[1 December, 1645.]
The Lords and Commons now in Parliament assembled, taking
into consideration, how that several great sums of money have
been lately raised and disbursed in the several Counties of the
Eastern Association, in resisting and preventing the mischievous
Designs of the Enemy, who by Alarms, Invasions and many
other ways have endeavored to distract the Peace of these
Counties; And the Committee of the said several Counties out
of their great zeal and good affection to their Countrey, have by
themselves and their friends undertaken for, and given their own
Security for the repayment of the said money, but no provision is
yet made for the reimbursing and true payment thereof, to the
utter undoing of many well-affected in those Counties.
Rate on Counties of Eastern Association for their defence.
Be it therefore Ordained, and it is Ordained by the said Lords
and Commons, That for the satisfaction and present payment of
all such sums of money disbursed as abovesaid, for the publique
Service and necessary Defence and Preservation of the said
Counties, there shall be Taxed, Levied and paid, at or before the
twentieth of December, in the year of our Lord God 1645. the
several sums of money upon the several Counties hereafter mentioned respectively: viz.
Upon the County of Norfolk, the sum of Seven thousand and
Upon the City of Norwich, the sum of Three hundred sixty
and six pounds.
Upon the County of Essex, the sum of Six thousand seven
hundred and fifty pounds.
Upon the County of Lincoln, the sum of Two thousand seventy
Upon the County of Hartford, the sum of Two thousand four
hundred thirty two pounds and ten shillings.
Upon the County of Suffolk, the sum of Seven thousand and
Upon the Isle of Ely, the sum of Seven hundred and twenty
eight pounds thirteen shillings and four pence.
Upon the County of Cambridge, the sum of Two thousand one
hundred and seventy one pounds six shillings and eight pence.
Upon the County of Huntington, the sum of One thousand and
Power to Committees named in former Ord. for maintenance of Army under Sir T. Fairfax to execute present Ord.
And that the said several sums of money be duly Taxed, Levied
and paid: Be it further Ordained, That several persons named to
be Committees in the Ordinance of Lords and Commons for
raising and maintaining of the Army under the Command of Sir
Thomas Fairfax, for the said Counties, Cities and places as abovesaid, shall and may be Committees for the putting this Ordinance
in execution, and shall and may Assess and Levy, or cause to be
Assessed and Levied within the said Counties, Cities and places
aforesaid respectively, the said several sums of money according
to the usual proportions within the said Counties, Cities and
places, or as may be most indifferently assessed and imposed upon
the said Counties respectively.
All Persons, Lands, etc., charged by former Ord. charged by this.; Committees may do all things as allowed by former Ord.; Allowances.
And that all persons, Bodies Politique and Corporate, all
Mannors, Lands, Tenements, Rents and Hereditaments, Goods
and Chattels whatsoever, charged or chargeable by vertue of the
said Ordinance for the payment of the Army under the command
of Sir Thomas Fairfax, shall be also charged and chargeable with
the payment of the said several sums mentioned in this present
Ordinance. And that it shall be lawful for the said Committees,
or any five or more of them, to nominate Assessors, Collectors and
Treasurers for the Assessing, Collecting and receiving of the said
several sums of money; And that the said Committees, Assessors,
Collectors and Treasurers, shall and may do all things, and
execute all such power for the Assessing, Collecting and receiving
of the said several sums of money within the said Counties respectively, as the said Committees, Assessors, Collectors and
Treasurers have power to do by vertue of the said Ordinance, for
the payment of the Army under the Command of Sir Thomas
Fairfax; And that the Committees of the several Counties re
spectively, shall alow such Fees and Sums of money for Collectors, Treasurers, and others by them imployed or to be imployed in Assessing, Collecting, Levying, Receiving and Paying
the said several sums as are named and alowed of in the said
Ordinance, and not otherwise.
Moneys to be issued only under Committees' Warrants.; Treasurers' Accounts.
And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons,
That the Treasurer or Treasurers appointed to receive the said
moneys by vertue of this Ordinance within the said Counties
respectively, shall not issue forth, or pay any sum or sums of
money to any person or persons whatsoever, but to the uses in
this Ordinance mentioned, And also by Warrant in writing
under the hands of ten or more of the Committees of the several
Counties respectively; And that the said Treasurers and Collectors shall from time to time give accompt of their Receipts
and Disbursments to the Committee of Lords and Commons for
the Eastern Association, as by both Houses of Parliament they
shall from time to time be appointed.