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And no person from and after the passing of this Act shall, within any part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, engrave, cut, etch, scrape, or by any other means or devise, make or knowingly aid or assist in the engraving, cutting, etching, scraping, or by any other means or devise making in or upon any plate whatsoever any bill of exchange, or any promissory note or undertaking, or order for the payment of money, purporting to be the bill of exchange, promissory note, undertaking, or order of any foreign prince, state, or country, or of any minister or officer entrusted by or employed in the service of any foreign prince, state, or country, or of any person or company of persons resident or being in any foreign state or country, or of any body corporate and politic, or body in the nature of a body corporate and politic, or constituted by any foreign prince or state, or any part of any such bill of exchange, promissory note, undertaking, or order, without an authority in writing for that purpose from such foreign prince, state, or country, minister or officer, person, company of persons or body corporate and politic, or body in the nature of a body corporate and politic, or from some person duly authorized to give such authority, or shall within any part of the said United Kingdom without such authority as aforesaid, by means of any such plate, or by any other device or means, make or print any such foreign bill of exchange, promissory note, undertaking, or order for the payment of money or any part thereof, or knowingly, wilfully, and without lawful excuse (the proof whereof shall lie upon the party accused) have in his or her custody any such plate or device or any impression taken from the same; and if any person shall offend in any of the cases aforesaid, he shall be deemed and taken to be guilty of a misdemeanour and breach of the peace, and being thereof convicted according to law shall be liable for the first offence to be imprisoned for any time not exceeding six months, or to be fined . . . F1 or to suffer one or more of the said punishments, and for the second offence to be transported to any of his Majesty’s colonies or plantations for the term of fourteen years: Provided always, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend in any manner whatsoever to repealor alter any law or statute now in force for the prevention or punishment of the crime of forgery in any respect whatsoever within any part of the said United Kingdom.
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