Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas in a late Ordinance of Parliament, Entituled A Declaration and Ordinance of the Lords and Commons in Parliament, for the speedy raising of a Body of Horse for the preservation, peace and safety of the Kingdome, to resist the insolencies and outrages committed by the Souldiers of the Kings Army there is no Provision made that the Tenants shall pay the several sums of Money that shall be Assessed upon their Landlords for the Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments which they hold of them; by reason of which Omission great Inconvenience is likely to happen unto the Commonweal (if it be not prevented) for that many of the said Landlords are gone out of the Countrey, and many others of them have not sufficient Goods to be found, whereby to be distrained for the said sums of Money: For remedy of which Inconvenience, Be it now Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That whatsoever sums of Money are, or shall be set or imposed by vertue of the said recited Ordinance, upon any Landlords, for or in respect of any Lands, Tenements, or hereditaments, held of them by any Tenants, the same sums of Money shall be paid by their several and respective Tenants (for and on the behalf of the said Landlords) for and toward the raising of the aforesaid Body of Horse; which said sums of Money (so to be paid by the said Tenants for their Landlords as aforesaid,) the said several and respective Tenants shall (upon such payment made by them thereof) deduct and defalk out of the next Rents payable by them unto their Landlords, and for so doing, the said Tenants and their Heirs, Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, and every of them shall be (by force of this Ordinance) acquitted and for ever saved harmless against the said Landlords and their Heirs, Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, and every of them, any Grant, Covenant, Condition, Writing Obligatory, or other matter whatsoever made heretofore to the contrary notwithstanding. And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That if any of the said several and respective Tenants shall refuse or neglect to pay (for and on the behalf of their respective Landlords) any of the said several and respective sums of Money (so imposed, or to be imposed by force of the said recited Ordinance upon their said several and respective Landlords, for, or in respect of any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments held of the said Landlords by the said Tenants as aforesaid) for and towards the raising of the aforesaid Body of Horse, unto such persons unto whom the same Moneys ought to be paid by the intent and meaning of the said recited Ordinance, That then it shall and may be lawfull to and for the respective Deputy-Lieutenants, and Committees of Parliament, mentioned in the said recited Ordinance, or any two of them, to appoint a distress of the Goods of such Tenants to be taken, and to be sold for satisfaction of the same sums of Money; which distress and sale shall be taken and made accordingly.