Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[30 March, 1644]
Committees for association of Counties of Southampton, etc., to take measures for better execution of Ord. for Sequestrations.; Moneys levied by Sequestrations to be paid to Treasurers.; Allowance to Treasurers.; Moneys aforesaid to be used for maintenance of Forces in Associated Counties.; Penalty for Collectors and Treasurers that refuse to give account.
Whereas the Associated Counties of Southampton, Sussex, Surry, and Kent, are raysing three thousand Foot, twelve hundred Horse, and five hnndred Dragoones, to be under the Command of Sir William Waller Knight, Serjeant Major Generall of all the Forces (under his Excellencie the Earle of Essex, Lord Generall) raised and to bee raised in the said Counties; a considerable Part whereof, both of Horse and Foot, are already raised: And whereas the said Counties have bought many Armes and Ammunition and must buy more; and must be at great charge, in raising, maintaining, and recruiting the said Forces, making and erecting of Fortifications, Magazines, Courts of Guards, and other things requisite and necessary for the defence and safety of the said Association, against the Invasions and Incursions of the Enemy. And whereas the Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, for the seizing and sequestring of the estates of Papists and other Delinquents, hath not been put into that due and speedy execution as the necessity and urgency of the present Affaires doe require: It is Ordered and Ordained by the Lord and Commons Assembled in Parliament, That the Committees nominated in the said Ordinance, for Associating of the said Counties, of the fourth of November last past, or any foure of them, doe forthwith take some effectuall and speedy course in their severall and respective Counties, for the better and present executing of the said Ordinance for Sequestrations: who shall have, and are hereby Ordained to have the same Power, to all intents and purposes, as the Committees mentioned in the said Ordinance for Sequestrations. And it is further Ordered and Ordained That such summe or summes of money as shall be had, levied, or received of any person or persons in two of the said Associated Counties, (viz) in the Counties of Southampton and Sussex, by virtue of any Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, for the seizing & sequestring the Estates of Papists and Delinquents, shall forthwith, after the levying and receiving thereof be paid to such Treasurer or Treasurers of the severall and respective Counties as the Committees of the respective Counties nominated in the said Ordinance of the fourth of November, or any foure of them shall nominate and appoint: and such sum or sums of money as shall be had, levied, or received in the other Associated Counties, (viz.) in the Counties of Kent and Surrey by vertue of any Ordinance of Parliament for sequestring the Estates of Papists or Delinquents deducting six shillings eight pence in every pound levied, or received as aforsaid, for the better incouraging the said two Counties & Committees thereof in the due execution of the said Ordinance, shal forthwith be paid unto the Treasurer nominated in the said Ordinance for Sequestration: And the said sixe shillings eight pence to be deducted out of every pound levied or received as aforesaid, in either of the said Counties of Surrey and Kent, shall be paid to such Treasurer or Treasurers of the said respect Counties of Surrey and Kent, as the respective Committees of the said two Counties nominated in the said Ordinance of the fourth of November, or any foure of them shall nominate and appoint, Which said summes of money to be paid as aforesaid, to such Treasurer or Treasurers of the said severall and respective Counties of Southampton, Surrey Sussex, and Kent, to be nominated as aforesaid, to the respective Committees of the said Counties nominated in the said Ordinance of the fourth of November, shall be imployed and issued forth by the said respective Committees of the said severall and respective Counties, or any foure of them, towards the maintaining of such Forces raised or to be raised in the said Associated Counties, by Authority of both Houses of Parliament and towards the doing and providing such other things requisite and necessary for the defence and safety of the said Association: And the said respective Committees, or any foure of them, have hereby power given them, to call all Collectors, Treasurers, or others that have or shall be thought to have any of the said Moneyes in their hands to Accompt, and to cause the said Moneyes in their hands to be paid unto the said Treasurer or Treasurers of the said respective Counties, and if any of the said Collectors, Treasurers, or others shall refuse to accompt or to pay in the moneyes as aforesaid, wherewith they are charged: Then the said respective Committees, or any foure of them, shall set them double the summe charged upon them, which if it be not paid within sixe daies after the summe set, and notice thereof left at his or their dwelling House, it shall be lawfull to distraine for the same and if there be no sufficient distresse where with to satisfie, then the respective Committees, or any foure of them, may imprison the Offender herein, and Sequester his Estate untill the Money charged, and the summe set, be leavied and paid.
Weekly Assessments how to be rated and paid.
And be it further ordained, That for the intents and purposes aforesaid, the severall weekly summes of money hereafter in this Ordinance mentioned, shall be charged, rated, taxed and leavied upon the severall Counties, according to the proportions herein expressed; the same to be paid weekly to the severall Collectors, and by them to such Treasurer or Treasurers Generall of all the said Associated Counties, as shall be nominated by any foure of the said Committees of every of the said severall and respective Counties two whereof of every of the said Counties shall be Members of the House of Commons. (That is to say.)
Upon the County of Kent the summe of nine hundred and thirty pounds, sixteen shillings.
Upon the County of Surrey (excepting Southwarke, and so much of the said County as is within the line of Communication) three hundred and forty five pounds thirteen shillings and six pence.
Upon the County of Sussex the summe of six hundred and eighty pounds sixteene shillings.
Upon the County of Southampton (except the Isle of Wight) the summe of sixe hundered fourscore pounds, and sixteene shillings.
When to begin and how long to continue.
And the said weekly Payment is to begin from the tenth of February, in the yeare of our Lord God, 1643. And so to continue weekly for foure moneths next ensuing.
Penalties for non-payment.; Power of Committees
And be it further Ordained, that every person or persons that are to be Assessed, or charged by any former Ordinance of Parliament, shall be assessed and charged by this Ordinance, and shall be liable to as great Forfeitures and Penalties for not paying of the summe or summes hereby assessed, as they should have beene, if the same had beene assessed by virtue of the said Ordinance for the associating of the said Counties, of the fourth of November last past: And the said severall and respective Committees or any foure of them, are to take care for the Assesseing, Raising, or Leavying of the Money mentioned in this present Ordinance, and have as full power and authority given them by this Ordinance to nominate and appoint Collectors and Assessors, and to Distraine, Fine, Imprison, or Sequester, as they or any of them had by virtue of the said Ordinance of the fourth of November. And the severall Collectors shall pay the severall weekly summes by them collected at the place or severall places where the standing Committee nominated by virtue of the said Ordinance of the fourth of November, shall order and direct, and to the said Treasurer Generall of the Association, which said Treasurer Generall is to issue forth the Moneyes received for the purposes aforementioned, according to the Warrants or Directions of the said standing Committee, or any five of them.
Moneys to be employed only for Forces of Counties wherein they are raised.; None to be Officers or Soldiers that have not taken both Covenants.
And be it Ordained, that all the weekly sums of Money that shall be raised and leavied in the said severall and respective Counties by virtue of this present Ordinance, shall be applyed only to the Service and maintenance of the respective Forces of those Counties, wherein the said Money shall be so raised, the same to be issued forth and imployed as abovesaid according to the Warrant or Warrants of the said standing Committee, or any five of them. And be it further Ordained, that no person or persons whatsoever be admitted or allowed to be an Officer, or Commander, or common Souldier in the said service of the said respective Counties, unlesse they shall first take both the late solemne Vow and Covenant, and the Nationall Covenant, Ordained to be taken through the whole Kingdome, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament.
Captains to make good Horses and Arms lost by them, unless proved lost in active service.; No Free Quarter.; Forces of Associated Counties not to leave them without consent of Sir W. Waller and Committees.
And be it further Ordained, That all the said Captains both of Horse and Foot, are to make good from time to time to the said standing Committee, all the Horses and Horse-Armes and Foot-Arms that shall be lost or imbezelled by them under their Commands, unlesse they can make it appeare that they were lost in actuall service against the Enemy: And the said Captains are injoyned to give a List under their hands to the said standing Committee, of all Men, Horse and Armes, raised or to be raised by the said associated Counties, and under their Commands. And it is likewise Ordained, that no free Quarter shall be taken in any of the said Associated Counties; and if any forces shall take free Quarter within the said Association, every Officer is then to have but one third part of the present pay due to him for so long time as he or they have had or shall have free Quarter, and every Common Foot Souldier but half. Pay, and every Common Horsman or Trooper fourteen pence a day, and the residue of their pay is to be reserved for the payment of their Quarters, and to be imployed for the purposes aforementioned. And be it further Ordained, that all the Forces raised and to be raised in the said associated Counties, shalbe kept intire, and not drawn forth out of the said Counties, or kept or continued forth upon any Service, without the Knowledge and joint Consent of the said Sir William Waller, and the said Committee that shall be appointed by virtue of this present Ordinance, to be continually in the Army with the said Sir William Waller, while they are together, or of one of them while they are distant one from another, or without particular directions of Parliament, or of the Committee appointed for the Ordering and directing all matters concerning the Warre, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament.
Officers to respite part of their pay till the War be ended.; Standing Committee to choose persons to reside in Army with Sir W. Waller, to advise with him concerning good of Counties. Power to recall such Commissioners. Sir William Waller to have full power of Commander in Chief in absence of Earl of Essex.
And be it further Ordained that every Captaine both of Horse and Foot and every other Superiour and inferiour Officer, or other in the said Army of the said Sir William Waller, belonging to the said Associated Counties, whose pay commeth to ten shillings a day, or above, shall take but half the pay due unto him, and shall respit the other halfe upon the publique Faith, untill this unnaturall Warr be ended. And every Officer or other that is to have five shillings a day, or above, and under ten shillings, shall accept of two thirds of the pay due to him, and shall respit one third part upon the publique Faith untill this unnaturall Warre be ended. And when there is three moneths pay due to any of them, or more, a Certificate thereof from the said Sir William Waller shall be a sufficient Warrant to demand the said Moneyes owing upon the publigue Faith as aforesaid. And be it further Ordained, that the said standing Committee be hereby enabled from time to time to make choice of, & appoint such person or persons nominated Committees by vertue of this present Ordinance, to reside with Sir William Waller, in the Army raised in the Counties aforesaid; which persons so to be appointed and made choice of, are at all times to advise with the said Sir William Waller in all matters concerning the good and safety of the said Counties. And the said standing Committee shall have power hereby, at all times to recall from the said Sir William Waller, and said persons appointed or to be appointed to reside with him as abovesaid, and to send others in their places, and to give further Instructions unto them, for the promoting of the Service of the said Counties, as they in their Judgements shall thinke fit; Provided alwaies, and be it Ordained by the authority aforesaid: That in the absence of His Excellency the Earl of Essex, Lord Generall, the said Sir William Waller shall Command, and have the full power of a Commander in Chiefe, in the said associated Counties, over all the Forces raised, or to be raised as aforesaid, Notwithstanding any Expressions in this present Ordinance.
Divers sequesteted estates granted for use of Plymouth and Gloucester to remain for such uses.
And be it lastly provided, that the severall Estates of Sir George Sandys in the County of Kent, Knight of the Bath, and of Sir Edward Hales of the said County of Kent, Knight and Baronet, sequestred and granted by Ordinance of Parliament for the use of Plymouth and Gloucester, shall remaine, continue, and be to the said uses, any thing in this Ordinance contained to the contrary, in any wise notwithstanding.