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Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted 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 Powers given Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That to Commissioners for Re

from and after the passing of this Act, all such of the Powers and duction of the Authorities as are by the said recited Acts, or any or either of National Debt, them, given to the Commissioners for the Reduction of the Nafor granting tional Debt, for or in relation to the granting of any Life Annuities, Life Annuities, or the accepting the Transfers of any Stock for any Life An. repealed.

nuities, shall be and the same are hereby repealed. Not to affect II. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That from and Annuities

after the passing of this Act, so much of the said recited Acts as already granted, shall relate to the completing or carrying into execution any or any Penal. ties imposed in

Contract heretofore made in relation to any deferred Life Annuity, relation thereto. or in relation to the Accumulation of any Stock for a future

Annuity, or to the completing of any Contract upon any Certificates and Affidavits deposited with the said Commissioners before the Twenty-fourth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, or to the reclaiming and Payment of any unclaimed Annuity which may have been carried back to the Sinking Fund, or to the Payment of the Fourth Part of any expired Life Annuity, or to the demanding and receiving, paying, accounting for, and managing the Life Annuities which may have been granted, or may be granted, under the Provisions of the said recited Acts or this Act, or any or either of them, and all the Provisions, Powers, Authorities, Restrictions, and Regulations relating to the demanding and recovering of any such unclaimed Life Annuities, or of any Fourth Parts of any such expired Life Annuities, or of any Life Annuities granted under the Provisions of the said recited Acts or this Act, by any Person or Persons entitled thereto, or to the paying and accounting for, regulating, managing, and accounting for the same, by the said Commissioners, and all Penalties, Forfeitures, and Punishments imposed and enacted in relation thereto respectively, shall remain and continue in force; any Thing in the said recited Acts or this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.

18 C. 2. st. 2.
c.1.
25 C. 2. c. 2.

CA P. XVII.
An Act for repealing so much of several Acts as imposes the

Necessity of receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
as a Qualification for certain Offices and Employments.

[9th May 1828.) HEREAS an Act was passed in the Thirteenth Year of for the well governing and regulating of Corporations : And •Whereas another Act was passed in the Twenty-fifth Year of • the Reign of King Charles the Second, intituled An Act for

preventing Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants : · And Whereas another Act was passed in the Sixteenth Year of * the Reign of King George the Second, intituled An Act to indemnify Persons who have omitted to qualify themselves for - Offices and Employments within the Time limited by Law, and for allowing further Time for that Purpose ; and also for amend

16 G. 2. c. 30.

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ing so much of an Act made in the Twenty-fifth Year of the Reign

of King Charles the Second, intituled * An Act for preventing · Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants,' as relates to the Time for receiving the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper now limited by the said Act : And Whereas it is expedient that so ' much of the said several Acts of Parliament as imposes the

Necessity of taking the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper acco
ing to the Rites or Usage of the Church of England, for the
Purposes therein respectively mentioned, should be repealed ;
Be it therefore enacted 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 Authority of the same, That so much and such Parts So much of I of the said several Acts passed in the Thirteenth and Twenty- recited Acts fifth Years of the Reign of King Charles the Second, and of the as require the

Persons therein said Act passed in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of King described to George the Second, as require the Person or Persons in the said receive the SaActs respectively described to take or receive the Sacrament of crament, for the Lord's Supper according to the Rites or Usage of the Church certain Purof England, for the several Purposes therein expressed, or to poses, repealed. deliver a Certificate or make Proof of the Truth of such his or their receiving the said Sacrament in manner aforesaid, or as impose upon any such Person or Persons any Penalty, Forfeiture, Incapacity, or Disability whatsoever for or by reason of any Neglect or Ömission to take or receive the said Sacrament, within the respective Periods and in the Manner in the said Acts respectively provided in that Behalf, shall, from and immediately after the passing of this Act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

II. · And Whereas the Protestant Epispocal Church of England • and Ireland, and the Doctrine, Discipline, and Government

thereof, and the Protestant Presbyterian Church of Scotland, . and the Doctrine, Discipline, and Government thereof, are by the Laws of this Realm severally established, permanently • and inviolably: And Whereas it is just and fitting, that on the * Repeal of such Parts of the said Acts as impose the Necessity

of taking the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper according to the • Rites or Usage of the Church of England, as a Qualification ' for Office, a Declaration to the following Effect should be

substituted in lieu thereof;' Be it therefore enacted, That Declaration to every Person who shall hereafter be placed, elected, or chosen be made in lieu in or to the Office of Mayor, Alderman, Recorder, Bailiff, mental Test. Town Clerk or Common Councilman, or in or to any Office of Magistracy, or Place, Trust, or Employment relating to the Government of any City, Corporation, Borough, or Cinque Port within England and Wales or the Town of Berwick-uponTweed, shall, within One Calendar Month next before or upon his Admission into any of the aforesaid Offices or Trusts, make and subscribe the Declaration following: I A. B. do solemnly and sincerely, in the Presence of God, Form of

profess, testify, and declare, upon the true Faith of a Chris. Declaration. 'tian, That I will never exercise any Power, Authority, or Influence which I may possess by virtue of the Office of

to injure or weaken the Protestant Church as

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- it is by Law established in England, or to disturb the said

Church, or the Bishops and Clergy of the said Church, in the • Possession of any Rights or Privileges to which such Church,

* or the said Bishops and Clergy, are or may be by Law entitled.' Declaration to III. And be it enacted, That the said Declaration shall be made be subscribed

and subscribed as aforesaid, in the Presence of such Person or before Magis . Persons respectively, who, by the Charters or Usages

of the said respective Cities, Corporations, Boroughs, and Cinque Ports, ought to administer the Oath for due Execution of the said Offices or Places respectively, and in default of such, in the Presence of Two Justices of the Peace of the said Cities, Corporations, Boroughs, and Cinque Ports, if such there be, or otherwise in the Presence of Two Justices of the Peace of the respective Counties, Ridings, Divisions, or Franchises wherein the said Cities, Corporations, Boroughs, and Cinque Ports are; which said Declaration shall either be entered in a Book, Roll, or other Record, to be kept for that Purpose, or shall be filed amongst the Records of the City,

Corporation, Borough, or Cinque Port. In case of IŅ. And be it enacted, That if any Person placed, elected, or Neglect to

chosen into any of the aforesaid Offices or Places, shall omit or make the Declaration,

neglect to make and subscribe the said Declaration in manner Election to be

above mentioned, such Placing, Election, or Choice shall be void; he could. 11. 276 the Execution of the Office or Place into which he shall be so

chosen, elected, or placed. Persons ad- V. And be it further enacted, That every Person who shall here. mitted into any after be admitted into any Office or Employment, or who shall Office which

accept from His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, any Patent, heretofore required the

Grant, or Commission, and who by his Admittance into such Office taking of the or Employment or Place of Trust, or by his Acceptance of such Sacrament, Patent, Grant, or Commission, or by the Receipt of any Pay, Sashall make the lary, Fee, or Wages by reason thereof, would, by the Laws in force Declaration

immediately before the passing of this Act, have been required to within Six Months, or the

take the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper according to the Rites Appointment

or Usage of the Church of England, shall, within Six Calendar be void. Months after his Admission to such Office, Employment, or Place

of Trust, or his Acceptance of such Patent, Grant, or Commission, make and subscribe the aforesaid Declaration, or in Default thereof his Appointment to such Office, Employment, or Place of Trust, and such Patent, Grant, or Commission, shall be wholly

void. Declaration to VI. And be it further enacted, That the aforesaid Declaration be made in the shall be made and subscribed in His Majesty's High Court of Court of chan- Chancery, or in the Court of King's Bench, or at the Quarter cery or King's Bench, or at

Sessions of the County or Place where the Person so required to the Quarter

make the same shall reside ; and the Court in which such DeclarSessions.

ation shall be so made and subscribed shall cause the same to be Proviso as to preserved among the Records of the said Court. Naval and VII. Provided always, That no Naval Officer below the Rank of Military Rear Admiral, and no Military Officer below the Rank of Major Officers under General in the Army or Colonel in the Militia, shall be required to certain Rank, and to Officers

make or subscribe the said Declaration, in respect of his Naval or of the Revenue. Military Commission ; and that no Commissioner of Customs, Excise, Stamps, or Taxes, or any Person holding any of the Offices

concerned

concerned in the Collection, Management, or Receipt of the Revenues which are subject to the said Commissioners, or any of the Officers concerned in the Collection, Management, or Receipt of

the Revenues subject to the Authority of the Postmaster General, ter shall be required to make or subscribe the said Declaration, in re

spect of their said Offices or Appointments : Provided also, that be nothing herein contained shall extend to require any Naval or Mi* litary Officer, or other Person as aforesaid, upon whom any Office,

Place, Commission, Appointment, or Promotion shall be conferred during his Absence from England, or within Three Months previous to his Departure from thence, to make and subscribe the said Declaration until after his Return to England, or within Six Months thereafter.

VIII. And be it further enacted, That all Persons now in the Persons now in actual Possession of any Office, Command, Place, Trust, Service, Possession of or Employment, or in the Receipt of any Pay, Salary, Fee, or any Office

which hereto. Wages, in respect of or as a Qualification for which, by virtue of

fore required or under any of the before-mentioned Acts or any other Act or the taking of Acts, they respectively ought to have heretofore taken or ought the Sacrament, hereafter to receive the said Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, shall confirmed in be and are hereby confirmed in the Possession and Enjoyment of such Posses. their said several Offices, Commands, Places, Trusts, Services, sion, and

indemnified Employments, Pay, Salaries, Fees, and Wages respectively, not- from Penalties. withstanding their Omission or Neglect to take or receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in manner aforesaid, and shall be and are hereby indemnified, freed, and discharged from all Incapacities, Disabilities, Forfeitures, and Penalties whatsoever, already incurred or which might hereafter be incurred in consequence of any such Omission or Neglect; and that no Election of or Act done or to be done by any such Person or under his Authority, and not yet avoided, shall be hereafter questioned or avoided by reason of any such Omission or Neglect, but that

every

such Election and Act shall be as good, valid, and effectual as if such Person had duly received the said Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in manner aforesaid.

IX. Provided nevertheless, That no Act done in the Execution Omissions of of any of the Corporate or other Offices, Places, Trusts, or Com. Persons to

make the Demissions aforesaid, by any such Person omitting or neglecting as

claration not to aforesaid, shall by reason thereof be void or voidable as to the

affect others not Rights of any other Person not privy to such Omission or Neglect, privy thereto. or render such last-mentioned Person liable to any Action or Indictment.

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CA P. XVIII.
An Act to repeal the Stamp Duties on Cards and Dice made

in the United Kingdom, and to grant other Duties in lieu
thereof; and to amend and consolidate the Acts relating to
such Cards and Dice, and the Exportation thereof.

[9th May 1828.] THEREAS it is expedient that the Duties of Stamps pay* Use in Great Britain, and made, manufactured, or vended in ' Ireland, and the several Regulations in force relating to the said

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56 G.3. c. 56.

• Duties, and to the Exportation of Cards and Dice, should be * repealed, and that other Duties should be granted, and other

Regulations made in lieu thereof;' Be it therefore enacted 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 Authority of the 'The Duties on same, That from and after the Commencement of this Act the Cards and Dice Duties on Cards and Dice granted and made payable in Great under 44 G.3.

Britain by an Act made in the Forty-fourth Year of the Reign of c. 98. in Great

His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act to repeat Britain, and

the several Duties under the Commissioners for managing the Duties in Ireland, re- upon stamped Vellum, Parchment, and Paper in Great Britain, and pealed. to grant new and additional Duties in lieu thereof; and also the

Duties on Cards and Dice granted and made payable in Ireland by an Act made in the Fifty-sixth Year of His said late Majesty's Reign, intituled An Act to repeal the several Stamp Duties in Ireland, and also several Acts for the Collection and Management of the said Duties, and to grant new Stamp Duties in lieu thereof, and to make more effectual Regulations for collecting and managing the said Duties; and all Licences which at any Time before the Commencement of this Act shall or may have been granted to any Makers of Cards or Dice, under the Authority of the said Acts, or

of any of the Acts hereinafter mentioned, shall cease and deterAll the Regu- mine, and shall be and the same are hereby repealed ; and that lations in the from and after the Commencement of this Act so much and such said recited Parts of the said recited Acts of the Forty-fourth and Fifty-sixth Acts relating to Years of His said late Majesty's Reign, as relates or relate to the Cards and Dice repealed, as also

Duties on playing Cards and Dice, and also so much and such Parts those in the of the several Acts hereinafter mentioned, or any of them, and all Acts herein such Clauses and Provisions contained in the said Acts, or any of specified; viz. them, as any way relates or relate to the said Duties, and to the

Collection and Regulation thereof, and to the Exportation of 9 Anne, c.23. Cards and Dice, shall also be repealed ; that is to say, in an Act S. 40–43.

made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, for the Purpose, among other Things, of charging certain new Duties on

stampt Vellum, Parchnient, and Paper, and on Cards and Dice; 10 Anne, c.19. and also in an Act made in the Tenth Year of the Reign of the s. 162, 163.

said Queen Anne, for the Purpose, among other Things, of charging certain Stocks of Cards and Dice, and for better securing Her Majesty's Duties to arise in the Office for the Stamp Duties; and

also in an Act made in the Sixth Year of the Reign of King George 6 G.1. c.21. the First, intituled An Act for preventing Frauds and Abuses in the s.55. 57. 59, Publick Revenues of Excise, Customs, Stamp Duties, Post Office, and

House Money; and also in an Act made in the Twenty-ninth Year 29 G.2. c.13. of the Reign of King George the Second, intituled An Act for

granting to His Majesty an additional Duly on Cards and Dice;

and also in an Act made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His late 5 G.3. c.46. Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act for altering the s. 9–17.41. Stamp Duties on Admissions into Corporations or Companies, and

for further securing and improving the Stamp Duties in Great Britain; 16 G.3. c.34. and also in an Act made in the Sixteenth Year of His said late

Majesty's Reign, among other Purposes, for granting to His Ma

jesty several Ďuties on Cards, Dice, and Newspapers ; and also in 41 G. 3. c. 86. an Act made in the Forty-first Year of His said late Majesty's

166-170.

60.

s. 17.

8. 4.

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