April 1648: An Ordinance for the redressing of the oppressions of Souldiers by taking Free-Quarter, contrary to the Orders of Parliament.

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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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April, 1648

[24 April, 1648.]

Commissioners named in last Ord. for £60,000 penmensem to redress oppressions by taking free-quarter against Ords. of Parl.

Whereas it hath been informed that Free-Quarter hath been and is yet taken in severall places in this Kingdome, contrary to severall Ordinances and Declarations of both Houses of Parliament, to the great dishonour of the Parliament, and grievous oppression of the Subject, It is therefore Ordered and Ordained by the Lords and Commons now Assembled in Parliament, for the more speedy, easie, and effectuall redresse of the same, That the Commissioners named in the last Ordinance for 60,000 1. per mensem, or any two of them, upon complaint made against any Officers or Souldiers, for taking Free-Quarter, or committing any other misdemeanour contrary to the Declarations and Ordinances aforesaid, shall have power, and are hereby authorized and required, to call any person or persons so complained of, before them, and such witnesses as shall be desired to be produced on either side touching the premises, and to take their examinations and informations upon Oath, and to certifie the same to Thomas Lord Fairfax Generall of the Army, who is hereby required to give redresse, and to do justice therein according to the Ordinances and Declarations of Parliament in that case made and provided; as also according to the Lawes, Articles, and Discipline of Warre, allowed of and established by authority of both Houses of Parliament. And it is hereby further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Commissioners so authorized to examine as aforesaid, Shall give notice to the Chiefe Officer in Commission then resident in the County where such offence or misdemeanour is complained of as aforesaid, of the time and place by the said Commissioners appointed for the taking of the said examinations and informations as aforesaid; which said chiefe Officer in Commission may be present and assist the said Commissioners in taking the said Examinations and Informations.