Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[21 May, 1644.]
Whereas Sir Thomas Soames Knight, and Alderman of the City of London, stands indebted by Bond to Henry Hilton, in the County Palatine of Durham, Esquire, deceased, in the Sum of One Thousand Pounds; and Sir Henry Garroway, of the City of London, Knight, is indebted by like Bond to the said Henry Hilton, in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds; and Mr. Richard Middleton and Mr. Richard Bateman, of London, Merchants, are indebted by like Bond to the said Henry Hilton in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds; all which several Sums of Money being in Variance, and, upon Examination of the Matter before a Committee of the House of Commons, are supposed to be the Monies of the Lady Jane Shelly, of Michellgrove, in the County of Sussex, Widow, late deceased, who was a Papist and Delinquent; It is therefore Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Sir Thomas Soame, Sir Henry Garroway, Richard Middleton, and Richard Bateman, and every of them, do forthwith pay the abovesaid several Sums unto Sir Thomas Middleton Knight, Serjeant Major General of North Wales, who shall receive the same upon Accompt, for the Furtherance of the Public Service in those Parts; and the said Sir Thomas Soames, Sir Henry Garroway, Richard Middleton, and Richard Bateman, shall be indemnified and saved harmless, in their Persons and Estates, for the Payment of the said several Sums as is hereby appointed, and against the Executors of the said Henry Hilton, or any other Person or Persons whatsoever, by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament.
And it is further Ordered and Ordained, That whensoever it shall appear to whom the abovesaid several Sums of Money do of Right belong, then the abovementioned Sums of Money shall be forthwith re-paid out of the Arrears and growing Profits of the Court of Wards and Liveries.
And it is lastly Ordered and Ordained, That Richard Williams Gentleman, and Nicholas Sturt Gentleman, Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said Henry Hilton, shall be, by the Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament, exonerated and discharged, and their Persons and Estates saved, defended, and kept harmless and indemnified, against all Persons whatsoever, claiming the said Sum and Sums of Money, the Heir of the said Henry Hilton, and all other Person and Persons whatsoever, by the like Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament, from the said Sums of Two Thousand Pounds, so to be paid to the said Sir Thomas Middleton, the said Executors being hereby ordered to deliver to the said Sir Thomas Soames, Sir Henry Garroway, Richard Middleton, and Richard Bateman, their said several Obligations, or, in Default thereof, to give them and their Sureties sufficient Discharges.