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Honest Millers in 1796

COUNTY of SUSSEX

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That by an Act made in the last session of Parliament “for the better regulation of Mills,” every Miller or other Person, keeping a Mill for  the grinding of Corn, must have a true and equal Balance, with proper Weights, according to the Standard of the Exchequer, which are directed to be examined and proceeded on by every Person, appointed by virtue of an Act passed in the 35th year of his present Majesty, “for  the more effectual Preventation of the use of defective Weights and of  False and unequal Balances,”  in the same manner as is provided in the said last mentioned Act with respect to Weights and Balances.

Every Miller, etc. not having Weights and Balances, to forfeit 20s.

Or not being according to the Standard of the Exchequer, or false or unequal Balance, or obstructing such Persons in examining the same, to be proceeded against, and forfeit the like

Penalties as such Offenders are in the last mentioned Act.

Millers, etc. must weigh Corn before and after it is ground; if required by Persons carrying the same, or forfeit 40 shillings

Millers, etc. Are to deliver the whole Produce of the Corn in weight when ground or dressed; if required, allowing the waste in grinding and dressing, and “Toll where allowed to be taken” or forfeit One Shilling per Bushel, and treble the Value of the Deficiency

Toll (where allowed to be taken) to be taken before the Corn shall be put into the Mill; no Corn before or after being ground, to be taken for Toll, but the same to br paid in Money, on Penalty of Five Pounds, except the Person carrying the same has no Money-price expressed in the Table of Prices.

Every Miller etc.  must put up, in some conspicuous place in his Mill, in fair and legible Characters, a TABLE of PRICES, in money or Toll or Muleture, for which the several  operation of his Mill are to be performed, or forfeit Twenty Shillings.

All Informations are to be made within Ten Days after the Offence is committed.

In pursuance of this order of the court of quarter sessions held at Petworth on the 4th, and at Lewes the 7th, days of this instant October. I hereby do publish the above Extract, and give Notice, that any Miller, or other Person keeping a Mill, within this County, for the grinding of Corn, not complying with the several Requisites above mentioned, will be prosecuted as the said act directs.

                                                                  WILLIAM ELLIS

                                Clerk of the peace for the County of Sussex. 

                                  Horsham, October 14, 1796

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