Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas by an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, dated the 30. day of January last, for a new Loane and Contribution towards the reliefe of Ireland it is (amongst other things which conduce to the advance of that service) ordered that the Churchwardens of every Parish (or the Overseers for the poore, where there is no Churchwardens) having collected and gathered the free and charitable Benevolence of all the Inhabitants thereof; and all sum and sums of Monie, Victuall, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, or Commodities that any the said Parishioners shall be willing to lend and disburse, as in the said Ordinance is expressed, shall cause to be written down in a Schedule thereof indented, as well the name and names of the severall Givers as of the Lenders, with the severall sum and sums which shall be by every of them lent or given; and having subscribed their names at the foot of one part of the said Schedule indented, shall deliver that part, together with all such sum and sums of Money, Victuall, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities, unto such person or persons as shall be therefore imployed and intrusted by Order of the Committee of Parliament mentioned in the said Ordinance to bee appointed to take care of the affaires of Ireland, or any eight of them, and that the said person or persons so intrusted, shall upon receipt thereof subscribe the other part of the said Schedule to remaine with the Church-wardens, or Overseers, and Parishioners, as is expressed in that Ordinance, and receiving the Money, Victuall, Arms, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities in the severall Parishes, shall with all convenient speed after the receipt thereof returne the same unto the Treasurers appointed by that Ordinance at the Guildhall London. Now forasmuch as in the directions that have been already given into the several Counties of this Kingdom, to the Commissioners named in the late Act of Parliament for raysing the Subsidie of 400000 li. to whose care and good endeavours the managing of this Affaire is specially recommended; no person or persons are particularly named to receive such Money, Victualls, Armes, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities from the Church-wardens, and Overseers in such manner as the Ordinance of Parliament doth seeme to require, and as may bee for their indempnitie and discharge.
The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, to avoid all ambiguities and hinderances that may retard the service, which is of so great necessity at this present, and to give the best furtherance they may to so pious and charitable a worke which is so well begun in divers parts of the Kingdom already, do hereby authorize and appoint the before mentioned Commissioners named in the late Act of Parliament for raising the Subsidie of 400000. li. in the severall Counties of this Kingdome, and the Dominion of Wales, within the severall divisions of each County, as well within Liberties as without, to receive and take either by themselves, or such persons as they shall depute from the Churchwardens, Collectors, and others that are imployed for such collections, all such Moneys, Victuals, Armes, Ammunition, Goods, Wares and Commodities, as they have, or shall from time to time have collected by vertue of the said Ordinance, together with the Schedules thereof, so to be signed as aforesaid, and to subscribe and deliver back unto those Church-wardens or Collectors, the other part of such Schedules indented for their indempnity and discharge: And the said Church-wardens and Collectors of every Parish, as well within Liberties as without, are hereby required to deliver, without delay, all such Money, Victuals, Armes, Ammunition, Goods, Wares, and Commodities, with the Schedules before mentioned, unto those respective Commissioners, or such as they shall appoint to receive the same, who are in all other respects to observe the former directions given them for the disposing thereof, according to the tenor of the said Ordinance and Orders given them in that behalfe.