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CAP. XXXI.

Jin aft for enabling his Majesty to settle on their royal highnesses the princes Frederick bishop os Osnaburgh, William Henry, Edward, Ernest Augustus, Augustus Frederick, and Adolphus Frederick, an annuity of sixty thousand pounds per annum; and also to settle on their royal highnesses .the princesses Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Augusta Sophia, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia, one other annuity of thirty thousand pounds per annum; and also to settle on his higness prince William Fredericks other annuity of eight thousand pounds per annum, and on her highness the princess Sophia Matilda one other annuity of four thousand pounds per annum.

Most gracious Sovereign,

WHEREAS your Mcjejly hath been pleased to recommend to Preamble.; the consideration of your faithful commons\ that a competent provision siould.be made for your Majesty's-six younger sons, and also for your Majesty's daughters, to take effecl after the demise of your Majesty, (zohom God long preserve); and also for the son and daughter of your Ma j esty s dearly beloved brother the duke of Gloucester, to take effecl after the decease of the said duke of Gloucester: and whereas by an ad, made in the first year of the reign of her late majesiy g)ueen Anne, intituled, An act for the better support of her Recital of Majesty's houstiold, and of the honour and dignity of the crown, J Ana- stat. 1. to the end that the land revenues of the crown might be preserved, c* 7% improved, and encreased, to the best advantage thereof, it was among other things enacled and declared, That all and every grant, lease, or other assurance, which, from and afer the twenty-fifth day of March, oJH^thmsand seven hundred and two, siould be made or granted, in manner therein mentioned, of any the manors, messuages, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, therein specified, other than such grants, leases, and assurances, as are therein excepted, st>ould be utterly void and of no effecl; and by another acl, made in the ninth year of her said late M jesiy s reign, intituled, An act for establishing a gene- 9 Ann. c. 10. ral post-office for all her Majesty's dominions; and for settling a weekly sum out of the revenues thereof, for the service of the war, and other her Majesty's occasions; to the intent that the inheritance of such part of the duties and revenues arising in and by the general letter-office or post-office, which was thereby vested in,her said late Majesty, her heirs and successors, undeterminable, as therein mentioned, might be preserved in the crown for the suture benefit thereof^ it was (among other things) enacled and declared, That the fame, or any part thereof, should not be alienable, chargeable, or grantable by her Majesty, her heirs or successors, for any estate, term, or time whatsoever, to endure longer than the life of her Majesty^ er os such King or Ssueen as should make such alienation, charge, or grant respectively; dnd that all gifts, grants, alienations, or assurances whatsoever, to be had or made os, or charged upon, the same duties or revenues^ or any part thereof contrary to the provisions of that acl%si)ould

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be null and void: and ivhereas by an aft, made in the first year of 1 Gech 3* c. 1. your Majesty % reign, intituled, An act for the support of his Majesty's houlhold, and of the honour and dignity of the crown of Great Britain, the duties and revenues commonly called The Hereditary Revenues, together with several temporary duties and revenues thereby continued, and all other branches and revenues which, on the twenty-fourth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and sixty, stood fettled or appointed to go and be paid towards the support os the houfbold of his late majesty King George the Second, of blessed memory, and the honour and dignity of the crown, and certain other small branches of your Majesty's revenues therein also expressed, (except as therein excepted,) were, during your Majesty's life, carried to and made part of the general or aggregate fund, established by an aft ■wade in the first year of the reign of his late majesty King George the First: and zvhereas by another ah, made in the fifth year of your and 5 Geo. 3. Majesty's reign, intituled, An act to alter certain rates of postage; c. z$< and to amend, explain, and enlarge, several provisions in an act

made in the ninth year of the reign of Queen Anne, and in other acts relating to the revenue of the post-office; it was enafted, That all the monies arising by the rates therein before-mentioned (except as is therein excepted) should be appropriated and applied 10 such and the j ame uses to which the then rates of postage were respectively by law appropriated and made applicable: now we, your Majesty's ntoft dutiful and loyal subjects, the commons of Gxtzt Britan, in parliament astembled, having taken into consideration the present state os your . royal family, more numerous in its branches than these kingdoms have had the happiness offeeing in any former reign \ and thinking it highly just and reasonable that your Majesty should be enabled to make provision for their honourable support and maintenance; do therefore most humbly beleech 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 aupisMa^fty thority of the fame, That it shall and may be lawful to and for im powered to the King's most excellent majesty, by any letters patent, or by serf le on his several letters patents, under the great seal of Great Britain, fix youngrr hereafter to be made, to give and grant unto their royal highnuityor'311' nesses prince Frederick bishop of Ojnaburgh, prince William Henry+ 60,0001. per prince fidward, prince Ernest Augustus, prince Augustus Frederick, annum, to and prince Adolphus Frederick, and to the survivors and survivor of commence them, or to such other person or persons as his Majesty (hall think mh'Toshis6* ^r t0 ^e narnec* *n ^icn letfers p^ent, and his or their heirs,during Majesty- l*ie ^ves °^*^e'r ^ r(^a' highnesses, anc* tne °f furvivor .' of them in trust for their laid royal highnesses, and the fur» vivors or survivor of them, one annuity or yearly sum of money, not exreeding the sum of sixty thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain by the year, to commence and take effect from the day of the demise of his Majesty, (whom God long preserve), and to be paid and"payable, by even and equal portions, on the four most usual days of payment in the year; (that is to fay,) The fifth day of January, the fifth day, of -April, the

fifth fifth day of July, and the tenth dayof<9^&r; the first payment thereof to be made on such of the said days which shall next happen after the demise of his said Majesty; and that such an- and to be nuity, or yearly sum of money as aforesaid, shall or may, by such ^ar^huepost letters patent as aforesaid,, be given and granted to issue, and shall hereditary accordingly issue and be payableout os,and be charged and charge- duties which, able upon, all or any part or parts of such of the hereditary du~ by r Geo. 3. c. ties, revenues, and branches, as were by the said act, made in *' tTMade the first year of his present Majesty's reign, intituled, An aft for ^^^^ the support of his Majesty s household, and of the honour and dignity fundj etc. of the crown of Great Britain, carried to, and made part of, the laid general or aggregate fund, and (hall be then subsisting; and out of and upon such part of the rates of postage granted by the said act, made in the fifth year of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled, An aft to alter certain rates of postage; and to amend, explain, and enlarge, several provisions in an aft made in the ninth year of the reign of Shieen Anne, and in other afts relating to the revenue of the post-office, as shall then belong to, and be part of, the hereditary revenues of the crown.

II. Provided always, That nothing in this act, or in the let- No one of the ters patent to be made in pursuance thereof, contained, or to be jjj""^ *S X^teT contained, shall extend, or be construed to extend, to give and anoo^y^lTa^ grant a greater annuity or yearly sum than fifteen thousand 15,0001. a pounds by the year, to any one of the said princes. year.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, Jjjs Majesty

That it shall and may be lawful to and for the King's most ex- impowered to

cellent majesty, by any letters patent, or by several letters patents, settle °n tne

under the great seal of Great Britain, hereafter to be made, to ^g^^^rs

give and grant to their royal highnesses princess Charlotte Augusta TMannuity of

Matilda, princess Augusta Sophia, princess Elizabeth, princess 3o,ooo I. per

Mary, and princess Sophia, and to the survivors and survivor of annum, to

them, or to such other person or persons as" his A4ajesty shall cornm(-nce 1 • 1 £u * i_ 1 • r 1 i t - ' 1 1 ■ J 1 ♦ from the de

think: nt to be named in luch letters patent, and his or their mjse Qf ilis

heirs, during the lives of their said royal highnesses, and the life Majesty*

of the survivor of them, in trust for their said royal highnesses,

or the survivors or survivor of them, one other annuity or yearly

sum of money, not exceeding the sum of thirty thousand pounds

of lawful money of Great Britain^ by the year, to commence and

take effect from the day of the demise of his Majesty, (whom

God long preserve,) and to be paid and payable, by even and

equal portions, on the four most usual days of payment in the

year; (that is to fay) The fifth day of "January, the fifth day of

Jpril, the-fifth day of July, and the tenth day of Oftober\ the ,

first payment thereof to be made on such of the said days which

shall next happen after the demise of his said Majesty; and that and to be

such last-mentioned annuity or yearly sum of money shall or charged onthe

may, by such letters patent as aforesaid, be given and granted to dutie? above

issue, and shall accordingly issue and be payable out of, and be mcnuoned

charged and chargeable upon, all or any part or parts of such of

the hereditary duties, revenues, and branches, as were by the

said-act, made in <he first year of his present Majesty's reign, in

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frtuled, An aft for the support of his Majesty's household, and of the honour and dignity of the crown of Great Britain, carried to, and' made part ot, the said general or aggregate fund, and shall be then subsisting; and out of and upon such part of the rates of postage, granted by the said act, made in the fifth year of the reign os his present-Majesty, intituled, An aft to alter certain rates of postage \ and to amends explain, and enlarge, several provisions in an aft made in the ninth year of the reign of ^ueen Anne, and in other afts relating to the revenue of the post-office, as (hall then belong to, and be part of, the hereditary revenues of the crown. IV. Provided also, and it is hereby enacted by the authority Regulations aforesaid, That upon the death of any of their said royal highshe saidl aiv nesses the princesses, or upon the marriage of any one of them, runty upon and tne payment of a portion on or in consideration of such the marriage marriage, not less than forty thousand pounds sterling, the or death or right, title, (hare, and interest, of such princess so dying, or be^incesseT marriec^ *n anc* t0 tne soid yearly rent or annuity of thirty

?lin e' thousand pounds, or any part thereof, (hall cease and determine, and the said whole annuity lhall, from thenceforth, accrue and remain to the four other princesses; and upon the death or marriage of any other of the said princesses, and the payment of a portion, not less than forty thousand pounds sterling, on or in consideration of such marriage, the right, (hare, and interest, of such other princess so dying, or being married, in or to the said annuity of thirty thousand pounds, thall cease and determine, and the said whole annuity lhall from thenceforth accrue and remain to the three other princesses; and upon the death or marriage of any other of the said princesses, and the payment of a portion, not less than forty thousand pounds sterling, on or in consideration of such marriage, the right, (hare, and interest, of such other princess so dying, or being married, in or to the said annuity of thirty thousand pounds, (hall cease and determine, and two third parts of the said annuity of thirty thousand pounds, amounting to twenty thousand pounds per annum, and no more, shall accrue and belong to the other two princesses then unmarried; and upon the death or marriage of either of the said two last-n entioned princesses, and payment of a portion, not less than forty thousand pounds sterling, on or in consideration of such marriage, the right, (hare, and interest, of such princess, of, in, and to the said annuity of twenty thousand pounds, fhajl cease and determine, and the other of the said princesses then living, lhall be intitled to twelve thousand pounds per annum, part of the said rent or annuity of twenty thousand pounds, and no more, to cease and be determined on her death or marriage, and the payment of a portion, not less than forty thousand pounds sterling, on or in consideration of such marriage.

V. And it rs hereby further enacted by the authority aforeHis Majesty said, That it (hall and may be lawful to and for the King's most Empowered to excellent majesty, by any letters, patent, or by several letters pafeme an an- tentSj under the great seal of Great Britain, hereafter to be made,

$ 000 1° per t0 glvc an<^ grant unt0 his highness prince William Frederick, the

,> , \ -' so$ son of his said royal highness the duke of Gloucester, or to such annum, on other person or persons as his Majesty (hall think lit to be named p7sdej^khto in such letters patent, and his or their heirs, during the life of commence f° him the laid prince William Frederick, in trust: for him the said from the deprince William Frederick, one other annuity or yearly sum osceaieofthe money, not exceeding the sum of eight thousand pounds of law- duke of Giou ful money of Great Britain by the year, for and during his na- ce* er• tural life, to commence and take effect from the day of the decease of his said royal highness the duke of Gloucester, and to be paid and payable, by even and equal portions, on the four most usual days of payment in the year; that is to fay, the fifth day of January, the fifth day of April, the fifth day of July, and the tenth day of October; the first payment thereof to be made on such of the said days which (hall next happen after the decease of the said duke of Gloucester; and that such last-mentioned annuity shared on or yearly sum shall or may, by such letters patent as aforesaid, the^gregate be given and granted, during the continuance of the said act, fond, ° made in the first year of his present Majesty's reign, and of another act, made in the seventeenth year of his present Majesty's reign, j or the support of his Majesty's household, and of the honour and dignity of the crown of Great Britain, to issue, and shall accordingly issue and be payable out of, and be charged and charge- *,j able upon, the several yearly rents or sums by the said acts directed to be paid and payable out of, and charged and chargeable upon, the duties and revenues composing the said fund commonly called The General or Aggregate Fund, for the support of his Majesty's household, and of the honour and dignity of the crown of Great Britain; and, from and immediately after the and the hereexpiration of the said acts, the fame (hall or may be given and dicary duties, granted, by such letters patent as aforesaid, to issue, and (hall ^ention°eT accordingly issue and be payable out of, and be charged and chargeable upon, all or any part or parts of such pf the said hereditary duties, revenues, and branches, as were thereby carried to, and made part of, the said general or aggregate fund, and shall be then subsisting; and out of and upon such part of the rates of postage granted by the said act, made in the fifth year of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled, An ael to alter certain rates of postage; and to amend, explain, .and enlarge, several provisions in an aft made in the ninth year of the reign of §)ueen Anne, and in other a els relating to the revenue of the post-office, as mall then belong to, and be part of, the hereditary revenue of the

crown.

VI. And it is hereby further enacted by the authority afore- His Majestysaid, That it sliall and may be lawful to and for the King's most ^red td, excellent majesty, by such letters patent, or by several letters nuityof^" patents, under the great seal of Great Britain, hereafter to be 4,0001. per made, to give and grant unto her hjghnefs princess Sophia Ma- annum,on the tilda, the daughter of his said royal highness the duke of Glou- P^ince!'sSoPhia tester9 or to such other person or persons as his Majesty shaU commence0 think sit, to be named in such letters patent, and his or their from the de. heirs, during the life of her the said priucess Sophia Matilda, in cease of the

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