[23 October, 1643.]
Agents appointed for execution of Ordinances.
The Lords and Commons taking into their consideration the
great burthen and charge hitherto for the most part undergone
by the willing part of the City of London and Liberties thereof,
by their ready payments and contributions, in pursuance of
severall Acts and Ordinances of Parliament, heretofore made for
that purpose, whilest others through want of the due execution
thereof, have either paid and contributed nothing, or not considerably thereunto: For remedy thereof, doe Ordaine, and be
it Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that the severall
persons hereafter named, shall within the severall Wards of the
said City and Liberties, be imployed as Agents to put in execution the severall Acts and Ordinances herafter mentioned, in
manner as is hereby declared, viz.
In the Ward of Cheape and Cornhill, Edward Linsey, Iohn
In the Ward of Aldgate, Mathew Bugge, Samuel Poole.
In the Ward of Bassingshaw Colmanstreet, James Wight,
In the Ward of Bishopsgate within and without, Francis
Laurence, Jeremy Arnold.
In the ward of Bridgeward Candlewicke, Richard Cole, Thomas
In the Ward of Billingsgate Tower Ward, Humphrey Burey,
In the Ward of Breadstreet Cordweyners, Arthur Coleman,
In the Ward of Vintrey, Thomas Lindsey, John Eames.
In the Ward of Cripplegate within, George Comes. Thomas
In the Ward of Cripplegate without, Thomas Layton, Jervis
In the Ward of Dowgate Walbrooke, William Rudgdale,
In the Ward of Queenehith, William Bridges, Edward Cole.
In the Ward of Aldersgate, Henry Whitingham, John Morton.
In the Ward of Broadstreet, Henry Wilson, Thomas Thorneton.
In the Ward of Portsoken, John Ford, Thomas Downeall.
In the Ward of Farringdon within, Joseph Hunscot, Maximilian Buck.
In the Ward of Farringdon without the East division, Clement
Carter, Henry Hastings.
In the Ward of Farringdon without Fleetstreet division, John
Digby, Laurence Forden.
In the Ward of Castle Baynard, Thomas Jervis, Adam
In the Ward of Langborn Limestreet, Francis Burrist, Edward
Instruction to Agents Power to distrain goods of persons in arrear and refusing to pay.; Goods distrained to be inventoried.
Which said severall persons, or any other that the Committee
for the Militia of London shall adde, who are hereby enabled
thereunto, upon notice given them by the Collectors, or any of
them, of the last Subsidies for foure hundred thousand pounds,
and of the weekely Assessments or any Fifteenes heretofore
granted by the Common-Councell of the City of London, who
are hereby required upon the request of the persons above
named to give notice thereof accordingly, what persons within
their severall Wards, or Precincts have refused, or neglected to
pay their said Subsidies, Weekly Assessments, and Fifteenes:
And what the said Arrerages are and upon notice also given
to the Persons above named by the Treasurers appointed to
receive the Monies brought in upon the late Ordinance of the
eighteenth of August last; Or by any of the Common-Councell
men of any Ward what Arrerages are due thereupon, and from
whom, (who are also required hereby upon the request of the
Persons above named to give notice thereof accordingly) shall
together with the said Collectors of each severall Ward or any
of them, forthwith repaire to the severall Persons so in Arreare,
or to the usuall places of their abode. And if upon demand
thereof made, such persons shall neglect or refuse to pay the
said Weekely Assessments, Subsidies or the said Fifteenes to
the said Collectors or any of them; And shall neglect or refuse
forthwith to pay the Arrerages due upon the said late Ordinance
of the eighteenth of August to the Treasurers appointed for
that purpose; That then it shall and may bee lawfull to and
for the Persons above named, in the presence of the said
Collectors, or any of them, or of the Constables of the said
severall Wards, and Precincts, who are hereby required to bee
ayding and assisting herein within their severall Precincts, and
Wards, to destreyne, seize, take, and carry away from the
severall persons so in Arreares. so much of the Goods and
Estate of every such person. so refusing or neglecting to pay
the same as aforesaid, as may fully satisfie the said Arrerages,
with all charges of seisures. and removall thereof; And it is
also Ordained, that all the Goods so seized, and distreined as
aforesaid, shall be forthwith Inventoried by the said persons
above named in the presence of the said Constables, and Collectors or some of them; And also appraised by such persons
as shall be for that purpose appointed by William Rowell,
Richard Willet, Henry Cale, Richard Everet, Robert Doleman,
Names of Committee to sit at Gresham College to receive Inventories.; In case Goods distrained be not redeemed in 3 days, to be sold, and proceeds sent to Treasurers at Guildhall.
Stock, Thomas Vincent, and John Bret, or any
two of them, who are hereby appointed a Committee to sit at
Gresham Colledge, to receive the said Inventories, and Goods
so appraised: Which said Inventories are to be subscribed by the
persons hereby appointed to destreyne, together with the Constables or Collectors that shall be present at the dist resse.
And in case neither the persons whose Goods shall be seized, or
distreyned, nor any in his behalfe doe within three dayes after
seizure, redeeme the same, as they shall be appraised, Then the
said Committee or any two of them, to sell the same for the
best advantage; And from time to time to deliver the Monies
so received for the same to the Treasurers sitting at Guild-Hall
London appointed by the said Ordinance of the eighteenth of
August last and to restore the overplus, if any be, to the persons
so seized and destreined as aforesaid.
Power to Agents to break open Doors, etc.; Allowance to persons appointed to make Seizures, and others.; Power to Committees to cause Collectors, etc., to give account of their dealings upon Oath.
And it is hereby further Ordained by the said Lords and
Commons, that the persons above named, shall hereby have
power and Authority in the presence of the said Collectors and
Constables, or any of them, as well within any priviledged
places as without, to breake open all Lockes, Doores or other
strength whatsoever, where the Estates, Money or Goods
belonging to any such person so in Arreare, are, or shall be
And the Trained Bands Voluntires and other Forces, their
Commanders and Officers and also the severall Constables and
other Officers, within their Limits, are hereby required and
enjoyned to be ayding and assisting to the persons above
nominated and imployed for the service aforesaid; And it is
further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons that the said
Committee, or any two of them, shall allow to the persons above
named & appointed to make seisures as aforesaid, 3.d. for every
pound, which the Goods so distreined by them & sold shall
amount unto, & also such other allowance to such other person
or persons necessarily imployed for the Service aforesaid, as the
said Com[m]ittee shall thinke requisite, to be paid out of the
Money taken for the sale of the said Goods. It is also Ordained
by the said Lords and Commons to the end both this, and the
Ordinance for Sequestration formerly made, may be effectually
put in execution, and that as well the severall Committees for
Sequestrations, both within the said City of London and Liberties,
and elsewhere appointed in pursuance of the Ordinances for
Sequestrations formerly made as also the said Committee hereby
appointed to sit at Gresham Colledge, shall have power at such
times as the said Committees, or any of them thinke fit, to cause
the said Collectors or any other their under Officers, to give an
account upon Oath, to the said Committee, or any of them, concerning any the dealings and proceedings of the said Collectors,
and under Officers in their severall Imployments under the said
This Ord. not to hinder due execution of former ordinances for Sequestration in London.
And to the end this present Ordinance, or any thing therein contained, may not hinder the due and orderly execution of the
said Ordinances formerly made for the sequestrations of the
Estates of Papists and Delinquents within the said City of
London and Liberties thereof.
Persons avoiding Tax to be still taken to be Delinquents and their estates sequestered.; Common Councillors, etc., to give List of such persons on demand.; Collectors or Constables that refuse or neglect their service to be imprisoned or fined.; Indemnity.
Be it therefore ordained, that all such as shall fraudulently
imbezile, conceale, or convey away all, or any part of their
goods, money, or estate, without valuable consideration, bona
fide, thereby preventing or avoyding the payment of any Taxes
or Assessements, laid upon them by any Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament, or any distrese or seisure in case of non
payment thereof, or that after any such Tax or Assessements
convey themselves away, or refuse to be spoken with, whereby
any such Tax or Assessement layd on them by any Ordinance
of both Houses of Parliament cannot be executed upon them,
or their estates, according to the true meaning and purport
thereof shall be still taken to bee delinquents, onely within the
said Ordinance of Sequestration, and their Estates sequestred
by the said sequestrators (the Common-Councell men and
Collectors of each Ward and Precinct within the said Citie
and Liberties, being hereby required upon request made to
them, or any of them by the said Committee for sequestrations,
or the Collectors appointed by the said Committee, to give a
Catalogue or other notice of such persons now or heretofore
inhabiting within their severall Wards. This present Ordinance
or any thing therein contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding; And it is also ordained by the said Lords and
Commons, that if the said Collectors, Constables or any other
persons hereby appointed or to bee appointed for the purposes
mentioned in this Ordinance, and in pursuance thereof, shall
refuse or neglect to execute and doe what hereby is required
from them or any of them that then upon proofe made thereof to
the Committee of the House of Commons for Examinations
sitting at Westminster, or to the Militia for the City of
London, every person so refusing, or neglecting as aforesaid,
shall bee by the said Committees, or either of them committed
to safe custody without Baile or Maineprise or Assessed to pay
such summes of money by way of fine, as the said Committee,
or Militia shall thinke fit, so the same exceed not the summe
of ten pounds for any one offence, and every person and persons
doing and performing any thing in pursuance of this present
Ordinance shall bee therefore from time to time kept harmlesse
by the authority of both Houses of Parliament.