[3 April, 1645.]
Members of both Houses discharged from all offices.
Be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament, That all and every of the Members of either House
of Parliament shall be, and by Authority of this Ordinance are
discharged at the end of forty days after the passing of this Ordinance, of and from all and every Office or Command Military or
Civil, granted or conferred by both or either of the said Houses
of this present Parliament, or by any Authority derived from
both or either of them, since the Twentieth day of November,
Military and Naval Officers not members of either House to continue in their offices.
And be it further Ordained, That all other Governors and Commanders of any Islands, Town, Castle or Fort and all other
Colonels, and Officers inferior to Colonels in the several armies
not being Members of either of the said Houses of Parliament,
shall according to their respective Commissions continue in their
severall Places and Commands wherein they were imployed and
entrusted the Twentieth day of March, 1644, as if this Ordinance
had not been made. And that the Vice-Admiral, Rere-Admiral,
and all other Captains, and other inferior Officers in the Fleetshall according to their several and respective Commissions continue in their several Places and Commands wherein they were
imployed and entrusted the said twentieth day of March, 1644,
as if this Ordinance had not been made.
Benefit of all offices not military or judicial hereafter granted to be for public uses.; Grantees to have salary only.
Provided always, and it is further Ordained and Declared, That
during this War, the benefit of all Offices, being neither Military
nor Judicial, hereafter to be granted, or any way to be appointed
to any person or persons by both or either House of Parliament,
or by Authority derived from thence, shall go, and inure to such
publique uses as both Houses of Parliament shall appoint; And
the Grantees and persons executing all such Offices shall be
accomptable to the Parliament for all the profits and perquesities
thereof, and shall have no profit out of such Office, other then a
competent sallary for the execution of the same, in such manner
as both Houses of Parliament shall Order and Ordain.
Proviso; Certain Members of both Houses excepted..
Provided, That this Ordinance shall not extend to take away
the Power and Authority of any Lieutenancy, or Deputy Lieutenancy, in the several Counties, Cities or Places; or of any
Custos Rotulorum, or of any Commission for Justice of Peace, or
Sewers or any Commission of Oyer and Terminer, or Gaol
Provided always, and it is hereby Declared, That those Members of either House, who had Offices by grant from His
Majesty before this Parliament, and were by His Majesty displaced sitting this Parliament, and have since by Authority of
both Houses been restored, shall not by this Ordinance be discharged from their said Offices or Profits thereof, but shall enjoy
the same. Any thing in this Ordinance to the contrary thereof