Mutiny Act 1799

Publication Date:January 01, 1799
 
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Anno Regni GEORGII III. tricesimo nono. An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion; and for the better Payment of the Armyand their Quarters.—

(39 Geo. 3) C A P. XX.

[21st March 1799]

‘Number of Forces 52,051 including 5766 Invalids. ∥ 1.’

S-XLVI In Cases of Emergency, the Secretary at War, by Order of his Majesty, may authorize a General or Field Officer, or the Commissary General of Stores and Provisions, to require Justices to issue Warrants for providing Saddle Horses and Four-wheeled Carriages, let to Hire, and also Vessels used in Canals or Navigable Rivers, with Men and Horses, for the Conveyance of Soldiers and Baggage.

XLVI In Cases of Emergency, the Secretary at War, by Order of his Majesty, may authorize a General or Field Officer, or the Commissary General of Stores and Provisions, to require Justices to issue Warrants for providing Saddle Horses and Four-wheeled Carriages, let to Hire, and also Vessels used in Canals or Navigable Rivers, with Men and Horses, for the Conveyance of Soldiers and Baggage.

XLVI. 'And whereas it may sometimes become necessary, in Cases of Emergency, to provide proper and speedy Means for the Carriage and Conveyance not only of the Arms, Cloaths, Accoutrements, Tents, Baggage, and other Equipage of and belonging to his Majesty's Forces in their Marches, but also of the Officers, Soldiers, Servants, Women, Children, and other Persons of and belonging to such Forces: And whereas it is expedient that Provision should be made for enforcing prompt Obedience to such Orders as his Majesty may in such Cases think fit to issue in pursuance of the Powers by Law vested in him for the Advancement of the General Good and Publick Welfare of the Realm;' be it therefore further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That it shall be lawful for his Majesty, by his Order, distinctly stating that such Case of Emergency doth exit, signified by the Secretary at War for the Time being to any General or Field Officer commanding his Majesty's Forces in any District or Place, or to the Commissary General of Stores and Provisions at Home, to authorize such General or Field Officer or Commissary General as aforesaid, by Writing under his Hand, reciting such Order of his said Majesty, to require all Justices of the Peace within their several Counties, Ridings, Divisions, Cities, Liberties, and Precincts inEngland, Wales , and Town of Berwick upon Tweed , to issue his or their Warrant or Warrants for any of the Purposes herein-after mentioned and such Justice or Justices shall, when and as often as such Requisition in Writing as last mentioned shall be brought and shewn unto any one or more of such Justices, by the Quarter Master, Adjutant, or other Officer of the Regiment, Detachment, Troop, or Company, so ordered to be conveyed, or by any Officer in the Department of the said Commissary General, to issue out his or their Warrant or Warrants to the Constables or Petty Constables, of the County, Division, Riding, City, Liberty, Hundred, and Precinct, from, through near, or to which such Regiment, Detachment, Troop, or Company shall be so ordered to be conveyed, requiring them to make such Provision not only of Waggons, Wains, and Carts kept by or belonging to any Person or Persons, and for any Use or Purpose whatsoever, but also of Saddle Horses, Coaches, Chaises, and other Four-wheeled Carriagesusually let to hire, or kept for that Purpose; and also of Boats, Barges, and other Vessels, used for the Carriage of Coals, Stone, Lime, Manure, or of Goods, Wares, or Merchandizes, or any other Articles or Commodity whatsoever, upon any Canal or Navigable River, with able Men and Horses to drive, navigate, and draw the same, as shall be mentioned in the said Warrant or Warrants, therein specifying the Place or Distance to which such Horses, Carriages, Boats, Barges, or other Vessels and Men shall go and be conveyed, and allowing such Constables sufficient Time to make such Provision, that the neighbouring Parts may not always bear the Burthen; and in case such sufficient Carriages, Horses, Boats, Barges, or other Vessels, and Men, cannot be provided within any such County, Riding, Division, Hundred, City, Liberty, or Precinct, then the next Justice or Justices of the Peace of the next County, Riding, Division, City, Liberty, or Precinct, shall, upon such Requisition in Writing as last aforesaid being brought or shewn to any one or more of them, by any of the Officers aforesaid, issue his or their Warrant or Warrants to the Constables, or Petty Constables, of such next County, Riding, City, Liberty, Division, Hundred, or Precinct, for the Purposes last aforesaid, to make up such Deficiency; and the aforesaid Officer or Officers who, by virtue of the aforesaid Warrant or Warrants from the Justice or Justices of the Peace, are to demand the Carriages, Horses, Boats, Barges, or other Vessels therein mentioned, of the Constable, or Petty Constable, to whom the said Warrant or Warrants shall be directed, is and are hereby required at the same Time to pay down in Hand to the said Constable, or Petty Constable, for the Use of the Person or Persons who shall provide such Carriages, Horses,...

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