Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[10 July, 1643.]
The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, taking into their serious Consideration the Danger to which the associated Counties are liable, in Case the Popish Northern Army should force a Passage through Lincolneshire into Norff. have thought good, for the Prevention thereof, and for better Safety of the Town of King's Lynne, Marshland, the Isle of Eley, and the adjacent Parts of Lincolneshire, to afford the Inhabitants thereof all fit Means towards their Defence; and do therefore Ordain, That the Committee formerly nominated by both Houses of Parliament, for settling the Peace and Safety of the Town of Lynne, or the greater Number of them, shall and may order the making Works of Fortification in or about the Town of Lyn, and all other Places of the said County of Norff adjacent, for Defence of the County; allowing to the Owners of the Ground, upon which such Works shall be erected, such reasonable Recompence as shall be adjudged meet by the said Committee, or the greater Number of them; and shall place in the said Works such Commanders and Soldiers as they shall think fit: And, for the better securing of the said Town and associated Counties, the Lords and Commons do likewise Ordain, That the Trained Bands of the Hundreds of Marshland, Freebridge, Clacklose, and South-Green, and the Forces of the said Town of Lyn, shall mutually assist each other, upon all necessary Occasions, as they shall be required and directed by the said Committee, or the greater Number of them, or by the Commands of both or either Houses of Parliament; and that the said Trained Bands and Forces of Lyn shall not be commanded forth upon any other Services, without Consent of the said Committee, or the greater Number of them: And the Lords and Commons do further Ordain, That the said Committee, or the greater Number of them, shall forthwith rate and collect such Sums of Money, in the said Hundreds, and Town of Lyn, as shall be necessary, according to the settled Proportions appointed for the Weekly Assessment for and towards the making of the said Fortifications, and Maintenance of the same: And lastly, the said Lords and Commons do Ordain, That Sir Vallentyne Pell Knight shall be added to the said Committee, and shall be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norff.; and the said Committee, the Inhabitants of Lyn, the said Trained Bands, and every of them, and all other assisting in that which they shall do in Pursuance of this Ordinance, shall be saved and kept harmless, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament.