[15 September, 1643.]
Indemnity to Watermen's Apprentices that have been enlisted to serve under Sir William Waller.; After Enlistment ended to be received into Service again.
Whereas in times of common Danger and Necessity, the
Interest of Private persons ought to give way to the Publique;
It is Ordained and Declared by the Lords and Commons in
Parliament, That such Apprentices unto Watermen plying and
Rowing upon the River of Thames, as have been or shall be
Listed, to serve as Souldiers, for the Defence of the Protestant
Religion, and Liberty of the Kingdom His Majesties Regall
Person, the Parliament, and the city of London, under the
command of Sir William Waller; Their Sureties, and such as
stand ingaged for them shall be secured against their Masters,
their Executors and Administrators, from all losse and inconveniencie by forfeiture of Bonds, Covenants Infranchisements, or
otherwise: And that after this Publique service ended, the
Masters of such Apprentices shall be commanded and required
to receive them again into their service, without imposing upon
them any punishment, losse or prejudice for their absence, in
the Defence of the Common wealth.
Satisfaction to Masters.
And the Lords and Commons do further declare, that if it
shall appear, that the Masters of such Apprentices, have received
any considerable losse by the absence of their Apprentices, they
will take care that reasonable satisfaction shall be made unto
them out of the Publique Stock of the Kingdom, according to
Justice and indifferency.