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the root and foundation of many other enormous sins

Posted Dec 29 2011 11:45am

From England in 1606, An Act For Repressing the Odious and Loathsome Sin of Drunkenness:

“Whereas the loathsome and odious sin of drunkenness is of late grown into common use within this Realm, being the root and foundation of many other enormous sins, as a bloodshed, stabbing, murder, swearing, fornication, adultery and such like, to the great dishonour of God, and of our nation, the overthrow of many good arts and manual trades, the disabling of divers workmen and the general impoverishing of many good subjects abusively wasting the good creatures of God.

“Be it therefore enacted by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same, and all and every person or persons which after 40 days next following the end of this present session of Parliament, shall be drunk, and of the same offense of drunkenness shall be lawfully convicted, shall for each such offence forfeit and lose five shillings of lawful money of England to be paid within one week next after his, her or their conviction thereof….

“If the offender or offenders be not able to pay the said some of five shillings, then the offender or offenders shall be committed to the stocks for every offense, they are to remain by the space of six hours.”


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