[25 May, 1644.]
Whereas the former Ordinances of the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament for Sequestration of Delinquents
Estates, have not been put into such effectual and speedy
Execution in divers places as was expected, to the great
disservice of the Commonwealth;
For remedy thereof, and for the more speedy collecting and bringing in of all such Monies, Rents, and Goods, as are or shall be due
upon the said Ordinances, or any of them, the said Lords and Commons do further Declare and Ordain in manner and form following.
Sequestrators, Committees, and other Officers shall take an Oath.
1. That the several Sequestrators and Committees heretofore
or hereafter to be appointed by Authority of Parliament, and
the several Sollicitors, Collectors, Treasurers, Appraisors, and all
other persons by them imployed by vertue of the said Ordinances,
or either of them, shall within ten days after notice of this
present Ordinance to them given, or before the intermedling
therewith, take this ensuing Oath.
I A. B. do swear, that I shall well and truly according to the
trust reposed in me, execute for the best advantage of the
Common-wealth, all and every of the Ordinances made by the
Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, for Sequestration
of Delinquents and Papists Estates; and that I shall not for fear,
favour, reward, or affection, spare, connive at, or discharge any of
the said Delinquents or Papists. So help me God.
Which Oath shall be taken by the said Committees before any
Deputy Lieutenant, Justice of Peace of the County, City,
Borough, or place where such Committees shall sit, who are by
this Ordinance authorized to administer the said Oath, and by
the said Solicitors. Collectors, Appraisors, and other Officers,
before the said Committees, or any two of them, who are also
hereby authorized to administer the same: Which said Deputy
Lieutenants, Justices of Peace, and Committees respectively, are
hereby required and enjoyned to certifie unto the Speaker of the
House of Commons, the Names of all such persons as shall take
the said Oath, and also the Names of all such as shall neglect or
refuse to take the same.
Such as have goods of sequestred persons shal bring them in.; Forfeiture for default.
2. That all Officers, and every other person whatsoever, who
hath in his custody any Goods of any person whose Estate is
sequestred, shall bring the same in to the several and respective
Committees of Sequestration within the said County, within ten
days after notice of this Ordinance; or otherwise, within five
days after the expiration of the said ten days, pay ready mony
to the Committees for the same, according to such rates as they
shall be appraised upon Oath by two able Appraisors appointed
by the said Committees; and in default of bringing in such
Goods, or payment for the same, shall forfeit for every week he
or they shall detain or not pay the same, the sum of two
shillings six pence for every twenty shillings worth of such
Goods, to the use of the Commonwealth.
Suspensions of Sequestrations shall be taken off.
3. That all suspensions of Sequestrations of any Delinquents
or Papists Estates made by the Committees in any County or
Corporation, without express Order of both Houses of Parliament, shall be forthwith taken off, and cleared, and no suspension
or excuse of persons sequestred allowed, but what is warranted
by the Ordinances of both Houses.
Debts for goods sold shall be paid in.
4. That all Debts made for goods sold, shall within ten days
after this Ordinance be paid in by the persons owing the same,
to the Treasurers of the several places where they are due; and
in default thereof, the said Debts immediately after the said
ten days, to be paid by the several parties that sold the same.
under pain of forfeiting the sum of two shillings six pence in
every pound for every week they remain unpaid after the said
ten days, in regard the Ordinances appoint no sale but for ready
Sequestred Houses and Lands shall be let.
5. That all the sequestred Houses and Lands now standing
void and unlet, shall forthwith be Let, Tenanted, or improved by
the respective Committees, and their Officers for the best
advantage of the Commonwealth, upon pain of such punishments in case of wilfull negligence, as the Houses shall inflict.
Addition to Committees.
6. That active, able, trusty men, who will diligently attend
this service, shall be added to all Committees of Sequestrations
where there is cause; and that the Committees of Accomps of
the Kingdome shall from time to time present the names of such
persons to both Houses of Parliament.
Committee shall sit two days in a week, and reform their Officers.
7. That the several Committees for Sequestrations in each
County, three or more of them shall constantly meet, and sit
upon this service, two set days at the least every week to be by
them appointed, and shall increase or alter the number of their
Collectors; and if any neglect or misdemeanour shall be found
in any Sollicitor in the execution of his said Office, the said
Committee or any three or more of them shall certifie the same
unto the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations.
Treasurers shall have but 2d. in the pound.; All moneys to be paid in to the Treasurers.
8. That no Treasurer appointed by the Sequestrators, shall be
allowed above two pence in the pound for Moneys received by
him; and that every Committee and Treasure residing in the
City of London, or within the Line of Communication, who shall
receive any sum or sums of Moneys upon Sequestration, shall
pay the same to the Treasurers for Sequestrations at Guild-Hall
London, within 6. days after his or their receipt thereof; and the
Committees and Treasurers that are to pay in their money to the
said Treasurers at Guild-Hall aforesaid, residing within 40. miles
of London, shall pay the moneys they receive within 15. days
after the receipt thereof; and such Committees and Treasurers
who live above 40. miles from London, shall within 30. days
after the receipt thereof, pay the same to the said Treasurers,
under pain of forfeiting two shillings six pence in the pound for
every Week he or they shall detain the same after the respective
times herein limited.
Collectors and Solicitors not pursuing their trust shall be disallowed their fees.
9. That the several Collectors and Sollicitors for Sequestrations,
that have not heretofore pursued, or snall not hereafter pursue
the several Ordinances of Sequestrations, and the trust thereby
in them reposed; shall be disallowed upon their Accompts, all fees
or sums of money appointed unto them by any Ordinance whatsoever.
Exact Accompts shall be kept.
10. That the several Sollicitors and Collretors for Sequestrations shall from henceforth keep several exact Accompts of all
Goods, Lands, Rents and profits sequestred, and enter the same
into several Books of Accompts to be kept for that purpose, and
shall within ten days next after notice of this present Ordinance
make several Books of Accompts of all Debts, Rents and Profits
then arrear, unreceived and uncollected, and of the particulars
and values of all the Goods, Lands, Rents, Tenements, and
Revenues of every person sequestred within their several divisions,
and shall likewise quarterly make and deliver the like Accompts
unto the several Committees under whom they are imployed, to
the end the certain value of the Sequestration may be discovered, and a constant Revenue raised.
Penalties to be levied by the Committees.
11. And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and
Commons, that all and every of the penalties in and by this
present Ordinance imposed, or to be inflicted upon any person or
persons offending contrary to this Ordinance or any Article
therein contained, shall be levied by the said respective Committees, their Collectors and Agents, by distress and sale of the
parties goods so offending.
They shall not land sequestred goods.
12. And it is further ordained, that no Committee or Committees whatsoever shall without valuable consideration dispose
of any sequestered goods, or make any loanes thereof without the
consent of both Houses of Parliament.
All who have any Sequestration Moneys in their hands shall pay it in.; Forfeiture for default.
13. That all Officers, and every other person whatsoever, who
hath detained in his hands any sequestration moneys, or hath
received any of the said moneys without a sufficient Warrant for
his so doing, and contrary to former Ordinances, shall bring in
and pay all such monies so by them detained or received to the
Treasurers for sequestrations at Guild-hall London, within
twenty dayes, after notice of this Ordinance, and in default thereof
shall forfeit two shillings six pence for every twenty shillings,
for every Week he or they shall detain or not pay the same to
the uses aforesaid; and the monies so detained, together with
the said forfeiture, shall be levied by the said Respective Committees, their Collectors, or Agents, by distress or sale of the parties
goods so offending; and where no sufficient distress can be found,
the parties so offending, to be committed to prison till the money
be paid as aforesaid.
Treasurers and Collectors in the Country shall bring in Accompts.
14. And it is further ordained, that for the prevention of all
fraudulent and indirect dealing, and for the present and future
satisfaction of the Kingdome, All Treasurers and Collectors in
the Associated Counties, under the command of the Right
Honourable Edward Earl of Manchester; as also in the County
of Kent and Surrey, where by several Ordinances of Parliament
they have power to detain one third part of all the Sequestration
money within the said Counties, for the better maintaining of
the Forces by them Raised, respectively for the preservation of
the Parliament and Kingdome; shall bring in to the Treasurers
of Sequestrations at Guildhall London, every three Moneths, or
oftner, if they shall be thereunto required, an exact accompt of
all the Sequestration moneys by them received and issued out
for the third part as aforesaid or otherwise, and produce Receipts
for the same; to the end the said Treasurers at Guildhall may
keep accompt of all the Sequestration moneys, as by former Ordinances was Ordained, and to take care that the said moneys be
equally divided and applied, as by the said Ordinances is intended;
and that the like course is to be observed by all particular men for
all Sequestration moneys they shall receive, in any County or
place under the Power or Command of the Parliament, by vertue
of any particular Ordinance obtained by them, that they may
receive no more than is intended and appointed by their several
Solicitor General for Sesquestrations.
15. And it is further Ordained, that John Madden Gentleman,
shall be a Generall Solicitor for the better Execution of this and
the former Ordinances of Sequestrations, And is hereby Authorized to keep due correspondence with all Committees, Sollicitors,
Treasurers, Collectors, and other Officers, employed about the Sequestrations; and shall give his best advice and assistance to the
said Treasurers at Guildhall for the better promoting and advancing of the said service: And when he shall discover any
obstruction or disorder in any person or persons therein imployed,
he shall acquaint the Committee of the Lords and Commons for
Sequestrations therewith. And for his pains and attendance
on this service, the said Treasurers at Guildhall shall pay unto
him Weekly twenty shillings; and shall also pay to the said John
Madden all his necessary charges and expences which he shall
disburse, if he shall finde it needfull, with the advice of the said
Treasurers at Guildhall, to travel into any of the Counties under
the Power and Command of the Parliament, for the better and
more speedy effecting of the Premisses, and for Postage of Letters.