Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas by one Act of Parliament, Entituled, An Act for the taking away of Fines upon Bills, Declarations, and Original Writs, it was Enacted, that from and after the fifth of August, One thousand six hundred fifty three, no Fines should be taken upon Bills, Declarations or Original Writs, but that such Writs should be from thenceforth issued, and such Bills and Declarations admitted and filed without taking any Fine; And whereas upon the seventh of November, One thousand six hundred fiftie three, it was resolved, That the general words in the said Act, do extend to take away the Fines upon Writs of Covenant, and Writs of Entry, but no care or provision is had or made for making good Writs of Covenant, and the Fine and Assurance thereupon, notwithstanding the not entring of the Fines heretofore called the Kings Silver, which may cause disputes and differences in after times, and be very prejudicial to the people of this Common-wealth in their common Assurances: For preventing of which danger, and for the better satisfaction of purchasers and others in their assurances, Be it Declared and Ordained by His Highness the Lord Protector, and by with the advice and consent of His Council, That such Purchaser or Purchasers as have since the said fifth day of August, sued out such Writs of Covenant and Writs of Entry, may, if they think fit, cause such Writs to be brought to the Alienation Office, and have Fines there set, and in such cases no new Fees shall be taken for passing the said Writs in those Offices through which they have already passed; And that from and after the fifth day of September, One thousand six hundred fifty four, Fines shall be set and taken upon such Writs of Convenant and Entry, by the Officers who formerly did, or shall be hereafter authorized to do the same, Any thing in the said Act or Vote aforesaid to the contrary notwithstanding.