[Act for] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [the London Porters.]419

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

said forfeited and paid, shall come to the Common Box of the said Company, for the Relief of the Poor of the said Company.

But if the said Ticket Porters shall at the time of such Request made, as aforesaid, by the said Tackle-house Porters, be otherwise employed, or lawfully hindred, that then, and in such case, the refusal of the said Ticket Porter to be just and allowable, without incurring the aforesaid Penalty in that behalf appointed.

And whereas there are divers Foreigners in and about this City, who have heretofore, contrary to former Acts and Ordinances, intruded to work as Porters within this City and Liberties thereof, both with the Tackle-house Porters, as also as Ticket Porters, to the great prejudice of the poor Fréemen of this City and others, who are admitted to use the Feat of a Tackle-house and Ticket Porter, many of the same Foreign Porters having fallen upon the same Employments, by reason that the Government of the said Porters hath for a time béen neglected, the which Abuse requires a spéedy Redress, by restraining the said Foreign Porters, for the Relief of the said poor Fréemen: Yet notwithstanding, in as much as many of the said Foreign Porters have béen of long continuance, and by reason thereof have now made their Livelihood for the Maintenance of themselves, their Wives and Family, and have no other Course to live by;

It is therefore thought fit, and by the Authority aforesaid hereby Enacted, That such of the said Foreign Porters as are not admitted, and have used the Feat of a Porter within this City of London and Liberties thereof, by the space of one Year now last past, and shall within thrée Months now next ensuing, bring such Certificate to the said Governor or Governors for the time being, (as they the said Governors of Governors shall allow) of the same their continuance in the said Feat of a Porter by the said space of one Year now last past, that then every such person and persons shall and may be admitted into the said Feat, and be continued Porters during their Lives; so as they and every of them do demean him and themselves as others (that are already admitted) are enjoined to do.

And further it is Ordained, Enacted and Established by the Authority aforesaid, That the Name and Names of every of the said Servants, so as aforesaid to be allowed to every of the said Tackle-house Porters, shall be registred and kept in the Books belonging to the said Company, to the end it may appear who they are, and that the said Tackle-house Porters employ none other as their Servants, but such their said Servants as are so registred; and such other person and persons as the said Tackle-house Porters shall have occasion to employ or make use of, shall from time to time hereafter be taken of and among the said Ticket Porters, as is herein expressed.

Be it also further Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Authority aforesaid, That no person or persons whatsoever, being a Foreigner from the Liberty of the City of London, (other than such as have beéen a Porter by the space of one Year now last past, as aforesaid, and shall bring a Certificate to be allowed, as aforesaid, and is thereupon admitted; and except also the said several Servants to be allowed to the said Tackle-house Porters, which is to every Tackle-house Porter one Servant, as aforesaid) shall, after the Feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, now next ensuing, use the Feat of a Tackle-house Porter, Ticket or Stréet Porter, within the City of London, or Liberty thereof, nor as a Servant to any of the said Tackle-house Porters, (saving the said Servants so allowed the said Tackle-house Porters, as aforesaid) upon the pain and penalty of the Forfeitures of the Sum of five Pounds of lawful Money of England; the said Sum of five Pounds to be sued for and recovered as aforesaid, and to come to the several Uses afore-appointed.

And further, be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That for the time to come, for the prevention of the Entertainment or Imploying of any Foreigner or Foreigners whatsoever, to be exercised or to be set on Work in the aforesaid Feat of a Porter, That when and as often as it shall happen that any or either of the said Tackle-house Porters (after the said Servants or either of them now allow'd them and registred, shall be either dead or gone from their Service, shall want his or either of their said Servant to be allow'd, as aforesaid, which is to every of the said Tackle-house Porters, one Servant and no more, as aforesaid) that then the said Tackle-house Porters, and every of them so wanting his Servant, shall, by Authority of this Act, be compelled to take the same his Servant, then afterwards to serve him in his or their Tackle-houses, from among the said Ticket Porters, being a Freeman, or admitted as a Ticket Porter, and not otherwise. But if in case any of the said Tackle-house Porters shall at any time hereafter, after the death or departure of the said Servant so allowed him, as aforesaid, take any person into his Service, to be his Servant in his Tackle-house, who is a Foreigner, and not first admitted to be a Ticket Porter, that then every Tackle-house Porter so offending therein, shall for every Servant so by him to be entertained, being a Foreigner from the Fréedom of the City of London, and not admitted as a Ticket Porter, forfeit the Sum of five Pounds of lawful Money of England, to be sued for, and recovered and disposed of, as aforesaid.

Be it also further Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Authority aforesaid, in respect of the great Company of Ticket Porters (who are Three thousand persons and upwards, as is related, and who continually attend for that purpose) that for the time to come, no person or persons whatsoever, he or they be, shall be permitted to exercise the Feat of a Porter within this City and Liberties of the same, unless that such person or persons so to be admitted, be Free of this City and Liberties of the same, and be approved of by their Governor or Governors for the time being, and afterwards allow'd by the Rulers of the said Company for the time being, as hath béen heretofore used.
GIBSON.

Commun' Concilium tentum in Camera Guihald' Civitatis London, die Sabati sexto die Decembris, Anno Regni Dominæ nostræ ANNÆ, Dei Gratia Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ & Hiberniæ, Reginæ, Fidei Defensoris, &c. undecimo, Annoq; Dom' 1712. Coram Richardo Hoare Mil', Majore Civit' pred' Francisco Child Mil' Willielmo Withers Mil', Samuele Gerrard Bar' Aldermannis ejusdem Civitatis, & Willielmo Lewen Armigero Aldermanno ac uno Vicecomitum ejusdem Civitatis, necnon majore parte Communiariorum dictæ Civitatis in eodem Communi Concilio tunc & ibidem assemblatis.


An ACT concerning the Tackle-house and the Ticket Porters, and touching the Publick Beams belonging to the City of London.

 

WHEREAS several Controversies and Quarrels have lately arisen between the Tackle-house Porters and the Ticket Porters belonging to this City, touching the Labour or Work to them respectively belonging, notwithstanding the several Acts of this Court heretofore made, for setting and ascertaining the same, to the Obstruction and Delay of the Business of Merchants and other persons trading to, and from this City; For pre-

For ascertaining the Work and Labour of Porters; and for appointing a Governour of the Fellowship of Porters.

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