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that all such Proceedings shall and may be had and taken against any and every Person transgressing the Regulations of the said Act in the levying or distraining for any such Taxes, Rates, Impositions, or Assessments, and all such Persons shall be liable to and shall incur such and the like Penalties, as by the said Act are directed, required, and imposed with respect to Persons making any Distress for Rent contrary to the Directions of the said Act; and that in any Order or Judgment of any Justices before whom any Complaint shall be preferred in consequence of this Act, such Order shall be expressed to be made upon a Complaint for the Breach of the said recited Act as amended by this Act; and that the said recited Act and this Act shall be taken and construed together as One Act, to all Intents and Purposes what

soever.

CA P. XVIII.

An Act to prohibit the setting of Spring Guns, Man Traps, and other Engines calculated to destroy human Life, or inflict grievous bodily Harm. [28th May 1827.] THEREAS it is expedient to prohibit the setting of Spring his at prohib calculated to attingun

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<destroy human Life, or inflict grievous bodily Harm;' Be it declarat therefore enacted and declared by the King's most Excellent Ma-setting withou jesty, 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 passing of this Act, if any Person shall set or place or cause to be set or placed, any Spring Gun, Man Trap, or other Engine calculated to destroy human Life, or inflict grievous bodily Harm, with the Intent that the same or whereby the same may destroy or inflict grievous bodily Harm upon a Trespasser or other Person coming in contact therewith, the Person so setting or placing, or causing to be so set or placed, such Gun, Trap, or Engine as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a Misdemeanor.

Persons setting or placing Spring Guns, Man Traps, &c. demeanor. guilty of a Mis

II. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing Proviso for herein contained shall extend to make it illegal to set any Gin or Traps for deTrap such as may have been or may be usually set with the Intent stroying Verof destroying Vermin.

III. And be it further enacted and declared, That if any Person shall knowingly and wilfully permit any such Spring Gun, Man Trap, or other Engine as aforesaid, which may have been set, fixed, or left in any Place then being in or afterwards coming into his or her Possession or Occupation, by some other Person or Persons, to continue so set or fixed, the Person so permitting the same to continue shall be deemed to have set and fixed such Gun, Trap, or Engine, with such Intent as aforesaid.

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Persons permitting Guns,

Traps, &c. set by others, to continue' deemed to have set the same.

Proviso for
Guns, Traps,
&c. set for the
Dwelling

Protection of

IV. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act shall be deemed or construed to make it a Misdemeanor, within the Meaning of this Act, to set or cause to be set, or to be continued set, from Sunset to Sunrise, any Spring Gun, Man Trap, or other Engine which shall be set, or caused or continued to be Houses. set, in a Dwelling House for the Protection thereof.

V. Provided always, and it is hereby further enacted and de- Not to affect clared, That nothing in this Act contained shall in any Manner Proceedings

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already commenced.

Not to extend to Scotland.

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affect or authorize any Proceedings in any Civil or Criminal Court touching any Matter or Thing done or committed previous to the passing of this Act.

VI. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to that Part of the United Kingdom called Scotland.

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CA P. XIX.

An Act to repeal an Act of the Sixth Year of His present
Majesty, for regulating Vessels carrying Passengers to
Foreign Parts.
[28th May 1827.]

Act was in the Sixth Year of the

Reign of His present Majesty, intituled An Act for regulating Vessels carrying Passengers to Foreign Parts; and it is expedient to repeal the said Act;' Be it therefore 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 the said Act shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

II. Provided nevertheless, and be it enacted, That all Penalties, Fines, and Forfeitures heretofore incurred under the said Act, shall and may be prosecuted, sued for, and recovered; and that all Actions, Suits, Indictments, and Informations heretofore brought under and by virtue of the said Act, shall and may be proceeded with in such and the same Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as if this present Act had not been made; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

CAP. XX.

An Act to regulate the Prosecution of fraudulent Bankrupts in
Scotland.
[28th May 1827.]

WHEREAS it is expedient that the Court of Justiciary in Scotland should have Jurisdiction in Cases of fraudulent Bankruptcy; Be it therefore 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 be lawful to prosecute all Persons accused of fraudulent Bankruptcy in Scotland, before the High Court or any Circuit Court of Justiciary, by Indictment or Criminal Letters, and according to the same Form and Course of Proceeding as is used in regard to other Offences prosecuted before the said Courts; and the Judges of the said High Court and Circuit Courts are hereby authorized and empowered to try all Cases of fraudulent Bankruptcy, and to inflict such Punishment on Persons convicted thereof as it is now competent for the Lords of Session to award against Persons convicted of the said Crime.

II. Provided always, and be it enacted, That it shall and may Creditors may be lawful for the Trustee appointed for the Management of the sequestrated Estate of any Bankrupt in Scotland, or any Creditor whose Claim has been received and has been duly ranked upon any such sequestrated Estate in the Sederunt Book kept by the

Trustee,

Trustee, with the Concourse of His Majesty's Advocate for Scotland, to prosecute any such Offence before the High Court or any Circuit Court of Justiciary, without Prejudice always to the Title of the public Prosecutor to insist in all such Prosecutions.

CA P. XXI.

An Act to amend the Laws relating to the Duties of Postage
in Great Britain and Ireland.
[28th May 1827.]

the Laws now in force

certain

Rates of Postage in Great Britain and Ireland respectively, Letters conveyed by the Post from Places in Great 'Britain to Places in Ireland, or from Places in Ireland to Places in Great Britain, are, by reason of the separate Rates payable in each of those Parts of the United Kingdom, charged to a higher Amount upon the whole than Letters conveyed the ⚫ same Distances in Great Britain would be charged: And whereas it is expedient that such Difference of Charge, affecting exclusively the Correspondence between Great Britain and • Ireland, should no longer exist;' Be it therefore 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 eight hundred and twenty seven, in lieu of all Duties of Postage granted and made payable under any Act or Acts in force in Great Britain and Ireland respectively, upon Letters so conveyed from either of these Parts of the United Kingdom to the other, there shall be levied and paid the like Rates of Postage, according to the Distances which such Letters are conveyed, as would be payable on the Conveyance of Letters from Place to Place in Great Britain, in addition to the separate Rates of Packet Schedule (A.) Postage now payable, and also to the several Rates of Duty payable under the Acts for building the Menai and Conway Bridges respectively; the whole being according to the Schedule (A) to this Act annexed.

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From July 5, 1827, the

Duties of Postage on Letters between Great Britain and

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Packet Postage

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II. And be it further enacted, That from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, no other Packet Postage shall in any Case be demanded or paid or payable for Letters or Packets between Great Britain and Ireland, other than such as is specified and set forth in the Schedule pealed. (A.) to this Act annexed; and that from and after the said Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, all Rates or Duties of Packet Postage between Great Britain and Ireland, under any Act or Acts passed at any Time before the passing of this Act, shall cease and determine, and shall be and are hereby repealed, and shall no longer be paid or payable; any thing in any Act or Acts to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding. III. And Whereas certain Rates of Postage upon Letters and Packets conveyed by the Post to and from Places within Ireland were granted by an Act of the Fifty fourth Year of His late Ma

jesty King George the Third, intituled An Act to repeal certain 54 G.3. c.119. Duties upon Letters and Packets sent by the Post within Ireland,

and to grant other Duties in lieu thereof; and such Rates of

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Postage were made payable in Irish Currency: And Whereas by an Act passed in the Sixth Year of His present Majesty's Reign intituled An Act to provide for the Assimilation of the Currency and Monies of Account throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, certain Provisions are made for the Payment of Sums under the Amount of Twelve Pence of the Currency of Ireland, by an equivalent Number of British Pence, Halfpence, and Farthings, some of which are not generally in Circulation in Ireland; and in order to avoid the Inconvenience of collecting the Rates of Postage in Ireland according 'to the Directions of the said last-recited Act, it is expedient that such Rates of Postage should be in future charged and collected in the Currency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland;' Be it therefore enacted, That the several Rates of Postage upon Letters and Packets sent and conveyed to and from Places within Ireland, which by the said hereinbefore recited Act of the Fifty fourth Year of the Reign of His said late Majesty are made payable, according to the several Amounts thereof, in Irish Currency, shall, from and after the said Fifth Day of July, be charged, levied, collected, and paid and payable, according to the several Amounts thereof, in the Currency and lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, according to the Schedule (B.) to this Act annexed.

IV. And be it further enacted, That from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, it shall be lawful for His Majesty's Postmaster General, and his Deputy and Deputies, to and for the Use of His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, to demand and receive for the Conveyance of printed Votes and Proceedings in Parliament, by Packet Boats, from Great Britain and Ireland to any of His Majesty's Colonies and Possessions beyond the Seas, after the Rate of One Penny Halfpenny, and no more, for every Ounce Weight thereof, and so in proportion, in lieu of any Sum payable under any Act or Acts in force immediately before the passing of this Act, any thing in any Act or Acts to the contrary notwithstanding; the same to be paid when the said printed Votes and Proceedings shall be put into the Post Office; provided every such printed Vote and Proceeding shall be without a Cover, or in a Cover open at the Sides; and that there be no Writing thereon other than the Superscription; and that there be no other Paper or Thing inclosed or concealed therein.

V. And be it further enacted, That from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, it shall and may be lawful for His Majesty's Postmaster General, and his Deputy and Deputies, in His Majesty's Colonies and Possessions beyond the Seas, to receive any Votes, Proceedings, or other Public Papers, printed by Order or under the Authority of the Legislative Assemblies of any such Colonies or Possessions, for Conveyance by Packet Boats to Great Britain and Ireland; and for His Majesty's Postmaster General, and his Deputy or Deputies, in Great Britain and Ireland, to and for the Use of His Majesty, his Heirs, and Successors, to demand and receive for the Conveyance of every such Vote, Proceeding, or other printed Paper, after the Rate of One Penny Halfpenny for every Ounce

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Weight thereof, and so in proportion; to be paid on Delivery thereof to the Person or Persons to whom the same shall be addressed in Great Britain or Ireland; provided every such Paper shall be without a Cover, or in a Cover open at the Sides; and that there be no Writing thereon other than the Superscription; and that there be no other Paper or Thing inclosed or concealed therein.

Newspapers brought into Great Britain and Ireland by Merchant Ships, from Abroad, shall be charged

VI. And Whereas Newspapers printed within His Majesty's Colonies and Possessions beyond the Seas, brought into Great • Britain and Ireland by Ships other than Packets, and sent to the Post Office of the Port or Place at which the Letters brought by such Ships are landed, are now liable to the same Rates and ⚫ Duties of Postage as Letters; and it is expedient that the Law in this respect should be amended;' Be it therefore enacted, That from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, it shall be lawful for His Majesty's Postmaster General in Great Britain and Ireland, and for his Deputy and Deputies, for the Use of His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, to demand and receive, for the Conveyance of every such Paper by any Ship other than a Packet, and delivered by the Commander of any such Ship at any Post Office with the 3d. each, Ship's Letters, the Sum of Three Pence, on the Delivery thereof to the Person or Persons to whom the same shall be addressed; provided every such Paper be sent without a Cover, or in a Cover open at the Sides; and that there be no Writing thereon other than the Superscription; and that there be no other Paper or Thing inclosed or concealed therein.

VII. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for His Majesty's Postmaster General, and his Deputy or Deputies, to receive at the Port of Falmouth any Pamphlet, Magazine, Review, or other periodical Publication, for Conveyance by Packet Boat to any of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations; and to demand, have, receive, and take for the Conveyance of every such Pamphlet, Magazine, Review, or Publication, not exceeding Six Ounces in Weight, the Sum of One Shilling, and the further Sum of Three Pence per Ounce for any Weight beyond the Weight of Six Ounces; every Fraction of an Ounce to be charged as One Ounce : Provided always, that every such Pamphlet, Magazine, Review, and Publication be sent without a Cover, or in a Cover open at the Sides; and that there be no Writing thereon other than the Superscription; and that there be no other Paper or Thing inclosed or concealed therein.

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VIII. And Whereas Letters from or to any Place in Great Britain, sent to or directed from Howth near Dublin, or Dunmore near Waterford, are contained in the Mails landed at or dispatched from Dublin and Waterford respectively, and are 'carried in such Mail to and from Dublin and Waterford, from ' and to Howth and Dunmore, and are by such means subject to 'increased Postage, although no Benefit is derived from such Conveyance; Be it therefore enacted, That from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, Letters and Packets from or to any Place in Great Britain, directed to or sent from Howth or Dunmore, or within the Delivery and Vicinity thereof respectively, shall not be chargeable with or subject or liable to any Increase of Postage in respect of being

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Pamphlets, &c.

may be conveyed to the Colonies by the

Packets.

Letters to and from Howth

and Dunmore, carried in the

General Mail to or from Dublin or Waterford, shall not be charged with any increased

Postage.

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