To all Mayors Sheriffs Aldermen Commissioners Iustices of the peace Constables Headboroughs Press-masters and other his Majesties Officers whom these may Concerne.

Whereas by Ancient Charters frome the Crowne and confirmed by his present Majestie as by severall his progenitors and predecessors Kings and Queens of England It hath been and is granted unto the Wardens of the Exchanges Monyers Workmen and other Ministers of his Majesties Mint deputed unto those things which concerne the said Office That they and every of them are and shall bee Freed and discharged from being putt into any Assizes Iuries Inquests or Attaints although the same should touch his Majestie or his heires And that none of them against his will should be Mayor Sherriffe Bayliffe Escheator Constable Collector Inquisitor or Assessor of Tenths Fifteenths Subsidies Talliages Aides or other Impositions nor beare any other Office nor personalservice or duty whatsoever as the said Charter directs And that they and every of them should be quitt and discharged Forever in the City of London and all other Citys Townes and places where they do inhabit and where their Estates do lye of all Assessments Taxations Talliages Aids Loans Contributtions Fifteenths Tenths Subsidies or other Impositions whatsoever And every part thereof to the Kings Majestie his heires and successors by the Comonalty of the Realme of England and otherwise granted and to bee granted And likewise from all Imprests Suites Actions Arrests Attaints &c. And that all pleas and Complaints (pleas of Freehold and of the Crowne only excepted) should bee adjudged before that Mas{ter} of his Majesties Mint And that they or any of them should not bee molested distreyned or otherwise grieved in their Lands Tenements Rents goods or Chattles but should have their due Allowance And discharge thereof before the Treasurer and Barrons of the Exchequer And whereas in the Terme of St Michael in the two and thirtieth year of the Raigne of King Charles the Second upon an hearing before the Barrons of the Exchequer It was in pursuance to the said Charters Ordered That the Collectors of Taxes granted by Parliament or otherwise do upon Certificate under the hand and seale of the Warden of his Majesties Mint Fforbeare to make any distress upon their Estates goods or Chattles or upon their Tenements in any City Towne or place where the same do lye But shall returne them with the susummes assessed upon them in super upon the Accounts of the said Collectors Now I              Esqr. Warden of his Majesties Mint within the Tower of London do hereby Certefy That                     are Officers in the Mint now erected at         being deputed thereunto by me and other Officers in the Mint at the Tower of London and that they and their Clerks and workmen and other Ministers and Labourers imployed by them in the said Mint at       ought have right to enjoy the said privilidges and Immunities before mentioned and all other privilidges that may of right Apperteyne unto him by virtue of the said Charters That they may bee Free to give his constant Attendance unto the service of his Majesties said Mint In wittness whereof I have caused the Seale of the said Office to bee Affixed unto these presents Given under my hand at the Mint within the Tower of London this            day of        in the twelft year of the raigne of our soveraigne Lord King William by the grace of God of England Scotland France + Ireland Defender of the Faith &c Anno Domini 1696

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