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Statute of Monopolies 1623

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Statute of Monopolies 1623

1623 CHAPTER 3 21 Ja 1

An Act concerning Monopolies and Dispensations with penall Lawes and the Forfeyture thereof.

X1The King’s Declaration against Monopolies and Grants of Penalties and Dispensations;

For as much as your most excellent Majestie in your Royall Judgment and of your blessed Disposicion to the Weale and Quiet of your Subjects, did, in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand six hundred and ten, publish in Print to the whole Realme and to all Posteritie, that all Graunts [X2Monapolyes] . . . F1,are contrary to your Majesties Lawes, which your Majesties Declaracion is truly consonant and agreeable to the auncient and fundamentall Lawes of this your Realme: And whereas your Majestie was further graciously pleased expressely to command that noe Suter should presume to move your Majestie for matters of that Nature; yet nevertheles uppon Misinformacions and untrue pretences of publique good, many such Graunts have bene undulie obteyned and unlawfullie putt in execucion, to the greate Greevance and Inconvenience of your Majesties Subjects, contrary to the Lawes of this your Realme, and contrary to your Majesties royall and blessed Intencion soe published as aforesaid: For avoyding whereof and preventing of the like in tyme to come.

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X1Abbreviation or contractions in the original form of this Act have been expanded into modern lettering in the text set out above and below.

X2Variant reading of the text noted in The Statutes of the Realm as follows: Monopolies O. [O. refers to a collection in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge]

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