According to your lordships' reference of the 13th of this instant July, I have considered of the certificate of the Lord Chichester, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Alderman Cockayne, and George Lowe concerning restraint of exportation of wools, woollen yarn etc. out of Ireland into foreign parts. And I do approve the said certificate with the explanations, alterations and provisions following:
1. First that the five towns named in the certificate as staple towns in England be not understood to pretend any new charters or privileges of staple but only be understood to be towns correspondent for the receiving of wools etc out of the staple to towns of Ireland without any other novelty.
2. Secondly that whereas of the towns of Ireland mentioned in the certificate four of them are ancient staple towns viz, Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Drogheda and one is made a staple town by a late charter from his Majesty, viz. Limerick and three are not yet erected to be staple towns, viz., Galway, Knockfergus, and Londonderry, it is fit that the three towns which have yet no charter of staples have charters to erect them into Staple towns only for these commodities. And it is convenient also that the four other ancient staple towns and Limerick either by accepting of new charters or otherwise by order of the Council of State there be induced to be conform unto the orders which shall now be prescribed for the staple to the end there may be one uniform course held in all the towns.
3. Thirdly that the orders and privileges of all the said charters be considered of and framed here in England and also the charters thereupon to pass here.
4. Fourthly that whereas part of the commodities mentioned in the said certificate are expressly forbidden by the statutes of Ireland to be exported, viz., wools and wool fells and part of them are doubtful, whether they be comprehended in the statutes or no, viz., morlings, shearlings, lambskins and woollen yarn, it were very fit that there were a general proclamation for the restraint of the law where it is clear as for the supply of the same where it is doubtful, and so the orders of the staple to work equally for all.
5. Fifthly whereas it is mentioned in the certificate that if the four ancient towns shall refuse the reception of one his majesty's subjects into their society, then the lord deputy to transfer the staple of wool etc. to such other four towns as his lordship shall think fit; This is to be understood that in case of such refusal the town refusing shall be excluded of the benefit of the non obstante or privilege to export, for otherwise that those that they have already by charter cannot be transferred. And the like I would wish to be done if they will not conform themselves to the king's order for the staple of wools.
6. Lastly, all the staple towns must have their Charters or non obstante of the statutes made against exportation of wool etc as well such as make it felony as otherwise. And also the forfeiture which by statute is given to the towns must be released.
There would be also good care taken that the fine of the admittance into the staplers company be not great and that none come in but merchants.