An ordinance for the better observation of the Lord’s Day, April 1644

English Parliament

“The Lords and Commons for remedy thereof, do Order and Ordam, and be it Ordered and Ordained, That all the Laws enacted and in force, concerning the observation of the Lord’s Day, be carefully put in execution; and that all and singular person and persons whatsoever, shall on every Lord’s Day, apply themselves to the sanctification of the same, by exercising themselves thereon, in the duties of piety and true religion, publickly and privately: And that no person or persons whatsoever, shall publickly cry, shew forth or expose to sale, any Wares, Merchandizes, Fruit, Herbs, Goods or Chattels whatsoever, upon the Lord’s Day, or any part thereof; upon pain, That every person so offending, shall forfeit the same Goods so cryed, shewed forth, or put to sale: And that no person or persons whatsoever shall, without reasonable cause for the same, travel, carry burthens, or do any worldly labours, or work whatsoever, on that day, or any part thereof; upon pain, That every one treavling contrary to the meaning of this ordinance, shall forfeit for every offense, ten shillings of lawful money; and that every person carrying any burthen, or doing any worldly labour or work, contrary to the meaning thereof, shall forfeit five shillings of like money for every such offense.”

An Ordinance of the Lord’s and Commons assembled in Parliament for the better observation of the Lord’s Day

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