Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[30 September, 1647.]
Whereas, by an Ordinance of Parliament of the Three and Twentieth of June last past, intituled, "An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the raising of Money, to be employed towards the Maintenance of Forces within this Kingdom, under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairefax Knight, and for the speedy Transporting and Paying the Forces, for the carrying on of the War of Ireland, the Monthly Sum of Sixty Thousand Pounds is assessed," or to be forthwith assessed, on the respective Counties, Cities, and Places therein mentioned, within the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, to continue for Twelve Months, from the Five and Twentieth of March, 1647, until the Five and Twentieth of March, 1648; and whereas, by another Ordinance of Parliament, bearing Date the 23th of September, 1647, Sir John Wollaston Knight, Thomas Adams, John Warner, Thomas Andrews, and George Witham, Aldermen of the City of London, Francis Allein and John Dethicke Esquires, are appointed and ordained Treasurers at Wars, for the receiving and issuing forth of all the Money assessed, or to be assessed, levied, and paid, by virtue of the said Ordinance of the 23th of June and 23th of September, 1647, for the Purposes, and according to the Directions, therein expressed: And forasmuch as that the said Monthly Assessment cannot be so soon levied, and paid into the Treasury at Guildhall, London, as the present Service of the Public doth require, and that it is necessary, for the Furtherance of the Service both of England and Ireland, that the sum of Eighty Thousand Pounds be forthwith borrowed, whereof the said Sir John Wollaston Knight, John Warner, Thomas Andrews, and George Witham, Aldermen, Francis Allein and John Dethicke Esquires, now Treasurers at Wars, have, in order to the Public Service, proportionably undertaken forthwith to advance, by Way of Loan, the Sum of Thirty Thousand Pounds: For the securing and reimbursing of the said Thirty Thousand Pounds, be it Ordained, and it is hereby Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the respective sums of Five Thousand Pounds, by each of the said Treasurers advanced as aforesaid, to make up the sum of Thirty Thousand Pounds, with the Interest thereof, after the rate of Eight Pounds per centum, from the Time of the Lending thereof, to the Times of the Repayment thereof, to the several Lenders of the same, their Executors, or Administrators, or such other Person or Persons to whom the said Lenders, their Executors, and Administrators, shall, under their respective Hands in Writing, appoint the same or any Part thereof to be paid, shall be reimbursed and paid proportionably to each Lender, or to his or their Executors or Assigns, according to the Sum they have respectively advanced, in Manner and Form following; videlicet, Twenty Thousand Pounds, with the Interest thereof, at One entire Payment, out of the First Money to be taxed, levied, and paid, for the Collection of the Third Month, by virtue of the said former Ordinance of the Three and Twentieth of June; the other Ten Thousand Pounds, with the Interest thereof, at One entire Payment, out of the First Monies taxed, or to be taxed, levied, and paid, for the Fourth Monthly Collection, by virtue of the said former Ordinance; the said several Sums of Twenty Thousand Pounds and Ten Thousand Pounds, with the Interest thereof, to be by the said Treasurers reimbursed and paid each to other, out of the First Money to be received in or for the said several and respective Third and Fourth Months Collection, by Force of the said recited Ordinance of the Three and Twentieth of September, 1647: And in case there be not sufficient raised out of the Third and Fourth Months Levy, Tax, or Receipt, that then the said Treasurers shall have Power, and they are hereby enjoined and required, to reimburse and pay the said Thirty Thousand Pounds, with Interest as aforesaid, or the Remainder thereof, to each other respectively, or his or their Assigns as aforesaid, out of such other Sums of Money as shall be taxed, levied, and paid, by virtue of the said Ordinance of Three and Twentieth of June last, which shall first come to their Hands: And if there shall be a Failure of the Payment of the said Thirty Thousand Pounds, with Interest thereof at the Rate aforesaid, or any Part of the same, out of the said Monthly Collections hereby appointed for the Payment thereof, it is hereby Ordained, That so much thereof as shall be unpaid, out of such other Receipts as shall be in the Power of both Houses of Parliament to dispose of, or by some other Ways or Means to be provided for by both Houses of Parliament, who do hereby undertake the Provision thereof accordingly.
And it is further Ordained, That the said Sir John Wollaston Knight, John Warner, Thomas Andrewes, and George Witham, Aldermen, Francis Allein, and John Dethicke Esquires, are from henceforth continued Treasurers at Wars, to all Intents and Purposes, as are expressed and ordained in the fore recited Ordinance of the Three and Twentieth of September Instant; and are to receive all such Allowances as are therein expressed, as also Three Pence per Pound as well for all such Sum or Sums of Money by them received, as shall hereafter be by them received and paid, for the Service of the Public, as for the Monies by them received, or to be received and paid, by virtue of the fore recited Ordinances; the said Allowances to be defaulted Monthly.