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Hosiery Act 1843

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IIIPersons neglecting to return Materials within a prescribed Time to be subject to the same Punishment as for Embezzlement.

And be it enacted, That if any Person whosoever intrusted with any Woollen, Worsted, Linen, Cotton, Flax, Mohair, or Silk Materials, for the Purpose of being prepared, worked up, or manufactured, either by himself or by any Person or Persons to be employed by or under him, or by himself jointly with any Person or Persons to be employed with, by, or under him, or for any Purpose or Work connected with Manufacture or incidental thereto, or any Parts, Branches, or Processes thereof, or with any Tools or Apparatus for manufacturing the said Materials, shall neglect or delay to return the said Materials, Tools, or Apparatus, or any Part thereof, for the Space of Fourteen clear Days after being required so to do by the Party intrusting him therewith, or by some Person on his Behalf, by Notice in Writing to be served upon or left at the last or usual Place of Abode or Business of such Person (unless prevented by some reasonable and sufficient Cause, to be allowed by the Justices before whom he shall be brought), then and in every such Case all, or so much or so many of the said Materials, Tools, or Apparatus as shall not be returned to the Person so intrusting him therewith within the Time aforesaid, shall be deemed to be embezzled by the Person so neglecting or delaying to return the same ; and the Person so neglecting or delaying to return the same shall for every such Offence be liable to be proceeded against for Embezzlement, in the same Manner, and subject to the same Forfeiture and Penalty, with Costs, and to be applied in the same Manner, as are respectively herein-before prescribed and imposed in respect to Persons selling, pawning, purloining, embezzling, secreting, exchanging, or otherwise fraudulently disposing of the said Materials.

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