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9 G. 4, c. 60. port or place of such or the like articles, being the growth, produce,

or manufacture of H. M.'s dominions; then and in any of the cases aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for H. M., by any order or orders to be by him made, with the advice of his privy council

, to prohibit the importation of all or of any sort of corn, grain, meal, or flour from the dominions of any such foreign state or power; and it shall also be lawful for H. M. from time to time, with the advice of his privy council, to revoke and to renew any such orders or or

der as aforesaid, as there shall be occasion." Weekly returns $ 8. “ And reciting that it is necessary, for regulating the of purchases amount of such duties, that effectual provision should be made for and sales of

ascertaining from time to time the average prices of British corn; corn to be made in the places

enacts, that weekly returns of the purchases and sales of Briherein men

tish corn shall be made in the manner herein-after directed, in the tioned. following cities and towns; that is to say, London, Holt,

Walsingham, Tewkesbury,
Uxbridge,
Aylesham,
Belford,

Bristol,
Hertford,
Fakenham,
Hexham,

Taunton,
Royston,

North Walsham, Newcastle-upon- Wells,
Chelinsford, Lincoln,

Tyne,

Bridgewater,
Colchester, Gainsborough, Morpeth,

Frome,
Rumford,
Glandford Bridge, Alnwick,

Chard,
Maidstone, Lowth,

Berwick-upon

Monmouth,
Canterbury, Boston,

Tweed,

Abergavenny,
Dartford,
Sleaford,
Carlisle,

Chepstow,
Chichester,
Stamford,

Whitehaven, Pont-y-Pool,
Guildford, Spalding,

Cockermouth, Exeter,
Lewes,
Derby,
Penrith,

Barnstable,
Rye,

Northampton, Egremont, Plymouth,
Bedford,
Leicester,
Appleby,

Totness,
Windsor,

Nottingham, Kirkby-in-Kendal, Tavistock,
Aylesbury, Worcester,

Liverpool, Kingsbridge,
Ipswich,
Coventry,
Ulverston,

Truro,
Woodbridge, Reading,

Lancaster,

Bodmin,
Sudbury,
Oxford,
Preston,

Launceston,
Huntingdon, Wakefield,

Wigan,

Redruth,
Hadleigh,
Warminster, Warrington,

Helstone,
Stowmarket, Birmingham, Manchester,

Saint Austel,
Bury-Saint-Ed- Leeds,

Bolton,

Blandford,
munds,
Newark,
Chester,

Bridport,
Beccles,
York,
Nantwich,

Dorchester,
Bungay,

Bridlington, Middlewich, Sherbourne,
Lowestoft, Beverley,

Four Lane Ends, Shaston,
Cambridge, Howden,

Denbigh,

Wareham,
Sheffield,
Wrexham,

Winchester,
Wisbeach,
Hull,
Carnarvon,

Andover,
Norwich,
Whitby,

Haverford West, Basingstoke,
Yarmouth, New Malton, Carmarthen, Fareham,
Lynn,
Durham,
Cardiff,

Havant,
Thetford,
Stockton,

Gloucester, Newport,
Watton,

Darlington, Cirencester, Ringwood,
Diss,
Sunderland, Tetbury,

Southampton, and
East Dereham, Barnard Castle, Stow-on-the-Wold, Portsmouth;

Harleston, Inspectors to be and for the purpose of duly collecting and transmitting such weekly appointed. returns as aforesaid, there shall be appointed in each of the said

cities and towns, in manner herein-after directed, a fit and proper

person to be inspector of corn returns.” Appointing $9. “It shall be lawful for H. M. to appoint a fit and proper percomptroller of

son to be comptroller of corn returns, for the purposes herein-after

Ely,

corn returns,

mentioned, and to grant to such comptroller of corn returns such 9 G. 4. c. 60. salary and allowances as to H.M. shall seem meet : Provided always, that such person shall be appointed to and shall hold such his office during H. M.'s pleasure, and not otherwise ; and shall at all times conform to and obey such lawful instructions, touching the execution of the duties of such his office, as shall from time to time be given to him by the lords of the committee of privy council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to trade and foreign plantations."

ş10. “ The said comptroller of corn returns, before he enters on Comptroller to the execution of such his office shall, before some or one of the take oath on barons of H.M.'s court of exchequer at Westminster, or before one entering office. of the masters in ordinary of the high court of chancery, take and subscribe an oath in the following words ; (that is to say,) I 4. B. do swear, that I will, to the best of my skill and know- Oath.

ledge, execute the office of comptroller of corn returns, according to the provisions of an act passed in the ninth year of the reign of his majesty king George the fourth, intituled [here set forth the title of this act].

So help me God." $11. “ The said comptroller of corn returns shall at all times Comptroller not execute the duties of such his office in person, and not by deputy ;

to act by debut it shall and may be lawful for H. M. to appoint a fit and pro- certain cases.

puty, except in per person, who shall act as deputy comptroller of corn returns, in case of the sickness or other incapacity of the said comptroller, or in case he the said comptroller should, with the permission of the lords of the said committee of privy counsel, be absent from the duties of such his office ; and all and every the powers hereby vested in the said comptroller of corn returns, and all and every the acts, matters, and things hereby directed to be done and performed by him, shall be vested in, and shall and may be done and performed by, any such deputy as aforesaid, during the continuance of any such sickness, incapacity, or absence as aforesaid of the said comptroller of corn returns ; and such deputy shall hold such his office during H.M.'s pleasure, and not otherwise, and shall receive and be paid such salary and allowances as to H.M. shall seem meet."

$ 12. “ It shall and may be lawful for the said comptroller of Comptroller corn returns to send by the post to any part of the U.K., and to re- may send and

receive letters ceive by the post from any place whatever, any letters or packets

free from relating exclusively to the duties of such his office, free from all

postage. duties of postage, provided that the words on his majesty's service' shall be written or printed on the outside of each of the said letters or packets so sent by the said comptroller of corn returns, and that such words shall be subscribed with the name of the said comptroller of corn returns in his handwriting ; and also provided, that it shall be lawful for H. M.'s postmaster general, or for his secretary or other officer authorized by him in that behalf, to examine and search all such letters and packets, and to charge against the person or persons sending the same treble postage on any letter or packet which may be so sent to or by the said comptroller of corn returns contrary to the provisions of this act.”

$ 13. " It shall and may be lawful for the lord mayor and alder- Lord mayor, men of the city of London, at a court to be holden for that purpose, &c. to appoint and they or the majority of them present at such court are hereby an inspector of authorized and required, to nominate and appoint some fit and pro

corn returns for

not to execute

9 G. 4. c. 60. per person to be inspector of corn returns for the city of London ;

and it shall be lawful for the said lord mayor and aldermen from the city of

time to time, as occasion may require, upon any misbehaviour or London.

neglect of duty of any such inspector, to remove him from such his office by any order to be by them made at a court to be specially convened and holden for that purpose ; and upon the death, resignation, permanent incapacity, or removal of any such inspector of corn returns for the city of London, it shall and may be lawful for the said lord mayor and aldermen, at a court to be holden for that purpose, and they or a majority of them present at any such court are hereby authorized and required, to nominate and appoint some

fit and proper person to succeed to the said office.” Said inspector § 14. “ The said inspector of corn returns for the city of London

shall at all times execute the duties of such his office in person, his office by

and not by deputy; but in case of the sickness or other temdeputy, except in certain cases. porary incapacity of the said inspector, it shall be lawful for the

said lord mayor and aldermen of the city of London to appoint some fit and proper person to act as the deputy of the said inspector, during the continuance of any such sickness or incapacity as aforesaid of that officer, and no longer; and all and every the powers hereby vested in the said inspector of corn returns for the city of London, and all and every the acts, matters, and things hereby directed to be done and performed by him, shall and may be vested in, and be done and performed by, any such deputy as afore

said, during the continuance of such his appointment." No person deal. $ 15. “No person shall be eligible or shall be appointed to the ing in corn,

office of inspector or deputy inspector of corn returns for the city flour, or malt, to be appointed

of London, who, within six months next preceding the time of any inspector of such appointment, shall have been engaged in trade or business as corn returns in a miller, maltster, or corn factor, or who during that period shall, London.

as a merchant, clerk, agent, or otherwise, have bought corn for sale, or for the sale of meal, flour, malt, or bread made or to be made thereof; and if any inspector or deputy inspector of corn returns for the city of London shall, during his continuance in such his office, engage in trade or business as a miller, maltster, or corn factor, or shall, as a merchant, clerk, agent, or otherwise, buy corn for sale, or for the sale of meal, four, malt, or bread made or to be made thereof, he shall in manner aforesaid be removed from such his office, and from and after the time of such removal shall become

incapable of acting as inspector of corn returns under this act." Inspector of

$ 16. “ Every inspector or deputy inspector of corn returns for corn returns for the city of London shall, within one week after such his nomination city of London to take an oath

and appointment, take and subscribe, before the lord mayor or one on his appoint- of the aldermen of the city of London, an oath, which oath the lord

mayor or alderman is hereby authorized and required to administer, in the following words; (that is to say,)

ment.

Oath.

1 A. B. do swear, that I will at all times, as inspector of corn

returns for the city of London, [or, as deputy inspector of corn returns for the city of London, as the case may be,) make due and true returns to the comptroller of corn returns appointed by virtue of an act passed in the ninth year of the reign of king George the fourth, intituled [here set forth the title of this act], and that I will in all things, to the best of my skill and judgment, conform myself to the directions of the said act.

So help me God."

$17. “ Every nomination and appointment, so to be made as 9 G. 4. C. 60. aforesaid, of any inspector of corn returns for the city of London, shall be enrolled at the next sessions of the peace to be holden in Appointment and for the said city, together with a certificate of the oath afore- of inspector for

city of London said having been taken, such certificate being signed by the lord

to be enrolled. mayor or aldermen before whom such oath shall have been so taken; and the said enrolment, or a copy thereof, certified under the hand of the clerk of the peace for the said city to be a true copy, shall, for all intents and purposes, be and be deemed and taken to be good and conclusive evidence of any such appointment as aforesaid have ing been duly made."

§ 18. “ Every person who shall carry on trade or business in the Dealers in corn city of London, or within five miles from the Royal Exchange in the in London to said city, as a corn factor, or as an agent employed in the sale of deliver in a British corn, and every person who shall sell any British corn within declaration to

the lord mayor, the present corn exchange in Mark Lane in the said city, or within &c. any other building or place which now is or may hereafter be used within the city of London, or within five miles from the Royal Exchange in the said city, for such and the like purposes for which the said corn exchange in Mark Lane hath been and is used, shall, before he or they shall carry on trade or business, or sell any corn in manner aforesaid, make and deliver to the lord mayor, or one of the aldermen of the city of London, a declaration in the following words; (that is to say,) I A.B. do declare, that the returns to be by me made, conformably Form of de

to an act passed in the ninth year of the reign of king George claration. the fourth, intituled [here set forth the title of this act], of the quantities and prices of British corn which henceforth shall be by or for me sold or delivered, shall, to the best of my knowledge and belief, contain the whole quantity, and no more, of the corn bona fide sold and delivered by or for me within the periods to which such returns respect. ively shall refer, with the prices of such corn, and the names of the buyers respectively, and of the persons for whom such corn shall have been sold by me respectively; and to the best of my judgment the said return shall in all respects be conformable to the provisions of the said act. Which declaration shall be in writing, and shall be subscribed with Lord mayor, the hand of the person so making the same ; and the lord mayor or &c. to deliver a such alderman as aforesaid of the city of London for the time being,

thereof to the shall and he is hereby required to deliver a certificate thereof, un

inspector. der his hand, to the inspector of corn returns for the city of London, to be by him registered in a book to be by him provided and kept for that purpose."

$ 19. “ Every such corn factor and other person as aforesaid, Dealers in corn who is herein-before required to make and who shall have made to make returns such declaration as aforesaid, shall and he or she is hereby re

to corn inspecquired to return or cause to be returned, on Wednesday in each and every week, to the inspector of corn returns for the city of London, an account in writing, signed with his or her own name, or the name of his or her agent duly authorized in that behalf, of the quantities of each respective sort of British corn by bim or her sold during the week ending on and including the next preceding Tuesday, with the prices thereof, and the amount of every parcel, with the total quantity and value of each sort of corn, and by what measure

certificate

tor.

9 G. 4. c. 60. or weight the same was sold, and the names of the buyers thereof,

and of the persons for and on behalf of whom such corn was sold; and it shall and may be lawful for any such inspector of corn returns to deliver to any person making or tendering any such returns a notice in writing, requiring him or her to declare and set forth therein where and by whom and in what manner any such British corn was delivered to the purchaser purchasers thereof; and every person to whom any such notice shall be so delivered shall and he or she is hereby required to comply therewith, and to declare and set forth in such his or her return the several particulars

aforesaid." Justices of the

§ 20. “ The justices of the peace for the several and respective peace to appoint counties, ridings or divisions thereof

, in which the several cities corn inspectors and towns herein-before enumerated are situate, other than and in the other places herein- except the city of London, shall and they are hereby authorized before men- and required, at some quarter sessions held within or nearest to tioned, each of the said several cities and towns, to nominate and appoint

some fit and proper person, residing within or near each and every of the said cities and towns respectively, to be the inspector of corn returns for such city or town, and from time to time, as occasion may require, upon the death, resignation, or removal of any such inspector of corn returns, to appoint a fit and proper person to succeed to such his office ; and it shall be lawful for the said justices of the peace, by any order or orders to be by them made for that purpose at any such quarter sessions, or at any adjournment thereof, upon any misbehaviour or neglect of duty of any such inspector of corn returns as aforesaid, or for any other good and sufficient cause to them appearing, to remove from such his office any such officer; and in case of the sickness, absence, or temporary incapacity of any such inspector of corn returns, it shall be lawful for any two or more of the said justices, at any petty sessions of the peace to be holden at such city or town, or within the county, riding or division thereof, in which the same is situate, to nominate and appoint a fit and proper person to act as and be inspector of corn returns for such city or town, until the next general quarter sessions of the peace to be holden as afore

said, and no longer." In towns,

Ş 21.

“ Provided always, that within each and every of the being counties

cities and towns aforesaid, (other than the cities of London and of themselves, Oxford, and town of Cambridge,) being a county of itself, or tice to exercise having an exempt jurisdiction, and not contributing to the rates powers granted of the county, riding, or division in which the same is situate, by this act. the mayor or other chief officer, and the justices of the peace

assembled at the general quarter sessions of any such city or town, or at any adjournment thereof, shall have, enjoy, and exercise all and every the powers herein-before vested as aforesaid in the justices of the peace for the several and respective counties, and ridings or divisions thereof as aforesaid, assembled at their general quarter sessions ; and such mayor or other chief officer shall

, within such last-mentioned cities and towns, have, enjoy, and exercise the powers herein-before vested as aforesaid in the justices of the peace for the said several and respective counties,

ridings or divisions thereof, assembled at any petty sessions; and In Oxford and that within the city of Oxford and the town of Cambridge, all and Cambridge

every the powers and authorities aforesaid shall be and the same

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