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hereby empowered to issue their Warrant or Warrants to the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner, to summon, impannel, and return, at some convenient Place in the said City of Westminster, a Jury of not less than Thirty-six nor more than Forty-eight honest and indifferent Men, qualified according to Law to be returned for Trials of Issues in Her Majesty's Courts of Record at Westminster, to appear before the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner at such Time and Place

as in such Warrant shall be appointed; and Fourteen Days - Notice at the least in Writing under the Hands of the said Com

missioners of the Time and Place at which such Jury are so required to be returned shall be given to such Owners, Proprietors, Occupiers, Corporations, Trustees, or any other Person or Persons interested in the Premises, before the Time of the Meeting of the said Jury, by leaving such Notice at the Dwelling House of such Person or Persons, or of the head Officer of such Body or Bodies Politic, Corporate, or Collegiate, or with some Tenant or Occupier of the Premises respectively intended to be valued ; and the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner is and are hereby empowered to impannel, summon, and return such Number accordingly; and out of the Persons so impannelled, summoned, and returned, or out of such of them as shall appear upon such Summons, the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner shall swear or cause to be sworn Twelve, who shall be the Jury for the Purposes aforesaid; and in default of a sufficient Number of Jurymen the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner shall return other honest and indifferent Men of the Standers-by, or that can be speedily procured to attend that Service (being qualified as last aforesaid), to the Number of Twelve; and it shall be lawful for all Persons concerned, by themselves, their Counsel, Solicitors, and Agents, to attend and be heard and to adduce Evidence before the said High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner respectively; and such Persons shall also have their lawful Challenges against any of the said Jurymen when they come to be sworn, but shall not challenge the Array.

XII. And be it enacted, That no Jury to be summoned Notice to be by virtue of this Act shall be allowed to assess or award any

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pensation Sum or Sums of Money to any Person or Persons by way Compensation for Goodwill or Improvements alleged to have been lost, or any Injury or Damage alleged to have been sustained by him or them, by reason or means of this Act, or any thing which shall or may be done in the Execution hereof, unless Notice in Writing, stating the Particulars of every such Claim, and how and in what Manner the Amount thereof is made out and computed, shall have been given by and on behalf of such Person or Persons to the said Commissioners within Three Calendar Months next after such supposed Loss shall have been incurred, or such supposed Damage or Injury shall have been occasioned or sustained, and Ten Days at least before the Time of the meeting of such Jury.

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Penalty on XIII. And be it enacted, That if the High Bailiff, Deputy, High Bailiff,

or Coroner so directed to summon and return a Jury as aforeJury, and Wit- said shall make default in the Premises, he shall for every such glect of Duty. Offence forfeit and pay any Sum not exceeding Ten Pounds

to the Party who shall be prejudiced or injured thereby, to be recovered, with full Costs of Suit, by Action of Debt or on the Case in any of Her Majesty's Courts of Record at Westminster; and if any Person so summoned and returned as aforesaid upon such Jury shall not appear, or appearing shall refuse to be sworn or to give his Verdict, or shall in any other Manner wilfully neglect his Duty contrary to the true Intent and Meaning of this Act, or if any Person so summoned as a Witness shall not appear, or appearing shall refuse to be examined or to give Evidence, any Person so offending, having no reasonable Excuse to be allowed by the Justices herein-after mentioned, shall for every such Offence forfeit and pay any Sum not exceeding Ten Pounds; which several and respective Penalties shall and may be levied, by virtue of any Warrant under the Hand and Seal of any one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of Westminster, by Distress and Sale of the Goods and Chattels of the Persons so offending, the Person making such Distress and Sale rendering to him or her the Overplus of the Money thereby produced, if any, after such Penalty and the

Charges of such Distress and Sale shall be deducted. Providing for XIV. And be it enacted, That in case any Jury to be sumExpences of

moned and sworn pursuant to the Authority of this Act shall Jury.

give in a Verdict or Assessment for more Money as a Recompence, Compensation, or Satisfaction for the Right, Interest, or Property of any Person or Persons in any such Houses, Wharfs, Buildings, Ground, Tenements, or Hereditaments, or for any such Goodwill

, Improvements, Injury, or Damage as aforesaid, than shall have been agreed to be given and offered for the same by the said Commissioners before the summoning and returning of such Jury, or where, by reason of Absence in Foreign Countries, or other Incapacity or Disability as aforesaid, there shall not be found any Person or Persons legally capacitated to enter into any Contract with the said Commissioners, then and in every such Case all the reasonable Costs, Charges, and Expences of causing and procuring such Recompence, Compensation, or Satisfaction to be assessed by á Jury shall be setiled by the High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner before whom such Claim shall have been tried, and shall be paid by the said Commissioners; but if any Jury so summoned and sworn as aforesaid shall give in a Verdict or Assessment for no more or for less Money, as such Recompence, Compensation, or Satisfaction as aforesaid, than shall have been agreed to and offered by the said Commissioners for the same before the summoning and returning of the said Jury, or in case no Damages shall be given by the Verdict where the Dispute is for Damages only, or where the causing and procuring such Jury to be summoned shall have arisen from a Refusal to treat or agree with the said Commissioners by any Body or

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Bodies

Bodies Politic, Corporate, or Collegiate, or by any Person or Persons whomsoever, who is or are by the Provisions of this Act or otherwise legally empowered to treat, then (except where by reason of Absence such Person shall be prevented from treating with the said Commissioners) all such Costs, Charges, and Expences (to be settled by such High Bailiff, Deputy, or Coroner in manner aforesaid) shall be paid to the said Commissioners by the said Body or Bodies Politic, Corporate, or Collegiate, or other Person or Persons so claiming such Compensation, or refusing to treat and agree as before mentioned respectively (save only and except where by reason of Absence or other like Cause any Person shall have been prevented from treating or agreeing as aforesaid, in which Case no Costs, Charges, or Expences shall be allowed to either Party as against the other); and all Costs, Charges, and Expences hereby directed to be paid to the said Commissioners shall and may be deducted and retained by them out of the Money so adjudged or assessed to be paid by them, as so much Money advanced to and for the Use of the Person and Persons entitled to such Money so adjudged, and Payment or Tender of the Remainder of such Money shall be deemed and taken to be a Payment or Tender of the whole Sum or Sums so adjudged or assessed ; or in case no Money or no sufficient Sum of Money shall be awarded or assessed to be paid by the said Commissioners whereout such Costs, Charges, and Expences can be deducted, then the same shall and may be recovered by such Ways and Means as are provided for the Recovery of Penalties, Forfeitures, and Fines by this Act empowered or authorized to be imposed.

XV. And be it enacted, That a Minute or Docquet of all the Verdicts to be said Judgments and Verdicts shall be recorded in the Office of recorded. the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works, and Buildings, and all such Judgments and Verdicts shall be afterwards deposited with the Clerk of the Peace of the said City and Liberty of Westminster, to be kept and preserved by him amongst the Records of the Quarter Sessions of the said City and Liberty, and shall be deemed to be Records to all intents and Purposes whatsoever, and the same or true Copies thereof shall be allowed to be good Evidence in all Courts whatsoever; and all Persons shall have Liberty to inspect the same, paying for such Inspection the Sum of One Shilling, and to take Copies thereof, paying for every Copy the Sum of Sixpence for every Seventy-two Words, and so in proportion for any less Number of Words.

XVI. And be it enacted, That if in any Case the Owner or Commissioners Owners of any House, Wharf, or Building, or of any Yard or empowered to Curtilage occupied therewith, Part only of which Premises shall Whole of the at any Time be required by the said Commissioners to be ap- Premises if the plied for the Purposes aforesaid, shall be unwilling to sell or Owners are undispose of such Part only of such House, Wharf, Building, Yard, willing to sell

a or Curtilage as shall be required by the said Commissioners, it shall and may be lawful for the said Commissioners and they

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are hereby required, at the Option of any Owner or Owners of
any such House, Wharf, Building, Yard, or Curtilage, to pur-
chase of and from the said Owner or Owners the Whole or such
Part thereof as such Owner or Owners shall think fit, and to
apply so much and such Part thereof as they the said Commis-
sioners, with such Consent and Approbation as aforesaid, shall
see fit for the Purposes aforesaid ; and that if such Owner or
Owners shall not or cannot agree with the said Commissioners
for the Price to be paid for the Purchase of the Whole of such
House, Wharf, Building, Yard, or Curtilage, then the Value
thereof shall be settled and ascertained by a Jury in such Man-
ner as the Price for any Premises to be taken in pursuance of
this Act is directed to be settled and ascertained ; and all such
other Proceedings shall take place respecting the said Premises
as are herein-before mentioned and directed with respect to the
Premises the Value of which shall be ascertained by a Jury in

manner aforesaid.
Commissioners XVII. Provided always, and be it enacted, That all Sums
not to take pos- of Money, or other Consideration, Recompence, or Satisfaction,
the Purchase

to be made or paid pursuant to any such Agreement or VerMoney is ten- dict as aforesaid, shall be paid or tendered to the Party or dered or paid. Parties entitled to the same, or into the Bank of England as

herein mentioned, before the said Commissioners, or any Person
or Persons authorized by them, shall proceed to take possession
or pull down any House or Houses or other Erections or Build-
ings comprised in or affected by such Agreement or Verdict
respectively, or to use the Ground for any of the Purposes of

this Act.
Commissioners XVIII, And be it enacted, That if any Body or Bodies,
empowered to Person or Persons, seised or possessed of or interested in any
take possession such Tenement or Hereditaments, or Share or Shares, Estate
on Payment
of Purchase or Estates, Interest or Interests therein, or Charge or Charges
Money into

thereon, as aforesaid, cannot be found, or shall not be known,
the Bank of
England. or shall not be able to make a good Title to the Premises to the

Satisfaction of the said Commissioners, or shall refuse to
execute a Conveyance or Conveyances thereof, then and in
any of such cases, upon Payment of such Sum or Sums of Money
as shall have been contracted and agreed, or shall have been
assessed and awarded by any Referee or Referees, or by any
Jury or Juries, in manner aforesaid, to be paid for the Purchase
of or for the Value of the same Premises, into the Bank of Eng-
land, as herein-after directed and required (in case the same
shall be requisite), for the Use of such Person or Persons so
interested in or entitled as aforesaid, such Tenements or Here-
ditaments, or Parts, Shares, Estates, Interests, or Charges, and
the Fee Simple and Inheritance thereof, together with the yearly
Profits thereof, and all the Estate, Right, Title, Interest, Use,
Trust, Property, Claim, and Demand, in Law and Equity, of
the Body or Bodies, Person or Persons, or unknown Person
or Persons, to whose Credit such Money shall be paid, in, to,
and out of the Tenements, Hereditaments, and Premises to be

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purchased

purchased as aforesaid, shall from thenceforth vest in Her Ma-
jesty, Her Heirs and Successors, who shall be deemed in Law
to be in the actual Seisin and Possession thereof to all Intents
and Parposes, freed and discharged from all former and other
Estates, Rights, Titles, and Interests, Claims and Demands, as
fully and effectually as if every Body or Person having any
Estate in the Premises had actually conveyed the same by Lease
and Release, Bargain and Sale enrolled, Feoffment with Livery
of Seisin, or any other Conveyance or Assurance whatsoever;
and such Payment shall not only bar all Right, Title, Interest,
Claim, and Demand of the Body or Bodies, Person or Persons,
or unknown Person or Persons, of, in, and to the same Pre-
mises, to whose Credit such Payment or Tender shall have been
made, but also shall extend to and be deemed and construed
to bar the Dower and Dowers of the Wife and Wives of such
Person or Persons, and all Estates Tail, and other Estates in
Possession, Reversion, Remainder, Expectancy, or Contin-
gency, and the Issue and Issues of such Person or Persons, and
every other Person whomsoever; and the same Premises shall
and may be thereupon pulled down, made use of, and employed
for the Purposes aforesaid, according to the Directions of the
said Commissioners, and under the Regulations in this Act
mentioned and contained.

XIX. Provided always, and be it enacted, That it shall and Commissioners
may be lawful for the said Commissioners, by and with the may sell or.
Consent and Approbation in Writing of the said Lord High not wanted for
Treasurer, or of the said Commissioners for executing the said the Purposes
Office of Lord High Treasurer, or any Three or more of them, of this Act.
absolutely to sell and dispose of all or any Part of the Houses,
Wharfs, Buildings, Ground, Tenements, and Hereditaments
which shall be so purchased or acquired as aforesaid, and shall
not be wanted for the Purposes aforesaid; and also to demise
or lease, or, previous to any such Demise or Lease, to enter
into any Contract or Agreement for the demising or leasing,
with such Consent and Approbation as aforesaid, all or any
Part of such last-mentioned Houses, Wharfs, Buildings, Ground,
Tenements, and Hereditaments, for any Term or Terms of
Years, at such Rent or Rents, and under such Covenants,
Conditions, Clauses, and Restrictions, and in such Manner, as
the said Commissioners shall from Time to Time, with such
Consent and Approbation as aforesaid, judge proper and think
most advantageous, and to receive and take any l'ine or Fines
for the granting of such Leases, and to apply all such Monies,
Rents, and Fines to be received in respect of the Sale or leasing
of any of the Premises aforesaid in the same Manner and for
the same Purposes as the Monies appropriated to the rebuild-
ing of the said Two Houses of Parliament are applicable ;
and all such Conveyances and Leases shall be good, valid, and
effectual.

Application XX. And be it enacted, That if any Money shall be agreed of Purchase or assessed to be paid for any Houses, Wharfs, Buildings, Money when

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