[11 October, 1649.]
Names of the Committee.
The Parliament of England now assembled, taking into their
consideration, that divers sums of Money, Plate and Goods have
been raised and received of the people of the Nation, for which
no Accompts have been yet rendred for publique satisfaction;
and thinking it very necessary, that all and every the Collectors
and Receivers of such Money, Plate and Goods, should make a
perfect Accompt of all the said particulars, Do Enact and Ordain,
and be it therefore Enacted and Ordained by the Authority of the
same Parliament, That the persons hereafter named, that is to
say, Richard Wilcox, Thomas Richardson, Nicholas Bond, Henry
Broad, Matthias Valentine, John Greensmith, Edward Fielder,
John Ufflet, Henry Robinson, William Madison and Pierce Robinson, or any five or more of them, shall be a Committee for taking
and receiving the Publique Accompts of the Commonwealth.
Ord. 22 Febr.1642; And 11 July 1644. discharged.
And because several Orders and Ordinances of Parliament have
been formerly made and published, for taking Accompts; particularly an Ordinance, Entituled,
An Ordinance of the Lords and
Commons assembled in Parliament, for taking and receiving the
Accompts of the whole Kingdom, dated the Two and twentieth of
February, One thousand six hundred forty three; and one other
Explanatory Ordinance of the Eleventh of July, One thousand
six hundred forty four; and also another additional Ordinance
of the six and twentieth of June, One thousand six hundred forty
five; Be it, and it is hereby further Declared and Enacted, That
all Committees named in any such Order or Ordinance, and all
Sub-committees by them named and appointed, shall be, and hereby
are discharged from their service therein; And are hereby required,
upon demand of the Committee herein named, to deliver up all their
Books of Accompts, Writings, Vouchers, Inventories, Appraisements, Rentals, and all other Evidences and Papers whatsoever,
which are in their or any of their custodies, or in the hands of any
other person or persons by their order or appointment, and do any
way relate to the Publique Accompts of the Commonwealth.
Clause added to the Oath.
And it is further Ordained and Enacted, That the Committee
herein named shall be, and hereby are enabled and authorized
to put the said Orders, Ordinances, and all and every Clause and
Clauses therein contained, or so much of them as they shall think
fit in execution, with as full and ample power and authority, to
all intents and purposes, as the Committees therein named, or
any of them are enabled to do: Provided, That this following
Clause be added to the Oath which is to be taken by every person
which shall enter upon this service:
Nor wittingly, willingly or causlesly molest or trouble any person
to his prejudice, and for his vexation, under the pretence or colour
of the Authority committed unto me by the Parliament.
Times limited for bringing in Accompts.; proviso.
And for the better taking and expediting the said Accompts,
Be it, and it is hereby further Declared and Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That such person or persons within the Cities of
London and Westminster, and the Liberties thereof, as shall finde
themselves any way chargeable or accomptable to the Commonwealth, shall within two and forty days after the Printing and
Publishing of this Act, deliver unto the Committee herein named,
a true and perfect Accompt, fairly written, and subscribed with
their Names, of all Moneys and other things whatsoever, with
which they now are, or heretofore have been chargeable or accomptable, to the use of the Commonwealth; and all other persons
within this Nation, and the Dominion of Wales, who are yet accomptable as aforesaid, shall deliver in their Accompts fairly written
and subscribed as aforesaid, to the said Committee, within Six
moneths next ensuing the Printing and publishing of this Act,
unless this Committee shall in the mean time appoint other persons
to receive the same: All which Accompts shall be brought and
delivered in at the Office for Accompts, scituate and being in Worcester-house. Provided, That if any person shall come and make
it appear to the Committee, upon just and lawful reasons, that his
Accompts cannot be brought in within such time as aforesaid, then
such persons shall be allowed some convenient time, with respect
to the length of his Accompt, as to the Committee shall seem meet.
Those that have accompted to bring in discharges onely.
Provided also, That if any person hath duly and truly past his
Accompts with, and received his Discharge from Parliament,
or other persons authorized thereunto, then such person is hereby
required to bring in his Acquittances and Discharges onely, to
the Committee, within the time before limited, to the end they
may be there taken notice of and Registred.
Provided also, That if any person or persons have delivered in
a just and perfect Accompt to the former Committee of Accompts,
or to any other person or persons authorized by Parliament to
receive the same, and have not received a Discharge therein, then
and in such case the Committee herein named, or any five or more
of them, shall consider of the same Accompts so delivered in formerly,
and if they finde them to be just and true, then to give a full Discharge and Acquittance to such person or persons for the same,
by authority of this present Act of Parliament.
Treasurers Acquittance a good discharge.
And it is further Enacted, That if any person or persons at the
time of Publication of this present Act, shall have any sum or
sums of money remaining in his or their hands, upon any Accompts
hereafter to be examined and determined, and shall forthwith
make payment of the same unto the Treasurers hereafternamed
it shall be allowed unto him or them upon the determination of
his or their Accompts; and in the mean time the Acquittances
of the said Treasurers shall be to them and every of them, a plenary
and sufficient Discharge.
Discovery.; Forfeiture for Concealment.;
Fifth part to the Discoverer,; so it be done within two years.
And it is further Declared and Enacted, That whosoever shall
after the time aforesaid given for making and bringing in Accompts,
Discover by the Oathes of Two credible Witnesses, that any person
or persons, who according to this Act ought to be accomptable,
hath not within the time before mentioned given in his Accompt,
nor appeared before the said Committee to desire time soto do,
or having given in his Accompts, that the said person or persons
had any sum or sums of money remaining thereupon, and not
paid in according to this Act, or that he or they had received more
money or other things then is acknowledged upon his or their
Accompts, then every such person, who upon due proof and examination before the said Committee, shall be found faulty in the
premises, shall forfeit to the use and benefit of the Commonwealth
one full fifth part of the money and other things so concealed,
over and above the sum due from the said person; which fifth
part the Committee herein named are authorized to Levy upon
the Estate Real and Personal of such persons: And every such
Discoverer, if he be a person to whom the Parliament is engaged
for Arrears of Pay as a Soldier, or for money or other things upon
the Publique Faith, shall receive his Arrears or Debt due from
the Commonwealth, out of the sum so discovered; Provided it
exceed not one Third part of the value brought in; and if such
Discoverer shall not have any money due as aforesaid, then he or
they shall have and receive for his charges and pains, one fifth
part of the moneys or other things so discovered as aforesaid:
Provided, That such discovery or surcharge be made within Two
years from the making and publishing of this present Act.
Persons who have received moneys by the authority of the late King, comprehended in this Act.
Be it further Enacted, That all persons who under the pretence
of authority from the late King, or any acting under him, have
levyed or received moneys upon any persons of England or Wales,
by way of Assess or otherwise, be and are comprehended in this
Act, to the end they may be brought to accompt by the persons
named in this Act, and in the same maner as is therein expressed;
and that all such persons shall make a just accompt how these
moneys have been disposed of, to the end that what moneys do
appear to remain in their hands, may be disposed of to the relief
of the persons from whom they have been taken, or otherwise
as the Parliament shall think fit.
Treasurers appointed.; One peny in the pound for their pains.
And it is also Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the several
sum and sums of money brought in and raised by force and vertue
of this present Act, shall be paid by Order of the said Committee,
and not otherwise, unto Nathaniel Stirrop and Lieutenant Colonel
Thomas Crompton of Westminster, who are hereby nominated
and appointed Treasurers for the same; All which moneys (such
Salaries being first allowed and paid unto the several Officers
imployed by the said Committee, and such other incident charges,
as the said Committee shall finde necessary in the execution of
this Service, whose Warrant shall be a sufficient Discharge to
the Treasurers for payment of the same) shall be issued out, and
disposed of for the service of the Commonwealth, and not otherwise, by Order of Parliament. Provided, That it shall and may
be lawful for the said Treasurers, to deduct One peny in every
Twenty shillings value of such money as shall be paid unto them,
for and towards their charge and pains in the execution of this
Instructions for the Grand Committee for taking and receiving the
Accompts of the Commonwealth, according to an Act of this
Instructions for the Committee.
First, You are to examine the Accompts of all persons whatsoever, who are any way accomptable, according to this Act, since
the Third day of November, One thousand six hundred and forty,
unto this time, and so forward, until it shall be otherwise Ordered
and Enacted by Parliament.
Secondly, You are upon the examination of any Accompt, to
keep the Vouchers and Proofs relating thereunto; and in case
you finde a real Discharge, such as you shall approve, you are
then to pass such Accompts, without any further trouble or exami
nation of the Accomptants, and to certifie the same, if you shall be
thereunto desired: And in case upon the examination of any
Accompts, you shall finde them perfectly and faithfully cleared,
you are then to give the Accomptants a full and absolute Discharge
under your Hands, which shall hereafter be good and valid, to
all intents and purposes whatsoever.
Thirdly, You are to cause the Accompts of each City, County
or other place, to be Printed severally, or so much thereof as you
shall think fit, for the satisfaction of the Commonwealth: And
you are to give liberty to any person, to receive a Transcript or
Extract of any Accompt, if he shall desire the same, for which
the Officer that takes pains therein, shall and may take such
allowance as is given by any former Ordinances of Parliament
made in that behalf.
Fourthly, In case any person or persons accomptable according
unto this Act, be already deceased, or shall decease before the
determination of his or their Accompts, then you are to cause
such Accompts to be prosecuted to a determination by the Heirs,
Executors or Administrators of such person or persons so accomptable.
Lastly, In case you shall finde out any person or persons that
have notoriously defrauded the Commonwealth, you are to return
the names of such person or persons to the Parliament, or such
as they shall appoint to receive the same, that such exemplary
punishment may be inflicted upon them, proportionable to their
offences, as the Parliament in their wisdoms shall think meet.
Not to extend to Exchequer Accompts.
Provided always, That this Act or any thing therein contained,
shall not extend to the taking of any Accompts, which by the Law
are to be taken and passed in the Court of the Publique Exchequer.