[Act for Street Porters.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Tackle Porters.]416

[Act for Street Porters.] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Tackle Porters.]

one whom the Lord Maior of the said City for the time being shall appoint, of the most ancient Porters of the said Tackle-houses to keep such Register-Book.

Provided that the said Tackle-house Porters take not above Three pence for such Entry or Registring of the Admittance of such person or persons whatsoever, upon pain of Disfranchisement and loss of his Office.

And be it further Enacted and Decreed by Authority aforesaid, That every Porter-packer of the Goods of English Merchants, and Stréet Porter, upon his remove from any his Dwelling-place or House, shall upon his remove give notice thereof within seven Days after his remove, to the ancient Master Porter, of his new place of Residence, to the end the same may be known and registred accordingly, upon pain of Disfranchisement.

And be it also Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the Stréet Porters, and every of them, so as aforesaid, by a former Act accordingly in the Maioralty of Sir Richard Pyke, Kt. to be admitted and allowed at all times hereafter to take up, unship, lade, carry and house, so often and when as Occasion shall require, all Goods and Merchandizes of Quality hereafter specified, viz. Pitch, Tar, Soap ashes, Clapboards, Wainscot, Fir-poles, Masts, Deals, Oars, Chests, Tables, Flax and Hemp coming from Danske or Melvyn, or out of any part of the East Countries, and all manner of Iron, Ropes, Cables, all kind of Cordage, and Gréen Woad, and not to deal with weighing of Woad, either at Landing, or from any House, Place or Warehouse of any English Merchant, or any other person or persons English born, Frée or not Frée, nor in any wise to intermeddle in the Labour of shipping, unshipping, lading, unlading, taking up, carriage, or housing of any other Goods or Merchandizes whatsoever belonging to any English Merchant or Merchants, Frée of the said City or not Frée, to be shipped or unshipped by Cocket or Certificate, unless the Overplus of Work, or Necessity of preserving of the Goods of Merchants, do require further and more present Service than the Tackle-house Porters and their Company can conveniently perform.

And it is likewise Ordained, Enacted and Established by Authority aforesaid, That the Porters, commonly called the Porters to the Packer of the Goods of Merchant Strangers in the said City, or any of them, shall not at any time or times hereafter in any wise intermeddle or deal with the shipping, unshipping, lading, unlading, packing, taking up, carriage, or housing of any manner of Goods, Wares or Merchandizes of any Merchant or Merchants, or of any other person or persons whatsoever English born, that is or shall be Frée of the said City or not Frée; but shall content themselves with the Labour of packing, shipping, unshipping, lading, unlading, taking up, portage, and housing of the Goods, Wares and Merchandizes of Merchant Strangers only.

And that the Packer for the said City, that is or that hereafter shall be, shall henceforth allow or admit no Porter to work under him for or in the packing and shipping of Strangers Goods, but such as be or shall be Free of the said City.

And that the Packer for the said City for the time being, shall not directly or indirectly take any Sum or Sums of Money, or other Reward or Consideration, for the Allowance or Admittace of any Porter to serve under him in the Business and Labour aforesaid.

And it is likewise Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Authority aforesaid, That no person or persons using the Feat of a Porter, or being a Foreigner, Innholder, Wharfinger or Key-kéeper, where any Merchants Goods are to be landed or laid, or such like, shall at any time after the making and publishing of this Act, have, kéep or use within the said City or Liberties thereof, any manner Triangle with Beams, Scales and Weights, or any other Ballance of any sort, to weigh any the Goods, Wares or Merchandizes of any Merchant or Merchants, person or persons, whatsoever within the said City or Liberties thereof, whereby the profits coming and growing to the Hospitals of the said City, by weighing at the Iron Beam, or at the great Beam at the Weigh-house, or the profits of the Master-weigher and Porters of the same Weigh-house may in any wise be impeached, hindred or diminished.

And it is further Enacted, Ordained, Established and Decréed by the Authority aforesaid, That no person or persons whatsover, shall at any time or times henceforth intermeddle or deal in any wise within the said City or Liberties thereof, as a Tackle-house Porter, Porter-packer of the Goods of English Merchants, Stréet Porter, or Porter to the Packer for the said City for Strangers Goods, unless such Porter or Porters be or shall be Frée of the said City, and be or shall be admitted and allowed to use the Feat of a Porter in manner and form above specified, upon pain that every one that shall offend, or do in any respect contrary to any Article, Clause or Sentence therein contained, shall forfeit Five Pounds of lawful English Money for every Offence, the same to be sued for in the Name of the Chamberlain of the said City for the time being, by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information, in his Majesty's Court holden before the Lord Maior and Aldermen in the Chamber in the Guild-hall in London; the one half of which Forfeiture shall be to the Chamberlain of the said City, to the Use of the Maior and Commonalty and Citizens of the same; and the other half shall be to the Use of him or them that shall or will prosecute Suit for the same, in which Suit no Essoin, Protection or Wager of Law shall be admitted for the Defendant.

Provided always, that every Foreign Porter not frée of this City, using the Feat of a Porter-packer of the Goods of English Merchants, or the Feat of a Stréet Porter, at the Time of the making of this Act, and which at this present is commorant in the same City or Suburbs thereof, charged with Family, or being a single Man, bringing a good Certificate in Writing, under the Hands of the Churchwardens of the parish where he is resident, or other substantial Neighbours, to the number of Four, of his good Conversation and Demeanour, certifying also his Name and Dwelling-place; and thereupon by the the good Discretion of the Alderman, or the Deputy of the Ward where he shall be found most working, if he dwell not within the Fréedom and Liberties of the said City, four of the Common Council of the said Ward, and four of the Master Porters of the said Tackle-houses being called thereunto,as aforesaid, shall be allowed or admitted to be a Porter, such foreign Porter shall use and exercise the Feat of a Porter in this City and Liberties thereof, in the same sort he shall be found to do and use at the time of the making of this Law, so long as he shall well and honestly use and demean himself in such Labour and Business as he shall take in hand in this City and Liberties thereof, this Act, or any thing therein contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

Provided also, that the said Porters, nor any of them., shall take for their Work or Labour doing, of any of the Business aforesaid, above the old and ancient usual Rates heretofore accustomably taken, or that shall be limited or rated unto them to be taken by any Order of the Lord Maior and Court of Aldermen, or by any Act of Common Council; those Rates to be set up in a Table in the Guild-hall, or other convenient places of the said City, upon pain aforesaid, to be sued for and recovered in manner and form as before in this Act is specified and declared.

Provided likewise, that the Weigh-master at the great Beam shall weigh all Foreigns and Strangers Goods coming to this City by Land or by Water,

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