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7.& 8 GEO. 4. c. 27.

AN ACT

For repealing various Statutes in England relative to the Benefit of Clergy, and to Larceny and other Offences connected therewith, and to malicious Injuries to Property, and to Remedies against the Hundred.*

[21 June, 1827.]

WHEREAS it is expedient to repeal various statutes now in force in that part of the united kingdom called England, relative to the benefit of clergy; and it is also expedient to repeal various statutes relative to larceny, and other offences of stealing, and to burglary, robbery, and threats for the purpose of robbery or of extortion, and to embezzlement, false pretences, and the receipt of stolen property, in order that the provisions contained in those statutes may be amended and consolidated into one Act; and it is also expedient with the same view to repeal various statutes relative to malicious injuries to property; and also with the same view to repeal various statutes relative to remedies against the hundred: Be it therefore enacted by the king's most excellent majesty, by and with the advice

And see Stat. 7 G. 4. c. 64. s. 32. Ante p. 24, for the repeal of other statutes.

9 H. 3. st. 2. c. 10.

3 Ed. 1. c. 2 & 20.

13 Ed. 1. st. 2.

and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That so much of a charter or statute made in the ninth year of the reign of king Henry the third, commonly called "Charta "de Forestâ," as relates to the punishment for taking the king's venison; and so much of a statute made at Westminster in the third year of the reign of King Edward the First, as relates to clerks taken for guilty of felony, 13 Ed. 1. st. 1. c. 46. and to trespassers in parks and ponds; and so much of a statute made at Westminster in the thirteenth year of the same reign, as ordains that the towns near adjoining shall be disstrained to levy at their own cost a hedge or dyke overthrown, and to yield damages; and the whole of a statute made in the same year, intituled "Statutum Winton," except so much thereof as forbids fairs and markets being kept in churchyards; and a statute made in the twenty-first year of the same reign, intituled "Statutum de Malefactoribus in Parcis;" and so much of a statute made in the first year of the reign of King Edward the Third, as relates to trespasses in the king's forests of vert and venison; and so much of a statute made in the twenty-fifth year of the same reign, intituled "Ordinatio pro Clero," as relates to clerks convicted of treasons or felonies, and to the arraignment of clerks; and so much of a statute made in the twenty-eighth year of the same reign, as relates to making cry and fresh suit, and to hundreds and franchises being answerable as therein mentioned; and so much of a statute made in the thirty-fourth year, and of another statute made in the

21 Ed. 1. st. 2.

1 Ed. 3. st. 1. c. 8.

25 Ed. 3. st. 6.
(vulgo st. 3.)

c. 4, 5.

28 Ed. 3. c. 11.

34 Ed. 3. c. 22.

37 Ed. 3. c. 19.

thirty-seventh year of the same reign, as re

lates to hawks; and so much of a statute 8 H. 6. c. 12. s. 3. made in the eighth year of the reign of King Henry the Sixth, as relates to the offences of stealing, taking away, withdrawing, or avoiding of any record or other like thing therein mentioned; and so much of a statute made in 33 H. 6. c. 1. the thirty-third year of the same reign, as relates to servants taking and spoiling the goods of their masters after their death; and an Act passed in the first year of the reign of King Henry the Seventh, intituled "An Act 1 H. 7. c. 7. "against unlawful hunting in Forests and

"Parks;" and an Act passed in the fourth

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year of the same reign, intituled "An Act to 4 H. 7. c. 13. "take away the Benefit of Clergy from certain "Persons;" and an Act passed in the twentyfirst year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth, intituled "An Act for the Punish- 21 H. 8. c. 7, "ment of such Servants as shall withdraw "themselves, and go away with their Masters "or Mistresses Caskets and other Jewels or "Goods committed to them in trust to be "kept;" and an Act passed in the same year,

intituled "An Act for Restitution to be made 21 H. 8. c. 11. "of the Goods of such as shall be robbed by "Felons;" and an Act passed in the twentythird year of the same reign, intituled “ An 23 H. 8. c. 1. "Act that no Person committing Petty Trea

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son, Murder, or Felony, shall be admitted

"to his Clergy under Subdeacon;" and an

Act passed in same year, intituled "An Act 23 H. 8. c. 11. "for breaking of Prison by Clerks Conviet;" and an Act passed in the thirty-first year of the same reign, intituled "An Act against 31 H. 8. c. 2, "Fishing in Ponds;" and an Act passed in the thirty-third year of the same reign, intituled

33 H. 8. c. 1.

34 & 35 H. 8. c. 14.

35 H. 8. c. 17.

37 H. 8. c. 6.

37 H. 8. c. 8. s. 2.

1 Ed. 6. c. 12. s. 10, 14.

2 & 3 Ed. 6. c. 33.

5 & 6 Ed. 6. c. 9.

4 & 5 P. & M. c. 4.

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"An Act concerning counterfeit Letters, or privy tokens to receive Money or Goods in "other Men's Names;" and an Act passed in the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth years of the same reign, intituled "An Act for a Certificate of Convicts to be made into the King's "Bench;" and an Act passed in the thirtyfifth year of the same reign, intituled “ Ấn "Act for the Preservation of Woods;" and an Act passed in the thirty-seventh year of the same reign, intituled "An Act against burning "of Frames;" and so much of an Act passed in the same year, intituled " An Act that an "Indictment lacking these words, Vi et "Armis,' shall be sufficient in Law," as relates to persons stealing any horse, gelding, mare, foal, or filley; and so much of an Act passed in the first year of the reign of King Edward the Sixth, intituled "An Act for the

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Repeal of certain Statutes concerning "Treasons, Felonies, etc.," as relates to house-breaking, robbing, horse-stealing, and sacrilege, and to the allowance of the benefit of clergy in any case therein mentioned; and an Act passed in the second and third years of the same reign, intituled "An Act that no "Man stealing Horse or Horses shall enjoy "the benefit of his Clergy;" and an Act passed in the fifth and sixth years of the same reign, intituled "An Act that no Man robbing "any House, Booth, or Tent, shall not be "admitted to the Benefit of his Clergy;" and so much of an Act passed in the fourth and fifth years of the reign of King Philip and Queen Mary, intituled "An Act that Acces"sories in Murder and divers Felonies shall "not have the Benefit of Clergy," as relates

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to accessories to any robbery or burning
therein mentioned; and an Act passed in the
fifth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth,
intituled " An Act reviving a Statute made 5 Eliz. c. 10.
"Anno 21 H. 8, touching Servants embezzling
"their Masters Goods;" and another Act
passed in the same fifth year, intituled "An 5 Eliz. c. 21.
"Act for the Punishment of unlawful taking
"of Fish, Deer, or Hawks;" and an Act
passed in the eighth year of the same reign,
intituled " An Act to take away the Benefit 8 Eliz. c. 4.
"of Clergy from certain felonious Offenders;"
and so much of an Act passed in the thirteenth

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year of the same reign, intituled "An Act 13 Eliz. c. 25. s. 3, "for the reviving and Continuance of certain 18, 19. "Statutes," as alters and perpetuates the Act of the thirty-fifth year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth herein-before recited; and so much of an Act passed in the eighteenth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, intituled "An Act to take away Clergy from the 18 Eliz. c. 7. "Offenders in Rape and Burglary, and an "Order for the Delivery of Clerks Convict "without Purgation," as relates to burglary, and to persons admitted to the benefit of clergy; and an Act passed in the twentyseventh year of the same reign, intituled " Án 27 Eliz. c. 13. "Act for the following of Hue and Cry;" and an Act passed in the thirty-first year of the same reign, intituled "An Act against em- 31 Eliz. c. 4. "bezzling of Armour, Habiliments of War, "and Victual;" and so much of an Act passed

in the same year, intituled "An Act to avoid 31 Eliz. c. 12. s. 5. "Horse-stealing," as enacts that all accessories to horse-stealing shall be deprived of the benefit of clergy; and an Act passed in the thirty-ninth year of the same reign, intituled

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