and the maker or makers of such starch, in whose stove such piece or pieces (hall be so discovered and found, (hall forfeit and lose, for every such offence, the sum of one hundred pounds.

XVIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Starchmaker That, from and after the fifth day of July, one thousand seven TMxing the hundred and seventy-nine, if any maker of starch (hall, at any ^^iffem^3 time whilst his starch is in operation, and under water, mix, makings,

or cause to be mixed, any of the starch-waters of one making while his (larch with those of another making, every such maker of starch shall jf u nder water, forfeit and lose, for every such offence, the sum of one hundred xoo/t pounds, except such mixing be made in the presence of an it be done m officer for the duties on starch. presence of an

XIX. And whereas fraudulent starch-makers have, in many in- officerstances, been rather encouraged in carrying on their frauds, by reajon Starchsnaker of the smallness of the penalties already provided in these cafes; now* (wX* after" y for the more effectual preventing the like frauds, be it further en- it is dried, out afted hy the authority aforesaid, That if* after the said fifth day of of his stove, July, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, any maker &c: ^sore •'.Vol. XXXII. S <at^rd thereof taken by officers, shall forfeit 200/,:

and concealing starch, with intent to defraud his Majesty, shall forfeit 100/,

Starch maker obstructing ofHcer in performing his duty, to forfeit 50/.

Penalties and forfeitures how to be recovered and applied.

General issue.

Treble costs.

of starch shall remove, or cause to be removed, any quantity whatsoever of starch, after the same shall be dried, out of his, her, or their stove or stoves, or out of any other place or places, made use of by them for the drying of starch, before the same has been weighed, and an account taken thereof, by the proper officer appointed for that purpose, he, she, or they, shall respectively forfeit and lose, for every such offence, the sum of two hundred pounds; any law, custom, or usage, to the contrary notwithstanding.

XX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That, from and after the said fifth day of July* one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nin£, if any maker of starch shall fraudulently hide or conceal, or shall cause or suffer to be hid or concealed, any starch, to the intent to deceive his Majesty of the just duties chargeable on the fame, that then, and in every such case, the party so offending.shall forfeit and lose the sum of one hundred pounds 5 any law, custom, or usage, notwithstanding.

XXI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That, from and after the said fifth day of July one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, if any maker of starch mall obstruct or hinder any of the officers for the duties upon starch, in the execution of any of the powers and authorities given -to him or them by this or any other act, for the ascertaining and securing the duties upon starch, the person or persons offending therein shall, for every such offence, forfeit and lose the sum of fifty pounds.

XXII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all fines, penalties, and forfeitures, imposed by this act, shall be sued for, recovered, levied, or mitigated, by such ways, means, and methods, as any fine, penalty, or forfeiture, is or may be sued for, recovered or mitigated, by any law or laws of excise -9 or by action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, in any of his Majesty's courts of record at Westminster, or in the court of exchequer in Scotland, respectively; and that one moiety of every such fine, penalty, or forfeiture, shall be to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, and the other moiety to him or them who shall discover, inform, or sue for the same.

XXIIL And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall, at any time or times, be sued, molested, or prosecuted, for any thing by him or them done in pursuance or by colour of this act, or of any matter or thing in this act contained, such person and persons shall and may plead the general issue, and give this act, and the special matter, in evidence in his or their defence; and if afterwards a verdict shall pass for the defendant or defendants, or the plaintiff or plaintiffs shall become nonsuited, or discontinue his, her, or their action or prosecution, or judgement shall be given against him, her, or them, upon demurrer or otherwise, than such defendants (hall have treble costs awarded to him or them against such plaintiff or plaintiffs.

CAP. >

C A P. XLL

An aft for granting a drawback of the duties imposed by an aft of the last session of parliament, upon all foreign wines exported from Great Britain to" any British colony or plantation in America, or to any British settlement in the East Indies.

WHERE A Sy by an aft of parliament, made in the eighteenth Preamble. year of his Majesty's reign, {intituled, An act for granting to Recital of an his Majesty several Additional duties upon wines and vinegar act 18 Geo.3, imported into this kingdom,) it was, amongst other things,provided and enafted, That, umn the exportation of any fort of wines {except French wines) from tnis kingdom to any British colony or plantation in America as merchandize, the exporter should be paid and allowed a drawback of all the before-mentioned duties paid upon the importation ofsuch wine by virtue of the said recited aft, except the sum of three pounds, thirteen, shillings, and sixpence per ton: And whereas^ in order to promote and encourage the exportation of wines from this kingdom to the British colonies or plantations in America, and to the British settlements in the East Indies, it is expedient to allow the drawback of all the duties granted by the said recited aft upon the exportation of all foreign wines so exported to those places-, be it therefore 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 aster the twenty-fourth day A drawback of April; one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, upon of all the duthe exportation of any French wine, or any other foreign wines, ties Ja.ici' by from this kingdom, to any British colony or plantation in Ame- ^th^i^0 rica% or to any British settlement in the East Indies, as merchan- ta^ionVrso- r" dize, the exporter (hall be paid and allowed a drawback of all the reign wines duties before-mentioned, which were paid upon the importation slia11 be allowof such wine by virtue of the said herein-besore recited act of ed on -the cx" parliament, made in the eighteenth year of his Majesty's reign; thereofto any thing in the said act to the contrary notwithstanding: which America, or drawback or allowance (hall be made in such manner, and un- the East: der such rules, regulations, securities, penalties, and forfeitures, hidies. in all respects, as any former drawback or allowance, payable out of the duties of customs upon the exportation of such wine, was, could, or might be made, before the passing of this act.

C A P. XLIL

An act to enable the trustees for putting in execution an act of the ninth year of the reign of his present Majesty, for building a bridge at Worcester over the river Severn, and for opening convenient avenues to the said bridge, to finish and complete the said bridge, and to carry the purposes of the said act into execution.

CAP. XLIII.

An act for the more easy and speedy recovery of small debts within the foake of Horncastle, and wapentakes of Wraggoe and Gartree (except the parisli of Great Sturton,) and within the wapentakes of Louth, £ske, Ludborough, and Calceworth, and the parishes of Wrangle, Leake, Leverton, Benington, Butterwick, Freiston, and Fistitoft, in the hundred of Skirbeck, in the county of Lincoln,

S 2 CAP.

Preamble; reciting the toleration act 1 Gul. & Mar.

Protestant dissenting ministers, who (hall take the oaths and subscribe the declaration against popery required by the said act, nnd shall also make and subscribe the following declayatioiv

CAP. XLIV. /

An aft for the further relief of .protestant dissenting ministers and
schoolmasters,

WHEREAS, by an aft made in the first year of the reign of
king William and queen Mary, (intituled, An act for ex-
empting their Majesties protestant subjects, dissenting from the
church of England, from the penalties of certain laws,) persons
dissenting from the church of England, injkoly orders, or pretended
holy orders, or pretending to holy orders, anc^freachers or teachers of
any congregation of dissenting protestants, are required, in order to be
entitled to certain exemptions, benefits, privileges, and advantages, to
declare their approbation of, and to subscribe, the articles of religion
mentioned in the statute made in the thirteenth year of the reign of
ghieen Elisabeth, (except as in the said aft, made in the first year of
the reign of King William and ^ueen Mary, is excepted:) and
tvhereas many such persons scruple to declare their approbation of, and
to subscribe, the said articles not excepted as aforesaid: for giving
ease to such scrupulous persons in the exercise of religion, may it
please 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 every person dissenting from the church of England?.
m holy orders, or pretended holy orders, or pretending to holy
orders, being a preacher or teacher of any congregation of dif-
, senting protestants, who, if he scruple to declare and subscribe
as aforesaid, shall take the oaths, and make and subscribe the
declaration against popery, required by the sard act, in the first
year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary, to be takenr
made, and subscribed by protestant dissenting ministers, and
shalt also make and subscribe a declaration in the words follow-
ing; videlicet,

shall b£ in titled to all the privileges granted by the toleration act, and by an a6l 10 Ann. forconfirming the fame, &c.

J A. B. do solemnly declare, in the presence of almighty God, that 1 am a christian and a protestant, and as such, that I believe that the scriptures of the old and new testament, as commonly received among protestant churches, do contain the revealed will of Qod; and that I do receive the fame as the rule of my doftrine andpraftice*

shall be, and every such person is hereby declared to be, entitled to all the exemptions, benefits, privileges, and advantages, granted to protestant dissenting ministers by the said act, made in the first year of the reign of King William and Queen- Maryy, and by an act, made in the tenth year of the reign of Queen Anne, (intituled, An aft for preserving the protestant religion, by better securing the church of England, as by law established'} and for confirming the toleration granted to protestant dissenters by an a ft, intituled^ An act for exempting their Majesties protestant subjects,

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