[24 February, 1651/2.]
Parliament sensible of the sad Effects of the late War.; resolve to setle Peace.; An Treasons Felonies, &c. committed before 3 Sept. 1651, and not hereafter excepted, pardoned.
The Parliament of England having had good Experience of the
Affections of the People to this present Government, by their
ready Assistance in the Defence thereof against Charls Stuart
Son of the late Tyrant, and the Forces lately Invading this Nation
under his Command; and being much afflicted with the sense
of the miserable and sad Effects which the late unnatural War
hath produced; and resolving next to the Glory of God and the
Advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, to make no other
use of the many Victories the Lord in mercy hath vouchsafed unto
them, then a just Setling of the Peace and Freedom of this Commonwealth; and being most desirous that the Mindes, Persons
and Estates of all the People of this Nation, might be Composed,
Setled and Secured, and that all Rancour and Evil Will occasioned
by the late Differences may be buried in perpetual Oblivion, that
so the Government now established in the way of a Free State
might be complied with, and all the Members of it enjoy their
Just and Ancient Rights and Liberties, and the former Commotions
and Troubles end in a quiet calm and comfortable Peace, Have
resolved to do what in them lies for the obtaining and effecting
thereof, leaving the Success and their Endeavors unto the Blessing
of God, and his working upon the spirits of those that are concerned herein: Be it therefore Enacted by this present Parliament,
and by the Authority of the same, That all and every person and
persons of or within the Commonwealth of England, the Isles
of Jersey and Garnsey, and the Town of Berwick upon Tweed,
and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of them and every
of them, and all and singular Bodies in any maner Incorporated,
Cities, Burroughs, Shires, Ridings, Hundreds, Lathes, Rapes,
Wapentakes, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Tythings, and every
of them, shall be and are by the Authority of this present Parliament,
Acquitted, Pardoned, Released and Discharged (as against the
Parliament, the Keepers of the Liberty of England by Authority
of Parliament, or any or either of them) of all maner of Treasons,
Felonies, Offences, Contempts, Trespasses, Entries, Wrongs, Deceits,
Misdemeanors, Forfeitures, Sequestrations, Penalties and Sums
of Money, Pains of Death, Pains Corporal and Pecuniary, and
generally of all other things, Causes, Quarrels, Suits, Judgements
and Executions, had, made, committed, suffered or done before
the third day of September, in the year One thousand six hundred
fifty one, in this present Act hereafter not excepted nor foreprized.
This free pardon as effectual as if all Offences had been particularly named.
And also be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That this
Free Pardon shall be as good and effectual in the Law to every
of the persons, Bodies Corporate and others before rehearsed, in,
for and against all things which be not hereafter in this present
Act excepted and foreprized, as the same Pardon should have been,
if all Offences, Contempts, Forfeitures, Causes, Matters, Suits,
Quarrels, Judgements, Executions, Penalties, and all other things
not hereafter in this present Act excepted and foreprized, had been
particularly, especially and plainly named, rehearsed and specified,
and also Acquitted, Pardoned, Released or Discharged by proper
and express Words and Names, in their kindes, natures and qualities, by Words and Terms thereunto requisite to have been put
in and expressed in this present Act of Free Pardon: and that the
persons, Bodies Corporate, and others before rehearsed, nor any
of them, nor the Heirs, Successors, Executors or Administrators
of any of them, be or shall be sued, vexed or inquieted in their
Bodies, Goods, Chattels, Lands or Tenements, for any maner of
Matter, Cause, Contempt, Misdemeanor, Forfeiture, Trespass,
Offence, or any other thing, suffered, done or committed against
the late King, or the said Keepers of the Libertie of England, or
any Ordinance of Parliament, or the Laws or Statutes of the Commonwealth; but onely for such Matters, Causes and Offences
as be rehearsed, mentioned or intended in the Exceptions of this
present Act to be foreprized and excepted, and for none other,
Any Statute or Statutes, Laws, Customs or Usages heretofore
had, made or used to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.
Goods, Debts Fines, Forfeitures, &c., released.
And the said Keepers of the Liberty of England by the Authority
of this present Parliament, Granteth and freely giveth, Acquitteth,
Pardoneth, Releaseth and Dischargeth to every of the persons,
and to every of the said Bodies Corporate and others before rehearsed, and every of them, all Goods, Debts, Chattels, Fines,
Issues, Profits, Amerciaments, Forfeitures, which to the said Keepers
of the Liberty of England do or shall belong or appertain by reason
of any Offence, Contempt, Trespass, Entry, Misdemeanor, Matter,
Cause, Sequestration or Quarrel, had, suffered, done or committed
by them or any of them before the said third day of September,
and which be not hereafter in this Act foreprized and excepted.
And be it Enacted nevertheless, That all Grants thereof, or of any
part thereof, made by any such as have so forfeited the same, and
are hereby restored as aforesaid; and all Executions thereof, or
of any part thereof, had against any such, after such Forfeiture
thereof committed or made, shall be of such force and effect, as
if no such Forfeiture had been had or made, and of no other; the
same Forfeiture, or any thing before in this Act to the contrary
This Act to be taken in all Courts most beneficial to all persons.
And furthermore it is Enacted by the Authority of this present
Parliament, That this said Pardon by the general Words, Clauses and
Sentences before rehearsed, shall be reputed, deemed, adjudged,
expounded, allowed and taken, in all maner of Courts of Justice
and elswhere, most beneficial and available to all and singular
the Persons, Bodies Corporate, and others before rehearsed, and
to every of them, in all things not in this present Act excepted
or foreprized, without any ambiguity, question or other delay,
whatsoever it shall be, to be made, pleaded, objected or alledged
by the said Keepers of the Liberty of England, or by the AttorneyGeneral for the Commonwealth, or by any person or persons for
or on the behalf of the said Keepers of the Libertie of England.
Any Officer or Clerk making out any Writ or Proces for any thing hereby pardoned, shall pay treble damages, and 10. l.
And furthermore it is Enacted by the Authority of this present
Parliament, That if any Officer or Clerk in any of the Courts commonly called the Chancery, Upper-Bench and Common-Pleas,
or of the Publique Exchequer, or any other Officer or Clerk in
any other Court within this Commonwealth, at any time after
the twentieth day of February, One thousand six hundred fifty
and one, shall make out or write out any maner of Writs, Proces,
Summons or other Precepts, whereby any of the said persons,
or any of the said Bodies Corporated, or others before rehearsed,
or any of them, shall be in any wise Arrested, Attached, Distrained,
Summoned, or otherwise vexed, inquieted or grieved, in his or their
Bodies, Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Goods or Chattels, or
in any of them, for or because of any maner of thing Acquitted,
Pardoned, Released or Discharged, by vertue of this Act of Free
Pardon; or if any Sheriff or Escheator, or any of their Deputy
or Deputies, or any Bayliff, or other Officer whatsoever, by colour
of his or their Office or otherwise, after the twentieth day of
February, One thousand six hundred fifty and one, do levy, receive,
take or withhold, of or from any person or persons, any thing
Acquitted, Pardoned, Released or Discharged by this Act, That
then every such person so offending, and thereof lawfully Convicted or Condemned by sufficient Testimony, Witness or Proof,
shall yield and pay for Recompence thereof to the party so grieved
or offended thereby, his or their treble Damages, besides all Costs
of the Suit; and shall also forfeit and lose to the said Keepers of
the Liberty of England for every such default Ten pounds. And
nevertheless, all and singular such Writs, Proces and Precepts so
to be made, for or upon any maner of thing Pardoned or Discharged
by this present Act of Free Pardon, shall be utterly void and of
High Treason, Rebellions, &c. excepted.
Excepted and always foreprized out of this General and Free
Pardon, all and all maner of High Treasons (other then for words
onely) and all levying of War, Rebellions, Insurrections, and all
Conspiracies and Confederacies, Traiterously had, committed or
done against the Parliament or the Keepers of the Liberty of England, either within or without the Limits of this Commonwealth,
sithence the thirtieth day of January, in the year of our Lord God,
One thousand six hundred forty and eight; and all Misprisions and
Concealments of the said Offences or any of them, or the Abetting
Aiding or procuring of them or any of them.
Voluntary Murthers, Petty Treasons and wilful Poisonings.
And also excepted, all maner of voluntary Murthers, Petty
Treasons and wilful Poisonings done or committed by any person
or persons; and all and every the Accessaries to the same Offences
or any of them, before the said Offences committed.
Piracy and Robbery at Sea.
And also excepted and always foreprized out of this General and
Free Pardon, all and every Offences of Piracy and Robbery done
upon the Seas; and every Procuring or Abetting of any such
Offenders, and the Comforting and Receiving of them or any of
them, or any Goods taken by way of Piracy or Robbery upon the
Seas as aforesaid.
And also excepted, the Destestable and Abominable Vice of
Buggery committed with Mankinde or Beast.
And also excepted, all Rapes and carnal Ravishments of Women.
And also excepted, all Ravishments and wilful taking away or
Marrying of any Maid, Widow or Damsel against her will, or without
the assent or agreement of her Parents, or of such as then had
her in custody: And also all Offences of Aiding, Comforting,
Procuring or Abetting of any such Ravishment, wilful taking or
Marrying, had, committed or done.
Felony by second Marriage excepted. Attainder of petty Treason, &c.
And also excepted, all Offences made Felony by a certain Act
made and Ordained, Entituled, An Act to restrain all persons from
Marriage until their former Wives and former Husbands be dead.
Attainder of petty Treason, &c.
And also excepted out of this Pardon, all persons now Attainted
or Outlawed, of or for any Petty-Treason, Murther, or wilful
Poisoning, and all Executions of and for the same.
Conjurations and Witchcrafts.
And also excepted, all Offences of Invocations, Conjurations,
Witchcrafts, Sorceries, Inchantments and Charms; and all Offences
of procuring, abetting or comforting of the same; and all persons
now Attainted or Convicted of any the said Offences.
Wrongful detainment of Customs.
And also excepted out of this Pardon, all and every wrongful
Detainments of any the Customs or Subsidies of Tonnage and
Poundage due to the Keepers of the Libertie of England, since
the thirtieth day of January, which was in the year of our Lord,
One thousand six hundred forty eight, for which any Bond or other
Security is given, or any Suit depending, or any Fine set or imposed
for the same; As also all duties for Excise or New Impost, for
which any Bond or Security is given, or promise made for payment
of the same, since the said thirtieth day of January, One thousand
six hundred forty eight; As also all duties of Excise and New
Impost for Goods which are not yet sold, and upon sale of which,
Excise is due to be paid; And also except all duties upon Exciseable
Commodities grown due or payable since the third of November,
One thousand six hundred and fifty.
Actual Sequestrations and money due upon any Composition for delinquency.
And also except all Sequestrations, upon which any Lands,
Tenements, Hereditaments, Goods or Debts did the first day of
December, One thousand six hundred fifty one, stand actually
sequestred; and all sums of Money due upon any Composition
for Delinquency; And all Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments,
Bonds, Goods or Debts for which there is granted any Saving or
Respite upon such Composition.
Accompts of Treasurers, Receivers and Collector.
And also excepted, all and singular the Accompts of all and
every Treasurer, Receiver or Collector of any Subsidy, Custom,
Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage, Assessement, Sequestration,
New Impost or Excise; or of any the Rents or Revenues of or
belonging unto the late King, Queen or Prince; or belonging unto
the late Archbishopricks or Bishopricks, Deans, or Deans and
Chapters, Canons, Prebends and other Officers abolished by Parliament, belonging to any Cathedral or Collegiate Church: And of all
Moneys and other Duties, grown due or contracted upon the Sale
or Disposition of them or any of them, since the third of November
One thousand six hundred and forty; and all accompts of every
person whatsoever that ought to be accomptant to, for or in respect
of any such Receipt, Moneys or Duties; and the Heirs, Executors
and Administrators of every such person that ought to accompt
for all things touching onely the same Accompts, and all and singular
Arrearages of Accompts, and all untrue Accompts made and rendred
touching the same; and all Charges, Seizures, Suits, Demands and
Executions which may or can be had of or for any such Accompt
or Accompts, or any Arrearages of the same.
Conditions and Covenants.
And also excepted, all Conditions and Covenants, and all Penalties,
Titles and Forfeitures of Condition or Conditions, Covenant or
Covenants accrewed or grown due to the Parliament, the late
King, or to the said Keepers of the Libertie of England, since the
thirtieth day of January, One thousand six hundred forty eight,
by reason of the breach and not performing of any Covenant or
Subsidy or Assessment.
And also excepted, all sums of Money granted by Parliament
since the thirtieth of January, One thousand six hundred forty
eight, by way or name of Subsidy, Aid or Assessment, other then
the Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage, and Excise or New Impost,
which are onely to be excepted as in this Act is limited.
Some Debts due to the late King, Queen or Prince, since 3 Nov. 1640; Others discharged.
And also excepted out of this Pardon, all Debts which first grew
due to the late King, Queen, or Prince, or to the said Keepers of
the Libertie of England, or to any person or persons for or to any
of their uses by any Judgement, Recognizance, Obligation, or
otherwise, since the third of November, One thousand six hundred
and forty; or by any Judgement, Recognizance or Obligation
grown due since the Five and twentieth of March, One thousand
six hundred twenty five, whereupon any Estalment or just and
lawful Seizure hath been at any time before the First of December.
One thousand six hundred fiftie one, made, upon which Estalment
or Seizure any thing is, or at any time since the Five and twentieth
day of March, One thousand six hundred twentie five, hath been
answered or paid, (other then such Debts as are due upon Obligation or Recognizance for Non-appearance in any Court or other
place whatsoever; or for the payment of any sum of Money, or
Rent reserved or payable upon any Patent or Lease made of any
Monopoly, unlawful Tax, or unjust Imposition set or laid by the
late King Charls; or for not keeping the Peace, or for not being
of good Behavior, or for carrying of Goods from one Port to
another, or for performance of any Order in the late Court of StarChamber or High-Commission, or for any Fines set or imposed
in either of the said late Courts; or for mean Rates, or any Arrears
thereof in the late Court of Wards; which Debts grown due and
accrewed upon these Causes by this free pardon, be clearly pardoned
First-fruits and Tenths excepted.
And also Excepted, all First-fruits and Tenths, which by an Act
of this present Parliament, Entituled, An Act for providing Main
tenance for Preaching Ministers, and other Pious Uses, are setled
for the purpose therein mentioned.
Offences whereof any Judgement has been given in Par-liament since 30 Jan. 1648.
And also Excepted, all Offences and Misdemeanors, whereof
any Sentence or Judgement hath been given in the Parliament
since the thirtieth of January, One thousand six hundred forty
eight: And also the Sentences and Judgements so given, and Execution of the same; and all Fines, Imprisonments, Penalties,
Forfeitures, and Punishments of or for the same.
Bribery, Perjury, counterfeiting deeds, &c.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all Offences of Bribery,
Perjuries, and the Subornation of Perjury or Witnesses, and Offences
of Forging or Counterfeiting any Deeds, Debentures, Bills of
Publique Faith, Escripts or other Writings whatsoever; or of
any Examinations or Testimonies of any Witness or Witnesses,
tending to bring any person or persons in danger of his Life, Liberty
or Estate, and the giving the same in Evidence, and the counselling or procuring of any such Counterfeiting or Forging to be
had or made, and all false and malicious Conspiracies, to bring
any person or persons in danger of his Life, Liberty or Estate.
Transporting of Gold, Silver, &c.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all and every Offence and
Offences, touching or concerning the Carrying, Sending or Conveying over the Seas or out of this Nation, of any Gold, Silver, Jewels,
or any Coyn of Gold or Silver, contrary to the Laws or Statutes of
this Commonwealth, unless it were by the License of the Parliament.
Offences in unlawful buying or melting down Gold, &c.
And also Excepted, all other Offences in the unlawful Buying,
Selling, Exchanging or Melting down of any currant Gold or
Silver Coyns of England; or of any Gold or Silver Bullion, for
which any Information was depending in the Court of Exchequer,
the First of December, One thousand six hundred fifty and one.
Transporting Guns, Ordnance, &c.
And also Excepted, all Offences whatsoever in Shipping, or
willingly assenting, or causing to be shipped to be transported
into any the parts beyond the Seas, out of the Obedience of this
Commonwealth, any Guns, Ordnance, Shot, or Gun-metal, contrary to the Laws and Statutes of this Land, without License of
the Parliament in that behalf first had and obtained.
Embezeling the goods or Jewels of the late King.
And also Excepted, all Offences in Detaining, Imbezelling or
Purloining any the Goods, Money, Chattels, or Jewels of the
late King, Queen or Prince, or any of the Children of the late King
Issues, Fines and Amerciaments.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all Issues, Fines, and
Amerciaments, lost, imposed or assessed, being levied or received
by any Sheriff, Under-Sheriff, Bayliff, Minister or other Officer,
to or for the use of the late King, the Parliament, or the said Keepers
of the Liberty of England.
Offences done by any Jesuit or Romish Priest.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all and every Offence
and Offences committed or done by any Jesuit, Seminary or Romish
Priest whatsoever, contrary to the Tenor or Effect of the Statute
made in the seven and twentieth year of the Reign of the late
Queen Elizabeth, Entituled, An Act against Jesuits, Seminaries,
Priests, and other disobedient persons, or of any part thereof;
and all Outlawries, Proceedings, Judgements, and Executions for
the same Offences or any of them.
Also all Offences contrary to 23 Eliz.
And also Excepted, all and every Offence and Offences committed
or done by any Jesuit, Seminary or Romish Priest whatsoever,
contrary to the Statute made in the three and twentieth year
of the Reign of the late Queen Elizabeth, Entituled, An Act to
retain the Queens Subjects in their due Obedience, or any part
thereof: And all Outlawries, Judgements and Executions for the
same Offences or any of them, for such or so long time as they shall
continue disobedient, or wilfully obstinate in any of the same
Offences; and yet nevertheless, whensoever the same persons
or any of them shall willingly submit themselves, by taking the
Oath of Abjuration appointed by Authority of Parliament, and
willingly refuse the said wilful Obstinacy, and conform themselves, and continue in such their Conformity and due Obedience
to the State, according as by the Laws and Statutes of this Commonwealth they ought to do, That then and from thenceforth all and
every such person and persons so submitting and yielding themselves in their due Obedience towards the State, and so continuing
in the same, shall forthwith be received and enabled by force of this
Act, to have and enjoy the full benefit of this General Pardon, as
largely and fully in all respects, as any other person of this Nation
ought to have and enjoy the same by vertue of this Act of General
Writs of Capias Ulta gatum. may be awarded.
Provided always, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid,
That it shall and may be lawful to and for all and every Clerk and
other Officer of the Courts at Westminster, to award and make
Writs of Capias Utlagatum, at the Suit of the party plaintiff against
such persons outlawed, as be pardoned by this Act, to the intent to
compel the Defendant or Defendants to make answer to the Plaintiff
or Plaintiffs, at whose Suit he or they were outlawed; And that
every person so outlawed, shall sue a Writ of Scire facias against
the party or parties at whose Suit he or they were so outlawed,
before this Pardon in that behalf shall be allowed to him or them
This Act not to extend to any Outlawries upon Capias ad satisfaciendum.
Provided, and be it Enacted by the Authority of this present
Parliament, That this Act of General Pardon shall not in any wise
extend to pardon any Outlawries upon any Writ of Capias ad
satisfaciendum, until such time as the party so outlawed shall
satisfie, or otherwise agree with the party at whose Suit the same
person was so outlawed or condemned.
Persons in prison 28 Jan. 1651 excepted.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all such person or persons
as were upon the twenty eighth day of January, One thousand
six hundred fifty and one, in prison or otherwise restrained of
Liberty, by immediate commandment, warrant or direction of the
Parliament or Council of State, or as prisoners of War, as to the
respective offences for which they were and stand so committed
Informations concerning High ways or Bridges, &c.
And also Excepted out of this Pardon, all Informations and other
Proceedings depending, concerning any common High-ways or
Bridges, and all Issues returned upon any Proces concerning the
same, since the thirtieth of January, One thousand six hundred
Forfeitures of Goods or Merchandize.
And also except all Forfeitures of any Goods or Merchandize prohibited to be imported into, or exported out of this Commonwealth;
and all penalties for importing or exporting of the same, for which
any informations or other proceedings are depending or had, for
or concerning the same, since the thirtieth of January, One
thousand six hundred forty eight.
Rents and Arrears due since 24 June, 1647.
And also excepted out of this Pardon, all Fee-farm Rents, Rentsservice, Rents-charge, and Rents-seck, and all Arrearages of the
said Rents grown due since the Four and twentieth of June, One
thousand six hundred forty seven, and not yet paid, answered or
accompted for; and all Moneys imprested since the third of November, One thousand six hundred thirty eight, for which no accompt
hath as yet been made, and the Accomptant thereupon discharged;
as also all Moneys imprested since the five and twentieth of March,
One thousand six hundred twenty five, whereupon there hath
been any Estalment or just and lawful Seizure before the First
day of December, One thousand six hundred fifty one, upon which
Estalment or Seizure any thing is, or at any time since the said
Five and twentieth day of March, One thousand six hundred
twenty five, hath been answered or paid.
Recognizances and other Securities since 25 March, 1625.
Except also, all Recognizances, Obligations and other Securities
given or entred into since the Five and twentieth of March, One
thousand six hundred twenty five, by any Receiver, Reeve, Bayliff,
Collector or other Accomptant in the Court of the Publique Exchequer, and their Sureties and their Accompts respectively.
Judges to see this Act observed.
And be it further Enacted, That the Lords Commissioners of the
Great Seal of England, the Justices of either Bench, and the Barons
of the Publique Exchequer do take notice hereof, and give order to
the Officers and Ministers of the said Courts respectively, That this
free and general Pardon be in all points observed, and that the
several particulars hereby pardoned, any way depending in any of
the said several Courts, or which hereafter may happen to be
estreated or certified into any of them, be forthwith discharged,
and that no Proces or other proceedings be hereafter had or made
concerning the same.
Recognizance or Bond not yet forfeited
Provided always, and be it Enacted, That this Act or any thing
therein contained, shall not extend or be construed to pardon or
discharge any Recognizance, Obligation or Bond which is not yet
Acts of Hospitality and other Injuries not to be called in question.
And be it further Enacted by this present Parliament, and by the
Authority of the same, That all Acts of Hostility and Injuries,
whether between the late King and the Lords and Commons then
in Parliament assembled, or between any of the people of this Nation,
which did arise upon any Action, Attempt, Assistance, Counsel or
Advice, having relation unto, or falling out by reason of the late
Troubles, or in the late Wars, or publique Differences between the
late King and Parliament, and which are not in this Act Excepted,
That the same and whatsoever hath ensued thereupon, whether
trenching upon the Laws and Liberties of this Nation, or upon the
Honor and Authority of the Parliament, or to the prejudice of
any particular or private person, shall in no time from and after
the Eighteenth day of January, One thousand six hundred fifty
and one, be called in question, whatsoever be the quality of the
person, or of whatsoever kinde or degree, Civil or Criminal the
injury is supposed to be, and that no mention be made thereof
in time to come in Judgement or Judicial proceedings.
Contrivers and Aiders of the Irish Rebellion excepted.
Provided always, That this Act or any thing therein contained
shall not extend or give any benefit unto any person or persons
who have had any hand in the Plotting, Contriving or Designing
the Rebellion of Ireland, or in Aiding, Assisting or Abetting of the
same, Except such persons, who having onely assisted in the said
Rebellion, having rendred themselves, or come in unto the Parliament of England; and have since such their rendring and coming
in, continued constantly true and faithful to the Parliament;
nor to any person or persons whose Estate for or in respect of his
or their Treason against the Parliament is sold, or is or shall be
appointed to be sold, or disposed of for the use of the Publique,
by any Act, Order or Ordinance of Parliament; nor to any person or
persons, who is or are by their particular names, titles, or otherwise,
excepted from Pardon by any Act, Order or Ordinance of Parliament.
Suits commenced before 3 Sept. 1651, not to be discharged.
Provided also, That this Act nor any thing therein contained, shall
not extend to discharge or take away any Action or Suit whatsoever,
which was commenced or depending before the third day of September, in the year of our Lord, One thousand six hundred fifty and
one, for any thing done in relation to the late Wars.
Persons, disabled before 28 Jan. 1651 not to be restored to places of trust.
And it is lastly Provided and Declared, That this Act or any thing
therein contained, shall not extend to the admitting or restoring
of any person or persons to the exercise, having or enjoying of any
Profession, Office or place of Trust, Power, Authority or Government within this Commonwealth, who on the Eight and twentieth
day of January, One thousand six hundred fifty one, did stand, or
are disabled or made uncapable, or restrained under a Penalty,
of or for the execution, exercise, having or enjoying of such Profession, Office or place of Trust, Power, Authority or Government,
by any Act, Ordinance or Order of Parliament, until by experience
of their Conformity and Submission to the present Established
Government, and of their readiness and endeavor to further the
Peace and Setlement of this Commonwealth, the Parliament
shall receive such satisfaction, whereby to be induced to extend
further favor unto them.
Murtherers of Dr. Dorislaus and Mr. Ascham.
And also excepted out of this Act, all and every person
and persons, who had any hand, or was any time privy, or at
any time consenting unto the acting, plotting, contriving or
assisting the Horrid, Detestable and Barbarous Murthers and
Assassination of Dr. Dorislaus and Mr. Anthony Ascham, or
either of them, being Ministers of State, sent from the
Parliament of England unto the States of the united Provinces,
and the King of Spain.
No persons to have benefit by this Act, but such as take the Engagement.
Provided always, and be it Enacted, That no person whatsoever
above the Age of sixteen years, have any benefit or advantage by
this Act, or any thing therein contained, but such onely who
have taken or shall take the Engagement appointed by Act of
this present Parliament, before the First day of February, One
thousand six hundred fifty and two.
Concealment of Archbishop Laud's Estate.
Provided always, That this Act or any thing therein contained,
shall not extend to pardon or remit any Concealment of the
Estate real or personal, Goods, Plate or Money belonging to
William Laud late Archbishop of Canterbury, Any thing in this
Act to the contrary notwithstanding.
Offences committed at Santoft
Provided always, That this Act, or any Clause, Sentence or thing
therein contained, shall not extend to the pardoning of any Offence
whatsoever which hath been committed in the late Ryots and
Tumults, in defacing the Church, depopulating and pulling down
the Town and Mill of Santoft, and other Habitations thereabouts,
destroying Corn, Rapeseed, and other Crops growing upon the
Lands thereto belonging; killing or wounding of persons,
pulling up the Sasses, throwing down the Banks, stopping
and filling up the Drains within the Level of Hatfield-Chase,
Isle of Axholm and Crowl, in the Counties of York Lincoln and
Notingham; and concerning which a Petition is now depending
Arrears of Assessments in Essex.
Provided, That this Act or any thing therein contained, shall
not extend to discharge the Arrears of Assessments for the Army,
due from January the thirtieth, One thousand six hundred forty
four, to March the Five and twentieth, One thousand six hundred
forty nine, from the County of Essex, and Appointed by Authority
of Parliament for satisfaction of the said County, for Provisions
and Free-quarter taken by the said Army at the Siege of
Colchester, One thousand six hundred forty eight.
Provided always, That this Act or any thing therein contained, shall not extend or be advantage unto John Webster of
Amsterdam, Merchant, who hath been formerly Declared to
be an Incendiary between the United Provinces and the Parliament of England.
Wastes in any Forest excepted.
Provided, That this Act or any thing therein contained, do not
extend to pardon any Wastes or Spoils committed or done since the
One and thirtieth of December, One thousand six hundred thirty
one, in any of the Forests, Chases or Lands belonging to the late King,
Queen or Prince, or in any other Lands that have been disposed
of by Parliament since One thousand six hundred forty and one,
or are now belonging to the Commonwealth of England.
Dame Mary Powel.
Provided also, That this Act or any thing therein contained, shall
not extend to the Pardoning of any Misdemeanor or Offence which
shall or may be made appear in the undue obtaining of any
Deed or Writing, or the Acknowledgement of any Fine or Fines
from Dame Mary Powel, late wife of Sir Edward Powel, in the
moneth of September, One thousand six hundred fifty and one;
nor to the Pardoning of any legal proceeding commenced and
depending for any Riot or unlawful Assembly, committed in order to
the gaining and obtaining of such Deeds, Writings or Acknowledgement.
Warrants from the Committee to the Army.
Provided, That nothing in this Act contained, shall extend to
the Pardoning or Acquitting of any of the Counties, Cities or places
of this Commonwealth, from the payment and satisfying of any
Order or Warrant charged by the Committee for the Army, and
directed to be paid out of any the Assessments appointed for the
use of the Army since the first day of April, One thousand six
hundred forty and five; but that the said Warrants and Orders and
every of them, shall be fully satisfied and paid out of the said Assessments due from the Counties, Cities and places out of which they
are by the said Committee directed and assigned to be paid; any
all and every the Sums assessed, or to be assessed and collected
as part of the said Assessments, shall be fully assessed, collected
and paid for the satisfaction of the said Warrants and Orders, And
thing in this Act contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.
Provided always, That all those who have had an Allowance
at any time upon their Compositions for Delinquency of any Debts
they owed unto the late King, Queen or Prince, or this Commonwealth, shall be excepted out of this Act from Pardon for the said
Debts, Any thing in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.
Tenants of delinquent Landlords.
Provided always, That nothing in this Act contained, shall be interpreted to the disadvantage or prejudice of the Tenants of any
Delinquent Land-lord, whereby they may not receive redress
of their Grievances, as the Parliament shall think fit to Declare and
Lord Mansfield, Lord Goring, and others.
Provided, That this Act or any thing therein contained, extend
not to pardon the Delinquency of Charls Cavendish, commonly
called Charls Viscount Mansfield, eldest son to William Earl of
Newcastle; nor to pardon the delinquency of George Lord Goring,
or of George Goring or Charls Goring his sons.
Provision for Collectors and Treasurers of Assessments.
Provided always, and be it Enacted, That no Collector, Subcollector or Treasurer appointed by vertue of one Act of Parliament
for the raising of Four hundred thousand pounds, Entituled, An
Act for the raising and levying of Moneys for the necessary Defence
and great Affairs of the Kingdoms of England and Ireland, and for
the Payment of Debts undertaken by the Parliament; or by
vertue of one other Act of Parliament, for raising of four intire Subsidies, Entituled, An Act for the Relief of his Majesties Army and
the Northern parts of the Kingdom; or by vertue of one other Act
for the raising of two intire Subsidies, Entituled, An Act for the
further Relief of his Majesties Army and the Northern parts of
the Kingdom; or by vertue of one other Act of Parliament, commonly called the Bill for the Poll-money, Entituled, An Act for the
speedy provision of Money for disbanding the Armies, and setling
the Peace of the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland, shall be
charged with any more Moneys then such as came to his hands;
and upon Oath made by him before any one of the Barons of the
publique Exchequer, or of the Judges of Assize, That he hath
truly accompted for and paid into any Treasury of the Parliament
whatsoever Moneys came to his hands, he shall be discharged
thereof, and all Proces against him or his Sureties shall be discharged, and no further Proces shall issue for the same: And
upon the like Oath shall be also allowed and discharged upon
his Accompt, all such Moneys as have been paid by him unto any
Committee or Commissioners of Parliament, or any Officer imployed by the Parliament, or have been by Force taken from him,
or by Compulsion paid in to the Kings party.
Rents or Debts sequestred.
Provided always and be it Enacted, That where any Rent, Debt
or Sum of Money, Sequestrable by any Act or Ordinance of Parliament stands Sequestred by Force or Colour of any such Act
or Ordinance upon the first day of March in the year of our Lord
God, One thousand six hundred fifty one, and no Appeal or other
Prosecution had or commenced within Four years from such
Sequestration had, upon which the Sequestration hath been avoided,
That then the person and persons to whom such Rent, Debt or
Sum of Money was due and payable, their and every of their
Executors and Administrators respectively, shall be and are hereby
barred for ever to sue or prosecute for the said Rent, Debt or Sum
of Money, and every part thereof; as also barred to sue or prosecute
upon any Bond, Covenant or other Security had or given for the
payment thereof or any part thereof.