Book of rates

James I’s royal treasury had lots of debts; this is a commission to Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury and Secretary of State, to issue a new Book of Rates to try to raise some more money for the Crown. It outlined the size of custom duties collected on items imported from other countries, 5 September 1610 (catalogue ref: SP 14/141f.39)


5th September a Commission to Robert Earle of Salisbury

To give Order for the presenting of the Book of Rates for merchandise where in some merchandise are to be freed from new Impositions [duties] and some others charged…

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