Charles I, 1640
A Subsidy graunted to the King of Tonnage Poundage and other su[m]ms of money payable upon Merchandize exported & imported.

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1819

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'Charles I, 1640: A Subsidy graunted to the King of Tonnage Poundage and other su[m]ms of money payable upon Merchandize exported & imported.', Statutes of the Realm: volume 5: 1628-80 (1819), pp. 143-144. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47242 Date accessed: 25 July 2014.


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c. 8. ante, recited.

Reasons for granting the Subsidy by the said Act.; c. 12. ante, recited.; c. 22. ante, recited. ; c. 25. ante, recited.; c 29, ante, recited.; Reasons for the present Grant.; Grant of Tonnage, for every Ton of Wine imported, 3s.; The 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, Woolfells, Hides and Backs of Leather exported, and for all Wines not before mentioned, and for Fresh Fish and Bestial imported.

Whereas an act was made this p[re]sent Parliament entituled A Subsidy graunted to the King of Tonnage and Poundage and other su[m]ms of money payable upon Merchandize exported and imported whereby it is declared and enacted that it is and hath beene the ancient right of the subjects of this Realme that no subsidy 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 considerac[i]ons the great perill that might have ensued by not guarding of the Seas and other inconveniencies which might have followed in case the said su[m]ms of money in the said act menc[i]oned should not have beene graunted to your Majestie as in and by the said act is expressed did therefore by the advice of the Lords in this p[re]sent Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and graunt unto your Majestie our leige Lord and Soveraigne One subsidy of Tonnage and One other subsidy of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said act is exp[re]ssed To have take perceive & enjoye the subsidies and other su[m]ms so graunted by the said act and every of them and every part & parcell of them to your Highnes from the five and twentieth day of May One thousand six hundred forty and one unto the fifteenth day of July then next coming 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 Realme by which second act your said Co[m]mons did by the like advice of the Lords in this p[re]sent Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and graunt to your Majestie One Subsidy of Tonnage and one other subsidy of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said last recited act is specified and conteyned To have take perceive and enjoye the subsidies and other su[m]ms so granted [by the said last recited act (fn. 1) ] and every of them and every part & parcell of them to your Highnes from the said fifteenth day of July One thousand six hundred forty and one unto the tenth day of August then next ensuing And Whereas the said act being determined one other act of the same title was likewise made this p[re]sent Parliament by which third act your said Commons did by the like advice of the Lords in this p[re]sent Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and graunt to your Majestie One subsidy of Tonnage and one other subsidy of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said last recited act is specified & conteyned To have take enjoye and perceive the said subsidies and other su[m]ms so granted by the said last recited act & every of them & every parte and parcell of them to your Highnes from the ninth day of August One thousand six hundred forty and one to the first day of December then next ensuing And Whereas the said act being determined one other act of the same title was likewise made this present Parliament by which fourth act your said Commons did by the like advice of the Lords in this p[re]sent Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and graunt to your Majestie. One Subsidy of Tonnage and one other subsidy of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said last recited act is specified & conteyned To have take enjoye & perceive the said Subsidies & other su[m]ms soe granted by the said last recited act & every of them & every part and parcell of them to your Highnes from the last day of November One thousand six hundred fortie and one unto the first day of February then next ensuing And Whereas the said act being determined one other act of the same title was likewise made this p[re]sent Parliament by which fifth act the said Commons did by the like advice of the Lords in this p[re]sent Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same give and grant to your Majestie One subsidy of Tunnage and one other subsidy of Poundage in such manner and according to such rates as in the said last recited act is specified To have take enjoye & perceive the said subsidies & other su[m]mes soe granted by the said last recited act and every of them and every part and parcell of them to your Highnes from the first day of February One thousand six hundred forty & one unto the five and twentieth day of March then next following The said Commons nowe likewise againe taking into theire consideration the great. perill that might ensue to this Realme by the not guarding of the Seas and the other inconveniencies that might follow in case the said su[m]mes of money should upon the suddaine be forborne to be paid By and with the advice and consent of the Lords in this present Parliament assembled & by the authority of the same Doe give and graunt to you our supreame Lord & Soveraigne One subsidy called Tonnage that is to say Of every Tonne of Wine that is or shall come into this Realme or any your Majesties Dominions by way of merchandize the su[m]me of three shillings and so after that rate And of every Tunne of Sweet Wines as well Malmsey 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 menc[i]oned And of every awme of Rhenish Wine that is or shall soe come in twelve pence And alsoe one other Subsidy called Poundage that is to say Of all manner of goods & merchandize of every merchant denizen & alien carried or to be carried out of this Realme 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 & 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 Subsidy of Poundage all manner of Woolen Cloath made or wrought or which shall be made or wrought within this Realme of England and by every or any Merchant Denizen and not borne 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 subsidy or Tonnage And all manner of Fresh Fish & bestiall coming or that shall come into this Realme.

II. Merchant Denizen to pay every Sack of Wool 33s. 4d.

every 240 Woolfells 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. 6s. 8d.; every 240 Woolfells £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. 1

And further the said Commons by the assent advice & authority aforesaid Doe give and graunt unto you our said leidge Lord our Soveraigne for the causes aforesaid One other Subsidy that is to say Of every Merchant borne denizen of and for every sacke of Wooll thirty three shillings foure pence and of and for every twoe hundred and forty woolfels thirty three shillings foure pence and of and for every Last of Hides & Backs three pounds six shillings & eight pence and soe after the same rate for every lesse or greater quantity for any the same merchandize more or lesse And of every Merchant Stranger not borne Denizen of and for every Sack of Wool three Pounds ( (fn. 2) ) six shillings eight pence and of and for every two hundred forty 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 every of them after the rate And such other su[m]mes of money as have beene imposed upon any merchandize either outward or inward by p[re]text of any Letters Patents Commission under the Great Seale of England or Privy Seale since the first yeare of the reigne of his late Majestie King James of Blessed Memory and which were continued and paid at the begining of this present Parliament To have take enjoye and perceive the subsidies aforesaid & other the aforementioned su[m]mes and every of them and every part and parcell of them to you our said leige [Lord (fn. 3) ] and Soveraigne from the foure and twentieth day of March One thousand six hundred forty & one to the third day of May next ensuing

£3.; and also certain Duties by Letters Patent, or Great or Privy Seal, since 1 Jac 1.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that the said subsidy of Tonnage Poundage Wooll and other su[m]mes 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 and limitac[i]ons as are conteyned in one act made in Parliament held in the first yeare of the reigne of his said late Majestie King James of Blessed Memory entituled An act for the granting of a Subsidy to the King of Tonnage Poundage Wools &c.

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

And it is hereby declared that the su[m]mes 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 fit

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

Provided that no penaltie or forfeiture conteyned in this present act or in the said act made in the first yeare of King James doe 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 penalty and forfeiture by Proclamation where the said goods are or ought to be entred

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.

VI. Officer after the Determination of this Grant receiving Subsidy, 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 su[m]mes of money or any 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 paid from the end of the ( (fn. 4) ) late King Edward the Third untill the begining of the reigne of the late Queene Mary shall incurr and sustaine the paines penalties and forfeitures ordeined and provided by the Statute of Provision and Premunire made in the sixteenth yeare of King Richard the Second and shall also from henceforth 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 Plantac[i]ons but that the said Tobacco shall be charged only 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 alwaies 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 Cloath and Woolen co[m]modities knowne by the name of the p[re]termitted customes

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

Proviso for Allowance of Duties on imported Goods exported.

Provided alsoe And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that all Grants and l[ia]res Patents under the Great Seale Privy Seale or otherwise conteyning the Grants of any subsidies or imposts heretofore made or granted to any person or persons for or in respect of the transportac[i]on exportac[i]on or importac[i]on of any goods or merchandize pretended to be due or payable to your Majestie or by any such Grants or l[ia]res 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 l[ia]res 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 penc[i]ons 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 shalbe from henceforth utterly voide Provided that if any Merchant shall exporte any Goods and merchandize which have beene formerly imported & the customes and other duties for the same truly paid that in such case the same allowances shall be made to every such Merchant as have beene formerly by vertue of your Highnes Privy Seale.

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