Act regarding pardon of penal statutes

Our sovereign lord, considering that the precise and rigorous exaction of the pain, arbitrary and pecuniary, added to penal statutes heretofore made would prove a burden to his majesty's lieges, heavy and insupportable if by his majesty's grace and favour they should not be eased and liberated of the same, in consideration whereof his majesty, being willing to give ease and relief to his subjects of the foresaid burden, has therefore been graciously pleased, with consent of the estates of parliament, to discharge freely, pardon and remit, and by this act discharges, freely pardons and remits all contraveners of the said penal statutes2 in time bygone, except only the statutes concerning the unlawful taking of usury, transporting of money and gold, slaying of red and black fish, with the penalties incurred by the concealers of annualrents and wrongful submitters of the inventories of their money, which are in no way discharged by this present act, nor comprehended under the same.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.191v-192r.
  2. Followed by the words, 'for all deeds done by them, contrary to the tenor of the same statutes' in the printed act, The Acts made in the Second Parliament of our most high and dread sovereign Charles, p.145.