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The Coinmissioners of his Majesty's Customs hereby give notice, that the following regulations have been established by the lords commissioners of his Majesty's treasury, in respect to the wearing apparel and baggage of persons arriving in this kingdom 1st. That all wearing apparel and baggage accompanying the proprie
tor, of whatever description, (except East India articles,) be delivered duty free; provided it appears on examination of the officers that the articles have been really worn, and were not made up for the purpose of being introduced into this country.
2d. That where the articles are not of the above description, and liable
to duty, or where the same are prohibited, that thie proprietors be allowed to leave them in the King's warehouses, under the care of the officers, for a period not exceeding six months, in order to give them an opportunity of taking them back without payment of duty.
3d. That these regulations be confined to cases where there is no im
proper proceeding, or attempt to unship or land articles withont the knowledge of the officers.
Board Minute, 6 August, 1822.
Douane de Londres,
le 6 Août, 1822. Les commissaires de la douane royale préviennent les voyageurs, que les Lords de la Trésorerie de sa Majesté ont établi les réglemens suivans, au sujet de l'habillement et des bagages des personnes arrivant en Angleterre : 1. Tout habillement et bagages quels qu'ils soient, (à l'exception des
Indes orientales,) appartenant aux voyageurs, seront exempts de droits; pourvu qu'il soit évident lors de la visite des officiers de la douane que ces articles ont été réellement portés, et qu'ils n'ont point été faits à dessein d'être introduits en fraude dans le royaume.
2. Quant aux autres articles que ceux mentionnés ci-dessus, c'est à dire
sujets aux droits ou prohibés, les propriétaires pourront les déposer, seulement pour six mois, dans les Magasins de la douane et sous la surveillance des officiers, afin d'avoir la facilité de les retirer sans payer de droits.
3. Ces réglemens ne seront valables que dans le cas où il n'y aura eu
aucune fraude ou tentative de déranger ou de débarquer les effets sans visite préalable des officiers de la douane.
Par ordre des commissaires,
G. DELAVAUD, Secrétaire.
The act of the 56 Geo. III. c. 86. having expired, the following ABStract is given of “ An Act for the Registration of Aliens,” passed in the 7 Geo. IV. c. 54.
By section 1, every alien who shall be in the realm at the commencement of the act shall make a declaration of his abode, name, &c. and transmit the same to the Alien-office in Great Britain, or to the chief secretary in Ireland; but one declaration sufficient for each family.
Masters to declare what aliens are on board or have landed.—The master of every vessel which, after the commencement of this act, shall arrive in this realm from foreign parts, shall immediately on his arrival declare in writing to the chief officer of the customs at the port of arrival, whether there is, to the best of his knowledge, any alien on board his vessel, and whether any alien hath, to his knowledge, landed therefrom at any place within this realm; and shall in his said declaration specify the number of aliens (if any) on board his vessel, or who have, to his knowledge, landed therefrom, and their names, rank, occupation, and description, as far as he shall be informed thereof; and if the master of any such vessel shall refuse or neglect to make such declaration, or shall make a false declaration, he shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of twenty pounds, and the further sum of ten pounds for each alien who shall have been on board at the time of the arrival of such vessel, or who shall have, to his knowledge, landed therefrom, within this realm, whom such master shall wilfully have refused or neglected to declare ; and in case such master shall neglect or refuse forthwith to pay such penalty, it shall be lawful for any officer of the customs, and he is hereby required to detain such vessel until the same shall be paid : Provided always, that nothing hereinbefore contained shall extend to any mariner whom the master shall certify in writing by him subscribed, to be actually employed in the navigation of such vessel during the time that such mariner shall remain so actually employed; which certificate so subscribed every such master is hereby required to give. $ 2.
Alien to declare his name, description, &c. and deliver his passport. -Every alien who shall after the commencement of this act arrive in any part of the United Kingdom from foreign parts, or pass from Great Britain to Ireland, or from Ireland to Great Britain, shall immediately after such arrival or passage deliver to the chief officer of the customs at the port of debarkation any passport which shall be in his or her possession, and declare in writing to such chief officer, or verbally make to him a declaration to be by him reduced into writing, of the name of the vessel in which he or she shall have arrived, and also of his or her names, rank, occupation, and description, and if a domestic servant, then also the names, rank, and description of his or her master or mistress; and shall also in like manner declare the country and place from
whence he or she shall then have come, and the place within this realm to which he or she is then going, and the name and place of abode of the person within this realm (if any) to whom he or she is known, which declaration shall be made in or reduced into such form as shall be approved by one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state ; and if any such alien coming into this realm shall neglect or refuse to deliver up his or her passport, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of five pounds; and if he or she shall neglect or refuse to make such declaration, or shall wilfully make any false declaration, he or she shall be punished in the manner hereinafter mentioned. $ 3.
Officer of customs to register the declaration, and deliver a certificate to the alien. § 4.
Officer of customs to transmit declaration, &c. to Alien-office. $ 5.
Alien shall produce or transmit the certificate to the Alien-office, and make declaration.-Every alien arriving in this realm after the commencement of this act shall, within one week after his or her arrival at the place which shall be expressed in such certificate as the place to which he or she proposes to go, produce such certificate, if such place shall be in the city of Westminster, or within five miles thereof, at the Alien-office* in Westminster, and shall declare in writing at what place he or she intends to reside ; and if the place expressed in the certificate shall be out of the limits aforesaid, shall make a declaration in writing at what place he or she intends to reside, and transmit the same by the post, if in Great Britain, to one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state at the Alien-office in Westminster, and if in Ireland, to the chief secretary for [reland ; and if any such alien shall neglect or refuse to produce such certificate, or to make or transmit such declaration as aforesaid, or shall wilfully make or transmit any false declaration respecting any of the particulars aforesaid, he or she shall be punished in the manner hereinafter mentioned. $ 6.
Alien to declare residence half-yearly.-Every alien being in this realm after the commencement of this act shall on the 1 January and on the 1 July in every year, or within one week after those respective days, make a declaration in writing of his or her place of residence, and therein state at what place he or she intends in future to reside, and shall within the same week transmit such declaration by the post, if in Great Britain, to one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state at the Alien-office in Westminster, and if in Ireland to the chief secretary for Ireland, and if any alien shall neglect or refuse to make or transmit such declaration as last aforesaid, or shall wilfully make or transmit any false declaration, he or she shall be punished in the manner hereinafter mentioned. $7.
Secretary of state, &c. may require a more frequent declaration. $ 8.
Penalty for false declarations, or neglecting to make the same. If any alien in any of the cases aforesaid shall neglect to make such declaration as is by this act required, or to transmit
the same, in the cases in which he is required so to do, within the time in that behalf limited, or shall wilfully make or transmit any false declaration, every person so offending shall, upon conviction thereof hefore two justices of the peace, for every such offence either forfeit any sum not exceeding fifty pounds, or be imprisoned for any time not exceeding six months, at the discretion of such justices. $ 9.
* The Alien-office is in Crown-street, Westminster.
Certificate to be forwarded to the alien, setting forth place of abode, &c.—Upon the receipt at the Alien-office, or at the office of the chief secretary for Ireland, of any declaration, in any of the cases aforesaid, such clerk as shall be for that purpose nominated by one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state, or by the chief secretary for Ireland respectively, shall within three days make out, in such form as shall be for that purpose approved by one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state, a certificate, setting forth the names, rank, occupation, and description of the alien, and his or her place of abode, and shall transmit the same by the post to such alien; and if any alien shall, by his or her default, not be possessed of such certificate, or shall without any lawful excuse reside in any other place than that expressed in such certificate, every such alien shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of twenty pounds; and if any alien, being required by any justice of the peace to produce such certificate, shall refuse or neglect so to do, he or she shall be deemed not to be possessed of any certificate. $ 10.
Alien may have his passpori sent to the port, and delivered to him on making declaration.- Where any alien, about to depart from this realm after the commencement of this act, shall be desirous of having possession of the passport by him or her delivered on his or her debarkation, and shall notify by letter to the Alien-office in Westminster, or to the chief secretary's office in Dublin, the port at which he or she intends to embark, the proper clerk of those respective offices shall furthwith transmit such passport by the post to the chief officer of the customs of the port so notified, to be by him delivered to such alien, on his or her making the declaration hereinafter next mentioned ; and every such alien shall, before his or her embarkation, declare in writing his or her intention of departing, and shall deliver such declaration to the chief ofhcer of the customs at the port of departure, who shall forth with transmit the same, if in Great Britain, to one of his Majesty's principal secretaries of state at the Alien-office in Westminster, and if in Ireland to the chief secretary for Ireland ; and if any alien shall neglect to make such declaration, or to deliver the same to the chief officer of the customs at the port of departure, he or she shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of five pounds. $11.
New certificates to be issued in lieu of such as are lost. If any certificate issued to any alien by virtue of this act shall be lost, mislaid, or destroyed, and such alien shall produce to one of his Majesty's justices of the peace proof thereof, and shall make it appear to the satisfaction of such justice that he or she hath duly conformed with this act, it shall be lawful for such justice, and he is hereby required, to testify the same under his hand, and such alien shall thereby be entitled to demand a fresh certificate, which shall be of the like force and effect as the certificate so lost, mislaid, or destroyed. § 12.
Certificate to be granted without fee.-All certificates hereinbefore required to be given shall be given without any fee or reward whatsoever ; and every person who shall take any fee or reward of any alien or other person for any certificate, or any other matter or thing done under this act, shall forfeit for every such offence the sum of twenty pounds; and every officer of the customs who shall refuse or neglect to make such entry as aforesaid, or grant any certificate thereon, in pursuance of the provisions of this act, or shall knowingly make any false entry, or neglect to transmit the copy thereof, or to transmit any declaration of the master of a vessel, or any declaration of departure in man
5 Geo. III. c. 25.
An Act to alter certain Rates of Postage, and to amend, explain, and
enlarge several provisions in the 9 Ann, &c, relating to the Revenue of the Post-office.
Letters to be delivered to the post-office before a ship be allowed to report.-No ship shall be permitted to break bulk, or make entry in any port in the British dominions, until all the letters and packets brought by the master, his company, or passengers, shall be delivered to the deputy postmaster-general or his agent, to be forwarded according to the direction, (except letters brought in vessels liable to quarantine, which are to be delivered to the person superintending the quarantine, that all precaution may be taken before the delivery thereof, after which such letters are to be dispatched in the usual manner,) and also except letters of masters and owners of ships, &c. as in the foregoing act, under penalty of twenty pounds, one-half to the King, the other to the person who sues. $ 3.
24 Geo. III. c. 37.
An Act granting to his Majesty certain additional Rates of Postage,
&c. Foreign letters containing prohibited goods, &c. may be cut.-Whenever any letter imported into this kingdom is suspected of containing any prohibited goods, on the importation of which a duty is payable, they may be taken before a magistrate and cut with a penknife in and through the folds, one opening or slit not exceeding two inches in length; and if such goods are contained therein, such goods shall be destroyed, and the letter forwarded to the commissioners of the customs. $ 4.
39 Geo. III. c. 76.
An Act for the more secure Conveyance of Ship Letters, &c. The postmaster-general may forward letters by other vessels than packet-boats, and take rates for the conveyance, not exceeding half the rates of packets. $ 1.
The rates of postage by this act have been altered by the 54 Geo. III. c. 74., but twopence per letter, or packet, is directed to be paid to the masters of ships for such letters and packets as shall have been regularly delivered to the postmaster-general or his deputy, at the place or post town from whence such ship has sailed. $ 2.
43 Geo. III. c. 81.
An Act for amending so much of an Act of the 7 Geo. III. as relates
to the secreting, &c. any Letter or Packet sent by the Post, 8c. And whereas, notwithstanding the provisions in the 9 Ann. c. 10. the practice of sending and conveying by stage coaches, ships, &c. letters and packets which ought to be sent by the post is continued ; persons sending letters, &c. otherwise than by post, shall forfeit five pounds. $ 5.