December 1643: An Ordinance to disable any person within the City of London and Liberties thereof, to be of the Common-Councell, or in any Office of trust within the said City, that shall not take the late solemne League and Covenant.

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Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.

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December 1643

[20 December, 1643.]

The Lords and Commons taking into their consideration, that the well Government and Peace of the City of London, and the Liberties thereof, doth chiefly depend upon the faithfulness and integrity of the persons that have and beare the publique Offices and places of Trust therein, And that in these times of trouble, more then ordinary care is to be taken in the choice and Election of them. And that their good affection to the true Protestant Religion, and to the Parliament, and Peace of the City and Kingdome, should be openly testified and made knowne before they be admitted unto any such place or Office. And whereas by the antient Customes and usages of the said City, those of the Common-Councell and some other Officers of the City are to be chosen, at, or about the one and twentieth day of this instant December.

No Person to be Elected or have voice in election that hath been a malignant, or that shall not take late solemn League and Covenant.; Sir J. Wollaston and others to see this Ord. executed.

The Lords and Commons doe Ordaine and Declare, That no person shall be Elected into any the said offices, nor shall be capable thereof, nor shall have voyce in any such Election, whose person hath been imprisoned, or his estate sequestered for malignancie against the Parliament or that before the Election or vote in such Election respectively shall not have taken the late solemne League and Covenant, for reformation and defence of Religion, the honour and happinesse of the King, and the peace and safety of the three Kingdomes of England, Scotland, and Ireland; and Sir John Wollaston Knight, Lord Major of the City of London, and the Aldermen in their severall Wards, and all other persons to whom the Election of any the said Officers shall appertaine, are hereby required to see this Ordinance duly put in Execution.