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Customs Dcties were collected upon merchandise in England under Ethelred 11., in 979. The King's claim to them by grant of Parliament was established 3 Edw. 1., 1274. Haydn says that Customs duties were instituted to enable the King to afford protection against pirates. They afterwards became a branch of public revenue, and gave rise to much smuggling. ',

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Page 1 Advertisements Column 8, Evening Star, Issue 8057, 6 November 1889

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Page 1 Advertisements Column 8 Evening Star, Issue 8057, 6 November 1889