Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled have, by an Ordinance published the Eighteenth Day of October, One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Four, Ordained and Declared, That, for the Support and Supply of the Brittish Forces of Horse and Foot, in the Provinces of Ulster, Munster, and Connaught, in the Kingdom of Ireland, several Weekly Sums of Money, in the said Ordinance expressed, should be charged, rated, taxed, and levied, upon all and every the several Counties, Cities, Towns, Liberties, and Places, of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, to begin from the First of September then last past, and to continue for the Space of Twelve Months, which Monies were to be issued, for the Service aforesaid, in such Manner as the Committee of both Kingdoms, or such Persons as should be by them authorized by their Order, should direct; in which Ordinance, a special Proviso is had and made, that no Part of the Money which should be levied or paid in by virtue of, or according to, the Tenor thereof, should be employed to any other Purpose, but only for providing and sending Supplies for the said British Forces, and carrying on of that War, until the Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds, had been levied, collected, and paid in to the Treasurers appointed by that Ordinance, to be disposed of for that Purpose, as therein is expressed; and then Ordained and Declared, That whatsoever Monies should be levied, raised, and paid to the said Treasurers, by virtue of that Ordinance, over and above the before mentioned. Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds, such Overplus of Money, should be disposed of in such Manner as should be further Resolved and Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, as in and by the said Ordinance, amongst other Things more at large doth appear
And whereas the Committee of both Kingdoms, in Pursuance of the said Ordinance, and of other Directions from the Houses of Parliament, hath already disposed of, or else designed, for the Payment of the Commanders, Officers, and Soldiers, and for the providing, sending over into Ireland, and paying for, Victuals, Cloaths, Arms, Ammunition, and other Things necessary for Supply and Maintenance of the said Brittish Forces, and other necessary Occasions incident thereunto, the aforesaid Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds, which is to be paid according to the Engagements, Contracts, and Agreements, by them for that Purpose made and to be made, and not to be otherwise diverted.
And forasmuch as there is now required, for the Use of the Scottish Army in Ireland, Sixteen Thousand Bolls of Oatmeal, Seven Thousand Cassocks and Breeches, Seven Thousand Shirts, Seven Thousand Pair of Shoes, Seven Thousand Pair of Stockings, Seven Thousand Caps for the Common Soldiers, and Four Thousand Pounds-worth of Cloth, and other Necessaries, for the Officers of the said Scottish Army; and that Mr. John Davies, of Carrickfergus, in Ireland, hath propounded and contracted to furnish the same, at certain Rates and Prices, and upon such Conditions as are agreed on betwixt the House of Commons and him the Three and Twentieth of April last, the whole Charge thereof amounting to the Sum of Four and Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds, so that he may receive Payment and Satisfaction in Manner following; (that is to say,) by Advance unto him of the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds within One Month, Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds more within One Month after that, and by receiving the Residue, being Eighteen Thousand Pounds, out of the Ordinance of Parliament for Ireland, of the Eighteenth of October, One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Four, before-mentioned, after the said Fourscore Thousand Pounds, by that Ordinance limited, and by the Committee of both Kingdoms either disposed, or to be by them disposed of, for the British Forces in Ireland, shall be paid or satisfied; and upon Condition that he may, out of the Remain of the Money that shall come in by the said Ordinance of the Eighteenth of October, One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Four, for Ireland, after the aforesaid Sums of Fourscore Thousand Pounds and Eighteen Thousand Pounds are paid, receive Satisfaction of the several Sums of Nine Thousand Forty and Five Pounds, which appears, by his Accompt made the Tenth of April, One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Three, to be due unto him above Two Years since, for Provisions delivered unto the British and Scottish Regiments in Ulster, by Direction of the Parliament, and Contract made with Mr. Nathaniel Fiennes, Sir Philip Stapleton, and Mr. John Hampden; and of Three Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Pounds, which he standeth engaged for to Mr. Maximilian Beard and Mr. Thomas Brown, of Cheapside, London, for Provisions delivered in Ireland to that Value, and for which they received Warrants to be paid out of the Adventurers-money, but have not received any of the same, the said Warrants nevertheless being charged upon him in his Accompts: And in case he shall not receive full Satisfaction out of the said Ordinance, in the Way propounded, of the before mentioned Eighteen Thousand Pounds, and the Twelve Thousand One Hundred Ninety and Five Pounds, so due unto him upon his Accompt, and to Mr. Beard and Mr. Brown, within Six Months next after his Delivery of that Quantity of Oatmeal at Carrickfergus, and the shipping of the other Goods from hence, Certificates being returned of the same, some other Course and Way may be found out, to satisfy unto him so much thereof as shall be behind and cannot be raised by that Ordinance.
The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament, resolving to pursue the aforesaid Contract, made the Three and Twentieth of April last past, with the said Mr. Davies, for supplying the Scottish Army in Ireland, with the Oatmeal, Cloaths, and other Necessaries now by them so required, and that Payment be made unto him in the Manner and within the Time limited; and also to give Satisfaction unto the said Mr. Davies for the Debt already due unto him, and for his other Demands, in the Way propounded, as may be for his Indemnity and future Encouragement to undergo the like good Services; they have already taken Order, That the Sum of Three Thousand Pounds is paid or secured unto him the said Mr. John Davies, or his Assigns, in Lieu and Satisfaction of the First Three Thousand Pounds by him required in his Proposition, to be advanced within One Month; and for the same Purpose, have also settled the Payment of Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds more, in Lieu and Satisfaction of so much propounded to be paid unto him and his Assigns within another Month next after the First: And for his further Satisfaction and Payment of the Residue of the Monies, that, according to the Rates and Prices before expressed, shall become due unto him the said John Davies, for the Oatmeal, Cloaths, Cloth, and other Necessaries, which, in Porformance of this Contract, he shall deliver at Carrickfergus in Ireland, or ship from hence for the Use of the Scottish Army in Ireland, such Residue amounting to Eighteen Thousand Pounds; the said Lords and Commons have thought fit to Ordain and Declare, and be it hereby Ordained and Declared, That the same shall be paid unto him, or his Assigns, out of the First of such Monies as shall come to the Treasurers Hands, out of all the Counties, Cities, Towns, and Places, of the Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, by Virtue and Means of the before mentioned Ordinance of Parliament of the Eighteenth of October last, for Relief of the Brittish Armies in Ireland, next and immediately after the beforesaid Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds, intended by the said Ordinance, and already disposed or designed by the Committee of both Kingdoms, for Relief of those Brittish Armies, is accordingly satisfied and paid.
And it is hereby further Ordained and Declared, That when, as soon as, the before mentioned Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds shall be satisfied and paid as aforesaid, for the Relief of the British Armies in Ireland, and Eighteen Thousand Pounds as aforesaid towards the Supply of the Scottish Armies in that Kingdom, out of the Monies arising and coming in by Means and Virtue of the Ordinance of Parliament of the Eighteenth of October last; then Payment and Satisfaction shall be made and given, out of the Remainder of those Monies, unto the said John Davies and his Assigns of the before mentioned Sum of Nine Thousand Forty and Five Pounds, due unto him upon his Accompt, for Provisions delivered to the Scottish and Brittish Regiments of Horse and Foot in Ulster in Ireland, above Two Years since, by Direction of the Parliament, and Contract made as aforesaid with Nathaniel Fines Esquire, Sir Philip Stapleton Knight, and John Hampden Esquire, and of Three Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Pounds more, unto him or his Assigns, for Disengagement of him to Master Maximilian Beard and Master Thomas Brown, of Cheapside, of the respective Sums as aforesaid, of Fifteen Hundred Pounds, and Sixteen Hundred and Fifty Pounds, he procuring them, upon Payment of the said Monies, to deliver up to be cancelled the Warrants and Orders which they formerly had for the Payment of the same; and the present Committee of both Kingdoms, who have now the Power of issuing out the Monies arising and coming in by the aforesaid Ordinance of Parliament of the Eighteenth of October last, or any other Committee that shall be hereafter authorized thereunto, are not to divert or dispose of those Monies, or any Part of them, to any other Use, or to any other Person whatsoever, but for the Payment and Satisfaction of the said John Davies and his Assigns the before mentioned Sums of Money, hereby ordered to be respectively paid unto them: But the said Committees are hereby authorized and required, as it shall be made appear unto them by the Certificate of such Person as is intrusted to receive the same, that the said John Davies, or his Assigns, shall ship away from London the Cloth, Suits of Cloaths, Shirts, Stockings, Shoes, and Caps, according to the Contract before mentioned, for the Use of the Scottish Army in Ireland, and that he shall deliver for their Use, at Carrickfergus in Ireland, the Oatmeal, as is before expressed, to grant and issue forth their Orders and Warrants, unto the Treasurers appointed by that Ordinance, for Payment of the several and respective Sums of Money unto the said John Davies, or his Assigns, in the Course and Order herein prescribed; which Orders and Warrants the said Treasurers are hereby required to observe accordingly, and to discharge the same: And it is hereby recommended to the said Committee of both Kingdoms, to use all good Means for the speedy levying and bringing in, out of the several Counties, Cities; Towns, and Places of this Kingdom, and the Dominion of Wales, the Monies required by that Ordinance; who hereby are authorized to send forth such Letters and Warrants, for the better effecting thereof, as they shall think meet.
And it is hereby also further Ordained and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That they will, from Time to Time, as Occasion shall require, nominate Committees, in such Places and Counties within this Kingdom, and Dominion of Wales, as have been hitherto omitted in the aforesaid Ordinance of the Eighteenth of October last; and will also add to the present respective Committees of any Counties, City, Town; and Place, such Persons as shall be recommended and be for the better Advancement of the Service.
And whereas there are not any Persons specially named for the Isle of Wight, and some others Places and Counties in this Kingdom of England, and Dominion of Wales, as Committees to execute the Powers in the said Ordinance of the Eighteenth of October; and in some other Counties and Places, some Persons of eminent Note are omitted; whereby the Service therein is neglected: Be it further Ordained, That,
Sir Robert Worsley and Sir Robert Lisle, Knights, Robert Dillington, John Lisle, William Bowreman, Edw. Dennis, Thomas Bowreman, William Maynard, Edward Cheek, John Worsley, and John Bunkley, Esquires, Robert Mathews Alderman, Thomas Kerne Colonel, Captain Man, and Henry Ringwood Gentleman, Mr. Legg, Mr. Oglander:
Be respective Committees, for the Purposes in the said Ordinance mentioned; and are required to do and execute all such Powers, Authorities, and Things, within the said Isle and Counties to be done, as fully as any other Persons are authorized by the said Ordinance for any other Place in that Ordinance mentioned. And that there shall be added to the present respective Committees, in the said recited Ordinance named, of the Counties and Places hereafter mentioned; videlicet.
And to the respective Committees of the several Counties of Gloucester, Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, and Counties of the City of Glocester, and City of Exon, Colonel General Massey, and Colonel Nicholas Devereux.
And the said Persons so added to the said Committees as aforesaid, and every of them, are hereby authorized and required to do and act in every respect as if they had been originally named and appointed of such Committees by the same Ordinance.
And because it will much concern the said John Davies to have the Monies arising by that Ordinance duly levied, collected, and brought in to the Treasurers Hands, within the Time limited by the Contract made with him: It is hereby thought fit, and Declared, That the said John Davies shall have Power to nominate and employ such Persons as he shall make Choice of, and for whom he will answer, to carry the Letters, Warrants, and Instructions, of the Houses of Parliament, and of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to the several Parts of this Kingdom, and Dominion of Wales, and to solicit the Committees of the Counties, Cities, Towns, and Places, and the Collectors and other Officers employed for the levying, collecting, and bringing in of those Monies, and to bring from Time to Time their respective Answers and Proceedings.
And for the defraying of the Charges of such Persons and Messengers: It is hereby Ordained and Declared, That an Allowance of Six Pence upon every Twenty Shillings to be brought in by Means or Virtue of that Order, after the before mentioned Sum of Fourscore Thousand Pounds already disposed of, or designed, by the Committee of both Kingdoms, for the British Army in Ireland. shall be satisfied and paid, shall be made and given unto the said John Davies, or his Assigns; and the Committee of both Kingdoms are hereby authorized and required to give Order to the Treasurers for Payment and Allowance thereof, who are, according to such Orders, to pay and allow the same out of those Monies so coming in by the said Ordinance.
And it is hereby further Resolved, Ordained, and Declared, by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, That in case the said John Davies, or his Assigns, shall not, by and out of the Monies coming in by the said Ordinance, receive full Satisfaction of the several Sums hereby Ordained to be respectively paid unto them, within the Space of Six Months next after the Delivery of the full Quantities of Oatmeal at Carrickfergus, and the shipping of other Goods from hence (due Certificate being made, and returned to the Speaker of the House of Commons for the Time being, or the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the same, by the Commander in Chief of that Army for the Oatmeal, and by such as shall be intrusted to receive the other Goods here); and the said John Davies, or his Assigns, making it appear how much at that Time is unpaid and due unto him that then, and in such Case, the said John Davies, his Executors and Assigns, shall be allowed and paid Damage, after the Rate of Eight Pounds per Centum per Annum, from the Failure of Payment, at Six Months End as aforesaid, of so much of the said Monies as shall be unpaid and unsatisfied; and that same further and fit Way and Course for Satisfaction thereof shall be taken by both Houses of Parliament.
And whereas some Doubt hath been conceived by some whether the said Ordinance be to continue One full Year, by reason of some Expressions which they conceive to be doubtful: It is hereby Ordained and Declared, That the same is to have Continuance for the Space of One full and entire Year; (that is to say,) from the First Day of September One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Four, until the Second Day of September One Thousand Six Hundred Forty and Five, in those Counties, Cities, and Places, where the said Monies have been already taxed rated, and assessed; and in those Counties, Cities, and Places, where no Assessments have as yet been made by virtue of the said recited Ordinance, by reason of the present Distractions, to begin and have Commencement from such Time as they shall be reduced to the Obedience of the Parliament, and to continue for the Space of One entire Year likewise; to the End all Places may pay their respective Shares and Proportions towards so good and profitable a Work.
And whereas divers Sums of Money, to be raised by virtue of the said recited Ordinance, may, after the collecting thereof, peradventure lie and remain in the Collectors Hands some Space of Time, before the same can with Conveniency and Safety be brought to London, which may prove very prejudicial to the said Mr. John Davies, by occasioning Delay in the Payment of such Monies as are or shall be assigned unto him out of the Money to be raised by Virtue of the said Ordinance, in case he might not receive the same until it be first brought up and paid in to the said Treasurers at Grocers Hall: Be it therefore Ordained and Declared, That if the said Mr. John Davies, shall, at any Time or Times hereafter, be willing and desirous to receive and take any Part of the Monies to him assigned, or to be assigned, of any of the Collectors, in the several Counties or Places where the same shall be collected, and shall to that End deliver unto the Treasurers at Grocers Hall, in the said Ordinance named, a sufficient Acquittance for the same, as for so much Money by him received of them, that then the said Treasurers shall, upon Receipt of every such Acquittance, deliver unto the said Mr. John Davies Acquittances to the several Collectors, for such Monies, in like Manner as if the said Collectors had paid in the same to the said Treasurers at Grocers Hall, in London; any Thing in the said recited Ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding.