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Sect. 15. “ When and so often as any master, or any one of the wardens 7 & 8 Geo. IV. of the said company, shall die or resign his office, or be removed from C. lxxv. being a member of the said court, as hereinafter is mentioned, during the on vacancies by continuance of his respective office, the said court of master, wardens, death, &c. of and assistants, shall, as soon as conveniently may be after such death, master or war
dens, others to resignation, or removal, elect one other of the said wardens or members be elected subject of the court of the said company to be master or warden, as the case may to the like ap.
probation. require, in the place of the master or warden who shall have died, re- pr Agned, or been removed ; and the person so elected shall be presented, and eben approved of sworn in to the said office in the manner hereinbefore directed, and shall continue in such office during such time as the person in whose place he shall be appointed would, according to the directions hereinbefore contained, have continued in the said office.”
Seet. 16. "If any master, warden, or other member of the court of the Master, &c. neg. aid company, shall without reasonable excuse, which shall be satisfactory lecting to attend
any court for one to the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, neglect for the space year without perone year to attend at any quarterly or extraordinary court of master, mission shall be
removed. frardens, and assistants, the next court shall remove him from being a fer member of the said court."
Sect. 17. “It shall be lawful for any court of master, wardens, and as- Members of the sistants, to remove any of the members of the said court for ill-government, court may be re
moved, misbehaviour, or other reasonable cause."
Sect. IS. “When and so often as any of the members of the said court For the election shall die, or resign, or be removed, the said court of master, wardens, and of new mem
of the court. assistants shall elect from amongst the freemen for the time being of the ald company such three persons as to them shall seem meet for supplying such vacancy; and the persons so elected, upon having received notice Dereof in writing, signed by the clerk of the said company, left at their respective last or usual places of abode seven days before the time of such presentation, shall be presented to the next court of mayor and aldermen at the said city of London; and such court shall select from the three persons 80 presented to them such one as they shall most approve of, who
all thereupon becoine a member of the said court of the said company, and shall continue in the said office during his life, unless he shall resign te be removed therefrom as aforesaid: provided always, that whenever,
consequence of there being more than one vacancy in the said office of member of the said court at the same time, other freemen of the said Company (being three times the number required to fill such vacancies)
all be presented to the said court of mayor and aldermen, and the said part may select such of the persons presented to fill the vacant offices as seball think proper, and shall not be obliged to select one of the three cartell to supply each vacancy respectively.
Sect. 19. "No member of the said court shall act in the said office Oath to be taken waru be shall, before the said court of mayor and aldermen, have taken b
by the members
of the court. be following oath; that is to say,) "1.
, do swear, that I will faithfully execute the office of a member Vile Court of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames,
fering the time that I shall continue in the said office, to the best of my letes assist and counsel the master and wardens of the said company for the wie being in all matters and things relating to the welfare of the said company.
" So help me God."'* eet. 20. “ If any person who shall be elected master, warden, or Persons refusing
to serve to be sub. aber of the said court of the said company shall neglect or refuse to
ject to a penalty, presented to the said court of mayor and aldermen, or after he has and be liable to
presented to and approved of or selected as the case may require) be elected again. De said court shall neglect or refuse to take upon him or execute the
olnce, the person so refusing or neglecting shall forfeit and pay for try, such default the sum hereinafter mentioned; (that is to say), if he
have been elected master, the sum of 201. of lawful money of Great n; if he shall have been elected warden, the sum of 151. of like law.
7 & 8 Geo, IV. ful money; and if he shall have been elected a member of the said court, c. lxxv.
the sum of 101. of like lawful money; and any sum so forfeited shall an may be recovered by the court of master, wardens, and assistants of the said company, by an action of debt, bill, plaint, or information, brougi. in the name of the clerk of the said company in any of his majesty courts of record at Westminster, with full costs of suit, wherein no essoiu privilege, protection, wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall b allowed ; and every person who shall duly serve the said respective office or make such default upon being elected thereto respectively as aforesai shall be liable to be again elected to the same office respectively at an future time or times, and on such refusal or neglect as aforesaid, withu reasonable excuse, satisfactory to the said court of master, wardens, an assistants of the said company, shall be from time to time subject to it
same penalties, as often as he respectively shall be elected and make suc roviso as to mas- default as aforesaid : provided always, that no person shall be compelle ters and wardens
to serve the office of master or senior warden of the said company mu than once, or the office of junior warden of the said company more tha
three times.” Clerk.
Sect. 21. “ The quarterly court to be holden in every year next aft the first day of June shall elect or re-elect a clerk of the said compan and any quarterly or extraordinary court of assistants may remove t said clerk, and on the death, resignation, or removal of any clerk, a cler shall be elected at the then next or some subsequent court; and Thom Shelton, gentleman, shall be the first clerk, and he shall continue in ottic until the said quarterly court to be holden after the first day of Aug next after the passing of this act, or until another clerk shall be elect and sworn in his place, unless he shall sooner die, or resign, or ! removed ; and the said Thomas Shelton, and every person elected cler shall, before the court of master, wardens, and assistants, take it
following oath ; (that is to say,) Oath to be taken
do swear, that I will faithfully perform the office of Clerk of! by the clerk..
Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, to the best of * power.
So help me God." And every clerk shall, previously to his entering into the execution of h said office, give security to the master and wardens for the time belle with two sureties to be approved of by the court of master, wardens, an assistants, in the penalty of 500l., for the due execution thereof, and to duly accounting for all monies to be received by him for the use of to
said company by virtue of his said office." Accounts to be Sect. 22. “ The accounts of the said company shall be regularly kep kept by the clerk. by the said clerk under two distinct heads, and in different books, the on
to be entitled 'the poor's accounts,' and the other to be entitled 'th company's accounts;' and that the said accounts shall be audited by th said court of master, wardens, and assistants, at their quarterly cour which shall be holden next after the first day of June in every year, or by a committee to be by them appointed for that purpose, consisting of no less than five members of the said court, or oftener if occasion sha
require.” Clerk to summon Sect. 23. “ The said clerk shall summon or cause to be summone and attend courts every member of the court of master, wardens, and assistants, to attent and be entitled to
every meeting of the said court, by causing a written or printed notice be left at the usual places of abode of such members respectively, and shall attend every meeting of the said court, unless prevented by illnes or other reasonable cause, and shall receive, on the execution of indetttures of apprenticeship, and assignments thereof, and on the admission of freemen, such fees respectively, and also such salary, as the said court
of master, wardens, and assistants shall from time to time appoint." Penalty on clerk Sect. 24. “ If the clerk of the said company shall refuse or neglect to for neglecting to register the name and place of abode or work of any freeman, or widow register.
a freeman, or the number of any wherry, boat, or other vessel, or ine
name and place of abode of any person who may keep any lighter, barge, 7 & 8 Geo. IV. or other boat or craft, and the name and number thereof, or other matter c. lxxv. or thing required by this act to be registered by him, on being applied to and required so to do, be shall for every such offence forfeit and pay any sumn not exceeding 51.”
" Sect. 25. “ It shall be lawful for the said court of master, wardens, Court to appoint and assistants, from time to time, and as often as they shall think proper, inspecto
ing-places, &c. to same, place, and appoint plying-places, and inspectors of plying-places beadles and other and causeways adjoining or near unto the said river Thames, and of officers. passage and other boats, and wherries used for the carrying and convey. ing of persons on the said river for hire or gain, and also beadles and such other inferior officers and servants as shall be convenient, and allow them, or any of them, such fees to be paid on the execution of indentures of apprenticeship, and the admission of freemen of the said company, and such salaries or wages, as they shall think proper; and may remove the said inspectors, beadles, officers, and servants, or any of them, from time to time, as they shall think fit: provided always, that the plying-places a Gravesend and Milton next Gravesend shall be named and appointed by the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, with the consent of the mayor, jurats, and common council of Gravesend.”
Sect. 26. " At the court to be holden next after the first day of June in Court for binding every year, five of the members of the said court, not being the master or appr
admission of free. Tardens, (preference being given to such of them, if any, as shall have men. ferred the office of master,) shall be appointed, who, together with the zaster and wardens for the time being of the said company, and such other of the assistants as shall think proper from time to time to attend,
all be a court for the admission of freemen of the said company, and the execution of indentures of apprenticeship, and assignment of apprentices; and such court shall meet from time to time during the year for which they shall be appointed, when they shall think proper, but no business aball be transacted at any such meeting unless five persons be present, and it shall not be necessary for the master or any of the wardens to form part of such five persons; and the same person shall preside, and all questions shall be determined at the said court, in the same manner as is berecabefore provided with respect to the meetings of the court of master, vardens, and assistants of the said company, and that no indenare of apprenticeship, or the assignment of any apprentice from one Tester to another, or the admission of any person to be a freeman of the
company, shall be executed or made, except at a meeting of the said Tt; and the said court shall admit to be freemen of the said company est persons as shall have duly served their apprenticeships either before Cater the passing of this act, or partly before and partly after the passog of this act, to watermen or lightermen, or widows, now or hereafter Izzonized to take such apprentices, and no other persons; and such
Ts00s, when admitted by the said court, and sworn as hereinafter is setitioned, shall become freemen of the said company." Sect. 27. “No person admitted by the said last-mentioned court shall Freeman's oath.
entitled to exercise any of the rights or privileges of a freeman of the ed company, until he shall before the same court have taken the followBoath; (that is to say,) “I becear, that I will be true to our sovereign lord the King, his heirs and restors, and will be obedient to the court of master, wardens, and assistants The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, and observe set teep all the rules, orders, and constitutions made and to be made by the court, or pay such penalties as I shall be adjudged to pay by virtue thereof.
“ So help me God." Decr. 28. “ No person shall be admitted a freeman of the said company Period of apprenweess he shall have rowed and worked on the said river as the apprenticeship. of some freenan of the said company, or of the widow of some freeman, fall space of seven years (except as hereinafter is mentioned); and Widows may take
7 & 8 Geo. IV. it shall be lawful for the widow of any freeman to bind, take, and emplo c. lxxv.
apprentices, in the same manner as her husband might have done
living." Regulation as to
Sect. 29. “No freeman of the said company, or the widow of any free the number of man, shall at the same time have more than two apprentices, or take apprentices.
second apprentice until the first shall have served four years at the least of h apprenticeship, unless such freeman or widow shall be the owner of twel barges, lighters, or flat-bottomed craft; and every freeman or wido being the owner of such barges, lighters, or flat-bottomed craft, may ha three apprentices at one time, and being the owner of twenty barge lighters, or flat-bottomed craft, may have four apprentices, and no mor and if any freeman or widow shall take or employ a greater number apprentices than hereinbefore are mentioned, he or she shall, for eve additional apprentice, forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding 10l.; ar the said court, for the binding of apprentices, may require proof, on oa: that the freeman or widow is bona fide the real owner of the number lighters, barges, or flat-bottomed craft, in respect of which any addition apprentice is proposed to be taken, before the binding of such apprenti
respectively." No freeman or
Sect. 30. “After the first day of August next after the passing of th widow to take any act, it shall not be lawful for any freeman of the said company, or wido apprentice under fourteen or above of a freeman, to bind or take any person as an apprentice who shall eighteen years of under the age of fourteen years, or above the age of eighteen years; an
no indentures of apprenticeship shall be executed unless it appear by ce tificate, signed by the minister or churchwardens, for the time being, the parish or place where the person to be bound was or shall be born baptized, or by the oath (or affirmation, if of the people called Quaker of a credible witness, that such person is of the age of fourteen years, ar
under the age of eighteen years." Penalty for forg. Sect. 31. “If any person or persons shall falsely forge or counterfei ing or producing or knowingly or willingly produce any false or forged certificate, or mal false certificate of baptism,
any false oath or affirmation, of or concerning the age of any person to bound apprentice as aforesaid, he or they shall forfeit, for every suc offence, any sum not exceeding 101., and the indentures of apprentie ship of such apprentice shall be null and void, to all intents and purpose
whatsoever.” None but free. Sect. 32. “ After the first day of August next after the passing of thi men or widows
act, no freeman of the said company, or widow of a freeman, shall bindo whose names and Places of abode employ any apprentice or apprentices, unless he or she shall be a house or working are keeper, or have some known place of abode or of work; and every fret registered in the
man, or widow of a freeman, shall, on the first day of September in ever books of the coinpany to take year, or within ten days afterwards, give notice to the clerk of the sai apprentices.
company for the time being, of his or her place of abode or work, in orde that the same may be registered; and such freeman or widow shall lodg such apprentice or apprentices in the house in which he or she shall reside and upon any application made to the clerk of the said company to registe the place of abode or work of every freeman or widow as aforesaid, th same shall be registered in a book or books of the said company, to b kept for that purpose, without fee or reward; and if any such freerida or widow, who shall bind or employ any apprentice or apprentices, sbal neglect or refuse to give such notice of his or her place of abode or worl as aforesaid, or shall not lodge his or her apprentice in the same house he or she shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay any sum not ex ceeding 101.; and the apprentice or apprentices of such person shall ani may, upon application made to the court of master, wardens, and assistant of the said company, at any of their meetings, be by them turned orel to any other master or mistress, any indenture, covenant, contract, or
agreement to the contrary notwithstanding.” Proviso as to the "Sect. 33. “ Nothing herein contained shall extend to prevent any free odgingof appren- man, or the widow of any freeman, being the owner or master of any tices.
Gravesend boat, decked sailing-barge, or other decked craft or vessel, from
lodging his or her apprentice or apprentices on board of such boat, barge, 7 & 8 Geo. IV. or vessel, or to prevent any freeman, or the widow of any freeman, being c. lxxv. the owner, and possessed of twelve barges, lighters, or flat-bottomed craft, or upwards, from lodging his or her apprentice or apprentices in the same house or vessel, with his or her foreman."
Sect. 34. “No apprentice, who shall hereafter be bound contrary to the Apprentices true intent and meaning of this act, shall obtain or be admitted to the bound contrary
to this act. freedom of the said company by reason of such apprenticeship.”
Sect. 35. “Every person duly bound apprentice to any freeman of the Apprentices to be said company, or the widow of any freeman, shall serve and be compellable compelled to
serve, although to serve the whole of his apprenticeship, notwithstanding he may pre- of age. viously have attained the age of twenty-one years; any law or statute to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Sect. 36. " After the first day of August next after the passing of this No apprentice to it, it shall not be lawful for any apprentice or apprentices to have or take have the sole care
of any boat unless the sole care of any boat or other vessel, unless such apprentice, or one of he shall have sich apprentices, shall have worked and rowed upon the said river as an served two years, apprentice for the space of two years at the least; and the master or mistress of every such apprentice, not having rowed and worked as aforesaid, who shall have or take such care of any such boat or other vessel, shall forfeit and pay for every such offence any sum not exceeding 5l.
Sect. 37. "Provided that, if any person, not being a freeman of the None but freemen said company, or an apprentice to a freeman or to the widow of a freeman of
in of the company
(except as after of the said company, (except as hereinafter is mentioned,) shall at any mentioned) to fine act as a waterman or lighterman, or ply, or work, or navigate, or row or work any cause to be worked or navigated, any wherry, lighter, or other craft, upon hi
boats or craft for
hire. tbe said river, from or to any place or places, or ship or vessel, within the Loits of this act, for hire or gain, (except as hereinafter is mentioned,) every such person shall forfeit and pay for every such offence any suin not aceeding 10l."
Sect. 38. “That the said court of master, wardens, and assistants shall No boat to be trant a licence to any freeman of the said company, or the widow of any used for carrying
passengers with freeman, to use and work for hire any wherry, boat, or other vessel, for out a licence, ex. tutying persons or passengers on the said river Thames, within the limits pressing the num.
ber of persons it d this act, on a certificate being produced to them, verified by the oath of
may be allowed to Ite builder or builders, or owner or owners, of such wherry, boat, or other carry. Tessel, of the burthen, size, and dimensions thereof, according to the bylaws or regulations to be made from time to time for that purpose; in much licence shall be expressed the number of persons or passengers such wberry, boat, or other vessel respectively shall be permitted to take and CRT); and for every such licence one shilling and no more shall be paid ; and such licence shall contain a number for such wherry, boat, or other Tessel, which shall be registered in a book or books to be kept for that purpose by the clerk of the said company; and the owner or owners of Number and uch wherry, boat, or other vessel shall cause such number, together with name of owner
Al to be painted is, her, or their own name or names, to be painted and kept legible in such thereon. wherry, boat, or other vessel, in such manner as in any by-laws or regulabons to be made by the said court of master, wardens, and assistants, or by the said court of mayor and aldermen of the city of London, shall from fime to time be directed; and no wherry, boat, or other vessel, belonging to aby freeman of the said company, or the widow of any freeman, shall, dany time hereafter, be allowed to ply for hire at any public stairs or piring-places for the carrying of persons or passengers for hire within the 100 of this act, without such licence as aforesaid ; and if any wherry, buat, or other vessel shall be used or worked without such licence for the amse having been first obtained as aforesaid, or without such name or fames and number painted or legible thereon as aforesaid, the owner or Otters thereof shall forfeit and pay, for every such offence, any sum not Exceeding 208.; and if a greater number of persons or passengers than Penalty for taking hall be expressed in the licence shall be taken or carried in any such more than the
number allowed. Therty, boat, or other vessel, the occupier or occupiers thereof shall for."