August 1645: An Ordinance enabling the Committee of the Militia of London to search for Papists and other ill-affected persons that come out of the Kings Quarters.

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Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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August, 1645

[15 August, 1645.]

Members of Committee. for Militia of London; Power to Committee to search for Papists and Delinquents; Also for Arms, etc.; Ord. not to extend to Members, etc. of either House.

For the better enabling of the Committee of the Militia of the city of London to discharge their duty, & put in execution the several Ordinances of Parliament committed to their care, It is Ordained by the Lords & Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That Iohn Langham and Richard Chambers Aldermen, Francis Allen, Col: Wilson, Alexander Iones and Iohn Bellamy, shal be and are hereby added to the said Committee: And it is further Ordained, That the Committee of the Militia of the City of London shall have power, and is hereby Authorized by themselves, or such as they shall appoint within the Extents and Limits of their Authority, to search for Papists or other persons that come from the King's quarters, or cannot give a good accompt of their business or abode within the Limits aforesaid, or that have or shall discover their ill affection to the Parliament; And also to search for Arms, Ammunition and Materials for War in the custody of such persons; And to do and execute all Power and Authority given unto them for that end and purpose in an Ordinance of both Houses of the 27. of Febr. 1644. during such time as the said Ordinance shall continue in force: Provided always, That this Ordinance, or any clause or thing therein contained, shall not extend to the Lords of Parliament, or Peers of this Realm within the Parliaments Quarters, or to the Members of the House of Commons, or Assistants, Officers or Attendants of either of the Houses of Parliament respectively.