Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament have made an Ordinance for the speedy raising and leavying of money throughout the Kingdome of England and Dominion of Wales, for the reliefe of the Common wealth, by taxing such as have not at all contributed or lent, or not according to their estates and abilities: And whereas the Associate-Counties of Essex, Suffolke, Norfolke, Cambridge, Isle of Ely, Hertford, and County of the City of Norwich, out of their good and ready affections have lately sent Forces with Armes, Powder, Bullet, and other Ammunition out of their severall Counties, for the defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdome, which they have paid with all the Officers belonging to the said Forces, for two moneths, but having many charges lying upon them, cannot pay the said Forces and Officers any longer without their great impoverishment: The said Lords and Commons doe therefore ordaine, that such summe and summes of money as are and shall be assessed upon such person and persons as are of ability and have not contributed and lent, and have contributed and lent, yet not according to their abilities, by vertue of the said Ordinance in the said respective Counties, shall be imployed to the use, and for the maintaining of the said Forces sent out of the said Counties respectively: And that all such summes of money so assessed and rated as aforesaid, as shall be received by the Collectors nominated for that purpose shall be paid by the said Collectors to such Treasurers as shall be appointed by the Committees named in the said Ordinance in their respective Counties, or any three or more of them; And that the said Treasurers shall dispose of the same to the use aforesaid upon warrant directed to them under the hands of the Lieutenant or Deputy-Lieutenants of the said respective Counties, or any two or more of them.