Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[4 May, 1643.]
King's Revenues from South amptonshire to be used for maintenance of garisons of Portsmouth, etc.; If insufficient, moneys raised by Weekly Assessment to be paid in by Treasurer.; 1000l. to be repaid to Sir Wm. Lewis, and arrears up to 300l. to Garrison of Hurst Castle.;Treasurers, etc., to be protected and saved harmless.
Where the Garison of Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, Cashiot Castle and South-Sea Castle in the County of Southampton, have been usually paid and maintained out of his Majesties Revenues: And whereas there are Arreares due to the Officers and Souldiers of the said Garison and castles, which wee hold fit should be speedily paid: And whereas it is of great consequence to the safety of that county and the whole Kingdom, that the said Garison and castles should be well repaired, and put into a good posture of Deience: Be it therefore Ordained by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament Assembled, That his Majesties Revenues issuing and arising out of said county, shall be wholly imployed towards the maintaining and repairing of the said Garison and castles, and towards the paying of the Officers and Souldiers belonging to the same. And it is likewise Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That his Majesties Receiver of the said county, his Deputy or Deputies, shall pay in such summes of Money as he, or they shall receive of his Majesties Revenues, issuing and arising out of the same county unto John Rivers of Benstead in the county of Southampton, Gentleman: And bee it also Ordained, That the said John Rivers, shall and may issue forth and deliver, by the warrant and direction of the Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Southampton, or any three of them, the said Revenues or any part thereof, to bee employed towards the maintaining and repairing of the said Garison and castles, and towards the paying of the Officers and Souldiers as aforesaid: And bee it further Ordained, That if in case his Majesties said Revenues, issuing and arising out of the said county, shall not bee sufficient or enough for the maintaining and repairing of the said Garison and castles, and for the paying of the Officers and souldiers as aforesaid: that then it shall and may bee lawfull for the Treasurer or Receiver nominated and appointed by the Ordinance of Parliament of the eleventh of February, one thousand six hundred forty and two, or any Person or Persons nominated by the said Treasurer or Receiver, and approved according to the direction of the said recited Ordinance, or for the collectors nominated in the said County, by vertue of the Ordinance for the weekly Assessements, to pay and issue forth by the warrant and appointment of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Southampton, or any three of them, any summe or summes of money that the said Treasurer, Receivers, collectors, or the Person or Persons so nominated and approved of as aforesaid, or any of them shall receive by vertue of this present Ordinance. or the fore-recited Ordinance, or any of them: And whereas One thousand pounds hath been laid out and disbursed by Sir William Lewis Baronet, Governour of Portsmouth, towards the paying of the Officers and Souldiers of the said Garison: And whereas certain Arreares are now due to the Officers and Souldiers of Hurst castle aforesaid, not exceeding three hundred pounds: Bee it therefore Ordained by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may bee lawfull for the said Treasurer, or Treasurers, Receiver, or Receivers, Collector, or Collectors, or the said Person or Persons nominated and approved of as aforesaid, to pay and issue forth out of such moneys as they, or any of them, shall receive by vertue of this present Ordinance, or the said recited Ordinances, or any, or either of them, to the said Sir William Lewis one thousand pounds, receiving his Acquittance for the same; and to John Button Esquire, Captain of Hurst castle the Arreares due to the Officers and Souldiers of Hurst castle aforesaid: receiving in like manner his Acquittance for the same. And bee it lastly Ordered and Ordained, That Duplicates of Rolls be made of such sums of money as shall bee received, disbursed, employed, or expended in pursuance of this Ordinance, upon just account to be made & allowed by the Commons house of Parliament, where the said Treasurers, Receivers, the said Person or Persons nominated and approved, and the said Collectors shall be only accountable for their Receipts and disbursements: And they, and all other persons aforesaid, for whatsoever they shall doe in pursuance of this Ordinance, shall bee protected, defended, and saved harmlesse in their Estates, Lands, Goods and Persons by the Authority and power of Parliament.