[2 December, 1644.]
Ord. 16 Oct., 1643.; Ord. 27 Oct., 1643.
Whereas the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament
for the better inabling of our Brethren of Scotland to assist us in
this War, did think it fit to publish an Ordinance of the 16. of
October, 1643. for the raising of the sum of two hundred thousand
pounds, by way of voluntary Loane, to be paid unto them
towards the maintenance of their Armies in England and Ireland, since which time the said Lords and Commons, taking
notice of the refractorinesse of many wealthy persons, who have
either refused to lend at all, or at least any competent summe of
Money for the purpose aforesaid, did likewise publish a second
Ordinance of the 27. of the said Moneth of October, for the levying of the summe of 66666. pounds 13. shillings foure pence,
being the one third of the said two hundred thousand pounds,
upon such backward and ill-affected persons as did or should so
refuse to contribute, as fearing that the whole summe would
not bee raised by voluntary Loane.
And wheras (notwithstanding the said second Ordinance) a
great part of the said 200000 pounds, is yet uncollected by reason
of the great number of ill-affected and wilfull persons, and likely
to be delayed (if not altogether lost), unlesse some further course
be taken to constraine them to contribute in proportion with the
honest and well affected party.
£66666. 13s. 4d. to be raised as Loan on persons that have not yet contributed for better enabling Scotland to assist us in the War.
Wee therefore the Lords and Commons considering our ingagements to our said Brethren of Scotland, and the present
necessities of their Armie, by means of the great scarcity which
must necessarily be in the Northerne parts, by reason of the multitude of Souldiers so long quartering there, and the extreame
oppression, rapine, and spoile committed by the Enemy, as also
the extremities they may be driven to without seasonable supplies from us, together with the dangerous consequence that will
thereupon arise, and for the better ease of such persons who are
well affected, and have in this and other services exprest their
freenesse by lending very considerable summes of Money, Doe
hereby Order, Ordain and Declare that the like sum of 66666
pounds, 13 shillings foure pence, another third of the said summe
of 200000. pounds, shall with all convenient speed be raised by way
of Loane upon such able and wealthy persons, as have not already,
nor shall hereafter voluntarily and proportionably to their
Estates and abilities, lend any summes of money for the purpose
Said Sum, how to be raised.
The said summe of 66666. pounds thirteen shillings foure
pence to be Assessed and raised within the Cities, Towns,
Counties and Places respectively, according to their proportions
in the said Ordinance of the 27. of October aforesaid, allotted and
charged upon every particular City, Towne, and County therein
expressed. The same to be Ordered, Levyed, and Collected in
manner, and by such Persons and meanes, and paid to such men as
in the said Ordinance of the 27. of October is directed. And as
hath been hitherto observed by the persons intrusted with the
managing of this service.
To be levied on none whose Estates are under £500.
And it is hereby further Ordered, Ordained and Declared, That
the said summe of 66666. pounds, thirteen shillings foure pence,
shall not be levyed but upon such persons whose Estates are of
the value of five hundred pounds, or upwards of that summe.
£70,000 to be received on Ords. of Sequestration ordered for repayment of said £66666. 13s. 4d. at 8 per cent. interest.
And it is likewise Ordered, Ordained and Declared, that seventy
thousand pounds out of the Rents, Issues, and Profits, that shall
be received upon the Ordinances of Sequestration of the Estates
of Papists, Delinquents, and other Malignants, shall be, and is
hereby Ordered for the repayment of the 66666 pounds thirteen
shillings foure pence, to be raised upon this present Ordinance
with Interest after the Rate of eight pound per centum, in such
manner as in the said former Ordinance is mentioned.
Persons that do not live where their estates lie, to be nevertheless subject to assessment and penalties.
And it is hereby further Ordered, Ordained, and Declared,
That if any person who shall not willingly contribute proportionably to his Estate, have any considerable Estate reall or personall, in any the Counties, Cities, great Townes, or Places in the
former Ordinance mentioned, and doth not inhabite there where
his said Estate shall lye, That such Estate shall be neverthelesse subject to the Assessement, and be constrained to pay the
same, unlesse he bring Certificate from some other Committee
imployed in the said service elsewhere, that he hath paid proportionably to his whole Estate: and the persons so assessed in case
of obstinacy and wilfull refusall, or case of want of sufficient distresse, shall be lyable to such forfeitures, penalties, and perils, as
in the said Ordinance of the 27 of October, are in that case provided and expressed. And it shall be lawfull for the Collectors
of the summes assessed in any of the Cities, great Townes, and
Counties aforesaid, for want of other Distresse, to seize the
Rents, and arreares of any Rents, Issues, and Profits whatsoever,
due to such person, however they shall grow due: For which an
acquittance under the hands of any three or more of the Committee or Commissioners imployed in this service shall be a sufficient discharge to the Tenant for any summe paid in to the use
Peers, Members of House of Commons and their Assistants to be assessed only by their respective Houses.
Provided, That no Peeres of this Kingdome, Member of either
House of Parliament, or Assistant, or Attendant of either of the
Houses be assessed by this Ordinance, but by the respective
Houses whereof they be Members or Assistants, or Attendants,
and the other Peeres by the House of Peeres.
Provided also, if any City, County, great Towne, or Place in
the said Ordinance mentioned, already hath, or shall pay into the
Treasury at Goldsmiths-Hall, the proportion laid on them over
and above all necessary Charges and Disbursments: That is to
say, treble the summe exprest in the said Ordinance of the twenty
seven of October last, either upon voluntary Loane, or upon
Assessement, there shall be no more required of them by vertue
of this, or any former or other Ordinance towards the raising of
the said summe of 200000 pounds.
Collectors may levy money by distress on any that promise subscriptions, and thereafter refuse to pay
Provided also, that if any person hath or shall subscribe or
promise any sum of Money, either in the Parish where such
person shall inhabite, or before any Committee appointed for the
dispatch of this service: and hath, or shall after any such promise or subscription refuse to pay the same; it shall then be
lawfull for the Collectors of the Money to be advanced for this
service, to distraine for such summes of Money and to claime
their Fees thereupon according to the allowance made by the said
last Ordinance, as if the same had been assessed on them.