[16 March, 1659/60.]
Council of State may take accounts of Commissioners named in Act of 22 Feb., 1649, for propagation of Gospel in Wales.; And of all other persons concerned in letting of Church livings, etc.; And may make all necessary examinations therein.
Be it Enacted and Ordained by this present Parliament, That
the Council of State be, and are hereby Impowred by Letters,
Commissions, or Instructions from them Directed, under the Seal
of the Council, to Authorize and Appoint such person and persons
as they shall think fit within the respective Counties of Wales and
County of Monmouth, thereby Impowering them, or any three
or more of them, to Take and Receive the Accompts of the Commissioners named in an Act of the two and twentieth day of February,
One thousand six hundred forty-nine, Entituled, An Act for the
better Propagation and Preaching of the Gospel in Wales, and to
Take the Accompts of all other person and persons that have been
Intrusted and Imployed, or have any wayes Intermeddled with the
Letting, Setting, Receiving, Collecting, Sequestring or Disposing
of all or any Church-livings with Care of Souls, Donatives, Rectories,
Vicaridges, Impropriations, Rents reserved sine Curis, Colledge
Pensions and Portions of Tythes, and other Ecclesiasticall Livings,
Benefices, Procurations, Promoations, and Publique Revenues
whatsoever, Sequestred or Sequestrable, or in the Disposal of the
Parliament, or which did or do any ways belong or appertain to
the Commonwealth within the said respective Counties of Wales
and County of Monmouth ever since the two and twentieth day
of February. One thousand six hundred forty nine: And to Examine
and Certifie all Deceipts, Frauds, Undervaluations, Concealments,
Misimployments and Breaches of Trust of any person or persons
that have had the Letting, Setting, Collecting, Sequestring, Receiving
or Disposing of the said Church-Livings, Rectories, Impropriations,
and other the Premises, or have any ways Intermeddled therewith.
They may send for papers, witnesses, accounts, etc.,; and examine on oath.; What matters are to be examined into by Commissioners.; Commissioners to certify result of examination to Council of State.
And for the better discovery of the truth thereof, the said Commissioners or any three of them are hereby Impowred to send
for Persons, Papers, Witnesses, Books and Accompts, and to Examine
the Accomptants, and all such Witnesses as shall be produced
before them on Oath which the said Commissioners or any three of
them are hereby Impowred to Administer, and to use all other
Lawful Ways and Means, and Execute all such further Powers
as were heretofore given to any Committee or Commissioners,
for taking the Accompts of the Kingdom, by any former Acts or
Ordinances of Parliament, for the better performance and dis
charge of the Service aforesaid. And the said Commissioners or
any three of them are hereby further Authorized and Required
to Examine and Certifie the true and real Valuations of the said
Rectories, Vicarages, Impropriations, Tythes, Church-Livings,
and other the Premisses within the said respective Counties, as
the same were Farmed, Estimated, Received, or Accompted for,
in the year One thousand six hundred forty nine, and so Communibus annis to this time. And how many Ministers and SchoolMasters have been at any time since the year aforesaid Ejected and
Amoved, and how many of them are fit to be restored. What
Churches, Vicaridges, Rectories and Places have since become
voyd, and for how long time they so remained by the Death,
Ejection, or Removall of the former Incumbents, Ministers and
School-Masters; To whom the presentation and right of patronage
to such vacant places did and doth belong. How the respective
Churches and Parishes have been supplyed since the said two
and twentieth day of February, One Thousand Six hundred Forty
Nine; and by whom, and how, the persons are qualified that supplyed the same. And the said Commissioners or any Three or
more of them, are hereby further Impowred and Required to
Examine and Certifie, by whom the said Church-Livings, Rectories
and Vicaridges, Impropriations, and other the Premisses since
the time aforesaid, have been Sequestred, Farmed, Received,
Collected or Disposed of. And to what real Value the same did
and doth amount unto, and how accompted; And how much
thereof doth remain in the hands of any Person or Persons within
the said respective Counties, due and unaccompted for to the Commonwealth; And to certifie the same with all other their proceedings by Vertue of this Act. And the Commissions and Instructions
aforesaid to the Council of State; and one other part thereof to
the Court of Exchequer at Westminster, with a Schedule of the
Debtors and Accomptants, Sum and Sums of Money due and
payable from them and every of them to the Commonwealth, whereby
the same may be proceeded upon according to the Course of Exchequer, against like Accomptants, to force the payment thereof
without any further Commission, Inquiry or Inquisition thereupon
to be had, which they are hereby enabled to do; Any former Act or
Ordinance concerning the same to the contrary thereof notwithstanding.
Council of State may give directions and allowances for above service.
And the Council of State from time to time are hereby enabled
to give further Instructions and Directions for the carrying on
of the Service aforesaid, and to give such allowances to the persons
by them to be imployed therein as they shall think fit.
And are to supply presentations belonging to State.
And the Council of State are hereby further impowered and
required, That in all cases where the Presentation doth or shall
belong to the State either of mere right or by lapse, That they
shall take speedy care for the supply of them.
All grants, etc., of parsonages since 22 Feb., 1649, to be void against next Incumbent.
And it is hereby Enacted and Declared, That all Grants or Leases
of any Glebes, or Titles belonging to any Personage or Vicaridge
with Cure of Souls within the Counties aforesaid, made by the
Patron and Incumbent since the Two and twentieth day of February,
One thousand six hundred fourty nine, to any person or persons
whatsoever, shall be absolutely void to all intents and purposes
against the Successor of such Incumbent, such Successor coming
in upon Death, Cession, Sequestration, or otherwise.
Directions concerning profits of livings in hand.
And be it further Enacted, That where, upon the Certificates of
the said Commissioners, there shall appear any profits of Livings
within the Counties aforesaid, to be remaining in the hands of
any person or persons, That the Council is further impowred to
allow and dispose of the same to the present or succeeding Incumbent, allowing for the serving of the Cure during the vacancy,
what they shall think fit.