Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[21 September, 1647.]
Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That all Monies upon Bonds entered into in the Court of Wards and Liveries, or due by Composition, before the late Vote or Ordinance passed both Houses for taking away the said Court, and likewise all Rents due before the Date of the said late Vote or Ordinance, shall be received according to the Directions of an Ordinance of Parliament for the due and orderly Receiving and Collecting of the King's, Queen's, and Prince's Revenue, and the Arrears thereof, bearing Date the 21th Day of September, 1643; and all Persons whatsoever, that do owe any Monies or Rents, by Bond or otherwise, entered into, or payable in, the said late Court of Wards and Liveries, before the Date of the said late Vote or Ordinance, are hereby required to pay the said Rents and Monies unto Charles Fleetewood Esquire, the Receiver thereof, [or to the Receiver thereof] for the Time being, who is hereby required and authorized to give such Acquittance, or Acquittances, or Discharges, for the same as legally he ought or might have done, if the said late Vote or Ordinance for taking away the said Court had not been passed: And it is hereby further Ordained, That the said Acquittance, or Acquittances, or Discharges, so given by the said Receiver as aforesaid, shall be good and sufficient in Law, to all Intents and Purposes, to all and every Person and Persons which shall pay in any Rents, or other Monies, to the said Receiver, for every such Sum and Sums of Money as shall be paid in by them as afore said; and that the Parties paying in the same shall be respectively saved harmless, and kept indemnified, for or by reason of the respective Rents or Sums of Money paid, or to be paid, as aforesaid: And in case all, every, or any of the Persons, that owe Monies, by Bond or otherwise, in the said late Court of Wards and Liveries, do refuse or neglect to pay the several and respective Sums of Money by them due, to the said Receivers, then Process shall issue out of the Court of Exchequer for the same, in such like Manner as is usual for other His Majesty's Rents and Debts; and the Barons of the Exchequer, Officers, and other Ministers thereof whom it may concern, are hereby required and authorized to issue Process accordingly; and the Sheriffs and other Officers concerned are at their Peril, to execute the same and pay the Monies levied respectively to the said Receiver, in like Manner as Payments have been made upon Process in like kind heretofore issued forth of the said late Court of Wards; and the several Officers and Ministers of the said late Court of Wards and Liveries respectively, whom it may concern, are hereby authorized, required, and commanded from Time to Time, according to the Directions of the said Committee for the Revenue, to deliver such Schedules and Certificates of the Rents, Fines, Compositions, or other Monies, in the late Court of Wards and Liveries, upon Bonds entered into or due before the said late Vote or Ordinance, as thereunto they shall be required, together with all such Bonds for the same as remain in their Hands, or in the Hands of any of them; and in case any Difference, or just Exceptions, shall arise, touching the several and respective Rents, Debts, Compositions, or other Monies aforementioned, then the Hearing and Determination thereof shall be referred to the Court of Exchequer, who, by virtue of this Ordinance shall have Power to give Relief in Law and Equity, in such Manner as the Court of Wards might have done before the taking away of the same: And it is hereby lastly Ordered and Ordained, That all and every Person and Persons acting by Authority of this present Ordinance shall, by Power of Parliament, be saved harmless and indemnified, for whatsoever they shall respectively do in Pursuance and Direction thereof.