Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, the 27th of October, 1654.
Settling the Government.
Ordered, That Mr. Boys and Mr. Yeo be added to the Committee for the Proceedings of the Judges of Salters-Hall: And that they take care of the Bill appointed to be brought in by that Committee, for Relief of Creditors and poor Prisoners.
Leave of Absence.
Paying Custom for the same; For Wheat 4 d. the Quarter; Rye, 3d. the Quarter; Peas, Beans, Barley, or Malt, 2 d. the Quarter: And that the Corn and Grain shall be transported in Ships or Vessels of this Commonwealth.
And they do further humbly report, That Butter may be transported, when the Price shall not exceed 6d. the Pound; paying Custom, if transported in Vessels of this Commonwealth, by a Native, 2s. 6d. the Barrel; and, if transported by an Alien, to pay, for Custom, 5s. the Barrel: Which Barrel is to contain Four Firkins; and each Firkin to contain Fifty-six Pounds net.
And this Committee hath considered of the Statutes made touching Buying and Selling again of Wheat, and other Grains; and do find, that Liberty was given therein when the Price of Wheat is at 32s. the Quarter, and other Grain at the Prices expressed in the said Acts.
And this Committee are humbly of Opinion, That Liberty may be given for Buying, Keeping, and Selling again of Wheat, and other Grains, in Markets, and out of Markets, when the Prices shall not exceed the Rates before-mentioned.