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be given of
Certificate to VII. And be it further enacted, That the clerk conviction of of assize, clerk of the peace, or other clerk or
officer of the court having the custody of the
Actions for any thing done under this act.
VIII. And be it further enacted, That any action and suit which shall be brought or commenced against any justice or justices of the peace, constable, peace officer, or other person or
persons, within that part of Great Britain called Limitation of England, or in Ireland, for any thing done or
acted in pursuance of this act, shall be commenced within six calendar months next after the fact committed, and not afterwards ; and the venue in every such action or suit shall be laid in the proper county where the fact was committed, and not elsewhere; and the defendant or defendants in every such action or suit may plead the general
(4) See the note to sect. 4.
issue, and give this act and the special matter in
IX. And be it further enacted, That every Limitation of action and suit which shall be brought or com- in Scotland. menced against any person or persons in Scotland, for any thing done or acted in pursuance of this act, shall in like manner be commenced within six calendar months after the fact committed, and not afterwards, and shall be brought in the court of session in Scotland ; and the defender or defenders may plead that the matter complained of was done in pursuance of this act, and may give this act and the special matter in evidence; and if such action or suit shall be brought or commenced after the time limited for bringing the same, then the same shall be dismissed; and in such case, or if the defender or defenders shall be assoilzied, or the pursuer or pursuers shall suffer the action
or suit to fall asleep, or a decision shall be pronounced against the pursuer or pursuers upon the
relevancy, the defender or defenders shall have Double costs. double costs, which he or they shall and may re
ceive in such and the same manner as any defender can by law recover costs or expenses in other cases.
the law of
Not to alter X. Provided always, and be it further enacted, Scotland in That nothing in this act contained shall be held punishment or considered as in any respect altering the law
or practice of Scotland regarding the punishment of persons convicted of composing, printing, publishing, or circulating any blasphemous or seditious libel.
Act may be repealed or altered this session.
XI. And be it further enacted, That this act may be repealed in the whole or in any part thereof, or in any manner altered or amended, during the present session of parliament.
60 Geo. III. and 1 Geo. IV. c. 9.
An Act to subject certain Publications to the Duties
of Stamps upon Newspapers, and to make other Regulations for restraining the Abuses arising from the Publication of Blasphemous and Seditious Libels. [30th December, 1819.] ·
WHEREAS pamphlets and printed papers containing observations upon public events and occurrences, tending to excite hatred and contempt of the government and constitution of these realms as by law established, and also vilifying our holy religion, have lately been published in great numbers, and at very small prices, and it is expedient that the same should be restrained : may it therefore please your majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted by the king's inost excellent majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal, and commons, in this present parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, That from and after ten Pamphlets days after the passing of this act, all pamphlets containing and papers containing any public news, intelli- be deemed gence, or occurrences, or any remarks or observa- newspapers, tions thereon or upon any matter in church or slamped ac
cordingly. state, printed in any part of the united kingdom for sale, and published periodically, or in parts or numbers, at intervals not exceeding twenty-six days between the publication of any two such pamphlets or papers, parts, or numbers, where
and to be
any of the said pamphlets or papers, parts or numbers respectively, shall not exceed two sheets, or shall be published for sale for a less sum than sixpence, exclusive of the duty by this act imposed thereon, shall be deemed and taken to be newspapers within the true intent and meaning of an act of parliament passed in the thirty-eighth
year of the reign of his present majesty, intituled 38 G. 3. c. 78. * An Act for preventing the mischiefs arising from
the printing and publishing newspapers and papers of a like nature, by persons not known, and for regulating the printing and publication of such papers in other respects;" and of another act of
parliament passed in the fifty-fifth year of the 55 G. 3. c. 80. reign of his present majesty, intituled “ An Act
to provide for the collection and management of stamp duties upon pamphlets, almanacks, and newspapers, in Ireland ;” and of another act
passed in the fifty-fifth year of the reign of his 55 G. 3. c. 185. present majesty, intituled “ An Act for repealing
the stamp office duties on advertisements, almanacks, newspapers, gold and silver plate, stage coaches, and licences for keeping stage coaches, now payable in Great Britain, and for granting new duties in lieu thereof;" and of an act passed
in the fifty-sixth year of the reign of his present 56 G. 8. c. 56. majesty, intituled “ An Act to repeal the several
stamp duties in Ireland, and also several acts for the collection and management of the said duties, and to grant new stamp duties in lieu thereof, and to make more effectual regulations for calculating and managing the said duties :" and all other acts of parliament in force relating to newspapers; and