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their settlements abroad, according to the residence of the party
or parties paying the same, or as the Court of Directors of the said
United Company shall direct; and all sums of money, when so paid
over, shall be applied to the hospital fund established for the relief
of persons and widows of persons belonging to ships and vessels
in the service of the said United Company, commonly called
Poplar Hospital,” for the purposes and objects of the said last-
mentioned fund, according to the rules and regulations for the time
being thereof; subject nevertheless to be refunded, without interest,
to any person or persons entitled to the same, and establishing his,
her, or their claim or claims thereto to the satisfaction of the Court of
Directors of the said Company, or of the Governor and Council of
the settlement where the same shall have been paid over to the said
Company.
Company have no right to Prize Money of any Soldier or Sailor in his

Majesty's Forces or Ships.
(3) Provided always, and be it further enacted, that nothing in
this act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to give to
the said United Company, or any person or persons on the behalf of
the said Company, any right, title, or interest in or to any booty,
prize money, head money, bounty money, salvage money, or to any
forfeited or unclaimed share or shares thereof, which now is or are or
hereafter shall be due or payable to any officer, soldier, sailor, or
other person, on account of services in his Majesty's army, royal
artillery, black, provincial, or other troops in the pay of his Majesty,
or on board of any of his Majesty's ships or vessels, or in any other
service, to the forfeited and unclaimed shares of which the Royal
Hospital for seamen at Greenwich, or the Royal Hospital for soldiers
at Chelsea, the respective treasurers thereof, are entitled or shall
become, entitled by the laws now in force, nor to give any powers or
authorities to the said United Company over 'such last-mentioned
booty, prize money, head money, bounty money, or salvage money, or
in respect thereof.

(4) Provided also, and be it further enacted, that all Times within money now remaining in the hands of any prize agent which payments

are to be made. or agents, or any other person or persons whomsoever, and which is hereby directed to be paid over to the said United Company, and which shall be to be paid over in London, shall be paid within six calendar months next after the passing of this act; and all such money which shall be to be paid over at any of the settlements abroad of the said United Company, shall be paid within six calendar months next after the Governments of the said settlements respectively shall have caused the provisions of this act in that respect to be notified in the way in which general orders for the army are usually published at the said settlements respectively; and that all money which shall hereafter come into the hands of any prize agent or

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prize agents, or any other person or persons whomsover, and which is hereby directed to be paid over to the said United Company, and which shall be to be paid over in London, shall be paid within six calendar months next after the receipt thereof by such prize agent or agents, or other person or persons; and that all such

money

which shall be to be paid over at any of the settlements abroad of the said United Company, and which shall be in the hands of such prize agent or agents, or other person or persons, at the time when the governments at the said settlements respectively shall have caused the provisions of this act in that respect to be notified in the way in which general orders for the army are usually published at the said settlements respectively, shall be paid over within six calendar months next after such notification; and that all such money which shall, after such notification, come to the hands of any prize agent or agents, or other person or persons whomsoever, shall be paid within six calendar months next after the receipt thereof by such prize agent or agents, or other person or persons.

Agents and others to deliver accounts upon oath. (5) And be it further enacted, that all and every person and

persons whomsoever, who are required by this Act to pay over any money to the said United Company, shall and they are hereby required, without further requisition or notice, to deliver or cause to be delivered to the secretary of the said United Company in London, or to the several secretaries of the respective governments at the settlements abroad, where such money shall be to be paid over to the said United Company respectively, a true and correct account of all the monies remaining in his or their hands, and so to be paid over, with a list or lists of the names, rank, regiment, or other sufficient description of the persons entitled thereto, which accounts and lists shall be verified by the affidavit on oath of the party or one of the parties required to deliver the same, such oath to be taken before any magistrate or other person authorized by any court of law or equity to administer oaths, and which oath such magistrate or other person is hereby required to administer accordingly. Court of Directors and Governments abroad empowered to call for

accounts on oath.Not to require accounts which have been legally closed.

(6) And be it further enacted, that upon the reasonable request and notice of the Court of Directors of the said United Company, and the governments of the settlements of the said Company abroad respectively, all and every person and persons whomsoever, who are required by this Act to pay over any money to the said United Company, shall make out and deliver, or cause to be made out and delivered, to the secretaries of the said Court of Directors and of the said governments respectively requiring the same, full, true, and

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particular accounts in writing of all the receipts, payments, dealings, 15 July,

and transactions of such person and persons; and if they shall be 9 Geo. 4, cap. 50. executors, administrators, agents, or representatives, then full, true,

and particular accounts in writing of their several testators, intestates, and principals, any way relating to any booty, prize money, or other matter in respect of which such money so to be paid over shall have arisen, with the dates of all and every such receipts, payments, dealings, and transactions, and true and correct lists and descriptions of all grants, deeds, writings, books of account, letters, and papers whatsoever in the custody or power, or which ever shall have been in the custody or power of the persons respectively required to make out and deliver the same, or of their respective testators, intestates, or principals, any way relating to any such booty, prize money, or other matter; which accounts and lists shall be verified by affidavit on oath, to the best of the knowledge, information, and belief of the person or persons required to make out and deliver the same, such oath to be taken before any magistrate or other person authorized by any court of law or equity to administer oaths, and which oath such magistrate or other person is hereby required to administer accordingly; and all the grants, deeds, writings, books of account, letters, and papers relating to the matters aforesaid, and in the custody or power of the

person or persons required to pay over any such money as aforesaid, shall be produced and shewn at all reasonable times, at the place or places where such grants, deeds, writings, books of account, letters, and papers shall be usually kept and deposited, or in some other reasonable and convenient manner, to such person and persons as the said Court of Directors, or the said governments respectively, shall direct or authorize to inspect the same;

and such person

and
persons

shall have
full liberty to inspect and take, and cause to be taken, such copies,
extracts, and abstracts thereof as he or they, or the said Court of
Directors, or the said governments respectively, shall see fit: provided
always, that this act, or any thing herein contained, or the produc-
tion, inspection, or examination of the accounts, books, and papers
before-mentioned, shall not in any way be deemed or construed to
extend to open any account which shall have been conclusively closed
and settled by the order, judgment, sentence, or decree of any court
of competent jurisdiction, or in any other manner by which the parties
interested therein would have been concluded if this act had not
passed, nor to prevent any court of competent jurisdiction to order
any such account to be opened, or to give liberty for surcharge or
falsification thereof, upon just cause and ground shewn for that pur-
pose.
Persons taking false oaths guilty of perjury. Persons suborning liable to

the penalties of perjury. (7) And be it further enacted, that if any person or persons whosoever shall be convicted of making a false oath touching any of the

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matters directed or required by this Act to be testified on oath, such
person or persons so convicted as aforesaid shall be deemed guilty of
perjury, and shall be liable to the pains and penalties to which persons
guilty of perjury are liable by any law in force in that part of the
United Kingdom called England; and if any person shall corruptly
procure or suborn

any
other

person or persons to swear falsely in any such oath, such person, being duly convicted of such procuring and suborning, shall for every such offence incur and suffer such penalties, forfeitures, pains, and disabilites, as persons convicted of perjury are respectively liable unto by any law in force in the said part of the said United Kingdom called England.

Power of recovery of the Monies directed to be paid over.
(8) And be it further enacted, that the said United Company shall
have and be entitled to the same rights, powers, remedies, and methods
of suit at law or in equity, or by any admiralty process, to be com-
menced and prosecuted in the name of the said United Company, in
the several courts of justice in the United Kingdom, and in the East-
Indies, and elsewhere soever, for discovery and recovery of the monies
hereby directed to be paid over to the said Company, as the origi-
nal owners thereof now have, or are entitled to use or exercise;

Courts of justice and all courts of law and equity, and of Admiralty
invested with the
same powers as jurisdiction, in the United Kingdom, and in the East-
they now have Indies, shall have and exercise the same jurisdiction,
with respect to
Greenwich and powers, and authorities for compelling all and

every
Chelsea Hospi- person and persons to account for and pay over the
tals, and Court monies hereby directed to be paid over to the said
of Directors, &c.
to exercise simi- United Company, as any court of law or equity, or of
lar authority to Admiralty jurisdiction, may now lawfully exercise, with

respect to any unclaimed balances payable to the treasurers of Greenwich Hospital and Chelsea Hospital respectively, by virtue of any act or acts of Parliament, or any law, usage, or custom whatsoever; and that it shall and may be lawful to and for the Court of Directors of the said United Company, and the several governments of the settlements abroad of the said United Company, to exercise the same or the like powers and authorities, for the recovery of the monies hereby directed to be paid over to the said United Company, as may now be exercised by virtue of any act or acts of Parliament now in force relating to prize money by the treasurers of Greenwich Hospital and Chelsea Hospital respectively, so far as such powers and authorities extend to the recovery by them, and the discovery of unclaimed shares of prize money due and belonging to any officers, soldiers, or seamen in the service of his Majesty, and shall be applicable to the objects of this act, and all and every agent or agents shall be subject to the like penalties for neglect or default in not accounting for or paying over the share or shares, which by the said recited act or by this act is or are made payable to the said United

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Company, as agents are made liable to by any act or acts now in" force, for not accounting for or for not paying over shares and balances to the treasurers of Greenwich and Chelsea hospitals respectively.

Not to affect the interests of Chelsea or Greenwich Hospitals. (9) And be it further enacted, that nothing in this act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to affect the Royal Hospital for soldiers at Chelsea, nor the Royal Hospital for seamen at Greenwich; nor to take away, repeal, diminish, or interfere with any claim, right, or interest which by virtue of any

law or laws now in force may have been given, or are now existing, or may hereafter by virtue of the said acts become vested in the said Royal Hospitals, or in the treasurers thereof, on any unclaimed and forfeited shares of prize money, or for the recovery thereof, for the benefit of the said institutions, or for the benefit of the person or persons entitled to any unclaimed and forfeited shares of prize money; but the same shall continue and remain in the said Commissioners and in the said treasurers, as if this act had not been made.

Acquitting persons paying over Prize Money. (10) And be it further enacted, that all and every person and persons who shall pay over to the said Company, or to any other person or persons by their order or for their use, any sum or sums of money required to be paid under the provisions of this act, shall, from and after such payment, be absolutely acquitted and discharged from all claims and demands whatsoever of all and every other person and persons to the same monies which shall be so paid over. (11) And be it further enacted, that all expenses Expenses of this

act to be defrayincurred or to be incurred in executing this act, and ed out of the mi the sums paid in remunerating the officers or persons nies recovered. employed on behalf of the said United Company, for their care, pains, and trouble in performing the regulations and directions thereof, shall, so far as the same relate to those officers or persons, be subject to the discretion of the Court of Directors for managing the affairs of the said Company, and shall be paid out of the principal monies to be recovered and discovered as aforesaid on account of such shares respectively: provided nevertheless, that no person Persons employemployed by the said United Company in executing pany not to act the regulations of this act, shall act as an agent for as agents. prizes, or be concerned directly or indirectly in the business thereof, under the penalty of five hundred pounds.

(12) Provided also, and be it further enacted, that Not to prevent nothing in this act contained shall extend or be con

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rights to prize strued to extend to prevent any person or persons from money. resorting to any remedy at law or in equity against the said Company, for the recovery of principal, without interest, of any money to which he, she, or they may be entitled, and which shall have been paid to the

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