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de^th and hazard and casualties of war, and the seas, saved and excepted,) one act of parliament, made in the twelfth year of the reign of his late majesty King Charles the second, (intituled, An aft for the encouraging and encreafing ofshipping and navigation,) or any other stature or law to the contrary notwithstanding.

II. Provided always, That nothing in this act-contained shall Th'lS act.not extend to take away or restrain the effect of any such royal pro- £° "l^rocla"* clamation, as his Majesty, his heirs and successors, are impow- matlon tobe ered to make by virtue of an act, passed in the thirteenth year made pursuant os his late Majesty's reign, (intituled, An aft for the better supply t0 an actl '3 of mariners and seamen, to serve in his Majesty s stips of ivar, and on Geo' 1I# board merchfiht Jbips and other trading ships and privateers,)

CAP. VIL

An act for repairing the highways and bridges in the county of Wigtom

CAP. VIII.
An a£t to enable his Majesty to license a theatre in the city of Bristol.

CAP. IX.

An act for taking down the parish church of Lilsord, being a vicarage united to the rectory of Achurch, in the county of Northampton $ and for repairing the parish church of Achurch aforesaid } and for other purposes therein mentioned.

CAP. X.

An act to continue and enlarge the term and powers of an act, made iri the thirtieth year of the reign of King G-eorge the second, for building a bridge over the river Lea, at or near a place called Jeremy's Ferry j and for making, repairing, and widening roads, from thence into the great roads at Snartsbrook, in the county of Essex, and at Clapton, ia the county of Middlesex.

C A P. XI.

An aft for repealing an aft, passed in the fourteenth year of his present Majesty's reign, intituled, An act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Majfachufets Bay in Neiv England.

WHEREAS the province of the Massachufets Bay had for Preamble. many years been governed under a charter, granted by their late majesties King William and ghieen Mary : and whereas an aft, ^ ^*c^f?* passed in the fourteenth year of his present Majesty* reign, intituled, 'rec' An act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Mafsachujets Bay in New England^ has been found to create great uneasinesses in the minds of the inhabitants of the said province, and has occasioned jealousies and apprehensions as danger to their liberties and rights in several other of the colonies and plantations in North America : for quieting and extinguishing such uneasinesses and apprehensions, 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 fame, That, from and after the ami repealed* passing of this act, the said act, of the fourteenth year of the reign of his present Majesty, be, and the same i$ hereby repealed.

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C A4 P. XII.

An aft for removing all doubts and apprehensions concerning taxat\n by the parliament of Great Britain in any of the colonies, provinces, andplantatiohs in North America and the West: Indies; and for repealing so much of an ad, made in the seventh year os the reign of his present Majesty, as imposes a duty on tea imported from Great Britain into any colony or plantation in America, or relates thereto,

Preamble. \A/ ^ ^ R E A S taxation by the parliament of Great Britain,

V V for the purpose of raising a revenue in his Majesty9s colonies, provinces, and plantations, in North America, has been found by experience to occafion great uneasinesses and disorders amofig his Maje- fly's faithful subjects, who way nevertheless be disposed to acbwivledge the justice of contributing to the common defence of the empire, provided such contribution should be raised under the authority of the general court, or general assembly, of each respective colony, province, or plantation : and tvhereas, in order as well to remove the said uneasinesses, and to quiet the minds of his Majesty s subjects who may be disposed to return to their allegiance, as to refore the peace and welfare of all his Majesty's dominions, it is expedient to declare that the King and parliament of Great Britain will not impose any duty, tax, or assessment, for the purpose of raising a revenue in any of the colonies^ provinces, or plantations: May it please your Majesty that it may be declared and enacted -9 and it is hereby declared and 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 No tax to be -authority of the same, That, from and aster the pasting of this hereafter im- 2£[^ the f£jng ancj parliament of Great Britain will not impose King and par- an^ ^uty> tax> or assessment whatever, payable in any of his liament of Majesty's colonies, provinces, and plantations, in North America Great Britain, or the JVefi Indies; except only such duties as it may be expeon any ot the dient to impose for the regulation os commerce; the net procolonies in ^uce Qp ruc|1 duties to be always paid and applied to and for the North Ame- r r i. i • \ i • . . r

rica or the use or the colony, province, or plantation, in which the same

West sndies: shall be respectively levied, in such manner as other duties colexcept, etc. lected by the authority of the respective general courts, or general assemblies, of such colonies, provinces, or plantations, arc ordinarily paid and applied. So much of an H. And De lt further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That, act 7 Geo. til. from and after the palling of this act, so much of an act, made as imposes a jn the se^ejith^year of his present Majesty's reign, intituled, An duty on tea Q^ for granting certain duties in the Britiih colonies and plantations (TrearBrita^n America ;for allowing a draivback of the duties of customs upon inter America, the exportation from this kingdom of coffee and cocoa nut s of the prorepealed. duce 0f the said colonies or plantations; for discontinuing the drawbacks payable on China earthen ware exported to America; and for more effequally preventing the clandefine running of goods in the said colonies and plantations \ as imposes a duty on tea imported from Great Britain into any colony or plantation in America, or has iciation to the said duty, be, and the fame is hereby repealed.

CAP, CAP. XIII.

An act to enable his Majesty to appoint commissioners^ with sufficient powers to treat, consult, and agree upon the means of quieting the disorders now subsisting in certain of the colonies, plantations^ and provinces of North America.

FO R the quieting and extinguishing of divers jealousies and ap- Preamble. prehensions of danger to their liberties and rights, which have alarmed many of his Majesty s Jubjecls in the colonies, provinces, and plantations of New Hampshire, Massachusets Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pensylvania, the three lower counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,North Carolina,South Carolina, and Georgia; and for a full manifestation of the just arid gracious purposes of his Majesty, and his parliament, to maintain and secure all his fubjecls in the clear and per feel enjoyment of their liberties and rights; 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 it shall and may HisMajeity be lawful for his Majesty, from time to time, by letters patent empowered to under the great seal of Great Britain, to authorise and impower com°mlJrfoncrs five able and sufficient persons, or any three of them, to treat, to treat with consult, and agree with any body or bodies politick and corpo- the Americans rate, or with any assembly or assemblies of men, or with any for redress of person or persons whatsoever, of and concerning any grievances, gnevances> or complaints of grievances, existing, or supposed to exist, in the government of any of the said colonies, provinces, or plantations respectively, or in the laws and statutes of this realm respecting the same; and of or concerning any aid or contribution to be furnished by any of the said colonies, provinces, or plantations respectively, for the common defence of this realm, and the dominions thereunto belonging; and of and concerning any other regulations, provisions, matters, and things, necessary or convenient for the honour of his Majesty, and his parliament, and for the common good of all his subjects.

II. Provided also, and be it further enacted and declared, That The regular no regulation, provision, matter, or thing, so proposed, treated, tlons> etc. consulted, or agreed, shall have any other force or effect, or be tosinasly0t carried further into execution, than is herein-after mentioned binding until and provided, until the fame shall have been confirmed by par- confirmed by Jiament. parliament.

III. Provided also, and be it further enacted by the authority Commissioners aforesaid, That in order to facilitate the good purposes of this may order a act, his Majesty may lawfully enable the said commissioners, or ^oftnn^ bf any three of them, from time to time, to order and proclaim a fe° J^nd^ cessation of hostilities, on the part of his Majesty's forces, by sea

or land, for any time, and under any conditions or restrictions; and such order and proclamation to revoke and annul in the fame manner; and form. ,

IV. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be His Majesty

. B 3 lawful may impowir thecommis- lawful for his Majesty, by such letters patent as aforesaid, to pend7b° pro authorife and imPower the said commissioners, or any three of clamation, the tnePri> by proclamation under their respective hands and seals, prohibitory from time to time, to suspend the operation and effect of a act of 16 Geo. certain act of parliament, made and passed in the sixteenth year 111 > of the reign of his present Majesty, for prohibiting all trade arid

intercourse with certain colonies and plantations therein named, and for the other purposes therein also mentioned, or any of the provisions or restrictions therein contained; specifying in such proclamation at what times and places respectively, and with what exceptions and restrictions^ and under what passes and clearances, in lieu of those heretofore directed by any act or acts of parliament for regulating the trade of the colonies or plantations, the said suspension (hall take effect; and the said suspension and proclamation^ in the same manner and form, to annul and revoke.

or any other V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid,

afact^datin°f That h stla11 3nd ^ be hwful f0!" his Majesty> bY fuch letters to America patent as aforesaid, to authorise and impower the said commis

passed since' sioners, or any three of them, to suspend, in any places, and for Fcb.10,1763. any times during the continuance of this act, the operation and effect of any act or acts of parliament which have passed since the tenth day of February, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-three, and which relate to any of his Majesty's said colonies, provinces, or plantations in North America, so far as the fame does relate to them; or the operation and effect of any clause, or any provision or matter therein contained, so far as such clauses, provisions, or matters relate to any of the said colonies, provinces, or plantations. His Majesty VI. And it is hereby enacted by the authority aforesaid, may impower That it shall and may be lawful for his Majesty, by such letters the commit patent as aforesaid, to authorise and impower the said commissiardons°-gran "oners> or anv three °^ tnem> and they are hereby authorised P ' and impowered, to grant a pardon or pardons to any number or ^description of persons within the said colonies, provinces, or plantations.

awd to appoint VII. And^ that no let- or hindrance may' happen from the vacancy governors in of the office of governor and commander in chief in any of the said es°e^tc^v'herern eo^onies'> provincesy or plantations respectively, or from the absence of liis Majesty suc^ officer from his government, be it further enacted by the auhath usually thority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for his Majeappointed fty9 by such letters patent as aforesaid, to authorise and impower them. tke fg.-^ commissioners, or any three of them, in any of the said

colonies, provinces, or plantations respectively, wherein his Majesty hath usually heretofore nominated and appointed a go* vernor, to nominate and appoint, from time to time, by any instrument under their hands and seals, a proper person to be the governor and commander in chief in and for any such colony, province, or plantation ; to have, hold, and exercise the the said office os governor and commander in chief in and for such colony or plantation respectively, with all such powers and

authorities authorities as any governor of such province heretofore appointed by his Majesty might or could have exercised, in as full and ample manner and form as if such governor and commander in chief had been nominated and appointed by his Majesty's letters patent or commission ; and for that purpose, if need be, to revoke, annul, and make void, any commission or letters patent heretofore granted for appointing any such governor and commander in chief.

VIII. And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue Continuance to be in force until the first day of June, one thousand seven ot tllJS• hundred and seventy-nine.

. CAP. XIV,

An act for defraying the charge of the pay and cloathi hg of the m\)\th in that part ot Great Britain called England, for one year, beginning the twenty-fifth day of March, one thousand (even hundred and seventyeight; and for filling up vacancies in the militia, in the cases therein, mentioned.

CAP. XV.

4n act for the relies os the captors of prixes, with respect to the bringing and landing certain prize goods in this kingdom

WHEREAS several ships and vessels, with their cargoes, Preamble. have been taken, and condemned as prize, in pursuance of, end under the authority of an acl made in the sixteenth year of the reign os his present Majefly, (intituled, An act to prohibit all ^ccital(?[l6* trade and intercourse with the colonies of New Hampshire, *P-5* Massachusets Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Tork, New Jtrfey, Petisylvania, the three lower counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina^ South Carolina, and Georgia, during the continuance of the present rebellion within the said colonies respectively; for repealing an act, made in the fourteenth year of the reign of his present Majesty, to discontinue the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour tf/^ Boston, in the province of Massachusets Bay 5 and also two acts, made in the last session of parliament, for restraining the trade and comrhefee of the colonies in the said acts respectively mentioned ; and to enable any person or persons, appointed and authorised by his Majesty to grant pardons, to issue proclamations, in the cafes and for the purposes therein mentioned :) And whereas part of the cargoes of such ships and vessels, which is now secured in the warehouses at several ports in this kingdom, not being goods of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any British American colony or plantation, or of any other place vr country under the dominion of his Majefly, are subject, by the laivs now in force, to the payment of high duties upon being imported into and used in this kingdom; which duties, in some instances, being equal to the value of the goods, will not ovly be a discouragement to the captors and importers thereof but will put them under the ntcesstty to fendsuch goods, for the future, directly to foreign markets^ to the loss of his Maj ess s revenue^ and the pre

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