Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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An Act for limiting and setling the prices of Wines.
9 June, 1657.]
Price of Spanish Wines.; Gascoigne or French Wines.; Forfeiture for selling at higher rates; How they shall be disposed.
Be it Enacted by his Highness the Lord Protector and this present Parliament, and by the authority of the same, That for one year, to be accompted from the fifteenth day of August, One thousand six hundred fifty seven, No Canary Wines, Muscadels, or Alligants, or other Spanish Wines, shall be sold by Retail, at any Rate, Proportion, or Price, exceeding Eighteen pence the Quart. And that no Gascoigne or other French Wines whatsoever, shall be sold by Retail, at any Rate, Proportion, or Price, exceeding Seven pence the Quart. And that no Rhenish Wines whatsoever shall be sold by Retail, at any Rate, Proportion or Price, exceeding Twelve pence the Quart. And according to these Rates, Proportions and Prices, for greater or lesser quantities, by Retail, all and every the aforesaid Wines shall and may be sold and at no other Rate, Proportion, or Price, exceeding the same respectively, upon pain and penalty that every person within England, Scotland, and Ireland, who shall utter or sell any of the said Wines by Retail; that is to say, by the Pint, Quart, Pottle, or Gallon, or by any other greater or lesser Retail-measure, at any Rate, Proportion, or Price, exceeding the Rates, Proportions and Prices hereby respectively Limited and Appointed, do and shall for every such Pint, Quart, Pottle, Gallon, or other greater or lesser Retail-measure so sold, forfeit the sum of five Pounds; All which aforementioned forfeitures shall and may be recovered by Original Writ of Debt, Bill, Plaint or Information; In which Suit or Suits no Wager of Law shall be admitted, nor any Protection or Essoign allowed. The one third part of all such Forfeitures shall be to the use of his Highness the Lord Protector and his Successours, and the other two third parts to the use of such person and persons as shall sue and prosecute for the same.