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Whereasby an act of Parliament made in this kingdom in the tenth year of the reign of his late Majesty King Henry the seventh, intituled, “Poynings’ Law, 1495”, all such statutes theretofore made in England, as concerned the common weal of the realm were confirmed in this kingdom: and whereas after that time, and particularly upon occasion of the rebellions which subsisted in this kingdom in the years one thousand six hundred and forty one, and one thousand six hundred and eighty eight, divers statutes were made in the Parliament of England, and since the union in the Parliament of Great Britain, for settling and assuring the forfeited and other estates in this kingdom, and for the regulation of trade, and other purposes: and whereas it is at all times expedient to give every assurance, and to remove every apprehension concerning the title of lands: and whereas it is the earnest and affectionate desire, as well as the true interest of your Majesty’s subjects of this kingdom to promote, as far as in them lies, the navigation, trade, and commercial interests of Great Britain as well as Ireland; and whereas a similarity of laws, manners, and customs, must naturally conduce to strengthen and perpetuate that affection and harmony which do, and at all times ought to subsist between the people of Great Britain and Ireland:
All statutes heretofore made in England or Great Britain, for the settling and assuring the forfeited estates in this kingdom, and also all private statutes made in England or Great Britain, under which any lands, tenements, or hereditaments in this kingdom, or any estate or interest therein; are, or is holden or claimed, or which any way concern the title thereto, or any evidence respecting the same; and also all such clauses and provisions contained in any statutes made in England or Great Britain, concerning commerce, as import to impose equal restraints on the subjects of England and Ireland, or of Great Britain and Ireland, and to entitle them to equal benefits; and also all such clauses and provisions contained in any statutes made as aforesaid, as equally concerning the seamen of England and Ireland, or of Great Britain and Ireland, save so far as the same have been altered or repealed, shall be accepted, used, and executed in this kingdom, according to the present tenor thereof respectively.
Provided always, That all such statutes, so far as aforesaid, concerning commerce, shall bind the subjects of Ireland only, so long as they continue to bind the subjects of Great Britain.
And further all such statutes made in England or Great Britain, as concern the stile or calendar . . . F1 or relate to the continuance . . . . F2 of any commission, or of any writ, process, or proceeding at law or in equity, or in any court of delegacy or review, in case of a demise of the crown, shall be accepted, used, and executed in this kingdom, according to the present tenor of the same respectively.
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