[Acts appointing] The TEMPORAL GEOVERNMENT. [the work of Porters.]420

[Acts appointing] The TEMPORAL GEOVERNMENT. [the work of Porters.]

venting the like for the future, Be it Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen his Brethren, and the Commons of this City in Common-Council assembled, That the several Laws and Ordinances heretofore made, for the Government of the said Porters, and for the ascertaining and settling the Work and Labour belonging to them respectively, and not by this present Act altered or repealed, shall be and remain in full Force, and shall be duly observed and put in Execution, under the several pains and penalties in the said Laws and Ordinances mentioned and contained.

And be it further Enacted and Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That the Ticket Porters belonging to this City, and no other person or persons whatsoever, have and enjoy the Work or Labour of Unshippping, Landing, Carrying and Housing of Pitch, Tar, Soap-ashes, Clapboards, Wainscot, Fir-Poles, Masts, Deals, Oars, Chests, Tables, Flax and Hemp, brought hither from Dantzick, Melvin, or any other Port or place of the Countries, commonly called the East-Countries, as also of all Iron, Ropes, Cables, and of all other kind of Cordage, and of all Wood, commonly called Greenwood, and also of all manner of Goods of the Growth, Product or Manufacture of the Kingdom of Ireland, and coming directly from any port or place within that Kingdom, to the Port of London, and also of all manner of Goods and Merchandizes coming to the said Port, being of the Growth, Product, or Manufacture of any of the Plantations belonging to Great Britain; and also of all manner of Coast Goods (except Lead) that is to say, of all such Goods originally exported from, or imported into, and after exported again from any Port or place within the Kingdom of Great Britain to the Port of London aforesaid.

And be it further Enacted, Ordained and Established by the Authority aforesaid, that the Porters called the Tackle-house Porters, and no other person or persons whatsoever, (except such persons as shall be employed by them in manner herein after mentioned) shall have and enjoy the Work or Labour of Unshipping, Landing, Carrying and Houseing of all Goods imported by, and belonging to the South-Sea Company, or the Company of Merchants Trading to the East-Indies, and of all other Goods and Merchandizes coming from any other Ports or places, and imported into the Port of London, and not herein before particularly mentioned and described, and also of all Lead coming from any Port or place into the said Port.

Provided always, And it is further Enacted and Ordained, That it shall and may be lawful, to and for either, or any of the said Tackle-house Porters or Ticket Porters, being required or imployed by any Merchant, Factor, or Proprietor, or their Agents so to do, to Work and Labour in the Carrying, Shipping off, and Relading of any Goods imported from any of the Plantations belonging to Great Britain, upon the Exportation of the same, to any Ports or places whatsoever, and also in like manner to Work or Labour in the Unshipping, Landing, Carrying and Housing, or in the Carrying, Lading or Shipping of any Tin, that shall be Imported or Exported at the said Port of London, and also of all Goods coming from Guernsey or Jersey, or Exported thither, any thing in this present Act contained, or any former Law or Usage to the contrary notwithstanding.

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That when there shall be at any time a great Glut of Work, or that it shall be necessary for the preservation of the Goods of any Merchant or other person, the Tackle-house or Ticket Porters shall happen to employ in their respective Labours under them, any person not having his Ticket to produce, or certifie his being a Freemam Porter, and any Frée man Porter having and producing his Ticket testifying such Freedom, shall demand and require of such person or persons so employing such person or persons, not having and producing his or their Tickets, testifying such their Fréedom, to employ him or them being Fréemen, and producing their Tickets respectively, in such Labour and Work, if such person so employing such person or persons not producing their Tickets as aforesaid, shall refuse or neglect to employ and set on work such Fréemen-Porters producing his or their Tickets as aforesaid, respectively in the said Work or Labour, such person or persons so refusing or neglecting to employ such Freemen-Porters, producing his or their Tickets as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay to every such Fréeman-Porter, for every Hour that he shall attend in order to be employed in the said Work, the Sum of One Shilling.

And if such Fréeman-Porter who shall be taken in and employed in any such Work, shall leave or desert the same, before the same be compleatly finished, he shall forfeit and pay to the party by whom he as set on work and employed, the Sum of Five Shillings; the said Penalties to be recovered by Action of Debt, to be commenced in any of Her Majesties Courts of Record within this City, at the Suit of the Party grieved.

Provided nevertheless, that nothing herein contained shall extend or be deemed, construed or taken to extend to take away, alter or abridge the Work or Labour of the Porters, commonly called the Packers Porters of this City, but that they shall or may enjoy and exercise the Work and Labour of Right belonging to them, before the making of this Act, any thing herein contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

And whereas by ancient Usage and Custom, the Court of Lord Mayor and Aldermen of this City, have nominated and appointed Two of the Aldermen of this City, to be Governours of the Fellowship or Society of Porters of this City, to hear and determine all Differences between any of the Members of the same Society or between the Members of the same Society, and any other person employing or setting such Members on work in the Feat of a Porter;

And whereas several Inconveniences have happened, by reason of Difference of Opinion betwéen such Governours, or by the Absence of one of them, whereby the Determination of such Differences have béen greatly delayed:

Be it Enacted and Ordained, That from henceforth there shall be only One Governour of the said Society or Fellowship; and that from and after the Death or Resignation of Sir William Withers, Knight and Alderman, the present sole Governour of the same, the Court of Lord Mayor and Aldermen shall nominate and appoint One Alderman to be sole Governour of the said Society or Fellowship; which Governour so appointed, shall have full power and authority, to hear and finally determine all Differences and Controversies between any of the Members of the said Fellowship, touching their Labour or Work, or between the Registers and Rulers of the said Society, and any Members of the same, touching their Quarterage, or concerning the Breach of any Acts, Ordinances or Rules, made or to be made, for the better Government of the said Society or the Members of the same, or between any Member of the said Society, and any other person who shall set on work or employ such Member in the Work or Labour of a Porter; and if any Member of the said Society shall refuse or neglect to submit to, and perform the Order and Determination of the Governour of the same, every such Member shall forfeit and pay to the Registers and Rulers of the said Society for every such Offence, the Sum of Thirtéen Shillings and Four pence; and in case of Non-payment of the same

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