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An Act to authorise the enquiry and trial of CRIMES and OFFENCES committed within this

Province, without the limits of any described Township or County, to be had in any District thereof.

[Passed 27th November, 1818.) W HEREAS, by an Act passed in the thirty-eighth year of His Majes

Preamble. W ty's Reign, entitled “An Act for the better division of this Province," large tracts of country are comprehended in the several Districts of this 38th Geo. III. c 6 re

cited. Province, which are not within the limits of any Township or County therein, And whereas, Crimes and Offences have been committed, and may hereafter be committed, in such tracts of country, which it might be inconvenient to try in the particular District wherein the same may have been committed, Be it therefore enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Assembly of the Province of Upper Canada, constituted and assembled by virtue of and under the authority of an Act passed in the Parliament of Great Britain, intituled, “ An Act to repeal certain parts of an Act passed in the fourteenth year of His Majesty's Reign, intituled, "An Act for making more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America, and to make further provision for the Government of the said Province," and by the authority of the same, That all Hereafter offences

committed in unorga. Crimes and Offences, committed in any of the said tracts of country or parts of this Province, not being within the limits of any described Coun- vince may be tried in

any District thereof. ty or Township, may be enquired of and tried within any District of this Province, and may and shall be laid and charged to have been committed within the jurisdiction of the Court which shall try the same, and such Court may and shall proceed thereon to trial, judgment and execution, or other punishment for such Crime or Offence, in the same manner, as if such Crime or Offence had been really committed within the District where such trial may be had, any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

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II. Provided always, That when and so soon as any new County or Coun When such unorga

nized parts of the Pro. ties, Town or Township shall be laid out, described and established in any vince of the tracts of Country aforesaid, and shall be so declared by Law or by into townships, the pro

visions of this Act shall Proclamation, under the hand and seal of the Governor, Lieutenant Gov- not apply to them. ernor or Person administering the Government of this Province for the time being, by and with the advice and consent of His Majesty's Executive Council, all Crimes and Offences committed within the limits of any such new County or Counties, Township or Townships, shall be enquired of and tried, in the District or Districts wherein such new County or Counties, Township or Townships, shall be respectively comprehended, in like manner as such Crimes or Offences would have been enquired of and tried,

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Iquired 01 and died, 8, and 56th, c 2 f. 20.) if this present Act had not been made or passed.

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An Act to prevent CERTAIN MEETINGS within this Province.

[Passed 27th November, 1818.] Preamble

W HEREAS, the election or appointment of Assemblies, purporting to

V represent the people, or any description of the people, under the pretence of deliberating upon matters of public concern, or of preparing or presenting Petitions, Complaints, Remonstrances, and Declarations, and other Addresses to the King, or to both or either Houses of Parliament, for alteration of matters established by Law, or redress of alledged grievances in Church or State, may be made use of to serve the ends of factious and seditious persons, to the violation of the Public Peace, and manifest encouragement of Riot, Tumult, and Disorder ; It is hereby enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of ihe Legislative Council and Assembly of the Province of Upper Canada, constituted and assembled by virtue of and under the authority of an Act passed in the Parliament of Great Britain, entitled, “An Act to repeal certain parts of an Act passed in the fourteenth year of His Majesty's Reign, entitled, 'An Act for inaking more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America, and to make further provision for the Govern

ment of the said Province," and by the authority of the same, That all such Assemblies held for Ascomhlies Commit certain purposes, de

Assemblies, Committees, or other bodies of persons, elected or otherwise clared to be unlawful, constituted or appointed, shall be held and taken to be unlawful assemblies, and persons giving and shot

ce and that all persons giving or publishing notice of the election to be made ing therein, held guilty of such persons or delegates, or attending, voting, or acting therein by any of a high misdemeanor.

*. means, are guilty of a high misdemeanor; Provided always, That nothing in Not to interfere with this Act contained shall impede the just exercise of the undoubted right of the just exercise of the His Majesty's Subjects to petition the King or Parliament for redress of any right of petitioning.

public or private grievance.

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An Act for vesting in Commissioners the ESTATES of certain TRAITORS, and also the

Estates of persons declared ALIENS, by an Act passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Me jesty's Reign, entitled, “ An Act to declare certain persons therein described ALIENS, and to vest their ESTATES in His Majesty, and for applying the proceeds thereof towards compart sating the Losses which His Majesty's Sulyjects have sustained in consequence of the late War, and for ascertaining and satisfying the lawful Debts and Claims thereupon.

[Passed 27th November, 1818.] THEREAS, by the operation of an Act of the Parliament of this

V Province, passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, entitled, “ An Act to declare certain persons therein described Aliens, and

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to vest their estates in His Majesty,” and by Inquisitions duly taken and returned, according to the provisions of the said Act, His Majesty has become seized of Lands in this Province, of considerable value, which it is expedient should be sold, that the claims of all bona fide creditors, and persons having any just lien or security upon the same, may be paid and Royal instructions

respecting the forfeited satisfied, and the remaining proceeds thereof applied agreeably to the gra- estates. cious instructions of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, acting in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, communicated through His Honor Samuel Smith, Esquire, late Administrator of the Government of this Province, towards compensating the losses which His Majesty's faithful Subjects of this Province have sustained by the invasion of the enemy, or otherwise, in consequence of the War, lately terminated between His Majesty and the United States of America; And whereas, also, during the late War with the United States of America, a number of His Majesty's Subjects in this Province, contrary to their duty of Allegiance, were wickedly and traitorously adhering to the enemies of His Majesty, or did levy War against His Majesty, or were guilty of other High Treasons, and it being in like manner signified to be the gracious intention of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that the estates, real and personal, of such persons as have been or shall be duly attainted, as guilty of High Treason during the said War with the United States of America, should be likewise applied towards compensating the losses which His Majesty's faithful Subjects of this Province have sustained by the invasion of the enemy, or otherwise, in consequence of the said War; Therefore, in order to carry the said gracious intentions into effect, and also that due provision may be made for the satisfaction of all just and lawful claims, which any of His Majesty's dutiful and loyal Subjects may have to, upon, or out of the estates of such Rebels and Traitors ; Be it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and Assembly of the Province of Upper Canada, constituted and assembled by virtue of and under the authority of an Act passed in the Parliament of Great Britain, intituled “ An Act to repeal certain parts of an Act passed in the fourteenth year of His Majesty's Reign, intituled - An Act for making more effectual provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec, in North America, and to make further provision for the Government of the said Province,” and by the authority of the same, That it shall and may be lawful to and for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Person administering the Government of this Province, from time to time,

forfeited estates, rea! by Commission under the Great Seal of this Province, to authorise and personal, shall be veur empower such and so many persons as he shall think fit, to be Commissioners and Trustees, in whom all and every the real estates that now are, or hereafter may become vested in His Majesty, by the operation of the said Act of the Parliament of this Province, passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, entitled, “An Act to declare certain persons herein described Aliens, and to vest their estates in His Majesty," and he proceedings that have been had or may take place thereupon, and also, all and every the estates, both rcal and personal, that have become vested, or may hereafter become vested in His Majesty, by the attainder of any peron or persons convicted of or for any Iligh Treason, committed during

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THE 58th year of GEORGE III. A. D. 1818. Third Sessios

the late War between His Majesty and the United States of America, shall be vested in the manner, and for the ends and purposes hereinafter mentioned.

II. And to the end that all the estates of the said Traitors, of what nature soever, within this Province, which by the attainder of any person or persons of any High Treason, by him or them committed during the late War between His Majesty and the United States of America, shall have been or may hereafter become legally forfeited to His Majesty, and also, all the real estates, which by the said Act of the Parliament of this Province, passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, and by the proceedings that have been or may be hereafter had thereupon, have or hereafter may become vested in His Majesty, may be the better known, described, and ascertained, and that the rents, issues, profits, and produce thereof may be recovered and brought in for the use of His Majesty, to be applied in the manner herein before expressed, and that due examination may be taken, and satisfaction made of all just and lawful claims to, upon, or out of the said Estates or any of them, Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Clerk of the Crown for this Province, shall, within

three months after the passing of this Act, deliver to the Commissioners to Certified extracts of be appointed under this Act, an extract certified under the Seal of the nished to the commis Court of King's Bench of this Province, of all Inquisitions heretofore made sioners by the clerk of and taken under the provisions of the said Act of this Province, passed in the Crown.

the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, whereby any real estate or estates have been vested in His Majesty, and also, a certified extract, under the Seal of the said Court, of all Inquisitions whereby any real or personal estate, of any kind whatever, have been returned, as forfeited to His Majesty, by the attainder of any person or persons, of any High Treason committed during the War lately terminated between His Majesty and the United States of America, in which extracts of the Inquisitions taken under the said Act passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, shall be stated the names, additions, and late places of abode of the persons enquired of by the said Inquisitions, and the real estates which by such Inquisitions are vested in His Majesty, as the same are described in the said Inquisitions respectively, together with the date of the said Inquisitions, and the names of the Commissioners by whom they were respectively taken; and in the extracts of the Inquisitions upon attainders of any person or persons for High Treason, as herein before mentioned, shall be stated the names, additions, and late places of abode of the persons attainted, the species of Treason of which, and the respective times, places, and Courts, when and where they were so attainted, and also, the real estates, chattels, real or personal debts, goods, and effects whatsoever, which in the said Inquisitions are found to be forfeited by such attainder, and that the said Clerk of the Crown for the time being, shall, within thirty days after any Inquisition shall be bereafter returned into the Court of King's Bench, under the provisions of the said Act of the fifty-fourth year of his Majesty's Reign, whereby any real estate shall become vested in His Majesty, or after any Inquisition shall be returned into the Court of King's Bench, whereby any real or personal estate shall be found vested in His Majesty, by the attainder of any person or persons for

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any High Treason, committed during the existence of the late war between His Majesty and the United States of America, make out and deliver to the

which extract to be said Coinmissioners like extracts of the same respectively, all which extracts

entered by the commisor certified lists, the said Commissioners shall enter into a book, to be pro- sioners. vided and kept by them for that purpose.

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III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That an extract An extract of such from that book, signed by any two or more of the said Commissioners, shall

or more commissioners be taken and held as sufficient evidence of the matters therein certified, in all to be evidence in Ceuris Courts of Justice within this Province, as far as may concern the execution of this Act, as fully as if the records of such attainder or Inquisition were produced in such Courts.

of Justice.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Com General duties of missioners, or the majority of them for the time being, are hereby authorised, chis A ess

in commissioners unde: empowered, and required, to inquire into all such estates, both real and personal, within this Province, as are or may be vested in His Majesty by such attainder as aforesaid, or by Inquisition returned under the authority of the said Act passed in the fifty-fourth year of His Majesty's Reign, and to cause all and every the rents, issues, and profits of the said real estates, until sale thereof, to be effectually levied and paid into the hands of a special Receiver, to be appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Person administering the Government of this Province for the time being, for the purposes of this Act, and to levy, raise, secure, and cause to be sold, all such goods, debts, and personal chattels and estates, within this Province, as are or may be vested in His Majesty, in the manner herein before mentioned, and to sell the said real estates, after the claims relating to such estales respectively, shall be deterinined, or otherwise dispose of the same, in the manner herein after provided, and out of the rents or produce of the said estates, real or personal, to cause payment or satisfaction to be made of such sums of money as shall be due to any claimants upon the same, and in the execution of the premises, the said Commissioners shall and may proceed, in virtue of the Mode of proceeding. powers hereby granted to them, in a summary way, without the formalities: practised or observed in Courts of Justice.

V. And to the end that all and every of the said estates and interest here. by vested or to be vested in the said Commissioners may be duly published, so as all persons having interest therein, may have notice thereof, in such manner as that they may enter their claims upon the same, in manner herein after provided; Be it enacted by the avthority aforesaid, 'That the said Com Register of forfeited

estates kept by com missioners shall cause the Register or books herein appointed to be kept of missioners' to be open the names of all persons attainted of High Treason, committed during the to public inspection.. time aforesaid, and of all real and personal estates and interests by this Act vested or to be vested in the said Commissioners, or an authentic copy or duplicate of such books, to be kept by a proper officer, who shall make the same open and patent to the inspection of all persons who shall demand the same, between the hours of ten and two, of any lawful day, without any fee or reward, and in the said books shall be expressed the dates when the entries of the several estales, real or personal, that shall be there entered, were

made,

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