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drr the public foal, of nil laws, statutes, and ordinances, thal are now m ide and in force, or which shall be made and enacted within our said ill nd, unto us and our commissioners for trade and foreign plantations, within three months, or sooner, after their being enacted, together with duplicates thereof by the next conveyance, upon pain of our highest displeasure, and of the forfeiture of that year's salary, wherein you /halJ, upon any pretence whatsoever, omit to send over the said laws and ordinances as aforesaid within the time above limited.
Our will and pleasure is, that no act or order be passed within that our island, in any case for levying money or imposing sines and penalties, whereby the same shall not be mentioned to be reserved to us, our heirs and successors, for the public use of that our island, and support of the government, as by the said act or order mall be directed.
And we do particularly require and command, that no money or value of money whatsoever be given or granted by any act or order of assembly to our chief-governor, lieutenant-governor, or commander-in-chief, of our said island, which shall not, according to the stile of acts of parliament in England, be mentioned to be given and granted unto us, with the humble desire of such assembly, that the same be applied to the use and behool of such governor, lieutenant-governor or commander-inchief, if we shall so think sit; or, if we should not approve of such gift or application of said money or value of money, it be then disposed of and appropriated to such other use as in the said act or order shall be mentioned; and that, from the time the same shall be raised, it remains in the hands of the receiver of that our island until our royal pleasure shall be known therein.
You are not to permit any clause to be inserted in any law for levying money or value of money, whereby the same /hall not be accountable unto us here in England, or to our commissioners of our treasury, or our high treasurer for the time being, * .
And you are also to take care that sair books of accounts be duly kept, upon oath, of all the receipts and payments thereof, which shall be transmitted here half yearly or oftener, with duplicates thereof by the next conveyance, to the end that a due account may be rendered of the fame, and of the right application thereof unto our said commiftiuners of our treasury, or our high treasurer for the time being.
You are not to sulfer any public money whatsoever to be issued or disposed of otherwise than by warrant under your hand by and with the ad-' vice and consent of the council, and not otherwise; but you may nevertheless permit the astembly, from time to time, to view and examine the accounts of all money, or value of money, disposed of by virtue os laws mad<* by them; which you are to signify unto them as there lhall be occasion.
Our will and pleasure is, that all laws whatsoever for the good government of our said island be made indesinite, and without limitation of time, except the same be for a temporary cud, which lhall expire and have its full effect within a certain time; and therefore you shall not re-enact any law which shall be enacted by you, except upon very urgent occalions> but in no case more than once, without our express consent. • '•
Our surther will and pleasure is, that you do not permit any act or order to pass in that Out i(land, whereby the price or value of current money within the government may be altered, without our particular leave or order for the same; and you are, upon your arrival in Jamaica, to consider what may be tit to be proposed unto us for the settling the current coin of that island.
And you are particularly not to pass any law, or to do any act by grant or otherwise, whereby our revenue may be lessened or impaired, without our especial leave or commands therein.'
You mail not remove any sines or forseitures whatsoever, above the sum of ten pounds, before or after sentence given, nor dispose of any escheats, until you shall sirst have signisied unto us the nature of the offence, or occasion of such sines, forseitures, or escheats, with the particular sums* or value thereof, which you are to do with all speed unto our commissioners of our treasury, or high treasurer, for the time being, until you shall have received our directions therein; but you may in the mean time suspend the payment of such lines and forseiture*.
You are lo take the most effectual care for the discovery of our quitrents, and for the making a persect rent-roll of the same, by impowenng our receiver-general to administer an oath to all such as he fhall account with, what other lands they may have, either in their own right or in - right of others, unaccounted for, or by such other means as you, with the; advice aforesaid, ihall U»nk most conducing to this service. ••" Iff
Tn case any good's, money, or other estate, of pirate?, or piratlcai1y token, shall be brought in or found within our laid island of Jamaica, or taken on board any 1 hips or vessels, you arc to cause the same to be seized and secured in the hands of our officers, until you shall have given us an account thereof, and received our pleasure concerning the disposal of the -same.
You arc to require the secretary of the island, or his deputy, for the time being, to surnish you with ail such acts and public orders as shall be made from time to time, together with a copy or journal of the council, to the end the same may be transmitted unto us as above directed; which he is duly to perform, upon pain ot inclin ing the forfeiture of his office.
You shall not displace any os the judges, justices, or other ofsicers or ministers, within our said island, without good and suisicient cause signisied unto us, and our committee for trade and plantations; and, to prevent arbitrary removal of judges and justices of the peace, you are not to express any limitation of time in the commissions which you are to grant, with the advice and consent of the council, to lit persons tor thofe employments, nor fhall you execute yourself, or by deputy, any of the said offices, nor suffer any person to execute any more offices than one by deputy.
\o\x /hall not erect any court or ofsice of judicature, not before erected or established, nor dissolve any court or office already erected or established, without our especial order; and therefore you are to transmit unto us, with all convenient speed after your arrival, a particular account of all establishments of jurisdictions, courts, offices, and officers, powers, authorities, sees, and privileges, granted and settled within our said island, to the end you may receive our especial directions therein
You are likewise, with the advice and consent of the council, to regulate all salaries and sees belonging to places, or paid upon emergencies, that they may be within the bounds of moderation, and that no other exaction be made on any occasion whatsoever.
We do thereby require and command, that no man's lise, member, or freehold, or goods, be taken away or harmed under your government, but by established and known laws, not repugnant to, but as much as may be agreeable with, the laws of our kingdom of Mngland.
You shall administer the oaths appointed by act of parliament to f» taken instead of the oaths of allegiance and supremacy, and the test, to the members and ofsicers of «the council and assembly, all judges and justices, and all other persons that hold any ofsice in that island by virtue of any patent under our great seal of England, or our seal of Jamaica.
You are to permit a.liberty of conscience to all persons except papists, so they be contented with a peaceable and quiet enjoyment, not giving ofsence or scandal to the government.
You shall take care planters and christian servants be well and sitly pro Tided with arms, and ihey in listed under ofsicers, and as often as shall be thought tit mustered and trained, whereby they may be in a better readiness for the desence of our said island and territories under your command.
And you are to use your utmost endeavours that each planter do keep such a number of white servants as by law is directed, and that they appear in arms at all such times as they shall be required.
And you are to take especial care that neither the frequency nor unreasonableness of remote marches, musters, and trainings, be an unnecessary impediment to the affairs of the planters.
You shall take an inventory of all arms, ammunition, and stores, iem*iin« ing in any of our magazines'^ garrisons in our said island under your command, and send^an accoulk«.of them forthwith after your arrival, and forward yearly imto us and jqiu'i1 committee for trade and plantations.
You shall likewise demand ant account from our president and council how the arms, ammunition, and stores, sent frorn the ofsice of our ordnance, in this our kingdom, or bought by any publifc money, have been employ-* ed; and whether any ol them, and how many, have been fold, spent, lost, decayed, of and to whom and to what uses; and, for your better insormation therein, you shall herewith receive an account of what hath, since the month of December, J 67 6, been issued out or sent from the ofsice of our ordnance.
And, that we may be'the better informed of the trade of om said island, f$u are "to take especial care that due entries be made in all parts thereof, ot all goods and commodities, their species and quantities, imported or exported, with the names, burthens, and guns, of all ships Coming and going from the said island, which the naval ofsicer is to surnish you withal; and you are to transmit the same unto us, or to our high treasurer or commissioner of our treasury for the time being, and to •ur committee for trade and plantations, quarterly, and duplicates thereof by the next conveyance.
You shall take especial care that God Almighty be devoutly and duly ♦srved throughout your government, the book of common prayer, as by law established, read each Sunday and holiday, and the blessed sacrament administered according to the rites of the church of England.
You shall be caresul that the churches already built there, shall be well and orderly kept, and more built as the colony shall, by God's blessing, be improved; and that, besides a competent' maintenance to the , minister of each orthodox church, a convenient house be built at the common charge, for each minister, and a competent proportion of land assigned to him for glebe and exercile of his industry: and you are to take care that the parishes be limited and settled, as you shall sind moft convenient for the accomplishing of this good work.
Our will and pleasure is, that no minister be preserred by you to any ecclesiastical benesice, without a certisicate from the right reverend sather in God, the bishop of London, of his consorming to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England; and also, our pleasure is, that you give order forthwith, if the same be not already done, that every minister within your government be one of the vestry in his respective parish, and that no vestry be held without him, except in case of sickness, or that, after notice of a vestry summoned, he absent himself.
And you are to enquire whether there be any minister within your 'government that preaches and administers the sacrament in any orthodox » -«cliufoh, without being in due orders, whereof you are to give an account to the said bishop of London; and you are to endeavour, with the assistant e of the council, that good and sussicient stipends and allowances 'be mude and ascertained unto the ministers of every parish within your government; and, to the end the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the said