Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[7 July, 1645.]
Ord. of 28 Jan. 1644–5 for relief of Distressed Captives to continue for a year; Indemnity
The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, intending with all speed to carry on that so pious a work, of the Releasing of those distressed Captives taken by Turkish, Moorish and other Pirats; to which purpose, they are now sending away dispatches for Algier: But finding that the Moneys already Collected, or which may be Collected by vertue of the Ordinances already granted, for the Receiving of one fourth part of one per cent. imposed on all goods and Merchandize, and appropriated to that use, will not perfect the work, without continuance of the said duty; Do therefore Order and Ordain, That the Ordinance of Parliament of the eight and twenty of January, One thousand six hundred forty and four, which expires the Eleventh of December next, for the collecting of the said duty, & imposition of one fourth part of one per cent. which is one shilling in every twenty shillings, paid for Custom and Subsidy, according to the now Book of Rates, Established by Authority of this present Parliament, upon all goods and Merchandize, exported out of, and imported into this Kingdom of England, Dominion of Wales, and port and Town of Berwick, for the relief of the said distressed Captives; and every Clause and Article therein contained, shall be observed, stand and continue in full force and power from the said Eleventh of December next inclusive, unto the Eleventh of December, 1646. exclusive. And it is further Ordained, That the Chamberlain of London, his Deputy or Deputies, and every of them, shall be saved harmless and indempnified for whatsoever Act or Acts they shall do in the execution of this Ordinance, according to the Clause of indempnity in the said Ordinance of 28. January, 1644.