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· Duties, to be stamped and marked with two Marks or Impres.
fions, (that is to fay) Every such Skin, Sheet or Piece of Vellum, Parchment and Paper, having one Mark or Stamp set Vellum, &c. thereupon, pursuant to the said former Acts, or any of them, once ftamped, to before the writing or ingrossing any of the Matters or Things be stamped with as aforesaid thereupon, shall be brought to the said Office, to a second Mark. be ftamped with a second Mark or Impression of the fame Kind; and every Skin, Sheet or Piece of Vellum, Parchment or Paper, having not been stamped or marked with a fingle Stamp or Mark, pursuant to the said former Acts or any of them, shall, before the writing or ingrossing any of the Matters or Things as aforesaid thereupon, till the said first Day of August One thousand seven hundred and fix, be brought to the said Office, to receive two several Marks or Impressions of the fame Kind; of all which double Marks or Impressions the one shall denote the Duty by the said former Acts, or some of them, and the other the Duty by this present A&t thereupon: Except such Skins, Sheets, or Pieces of Vellum, Parchment and Paper, which do still remain liable only to the single Duties on the said former Acts, during the Terms thereby granted, and are to have only a single Mark or Stamp, according to the Directions of the said former Acts, namely. “ Exceptions, viz. Circuit or Newgate Pardons, 50. Certificate " of Degree except Batchelors of Arts. $ 51. Conveyance or « Surrender of Grants, or Offices, &c. Ø 52. Marriage Licence. Writ of Covenant. 54.
Writ of Entry. $ 55. “ Habeas Corpus. $ 56.
LVII. All which Matters and Things, so liable only to the said single Duties, until the said first Day of August One thousand seven hundred and fix, shall be marked and stamped only with a single Mark or Stamp, according to the said former Aěts ; any Thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding. [Sea. 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65. in the fame words as $ 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of 5 W. & M. 6:21. except that the Penalties of 500l. and 5l. in Sea. 11. of the latter Aa is changed to 101. in Se&. 59. of this A&; and except that the Oath mentioned in Sea. 12. of the latter Aa, and in Sea. 60 of this A8, is in the fame Se&. 12. enacted to be administered by two or more, and in Sea. 61. of this Ad to be administered by three or more of the Commiffoners.]
LXVI. Provided always and be it enacted, That it shall and Commissioners may be lawful to and for His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, Salaries, &c. or to or for the Commissioners of the Treasury, or any three or
to be paid out
of the Duties. more of them, or the Treasurer of the Exchequer for the Time being, out of the Duties arising by this Ad, for or upon stamped Vellum, Parchment or Paper, to cause such Sum and Sums of Money to be expended and paid from Time to Time, for Salaries and other incident Charges, as shall be neceflary in and for the receiving, collecting, levying or managing of the same Duties by this Act granted; any Thing in this Act contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
LXVII. Provided always and be it further enacted, That as Proclamation often as His Majesty, His Heirs or Successors, shall think fit for altering to alter the said Stamps or any of them, that the Proclamation, Stamps to be
sent to Mayor, which is hereby intended to be made for giving to all Persons &c. to be pub
due Notice thereof, shall within twenty Days after the Date lished, &c.
thereof, be sent to the Mayor, Chief Magistrate or other Head Officer of every City, Corporation, Borough and Market Town throughout the Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and Town of Berwick upon Tweed; which Officers respectively shall cause the same to be published to the Inhabitants of such City, Corporation or Town, either on the next Market Day,
or next Sunday in the Church immediately after the Time of Penalty. Divine Service, upon Pain of forfeiting the Sum of two hundred
Pounds, to be sued for by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information, in any Court of Record at Westminster, wherein no Esfoin, Protection, Wager of Law, Privilege, nor more than one Impar. lance, shall be granted or allowed ; the one Moiety of which Forfeiture to be to His Majesty, the other Moiety to fuch Person
who shall sue for the same. Treasury to set
LXVIII. And for the better Distribution of the said Vellum, Prices on Kamp Parchment and Paper, and that the Subjects may have the same ed Vellum,
with more conveniency and at an easy Rate ; Be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the Lord High Treasurer of En. gland, or Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury for the Time being, shall once in every Year, at least, set the Prices of all Sorts of stamped Vellum, Parchment and Paper, that it shall be sold
at; and that the said Commissioners for the said Duties upon Frice to he
Vellum, Parchment and Paper, shall stamp the faid Price so set. I amped thereon. upon every Skin or Piece of Vellum or Parchment, or Sheet
or Piece of paper so by them to be sold; and that the said Commissioners shall likewise allow and pay to every person who shall bring Vellum, Parchment or Paper to be stamped (the Duty whereof shall amount to the Sum of ten Pounds or upwards) after the Rate of fix Pounds in the hundred Pounds per
Annum Prompt Pay for three Months, upon present Payment of the said Duty upon ment.
the said Vellum, Parchment and Paper so by them brought, over and above the like Allowance upon the fame Quantity by the said former Acts; and that any persons that Mall buy of the said Commissioners or their Agents, Vellum, Parchment or Paper, the Duty whereof amounts to the like Sum of ten Pounds or
upwards, shall have the same Allowance. Briefs not
LXIX. Provided always, That nothing in this Act contained charged.
shall extend to charge any Letters Patents for collecting charit.
CA P. XXVI.
HEREAS the Trade to Africa is highly heneficial and
advantageous to this Kingdom, and to the Plantations • and Colonies thereunto belonging ; and whereas Forts and • Castles are undoubtedly necessary for the Preservation and well • carrying on the said Trade : And whereas Forts and Castles • now on the said Coast of Africa have been, and now are main.
<tained at the fole Cost and Charge of the present Royal African
Company of England; towards which Charge it is most reason• able that all Persons trading to such Parts of the said Coast of • Africa, as are hereinafter limited and appointed, should contri
bute:' Be it therefore enacted by the King's Moft Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Content of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the fame, That from and after the four Royal African and twentieth day of June, in the Year One thousand six hundred Company thall ninety and eight, the said Royal African Company, their Suc- maintain, &c. cessors and Alligns, by and with their Stock and Duties herein. after appointed to be paid, shall maintain, support and defend all such Forts and Castles as the said African Company now have in their possession, or shall hereafter purchase or erect for the Prefervation, Improvement, and well carrying on the said Trade, and those Forts and Castles from Time to Time, and at all Times hereafter as Occalion shall require, shall supply with Men, Artillery, Ammunition and Provision, and all other Necessaries and incident Charges whatsoever.
* II. And the better to enable the said Royal African Company, their Successors and Asigns, to maintain the said Castles • and Forts; and for the Preservation and well carrying on the ' said Trade, to and for the Advantage of England, and the • Plantations and Colonies thereunto belonging: Be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful to and for any of the What Dersons Subjects of His Majesty's Realin of England, as well as for the may trade to said Company, from and after the said four and twentieth Day of Africa, between June, to Trade from England, and from and after the first of Cape Mount a:1 Auguft, One thousand fix hundred ninety and eight, from any of Good Hope. His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies in America, to and for the Coast of Africa, between Cape Mount and the Cape of Good Hope, the said Company and all other the said Subjects answering and paying for the Uses aforesaid, a Duty of ten Pounds per Centum ad Valorem for the Goods and Merchandize to be exported from England, or from any of His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies in America, to and for the Coast of Africa, between Cape Mount and the Cape of Good Hope, and in proportion for a greater or lesler Value, in Manner and Form as hereinafter expressed.
III. And for the better collecting such Duty, be it enacted Master, &c. by the Authority aforesaid, That the Master, Owner or Freighter when to enter his
Name and Ship of every Ship or Vessel, intending to fail or trade between Cape Mount and the Cape of Good Hope aforesaid, at one of the Chief Custom Houses in England, or in such of His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies from whence such Ship or Vessel is to fail, fhall make Entry of the Name of such Master, and the Name of such Ship or Vessel, and the Burthen thereof so freighted or intended to sail or trade between Cape Mount and the Cape of Good Hope aforesaid, fifteen Days before any such Ship or Vessel shall be cleared from any such His Majesty's Custom Houses: And that the Owner or Exporter of such Goods and Merchandize intended to be shipped or put on board every such Ship or Vessel so entred for a Voyage to the Coaft of Africa as aforesaid, shall at Piped on Oatha
Entry of Goods one of the said Custom Houses make Entry upon Oath, as is hereinafter expressed, of the Quantity, Quality and true and full Value of all such Goods and Merchandize, to be shipped or put
on board every such Ship or Vessel so entred, and shall fign such Duty to be pail. Entry by him, them, and every of them so made: And at the
Time of such Entry and Oath made, shall pay or cause to be paid the Duty aforesaid to the Collector, or other Chief Officer for the Time being, of His Majesty's Customs, at such Custom Houses as aforesaid ; who is and are hereby authorized, impowered and required to demand and receive such Entries and such Duties as aforesaid, to and for the Use of the said Company; and to pay or cause to be paid the said Duty, to and for the Use of the faid Company, in Manner as hereinafter is expressed; and that all such Goods and Merchandizes exported from England to the Colonies and Plantations in America, and from thence exported for the Coast of Africa, shall be deemed and valued at no more than the true and real Value of what they cost in England.
IV. And that the said Oaths may be the more duly administred, Mafter, &c. to take the follow.
be it further enacted, That the Collector or other Chief Officer ing Oath.
as aforesaid, residing in or near such Ports or Places, from whence
me given in and figned, to the best of my Knowledge and • Belief, doth contain, specify and express, all the Goods, Wares • and Merchandizes which are laden or intended to be laden, or
put on board the Ship or Vessel called the
So help me God
Oath in the Words following: Owner's or Ex.
I A. B. do swear, That the Entry by me now made and porter's Oath.
figned, doth contain and specify all the particular Quantities, Quality and true and full Value of ail the Goods, Wares and • Merchandizes therein expressed, to be shipped on board the Ship or Vessel, called the
whereof • is Master for the Voyage she is now to proceed on to Africa.
• So help me God.' Oath t) be taken VI. And that when and as often as any Goods or Merchanon Exportation dize are or shall be exported from the Colonies and Plantations of Merchan- to Africa, as aforesaid, that were there imported from England,
the said Owner or Exporter of such Goods and Merchandize, Clonies, &c. in America to
so exporting the same, shall also swear, That to the best of his Airica.
Knowledge and Belief such Goods and Merchandize, so entred, were imported from England into that Colony or Plantation, and that the true and real Value thereof, as cost in England, is fully expressed in the said Entry: And that the said Maiter and one of the Owners or Freighters of every such Ship or Vessel so entred, as aforesaid, at the Time of such Entry, or before the said Ship or Vefsel shall be cleared at the Custom-houfe, shall give Bond to His Majesty, His Heirs and Succeffors, to the Value of such Ship and Lading, That the said Ship or Vessel shall (Wind and 4
dizes from the
Weather permitting, not being hindred by other unavoidable Ac- Mater
and one cidents) fail directly to the Coalt of Africa, between Cape Mount of the Oxners to and the Cape of Good Hope, aforesaid, and from thence shall give Bond, &c.
for Ship's failing directly return to and unlade in England, or in one of His
to Africa, &c. Majesty's Colonies or Plantations aforesaid ; and the said Collec. Officers of Cura tor or Chief Officer of the Custom-house aforesaid, for receiving coms to takeluch the said Entries and Duty, as aforesaid, and administring the Bonds, and keep Oaths by this Act appointed to be administred, is and are hereby dillinct Entries, directed and appointed to take such Bond as aforesaid, and to &c., keep in a Book or Books a particular Account, separate and distinct from the Custom-house Accounts, of all such Entries made, and Duties paid and payable to and for the Use of the said Company, as aforesaid: And on Demand made by the said Company to Company, or any Person or Persons by them for that Purpose have Duplicate, appointed, shall render and deliver, or cause to be rendred and &c. delivered to the said Company, or their Afligns, a true and fair Duplicate of all such Entries and Oaths made and figned, and Bonds given, and Monies paid by the Person or Persons so swearing, signing and paying the same ; and shall pay or cause to be Officer to pay paid to the said Company or their Assigns, all such Sum and Sums Sum received, of Monies by him or them fo received, or to be received, as
deducting st aforesaid, deducting the Sum of five Pounds for every
hundred Pounds accounted for and paid to the said Company, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser Sum, received for and on the Behalf of the said Company, in Recompence for his or their Trouble.
VII. And be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That Regulations for from and after the four and twentieth Day of June One thou- Subjects of Eng
land or America sand fix hundred ninety and eight, it shall and may be lawful to and for any of the Subjects of His Majesty's Realms of England, Africa between
trading to as well as the said Company, to trade from England, or any
Cape Blancho His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies in America, to the Coast and Cape Mounto of Africa, between Cape Blancho and Cape Mount, answering and paying a Duty of ten Pounds per Centum ad Valorem for the Goods and Merchandize to be exported from England, or any His Majetty's Plantations or Colonies in America, to and for the Coast of Africa, between Cape Blancho and Cape Mount, and in Proportion for a greater or lesser Value, and answering and paying a further Sum and Duty of ten Pounds per Centum ad Valorem, Red Wood only excepted, which is to pay only five Pounds per Centum ad Valorem at the Place of Importation, upon all Goods and Merchandize (Negroes excepted) (a) imported into England or any of His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies in America, from the Coast of Africa, between Cape Blancho and Cape Mount aforesaid : And every Master and Trader, sailing and trading, or intending to fail and trade from England, or from any of His Majesty's Plantations or Colonies aforesaid, between Cape Blancho and Cape Mount aforesaid, shall
, make the like Entry and Oath, the like Bonds, as is before directed for Masters and Traders, touching the Trade between Cape Mount and Cape Good Hope; and upon such Entry and Oath made, as aforesaid, shall
pay the Duty aforesaid, in like Manner as is directed for the Duty to be paid by Traders trading between Cape Mount and Cape Good Hope aforesaid : And the Collector or other Chief Officer of His Majesty's Chief Custom-houses in England, or any