Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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[4 November, 1644.]
Ordinance for fining and banishing Edmond Waller.
Whereas it was formerly intended, that Edmond Waller Esquire, now Prisoner in the Tower of London, should be tried by the Commissioners appointed for the hearing and determining of Causes belonging to the military Cognizance, according to an Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament made the 26th Day of August last past; and whereas, since, upon further Consideration, and mature Deliberation had, of and concerning him, and his Confessions of the Offence for which he stands committed, and of his Petition on this Behalf, preferred the 23rd Day of September last, it hath been and is thought convenient, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, that he be put to the Fine of Ten Thousand Pounds, and Banishment; and that he be not further proceeded against before the said Commissioners, or otherwise put to further Question concerning the said Offence; and whereas the said Edmond Waller hath thereupon paid and satisfied, to the Use of the Parliament, the said Sum and Fine of Thousand Pounds (of which he stands hereby fully acquitted and discharged); Be it therefore Ordained and Established, by the said Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the said Edmond Waller shall from henceforth stand and be a person banished out of the Realm of England, and the Dominion of Wales; and shall be and stand, from and after the 6th Day of November next coming, wholly discharged and freed from his Imprisonment aforesaid; and shall, within Eight and Twenty Days after such his Discharge of Imprisonment, go out of and leave the said Realm of England; and thenceforth shall continue and remain under and in the Condition of such Banishment as aforesaid, not to return into the said Realm or Dominion without the consent of both Houses of Parliament; and if he shall return into the said Realm or Dominion without such consent, he shall incur such Punishment for the same as both Houses of Parliament shall think fit: And it is further also Ordained and Established, by the uthority aforesaid, That there shall be no further Proceedings whatsoever against the said Edmond Waller, by the said Commissioners, or by any of them, or by any other Person or Persons whatsoever, for or by reason of his said Offence, or of any Thing concerning the same; and that the Sequestration of his Estate, and of every Part thereof, be wholly taken off, and hereby is wholly taken off and discharged, from the said 23th Day of September last.