[Act for the] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [London Porters.]418

[Act for the] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [London Porters.]

termeddle, unless there be such Overplus, or the necessity of preserving the Goods require; and also in regard the said Tackle-house Porters give Security to their several Companies under whom they are, to make restitution, if in case any parcel of the Merchant's Goods, by reason of themselves or Servants, shall be spoiled or wanting; and for that also the said Tackle-house Porters are at the sole Charge of providing Engines and Tackle for the discharge of the said Work.

Be it therefore, by the Authority aforesaid, Enacted and Established, That the said Tackle-house Porters shall enjoy their said Work as heretofore they have done, and shall by themselves (if they are able) discharge the Work belonging to the several Commodities in the aforesaid Act of Common Council mentioned; and if any Overplus of Work happen to be, and that the said Ticket Porters be employed for discharge thereof, that then whereas heretofore they had for such their Work 18d the Day on Summer, and 16d. in Winter, now for the time to come it is hereby Enacted, Granted and Agreed, That they shall have 2s. the Day in Summer, and 20d. the Day in Winter; the said Winter Work to be taken and accompted from the beginning of November to the end of February; and the said Summer Work from the end of February to the end of October. But if any of the said Ticket Porters shall work by the Hour, then to be paid 4d. for every Hour, provded the Hours exceed not two Hours in any one Day; and if more, and not exceeding five, then to be paid for half a Day's Work, according to the Rates aforesaid, and the Season of the Year.

Furthermore, whereas by the said Act before mentioned it is provided, That for the discharging of such Overplus of Work, when it happeneth that the said Tackle-house Porters shall not employ or set on work any Foreigner or Foreigners whatsoever, but such as are Fréemen of this City, and Ticket Porters, yet the said Tackle-house Porters have and do (as is alledged) for the most part at such times employ Foreigners, and not Fréemen, contrary to the said Act;

For remedy whereof, and for the better preventing of Foreigners who come to this City, and here depend upon such Labour for the Livelihood of themselves, their Wives and Children, to the prejudice of the Fréemen, and cumber of the Stréets of this City, Be it therefore Enacted, Ordained, and Established by the Authority aforesaid, That if in case any of the said Tackle-house Porters shall henceforth set on work any Foreigner or Foreigners whatsoever, that is not admitted a Ticket Porter (saving their and either of their respective Servants allowed him, or either of them; which said Servant so allowed to either of them shall be taken out of the said Servants which the said Tackle-house Porters now employ, and their Names shall be Registred as is hereafter expressed) when there are Fréemen and Porters sufficient to be had to discharge such Overplus of Work, that then and in such case the said Tackle-house Porters so offending, for every such Offence shall pay the Sum of Five Shillings.

And whereas also, That at such time when such an Overplus of Work happens, the Ticket Porters who are Fréemen, or else if not Frée, have nevertheless béen heretofore authorized and admitted thereunto, and who are many times requested to help in the discharge of such Overplus of Work, do nevertheless refuse to do the same, by means whereof, (there being an urgent necessity for dispatch of their said Work) the said Tackle-house Porters are thereby compelled to make use of Foreigners, not at all lawfully admitted; Be it therefore also Enacted, Ordained, and Established by the Authority aforesaid, for the avoiding such Abuses, That every such Ticket Porter as shall

at any time by the Tackle-house Porters be required to help in dispatch of such Overplus of Work, and shall refuse to do the same, shall likewise forfeit the Sum of 5s. which said Offences, if committed, shall spéedily be complained of to the Governor or Governors for the time being, and afterwards be proved by the Oaths of two Witnesses, to be taken before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor for the time being; and being so proved, or confessed by the Offender or Offenders, then the said several Forfeitures to be paid by the Offender or Offenders (within seven Days after such proof or Confession made) unto one or both of the Registers of the said Porters, for the use of the said Society; and if the said Forfeiture be not paid accordingly within the said time, then every such Offender, by the direction of the said Governor or Governors for the time being, to be suspended of his place of being a Porter, either as a Tackle-house Porter or a Ticket Porter. And if he be a Ticket Porter, then his Ticket to be taken from him; and so both the one and the other, as the case shall be, to stand suspended during the pleasure of the said Governor or Governors for the time being; and every such person so suspended, not to exercise the Feat of a Porter whilst his said Suspension continueth, under the pain and penalty of forfeiting the like Sum of 5s. for every time he shall so exercise the same; and if any person in contempt hereof, and contrary thereunto, shall so offend during his said Suspension, then the said Offence to be proved in manner aforesaid, and the like Penalty to be paid in manner aforesaid, and for non-payment thereof accordingly, the said Suspension to be continued according to the Discretion of the said Governor or Governors for the time being: But if the said person shall notwithstanding again offend in the like nature, during the time of his said Suspension, and the same Offence being proved as aforesaid, then the Governor or Governors for the time being, shall and may deprive the said person and persons so offending, of his and their said Place and Office; and every such person so deprived, shall afterwards be held and accounted as a person unfit to be employed in the said Feat of a Porter, and shall be left to the judgment and discretion of the said Governor or Governors for the time being, whether such person shall at all be admitted afterwards thereunto; and if by the said Governor or Governors for the time being, it shall be thought fit to admit such person again, yet such his admission shall be upon good testimony of his Honesty and good Behaviour, and besides the usual Security, shall give other Security for his future Carriage and better Obedience in and to the Orders of the said Company.

And further, if such person so deprived shall nevertheless exercise the Feat of a Porter during such his Deprivation, that then every such person so offending and doing contrary to the true meaning of this Act, shall forfeit the Sum of 5l. of lawful Money of England, for every Offence so by him committed during such his Deprivation, the said Sum of 5l. 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 is Majesty's Court holden before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor and Aldermen, in the Chamber of Guild-hall in London; one third part of which Forfeiture of 5l. shall be and come to the Chamberlain of the said City, to the use of the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the said City, and one third part to come to the common Box of the said Company of Porters, to be for the use of the said Company, and the other third part to the use of him or them that shall or will prosecute Suit for the same; in which Suit no Essoign, Protection, or Wager of Law shall be admitted for the Defendant.

And further be it Enacted, that all and every of the said several Sum and Sums of 5s. so as afore-

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