[18 December, 1643.]
Newport-Pagnell to be fortified and garrisoned.; Counties of Bedford, Hertford, etc., to raise £1,000 for this purpose.
The Lords and Commons taking into their serious considerations the great importance of the Town of Newport-Pagnell in
the County of Buckingham, to the safety of the Counties adjacent
and of all the associated Counties under the Command of the
Earle of Manchester; Do Order and Ordain, That the said Town
of Newport-Pagnell shall be strongly fortified, and furnished
with all necessary provisions for a Garrison And for defraying
of the charges thereof, and maintenance of a Garrison there, the
said Lords and Commons do Ordain, And be it Ordained; That
the Counties of Bedford, Hertford, Northampton, Cambridge,
with the Isle of Ely, Suffolke, Norfolke, with the County and
City of Norwich, Huntington and Essex, and the three hundreds
of Newport in the County of Buckingham, shall joyne in the
charge of the said Garrison and Fortifications, for the raising of
1000.l. in manner following, and according to the Proportion and
Articles hereafter mentioned: That is to say,
In what Proportions.
In the County of Bedford, one hundred eighty seaven pounds
In the County of Hertford, one hundred twenty five pounds.
In the County of Northampton, one hundred twenty five
In the County of Huntington, forty five pounds.
In the County of Cambridge, with the Isle of Ely, fourscore
In the County of Suffolke, one hundred twenty five pounds.
In the County of Essex, one hundred twenty five pounds.
In the County of Norfolke, with the City and County of Norwich, one hundred twenty five pounds.
And in the three hundreds of Newport, sixty two pounds ten
If £1,000 insufficient, more to be raised.
And it is ordered and Ordained, That if the said Fortifications
shall arise to more then the said sum of one thousand pounds,
That the same shall be raised in the Counties and Hundreds
abovesaid, according to the Proportion aforesaid.
Monthly sum of £4,000 to be raised in said Counties.
And the Lords and Commons doe Declare and Ordain, That
there shall be raised in all the said Counties and Hundreds the
monethly summe of foure thousand pounds, in manner following:
That is to say;
In the County of Bedford, seven hundred and fifty pounds.
In the County of Hertford, five hundred pounds.
In the County of Northampton, five hundred pounds.
In the three Hundreds of Newport, two hundred and fifty
In the County of Huntington, one hundred and fourescore
In the County of Cambridge, with the Isle of Ely, three
hundred and twenty pounds.
In the County of Suffolke, five hundred pounds.
In the County of Norfolke, with the City and County of Norwich, five hundred pounds.
In the County of Essex, five hundred pounds.
First month to run from 1 Dec., 1643.
And if is also Ordained, That the first Moneth shall be
accompted, from the first day of December, 1643. last past; and
so forward, until it should be otherwise Ordered by the Lords and
Commons in Parliament.
Said Counties to send Soldiers to Garrison.; To number of 1,200.
And it is Ordained by the Lords and Commons, that the
County of Bedford shall within fourteen dayes next after the
passing of this Ordinance, send into the said Garrison two
hundred twenty five able and armed men, for Souldiers: The
County of Hertford, one hundred and fifty: The County of
Northampton, one hundred and fifty: The three Hundreds of
Newport, seventy five: The County of Huntington, forty five:
The County of Cambridge, with the Isle of Ely, one hundred and
five: The County of Suffolke, one hundred and fifty: The
County of Essex, one hundred and fifty: The County of Norfolke, with the City and County of Norwich, one hundred and
fifty, like able men; all the said men so sent in, being one
thousand two hundred, to be put into one Regiment, under the
Command of such Governour and Officers as his Excellency shall
appoint; and shall be from time to time recruted, for the keeping of the said Regiment full, out of the said respective Counties,
according to the Proportions before specified.
Powers to Committees to levy money for maintenance of Garrison, etc.; Persons over-rated to be relieved on complaint to Committee.; Distress of goods on refusal to pay.; Sequestration of Estates.
And it is further Ordained, That aswell for the raising of
the said monethly Payment, as also the said moneys for Fortifications, the Committees for the weekly Assessments in the Counties
of Bedford, Buckingham, Hertford, Northampton, Huntington,
Cambridge with the Isle of Ely; Suffolke, Norfolke, with the
City and County of Norwich and Essex, already established by
Parliament or any two or more of the said Committees respectively, shall by vertue of this Ordinance, have power to leavy and
raise the aforesaid summes of monyes aswell for the Fortifications, as for the maintenance of the said Garrison, for provision
of armes, Ammunition, and other incident charges, with the best
equality they, or any two or more of then respectively can, upon
each severall Parishes, Town-ship, or Place, within their severall
Counties and Liberties, according to the rule of the weekly
Assessements for the Parliaments Army; and shall send forth
their Warrants to the high-Constables or such other persons as
they, or any two or more of them respectively shall think fit, for
the Rating, Assessing, and Collecting of the severall Sums, Taxed
or Rated upon the said severall Parishes, Town-ships and Places:
Which sums so Rated and Taxed, to be raised by distresse and
sale of the goods of all and singular such persons as shall refuse
or delay after lawfull demand, to pay their proportion so Rated
upon them, by Warrant under the hand of any two or more of
the said Committees respectively. And if any person shall finde
himself grieved by any such Tax, That such person, upon complaint to the said Committees, or any two of them respectively,
if they shall thinke fit, shall be relieved, in such sort as they, or
any two of them respectively, shall find reasonable: Provided that
such complaint be made within six dayes after notice of his said
Tax; And if any person or persons within the said respective
Counties, which by vertue of this Ordinance shall be rated to pay
any summe or summes of money, shall obstinately refuse or delay
to pay the same, and if no Goods of such person or persons can be
found, whereby he may be distreyned for payment thereof, that
then it shall be lawfull to, and for the said Committees, or any
two, or more of them respectively, to cause such person so refusing
or delaying, to be imprisoned, and there to be detained and kept,
untill he or they shall pay their said Rates and Taxes: And also
the said Committees or any two of them respectively, shall cause
the Estate of such person so refusing or delaying, to be forthwith
sequestred, and the profits thereof to be taken and imployed for
the use of the said Garrison, untill they shall make payment of
their said Rates and Taxes.
Power to Committees to press men.; Punishment for refusal to serve.
And it is further Ordained, That (the better to enable the said
Committees respectively to raise the said severall numbers of
Souldiers for the said Garrison) it shall be lawfull to and for the
said Committees, or any two of them respectively, To send forth
their Warrants to the Constables, or any other person or persons
whome they shall think fit to presse such able men as they shall
see good for the said Service, according to an Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament, intituled, An Ordinance, etc. All such
persons so Pressed, and refusing to serve, to be dealt withall
according to the said Ordinance.
Treasurer.; His Allowance.
And it is further Ordained, That a Treasurer shall be chosen
by the Committees of the several Counties, or the major part of
them, for the receiving and paying forth of the said Moneys,
who shall give his personall and constant attendance in the said
Garrison upon the said Service, and for his paines therein, shall
have the allowance of five shillings the day; he rendring
account from time to time, to such Auditor or Auditors as the
Committees of the said Counties respectively shall appoint.
Committees of several Counties to choose one Com. to attend Service at Newport Pagnell.; Power of such Committee.; Allowance.
And it is further Ordained and Declared, that the Committees
of the severall Counties afore-mentioned, shall choose one of the
Committees of the severall Counties, or such other sufficient
person as they shall approve of, to attend the Service of the
Garrison of Newport-pagnell; which persons shall have power
hereby to joyne in Consultation with the Governour, for the
benefit of the Garrison, for the taking of the Muster of the Forces
in the said Garrison, issuing out of Warrants under five of their
hands at the least, to the Treasurer for the paying of moneys for
requiring the proportions of men and moneys, from time to time,
out of the severall Counties, for the Garrison, and for the taking
of the accompts of the Treasurer, when they shall be there unto
required by the Committees of the said respective Counties, or
any two of them; for which their pains each of them shall receive daily five shillings out of the Treasury of their severall
Counties by Warrant under three of the Committees Hands at
Companies in Garrison to be kept up complete.; Captains' Pay to be abated for incomplete Companies.; Governor may compel able-bodied Inhabitants to serve in time of need.; And charge richer Inhabitants with Arms for the Poorer, and expel such as refuse. Major of Newport.
And it is further Ordained by the Lords and Commons, That
the Field-Officers and Captaines, appertaining to the said
Garrison, shall keep up their Companies compleat, as they shall
be appointed thereto by the consent of the aforesaid Counties, and
shall make up their Recrutes of Armes out of the pay of the
Officers and Souldiers of the Companies to the said Garrison
belonging; and if they faile a fifth part of the number of the
Company, they shall abate a fifth part of their Captaines Pay;
if a fourth part, a fourth part of their Pay, and so forward; And
if they faile to make good their Recrutes of Armes upon the
Muster, that the Committee of each County residing in the Garrison, shall make stay of so much money, out of their Pay, as
shall make good the Recrutes of the said Companies with Armes.
And likewise the said Governour of Newport for the time being,
is hereby authorized to compell all the Inhabitants of Newport,
able of body, within the Line, to List themselves under Command, and doe Duty in time of Siege, Alarum, and Assault
onely: And the said Governour, and any three of the Committees
of the said Garrision of Newport, shall have power to charge the
richer sort of Inhabitants with so many Armes for Arming the
poorer sort, as they shall be of ability to provide; And if any
disobey, He, and the aforesaid Committees shall have power to
put them and their Families out of the Garrison; and the Committees of the said Garrison, or any three of them, with the
Governour for the time being, are hereby Authorized to appoint
a Major of the Town of Newport to receive and give Orders, and
to command the Townsmen in time of Siege, Alarum or Assault;
For which he shall have allowed him nine shillings by the day
Pay for 300 Horse to be allowed out of the £,4000 monthly.
And it is likewise Declared That out of the foure thousand
pounds of moneth raised as aforesaid, There shall be allotted the
Pay for three hundred Horse, with their Officers, during such
time as they shall there continue for the safeguard of the Garrison, and preservation of the Parts and Counties adjacent; the
said Horse to be such as his Excellencie the Earle of Essex shall
Committees to review Forces once fortnightly.
And lastly, it is Ordained, That the Committees of the said
Garrison, or any three of thom shall once in fourteen dayes, at
the least, by themselves or such as they shall Appoint, View and
Muster all the Forces, both of Horse and Foot belonging to the
Garrison, and see them duly paid.