[26 August, 1643.]
Protection for imported Com and Bullion.
The Lords and Commons now in Parliament assembled, having
received information by a Petition of Merchant-strangers, and
others, concerned in the importation of Plate and Bullion into
this Kingdome, That their correspondents inhabiting in the
parts beyond the Seas, have conceived many feares and jealousies
which might discourage them in the usuall importing of Bullion
into this Kingdome; For the better security and encouragement
of all Traders and bringers in of Bullion or Coine into this
Kingdome, doe Declare and Ordaine, That Bullion and Coine,
that shall be brought into this Kingdome, by any English
shipping, shall have free and safe passage and protection, as in
any former times; both by Sea and Land, into the Ports of
Dover and London: and accordingly into, and out of His
Majesties mint in the Tower of London, without any interruption.