[14 March, 1644/5.]
Power to Committees of respective Counties to raise Draught-Horses for Army.
Whereas the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, have by an Ordinance, dated the fifteenth of February,
1644. Ordained, That there be forthwith raised, and formed, an
Army under the immediate Command of Sir Thomas Fairfax,
Knight; And have thereby provided for the raising, paying, and
maintaining of the said Army: It is therefore Ordered, that the
severall and respective Committees, named and appointed in the
said Ordinance, for the severall and respective Cities, Counties
and places therein mentioned, or any two, or more of them, shall
forthwith raise and provide the severall and respective proportions and numbers of good, able and sufficient Drawing-horses
for Carriages belonging to the said Army, and Train of Artillery:
That is to saw, out of the City of London, and the County of Middlesex and hundred sixty and one.
The County of Essex, an hundred thirty and one.
The County of Suffolke, an hundred forty and one.
The County of Norfolk, an hundred forty and one.
The City of Norwich, seven.
The County of Lincolne, forty and one.
The County of Hertford, forty and eight.
The County of Cambridge, forty and three.
The Isle of Ely, fourteen.
The County of Huntington, twenty.
The County of Sussex, seventy and eight.
The County of Derby, ten.
The County of Warwick, six.
The County of Leicester, five.
The County of Northampton, nine.
The County of Bedford, twenty.
The County of Kent, an hundred forty and one.
The County of Surry, fourty.
Power to buy at best rates.; Payment to be made out of first month's assessment.
And for the more speedy effecting of this service; the said
severall and respective Committees, or any two or more of them
in the severall and respective Cities, Counties and places before
mentioned, shall have power, and are hereby authorized to buy
and provide the said horses at the best rates; as in their wisedome, judgment, and discretion shall be thought most for the
advantage of the service: And the moneys for Providing, Buying, and Conducting of the said Horses, shall be paid upon
warrant of the said Committees or any two of more of them respectively by the Collector or Collectors of the severall Cities,
Counties, and places before mentioned, out of the first Moneths
Assessment, to be Rated and Levied by vertue of the said Ordinance.
Price of each Horse, with transport, not to exceed £6.
Provided alwayes; That all the said Horses one with another,
together with the charge of Conducting them to the place of
Rendezvous shall not exceed the summe of six pounds; which
horses so to be bought and provided, shall be brought unto such
place or places of Rendezvous, and at such time or times, as shall
be appointed by the Committee of both Kingdomes, or by the
said Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Discharge to Collectors.
And what Sums of money shall be so disbursed, upon a Certificate thereof made, under the hands of two or more of the
Respective Committees, shall be allowed upon the Collectors
Accompt, as if so much money had been paid to such persons as
shall bee appointed to receive the money raised by vertue of that
Ordinance; And the persons appointed to Receive the said moneys
upon the said Ordinance, Are hereby Authorized to give acquittances for the same to the respective Collectors, And the producing of those Certificates of the Respective Committees, shall
be a sufficient discharge for so much, unto the persons appointed
to receive the money upon their Accompt, without further Order
or Warrant, in that behalfe.
Instructions for conduct, marking and registering of Horses, etc.
And it is further Ordered, That the said Committees, or any
two of them, shall imploy fit persons to Conduct the said Horses
and give them fit allowance for the same; and shall marke the
Horses with a mark, and shall deliver the said Horses by Indenture unto the Conductors, comprizing the Colours and Sizes
of the Horses, which Conductors shall deliver the said Horses.
together with the Indenture unto the Commissary for Draughthorses at the place of Rendezvous; And the Commissary for
Draught-horses is hereby required to attend at the place of
Rendezvous, and to receive the horses, and upon examinations
the Indenture to give a Certificate to the Conductors, for what
Horses he shall receive; And to see the Mark-Master of the
Army, immediately to mark them with the States Marke; and
cause them to be there delivered, to one of the Quarter-Masters
for Draught-horses, to take them into his charge, and to take a
Receipt of him for the same.
And to that end it is Ordered; That the Commissary of the
Draught-horses, and his Assistants, together with the MarkMaster be not wanting at the time and place of the Generall
Rendezvous, to be appointed for receiving of the Draught-Horses,
but that they and every one of them give their attendance to receive, and marke the said Horses, and then to deliver them to the
said Quarter-Masters, that none of them bee lost, but imployed
in the service as is before declared.
Charge of levying, etc., of soldiers for Sir T. Fairfax's Forces to be borne by said Counties.
And it is further Ordered, That the charges and expences of
Levying, Impresting, Coating, and Conducting of Souldiers for
the Recruiting of the Forces under the said Sir Thomas Fairfax,
shall be defrayed and born by the severall Cities, Counties and
places aforesaid, where the Committee of both Kingdomes or Sir
Thomas Fairfax shall appoint any Presse of Souldiers to be
made: And that the said severall and respective Committees, or
any two or more of them in such the said Cities, Counties and
places doe take speciall care thereof, that all things may be done
according to the directions given and to be given in that behalfe:
And that such Sum or Sums of money as shall bee requisite for
the said service, shall be disbursed upon Warrant of the said
Committees or any two or more of them respectively, to such
persons as they shall appoint by the Collector or Collectors of the
said severall Cities, counties and places out of the first moneths
Assessment, as is before specified; And upon a Certificate thereof
as aforesaid the said respective Collectors shall be allowed for so
much money upon their Accompt, and shall have Acquittances
given them by such persons as shall be appointed to receive the
money raised upon that Ordinance, and they upon those Certificates shall also have allowance without further Order or Warrant
in such manner and forme as is before declared.