An Act to enforce the Act for the Increase and Incouragement of Seamen
( CINQUE PORTS ) ( WILLIAM III ) INCOURAGEMENT OF SEAMEN 1697, Act of Parliament
WITH FINE WOODBLOCK ARMS ON COVER
Published: Printed by Charles Bill and the Executirix of Thomas Newcomb deceas'd Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1697
Stock code: 3465
6 leaves, folio, BLACK-LETTER, with fine woodblock arms of William III on upper cover; disbound, sewed as issued, a remarkably crisp, clean copy ideal for framing and display.
The Act deals in detail with the provisions to be made for 'such registered Mariners or Seamen, Watermen, Fishermen, Lightermen, Bargemen, Keelmen or Sefaring Men'. Towards the end of the Act, particular provision is made for the Cinque Ports 'Whereas in the whole Jurisdiction of the Cinque-Ports, and their Towns and Members on the Coasts of Kent and Sussex, there are not any Justices of the Peace nor Divisions...Such Certificate as aforesaid shall be sufficient, where no Justice of the Peace shall be residing or inhabiting within Three Miles of such Port or Town'. The nature and condition of this Act makes it very suitable for framing and display. VERY SCARCE.