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other Person, was the actual Proprietor of such Horses, although the same may belong to, and be the Pro-
perty of, any other licensed Postmaster, Innkeeper, or other person.

XXVI. And, in order to prevent evading the Payment of the Duties hereby granted upon Horses

• hired by the Mile or Stage, under the Pretence of the letting such Horses for a Day, or any less Period No Postmaster, of Time,' be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Poftmaster, Innkeeper, or other Person, at &c. fhall let

whose Inn, House, or other Place, kept for letting Horses to Hire, any Traveller or Travellers Thall otherwise than

change Horses, shall let to Hire any Horse or Horses, to such Traveller or Travellers, in any other Manby Mile or Stage.

ner than by the Mile or Stage; and if any Postmaster, Innkeeper, or other Person, thall act contrary hereto, he, she, or they shall, for every such Offence, forfeit and pay the Sum of five Pounds, to be recovered as herein-after mentioned.

' XXVII. And, for the Encouragement of the Toll-gate Keepers to be attentive and vigilant in the

* Execution of this Act, and as a Compensation for their Trouble, be it enacted by the Authority aforeToll-gate Keep- faid, That all and every Toll-gate Keeper shall be, and is hereby authorised to demand and receive, from ers allowed 3 do the Collector to whom he, she, or they shall deliver the Day Tickets and Posting Tickets in the Manner in the Pound.

herein-after directed and prescribed, the Sum of three Pence for every Pound Sterling which the Duties upon any such Ticket shall amount unto, and at and after that Rate for any less Sum than a Pound Sterling; and such Collector is hereby authorised to pay and allow the faine accordingly; and that such Allowance of three Pence in the Pound shall be over and above the Allowance or Privilege hereby given to such

Toll-gate Keepers of retaining the Money by him, her, or them, collected from such Traveller or Travellers, Person or Perfons, who shall not, pursuant to this Act, have delivered the Tickets to such Toll-gate

Keeper as aforesaid. Where and

XXVIII. Provided always nevertheless, and it is hereby enacted, That all and every Toll-gate Keeper when Toll-gate fhall, for the Compensation and Allowance aforesaid, bring, or cause to be brought, the Tickets hereinKeepers thall before mentioned by him or her received, if within five Miles of London, then to the Head Office there, or bring Tickets,

to such other place within the Bills of Mortality as the Commissioners of the Stamp-duties shall appoint; and if beyond the Distance of five Miles from London, then to such Places, and at such Times, as the Collector appointed to collect such Duties shall require, and deliver up, or cause to be delivered up, such Tickets

to the Receiver-general or Collector to be appointed as aforesaid. Penalty on Toll- XXIX. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Toll-gate Keeper who gase Keepers. shall have received such Stamp-office Tickets as aforesaid, who shall not bring, or cause to be brought,

fuch Tickets, at the Times and Places aforesaid, shall, upon Demand made at the Gate of such Turnpike, deliver such Tickets to the Collector to be appointed by the faid Commisioners for managing the Duties on stamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, as aforesaid; and if any Toll-gate Keeper shall refuse to deliver up all and every such Stamp-office Tickets, so received by him or her, upon such Demand as aforefaid, every Toll-gate Keeper Thall, for each Ticket he or she shall so refuse to deliver up, forfeit and pay the Sum of five Shillings, to be recovered as herein-after is directed.

XXX. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Toll-gate Keeper shall neglect or refuse to receive from any Person or Persons any Ticket or Tickets, hereby directed to be delivered to such Toll-gate Keeper as aforesaid, or fall neglect or refuse to file the same, every fuch Toll-gate Keeper, so neglecting or refusing, Thall, for every such Offence, forfeit and pay the Sum of twenty Shillings, to be recovered, levied, and applied in the Manner herein-after directed.

XXXI. And, in order to prevent any collusive or fraudulent Practices in Toll-gate Keepers, be it Gale-keepers

enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That in cafe any Toll-gate Keeper shall alk, demand, or receive, or fraudulently ac. agree to take or accept, any lefs Sum or Sums of Money than he or she is hereby authorised to ask, decepting kels, &c. mand, and receive, and retain to his own Use, every such Toll-gate Keeper shall, for every such Offence,

forfeit and pay the Sum of twenty Shillings, to be recovered and applied in the Manner herein-after

appointed. Where Porta

XXXII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Postmaster, Innnafters, &c.

keeper, or other Person, fo licensed as aforesaid, not residing in the Cities of London and Westminster, nor residing out of

within the Bills of Mortality, shall, at the Times and at the Places to be mentioned at the foot of the first Bills of Morta. Licence granted to him, her, or them, when the same shall be delivered, and afterwards at the Foot of lity, are to pass Accounts.

every Receipt which shall be given by the Collector for the Money paid in by him, her, or them, on account of the faid Duties, attend, and there deliver in and pass his Account, and pay the Duty received by him, her, or them, as aforesaid, to the Coilector so appointed to collect the faine : Provided that no fuch Person as aforefaid shall be compelled to travel for the Payment of the said Duties, or other Cause whatsoever touching or concerning the fame, if he, ihe, or they live in a Market-town, out of the said Town, or if he, ihe, or they live out of a Market-town, then to no other Place than to the Market-town nearest to

his, her, or their Habitation. Act not extend XXXIII. Provided also, and it is hereby further enacted and declared, That nothing herein contained to Horses in

shall extend, or be construed to extend, to any Horses used in Hackney-coaches, licensed purfuant to Hackney• several A&ts of Parliament made for that Purpose, where the Horses drawing such Hackney-coaches shall Cuaches, &c.

be employed to go to no greater Distance than ten Miles from the Cities of London and Westminster, and

the Suburbs thereof. All Horses hired

XXXIV. And it is hereby further enacted and declared by the Authority aforesaid, That every Horse by the Mile or

hired by the Mile or Stage, shall be deemed to be hired to travel Post,, within the true Intent and MeanStage, thall be

ing of this Act, although the Person or Persons hiring the same do not go or travel several Stages upon a deemed hired to

Post-road, or change Horses; and although, at the Stage or Place at or to which such Horse shall be hired, travel Puit, there thall not be any Poft-house; and although there shall not be any Poft settled or established on the

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Road, or any Part thereof, upon which such Horse shall be hired to go ; any Thing herein-before contained,
or any Law or Usage, to the contrary notwithstanding.

XXXV. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Postmaster, Innkeeper, or on the Death
other Person, licensed to let Horses in Manner aforesaid, shall die, it shall and may be lawful for his or of Postmaster,
her Executors, Administrators, or other Persons succeeding to such Inn, House, or other Place, to let Horses &c. his Execu-
to Hire in Manner aforesaid, until such Time as such Person Thall procure such Licence, and give such
Security as herein-before directed, without being liable to the Penalty herein-before inflicted upon the Perfons Penalty, &c.
letting Horses for Hire without being licensed in that Behalf, provided that such Licence be taken out within
thirty Days after the Death of such Postmaster, Innkeeper, or other Person; and such Person or Persons
shall be subject to the fame Rules, Regulations, and Charges, and liable to account, and to the Payment of
the fame Rates and Duties hereby imposed as such Postmaster, Innkeeper, or other Person, was subject and
liable to.

* XXXVI. And, for the more effectual taking an Account of the several Duties imposed by this Act, Portmafter, &c.
. and preventing Frauds therein,' be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That, from and after the faid on delivering his
first Day of August

, every Poftmaster, Innkeeper, and other person, fo licensed to let Horles as aforesaid, make Oath, &c.
shall, at the respective Times of delivering their Accounts to the Commissioners, or other Perfon appointed
by them to receive the same, at the Head Office, or to the Collector or Collectors authorised by the said
Commissioners to receive the same, and the Money due therein, make Oath, or being one of the People
called Quakers, make and subscribe a solemn Affirmation, before such Commissioners, or other Person
appointed as aforesaid, or Collector or Collectors, who are hereby respectively authorised and empowered
to administer fuch Oath and Affirmation, to the Truth of the Accounts then delivered, in the Form
following:
I
A. B. do swear (or affirm, as the case may require), That the several weekly Accounts now by me Oath.

delivered of the Duties arising upon Horses, which I have let for the Purpose of travelling Poit, or Otherwise, from the

Day of
to the
Day of

as far as the same have been entered and kept by me, are fair, just, and true Accounts; and as far as they have been entered and kept by any other Person or Persons, I verily believe to be true.

So help me GOD.' XXXVII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That, from and after the said first Day No Person hall of August one thousand seven hundred and eighty, no Person who fall keep any four-wheeled Chaise, or let out for Hire other Machine, commonly called A Diligence or Post-coach, or by what Name soever fuch Carriage or Car- ang Diligence, riages now are, or hereafter shall be called or known, for the Purpose of conveying in the Inlide thereof

&c. without any Number of Passengers, not exceeding four, for Hire, from Stage to Stage, or from Place to Place, or

Licence.)
who shall keep any Coach, Berlin, Landau, Chariot, Calash with four Wheels, Chaise-marine, Chaise
with four Wheels, or other Machine, by what Name loever the same now is, or hereafter shall be called or
known, to be employed as publick Stage Coaches or Carriages, for the Purpose of conveying Paffengers,
for Hire, to and from different Places within the Kingdom of Great Britain, ihall let out the fame for luch
Purpose, without having first obtained a Licence under the Hands of two of the said Commissioners for ma-
naging the Duties on stamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, or some Person duly authorised by them,
upon Pain to forfeit, for every Time such Diligence, or other Machine, shall be so used, the Sun of five
Pounds, to be recovered and applied as herein-after is directed.

XXXVIII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That, from and after the palling of commiftioners
this Act, any two or more of his Majesty's Commissioners appointed for managing the Duties arising by to grant Li-
Stamps on Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, or some Perfon duly authorised by them, shall grant Licences, cences, &c.
under their Hands and Seals, to any Person or Persons who shall apply for the same, to let out for Hire any
such Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage, directed to be licensed by virtue of this Act, for the Space of
one Year, to commence from the first Day of August one thousand seven hundred and eighty, upon all
Licences to be granted on or before that Day; and upon Licences, to be first granted to any person or
Persons after the laid first Day of August, to commence from the Day of the Date of such Licences; which
faid Licence shall be renewed at least ten Days previous to the Expiration of the Year for which it was
granted; and if the Person or Persons so licensed shall continue to let out for Hire such Diligence, or other
Machine, Coach, or other Carriage, hereby directed to be licensed, he, the, or they fhall, in the fame
Manner, renew luch Licence from Year to Year, paying down the respective Surns due for such Licence,
and fo yearly and every Year, as long as he, she, or they

ihall continue to let out such Diligence, or other Machine, for the Purpose aforesaid.

XXXIX. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That no Person or Persons, fo licensed to Only one Dilia let out Diligences, Coaches, or other Carriages, hereby directed to be licensed, shall, by virtue of one Li- gence, &c. to be cence, keep more than one Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage, for the Purpoles aforesaid.

kept by one XĽ. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Perfon and Persons, fo Licensed Persone licensed to use any Diligence, or other Machine, for the Purpose of conveying in the Inside thereof any to pay one hulle Number of Passengers, not exceeding four, as aforesaid, or any Coach or Coaches, Carriage or Carriages, per ny for every to be employed as publick Stage Coaches as aforesaid, ihall yield and pay to his Viajesty, his Heirs and Suc- Mile, &c. ceflors, the Sum of one Halfpenny for every mile every such Diligence, Machine, Coach or Coaches, or other Carriage or Carriages, shall be so used or travel as aforesaid.

XLI. And it is hereby further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Person or Per- and shall declare ions, fo licensed to use such Diligence or Machine as aforesaid, or any Coach or Coaches, or other Carriage to and from what

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tended to be or Carriages, to be employed as publick Stage Coaches as aforesaid, shall, at the Time of receiving fuch uled, &c. Licence, declare from what Place and to what Place fuch Diligence or Machine, Coach or Coaches, or

other Carriage or Carriages, hereby directed to be licenfed, is intended to be used, distinguishing the Distance or Number of Miles between the two extreme Towns or other i laces fuch Diligence, Coach or Coaches, or other Carriage or Carriages, is to go, and the Number of Journies each fuch Diligence, Coach or Coaches, or other Carriage or Carriages, is so intended to be used, either in the Day, or in the Week, as the Cafe may happen to be, that the same may be inserted in tuch Licence; and all and every Person or Persons fo licensed for fuch Purpose as aforesaid, shall give Security, by Bond, to his Majesty, his Heirs and Succeffors, in the Sum of twenty Pounds, with a Condition for the faithful accounting for and paying such Sums as may be due for the Journies such Diligence, Coach or Coaches, or other Carriage or Carriages, may have

so made. Diligencer, &e.

XLII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Diligences, Coaches, or other licensed at the Carriages, directed to be licensed by virtue of this Act, that shall go from London or Westminster to any Slapp-office. Place in the Country, or that shall come from the Country to any Place in London or IV etminster, shall be

licensed by the Commissioners, or some Person authorised by them, at the Head Office in Lincoln's Inn, or wherever else the same may be held.

• XLIII. And, in regard it may be difficult to ascertain the Number of Times such licensed Diligences,

or other Carriages, to be employed for the Purpose of carrying any Number of Passengers, not exceeding Discretionary four, making thort Stages, may go in a Day,''it is hereby provided and enacted, That the Commissioners Powers, &c. for managing the Stamp-duties, or the major Part of them, or such Officers as they shall appoint in that

Behalf, tall and may, and they are hereby empowered to make such Allowances, as fhall appear to be just, to any Person or Persons licensed to use any Diligence or Carriage as aforelaid, where the Distance to be expreiled in their Licence does not exceed twelve measured Miles, upon Oath made by the owner of such Diligence, or other Carriage as aforefaid, before the said Commissioners, or the major Part of them, or such Officers lo to be appointed, as to the Number of Journies actually made in a Day by such Diligence or other Carriage, where the fame ihall differ from the Number expressed in such Licences; which Oath the faid Commissioners, or the Collectors authorised by them to receive the said Duty, are hereby empowered to adminiiter, and to examine into all the Circum!tances relative to the Number of Journies fo made by such Diligence, or other Carriage as aforesaid, any Thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding ; and the laid Commissioners, or the major part of them, are hereby empowered to make such Regulations, with respect to such Diligences, or other Carriages, where such Allowances are applied for, as they shall, from Time to Time, find necessary, as well for the effectual securing the Duties on such Diligences, or other

Carriages, as doing Justice to the Owners or Proprietors thereof. Name of the XLIV. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Person or Persons so Owner of every licensed to use every such Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage, as aforesaid, shall mark or paint, or cause Diligence, &c.

to be marked or painted, on the outside Pannel of each Door thereof, before he, the, or they fháll use the to be painted.

fame for the Purpose aforesaid, his, her, or their Christian and Surname, mentioning the Place from whence

they set out, and to which they are going, in plain and legible Characters; and every Proprietor of every Where and when such Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage, licensed to go from London to any other Place, or from any Duties arising

other Place to London, Thall, on the first Monday in every Month, between the Hours of Eight in the from , dc. Thall be paid Morning and Two in the Afternoon, unless the same be an Holiday, and then on the next Day, not being

an Holiday, clear the said Duties charged and become due by virtue of this Act, by paying the same to the Receiver-general of Stamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, or to the proper Officer for the Time being for collecting the said Duties, for the Use of his Majesty, his Heirs and SuccefTors, at the Head Office in Lincoln's Inn, or wherever else the same may be held; and if such Proprietor or Proprietors shall be licensed from any Town in the Country to any other Town than London, then such Proprietors fhall clear the said Duties by paying the same to the Person duly authorised, by Commission under the Hands and Seals of three of his Majesty's Commissioners of the Stamp-duties, to receive the same, under the Penalty of five

Pounds. Seven Days No.

XLV. Provided always, That every such licensed Proprietor or Proprietors of any Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage, as aforesaid, who shall lay down and discontinue the Use of the fame, shall give Notice, in Writing, feven Days at the least before he, she, or they shall lay down or discontinue the fame, and thali have such Notice indorsed upon the Back of such his, her, or their Licence or Licences, or upon the Bond so to be given as aforesaid, and from thenceforth, on Payment of all Arrears, shall be no longer charged or

chargeable for the same. Poftmasters, &c.

XI.VI. And it is hereby enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Receiver-general at the allowed 3d, in Head Office, and the said other Collectors duly appointed to receive the Duties hereby imposed, fall make the l'ound, &c. an Allowance to the several Postmasters, Innkecpers, and other Persons, licented by virtue of this A&t to

let Horses for Hire, by the Mile, Stage, or Day, for all Monies by them paid on account of the Duties by this Act imposed on Horses so hired as aforesaid; and they shall be intitled respectively to deduét for their own Use, at and after the Rate of three Pence in the Pound, out of the Monies by them regularly account. ed for and paid to such Receiver-general or other Collector, according to the Directions herein-before

contained. Penalty on forg- XLVII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Person shall falsely make, ing Ticket, or forge, or counterfeit, or cause or procure to be falsely made, forged, or counterfeited, or wilfully act of uttering fame,

aliilt in the falle making, forging, or counterfeiting, any Ticket, by this Act authorised or directed to be used, with an Intent to defraud his Majesty, his Heirs and Succeffors, of any of the said Duties; or shall utter or publish as true any false, forged, or counterfeited Ticket, with an Intent to defraud his Majesty,

his

tice.

his Heirs and Succeffors, or any of the said Duties ; every Person fo offending, and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall forfcit and pay the Sum of fifty Pounds, to be levied and applied as herein-before directe and declared.

XLVIII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all pecuniary Penalties hereby im- Application of posed, shall be divided and distributed (if sued for within the Space of three Calendar Months from the penalties, if feed Time of any such Penalty being incurred) in Manner following; one Moiety thereof to his Majesty, his within three Heirs and Successors, and the other Moiety thereof, with full Costs of Suit, to the Person or Persons who Months. thall inform and sue for the fame.

XLIX. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all such pecuniary Penalties, which shall amount to the Sum of twenty Pounds or more, shall be fued for in any of his Majesty's Courts at nalties to 2012

Pecuniary Pe. Westminster, for Offences committed in England, Wales, or Berwick upon Tweed, and in his Majesty's where sued for. Court of Sessions, Court of Justiciary, or Court of Exchequer in Scotland, for Offences committed in that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information, wherein no Efloin, Protection, Privilege, Wager of Law, or more than one Imparlance, shall be allowed.

L. Provided always, and be it further enacted by the Authority aforefaid, That fuch Division or Dif- All Penalties, tribution of the Penalties as aforesaid thall be, and is hereby confined and restricted to the prosecuting not sued for for the same within the Time herein-before for that Purpose limited; and that in Default of luch Profe- within three

Months, belong cution within the Time aforesaid, no Informer or Informers Thall have or be intitled to any Part or Share

to his Majesty, of such Penalties, but that the whole thereof thall belong to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and shall be recoverable in Manner aforesaid ; any Thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

LI. Provided always, and it is hereby enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be Juftice may de lawful to and for any Justice of the Peace, residing near the Place where the Offence shall be committed, termine any to hear and determine any Offence against this Act, which subjects the Ofiender to any pecuniary Penalty Offence, if Pee. not amounting to twenty Pounds; which said Justice of the Peace is hereby authorised and required, upon exceed een any Information exhibited, or Complaint inade, in that Behalf, to fummon the Pariy acculed, and also the Witnesses on either Side, and shall examine into the Matter of Fact; and upon due Proof made thereof, either by the voluntary Confeflion of the Party, or by Oath of one or more credible Witness or Witnelles, to give Judgement or Sentence for the Penalty or Forfeiture, according as in and by this Act is directed, and to award and issue out his Warrants, under his Hand and Seal, for the levying any pecuniary Penalties or Forfeitures fo adjudged, on the Goods of the Offender, and to caule Sale to be made thereof, in case they shall not be redeemed within fix Days, rendering to the Party the Overplus (if any); and where the Goods of such Offender cannot be found fufficient to answer the Penalty, to commit such Offender to Prison, there to remain for the Space of three Months, unless fuch pecuniary Penalty shall be fooner paid and satisfied, and if any Person or Perfons shall find himself or themfelves aggrieved by the Judgement of any such Justice, then he or they shall and may, upon giving Security to the Amount of the Value of such Penalty and Forfeiture, together with such Colts as fall be awarded in case such Judgement shall be affironed, appeal to the Justices of the Peace at the next General Quarter Sessions for the County, Riding, or Place, who are hereby empowered to tummon and examine Witnesses upon Oath, and finally

Apreal. to hear and determine the same; and in case the Judgement of such justice shall be affirmed, it ihall be law ful for such Justices to award the Person or Persons to pay Costs, occafioned by luch Appeal, as to them thall. seem meet.

LII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Person or Persons shall be sum- Penalty on Witmoned as a Witness or Witnesses to give Evidence before such Justice or Justices of the Peace, touching neties, &c. any of the Matters relative to this Act, either on the Part of the Profecutor, or of the Person or Persons accused, and shall neglect or refuse to appear at the Time and Place to be for that Purpote appointed, without a reasonable Excuse for such his, her, or their Neglect or Refusal, to be allowed of by such Justice or Jultices of the Peace, or appearing, thall refuse to be examined on Oath, and give Evidence before such Justices of the Peace before whom the Prosecution (hall be depending, that then every fuch Person shall forfeit, for every fuch Offence, the Sum of forty Shillings, to be levied and paid in such Manner, and by such Means, as are berein-before directed as to other Penalties.

LIII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Summonses issued by any Juftice of the Peace, in pursuance of this Act, against the Owners or Proprietors of any Diligences, Coaches, or Summonies of other Carriages, required to be licensed by this Act, that shall be left at the Inn, or other Place, where the the Propriсtors, Diligence, Coach, or other Carriage shall put up, with the Book-keeper, or other Person who'shall keep &c. the Books for taking Places in such Diligences, Coaches, or other. Carriages, Mall be deemed good Service on the Owners or Proprietors of such Diligences, Coaches, or other Carriages, although such Owners or Proprietors shall not have a Residence or Habitation at such Inn or Place.

LIV. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That a Conviction in the Form, and to the
Effect following (mutatis mutandis), as the Case ihall happen to be, shall be good and effeciual, to all In-
tents and Purpoles whatsoever, without stating the Cafe, or the Facts or Evidence, in any particular Man-
ner; that is to say:
:B E it remembered, that on the

Day of
in the Year of our Lord

Conviction, in the County of

A. B. came before me C. D. Esquire, one of his Najesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County, residing near the Place where the Offence was committed, and informed me that E. F. of

Day of

now last pait, at

in the said County (here set forth the Fact for which the information is laid); whereupon * she faid E. F. after being duly summoned to answer the said Charge, appeared before me on the

at

on the

to pay Duties

Day of

at

in the said County, and having heard the Charge con• tained in the faid Information, declared he was not guilty of the taid Offence (or, as the Cafe may happen

to be), did not appear before me pursuant to the said Summons [or, did neglect and refuse to make any Defence against the said Charge], but the same being fully proved upon the Oath of G. H. a credible

Witness [or, as the Cafe may happen to be], acknowledged and voluntarily confessed the same to be true, ' and it manifestly appears to me that he, the said E. F. is guilty of the Offence charged upon him in the ' said Information; I do therefore hereby convict him of the Offence aforesaid, and do declare and adjudge that he, the faid E. F. hath forfeited the Sum of

of lawful Money of Great Britain for the Offence aforesaid, to be distributed as the Law directs, according to the Form of the Statute in that Case made and provided. Given under my Hand and Seal, the

Day of Jurice may mi.

LV. Provided nevertheless, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Justice, where he shall tigate. see Cause, to mitigate and lessen any such Penalties as he shall think fit, reasonable Cofts and Charges of the

Officers and Informers, as well in making the Discovery as in profecuting the fame, being always allowed over and above fuch Mitigation, and so as fuch Mitigation do not reduce the Penalties to lets than a Moiety of the Penalties incurred, over and above the said Corts and Charges ; any Thing contained in this Act, or

any other Act of Parliament, to the contrary notwithstanding, Receiver-general LVI. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the several Duties herein-before granted

Mall be paid, from Time to Time, into the Hands of the Receiver-general for the Time being of the Duinto the Exe

ties on stamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, who thall keep a separate and distin Account of the ebequer.

several Rates and Duties, and pay the same (the neceffary Charges of railing, paying, and accounting for the fame, being deducted) into the Receipt of the Exchequer, at such Time, and in such Manner, as the

Duties now charged on ftamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, are directed to be paid; and that in the Auditor to keep Office of the Auditor of the said Receipt shall be provided and kept a Book or Books, in which all the a separate AC

Monies arising from the said leveral Rates and Duties, and paid into the said Receipt as aforesaid, shall be entered, separate and apart from all other Monies paid or payable to his Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, upon any Account whatsoever; and the said Money, to paid into the said Receipt of Exchequer as aforesaid, shall 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 the last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for raising a certain Sum of Money by way of Annuities, and for establishing a

Lottery. Part of 9 Annæ LVII. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That so much of an Act, made in the ninth vepealed.

Year of the Reign of her late Majesty Queen Anne, intituled, An Act for establishing a General Port-office for all her Maješ{y's Dominions, and for Jettling a weekly Sum out of the Revenues ther of for the Service of the War, and other her Majesty's Occasions, as reltrains any Persons, other than the Poftmaster-general for the Time being, and the relpective Deputies and Substitutes of such Postmaster-general, from preparing or providing, or from letting to Hire, or furnishing Horses or Furniture for riding Post within this Kingdom, shall be, and the faine is hereby repealed and made void.

LVIII. 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 or executed in pursuance of this Act, or of any Clause, Matter, or Thing herein contained, fuch Person or Persons shall or may plead the General Issue, and give the Special Matter in Evidence for his and their

Defence ; and if upon the Trial a Verdiet shall pass for the Defendant or Defendants, or the Plaintiff Treble Cofls. or Plaintiff's become nonsuited, then fuch Defendant or Defendants Thall have Treble Costs awarded to

him or them against such Plaintiff or Plaintiffs.

count.

General Iflue.

CA P. LII. See 25 Geo. 3o An Act for granting to his Majesty additional Duties upon Search and Hair Powder im6. S.

ported, and upon Scarch nade in Great Britain, and upon Sweets.
• Moft Gracious Sovereign,
WE

E, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Commons of Great Britain, in Parliament

allembled, towards railing, by the most easy Means, the necetlary Supplies to defray, your Majesty's publick Expences, have freely and voluntarily resolved to give and grant unto your Majesty the leveral 'Impofts and Duties herein-after mentioned ; and do inost humbly beleech your Majeity that it may be enacted;' and be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Content of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament allembled,

and by the Authority of the fame, That from and after the fifth Day of July one thousand leven hun Duty of 24. per dred and eighty, there shall be raised, levied, collected, and paid, to and for the Use of his Majesty, his Pound to be paid Heirs and Succeffors, for and upon all Starch, and upon Hair Powder made of Starch, or other Powder on Importation

that will serve for the faine Ules as Starch, which, from and after the fifth Day of July one thousand seven ci Starch, and on Hair Powder hundred and eighty, Ihall be imported or brought into the Kingdom of Great Britain (over and above all made of Search, Cuftoms, Sublidies, and Duties, already imposed thereupon), the Sum of two Pence for every Pound

Weight, and after that Rate for a greater or lefler Quantity, which faid additional Impost or Duty shall be paid down in ready Money, without any Discount or Allowance, on Importation and shall be also subject and liable to an additional Impost or Duty of five Pounds per Centum, in the fame Manner as the

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additional

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