[6 August, 1646.]
Ord. of 24 Nov., 1645.; Measure of Fother of Lead.; Excize on Silver and Gold.
For the better putting in execution and explanation of an Ordinance of Parliament dated the 24. of November, in the yeer 1645.
for an Additional Excize or New-Impost for Payment of the Artificers, and others; Be it Declared and Ordained by the Lords
and Commons assembled in Parliament, That twenty hundred
weight shall be accompted for one Fother of Lead, and that the
Maker or Smelter thereof, shall be liable to the payment of five
shillings the Fother, as well as the first Buyer, if he be exporter
thereof. That four pence shall be paid by way of Excize for
every ounce Troy, and so for a greater or lesser quantity proportionably of Silver or Gold, that any Refiner, Gold-smith,
Gold-drawer, or other shall prepare, melt down or disgross, or
cause to be prepared, melted down or disgrossed for Wyer, the
same to be paid by every such Refiner, Goldsmith, Gold-drawer,
or other at the Bar where the same shall be disgrossed.
Excize on Copper, &c.
That eight pence shall be paid upon every pound weight containing sixteen ounces Averdupois, so proportionably for a
greater or lesser quantity of all Copper or other Metal that any
Wire-drawer, Goldsmith, or other shall prepare, make fit or
disgross, or cause to be prepared, fitted or disgrossed for wire,
the same in like manner to be paid by every such Wire-drawer,
Goldsmith, or other, at the Bar where the same shall be disgrossed.
All Metal to be brought to one place to be disgrossed for Wire.; Penalty for keeping disgrossing instruments elsewhere.; Abatement on waste made in disgrossing.
And be it likewise Declared and Ordained by Authority aforesaid, as well for the securing, discovering, and collecting of the
several sums of Money imposed and declared by this present Ordinance upon all Silver, Gold, Copper, and other Metal disgrossed for
Wyer, as to prevent the false making of these Commodities; and
that the Excize may be leavyed equally upon all the Makers
thereof, that all Gold, Silver, Copper, and other Metal to be disgrsssed for Wire as aforesaid, be brought to one certain Place or
Places, appointed or to be appointed by the Commissioners of
Excize within the City or County where such Metal is prepared or
fitted, and there disgrossed, and not elsewhere: And that no Bars,
Benches, Screws, Engines, or other Instruments for disgrossing,
be used and allowed in any other place, upon forfeiture of all
such Silver, Gold, Copper or other Metal as shall be found to be
disgrossed elsewhere, or double the value thereof, to be Leavied,
Raised, and Disposed of in such maner and form as is directed
by the 13. and 15. Articles of the Ordinance of Excize of the
11. of Sept. 1643. And for the better encouragement of all
Traders and Dealers in any of the said Commodities, that for all
waste that shall arise and be made in the disgrossing or working
of any of the said Gold, Silver, Copper, and other Metal, the
same being brought in like maner, and at the same place afterward melted down, such abatements and allowances shall be made
and given, as shall be thought fit by the Commissioners of
Excize, or such as they shall appoint under their Hands and
Metal thread to be made into skeins and marked.; Excize on all Metal thread imported to be paid by First Buyer.; Same to be marked before sale in like manner as native silver and metal thread.; Excize on Oils reduced, and to be paid by First Buyer.
And for prevention of all fraud that may otherwise be practised
to elude this Ordinance, Be it in like maner Ordained, that all
right Silver, and Silver and Gold Threed be made up into
Skeans, and all Copper and Brass Thread into Skeans or on
Quils, and brought in like maner to a certain place or places,
appointed or to be appointed by the Commissioners of Excize,
there to be Marked or Sealed with such Mark or Seal as shall
be made or appointed by the said Commissioners, upon penalty
of like forfeiture before expressed; Provided, That no Officer
or other shall take or demand any fee or reward whatsoever,
of any Trader or Dealer in any of the said Commodities for
that service. And for the better encouragement and increase of
the Manufacturer in this Kingdom; Be it likewise Ordained,
That all Gold, Silver & Copper Thred imported or to be imported, shall pay by way of Excize & New Impost in every
twenty shillings value thereof, and so proportionably for a
greater or lesser quantity (besides the rate already imposed)
Twelve pence, the same to be paid by the first Buyer thereof
from the Merchant, Importer or Ingrosser, and shall be received,
collected and issued forth in such maner, and to such intent
and purposes as are appointed and directed by the said Ordinance
of the Twenty fourth of November last, first above mentioned.
And likewise, that the same before sale thereof be sealed and
marked in like maner as the native silver, and Silver and Gold
Thred, upon penalty of like forfeiture as is before expressed,
without any fee or reward also had, or given to any Officer imployed for that service. And it is further Ordained and Declared by authority aforesaid, That all Linseed Oyle, Whale Oyle,
Rape Oyle, Pilchard, and all other Oyles made and spent in this
Kingdom, formerly set at Twelve pence, shall now pay onely Six
pence upon every Twenty shillings value, and so proportionably
for a greater or lesser quantity, to be paid also by the first Buyer,
and the Maker to accompt every moneth for all Oyles made and
delivered, upon pain of Five pounds to be forfeited and leavied
by Distress for every default therein.
Excize on Silks to be paid by First Buyer.
That the Excise of Six pence charged upon every Twenty shillings value of Silks dyed, besides the Twelve pence at first imposed, was, and is intended, and hereby declared to be received
and leavied on Silk dyed, and that the same, as also the Excize
of Three pence upon every Twenty shillings value of Silk in
the Gums already thrown, shall be paid by the respective first
Excize on native Soaps to be paid by Maker.
That the several and respective Rates of Excise, laid and imposed on the several and respective sorts of Soap made in this
Kingdom, over and besides what the same were at first charged
with, and Ordained to be paid by the first Buyer, shall be all
respectively paid by the Maker thereof; and likewise that the
addition of Eighteen pence the firkin made to the Eighteen pence
before imposed on Soap imported, be taken off the Firkin, and
paid and leavied on every Twenty shillings value thereof, and so
proportionably for a greater or lesser quantity by the first Buyer
thereof from the Merchant or Importer.
Reduction of rate on Lamperns.
And lastly, That all Lamperns for bait of Codfish, rated at ten
shillings the thousand, shall pay onely Twelve pence in the