Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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The Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament being fully satisfied and resolved in their Consciences, that they have lawfully taken up Arms, and may, and ought to continue the same for the necessary defence of The true Reformed Protestant Religion, and of themselves and the Parliament from violence and destruction, and of this Kingdom from forraign Invasion, and for the bringing of notorious offenders to condigne punishment, which are the onely causes for which they have raised, and do continue an Army and Forces, which cannot possibly be maintained, nor the Kingdom Subsist without the speedy raising of large and considerable sums of money proportionable to the great expenses which now this Kingdom is at, for the supporting of the said Army, and for the saving of the whole Kingdom, our Religion, Laws and Liberties from utter ruine and distruction, which that it may be done with as much ease and indifference to the good Subject, as the Exigent of the Times will permit. The said Lords and Commons do Ordain, and be it ordained by the said Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That for the intents and purposes aforesaid the severall weekly Summes of Money hereafter in this Ordinance mentioned, shall be charged, rated, taxed and levyed, upon all and every the severall Counties, Cities, Towns, Liberties, Places, and Persons, hereafter mentioned, according to the Proportions, Rates, and Distributions in this present Ordinance expressed, the same to be paid in weekly to the severall Collectors appointed by this Ordinance for the receiving hereof. That is to say,
All persons both lay and ecclesiastical to be taxed.; Also all Fraternities, Guilds, etc.; Aliens, etc., and Popish Recusants to pay double.; Payments to be proportionable to estates.; Church Ornaments, etc., and Servants' Wages excepted.
And be it further Ordained, That as well every person of the Estate of a Baron or Baronesse, and every Estate above, and all and every other person and persons born within this Realm of England, Wales, or other the King's Dominions, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall; and every Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mystery, Brotherhood, and Communalty Corporate, or not Corporate, as well Ecclesiastical as Temporall, within the Realm of England, Wales, or other the King's Dominions, for the value of every pound, which every such Person, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mystery, Brother-hood and Communalty, Corporate or not Corporate, hath of his or their own, or that any other hath to his or their use or uses, as well in Corn, as in Plate, Stock of Merchandize, or any manner of Corn and Grain, Household Stuff, and of all other Goods, Moveables, as well within this Realm as without, and of all such sum and sums of Money as to him or them is, are, or shall be owing, whereof he or they trust in his or their conscience to be paid (except and out of the premises deducted such sums of Money as he or they owe, and in his or their conscience intend truely to pay, and except also the Apparell of every such person, their wives and children, belonging to their own bodies (saving Jewels, Gold, Silver, Stones, Pearl) shall pay towards the said weekly Sum and Sums of Money so assesed as aforesaid; And every Alien and Stranger born out of the King's Obeysance, as well Denizens, as others Inhabiting within this Realm; And also every Popish Recusant, convict, or not convict, shall pay towards the Sums aforesaid, a proportion double to those of the like Estates being no Aliens or Recusants: And that every person born within the King's Obeysance, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall; and every Corporation, Fraternity, Guild, Mystery, Brotherhood, and Communalty Corporate, or not Corporate, as well Ecclesiasticall as Temporall, for every Estate that every such person or persons, and every Corporation, Fraternity, Guild, Mystery, Brother-hood, and Communalty Corporate, or not Corporate, or any other to his or their use, in Trust or otherwise, hath in Fee-simple, Fee Tayl, for term of life, term of years, by Execution, Ward-ship, or by Copy of Court Roll, of and in any Honours, Castles, Manners, Lands, Tenements, Rents, Services, Tythes, Oblations, Obventions, Annuities, Offices of Profit, Fees, Corodies, or other yearly Profits or Hereditaments, as well within ancient Demeasne, and other places priviledged, as elsewhere, shall pay to and towards the said weekly sums, his and their proportionable part and proportion of such Sum or Sums of Money, as are imposed, charged, and set upon each severall County, according as the same shall be divided, distributed, taxed or set upon each severall Town, Hamlet, Parish, or Place where such person or persons is or shall be chargeable by this Ordinance, and the true intent and meaning thereof except, and alwayes fore-prized from the Charge and Assessement of the Sums aforesaid, all Goods, Chattels, and Ornaments belonging to any Churches or Chappels, which have been ordained and used in any Churches and Chappels, for the service of Almighty God; and except yearly wages due to servants for their yearly Service.
And the said severall Sums so charged and set upon the said severall Counties, Cities, Towns, Liberties, Places, and persons aforesaid, shall by Authority of this Ordinance be Taxed, Sessed, and Rated according to this Ordinance, in every Shire, Riding, Lath, Wapentake, Rape, City, Burrough, Town, and every other place within this Realm of England and Dominion of Wales, before the first day of August, in the year of our Lord God, 1643.
And the first payment of the said weekly Sums so Assessed by this Ordinance, shall be made at or before the third day of August, 1643. And the said weekly payments are to continue for two Moneths (accounting twenty eight dayes to the Moneth) next ensuing from the said third day of August, unless the King's Army shall be disbanded in the meantime. And for the better expediting of the said Service, Be it further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the persons hereafter named shall be Committees for the several and respective Counties and Places hereafter mentioned: That is to say:—
For the County of Bedford, Sir John Burgoyne, Baronet, Sir Thomas Alston, Knt. and Baronet, Sir Oliver Luke Knight; Sir Samuel Luke, Sir John Rolt and Sir Roger Burgoyne Knights; Thomas Rolt, Thomas Sadler, James Beverley, Lewis Monox, Edw. Osborne, Robert Stanton, Samuel Browne, Esquires: Humphrey Monox, Will. Duncombe, John Vaux, Humphrey Fishe, John Neale, the Maior of the Town of Bedford for the time being, and Francis Bannister, Doctor in Physick.
For the County of Berks, Sir Francis Knolles, Sir Francis Pile, Baronet; Sir George Stonehouse Knt. and Baronet; Sir Robert Pye, Henry Martin, Tanfield Vachell, Edmund Dunch, Peregrine Hoby, Colonell Ven, Roger Knight, Henry Powle, Tho. Phettiplace, George Purefoy, and John Sourby Esqs.
For the County of Buckingham, Sir Richard Ingolesby, Knt; Sir Hennage Proby, Sir Richard Piggot, Henry Bulstrode, Tho Terrill, Richard Greenvile, Esquires; Sir Peter Temple, Knt. and Baronet; Sir Alexander Denton, Anthony Ratcliffe, Thomas Westall, Edmund West Esquires; Sir William Andrewes, Sir Thomas Saunders Knights; Bulstrode Whitlocke, Arthur Goodwyn, Richard Winwood, Thomas Terringham of Nether Winchinden, Thomas Fountaine, William Wheeler, and Thomas Bulstrode, Esquires.
For the County of Cambridge, Sir Dudley North, Sir John Cuts, Sir Thomas Martin Knights; Thomas Symonds, Dudley Pope Esq; Sir Miles Sandys Knight, Francis Russell, Oliver Cromwell, Tho: Ducket, William Fisher, James Thompson, Walter Clopton, Robert Castle, Thomas Bendish, Edward Clark, John Welbore, Robert Clarke, Michael Dalton Junr., Thomas Parker, John Hobard, Thomas Castle, George Glapthorn, John Towers, Henry Butler, Edw: Leeds, William Marsh and Humberston Marsh, Esqrs.
For the County of Chester, Sir George Booth Knight and Baronet, Sir William Brereton Baronet, Tho. Stanley, Henry Manwaring, Henry Brook, John Bradshaw, Robert Duckenfield, Henry Vernon, John Crew and William Marbury, Esquires.
For the County of Cornwall, Sir Alexander Carew, Francis Buller, John Trefusis, John St Aubin, Richard Erisey, John Moyle, Francis Godolphin of Trevenegue, Tho. Gewen, John Carter, Tho. Arundell senr Esqrs.
For the County of Devon, Sir John Pool, Sir John Northcott Baronets, Sir Edmund Fowell Knt. Sir Samuel Roll, Sir Shilston Calmady, Sir Nicholas Martin, Sir Richard Strode, Sir Henry Ruswell Knights, Sir Francis Drake Baronet, Robert Savory, Henry Walrond Esquires, Sir John Bamfield Baronet, Henry Worth, Hugh Fortescue, Arthur Upton, George Trowbridge Esq. Charles Vaughan, Will. Gould, Thomas Bond, George Perd, Richard Ferris, Esqrs, John Champney, John Weare of Halberton, Thomas Drake of Wishcomb, William Fry, John Yeo, Sampson Hele and John Wadden Esqrs.
For the County of Derby, Sir George Grisley, Knight and Baronet, Sir John Gell Baronet, Sir John Curson, Knight and Baronet; Sir John Cook junior, Knight; Sir Samuel Sly Knight, Henry Wigfall, Thomas Gell, Nathaniel Fallowayes, Gilbert Thacker, James Abine Esquires, Sir Edward Cook, Baronet, Francis Burdet, Randall Ashenhurst and Robert Wilmot Esquires; Luke Whittington, Maior of Derby, the Maior of Chesterfield, William Allestrce Esq.
For the County of Dorset, Sir Thomas Trenchard, Sir Walter Earle Knights; John Brown, John Fitz James, Thomas Tregunell, John Bingham, John Hanham, John Trenchard, Dennis Bonds, Esquires; William Savage, Thomas Tregunell, Richard Broderip, William Sidenham, junior; Robert Butler Esquires; Richard Rose, Thomas Ceeley, John Henley Esquires; John Hill of Dorchester Esquire, the Mayor of Dorchester for the time being, John Fitz-james, Edmund Ogdam, Mr. Sansom, of Blandford, M. Hussey of Shaftesbury, M. Chetle of Blandford, Mr. John Whitway, Robt. Rode, W. Kerridge.
For the County of Durham, Hen: Warmouth, George Lilborne, Tho. Midford, Robert Hutton, Tho: Shadforth, Clement Falthrop, Rich: Lilborn, Francis Wren, John Blackeston, Henry Draper, Jo. Brackenbury Esquires.
For the County of Essex, Sir Thomas Barrington, Knight and Baronet, Sir Harbottle Grimston, Knight and Baronet, Sir William Hicks, Sir William Masham, Sir Rich: Everard Baronets, Sir Martin Lumley, Knt. and Baronet; Sir Thomas Cheek, Sir Hen. Mildmay of Wansted, Sir Will. Rowe, Sir Henry Holcraft, Sir Thomas Honywood, Sir Will. Martin, Sir John Barington Knights; Harbottle Grimston, Will. Masham, Timothy Middleton, John Sayer, Henry Mildmay of, Nathaniel Bacon, Anthony Luther, Jo: Wright, Oliver Raymond, Rob: Smith Thomas Cooke, Deane Tyndall, Henry Farr, Cary Mildmay Richard Harlackenden, Rob. Wiseman of Mayland, Robert Bourn, John Meade, John Eden, Thomas Clapton, Arthur Barnardiston, Isaack Allen of Haseley, William Goldingham, Will: Atwood, John Atwood, Peter Whitcomb, Jo: Broke, Henry Wiseman, John Eldred, John Pike, Robert Young, Francis Stonehard, John Watkins, Edward Berkehead, George Thoroughgood, Esquires; Richard Wiseman, Thomas Cook, John Correll, Will: Turner of Winbishe, Jeremy Aylet, Will: Collard, Robert Crane, Dr. Read of Buchanger, Robert Calthrop, Thomas Adams of Thaxsteed, John Alliston, Will: Harlackenden, Jo: Thurgood of Wadden, Isaack Wincall, Samuell Plaine, Francis Williamson of Walden, John Fenning, and Thomas Allyet Gent.
For East-Riding. Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Sir Will: Constable, Sir Will: Fairfax, Sir Matthew Bonton, Sir Philip Stapleton Knight, Sir Will. Strickland, Baronet, Sir Hen. Cholmley, Colonell Lambert, Colonell Bointon, Sir Thomes Rymington knight, Rich: Rymington, Thomas Stockdale, John Anlaby, Rich: Darley, Hen: Darley, and John Allured Esq.
North Riding. Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Sir Will: Constable, Sir Will: Fairfax, Sir Henry Cholmley, Sir William Sheffield Knights; Sir Henry Fowles Baronet, Sir Matthew Boynton, Baronet, Colonell Lambert, Colonell Bointon, Thomas Stockdale, Bryan Stappleton, Henry Darley, Hen: Anderson, John Wastall, Christopher Perchley, George Trotter, Matthew Smelt, John Legard de Malton, Francis Lascells, Jeffery Gate, John Dent, Tho: Robinson, Francis Boynton, Esq.
West Riding. Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Tho. Fairfax, Sir Will. Constable, Sir Will. Fairfax Sir Thomas Maleverer, Baronet; Sir Will: Lister, Sir John Savill, Sir Henry Cholmley, Sir John Reresby Knights, Charles Fairfax, Henry Ardington, Will: West, John Farrer, William White, Tho: Maleverer, George Marwood, John Robinson, Thomas Stockdale, Thomas Westby, John Bright, Tho: Bosevill, Godfrey Bosevill Esqrs.
For the County of Gloucester, Sir John Seymour knight, John Coderington, Edw. Stephens, Samuell Coderington, Tho: Estcourt, Jo: Stephens, Evans Soyce, Tho: Stephens, Vincent Gookin, Will Selwyn, Tho: Pury, Esquires; Stephen Fowler, Rich: Talbois, and John Gyfford, Gent.
For the City of Bristoll, Colonell Nathaniel Finnes, Governour; Colonell Alexander Popham, John Finnes, Esquire, Richard Allworth, Maior; Joseph Jackson, and Hugh Brown Sheriffs, Richard Hallworthy Alderman, Luke Hodges, Henry Gibbs, and Clement Walker Esquires.
For the County of Southampton and the Isle of Wight. Sir Henry Worseley, Sir Will: Lewis Baronets: Sir Thomas Jarvois, Sir William Lisle, Sir John Oglander, Sir Henry Clarke, Sir John Compton, Sir Richard Kingsmill Knights; Sir John Leigh, Rob: Dillington, Rob. Wallop, Richard Whitehead, Rich. Norton, John Doddington, Rich. Jervois, John Lisle, Tho: Carne, Cols: Bartholomew Meux, Dowce Fuller, John Button, Edward Hopper, Edward Dennis, Jo: Bulkley, Thomas Clarke, John Kemp, Richard Major, Francis St. Barbe, Nich. Love, John Filder, Will. Wither, Tho: Chaundler, James Tutt and John Pitman Esqrs.
For the County of Hertford. Charles Lord Viscount Cranbourne, Robert Cecill Esq. Sir John Gerrat Baronet, Sir Thomas Dacres, Sir Will. Litton, Sir John Whitterounge Knights, Sergeant Atkins, Rich: Jennings, Edw. Wingate, Ralph Freeman, Will: Leman, Will Priestley, John Haydon, Alexan: Wilde, Gabriell Barbar, Rich. Porter, Capt. Scroggs, Adam Washington; Esq. Sir Jo. Read, Baronet; Sir John Harrison, Norton Gravely Esq, Dr. King, Doctor in Phisick.
For the County of Huntingdon, Sir Thomas Cotton, Baronet. Sir John Hewet, Knight, Onslow Winch, Terrill Joceline, Tho: Templer, John Castle, Oliver Cromwell, Abraham Burwell, Edw. Mountague, and John Bulkley, Esq.
For the County of Kent. Sir Thomas Walsingham, Sir Anthony Weldon, Knights; Sir Norton Knatchboll, Baronet; Sir Edw. Pathericke, Tho: Selliard, John Boyes Senr. Esq; Sir John Sidley, Sir Humphrey Tufton, Knights and Baronets, Augustine Skinner, and Rich. Lee, Esq; Sir Edw. Scot, Knight; Sir Henry Heyman, Knt and Baronet; Sir Henry Vane junr. Knight; Sir Edw. Hales, Knt. and Baronet, Sir George Sands, Sir John Honywood, Sir Will: Brooke Knights; Sir Michael Lewsey Baronet, Tho. Blunt Esq; Sir Edw: Boyes, Sir Rich: Hardresse, Sir James Oxenden, knights, Samuel Short, Esq; The Maior of Ternerden for the time being, William Boyes, Henry Sampford Esquires, Sir Robert Honeywood, and Sir Peter Godfrey, Knights; Richard Browne, Robert Scot, William James and Maxewill Dixwell Esquires.
For Kingston upon Hull, Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Sir Will: Constable Baronet; Thomas Raikes Maior; Lancelot Roper, John Barnard, Joshua Hall, Nicholas Denman, William Popple, Gent.; Henry Bernard, Peregrine Pelham, Esqrs.
For the county of Lancaster. Sir Ralph Ashton and Sir Thomas Stanley, Baronets; Ralph Ashton, Richard Shuttleworth, Alexander Rigby, John Moore, Richard Holland, Edward Butterworth, John Bradshaw, Peter Egerton, Geo: Dodding, Nich: Conliff and Thomas Pell, Esquires; Robert Concliff, Robert Curwen John Nowell, Gent.
For the County of Leicester. Henry Lord Gray of Ruthin, Thomas Lord Gray of Groby, Sir Arthur Haselrig Baronet, Sir Edward Hartopp and Sir Thomas Hartopp, Sir Martin Lister, Knights, William Hewit, John Gembridge, Peter Temple, George Ashby, Richard Bent, Arthur Stanley, William Danvers, Thomas Haselrig, John Goodwyn, Thomas Cotton, Francis Hacker, Esquires; Richard Ludlam, now Maior of Leicester, William Stanley and William Villers, Aldermen there.
For the city of Lincoln, and the Close of Lincoln. The Lord Willoughby of Parham, Sir John Wray, Knt. and Baronet; Sir William Armyne, Sir John Brownlow, Sir William Brownlow, Sir Thomas Trollop, Baronets; Sir Edward Ayscough, Sir Hamond Whitchcot, Sir Christopher Wray, Sir Anthony Ireby, Knights; Tho: Grantham, Thomas Hatcher, John Broxholm, Mountague Cholmley, John Archer, Esquires; William Burg Gent., Edward Ayscough, Henry Massingbeard, William Savile, Thomas Savile, Edward King, Draynard Massingbeard, Edward Roseiter, Esquires, the Maior of Boston for the time being, John Harrington, Samuel Cust, John Brown, William Hobson, Gent.; Charls Empson, Thomas Welby, Thomas Hall, Martin Johnson, Yeoman; Wyat Perkins, Gent; Norris Cave Esq, Thomas Grantham, John Broxholm Esq: Robert Morecraft, William Watson, and Stephen Dawson; Aldermen.
For the county of Middlesex and Liberties of Westminster. Sir Henry Vane senior; Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Baronet; Sir John Francklyn, Sir Edw: Barkham, Baronet; Sir John Hippesley, Sir John Danvers, Sir William Roberts, Knights, Sir Richard Sprignall, Baronet, Sir John Conyers, Knight of the Tower of London; Lawrence Whitacre, Thomas Wilcox, John Morris, Richard Downton, Thomas Swallow Esquires, John Brown Esq. Clerk of the Parliament; Sir Thomas Fowler, knt. and Baronet; Sir Robert Pye, Sir William Ashton, Sir James Harrington, John Glyn Esquire, Recorder of the Cities of London and Westminster; John Trenchard, Will: Wheeler, Justinian Paget, John Huskeley Esquires; William Bell, John Brigham, Anthony Withers, and William Barns, Gent.
For the County of Norfolk, Sir Thomas Woodhouse Knight and Baronet; Sir John Holland Baronet, Sir John Bots Baronet; Sir John Hobart, Knight and Baronet, Sir Miles Hobart, Sir Thomas Huggen, Knights; John Cook, John Spelman, Phil. Beddingfield, Samuel Smith, The Bayliffs of Yarmouth, the Maior of Lynn, Thomas Toll and John Percivall of Lynn, Thomas Windham, Francis Jeremy, Robert Wood, Gregory Gawfell, John Haughton, Thos. Weld, Martin Sedley, Thomas Sotherton Esquires, Sir William Heveningham, William Cook, Robert Rich, Esquires; Sir Richard Bernay, Sir Isaac Ashley, Sir John Palgrave, Knights; and Brigs Fountain, Esquire.
For the County and City of Norwich. Sir Edward Barkham, Baronet; Sir Thomas Gawdy, Sir Edward Ashley, Sir Thomas Guibon, Knights; Thomas Russell, John Walpool, Robert Wilton, Robert Jeremy, John Guibon, Robt Shephard, John Regins, Phil. Calthorpe, Esquires; Toby Fryar, Samuel Parks, Thomas Johnson, Robert Rower, Gent., The Maior for the time being; Christopher Barret, Thomas Bazer, John Tooly Adrian Parmiter, Rich: Harman Esq. Sam: Smith Esq. Henry Wats, Aldermen.
For the County of Northampton. Sir Roland Saint John, Knight of the Bath; Sir John Norwich Knight; Sir Gilbert Pickering, Baronet; Sir Richard Samuel Knight; John Crew, John Barnard, Edward Harvey, John Sawyer, Edward Farmer, John Norton, John Chappole Esq; Sir John Draydon, Baronet, Richard Knightley, Zouch Tate Esq: Sir Edward Nicholls, Baronet; Sir Samuel Danver, Knight; Sir Humph: Knight, John Cartwright Esq, Phil: Holeman, John Wisby, Edward Scagborow, Edward Hanbury, William Ward, Francis Quarles, Esq.
For the County of Northumberland. Sir John Fenwick Baronet, Sir John Dallwell, Knt.; Thomas Middleton, William Shaftoe, Michael Weldon and Henry Ogle, Esq; For the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne. Henry Warmouth, Ralph Gray, Henry Lawson, John Blaikeston, Esq.
For the County of Nottingham. Francis Peirepoint, Esq. Francis Thornhaugh, Joseph Widmerpoole, Robert Reynes, Gilbert Millington, John Hutchingson, and Gervas Piggot Esquires, Sir Francis Mollineux Knight, Charles White, Henry Ireton and George Hutchingson Esquires.
For the County of Surrey. Sir Richard Onslowe, Sir William Elliot, Sir Robert Parkhurst, Knights; Nicholas Staughton, George Evelyn of Wotton, Henry Weston, Arthur Onslowe Esq. Sir Ambrose Brown, Baronet; Sir Anthony Vincent, Knight and Baronet; Sir John Dingley, Sir Matthew Brand, Knights; Francis Drake, Thomas Sands, George Myn, William Muschampe, Sir John Howland, and Sir John Evelyn, knights; John Goodwyn, George Evelyn of Kingston, Esqrs; Richard Wright, and Cornelius Cooke, Edward Sanders, Robert Hallman, Robert Haughton, Gent; Sir Thomas Grimes, Sir Edward Gresham, Sir John Lenthall, Sir John Maynard, Knights; Charles Hoskins, Edward Bish, senior; Edward Bish junior; Edward Bagshaw, John White, Robert Goodwyn, John Turner, Edmond Saunders, Edmund Jurden, Hermon Atwood, Esquires.
For the County of Sussex. Sir Thomas Pelham, Baronet; Anthony Stapeley, Herbert Morley, Thomas Whitfeild, John Baker, Herbert Hey, Esquires; Herbert Springet of the Broyle, Ra: Cooper, Hall Ravenscrofte, Edward Apsley, John Downes, William Cawley, George Oglander, George Simpson, James Bachelor, Esquires, Sir John Chapman, Knight; Anthony Fowle, Laurence Ashburnham, Thomas Middleton, Peter Farnedon, John Bushbridge, Stephen Humphrey, Thomas Collins, Capt Carleton, Capt Everden, Edward Higgons, Robert Spence Esquires, Francis Salwyn, William Thomas, Nicholas Gildridge, Esquires, Thomas Eversfield of Dover, Knight; Robert Alewyn, William Corey Gent. Capt Thomas Chace, Thomas Farmington, Alderman; The Maior of Rye for the time being, Capt Cockman, Gent.
For the County of Suffolke, Sir Nathaniell Barnardiston, Knight; Sir William Springe, Baronet, Sir Roger North, Sir Thomas Barnardiston Knights, William Heveningham, Nathaniell Bacon of Friston, Nicholas Bacon, Henry North, Robert Brechoster, Francis Bacon, Theophilus Vaughan, of Becklesse, William Cage, Edmund Harvey, John Gourden Esquires, John Basse, Gent. The Bayliffs of the Town of Ipswich, John Silkener, Richard Pulpet, John Aldus, Gent. Sir William Platers knight and Baronet; Sir John Wentworth, knight, Sir Phillip Parker, knight, Maurice Barrow, Nicholas Bacon, William Bloyse, Esquires, Francis Brewster, Gent. Sir Buts Bacon, Baronet; Sir Robert Brooke, Sir John Rous, Sir William Soame, Sir Edward Duke Knights, Thos: Baker, Brampton Garden, Wiseman Bokenham, Isaac Apleton, Henry North junior; Robert Reynolds, Esquires, Thomas Cole; Richard Pepis, Nathaniell Bacon, of Ipswich; John Clinch, senior; John Clinch of Culpho; Nich. Rivet of Drington, Gibson Lucas Esquire.
For the County of Somerset, Sir John Horner, Sir Thomas Wrath, Sir George Farwell, knights; Clement Walker, William Strode, Richard Cole, John Harrington, John Hippesley, William Long, John Preston, Henry Henley, Henry Sampford, John Pine, James Ash, Esquires; Roger Hill, George Searle, and Jasper Chaplin, Gent. William Capell, William Basset, Robert Harbyn, John Hunt, Alexander Popham, Hugh Rogers, John Ashe, Robert Blaugh, Esquires
For the Countie of Salop, William Pierrepoint Esq, Sir John Corbet, knight; Richard Moore, Thomas Mitton, Walter Barker, Thomas Nichols, Robert Corbet of Saunerden; Humphrey Mackworth, Andrew Floy of Ashton, and Lancelot Lee Esquires.
For the County of Stafford. Sir Richard Skeffington, Knight; Richard Pyot, Knight; Michael Bidolph, Edward Manwaring, Matthew Morton, John Birch, Ralph Rudiard, Michael Low, and Edward Leigh, Esquires; Sir Walter Wrottesley, Sir Edward Littleton, Baronets, Michael Noble, Esquire.
For the City of Litchfield, the Bailiffs of the said City for the time being, the Sheriffs of the said Citie for the time being, Richard Drafgate, Richard Baxter, and Thomas Barnes, Gent Michael Noble Esq.
For the Countie of Warwick, and the City of Coventry, the new Maior of the City of Coventry. Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir Christopher Yelverton, knight and Baronet; John Hales, Godfrey Boswell, John Barker, William Purefoy, Anthony Staughton, George Abbot, Thomas Boughton, William Colemore, Thomas Basnet, William Jesson, Gamaliel Purefoy, and Thomas Willoughby, Esquires; Isaac Bromwich, Robert Phipps Esquires.
For the County of Wilts, Sir Edward Hungerford, Sir Edward Bainton, Sir Nevill Poole, Sir John Evelin, knights; Edward Bainton, Edward Tucker, Edward Goddard, Alexander Thistlethwaite junior, Edward Poole, Thomas Moore, John Ashe, and Robert Jennour, Esqrs.
For the County of Westmorland, Sir Henry Bellingham, knight and Baronet; George Gilpin, Edward Wilson, Nicholas Fisher, Thomas Sledlall, Rowland Dawson, Allan Bellingham, Esquires; Roger Bateman, Richard Branthwaite, Robert Phillipson, and Gervas Benson.
Which said severall Committees of the said severall and respective Counties and places or the greatest part of them shall with all convenient speed after notice of this Ordinance given to them, or any two of them meet together within the severall Counties and places respectively, where they are Committees, in some convenient place within the same Counties or places, and may there agree to sever and divide themselves for the execution of the said service, unto such hundreds, places and Divisions within their respective Counties and places, as to them shall seeme meete and expedient, and afterwards the said Committees, or any two of them respectively shall direct their Warrants to such number of persons as they shall thinke fit, within their severall and respective Divisions, to appeare before them, or any two of them, and upon their appearance the said respective Committees or any two of them, shall nominate and appoint such persons as they shall thinke fit within their respective Divisions, which said persons so nominated, or any two of them, shall have power to assesse all, and every person or persons, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mistery, Brotherhood, and Commonalty, Corporate or not Corporate, chargeable by this Ordinance, according to the weekly rates and proportions in this Ordinance mentioned.
And the said respective Committees, or any two of them shall have full power and authority within their severall and respective limits and Divisions, where they shall execute this Ordinance, to nominate Collectors for the money so assessed and rated as aforesaid according to this Ordinance, which said Collectors shall collect the said moneys so assessed, and pay the same to the Treasurer of the Army, raised by the Parliament for the time being at Guildhall, London, or at such place or places, and to such person or persons, as the said respective Committees, or any two of them shall appoint, and if any person or persons, Fraternity, Guild, Corporation, Mistery, Brotherhood or Commonalty Corporate or not Corporate, chargeable by this Ordinance, shall refuse to pay the sum or summes upon him or them assessed by vertue of this Ordinance, or shall not pay the same upon demand at the place of his abode, or where such assessment shall be made, it shall and may be lawfull to and for the respective Collectors, or any two of them, to levy all such and every such sum and sums so assessed by way of distresse and sale of the goods of the person or persons so assessed wherever the same shall be found, and to breake any house, chest, Trunke, Box, or other thing wherein any such goods are: and if any person so distrained, or other shall make resistance, it shall be lawfull to and for the said respective Collectors, or any of them as they shall see cause, to call to their assistance, any of the Trained Bands, or Companies of Voluntiers, or other forces of or within the County or Counties, place or places, where such resistance shall be made, or any other person or persons whatsoever dwelling in or neere the place; and the said Trained-Bands, Voluntiers or Forces, and the severall Officers, Commanders, and Souldiers of the same, or other the persons so to be called, are hereby required to be aiding and assisting to the said respective Collectors in the premisses as they will answer the contrary thereof.
And be it also Ordained, that every person to be rated and taxed as aforesaid shall be rated and set, and the summe on him rated and set to be levied in every County for the Estate hee hath, either in lands, tenements or hereditaments, rents, annuities, fees, offices, goods, cattells or chattels in that County only; and if he have an Estate, either in lands, tenements, hereditaments, rents, annuities, fees, offices, goods, or chattels in several places in one County, then to be rated in the said severall places in each severall County, according to such his said Estate in the said severall places and the summe on him set to be there levied accordingly.
And be it further Ordained, that all lands, tenements, or hereditaments, of all and every person or persons whatsoever, of what degree or quality soever, or in whose possession soever the same are, shall be rated, charged and chargeable, for and towards the raising and payment of the said weekly summe or summes of money set and charged by this Ordinance; Yet neverthelesse with this provision and limitation, that if the land be set or lett to or neere the yearely value thereof, in the possession of any Tenant for life, lives, yeares, or at will, such person or persons to whom the rent thereof belongeth, to be solely chargeable therewith; but if the same be let at any easie or small rent or under value, then the summe taxed to be apportioned between the party or parties to whom the rent belongeth, and the Tenant or occupyer of the lands, tenements, or hereditaments, as the Taxers shall thinke meete, and if they or any of them shall doe any injury, the same to be rectified by the said Committees, or any two of them within their severall limits or divisions according to their discretion.
And if any such Tenant or occupier of lands, tenements, or hereditaments shall or may be charged with any summe of money contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Ordinance, that it shall and may be lawfull to and for such Tenant or occupier to stop and detaine the same from and out of his Rent due for the same Land, or to take his lawfull remedy against such person or persons to whom the said rent is or shall be due or belonging, who ought by the true meaning of this Ordinance, to be charged therewith by Action of debt, wherein no Wager of Law, Protection or Essoyne shall be allowed: And in case that any Lands or hereditaments in severall Counties, Hundreds, Parishes, or places shall be let or set for, or charged without entire rent or rents in each County, Hundred, Parish or place, and according to the value of the lands or hereditaments so let in every of the said Counties, Hundreds, Parishes and places, and for all manner of debt whatsoever, or summe or summes of Money due, or owing to any person or persons, by any person or persons within this Realme and also for any debts, goods, or summes of money remaining, or being beyond the Seas out of his Majesties Dominions, due or belonging to any person or persons residing within England and Wales, the person or persons to whom such debts shall be due, to be charged for the same in the place of his residence or abode, at the time of taxation only. And be it Ordained, that no person having two Mansions or places to resort to, being or calling himselfe household servant, or waiting servant to the King's Majestie, or other Lord or Lady, Master or Mistris, be excused from the Taxes of the said payments in any place or places where he may be set or taxed. And if any person that ought to be set and taxed to the said payment, by his crime or craft, or any words or sayings, or otherwise happen to escape from the said payments to bee not set and taxed according to the true meaning of this Ordinance, and that proved by Presentment, Examination, Information, or otherwise before the said Committees, or any two of them, then every such person shall be charged upon the knowledge and proofe thereof, and at the treble value of so much as he should, might or ought to have beene set or taxed at by virtue of this Ordinance, and the same to be levied, gathered and payd, of his goods chattels, lands and tenements towards the said payment in such manner as is herein limited for others which refuse to pay; and if no distresse be found of the goods or other things of such person or persons, bodyes Corporate, or other chargeable by this Ordinance, as shall not pay their Weekly rates as aforesaid, then the said Collectors shall respectively have power to inquire of any summe or summes of money due, or to be due to the persons so assessed as aforesaid from any person or persons, for any rents, tythes, goods, debts, or other thing or cause whatsoever and to compound for any of the said rents, tythes, goods, debts due to the person so assessed respectively as aforesaid, with any person or persons, by whom the said rents, tythes, goods, debts or other things due unto the said persons so assessed respectively as aforesaid. As also to give full discharge for the money by them so received upon composition or otherwise, which discharge shall bee good and effectuall to all intents and purposes.
Persons over-rated to complain to Committee.; Power to Committees to give relief.; None to have relief whose contributions have not exceeded 1/20 part.; None to be assessed at above 10l. a week.; Allowance to Collectors and others.
And be it further Ordained, That if any person or persons shall find him or themselves agrieved, that he or they, is or are over-rated, such person or persons at any time before distresse taken of his or their goods, may complaine to the respective Committees, who have executed this Ordinance within the Division or limit, where any such person or persons over-rated shall be assessed; which said respective Committees, or any two of them, shall have power upon examination to releeve such person or perons as they shall see cause; Yet the true intent and meaning of this Ordinance is, And it is further ordered by the said Lords and Commons, that if any person or persons so finding themselves agrieved, be such as have not formerly contributed upon the Propositions, or not proportionably to others of their estates, nor have been rated and payd upon the Ordinance of Assessment, Entituled An Ordinance for the assessing and rating of such as have not contributed at all, or not contributed according to the Proportion of their estates, then the said parties if they be not assessed above a proportionable part of such summe or summes of money, as other men of their abilities have payd upon the Propositions or have beene assessed, and have payd upon the said Ordinance of not exceeding the twentieth part; the said Rates to stand and not to be altered, provided neverthelesse that no person bee assessed above the sum of ten pounds the weeke. And for the better encouragement of the Collectors in this said service, it is ordained that three pence in the pound shall be allowed for every summe of Money which shall be collected and paid to the said Treasurers or Receivers according to this Ordinance, two pence whereof shall be allowed to the Collectors, and the residue to such other persons as shall be imployed in the said service according to the discretion of the respective Committees within their severall Divisions, or any two of them.
And to the end that all the Moneys assessed may be duly collected, be it ordained that the several and respective Assessors within the Kingdome of England and Dominion of Wales, shall within one weeke next after their respective assessments made, eturne their said severall assessments into the respective Committees aforesaid for the respective Divisions or Limits where the said Assessments shall be made, who or any two of them, are hereby required respectively, within ten dayes after the respective of such severall Assessments to deliver a Copie thereof subscribed with their or any two of their hands to the severall Collectors within their said respective Divisions or Limits, and also within the like ten dayes to send up another Copie to the said Treasurer of the Armie raised for the Parliament for the time being, to the end the said Treasurer may thereby know what he is to receive of every Parish or place within this Realme and Wales, and the said severall summes shall be paid to the said Treasurer at Guildhall, London, who shall give an acquittance for the same, which acquittance shall be brought to John Trencharge or William Wheeler Esquires, Members of the House of Commons, who are to enter the same into a booke, to be kept for that purpose, and then the said acquittance shall be a sufficient discharge to the party that payd in the said summe, and not otherwise. And if any assessors, or collectors shall refuse the said service, or prove negligent or faulty therein, the said Committees for the Divisions or Limit, where such Assessor or Collector shall so refuse or bee so negligent or faultie, or any two of them shall have power to commit such Assessor or Collector to Prison, or to set such fine upon him or them, as they shall thinke fit, not exceeding the sum of twenty pounds upon the Assessor, or the summe of five shilings upon the Collector, the same to be Leavyed by distresse, and sale of such offenders goods, to the uses herein mentioned in such sort as is herein before appointed for such as refuse to pay the rates assessed upon him or them, and shall also certifie the said offence to the Lords and Commons in Parliament, and shall have power to nominate other Assessors or Collectors.
And if any person or persons so assessed and rated as aforesaid shall conceale or convey away his or their goods so that no distresse can be taken, or that the said summe or summes so assessed upon him cannot be had or leavyed by any the wayes or means in this Ordinance mentioned, then the said Collecters shall respectively certifie the same in case he be a Peere of the Realme unto the Lords in Parliament, and if he be under the degree of a Peere, to the Committee of Lords and Commons appointed for the advance of money, and making provision for other necessaries for the Army; which said Committee shall hereby have power to send for such person or persons as Delinquents, and to commit him or them prisioners to such place or places within this Kingdome, and for so long time as the Committee for Examinations shall think fit.
And be it ordained that all and every the Assessors and Collectors aforesaid, and all that shall assist them in the premisses shall bee protected by both Houses of Parliament from all dammage that may come to them or any of them by this service, and shall further receive such allowances for their charge and obedience in the execution of this ordinance, as upon certificate from the several Committees above named or any two of them shall be thought fit by the Committee of the House of Commons for examination.
Lastly be it ordained, that where no Committees are named in this Ordinance for any County, City or place, there such other Committees as shall be appointed by both the said Houses of Parliament, or any two of such Committees shall and may put this present Ordinance in execution within any such County or place respectively in such manner and forme to all intents and purposes, as any the Committees named in this Ordinance may according to the purport and true meaning thereof.
Provided alwayes that no Peere of this Realme shall by vertue of this Ordinance be rated and taxed at any sum or sums of money whatsoever for any his mansion-house or houses with the appurtenances in any place whatsoever, but the Assessors within whose charge such house or houses with the appurtenances shall happen to be, shall certifie the same into the House of Peeres to the end that such Peeres may be there rated for the same according to this Ordinance.
And whereas by this Ordinance, the Inhabitants within the City of London are not to be rated in respect of the great proportion laid upon them by the late weekly assessment for three moneths; It is now ordered by the said Lords and Commons, that those persons within the said City of London, which have not paid the said assessment formerly rated on them, shall in case they pay not the same within twenty dayes next after the date of this Ordinance, be rated and taxed for the space of two moneths more as other Counties by this Ordinance are to be.