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corn returns, to have been properly made; and a sum not ex-
ceeding two thillings for each return from any of the cities or
towns in the several inland or other counties last before mention-
ed, and so certified to have been properly made; which certifi-
cates the said receiver of corn returns is hereby required to make
quarterly, except in such cases where such justices in such

county, riding, or division, or mayor or other chief officer or
justices in such city or town, shall think some larger compensa-
tion shall be necessary in consideration of the great trouble to which
any such inspector shall be fubject: which sums of money any
such treasurer, and such churchwardens and overseers of the poor,
after the apportionment has been made between the respective
parishes, in manner before directed, is and are hereby authorised
and required to pay, upon receiving such certificate, and the
same shall be allowed in their respective accounts; and that the and sheriffs
Iheriff depute of the counties, and the steward depute of the depute in

Scotland.
ftewartry, or his substitute, in that part of Great Britain called
Scotland, shall be entitled to receive quarterly, out of the publick
rate or cess of every such county or stewartry, a sum not exceed-
ing twenty shillings for each monthly return, certified by the re-
ceiver of corn returns to the treasurer of such county or stewartry,
to have been properly made according to the directions of this
act, by every such sheriff depute, steward depute, or substitute,
for defraying the charges incurred in making such returns, which
fums of money the treasurer of every such county or stewartry is
hereby authorised and required to pay, upon receiving such cer-
tificate, and the same shall be allowed in his account,

LXXV. And be it further enacted, That the said receiver of Receiver of corn returns Thall, at the end of every year, transmit to the re- corn returns ceiver general of his Majesty's customs in England, a certificate the end of of the number of returns which have been properly made to him each year, a according to the directions of this act, in the course of every such certificate of year, from every county, riding, division, city, or town which the number of are counties of themselves, or have and enjoy exempt jurisdiction received, to as aforesaid respectively, in that part of Great Britain called Eng- the receiver land; and he ihall, in like manner, transmit to the receiver ge- general of the neral of his Majesty's customs in Scotland, a certificate of the customs in number of returns which have been properly made to him, ac- Scotland recording to the directions of this act, in the course of every such {pe&ively, year, from every county, and the stewartry in that part of Great who are to Britain called Scotland respectively; and such receiver general of repay the the customs in England Thall, on an order from the commis- vanced by the fioners of the customs, or any four of them, forth with repay, out county trcaof the monies in his hands, arising from the duties on foreign surers, &c. corn, meal, and flour imported (an account of which duties he is to keep separate, and to retain in his hands so much of the produce thereof as shall be sufficient for that purpose) to the treasurers of the several maritime counties, ridings, or divisions of that part of Great Britain called England, and to the mayor or other chief officer of the cities or towns locally situated within the said counties, that are counties of themselves, or have and

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enjoy an exempt jurisdiction as aforesaid, a sum not exceeding
five Thillings for every return certified to him by the faid receiver
of corn returns to have been properly made according to the di-
rections of this act in the course of every such year, by the inspec-
tors of every such county, riding, division, city, or town respec-
tively; and a sum not exceeding two shillings for every return
from

of the cities or towns in the several inland and other
counties last before mentioned, fo certified to have been properly
made; and such receiver general of the cuftoms in Scotland hall,
on an order from the commissioners of the customs, or any three
of them, in like manner repay, out of the monies in his hands,
arising from the duties on foreign corn, meal, or flour imported
(an account of which duties he is to keep separate, and to retain
in his hands so much of the produce thereof as shall be fuficient
for that purpose) to the treasurers of the several counties, and the
stewartry in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, a fun not
exceeding twenty shillings for every return certified to him by
the said receiver of corn returns to have been properly made ac-
cording to the directions of this act, in the course of every such

year, by every such sheriff depute, steward depute, or his fubftiCounty trea

tute of every such county or itewartry; and every such treasurer surers, &c. to dispose of the

in the several counties of England fhall carry the sum so received money so re

by him to the account of the rate of every such county, riding, ceived, in the or division respectively; and every such mayor or other chief ofmanner here: ficer of the several cities or towns which are counties of themin mentioned.

felves, or have and enjoy an exempt jurisdiction as aforesaid, shall
repay the sum so received by him to the churchwardens and over-
seers of the poor of the several parishes or townships in every such
city or town, in proportion to the sums which every such parish
or township shall have respectively contributed for the payment of
the inspector appointed for every such city or town, to be carried
to the account of the poor rates of every such parish or township
respectively; and every such treasurer of the several counties, and
of the ftewartry in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, shall
carry the fums so received by him to the account of the publick
rate or cess of every such county or stewartry respectively, and the
faid receivers of the customs in England and Scotland shall be re-

spetively allowed such payments in their several accounts.
If the duties LXXVI. Provided always, and be it enacted, That in case the
on foreign monies arising by the duties on foreign corn, meal, and flour,
corn import imported, shall not be sufficient to make the repayment afore-
ed are insuf-
ficient to

said, it shall and may be lawful for the commissioners of his make the Majesty's customs in England, or any four or more of them, and aforesaid re- the commisioners of his Majesty's customs in Scotland, or any payment, the receiver

three or more of them respectively, to order the receiver general general to

to make up such deficiency out of any other money in his hands, make up the arising from the duties of customs; and the faid receiver general deficiency. of the customs in England and Scotland shall be respectively allow

ed such payments in their several accounts. Treasury to LXXVII. And be it further enacted, That the lord high treaappoint a receiver of corn

furer, or the lords commissioners of his Majesty's treasury, for returns ; the time being, or any three or more them, thall from time to

corn returns

time appoint a fit and proper person for executing the office of receiver of corn returns according to the directions of this act, with such salary and allowance as Ihall be deemed by them to be a proper and sufficient compensation for his time and trouble in executing the said office.

LXXVIII. And be it further enacted, That such receiver of who is to take corn returns, before he enters on the execution of his office, shall the following take the following oath; (videlicet), I . A. B. do swear, That I will

, to the best of my skill and know- Oath, ledge, execute the office of receiver of corn returns, according to the directions of an act passed in the thirty-first year of the reign of his majesty King George the Third, intituled, ( Here set forth the title of the act], and in all things conform myself as receiver of corn returns to the provisions of the said act. Which oath any justice of the peace for the county of Middlesex, is hereby impowered and required to administer.

LXXIX · And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful Receiver of for the said receiver of corn returns to send by the post to any to send and part of this kingdom, any printed papers, containing an account receive papers or abstract of the average prices of corn, or any of the other arti- on the business cles aforesaid, taken from the returns transmitted to him by vir- of this act, tue of this act, in covers open at the sides, which shall be signed free of poftage,

under certain by him on the outside thereof, free from the duty of postage; and restrictions. to receive and send all his letters and packets, from and to the inspectors appointed by virtue of this act, and from and to the clerks of the peace in the several counties, ridings, and divisions in England, and from and to the sheriffs or steward depute of the coun.. ties and the stewartry in Scotland, and from and to the collectors and other chief officers of the customs, and from and to the mayors or other chief officers of the cities and towns that are counties of themselves, or have and enjoy an exempt jurisdiction as aforesaid, and from and to the treasurer of the several counties, ridings, divisions, and stewartry as aforesaid, on the business in which he is employed in pursuance of the directions of this act, free from the duty of postage, in the same manner, and under such restrictions, as are now by law established respecting all other letters, packets, and printed papers, sent and received by the post free from the faid duty: provided nevertheless, That all letters and packets so sent by the said receiver of corn returns, Thall be certified on the outside thereof, in his hand writing, to be on the business of this act, and shall be sealed with a seal provided for that purpose and kept in his office, an impreffion or exemplification of which shall be previously lodged in the general postoffice; and also, that all letters and packets, so received by the faid receiver of corn returns, shall be certified on the outside thereof, by the officers transmitting the same, to be upon the business of this act, and shall contain no other letter, paper, or thing whatsoever, than for the faid receiver of corn returns upon the business aforesaid; and it fall and may be lawful for his Ma

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jesty's post-master general, his secretary or other officer specially authorised by him, to examine and search all such letters and packets, and to charge with treble postage any letter, papery or

thing therein contained contrary to the provisions of this act. Collectors of LXXX. And be it further enacted, That the collectors or the customs to principal officers of the customs, at every port in Great Britain, fend weekly fall respectively transmit weekly to the laid receiver of corn re

of of the corn, turns, an account of the quantities of the several forts of corn, &c. fhipt to be or of malt, meal, or flour, shipped in their respective ports in the carried coast- preceding week to be carried coastwise, with the names of the wife at, or brought coaft- thips or vessels, the names of the masters, and the ports or places wise into their in Great Britain to which such corn, malt, meal, or four, was respective intended to be carried, and also an account of the quantities of ports, to the all the several forts of corn, malt, meal, or flour, brought coastreceiver of corn returns,

wise in the preceding week into each such port, with the names who is every of the ships or vessels, the names of the masters, and the name of three months the port or place from whence the same was brought; and the to transmit an said receiver of corn returns shall, at the end of every three months, account there of to the com

transmit to the commissioners of his Majesty's customs in England millioners of and Scotland respectively, an account, to be formed and made up the customs. in such manner as they the said commissioners Ihall respectively

approve, of the quantity of the several sorts of corn, malt, meal, or four, shipped to be carried coastwise from each port, or brought

coastwise into each port, of Great Britain respectively. Treasury to

LXXXI. And be it further enacted, That the lord high treaorder an annual account furer, or the commiffioners of the treasury for the time being, to be transmit. fhall, and they are hereby required to order and direct that an acted from the count of the quantities of all corn, and the other articles as aforecustoms to the said, exported from Great Britain, and of all corn, meal, and four receiver of corn returns,

imported into Great Britain, together with an account of all bounof the corn

ties and duties paid and received thereon, be transmitted annually, exported, &c. by the commissioners of the customs in England and Scotland reimported and spectively, to the said receiver of corn returns, to be registered all bounties and duties

by him in proper books to be kept for that purpose. paid.

LXXXil. And be it further enacted, That the bushel by which All corn to be all corn shall be measured and computed, in pursuance of the dimeasured by rections of this act, shall be the Winchester bushel, and that a the Winches. quarter shall be deemed to consist of eight such bushels; and that ter bushel, &c. the justices of the peace of each county, riding, and division, and

the mayor or other chief officer of the cities or towns which are counties of themselves, or have or enjoy exempt or peculiar jurisdiction, in that part of Great Britain called England, and the sheriff or fteward depute or substitute of the counties, and of the said Itewartry in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, shall cause a standard Winchester bushel to be provided and kept in each city and town from which any returns of the prices of corn are by this act directed to be made; and that all duties be paid, and all bounties be paid and allowed, and all computations by measure

to be made for the purposes of this act, be made by the stricken When corn and not by the heaped bushel; and that in all cases where corn &c. is sold by shall be fold by weight, fifty-seven pounds avoirdupoise of wheat shall be deemed equal to every such Winchester bushel of wheat, weight, the and that fifty-five avoirdupoise pounds of rye shall be deemed equal quantities

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herein specific to every such bushel of rye, and that forty-nine avoirdupoise pounds ed to be deemof barley shall be deemed equal to every fuch bulhel of barley, and ed equal to a that forty-two avoirdupoise pounds of beer or birg shall be deemed bulhel. equal to every such bushel of beer or bigg, and that thirty-eight avoirdupoise pounds of oats shall be deemed equal to every such buihel of oats; and further, that fifty-six avoirdupoise pounds of wheat-meal, and forty-five avoirdupoise pounds of wheat-flour, shall be deemed equal to every such bushel of unground wheat, and that fifty-three avoirdupoise pounds of rye-meal shall be deemed equal to every such bushel of unground rye, and that fortyeight avoirdupoise pounds of barley-meal Thall be deemed equal to every such bushel of unground barley, and that forty-one avoirdupoise pounds of beer or bigg-meal shall be deemed equal to every such bushel of unground beer or bigs, and that twenty-two avoirdupoise pounds of oatmeal shall be deemed equal to every fuch buhel of unground oats; and for greater expedition in mea- The quantity ing ground corn of any sort that shall be in facks, the proper of ground

corn in sacks officer may make choice of and weigh two facks out of any num

to be deterber not exceeding twenty sacks, and so in proportion for any mined by greater quantity, and thereby compute the quantity of the whole: weighing two and if any doubt shall arise, whether ground wheat entered to be facks out of exported on bounty, ought to be considered as wheat-meal, or

twenty.

Directions for wheat flour, such officer is hereby authorised to require that a

determining certain reasonable portion of every fack, not exceeding one peck doubts reout of each fack, shall be passed through a fieve or cloth, com- specting monly called A Fourteen Shilling Cloth, and if such ground wheat ground wheat, shall not pass through such fieve or cloth, the same shall not be &c. considered as wheat-four.

LXXXIII. And be it further enacted, That every inspector of Inspector of corn returns Thall, and he is hereby required to make a compa- corn returns rison between the IVinchester measure and the measure commonly

to make a used in the city or town for which he is appointed inspector; and between the

comparison within one month after his appointment to cause a statement in Winchester writing of such comparison to be hung up in some conspicuous measure, and place in the market and town hall of such city or town, and from that used

he is time to time renew the same if it shall become defaced or illegible, inspector, &c. and shall return a copy of the same to the receiver of corn returns.

LXXXIV. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this The present act contained shall extend to alter the present practice of mea- practice of furing corn, or any of the articles aforesaid, to be thipped from or measuring

corn within to be landed in the port of London, but that the same shall be mea- London to sured by the sworn meters appointed for that purpose, by whose continue, and certificate the searchers or other proper officers of his Majesty's the tolls to be customs are hereby impowered and required to certify the quan- paid. tity of corn, or other articles as aforelaid, fo-shipped or landed; and that nothing in this act contained thall extend to lessen or take away the tolls or duties due and payable to the mayor and commonalty and citizens of the city of London, or to the mayor of the said city for the time being, VOL. XXXVII.

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