February 1644: An Ordinance giving power to the Lord Fairfax to appoint and place able learned and godly Divines in the Northerne parts

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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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February 1644

[27 February, 1643/4.]

The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament being credibly informed that many ministers in the County of Yorke, are not onely of scandalous life and conversation, but leaving their Churches and Cures, have withdrawne themselves wilfully from the same, and have joyned with such forces as are raised against the Parliament and Kingdome (thereby giving evill example to the people under their charge) and have ayded and assisted the said forces, with Men, Money, Horses or Armes.

Power to Ferdinando Lord Fair fax to appoint learned and godly Ministers to all vacant Benefices in County of York.

The said Lords and Commons taking the premises into consideration have ordained and authorized, and doe hereby ordaine and authorize the right Honourable Ferdinando Lord Fairfax to nominate appoint and place such able learned and Godly Divines as he shall thinke fit, unto all such Churches and places in the said County of Yorke, as are or shall be voyde or destitute of Ministers by their withdrawing themselves to the forces raised against the Parliament, or are, or shall be sequestred by vertue of any Ordinance or order of Parliament, and shall and may cause the said Ministers so nominated appointed and placed, to be put into possession accordingly, which said Ministers respectively shall and may receive, perceive, and take to their owne use the profits and revennues belonging to their severall Churches and Cures, in as large and ample manner as the Ministers therof have formerly used to doe.