Charles I, 1640
A Subsidie granted to the King of Tonnage Poundage and other sums of money payable upon Merchandize exported & imported.

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1819

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'Charles I, 1640: A Subsidie granted to the King of Tonnage Poundage and other sums of money payable upon Merchandize exported & imported.', Statutes of the Realm: volume 5: 1628-80 (1819), pp. 132-133. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47233 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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c. 8. ante, recited.

Reasons for granting the Subsidy by the said act.; c. 12. ante, recited.; Reasons for present Grant.; Grant of Tonnage, every Tun of Wine imported, 3s.; Like Duty over and above on Sweet Wine imported by Merchant Aliens.; Every Awme of Rhenish Wine imported, 12d. Grant of Poundage, every 20s. worth of Goods exported, 12d.; The like Duty on Tin and Pewter Vessels exported. Proviso for Woollen Cloth wrought within the Realm and exported by Merchant Denizens; and for Wools, Woolfels, Hides, and Backs of Leather exported; and for all Wines not before mentioned; and for Fresh Fish and Bestiall imported.

Whereas an act was made this present Parliament intituled A Subsidie granted to the King of Tonnage and Poundage and other sums of money payable upon merchandize exported and imported whereby it is declared and enacted that it is and hath beene the antient right of the subjects of this Realm that no subsidie custome impost or other charges whatsoever ought or may be laid or imposed upon any merchandize exported or imported by subjects Denizens or Aliens without co[m]mon consent in Parliament And the said Commons then taking into theire consideration the great perill that might have ensued by not guarding of the Seas and other inconveniencies which might have followed in case the said Sums of money in the said act mentioned should not have beene granted to your Majestie as in and by the said act, is expressed Did therefore by the advice of the Lords in this present Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and graunt unto your Majestie our leige Lord and Soveraigne. One subsidie of Tonnage and one other Subsidie of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said act is expressed To have take perceive and enjoy the subsidies and other sums so granted by the said act and every of them and every part and parcell of them to your Highnes from the five and twentieth day of May 1641. unto the fifteenth day of July then next ensuing And whereas the said act being determined one other act of the same title was likewise made this present Parliament with like declaration of the right of the subjects of this your Realm by which second act your said Commons did by the like advise of the Lords in this present Parliament assembled and by the authoritie of the same give and grant to your Majestie one Subsidie of Tonnage and one other Subsidie of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said last recited act is specified and contained To have take perceive and enjoye the Subsidie and other su[m]ms so granted by the said last recited act and every of them and every part and parcell of them to your Highnes from the said fifteenth day of July 1641 unto the tenth day of August then next ensuing The said Commons now likewise again taking into theire considerations the great perill that might ensue to this Realm by the not guarding of the Seas and the other inconveniencies which might follow in case the said Sums of money should upon the suddain be forborne to be payed By and with the advice and consent of the Lords in this present Parliament assembled and by the authoritie of the same Doe give and graunt to you our supreme leige Lord and Soveraigne one Subsidie called Tunnage that is to say Of every tun of Wine that is or shall come into this Realme or any your Majesties Dominions by way of merchandize the sum of three shillings and so after that rate and of every tunne of Sweet wines aswell Malmesie as other that is or shall come into this Realme by any Merchant Alien three shillings and soe after the rate over and above the three shillings above mentioned And of every awme of Renish Wine that is or shall so come in twelve pence And alsoe one other subsidie called Poundage that is to say Of all manner of Goods and Merchandize of every Merchant Denizen & Alien carried or to be carried out of this Realm or any your Majesties Dominions or to be brought into the same by way of Merchandize of the value of every twenty shillings of the same Goods and Merchandize twelve pence and soe after the rate and of every twenty shillings value of Tynne and Pewter Vessell carried out of this Realme by every or any Merchant Alien twelve pence over and above the twelve pence aforesaid Except and foreprized out of this Grant of Subsidie of Poundage all manner of Woollen Cloth made or wrought or which shall be made or wrought within this Realme of England and by every or any Merchant Denizen and not born Alien carried or to be carried out of this Realme And all manner of Woolls Woolfels Hides and Backs of Leather that is or shall be carried out of this Realme and all Wines not before limited to pay Subsidie or Tonnage and all manner of fresh fish and bestiall coming or that shall come into this Realme.

II. Merchant Denizen to pay, every Sack of Wool 33s. 4d. every 240 Woolfels 33s. 4d. every Last of Hides and Backs £3. 6s. 8d. and so in Proportion for every greater or less Quantity.

Merchant Strangers to pay, every Sack of Wool £3. 6. 8. every 240 Woolfels £3. 6s. 8d. every Last of Hides and Backs £3. 13s. 4d. and also certain Duties by Letters Patent, or Great or Privy Seal, since 1 Jac. I.

And further the said Commons by the advice assent and authoritie aforesaid Doe give and grant unto you our said liege Lord our Soveraigne for the causes aforesaid One other subsidie that is to say Of every Merchant born Denizen of and for every Sack of Wooll thirtie three shillings foure pence And of and for every two hundred and fourty Woolfels thirtie three shillings four pence And of and for every last of Hides and Backs three pounds six shillings eight pence and so after the same rate for every lesse or greater quantitie for any the same Merchandize more or lesse And of every Merchant Stranger not born denizen of and for every Sack of Wooll three pounds six shillings eight pence and of and for every two hundred fourtie Woolfels three pounds six shillings eight pence And for every last of Hides and Backs three pounds thirteene shillings foure pence and so of all the said Wools Woolfels Hides and Backs and of every of them after the rate And such other su[m]ms of Money as have been imposed upon any Merchandize either outward or inward by p[re]text of any Letters Patents Commission under the Great Seale of England or Privie Seale since the first yeare of the Reigne of his late Majestie King James of Blessed memorie And which were continued and paid at the begining of this present Parliament. To have take enjoy and perceive the Subsidies aforesaid and other the aforementioned su[m]ms and every of them and every part and parcell of them to you our said leige Lord and Soveraigne from the ninth day of August 1641. to the first day of December next ensuing

III. The said Subsidy to be applied according to 1 Jac. I. c. 33.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that the said Subsidie of Tonnage Poundage Wooll and other sums of money shall be taken and employed during the time aforesaid to and for the intents and purposes and upon and under such Provisions clauses & limitations as are contained in one act made in Parliament held in the first yeare of the reign of his said late Majestie King James of Blessed memory intituled An act for the granting, of a Subsidie to the King of Tonnage Poundage Woolls &c

IV. The above Rates on Merchandize to be altered in this Parliament as shall be thought fit.

And it is hereby declared That the sums of money hereby granted upon merchandize are not the rates intended to be continued but the same to be hereafter in this present Parliament altered in such manner as shall be thought fitt.

V. No Penalty in this act or in 1 Jac. I. c. 33. to attach, unless on Persons refusing to compound for Goods imported or exported.

Provided that no penaltie or forfeiture contained in this present act or in the said act made in the first yeare of King James do or shall ensue to any person or persons unlesse they refuse to compound for any Merchandize or Goods imported or exported after notice given of this act penaltie and Forfeiture by Proclamation where the said Goods are or ought to be entred.

VI. Officer, after the Determination of this Grant, receiving the Subsidy, &c. Premunire, and Disability to sue. Exception.

And it is further enacted that any customer or comptroller or any other officer or person that after the determinac[i]on of this grant shall take or receive or cause to be taken or received the said Subsidy sums of money or any other imposition upon merchandize whatsoever exported or imported except the same by Grant in Parliament be due or by such Grant shall become due or have beene continually payed from the end of the reigne of the late King Edward the Third untill the begining of the reigne of the late Queen Mary shall incur and sustain the pains penalties and forfeitures ordained and provided by the Statute of Provision and premunire made in the sixteenth yeere of King Richard the Second and shall alsoe from hence forth be disabled during his life to sue or implead any person in any action reall mixt or personall or in any Court whatsoever

VII. Proviso for Tobacco of English Plantations.

Provided alwaies That this act shall not extend to any imposition or charge upon any sort of Tobacco of English Plantations but that the said Tobacco shall be charged onely with the payment of two pence in the pound and no more

VIII. Persons not to be charged by this act with pretermitted Customs.

Provided alsoe And it is further enacted that this act shall not extend or be construed to charge any person or persons with an imposition or charge of late yeares imposed upon Woollen Cloth and Woollen Commodities known by the name of the pretermitted Customs.

IX. Grants of Subsidies by Letters Patent, &c. void.

Provided alsoe And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that all Grants and Letters Patents under the Great Seale Privy Seale or otherwise containing the Grants of any Subsidies or imposts heretofore made or granted unto any person or persons for or in respect of the transportation exportation or importation of any Goods or merchandize pretended to be due or payable to your Majestie or by any such grants or Letters patents covenanted to be enjoyed or had out of such Subsidies Imposts or Payments as hereafter should be setled by Parliament or otherwise And all Letters Patents or other Grants of the collection of any Impositions heretofore set without consent in Parliament made or granted to any person whatsoever And alsoe all pensions assignac[i]ons of moneys and all other payments whatsoever charged or hereafter to be charged on this subsidy by this act other then for the uses before in this act intended shall be from henceforth utterly void.