[13 July, 1659.]
All Popish priests, Jesuits, and delinquents that have not compounded or been pardoned to depart from London, etc.
Be it Enacted and Declared, and it is hereby Enacted and
Declared by this Parliament, That all Popish Priests and Jesuits
and all Persons who so ever, that have been in Arms against the
Parliament or Commonwealth, since the year One thousand six
hundred forty one, that ought to have made their Compositions,
and have not finished the same, or have not been pardoned by
this Parliament, and all Delinquents excepted from Composition,
do forthwith depart out of the Cities of London and Westminster
and the Lines of Communication.
Any such found there after 15 July to be proceeded against as traitors.
And be it further Enacted, That if any such Person or Persons,
as aforesaid, shall after the fifteenth day of July, One thousand
six hundred fifty nine, be found or taken within the said Cities
of London and Westminster, or Lines of Communication, or within
twenty miles of the said Cities, That then every such Person or
Persons shall be proceeded against as Traytors and Enemies to
the Commonwealth, and Judgment and Execution shall be thereupon had accordingly.
Or if found in England after 1 Aug., 1659, to be dealt with in like manner.
And be it further Enacted, That if any the aforesaid person or
persons shall be found within England after the First day of
August in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred fifty
nine, That then all and every such person or persons, being
apprehended or taken, shall be proceeded against as Traytors to
the Commonwealth, and so shall be Judged, Condemned, and
Exception for delinquents giving security.
Provided always, That liberty is hereby granted to all or any one
of the aforesaid Delinquents, to render themselves to the Council
of State, within the afore said dayes and times limited respectively,
and giving sufficient security to the Council of State, for their
Submission to the Government of a Commonwealth, and for their
peaceable and quiet living and demeanor under such Government as afore-said, the said Council of State hereby have power
to allow them such Liberty and Protection, as to them shall seem
fit; And what shall be granted to them, or any of them by the
said Council of State, shall be sufficient to Free and Preserve any
such person or persons from the penalty of this Act, any thing
therein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
Persons suspected of treason may be seized after day named.
And it is, and shall be lawful, to, and for all Officers, Civil and
Military, and all private Souldiers, and others, after the daies
limited in this Act respectively, to Attach, Seize, and Apprehend
any person or persons suspected to be guilty of the Treasons aforesaid, and them to carry before a Justice of the Peace, or other Officer
authorized, who are hereby required forthwith to examine and
Imprison every such person, if they see cause, to the end that such
person or persons may be proceeded against according to law.
Reward for apprehension of such persons.
And it is also hereby Declared, That if any Person or Persons shall
discover and apprehend, or cause to be apprehended any such person offending as aforesaid, he or they for so doing, shall have and
receive the sum of ten pounds, and such further reward as the
Council of State shall judge meet, in reference to the Service done
to the Commonwealth thereby, and who are hereby authorized
to direct such payments out of the Contingencies of the said