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After July 5, 1779,there shall be paid yearly out of the' Jut plusses of certain stamp-duties, &c. the following sums, in augmentation ot" the judges salaries » Dldd

400/. to each puisne judge m the King's bench and common pleas; 500/. to the cnief b3ron, and 400 /. to each of the other barons of the exchequer.

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 fifth day of July one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, there (hall be yearly, and every year, issued, paid, and applied, out of the said sum of fifteen thousand two hundred and ninety-seven pounds, ten shillings, and five-pence farthing, of the surplusses of the said several stamp-duties so remaining in the receipt of the exchequer as aforesaid; and out of all or any of the surplusses which have arisen or lhall arise upon the said several stamp-duties granted by the acts aforesaid, (after the payments already charged thereupon shall from time to time have been satisfied,) and out of the surplusses now remaining in the receipt of the exchequer, and which lhall hereafter arise, upon the said deductions of sixpence in the pound out of all salaries, pensions, annuities, and other payments as aforesaid, after satisfying the said several annuities already charged on the fame the sums of money following, to the several judges herein-after mentioned, as an addition to and in further augmentation of their respective salaries; that is to fay, the sum of four hundred pounds to each of the puisne justices for the time being in the courts of King's bench and common pleas at Westminster; the sum of live hundred pounds to the chief baron for the time being in the court of exchequer at Westminster ; and the sum of four hundred pounds to each of the other bar.ons of the coif for the time being in the said court of exchequer; which said several and respective sums of money shall be and are hereby charged upon the said sum of fifteen thousand two hundred and ninety-seven pounds, ten shillings, and five-pence farthing, and also upon the several surplusses aforesaid ; and lhall be paid thereout in every year at such time and times, and in such manner, as the salaries of the said judges now are or have been accustomarily paid.

CAP. LXVI.

An Qui for granting to bis Majesty several additional duties on stamped vellum, parchments and paper; and for better securing the stamp-duties upon indentures^ leases, deeds, and other instruments.

Most gracious Sovereign,

Preamble. W/^' yom Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the VV commons of Great Britain, in parliament assembled, towards raising the necessary supplies which we have freely granted to your Majesty in this session of parliament, have resolved to give and grant to your Majesty the several additional rates and duties herein-after mentioned; and do therefore most humbly beseech 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, mons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the fame, That, from and after the second day of Augusts Aster Aug. %% one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, there shall be *77?> the solraised, levied, collected, and paid, throughout the kingdom of TMTMUiam1' Great Britain, unto and for the use of his Majesty, his heirs and duties i-obe successors, the several rates and duties following; (that is to fay,) paid; videlicet, j

For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or For every skin piece of paper, upon which any probate of a will, or letters of of pardun^nt, administration for any estate of or above the value of one hun- or slle«t of padred pounds, shall be ingrossed, written, or printed, an addition fhe'probathos nal stamp-duty of twenty (hillings; and a further additional a will, or adstamp-duty of twenty (hillings where the estate is of, or above, miniftering to the value of three hundred pounds, over and above all other an estate of duties now charged thereon;. ioJ/&c — ■

For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or For"eve^. piece of paper, upon which is ingrossed or written the copy of (kin, &cfused any will, an additional stamp-duty of one penny: in the copy of

For every skin or piece of vellum or parchrneht,or (heet or piece a wil^ 1A qf paper, upon which is ingroued or written any libel, allegation, :?<?^1 r-?,*]**e<* deposition, or inventory, exhibited in any ecclesiastical court, the &cai^ ^ 'tc_ courts of admiralty, and cinque ports, and all copies thereof, an desiasticai additional stamp-duty of sixpence: ^ com t, &c. 6d,

For every piece of vellum or parchment, upon which any For every writ of covenant for levying fines (hall be ingrossed or written, .piece, &c.used an additional stamp-duty of five millings: an writs of

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tor every piece of vellum or parchment, upon which any writ levying sinesi

of entry for suffering a common recovery (hall be ingrossed or 5s,

written, an additional stamp-duty of five shillings: For ditto used

For every skin of vellum, upon which is ingrossed or written in writs of. any exemplification, of what nature soever, that (hall pass the f^{jj°r iu^~ seal of any court whatsoever, an additional stamp-duty of five mon recovery* shillings; - ss. *

For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or (heet or For every piece of paper, upon which any presentation or donation which s^n °s velshall pass the great seal, or upon which any collation to be an^'exen's made by any archbishop or other bishop, or any presentation or fkation that~ donation to be made by any patron whatsoever, of or to any be- (hall pass the nefice, dignity, or spiritual or ecclesiastical promotion vvhatfo- seal of any ever, (hall be ingrossed or written, an additional stamp-duty of courts, forty shillings; provided such benefice, dignity, or promotion, si^^&^used shall be of the yearly value of ten pounds, or above, in the in any preKing's books: sentation or

For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or meet or donation unpiece of paper, upon which any dispensation to hold two eccle- ^f^y* iiastical dignities or benefices, or both a dignity and a benefice, coHaciou^c^ or any other dispensation or faculty from the lord archbishop of to any ecclesiGanterbury, or the master of the faculties for the time being, stical pi'omo

sliall be ingrossed or written, an additional stamp-duty of forty tlon fb.ove * .rr ^ 9 * J J a certain va

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For For every

$kin, &c used in any dispensation to hold two benefices, &c. 40 /„

For every skin, &c. used in any drawback of customs, &c. %d.

For every piece, &c. .used in any "bill of lading for exportation, 4. d.

Probates of the wills, &c. of common seamen or soldiers not chargeable by this act.

The aforesaid duties to be tinder the management of the commissioners of the itamp-office.

Commissioners may provide one new stamp to denote the several dudes granted by different acts.

- For every skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or piece of paper, upon which shall be ingrossed, written, or printed, any certificate or debenture for drawing back any customs or duties, or any part of any customs or duties, for or in respect of the reshipping or exporting of any goods or merchandizes, which snail be exported or {hipped to be exported from Great Britain^ for any parts beyond the seas, an additional stamp-duty of eightpence:

For every piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or piece of paper, upon which (hall be ingrossed, written, or printed/any note or bill of lading, which shall be signed for any goods or merchandizes to be exported, an additional stamp-duty of fourpence.

II. Provided, That nothing in this act contained (hall extend to charge the probate of any will, or letters of administration, of any common seaman or soldier who shall be slain or die la his Majesty's service, a certificate being produced from the captain of the ship or vessel, or captain of the troop or company, under whom such seamen or soldier served at the time of his death, and oath made of the truth thereof before the proper judge or officer by whom such probate or administration ought to be granted, which oath such judge or officer is hereby authorised and required to administer, and for which no fee or reward ill a 11 be taken.

III. And be it further' enacted by the authority aforesaid, That for the better and more effectual levying, collecting, and paying, all the said additional duties herein-before granted, the fame (hall be under the government, care, and management, of the commissioners for the time being appointed to manage the duties charged on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper, who, or the major part of them, are hereby required and impowered to employ the necessary officers under them for that purpose, and to use and provide such stamps to denote the said several duties as shall be requisite in that behalf, and to do all other things necessary to be done for putting this act in execution with relation to the faid several rates and duties herein-before granted, in the like and in as full and ample manner as they, or the major part of them, are authorised to put in execution.any former law concerning stamped vellum, parchment, and paper.

IV. Provided always, and be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That, to prevent the multiplication of stamps upon such pieces of vellum or parchment, or sheets or pieces of paper, on which several duties are by several acts of parliament imposed, it shall and may be lawful for the said commissioners, instead of the distinct stamps directed to be provided to denote the several duties on the vellum, parchment, or paper, charged therewith, to cause, if they (hall- fee occasion, one new stamp to be provided to denote the said several duties, and the duty granted by this act, on every piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or piece of paper, charged with the said several duties.

V. And

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, All vellum. That all vellum, parchment, and paper, liable to the duties &c. liable to hereby charged, (hall, before the fame (hall be ingrossed, print- ^"^]fu^e. ed, or written upon, be brought to the head office for stamping fore u is mor marking vellum, parchment, or paper; and the said com mis- grossed, &c. sioners, by themselves, or by their officers employed under them, be brought to shall forthwith, upon demand to them made, by any person or ^^aTM£"e persons, from time to time, stamp or mark, as this act directs, stamped, any quantities or parcels of vellum, parchment, or paper, as

shall be brought to them for that purpose-, the person so bringing the same paying to-the receiver general of the stamp-duties for the time being, or his deputy or clerk, the several duties payable for the fame by virtue of this act.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Ufral allowThat the same allowance (hall be made on present payment of *",c"r _ the several duties granted by this act, in luch manner as by any &nt payment former law relating to stamped vellurn5 parchments and paper,

is directed and allowed.

,- VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Stamps may That such stamps, as the said commissioners are hereby directed be altered and and authorised to provide and use, (hall and may be altered and rene*'ed> &c* renewed in such manner as any other stamps on vellum, parchment, or paper, are, by any former law relating to stamped vellum, parchment, or paper, directed to be altered and renewed; and that all persons, who shall have in th'eir custody or possession any vellum, parchment, or paper, marked with the stamp or mark which shall be so altered or renewed, or on which, being already stamped with a stamp denoting any former duty, a new stamp is hereby directed to be impressed, shall have the like remedy and allowance as by any former law relating to stamped vellum, parchment, or paper, is in like cafes directed.

VIIL And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, If any person That if any person (hall counterfeit or forge, or procure to be *?ia^ countercounterfeited or forged, any seal, .stamp, or mark, directed or |^^any^a1, allowed to be used by this or any other act of parliament, for vvkhintent the purpose of denoting the duties by this or any other act of to defraud his parliament granted, or (hall counterfeit or resemble the impres- Majesty of his ston of the same, with an intent to defraud his Majesty, his heirs duties* and successors, of any of the said duties; or (hall privately or fraudulently use any seal, stamp, or mark, directed or allowed to be used by this or any other act of parliament relating to the stamp-duties, with intent to defraud his Majesty, his heirs and successors, of any of the said duties; every person so offending, sncb person and being thereof lawfully convicted, (hall be adjudged a felon, ^all suffer and shall suffer death as in cafes of felony, without benefit of as a clergy.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That All powers, all powers, provisions, articles, clauses, distribution of penalties distribution and forfeitures, and all other matters and things, prescribed or ^cpenrescrYb« appointed by any former act or acts of parliament relating to ed by former the stamp-duties on vellum, parchment, and paper, (hall be of stamp-acts,

full to be applied in execution fu^ f°rce an(* e^ect witn relation to the several duties hereby ot this act. imposed, and (hall be applied and put in execution for the raising, levying, collectings and securing, the said additional and new duties hereby imposed, according to the true intent and meaning of this act, as fully, to all intents and purposes, as if the fame had severally and respectively been hereby enacted with relation to the said additional and new duties hereby imposed.

Receiver ge- X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That ^r^Ht^n tne feveral duties herein-before granted (hall be paid, from time

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count of the t0 time int° the hands or the receiver-general for the time duties grant- being of the duties on (lamped vellum, parchment, and paper, ed by this act, w^0 fhaH keep a separate and distinct account of the several thefome^ rates anc^ ^ut'es> ar>d PaY tne ^*ame (tne necessary charges, of into the ex- raising, paying, and accounting for the fame, being deducted) chequer, into the receipt of the exchequer, for the uses and purposes in this act mentioned, at such time, and in such manner, as any former duties on stamped vellum, parchment, or paper, are directed to be paid.

Auditor of XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid,

to^ee^aTr1* That there sha11 be Provided and kePt' in the affice of the audi~ parateaccount tor °^ tne ^a'd receipr °f exchequer, a book or books, in which all the monies arising from the said several rates and duties, and paid into the said receipt as aforesaid, shall be entered separate and apart from all other monies paid and payable to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, upon any account whatsoever; os all applica- and the said money, so paid into the said receipt of exchequer as don thereof, aforesaid, shall, together with such other rates, duties, and revenues, as shall be granted by any act or acts of this session of parliament for this purpose, be a fund for the payment of the several annuities, and all such other charges and expences as are directed to be paid and payable pursuant to an act of this present session of parliament, intituled^ An acl for raising a certain sum,of money by ivay of annuities, and for establishing a lottery. Preamble; XII. And whereas, by the several laws now in force, in order to reciting that prevent his Majesty his heirs or successors, from being defrauded of any hTvehteT1inS °ftfoe ^vAies charged upon vellum, parchment, and paper, it is enabled, grossed more That all records, writs, pleadings, or other proceedings, in courts of than the usual law and equity, and all deeds, instruments, and writings whatsoever, quantity in a charged ivith the stamp-duties, stall be ingroffed or written in such ment° to^e*1" manner as they have been usually accustomed to be written, and diminution os whereas, till the last stamp-duties ivere imposed, it was the gethe stamp- ner alpractice to insert in one stin of parchment twelve chancery Jheets9 duties, containing ninny ivords in each sheet, or fifteen common law sheets,

containing seventy-two words in each steet, and the fame has been held a fair and reasonable quantity to be ingroffed and written in and upon each stin of parchment, and that the usual charge for drawing and ingrojstng the fame, might, upon any costs to be taxed, be fairly and equitably'allowed: and whereas several persons, in injury to his Majesty s revenue ofstamps, insert in one skin of parchment the contents of a greater quantity of sheets than the quantity of chancery», or com

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