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office; and that each of the said places so appointed shall be open, and attended by the person or persons appointed to act there, during all such times as the poll at any such election shall be kept open, and continue at least eight hours in every day, between the hours of eight in the morning and eight in the evening, until the final close of the poll; and that the said oaths, and the said declarations or affirmations of the effect of the said oath of abjuration, shall respectively be administered to as many of the electors, being ready, and desiring to take or make the same respectively, as can conveniently take or make the same together, not exceeding the number of twelve at one time; and such returning officers shall also find, provide, and deliver to each person, who shall be appointed by him or them in manner aforesaid, a sufficient number of printed forms of the declaration of fidelity required by law to be made and subscribed by Quakers, before they can be admitted to vote at such election, with blanks therein for the names of the persons offering to make and subscribe the same to be inserted therein, one of which forms shall be filled up with the name of, and subscribed by, the persons desiring to make and subscribe the declaration of fidelity; and such returning officer or returning officers shall also find, provide, and deliver to each person who shall be so appointed by him or them as aforesaid, a sufficient number of printed certificates, agreeable to the form herein-before directed, to be filled up as occasion shall require, and deliver to each elector so taking the said oaths, or subscribing

or affirming as aforesaid. The returning

6. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, otticer, on no- That in case the candidates, or any of them, shall, three such places to days at the least before any such election, give or cause to be ready by be given notice in writing to the returning officer or officers the day of

to provide proper places for administering the said oaths, declarations, and affirmations as aforesaid, to the electors, then and in every such case such proper places shall be prepared and provided, so as to be ready before and against the day of election; and in case there shall not be a sufficient number of fit and convenient places for that purpose, at the town or place where such election shall be had, which the returning officer or officers can conveniently and at a reasonable expence procure, then the said returning officer or officers shall, and is and are hereby required to cause such booths or temporary erections to be made, in

convenient places in that behalf, as shall be necessary for Expences to the purpose, the expence of which booths or places, and of be detrayed the said printed forms, and also the allowance and compenby the candi

sation to be made to the several persons who shall be appointed to administer the said oaths, declarations, and affir. mations as aforesaid, for their trouble and attendance, not exceeding one pound one shilling a day to every of them for each day of attendance, shall be defrayed and repaid by the candidates at such election, in equal proportions to the returning officer or returning officers who shall have incur

election.

dates,

red such expence, and shall and may be recovered by such returning officer or returning officers, in any of his majesty's courts of record at Westminster, by action of debt, or on the case, bill, suit, or information, wherein no essoign, protection, or wager of law, or more than one imparlance, shall be allowed.

ANNO 34° GEORGII III. CAP. 83.
An Act to explain so much of an Act, made in the Twenty-

eighth Year of his present Majesty's Reign, intituled Ån
Act for the further Regulation of the Trials of contro-
rerted Elections, or Returns of Members to serve in Par-
liament, as relates to the time of presenting certain renewed
Petitions, and taking the same into Consideration.

A. D. 1794. WHEREAS, by an act passed in the twenty-eighth year of 28 Geo. 3. c. his present majesty's reign, intituled, An act for the fur- 52. ther regulation of the trials of controverted elections, or returns of members to serve in parliament, it is enacted, That whenever any such select committee of the house of commons, as is therein mentioned, shall have reported to the house their judgment respecting the right of election of members to serve in parliament for any county, city, borough or place, or of choosing, nominating, or appointing, the returning officer or returning officers, who is or are to make return of such election, it shall be lawful for any person or persons, at any time within twelve calendar months, after the day on which such report shall have been made to the house, or within fourteen days after the day of the commencement of the next session of parliament after that in which such report shall have been made to the house, to petition the house to be admittted as parties to oppose the right which has been deemed valid in the judgment of such cornmittee; and that when such petition shall be so presented, a day shall be appointed by the house for taking the same into consideration, so that the space of forty days at the least shall always intervene between the day of presenting such petition, and the day appointed by the house for taking the same into consideration : and whereas, the said provision which directs that the said space of forty days shall intervene, between the day of presenting such petition, and the day appointed by the house for taking the same into consideration, hath been construed to extend to petitions which are renewed in any such session or sessions of parliament, subsequent to that in which such petition was originally presented to the house, which proceeding hath been found to be inconvenient; for remedy thereof, be it enacted, &c. That every petition so renewed Time of preas aforesaid, shall be presented to the house within four. senting and teen days after the day of the commencement of any such newed peti. subsequent session or sessions of parliament, and not other.

sons praying wise ; and that whenever any such renewed petition shall to be admitted

as parties, to be so presented, a day and hour at not less than fourteen

oppose the

tions of per

tees.

right of elec days distance, shall be appointed by the house for taking tion reported by commit- the same into consideration ; any thing in the said act to

the contrary thereof notwithstanding. If such peti- 2. And be it further enacted, That if any such petition renewed, the shall not from time to time, and in every session of parlia. judgment of ment, until the same shall be taken into consideration, be committees to

so renewed within the time above limited for renewing the same, the judgment of such committee on such question or questions shall be held and taken to be final and conclusive in all subsequent elections of members of parliament for that place to which the same shali relate, and to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

be final.

cap. 16.

ANNO 360 GEORGII III. CAP. 59.
An Act for the more effectual Execution of several Acts of

Parliament, made for the Trials of controverted Elections,
or Returns of Members to serve in Parliament.

A. D. 1796. 10 Geo. 3.3 WHEREAS by an act, passed in the tenth year of the reign

of his present majesty, intituled, An act to regulate the trials of controverted elections, or returns of members to serve in parliament, it is enacted, That at the time appointed for taking any petition, complaining of an undue election or return of a member or members to serve in parliament into consideration, and previous to the reading the order of the day for that purpose, the house shall be counted, and that if there be less than one hundred members present, the order for taking such petition into consideration shall be immediately adjourned to a particular bour on the following day, as therein mentioned, and the house shall then adjourn to the said day; and that on the said following day the house shall proceed in the same manner; and so from day to day till there be an attendance of one hundred members at the reading the order of the day to take such petition into consideration; and whereas by an act, passed in the eleventh year of the reign of his present majesty, for explaining and amending the said act, it is enacted, That if at the time of drawing by lot the names of the members, in manner prescribed by the said former act, the number of forty-nine members, not set aside nor excused, cannot be completed, the house shall proceed in the manner they are directed by the said former act to proceed, in case there be less than one hundred members present at the time therein prescribed for counting the house; and so from day to day,

as often as the case shall happen : and whereas by an'act, 25 Geo. 3. passed in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of his present cap. 84. and

majesty, intituled, An act to limit the duration of polls and scrutinies, and for making other regulations touching the election of members to serve in parliament for places within England and Wales, and for Berwick upon Tweed, and also

for removing difficulties which may arise for want of returns 6 Geo. 3. being made of members to serve in parliament; and by one

52. re: other act, made in the twenty-eighth year of the reign of his

11. Geo. 3, anp. 42.

sitod.

present majesty, intituled, An act for the further regulation of the trials of controverted elections, or returns of members to serve in parliament, it is enacted, That petitions complaining of the omission, or of the insufficiency of a return to any writ issued for the election of any member or members to serve in parliament, and also the petitions of any person or persons desiring to oppose any right of election, or the right of choosing, nominating, or appointing, any returning oflicer or returning officers, which shall have been deemed valid by the determination of any select committee, shall be taken into consideration, tried, and determined, in the same manner as petitions complaining of undue elections and returns are directed to be taken into consideration, tried, and determined, by the said acts passed in the tenth and eleventh years of the reign of his present majesty; and whereas it is expedient that further provision should be made for preventing delay in the appointment of any such select committee, to be appointed for the purposes aforesaid, any or either of them. Be it enacted, &c. That if after counting the counting of the house in the manner before mentioned, there house accordi be less than one hundred members present, or if the forty- recited act, nine members, not aside nor excused, cannot be com. there be not pleted, it shall and may be lawful for the house, (after the present, or if order or orders for taking any such petition or petitions into 49, pot set consideration, shall have been adjourned to a particular cused, cannot hour, on the following or such other day as in the said acts be completed, is directed), to proceed (in like manner as they might have proceed upon proceeded if there had been no order or orders for taking any order of any such petition or petitions into consideration on that day) call of the upon any order of the day for the call of the house, which house, &c. shall have been previously fixed for that day and to direct that the house, in pursuance of such order, be then called over, if they shall so think fit, or to direct that such order of the day for a call of the house shall be adjourned to such future day as they shall appoint, and in either of such cases to come to such resolutions, and to make such orders relating thereto, as are usually at any time made in such cases, or as to them shall seem meet; and in case no order of the day for a call of the house shall have been previously fixed for that day, then that it shall and may be lawful for the house to order that the house shall be called over on such future day as they shall appoint, and to make such orders relating thereto as they shall think necessary, and in any case to make such other orders as to them shall seem expedient for enforcing the attendance of the members on the business of the house; and that the house shall then adjourn to the same day to which such order or orders shall have been adjourned, and so from time to time, as occasion shall require; and in case no such proceedings with respect to any call of the house, or other the matters before mentioned shall take place, or if in the course of those proceed-, ings the house shall be adjourned for want of members, the house shall be deemed and taken, and shall be declared to be adjourned to the same day to which such order or orders shall have been adjourned: provided always, that in case

but if such

the forty-nine members, not set aside nor exeused, cannot 49 members cannot be be completed, it shall not be lawful for the house to proceed completed, the

upon any of the matters before mentioned, until the door of house not to proceed until the house is unlocked, and the parties, their counsel and unlocked, and agents, are withdrawn from the bar. the parties, &c. 2. Provided always, and be it enacted, That the house withdrawn.

shall not, on any day when any such petition or petitions When peti- shall be ordered to be taken into consideration, proceed to tions are to be taken into

any other business (other than such as may, by virtue of any consideration, act of parliament, be proceeded on previous to the reading the house not of the order of the day for taking any such petition or pe. other business titions into consideration) until there be an attendance of until there be due attend

one hundred members, or until the number of forty-nine ance except members, not set aside nor excused, shall be completed, the house, Sc. other than and except to the calling over of the house, ad

journing such call, or ordering a call of the house on a future day, and making such orders relative thereto as they shall think fit, or such other orders as to them shall seem expedient for enforcing the attendance of the members on the business of the house, in the manner before mentioned.

ANNO 390 GEOP.GII III. CAP. 6.
An Act to enlarge the Time limited for the Redemption of the

Land Tax; and to explain and amend an Act, made in the
last Session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for making
perpetual, subject to Redemption and Purchase in the Man-
ner therein stated, the severul Sums of Money now charged
in Great Britain as a Land Tax, for One Year, from the
Twenty-fifth Day of 'March One thousand seven hundred
and ninety-eight.

A. D. 1798. Office of com

49. And be it further enacted, That the acceptance of the missioner to office of a commissioner for the redemption or sale of land. execute the said act, not tax under the said act, by reason of any allowance for'exeto be deemed cuting the same, shall not be deemed, taken, or construed a place of protit under his

to be a place or employment of profit under his majesty, not. majesty. withstanding the appointment shall be by warrant under the

royal sign manual, but that the same shall be deemed, taken, and construed to be a place or employment under the authority of the said act, to all intents and purposes, and shall not impeach any claim or title which such commissioners may have to any other allowance whatever under his majesty.

ANNO 390 GEORGII III. Cap. 94.
An Act to ascertain the Salary of the Master and Worker of
His Majesty's Mint.

A. D. 1799. 22 G. 3. c. 45. 5. And whereas the covenants contained in the indenture not to extend to the master usually made between his majesty and the master and of the mint.

worker of his majesty's mint, are not in the nature of a contract coming within the meaning and intention of an act, passed in the twenty-second year of the reign of his present

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