Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas the Committee of Lords and Commons for the safety of the Kingdome have appointed Lievtenant Collonel Owen Rowe to contract with severall Gun-makers and others for such a quantity of Armes as will amount to the sum of five thousand pounds, which said Arms are to be delivered into the Magazine for store now in the custody of the said Livetenant Collonel, and thence to be Issued forth by warrant either from the said Committee for safety, or his Excellency the Earle of Essex.
It is therefore Ordered and Ordained by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That the said Livetenant Collonel Owen Rowe shall be hereby authorised and appointed to contract and agree with the said Gun-makers and others at reasonable rates, and prizes for the said Armes.
It is also Ordered and Ordained by the authority aforesaid, That the said Livetenant Collonel Owen Rowe, shall be fully satisfied and paid the said five thousand pounds out of all Taxations, assessements, and summes of money, as are already in Arreares, and to be Leavyed, Collected, and paid in, upon and out of the severall Counties of Essex, Kent, Norfolke, and Sussex, by virtue of the last Ordinance of Parliament made and Ordained for the weekely assessements thereof for three months now ended and expired upon the several Counties aforesaid, and the same to be forthwith paid unto the said Lievtenant Collonel Owen Rowe, by the Treasurer at Warres, assoone as it shall be by him received from the severall Collectors or Receivers of the Counties aforesaid. And the said Lievtenant Collonel Rowe, having received the said summe of five thousand pounds is to satisfy and pay the said Gun-makers, and others for the said Armes so contracted and delivered as aforesaid; And the said Treasurer at Warres is hereby required and authorised to make payment thereof accordingly to the said Livetenant Collonel Owen Rowe to the use of the State.
Provided alwayes and it is Ordered and Ordained by the authority aforesaid, that no part of the moneyes to be paid by the said Counties as aforesaid, shall be converted to any other use, untill the said summe of five thousand pounds be first paid unto the said Lievtenant Collonel Rowe, who hath undertaken to provide the Armes aforesaid; And that the said Livetenant Collonel Owen Rowe, shall make perfect certificates of all such contracts and bargaines as shall by him be made according to this Ordinance, That so such summes as shall be received by him thereupon, as likewise the severall Armes by him bought may be brought to accompt.