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Notes for Parliamentary Speech about Patents for Salt Making

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P522


Bifolium: notes for Parliamentary speech [draft].Appears to be a draft with corrections, therefore probably in author's hand.


  • Creation: March 28, 1626


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1 folder (1 sheet (4 pages)) : Includes watermark of the coat-of-arms -- bend. (At top: crown?; at foot: pendant). ; 30.7 cm.

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Scope and Contents

Leaf 1 recto: "28 Martij 1626. Mr Whitby reperted from ye Committy of grievances That the Patent of privilege for the makeing of salt by a new way was considered... to be against the statut 21 Ja: [1623] concerning Monopolies & to so be illegal... [and no] new invention... [ends:] truth would appear."

Leaf 1 verso -2 verso: "My Answer. It is evident with how great disadvantage I now speake... [gives history of the patent since 12 James (1614) and why patentees have special privileges]... yet for my owne parte, be it never so legall yf this ho: house shall upon proof and knowledge distast it, I will spit it out... [ends:] And yf this being for a new Invention be iuged illegal; there is no hope for the king thereafter to graunt any Legall patents in this keind."

Physical Location

MS P522

Custodial History

Last page marked in red pencil "428". Such a mark indicates a Manchester Papers -- Public Record Office provenance. Foot of last page marked in pencil 108.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Hofmann, 1977. Gift of Helen Foresman Spencer.

Additional Information

Author not evident from manuscript. Commons Journals for March 1626 mention the report from the Committee for Grievances, and that a Mr More protested, if his Patent were condemned by this House, he would relinquish it. Three Mores were MPs during this Parliament, according to the Returns: Sir George Moore, Poynings More, esq., for Guildford, and John More, esq., for Lymington (More, Moor, and Moore are equally acceptable spellings). The M.P. concerned cannot be Sir George, since he is termed "Mr". The saltworks are actual, not proposed (leaf 2r: "For ye description There needeth non: because the workes are in open view..."). Since Lymington has been known since 1270 for its saltworks (Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary"...) it is more likely that Mr More is John More. John More attended the Parliaments of 1624-25, 1625, and 1625-26.

No technical details given. Inventor: Weymouth (ca 1613?). Shareholders mentioned: The Earl of Warwick, Mr Trembull & Mr Dickensen clerks of the Counsell, Mr Packer.

Guide to the John More Collection
Notes for Parliamentary Speech about Patents for Salt Making
Finding aid prepared by alh, April 13, 1979. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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John More Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS P522, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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