[Act against] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Pedlers, &c.]428

[Act against] The TEMPORAL GOVERNMENT. [Pedlers, &c.]

Abstract being set set down before, is here omitted.

Com' Concil' tent' in Cam' Guildhall Civit' London die Martis, quinto die Junij 1694. Annoq; Regni Dom' Will' & Dom' Mariæ nunc Regis & Reginæ Angl', &c. sexto, coram Will' Ashhurst, Mil', Major' dictæ Civit'; Roberto Clayton, Mil', Patience Ward, Mil', Johanne Moor, Mil', Thoma Stamp, Mil', Salathiel Lovel, Mil', Servien' ad Legem, ac Recordat' dictæ Civit'; Thoma Lane, Mil; Edr'o Clark, Mil'; Humphrido Edwyn, Mil'; Ric'o Levitt, Mil'; Josepho Smart, Mil', Alderman', & Thoma Abney, Mil', & Will' Hedges, Mil', Vic' & Alderman' dictæ Civit', nec non major' Parte Coi' ar' dictæ Civit', in eod' Coi' Concil' tunc & ibm' Assemblat'.

This Day the following Act past into an Act of this Court.


A Bill for the prevention of Pedlers, Petty Chapmen, and other unlawful Traders, wandring abroad within the City of London and the Liberties thereof.

 

WHereas by the Laws and Statutes of this Realm, amongst other things it is Enacted, Ordained and Declared, That all Pedlers and Petty Chapmen wandring abroad, shall be taken, adjudged and déemed Rogues and Sturdy Beggars, and shall be taken, apprehended and strip'd naked from the Middle upward, and be openly whip'd until his or her Body be bloody, and shall be further dealt with, as in, and by the said Laws and Statutes is directed and appointed:

And whereas also great numbers of Vagrant and Idle persons, both Men and Women, either Unsettled and having no Habitations, or Wandring or Roving from the places of their Abode and Habitations, do daily resort to this City and the Liberties thereof, as Pedlers and Petty Chapmen, wandring up and down, Selling, or offering to Sale, divers sorts and kinds of Small Wares, and other Goods and Merchandizes, contrary to, and in contempt of the said good and wholesom Laws and Statutes, and also contrary to the Welfare and Good Government of this City, and to the manifest Loss, Damage and Detriment of the Honest and Industrious Shop-kéepers, Tradesmen and Inhabitants thereof:

For the prevention whereof for the time to come, and for the better and more effectual repressing the Mischiefs aforesaid, Be it Enacted and Ordained, and is hereby Enacted and Ordained by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, the Right Worshipful the Aldermen his Brethren, and the Commons in Common Council assembled, That the said Statutes shall from henceforth be strictly and duly put in Execution against all such Offenders within this City and the Liberties thereof; and to that end and purpose, that all Constables and other Inferiour Officers within this City and Liberties thereof, shall Seize, Take and Apprehend all such Vagrant and Wandring persons, going and wandring about within this City and the Liberties thereof, or any of the Stréets, Lanes, Alleys, Passages or places within the same, Selling or exposing to Sale any manner of Wares or Commodities whatsoever; and carry such offender or offenders before some, or one of their Majesties Justices of the peace for the time being, within this City and Liberties thereof, to be procéeded against, as by the said Statutes directed and appointed. And that in case any Constable or other Inferiour Officer shall willfully neglect or refuse to do, and perform his Duty therein, that then, and in such Case the Penalty of 20s. for every such Offence shall be Levied upon him so offending. And further, that the Sum of Five Pounds shall be Requited, Levied and Received, of, and upon every person and persons who shall lett or hinder the due Execution of the said Laws and Statutes, as by the said Laws and Statutes is also Enacted and Ordained.

And whereas also by the Ancient and Laudable Customs of this City, no Wares, Goods or Merchandizes whatsoever ought to be Bought or Sold or exposed to Sale within this City and the Liberties thereof (save only in publick Markets, or in open Shops or Warehouses, kept and used for that purpose, and Fairs) during the time of such Markets and Fairs only: Yet nevertheless divers and sundry lewd, idle and disorderly persons, lodging or living within the said City and the Liberties thereof, or near Neighbourhoods or places thereunto adjoining, do frequently Sell and expose to Sale divers Goods, Wares and Merchandizes, as Hawkers and Petty Chapmen, going and wandring in the Stréets, Lanes, Alleys and others places thereof, from House to House, and from Door to Door, contrary to the said Good, Laudable and Profitable Customs of this City, by reason whereof the Citizens and Shopkéepers and Inhabitants of the said City ate not only greatly hindred and prejudiced in their Trades and Occupations, but also many of their Majesties Good Subjects, inhabiting and residing within the said City and the Liberties thereof, and others resorting thereunto, are frequently cheated, defrauded and abused in buying bad and deceitful Wares and Commodities of them:

For the prevention whereof for the time to come, and for the better and more effectual putting in Execution the said Ancient and Laudable Customs of this City against such Offenders as aforesaid; Be it further Enacted and Ordained, and it is hereby Enacted and Ordained by the said Lord Mayor, the said Aldermen his Brethren, and the said Commons in Common Council assembled, that from and after the first day of August now next ensuing, no person or persons whatsoever, shall Sell or expose to Sale any Goods,Wares or Merchandizes, in any Stréet, Lane publick Passage, Tavern, Inn, Alehouse, Cofféehouse, or other publick place within this City or the L:iberties thereof, unless it be in open Markets appointed, used and accustomed for the Vending thereof, or in Common and publick Fairs, during the time of such Markets and Fairs, upon pain to pay and forfeit the Sum of 40s. for every Offence by him, her or them committed contrary thereunto.

And that no person or persons within this City or the Liberties thereof, shall buy any such Wares, Goods or Commodities, so exposed by such person or persons to Sale, contrary to the true meaning and intent hereof, upon pain to pay and forfeit for every Offence by him, her or them committed contrary hereunto, the like Sum of 40s.

And for the better prevention of the said Mischiefs for the future, It is hereby further Enacted and Ordained, That no Kéeper or Kéepers of any Tavern, Inn, Alehouse, Cofféehouse, or other publick or private House whatsoever within this City or the Liberties thereof, shall permit or suffer any such Hawker or Wandring Pedler or Petty Chapman in his, her or their House or Houses, Shop or Shops, or other place or places belonging to him, her, or them, to Sell or expose to Sale any Small Wares, or other Goods or Merchandizes, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this present Law. And that in Case any such Kéeper of any Tavern, Inn, Alehouse, Cofféehouse, or other publick or private House within this City or the Liberties thereof, shall offend therein, That then, and in every such Case, every such person and persons so offending, shall for every such offence lose, forfeit and pay the Sum of 40s. of lawful English Money.

And it is hereby further Enacted and Ordained, That for the better putting in Execution the Laws

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