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No. 2. No. 2.-4 Geo. 4, ch. 52. An Act to alter and amend the Law relating Act 4 G. 4,

to the Interment of the Remains of any Person found felo de

se. (8th July, 1823.) HEREAS it is expedient that the laws and usages relating

to the interment of the remains of persons against whom a finding of felo de se shall be had, should be altered and amended; Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Tem

poral, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by Reinains of the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Persons against Act it shall not be lawful for any coroner, or other officer having whom a finding authority to hold inquests, to issue any warrant or other process of Felo de se is bad, to be

directing the interment of the remains of persons against whom a privately buried finding of felo de se shall be had, in any public highway, but that in the parish such coroner or other officer shall give directions for the private churchyard. interment of the remains of such person felo de se, without any

stake being driven through the body of such person, in the churchyard or other burial-ground of the parish or place in which the remains of such person might, by the laws or custom of England, be interred if the verdict of felo de se had not been found against such person ; such interment to be made within twenty-four hours from the finding of the inquisition, and to take place between the

hours of nine and twelve at night. Rites of Chris- II. Provided nevertheless, That nothing herein contained shall tian Burial

authorize the performing any of the rites of Christian burial on performed;

the interment of the remains of any such person as aforesaid ; nor and former shall anything hereinbefore contained be taken to alter the laws or Laws and

usages relating to the burial of such persons, except so far as usages not to

relates to the interment of such remains in such churchyard or be altered.

burial-ground, at such time and in such manner as aforesaid.

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No. 3. No. 3.-7 & 8 Geo. 4. ch. 18. An Act to prohibit the setting of Act 7 & 8, Spring Guns, Man-Traps, and other Engines calculated to

destroy human life or inflict grievous bodily harm. (28th

May, 1827.)
THEREAS it is expedient to prohibit the setting of spring

guns, and man-traps and other usages calculated to destroy human life or inflict grievous bodily harm; Be it therefore enacted and declared by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and

Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authoPersons setting rity of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, if or placing

any person shall set or place, or cause to be set or placed, any Spring Guns, Man-Traps, &c.,

spring gun, man trap, or other engine calculated to destroy human guilty of a life, or inflict grievous bodily harm, with the intent that the same Misdemeanour. or whereby the same may destroy or inflict grievous bodily harm

upon a trespasser, or other person coming in contact therewith, the person so setting or placing, or causing to be so set or placed, such gun, trap, or engine as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a misde

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II. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing No. 3. herein contained shall extend to make it illegal to set any gin or Act 7 & 8 trap such as may have been or may be usually set with the intent G. 4, 18. of destroying vermin. III. And be it further enacted and declared, That if

any person shall knowingly and wilfully permit any such spring gun, man

mitting Guns,

Traps, &c., set trap, or other engine as aforesaid, which may have been set, fixed, by others to or left in any place then being in or afterwards coming into his or continue, her possession or occupation, by some other person or persons, to deemed to have

set the same. continue so set or fixed, the person so permitting the same to continue shall be deemed to have set and fixed such gun, trap, or engine, with such intent as aforesaid.

IV. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in Proviso for this Act shall be deemed or construed to make it a misdemeanour Guns, Traps, within the meaning of this Act, to set or cause to be set, or to be &c., set for the continued set, from sunset to sunrise, any spring gun, man-trap, Dwelling

protection of or other engine, which shall be set or caused or continued to be set Houses. in a dwelling-house for the protection thereof.

V. Provided always, and it is hereby further enacted and declared, Not to affect That nothing in this Act contained shall in any manner affect or

proceedings

already comauthorize any proceedings in any civil or criminal Court touching menced. any matter or thing done or committed previous to the passing of this Act.

VI. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in Not to extend this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to that to Scotland. part of the United Kingdom called Scotland.

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No. 4.-9 Geo. 4, ch. 32. An Act for amending the Law of Evi- No. 4. dence in certain cases. (27th June, 1828.)

Act 9 G. 4, HEREAS it is expedient that Quakers and Moravians should

be allowed to give evidence upon their solemn affirmation in all cases, criminal as well as civil, and that in prosecutions for forgery, the party interested should be rendered a competent witness; Be it therefore enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, Quakers or by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Moravians Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, required to and by the authority of the same, that every Quaker or Moravian

give Evidence who shall be required to give evidence in any case whatsoever, of an Oath, criminal or civil, shall, instead of taking an oath in the usual form, make their be permitted to make his or her solemn affirmation or declaration solemn Athirin the words following: that is to say, I, A. B., do solemnly, sin- mation, which cerely, and truly declare and affirm ;" which said affirmation or the same declaration shall be of the same force and effect in all Courts of effect in all Justice and other places where by law an oath is required as if cases, Civil such Quaker or Moravian had taken an oath in the usual form ;

or Criminal, and if any person making such affirmation or declaration shall be convicted of having wilfully, falsely, and corruptly affirmed or declared any matter or thing, which if the same had been sworn in the usual form would have amounted to wilful and corrupt perjury, every such offender shall be subject to the same pains, penalties, and forfeitures to which persons convicted of wilful and corrupt perjury are or shall be subject.

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ay statute Act 4 G. 4, to the Interment of the Remains of

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of any deed, se. (8th July, 1823.)

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the fact to any to the interment of the re

ung, abetting, or finding of felo de se shall be he

ve, if the same be a Be it therefore enacted by t}

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u or be supposed to have in Remains of the authority of the sam

ument, or other matter. Persons against Act it shall not be lar

ent to prevent all doubts respectwhom a finding authority to hold ins

us convicted of felonies not capital, of Felo de se is hari, to be

directing the inter unishment to which they were adjudged ; privately buried finding of felo de

Chat where any offender hath been or shall in the parish such coroner or

relony not punishable with death, and hath churchyard. interment of endure the punishment to which such offender

stake being; shall be adjudged for the same, the punishment so yard or ot

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victed : Provided always, that nothing herein contained, such enduring of such punishment, shall prevent or mitigate any fror

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on a subsequent conviction for any other felony. Rites of Chris

And whereas there are certain misdemeanours which render tian Burial

parties convicted thereof incompetent witnesses, and it is exnot to be performed; and former

andergone their punishment; Be it therefore enacted, That where

pxyieut to restore the competency of such parties after they have Laws and

offender hath been or shall be convicted of any such misdeUsages r meanour (except perjury or subornation of perjury), and hath be alte endured or shall endure the punishment to which such offender

hath been or shall be adjudged for the same, such offender shall not, after the punishment so endured, be deemed to be by reason of such misdemeanour, an incompetent witness in any Court or proceeding, civil or criminal.

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Roman Catholic Subjects. (13th April, 1829.)
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HEREAS by various Acts of Parliament certain restraints of His Majesty, to which other subjects of His Majesty are not liable; And whereas it is expedient that such restraints and disabilities shall be from henceforth discontinued ; And whereas by various Acts certain oaths and certain declarations, commonly called the declaration against transubstantiation, and the declaration against transubstantiation and the invocation of saints and the sacrifice of the mass as practised in the Church of Rome are or may be required to be taken, made, and subscribed by the subjects of His Majesty, as qualifications for sitting and voting in Parliament, and for the enjoyment of certain offices, franchises, and civil

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d by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and No. 5. ansent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, Act 10 G. 1, "resent Parliament assembled, and by the c. 7. from and after the commencement of

Acts relating said Acts as require the said declara

to Declarations nade or subscribed by any of His against Tian

n for sitting and voting in Par- substantiation,

inent of any office, franchise, or repealed.

save as hereinafter provided and wat from and after the commencement of Roman ful for any person professing the Roman Catholics ing & peer, or who shall after the commence- may sit and

vote in Paroe returned as a member of the House of Com

liament, on ud vote in either House of Parliament respectively, taking the * other respects duly qualified to sit and vote therein Oath. ang and subscribing the following oath, instead of the oaths wegiance, supremacy, and abjuration: “I, A. B., do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King George the Fourth, and will defend him to the utmost of my power against all conspiracies and attempts whatever which shall be made against his person, crown, or dignity; and I will do my utmost endeavour to disclose and make known to His Majesty, his heirs, and successors, all treasons and traitorous conspiracies which may be formed against him or them: And I do faithfully promise to maintain, support, and defend to the utmost of my power the succession of the crown, which succession by an Act, entitled · An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown, and better securing the Rights and Liberties of the Subject,' is and stands limited to the Princess Sophia, electress of Hanover, and the heirs of her body, being protestants; hereby utterly renouncing and abjuring any obedience or allegiance unto any other person claiming or pretending a right to the crown of this realm : And I do further declare that it is not an article of my faith, and that I do renounce, reject, and abjure the opinion that princes excommunicated or deprived by the Pope or any other authority of the see of Rome may be deposed or murdered by their subjects, or by any person whatsoever: And I do declare that I do not believe that the Pope of Rome or any other foreign prince, prelate, person, state, or potentate, hath or ought to have any temporal or civil jurisdiction, power, superiority, or pre-eminence, directly or indirectly, within this realm. I do swear that I will defend to the utmost of my power the settlement of property within this realm as established by the laws: And I do hereby disclaim, disavow, and solemnly abjure any intention to subvert the present church establishment as settled by law within this realm: And I do solemnly swear that I never will exercise any privilege to which I am or may become entitled to disturb or weaken the Protestant religion or Protestant Government in the United Kingdom: And I do solemnly, in the presence of God, profess, testify, and declare that I do make this declaration and every part thereof in the plain and ordinary sense of the words of this oath, without any evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation whatsoever,

“ SO HELP ME GOD."

c. 32.

The party whose name

No. 4.

II. And be it enacted, That on any prosecution by indictment Act 9 G.4, or information, either at common law or by virtue of any statute

against any person for forging any deed, writing, instrument, or other matter whatsoever; or for uttering or disposing of any deed,

writing, instrument, or other matter whatsoever, knowing the same is forged

to be forged; or for being accessary before or after the fact to any shall be a

such offence, if the same be a felony; or for aiding, abetting, or competent counselling the commission of any such offence, if the same be a Witness in

misdemeanour; no person shall be deemed to be an incompetent Prosecutions for Forgery.

witness in support of any such prosecution, by reason of any interest which such person may have or be supposed to have in

respect of such deed, writing, instrument, or other matter. Every punish

III. And whereas it is expedient to prevent all doubts respectment for

ing the civil rights of persons convicted of felonies not capital, Felony, after

who have undergone the punishment to which they were adjudged ; it has been

Be it therefore enacted, That where any offender hath been or shall endured, shall have

be convicted of any felony not punishable with death, and hath the effect of endured or shall endure the punishment to which such offender a Pardon hath been or shall be adjudged for the same, the punishment so under the

endured hath and shall have the like effects and consequences as a Great Seal.

pardon under the Great Seal as to the felony whereof the offender was so convicted : Provided always, that nothing herein contained, nor the enduring of such punishment, shall prevent or mitigate any punishment to which the offender might otherwise be lawfully sentenced on a subsequent conviction for any other felony.

IV. And whereas there are certain misdemeanours which render No Misdemeanour (ex- the parties convicted thereof incompetent witnesses, and it is except Perjury) pedient to restore the competency of such parties after they have shall render

undergone their punishment; Be it therefore enacted, That where a party an

any offender hath been or shall be convicted of any such misdeincompetent Witness after

meanour (except perjury or subornation of perjury), and hath he has under- endured or shall endure the punishment to which such offender

hath been or shall be adjudged for the same, such offender shall Punishment.

not, after the punishment so endured, be deemed to be by reason of such misdemeanour, an incompetent witness in any Court or proceeding, civil or criminal.

gone the

No. 5. Act 10 G. 4,

No. 5.–10 Geo. 4, ch. 7. An Act for the relief of His Majesty's

Roman Catholic Subjects. (13th April, 1829.)
WH
HEREAS by various Acts of Parliament certain restraints

c. 7.

and disabilities are imposed on the Roman Catholic subjects of His Majesty, to which other subjects of His Majesty are not liable ; And whereas it is expedient that such restraints and disabilities shall be from henceforth discontinued ; And whereas by various Acts certain oaths and certain declarations, commonly called the declaration against transubstantiation, and the declaration against transubstantiation and the invocation of saints and the sacrifice of the mass as practised in the Church of Rome are or may be required to be taken, made, and subscribed by the subjects of His Majesty, as qualifications for sitting and voting in Parliament, and for the enjoyment of certain offices, franchises, and civil

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