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A DECLARATION OR Remonſtrance, TO HIS MAJESTIES Loyal and Faithful Subjects; TOUCHING

  • Brokers,
  • Uſurers,
  • Scrivenors,
  • And Solicitors:

For, and in behalf of all Merchants, Citizens, Countrey-men, and other His Majeſties good Subjects, within the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Dominion of Wales.

London, Printed for George-Horton, 1660. Sept 4


A DECLARATION TO All His Majeſties loving Subjects, touching Brokers Uſurers, Scrivenors, and Solicitors; For, and in behalf of all Shoo-makers, Wea­vers Butchers, Victuallers, Chandlers, Dra­pers, Clothworkers, Taylors, Wire-drawers, Gold Smiths, and Silver-Smiths.

AMongſt the reſt of His Sacred Maje­ſties many Illuſtrious Titles, which like fair and beautiful Flowers, do adorn & bedeck His Royal Crown, there'sone exceds and excels all the reſt, aſwell in Vertue as in Beau­ty,2 and that is His Title of Defender of the Faith, &c. And, indeed, as that Title is his Majeſties Honour, ſo the Truth of it is His Subjects Happi­neſſe. For, neithr the higheſt Provc tions, nor the ſtrongeſt Tempttions that ever Prince met withall, hath been able to ſlake hisictorious Faith, nor abate his holy Zeal: Witneſſe his Gracious Majeſties firſt Act, after his Returno the Exerciſe of his Regal Power, in his early and timely ſuppreſ­ſing Prophaneneſſe and diſcountenancing debaucht perſons, who know not how to expreſſe their Thankfulneſſe unto GOD for Mercies, but by a ſin­ful drinking them away; a practiſe his Majeſties Soul ahors.

Theſe his eminent Vertues, and excellent Qualifi­cations that God hath beſtowed upon Him, to make him every way wothy and fit for Government, in­vitd the Parliament, with joyfulearts, to make their humble Addreſſes to his Majeſty for his Roy­all Aſſent to ſeveral Bills; Amongſt whih, the Bill intituled, An Act to prevent the taking of exceſſive Uſuy, was by his Majſty ſigned, to the great con­tentment of all Loyal and Faithful Subjects.

The reſtraining men of avaritious minds whoſe Conſciences are as large as their Bags, will be a great eaſe to the People, and an inablement to3 the Merchants the better to go on with their Trades. They are the laborious Bees that bring in Honey into his Majeſties Hive; and Uſurers are the lazie, idle Drons,hat rob this precious Hive of the honey.

For preventing all ſuch Abuſes for the Future, It is Enacted by the Kings moſt Excellent Majeſty, and the Lords and Commons in this preſent Par­liament Aſſembled, That no peron or perſons whatſoever, from and after the 29th day of Septem­ber, 1660. upon any Contract, ſhall from and after the ſaid Day, take directly oindiectly for Loane of any Moies, Wares, Merchandiſe, or oher Com­modities whatſoever, above the value oſix pounds for the Forbearance of one hundred pounds for a year, and ſo after that Rate for a greater or leſſer ſum or for a longer or ſhorter time. And that all Bonds, Contracts, and Aſſrnc's whatſoever, made after the time aforeaid, for payment of any Principall or Money to be lent or covenaned to be perſon­med upon or for any Uſury.


Whereupon or whereby there ſhall be reſerved or taken above the rate of ſix pounds in the hun­dred as aforeſad ſhall be utterly void.

And all perſons whatoever, who ſhall after the 29 day of September, are hereby deſired to take no­tice, That if any perſon or perſons ſhall take, accept, and receive, by way or means of any corrupt Bargain, Loan, Exchange, Shift, or Intereſt of any Wares or Merchandiſe whatſoever, or by any deceitful way, or conveyance, for the forbearing or giving day of payment for one whole year, of and for their Mo­ney, or other thing, above the ſum of ſix pounds for the forbearing of one hundred pounds for a year, and ſo after that Rate for a greater or leſſer ſum, or for a longer and ſhorter Terme, ſhall forfeit & loſe for every ſuch Offence, the treble value of the Mo­nies, Wares, Merchandiſe, and other things ſo lent, bargained, ſold, exchanged, or ſhifted. And all Scri­venors, Brokers, Solicitors, Drivers of Bargains for Contrats, who ſhall after the ſaid 39. day of Sep­tember, take or receive, directly or indirectly, any Sum or Sums of Money, or other Reward or Thing for Brokage, Soliciting, Driving, or procuring the Loan, or forbearing of any Sum or Sums of Money, over and above the Rate or value of five ſhillings for the Loane, or forbearing of one hundred pounds for5 a year, and ſo rateably, or above twelve pence for making or renewing of the Bond or Bill for the Loane, or for forbearing thereof, or for any Coun­terbond or Bill concerning the ſame, ſhalll Forfeit for every ſuch Offence twenty pounds, and have im­priſonment for half a year: The one moyety of all which Forfeitures to be to the King our Sove­raign Lord, His Heirs and Succeſſors; And the other moiety to the perſons that ſhall ſue for the ſame, in the ſame County where the ſeveral Offences are committed, and not elſewhere.


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TextA declaration or remonstrance, to His Majesties loyal and faithful subjects; touching brokers, usurers, scrivenors, and solicitors: for, and in behalf of all merchants, citizens, countrey-men, and other His Majesties good subjects, within the kingdoms of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Dominion of Wales.
AuthorEngland and Wales. Sovereign (1660-1685 : Charles II).
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Bibliographic informationA declaration or remonstrance, to His Majesties loyal and faithful subjects; touching brokers, usurers, scrivenors, and solicitors: for, and in behalf of all merchants, citizens, countrey-men, and other His Majesties good subjects, within the kingdoms of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Dominion of Wales. England and Wales. Sovereign (1660-1685 : Charles II). [2], 5, [1] p. printed for George Horton,London :1660.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Sept 4".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Usury -- Early works to 1800.
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