that behalfe to be had, procured or obteyned; Provided alwaies, and our intente and meaning is, That if wee, our heirs or successors, shall at any tyme or tymes hereafter, dureing or within the said terme of ten years, paie or cause to be paide to the said Sir Francis Crane, his executors or assignes, at one entire payment, soe much lawfull money of England as, together with such sommes of money, whicn the said Sir Francis Crane, his executors or assignes shall in the meane time receive in liewe of one thousand poundes per annum, parcel of the said annuitie of two thousand poundes per annum, intended to the said Sir Francis Crane for satisfaction of his said debte, shall make upp the full somme of six thousand poundes for the aforesaid debte, and soe much more as the interest thereof, to be accompted after the rate of eight poundes for a hundred by the yeare shall amounte unto in the meane tyme from the date hereof, That then and from thenceforth, all further payments of the saide one thousand poundes, intended for satisfaction of the aforesaid debte and all arrearages thereof then incurred, shall cease and determyne, but the other one thousand poundes, parcell of the said two thousand poundes, shall contynue and remayne in force, to be ymployed for and towards the maintenance and supportation of the said woorke, according to our gracious intention in that behalfe, anie thing in theis presents contained to the contrarie notwithstanding.
And lastlie, our will and pleasure is, that theis our letters pattents, or the inrollment of them, shall be sufficient and of validitie, according to the true meaning of the same.
Although express mention, &c.
In Witness, &c.
Witnes our self at Westminster the tenth daie of May.
Per Breve de Privato Sigillo.
De Concessione dismissionis Francisse Ducisse Richmond et Lenox et Francisco
A. D. 1625. 1 Car. 1mi
CHARLES, by the Grace of God, &c. To all to whome these presents shall come, Greeting.
Whereas, our most deare and royall father, Kinge James, of blessed memory, having bene, divers yeares since, informed of the great prejudice and daily losse which his loveing subjects did susteyne, by the use of private and unwarranted farthing tokens of lead, brasse and other mettale, which divers vintners, victuallers, tapsters, chaundlers, bakers and other inferior tradesmen, were then wont to obtrude and putt upon their chap- men and customers in the buying and selling of small commodities; And finding in his royall wisdom that, besides the inconvenience and losse that these tokens brought with them to the poorer sort of people, the use of them was not without some wrong to his royall prerogative, which ought not only to authorize all sorts of coyne, but whatsoever else in the nature of coyne should serve as the measure of buying and selling; Out of these considerations, which were for the preservation of his Majesties own honour and the good and benefitt of his luveing subjects, itt pleased his Majesty thereupon to appoynt and ordeyne, by lettres patents under his great seale of England, that a convenient quantity of one uniforme sort of farthinge tokens should be exactly and artificially made in copper, with his____________________