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RELATIVE TO THB
DUTY AND OFFICE
Justice of the Peace.
COMPRISING ALSO THE AUTHORITY OF
BY THOMAS WALTER WILLIAMS, ESQ.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED, INCLUDING THE STATUTES AND
ADJUDGED CASES TO THE PRESENT TIME,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
HOOD, AND SHARPE ; CUTHELL AND MARTIN ; J. STOCKDALE ;
RELATIVE TO THE
DUTY AND OFFICE
A Justice of the Peace.
1. Of the ercise in general.
IV. Exportation of exciseable.commodlities: :
1. Of the crcise in general. ONE head office shall be in London, or within 10 miles there. Click ofice bí, unto which all other offices shall be subordinate, which o Micę estabisted. shall be managed, by officers appointed by the king. 12 Car. 4. . 6. 43. s. 32. 12 Car. 2. c. 24. s. 46. 5 Vill. & Mur. c. 20,
And the cities of London and Westminster, with the borough of Southwark, and the parishes within the weekly bills of mor. tality, and also the parish of St. Mary-le-bone, shall be under the immediate care of the head office; and so many subordinate commissioners and subcommissioners, and other officers, shall be appointed by his majesty in other places, as his majesty shall
think fit. 12 Car. 2. c. 23. S. 34. 12 Cur. 2. c. 24. s. 48, Country offices. And the commissioners shall depute under their hands and
seals, such persons as they shall think needful in cach market, town, to be there every market-day, in some public place, for the receiving the entries and duties of excise ; which persons (and the place where they intend to keep such office, beivg on the next market-day after such deputation published in open market) shall attend such office on every market-day. And in case such office shall not be so kept, the commissioners or other persons neglecting, shall for every market day forfeit 101.; the one half to the king, and the other half, to him that will sue for the same, in any court of record : and such person as shall come to such market-town to make entry or payment of the dutics, and shall tender the same, and be able to prove such tender by the oath of one witness, shall not be liable to any ponalty for such weekly or monthly entries or payments. 15 Car. 2. c. 11.
And the excise office, in all places where it shall be appointed, shall be kept open from eight in the morning till two in the after.
23 Geo. 2. c. 26. s. 12. And the commissioners and their sub-commissioners shall have power to constitute, under their hands and seals, such gagers as they shall find needful *. 12 Car. 2. c. 23. s. 19. 12 Car. 2. C. 24. s. 33.
* It may not be improper to subjoin in this place, some account of
the officers employed in the excise ; and of the method of charging and collecting the duties, taken from the Appendix to Gilbert's History of the Exchequer.
He who would be an excise officer must produce a certificate that he is above twenty-one, and under thirty years of age ;-that he under. stands the first four rules of arithmetic;—that he is of the communion of the church of England ;-how he has been employel, and what business he followed ; that he is not incumbered with debls; whether single or married ; how many children he has, for if he has above two, he cannot by the rules of the office be admitted.
He must also nominate two persons to be bis suretics, ard it must be certified, that they are of sufficient ability, and that the said certi." ficate is of his own hand writing : such certificate written by hiin, must be signed by the supervisor of excise, where the party applying lives.
At the bottom of this certificate, must be his affidavit, that neither he, nor any else, to his koowledge, have, directly or indirectly, gives