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Militia (City of London) Act 1820

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IXCommissioners to issue Precepts to the Wards to raise the Men.

And be it further enacted, That for the Purpose of raising the said Number of Men by this Act required to be provided, the said Commissioners at their Courts shall and are hereby required to issue Precepts to the Aldermen, Deputies, and Common Councilmen of the several Wards of the said City, and Liberties thereof, requiring them to cause the Number of Men herein-before directed to be raised in their respective Wards, to be provided ; and the Aldermen, Deputies, and Common Councilmen of such Wards, or the major Part of them, shall provide the Number of Men directed to be raised in their respective Wards, and who shall be fit and able Men, and be approved by Two or more of the said Commissioners; and the Aldermen or Deputies and Common Councilmen of the several Wards aforesaid, or the major Part of them, shall and are hereby authorized and empowered to give unto such Men, so to be provided, such Bounty as may be found expedient, to serve in the said Militia for such Ward ; and the said Commissioners shall appoint a Court or Courts to be holden, not less than Twenty Days, nor more than Sixty Days, after issuing such Precepts, to receive a Return of the Names and Places of Abode of such Persons as shall be so provided ; and the Aldermen or Deputies and Common Councilmen of the several Wards aforesaid, or the major Part of them, shall direct the Constables, Beadles, or other Ward Officers, to give Notice in Writing to every Person so provided, personally to appear at such Court or Courts, or before such Commissioners as may be appointed by any Court or Courts, to receive, inspect, and attest them, which Notice shall be given at his or their usual Place of Abode, at least Six Days before the Time appointed for their said Appearance; and such Constable, Beadle or other Officer, shall appear at such Court or ;Courts, or before such Commissioners to be appointed as aforesaid, and make Return on Oath of the Days when such Notices were served; and every Person so provided shall, upon such Notice, appear at such Court or before such Commissioners to be appointed as aforesaid ; and if approved there shall be attested, and take an Oath in the Words or to the Effect following; that is to say,

I A. B. do sincerely promise and swear, That I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to His Majesty King George, His Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the Militia of London, in any Part of the Kingdom of Great Britain, for the Defence of the same, for the Term of Five Years, or for such further Time as the Militia shall remain embodied, if within the Space of Five Years His Majesty shall order and direct the Militia to be drawn out and embodied, unless I shall be sooner discharged. And it shall be lawful for any one of the said Commissioners to administer the said Oath ; and in case the said Constable, Beadles, or other Ward Officers, or any of them, shall neglect or refuse to give the said Notice in Writing, in Manner aforesaid, to every Person so provided, to appear as aforesaid, or shall neglect or refuse to appear and make Return on Oath of the Service of such Notice, in Manner aforesaid; every such Constable, Beadle, or other Ward Officer, so neglecting or refusing, in either or both of the said Cases, shall forfeit and pay for each Offence any Sum not exceeding the Sum of Forty Shillings,

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