William and Mary, 1688: An Act to Repeale the Statute made in the fifth yeare of King Henry the Fourth against [the] Multiplying GoldSilver. [Chapter XXX Rot. Parl. pt. 4. nu. 10.]

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Statutes of the Realm: Volume 6, 1685-94. Originally published by Great Britain Record Commission, s.l, 1819.

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5 H. IV. c.4.; Repealed.

Whereas by a Statute made and enacted in the Parliament held in the fifth yeare of the Raigne of King Henry the Fourth late King of England It was amongst other things enacted in these Words or to this Effect namely That none from thenceforth should use to multiply Gold or Silver or use the Craft of Multiplication and if any the same doe they should incurr the Paine of Felony And whereas since the makeing of the said Statute diverse persons have by their Study Industry and Learning arrived to great Skill and Perfection in the Art of Melting and Refineing of Metalls and otherwise improveing them and their Ores (which very much abound within this Realme) and extracting Gold and Silver out of the same but dare not exercise their said Skill within this Realme for feare of falling under the Penalty of the said Statute but exercise the said Art in Forreigne parts to the great Losse and Detriment of this Realme Bee it therefore enacted by the King and Queens most excellent Majestyes by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons in this present Parliament assembled That from henceforth the aforesaid Branch Article or Sentence contained in the said Act and every Word Matter and Thing contained in the said Branch or Sentence shall be repealed annulled revoked and for ever made void any thing in the said Act to the contrary in any wise whatsoever notwithstanding

II. Conditions of Repeal.

Provided alwayes and bee it enacted by the authoritie aforesaid That all the Gold and Silver that shall be extracted by the aforesaid Art of Melting and Refineing of Metalls and otherwise improveing of them and their Ores as before sett forth be from henceforth employed for noe other Use or Uses whatsoever but for the Increase of Moneys and that the place hereby appointed for the Disposall thereof shall be their Majestyes Mint within the Tower of London at which place they are to recieve the full and true value for their Gold and Silver soe extracted from time to time according to the Assay and Finenes thereof and soe for any greater or lesser weight And that none of that Metall of Gold and Silver soe refined and extracted be permitted to be used or disposed in any other place or places within their Majestyes Kingdomes and Dominions

III. What Mine not adjudged a Royal Mine.

Provided alsoe and bee it further enacted by the authoritie aforesaid That noe Mine of Copper Tin Iron or Lead shall hereafter be adjudged reputed or taken to be a Royall Mine although Gold or Silver may be extracted out of the same.


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