Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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The Lords and Commons now in Parliament assembled, taking into consideration, how that several great sums of money have been lately raised and disbursed in the several Counties of the Eastern Association, in resisting and preventing the mischievous Designs of the Enemy, who by Alarms, Invasions and many other ways have endeavored to distract the Peace of these Counties; And the Committee of the said several Counties out of their great zeal and good affection to their Countrey, have by themselves and their friends undertaken for, and given their own Security for the repayment of the said money, but no provision is yet made for the reimbursing and true payment thereof, to the utter undoing of many well-affected in those Counties.
Be it therefore Ordained, and it is Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That for the satisfaction and present payment of all such sums of money disbursed as abovesaid, for the publique Service and necessary Defence and Preservation of the said Counties, there shall be Taxed, Levied and paid, at or before the twentieth of December, in the year of our Lord God 1645. the several sums of money upon the several Counties hereafter mentioned respectively: viz.
And that the said several sums of money be duly Taxed, Levied and paid: Be it further Ordained, That several persons named to be Committees in the Ordinance of Lords and Commons for raising and maintaining of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, for the said Counties, Cities and places as abovesaid, shall and may be Committees for the putting this Ordinance in execution, and shall and may Assess and Levy, or cause to be Assessed and Levied within the said Counties, Cities and places aforesaid respectively, the said several sums of money according to the usual proportions within the said Counties, Cities and places, or as may be most indifferently assessed and imposed upon the said Counties respectively.
And that all persons, Bodies Politique and Corporate, all Mannors, Lands, Tenements, Rents and Hereditaments, Goods and Chattels whatsoever, charged or chargeable by vertue of the said Ordinance for the payment of the Army under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax, shall be also charged and chargeable with the payment of the said several sums mentioned in this present Ordinance. And that it shall be lawful for the said Committees, or any five or more of them, to nominate Assessors, Collectors and Treasurers for the Assessing, Collecting and receiving of the said several sums of money; And that the said Committees, Assessors, Collectors and Treasurers, shall and may do all things, and execute all such power for the Assessing, Collecting and receiving of the said several sums of money within the said Counties respectively, as the said Committees, Assessors, Collectors and Treasurers have power to do by vertue of the said Ordinance, for the payment of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax; And that the Committees of the several Counties re spectively, shall alow such Fees and Sums of money for Collectors, Treasurers, and others by them imployed or to be imployed in Assessing, Collecting, Levying, Receiving and Paying the said several sums as are named and alowed of in the said Ordinance, and not otherwise.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, That the Treasurer or Treasurers appointed to receive the said moneys by vertue of this Ordinance within the said Counties respectively, shall not issue forth, or pay any sum or sums of money to any person or persons whatsoever, but to the uses in this Ordinance mentioned, And also by Warrant in writing under the hands of ten or more of the Committees of the several Counties respectively; And that the said Treasurers and Collectors shall from time to time give accompt of their Receipts and Disbursments to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Eastern Association, as by both Houses of Parliament they shall from time to time be appointed.