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or Successors, in any other Office, in respect whereof His Majesty is by this Act enabled to grant any Pension less than £3,000, and who shall have served and shall serve in the said Office of Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland, and also in any 1 or more of the said other Offices, not less than 5 years in the whole, reckoning the period during which such Person shall have filled the Office of Chancellor of the Ex. chequer of Ireland as part of the said 5 years, a Pension to the like amount, and in like manner and under the like regulations in all re. spects, as His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, are by this Act enabled to grant to any Person, having served not less than 5 years in 1 or more of such other Offices respectively.

VI. And be it further enacted, that after the expiration of 2 years from the passing of this Act, it shall be lawful for His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, by any Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual, countersigned by any 3 or more of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury for the time being, to grant to any Person who shall have served His Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, for any period not less than 10 years in any one or more of the Offices of the Under-Secretaries of State, or Clerk of the Ordnance, or Second Secretary to the Admiralty, a Pension during life not exceeding £1,000 per annum; and at the expiration of every further progressive period of 2 years more from the passing of this Act, to grant in like manner another like Pension to any other such Person as aforesaid, until the expiration of 12 years from the passing of this Act, 6 of such last-mentioned Pensions shall have been granted in the whole; and from and after such 6 Pensions of £1,000 each shall have been granted to 6 such Persons as aforesaid, it shall not be lawful for His Majesty, bis Heirs or Successors, to grant any further or other Pension in respect of any such last-mentioned Offices as aforesaid: Provided always, that from time to time, and as often as any such Pension shall cease, by death, forfeiture, or resignation thereof respectively of the Person holding the same, it shall be lawful for His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, to grant in like manner other like Pensions to any other such Person as aforesaid, under such and the like circumstances, limitations, and restrictions as aforesaid; so as that no more or greater number of Pensions than are allowed under the provisions of this Act shall be in force at the same time, and so as that, after the expiration of 12 years, no greater number than 6 such Pensions shall thereafter be granted or existing at any one and the same period of time.

VII. Provided always, and be it enacted, that in case it shall happed that any Person shall have served His Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, in more than 1 of the Classes of Offices specified in this Act, in respect whereof His Majesty is by this Act enabled to grant any Pension less than £3,000, it shall be lawful for His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, to grant under the regulations of this Act, to such Person any Pension not exceeding such Pension as is annexed to the highest Class of Office in which such Person may bave been employed, whenever the whole period of the service of such Person in the several Offices in which he shall have been employed shall amount to 8 years, although the period of the service of such Person in such highest Class shall not have extended to the period of 5 years; provided always, that such Person shall have served in such highest Class for a period of not less than 3 years.

VIII. And be it further enacted, that every Grant of any Pension under this Act, if made to any Person actually holding at the period of such Grant any Office entitling him to the same, shall not take effect during the time of the Person to whom such Pension shall be granted continuing to hold such Office; and that every Grant of any Pension made under this Act, shall also contain a provision and limitation for the suspension of such Pension during the period of the Person to whom the same is granted holding any Office, Place, or Employment under His Majesty, the salary or profits whereof shall be not less than double the amount of such Pension; and shall also contain a provision and limitation for the abatement of one-half of the Pension granted, during the time any Person having any such Pension shall continue to hold any Place,Office, or Employment under His Majesty, of equal or greater amount in salary, profit, or emolument than the amount of such Pension; and no Grant of any such Pension shall be valid, unless such grant shall contain such provisions and limitations as aforesaid.

IX. And be it further enacted, that if any Pension shall be granted under the provisions of this Act to any Person holding any Office, Place, or Employment, or any Offices, Places, or Employments, for the abolition or regulation of which any provision shall have been made by any Act or Acts of Parliament which shall have been passed in the present Session of Parliament, or which shall bave been included and returned in the List made out and certified under the provisions of this Act; then and in every such case, all the interest of such Person in such Office or Offices, Place or Places, Employment or Employments, shall, upon and from the time of the receipt of any payment to such Person in respect of such Pension, wholly cease and determine ; and every such Office, Place, or Employment, which shall by the ceasing of such interest become vacant, shall thereupon be abolished, or regulated according to the provisions contained in relation thereto in any such Act or Acts of Parliament as aforesaid of this present Session of Parliament.

X. And be it further enacted, that all the right, title, claim, and interest of any Person to whom any Pension shall be granted under the provisions of this Act, in every other Pension which may be held by such Person (other than and except such Pension or Pensions as are or may be charged by any Act or Acts of Parliament upon the Consolidated Fund), shall, upon and from the commencement of any Pension granted under the provisions of this Act, wholly cease and determine ; and the amount of every such Pension shall, from and after such determination thereof, and during the period of the interest of such Person in such Pension, go to and make part of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; and the Lord High Treasurer, or Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or any 3 or more of them for the time being, shall, and they are hereby required in every such case to order and direct the retaining in or paying into the Receipt of the Exchequer, to the credit of and as part of the said Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom, the amount of every such Pension during the period of the interest of such Person therein, and so long as such Person would have been entitled to hold, take, and receive the same under any Letters Patent, Warrant, Instrument, or Grant by which such Person held or received such Pension; and all such orders and directions so made by the Lord High Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury shall be valid and effectual, and be carried into execution by all Persons concerned in the issuing or paying any such Pensions; any thing contained in any Actor Acts of Parliament, or Letters Patent, Warrant, Instrument, or Grant, or Law, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding.

XI. And be it further enacted, that every Peusion granted under this Act shall be issued and payable out of, and charged and chargeable upon, the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, next in order of payment to, and after paying or reserving sufficient to pay, all such sums of money as have been directed to be paid by any former Act or Acts, but with preference to all other payments hereafter to be charged thereon as aforesaid ; and the same shall from time to time be paid and payable quarterly, free and clear of all taxes and deductions whatsoever, at the 4 usual days of payment in the year; (that is to say), the 5th day of January, the 5th day of April, the 5th day of July, and the 10th day of October, in each and every year, by even and equal portions.

XII. And be it further enacted, that it shall be lawful for the Lord High Treasurer, or the Commissioners of the Treasury of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for the time being, or any 3 or more of them, and they are hereby authorized and required, by Warrant under their hands, to direct Debentures to be made forth and passed by the proper Officers at the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, from time to time, for paying the said several Pensions or sums of money in manner as aforesaid, and as the same shall from time to time become due and payable, according to the true intent and meaning of this Act, without any fees or charges to be demanded or taken

for paying the same or any part thereof; which said Warrants and Debentures to be made forth and passed thereupon respectively, shall be sufficient authority to the several and respective Officers of the Receipt of the Exchequer, now and for the time being, for the payment of all such Pensions or sums of money, at the respective days in this Act before appointed for such payments, without any further or other Warrauts to be sued for, had, or obtained in that behalf.

XIII. And be it further enacted, that after the signing of any such Warrants or Debentures respectively, the same shall be good, valid, and effectual in Law, according to the purport and true meaning thereof and of this Act, and shall not be determinable or revocable by or upon the demise of His Majesty (whom God long preserve) or any of his Heirs or Successors, or by or upon the death or removal of any of the said Commissioners of the Treasury, or the Lord High Treasurer, or by or upon the determination of the power, Office or Offices of them, or any of them.

XIV. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners of the Treasury, and Lord High Treasurer, Chancellor, and Under Treasurer, Chamberlains and Barons of the Exchequer, and all other the Officers and Ministers of the Court of Exchequer, and of the receipt thereof, now and for the time being, shall, and they are hereby authorized and strictly enjoined and required to do, without see or reward, all such acts, matters, and things as are herein-before directed and required, or shall be necessary to be done and performed by them, or any or either of them, in order to render this Act and the several payments hereby directed effectual.

XV. And be it further enacted, that the acquittance or acquittances, receipt or receipts of the Person or Persons to whom any such Pensions shall have been granted as aforesaid, shall be good and sufficient discharges for the payment of the said Pensions respectively before mentioned, without any further or other Warrant to be sued for or obtained in that behalf; and that the said several Pensions, and every part thercof, shall be clear and free from all taxes, impositions, and other charges whatsoever; and in case any of the Officers of the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer shall refuse or neglect to pay any such Pension, or any part thereof, according to the true intent and meaning of this Act, or to do any act necessary to enable any Person to whom any'such Pension shall have been granted as aforesaid to receive the same, then any such Person as aforesaid may from time to time sue, prosecute, and implead such Officers, or any of them, their Heirs, Executors, or Administrators, by Bill, Plaint, or Action of Debt, and shall and may recover Judgment, and sue out Execution thereupon against such Officers respectively, their respective Heirs, Executors, or Administrators, for so much of any such Pension respectively then due and owing, or any part thereof, as shall be in the

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bands of the Officer or Officers of the Receipt of the Exchequer, at the time or times when such demand shall have been legally made for payment of any such Pensions, or any part thereof as aforesaid, or for the refusal or neglect to do any act necessary to be done by any such Officer or Officers respectively.

XVI. And whereas it is expedient that Accounts should be from time to time laid before Parliament of the various Offices which may be abolished or regulated, by or under or in pursuance of any of the provisions of any Act or Acts of Parliament which may be passed in the present Session of Parliament; be it therefore enacted, that within 1 month after the expiration of the present Session of Parliament, a List shall be made out, and certified by the Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or any 3 or more of them for the time being, and returned to and entered in the Exchequer, of all Offices and Places which have been abolished, or for the abolition or regulation of which any pro. vision shall have been made by any Act or Acts of Parliament which shall bave been passed in the present Session of Parliament; and the Lord High Treasurer of the United Kingdom, or Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury of the United Kingdom, or some 3 or

3 more of them for the time being, shall, within 6 weeks after the next Session of Parliament, cause Accounts to be laid before both Houses of Parliament of every Office contained in such List, together with every Office dependent upon any Office contained in such List, which shall have been abolished or become vacant, and been regulated under or in pursuance of the provisions of any Act or Acts of this present Session of Parliament, since the passing thereof respectively; and shall also from time to time cause like Returns to be made to both Houses of Parliament, within 6 weeks after the meeting of every subsequent Session of Parliament, until all the Offices contained in such List, and all Offices dependent upon any such Offices, shall have been abolished or regulated in manner directed by the said Acts of Parliament.

CORRESPONDENCE between The United States and

Spain, upon the subject of the Spanish Blockade of the
Ports of the Vice Royalty of Santa .-1815-1817.*

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(1.)-Don Luis de Onis to the Secretary of State.-(Translation.) Sir,

Philadelphia, 5th September, 1815. Under the date of 30th June, I am advised by Lieutenant-General Don Pablo Morillo, Captain-General of Caraccas, and Commander of the Expedition which His Majesty has destined to re-establish tran

* Presented to Congress, in Message of 12th of February, 1818.

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