Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Tuesday, the 2d of September, 1651.
Commissioners of Assessments.
COLONEL Downes reports the Draught of a Letter to be sent to the Commissioners for the monthly Assessment in the respective Counties of this Commonwealth: Which was this Day read; and, upon the Question, assented unto; and was in these Words;
The Parliament have, by their Act, herewith sent you, continued the Assessments of 120,000£. a Month, for Three Months, from the Nine-and-twentieth of September next; and ordered, That the same be at once assessed, and the Collection thereof so disposed, and effectually prosecuted, that one Moiety, at the least, may be paid in to the Treasury on or before the Twentieth of October next; and the other Moiety, on or before the First of December next. And, in regard the punctual Observance of their Order therein, so as timely Provisions may be made for the Forces that are now by the Scotts Incursion drawn together, and streightened in Quarters, and for other emergent Occasions, is of that Importance, that the Safety of the whole Commonwealth very much depends thereupon, they have commanded me to recommend to you, who are chiefly concerned, in respect of your Trust, in the Management of this Work, the Necessity for the Improvement of your utmost Endeavours therein. I shall not need to press you with any Arguments, the publick Peace and Safety of this Commonwealth being so highly concerned; and, at this Season, requiring a more than ordinary Care and Diligence: Whereof not doubting, I rest,
An Act for enabling the Commissioners of the respective Militias within this Commonwealth to raise Money for the Maintenance of the Forces by them respectively raised, for the present Service; was this Day read the third time.
And the said Act, so amended, being put to the Question, passed: And it is Ordered, That the said Act be forthwith printed and published; and that the Council of State do take Care to send the same forthwith to the several Militia of the respective Counties, Cities, and Boroughs.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of London, and the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, do give Order, and see, that the several scandalous Pamphlets, called the King's Proclamations, be burnt by the Hand of the common Hangman.
Grant for Navy.
Ordered, That the Information given to the Parliament, that some Persons who have constantly paid their Excise are called to an Accompt for Six or Seven Years past, when as the Monies have been received by the Officers of the Commissioners for Excise, who are not called to an Accompt for the same, be referred to the Committee of Excise to examine the Business, and give Redress herein, or to report it to the Parliament.