Anno Regni Guilielmi III. Regis … At the Parliament begun at Westminster the two and twentieth day of November, anno dom. 1696 … An act for the increase and encouragement of seamen [etc.].
London: Charles Bill and the executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1696. Small folio, pp. , being -492 of the Acts of Parliament, removed from binding; browned, some foxing. Text in black letter throughout. Establishes a provision for "Seamen who by age, wounds, or other accidents shall become disabled for future service at sea, and shall not be in a condition to maintain themselves comfortably, may not fall under hardships and miseries, may be supported at the public charge, and that the children of such disabled seamen … may in some reasonable manner be provided for and educated." This act also provides for the founding and endowing of a Seaman's Hospital at Greenwich, the services of which will be available to all seamen who "register themselves, in and for His Majesty's sea-service," as well as their families. Item #18640