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Admirals in Newfoundland to see the Rules, &c. in this Act executed, keep a Journal, &c. and deliver a Copy thereof to the Privy Council.

Admirals to determine Differences between Masters of Fishing Ships and Inhabitants.

Party aggrieved may appeal.

Inhabitants to observe the Lords Day, and not sell any Liquors thereon.

8 & 9 W. 3.
c. 24.

9 & 10 W. 3.
c. 23.

5 Geo. 2. c. 28.
Whale Fins, Oil, and Blubber, imported by Greenland Merchants, not liable to the Duty of 12d. per lb. charged in the Tunnage Acts, nor for Whale Fins, &c., taken in Newfoundland.


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    XIV. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the Admirals of and in every Port and Harbour in Newfoundland for the Time being, be and are hereby authorized and required (in order to preserve Peace and good Government amongst the Seamen and Fishermen, as well in their respective Harbours, as on the Shore) to see the Rules and Orders in this present Act contained, concerning the Regulation of the Fishery there duly put in Execution; and that each of the said Admirals do yearly keep a Journal of the Number of all Ships, Boats, Stages, and Train-fats, and of all the Seamen belonging to and employed in each of their respective Harbours, and shall also (at their return to England) deliver a true Copy thereof, under their Hands, to his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council.

    XV. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That in Case any Difference or Controversy shall arise in Newfoundland, or the Islands thereunto adjoining, between the Masters of fishing Ships and the Inhabitants there, or any By-boat Keeper, for or concerning the Right and Property of fishing Rooms, Stages, Flakes, or any other Building or Conveniency for Fishing or curing of Fish, in the several Harbours or Coves, the said Differences, Disputes and Controversies, shall be judged and determined by the fishing Admirals, in the several Harbours and Coves: and in Case any of the said Masters of fishing Ships, By-boat Keepers or Inhabitants, shall think themselves aggrieved by such Judgment or Determination, and shall appeal to the Commanders of any of his Majesty's Ships of War, appointed as Convoys for Newfoundland, the said Commander is hereby authorized and impowered to determine the same, pursuant to the Regulation in this Act.

    XVI. And to the End that the Inhabitants, Fishermen, Seamen, and all and every other Person and Persons residing or being at Newfoundland, or any of the said Islands, or other Places, may with all Devotion join in their solemn Prayers and Addresses to Almighty God, for the obtaining of his Blessing upon their Persons and Endeavours; Be it hereby enacted, That all and every the Inhabitants of Newfoundland, or the said Islands or Places adjacent nearthereto, shall strictly and decently observe every Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday; and that none of the said Inhabitants (who keep any Tavern, Alehouse, or other publick House for Entertainment) shall entertain or sell, vend, utter or dispose of to any Fisherman, Seaman, or other Person whatsoever upon any Lord's Day or Sunday, any Wine, Beer, Ale, Cyder, strong Waters or Tobacco, or any other Liquor or Liquors whatsoever.

    "XVII. And whereas by an Act of Parliament made in the eighth and ninth Years of his Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act for granting to his Majesty a further Subsidy of Tunnage and Poundage upon Merchandize imported, for the Term of two Years and three Quarters, and an additional Land Tax for one Year, for carrying on the War against France; and by another Act made in the ninth and tenth Years of his Majesty's Reign, intituled, An Act for granting to his Majesty a further Subsidy of Tunnage and Poundage,

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towards the raising a yearly Sum of seven hundred thousand Pounds, for the Service of his Majesty's Household, and other Uses therein mentioned, during His Majesty's Life, an additional Duty of twelve Pence on every twenty Shillings Value of all Goods and Merchandizes imported (all Manner of Fish English taken excepted) is granted to his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors: And whereas some doubt has arisen, whether Oil, Blubber, and Fins, taken and imported by the Company of Merchants of London trading to Greenland, are not liable to the said Duty;" Be it therefore enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all Whale Fins, Oil, and Blubber, taken and imported by the Ships of the Company of Merchants of London trading to Greenland, were not nor are intended to be charged or made liable to the Duty of twelve Pence for every twenty Shillings Value of Goods imported, charged in the aforesaid Acts, but that the Whale Fins, Oil, and Blubber, taken and imported as aforesaid, and also all Whale Fins, Oil, and Blubber of English Fishing, taken in the Seas of Newfoundland, or any of the Seas belonging to any of his Majesty's Plantations or Colonies, and imported into this Kingdom by any of his Majesty's Subjects in English Shipping, were, and are hereby declared to be free of the said Duties, as all Fish of English taking; the aforesaid Acts, or any Thing therein contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

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