By the King.
A Proclamation for the
WHereas it is most apparent, that the Multitude of Coffee-houses of late
years set up and kept within this Kingdom, the Dominion of Wales,
and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed, and the great resort of Idle
and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dange-
rous effects; as well for that many Tradesmen and others, do therein
mis-spend much of their time, which might and probably would other-
wise be imployed in and about their Lawful Callings and Affairs;
but also, for that in such Houses, and by occasion of the meetings of such
persons therein, divers False, Malitious and Scandalous Reports
are devised and spread abroad, to the Defamation of His Majesties
Government, and to the Disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the
Realm; His Majesty hath thought it fit and necessary, That the said
Coffee-House be (for the future) Put down and Suppressed, and both (with the Advice of His
Privy Council) by this His Royal Proclamation, Strictly Charge and Command all manner of
persons, that they or any of them do not presume from and after the Tenth day of January next
ensuing, to keep any Publick Coffee-house, or to Utter or sell by retail, in his, her or their house
or houses (to be spent or consumed within the same) any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea,
as they will answer the contrary at their utmost perils.
And for the better accomplishment of this his Majesties Royal Pleasure, His Majesty doth
hereby will and require the Justices of the Peace within their several Counties, and the Chief
Magistrates in all Cities and Towns Corporate, that they do at their next respective General
Sessions of the peace (to be holden within their several and respective Counties, Divisions and
Precincts) recall and make void all Licenses at any time heretofore Granted, for the selling or Re-
tailing of any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea. And that they or any of them do not (for the
future) make or grant any such License or Licenses, to any person or persons whatsoever.
And His Majesty doth further hereby declare, that if any person or persons shall take upon them,
him or her, after his, her, or their Liquors aforesaid, that then the person or persons so Offending,
shall not only be proceeded against, upon the Statute made it the Fifteenth year of his Majesties
Reign (which gives the forfeiture of five pounds for every moneth wherein he, she or they shall
offend therein) but shall (in case they persevere to Offend) receive the severest punishments that
may by Law be inflicted.
Given at Our Court at Whitehall, this Nine and twentieth day of December 1675. in the Seven
and twentieth year of Our Reign.
GOD SAVE THE KING.
Printed by the Assigns of John Bill, and Christopher Barker,
Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1675.