Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[9 September, 1647.]
Names of Committee of Militia for Westminster, and Liberties thereof.; Powers.; Indemnity.; How long Ord. to continue.
The Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled taking into their serious consideration the state and condition of the Kingdom of England, and particularly of the City of Westminster and parts adjacent within the County of Middlesex hereafter mentioned, Do Ordain and Declare, and be it Ordained and Declared by the Authority of Parliament, That Sir Gregory Norton, Knight, Humphrey Edwards, John Trenchard, Cornelius Holland, John Brown, Clerk of the Parliament. William Ball, Richard Keble, George Manley, Josias Berners, Richard Graves, Nicholas Martin, John Hall, John Heylin and Edward Dendy junior, Esquire; William Parker Doctor in Physick, James Prince, Silvanus Taylor, George Crompton, John Robinson, Noah Banks, Peter Linsey, Richard Big, Ralph Farmer, Nicholas Bond, Arthur Squib, John Honnor, Richard Bates, Samuel Smith, John Clendon, Francis Blake, Ralph Grey, John Frampton, Edward Neal, William Dashword, William Duppe, William Stone, and Walter Frost, or any seven or more of them, be and are hereby made, constituted, and appointed a Committee for the Militia of and within the City of Westminster and Liberties thereof, the Parishes of Mary Savoy, Clements Danes, Giles in the Fields, Andrews Holborn, Sepulchres, James Clerkenwel, Mary Islington, and Giles Creplegate, in the county of Middlesex, and every of them, and shall have power, and are hereby authorized, to assemble and call together all and singular person and persons within the said City, Liberties and Parishes that are meet and fit for the Wars, and them to train, exercise, and put in readiness; and them, after their abilities and faculties, well and sufficiently from time to time to cause to be arrayed and weaponed, and to take the Musters of them in places most fit for that purpose; And that they shall have power to lead, conduct and imploy the persons aforesaid arrayed and weaponed, for the suppression of all Rebellions, Insurrections and Invasions that may happen within the said parts: And likewise shall have further Power and Authority to lead, conduct and imploy the persons aforesaid arrayed and weaponed, as well within the said parts, as within any other part of this Realm of England or Dominion of Wales for the suppression of all Rebellions, Insurrections, and Invasions that may happen, according as they shall from time to time, receive Directions from the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament. And that the said Committee, or any seven or more of them as aforesaid, shall have power, and are hereby authorized to constitute and make Colonels, Captains and other Officers; and shall have power to remove and displace Colonels, Captains, and other Officers from time to time, as they or any seven or more of them as aforesaid shall see cause and think fit And that the said Committee, or any seven or more of them as aforesaid, shall have the same power and authority within the said parts, as any Committee for the Militia of the City of London had the Twentieth day of July, Anno Dom, 1647. by any Order or Ordinance of Parliament. And that all and every person and persons who shall act, or do any act or thing whatsoever, by Vertue of this or any former Ordinance or Order of Parliament concerning the said Militia, shall be saved harmless and indempnified concerning the same by authority of Parliament; and shall have the benefit and advantage of the Ordinances of the Lords and Commons lately made, for saving harmless and indempnified all persons as have acted by Authority, and for the Service of the Parliament; And this present Ordinance is to continue until it shall be otherwise Ordered by both Houses of Parliament.