3°& 4° GULIELMI IV. Cap.55.
or Assignment shall take place of and be preferred to any Right, Claim, or Interest which may belong to the Assignee or Assignees of such Bankrupt or Bankrupts in such Ship or Vessel, Share or Shares thereof, any Law or Statute to the contrary thereof notwith-standing.
XLIV. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for any Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Commander in Chief of any of His Majesty's Colonies, Plantations, Islands, or Territories, and they are hereby respectively authorized and required, if any Suit, Information, Libel, or other Prosecution or Proceeding of any Nature or Kind whatever shall have been commenced or shall hereafter be commenced in any Court whatever in any of the said Colonies, Plan-tations, Islands, or Territories respectively, touching the Force and Effect of any Register granted to any Ship or Vessel, upon a Repre-sentation made to any such Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Commander in Chief, to cause all Proceedings thereon to be stayed, if he shall see just Cause so to do, until His Majesty's Pleasure shall be known and certified to him by His Majesty, by and with the Advice of His Majesty's Privy Council; and such Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Commander in Chief is hereby required to transmit to One of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, to be laid before His Majesty in Council, an authenticated Copy of the Proceedings in every such Case, together with his Reasons for causing the same to be stayed, and such Documents (properly verified) as he may judge necessary for the Information of His Majesty.
XLV. And be it further enacted, That if any Person or Persons shall falsely make Declaration to any of the Matters herein-before required to be verified by Declaration, or if any Person or Persons shall counterfeit, erase, alter, or falsify any Certificate or other Instrument in Writing required or directed to be obtained, granted, or produced by this Act, or shall knowingly or wilfully make use of any Certificate or other Instrument so counterfeited, erased, altered, or falsified, or shall wilfully grant such Certificate or other Instrument in Writing, knowing it to be false, such Person or Persons shall for every such Offence forfeit the Sum of Five hundred Pounds.
XLVI. And be it further enacted, That all the Penalties and Forfeitures inflicted and incurred by this Act shall and may be sued for, prosecuted, recovered, and disposed of in such Manner, and by such Ways, Means, and Methods, as any Penalties or Forfeitures inflicted or which may be incurred for any Offences committed against any Law relating to the Customs may now legally be sued for, prosecuted, recovered, and disposed of; and that the Officer or Officers concerned in Seizures or Prosecutions under this Act shall be entitled to and receive the same Share of the Produce arising from such Seizures as in the Case of Seizures for unlawful Importation, and to such Share of the Produce arising from any pecuniary Fine or Penalty for any Offence against this Act as any Officer or Officers is or are now by any Law or Regulation entitled to upon Prosecutions for pecuniary Penalties.